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1. Sex and Zen (1991)

R | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

5.6
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58 Metascore

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Director: Michael Mak | Stars: Lawrence Ng, Amy Yip, Kent Cheng, Rena Murakami

Votes: 1,903 | Gross: $0.40M

2. Mulan (1998)

G | 88 min | Animation, Adventure, Family

7.6
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71 Metascore

To save her father from death in the army, a young maiden secretly goes in his place and becomes one of China's greatest heroines in the process.

Directors: Tony Bancroft, Barry Cook | Stars: Ming-Na Wen, Eddie Murphy, BD Wong, Miguel Ferrer

Votes: 228,986 | Gross: $120.62M

3. Kung Fu Panda (2008)

PG | 92 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.5
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73 Metascore

The Dragon Warrior has to clash against the savage Tai Lung as China's fate hangs in the balance. However, the Dragon Warrior mantle is supposedly mistaken to be bestowed upon an obese panda who is a novice in martial arts.

Directors: Mark Osborne, John Stevenson | Stars: Jack Black, Ian McShane, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman

Votes: 389,406 | Gross: $215.43M

4. Shadow (2018)

Not Rated | 116 min | Action, Drama, War

7.0
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81 Metascore

Life and intrigue in an ancient Chinese court.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Chao Deng, Li Sun, Ryan Zheng, Qianyuan Wang

Votes: 6,484 | Gross: $0.52M

5. Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)

PG | 95 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.1
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66 Metascore

Continuing his "legendary adventures of awesomeness", Po must face two hugely epic, but different threats: one supernatural and the other a little closer to home.

Directors: Alessandro Carloni, Jennifer Yuh Nelson | Stars: Jack Black, Bryan Cranston, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie

Votes: 120,075 | Gross: $143.53M

6. Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011)

PG | 90 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

7.2
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67 Metascore

Po and his friends fight to stop a peacock villain from conquering China with a deadly new weapon, but first the Dragon Warrior must come to terms with his past.

Director: Jennifer Yuh Nelson | Stars: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, Dustin Hoffman

Votes: 233,940 | Gross: $165.25M

7. Hero (2002)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Adventure, History

7.9
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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: 167,694 | Gross: $53.71M

8. Dragon Blade (2015)

R | 127 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.0
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41 Metascore

When corrupt Roman leader Tiberius arrives with a giant army to claim the Silk Road, Huo An teams up his army with an elite Legion of defected Roman soldiers led by General Lucius to protect his country and his new friends.

Director: Daniel Lee | Stars: Jackie Chan, John Cusack, Adrien Brody, Si Won Choi

Votes: 17,055 | Gross: $0.07M

9. Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings (2018)

TV-MA | 132 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.3
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58 Metascore

Detective Dee is forced to defend himself against the accusations of Empress Wu while investigating a crime spree.

Director: Hark Tsui | Stars: Carina Lau, Mark Chao, Kenny Lin, Shaofeng Feng

Votes: 1,778 | Gross: $0.26M

10. Red Cliff (2008)

R | 148 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.4
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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: 41,872 | Gross: $0.63M

11. Ashes of Love (2018)

45 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance

8.5
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Flower Goddess dies giving birth to her daughter, Jin Mi. She was imprisoned within Shui Jing until Xu Feng, heavenly emperor's second sun enters it mistakenly. After living together for 100years he falls in love with that ignorant Jin Mi.

Stars: Kathy Chow, Zhonghua He, Wang Yifei, Yanyan Zhang

Votes: 656

12. The Rise of Phoenixes (2018)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, History, Romance

8.8
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The story of power, desire, lust and love among people of different kingdoms in ancient China. No matter who you are, you have to rise from the mud to become The Great Phoenix.

Stars: Kun Chen, Hong Yuan, Ni Ni, Ou Wang

Votes: 856

13. The Assassin (2015)

Not Rated | 105 min | Action, Drama, History

6.3
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80 Metascore

A female assassin receives a dangerous mission to kill a political leader in eighth-century China.

Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou | Stars: Qi Shu, Chen Chang, Yun Zhou, Satoshi Tsumabuki

Votes: 14,428 | Gross: $0.61M

14. The Myth (2005)

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

6.1
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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: 13,555

15. Mulan (2009)

Not Rated | 114 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

6.8
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The epic story of the Chinese girl-warrior, Mulan, who fights to defend her father.

Directors: Jingle Ma, Wei Dong | Stars: Wei Zhao, Kun Chen, Jaycee Chan, Rongguang Yu

Votes: 5,010

16. Erotic Ghost Story (1990)

90 min | Fantasy, Horror

5.7
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Three vixens have meditated for 1,000 years to able to shed their animal natures and become human. For the final month of their rigors, they have moved near a village where women pray to a ... See full summary »

Director: Ngai Choi Lam | Stars: Amy Yip, Chi Jan Ha, So Man, Hitomi Kudô

Votes: 559

17. Princess Agents (2017– )

45 min | Action, Drama, Romance

7.7
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The growing process of an ancient Chinese female warrior.

Stars: Zanilia Zhao, Kenny Lin, Shawn Dou, Xiaojie Tian

Votes: 438

18. Legend of Fuyao (2018– )

45 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

7.5
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Meng Fu Yao, a woman born from a divine lotus petal. She journeys towards the heavens in search of a secret order and to reveal a conspiracy originating from the heavens. In the process, she falls in love with the crown prince.

Stars: Mi Yang, Ethan Juan, Leon Lai Yi, Jiang Long

Votes: 398

19. True Legend (2010)

R | 115 min | Action, Drama, History

6.4
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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: 8,153 | Gross: $0.08M

20. Legend of the Demon Cat (2017)

TV-14 | 129 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

6.2
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57 Metascore

Taking place in the Tang Dynasty, a demon cat appears and breaks the peace of Chang'an City, causing a series of strange events. Poet Bai Letian and Monk Kukai join hands to investigate the... See full summary »

Director: Kaige Chen | Stars: Xuan Huang, Shôta Sometani, Yuqi Zhang, Hao Qin

Votes: 1,913

21. Red Cliff II (2009)

142 min | Action, Drama, History

7.6
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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: 21,890 | Gross: $0.63M

22. God of War (2017)

Not Rated | 128 min | Action, History

6.4
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54 Metascore

During the 16th century, Japanese pirates proliferate along the Chinese coastline. In 1557, the pirates take over Cengang in Zhejiang. After months of futile advances, Commander Yu (Sammo ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Chan | Stars: Wenzhuo Zhao, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Regina Wan, Keisuke Koide

Votes: 1,773 | Gross: $0.05M

23. The Princess Weiyoung (2016)

TV-14 | 45 min | Drama, Romance

7.4
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After managing to escape from death, Northern Liang's princess takes on the identity of her saviour, Li Wei Young, in order to seek revenge against her enemies who destroyed her kingdom.

Stars: Yan Tang, Jin Luo, Hsin Ai Lee, Vanness Wu

Votes: 260

24. Ice Fantasy (2016– )

TV-14 | 44 min | Adventure, Fantasy, War

7.1
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A fantasy story happens in a fictional universe. Ka Suo, the prince of the Snow Nation, takes the journey to the magical holy shrine with his entourages, and incidentally discover the secrets related to his fate and beloved ones.

Stars: Shaofeng Feng, Tianyu Ma, Victoria Song, Meng Zhang

Votes: 439

25. Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon (2013)

Not Rated | 134 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.4
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From legendary action director Tsui Hark and the creators of international smash hit Detective Dee - Mystery Of The Phantom Flame comes the captivating tale of Dee Renjie's beginnings in ... See full summary »

Director: Hark Tsui | Stars: Carina Lau, Chien Sheng, Mark Chao, Angelababy

Votes: 4,038 | Gross: $0.09M

26. 14 Blades (2010)

R | 114 min | Action, History, Thriller

6.3
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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: 7,184

27. Three Kingdoms (2010– )

45 min | Drama, History, War

8.2
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Long story of the rivalry, intrigues and wars of the late Eastern Han Dynasty and the Three Kingdoms period. Based on the classical Chinese novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms and other related sources.

Stars: Hewei Yu, Yi Lu, Kai Kang, Jianbin Chen

Votes: 706

28. Detective Dee: Mystery of the Phantom Flame (2010)

PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.6
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75 Metascore

An exiled detective is recruited to solve a series of mysterious deaths that threaten to delay the inauguration of Empress Wu.

Director: Hark Tsui | Stars: Tony Ka Fai Leung, Chao Deng, Carina Lau, Bingbing Li

Votes: 9,855 | Gross: $0.46M

29. Nirvana in Fire (2015– )

TV-14 | Action, Drama, Fantasy

9.0
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Story about a son's search for his family's lost honor.

Stars: Ge Hu, Yongdai Ding, Kai Wang, Lei Wu

Votes: 1,319

30. Lady of the Dynasty (2015)

122 min | Drama, History, Romance

4.1
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The tragic story of a Tang Dynasty imperial consort who was the favorite of the Emperor Xuanzong.

Directors: Shiqing Cheng, Yimou Zhang | Stars: Bingbing Fan, Joan Chen, Shun Oguri, Leon Lai

Votes: 488

31. Brotherhood of Blades (2014)

Not Rated | 111 min | Action

6.6
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This is a movie set in the late Ming Dynasty. The 3 main characters are all elite guards for the palace. One of their fellow guardsmen goes bad. His former companions must now forget their ... See full summary »

Director: Yang Lu | Stars: Chen Chang, Shih-Chieh King, Dong-xue Li, Shi Shi Liu

Votes: 2,504

32. The Story of Ming Lan (2018– )

Drama, History, Romance

8.1
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An unfavoured child of a rich family, Ming Lan studies and works hard, and falls in love with the son of a high official. Through cunning schemes, they both rise in position and work to obtain justice from those that have wronged them.

Stars: Zanilia Zhao, Shaofeng Feng, Cuifen Cao, Yilong Zhu

Votes: 103

33. Ever Night (2018– )

Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

8.8
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It tells a story about a boy Ning Que who accidentally became the hero who was going to save the world.

Stars: Arthur Chen, Yiren Song, Yao Tong, Bowen Xue

Votes: 91

34. A Touch of Zen (1971)

Not Rated | 200 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.6
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A lady fugitive on the run from corrupt government officials is joined in her endeavors by an unambitious painter and skilled Buddhist monks.

Director: King Hu | Stars: Feng Hsu, Chun Shih, Ying Bai, Billy Chan

Votes: 4,680

35. Kung Fu Panda Holiday (2010 TV Short)

TV-PG | 21 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

6.8
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Po is to host the annual winter holiday feast and he struggles to meet his friends' expectations.

Director: Tim Johnson | Stars: Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, Seth Rogen

Votes: 4,865

36. Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Furious Five (2008 Video)

TV-PG | 25 min | Animation, Short, Action

7.1
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Ordered to teach a martial arts class of rambunctious bunny kittens, Po tells stories of each of the Furious Five's pasts.

Director: Raman Hui | Stars: Jack Black, Dustin Hoffman, Will Shadley, Eamon Pirruccello

Votes: 6,854

37. The Romance of Three Kingdoms (1995– )

Drama, History, War

8.6
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In an age of turmoil, heroes will rise. . . It is the end of the 2nd Century and China is in a state of turmoil. The land is divided by warlords and the country is facing famine, droughts, ... See full summary »

Stars: Guoqiang Tang, Yanjun Sun, Guoan Bao, Jing-fei Li

Votes: 518

38. The Glory of Tang Dynasty (2017– )

Drama, History, Romance

7.2
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The series is about the ups and downs in the life of Shen Zhen Zhu, a exceptional beauty living during the most turbulent periods of the Tang dynasty.

Stars: Tian Jing, Jialun Ren, Han Chin, Yuan Du

Votes: 43

39. Jin ping mei (2008)

93 min | Comedy, Drama

5.1
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Story is begin with the childhood of rich and powerful Simon Qing (Lam Wai-Kin) has been schooled in the ways of sex by his virile father (Tsui Siu-Keung), but is still a virgin. That is, ... See full summary »

Director: Man Kei Chin | Stars: Hikaru Wakana, Kaera Uehara, Serina Hayakawa, Yui Morikawa

Votes: 533

40. Chinese Paladin (2005– )

Adventure, Fantasy, Romance

7.2
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The kingdom of Nan Zhao is brainwashed by the chief of a moon-worshiping cult (Elvis Tsui) who forces the King (Chi-yin Wong) to sentence his Queen (Sun Li) to death, claiming that she is a... See full summary »

Stars: Ge Hu, Yifei Liu, Ady An, Achel Chang

Votes: 187

41. Devil's Express (1976)

R | 82 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

5.0
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A tough black martial artist cop takes on warring street gangs and an evil demon that haunts the New York City subways.

Director: Barry Rosen | Stars: Elsie Roman, Warhawk Tanzania, Larry Fleischman, Wilfredo Roldan

Votes: 274

42. Sacrifice (2010)

R | 122 min | Drama, History

6.2
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57 Metascore

To save the only child of the Zhao Family, whose entire clan was massacred at the hands of a nefarious minister, a doctor sacrifices his own son; after the Zhao child grows up, the doctor becomes intent on seeking his vengeance.

Director: Kaige Chen | Stars: You Ge, Xueqi Wang, Xiaoming Huang, Bingbing Fan

Votes: 2,059

43. Confucius (2010)

TV-MA | 125 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.2
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The life story of the highly-influential Chinese philosopher, Confucius.

Director: Mei Hu | Stars: Yun-Fat Chow, Xun Zhou, Jianbin Chen, Quan Ren

Votes: 3,439

44. The Emperor and the Assassin (1998)

R | 162 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.2
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75 Metascore

In pre-unified China, the King of Qin sends his concubine to a rival kingdom to produce an assassin for a political plot, but as the king's cruelty mounts she finds her loyalty faltering.

Director: Kaige Chen | Stars: Li Gong, Fengyi Zhang, Zhou Sun, Xiaohe Lü

Votes: 5,691 | Gross: $1.33M

45. An Empress and the Warriors (2008)

R | 99 min | Action, Drama, History

5.9
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After the death of her father, a woman is forced to take over as empress and fight to save her kingdom.

Director: Siu-Tung Ching | Stars: Kelly Chen, Donnie Yen, Leon Lai, Xiaodong Guo

Votes: 3,641

46. Secret of the three kingdoms (2018– )

Drama, History

8.3
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An alternative history version of one of the Three kingdoms era plots focusing on the rivalry between the last Han emperor and Cao family.

Stars: Xuan Dong, Dongjun Han, Tianyu Ma, Jianci Tan

Votes: 10

47. Three Kingdoms (2008)

R | 102 min | Action, Drama, History

6.2
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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: 5,847

48. Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain (1983)

Unrated | 95 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

6.7
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Chinese soldiers in an ancient civil war get caught up in a fantastical quest to save the universe.

Director: Hark Tsui | Stars: Biao Yuen, Hoi Mang, Adam Cheng, Brigitte Lin

Votes: 2,167

49. The King's Woman (2017)

Action, History, Romance

7.3
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Gongsun Li is the granddaughter and disciple of military commander Gongsun Yu. When she was young, she met and rescued Ying Zheng, who then fell in love with her at first sight. When the ... See full summary »

Stars: Dilraba Dilmurat, Vin Zhang, Chang Liu, Tae Lee

Votes: 198

50. Kung Fu Panda: Secrets of the Masters (2011 Video)

TV-PG | 23 min | Animation, Short, Action

6.9
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Po and the Furious Five uncover the legend of three of kung fu's greatest heroes: Master Thundering Rhino, Master Storming Ox, and Master Croc.

Director: Tony Leondis | Stars: Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Dustin Hoffman, Seth Rogen

Votes: 2,920



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