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2. Jia nu zheng qing (1990)


An old man from Taiwan moves in with a family in China, believing the wife may be his daughter whom he left behind when he fled the mainland.

Director: Zhennian Wu | Stars: Zifeng Liu, Zongwan Wei, Meijuan Xi, Xinghuo Zhong

Votes: 6

3. Bike and Old Electronic Piano (2015)

174 min | Documentary

The two main characters are both music lovers. One man quit his job in a state-owned factory to study composing and now writes more than 100 songs. The other learned piano and MIDI all by ... See full summary »

Director: Pan Shao | Stars: Pengcheng Zhang, Yisu Zhang

Votes: 14

4. Jiang Hu: Life on the Road (1999)

150 min | Documentary

A documentary of the Yuanda Song and Dance Tent Show, a wandering troupe from the countryside of Henan Province that is on the road all four seasons of the year.

Director: Wenguang Wu

Votes: 15

5. Crude Oil (2008)

840 min | Documentary

Documents a workday at a remote Chinese oil field, from a stolen nap in a break room to the massive drills plunging into the earth.

Director: Bing Wang

Votes: 47

6. Drunken Hero (2002– )

1,800 min | Action

Da zui xia: A ruthless band of thugs kidnaps a young official to exchange for their leader who has been captured. Golden Swallow is sent to take on the thugs and free the prisoner (who is ... See full summary »

Stars: Siu Chung Mok, Kristy Yeung, Wenzhuo Zhao

Votes: 13

7. Tape (II) (2011)

162 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

With groundbreaking honesty, performance artist Li Ning turns his life into art in this epic work of experimental documentary. For five grueling years, Li Ning documents his struggle to ... See full summary »

Director: Li Ning | Star: Li Ning

Votes: 5

8. Hotel Shanghai (1997 TV Movie)

180 min | Drama, War

German two-part miniseries about the westerns staying at a popular hotel in Shanghai as the Japanese invasion of China also known as the Second Sino-Japanese War begins in 1937 as a precursor to WWII.

Director: Peter Patzak | Stars: Agnieszka Wagner, Nicholas Clay, James McCaffrey, Min Zhang

Votes: 24

9. Land of Black Gold (2011)

142 min | Documentary

In a few years, the mining industry has turned the impoverished region of Yulin into China's own little Klondike or Kuwait. People stream like the possessed from far away to the mines to ... See full summary »

Directors: Kai Jia, Xiaofeng Li

10. Apuda (2011)

145 min | Documentary

Farmer Apuda, of the Naxi ethnic minority, lives together with his elderly and infirmed father. Amid the dim light in the darkened interior of their home, he helps him put on his clothes, ... See full summary »

Director: Yuan He

14. Sister (I) (2007)

153 min | Documentary

After divorce, the filmmaker's sister moved to the United States where she married again and subordinated everything to her new job. To her entirely reorganized life, however, enters her ... See full summary »

Director: Xinyu Hu

16. Future Megacities (2013)

167 min | Documentary, News

Weather extremes like floods, storm floods, droughts and heat waves together with water scarcity are already today serious problems for cities especially in developing and newly ... See full summary »

Director: Marcus Mangeot

17. Father and Son (I) (2009)

169 min | Documentary

At eighty-four years of age, Master Cai is the last great Naxi folk musician on the north shore of the Jinsha River. He depends on his mentally-disabled son for a living. With little time ... See full summary »

Director: Yuan He

18. Living Elsewhere (1999)

175 min | Documentary

Along the newly constructed expressway to Chengdu's airport, there is a group of villas built in the beginning of the nineties and left uncompleted for almost seven years. In this marginal ... See full summary »

Director: Jian-wei Wang

21. Life on Earth (2015)

180 min | Documentary, Family | Completed

In Daidian village Qingzhou City Shandong Province China. The villagers grow grain in the past, but now they grow greenhouse vegetables for their lives. Ming Chang as a mainstay of the ... See full summary »

22. New Story of an Old Soldier (1959)

107 min | Drama

A soldier fins his new role in the transition from war time to construction era.

Director: Fu Shen | Stars: Wei Cui, Yongping Sun, Bo Gao, Yelu Gu

24. Zhao Yi-Man (1950)

100 min | Biography, Drama

Biography of heroine Zhao Yi-Man who fought and died valiantly in northeast China during the anti-Japanese war.

Director: Meng Sha | Stars: Lianxing Shi, Ying Zhang

25. Daughters of China (1949)

92 min | Drama, War

Women play a heroic role in the Volunteer Army fighting the Japanese in the puppet state of Manchukuo.

Directors: Zifeng Ling, Qiang Zhai | Stars: Shen Yue, Li Bo, Buhua Qin, Sufei Zhou

Votes: 10

26. The White-haired Girl (1951)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, Music

The story centers on a well-known Chinese folk tale about a girl named Xi'er, the daughter of a poor farmer in Shaanxi province, whose family is persecuted by a brutal landlord.

Directors: Choui Khoua, Bin Wang | Stars: Lu Zhao, Shouwei Zhang, Hua Tian, Peng Hu

Votes: 89

27. Xin er lu ying xiong zhuan (1951)

137 min | Drama, War

The fate of a young Chinese woman in the struggle for people's freedom in 1937.

Directors: Ban Lyu, Dongshan Shi | Stars: Xin Jin, Xiangli Yao, Zhenhe Yan, Ying Zhao

Votes: 5

28. Ingeniously Taking Mount Hua (1953)

120 min | War

The Nationalist army is dug in on Mount Hua and the People's Liberation Army finds a way to attack.

Director: Wei Guo | Stars: Yuntai Guo, Ran An, Zhijian Chen, Sai Cheung

Votes: 18

29. New Year Sacrifice (1956)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

Before the Revolution of 1911, widow Aunt Xianglin heard that her mother-in-law would sell her. Therefore, she ran to the Lu town and worked as a servant in Lord Lu Si's house, but she made... See full summary »

Director: Hu Sang | Stars: Ran An, Yang Bai, An-an Cai, Xiaotong Che

Votes: 133

30. Bian zhai feng huo (1957)

84 min | Thriller

Political intrigue by the Nationalists among the Jingpo people after the liberation of China.

Director: Nong Lin | Stars: Xiaotang Wang, Qi Da, Lie Tian, Renlin Li

Votes: 6

31. Cerf-volant du bout du monde (1958)

G | 82 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

This interesting little French film is set in a run-down suburb of Paris. It's about a group of bored children making mischief to fill the days (eg sticking a cat up a tree and then calling... See full summary »

Director: Roger Pigaut | Stars: Patrick de Bardine, Sylviane Rozenberg, Jacques Faburel, Gérard Szymanski

Votes: 89

32. Nie Er (1960)

115 min | Biography, Drama

Biography of famous Chinese composer Nie Er, who found the meaning of life by composing for national rejuvenation.

Director: Junli Zheng | Stars: Dan Zhao, Shu Chen, Nan Deng, Bo Gao

Votes: 24

33. Hibiscus Town (1987)

164 min | Drama, History, Romance

Love, humiliation and politics play out in a distant village of China during the cultural revolution.

Director: Jin Xie | Stars: Wen Jiang, Linian Liu, Xiaoqing Liu, Ning Xu

Votes: 842

34. Liangjia funu (1986)

110 min | Drama

The film shows a story of struggle between the traditions of arranged marriage and love. Xingxian is a 18 year old girl who finds herself engaged to a 8 year old boy. When a young man her ... See full summary »

Director: Jian-zhong Huang | Stars: Shan Cong, Peijie Ji, Yan Liang, Wanqi Liu

Votes: 14

35. Sunset Street (1983)

99 min | Drama

Lives of people living in Sunset Street changes during the transition of society.

Director: Haowei Wang | Stars: Lizhong Chen, Peisi Chen, Qiang Chen, Zhiqiang Chi

Votes: 15

39. The Wedding Maidens (1990)


Old time in south China, five young girls commit suicide to escape from miserable lives under the traditional convention which is unfair for women.

Director: Jin Wang | Stars: Huaqiong Chi, Di Jin, Xue Ju, Li Ning

Votes: 12

40. Codename Cougar (1989)

76 min | Drama, Thriller

Aircraft hijacking with Chinese special forces rescue. Gong Li as a heroic stewardess.

Directors: Fengliang Yang, Yimou Zhang | Stars: You Ge, Zhaoji Jia, Gong Li, Xiaoning Liu

Votes: 240

42. The Story of Qiu Ju (1992)

PG | 100 min | Comedy, Drama

A pregnant peasant woman seeks redress from the Chinese bureaucracy after the village chief kicks her husband in the groin in this comedy of justice. As she is frustrated by each level of ... See full summary »

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Gong Li, Peiqi Liu, Liuchun Yang, Kesheng Lei

Votes: 5,621 | Gross: $1.89M

44. The Last Emperor (1987)

PG-13 | 163 min | Biography, Drama, History

76 Metascore

The story of the final Emperor of China.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: John Lone, Joan Chen, Peter O'Toole, Ruocheng Ying

Votes: 97,358 | Gross: $43.98M

45. The Kite Runner (2007)

PG-13 | 128 min | Drama

61 Metascore

After spending years in California, Amir returns to his homeland in Afghanistan to help his old friend Hassan, whose son is in trouble.

Director: Marc Forster | Stars: Khalid Abdalla, Ahmad Khan Mahmoodzada, Atossa Leoni, Shaun Toub

Votes: 78,146 | Gross: $15.80M