Chinese Cinema

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Film from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. From classics to modern cinematic delights

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1. Lust, Caution (2007)

NC-17 | 157 min | Drama, History, Romance

61 Metascore

During World War II era, a young woman, Wang Jiazhi, gets swept up in a dangerous game of emotional intrigue with a powerful political figure, Mr. Yee.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Wei Tang, Joan Chen, Leehom Wang

Votes: 35,565 | Gross: $4.60M

2. Farewell My Concubine (1993)

R | 171 min | Drama, Music, Romance

The story of two men, who met as apprentices in the Peking Opera, and stayed friends for over 50 years.

Director: Kaige Chen | Stars: Leslie Cheung, Fengyi Zhang, Li Gong, Qi Lü

Votes: 23,283 | Gross: $5.22M

3. Raise the Red Lantern (1991)

PG | 125 min | Drama, History, Romance

A young woman becomes the fourth wife of a wealthy lord, and must learn to live with the strict rules and tensions within the household.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Li Gong, Jingwu Ma, Saifei He, Cuifen Cao

Votes: 27,524 | Gross: $2.60M

4. Shanghai Triad (1995)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama, History

A provincial boy related to a Shanghai crime family is recruited by his uncle into cosmopolitan Shanghai in the 1930s to be a servant to a ganglord's mistress.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Li Gong, Baotian Li, Xiaoxiao Wang, Xuejian Li

Votes: 4,933 | Gross: $2.30M

5. Under the Hawthorn Tree (2010)

114 min | Drama, Romance

Romance sparks between a young woman and a young man from different economic backgrounds during China's Cultural Revolution of the 1960s and '70s.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Xuejian Li, Taishen Cheng, Dongyu Zhou, Rina Sa

Votes: 2,589

6. The Road Home (1999)

G | 89 min | Drama, History, Romance

71 Metascore

Prompted by the death of his father and the grief of his mother, a man recalls the story of how they met in flashback.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Ziyi Zhang, Honglei Sun, Hao Zheng, Yulian Zhao

Votes: 11,939 | Gross: $1.28M

7. The Story of Qiu Ju (1992)

PG | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

A pregnant peasant woman seeks redress from the Chinese bureaucracy after the village chief kicks her husband in the groin in this comedy of justice. As she is frustrated by each level of ... See full summary »

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Li Gong, Peiqi Liu, Liuchun Yang, Kesheng Lei

Votes: 5,129 | Gross: $1.89M

8. Ju Dou (1990)

PG-13 | 95 min | Drama, Romance

A woman married to the brutal and infertile owner of a dye mill in rural China conceives a boy with her husband's nephew but is forced to raise her son as her husband's heir without ... See full summary »

Directors: Yimou Zhang, Fengliang Yang | Stars: Li Gong, Wei Li, Baotian Li, Ma Chong

Votes: 7,132 | Gross: $1.99M

9. Curse of the Golden Flower (2006)

R | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

70 Metascore

During China's Tang dynasty the emperor has taken the princess of a neighboring province as wife. She has borne him two sons and raised his eldest. Now his control over his dominion is complete, including the royal family itself.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Li Gong, Jay Chou, Ye Liu

Votes: 41,056 | Gross: $6.57M

10. House of Flying Daggers (2004)

PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

89 Metascore

A romantic police captain breaks a beautiful member of a rebel group out of prison to help her rejoin her fellows, but things are not what they seem.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Ziyi Zhang, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Andy Lau, Dandan Song

Votes: 104,631 | Gross: $11.05M

11. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

94 Metascore

A young Chinese warrior steals a sword from a famed swordsman and then escapes into a world of romantic adventure with a mysterious man in the frontier of the nation.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Michelle Yeoh, Ziyi Zhang, Chen Chang

Votes: 245,250 | Gross: $128.08M

12. Hero (2002)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Adventure, History

85 Metascore

A defense officer, Nameless, was summoned by the King of Qin regarding his success of terminating three warriors.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Jet Li, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Maggie Cheung, Ziyi Zhang

Votes: 169,387 | Gross: $53.71M

13. Fearless (2006)

PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Biography, Drama

70 Metascore

A biography of Chinese Martial Arts Master Huo Yuanjia, who is the founder and spiritual guru of the Jin Wu Sports Federation.

Director: Ronny Yu | Stars: Jet Li, Li Sun, Yong Dong, Yun Qu

Votes: 70,935 | Gross: $24.63M

14. Ip Man (2008)

R | 106 min | Action, Biography, Drama

59 Metascore

During the Japanese invasion of 1937, when a wealthy martial artist is forced to leave his home and work to support his family, he reluctantly agrees to train others in the art of Wing Chun for self-defense.

Director: Wilson Yip | Stars: Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Siu-Wong Fan, Ka Tung Lam

Votes: 201,986

15. Ip Man 2 (2010)

R | 108 min | Action, Biography, Drama

67 Metascore

Centering on Ip Man's migration to Hong Kong in 1949 as he attempts to propagate his discipline of Wing Chun martial arts.

Director: Wilson Yip | Stars: Donnie Yen, Xiaoming Huang, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Lynn Xiong

Votes: 91,000 | Gross: $0.21M

16. Ip Man 3 (2015)

PG-13 | 105 min | Action, Biography, Drama

57 Metascore

When a band of brutal gangsters led by a crooked property developer make a play to take over a local school, Master Ip is forced to take a stand.

Director: Wilson Yip | Stars: Donnie Yen, Lynn Xiong, Jin Zhang, Mike Tyson

Votes: 42,584 | Gross: $2.68M

17. 2046 (2004)

R | 129 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

78 Metascore

Several women enter a science fiction author's life over the course of a few years, after the author has lost the woman he considers his one true love.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Ziyi Zhang, Faye Wong, Li Gong

Votes: 48,271 | Gross: $1.44M

18. In the Mood for Love (2000)

PG | 98 min | Drama, Romance

85 Metascore

Two neighbors, a woman and a man, form a strong bond after both suspect extramarital activities of their spouses. However, they agree to keep their bond platonic so as not to commit similar wrongs.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Maggie Cheung, Ping Lam Siu, Tung Cho 'Joe' Cheung

Votes: 112,534 | Gross: $2.73M

19. The Grandmaster (2013)

PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Biography, Drama

73 Metascore

The story of martial-arts master Ip Man, the man who trained Bruce Lee.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Ziyi Zhang, Jin Zhang, Chen Chang

Votes: 29,780 | Gross: $6.59M

20. Coming Home (2014)

PG-13 | 109 min | Drama, Romance

81 Metascore

Lu and Feng are a devoted couple forced to separate when Lu is arrested and sent to a labor camp as a political prisoner during the Cultural Revolution. He finally returns home only to find that his beloved wife no longer recognizes him.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Li Gong, Daoming Chen, Huiwen Zhang, Tao Guo

Votes: 4,954 | Gross: $0.38M

21. To Live (1994)

Not Rated | 133 min | Drama, War

After Fugui and Jiazhen lose their personal fortunes, they raise a family and survive difficult cultural changes during 1940s to 1970s China.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: You Ge, Li Gong, Ben Niu, Wu Jiang

Votes: 14,877 | Gross: $2.33M

22. Red Sorghum (1988)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, History, Romance

When a leprous winery owner in 1930s China dies a few days after his arranged marriage, his young widow is forced to run the winery to make a living while contending with bandits, her drunkard lover, and the invading Japanese army.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Li Gong, Wen Jiang, Rujun Teng, Ji Liu

Votes: 7,454

23. Blind Mountain (2007)

95 min | Crime, Drama

60 Metascore

A young woman is kidnapped and sold to a villager in the mountains.

Director: Yang Li | Stars: Lu Huang, Youan Yang, Yuling Zhang, Yunle He

Votes: 1,576 | Gross: $0.01M

24. Red Cliff (2008)

R | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

73 Metascore

The first chapter of a two-part story centered on a battle fought in China's Three Kingdoms period (220-280 A.D.).

Director: John Woo | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Fengyi Zhang, Chen Chang

Votes: 42,319 | Gross: $0.63M

25. Red Cliff II (2009)

142 min | Action, Drama, History

Second and final part of an epic tale about a legendary ancient battle that changed the course of China history.

Director: John Woo | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Fengyi Zhang, Chen Chang

Votes: 22,137 | Gross: $0.63M

26. The Warlords (2007)

R | 126 min | Action, Drama, History

70 Metascore

Set in China in the 1860's during the Taiping Rebellion, the story is based on the assassination of Ma Xinyi in 1870. Loyalist General Qingyun is the only survivor of a battle with ... See full summary »

Directors: Peter Ho-Sun Chan, Wai Man Yip | Stars: Jet Li, Andy Lau, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Jinglei Xu

Votes: 25,250 | Gross: $0.13M

27. Three Kingdoms (2008)

R | 102 min | Action, Drama, History

His country torn asunder by civil war, Zhao Zilong, a common man heeds the call of duty and from the humblest of roots rises through the ranks on wings of courage and cunning to command an ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Lee | Stars: Andy Lau, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Maggie Q, Cunxin Pu

Votes: 5,916

28. Sacrifice (2010)

R | 122 min | Drama, History

57 Metascore

To save the only child of the Zhao Family, whose entire clan was massacred at the hands of a nefarious minister, a doctor sacrifices his own son; after the Zhao child grows up, the doctor becomes intent on seeking his vengeance.

Director: Kaige Chen | Stars: You Ge, Xueqi Wang, Xiaoming Huang, Bingbing Fan

Votes: 2,092

29. The Emperor and the Assassin (1998)

R | 162 min | Drama, History, Romance

75 Metascore

In pre-unified China, the King of Qin sends his concubine to a rival kingdom to produce an assassin for a political plot, but as the king's cruelty mounts she finds her loyalty faltering.

Director: Kaige Chen | Stars: Li Gong, Fengyi Zhang, Zhou Sun, Xiaohe Lü

Votes: 5,743 | Gross: $1.33M

30. The Banquet (2006)

Not Rated | 131 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

A loose adaptation of Hamlet, "The Night Banquet" is set in an empire in chaos. The Emperor, the Empress, the Crown Prince, the Minister and the General all have their own enemies they would like to finish off at a night banquet.

Director: Xiaogang Feng | Stars: Ziyi Zhang, You Ge, Daniel Wu, Xun Zhou

Votes: 6,461

31. Dream Home (2010)

Not Rated | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Cheng Li-sheung is a young, upwardly mobile professional finally ready to invest in her first home. But when the deal falls through, she is forced to keep her dream alive - even if it means keeping her would-be neighbors dead.

Director: Ho-Cheung Pang | Stars: Josie Ho, Ching Wong, Helen To, Man Jan San

Votes: 4,601

32. Fist of Legend (1994)

R | 103 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

In 1937, a Chinese martial artist returns to Shanghai to find his teacher dead and his school harassed by the Japanese.

Director: Gordon Chan | Stars: Jet Li, Shinobu Nakayama, Siu-Ho Chin, Billy Chow

Votes: 21,567

33. Kung Fu Hustle (2004)

R | 99 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

78 Metascore

In Shanghai, China in the 1940s, a wannabe gangster aspires to join the notorious "Axe Gang" while residents of a housing complex exhibit extraordinary powers in defending their turf.

Director: Stephen Chow | Stars: Stephen Chow, Wah Yuen, Qiu Yuen, Siu-Lung Leung

Votes: 120,945 | Gross: $17.11M

34. Shaolin Soccer (2001)

PG | 87 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

68 Metascore

A young Shaolin follower reunites with his discouraged brothers to form a soccer team using their martial art skills to their advantage.

Director: Stephen Chow | Stars: Stephen Chow, Wei Zhao, Yat-Fei Wong, Man-Tat Ng

Votes: 71,212 | Gross: $0.49M

35. Journey to the West (2013)

PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

68 Metascore

Tang Sanzang, an aspiring Buddhist hero tries to protect a village from three demons. He develops complex feelings for Miss Duan, the demon hunter who repeatedly helps him, and finally quests to meet the legendary Monkey King.

Directors: Stephen Chow, Chi-Kin Kwok | Stars: Zhang Wen, Qi Shu, Bo Huang, Show Lo

Votes: 11,106 | Gross: $0.02M

36. Fallen Angels (1995)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

71 Metascore

This Hong Kong-set crime drama follows the lives of a hitman, hoping to get out of the business, and his elusive female partner.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong | Stars: Leon Lai, Michelle Reis, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Charlie Yeung

Votes: 22,803

37. Happy Together (1997)

96 min | Drama, Romance

69 Metascore

A couple take a trip to Argentina but both men find their lives drifting apart in opposite directions.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong | Stars: Leslie Cheung, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Chen Chang, Gregory Dayton

Votes: 20,407 | Gross: $0.19M

38. Ashes of Time (1994)

R | 100 min | Action, Drama

69 Metascore

A broken-hearted hit man moves to the desert where he finds skilled swordsmen to carry out his contract killings.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong | Stars: Brigitte Lin, Maggie Cheung, Leslie Cheung, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung

Votes: 12,334 | Gross: $0.17M

39. Hua yang de nian hua (2000)

3 min | Short, Romance, War

Archival footage from classic Hong Kong films set to music.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong

Votes: 1,253

40. Hai shang hua (1998)

Unrated | 125 min | Drama

In the "flower houses" (upscale brothels) of Shanghai, various interweaving stories of love, loyalty, and deceit play out subtly.

Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Michiko Hada, Michelle Reis, Carina Lau

Votes: 2,297

41. A City of Sadness (1989)

157 min | Drama

A beautiful, historical film based upon the complex lives of four brothers.

Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Shu-Fen Hsin, Sung Young Chen, Jack Kao

Votes: 3,838

42. Jasmine Flower (2004)

130 min | Drama, Family, Romance

Generational family saga set in Shanghai in the thirties, sixties and eighties.

Director: Yong Hou | Stars: Ziyi Zhang, Joan Chen, Lili Ge, Daliang Huang

Votes: 743

43. Yellow Earth (1984)

89 min | Drama, History, Music

'Yellow Earth' focuses on the story of a communist soldier who is sent to the countryside to collect folk songs for the Communist Revolution. There he stays with a peasant family and learns... See full summary »

Director: Kaige Chen | Stars: Xueqi Wang, Bai Xue, Quiang Liu, Tuo Tan

Votes: 2,032

44. A Touch of Sin (2013)

Not Rated | 130 min | Action, Drama

77 Metascore

Four independent stories set in modern China about random acts of violence.

Director: Zhangke Jia | Stars: Wu Jiang, Baoqiang Wang, Tao Zhao, Lanshan Luo

Votes: 9,605 | Gross: $0.09M

45. Infernal Affairs (2002)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery