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1. Fist of Fury (1972)

R | 107 min | Action, Drama, Romance

7.4
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68 Metascore

A young man seeks vengence for the death of his teacher.

Director: Wei Lo | Stars: Bruce Lee, Nora Miao, James Tien, Maria Yi

Votes: 22,748

2. The Crossing (I) (2014)

129 min | Drama, History, Romance

6.1
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In the midst of the Chinese Revolution during the late 1940s, couples flee to the island of Taiwan.

Director: John Woo | Stars: Ziyi Zhang, Masami Nagasawa, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Hye-Kyo Song

Votes: 1,075

3. 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: 2,812

4. In the Heat of the Sun (1994)

134 min | Drama, Romance

8.3
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A story of four teenagers during Cultural Revolution in Beijing.

Director: Wen Jiang | Stars: Yu Xia, Shaobo Dai, Hua Fang, Xiaogang Feng

Votes: 3,302

5. 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: Yun-Fat Chow, Daniel Wu, Bingbing Fan, John Woo

Votes: 5,539 | Gross: $0.15M

6. Shang Hai tan (1983– )

Drama

8.3
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Just before the WWII, at the verge of Japanese general invasion to China, XU Wenqiang, a disenchanted college graduate, went to Shanghai and met DING Li, a simple street merchant. The two ... See full summary »

Stars: Pui-San Auyeung, Lap Ban Chan, Angie Chiu, Man Ching Chong

Votes: 231

7. 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: 424

8. Tuo shen (2018)

46 min | Drama, Romance, War

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: 37

9. One-Armed Boxer (1972)

R | 89 min | Action, Drama

7.1
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After his schoolmate and master is killed and he loses an arm, student Tien Lung has to learn the art of one-arm boxing.

Director: Jimmy Wang Yu | Stars: Jimmy Wang Yu, Yeh Tien, Hsin Tang, Fei Lung

Votes: 811

10. Tientsin Mystic (2017)

40 min | Drama, Mystery

7.9
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Set in the Republic years in China, four young people investigate several mystery cases and stop heresy.

Stars: Xian Li, Ming'en Zhang, Cici Wang, Yumi Chen

Votes: 85

11. 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: 885

12. Vengeance (1970)

PG-13 | 98 min | Action, Drama, Romance

7.2
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China 1925, a man returns to track down a kill the men who murdered his brother.

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: David Chiang, Lung Ti, Ping Wang, Yen-Ching Ou

Votes: 486

13. The 36 Crazy Fists (1977)

R | 90 min | Action, Comedy

5.3
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A young man decides to learn Kung Fu to avenge the death of his father, a peaceful shopkeeper who was murdered by Manchurian gangsters for not paying protection money. At first he is ... See full summary »

Director: Chi-Hwa Chen | Stars: Siu-Hung Leung, Kar-Yung Lau, Shi-Kwan Yen, Feng Ku

Votes: 632

14. Kung Fu, the Invisible Fist (1972)

PG | 110 min | Action, Drama

6.0
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Death Rivals of Shaolin

Director: See-Yuen Ng | Stars: Sing Chen, Yasuaki Kurata, Irene Ryder, Yuan-Shen Huang

Votes: 63

15. Dragons of Death (1973)

R | 85 min | Action, Drama

5.6
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As Jen Ko (Henry Yu Yung) has completed his training at the military academy, he is entrusted by his superiors at once with a secret mission. He should take in the city Lung Tau the gang ... See full summary »

Director: Jimmy L. Pascual | Stars: Yung Henry Yu, Ofelia Yu, Chung-Hsin Huang, Ching Chen

Votes: 211

16. Pavilion of Women (2001)

R | 116 min | Drama, Romance, War

5.9
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26 Metascore

With World War 2 looming, a prominent family in China must confront the contrasting ideas of traditionalism, communism and Western thinking, while dealing with the most important ideal of all: love and its meaning in society.

Director: Ho Yim | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Luo Yan, Sau Sek, John Cho

Votes: 934 | Gross: $0.04M

17. 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: 408

18. Boxer from Shantung (1972)

Unrated | 94 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.1
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Leaving the poverty of his life in Shantung to seek fortune in Shanghai, The Boxer is instead drawn into a world of corruption, gang warfare and evil... Where his only protection is his famed fighting technique.

Directors: Cheh Chang, Hsueh Li Pao | Stars: Kuan Tai Chen, Li Ching, David Chiang, Mario Milano

Votes: 805

19. Duel of the Iron Fist (1971)

R | 98 min | Action, Drama

7.1
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A Kung Fu artist sacrifices everything to avenge his father's execution.

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: Lung Ti, David Chiang, Ping Wang, Jeanette Yu Wei

Votes: 371

20. Cai li fa xiao zi (1976)

PG-13 | 96 min | Action, Drama

6.7
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International favorite Alexander Fu Sheng cemented his stardom in this, the fourth film in his esteemed director's "Shaolin" series. Fu gives both a great dramatic and kung-fu performance ... See full summary »

Directors: Cheh Chang, Wu Ma | Stars: Sheng Fu, Jenny Tseng, Hsia Hui Wu, Lung Wei Wang

Votes: 144

21. Da zhen shen huo sang (2018)

98 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

6.0
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Director: Roy Hin Yeung Chow | Stars: Geng Han, Huiwen Zhang, Jiayi Feng, Xiaodong Guo

Votes: 5

22. Lurk (2009– )

42 min | Drama, Romance

8.5
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While working in the KMT intelligence station in Tianjin, a Communist undercover agent achieved a series of incredible feats with the help of his stand-in wife.

Stars: Honglei Sun, Chen Yao, Feng Zu, Enhe Feng

Votes: 131

23. Fists of Vengeance (1972)

88 min | Action

5.7
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Yan Zi Fei and Guan Yue Hua are returning home in love and plan to tell their parents but once they arrive back they find that there is a conflict between the two families. Guan Fun Lin is ... See full summary »

Director: Il-Ho Jang | Stars: Li Ching, Yun Ling, Lily Li, Shen Chan

Votes: 43

24. Xie zhou (1982)

79 min | Horror, Thriller

5.6
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13 family members are murdered and then dumped in a well. 30 years later their descendants are cursed.

Director: Chih-Hung Kuei | Stars: Liang Chun Tai, Fei Ai, Lily Li, Alice Lau

Votes: 55

25. The Red Phoenix (1978)

99 min | Action, Adventure, Mystery

6.4
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Director: Tien-Yung Hsu | Stars: David Chiang, Polly Ling-Feng Shang-Kuan, Tao Hung Li, Hua Yueh

Votes: 27

26. Sons of the Good Earth (1965)

107 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

6.8
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The year is 1937, just prior to the Japanese invasion of China. Painters Ju Rui and Lao San stumble upon He Hua, a woman sold into the sex industry at a local brothel.

Director: King Hu | Stars: Peter Chen Ho, Betty Loh Ti, Pao-Shu Kao, Kuang Chao Chiang

Votes: 61

27. The Anonymous Heroes (1971)

PG-13 | 103 min | Action, Comedy

6.3
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This 1971 top ten hit - a post-Chinese Revolution action adventure of rebels battling warlords -- is another great example of its famed director, stars, and kung-fu choreographer's talen and charisma.

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: David Chiang, Lung Ti, Li Ching, Miao Ching

Votes: 120

28. Huang Fei Hong yi qu Ding Cai Pao (1974)

93 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

5.0
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Huang Fei-hung is back, in a new adventure written and directed by veteran Huang filmmaker Wang Feng. Newcomer Shih Chung-tien stars as the Confucian healer who fights jealous villains with wisdom, intelligence, and fabulous kung-fu.

Director: Fung Wong | Stars: Chung Tien Shih, Lily Li, Bruce Le, Kien Shih

Votes: 41

29. Man of Iron (1972)

R | 92 min | Action, Drama

6.6
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Chen Kuan-tai exuded incredible power on screen, which his directors used to great advantage in this fight-filled follow-up to the smash hit The Boxer From Shantung -- which culminates in ... See full summary »

Directors: Cheh Chang, Hsueh Li Pao | Stars: Kuan Tai Chen, Li Ching, Mu Chu, Ching Tien

Votes: 185

30. Shuang tian zhi zun (1973)

86 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

6.1
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Two petty adolescent street urchins Lo and Lung become inseparable sworn brothers who survive the cruelty of the streets. They are separated after Lo gets caught by the law trying to steal ... See full summary »

Director: Min-Hsiung Wu | Stars: Yi Chang, Raymond Lui, Fei Lung, Hsiao-Yin Wang

Votes: 12

31. Tai ji quan (1974)

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When not studying Tai Chi under the tutelage of Old Yeung, Ku Ding works as part of a crew building roads. When he and his colleagues are cheated out of half their money by corrupt foreman ... See full summary »

Director: Hsueh Li Pao | Stars: Wo-fu Chen, Szu Shih, Hung Wei, Shen Chan

Votes: 94

32. Iron Chain Fighter (1980)

96 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

6.7
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Teng Piao went to jail for fifteen years on a frame up for drug smuggling. Now that he's out, along with his iron chain and hungry for revenge.

Director: Yuen Chor | Stars: Lung Ti, Jason Pai Piao, Li Ching, Tony Liu

Votes: 81

33. Kong shou ru bai ren (1980)

87 min

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Chy Chi Chong (Man Yuen Men) is determined to become a Kung Fu Expert, yet each time he begins to train, his master is mysteriously killed. Killer bah (WIlson Tong) is a professional ... See full summary »

Directors: Sum Cheung, Wilson Tong | Stars: Yuen Man Meng, Lily Li, Wilson Tong, Alan Chung San Chui

Votes: 59

34. Chung kuo ren (1972)

R | 88 min | Action, Adventure

5.5
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Without a doubt one of the best bashers ever made. When our hero (Barry Chan) comes home from working, he finds his father and wife murdered, and a message written in blood. Its vengeance ... See full summary »

Director: Min-Hsiung Wu | Stars: Barry Chan, Chun-Erh Lung, David Wei Tang, Yuan Yi

Votes: 8

35. Wang ming tu (1972)

77 min | Action, Adventure, Western

6.9
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Siu and Ma are two bandits who ride from town to town robbing banks and killing anyone who tries to stop them. When a hold up goes wrong, Siu is caught, and soon realizes that Ma has kept the money and isn't coming to rescue him.

Director: Tseng-Chai Chang | Stars: Ching Lee, Lieh Lo, Feng Ku, Shao-Hung Chan

Votes: 33

36. Ha luo jiang shi (1987)

87 min | Adventure, Horror

5.1
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A priest, a nun and a showman sneaks into the morgue and sees a dancing vampire and catches it. It all lead to an assault and abduction of Tien Tien.

Director: Shi-Chen Wang | Stars: An An, Tai-Sheng Chang, Tu Chin, Ming-Ta Hsu

Votes: 9

37. The Legendary Tycoon (2017– )

Biography, Drama

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Some lives are just destined for greatness. Set in 1930s Shanghai, Gu Yan Mei (Zhang Han) is the youngest of four Gu brothers who are working break into the film industry. He follows his ... See full summary »

Stars: Chen Qiao En, Zhang Han, Jia Qing

38. Shanghai Lil (1973)

R | 90 min | Action, Drama

5.7
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Directors: Ching-Yun Chu-Ko, Ching-Chen Yang | Stars: Szu Shih, Han Chin, Yuan Yi, Fei Lung

Votes: 19

39. The Dragon Killer (1975)

92 min | Action, Adventure

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Director: Peng Ling Tai | Stars: Chun Hua Li, Fung-Yi Liang, Ku-Lan Chin, Pin Chin

40. The Best Hustler Wins (1979)

Comedy

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Director: Fung Wong | Stars: Kuan-Chung Ku, Tin Leung, Hui Chi Chen, Kent Cheng

41. Tu fei (1973)

80 min | Adventure, Drama

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Director: Yuen Chor | Stars: Hua Yueh, Szu Shih, Hung Lieh Chen, Feng Chin

42. Redbeard (1971)

Adventure

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Director: Tseng-Chai Chang | Stars: Yin Wang, Hung Li, Hung Lieh Chen, Hsiang Ting Ko

Votes: 6

43. Ying xiong bang (1974)

Action, Adventure

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Director: Darve Lau | Stars: Yi Chang, Nancy Yen, Charles Heung, Shao Chun Chang

44. Chaochow Guy (1973)

94 min | Action

6.0
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Director: Sheng-En Chin | Stars: Peng Tien, Nancy Yen, Tao Wang Chen, Kuan-Hsiung Wang

Votes: 27

45. Ding Yi Shan (1976)

87 min | Adventure, Drama

6.3
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Director: Hsueh Li Pao | Stars: Yun Ling, Li Ching, Fei Ai, Ben-Cheng Chen

Votes: 6

46. Qi qi gan si dui (1965)

Adventure, War

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Director: Chun Yen | Stars: Li Hua Li, Chun Yen, Wei Lo, Chia Essie Lin

47. Once Upon a Time in Qing Dao (2014– )

Drama, History, War

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The series follows the lives of three brothers as they struggle through the turbulent political period before the war. They become part of the first-generation immigrant entrepreneurial ... See full summary »

Stars: Sally Victoria Benson, Yiheng Chen, Miao Fu, Zheng Gong

48. Shi xiong di (1959)

Adventure, Family, Fantasy

7.7
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Director: Wui Ng | Stars: Ying Cheung, Yim-Hing Law, Yiu-Lam Chan, Shu-Wah Cheung

Votes: 9

49. Xin ti xiao yin yuan (1975)

Drama

7.3
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Director: Yuen Chor | Stars: Li Ching, Hua Tsung, Stanley Sui-Fan Fung, Kuan Tai Chen

Votes: 11

50. Si qiu (1974)

90 min | Action, Adventure

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Director: Wei-Kang Ho | Stars: Chung Tien Shih, Mei Chuan Li, Hung Chi Chang, Yun Wen Chang



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