Chinese films I've seen

by wolfecastle86 | created - 19 Apr 2016 | updated - 3 weeks ago | Public

Hong Kong, Mainland, and Taiwan. Not in any particular order. I know I'm forgetting some. I haven't included dubbed movies, so there are a lot of old kung fu movies I haven't put on here.

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1. Hard Boiled (1992)

R | 128 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A tough-as-nails cop teams up with an undercover agent to shut down a sinister mobster and his crew.

Director: John Woo | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Teresa Mo, Philip Chan

Votes: 44,747

2. The Killer (1989)

R | 111 min | Action, Crime, Drama

82 Metascore

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.

Director: John Woo | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Danny Lee, Sally Yeh, Kong Chu

Votes: 44,084

3. A Chinese Ghost Story (1987)

Unrated | 98 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

After a string of bad luck, a debt collector has no other choice than to spend the night in a haunted temple, where he encounters a ravishing female ghost and later battles to save her soul from the control of a wicked tree demon.

Director: Siu-Tung Ching | Stars: Leslie Cheung, Joey Wang, Wu Ma, Wai Lam

Votes: 8,304

4. Green Snake (1993)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama, Fantasy

Two snake spirits become human and learn about love and suffering. A monk discovers his own weaknesses and finds that morality is not as simple as he had thought.

Director: Hark Tsui | Stars: Maggie Cheung, Joey Wang, Wenzhuo Zhao, Hsing-Kuo Wu

Votes: 2,394

5. Yuk po tuen: Tau ching bo gam (1991)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

58 Metascore

A man marries a beautiful wife, but decides to go out and experience as many sexual conquests as possible, with unusual and often hilarious results. Meanwhile, his wife is forced to enter a brothel and work as a prostitute.

Director: Michael Mak | Stars: Lawrence Ng, Amy Yip, Kent Cheng, Elvis Tsui

Votes: 1,942 | Gross: $0.40M

6. Full Contact (1992)

R | 96 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Two disreputable friends get tied in with a group of criminals who turn out to be excessively violent and deceptive.

Director: Ringo Lam | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Simon Yam, Ann Bridgewater, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong

Votes: 3,832

7. School on Fire (1988)

101 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A young schoolgirl gets involved in the triads of Hong Kong after a classmate is killed in a fight.

Director: Ringo Lam | Stars: Fennie Yuen, Roy Cheung, Damian Lau, Lai-Yui Lee

Votes: 357

8. Prison on Fire (1987)

R | 98 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Inside a Chinese prison two inmates form a friendship and face the difficulty of life on the inside.

Director: Ringo Lam | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Ka-Kui Ho, Roy Cheung

Votes: 2,206

9. Prison on Fire II (1991)

TV-MA | 109 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Ching escapes from prison to see his young son, who he has been put in an orphanage. And that puts him in great danger.

Director: Ringo Lam | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Sung Young Chen, Elvis Tsui, Victor Hon

Votes: 902

10. A Better Tomorrow (1986)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A reforming ex-gangster tries to reconcile with his estranged policeman brother, but the ties to his former gang are difficult to break.

Director: John Woo | Stars: Lung Ti, Leslie Cheung, Yun-Fat Chow, Emily Chu

Votes: 19,326

11. A Better Tomorrow II (1987)

Not Rated | 105 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A restauranteur teams up with a police officer and his ex-con brother to avenge the death of a friend's daughter.

Director: John Woo | Stars: Leslie Cheung, Yun-Fat Chow, Lung Ti, Dean Shek

Votes: 8,758

12. Peking Opera Blues (1986)

TV-14 | 104 min | Comedy, Action

The movie is set in chaotic 1920's China, when warlords fought each other for power while Sun Yat-Sen's underground movement tried to establish a democratic republic. The movie tells the ... See full summary »

Director: Hark Tsui | Stars: Brigitte Lin, Sally Yeh, Cherie Chung, Mark Cheng

Votes: 2,049

Top 10 favorite films ever.

13. The Eternal Evil of Asia (1995)

89 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

A group of friends went on a hedonistic trip to Thailand. Accidentally, they rape and kill a sorcerer's sister. Now, upon arriving back home to Hong Kong, they find themselves cursed by the sorcerer.

Director: Man Kei Chin | Stars: Ellen Chan, Lily Chung, Ben Ng, Kwok-Pong Chan

Votes: 417

Silly and trashy as all get out. HK doesn't make them like this anymore.

14. Street Angels (1996)

91 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Tung Yen goes into jail for her boyfriend, Walkie Pi, after they kill a gang boss together. On the other hand, Walkie Pi escapes to Holland. When Tung Yen gets out, she hooks up with club owner, Playboy Man, and runs the girls at his club.

Director: Hin Sing 'Billy' Tang | Stars: Chingmy Yau, Michael Tao, Qi Shu, Simon Yam

Votes: 159

Only for die-hard Chingmy Yau, over-acting Simon Yam, or Y&D fans.

15. Bullet in the Head (1990)

Not Rated | 136 min | Action, Crime, Drama

When three close friends escape from Hong Kong to war-time Saigon to start a criminal's life, they all go through a harrowing experience which totally shatters their lives and their friendship forever.

Director: John Woo | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Jacky Cheung, Waise Lee, Simon Yam

Votes: 9,397

Overlooked but superb John Woo.

16. Young and Dangerous (1996)

97 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Nam opens a bar in Wanchai and continues his rise in Hong Kong's Hung Hing gang. His best friend, Chicken, needs to lie low, so he's sent to Taiwan to work for Lui, leader of the San Luen ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Lau | Stars: Ekin Cheng, Jordan Chan, Gigi Lai, Francis Ng

Votes: 1,439

17. Young and Dangerous 2 (1996)

101 min | Action, Crime

The story is told in two parts: the first focuses on Chicken and his exile in Taiwan skipped over in the first film. The second half deals with the Hung Hing Society trying to ally with Chicken's Taiwanese triad.

Director: Andrew Lau | Stars: Ekin Cheng, Jordan Chan, Chingmy Yau, Gigi Lai

Votes: 885

18. Young and Dangerous 3 (1996)

98 min | Action, Drama

Chan Ho Nam and Chicken are back again in Young and Dangerous 3, this time taking on the rival "Tung Sing" triad.

Director: Andrew Lau | Stars: Ekin Cheng, Jordan Chan, Gigi Lai, Karen Mok

Votes: 875

19. Young and Dangerous 1997 (1997)

106 min | Crime

The boss of the Hung Hing gang, Tian Sang, has died. Ho Nam and Hon Bun find Sangs younger brother, Yang to lead the gang. Meanwhile, Hon Bun receives news that his younger brother, a ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Lau | Stars: Ekin Cheng, Jordan Chan, Michael Tse, Michelle Reis

Votes: 658

20. Young and Dangerous 5 (1998)

114 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Youth Teen Fashion, Lifestyle, Sports, Music, Variety and Entertainment

Director: Andrew Lau | Stars: Ekin Cheng, Qi Shu, Kar Lok Chin, Mark Cheng

Votes: 563

21. Young & Dangerous: The Prequel (1998)

117 min | Action, Drama

Following Chan Ho-Nam and his friends as they give up school, and family to join the Hung Hing Society.

Director: Andrew Lau | Stars: Nicholas Tse, Francis Ng, Qi Shu, Sam Lee

Votes: 325

One of the better Y&D movies.

22. Men Behind the Sun (1988)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, History, Horror

Japanese troops round up Chinese and Russian prisoners of war and take them to unit 731, where they're horribly tortured and experimented on to test new biological weapons.

Director: Tun Fei Mou | Stars: Jianxin Chen, Hsu Gou, Linjie Hao, Haizhe Jin

Votes: 5,518

Historically important in it's own weird way, but too exploitative for the serious subject matter. I think TF Mou had good intentions, but the finished product leaves a lot to be desired.

23. A Chinese Torture Chamber Story (1994)

Unrated | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

In ancient China, rich Prince married to sexually obsessed Princess. Despite all the love delights of her husband, she finds a lover and betrayed him sophisticated passion.

Director: Bosco Lam | Stars: Yvonne Hung Yung, Lawrence Ng, Aman Chang, Yiu Fai Cheung

Votes: 1,173

Pretty crappy, but the wuxia sex scenes are rightly (in)famous and hilarious.

24. Police Story (1985)

PG-13 | 100 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

78 Metascore

A virtuous Hong Kong Police Officer must clear his good name when the drug lord he is after frames him for the murder of a dirty cop.

Directors: Jackie Chan, Chi-Hwa Chen | Stars: Jackie Chan, Maggie Cheung, Brigitte Lin, Kwok-Hung Lam

Votes: 26,615 | Gross: $0.11M

Essential viewing.

25. Wheels on Meals (1984)

TV-14 | 100 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Two Chinese friends, who operate a food truck in Barcelona, Spain, use their martial arts expertise to help their private investigator friend protect the pickpocket Sylvia, who's been targeted by a ruthless gang.

Director: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung | Stars: Jackie Chan, Biao Yuen, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Benny Urquidez

Votes: 10,945

26. Project A (1983)

PG-13 | 105 min | Action, Comedy

Fighting against pirates at the turn of the 20th century, the Hong Kong navy are failing miserably. It's up to Sergeant Lung (Jackie Chan) to take matters into his own hands.

Directors: Jackie Chan, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung | Stars: Jackie Chan, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Biao Yuen, Dick Wei

Votes: 13,963

27. Boat People (1982)

R | 109 min | Drama

A Japanese photojournalist revisits Vietnam after the Liberation and learns harsh truths about its regime and its "New Economic Zones".

Director: Ann Hui | Stars: George Lam, Cora Miao, Season Ma, Andy Lau

Votes: 738

28. Miracles (1989)

PG-13 | 139 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

A country boy becomes the head of a gang through the purchase of some lucky roses from an old lady. He and a singer at the gang's nightclub try to do a good deed for the old lady when her daughter comes to visit.

Director: Jackie Chan | Stars: Jackie Chan, Anita Mui, Ah-Lei Gua, Chun-Hsiung Ko

Votes: 4,167

29. Infernal Affairs (2002)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

75 Metascore

A story between a mole in the police department and an undercover cop. Their objectives are the same: to find out who is the mole, and who is the cop.

Directors: Andrew Lau, Alan Mak | Stars: Andy Lau, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Eric Tsang

Votes: 114,275 | Gross: $0.17M

30. Gen-X Cops (1999)

R | 114 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

A ridiculed HK cop hires 3 cadets, directly (thrown) out of police academy, to go undercover and get the criminals, who stole explosives and killed his partner.

Director: Benny Chan | Stars: Nicholas Tse, Stephen Fung, Sam Lee, Grace Yip

Votes: 2,096

Features the most unintentionally hilarious bad guy speech I may have ever heard in a movie.

31. Armour of God (1986)

R | 88 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Asian Hawk (Jackie Chan) and his bumbling sidekick are sent on a quest through Europe to find a mysterious treasure held by a shadowy organization of monks.

Directors: Jackie Chan, Eric Tsang | Stars: Jackie Chan, Alan Tam, Rosamund Kwan, Lola Forner

Votes: 16,576

32. Operation Condor (1991)

PG-13 | 80 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Jackie is hired to help the UN find Nazi gold hidden in Sahara. He's accompanied from Spain by 2 (later 3) cute women. As there are others wanting the gold, lots of kung fu fighting and comedy follows.

Director: Jackie Chan | Stars: Jackie Chan, Carol 'Do Do' Cheng, Eva Cobo, Shôko Ikeda

Votes: 17,607 | Gross: $10.44M

33. Red Sorghum (1988)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, History, Romance

When a leprous winery owner in 1930s China dies a few days after his arranged marriage, his young widow is forced to run the winery to make a living while contending with bandits, her drunkard lover, and the invading Japanese army.

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

Votes: 7,436

34. To Live (1994)

Not Rated | 133 min | Drama, War

After Fugui and Jiazhen lose their personal fortunes, they raise a family and survive difficult cultural changes during 1940s to 1970s China.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: You Ge, Li Gong, Ben Niu, Wu Jiang

Votes: 14,846 | Gross: $2.33M

35. 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: 169,282 | Gross: $53.71M

36. 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: 104,533 | Gross: $11.05M

37. Curse of the Golden Flower (2006)

R | 114 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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: 41,017 | Gross: $6.57M

38. Farewell My Concubine (1993)

R | 171 min | Drama, Music, Romance

The story of two men, who met as apprentices in the Peking Opera, and stayed friends for over 50 years.

Director: Kaige Chen | Stars: Leslie Cheung, Fengyi Zhang, Li Gong, Qi Lü

Votes: 23,232 | Gross: $5.22M

39. Once Upon a Time in China (1991)

R | 134 min | Action, Adventure, History

Late 1800s Foshan, Guangdong: Wong Fei Hung/Jet Li trains men in martial arts to help defend against foreign powers already holding Hong Kong and Macau. He looks after cute 13th Aunt, who's just returned from England. Lots of fight scenes.

Director: Hark Tsui | Stars: Jet Li, Rosamund Kwan, Biao Yuen, Jacky Cheung

Votes: 16,443

40. Royal Tramp (1992)

R | 106 min | Action, Comedy

The story of Wilson Bond, a pimp who after saving Chan, the leader of the Heaven and Earth society, a revolutionary group, is made a member. After a botched first assignment for the group, ... See full summary »

Director: Jing Wong | Stars: Stephen Chow, Man Cheung, Chingmy Yau, Sandra Kwan Yue Ng

Votes: 3,009

41. Royal Tramp II (1992)

R | 93 min | Action, Comedy

Following on from the Royal Tramp I, after discovering that the Empress is actually Lone-er, a member of the St Dragon Sect, and that she imprisoned the real empress. Lone-er is bent on ... See full summary »

Director: Jing Wong | Stars: Stephen Chow, Brigitte Lin, Chingmy Yau, Michelle Reis

Votes: 2,212

42. King of Beggars (1992)

TV-14 | 101 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

The spoilt son of a millionaire finds the love of his life, but she will only accept him if he proves himself as a kung-fu master. He enters and wins the "Kung-Fu Scholar" tournament, ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Chan | Stars: Stephen Chow, Man Cheung, Man-Tat Ng, Norman Chu

Votes: 3,077

43. Shaolin Soccer (2001)

PG | 87 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

68 Metascore

A young Shaolin follower reunites with his discouraged brothers to form a soccer team using their martial art skills to their advantage.

Director: Stephen Chow | Stars: Stephen Chow, Wei Zhao, Yat-Fei Wong, Man-Tat Ng

Votes: 71,111 | Gross: $0.49M

44. Kung Fu Hustle (2004)

R | 99 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

78 Metascore

In Shanghai, China in the 1940s, a wannabe gangster aspires to join the notorious "Axe Gang" while residents of a housing complex exhibit extraordinary powers in defending their turf.

Director: Stephen Chow | Stars: Stephen Chow, Wah Yuen, Qiu Yuen, Siu-Lung Leung

Votes: 120,762 | Gross: $17.11M