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1. Empire of the Sun (1987)

PG | 153 min | Drama, History, War

7.8
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62 Metascore

A young English boy struggles to survive under Japanese occupation during World War II.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Christian Bale, John Malkovich, Miranda Richardson, Nigel Havers

Votes: 105,963 | Gross: $22.24M

2. Ip Man (2008)

R | 106 min | Action, Biography, Drama

8.0
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59 Metascore

During the Japanese invasion of 1937, when a wealthy martial artist is forced to leave his home and work to support his family, he reluctantly agrees to train others in the art of Wing Chun for self-defense.

Director: Wilson Yip | Stars: Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Siu-Wong Fan, Ka Tung Lam

Votes: 196,281

3. Back to Bataan (1945)

Approved | 95 min | Drama, War

6.7
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In 1942, after the fall of the Philippines to the Japanese, U.S. Army Col. Joseph Madden stays behind to organize the local resistance against the Japanese invaders.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: John Wayne, Anthony Quinn, Beulah Bondi, Fely Franquelli

Votes: 3,328

4. 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: 85,162 | Gross: $43.98M

5. 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: 45,826 | Gross: $0.01M

6. Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)

R | 123 min | Drama, War

7.3
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During WWII, a British colonel tries to bridge the cultural divides between a British POW and the Japanese camp commander in order to avoid bloodshed.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: David Bowie, Tom Conti, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Takeshi Kitano

Votes: 13,362 | Gross: $2.31M

7. The Good the Bad the Weird (2008)

R | 130 min | Action, Adventure, Western

7.3
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69 Metascore

The story of two outlaws and a bounty hunter in 1940s Manchuria and their rivalry to possess a treasure map while being pursued by the Japanese army and Chinese bandits.

Director: Jee-woon Kim | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Byung-Hun Lee, Woo-sung Jung, Je-mun Yun

Votes: 30,720 | Gross: $0.13M

8. The Age of Shadows (2016)

TV-MA | 140 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

7.1
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78 Metascore

Korean resistance fighters smuggle explosives to destroy facilities controlled by Japanese forces in this period action thriller.

Director: Jee-woon Kim | Stars: Byung-Hun Lee, Kang-ho Song, Yoo Gong, Richard Epcar

Votes: 6,526 | Gross: $0.54M

9. The Great Raid (2005)

R | 132 min | Action, Drama, War

6.7
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48 Metascore

Taking place towards the end of WWII, 500 American Soldiers have been entrapped in a camp for 3 years. Beginning to give up hope they will ever be rescued, a group of Rangers goes on a dangerous mission to try and save them.

Director: John Dahl | Stars: Benjamin Bratt, Joseph Fiennes, James Franco, Robert Mammone

Votes: 20,382 | Gross: $10.17M

10. My Way (2011)

R | 137 min | Action, Drama, War

7.8
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30 Metascore

In World War II-era Korea, rival runners, one Korean (Jang Dong-gun) and one Japanese (Joe Odagiri), go to war together against the Soviets.

Director: Je-kyu Kang | Stars: Dong-Gun Jang, Joe Odagiri, Bingbing Fan, In-kwon Kim

Votes: 9,322 | Gross: $0.07M

11. The Tiger (2015)

Not Rated | 139 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.3
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While the Kingdom of Korea is under occupation by the Japanese, an old and experienced hunter is challenged by the hunt of the last tiger.

Director: Hoon-jung Park | Stars: Min-sik Choi, Man-sik Jeong, Seok-won Jeong, Hong-pa Kim

Votes: 3,724

12. On Wings of Eagles (2016)

PG-13 | 108 min | Drama, History, Sport

5.5
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Eric Liddell - China's first gold medalist and one of Scotland's greatest athletes - returns to war-torn China.

Directors: Stephen Shin, Michael Parker | Stars: Joseph Fiennes, Shawn Dou, Bruce Locke, Jesse Kove

Votes: 577

13. Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen (2010)

R | 106 min | Action, Drama, History

6.3
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49 Metascore

Seven years after the apparent death of Chen Zhen, who was shot after discovering who was responsible for his teacher's death (Huo Yuanjia) in Japanese-occupied Shanghai. A mysterious ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Lau Wai-Keung | Stars: Donnie Yen, Alex Ahlstrom, Qi Shu, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong

Votes: 9,207 | Gross: $0.05M

14. Assassination (2015)

Not Rated | 140 min | Action, Drama

7.3
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64 Metascore

While Korea is occupied by the Japanese Army in 1933, the resistance plans to kill the Japanese Commander. But their plan is threatened by a traitor within their group and also the enemies' forces are hunting them down.

Director: Dong-hoon Choi | Stars: Ji-hyun Jun, Jung-jae Lee, Jung-woo Ha, Dal-su Oh

Votes: 4,941 | Gross: $1.90M

15. Railroad Tigers (2016)

Not Rated | 124 min | Action, Comedy, War

5.9
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47 Metascore

A railroad worker in China in 1941 leads a team of freedom fighters against the Japanese in order to get food for the poor.

Director: Sheng Ding | Stars: Jackie Chan, Jaycee Chan, Zitao Huang, Kai Wang

Votes: 3,213 | Gross: $0.22M

16. The White Countess (2005)

PG-13 | 135 min | Drama, History, Romance

6.7
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60 Metascore

Set in 1930s Shanghai, where a blind American diplomat develops a curious relationship with a young Russian refugee who works odd -- and sometimes illicit -- jobs to support members of her dead husband's aristocratic family.

Director: James Ivory | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Natasha Richardson, Vanessa Redgrave, Lynn Redgrave

Votes: 5,862 | Gross: $1.67M

17. Attack Force Z (1981)

Not Rated | 84 min | Action, Drama, History

5.6
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A group of Australian commandos launch a secret mission against Japanese forces in World War II.

Director: Tim Burstall | Stars: John Phillip Law, Mel Gibson, Sam Neill, Chris Haywood

Votes: 1,965

18. 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: 9,649 | Gross: $0.12M

19. A City of Sadness (1989)

157 min | Drama

8.0
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A beautiful, historical film based upon the complex lives of four brothers.

Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Shu-Fen Hsin, Sung Young Chen, Jack Kao

Votes: 3,608

20. The Children of Huang Shi (2008)

R | 125 min | Drama, War

7.1
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49 Metascore

About young British journalist, George Hogg, who with the assistance of a courageous Australian nurse, saves a group of orphaned children during the Japanese occupation of China in 1937.

Director: Roger Spottiswoode | Stars: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Radha Mitchell, Yun-Fat Chow, Michelle Yeoh

Votes: 8,963 | Gross: $1.03M

21. 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: 6,072 | Gross: $0.02M

22. Back to 1942 (2012)

Not Rated | 145 min | Drama

6.9
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41 Metascore

A deadly drought in 1942 takes its toll on central China's Henan province during the war against Japan.

Director: Xiaogang Feng | Stars: Guoli Zhang, Hanyu Zhang, Wei Fan, Yuanzheng Feng

Votes: 2,848 | Gross: $0.31M

23. The Last Princess (2016)

Not Rated | 127 min | Action, Biography, Drama

6.8
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"The Last Princess" is both a drama and an action film that is based upon the life of Princess Deok-hye (1912-1989) who was born into Korea's last royal family in 1912 as the youngest and ... See full summary »

Director: Jin-ho Hur | Stars: Ye-jin Son, Hae-il Park, Mi-ran Ra, Sang-Hoon Jung

Votes: 1,060 | Gross: $0.03M

24. City of War: The Story of John Rabe (2009)

134 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.2
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57 Metascore

A true-story account of a German businessman who saved more than 200,000 Chinese during the Nanjing massacre in 1937-38.

Director: Florian Gallenberger | Stars: Ulrich Tukur, Daniel Brühl, Steve Buscemi, Anne Consigny

Votes: 5,805 | Gross: $0.07M

25. Three Came Home (1950)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, War

7.4
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During Word War II, American author Agnes Newton Keith is imprisoned by the Japanese in various POW camps in North Borneo and Sarawak.

Director: Jean Negulesco | Stars: Claudette Colbert, Patric Knowles, Florence Desmond, Sessue Hayakawa

Votes: 1,476

26. 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: 3,235 | Gross: $0.16M

27. A Town Like Alice (1956)

Not Rated | 117 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.2
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A newly wealthy English woman returns to Malaya to build a well for the villagers who helped her during war. Thinking back, she recalls the Australian man who made a great sacrifice to aid her and her fellow prisoners of war.

Director: Jack Lee | Stars: Virginia McKenna, Peter Finch, Kenji Takaki, Tran Van Khe

Votes: 1,203

28. Hapkido (1972)

R | 97 min | Action, Drama

7.0
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Korea, 1934. During the Japanese occupation, there is open warfare between rival martial arts schools. There is a fight in the marketplace, and three Chinese students can't stand the unfair... See full summary »

Director: Feng Huang | Stars: Angela Mao, Carter Wong, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Han Jae Ji

Votes: 600

29. Fighter in the Wind (2004)

Not Rated | 120 min | Action, Biography, Drama

7.1
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A young Korean man arrives in Japan near the end of World War II with hopes of being a fighter pilot, but ends up on the streets battling racism, organized crime, occupying American ... See full summary »

Director: Yun-ho Yang | Stars: Dong-kun Yang, Aya Hirayama, Masaya Katô, Tae-woo Jeong

Votes: 3,496

30. China Cry: A True Story (1990)

PG-13 | 101 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.9
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Drama set in the 1950s, based on a true story, about a young girl, Sung Neng Yee, who is brought as part of a wealthy Chinese family. She is eager to become part of Mao Tze Tung's "new ... See full summary »

Director: James F. Collier | Stars: Julia Nickson, France Nuyen, James Shigeta, Russell Wong

Votes: 465 | Gross: $4.21M

31. The Red Shoes (2005)

Not Rated | 103 min | Horror, Thriller

5.9
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A woman who finds a pair of pink high heels on a subway platform soon realizes that jealousy, greed, and death follow them wherever they go.

Director: Yong-gyun Kim | Stars: Hye-su Kim, Seong-su Kim, Yeon-ah Park, Su-hee Go

Votes: 2,629

32. The Hammer of God (1970)

R | 90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.8
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The golden age of kung-fu film's first superstar Jimmy Wang Yu (even before Bruce Lee) wrote, directed and starred in his classic favorite of a noble young martial arts student who won't ... See full summary »

Director: Jimmy Wang Yu | Stars: Jimmy Wang Yu, Lieh Lo, Ping Wang, Hsiung Chao

Votes: 462

33. Story of a Prostitute (1965)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.4
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In WW2 Manchuria, a prostitute grows to resent an abusive adjutant and falls in love with his aide.

Director: Seijun Suzuki | Stars: Tamio Kawaji, Yumiko Nogawa, Isao Tamagawa, Shôichi Ozawa

Votes: 1,140

34. The Puppetmaster (1993)

142 min | Biography, Drama, War

7.3
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Puppeteer Li Tian-lu tells his life story, and through it, the story of Taiwan in the first half of the 20th century.

Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou | Stars: Tien-Lu Li, Giong Lim, Kuei-Chung Cheng, Chien-ru Huang

Votes: 1,481

35. 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: 254

36. Ang larawan (2017)

124 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

6.6
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In a musical tale about standing together against materialism, two impoverished sisters anguish over whether or not to sell a painting, the final masterpiece by their recluse father. A ... See full summary »

Director: Loy Arcenas | Stars: Joanna Ampil, Rachel Alejandro, Paulo Avelino, Sandino Martin

Votes: 112

37. 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: 2,897

38. The Longest Hundred Miles (1967)

Approved | 100 min | Drama, War

7.1
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During the Japanese invasion of the Philippines, an assorted group of refugees, including an American soldier, an Army nurse, a priest and a group of local children, try to make their getaway aboard a rattletrap, creaky bus.

Director: Don Weis | Stars: Doug McClure, Katharine Ross, Ricardo Montalban, Ronald Remy

Votes: 158

39. Tai quan zhen jiu zhou (1973)

R | 95 min | Action, War, Drama

6.5
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During the Japanese occupation of Korea in the 1930's, the leader of a small resistance movement attempts to get information to sympathizers in China.

Director: Feng Huang | Stars: Angela Mao, Jhoon Rhee, Carter Wong, Ing-Sik Whang

Votes: 166

40. 2009: Lost Memories (2002)

R | 136 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

6.2
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40 Metascore

A failed assassination attempt in Harbin, China in 1909 changes the course of history. Now two JBI agents must find the connections between it and an ancient Korean artifact.

Director: Si-myung Lee | Stars: Dong-Gun Jang, Tôru Nakamura, Jin-ho Seo, Goo Shin

Votes: 3,177

41. Markova: Comfort Gay (2000)

Not Rated | 97 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.8
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Gil M Portes (Miguel/Michelle, 1999) tells the unconventional true story of Walter Dempster, Jr, otherwise known as Markova. After watching a documentary about the suffering of women forced... See full summary »

Director: Gil Portes | Stars: Dolphy, Eric Quizon, Jeffrey Quizon, Tony Bueno

Votes: 129

42. Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale II (2011)

132 min | Action, Drama, History

6.8
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After the initial uprising at Wushe, Mona Rudao faces an unwinnable guerrilla war against the militarily superior Japanese plus fierce rival Seediq clans. He and his followers must fight ... See full summary »

Director: Te-Sheng Wei | Stars: Nolay Piho, Chih-Hsiang Ma, Masanobu Andô, Sabu Kawahara

Votes: 1,033

43. The Highest Honor (1982)

R | 144 min | War, Drama

6.5
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The true story of a daring raid on Japanese-occupied Singapore Harbour by Australian and British troops during WWII.

Directors: Peter Maxwell, Seiji Maruyama | Stars: Michael Aitkens, Vincent Ball, Craig Ballard, James Belton

Votes: 101

44. Bombs Over Burma (1942)

Approved | 65 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

5.3
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Chinese girl risks her life on espionage mission against Japanese in World War 2.

Director: Joseph H. Lewis | Stars: Anna May Wong, Noel Madison, Leslie Denison, Nedrick Young

Votes: 160

45. Battle of Changsha (2014– )

History, Romance, War

8.5
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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: 77

46. Yamashita: The Tiger's Treasure (2001)

113 min | Action, Drama, War

5.6
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Aging Carmelo likes telling his grandson, Jobert about his youth in the Philippines. Jobert especially likes the stories about Carmelo's time in World War II, where he helped bury the ... See full summary »

Director: Chito S. Roño | Stars: Armando Goyena, Danilo Barrios, Albert Martinez, Bb Gandanghari

Votes: 35

47. Nanjing 1937 (1995)

120 min | Drama, History, War

5.7
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In December 1937, during the Second Japanese-Sino War, a Chinese doctor, his Japanese pregnant wife, their teenage daughter and their young son travel from Shanghai to Nanjing seeking ... See full summary »

Director: Ziniu Wu | Stars: Han Chin, Ai Saotome, Rene Liu, Tao Bai

Votes: 214

48. Leftenan Adnan (2000)

127 min | Biography, History, Romance

7.5
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This film is about a Malaysian soldier, Lieutenant Adnan Saidi, who fought bravely against the Japanese Imperial Army during World War 2.

Director: Aziz M. Osman | Stars: Hairie Othman, Umie Aida, Faizal Hussein, Johan Abdullah

Votes: 78

49. Panaghóy sa subâ: The Call of the River (2004)

120 min | Romance, Drama, War

7.1
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Add a Plot

Director: Cesar Montano | Stars: Cesar Montano, Juliana Palermo, Jacky Woo, Philip Anthony

Votes: 56

50. Horror in the East (2001 TV Movie)

PG | Documentary, War

7.7
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An examination of atrocities and depredations committed by Imperial Japanese military forces, from 1931 to 1945.

Stars: Edward Herrmann, Samuel West

Votes: 186



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