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1. Marco Polo (2014–2016)

TV-MA | 60 min | Adventure, Drama, History

8.1
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In a world replete with greed, betrayal, sexual intrigue and rivalry, "Marco Polo" is based on the famed explorer's adventures in Kublai Khan's court in 13th century Mongolia.

Stars: Lorenzo Richelmy, Benedict Wong, Joan Chen, Remy Hii

Votes: 56,819

2. The Last Emperor (1987)

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

7.8
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76 Metascore

The story of the final Emperor of China.

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

Votes: 85,524 | Gross: $43.98M

3. Air Strike (2018)

R | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

3.3
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During World War II, five different Chinese people fight their way through Japanese Air Force attacks to protect an important military machine in Chongqing, 1940.

Director: Xiao Feng | Stars: Ye Liu, Bruce Willis, Seung-heon Song, William Wai-Ting Chan

Votes: 2,617

4. League of Gods (2016)

PG-13 | 109 min | Action, Fantasy

4.6
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Based on the 16th-century Chinese novel Feng Shen Yan Yi (The Investiture of the Gods), the story tells of how King Zhou of Shang becomes a tyrant due to the wiles of Daji, a vixen spirit who is disguised as one of his concubines.

Director: Koan Hui | Stars: Jet Li, Bingbing Fan, Zhang Wen, Xiaoming Huang

Votes: 1,857 | Gross: $0.14M

5. Red Cliff (2008)

R | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.4
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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: 41,551 | Gross: $0.63M

6. The Grandmaster (2013)

PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Biography, Drama

6.6
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73 Metascore

The story of martial-arts master Ip Man, the man who trained Bruce Lee.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Ziyi Zhang, Jin Zhang, Chen Chang

Votes: 28,909 | Gross: $6.59M

7. The Flowers of War (2011)

R | 146 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.6
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46 Metascore

An American finds refuge during the 1937 Japanese invasion of Nanking in a church with a group of women. Posing as a priest, he attempts to lead the women to safety.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Christian Bale, Ni Ni, Xinyi Zhang, Tianyuan Huang

Votes: 45,986 | Gross: $0.01M

8. Men Behind the Sun (1988)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, History, Horror

6.1
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Japanese troops round up Chinese and Russian prisoners of war and take them to a place called Squadron 731, where they are grotesquely tortured and experimented on to test new biological weapons.

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

Votes: 5,355

9. Farewell My Concubine (1993)

R | 171 min | Drama, Music, Romance

8.1
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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: 22,350 | Gross: $5.22M

10. To Live (1994)

Not Rated | 133 min | Drama, War

8.3
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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: 14,335 | Gross: $2.33M

11. Chinese Zodiac (2012)

PG-13 | 109 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.1
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29 Metascore

A man searches the world for a set of mystic artifacts. The twelve bronze heads of the animals from the Chinese zodiac.

Director: Jackie Chan | Stars: Jackie Chan, Qi Shu, Xingtong Yao, Sang-Woo Kwon

Votes: 19,572

12. Red Cliff II (2009)

142 min | Action, Drama, History

7.6
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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: 21,708 | Gross: $0.63M

13. The Empress Ki (2013– )

Action, Drama, History

8.6
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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: 1,017

14. God of War (2017)

Not Rated | 128 min | Action, History

6.4
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54 Metascore

During the 16th century, Japanese pirates proliferate along the Chinese coastline. In 1557, the pirates take over Cengang in Zhejiang. After months of futile advances, Commander Yu (Sammo ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Chan | Stars: Wenzhuo Zhao, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Regina Wan, Keisuke Koide

Votes: 1,709 | Gross: $0.05M

15. The Warlords (2007)

R | 126 min | Action, Drama, History

7.1
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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: 24,941 | Gross: $0.13M

16. 55 Days at Peking (1963)

Unrated | 154 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.8
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During the 1900 Boxer Rebellion against foreigners in China, U.S. Marine Major Matt Lewis, aided by British Consul Sir Arthur Robertson, devises a strategy to keep the rebels at bay until an international military relief force arrives.

Directors: Nicholas Ray, Guy Green | Stars: Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, David Niven, Flora Robson

Votes: 5,493

17. The Founding of a Republic (2009)

138 min | Drama, History, War

4.9
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Inspired by true events, Founding of a Republic weaves a rousing tale of one man who fought against the tyranny of a ruler and led his people in battle in the ultimate sacrifice for his country.

Directors: Sanping Han, Jianxin Huang | Stars: Guoqiang Tang, Guoli Zhang, Qing Xu, Jin Liu

Votes: 2,819

18. 1911 (2011)

R | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

5.9
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37 Metascore

A historical drama based on the founding of the Republic of China when nationalist forces led by Sun Yat-sen overthrew the Qing Dynasty.

Directors: Li Zhang, Jackie Chan | Stars: Jackie Chan, Winston Chao, Bingbing Li, Chun Sun

Votes: 5,554 | Gross: $0.13M

19. Devils on the Doorstep (2000)

139 min | Comedy, Drama, War

8.3
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70 Metascore

During the Japanese occupation of China, two prisoners are dumped in a peasant's home in a small town. The owner is bullied into keeping the prisoners until the next New Year, at which time... See full summary »

Director: Wen Jiang | Stars: Wen Jiang, Kenya Sawada, Hongbo Jiang, Teruyuki Kagawa

Votes: 6,094 | Gross: $0.02M

20. City of Life and Death (2009)

R | 133 min | Drama, History, War

7.7
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85 Metascore

In 1937, Japan occupied Nanjing, the Chinese capital. There was a battle and subsequent atrocities against the inhabitants, especially those who took refuge in the International Security Zone.

Director: Chuan Lu | Stars: Ye Liu, Wei Fan, Hideo Nakaizumi, Yuanyuan Gao

Votes: 9,679 | Gross: $0.12M

21. Legend of the Demon Cat (2017)

129 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

6.2
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57 Metascore

Taking place in the Tang Dynasty, a demon cat appears and breaks the peace of Chang'an City, causing a series of strange events. Poet Bai Letian and Monk Kukai join hands to investigate the... See full summary »

Director: Kaige Chen | Stars: Xuan Huang, Shôta Sometani, Yuqi Zhang, Hao Qin

Votes: 1,816

22. Brotherhood of Blades (2014)

Not Rated | 111 min | Action

6.6
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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: 2,453

23. Bodyguards and Assassins (2009)

Not Rated | 139 min | Action, Drama, History

6.8
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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: 7,143

24. Nanking (2007)

R | 88 min | Biography, History, War

7.7
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76 Metascore

Through readings of historical account by actors and the testimony of survivors, the events of the Nanjing Massacre are recounted.

Directors: Bill Guttentag, Dan Sturman | Stars: Hugo Armstrong, Rosalind Chao, Stephen Dorff, John Getz

Votes: 3,237 | Gross: $0.16M

25. Secret of the three kingdoms (2018– )

Drama, History

8.1
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An alternative history version of one of the Three kingdoms era plots focusing on the rivalry between the last Han emperor and Cao family.

Stars: Xuan Dong, Dongjun Han, Tianyu Ma, Jianci Tan

Votes: 7

26. Beginning of the Great Revival (2011)

Not Rated | 124 min | Drama, History

2.5
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29 Metascore

A chronicle of the events that led to the founding of the Chinese Communist Party.

Directors: Sanping Han, Jianxin Huang | Stars: Bingbing Fan, Yun-Fat Chow, John Woo, Daniel Wu

Votes: 5,543 | Gross: $0.15M

27. Startling by Each Step (2011– )

TV-14 | 46 min | Drama, Fantasy, History

8.0
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After a car accident plunges a woman into the dreamy Chinese past that gave the whole life in the Beijing imperial palace after that she returns to her life in the modern world.

Stars: Shi Shi Liu, Nicky Wu, Kevin Cheng, Hong Yuan

Votes: 328

28. Jian jun da ye (2017)

133 min | Action, Drama, History

3.7
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The foundation of CCP army in 1927, Nanchang, Jiangxi Province.

Director: Andrew Lau Wai-Keung | Stars: Ye Liu, Yawen Zhu, Zhi-zhong Huang, Hao Ou

Votes: 425

29. The Message (2009)

118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.4
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1942, Nanjing (Nanking). Following a series of assassination attempts on officials of the Japanese-controlled puppet government, the Japanese spy chief gathers a group of suspects in a ... See full summary »

Directors: Kuo-Fu Chen, Qunshu Gao | Stars: Xun Zhou, Bingbing Li, Hanyu Zhang, Xiaoming Huang

Votes: 2,917

30. Confucius (2010)

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

6.2
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The life story of the highly-influential Chinese philosopher, Confucius.

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

Votes: 3,413

31. Eternal Wave (2017)

100 min | Action, Drama

5.7
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The year was 1930, when Shanghai is known as the Paris of the East with a thriving economy. However, behind the glamorous songs and dances, cruelty and terror gets out of control. From the ... See full summary »

Director: Siu-Hung Chung | Stars: Aaron Kwok, Simon Yam, Hans Zhang, Zoe Zhang

Votes: 71

32. Legend of Miyue (2015– )

Drama, History, Romance

6.4
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A drama about Mi Yue, the outstanding female politician in Chinese history, who made a great contribution to the unification of China two thousand years ago.

Stars: Li Sun, Tao Liu, Chuyue Chen, Yu Shen

Votes: 252

33. 16 to Life (2009)

Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Romance

6.3
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Romantic comedy. A small town teenager's angst about sexual inexperience drives a comic quest for love and understanding on a birthday to end all birthdays.

Director: Becky Smith | Stars: Hallee Hirsh, Theresa Russell, Shiloh Fernandez, Mandy Musgrave

Votes: 432

34. Heavenly Sword and Dragon Sabre (2002–2003)

43 min | Drama

7.3
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This popular tale of the martial arts world, set in 14th century China, centers around two legendary wuxia weapons - the Dragon Slaying Sabre and the Heavenly Sword - whose wielder, legend ... See full summary »

Stars: Alec Su, Alyssa Chia, Tielin Zhang, Ashton Chen

Votes: 201

35. The Romance of Three Kingdoms (1995– )

Drama, History, War

8.6
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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: 512

36. The Knot (2006)

117 min | Drama, Romance, War

6.2
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A Taiwanese medical student defects to Mainland China due to Nationalist persecution, became an army surgeon during Korean War, and later went to Tibet as a doctor, while pining for his ... See full summary »

Director: Li Yin | Stars: Kun Chen, Vivian Hsu, Bingbing Li, Steven Cheung

Votes: 412

37. The Disguiser (2015– )

Action, Drama, History

7.7
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Story of resistance, espionage, familial ties, friendship and romance in the Japanese-occupied Shanghai.

Stars: Ge Hu, Kai Wang, Mintao Liu, Dong Jin

Votes: 256

38. Bethune: The Making of a Hero (1990)

115 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.7
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Canadian surgeon Norman Bethune journeys 1500 miles into China to reach Mao Zedong's eighth route army in the Wu Tai mountains where he will build hospitals, provide care, and train medics.... See full summary »

Director: Phillip Borsos | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Helen Mirren, Helen Shaver, Colm Feore

Votes: 304

39. The Soong Sisters (1997)

145 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.0
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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: 890

40. Tuo shen (2018)

46 min | Action, Drama, History

8.6
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In 1949, the Shanghai streetwise Qiao Zhicai(Chen Kun) and his younger twin brother Qiao Lijie, together with accountant Huang Liwen must complete a secret mission and protect important people for communist party.

Stars: Wenjing Cai, Yanyan Cao, Winston Chao, Kun Chen

Votes: 40

41. Shadow of China (1989)

PG-13 | 131 min | Drama

6.3
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A Chinese political refugee tries to make his way to the top as a businessman in Hong Kong while his former radicalism is transformed into cynicism. His past comes back to haunt him.

Director: Mitsuo Yanagimachi | Stars: John Lone, Kôichi Satô, Sammi Davis, Vivian Wu

Votes: 115

42. Battle of Changsha (2014– )

History, Romance, War

8.6
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We are on the same team, and none of us can afford to sit on the sidelines

Stars: Wallace Huo, Muye Kuang, Zi Yang, Lu Liu

Votes: 78

43. The Emperor's Shadow (1996)

130 min | Drama

7.0
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Epic drama about China's first emperor (221 BC) who struggles to make his childhood best friend, now China's greatest composer, succumb to his will and compose a grand anthem to his ... See full summary »

Director: Xiaowen Zhou | Stars: Wen Jiang, You Ge, Qing Xu, Chung Chang

Votes: 508 | Gross: $0.07M

44. Rookie Agent Rouge (2016)

43 min | Action, History

6.2
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Can a young woman prove her loyalty to her country and her family? Lan Yan Zhi (Zhao Li Ying) is a privileged banker's daughter in Shanghai and a student activist who mistakenly comes into ... See full summary »

Stars: Yi Lu, Xin-ran Tao, Wenkang Yuan, Zanilia Zhao

Votes: 26

45. Shadow Magic (2000)

PG | 116 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.2
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66 Metascore

Beijing, 1902: an enterprising young portrait photographer named Liu Jinglun, keen on new technology, befriends a newly-arrived Englishman who's brought projector, camera, and ... See full summary »

Director: Ann Hu | Stars: Jared Harris, Yu Xia, Yufei Xing, Peiqi Liu

Votes: 705 | Gross: $0.15M

46. The Battle of China (1944)

Not Rated | 65 min | Documentary, History, War

7.1
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The Official World War II US Government account of Chinese defense against Japanese aggression.

Directors: Frank Capra, Anatole Litvak | Stars: Claire Chennault, Kai-Shek Chiang, Madame Chiang, Teh Chu

Votes: 595

47. The Glamorous Imperial Concubine (2011– )

Drama, History, Romance

7.7
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Ma Fuya is a princess of the Chu state in 10th century China. In this time of warring kingdoms and political upheaval, Fuya's uncle usurps the throne, and brutally wipes out her family. ... See full summary »

Stars: Ruby Lin, Yikuan Yan, Jennifer Ling Hung, Chunrong Dai

Votes: 91

48. All Quiet in Beiping (2014– )

Drama, History

8.1
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Directed by Kong Sheng and produced by Hou Hong Liang who are famous for their work on titles such as 'Battle of Changsha', and 'Nirvana in Fire', while written by screen writer Liu He Ping... See full summary »

Stars: Ye Liu, Weiyu Cao, Yinan Wang, Xinming Yang

Votes: 91

49. Sparrow (2016)

Drama, Romance, War

7.2
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A CCP spy coded "Sparrow" and his colleagues fight Japanese and agency of puppet government in Shanghai during WWII.

Stars: Yifeng Li, Dongyu Zhou, Luyi Zhang, Xiaoran Li

Votes: 28

50. Moving the Mountain (1994)

83 min | Documentary, History

7.5
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The film is a documentary about the demonstrations of students in Peking on the 4th of June 1989 for more democracy in the People's Republic which were ended by army forces. The story is ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Apted | Stars: Jinming Zhang, Yiming Huang, Yi-fen Kan, Ke-Hsi Hsiang

Votes: 97 | Gross: $0.04M



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