Top Chinese Movies


The Top Chinese Movies List is calculated by overall movie ratings and members' "Top Chinese List". Lists are calculated daily.

41. Curse of the Golden Flower ( Man cheng jin dai huang jin jia )

Year of Release: 2006
Overall Rating: 2.8 out of 4 stars
Language: Mandarin
Genre: Action/Adventure
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Yimou Zhang
Actors: Yun-Fat Chow, Ye Liu, Li Gong, Jay Chou

42. 36th Chamber of Shaolin, The ( Shao Lin san shi liu fang )

Year of Release: 1979
Overall Rating: 2.9 out of 4 stars
Language: Mandarin
Genre: Action/Drama
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Chia-Liang Liu
Actors: Chia Hui Liu, Lieh Lo, Chia Yung Liu, Norman Chu
Plot: After a corrupt general occupies his village and terrorizes his family, San Te (Chia Hui Liu) vows revenge and leaves home to study the ancient fighting arts. He becomes a monk at the mythical Shaolin Temple, where he learns the secrets of all 35 chambers over a seven-year period, but is cast out when he proposes a 36th chamber.

43. Better Tomorrow, A ( Ying hung boon sik )

Year of Release: 1986
Overall Rating: 2.9 out of 4 stars
Language: Cantonese
Genre: Action/Crime
MPAA Rating: R
Director: John Woo
Actors: Lung Ti, Leslie Cheung, Yun-Fat Chow, Kenneth Tsang

44. Touch of Zen, A ( Xia nu )

Year of Release: 1976
Overall Rating: 3.2 out of 4 stars
Language: Mandarin
Genre: Action/Adventure
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: King Hu
Actors: Ying Bai, Roy Chiao, Feng Hsu, Chun Shih
Plot: An artist stumbles upon a young woman on the run from corrupt officials and is caught up in her quest to survive.

45. Legend of Drunken Master, The ( Jui kuen II )

Year of Release: 2000
Overall Rating: 2.8 out of 4 stars
Language: Cantonese
Genre: Action/Adventure
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Chia-Liang Liu
Actors: Jackie Chan, Lung Ti, Anita Mui, Felix Wong
Plot: To battle a group of smugglers, dutiful son Fei-Hung must use his patented "Drunken Boxing" fighting style, in which a swig of alcohol empowers him to defeat his foes.

46. Grandmaster, The ( Yi dai zong shi )

Year of Release: 2013
Overall Rating: 2.9 out of 4 stars
Language: Mandarin
Genre: Action/Biography
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Director: Kar Wai Wong
Actors: Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Ziyi Zhang, Chen Chang, Cung Le
Plot: A biography of the great martial arts master Ip Man - the legendary man who would train and mentor Bruce Lee.

47. Happy Times ( Xingfu shiguang )

Year of Release: 2002
Overall Rating: 3.1 out of 4 stars
Language: Mandarin
Genre: Drama/Comedy
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Yimou Zhang
Actors: Benshan Zhao, Jie Dong, Lifan Dong, Biao Fu
Plot: Zhao is an aging bachelor who hasn't been lucky in love. Thinking he has finally met the woman of his dreams, Zhao leads her to believe he is wealthy and agrees to a wedding far beyond his means. Zhao's best friend Li hatches the idea to raise the money by refurbishing an abandoned bus, which they will rent out by the hour--the Happy Times Hotel--to young couples starved for privacy. Unfortunately, this plan goes awry because Zhao is too old fashioned to allow the couples to leave the bus door closed. Meanwhile, Zhao's fiancee introduces him to her spoiled son and beautiful blind stepdaughter Wu Ying, whom she sees as a burden. To be rid of the girl, she insists that Zhao take her to the Happy Times Hotel and give her a job. Zhao reluctantly agrees, then creates a series of deceptions to keep the girl occupied, including setting her up as a masseuse and enlisting his friends to pretend to be her customers. Everything that is happening between Zhao and Wu is superficially about trickery, but gradually a very real empathy grows between the young woman and the old man. Written by Sujit R. Varma

48. Under the Hawthorn Tree ( Shan Zha Shu Zhi Liann )

Year of Release: 2010
Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 4 stars
Language: Mandarin
Genre: Drama/Romance
MPAA Rating: NR
Director: Yimou Zhang
Actors: Dongyu Zhou, Shawn Dou, Meijuan Xi, Xuejian Li

49. Fists of Fury ( Tang shan da xiong )

Year of Release: 1973
Overall Rating: 2.8 out of 4 stars
Language: Mandarin
Genre: Action/Crime
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Wei Lo
Actors: Bruce Lee, Maria Yi, James Tien, Ying-Chieh Han
Plot: Bruce Lee stars as a man sworn to do no harm. As he helps his cousins in an ice factory, he discovers something that draws him to violence and his only choice is to act out against evil.

50. Story of Qiu Ju, The ( Qiu Ju da guan si )

Year of Release: 1992
Overall Rating: 3.0 out of 4 stars
Language: Mandarin
Genre: Comedy/Drama
MPAA Rating: PG
Director: Yimou Zhang
Actors: Li Gong, Peiqi Liu, Liuchun Yang, Quesheng Lei
Plot: A pregnant peasant seeks justice when her husband is kicked in the groin by the local village chief - but as her journey takes her further and further away from her husband and village - her frustration over the hierarchy will not deter her from getting these wrongs righted.

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