Chinese submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

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1. Afanti (1979)

96 min | Drama

7.9
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Director: Lang Xiao | Stars: Abake, Guzelinuer, Tuhadi, Tuyigong

Votes: 12

2. Cheng nan jiu shi (1983)

96 min | Drama

7.7
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The film shows the society and life in Beijing in 1920s through the eyes of a 6 year old girl. Yingzi Lin moves to Beijing from Taiwan with her parents. They live in a lane in the southern ... See full summary »

Director: Yigong Wu | Stars: Wenping Chong, Yan Qin, Jie Shen, Zong-yao Tan

Votes: 208

3. Ren sheng (1984)

125 min | Drama

7.8
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Director: Tian-Ming Wu | Stars: Lijing Zhou, Yufang Wu, Baocheng Gao, Bai Xue

Votes: 53

4. Guo fu zhuan (1986)

156 min | Drama, History

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Director: Shan-Hsi Ting | Stars: Wei-Sheng Lin, Alex Man, Deannie Ip, Siu-Fung Wong

5. Fu rong zhen (1986)

164 min | Drama, History, Romance

8.2
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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: 496

6. Hong gao liang (1988)

91 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.5
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In 1930s China a young woman is sent by her father to marry the leprous owner of a winery. In the nearby red sorghum fields she falls for one of his servants. When the master dies she finds... See full summary »

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Li Gong, Wen Jiang, Rujun Ten, Ji Liu

Votes: 6,359

7. Kaiguo dadian (1989)

163 min | Drama, History

5.1
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In the spring and summer of 1949, the People's Liberation Army launched an offensive under the orders of Mao Zedong and Zhu De, they crossed the Yangtze River and Nanjing was liberated on ... See full summary »

Directors: Qiankuan Li, Guiyun Xiao | Stars: Yue Gu, Fazeng Guo, Kai Huang, Huaizheng Liu

Votes: 27

8. Ju Dou (1990)

PG-13 | 95 min | Drama, Romance

7.7
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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: 6,311 | Gross: $1.99M

9. New Year's Day (1989)

R | 88 min | Comedy, Drama

5.6
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A man returns to his sublet apartment to find the previous tenants, three offbeat young women, still in residence, under the mistaken belief that they have the apartment until the end of ... See full summary »

Director: Henry Jaglom | Stars: Maggie Wheeler, Gwen Welles, Melanie Winter, Henry Jaglom

Votes: 213

10. The Story of Qiu Ju (1992)

PG | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

7.6
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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: 4,493 | Gross: $1.89M

11. Feng huang qin (1993)

90 min | Drama

7.3
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Director: Qun He | Stars: Baotian Li, Xue Ju, Xueqi Wang, Zongdi Xiu

Votes: 89

12. Hong ying tao (1996)

120 min | Drama, War

7.2
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It is 1940. Chuchu and Luo Xiaoman are Chinese students who have been sent to study in Moscow, at the International School. She is 13; he is 12. Xiaoman is from Yanan, Mao's base after the ... See full summary »

Director: Daying Ye | Stars: Ke-Yu Guo, Hsiao-Ling Hsu, Vladmill Nizmiroff

Votes: 570

13. Genghis Khan (1998)

113 min | Adventure, Drama, War

6.8
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About 850 years ago a man was born to change history in a way like nobody else before or after him. He was the most successful and feared commander of all times, he created to biggest ... See full summary »

Directors: Mailisi, Saifu | Stars: Liya Ai, Tumen, Basen, Bayaertu

Votes: 97

14. Heart of China (1999)

105 min | Drama, War

6.3
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The film tells the story of a grounded American pilot during the Second World War who learns about the noble spirit of the Chinese poeple when he is rescued by the communist-led Chinese ... See full summary »

Director: Xiaoning Feng | Stars: Jing Ning, Paul Kersey, Xinjun Wang, Tumen

Votes: 208

15. Piao liang ma ma (2000)

90 min | Drama

7.1
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Gong Li stars in this low-key drama about a single mother who will do anything to provide for her son. Sun Liying (Li) struggles to care for her hearing-impaired child Zheng Da (Gao Xin) after her taxi driver husband divorces.

Director: Zhou Sun | Stars: Li Gong, Xin Gao, Jing-ming Shi, Yue Guan

Votes: 343

16. Ying xiong (2002)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Adventure, History

7.9
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85 Metascore

A defense officer, Nameless, was summoned by the King of Qin regarding his success of terminating three warriors.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Jet Li, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Maggie Cheung, Ziyi Zhang

Votes: 158,475 | Gross: $53.71M

17. Tian di ying xiong (2003)

R | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.4
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54 Metascore

A Chinese emissary is sent to the Gobi desert to execute a renegade soldier. When a caravan transporting a Buddhist monk and a valuable treasure is threatened by thieves, however, the two warriors might unite to protect the travelers.

Director: Ping He | Stars: Wen Jiang, Kiichi Nakai, Xueqi Wang, Wei Zhao

Votes: 3,868 | Gross: $0.08M

18. House of Flying Daggers (2004)

PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.6
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89 Metascore

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.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Ziyi Zhang, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Andy Lau, Dandan Song

Votes: 97,579 | Gross: $11.05M

19. Wu ji (2005)

PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

5.6
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53 Metascore

Empowered by the love of a slave (Jang), a royal concubine (Cheung) is given the chance to make an extraordinary decision.

Director: Kaige Chen | Stars: Cecilia Cheung, Dong-gun Jang, Hiroyuki Sanada, Nicholas Tse

Votes: 8,473 | Gross: $8.19M

20. Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia (2006)

R | 114 min | Action, Drama, Romance

7.0
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70 Metascore

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.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Li Gong, Jay Chou, Ye Liu

Votes: 38,387 | Gross: $6.57M

21. Yun shui yao (2006)

117 min | Drama, Romance, War

6.2
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A Taiwanese medical student defects to Mainland China due to Nationalist persecution, became an army surgeon during Korean War, and later went to Tibet as a doctor, while pining for his ... See full summary »

Director: Li Yin | Stars: Kun Chen, Vivian Hsu, Bingbing Li, Steven Cheung

Votes: 379

22. Zhu meng (2008)

94 min | Documentary, Sport

5.8
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A documentary shot over the course of five years telling five stories in the run-up to the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics: the construction of the Bird's Nest Olympic Stadium, Gold medal ... See full summary »

Director: Jun Gu | Stars: Pierre De Meuron, Linlin Deng, Guilan Gao, Jian Gao

Votes: 26

23. Mei Lanfang (2008)

147 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.8
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A biographical account of Mei Lanfang, China's greatest opera star.

Director: Kaige Chen | Stars: Leon Lai, Ziyi Zhang, Honglei Sun, Chen Hong

Votes: 1,268

24. Tang shan da di zhen (2010)

Not Rated | 135 min | Drama

7.6
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The epic story of a family separated as a result of the Great Tangshan Earthquake of 1976.

Director: Xiaogang Feng | Stars: Daoming Chen, Chen Li, Yi Lu, Fan Xu

Votes: 7,740 | Gross: $0.06M