Hong Kong Film Archive's 100 Must-See Hong Kong Movies

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Missing from IMDb: Scenes of Yan'an (1941) Roar of the People (1941) A Page of History (1941) Wong Fei Hung Burns The Tyrants' Lair (1949) The Misarranged Love Trap (1950) Should They Marry? (1951) Mysterious Murderer Parts 1 and 2 (1951) Mutual Understanding (1954) Anna (1955) The Wall (1956) Love Lingers On (1957) The Sorrowful Lute (1957) The Chair (1959) Paragon of Sword & Knife Part 2 (1968)

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1. A Trip Through China (1917)

108 min | Documentary

Documentary on the then-new Chinese Republic, taken over a ten-year period. Footage includes races at Shanghai, imperial ceremonies at the national Temple of Heaven, scenes of the ... See full summary »

Director: Benjamin Brodsky

Votes: 15

7. 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: 111

8. The Awful Truth (1950)


As China falls into hyperinflation following the end of the war, people fought tooth and nail to get their hands on the only reliable currencies in the world. In this world, the only truth is that everyone is lying for his own gain.

Director: Pingqian Li | Stars: Li Hua Li, Fei Han, Chun Yen, Hsi-Yu Li

Votes: 7

11. Jia (1953)

140 min | Drama

The decline of a large, bourgeois family shortly after the overthrow of the Manchu Dynasty. Mr. Gao's three sons by his first wife are all oppressed by the feudal ethical code of the time. ... See full summary »

Director: Wui Ng | Stars: Ying Cheung, Wood-Yau Cheung, Cho-Fan Ng, Yee Mui

Votes: 6

29. The Wild Wild Rose (1960)

128 min | Musical

Grace Chang seduces as Hong Kong's most sensual Carmen ever. The torrid passions of Bizet's famous opera gets a postmodern reading when it is transposed to the noir-like setting of Hong ... See full summary »

Director: Tian-Lin Wang | Stars: Grace Chang, Yang Chang, Po-Chien Chin, Chi Hsieh

Votes: 133

32. Zhui qi ji (1961)

Comedy, Romance

Patrick Tse Yin plays an amicable white-collar worker who discovers that the new co-worker (Patsy Kar Ling) he has fallen for is also the boss's mistress.

Director: Kim Chun | Stars: Chi Chou, Luquan Gao, Chung Ping Geung, Ling Ka

34. Father Takes a Bride (1963)

96 min | Musical, Comedy, Drama

A young lady has taken the place of caring for her two younger brothers since the death of their mother. She is content with putting her life on hold whilst she cares for them until one day... See full summary »

Director: Tian-Lin Wang | Stars: Kelly Lai Chen, Xiaoyu Deng, Xiaozhou Deng, Ling Jia

Votes: 12

36. Come Drink with Me (1966)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Crime

A group of bandits kidnaps the governor's son and demands their imprisoned leader to be set free in exchange.

Director: King Hu | Stars: Pei-Pei Cheng, Hua Yueh, Chih-Ching Yang, Hung Lieh Chen

Votes: 3,445

39. Golden Swallow (1968)

R | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

The indomitable martial arts team of director Chang Cheh and stunt choreographer Liu Chia-liang continues the compelling saga of Golden Swallow from King Hu's Come Drink with Me in this ... See full summary »

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: Pei-Pei Cheng, Jimmy Wang Yu, Lieh Lo, Hsin Yen Chao

Votes: 585

40. Yu nu tian ding (1968)

97 min

The Young Pregnant A young girl, upon learning that her unmarried older sister is with child, decides to fake her own pregnancy to divert her parent's attention, confident that she can ... See full synopsis »

Director: Yuen Chor | Stars: Connie Chan, Hsin Fang, Stanley Sui-Fan Fung, Luquan Gao

43. 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: 4,808

44. Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan (1972)

86 min | Action, Drama

The Four Seasons Brothel is run by a ruthless madam, Lady Chun Yi. Countless young girls have been kidnapped or bought and then sold into a life of servitude, prostitution, and torture at ... See full summary »

Director: Yuen Chor | Stars: Lily Ho, Hua Yueh, Betty Pei Ti, Lin Tung

Votes: 600

45. The Way of the Dragon (1972)

R | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

58 Metascore

A man visits his relatives at their restaurant in Italy and has to help them defend against brutal gangsters harassing them.

Director: Bruce Lee | Stars: Bruce Lee, Chuck Norris, Nora Miao, Ping Ou Wei

Votes: 29,903

46. Dynasty of Blood (1973)

PG-13 | 118 min | Action, Drama

Assassin Chang and his brother Hung meet up with a soldier, Mu. Together, they form a small mountain army, but when Hung's wife arrives, emotions swell, and Mu leaves for the army. After ... See full summary »

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: David Chiang, Lung Ti, Kuan Tai Chen, Li Ching

Votes: 635