Manhua (Chinese Comics) Adaptations

by dean11mck | created - 19 Aug 2011 | updated - 12 Jul 2016 | Public

These live-action feature films and TV series are based upon Manhua, Chinese comic books original produced in China. Possibly due to their greater degree of artistic freedom of expression and closer international ties with Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan have been the places of publication of most manhua thus far, often including Chinese translations of Japanese manga.

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1. Xi lu xiang (1950)

80 min | Drama

Bruce Lee shined in his first leading role as A-Chang in this vivacious social comedy, playing a 10-year-old orphan who's raised by a righteous uncle (Yee), groomed by a skilled thief (Fung... See full summary »

Director: Fung Fung | Stars: Bruce Lee, Chau-Shui Yee, Hoi-Chuen Lee, Fung Fung

Votes: 109

AKA My Son, Ah Chung / The Kid.

2. Lao fu zi (1976)

86 min | Comedy

A series of funny stories of Lao Fu Zi who is an old-fashion bourgeois.

Director: Chih-Hung Kuei | Stars: Ching Lee, Sha Wang, Locke Hua Liu, Tung-Kua Ai

Votes: 16

Based on the manhau, Old Master Q, created by Alfonso Wong.

3. Mr. Funnybone Strikes Again (1978)

94 min | Comedy

This sequel to Mr Funny-bone finds him, and his delightful sidekick "Big Potato", opening an Old-fashioned healing clinic.

Director: Fung Wong | Stars: Sha Wang, Tung-Kua Ai, Locke Hua Liu, Fanny Fen-Ni

Votes: 13

The sequel comedy Hong Kong film based on the manhau, Old Master Q, created by Alfonso Wong.

4. The Raid (1991)

100 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

In WW2 Japanese-occupied Manchuria, a group of Chinese nationalists sets out to destroy a Japanese poison gas factory against a Japanese military officer and his girlfriend, who has built up a false public image as a Chinese glamour girl.

Directors: Siu-Tung Ching, Hark Tsui | Stars: Tony Ka Fai Leung, Jacky Cheung, Dean Shek, Fennie Yuen

Votes: 107

Based on the Hong Kong manhua, Uncle Choi, published by Michael Hui from 1958 to the mid-1970s.

5. Baak fan baak gam gok (1996)

97 min | Comedy, Romance

Youthful triangles in Hong Kong. Jerry, Cherrie, and Lok are a pop trio, and the boys have agreed not to court Cherrie for the good of the group. Jerry's a feckless playboy, but he falls ... See full summary »

Director: Joe Ma | Stars: Ekin Cheng, Sammi Cheng, Gigi Leung, Eric Kot

Votes: 131

AKA Feel 100%.

6. Young and Dangerous (1996)

97 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Nam opens a bar in Wanchai and continues his rise in Hong Kong's Hung Hing gang. His best friend, Chicken, needs to lie low, so he's sent to Taiwan to work for Lui, leader of the San Luen ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Lau | Stars: Ekin Cheng, Jordan Chan, Gigi Lai, Francis Ng

Votes: 1,426

8. Black Mask (1996)

R | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A survivor of a supersoldier project must fight his former comrades as a masked hero.

Director: Daniel Lee | Stars: Jet Li, Ching Wan Lau, Karen Mok, Françoise Yip

Votes: 10,637 | Gross: $12.49M

9. The Storm Riders (1998)

PG-13 | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

An evil warlord takes in 2 students (Wind & Cloud) in an effort to become invincible so he can take over the world.

Director: Andrew Lau | Stars: Aaron Kwok, Ekin Cheng, Shin'ichi Chiba, Kristy Yeung

Votes: 3,541

10. A Man Called Hero (1999)

R | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Hero Wah goes to study under Master Pride. When he returns to his parents, he learns that they have been murdered by a band of evil Westerners. After impregnating his wife Jade, he ventures to New York in search of his parents' killers.

Director: Andrew Lau | Stars: Ekin Cheng, Qi Shu, Kristy Yeung, Nicholas Tse

Votes: 1,739

13. Black Mask 2: City of Masks (2002)

R | 102 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

The Black Mask must stop a group intent on setting off a DNA bomb that could cause mutations to the human race.

Director: Hark Tsui | Stars: Andy On, Tobin Bell, Jon Polito, Teresa Herrera

Votes: 1,602

AKA Feel 100% 2003.

15. Dragon Tiger Gate (2006)

94 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

Three young martial arts masters emerge from the back streets of Hong Kong to help the powerless fight injustice.

Director: Wilson Yip | Stars: Yuk Long Wong, Louis Koo, Isabella Leong, Ella Koon

Votes: 6,193

17. The Storm Warriors (2009)

PG-13 | 111 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Wind and Cloud find themselves up against a ruthless Japanese warlord intent on invading China.

Directors: Danny Pang, Oxide Chun Pang | Stars: Aaron Kwok, Ekin Cheng, Kenny Ho, Nicholas Tse

Votes: 1,594

18. Go Away Mr Tumour (2015)

PG-13 | 85 min | Comedy, Romance

An imaginative woman copes with a debilitating form of cancer by remaining optimistic and spending time with her friends.

Director: Yan Han | Stars: Baihe Bai, Daniel Wu, Zi-Xuan Zhang, Yuan Li

Votes: 916 | Gross: $0.29M

Based on the life of comic book artist Xiong Dun, who after her cancer diagnosis authored a popular webcomic that became a sensation in China.



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