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1. Hero (2002)

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

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: 166,962 | Gross: $53.71M

2. The Crossing 2 (2015)

131 min | Drama, History, Romance

A story of three couples and their intertwining love stories set in 1940s Taiwan and Shanghai, centered around the 1949 sinking of Taiping.

Director: John Woo | Stars: Ziyi Zhang, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Xiaoming Huang, Hye-Kyo Song

Votes: 619

3. House of Flying Daggers (2004)

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

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: 102,937 | Gross: $11.05M

4. Curse of the Golden Flower (2006)

R | 114 min | Action, Drama, Romance

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: 40,470 | Gross: $6.57M

5. 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: 58,478 | Gross: $0.80M

6. 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: 2,430 | Gross: $0.38M

7. 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: 876

8. Brotherhood of Blades (2014)

Not Rated | 111 min | Action

This is a movie set in the late Ming Dynasty. The 3 main characters are all elite guards for the palace. One of their fellow guardsmen goes bad. His former companions must now forget their ... See full summary »

Director: Yang Lu | Stars: Chen Chang, Shih-Chieh King, Dong-xue Li, Shi Shi Liu

Votes: 2,475

9. The Final Master (2015)

Not Rated | 109 min | Action, Drama

72 Metascore

A Wing Chun master has to defeat 8 martial arts schools to open his own school, yet he has become a chess piece to the local power dynamics.

Director: Haofeng Xu | Stars: Fan Liao, Jia Song, Wenli Jiang, Shih-Chieh King

Votes: 1,866

10. Ichi (2008)

R | 120 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Ichi is a blind woman who roams about town with her shamisen (a three-stringed Japanese guitar), but she has exceptional sword skills with which she fights off yakuza and other villains.

Director: Fumihiko Sori | Stars: Haruka Ayase, Shidô Nakamura, Yôsuke Kubozuka, Takao Ohsawa

Votes: 3,233

11. 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: 5,575 | Gross: $0.04M

12. Zhongkui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal (2015)

Not Rated | 118 min | Action, Fantasy, Romance

Legendary Chinese anti-hero Zhong Kui, a young man endowed with mysterious powers who is forced into a battle among the realms of Heaven, Earth and Hell in the course of his attempt to save his countrymen and the woman he loves.

Directors: Peter Pau, Tianyu Zhao | Stars: Kun Chen, Bingbing Li, Winston Chao, Zishan Yang

Votes: 1,133 | Gross: $0.17M

13. Painted Skin: The Resurrection (2012)

Not Rated | 131 min | Fantasy, Mystery, Romance

57 Metascore

An ancient fox spirit embarks on a diabolical quest to become human after escaping an icy prison, and becomes bound to a disfigured princess who seeks the love of a noble guard as her ... See full summary »

Director: Wuershan | Stars: Xun Zhou, Wei Zhao, Kun Chen, Tingjia Chen

Votes: 2,931 | Gross: $0.05M

14. Painted Skin (2008)

103 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

An action-thriller centered on a vampire-like woman who eats the skins and hearts of her lovers.

Directors: Gordon Chan, Andy Wing-Keung Chin, Danny Ko | Stars: Donnie Yen, Xun Zhou, Kun Chen, Wei Zhao

Votes: 4,160

15. Rise of the Legend (2014)

Not Rated | 131 min | Action, Biography, Drama

62 Metascore

An orphan, whose father has been killed by dark power, attempts to bring justice back to the town.

Director: Roy Hin Yeung Chow | Stars: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Eddie Peng, Luodan Wang, Boran Jing

Votes: 2,574

16. Sacrifice (2010)

R | 122 min | Drama, History

57 Metascore

To save the only child of the Zhao Family, whose entire clan was massacred at the hands of a nefarious minister, a doctor sacrifices his own son; after the Zhao child grows up, the doctor becomes intent on seeking his vengeance.

Director: Kaige Chen | Stars: You Ge, Xueqi Wang, Xiaoming Huang, Bingbing Fan

Votes: 2,049

17. The Treacherous (2015)

133 min | Crime, Drama, History

The story of Joseon's tyrant king Yeonsan who exploits the populace for his own carnal pleasures, his seemingly loyal retainer who controls him and all court dealings, and a woman who seeks vengeance.

Director: Kyu-dong Min | Stars: Ji-Hoon Ju, Kang-woo Kim, Ho-jin Chun, Ji-yeon Lim

Votes: 935

18. Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2011)

Not Rated | 128 min | Drama

76 Metascore

An tale of revenge, honor and disgrace, centering on a poverty-stricken samurai who discovers the fate of his ronin son-in-law, setting in motion a tense showdown of vengeance against the house of a feudal lord.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Munetaka Aoki, Naoto Takenaka, Hikari Mitsushima

Votes: 6,707 | Gross: $0.06M

19. The Sword with No Name (2009)

124 min | Action, Drama

A Joseon dynasty bounty hunter becomes the body guard of the queen he secretly loves.

Director: Yong-gyun Kim | Stars: Seung-woo Cho, Soo Ae, Sophie Broustal, Ho-jin Chun

Votes: 963

20. The Divine Weapon (2008)

Not Rated | 134 min | Adventure, Drama

An historical, epic tale of Korea's creation of Singijeon, a variation of the Chinese fire arrow.

Director: Yoo-jin Kim | Stars: Jae-yeong Jeong, Eun-jeong Han, Jun-ho Heo, Sung-Ki Ahn

Votes: 694

21. Sword in the Moon (2003)

102 min | Action, Drama, Adventure

A series of high-ranking officials are being systematically eliminated by a sleek assassin and his female assistant, and arrogant master swordsman General Choi is charged with putting an end to the carnage.

Director: Ui-Seok Kim | Stars: Min-su Choi, Jae-Hyun Cho, Bo-kyeong Kim, Jong-su Lee

Votes: 1,329

22. Warriors of Heaven and Earth (2003)

R | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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: 3,969 | Gross: $0.08M

23. 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: 3,812

24. 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: 7,146

25. Seven Swords (2005)

Not Rated | 153 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Seven warriors come together to protect a village from a diabolical General.

Director: Hark Tsui | Stars: Leon Lai, Donnie Yen, Charlie Yeung, Honglei Sun

Votes: 8,783

26. 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: 1,583

27. 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: 5,818

28. The Four (2012)

Not Rated | 118 min | Action, Crime, Fantasy

A government department known as the Six Panels appoints their best officer to infiltrate a special force called the Divine Constabulary, to ensure their way in stopping the circulation of counterfeit coin currency in the capital.

Directors: Gordon Chan, Janet Chun | Stars: Chao Deng, Yifei Liu, Ronald Cheng, Collin Chou

Votes: 2,040

29. The Four 3 (2014)

R | 106 min | Action

Emotionless has left Six Doors, as has Cold Blood, who has decided to investigate the death of Lord Bu on his own. The departure of two of the four constables has effectively left Six Doors... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Chan | Stars: Chao Deng, Yifei Liu, Collin Chou, Ronald Cheng

Votes: 753

30. 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: 3,628

31. 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: 3,737

32. Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (2011)

R | 122 min | Action, Adventure

57 Metascore

Set three years after Dragon Inn, innkeeper Jade has disappeared and a new inn has risen from the ashes - one that's staffed by marauders masquerading as law-abiding citizens, who hope to unearth the fabled lost city buried in the desert.

Director: Hark Tsui | Stars: Jet Li, Xun Zhou, Kun Chen, Lun-Mei Kwei

Votes: 7,348 | Gross: $0.17M

33. Lawless Kingdom (2013)

R | 118 min | Action, Adventure

Four detectives, each with supernatural powers, dedicate their unique and special skills to solving crimes and apprehending powerful criminals.

Director: Gordon Chan | Stars: Chao Deng, Yifei Liu, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Collin Chou

Votes: 1,015

34. Zu Warriors (2001)

PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Fantasy

Between the heaven and the Earth exist the Zu's mountain range, where live the immortals of Omei, the highest mountain of Zu, but the kingdom is in danger by Amnesia, a renegade immortal ... See full summary »

Director: Hark Tsui | Stars: Ekin Cheng, Louis Koo, Ziyi Zhang, Cecilia Cheung

Votes: 3,232

35. The Warrior (2001)

R | 158 min | Action, Drama, History

1375. Nine Koryo warriors, envoys exiled by Imperial China, battle to protect a Chinese Ming Princess from Mongolian troops.

Director: Sung-su Kim | Stars: Woo-sung Jung, Sung-Ki Ahn, Jin-mo Ju, Ziyi Zhang

Votes: 10,462

36. Swordsman II (1992)

R | 112 min | Action, Fantasy

Ling Wu Chung decides to hide from the chaotic world. Before leaving, he visits his friends, a tribe of snake-wielding women warriors. However, he finds that the tribe have been attacked, and their leader Yam Ying Ying has been abducted.

Directors: Siu-Tung Ching, Stanley Tong | Stars: Jet Li, Brigitte Lin, Michelle Reis, Waise Lee

Votes: 3,789

37. Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain (1983)

Unrated | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Chinese soldiers in an ancient civil war get caught up in a fantastical quest to save the universe.

Director: Hark Tsui | Stars: Biao Yuen, Hoi Mang, Adam Cheng, Brigitte Lin

Votes: 2,158

38. Shadowless Sword (2005)

R | 117 min | Action, Adventure, History

So-ha, a deadly female warrior, is sent to find a exiled prince after the Killer Blade Army killed the royal family.

Director: Young-jun Kim | Stars: Hyeon-jun Shin, So-yi Yoon, Seo-jin Lee, Ki-yong Lee

Votes: 2,706

39. The Storm Warriors (2009)

PG-13 | 111 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Wind and Cloud find themselves up against a ruthless Japanese warlord intent on invading China.

Directors: Danny Pang, Oxide Chun Pang | Stars: Aaron Kwok, Ekin Cheng, Kenny Ho, Nicholas Tse

Votes: 1,581

40. Kung Fu Wing Chun (2010)

110 min | Action, Comedy, Romance

A romantic comedy about the origins of the Wing Chun fighting style.

Director: Tung Cho 'Joe' Cheung | Stars: Jing Bai, Shaoqun Yu, Collin Chou, Tak-Wah Chow

Votes: 357

41. 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: 7,163

42. Dragon Inn (1992)

88 min | Action

This big hit at the Sundance Film Festival had audiences cheering. Set during the Ming Dynasty, this acclaimed production tells the story of a power hungry eunuch who employs an evil sect ... See full summary »

Directors: Raymond Lee, Siu-Tung Ching, Hark Tsui | Stars: Tony Ka Fai Leung, Brigitte Lin, Maggie Cheung, Donnie Yen

Votes: 3,434

43. Reign of Assassins (2010)

R | 117 min | Action, Adventure

Drizzle/Zeng Jing tries to start a new life after she had betrayed her gang and hid the remains of monk.

Directors: Chao-Bin Su, John Woo | Stars: Michelle Yeoh, Woo-sung Jung, Xueqi Wang, Barbie Hsu

Votes: 7,058

44. Be Here Now (2015)

100 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

As though life is imitating art, actor and sex-symbol, Andy Whitfield, had just become a star as the lead in the hit television series,'Spartacus,' when he is faced with his biggest ... See full summary »

Director: Lilibet Foster | Stars: Jai Courtney, Andy Whitfield, Indigo Whitfield, Jesse Whitfield

Votes: 2,800 | Gross: $0.02M

45. Blooming Flowers (2013)

109 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In modern day New York City a ninety eight year old women lies helpless on her death bed. As her granddaughter begins to take on the chores of cleaning the apartment, she comes upon a story... See full summary »

Director: Peng Zhang Li | Stars: Hilma Falkowski, Bianca Giancoli, Bing Lei Li, Peng Zhang Li

Votes: 23

46. Dirty Dancing (1987)

PG-13 | 100 min | Drama, Music, Romance

65 Metascore

Spending the summer at a Catskills resort with her family, Frances "Baby" Houseman falls in love with the camp's dance instructor, Johnny Castle.

Director: Emile Ardolino | Stars: Patrick Swayze, Jennifer Grey, Jerry Orbach, Cynthia Rhodes

Votes: 177,675 | Gross: $0.62M



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