chinese movies awarded/nominated in Europe

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1. 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: 7,143

Golden Bear

2. 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: 3,649

Golden Lion

3. 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: 4,972 | Gross: $1.89M

Golden Lion

4. 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: 22,359 | Gross: $5.22M

Palme d'Or, Golden Palm, Złota Palma (Cannes)

5. 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: 12,821 | Gross: $6.93M

Golden Bear

6. 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: 240

Golden Bear

7. Vive L'Amour (1994)

R | 118 min | Drama

Three lonely young denizens of Taipei unknowingly share an apartment used for sexual trysts.

Director: Ming-liang Tsai | Stars: Chao-jung Chen, Kang-sheng Lee, Kuei-Mei Yang, Yi-Ching Lu

Votes: 3,022

Golden Lion

8. Not One Less (1999)

G | 106 min | Drama

73 Metascore

In a remote mountain village, the teacher must leave for a month, and the mayor can find only a 13-year old girl, Wei Minzhi, to substitute. The teacher leaves one stick of chalk for each ... See full summary »

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Minzhi Wei, Huike Zhang, Zhenda Tian, Enman Gao

Votes: 7,723 | Gross: $0.59M

Golden Lion

9. Tuya's Marriage (2006)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Romance

71 Metascore

Set in Inner Mongolia, a physical setback causes a young woman to choose a suitor who can take care of her, as well as her disabled husband.

Director: Quan'an Wang | Stars: Nan Yu, Ba'toer, Sen'ge, Bao'lier

Votes: 2,116 | Gross: $0.09M

Golden Bear

10. Still Life (2006)

Unrated | 111 min | Drama

81 Metascore

A town in Fengjie county is gradually being demolished and flooded to make way for the Three Gorges Dam. A man and woman visit the town to locate their estranged spouses, and become witness to the societal changes.

Director: Zhangke Jia | Stars: Tao Zhao, Zhou Lan, Sanming Han, Lizhen Ma

Votes: 5,234 | Gross: $0.07M

Golden Lion

11. 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: 34,792 | Gross: $4.60M

Golden Lion

12. Black Coal, Thin Ice (2014)

Not Rated | 110 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

70 Metascore

An ex cop and his ex partner decide to follow up on investigation of a series of murders that ended their careers and shamed them, when identical murders begin again.

Director: Yi'nan Diao | Stars: Fan Liao, Lun-Mei Kwei, Xuebing Wang, Jingchun Wang

Votes: 6,456

Golden Bear

13. The Enchanting Shadow (1960)

83 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

A young scholar spends the night in a creepy temple that is said to be haunted. He doesn't believe in the rumors, but after running into a Taoist swordsman, he meets a beautiful lady ghost.

Director: Han Hsiang Li | Stars: Betty Loh Ti, Lei Zhao, Rhoqing Tang, Chih-Ching Yang

Votes: 141

Cannes nominee

14. The Magnificent Concubine (1962)

103 min | Drama

Lady Yuhuan Yang is the beloved Imperial Concubine of the Chinese Emperor. Her brother Yang, the Prime Minister, is corrupt and the Fanyang Chief revolts and imperils the throne. This has grave consequences for the Yangs and the Emperor.

Director: Han Hsiang Li | Stars: Li Hua Li, Chun Yen, Hsiang Chun Li, Lei Zhao

Votes: 45

Cannes nominee

15. 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: 4,577

Cannes nominee

16. King of the Children (1987)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama

This film is adapted from the novel of Ah Cheng. During the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976),

Director: Kaige Chen | Stars: Yuan Xie, Xuewen Yang, Shaohua Chen, Caimei Zhang

Votes: 344

Cannes nominee

17. 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: 6,883 | Gross: $1.99M

Cannes nominee

18. Life on a String (1991)

110 min | Drama, Music, Romance

A blind man's master told him that after he has broken 1000 strings on his Banjo, he can open the Banjo to get a script for his eyes. After 60 years he broke the 1000th string...

Director: Kaige Chen | Stars: Zhongyuan Liu, Lei Huang, Qing Xu, Ling Ma

Votes: 552

Cannes nominee

19. The Puppetmaster (1993)

142 min | Biography, Drama, War

Puppeteer Li Tian-lu tells his life story, and through it, the story of Taiwan in the first half of the 20th century.

Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou | Stars: Tien-Lu Li, Giong Lim, Kuei-Chung Cheng, Chien-ru Huang

Votes: 1,503

Cannes nominee

20. 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: 14,340 | Gross: $2.33M

Cannes nominee

21. A Confucian Confusion (1994)

125 min | Comedy

After firing a colleague, the head of a PR company begins to question her lifestyle and values.

Director: Edward Yang | Stars: Li-Mei Chen, Shiang-chyi Chen, Yi-wen Chen, Danny Deng

Votes: 678

Cannes nominee

22. 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: 4,818 | Gross: $2.30M

Cannes nominee

23. Good Men, Good Women (1995)

108 min | Drama, Romance

Intended as the concluding film in the trilogy on the modern history of Taiwan began with Beiqing Chengshi (1989), this film reveals the story through three levels: a film within a film as ... See full summary »

Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou | Stars: Annie Shizuka Inoh, Giong Lim, Jack Kao, Ah-Cheng

Votes: 944

Cannes nominee

24. Temptress Moon (1996)

R | 130 min | Drama, Romance

Not far from Shanghai, in a country town stands the palatial home of the Pang family. Old Master Pang is an addict who brings up his beautiful daughter Ruyi on opium smoke. Her older ... See full summary »

Director: Kaige Chen | Stars: Leslie Cheung, Li Gong, Kevin Lin, Saifei He

Votes: 1,664 | Gross: $1.08M

Cannes nominee

25. Goodbye, South, Goodbye (1996)

116 min | Crime, Drama

A glimpse at the lives of two petty criminals in Taipei.

Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou | Stars: Jieh-Wen King, Kuei-Ying Hsu, Annie Shizuka Inoh, Jack Kao

Votes: 1,357

Cannes nominee

26. 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: 19,530 | Gross: $0.19M

Cannes nominee

27. The Hole (1998)

95 min | Drama, Fantasy, Musical

While never-ending rain and a strange disease spread by cockroaches ravage Taiwan, a plumber makes a hole between two apartments and the inhabitants of each form a unique connection, enacted in musical numbers.

Director: Ming-liang Tsai | Stars: Kuei-Mei Yang, Kang-sheng Lee, Tien Miao, Hui-Chin Lin

Votes: 3,057

Cannes nominee

28. Flowers of Shanghai (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: 2,208

Cannes nominee

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: 5,668 | Gross: $1.33M

Cannes nominee

30. Love Will Tear Us Apart (1999)

114 min | Drama

This film gets under the skin of a very marginalized group: recent immigrants to Hong Kong from Mainland China. Belying the expectation that they will belong in a territory now returned to ... See full summary »

Director: Nelson Lik-wai Yu | Stars: Tony Ka Fai Leung, Liping Lü, Ning Wong, Rolf Chow

Votes: 173

Cannes nominee

31. 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: 106,799 | Gross: $2.73M

Cannes nominee

32. 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: 17,265 | Gross: $1.14M

Cannes nominee

33. 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: 6,095 | Gross: $0.02M

Cannes nominee

34. Millennium Mambo (2001)

R | 119 min | Drama, Romance

73 Metascore

The ethereally beautiful Vicky recalls her romances with Hao Hao and Jack in the neon-lit clubs of Taipei.

Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou | Stars: Qi Shu, Jack Kao, Chun-hao Tuan, Jun Takeuchi

Votes: 4,048 | Gross: $0.01M

Cannes nominee

35. What Time Is It There? (2001)

Not Rated | 116 min | Drama, Romance

79 Metascore

A watch salesman meets a young woman soon leaving for Paris and becomes infatuated, so he begins to change all the clocks in Taipei to Paris time.

Director: Ming-liang Tsai | Stars: Kang-sheng Lee, Shiang-chyi Chen, Yi-Ching Lu, Tien Miao

Votes: 4,201 | Gross: $0.19M

Cannes nominee

36. Unknown Pleasures (2002)

Unrated | 112 min | Comedy, Drama

61 Metascore

Two unemployed Chinese teenagers have trouble resisting the temptations of the Western world.

Director: Zhangke Jia | Stars: Wei Wei Zhao, Qiong Wu, Tao Zhao, Qing Feng Zhou

Votes: 1,943 | Gross: $0.01M

Cannes nominee

37. 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: 47,224 | Gross: $0.26M

Cannes nominee

38. Three Times (2005)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama, Romance

80 Metascore

Three stories set in three times, 1911, 1966 and 2005. Two actors play the two main characters in each story.

Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou | Stars: Qi Shu, Chen Chang, Fang Mei, Shu-Chen Liao

Votes: 5,086 | Gross: $0.15M

Cannes nominee

39. Shanghai Dreams (2005)

123 min | Drama

In the 1980s, encouraged by the government, a large number of families leave Chinese cities to settle in the poorer regions of the country, in order to develop local industry. The film's ... See full summary »

Director: Xiaoshuai Wang | Stars: Yuanyuan Gao, Bin Li, Hao Qin, Yang Tang

Votes: 990

Cannes nominee

40. Summer Palace (2006)

Unrated | 158 min | Drama, Romance

79 Metascore

Yu Hong leaves her home village and starts university in Beijing, where she develops a consuming and compulsive relationship with another student. The student riots from 1989 then ensue and take a toll on their lives.

Director: Ye Lou | Stars: Lei Hao, Xiaodong Guo, Xueyun Bai, Lin Cui

Votes: 2,638 | Gross: $0.06M

Cannes nominee

41. 24 City (2008)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama

75 Metascore

Change and a city in China. In Chengdu, factory 420 is being pulled down to make way for multi-story buildings with luxury flats. Scenes of factory operations, of the workforce, and of ... See full summary »

Director: Zhangke Jia | Stars: Jianbin Chen, Joan Chen, Liping Lü, Tao Zhao

Votes: 1,468

Cannes nominee

42. Face (2009)

138 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

Hsiao-Kang, a Taiwanese film director, travels to the Louvre in Paris, France, to shoot a film that explores the Salomé myth.

Director: Ming-liang Tsai | Stars: Kang-sheng Lee, Yi-Ching Lu, Fanny Ardant, Jean-Pierre Léaud

Votes: 763

Cannes nominee

43. Spring Fever (2009)

116 min | Drama

47 Metascore

Hired to spy on a philandering husband, Luo Haitao soon becomes entangled in a clandestine affair with the other man. Along with Luo's girlfriend, they succumb to the delirium of drunken nights, but how long can their tryst last?

Director: Ye Lou | Stars: Hao Qin, Sicheng Chen, Wei Wu, Zhuo Tan

Votes: 921 | Gross: $0.01M

Cannes nominee

44. Chongqing Blues (2010)

110 min | Drama

Lin, a sea captain, returns from a 6 month journey when he is told that his 25-year-old son Lin Bo has been gunned down by the police. In his quest to understand what happened, he realizes ... See full summary »

Director: Xiaoshuai Wang | Stars: Xueqi Wang, Bingbing Fan, Hao Qin, Ziyi Wang

Votes: 174

Cannes nominee

45. A Touch of Sin (2013)

Not Rated | 130 min | Action, Drama

76 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: 9,163 | Gross: $0.09M

Cannes nominee

46. Chess King (1988)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama

Lesson 1: Greeting Lesson 2: Introduction Lesson 3: Appreciation Lesson 4: Apology Lesson 5: Part and Say Good-bye Lesson 6: Expressing Like and Dislike Lesson 7: Hope and Anticipation ... See full summary »

Director: Wenji Teng | Stars: Dahong Ni, Ben Niu, Yuan Xie, Liang Zhao

Votes: 12

47. 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: 26,480 | Gross: $2.60M

48. Buddha Bless America (1996)

118 min | Comedy

In a sleepy part of rural Taiwan in the late 1960s, the life of a village is shattered when Uncle Sam arrives in tanks. The Yanks are there to take part in joint military exercises with ... See full summary »

Director: Nien-Jen Wu | Stars: Cheng-sheng Lin, Yung-Teh Hsu, Bin-hui Lee, Ming-Hua Pai

Votes: 45

49. Chinese Box (1997)

R | 99 min | Drama, Romance

6.3