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Top Ten Chinese Films

Crouching ​Tiger, Hidden Dragon​
Crouching ​Tiger, Hidden Dragon​

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (simplified Chinese: 卧虎藏龙; traditional Chinese: 臥虎藏龍) is a 2000 wuxia film, conceived and directed by Ang Lee. It features an international cast of Chinese actors, including Chow Yun-fat, Michelle Yeoh, Zhang Ziyi and Chang Chen.

Farewell My ​Concubine​
Farewell My ​Concubine​

Farewell My Concubine is a 1993 Chinese drama film directed by Chen Kaige. It is one of the central works of the Fifth Generation movement that brought Chinese film directors to world attention. Similar to other Fifth Generation films like To Live and The Blue Kite, Farewell My Concubine explores the effect of China's political turmoil during the mid-20th century on the lives of individuals, families, and groups.

Raise the Red ​Lantern​
Raise the Red ​Lantern​

Raise the Red Lantern is a 1991 film directed by Zhang Yimou and starring Gong Li. It is an adaption by Ni Zhen of the 1990 novel Wives and Concubines by Su Tong. The film was later adapted into an acclaimed ballet of the same title by the National Ballet of China, also directed by Zhang.

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Hero​
Hero​

Hero (2002 film) Hero is a 2002 Chinese wuxia film directed by Zhang Yimou. Starring Jet Li as the nameless protagonist, the film is based on the story of Jing Ke's assassination attempt on the King of Qin in 227 BC.

Red Cliff​
Red Cliff​

Red Cliff or Chibi (Chinese: 赤壁) is a 2008-09 Chinese epic war film, based on the Battle of Red Cliffs (AD 208–209) and the events at the end of the Han dynasty and immediately prior to the Three Kingdoms period in imperial China.

In the Mood ​for Love​
In the Mood ​for Love​

In the Mood for Love (Chinese: 花樣年華) is a 2000 Hong Kong film written, produced and directed by Wong Kar-wai, starring Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung.

House of ​Flying Daggers​
House of ​Flying Daggers​

House of Flying Daggers is a 2004 wuxia romance film directed by Zhang Yimou and starring Andy Lau, Zhang Ziyi and Takeshi Kaneshiro. Unlike other wuxia films, it is more of a love story than purely a martial arts film.

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Lust, Caution​
Lust, Caution​

Lust, Caution (Chinese: 色,戒; pinyin: Sè, Jiè; Jyutping: Sik 1 Gaai 3) is a 2007 erotic espionage period thriller film directed by Ang Lee, based on the novella of the same name published in 1979 by Chinese author Eileen Chang.

To Live​
To Live​

To Live, also titled Lifetimes in some English versions, is a Chinese film directed by Zhang Yimou in 1994, starring Ge You, Gong Li, and produced by the Shanghai Film Studio and ERA International. It is based on the novel of the same name by Yu Hua.

Wolf Warrior 2​
Wolf Warrior 2​

Wolf Warrior 2 (Chinese: 战狼2) is a 2017 Chinese action film directed by Wu Jing, who also starred in the lead role. The film co-stars Celina Jade, Frank Grillo, Hans Zhang, and Wu Gang. The film is a sequel to 2015's Wolf Warrior. It was released in China on 27 July 2017.

The Monkey ​King​
The Monkey ​King​

The Monkey King is a 2014 Hong Kong-Chinese action-fantasy film directed by Cheang Pou-soi and starring Donnie Yen as the titular protagonist. Yen also serves as the film's action director. Production began in Beijing on 18 October 2010 and was filmed in 3D.

Red Sorghum​
Red Sorghum​

Red Sorghum is a 1988 Chinese film about a young woman's life working on a distillery for sorghum liquor. It is based on the novel Red Sorghum Clan by Nobel laureate Mo Yan. The film marked the directorial debut of internationally acclaimed filmmaker Zhang Yimou, and the acting debut of film star Gong Li.

Monster Hunt ​2​
Monster Hunt ​2​

Monster Hunt is the first Chinese film to top the all-time Chinese box office charts in the 21 years since the market re-opened to foreign films. It became the highest-grossing film in China for five months until surpassed by The Mermaid in February 2016, and the highest-grossing IMAX film in China with $27 million until surpassed by Mojin: The Lost Legend in 2016.

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Kung Fu ​Hustle​
Kung Fu ​Hustle​

Kung Fu Hustle is a 2004 Hong Kong-Chinese martial arts gangster comedy film, directed, co-produced and co-written by Stephen Chow, who also stars in the lead role. The other producers were Chui Po-chu and Jeffrey Lau, and the screenplay was co-written with Huo Xin, Chan Man-keung, and Tsang Kan-cheung.

The Mermaid​
The Mermaid​

The Mermaid (Chinese: 美人鱼/美人魚) is a 2016 Chinese–Hong Kong fantasy romantic comedy directed, co-written, and co-produced by Stephen Chow. The film tells the story of a playboy businessman who falls in love with a mermaid who was sent to assassinate him.

The Great ​Wall​
The Great ​Wall​

The Great Wall (Chinese: 长城) is a 2016 monster film directed by Zhang Yimou, with a screenplay by Carlo Bernard, Doug Miro and Tony Gilroy, from a story by Max Brooks, Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz.

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A Touch of ​Sin​
A Touch of ​Sin​

Director Jia Zhangke recently took his movie to the Cannes film festival, A Touch Of Sin stars Zhao Tao in modern day movie.

City of Life ​and Death​
City of Life ​and Death​

City of Life and Death is a 2009 Chinese drama film written and directed by Lu Chuan, marking his third feature film. The film deals with the Battle of Nanjing and the following notorious massacre committed by the Japanese army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The film is also known as Nanking! Nanking! or Nanjing! Nanjing!.

Ashes of Time​
Ashes of Time​

Ashes of Time is a 1994 Hong Kong film written and directed by Wong Kar-wai, and inspired by characters from Jin Yong's novel The Legend of the Condor Heroes. The story is a prequel to the renowned novel The Legend of the Condor Heroes as it imagines the older characters when they were younger.

Yi Yi​
Yi Yi​

Yi Yi (Chinese: 一 一; pinyin: Yī Yī; literally: "one one") is a Taiwanese-Japanese comedy-drama film written and directed by Edward Yang. The film's theme centers around the emotional struggles of an engineer named NJ (played by Wu Nien-jen) and three generations of his middle-class Taiwanese family who reside in Taipei.

Shaolin ​Soccer​
Shaolin ​Soccer​

Shaolin Soccer is a 2001 Hong Kong martial arts sports comedy film co-written and directed by Stephen Chow, who also stars in the lead role. A former Shaolin monk reunites his five brothers, years after their master's death, to apply their superhuman martial arts skills to play football and bring Shaolin kung fu to the masses.

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Kung Fu Yoga​
Kung Fu Yoga​

Kung Fu Yoga (Gong fu yu jia) is a 2017 Chinese action-adventure comedy film, written and directed by Stanley Tong, and starring Jackie Chan. The film's cast includes Chinese actors Aarif Rahman, Zhang Yixing, and Miya Muqi, and Indian actors Sonu Sood, Disha Patani, and Amyra Dastur.

2046​
2046​

2046 is a 2004 Hong Kong romantic drama film written and directed by Wong Kar-wai. It is a loose sequel to Wong's films Days of Being Wild and In the Mood for Love. It follows the aftermath of Chow Mo-wan's unconsummated affair with Su Li-zhen in 1960s Hong Kong but also includes some science fiction elements and makes frequent references to the date of December 24 or Christmas Eve, on which many significant events in the film occur.

Curse of the ​Golden Flower​
Curse of the ​Golden Flower​

Curse of the Golden Flower (Chinese: 满城尽带黄金甲; pinyin: Mǎnchéngjìndàihuángjīnjiǎ) is a 2006 Chinese epic wuxia drama film written and directed by Zhang Yimou. The Mandarin Chinese title of the movie is taken from the last line of Qi Dynasty poem written by the rebel leader Emperor Huang Chao who was also the Emperor of the Qi Dynasty that was at war against the Later Tang Dynasty.

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Journey to the ​West: The Demons Strike Back​
Journey to the ​West: The Demons Strike Back​

Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back is a 2017 Chinese fantasy-adventure-comedy film directed by Tsui Hark and written and produced by Stephen Chow. The film is a sequel to the 2013 film, Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons, which was directed, written, and produced by Chow. The film was released in China by Lianrui Pictures on 28 January 2017 in MX4D, 4DX, IMAX 3D and 3D.

The Warlords​
The Warlords​

The Warlords (Chinese: 投名狀), previously known as The Blood Brothers, is a 2007 epic action war drama film directed by Peter Chan and starring Jet Li, Andy Lau, Takeshi Kaneshiro and Xu Jinglei. The film was released on 13 December 2007 simultaneously in most of Asia, except Japan.

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Lost in ​Thailand​
Lost in ​Thailand​

Lost in Thailand is a 2012 Chinese comedy film directed and co-written by Xu Zheng and starring Xu Zheng, Wang Baoqiang, and Huang Bo. The film is about three Chinese men traveling in Thailand: two competing scientists searching for their boss, and a tourist eager to explore the country. The film is Xu's directorial debut.

In the Heat of ​the Sun​
In the Heat of ​the Sun​

In the Heat of the Sun is a 1994 Chinese film directed and written by Jiang Wen. This was Jiang Wen's first foray into directing after years as a leading man. The film is based loosely on author This was Jiang Wen's first foray into directing after years as a leading man.

Let the Bullets ​Fly​
Let the Bullets ​Fly​

Let the Bullets Fly (simplified Chinese: 让子弹飞; traditional Chinese: 讓子彈飛; pinyin: Ràng Zǐ Dàn Fēi; Jyutping: Joeng6 Zi2 Daan6 Fei1) is a 2010 action comedy film written and directed by Jiang Wen, based on a story by Ma Shitu , a famous Sichuanese writer.

Ip Man​
Ip Man​

Ip Man is the first film in the Ip Man film series. It premiered in Beijing on 10 December 2008, and was released theatrically in Hong Kong on 19 December 2008, receiving widespread acclaim from critics and audiences.

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Fist of Fury​
Fist of Fury​

Fist of Fury (also known as “The Chinese Connection”) is a 1972 Hong Kong martial arts film directed by Lo Wei, starring Bruce Lee in his second major role after The Big Boss (1971).

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Fearless​
Fearless​

Fearless, also known as Huo Yuanjia (霍元甲) in Chinese, and as Jet Li's Fearless in the United Kingdom and in the United States, is a 2006 Chinese-Hong Kong martial arts film directed by Ronny Yu and starring Jet Li.

Once Upon a ​Time in China​
Once Upon a ​Time in China​

Once Upon a Time in China is a Hong Kong film franchise directed, written, and produced by Tsui Hark. The stories are based on the life of Chinese folk hero Wong Fei-hung, who is portrayed by Jet Li in the first three films and Vincent Zhao in the fourth and fifth films.

Never Say ​Die​
Never Say ​Die​

The low-budget romp with no-name lead actors has walloped films ... Chinese Comedy 'Never Say Die ... RECOMMENDED BY FORBES. China: 'Never Say Die ...

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Duckweed​
Duckweed​

Duckweed (Chinese: 乘风破浪; lit. Ride the Winds, Break the Waves) is a 2017 Chinese drama film directed by Han Han and starring Deng Chao, Eddie Peng, Zhao Liying and Dong Zijian. It was released on January 28, 2017.

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Journey to the ​West: Conquering the Demons​
Journey to the ​West: Conquering the Demons​

Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons. Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons (Chinese: 西遊·降魔篇) is a 2013 fantasy comedy film co-written, produced, and directed by Stephen Chow. The movie was first announced in July 2011 and was released on February 10, 2013 in China.

Youth​
Youth​

The popularity of these Chinese youth films, as such, provides a particularly interesting example of social transformations and global influences at work. Xuelin Zhou is a senior lecturer in the Department of Media and Communication at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Spring in a ​Small Town​
Spring in a ​Small Town​

Spring in a Small Town is a Chinese film released in 1948 and directed by Fei Mu. The film was based on a short story by Li Tianji (Chinese: 李天濟; pinyin: Lǐ Tiānjì), and was produced by the Wenhua Film Company.

Beijing ​Bicycle​
Beijing ​Bicycle​

Beijing Bicycle (simplified Chinese: 十七岁的单车; traditional Chinese: 十七歲的單車; pinyin: Shí Qī Suì de Dānchē; literally: "'seventeen-year-old's bicycle' or 'seventeen-year-old bachelor'") is a 2001 Chinese drama film by Sixth Generation Chinese director Wang Xiaoshuai, with joint investment from the Taiwanese Arc Light Films and the French Pyramide Productions.

The ​Grandmaster​
The ​Grandmaster​

The Grandmaster is a 2013 Hong Kong-Chinese martial arts drama film based on the life story of the Wing Chun grandmaster Ip Man. The film was directed and written by Wong Kar-wai and stars Tony Leung as Ip Man. It was released on 8 January 2013 in China. It was the opening film at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival in February 2013.

Furious 7​
Furious 7​

Add Furious 7’s Chinese box-office numbers to its long list of records broken: It’s officially China’s biggest movie ever. Bringing in a total of $323 million, it breaks the $319 million record set by Transformers: Age of Extinction. In other words, Furious 7 has made more money in China that ...

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Suzhou River​
Suzhou River​

Suzhou River (Chinese: 苏州河; pinyin: Sūzhōu Hé) is a 2000 film by Lou Ye about a tragic love story set in contemporary Shanghai. The film, though stylistically distinct, is typical of "Sixth Generation". Chinese filmmakers in its subject matter of contemporary China's gritty urban experience.

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Yellow Earth​
Yellow Earth​

Yellow Earth (simplified Chinese: 黄土地; traditional Chinese: 黃土地; pinyin: Huáng tǔdì) is a 1984 Chinese drama film. It was the directorial debut for Chen Kaige. The film's notable cinematography is by Zhang Yimou.

The Flowers ​of War​
The Flowers ​of War​

The Flowers of War was released in China just days after the 74th anniversary of the Nanking Massacre. In its first four days of release, it took in $24 million at the box office. It was the top-grossing Chinese film of 2011, having earned $70 million after two weeks.

Mojin: The ​Lost Legend​
Mojin: The ​Lost Legend​

Mojin: The Lost Legend (previously titled The Ghouls) (English: Touching Gold: The Lost Legend) is a 2015 Chinese action adventure fantasy thriller film based on the novel Ghost Blows Out the Light. It was directed by Wuershan and produced by Chen Kuo-fu. The film was released on December 18, 2015.

The Blue Kite​
The Blue Kite​

The Blue Kite (simplified Chinese: 蓝风筝; traditional Chinese: 藍風箏; pinyin: Lán fēngzheng) is a 1993 drama film directed by Tian Zhuangzhuang. Though banned by the Chinese government upon its completion (along with a ten-year ban on filmmaking imposed on Tian), the film soon found a receptive international audience.

The Road ​Home​
The Road ​Home​

The Road Home is a 2000 Chinese romantic drama film directed by Zhang Yimou. It also marked the cinematic debut of the Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi. The Road Home was written by author Bao Shi, who adapted the screenplay from his novel, Remembrance. The film was shot immediately after Zhang Yimou's previous film, Not One Less, and was released to strong reviews in China in fall 1999.

Devils on the ​Doorstep​
Devils on the ​Doorstep​

Devils on the Doorstep (simplified Chinese: 鬼子来了; traditional Chinese: 鬼子來了; Japanese: 鬼が来た!; literally "the devils are here") is a 2000 Chinese black comedy film directed, co-written and produced by Jiang Wen, starring Jiang himself, Kagawa Teruyuki, Yuan Ding and Jiang Hongbo.

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Operation ​Mekong​
Operation ​Mekong​

Operation Mekong is a 2016 Chinese-Hong Kong crime action film directed by Dante Lam and starring Zhang Hanyu and Eddie Peng. The film is based on the 2011 Mekong River massacre. It was released in China on September 30, 2016 and became one of the highest-grossing films in China.

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Street Angel​
Street Angel​

Street Angel (1937) Pam here, back with a rather unusual movie from China, made in the 1930s. As some of you may know, Chinese movies of the period tended to take a leftist point of view, deplored the Westernization of China, focused on the sufferings of women and the poor, and most of all were very serious, even depressing.