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1. The Last Emperor (1987)

PG-13 | 163 min | Biography, Drama, History

76 Metascore

The story of the final Emperor of China.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: John Lone, Joan Chen, Peter O'Toole, Ruocheng Ying

Votes: 84,898 | Gross: $43.98M

2. Red Cliff (2008)

R | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

73 Metascore

The first chapter of a two-part story centered on a battle fought in China's Three Kingdoms period (220-280 A.D.).

Director: John Woo | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Fengyi Zhang, Chen Chang

Votes: 41,313 | Gross: $0.63M

3. Ran (1985)

R | 162 min | Action, Drama

96 Metascore

In Medieval Japan, an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how the new-found power will corrupt them and cause them to turn on each other...and him.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu, Daisuke Ryû

Votes: 99,283 | Gross: $3.52M

4. Red Cliff II (2009)

142 min | Action, Drama, History

Second and final part of an epic tale about a legendary ancient battle that changed the course of China history.

Director: John Woo | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Fengyi Zhang, Chen Chang

Votes: 21,565 | Gross: $0.63M

5. Three Kingdoms (2010– )

45 min | Drama, History, War

Three Kingdoms is a Chinese television series based on the events in the late Eastern Han Dynasty and the Three Kingdoms period. The plot is based on Luo Guanzhong's classical novel Romance... See full summary »

Stars: Hewei Yu, Yi Lu, Kai Kang, Jianbin Chen

Votes: 657

6. The Lost Bladesman (2011)

Not Rated | 109 min | Action, Biography, Drama

The story of legendary Guan Yu crossing five passes & slaying six generals. He played a major role in the civil war that led to the collapse of Han Dynasty & the establishment of Shu Han of the 3 Kingdoms, making Liu Bei its first emperor.

Directors: Felix Chong, Alan Mak | Stars: Donnie Yen, Wen Jiang, Li Sun, Bing Shao

Votes: 3,775

7. The Assassins (2012)

Not Rated | 107 min | Drama, History

Set in the Three Kingdoms period of Chinese history, the story focuses on Cao Cao in his old age, exploring the areas of military tactics, love, and the relationship between father and son.

Director: Linshan Zhao | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Yifei Liu, Hiroshi Tamaki, Alec Su

Votes: 1,685

8. Mulan (2009)

Not Rated | 114 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

The epic story of the Chinese girl-warrior, Mulan, who fights to defend her father.

Directors: Jingle Ma, Wei Dong | Stars: Wei Zhao, Kun Chen, Rongguang Yu, Jiao Xu

Votes: 4,868

9. Confucius (2010)

TV-MA | 125 min | Biography, Drama, History

The life story of the highly-influential Chinese philosopher, Confucius.

Director: Mei Hu | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Xun Zhou, Jianbin Chen, Quan Ren

Votes: 3,401

10. The Fatal Encounter (2014)

PG-13 | 135 min | Action, Drama

King Jeongjo (Hyun-Bin) attempts to protect his royal powers from the conflict of two factions: Noron and Soron.

Director: J.Q. Lee | Stars: Hyun Bin, Jae-yeong Jeong, Jung-suk Jo, Eun-chae Jung

Votes: 866

11. Three Kingdoms (2008)

R | 102 min | Action, Drama, History

His country torn asunder by civil war, Zhao Zilong, a common man heeds the call of duty and from the humblest of roots rises through the ranks on wings of courage and cunning to command an ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Lee | Stars: Andy Lau, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Maggie Q, Cunxin Pu

Votes: 5,776

12. White Vengeance (2011)

Not Rated | 135 min | Action, Drama, History

White Vengeance tells the story of two brothers contending for supremacy during the fall of the Qin Dynasty, which ruled Imperial China from 221 to 206 BC. As rebels rose, the nation fell ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Lee | Stars: Shaofeng Feng, Leon Lai, Hanyu Zhang, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong

Votes: 1,566

13. The Warlords (2007)

R | 126 min | Action, Drama, History

70 Metascore

Set in China in the 1860's during the Taiping Rebellion, the story is based on the assassination of Ma Xinyi in 1870. Loyalist General Qingyun is the only survivor of a battle with ... See full summary »

Directors: Peter Ho-Sun Chan, Wai Man Yip | Stars: Jet Li, Andy Lau, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Jinglei Xu

Votes: 24,849 | Gross: $0.13M

14. The Warring States (2011)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama, War

Rival Chinese military strategists Sun Bin (Sun Hong-lei) and Pang Juan (Francis Ng) clash in this historic war adventure set during the Era of Warring States.

Director: Chen Jin | Stars: Tian Jing, Honglei Sun, Hee-seon Kim, Francis Ng

Votes: 458

15. Battle of the Warriors (2006)

R | 133 min | Action, Drama, War

Story centers on a battle during China's Warring States Period, a series of civil wars, which spanned from the 5th to the 3rd century B.C. Based on a popular Japanese manga, which was in turn based a Japanese novel inspired by Warring States history in China.

Director: Chi Leung 'Jacob' Cheung | Stars: Andy Lau, Sung-Ki Ahn, Zhiwen Wang, Bingbing Fan

Votes: 3,719

16. A Frozen Flower (2008)

133 min | Drama, History, Romance

A historical drama set in the Koryo dynasty and focused on the relationship between a king and his bodyguard.

Director: Ha Yoo | Stars: In-sung Jo, Jin-mo Ju, Ji-Hyo Song, Yong-gu Do

Votes: 3,297

17. The Twilight Samurai (2002)

129 min | Drama, History

82 Metascore

As the feudal Japan era draws to a close, a widower samurai experiences difficulty balancing 2 young daughters, an aged mother, clan loyalties, and the sudden reappearance of his childhood sweetheart.

Director: Yôji Yamada | Stars: Hiroyuki Sanada, Rie Miyazawa, Nenji Kobayashi, Ren Osugi

Votes: 20,509

18. The Hidden Blade (2004)

R | 132 min | Action, Drama, History

76 Metascore

A 19th Century samurai, held in low esteem due to an action by his late father, must resolve his history with a maid and with his close friend.

Director: Yôji Yamada | Stars: Masatoshi Nagase, Takako Matsu, Hidetaka Yoshioka, Yukiyoshi Ozawa

Votes: 5,516 | Gross: $0.04M

19. Saving General Yang (2013)

Not Rated | 102 min | Adventure, History

Northeast China, early Northern Song dynasty, AD 986. The Khitan army takes its revenge for a past massacre, abducting General Yang Ye (Adam Cheng) and leaving his wife and seven sons to ... See full summary »

Director: Ronny Yu | Stars: Fan Xu, Adam Cheng, Ekin Cheng, Bo Yu

Votes: 2,399

20. A Distant Cry from Spring (1980)

95 min | Drama

A mysterious stranger appears at the door of a farmhouse on a stormy night and asks for shelter. The young widow who owns the farm puts him up in the barn. At dawn, he helps to deliver a ... See full summary »

Director: Yôji Yamada | Stars: Ken Takakura, Chieko Baishô, Hidetaka Yoshioka, Tetsuya Takeda

Votes: 375

21. Love and Honour (2006)

PG-13 | 122 min | Drama, Romance

A look at the relationship between a young blind samurai (Kimura) and his wife, who will make a sacrifice in order to defend her husband's honor.

Director: Yôji Yamada | Stars: Takuya Kimura, Rei Dan, Mitsugorô Bandô, Takashi Sasano

Votes: 2,964 | Gross: $0.02M

22. Goyokin (1969)

PG | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A guilt-haunted samurai warrior attempts to stop a massacre taking place.

Director: Hideo Gosha | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Tetsurô Tanba, Yôko Tsukasa, Ruriko Asaoka

Votes: 1,832

23. Seven Samurai (1954)

Not Rated | 207 min | Adventure, Drama

98 Metascore

A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Keiko Tsushima, Yukiko Shimazaki

Votes: 282,688 | Gross: $0.27M

24. After the Rain (1999)

91 min | Drama

During a downpour, a generous ronin and his supporting wife are stranded at a country inn. The ronin comes to the attention of a lord who wants to hire him as an instructor for his men, who treat the ronin with disrespect.

Director: Takashi Koizumi | Stars: Akira Terao, Yoshiko Miyazaki, Shirô Mifune, Fumi Dan

Votes: 3,520

25. The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (2003)

R | 116 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

75 Metascore

The blind masseur/swordsman comes to a town in control of warring gangs, and while bunking with a farming family, he meets two women with their own agenda.

Director: Takeshi Kitano | Stars: Takeshi Kitano, Tadanobu Asano, Yui Natsukawa, Michiyo Yasuda

Votes: 44,880 | Gross: $0.85M

26. Samurai Fiction (1998)

111 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A noble young samurai searches for a thief who has stolen a precious treasure and killed one of his clansmen and meets an older samurai who tries to deter him from the violence of revenge.

Director: Hiroyuki Nakano | Stars: Morio Kazama, Mitsuru Fukikoshi, Tomoyasu Hotei, Tamaki Ogawa

Votes: 2,477

27. 14 Blades (2010)

R | 114 min | Action, History, Thriller

50 Metascore

A kung fu thriller set during the Ming Dynasty and centered on a secret service agent (Donnie Yen) in the emperor's court who is betrayed and then hunted by his colleagues.

Director: Daniel Lee | Stars: Donnie Yen, Wei Zhao, Chun Wu, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung

Votes: 7,086

28. 13 Assassins (2010)

R | 141 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

84 Metascore

A group of assassins come together for a suicide mission to kill an evil lord.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada, Yûsuke Iseya, Ikki Sawamura

Votes: 58,064 | Gross: $0.80M

29. Azumi (2003)

Not Rated | 128 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

49 Metascore

Raised to deal in cold blooded death, the teenage assassin girl Azumi must defeat three evil warlords while also battling her own heart.

Director: Ryûhei Kitamura | Stars: Aya Ueto, Kenji Kohashi, Hiroki Narimiya, Takatoshi Kaneko

Votes: 13,853

30. Shinobi: Heart Under Blade (2005)

R | 107 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

Star-crossed lovers must fight on opposing sides in a battle that will determine the next Shogun.

Director: Ten Shimoyama | Stars: Yukie Nakama, Joe Odagiri, Tomoka Kurotani, Erika Sawajiri

Votes: 11,757

31. An Empress and the Warriors (2008)

R | 99 min | Action, Drama, History

After the death of her father, a woman is forced to take over as empress and fight to save her kingdom.

Director: Siu-Tung Ching | Stars: Kelly Chen, Donnie Yen, Leon Lai, Xiaodong Guo

Votes: 3,602

32. Bodyguards and Assassins (2009)

Not Rated | 139 min | Action, Drama, History

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.

Director: Teddy Chan | Stars: Xueqi Wang, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Jun Hu, Edison Wang

Votes: 7,107

33. Pirates (2014)

Not Rated | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

A band of pirates and a group of bandits fight to catch a gray whale that has swallowed a royal stamp.

Director: Seok-hoon Lee | Stars: Nam-gil Kim, Ye-jin Son, Hae-jin Yoo, Kyeong-yeong Lee

Votes: 2,379 | Gross: $0.38M

34. The Banquet (2006)

Not Rated | 131 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

A loose adaptation of Hamlet, "The Night Banquet" is set in an empire in chaos. The Emperor, the Empress, the Crown Prince, the Minister and the General all have their own enemies they would like to finish off at a night banquet.

Director: Xiaogang Feng | Stars: Ziyi Zhang, You Ge, Daniel Wu, Xun Zhou

Votes: 6,332

35. The Admiral (2014)

Not Rated | 126 min | Action, Drama, History

Admiral Yi Sun-sin faces a tough challenge when he is forced to defend his nation with just 13 battleships against 300 Japanese enemy ships in the Battle of Myeongryang.

Director: Han-min Kim | Stars: Min-sik Choi, Seung-ryong Ryu, Jin-Woong Cho, Myung-gon Kim

Votes: 8,813 | Gross: $2.59M

36. The Romance of Three Kingdoms (1995– )

Drama, History, War

In an age of turmoil, heroes will rise. . . It is the end of the 2nd Century and China is in a state of turmoil. The land is divided by warlords and the country is facing famine, droughts, ... See full summary »

Stars: Guoqiang Tang, Yanjun Sun, Guoan Bao, Jing-fei Li

Votes: 506

37. Empresses in the Palace (2011– )

90 min | Drama, History, Romance

Grand story of the inner workings of the harem of classic China.

Stars: Li Sun, Jianbin Chen, Qian Sun, Ada Choi

Votes: 1,011

38. Empresses in the Palace (2015– )

Drama, Romance

A young woman born from one of the Eight Banners family marries the Emperor. After surviving through many murderous scandals and betrayals, she prevails as the most powerful woman in the ... See full summary »

Stars: Li Sun, Kang Luo, Qian Sun, Lyric Lan

Votes: 136

39. The Empress Ki (2013– )

Action, Drama, History

A Korea-born warrior girl had to be a servant at the Mongol Yuan court but somehow overcame her low status to become an empress in another land.

Stars: Hye-Rin Han, Ji-won Ha, Jin-mo Ju, Chang-Wook Ji

Votes: 983

40. The Moon That Embraces the Sun (2012)

TV-Y | Drama, Fantasy, Romance

The story of the secret love between Lee Hwon, a fictional king of Joseon, and Wol, a female shaman. Wol was born as Heo Yeon Woo, the daughter of a noble family who won the love of the ... See full summary »

Stars: Mi-seon Jeon, Mi-kyeong Yang, Eung-soo Kim, Eun-pyo Jeong

Votes: 1,237

41. The Great Queen Seondeok (2009)

60 min | Biography, Fantasy, History

Biopic of Queen Seondeok, who was born a princess and later became the ruler of Silla, leaving behind many achievements.

Stars: Woong-in Jeong, Jeong-hyeon Kim, Dam Ryu, Yo-won Lee

Votes: 727

42. The Princess' Man (2011)

Drama

A tragic love story between the daughter of Prince Suyang and grandson of Kim Jong Seo. The son of Kim Jongseo, Seungyoo, is a handsome and wise man who carries a noble quality. Princess ... See full summary »

Stars: Chae-won Moon, Shi-hoo Park, Jong-ho Song, Soo-hyun Hong

Votes: 372

43. Iljimae (2008)

60 min | Action, History, Romance

Set during the Joseon Dynasty, Ryung acted as a hooligan in the marketplace by day but at night he was a thief who robbed corrupted government officials to give to the poor.

Stars: Joon-Gi Lee, Sung-ryung Kim, Kil-kang Ahn, Won-jong Lee

Votes: 616

44. Dong Yi (2010– )

TV-Y | 60 min | Drama, History

A moving historical drama set in the Chosun Dynasty of old Korea, Dong Yi tells the story of a simple maid that rises high in the royal court as a consort and, ultimately, mother of the ... See full summary »

Stars: Hyo-Joo Han, Soo-bin Bae, Ran Choi, Da-Min Han

Votes: 856

45. Sungkyunkwan Scandal (2010– )

TV-Y | Comedy, Drama, History

In the Joseon era, Kim Yoon-hee masquerades as a boy to earn a living as a book transcriber. Her family's dire circumstances and the encouragement of a noble's son finally drive her to attend Sungkyukwan University, forbidden for females.

Stars: Min-Young Park, Yoo-chun Park, Ah-in Yoo, Joong-Ki Song

Votes: 975

46. The Emperor: Owner of the Mask (2017)

Drama, History, Romance

Set in the 18th-century Joseon, it tells the story of Crown Prince Lee Sun and his fight against a powerful and wealthy organization Pyunsoo hwe, who controls the country behind the scenes.... See full summary »

Stars: Seung-ho Yoo, So-Hyun Kim, Hyun-soo Shin, Myung-Soo Kim

Votes: 265

47. Gunman in Joseon (2014– )

Not Rated | Action, History, Romance

Based in the time of enlightenment of 19th-century Joseon, This drama tells the story of Joseon's last swordsman named Park Yoon Kang who grabs a gun ditching his sword and grows to become ... See full summary »

Stars: Ji Hyun Ahn, Seok-Hwan An, Cheol-ho Choi, Jong-won Choi

Votes: 203

48. Bridal Mask (2012)

60 min | Action, History, Romance

Based on the hit manhwa series of the same name, Bridal Mask brings viewers to 1930s Korea during the height of Japanese imperialism. Lee Kang To (Joo Won of Baker King Kim Tak Goo) is an ... See full summary »

Stars: Joo Won, Gi-woong Park, Se-Yeon Jin, Gook-hwan Jeon

Votes: 440

49. Jang Ok-jung, Living by Love (2013)

Drama, History, Romance