Most Popular Chinese History Movies and TV Shows
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1. Marco Polo (2014–2016)
TV-MA | 60 min | Adventure, Drama, History
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.
2. Air Strike (2018)
R | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
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.
5. The Flowers of War (2011)
R | 146 min | Drama, History, Romance
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.
Votes: 46,268 | Gross: $0.01M
8. League of Gods (2016)
PG-13 | 109 min | Action, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 1,915 | Gross: $0.14M
9. Men Behind the Sun (1988)
Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, History, Horror
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.
13. 55 Days at Peking (1963)
Unrated | 154 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
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.
15. God of War (2017)
Not Rated | 128 min | Action, History
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 »
Votes: 1,758 | Gross: $0.05M
16. City of Life and Death (2009)
R | 133 min | Drama, History, War
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.
Votes: 9,732 | Gross: $0.12M
17. The Founding of a Republic (2009)
138 min | Drama, History, War
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.
18. Devils on the Doorstep (2000)
139 min | Comedy, Drama, War
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 »
Votes: 6,145 | Gross: $0.02M
19. 1911 (2011)
R | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
A historical drama based on the founding of the Republic of China when nationalist forces led by Sun Yat-sen overthrew the Qing Dynasty.
Votes: 5,575 | Gross: $0.13M
20. Bodyguards and Assassins (2009)
Not Rated | 139 min | Action, Drama, History
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.
21. The Warlords (2007)
R | 126 min | Action, Drama, History
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 »
Votes: 25,030 | Gross: $0.13M
22. Brotherhood of Blades (2014)
Not Rated | 111 min | Action
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 »
23. Legend of the Demon Cat (2017)
129 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
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 »
25. The Emperor's Shadow (1996)
130 min | Drama
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 »
Votes: 509 | Gross: $0.07M
27. The Message (2009)
118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
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 »
28. Startling by Each Step (2011– )
TV-14 | 46 min | Drama, Fantasy, History
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.
29. Nanking (2007)
R | 88 min | Biography, History, War
Through readings of historical account by actors and the testimony of survivors, the events of the Nanjing Massacre are recounted.
Votes: 3,245 | Gross: $0.16M
30. The Romance of Three Kingdoms (1995– )
Drama, History, War
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 »
32. 16 to Life (2009)
Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Romance
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.
36. Heavenly Sword and Dragon Sabre (2002–2003)
43 min | Drama
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 »
37. Tuo shen (2018)
46 min | Action, Drama, History
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.
38. The Soong Sisters (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 »
39. Shadow of China (1989)
PG-13 | 131 min | Drama
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.
40. Eternal Wave (2017)
100 min | Action, Drama
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 »
41. Bethune: The Making of a Hero (1990)
115 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
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 »
42. The Knot (2006)
117 min | Drama, Romance, War
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 »
43. Nanjing 1937 (1995)
120 min | Drama, History, War
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 »
45. The Glamorous Imperial Concubine (2011– )
Drama, History, Romance
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 »
46. All Quiet in Beiping (2014– )
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 »
47. Shadow Magic (2000)
PG | 116 min | Drama, History, Romance
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 »
Votes: 704 | Gross: $0.15M
49. Lost Years (2011)
90 min | Documentary, Biography, History
An epic documentary touching upon 150 years of the Chinese diaspora in Canada, USA, New Zealand and Australia; covering four generations of racism as revealed through the journey and family... See full summary »