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1. Marco Polo (2014–2016)

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

8.0
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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: 57,473

2. Air Strike (2018)

R | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

3.2
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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: 2,788

3. The Last Emperor (1987)

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

7.7
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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: 86,151 | Gross: $43.98M

4. The Grandmaster (2013)

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

6.5
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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: 29,097 | Gross: $6.59M

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: 46,268 | Gross: $0.01M

6. 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: 41,777 | Gross: $0.63M

7. 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: 22,568 | Gross: $5.22M

8. 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: 1,915 | Gross: $0.14M

9. 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: 5,397

10. 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: 19,723

11. 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: 14,465 | Gross: $2.33M

12. The Empress Ki (2013– )

Action, Drama, History

8.5
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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: 1,058

13. 55 Days at Peking (1963)

Unrated | 154 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.7
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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: 5,545

14. 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: 21,830 | Gross: $0.63M

15. 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: 1,758 | Gross: $0.05M

16. 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: 9,732 | Gross: $0.12M

17. The Founding of a Republic (2009)

138 min | Drama, History, War

4.8
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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: 2,838

18. Devils on the Doorstep (2000)

139 min | Comedy, Drama, War

8.2
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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: 6,145 | Gross: $0.02M

19. 1911 (2011)

R | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

5.8
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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: 5,575 | Gross: $0.13M

20. 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: 7,169

21. The Warlords (2007)

R | 126 min | Action, Drama, History

7.0
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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: 25,030 | Gross: $0.13M

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: 2,493

23. 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: 1,900

24. Beginning of the Great Revival (2011)

Not Rated | 124 min | Drama, History

2.9
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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, John Woo, Daniel Wu, Bingbing Fan

Votes: 5,548 | Gross: $0.15M

25. 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: 509 | Gross: $0.07M

26. 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: 3,427

27. 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: 2,934

28. 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: 334

29. Nanking (2007)

R | 88 min | Biography, History, War

7.6
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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: 3,245 | Gross: $0.16M

30. 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: 515

31. The Disguiser (2015– )

Action, Drama, History

7.8
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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: 264

32. 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

33. The Founding of an Army (2017)

133 min | Action, Drama, History

3.8
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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: 434

34. Legend of Miyue (2015– )

Drama, History, Romance

6.3
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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: 256

35. Secret of the three kingdoms (2018– )

Drama, History

8.2
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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: 9

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

43 min | Drama

7.2
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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: 207

37. 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: 41

38. 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: 897

39. 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: 117

40. 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: 74

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

115 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.6
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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: 305

42. 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: 420

43. Nanjing 1937 (1995)

120 min | Drama, History, War

4.9
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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: 216

44. The Battle of China (1944)

Not Rated | 65 min | Documentary, History, War

7.0
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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: 597

45. 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

46. 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: 92

47. Shadow Magic (2000)

PG | 116 min | Drama, History, Romance

6.9
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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: 704 | Gross: $0.15M

48. Kang Xi di guo (2001– )

8.1
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Add a Plot

Stars: Daoming Chen, Gaowa Siqin, Yaping An, Yongxiang Cao

Votes: 190

49. Lost Years (2011)

90 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.9
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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 »

Directors: Kenda Gee, Tom Radford | Stars: Kenda Gee, Took Gee, Hanson Lau, Sean Gunn

Votes: 11

50. Battle of Changsha (2014– )

History, Romance, War

8.4
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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: 81



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