Golden Horse's Greatest Chinese Language Films (4-9 votes)

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1. Nan guo zai jian, nan guo (1996)

116 min | Crime, Drama

A glimpse at the lives of two petty criminals in Taipei.

Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou | Stars: Jieh-Wen King, Kuei-Ying Hsu, Annie Shizuka Inoh, Jack Kao

Votes: 1,222

2. Shan zhong zhuan qi (1979)

Not Rated | 191 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

67 Metascore

A scholar, tasked to copy a sutra, meets with a mysterious old lady and her daughter in the mountains.

Director: King Hu | Stars: Chun Shih, Feng Hsu, Sylvia Chang, Hui Lou Chen

Votes: 351 | Gross: $0.01M

4. Tui shou (1991)

Not Rated | 105 min | Comedy, Drama

All the while, Master Chu tries to find his place in the foreign American world.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Sihung Lung, Lai Wang, Bozhao Wang, Deb Snyder

Votes: 2,972 | Gross: $0.15M

5. Wang Jiao ka men (1988)

Not Rated | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Mid-level gangster Wah falls in love with his beautiful cousin, but must also continue to protect his volatile partner-in-crime and friend, Fly.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong | Stars: Andy Lau, Maggie Cheung, Jacky Cheung, Alex Man

Votes: 6,814 | Gross: $0.01M

7. Re dai yu (1995)

107 min | Comedy, Drama

Young boy, Ah-Jiang, a school failure and day dreamer witnesses the kidnapping of a child. After being taken hostage by a corrupt family, he begins an unusual adventure away from home.

Director: Yu-Hsun Chen | Stars: Akio Chen, Yi-fan Chen, Hsiao-fan Fan, Pi-tung Lien

Votes: 282

9. Ye mei gui zhi lian (1960)

128 min | Musical

Grace Chang seduces as Hong Kong's most sensual Carmen ever. The torrid passions of Bizet's famous opera gets a postmodern reading when it is transposed to the noir-like setting of Hong ... See full summary »

Director: Tian-Lin Wang | Stars: Grace Chang, Yang Chang, Po Chien Chin, Chi Hsieh

Votes: 118

10. Goodbye, Dragon Inn (2003)

82 min | Drama, Comedy

82 Metascore

On a dark, wet night a historic and regal Chinese cinema sees its final film. Together with a small handful of souls they bid "Goodbye, Dragon Inn."

Director: Ming-liang Tsai | Stars: Kang-sheng Lee, Shiang-chyi Chen, Kiyonobu Mitamura, Tien Miao

Votes: 3,277 | Gross: $0.03M

12. Da zui xia (1966)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Crime

A group of bandits kidnaps the governor's son and demands their imprisoned leader to be set free in exchange.

Director: King Hu | Stars: Pei-Pei Cheng, Hua Yueh, Chih-Ching Yang, Hung Lieh Chen

Votes: 3,003

13. Tai tai wan sui (1947)

90 min | Comedy, Romance

Long Live the Wife, a lively and well-acted comedy, is celebrated fiction writer Eileen Chang's second script. Following immediately from Love without End (1947), it proved to be another ... See full summary »

Director: Hu Sang | Stars: Chaoming Cui, Fe Han, Fei Han, Rianliu Jiang

Votes: 75

14. 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: 24,290 | Gross: $0.13M

15. You ma cai zi (1983)

115 min | Drama

Ah-fei's mother, Hsin-chin, comes from a well off family headed by a doctor. Hsin-chin's marriage to a young engineer is not a happy one. Her circumstances change for the worse, and she can... See full summary »

Director: Jen Wan | Stars: Chiu-Yen Chen, I-Chen Ko, Ming-Ming Su, Shih Chang

Votes: 20

16. Saang gong kei bing (1984)

100 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

Thugs sneak into Hong Kong to rob a jewellery store, killing a cop during their getaway. They plan another heist while hiding from the police hunting them down to avenge their slain comrade.

Director: Johnny Mak | Stars: Jing Chen, Ling Chow, Jian Huang, Lung Jiang

Votes: 463

17. Kong shan ling yu (1979)

120 min | Action, Drama

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.

Director: King Hu | Stars: Feng Hsu, Yueh Sun, Chun Shih, Feng Tien

Votes: 501

18. Xiao ao jiang hu (1990)

TV-14 | 120 min | Action, History, Romance

When a scroll containing valuable martial arts secrets is stolen from the Emperor, an army detachment is sent to recover it. Blademaster, a young martial arts expert, accidentally ends up ... See full summary »

Directors: Siu-Tung Ching, King Hu, Raymond Lee, Hark Tsui, Ann Hui, Yeung-Wah Kam | Stars: Samuel Hui, Cecilia Yip, Jacky Cheung, Man Cheung

Votes: 1,759

19. Dangerous Encounters of the First Kind (1980)

95 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

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.

Director: Hark Tsui | Stars: Lieh Lo, Chen Chi Lin, Albert Au, Tin Sang Lung

Votes: 559

20. Bei kao bei, lian dui lian (1994)

138 min | Drama

Wang Shuangli is Deputy Director of the local Cultural Centre, and hopes to be appointed Director. However Old Ma is brought in from the country and installed as Director. This starts a ... See full summary »

Directors: Jianxin Huang, Yazhou Yang | Stars: Zhenhua Niu, Kesheng Lei, Qiang Li, Hao Ju

Votes: 157

21. Fu rong zhen (1987)

164 min | Drama, History, Romance

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: 537

23. Hak se wui (2005)

Unrated | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

73 Metascore

Rival gang leaders are locked in a struggle to become the new chairman of Hong Kong's Triad society.

Director: Johnnie To | Stars: Louis Koo, Suet Lam, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Siu-Fai Cheung

Votes: 8,222

24. Si shui liu nian (1984)

96 min | Drama

Coral, a Hong Kong woman tortured by city life, went back to her home town to visit her two old friends. They all found that some precious things in life which disappear through the years ... See full summary »

Director: Ho Yim | Stars: Josephine Koo, Gaowa Siqin, Weixiang Xie, Yun Zhou

Votes: 92

25. Boon bin yen (1983)

110 min | Drama

When romance starts to cool, Ah Ying applies for a job in a film centre. Instead of paying her for her work, the centre lets her attend its classes for free. She is later drawn into a ... See full summary »

Director: Allen Fong | Stars: Kwok-Lam Cha, Chi-Hung Chang, Ming-Cheung Chin, Pui Hui

Votes: 99

26. Song of the Exile (1990)

100 min | Drama

After the Sino-Japanese War, Kwei Dz, one of the family members of Japanese soldiers accepted a Chinese officer's proposal and remained in China. Later they had a daughter named Ann. The ... See full summary »

Director: Ann Hui | Stars: Maggie Cheung, Siu-Kwong Chung, Tan Lang Jachi Tian, Waise Lee

Votes: 304

27. Wo de fu qin mu qin (1999)

G | 89 min | Drama, History, Romance

71 Metascore

Prompted by the death of his father and the grief of his mother, a man recalls the story of how they met in flashback.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Ziyi Zhang, Honglei Sun, Hao Zheng, Yulian Zhao

Votes: 11,288 | Gross: $1.28M

28. Wo zhe yi bei zi (1950)

120 min | History

Fifty years of modern Chinese history (1900-1950), including wars, revolutions and corrupt politics, as seen through the life and times of a simple Beijing policeman and his family.

Director: Hui Shi | Stars: Hui Shi, Heling Wei, Yang Shen, Wei Li

Votes: 115

29. Wo zhe yang guo le yi sheng (1985)

152 min | Drama

This film tells of a woman's never-ending struggle to keep herself and her family fed and clothed.

Director: Yi Chang | Stars: Hui-Shan Yang, Hsiang-Ping Hu, Li-Chun Lee, Ming Liu

Votes: 86

30. Da cuo che (1983)

100 min | Drama

A speech-impaired and poor army veteran in Taiwan adopts a daughter, who later leaves him to enter show business. Her departure leaves the veteran in a state of depression, as she meant the... See full summary »

Director: Kan Ping Yu | Stars: Linda Jui-Chi Liu, Yueh Sun, Hsiao-Kang Wu, Li-Chun Lee

Votes: 238

31. San bat liu ching (1993)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, Romance

A jazz musician (Lau Ching-Wan) who has problems in both his life and career breaks up with his girlfriend, and moves into a poor neighborhood. There, he meets a girl (Anita Yuen), who ... See full summary »

Director: Tung-Shing Yee | Stars: Ching Wan Lau, Anita Yuen, Carina Lau, Bo-Bo Fung

Votes: 643

32. Lie huo qing chun (1982)

96 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

A story about the experiences of a group of youngsters who feel lost and try to find the true meaning of life.

Directors: Patrick Tam, Terry Tong | Stars: Cecilia Yip, Leslie Cheung, Pat Ha, Ken Tong

Votes: 190

33. Fung gip (1979)

85 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A real murder case which was complicated by the minage ' trois relationship of the victim and the main suspects. As different witnesses narrated their conflicting stories, the case seemed ... See full summary »

Director: Ann Hui | Stars: Sylvia Chang, Angie Chiu, Norman Chu, Chung Kwan

Votes: 98

34. Hong mei gui bai mei gui (1994)

110 min | Drama

Chronicles the love life of a man, Zhenbao. He has a steamy fling with the wife of a friend, the saucy and exciting Red Rose. Even though he feels happy with her, he knows he will not end ... See full summary »

Director: Stanley Kwan | Stars: Joan Chen, Veronica Yip, Winston Chao, Zhao Chang

Votes: 209

35. Ju Dou (1990)

PG-13 | 95 min | Drama, Romance

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: 6,486 | Gross: $1.99M

36. Lan Yu (2001)

R | 86 min | Drama, Romance

60 Metascore

Beijing, 1988. On the cusp of middle-age, Chen Handong has known little but success all his life. The eldest son of a senior government bureaucrat, he heads a fast-growing trading company ... See full summary »

Director: Stanley Kwan | Stars: Ye Liu, Jun Hu, Bin Li, Huatong Li

Votes: 1,921 | Gross: $0.12M

37. Suzhou he (2000)

83 min | Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

The river Suzhou that flows through Shanghai is a reservoir of filth, chaos and poverty, but also a meeting place for memories and secrets. Lou Ye, who spent his youth on the banks of the ... See full summary »

Director: Ye Lou | Stars: Xun Zhou, Hongshen Jia, Zhongkai Hua, Anlian Yao

Votes: 3,487 | Gross: $0.10M

38. Sik san (1996)

95 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

The most renowned and feared chef in the world loses his title of God of Cookery because of his pompous attitude. Humbled, he sets out to reclaim his title.

Directors: Stephen Chow, Lik-Chi Lee | Stars: Stephen Chow, Karen Mok, Nancy Sit, Man-Tat Ng

Votes: 6,984

39. Dou niu (2009)

105 min | Drama

A Chinese peasant is given the responsibility of protecting his village's special dairy cow during a particularly harsh winter in 1940.

Director: Hu Guan | Stars: Bo Huang, Ni Yan, Hu Gao, Tsukagoshi Hirotaka

Votes: 639

41. Jiu jiang feng (2008)

107 min | Drama

The "Winds of September" are the wind of Hsinchu, a strong wind that visits the county and city between September and November. Lin Shu Yu's semi auto-biographical debut, produced by Eric ... See full summary »

Director: Tom Lin | Stars: Chieh Chang, Modi Chiu, Jennifer Chia-Ching Chu, Teresa Daley

Votes: 580

42. Jiong nan hai (2008)

104 min | Drama

More than just naughty, they play tricks on classmates, tease girls at school, fight with other boys, and lie to everyone until their teacher breaks down. They are named Liar No. 1 and Liar... See full summary »

Director: Ya-che Yang | Stars: Bamboo Chu-Sheng Chen, Chi-wen Hsu, Kuan-yi Lee, Na-Dou Lin

Votes: 406

43. Tian bian yi duo yun (2005)

Not Rated | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical

45 Metascore

Hsiao-Kang, now working as a pornographic actor, meets Shiang-chyi once again. Meanwhile, the city of Taipei faces a water shortage that makes the sales of watermelons skyrocket.

Director: Ming-liang Tsai | Stars: Kang-sheng Lee, Shiang-chyi Chen, Yi-Ching Lu, Kuei-Mei Yang

Votes: 4,179

44. Zui hao de shi guang (2005)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama, Romance

80 Metascore

Three stories set in three times, 1911, 1966 and 2005. Two actors play the two main characters in each story.

Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou | Stars: Qi Shu, Chen Chang, Fang Mei, Shu-Chen Liao

Votes: 4,715 | Gross: $0.15M

45. Geung si sin sang (1985)

PG-13 | 96 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

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.

Director: Ricky Lau | Stars: Ching-Ying Lam, Siu-Ho Chin, Ricky Hui, Moon Lee

Votes: 2,851

46. Fu hou qi ri (2010)

93 min | Drama, Family

A woman returns to her farming village in central Taiwan within seven days of her father's death. Upon her return, she is reminded about the villagers' simplicity and superstition that are ... See full summary »

Directors: Essay Liu, Yu-Lin Wang | Stars: Garance Li-Wen Wang, Pong Fong Wu, Jia-xiang Chen, Tai-hua Chen

Votes: 279

48. The Horse Thief (1986)

Not Rated | 88 min | Drama

The story of Norbu, a horse thief, who is thrown out of his tribe in an effort to purge it of evil. Norbu repents after the birth of his son, but he is forced to steal again after the birth... See full summary »

Directors: Zhuangzhuang Tian, Peicheng Pan | Stars: Daiba, Jiji Dan, Drashi, Gaoba

Votes: 790