Favorite Chinese films

Favorite Chinese films from the Mainland, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Mostly from the 2000s.

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1.
Diary (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
Winnie Leung is a lonely woman that likes to make puppets and write her diary, and she misses her boy-friend Seth Lau... (85 mins.)
Director: Oxide Chun Pang
“ The creative camera angles, the mostly gray/green color palette accentuating a sense of disease or decay, the original music and sound design, and the beauty of the actors add up to a sensuous ninety minute delight. At times the film seemed adrift on a sea of music carried along by the score instead of leading it, while at other times the conspicuous absence of any sound almost embarrasses the viewer in moments of voyeuristic character study. ” - sitenoise
 
2.
The Story of Qiu Ju (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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... (100 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
“ Zhang Yimou's sweet homage to the days of yore. The Story of Qiu Ju is a slow paced, somewhat repetitive film but it's all the better for it. Viewers are treated to a heart-warmimg world of relationships which are themselves slow-paced and repetitive. It would be a shame to rush through it. ” - sitenoise
 
3.
In the Mood for Love (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
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. (98 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
“ A gorgeous and remarkable film. ” - sitenoise
 
4.
In Love We Trust (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A divorced couple learns that the way to possibly save daughter, who is suffering from blood cancer, is to have another child. Problem is: They're both already remarried. (115 mins.)
Director: Xiaoshuai Wang
“ No surprise to learn director Xiaoshuai Wang studied painting before becoming a director. This is a marvelously composed film. The screenplay is brutal sharp with one large unnecessary gimmick toward the end. The four main performers are solid and compelling, with lots of shots of faces on bodies doing nothing but carrying burden within. And they all pull it off. ” - sitenoise
 
5.
Blue Cha Cha (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Just coming out of the jail, depressed and close-hearted, Ah Yu met two men with different characters from each other... (108 mins.)
Director: Wen-tang Cheng
“ Blue Cha Cha requires patience, and yes, that’s code for it being an art house type film that moves slowly and doesn’t offer a lot of detail as to why things are happening. Blue Cha Cha isn’t a low-budget indie film. It has excellent production values and looks gorgeous. The direction is fluid and creative and the cinematography crisp and colorful. The real highlight here is Tarcy Su. She is able to make us care for a character we never learn much about. ” - sitenoise
 
6.
Not One Less (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
In a remote mountain village, the teacher must leave for a month, and the mayor can find only a 13-year old girl... (106 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
“ Somehow, thirteen year old Wei Minzhi, who appears unable to act her way out of a paper bag turns in the performance of a lifetime. Blushing, awkward body language, a drifting gaze, and an pre-adolescent thespian's grasp of dialog pacing, filmed docu-realistically, come together to create the most endearing character I've seen in a long time. ” - sitenoise
 
7.
Summer Palace (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
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. (158 mins.)
Director: Ye Lou
“ "Because it is only when we make love that you understand that I'm gentle."

That's all the character development I need. This is an ambitious film about the stalled maturation of an idealistic but troubled young woman flanked by the Tiananmen Square protests, the fall of the Berlin Wall, and the handover of Hong Kong to mainland China.

The direction is a little chaotic at times but it reflects the nature of the film and doesn't come off as a liability. The soundtrack is impeccably chosen and the film is ultimately very sad. I was glued to this 140 minute masterpiece. Politics aside, and they are on the side, this is a remarkable film in its honest portrayal of failure, not of personal character, but of circumstance. ” - sitenoise
 
8.
Blue Gate Crossing (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An is-she-or-isn't-she gay comedy focused on a Taiwanese teen, the boy she might like, and the girl she may love. (85 mins.)
Director: Chih-yen Yee
“ Dreamy, Romantic, Tender. This is a well-acted, well-directed, well-written movie, a joy to watch. I smiled from ear to ear, from the time sensitive boy was introduced until the very end. This is an exceptionally well done film, off-the-charts-delightful. ” - sitenoise
 
9.
A Good Rain Knows (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A traveling architect meets an old friend from his student years; the pair realize their connection has always been a romantic one. (100 mins.)
Director: Jin-ho Hur
“ Hur is a fascinating director. In some ways his films are just cheesy romances with questionable soundtracks, but he possesses an emotional intelligence and an eye for subtle soul-searching details that make his films powerful when he gets it right. He gets it right this time. A good rain knows when to fall.

It would be a spoiler if I were to share one of the main reasons I love this movie. I can say, however, that the film is very much about a Chinese experience, and the fact that it's directed by a Korean is what makes it interesting. ” - sitenoise
 
10.
Aftershock (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The epic story of a family separated as a result of the Great Tangshan Earthquake of 1976. (135 mins.)
Director: Xiaogang Feng
“ This isn't a perfect film but its story is so moving that any shortcomings in the telling can easily be overlooked. I was moved to tears several times during the film but more from just thinking about the scenarios than from any melodramatic presentation. It has some structural weaknesses but it's a magnificent and heart-rending story with a lot of legs. Highly recommended to those who like that kind of thing. ” - sitenoise
 
11.
Let the Bullets Fly (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In 1920s China, a bandit arrives in a remote provincial town posing as its new mayor, where he faces off against a tyrannical local nobleman. (132 mins.)
Director: Wen Jiang
“ Surprising how damn funny this film is. ” - sitenoise
 
12.
Night and Fog (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Starts at the end of the story, with the brutal murder by a man of his wife and daughters. Hui gradually unmasks the idyll of the peaceful family and that of Hong Kong as the promised land for gold seekers. (122 mins.)
Director: Ann Hui
“ This is one of the more painfully sad films I've seen in a long time. I put it on when it was already way past my bed time, thinking I'd just get a feel for it and fall asleep. Well, a feel for it I got, and ended up staring at it, bug-eyed, the entire two hour runtime. The acting and direction of Night and Fog are so pitch perfect, that even though the story starts at the end, so we know the result and it's unraveled through flashbacks and police interrogations, it plays out like a mystery. ” - sitenoise
 
13.
Lust, Caution (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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
“ I don't care about Ang Lee's attitude towards women or whether or not this film betrays those feelings. This is a great movie. This is mainstream cinema at its best. Sex is the new violence in film. Set against a WWII backdrop and the Japanese occupation of China. It's got everything! ” - sitenoise
 
14.
Green Tea (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
(83 mins.)
Director: Yuan Zhang
“ Twice the Vicki Zhao Wei fun in this beautiful, saturated romance. Christopher Doyle outdoes himself. ” - sitenoise
 
15.
Blind Mountain (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A young woman is kidnapped and sold to a villager in the mountains. (95 mins.)
Director: Yang Li
 
16.
The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
The film tells the story of Qiu Jin and her involvement in revolutionary uprisings against the Qing Dynasty in Anhui province. Influences on her life are shown through a series of flashbacks. (115 mins.)
Director: Herman Yau
“ Action and social commentary. Fun for the whole family. ” - sitenoise
 
17.
City of Life and Death (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In 1937, Japan occupied Nanjing, the Chinese capital. There was a battle and subsequent atrocities against the inhabitants, especially those who took refuge in the International Security Zone. (132 mins.)
Director: Chuan Lu
 
18.
Blind Shaft (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Two Chinese coal miners have hit upon the perfect scam: murder one of their fellow mine workers, make the death look like an accident... (92 mins.)
Director: Yang Li
 
19.
The Equation of Love and Death (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
When a mysterious death occurs, the lives of five unexpected strangers are suddenly intertwined together... (96 mins.)
Director: Baoping Cao
 
20.
Happy Times (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Zhao is an aging bachelor who hasn't been lucky in love. Thinking he has finally met the woman of his dreams... (102 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
 
21.
Hear Me (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A delivery Boy falls for a young girl who is hearing impaired. Comparing themselves with "water birds" and trees, together they are going to break the barrier and pursue their dreams and take their relationship to the next level. (109 mins.)
Director: Fen-fen Cheng
 
22.
Hero (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A defense officer, Nameless, was summoned by the King of Qin regarding his success of terminating three warriors. (99 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
 
23.
Lost in Beijing (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A look at modern-day life in China's capital centered on a ménage-a-quatre involving a young woman, her boss, her husband and her boss's wife. (112 mins.)
Director: Yu Li
 
24.
Lost in Time (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Sui Wai lost her fiance Ah Man in a car accident. With the obligations of life sitting heavy on her shoulders... (109 mins.)
Director: Tung-Shing Yee
 
25.
Lost Indulgence (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The relationship between a teenage son and his mother become complicated when they take in secretive young woman into their home. (100 mins.)
Director: Yibai Zhang
 
26.
Peacock (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
China in the late 1970s and early 1980s: the life of an ordinary working family as seen through its three siblings. (136 mins.)
Director: Changwei Gu
 
27.
Red Cliff (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
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
 
28.
Red Cliff II (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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
 
29.
The Road (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
(114 mins.)
Director: Jiarui Zhang
 
30.
Waiting Alone (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Chen Wen, an antique shop worker and aspiring author, who has just met the girl of his dreams. The only problem is that she only wants him as a very close friend, not as a boyfriend. (107 mins.)
Director: Dayyan Eng
 
31.
What Time Is It There? (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
When a young street vendor with a grim home life meets a woman on her way to Paris, they forge an instant connection... (116 mins.)
Director: Ming-liang Tsai
 
32.
Where Have All the Flowers Gone (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
(90 mins.)
Director: Xiaosong Gao
 
33.
Confucius (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
The life story of the highly-influential Chinese philosopher, Confucius. (125 mins.)
Director: Mei Hu
 
34.
The Emperor and the Assassin (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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. (162 mins.)
Director: Kaige Chen
 
35.
If You Are the One (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Qin Fen, a funny, honest, single inventor, met a girl called Smiley, who was in agony of her boyfriend's betrayal... (130 mins.)
Director: Xiaogang Feng
 
36.
The Message (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
1942, Nanjing (Nanking). Following a series of assassination attempts on officials of the Japanese-controlled puppet government... (118 mins.)
 
37.
Red River (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
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
 
38.
The Road Home (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Prompted by the death of his father and the grief of his mother, a man recalls the story of how they met in flashback. (89 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
 
39.
Spring Subway (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
(93 mins.)
Director: Yibai Zhang
 
40.
Stolen Life (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
When Yan'ni starts college she believes she is embarking on a new life away from her family-and she is... (90 mins.)
Director: Shaohong Li
 
41.
Last Train Home (2009 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A couple embarks on a journey home for Chinese new year along with 130 million other migrant workers, to reunite with their children and struggle for a future. Their unseen story plays out as China soars towards being a world superpower. (85 mins.)
Director: Lixin Fan
 
42.
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Two youths sent for a Maoist "re-education" in the mountains fall in love with the village tailor's granddaughter. (110 mins.)
Director: Sijie Dai
 
43.
Painted Skin (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
An action-thriller centered on a vampire-like woman who eats the skins and hearts of her lovers. (103 mins.)
 
44.
Bodyguards and Assassins (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
In 1905, revolutionist Sun Yat-Sen visits Hong Kong to discuss plans with Tongmenghui members to overthrow the Qing dynasty. But when they find out that assassins have been sent to kill him, they assemble a group of protectors to prevent any attacks. (139 mins.)
Director: Teddy Chan
 
45.
Shanghai Dreams (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In the 1980s, encouraged by the government, a large number of families leave Chinese cities to settle in the poorer regions of the country... (123 mins.)
Director: Xiaoshuai Wang
 
46.
The Longest Night in Shanghai (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
(110 mins.)
Director: Yibai Zhang
 
47.
Hot Summer Days (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
The whole city is burning up during the hottest summer on record. Tempers flare, irrational feelings erupt and the impossible becomes possible. And in every corner of the city, love explodes like fireworks. (93 mins.)
Director: Tony Chan, Wing Shya
 
48.
About Love (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
(102 mins.)
 
49.
Blind Massage (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A drama centered around the employees of a Nanjing massage parlor who share a common trait: they are all blind. (114 mins.)
Director: Ye Lou
 
50.
Black Coal, Thin Ice (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
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. (110 mins.)
Director: Yi'nan Diao
 
51.
Night Train (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Wu Hongyan is a young woman working as a prison guard during executions of female convicts. She feels lonely after her husband died... (94 mins.)
Director: Yi'nan Diao
 
52.
The Assassin (2015)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
An assassin accepts a dangerous mission to kill a political leader in seventh-century China. (105 mins.)
Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou
 
53.
2046 (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The women who enter a science fiction author's life, over the course of a few years, after the author loses the woman he considers his one true love. (129 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
 
54.
Millennium Mambo (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Taipei. A voice off-camera looks back ten years to 2000, when Vicky was in an on-again off-again relationship with Hao-Hao... (119 mins.)
Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou
 
55.
One Day (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A visual love poem of magical realism. (93 mins.)
Director: Chi-jan Hou
 
56.
The Most Distant Course (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Tthree young souls, with different purposes, comes to the coast and search for the meaning of their life, a journey considerably longer than any of them has taken before. (110 mins.)
Director: Jing-Jie Lin