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1. 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: 201,802

2. 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: 88,357 | Gross: $43.98M

3. Lust, Caution (2007)

NC-17 | 157 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.5
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61 Metascore

During World War II era, a young woman, Wang Jiazhi, gets swept up in a dangerous game of emotional intrigue with a powerful political figure, Mr. Yee.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Wei Tang, Joan Chen, Leehom Wang

Votes: 35,541 | Gross: $4.60M

4. 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: 3,065

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: 47,141 | Gross: $0.01M

6. 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 unit 731, where they're horribly tortured and experimented on to test new biological weapons.

Director: Tun Fei Mou | Stars: Jianxin Chen, Hsu Gou, Linjie Hao, Haizhe Jin

Votes: 5,523

7. The White Countess (2005)

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

6.6
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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: 5,945 | Gross: $1.67M

8. 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: 6,328 | Gross: $0.02M

9. Railroad Tigers (2016)

Not Rated | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

5.8
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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: 3,483 | Gross: $0.22M

10. 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: 9,905 | Gross: $0.12M

11. Red Sorghum (1988)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.4
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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: 7,442

12. 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: 2,951 | Gross: $0.31M

13. Maruta 2: Laboratory of the Devil (1992)

96 min | Drama, Horror, War

3.9
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In the spring of 1935, Japan established a secret base, Unit 731 in Manchuria, where many innocent Chinese, Korean and Mongolian people were killed in grotesque experiments. An idealistic ... See full summary »

Director: Godfrey Ho | Stars: Yishou Jiang, Yuen-Ching Leung, Xingqiang Li, Dingyao Liu

Votes: 475

14. Twenty-Four Eyes (1954)

Not Rated | 156 min | Drama

8.0
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Schoolteacher Hisako Oishi forms an emotional bond with her pupils and teaches them various virtues, while at the same time worrying about their future.

Director: Keisuke Kinoshita | Stars: Hideki Gôko, Itsuo Watanabe, Makoto Miyagawa, Takeo Terashita

Votes: 2,076

15. The Children of Huang Shi (2008)

R | 125 min | Drama, War

7.0
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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: 9,091 | Gross: $1.03M

16. 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: 5,901 | Gross: $0.07M

17. Dragon Seed (1944)

Passed | 148 min | Drama, History, War

6.1
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The lives of a small Chinese village are turned Upside down when the Japanese invade it. And heroic young Chinese woman leads her fellow villagers in an uprising against Japanese Invaders.

Directors: Harold S. Bucquet, Jack Conway | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Walter Huston, Aline MacMahon, Akim Tamiroff

Votes: 1,031

18. 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: 3,270 | Gross: $0.16M

19. Yellow Earth (1984)

89 min | Drama, History, Music

7.2
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'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: 2,030

20. Why We Fight (1942)

Not Rated | 52 min | Documentary, War

7.0
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The official World War II US Government film statement defining the various enemies of the Allies and why they must be fought.

Directors: Frank Capra, Anatole Litvak | Stars: Walter Huston, Victor Bulwer-Lytton, Kai-Shek Chiang, Walter Darré

Votes: 1,766

21. The Eight Hundred (2019)

130 min | War

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From the acclaimed filmmaker behind Mr. Six comes a riveting war epic. In 1937, eight hundred Chinese soldiers fight under siege from a warehouse in the middle of the Shanghai battlefield, completely surrounded by the Japanese army.

Director: Hu Guan | Stars: Yi Zhang, Chen Yao, Haoming Yu, Augusta Xu-Holland

22. 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: 275

23. The Little House (2014)

136 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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A woman looks back on her family's life in Tokyo before and during WWII. A maid arrives from the countryside to work for an upper middle class family. She fits in well, but everyone's emotions are stirred up with the arrival of a student.

Director: Yôji Yamada | Stars: Takako Matsu, Haru Kuroki, Isao Hashizume, Kazuko Yoshiyuki

Votes: 1,005

24. The Resistance (2011)

PG | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

5.2
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In a time of war, when occupation turns to genocide, one woman choose resistance over death and takes on the empire of Japan.

Director: Peng Zhang Li | Stars: Hu Ling Meng, Peng Zhang Li, Jeremy Marr Williams, Zhang Xiao Hua

Votes: 1,048

25. 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: 81

26. Fort Graveyard (1965)

132 min | Drama, Music, War

7.3
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In 1945, Japanese Army Sergeant Kosugi and a platoon of young green recruits must retake and defend a fort occupied by the Chinese forces.

Director: Kihachi Okamoto | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Makoto Satô, Reiko Dan, Yûnosuke Itô

Votes: 166

27. Too Hot to Handle (1938)

Passed | 107 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

6.7
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Two rival newsreel photographers join forces to find the an aviatrix's missing brother, who has disappeared in the Amazon rainforest.

Director: Jack Conway | Stars: Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, Walter Pidgeon, Walter Connolly

Votes: 1,313

28. Somewhere I'll Find You (1942)

Passed | 108 min | Drama, Romance, War

6.1
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Two brother, rival correspondents, find themselves fighting their conservative editor over stories and each other of over the affections of a pretty blonde journalist.

Director: Wesley Ruggles | Stars: Clark Gable, Lana Turner, Robert Sterling, Patricia Dane

Votes: 662

29. Purple Butterfly (2003)

R | 127 min | Drama, History, War

6.2
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68 Metascore

Cynthia is a young Chinese woman in love with Itami, a Japanese man about to be sent home for military service.

Director: Ye Lou | Stars: Ziyi Zhang, Tôru Nakamura, Ye Liu, Yuanzheng Feng

Votes: 1,128 | Gross: $0.02M

30. Behind the Rising Sun (1943)

Approved | 88 min | Drama, War

5.6
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In Japan, foreigners and their Japanese friends are caught up in the rising tide of militarism.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Margo, Tom Neal, J. Carrol Naish, Robert Ryan

Votes: 285

31. 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: 912

32. Story of a Prostitute (1965)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.3
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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: 1,182

33. Springtime in a Small Town (2002)

PG | 116 min | Drama, Romance

6.9
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86 Metascore

The eight-year marriage of Liyan and Yuwen has left them both unfulfilled and distant. A visitor arrives from Shanghai, a doctor who's an old school friend of Liyan's and, unbeknownst to her husband, Yuwen's childhood sweetheart.

Director: Zhuangzhuang Tian | Stars: Jingfan Hu, Jun Wu, Bai Qing Xin, Xiao Keng Ye

Votes: 1,226 | Gross: $0.04M

34. The Red Angel (1966)

95 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.8
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During the Sino-Japanese War, a young army nurse gives sympathy to her patients and falls in love with an impotent doctor who's addicted to morphine.

Director: Yasuzô Masumura | Stars: Ayako Wakao, Shinsuke Ashida, Yûsuke Kawazu, Ranko Akagi

Votes: 1,177

35. Bruce and Shao-lin Kung Fu 2 (1978)

76 min | Action, Adventure

7.1
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Lee Ching Lung has survived the dishonorable attempt on his life by the Japanese and is recovering with the help of a poor farmer. The Japanese general learns this and is determined to kill everyone in the way of disposing of Lee.

Director: James Nam | Stars: Bruce Le, Bing-Hung Li, Nelson Lee, Su-cheon Bae

Votes: 57

36. 7 Man Army (1976)

R | 100 min | Action, Drama, War

6.1
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Another iconoclastic work from the action auteur Chang Cheh, and winner of Honourable Mention for Dramatic Feature at the 13th Golden Horse Awards, 7-Man Army retells the legend of seven ... See full summary »

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: David Chiang, Lung Ti, Kuan Tai Chen, Sheng Fu

Votes: 187

37. Nanjing 1937 (1995)

120 min | Drama, History, War

5.0
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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: 217

38. 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: 611

39. 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: 85

40. Rookie Agent Rouge (2016)

43 min | Action, History

6.2
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Can a young woman prove her loyalty to her country and her family? Lan Yan Zhi (Zhao Li Ying) is a privileged banker's daughter in Shanghai and a student activist who mistakenly comes into ... See full summary »

Stars: Yi Lu, Xin-ran Tao, Wenkang Yuan, Zanilia Zhao

Votes: 28

41. Dr. Kotnis Ki Amar Kahani (1946)

124 min | Biography, Drama, War

7.1
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During the Japanese invasion of China, a young Indian doctor joins the Chinese resistance, meets and courts a Chinese girl, cures a virulent plague, and is captured by a Japanese platoon...

Director: Shantaram Rajaram Vankudre | Stars: Shantaram Rajaram Vankudre, Jayashree, Keshavrao Date, Pratima Devi

Votes: 65

42. Unit 731: Nightmare in Manchuria (1998 TV Movie)

Documentary, War

4.5
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Features the terrible story behind WWII "Unit 731", a japanese military base located in the puppet state of Manchuria, China.

Votes: 84

43. Sparrow (2016)

Drama, Romance, War

7.3
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A CCP spy coded "Sparrow" and his colleagues fight Japanese and agency of puppet government in Shanghai during WWII.

Stars: Yifeng Li, Dongyu Zhou, Luyi Zhang, Xiaoran Li

Votes: 32

44. Mei hua (1976)

Drama, War

6.5
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Director: Chia Chang Liu | Stars: Chun-Hsiung Ko, Sylvia Chang, Ming Lun Ku, Tien Niu

Votes: 22

45. International Settlement (1938)

75 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

6.3
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In Shanghai amidst Sino-Japanese warfare an adventurer (Sanders) collecting money from gun suppliers falls in loves with a French singer (Del Rio).

Director: Eugene Forde | Stars: Dolores del Rio, George Sanders, June Lang, Dick Baldwin

Votes: 52

46. The Shanghai Drama (1938)

76 min | Drama

6.5
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A Russian emigrant sings in a Shanghai nightclub under the assumed name of Kay Murphy. All she dreams of is a peaceful life with her daughter Vera. But this is only a pipe dream as she has ... See full summary »

Director: Georg Wilhelm Pabst | Stars: Christl Mardayn, Louis Jouvet, Raymond Rouleau, Dorville

Votes: 81

47. 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: 67

48. Shanghai Lil (1973)

R | 90 min | Action, Drama

6.0
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Directors: Ching-Yun Chu-Ko, Ching-Chen Yang | Stars: Szu Shih, Han Chin, Yuan Yi, Fei Lung

Votes: 30

49. The Hundred Regiments Offensive (2015)

111 min | War

4.0
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The Japanese has invaded far into china, defeating the Kuomintang (KMT) soldiers many times and pushing them back into Central China. There was a general sentiment among anti-Japanese ... See full summary »

Directors: Haiqiang Ning, Yuzhong Zhang | Stars: Guoqiang Tang, Wufu Wang, Zeru Tao, Zhibing Liu

Votes: 80

50. A Yank on the Burma Road (1942)

Passed | 67 min | Adventure, Drama, War

5.4
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A hero New York cabbie accepts a job to lead a convoy of trucks up the Burma Road from Rangoon to Chungking. Along the way he crosses paths with a beautiful yet mysterious American woman and he ends up fighting the Japanese.

Director: George B. Seitz | Stars: Laraine Day, Barry Nelson, Stuart Crawford, Keye Luke

Votes: 142



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