Chinese movies I've seen

by octaviusmedicus | created - 31 Dec 2013 | updated - 12 Jul 2018 | Public

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1. Red Cliff (2008)

R | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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: 42,291 | Gross: $0.63M

2. Red Cliff II (2009)

142 min | Action, Drama, History

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: 22,116 | Gross: $0.63M

3. Infernal Affairs (2002)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

75 Metascore

A story between a mole in the police department and an undercover cop. Their objectives are the same: to find out who is the mole, and who is the cop.

Directors: Andrew Lau, Alan Mak | Stars: Andy Lau, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Eric Tsang

Votes: 114,264 | Gross: $0.17M

4. Infernal Affairs II (2003)

Not Rated | 119 min | Action, Crime, Drama

In this prequel to Mou gaan dou (2002), Chan Wing Yan has just become an undercover cop in the triads while Lau Kin Ming joins the police force. Both the triads and the police find an enemy in a rival crime boss.

Directors: Andrew Lau, Alan Mak | Stars: Edison Chen, Shawn Yue, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Francis Ng

Votes: 16,076

5. Infernal Affairs III (2003)

Not Rated | 118 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Months after the events of the original film, Ming suspects a police superintendent as being a new mole for the triads, while years earlier, Yan embarks on his first mission.

Directors: Andrew Lau, Alan Mak | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Andy Lau, Leon Lai, Daoming Chen

Votes: 11,884

6. Fearless (2006)

PG-13 | 104 min | Action, Biography, Drama

70 Metascore

A biography of Chinese Martial Arts Master Huo Yuanjia, who is the founder and spiritual guru of the Jin Wu Sports Federation.

Director: Ronny Yu | Stars: Jet Li, Li Sun, Yong Dong, Yun Qu

Votes: 70,887 | Gross: $24.63M

7. Kung Fu Hustle (2004)

R | 99 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

78 Metascore

In Shanghai, China in the 1940s, a wannabe gangster aspires to join the notorious "Axe Gang" while residents of a housing complex exhibit extraordinary powers in defending their turf.

Director: Stephen Chow | Stars: Stephen Chow, Wah Yuen, Qiu Yuen, Siu-Lung Leung

Votes: 120,753 | Gross: $17.11M

8. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

PG-13 | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

94 Metascore

A young Chinese warrior steals a sword from a famed swordsman and then escapes into a world of romantic adventure with a mysterious man in the frontier of the nation.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Michelle Yeoh, Ziyi Zhang, Chen Chang

Votes: 245,055 | Gross: $128.08M

9. Election (2005)

Unrated | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

73 Metascore

Rival gang leaders are locked in a struggle to become the new chairman of Hong Kong's Triad society.

Director: Johnnie To | Stars: Louis Koo, Suet Lam, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Siu-Fai Cheung

Votes: 8,970

10. Election 2 (2006)

Unrated | 93 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

83 Metascore

As election time nears, current Triad chairman Lok (Yam) faces competition from his godsons. At the same time, Jimmy (Koo) looks to increase his business relations with mainland China.

Director: Johnnie To | Stars: Louis Koo, Simon Yam, Nick Cheung, Ka Tung Lam

Votes: 5,376 | Gross: $0.05M

11. Saving General Yang (2013)

Not Rated | 102 min | Adventure, History, War

Northeast China, early Northern Song dynasty, AD 986. The Khitan army takes its revenge for a past massacre, abducting General Yang Ye (Adam Cheng) and leaving his wife and seven sons to ... See full summary »

Director: Ronny Yu | Stars: Fan Xu, Adam Cheng, Ekin Cheng, Bo Yu

Votes: 2,467

12. 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: 169,274 | Gross: $53.71M

13. Shaolin Soccer (2001)

PG | 87 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

68 Metascore

A young Shaolin follower reunites with his discouraged brothers to form a soccer team using their martial art skills to their advantage.

Director: Stephen Chow | Stars: Stephen Chow, Wei Zhao, Yat-Fei Wong, Man-Tat Ng

Votes: 71,107 | Gross: $0.49M

14. Warriors of Heaven and Earth (2003)

R | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

54 Metascore

A Chinese emissary is sent to the Gobi desert to execute a renegade soldier. When a caravan transporting a Buddhist monk and a valuable treasure is threatened by thieves, however, the two warriors might unite to protect the travelers.

Director: Ping He | Stars: Wen Jiang, Kiichi Nakai, Xueqi Wang, Wei Zhao

Votes: 4,004 | Gross: $0.08M

15. Once Upon a Time in China (1991)

R | 134 min | Action, Adventure, History

Late 1800s Foshan, Guangdong: Wong Fei Hung/Jet Li trains men in martial arts to help defend against foreign powers already holding Hong Kong and Macau. He looks after cute 13th Aunt, who's just returned from England. Lots of fight scenes.

Director: Hark Tsui | Stars: Jet Li, Rosamund Kwan, Biao Yuen, Jacky Cheung

Votes: 16,443

16. Once Upon a Time in China II (1992)

R | 113 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

In the sequel to the Tsui Hark classic, Wong Fei-Hung faces The White Lotus society, a fanatical cult seeking to drive the Europeans out of China through violence, even attacking Chinese ... See full summary »

Director: Hark Tsui | Stars: Jet Li, Rosamund Kwan, Siu Chung Mok, David Chiang

Votes: 8,636

17. Once Upon a Time in China III (1992)

R | 109 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

Master Wong and his disciples enroll in the 'Dancing Lion Competition' to stop an assassination plot and to battle an arrogant, deceitful opponent.

Director: Hark Tsui | Stars: Jet Li, Rosamund Kwan, Siu Chung Mok, Xin Xin Xiong

Votes: 6,138 | Gross: $3.56M

18. New Police Story (2004)

R | 123 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A hero cop accidentally leads his team into a trap from which he is the only survivor. Drowning his guilt in booze, he is eventually assigned a new younger partner who turns out to have his own secrets.

Director: Benny Chan | Stars: Jackie Chan, Nicholas Tse, Mak Bau, Tak-Bun Wong

Votes: 23,673

19. True Legend (2010)

R | 115 min | Action, Drama, History

62 Metascore

Su Qi-Er retired from his life as a renowned Qing dynasty general in order to pursue his dream of a family and his own martial arts school. However, Su's peaceful life is shattered when his... See full summary »

Director: Woo-Ping Yuen | Stars: Wenzhuo Zhao, Xun Zhou, Andy On, Xiaodong Guo

Votes: 8,225 | Gross: $0.08M

20. The Warlords (2007)

R | 126 min | Action, Drama, History

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: 25,230 | Gross: $0.13M

21. Shinjuku Incident (2009)

R | 119 min | Action, Crime, Drama

63 Metascore

A simple Chinese immigrant wages a perilous war against one of the most powerful criminal organizations on the planet.

Director: Tung-Shing Yee | Stars: Jackie Chan, Naoto Takenaka, Daniel Wu, Jinglei Xu

Votes: 11,060

22. Battle of the Warriors (2006)

R | 133 min | Action, Drama, War

Story centers on a battle during China's Warring States Period, a series of civil wars, which spanned from the 5th to the 3rd century B.C. Based on a popular Japanese manga, which was in turn based a Japanese novel inspired by Warring States history in China.

Director: Chi Leung 'Jacob' Cheung | Stars: Andy Lau, Sung-Ki Ahn, Zhiwen Wang, Bingbing Fan

Votes: 3,813

23. Ip Man (2008)

R | 106 min | Action, Biography, Drama

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: 201,696

24. Ip Man 2 (2010)

R | 108 min | Action, Biography, Drama

67 Metascore

Centering on Ip Man's migration to Hong Kong in 1949 as he attempts to propagate his discipline of Wing Chun martial arts.

Director: Wilson Yip | Stars: Donnie Yen, Xiaoming Huang, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Lynn Xiong

Votes: 90,734 | Gross: $0.21M

25. Accident (2009)

Not Rated | 89 min | Mystery, Thriller

A troubled assassin, who works by orchestrating "accidents", suspects that an accident that happens to his team is not an accident at all.

Director: Soi Cheang | Stars: Louis Koo, Richie Jen, Stanley Sui-Fan Fung, Michelle Ye

Votes: 2,833

26. Reign of Assassins (2010)

R | 117 min | Action, Adventure

Drizzle/Zeng Jing tries to start a new life after she had betrayed her gang and hid the remains of monk.

Directors: Chao-Bin Su, John Woo | Stars: Michelle Yeoh, Woo-sung Jung, Xueqi Wang, Barbie Hsu

Votes: 7,186

27. Seven Swords (2005)

Not Rated | 153 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Seven warriors come together to protect a village from a diabolical General.

Director: Hark Tsui | Stars: Leon Lai, Donnie Yen, Charlie Yeung, Honglei Sun

Votes: 8,900

28. 14 Blades (2010)

R | 114 min | Action, History, Thriller

50 Metascore

A kung fu thriller set during the Ming Dynasty and centered on a secret service agent (Donnie Yen) in the emperor's court who is betrayed and then hunted by his colleagues.

Director: Daniel Lee | Stars: Donnie Yen, Wei Zhao, Chun Wu, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung

Votes: 7,281

29. Cold War (2012)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

The police department has long been untouchable until tonight when hijackers kidnap 5 highly trained officers. Cryptic messages from the hijackers expose a mole within the task force.

Directors: Lok Man Leung, Kim-Ching Luk | Stars: Aaron Kwok, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Charlie Yeung, Ka Tung Lam

Votes: 3,963

30. Three Kingdoms (2008)

R | 102 min | Action, Drama, History

His country torn asunder by civil war, Zhao Zilong, a common man heeds the call of duty and from the humblest of roots rises through the ranks on wings of courage and cunning to command an ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Lee | Stars: Andy Lau, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Maggie Q, Cunxin Pu

Votes: 5,911

31. Vengeance (2009)

Not Rated | 108 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

76 Metascore

A French chef swears revenge after a violent attack on his daughter's family in Macau, during which her husband and her two children are murdered. To help him find the killers, he hires three local hit-men working for the mafia.

Director: Johnnie To | Stars: Johnny Hallyday, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Simon Yam, Suet Lam

Votes: 6,015

32. Exiled (2006)

R | 110 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

73 Metascore

A friendship is formed between an ex-gangster, and two groups of hitmen - those who want to protect him and those who were sent to kill him.

Director: Johnnie To | Stars: Nick Cheung, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Francis Ng, Simon Yam

Votes: 8,061 | Gross: $0.05M

33. Drunken Master (1978)

PG-13 | 111 min | Action, Comedy

Wong Fei-Hung (Jackie Chan) is a mischievous, yet righteous young man, but after a series of incidents, his frustrated father has him disciplined by Beggar So (Siu Tin Yuen), a Master of drunken martial arts.

Director: Woo-Ping Yuen | Stars: Jackie Chan, Siu Tin Yuen, Jung-Lee Hwang, Dean Shek

Votes: 33,885

34. The Myth (2005)

PG-13 | 122 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Archeologist Jack keeps having reoccurring dreams of a past life, where he is the great General Meng Yi, who is sworn to protect a Korean Princess named Ok-Soo. Jack decides to go investigate everything with his friend William.

Director: Stanley Tong | Stars: Bing Shao, Jackie Chan, Weixing Yao, Jianzhong Zhang

Votes: 13,821

35. Protégé (2007)

R | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A special agent has for 8 years been deep undercover in Asia's lucrative organized crime trade as he plays protégé to one of the key players, Banker. Nick now has but he has started to feel loyalty to his new environment, and to the money.

Director: Tung-Shing Yee | Stars: Andy Lau, Daniel Wu, Louis Koo, Jingchu Zhang

Votes: 4,584

36. Breaking News (2004)

TV-14 | 90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

63 Metascore

When an ambulatory TV news unit live broadcasts the embarrassing defeat of a police battalion by five bank robbers in a ballistic showdown, the credibility of the police force drops to a ... See full summary »

Director: Johnnie To | Stars: Richie Jen, Kelly Chen, Nick Cheung, Siu-Fai Cheung

Votes: 4,915

37. The Wrath of Vajra (2013)

Not Rated | 111 min | Action, Fantasy

Before the West entered World War II, a Japanese death cult called the Temple of Hades is ordered to aid in the spiritual destruction of China. Their method - abduct their enemies' children... See full summary »

Director: Wing-Cheong Law | Stars: Xing Yu, Sung-jun Yoo, Heon Jun Nam, Baocheng Jiang

Votes: 1,547

38. Kung Fu Cult Master (1993)

105 min | Action, Fantasy, History

A wild and rollicking martial arts fantasy extravaganza that features prized swords -- and swordsmen, a crazy monk attached to a rolling boulder (yup!), serious clan and cult rivalries, and... See full summary »

Directors: Jing Wong, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung | Stars: Jet Li, Man Cheung, Chingmy Yau, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung

Votes: 3,024

39. That Demon Within (2014)

111 min | Action, Crime, Horror

51 Metascore

A dutiful cop, guilt-ridden over saving the life of a gang leader, becomes obsessed with bringing down the crime syndicate of the man he saved.

Director: Dante Lam | Stars: Daniel Wu, Nick Cheung, Shatina Chen, Kai Chi Liu

Votes: 1,212 | Gross: $0.17M

40. The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978)

R | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

A man studies kung fu at the Shaolin Temple to fight back against the oppressive Manchu government.

Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: Chia-Hui Liu, Lieh Lo, Chia Yung Liu, Norman Chu

Votes: 13,682

41. The Monkey King Havoc in Heavens Palace (2014)

Not Rated | 90 min | Action, Adventure, Family

A monkey born from heavenly stone acquires supernatural powers and must battle the armies of both gods and demons to find his place in the heavens.

Director: Soi Cheang | Stars: Donnie Yen, Yun-Fat Chow, Aaron Kwok, Yitian Hai

Votes: 4,502 | Gross: $0.71M

42. Just Another Pandora's Box (2010)

92 min | Comedy, Fantasy

Traveller Tsing meets a girl with a sword, which is "forever" kept in the sheath. Quite by chance he succeeds to pull the sword, and she said him that it is a sign - now he has to marry her... See full summary »

Director: Jeffrey Lau | Stars: Ronald Cheng, Li Sun, Gigi Leung, Athena Chu

Votes: 602

43. Rigor Mortis (2013)

Not Rated | 103 min | Action, Horror

53 Metascore

A public housing tenement is plunged into a dark storm of supernatural chaos.

Director: Juno Mak | Stars: Anthony Chan, Siu-Ho Chin, Fat Chung, Chun-Man Ko

Votes: 5,242

44. The Monkey King 2 (2016)

Not Rated | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

When a travelling monk is stranded in a wasteland, The Monkey King must escort him across the land to retrieve sacred scriptures and protect him from an evil demon.

Director: Soi Cheang | Stars: Aaron Kwok, Li Gong, Shaofeng Feng, Shenyang Xiao

Votes: 2,689 | Gross: $0.71M

45. Gatao (2015)

105 min | Action

Xiong a Taiwan gangster gets released from prison when a rival gang lead by a ruthless man looks to expand their turf for a business deal.

Director: Joe Lee | Stars: Alien Huang, Sunny Wang, Peng Sun, Chen-Nan Tsai

Votes: 121