My Favorite Chinese Movies

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1.
Princess Iron Fan (1941)
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Three travelers needing to pass through a fiery mountain seek the magical fan of a princess, but she does not wish to part with it. (73 mins.)
“ The first Chinese animated feature film. The animation is not very good (The quality of Disney films was better) but the movie is very interesting and the story is very funny. ” - lwvanrooijen
 
2.
Chung Kuo - Cina (1972 Documentary)
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A documentary on China, concentrating mainly on the faces of the people, filmed in the areas they were allowed to visit... (135 mins.)
“ It's not really a Chinese movie (director was Italian) but it is a documentary about China in the seventies. That said the movie is more just images of China. The commentary is not extensive. ” - lwvanrooijen
 
3.
The Chinese Connection (1972)
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A young man seeks vengence for the death of his teacher. (102 mins.)
Director: Wei Lo
“ Probably the most well-known of Bruce Lee's movies. ” - lwvanrooijen
 
4.
Lu ling (1982 Short Film)
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The granddaughter of an old herbalist saves a injured deer and let the deer return to its parents. (20 mins.)
Director: Cheng Tang, Qiang Wu
“ A short, animated film, which a pleasure to watch. The animation is beautiful and fresh. ” - lwvanrooijen
 
5.
Black Snow (1990)
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A semi-literate who was deprived of schooling during the Cultural Revolution, Li Huiquan, is released from labor camp... (107 mins.)
Director: Fei Xie
“ The struggle of a young man to pick up his life after he is released from prison. You are drawn into his desire to walk the straight and narrow, but he simply isn't capable. ” - lwvanrooijen
 
6.
Dragon Inn (1992)
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This big hit at the Sundance Film Festival had audiences cheering. Set during the Ming Dynasty, this... (88 mins.)
Director: Raymond Lee
“ Some great Kung Fu. ” - lwvanrooijen
 
7.
The Blue Kite (1993)
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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. (140 mins.)
“ The story of a young boy and his life during the 1950s and 1960s in China. ” - lwvanrooijen
 
8.
Running Out of Time (1999)
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Police inspector and excellent hostage negotiator Ho Sheung-Sang finds himself in over his head when he is pulled into a 72 hour game by a cancer suffering criminal out for vengeance on Hong Kong's organized crime Syndicates. (93 mins.)
Director: Johnnie To
“ A movie with some unexpected twists and turns. ” - lwvanrooijen
 
9.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
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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. (120 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
“ This is a must-see. ” - lwvanrooijen
 
10.
Hero (2002)
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A defense officer, Nameless, was summoned by the King of Qin regarding his success of terminating three warriors. (107 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
“ I really like this movie, but mostly because of its visual appeal especially the use of color. ” - lwvanrooijen
 
11.
Infernal Affairs (2002)
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A story between a mole in the police department and an undercover cop. Their objectives are the same: to find out who is the mole, and who is the cop. (101 mins.)
Director: Andrew Lau, Alan Mak
“ The original The Departed. ” - lwvanrooijen
 
12.
House of Flying Daggers (2004)
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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. (119 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
“ A beautiful movie to watch, with a good story. ” - lwvanrooijen
 
13.
Curse of the Golden Flower (2006)
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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. (111 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
“ Not the best movie, but definitely worth a look if only for the costumes and the scenery. ” - lwvanrooijen
 
14.
Lust, Caution (2007)
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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. (157 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
“ A very interesting movie by Ang Lee (better known for Brokeback Mountain) ” - lwvanrooijen
 
15.
The Warlords (2007)
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It's a heroic tale of three blood brothers and their struggle in the midst of war and political upheaval... (126 mins.)
“ A great Chinese movie about how war, love and jealousy can rip apart friends and brothers. ” - lwvanrooijen
 
16.
Blind Mountain (2007)
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A young woman is kidnapped and sold to a villager in the mountains. (95 mins.)
Director: Yang Li
“ Great movie about a Chinese problem that isn't often mentioned. ” - lwvanrooijen
 
17.
Please Vote for Me (2007 Documentary)
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Democracy in China exists, that is, in a primary school in Wuhan where a grade 3 class can vote who they want as class monitor. (58 mins.)
Director: Weijun Chen
“ A wonderful documentary about democracy. Three children in a Wuhan elementary school are running for the position as class monitor. Normally the teachers choose who will be class monitor, but this time the children are allowed to decide themselves. A very interesting look at a democratic election. ” - lwvanrooijen
 
18.
Ip Man (2008)
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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. (106 mins.)
Director: Wilson Yip
“ The story of Ip Man. Has some great fight scenes. Also watch Yip Man 2. ” - lwvanrooijen
 
19.
CJ7 (2008)
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A poor Chinese laborer learns important lessons after his son gets a strange new toy. (86 mins.)
Director: Stephen Chow
“ A surprisingly good Chinese sci-fi story. It is a movie for children (keep that in mind) ” - lwvanrooijen
 
20.
Red Cliff (2008)
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The first chapter of a two-part story centered on a battle fought in China's Three Kingdoms period (220-280 A.D.). (146 mins.)
Director: John Woo
“ A beautiful movie about the battle of Chi Bi. There are two different versions of this movie: the Chinese version (which has a part two) and the International version (which is part 1 and 2 combined). Watch the Chinese version! ” - lwvanrooijen
 
21.
Red Cliff II (2009)
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In this sequel to Red Cliff, Chancellor Cao Cao convinces Emperor Xian of the Han to initiate a battle against the two Kingdoms of Shu and Wu... (142 mins.)
Director: John Woo
“ The second part. ” - lwvanrooijen
 
22.
Red River (2009)
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A haunting, tragic love story about the aftermath of the American War in Vietnam, and the long-term effect it had on ordinary people's lives... (100 mins.)
Director: Jiarui Zhang
“ A tragic love story. The movie is Chinese, but the main character is actually Vietnamese. The acting is also convincing. ” - lwvanrooijen
 
23.
Shinjuku Incident (2009)
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A simple Chinese immigrant wages a perilous war against one of the most powerful criminal organizations on the planet. (119 mins.)
Director: Tung-Shing Yee
“ You simply have to watch this movie because it will change the way you view Jackie Chan and his acting skills. ” - lwvanrooijen
 
24.
Aftershock (2010)
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The epic story of a family separated as a result of the Great Tangshan Earthquake of 1976. (135 mins.)
Director: Xiaogang Feng
“ A great movie about the consequences of natural disasters. ” - lwvanrooijen
 
25.
Echoes of the Rainbow (2010)
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The ups and downs of a Hong Kong family and their shoe shop as seen through the eyes of their eccentric eight-year-old son. (117 mins.)
Director: Alex Law
“ This movie is wonderful. It's about a boy growing up in Hong Kong in the sixties. ” - lwvanrooijen