Hong Kong movies that you shouldn't miss (1990s)

by Tommy_Outsider | created - 04 Jul 2015 | updated - 23 Jul 2016 | Public

You may not know all these movies, but they are some of the classics from Hong Kong. Take a look!

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1. Die xue jie tou (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: 8,931

2. Days of Being Wild (1990)

Not Rated | 94 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

96 Metascore

A man tries to find out who his real mother is after the woman who raised him tells him the truth.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong | Stars: Leslie Cheung, Maggie Cheung, Andy Lau, Carina Lau

Votes: 14,863 | Gross: $0.14M

3. 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: 317

4. Center Stage (1991)

126 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

Biopic of 1930's Chinese actress Ruan Ling Yu.

Director: Stanley Kwan | Stars: Maggie Cheung, Han Chin, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Carina Lau

Votes: 1,484

5. Xiao ao jiang hu (1990)

TV-14 | 120 min | Action, History

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: 1,819

6. Wong Fei Hung (1991)

R | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

Set in late 19th century Canton this martial arts film depicts the stance taken by the legendary martial arts hero Wong Fei-Hung (1847-1924) against foreign forces' (English, French and ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 15,534

7. Zong heng si hai (1991)

R | 108 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

A romantic and action packed story of three best friends, a group of high end art thieves, who come into trouble when a love-triangle forms between them.

Director: John Woo | Stars: Leslie Cheung, Yun-Fat Chow, Cherie Chung, Kong Chu

Votes: 5,201

8. Qi wang (1991)

109 min | Drama

Hong Kong ad man Ching (John Shum) is recruited by an old friend to boost the rating of a tv game show in Taiwan. After discovering a child with psychic abilities, he sets up a televised ... See full summary »

Directors: Ho Yim, Hark Tsui | Stars: Tony Ka Fai Leung, John Sham, Lin Yang, Koon-Chung Chan

Votes: 251

9. Gau yat: San diu hap lui (1991)

Not Rated | 92 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

A graying black-clad swordsman slays palace guards, as he flies through the air to an uncertain purpose. Centuries (or is it days?) later, gun-toting, Armani-clad super policemen -- Hong ... See full summary »

Directors: David Lai, Corey Yuen | Stars: Andy Lau, Anita Mui, Aaron Kwok, Kenny Bee

Votes: 622

10. Bo Hao (1991)

136 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

The story of Ho, a chinese peasant/slave worker who escapes to Hong Kong and becomes one of the most feared crime bosses in Hong Kong.

Director: Man Kit Poon | Stars: Ray Lui, Kent Cheng, Cecilia Yip, Amy Yip

Votes: 425

11. Sun lung moon hak chan (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: 3,271

12. 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: 3,532

13. Sam sei goon (1992)

PG-13 | 102 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

A shyster with an equally eccentric kung-fu ace of a wife manage to bring justice to the court.

Director: Johnnie To | Stars: Stephen Chow, Anita Mui, Man-Tat Ng, Carrie Ng

Votes: 1,844

14. Long min (1992)

145 min | Drama

The story about a young, unemployed man, who after being kicked out is desperate enough to live anywhere. He is directed to Roy Chiao, who owns the caged establishment, and is given a living space.

Director: Chi Leung 'Jacob' Cheung | Stars: Roy Chiao, Kai Chi Liu, Teddy Robin Kwan, Feng Ku

Votes: 162

15. Wong Fei Hung II: Nam yee tung chi keung (1992)

R | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

In the sequel to the Tsui Hark classic, Wong Fei-Hung faces The White Lotus society, a fanatical cult seeking to drive the Europeans out of China through violence, even attacking Chinese ... See full summary »

Director: Hark Tsui | Stars: Jet Li, Rosamund Kwan, Siu Chung Mok, David Chiang

Votes: 8,137

16. Ya Fei yu Ya Ji (1992)

91 min | Comedy

Two losers who'll do anything to try and be successful in the Triad world, but all they've accomplished is having a bad luck reputation.

Director: Blackie Shou Liang Ko | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Jacky Cheung, Eric Tsang, Ken Tong

Votes: 214

17. Dung che sai duk (1994)

R | 100 min | Action, Drama

69 Metascore

A broken-hearted hit man moves to the desert where he finds skilled swordsmen to carry out his contract killings.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong | Stars: Brigitte Lin, Maggie Cheung, Leslie Cheung, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung

Votes: 11,617 | Gross: $0.17M

18. Gwok chaan Ling Ling Chat (1994)

Not Rated | 84 min | Action, Comedy, Thriller

An incompetent 007-wannabe is sent to locate a stolen dinosaur skull.

Directors: Stephen Chow, Lik-Chi Lee | Stars: Stephen Chow, Anita Yuen, Kar-Ying Law, Pauline Chan

Votes: 4,376

19. Chungking Express (1994)

PG-13 | 102 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

Two melancholy Hong Kong policemen fall in love: one with a mysterious female underworld figure, the other with a beautiful and ethereal server at a late-night restaurant he frequents.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong | Stars: Brigitte Lin, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Faye Wong

Votes: 50,220 | Gross: $0.60M

20. Fallen Angels (1995)

R | 99 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

71 Metascore

This Hong Kong-set crime drama follows the lives of a hitman, hoping to get out of the business, and his elusive female partner.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong | Stars: Leon Lai, Michelle Reis, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Charlie Yeung

Votes: 20,311

21. Wui wan ye (1995)

R | 86 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

A cast of new faces and old favorites to take on ghostbusting in a film full of both laughs and thrills.

Director: Jeffrey Lau | Stars: Stephen Chow, Karen Mok, Ka-Yan Leung, Yi-fei Huang

Votes: 1,613

22. The Blade (1995)

105 min | Drama, Action

After the master of the Sharp Manufacturer saber factory abdicates and appoints On, his least popular worker, as his successor, On, unwilling to lead his surly colleagues, embarks on a ... See full summary »

Director: Hark Tsui | Stars: Wenzhuo Zhao, Xin Xin Xiong, Sonny Su, Valerie Chow

Votes: 2,674

23. Yi boh lai beng duk (1996)

Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

A restaurant employee wanted for murder contracts Ebola by raping a woman in South Africa and starts an outbreak there and in Hong Kong when he returns home.

Director: Herman Yau | Stars: Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Yeung-Ming Wan, Fui-On Shing, Tsui-Ling Wong

Votes: 3,141

24. Go do gaai bei (1997)

98 min | Action, Drama

Police Inspector Pao is trying to catch Mak Kwan, a gang member who is first arrested, but then escapes from the prison. By chance, Pao realizes that the target of Kwan's gang is the H.K. ... See full summary »

Director: Ringo Lam | Stars: Ching Wan Lau, Francis Ng, Amanda Lee, Jack Kao

Votes: 838

25. Happy Together (1997)

96 min | Drama, Romance

69 Metascore

A couple take a trip to Argentina but both men find their lives drifting apart in opposite directions.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong | Stars: Leslie Cheung, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Chen Chang, Gregory Dayton

Votes: 18,545 | Gross: $0.19M

26. Hei jin (1997)

126 min | Action, Crime

Island of Greed is a 1997 Hong Kong action crime thriller film directed by Michael Mak and starring Andy Lau and Tony Leung Ka-fai. The film is set and filmed in Taiwan and deals with corruption in the Government of the Republic of China.

Director: Michael Mak | Stars: Andy Lau, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Paulyn Sun, Annie Wu

Votes: 543

27. Shi wan huo ji (1997)

108 min | Action, Thriller

Following the lives of firefighters as they deal with joys and hardships, both on the job and with their own personal lives.

Director: Johnnie To | Stars: Ching Wan Lau, Alex Fong, Carman Lee, Ruby Wong

Votes: 474

28. Heung Gong jai jo (1997)

109 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Autumn Moon (Sam Lee), a low-rent triad living in Hong Kong, struggles to find meaning in his hopelessly violent existence.

Director: Fruit Chan | Stars: Sam Lee, Neiky Hui-Chi Yim, Wenders Li, Ka-Chuen Tam

Votes: 1,657

29. Song jia huang chao (1997)

145 min | Drama, History, Romance

The Soong family was a political dynasty in China that reached the highest levels of power. This film follows the lives of the three Soong daughters, who were educated in America and ... See full summary »

Director: Mabel Cheung | Stars: Maggie Cheung, Michelle Yeoh, Vivian Wu, Winston Chao

Votes: 871

30. Jat go zi tau di daan sang (1997)

90 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

When Ah-Gou, a smalltime Hong Kong street rascal, visits a fortune teller and hears that soon he will face a life-changing choice, he surely can't imagine that his life reached a middle ... See full summary »

Director: Ka-Fai Wai | Stars: Ching Wan Lau, Carman Lee, Francis Ng, Ruby Wong

Votes: 708

31. Am faa (1998)

Not Rated | 81 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

A corrupt cop named Sam handles negotiations between two Triad leaders who plan to join forces. However, he meets a suspicious bald man named Tony, who keeps following him around and disrupting his personal business.

Directors: Tat-Chi Yau, Johnnie To | Stars: Ching Wan Lau, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Maggie Siu, Hoi-Pang Lo

Votes: 1,595

32. Bao lie xing jing (1999)

92 min | Action, Crime, Romance

Plainclothes policemen Brian and Mike use an elderly woman's apartment for surveillance, hoping to catch a fugitive gangster. They develop a warm relationship with their hostess, whom they ... See full summary »

Director: Wilson Yip | Stars: Louis Koo, Francis Ng, Matt Chow, Tony Ho

Votes: 527



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