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1. Seven Years in Tibet (1997)

PG-13 | 136 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

7.1
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55 Metascore

True story of Heinrich Harrer, an Austrian mountain climber who became friends with the Dalai Lama at the time of China's takeover of Tibet.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud | Stars: Brad Pitt, David Thewlis, BD Wong, Mako

Votes: 116,261 | Gross: $37.96M

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: 87,054 | Gross: $43.98M

3. Youth (2017)

135 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.1
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69 Metascore

A look at the lives of members of a Military Cultural Troupe in the 1970s.

Director: Xiaogang Feng | Stars: Xuan Huang, Miao Miao, Caiyu Yang, Elane Zhong

Votes: 2,351 | Gross: $1.89M

4. 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: 2,862

5. In the Heat of the Sun (1994)

134 min | Drama, Romance

8.2
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A story of four teenagers during Cultural Revolution in Beijing.

Director: Wen Jiang | Stars: Yu Xia, Shaobo Dai, Hua Fang, Xiaogang Feng

Votes: 3,429

6. Blood Alley (1955)

Approved | 110 min | Action, Adventure

6.3
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His ship seized by the Chinese Communists, American Merchant Captain Tom Wilder languishes in prison but Chinese villagers help him escape to sail them to Hong-Kong.

Directors: William A. Wellman, John Wayne | Stars: John Wayne, Lauren Bacall, Paul Fix, Joy Kim

Votes: 2,662

7. Letter from Masanjia (2018)

75 min | Documentary

8.1
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When a desperate SOS letter penned by a political prisoner turns up in Halloween decorations sold in Oregon, it sparks a nail-biting chain of events that exposes appalling human rights ... See full summary »

Director: Leon Lee | Stars: Anonymous, Julie Keith, Fu Ning, Yi Sun

Votes: 173 | Gross: $0.02M

8. The Mattei Affair (1972)

R | 116 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.6
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Enrico Mattei helped change Italy's future, first as freedom-fighter against the Nazis, then as an investor in methane gas through a public company, A.G.I.P., and ultimately as the head of ... See full summary »

Director: Francesco Rosi | Stars: Gian Maria Volontè, Luigi Squarzina, Peter Baldwin, Renato Romano

Votes: 1,428

9. China Cry: A True Story (1990)

PG-13 | 101 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.7
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Drama set in the 1950s, based on a true story, about a young girl, Sung Neng Yee, who is brought as part of a wealthy Chinese family. She is eager to become part of Mao Tze Tung's "new ... See full summary »

Director: James F. Collier | Stars: Julia Nickson, France Nuyen, James Shigeta, Russell Wong

Votes: 471 | Gross: $4.21M

10. Pavilion of Women (2001)

R | 116 min | Drama, Romance, War

5.9
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26 Metascore

With World War 2 looming, a prominent family in China must confront the contrasting ideas of traditionalism, communism and Western thinking, while dealing with the most important ideal of all: love and its meaning in society.

Director: Ho Yim | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Luo Yan, Sau Sek, John Cho

Votes: 945 | Gross: $0.04M

11. Chung Kuo - Cina (1972)

135 min | Documentary

7.6
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A documentary on China, concentrating mainly on the faces of the people, filmed in the areas they were allowed to visit. The 220 minute version consists of three parts. The first part, ... See full summary »

Director: Michelangelo Antonioni | Star: Giuseppe Rinaldi

Votes: 646

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

115 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.6
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Canadian surgeon Dr. Norman Bethune (Donald Sutherland) journeys one thousand five hundred miles into China to reach Mao Zedong's eighth route Army in the Wu Tai mountains where he will ... See full summary »

Director: Phillip Borsos | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Helen Mirren, Helen Shaver, Colm Feore

Votes: 307

13. Lurk (2009– )

42 min | Drama, Romance

8.5
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While working in the KMT intelligence station in Tianjin, a Communist undercover agent achieved a series of incredible feats with the help of his stand-in wife.

Stars: Honglei Sun, Chen Yao, Feng Zu, Enhe Feng

Votes: 139

14. Shang gan ling (1956)

Not Rated | 124 min | War, Drama

6.8
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The story happens in the Korean War (1951-1953)In the autumn of 1952, the American troops launched a large-scale attack by the border between South Korea and North Korea while the ... See full summary »

Directors: Shan Lin, Meng Sha | Stars: Baocheng Gao, Lei Liu, Linge Xu, Liang Zhang

Votes: 96

15. 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: 93

16. Conspiracy (2005– )

40 min | Drama

8.0
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Add a Plot

Stars: Liya Ai, Shu Chen, Ming Gao, Yunlong Liu

Votes: 38

17. Bamboo in Winter (1991)

PG | 58 min | Drama

7.0
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A college aged Chinese girl begins seeking the Lord and learns the truth about what is happening within her country and the persecution that happened to her own family. This film has a ... See full summary »

Director: Bill Myers | Stars: Roy Chiao, Dennis Chan, Crystal Kwok, Sai-Kit Yung

Votes: 49

18. Tie Zai Shao (2015– )

45 min | Action, History, Romance

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Ge Shisan, Chang Erkuan and Chou Wa are three people with distinct life experiences and different personalities. They are hot-blooded ordinary soldiers of Northwest Army. They get together ... See full summary »

Stars: Tao Liu, Lei Wang, Zuxin Ye

19. The Persecution of Falun Gong (2015)

10 min | Documentary, Short, History | Completed

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Why 70 million meditators were targeted for elimination in China.

Director: Mathias Magnason | Stars: Matt Gnaizda, Ethan Gutmann, Kay Rubacek, David Kilgour

20. Tao Feng: Fist of the Lotus (2003 Video Game)

Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

7.1
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X-Box exclusive fighting game from the co-creator of Mortal Kombat set in New China, a non-communist country formed on the Pacific coast of North America, about two rival sects battling it out to receive the divine gift of immortality.

Stars: Matt Mullins, Kathrynne Wolf

Votes: 18

21. Adam Ruins Everything (2015– )
Episode: Adam Ruins Doing Good (2019)

TV-14 | 24 min | Animation, Comedy, History

7.4
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Adam takes down the do-gooders and reveals how Teach For America is harmful to both students and teachers. He then uncovers the ineffectiveness of recycling and calls out the billionaires who create charities for tax breaks.

Director: Laura Murphy | Stars: Adam Conover, Emily Axford, Enn Reitel, Peter Boon Koh

Votes: 26

22. South Park (1997– )
Episode: Band in China (2019)

TV-MA | 22 min | Animation, Comedy

8.7
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Randy sees an opportunity for Tegridy Farms in China; Stan starts a band to work out his frustration over having to move away from South Park and scores a hit, but China interferes.

Director: Trey Parker | Stars: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, April Stewart, Mona Marshall

Votes: 1,749

23. Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (2014– )
Episode: China's One Child Policy (2019)

TV-MA | 34 min | Comedy, News, Talk-Show

7.9
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John explains the troubling history, brutal enforcement and questionable results of China's highly controversial, decades long, one-child policy, a punitive measure conceived originally as ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Pennolino | Stars: Ryan Barger, Susan Evans, David Kaye, John Oliver

Votes: 153

24. Longines Chronoscope (1951–1955)
Episode: Episode dated 10 December 1951 (1951)

News

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Hazlitt and Huie interview U.S. Congressman Walter H. Judd, a Republican representing Minnesota. Topics discussed are the possibility of the expansion of the war in Asia, failure to prevent... See full summary »

Stars: Henry Hazlitt, William Bradford Huie, Walter H. Judd

25. Longines Chronoscope (1951–1955)
Episode: Episode dated 4 December 1953 (1953)

News

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Larry Lesueur and Winston Burdett, CBS News correspondents, interview Frank Darvall, the British Director-General of the English-Speaking Union of the Commonwealth. Topics include British ... See full summary »

Stars: Winston Burdett, Larry LeSueur

26. Tricky Dick (2019)
Episode: Storm Clouds (2019)

Not Rated | Documentary, Biography, History

8.9
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Tensions boil over in a deeply divided nation, as President Richard Nixon commits to victory in Vietnam and grows increasingly paranoid about political enemies during his first term in office.

Director: Mary Robertson | Stars: Richard Nixon, Alexander Butterfield, Dwight Chapin, Charles Colson

Votes: 7



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