Chinese Cinema

by zoezezhao | created - 29 Jul 2013 | updated - 06 Nov 2016 | Public

Some famous Chinese directors (well, my favourites):

Mainland/PRC: Zhangke Jia,

HK: Kar Wai Wong, Stanley Kwan, etc.

TW: Ang Lee, Hsiao-hsien Hou, Edward Yang, Ming-liang Tsai, etc.

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1. Prince Nezha's Triumph Against Dragon King (1979)

65 min | Adventure, Animation, Fantasy

Tells the fable from Chinese mythology about the young warrior Zezha who takes on a group of evil dragons.

Directors: Shuchen Wang, Jingda Xu, Ding Xian Yan | Stars: Ke Bi, Banjô Ginga, Daisuke Gôri, Junko Hori

Votes: 669

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: 22,438 | Gross: $5.22M

3. And the Spring Comes (2007)

94 min | Drama, Music

In a grimy provincial industrial city, a talented but unattractive schoolteacher dreams of an operatic career.

Director: Changwei Gu | Stars: Xuan Dong, Wenli Jiang, Gang Jiao, Guangjie Li

Votes: 473

4. Mountain Patrol (2004)

PG-13 | 90 min | Action, Drama

77 Metascore

A moving true story about volunteers protecting antelope against poachers in the severe mountains of Tibet.

Director: Chuan Lu | Stars: Duobujie, Lei Zhang, Liang Qi, Xueying Zhao

Votes: 4,435 | Gross: $0.14M

5. The Blue Kite (1993)

140 min | Drama

The lives of a Beijing family throughout the 1950s and 1960s, as they experience the impact of the Hundred Flowers Campaign, the Great Leap Forward, and the Cultural Revolution.

Director: Zhuangzhuang Tian | Stars: Tian Yi, Wenyao Zhang, Xiaoman Chen, Liping Lü

Votes: 2,429 | Gross: $0.36M

6. 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: 14,401 | Gross: $2.33M

7. The Piano in a Factory (2010)

Not Rated | 119 min | Comedy, Drama

To fight for custody of his daughter who loves playing the piano, a steel factory worker decides to forge a piano from scratch.

Directors: Meng Zhang, Bo Gao | Stars: Qianyuan Wang, Yongzhen Guo, Shin-yeong Jang, Qian Liu

Votes: 1,052

8. Lan Yu (2001)

R | 86 min | Drama, Romance

60 Metascore

Beijing, 1988. On the cusp of middle-age, Chen Handong has known little but success all his life. The eldest son of a senior government bureaucrat, he heads a fast-growing trading company ... See full summary »

Director: Stanley Kwan | Stars: Ye Liu, Jun Hu, Bin Li, Huatong Li

Votes: 2,004 | Gross: $0.12M

9. Devils on the Doorstep (2000)

139 min | Comedy, Drama, War

70 Metascore

During the Japanese occupation of China, two prisoners are dumped in a peasant's home in a small town. The owner is bullied into keeping the prisoners until the next New Year, at which time... See full summary »

Director: Wen Jiang | Stars: Wen Jiang, Kenya Sawada, Hongbo Jiang, Teruyuki Kagawa

Votes: 6,114 | Gross: $0.02M

10. Getting Home (2007)

110 min | Comedy, Drama

A black comedy about a farmer who tries to bring home the body of his friend, who died far from their town.

Director: Yang Zhang | Stars: Benshan Zhao, Qiwen Hong, Dandan Song, Degang Guo

Votes: 1,481

11. 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: 107,402 | Gross: $2.73M

12. 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: 19,621 | Gross: $0.19M

13. 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: 21,740

14. Yi Yi (2000)

Not Rated | 173 min | Drama, Romance

93 Metascore

Each member of a middle class Taipei family seeks to reconcile past and present relationships within their daily lives.

Director: Edward Yang | Stars: Nien-Jen Wu, Elaine Jin, Issei Ogata, Kelly Lee

Votes: 17,370 | Gross: $1.14M

15. A Brighter Summer Day (1991)

Not Rated | 237 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

90 Metascore

Based on a true story, primarily on a conflict between two youth gangs, a 14-year-old boy's girlfriend conflicts with the head of one gang for an unclear reason, until finally the conflict comes to a violent climax.

Director: Edward Yang | Stars: Chen Chang, Lisa Yang, Kuo-Chu Chang, Elaine Jin

Votes: 5,738

16. 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: 3,681

17. A Time to Live and a Time to Die (1985)

138 min | Biography, Drama

The semi-autobiographical film on director Hou Hsiao-Hsien's childhood and adolescence, when he was growing up in Taiwan, living through the deaths of his father, mother and grandmother.

Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou | Stars: Chia-bao Chang, Neng Chang, Chih-Chen Chen, Han-wen Chen

Votes: 2,091

18. In the Heat of the Sun (1994)

134 min | Drama, Romance

A story of four teenagers during Cultural Revolution in Beijing.

Director: Wen Jiang | Stars: Yu Xia, Shaobo Dai, Hua Fang, Xiaogang Feng

Votes: 3,348

19. The Goddess (1934)

TV-PG | 85 min | Drama

Street walker by night, devoted mother by day, a woman fights to get her young son an education amid criminal and social injustice in China.

Director: Yonggang Wu | Stars: Lingyu Ruan, Tian Jian, Zhizhi Zhang, Keng Li

Votes: 1,619

20. Street Angel (1937)

91 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

In old Shanghai, two sisters, a prostitute and a singer, tried to escape from the local scoundrels with the help of a trumpet player and a newspaper seller.

Director: Muzhi Yuan | Stars: Dan Zhao, Heling Wei, Xuan Zhou, Jiting Wang

Votes: 664

21. 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: 1,572

22. 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: 12,869 | Gross: $6.93M

23. Hibiscus Town (1987)

164 min | Drama, History, Romance

Love, humiliation and politics play out in a distant village of China during the cultural revolution.

Director: Jin Xie | Stars: Wen Jiang, Linian Liu, Xiaoqing Liu, Ning Xu

Votes: 674

24. 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: 1,493

25. Red Rose White Rose (1994)

110 min | Drama

Chronicles the love life of a man, Zhenbao. He has a steamy fling with the wife of a friend, the saucy and exciting Red Rose. Even though he feels happy with her, he knows he will not end ... See full summary »

Director: Stanley Kwan | Stars: Joan Chen, Veronica Yip, Winston Chao, Zhao Chang

Votes: 221

26. Feelings of Mountains and Waters (1988)

19 min | Animation, Short, Drama

A short film about a young girl who cares for a wise old scholar in exchange for guqin lessons.

Director: Wei Te

Votes: 412



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