Best of Chinese Cinema

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1. Yellow Earth (1984)

89 min | Drama, History, Music

'Yellow Earth' focuses on the story of a communist soldier who is sent to the countryside to collect folk songs for the Communist Revolution. There he stays with a peasant family and learns... See full summary »

Director: Kaige Chen | Stars: Xueqi Wang, Bai Xue, Quiang Liu, Tuo Tan

Votes: 2,034

2. Red Sorghum (1988)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, History, Romance

When a leprous winery owner in 1930s China dies a few days after his arranged marriage, his young widow is forced to run the winery to make a living while contending with bandits, her drunkard lover, and the invading Japanese army.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Li Gong, Wen Jiang, Rujun Teng, Ji Liu

Votes: 7,484

3. The Story of Qiu Ju (1992)

PG | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

A pregnant peasant woman seeks redress from the Chinese bureaucracy after the village chief kicks her husband in the groin in this comedy of justice. As she is frustrated by each level of ... See full summary »

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Li Gong, Peiqi Liu, Liuchun Yang, Kesheng Lei

Votes: 5,151 | Gross: $1.89M

4. 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 revealing his parentage in this circular tragedy.

Directors: Yimou Zhang, Fengliang Yang | Stars: Li Gong, Wei Li, Baotian Li, Ma Chong

Votes: 7,171 | Gross: $1.99M

5. The Blue Kite (1993)

140 min | Drama

The lives of a Beijing family throughout the 1950s and 1960s, as they experience the impact of the Hundred Flowers Campaign, the Great Leap Forward, and the Cultural Revolution.

Director: Zhuangzhuang Tian | Stars: Tian Yi, Wenyao Zhang, Xiaoman Chen, Liping Lü

Votes: 2,521 | Gross: $0.36M

6. To Live (1994)

Not Rated | 133 min | Drama, War

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: 14,945 | Gross: $2.33M

7. Farewell My Concubine (1993)

R | 171 min | Drama, Music, Romance

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: 23,435 | Gross: $5.22M

8. Raise the Red Lantern (1991)

PG | 125 min | Drama, History, Romance

A young woman becomes the fourth wife of a wealthy lord, and must learn to live with the strict rules and tensions within the household.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Li Gong, Jingwu Ma, Saifei He, Cuifen Cao

Votes: 27,633 | Gross: $2.60M

9. Blind Shaft (2003)

Unrated | 92 min | Crime, Drama

78 Metascore

Two Chinese coal miners have hit upon the perfect scam: murder one of their fellow mine workers, make the death look like an accident, and extort money from the boss to keep the incident ... See full summary »

Director: Yang Li | Stars: Yixiang Li, Baoqiang Wang, Shuangbao Wang, Jing Ai

Votes: 2,352 | Gross: $0.03M

10. Mountain Patrol (2004)

PG-13 | 90 min | Action, Drama

77 Metascore

A moving true story about volunteers protecting antelope against poachers in the severe mountains of Tibet.

Director: Chuan Lu | Stars: Duobujie, Lei Zhang, Dao Qi, Xueying Zhao

Votes: 4,522 | Gross: $0.14M

11. A World Without Thieves (2004)

113 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A con-team couple (Andy Lau & Rene Liu) head west after taking a city businessman for his BMW. But an encounter with a naive young carpenter travelling home with his life savings challenges their fate as thieves.

Director: Xiaogang Feng | Stars: Andy Lau, Rene Liu, Baoqiang Wang, You Ge

Votes: 4,427

12. Beijing Bicycle (2001)

PG-13 | 113 min | Drama

61 Metascore

A seventeen-year-old country boy working in Beijing as a courier has his bicycle stolen, and finds it with a schoolboy his age.

Director: Xiaoshuai Wang | Stars: Lin Cui, Xun Zhou, Bin Li, Yuanyuan Gao

Votes: 4,237 | Gross: $0.16M

13. Hard Boiled (1992)

R | 128 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

A tough-as-nails cop teams up with an undercover agent to shut down a sinister mobster and his crew.

Director: John Woo | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Teresa Mo, Philip Chan

Votes: 44,897

14. Bei Jing za zhong (1993)

88 min | Drama

A rock musician looks for his girl-friend who left while pregnant, trying to decide whether to keep the baby.

Director: Yuan Zhang | Stars: Jian Cui, Wen Li, Bian Tianshuo, Li Wei

Votes: 154

15. The Black Cannon Incident (1985)

Not Rated | 96 min | Comedy

Engineer Zhao Shuxin likes playing chess a lot. Once during his business trip, he loses a black cannon chessman which leads to unexpected consequences for him.

Director: Jianxin Huang | Stars: Ming Gao, Zifeng Liu, Gerhard Olschewski, Fengliang Yang

Votes: 243

16. Chungking Express (1994)

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

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: 56,784 | Gross: $0.60M

17. Blind Mountain (2007)

95 min | Crime, Drama

60 Metascore

A young woman is kidnapped and sold to a villager in the mountains.

Director: Yang Li | Stars: Lu Huang, Youan Yang, Yuling Zhang, Yunle He

Votes: 1,580 | Gross: $0.01M

18. A Chinese Ghost Story (1987)

Unrated | 98 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror

After a string of bad luck, a debt collector has no other choice than to spend the night in a haunted temple, where he encounters a ravishing female ghost and later battles to save her soul from the control of a wicked tree demon.

Director: Siu-Tung Ching | Stars: Leslie Cheung, Joey Wang, Wu Ma, Wai Lam

Votes: 8,345

19. House of Flying Daggers (2004)

PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

89 Metascore

A romantic police captain breaks a beautiful member of a rebel group out of prison to help her rejoin her fellows, but things are not what they seem.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Ziyi Zhang, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Andy Lau, Dandan Song

Votes: 104,895 | Gross: $11.05M

20. Hero (2002)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Adventure, History

85 Metascore

A defense officer, Nameless, was summoned by the King of Qin regarding his success of terminating three warriors.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Jet Li, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Maggie Cheung, Ziyi Zhang

Votes: 169,721 | Gross: $53.71M

21. God of Gamblers (1989)

R | 126 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

A master gambler loses his memory, and is befriended by a street hustler who discovers his supernatural gambling abilities.

Director: Jing Wong | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Andy Lau, Joey Wang, Charles Heung

Votes: 4,372



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