Hong Kong Film Archive's 100 Must-See Hong Kong Movies

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Missing from IMDb:
Scenes of Yan'an (1941)
Roar of the People (1941)
A Page of History (1941)
Wong Fei Hung Burns The Tyrants' Lair (1949)
The Misarranged Love Trap (1950)
Should They Marry? (1951)
Mysterious Murderer Parts 1 and 2 (1951)
Mutual Understanding (1954)
Anna (1955)
The Wall (1956)
Love Lingers On (1957)
The Sorrowful Lute (1957)
The Chair (1959)
Paragon of Sword & Knife Part 2 (1968)
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1.
A Trip Through China (1917 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Documentary on the then-new Chinese Republic, taken over a ten-year period. Footage includes races at Shanghai... (108 mins.)
 
2.
Gu dao tian tang (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
(100 mins.)
Director: Chusheng Cai
 
3.
Sorrows of the Forbidden City (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
(120 mins.)
Director: Shilin Zhu
 
4.
Xue ran hai tang hong (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(90 mins.)
Director: Feng Yueh
 
5.
Huang Fei-hong zhuan: Bian feng mie zhu (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
(72 mins.)
Director: Peng Hu
 
6.
Zhujiang lei (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(110 mins.)
 
7.
Xi lu xiang (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Bruce Lee shined in his first leading role as A-Chang in this vivacious social comedy, playing a 10-year-old... (80 mins.)
Director: Fung Fung
 
8.
Shuo huang shi jie (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Director: Pingqian Li
 
9.
Xue ran du juan hong (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(105 mins.)
Director: Sun-Fung Lee
 
10.
Bai jia zai (1952)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(108 mins.)
Director: Wui Ng
 
11.
Jia (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
The decline of a large, bourgeois family shortly after the overthrow of the Manchu Dynasty. Mr. Gao's... (140 mins.)
Director: Wui Ng
 
12.
Chun (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
(128 mins.)
Director: Sun-Fung Lee
 
13.
Qiu (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(103 mins.)
Director: Kim Chun
 
14.
Zhong qiu yue (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Shilin Zhu
 
15.
Wei lou chun xiao (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
(130 mins.)
Director: Tie Li
 
16.
Fu yu zi (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Wui Ng
 
17.
Han ye (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
(136 mins.)
Director: Sun-Fung Lee
 
18.
Fu mu xin (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
(111 mins.)
Director: Kim Chun
 
19.
Tian chang di jiu (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Tie Li
 
20.
Xue li hong (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Director: Han Hsiang Li
 
21.
Qi chong tian (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(113 mins.)
Director: Wui Ng
 
22.
Jin lian hua (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Feng Yueh
 
23.
Si qian jin (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
(113 mins.)
Director: Ching Doe
 
24.
Qian (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Wui Ng
 
25.
Die ying hong li ji (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(135 mins.)
Director: Tit Lee
 
26.
Xiao xiao xiao (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
Director: Pingqian Li
 
27.
Qing shen si hai (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
(98 mins.)
Director: Wen Yi
 
28.
Ci mu xin (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Kea Tso
 
29.
The Wild Wild Rose (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Grace Chang seduces as Hong Kong's most sensual Carmen ever. The torrid passions of Bizet's famous opera... (128 mins.)
Director: Tian-Lin Wang
 
30.
Tong ming yuan yang (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
(89 mins.)
Director: Shilin Zhu
 
31.
Huo ku you lan (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Tie Li
 
32.
Zhui qi ji (1961)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Kim Chun
 
33.
Empress Wu (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
(120 mins.)
Director: Han Hsiang Li
 
34.
Xiao er nu (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A young lady has taken the place of caring for her two younger brothers since the death of their mother... (96 mins.)
Director: Tian-Lin Wang
 
35.
Yuan lai wo fu qing (1965)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(106 mins.)
Director: Yuen Chor
 
36.
Come Drink with Me (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A group of bandits kidnaps the governor's son and demands their imprisoned leader to be set free in exchange. (91 mins.)
Director: King Chuan
 
37.
Ying xiong ben se (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
(118 mins.)
Director: Kong Lung
 
39.
Golden Swallow (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The indomitable martial arts team of director Chang Cheh and stunt choreographer Liu Chia-liang continues... (89 mins.)
Director: Cheh Chang
 
40.
Yu nu tian ding (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(97 mins.)
Director: Yuen Chor
 
41.
The Arch (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
(94 mins.)
Director: Shu-Hsuan T'ang
 
42.
Zuo ri jin ri ming ri (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Director: Kong Lung
 
43.
A Touch of Zen (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A lady fugitive on the run from corrupt government officials is joined in her endeavors by an unambitious painter and skilled Buddhist monks. (200 mins.)
Director: King Hu
 
44.
Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The Four Seasons Brothel is run by a ruthless madam, Lady Chun Yi. Countless young girls have been kidnapped... (97 mins.)
Director: Chu Yuan
 
45.
The Way of the Dragon (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A man visits his relatives at their restaurant in Italy and has to help them defend against brutal gangsters harassing them. (100 mins.)
Director: Bruce Lee
 
46.
Blood Brothers (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Assassin Chang and his brother Hung meet up with a soldier, Mu. Together, they form a small mountain army... (118 mins.)
Director: Cheh Chang
 
47.
Zai jian Zhongguo (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
(110 mins.)
Director: Shu Shuen Tong
 
48.
The Magic Blade (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Don't miss this one it is excellent. Chinese sword masters pair up to fight off yet another villain for the deadly PeacockDart. The ending is eye popping don't miss this one. Shaw Brothers come thru yet again (86 mins.)
Director: Chu Yuan
 
49.
Ban jin ba liang (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Private Eyes revolves the characters in a private detective agency headed by Wong Yuk-See (Michael Hui) with two employees... (94 mins.)
Director: Michael Hui
 
50.
Drunken Master (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Wong Fei-Hung (Jackie Chan) is a mischievous, yet righteous young man, but after a series of incidents, his frustrated father has him disciplined by Beggar So (Yuen Siu-Tien), a master of drunken martial arts. (111 mins.)
Director: Woo-Ping Yuen
 
51.
Dirty Ho (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A prince enlists a thief to serve as his bodyguard to protect him from assassins. (97 mins.)
Director: Chia-Liang Liu
 
52.
Raining in the Mountain (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An esquire and a General eyes a priceless handwritten scroll by Tripitaka, held in a Temple library. The Abbot of the Temple selects his successor. (120 mins.)
Director: King Hu
 
53.
The Butterfly Murders (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A journalist attempting to solve a mystery in "Martial World" enlists the aid of a master fighter and a woman named Green Breeze. They go to a mysterious castle where they come across poisonous butterflies and a black-leather-clad killer. (88 mins.)
Director: Hark Tsui
 
54.
The Secret (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A real murder case which was complicated by the minage ' trois relationship of the victim and the main suspects... (85 mins.)
Director: Ann Hui
 
55.
Zhuang dao zheng (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A Cantonese opera company arrives in Cheung Chau to perform for a rich man, who wants to marry of his nephew Dick to the star of the company Ah Gee... (97 mins.)
Director: Ann Hui
 
56.
Dangerous Encounters of the First Kind (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Three lazybones friends manufacture a firebomb and place it in a cinema. Pearl, a sadistic young girl, has observed the scene, follows the bombers and starts to manipulate them. The four criminals plan more and more daring acts. (95 mins.)
Director: Hark Tsui
 
57.
Bian yuen ren (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
(100 mins.)
Director: Alex Cheung
 
58.
Martial Club (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
When you combine "Kung-fu" Liu Chia-liang with the greatest kung-fu film character of all time, Huang Fei-hung, you get one of the finest "pure" kung-fu films ever made, with martial arts mastery in every scene. (110 mins.)
Director: Chia-Liang Liu
 
59.
The Prodigal Son (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A rich man's son (Yuen Biao) believes himself to be the best kung fu fighter in Canton. Unfortunately... (104 mins.)
 
60.
Boat People (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A Japanese photojournalist revisits Vietnam after the Liberation and learns harsh truths about its regime and its "New Economic Zones". (109 mins.)
Director: Ann Hui
 
61.
Nomad (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
(96 mins.)
Director: Patrick Tam
 
62.
Chui lian ting zheng (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
(102 mins.)
Director: Han Hsiang Li
 
63.
Boon bin yen (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
When romance starts to cool, Ah Ying applies for a job in a film centre. Instead of paying her for her work... (110 mins.)
Director: Allen Fong
 
64.
Long Arm of the Law (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Illeagal immigrants from mainland live in poverty and crimes. (100 mins.)
Director: Johnny Mak
 
65.
Si shui liu nian (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Coral, a Hong Kong woman tortured by city life, went back to her home town to visit her two old friends... (96 mins.)
Director: Ho Yim
 
66.
Shanghai Blues (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In 1937 Shanghai, a soon-to-depart soldier meets a young woman under a bridge during a Japanese air raid... (103 mins.)
Director: Hark Tsui
 
67.
Mr. Vampire (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The planned reburial of a village elder goes awry as the corpse resurrects into a hopping, bloodthirsty vampire, threatening mankind. Therefore, a Taoist Priest and his two disciples attempt to stop the terror. (96 mins.)
Director: Ricky Lau
 
68.
Police Story (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A virtuous Hong Kong police officer must clear his good name when the drug lords he is after frame him for the murder of a dirty cop. (101 mins.)
 
69.
A Better Tomorrow (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A reforming ex-gangster tries to reconcile with his estranged policeman brother, but the ties to his former gang are difficult to break. (95 mins.)
Director: John Woo
 
70.
Mei guo xin (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
(93 mins.)
Director: Allen Fong
 
71.
City on Fire (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An undercover cop infiltrates a gang of thieves who plan to rob a jewelry store. (101 mins.)
Director: Ringo Lam
 
72.
An Autumn's Tale (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Filmed in New York, story of naive young woman from Hong Kong who goes to New York to study. Street-wise... (98 mins.)
Director: Mabel Cheung
 
73.
A Chinese Ghost Story (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Ning Tsai-Shen, a humble tax collector, arrives in a small town to carry out his work. Unsurprisingly... (98 mins.)
Director: Siu-Tung Ching
 
74.
Shen qi liang xia nu (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
This is an outrageous comedy about seven days in the life of two girls Leung and Ling, who want to skyrocket to the top by entering a beauty pageant...
Director: Kwok-Leung Gan
 
75.
The Romance of Book and Sword (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The story is based on the popular novel developed from folk legend. It goes that the Manchurian emperor... (180 mins.)
Director: Ann Hui
 
76.
Rouge (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Fleur is the blue angel in one of Hong Kong's "flower houses" - bordellos and night clubs of the 1930's... (96 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kwan
 
77.
The Killer (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A disillusioned assassin accepts one last hit in hopes of using his earnings to restore vision to a singer he accidentally blinded, only to be double-crossed by his boss. (111 mins.)
Director: John Woo
 
78.
God of Gamblers (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A master gambler loses his memory, and is befriended by a street hustler who discovers his supernatural gambling abilities. (126 mins.)
Director: Jing Wong
 
79.
Days of Being Wild (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Set in 1960, the film centres on the young, boyishly handsome Yuddy, who learns from the drunken ex-prostitute... (94 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
 
80.
Once Upon a Time in China (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Set in late 19th century Canton this martial arts film depicts the stance taken by the legendary martial... (134 mins.)
Director: Hark Tsui
 
81.
Swordsman II (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
With an entirely new set of actors, this movie continues the story from Swordsman (1990). Blademaster... (112 mins.)
 
82.
92 Legendary La Rose Noire (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The film is about a movie hero of the 60s called Black Rose, but she was actually real, and a woman... (100 mins.)
Director: Jeffrey Lau
 
83.
Qiu yue (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Twentysomething Japanese tourist, Tokio, comes to Hong Kong looking for good cusine. He does all that the tourist is expected to do... (108 mins.)
Director: Clara Law
 
84.
The Legend (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
This Hong Kong martial-arts extravaganza tells of evil emperors and true love. The secret Red Lotus... (100 mins.)
Director: Corey Yuen
 
85.
The Legend II (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The Cantonese hero Fong Sai Yuk becomes involved in the secret brotherhood "The Red Flower", who are... (95 mins.)
Director: Corey Yuen
 
86.
Endless Love (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A jazz musician (Lau Ching-Wan) who has problems in both his life and career breaks up with his girlfriend... (105 mins.)
Director: Tung-Shing Yee
 
87.
Ashes of Time (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A broken-hearted hit man moves to the desert where he finds skilled swordsmen to carry out his contract killings. (100 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
 
88.
A Chinese Odyssey Part One: Pandora's Box (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Fantasy adventure about the arrival of Buddhism in China. When the Goddess of Happiness tosses the Longevity... (87 mins.)
Director: Jeffrey Lau
 
89.
A Chinese Odyssey Part Two: Cinderella (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The convoluted continuation of the adventures of the time-traveling, now-human Monkey King, who attempts to fulfill his divine destiny. (95 mins.)
Director: Jeffrey Lau
 
90.
Comrades: Almost a Love Story (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Two Chinese-mainlanders living in Hong Kong form a close friendship. Over the years this grows into love, but there are obstacles. (118 mins.)
Director: Peter Chan
 
91.
Made in Hong Kong (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Autumn Moon (Sam Lee), a low-rent triad living in Hong Kong, struggles to find meaning in his hopelessly violent existence. (108 mins.)
Director: Fruit Chan
 
92.
The Mission (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Triad boss Lung, who has just escaped being killed in an assassination, hires five killers for his protection. Their grown solidarity is under compulsion when Lung gives a special order. (84 mins.)
Director: Johnnie To