Chinese films at the Berlinale

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1. Boon bin yen (1983)

110 min | Drama

When romance starts to cool, Ah Ying applies for a job in a film centre. Instead of paying her for her work, the centre lets her attend its classes for free. She is later drawn into a ... See full summary »

Director: Allen Fong | Stars: Kwok-Lam Cha, Chi-Hung Chang, Ming-Cheung Chin, Pui Hui

Votes: 104

2. Xue, zong shi re de (1984)

107 min | Drama

Set in the early stage of Chinese reform and opening. Luo Xingang is a factory director and tries to save the products, the factory, and the faith.

Director: Yan Wen | Stars: Haiqing Fang, Dong Liu, Wenyan Mai, Zaibao Yang

Votes: 6

3. Quan shui ding dong (1982)


Xueli comes to understand the goodness of her aunt.

Director: Xiaohua Shi | Stars: Yi Lu, Yilan Ni, Ben Niu, Ruifang Zhang

Votes: 12

4. Strange Friends (1983)

80 min | Drama

An emotionally disturbed woman encounters two passengers on a train who befriend her and ultimately save her from self-destruction. Her fellow travelers find out she has a criminal past but they show her friendship and give her hope.

Director: Lei Xu | Stars: Ling Li, Yunxia Wang, Jingbo Zhan, Chao Zhang

Votes: 7

5. Crows and Sparrows (1949)

113 min | Drama

A story of a corrupt party official who attempts to sell an apartment building he has appropriated from the original owner and the struggles of the tenants to prevent themselves being thrown onto the street.

Director: Junli Zheng | Stars: Dan Zhao, Yinyan Wu, Daolin Sun, Yunzhu Shangguan

Votes: 199

7. Zai sheng ren (1981)

88 min | Horror, Thriller

Puppets are brought to life and terrorize a rural area in medieval China.

Director: Wai-Chuen Yung | Stars: George Lam, Flora Chong-Leen, Mang-Ha Cheng, Sang Cheung

Votes: 53

8. Crossroads (1937)

Not Rated | 110 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Four students in Shanghai have recently finished university. All are unemployed. Xu contemplates suicide but his friend Zhao talks him out of it. Zhao lives in a shabby room with just a ... See full summary »

Director: Xiling Shen | Stars: Dan Zhao, Yang Bai, Ban Lu, Yin Ying

Votes: 124

9. The Lights of Ten Thousand Homes (1948)

Not Rated | 124 min | Drama

This tale of familial warfare and sacrifice takes place in hard-pressed Shanghai at the end of the 1940s. Hu Zhiqing can barely support his wife and children, and his situation is worsened ... See full summary »

Director: Fu Shen | Stars: Ma Lan, Yunzhu Shangguan, Longji Wang, Ping Wang

Votes: 102

10. Xiang qing (1981)

100 min | Drama

Kuang and his wife Liao left their son during the revolutionary war. When they finally find their son, Liao wants to get back him and breaks of all his relations with his foster mother.

Directors: Bingliu Hu, Jin Wang | Stars: Jinshang Huang, Xiaolei Huang, Yexiang Ren, Jin Wang

11. Come Back Swallow (1981)

107 min | Drama

Two medical students, a married couple, are chosen to study abroad in the 1950s. But the wife has antagonised Party members and is banished to Mongolia. She divorces her husband without ... See full summary »

Director: Jinggong Fu | Stars: Shichang Da, Ying Gao, Yue Yuan

16. Wan zhong (1989)

90 min | Drama

Five Eighth-Route army soldiers induce a isolated Japanese squad to capitulate.

Director: Ziniu Wu | Stars: Chong Peipei, Qi Zhao, Ruolei Liu, Yaming Ge

Votes: 28

17. Yuanli zhanzhengde niandai (1987)

An elderly veteran of WWII living in peaceful retirement with his son and the latter's family becomes increasingly lost in wartime memories and reminiscences, much to his son's ... See full summary »

Director: Mei Hu | Stars: Zongluo Huang, Xueqi Wang, Lin Zhu, Yuling Tao

Votes: 7

19. Red Sorghum (1987)

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: 7,131

20. Black Snow (1990)

107 min | Drama

A semi-literate who was deprived of schooling during the Cultural Revolution, Li Huiquan, is released from labor camp. But his attempts to make good are continually thwarted. His street ... See full summary »

Director: Fei Xie | Stars: Hongxiang Cai, Wen Jiang, Geng Li, Nan Li

Votes: 301

21. A Terra-Cotta Warrior (1989)

145 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

China 2.200 years ago. It's the time of the Qin dynasty. The emperor seeks immortality by busily letting his alchemists search for a formula and building the famous terracotta army from the... See full summary »

Director: Siu-Tung Ching | Stars: Yimou Zhang, Li Gong, Rongguang Yu, Suk Bung Luk

Votes: 823

22. Ren zai Niu Yue (1989)

88 min | Drama

Three very different Asian women forge a friendship in New York.

Director: Stanley Kwan | Stars: Sylvia Chang, Maggie Cheung, Yat-Gam Chu, I-Chen Ko

Votes: 205

23. Dull Ice Flower (1989)

99 min | Family, Drama

A young fine-art teacher Kuo is assigned to teach in a small-town. Ah-Ming, an eight-year-old painting genius, is in Kuo's class. Ah- Ming performed badly in school, but he has great sense ... See full summary »

Director: Li Kao Yang | Stars: Kun-Hsuan Huang, Shu-Chen Li, Han Yu, Rachel Chang

Votes: 320

24. Raining in the Mountain (1979)

120 min | Action, Drama

An esquire and a General eyes a priceless handwritten scroll by Tripitaka, held in a Temple library. The Abbot of the Temple selects his successor.

Director: King Hu | Stars: Feng Hsu, Yueh Sun, Chun Shih, Feng Tien

Votes: 563

25. A Touch of Zen (1971)

Not Rated | 200 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A lady fugitive on the run from corrupt government officials is joined in her endeavors by an unambitious painter and skilled Buddhist monks.

Director: King Hu | Stars: Feng Hsu, Chun Shih, Ying Bai, Billy Chan

Votes: 4,554

26. Doctor Bethune (1964)


Canadian surgeon Norman Bethune assists the Communists during the anti-Japanese struggle.

Directors: Zheng Gao, Shutian Li | Stars: Li Cun, Wei Shi, Gerald Tannebaum, Hua Tian

Votes: 13

27. Lin Zexu (1959)

102 min | Drama, History, War

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Director: Junli Zheng | Stars: Nan Deng, Zheng Gao, Fei Han, Yong Li

Votes: 97

28. Havoc in Heaven (1963)

Not Rated | 114 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

Da Nao Tian Gong is a Chinese animated feature film directed by Wan Laiming and produced by all four of the Wan brothers. The film was created at the height of the Chinese animation ... See full summary »

Director: Wan Laiming | Stars: Yue-Feng Qiu, Run-Sheng Fu, Hans Alfredson, Ke Bi

Votes: 1,473

29. Bao feng zhou yu (1961)

108 min | Drama

Set in the war of liberation in China, CCP send a working group led by Xiang Xiao to a village in northeast China called Yuanmao Tun to carry through rural land reform.

Director: Tieli Xie | Stars: Yung Henry Yu, Baocheng Gao, Fei Lu, Cunzhuang Ge

30. Da lang tao sha (1964)

124 min | Drama

Story of 4 young people joining the revolutionary movement in 1920s China.

Director: Yi Lin | Stars: Ruichao Jian, Tsin Kung-cho, Ku Ta-Ming, Yu Yang

31. Chuang ye (1974)

Not Rated | 148 min | Drama

The story of the beginning of China's oil industry.

Director: Yanfu Yu | Stars: Yin Chen, Xibin Gong, Rentang Li, Jie Zhang

33. The Big Mill (1992)

A Communist is outraged by the structures of power in his village in China in the 1930s, during the corrupt Nationalist regime of Chiang Kai Shek.

Director: Ziniu Wu | Star: Zeru Tao

Votes: 5

37. Always on My Mind (1993)

104 min | Comedy

When news anchor Michael Hui discovers he has cancer and only has three months to live, he decides to play it for all its worth on television for big ratings and lots of money.

Director: Chi Leung 'Jacob' Cheung | Stars: Josephine Siao, Michael Hui, Siu-Ha Chan, Spencer Chan

Votes: 96

38. Red Firecracker, Green Firecracker (1994)

R | 111 min | Drama, Romance

A woman inherits her father's fireworks factory, as he had no son. The business does well and everything works in an orderly fashion until one day, an itinerant painter is hired to decorate... See full summary »

Director: Ping He | Stars: Jing Ning, Gang Wu, Xiaorui Zhao, Yang Gao

Votes: 451 | Gross: $0.27M

39. The Most Terrible Time in My Life (1993)

92 min | Drama, Thriller

61 Metascore

Maiku Hama is a private detective working in Yokohama. Hama comes to the aid of a Taiwanese waiter named Yang and agrees to track down his missing brother. Through a series of ... See full summary »

Director: Kaizô Hayashi | Stars: Masatoshi Nagase, Shirô Sano, Kiyotaka Nanbara, Hai-Ping Yang

Votes: 329

40. Chatterbox (1993)

Comedy, Drama, Family

Jixiang(which means "lucky" in Mandarin) village has a child called Min Sheng, because of his talkative, people call him "Chatterbox." His brother Qun Sheng grew up and brought his fiancé, ... See full summary »

Director: Miaomiao Liu | Stars: Cuifen Cao, Shaoxiong Guo, Lei Li, Xiaoyan Lu

42. Center Stage (1991)

126 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

Biopic of 1930's Chinese actress Ruan Ling Yu.

Director: Stanley Kwan | Stars: Maggie Cheung, Han Chin, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Carina Lau

Votes: 1,564

43. Pushing Hands (1991)

Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Drama

All the while, Master Chu tries to find his place in the foreign American world.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Sihung Lung, Lai Wang, Bozhao Wang, Deb Snyder

Votes: 3,265 | Gross: $0.15M

44. Huo yan shan lai de gu shou (1991)


A talented young tambourine player joins an ensemble in the capital of a West China province.

Director: Chunlan Guang | Stars: Nula Ayi, Banjiang Kuer

45. The Wedding Banquet (1993)

R | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

To satisfy his nagging parents, a gay landlord and a female tenant agree to a marriage of convenience, but his parents arrive to visit and things get out of hand.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Winston Chao, May Chin, Ah-Lei Gua, Sihung Lung

Votes: 12,811 | Gross: $6.93M

46. The Women from the Lake of Scented Souls (1993)

105 min | Drama

If money can't buy happiness, can it at least buy control over others? Xiang is hard-working, running a small sesame oil business. Her husband is lazy and drinks; her son is blood simple. ... See full summary »

Director: Fei Xie | Stars: Gaowa Siqin, Yujuan Wu, Baoguo Chen, Kesheng Lei

Votes: 239

47. Cageman (1992)

145 min | Drama

The story about a young, unemployed man, who after being kicked out is desperate enough to live anywhere. He is directed to Roy Chiao, who owns the caged establishment, and is given a living space.

Director: Chi Leung 'Jacob' Cheung | Stars: Roy Chiao, Kai Chi Liu, Teddy Robin Kwan, Feng Ku

Votes: 172

49. Rebels of the Neon God (1992)

Not Rated | 106 min | Crime, Drama

82 Metascore

Within the urban gloom of Taipei, four youths face alienation, loneliness, and moments of existential crisis amidst a series of minor crimes.

Director: Ming-liang Tsai | Stars: Chao-jung Chen, Chang-Bin Jen, Kang-sheng Lee, Yi-Ching Lu

Votes: 2,850 | Gross: $0.03M