approaching 2010s Chinese cinema

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1. The Wild Goose Lake (2019)

113 min | Crime, Drama

76 Metascore

A gangster on the run sacrifices everything for his family and a woman he meets while on the lam.

Director: Yi'nan Diao | Stars: Ge Hu, Gwei Lun-Mei, Fan Liao, Regina Wan

Votes: 5,784

2. Long Day's Journey Into Night (2018)

Not Rated | 138 min | Drama, Mystery

88 Metascore

A man went back to Guizhou, found the tracks of a mysterious woman. He recalls the summer he spent with her twenty years ago.

Director: Bi Gan | Stars: Tang Wei, Jue Huang, Sylvia Chang, Hong-Chi Lee

Votes: 7,102 | Gross: $0.50M

3. Kaili Blues (2015)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama, Mystery

85 Metascore

While travelling the countryside to locate his nephew, a small town doctor finds himself interacting with people from his past and future.

Director: Bi Gan | Stars: Yongzhong Chen, Yue Guo, Linyan Liu, Feiyang Luo

Votes: 3,332 | Gross: $0.03M

4. Black Coal, Thin Ice (2014)

Not Rated | 110 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

70 Metascore

An ex cop and his ex partner decide to follow up on investigation of a series of murders that ended their careers and shamed them, when identical murders begin again.

Director: Yi'nan Diao | Stars: Fan Liao, Gwei Lun-Mei, Xuebing Wang, Jingchun Wang

Votes: 7,992

5. Ash Is Purest White (2018)

Not Rated | 136 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

85 Metascore

A story of violent love within a time frame spanning from 2001 to 2017.

Director: Jia, Zhangke | Stars: Tao Zhao, Fan Liao, Yi'nan Diao, Jiali Ding

Votes: 8,356 | Gross: $0.42M

6. A Touch of Sin (2013)

Not Rated | 130 min | Action, Drama

77 Metascore

Four independent stories set in modern China about random acts of violence.

Director: Jia, Zhangke | Stars: Wu Jiang, Baoqiang Wang, Tao Zhao, Lanshan Luo

Votes: 10,793 | Gross: $0.09M

7. Mountains May Depart (2015)

Not Rated | 126 min | Drama, Romance

79 Metascore

The life of Tao, and those close to her, is explored in three different time periods: 1999, 2014, and 2025.

Director: Jia, Zhangke | Stars: Tao Zhao, Yi Zhang, Jing Dong Liang, Zijian Dong

Votes: 5,279 | Gross: $0.08M

8. I Wish I Knew (2010)

116 min | Documentary, History

83 Metascore

Focuses on the people, their stories and architecture spanning from the mid-1800s, when Shanghai was opened as a trading port, to the present day.

Director: Jia, Zhangke | Stars: Michelangelo Antonioni, Yindi Cao, Hsin-i Chang, Danqing Chen

Votes: 636

9. An Elephant Sitting Still (2018)

230 min | Drama

86 Metascore

Four people in a Chinese city live through a complicated day as their lives intersect.

Director: Bo Hu | Stars: Yu Zhang, Yuchang Peng, Uvin Wang, Zi Xi

Votes: 5,482 | Gross: $0.03M

10. Man in the Well (2016)

16 min | Short

Apocalypse. Two starving kids find a dead body in the ruins.

Director: Bo Hu | Stars: Tieguang Gao, Xiaoqian Zhang, Yiji Zhao

Votes: 176

11. The Poet and Singer (II) (2012)

22 min | Short, Drama

Water and lightning. Music and poetry. Life and death. An incantatory and visually sublime river journey that anticipates the cosmic mystery of KAILI BLUES.

Director: Bi Gan | Stars: Yongzhong Chen, Lixun Xie

Votes: 120

12. On the Border (2018)

15 min | Short, Drama

In a border village, a Chinese teenager of Korean roots aspires to join South Korea. He tries by all means to realize his dream.

Director: Shujun Wei | Stars: Yuan Cui, Peng Fei, Zhengming Li, Shujun Wei

Votes: 99

13. Dying to Survive (2018)

Not Rated | 117 min | Comedy, Drama

63 Metascore

A story on how a small drug store owner became the exclusive selling agent of a cheap Indian generic drug against Chronic Granulocytic Leukemia in China.

Director: Muye Wen | Stars: Zheng Xu, Yiwei Zhou, Chuan-jun Wang, Zhuo Tan

Votes: 5,108 | Gross: $0.01M

14. Youth (2017)

Not Rated | 135 min | Drama, Romance, War

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: 2,752 | Gross: $1.89M

15. The Farewell (I) (2019)

PG | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

89 Metascore

A Chinese family discovers their grandmother has only a short while left to live and decide to keep her in the dark, scheduling a wedding to gather before she dies.

Director: Lulu Wang | Stars: Shuzhen Zhao, Awkwafina, X Mayo, Hong Lu

Votes: 55,382 | Gross: $16.88M

16. A Cool Fish (2018)

Not Rated | 109 min | Comedy

While two criminals hide out at a woman's apartment after a botched robbery, an ex-cop tries to find a missing gun.

Director: Xiaozhi Rao | Stars: Jianbin Chen, Suxi Ren, Binlong Pan, Yu Zhang

Votes: 1,467 | Gross: $0.55M

17. Einstein and Einstein (2013)

119 min | Drama

Twelve year old Li Wan (Zhang Xueying) has lost her mother long ago. When she grew up, her father remarried. Not long after, Li played with a half brother. This series of events lead to ... See full summary »

Director: Baoping Cao | Stars: Xinyue Cao, Xu Dai, Jinglin Guo, Shijia Huang

Votes: 811

18. The Crossing (2018)

99 min | Crime, Drama

Studying in Hong Kong but living in Shenzhen (the port city of Mainland China), Peipei has spent 16 years in her life travelling between these two cities. To realize the dream of seeing ... See full summary »

Director: Xue Bai | Stars: Yao Huang, Gang Jiao, Elena Kong, Kai Chi Liu

Votes: 859

19. The Shadow Play (2018)

125 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The Chief of Construction Committee leaps to his death from a tall building. Yang Jiadong, a rookie cop begins investigating it. Forced out of his job and to the safety of Hong Kong, he endeavors to discover the truth.

Director: Ye Lou | Stars: Boran Jing, Songwen Zhang, Jia Song, Sichun Ma

Votes: 908

20. Spring Fever (2009)

116 min | Drama

47 Metascore

Hired to spy on a philandering husband, Luo Haitao soon becomes entangled in a clandestine affair with the other man. Along with Luo's girlfriend, they succumb to the delirium of drunken nights, but how long can their tryst last?

Director: Ye Lou | Stars: Hao Qin, Sicheng Chen, Wei Wu, Zhuo Tan

Votes: 1,146 | Gross: $0.01M

21. Mystery (2012)

Not Rated | 98 min | Crime, Drama

Lu Jie is having coffee with her desperate friend Sang Qi, who believes her husband is cheating on her. At the same time at a hotel across the road from the coffee shop, Lu Jie sees her ... See full summary »

Director: Ye Lou | Stars: Lei Hao, Hao Qin, Xi Qi, Feng Zu

Votes: 1,041

22. Saturday Fiction (2019)

126 min | Drama, History

51 Metascore

Yu Jin is working undercover gathering intelligence for the Allies.

Director: Ye Lou | Stars: Gong Li, Mark Chao, Pascal Greggory, Xiangli Huang

Votes: 388

23. No.7 Cherry Lane (2019)

125 min | Animation

72 Metascore

Ziming, a University undergraduate, is entangled between his amorous feelings for a self-exiled mother Mrs Yu from Taiwan and her beautiful daughter Meiling, in the era coincides with Hong Kong's turbulent times of 1967.

Director: Yonfan | Stars: Sylvia Chang, Wei Zhao, Alex Tak-Shun Lam, Wei Yao

Votes: 313

24. Leap (2020)

135 min | Drama, Sport

After 12 years, the Chinese women's volleyball team again reached the Olympic final. The ups and downs of the Chinese women's volleyball team for more than three decades have slowly spread away.

Director: Peter Ho-Sun Chan | Stars: Gong Li, Bo Huang, Gang Wu, Yuchang Peng

Votes: 914 | Gross: $0.08M

25. The Eight Hundred (2020)

Not Rated | 149 min | Action, Drama, History

64 Metascore

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: Zhi-zhong Huang, Zhang Junyi, Hao Ou, Xiaoguang Hu

Votes: 3,763 | Gross: $0.37M

26. The Message (2009)

118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

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: 3,406

27. Cow (2009)

105 min | Drama

A Chinese peasant is given the responsibility of protecting his village's special dairy cow during a particularly harsh winter in 1940.

Director: Hu Guan | Stars: Bo Huang, Ni Yan, Hu Gao, Tsukagoshi Hirotaka

Votes: 790

28. Design of Death (2012)

108 min | Drama, Mystery

The violent death of an unpopular village resident is initially blamed on an infectious disease, but an investigation shows that everybody in the village had a reason to murder him.

Director: Hu Guan | Stars: Bo Huang, Simon Yam, Alec Su, Leon Dai

Votes: 491

29. The Chef, The Actor, The Scoundrel (2013)

Not Rated | 108 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

During Second Sino-Japanese War, China suffered from cholera outbreak because Japanese uses it as an biological weapon. Four Chinese agents captures a Japanese scientist and his bodyguard ... See full summary »

Director: Hu Guan | Stars: Ye Liu, Hanyu Zhang, Bo Huang, Jing Liang

Votes: 633

30. Mr. Six (2015)

PG-13 | 134 min | Action, Drama

57 Metascore

A well respected man residing in what's left of old-Beijing attempts to exonerate his son from his wrongdoings with his own methods and beliefs.

Director: Hu Guan | Stars: Xiaogang Feng, Hanyu Zhang, Qing Xu, Kris Wu

Votes: 3,535 | Gross: $1.42M

31. No Man's Land (2013)

118 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

A young lawyer from the city travels to the Gobi desert where he embarks on a series of adventures and challenges.

Director: Hao Ning | Stars: Zheng Xu, Duobujie, Nan Yu, Bo Huang

Votes: 2,189

32. Deep in the Heart (2014)

119 min | Drama, Mystery

A young man tries to get away from his family's overwhelming power, but when he accidentally kills a local thug, his fate will be intricately linked to his father's. A woman, who for years ... See full summary »

Director: Yukun Xin | Stars: Weimin Huo, Xiaotian Wang, Yun Luo, Yuzen Yang

Votes: 1,513

33. Wrath of Silence (2017)

Not Rated | 120 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A young boy tends sheep on a hillside in Northern China goes missing. His mute father looks for him with a special way of solving problems: Fisticuffs.

Director: Yukun Xin | Stars: Wu Jiang, Yang Song, Wenkang Yuan, Hu An

Votes: 1,721

34. The Bold, the Corrupt, and the Beautiful (2017)

112 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Madame Tang colludes and mediates between the government and the private businesses for the benefits of her all-female family. One case does not go according to plan, and an entire family close to Madame Tang fall victim to a cruel murder.

Director: Ya-che Yang | Stars: Kara Wai, Ke-Xi Wu, Vicky Chen, Sha-Li Chen

Votes: 2,522

35. Lie ri zhuo xin (2015)

139 min | Crime, Drama

It is a story about the redemption of three man, a cab driver who never takes credit for helping others, a auxiliary policeman who never asks for promotion even when he risks his life to ... See full summary »

Director: Baoping Cao | Stars: Yihong Duan, Chao Deng, Tao Guo, Luodan Wang

Votes: 1,373

36. Mr. Donkey (2016)

113 min | Comedy

In an effort to draw more funding from the government, faculty members of a rural Chinese school try to pass off an uneducated laborer as a qualified teacher.

Directors: Lu Liu, Shen Zhou | Stars: Suxi Ren, Li Da, Shuailiang Liu, Kuishan Pei

Votes: 1,515 | Gross: $0.36M

37. Let the Bullets Fly (2010)

Not Rated | 132 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

66 Metascore

In 1920s China, a bandit arrives in a remote provincial town posing as its new mayor, where he faces off against a tyrannical local nobleman.

Director: Wen Jiang | Stars: Chow Yun-Fat, Wen Jiang, You Ge, Carina Lau

Votes: 9,877 | Gross: $0.06M

38. Hidden Man (2018)

137 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A young swordsman in 1930's China returns home to try and solve a five-year-old murder case. Described as the third installment of the gangster trilogy that includes "Let The Bullets Fly" and "Gone With The Bullets."

Director: Wen Jiang | Stars: Eddie Peng, Fan Liao, Yun Zhou, Qing Xu

Votes: 1,801

39. Gone with the Bullets (2014)

140 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

Set in 1920s Shanghai, Ma Zouri and Xiang Feitian establish a notorious beauty pageant called the Flowers Competition. All of the city's elite attend the gala event, but when Wanyan Ying ... See full summary »

Director: Wen Jiang | Stars: Wen Jiang, You Ge, Yun Zhou, Shu Qi

Votes: 1,429

40. The Island (2018)

134 min | Comedy, Drama

61 Metascore

A cataclysmic event causes a man, who dreams of winning the lottery, to become stranded on an island with his co-workers.

Director: Bo Huang | Stars: Bo Huang, Shu Qi, Baoqiang Wang, Yixing Zhang

Votes: 1,463 | Gross: $0.67M

41. Goodbye Mr. Loser (2015)

104 min | Comedy

After attending a wedding of his high school crush Qiuya, Xia Luo (Shen Teng) gets drunk embarrassing himself and angers his wife Ma Dongmei (Ma Li).

Directors: Da-Mo Peng, Fei Yan | Stars: Lun Ai, Yuan Chang, Li-Chun Lee, Ping Li

Votes: 2,377 | Gross: $1.29M

42. Breakup Buddies (2014)

116 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Recently cuckolded and reeling from a messy divorce, a hapless former singer hits the road and the bar with his all-too-helpful best bud.

Director: Hao Ning | Stars: Bo Huang, Zheng Xu, Quan Yuan, Dongyu Zhou

Votes: 1,469 | Gross: $0.77M

43. American Dreams in China (2013)

112 min | Drama

The story of three friends who build a successful English language school in China called "New Dream". This school helps the dreams of Chinese teenagers come true. Before they stood proudly... See full summary »

Director: Peter Ho-Sun Chan | Stars: Xiaoming Huang, Dawei Tong, Chao Deng, Juan Du

Votes: 2,222

44. Dearest (2014)

128 min | Drama

A story centered around a divorced couple living in a southern Chinese city Shenzhen and dealing with the disappearance of their missing son.

Director: Peter Ho-Sun Chan | Stars: Wei Zhao, Bo Huang, Dawei Tong, Lei Hao

Votes: 2,103

45. Soulmate (2016)

110 min | Drama, Romance

Two women who have been close friends since adolescence must cope with the changes that maturity brings.

Director: Derek Tsang | Stars: Dongyu Zhou, Sichun Ma, Toby Lee, Gang Cai

Votes: 2,237

46. My Old Classmate (2014)

98 min | Comedy, Romance