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The Best R-Rated Chinese Movies 

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List of R-Rated Chinese movies, ranked from best to worst with movie trailers when available. Be sure to also take a look at the Best Foreign Films on Amazon Prime and the Best Foreign Films on Netflix.

 This list takes the best R-Rated Chinese movies and pits them against each other to see once and for all what the greatest R-Rated Chinese Movies movie of all time is. This list of popular R-Rated Chinese movies includes information like who directed the film, when it was released and which actors starred in the movie. If you think the top R-Rated Chinese Movies movie isn't as high as it should be then be sure to vote it up so it can take its rightful place among the other great R-Rated Chinese Movies films on this list. If you're trying to find a specific R-Rated Chinese Movies film you can search this list and filter to find what you're looking for.This list is made up of movies like Blade Runner and Hard Boiled. If you're trying to find out "What are the best R-Rated Chinese movies?" and "What are the most famous R-Rated Chinese movies?" then this list is the perfect resource for you. Use this list if you're looking for some new Chinese movies that are rated R. Between Netflix, Hulu and other services there are thousands of great Chinese movies rated R, so get out there and start watching. Don't forget to share this list on your social networks so that more great movies can hit the top ranks. (141 items)

Jackie Chan and Steven Soderbergh have both directed a R Chinese Movies film, as have other really creative and talented directors.

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Sex and Zen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best R-Rated Chinese Movies
1992

Actors: Amy Yip, Lo Lieh, Kent Cheng, Elvis Tsui, Tien Feng, + more

Directed by: Michael Mak

Sex and Zen is a 1991 Hong Kong erotic comedy film directed by Michael Mak and starring Lawrence Ng and Amy Yip. The film is loosely based on The Carnal Prayer Mat, a Chinese erotic novel by ...more
2
Once Upon a Time in Chin... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best R-Rated Chinese Movies
1992

Actors: Jet Li, Donnie Yen, David Chiang, Rosamund Kwan, Max Mok, + more

Directed by: Tsui Hark

Once Upon a Time in China II is a 1992 Hong Kong–Chinese martial arts film written and directed by Tsui Hark, and starring Jet Li as Chinese martial arts master and folk hero of Cantonese ...more

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The Legend of Drunken Ma... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best R-Rated Chinese Movies
1994

Actors: Jackie Chan, Andy Lau, Anita Mui, Lau Kar-leung, Ken Lo, + more

Directed by: Jackie Chan, Lau Kar-leung

Drunken Master II is a 1994 Hong Kong kung fu film directed by Lau Kar-leung and Jackie Chan, who stars as Chinese folk hero, Wong Fei-hung. It was Chan's first traditional style martial arts ...more

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The 36th Chamber of Shao... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best R-Rated Chinese Movies
1978

Actors: Chia Hui Liu, Lau Kar-wing, Shen Chan, Lo Lieh, Norman Chu, + more

Directed by: Lau Kar-leung

The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, also known as The Master Killer and Shaolin Master Killer, is a 1978 Shaw Brothers kung fu film directed by Liu Chia-liang and starring Gordon Liu. The film follows ...more

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Ip Man is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best R-Rated Chinese Movies
2008

Actors: Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Louis Fan, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi, Bo Zhang, + more

Directed by: Wilson Yip

Ip Man is a 2008 Hong Kong semi biographical martial arts film very loosely based on the life of Yip Man, a grandmaster of the martial art Wing Chun and master of Bruce Lee. The film focuses on ...more

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Curse of the Golden Flow... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best R-Rated Chinese Movies
2006

Actors: Gong Li, Chow Yun-Fat, Jay Chou, Liu Ye, Jin Chen, + more

Directed by: Zhang Yimou

Curse of the Golden Flower is a 2006 Chinese epic drama film written and directed by Zhang Yimou. The Mandarin Chinese title of the movie is taken from the last line of a Qi Dynasty poem written ...more

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Master of the Flying Gui... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best R-Rated Chinese Movies
1976

Actors: Philip Kwok, Lau Kar-wing, Kang Chin, Lung Wei Wang, Jimmy Wang, + more

Directed by: Jimmy Wang

Master of the Flying Guillotine is a 1976 Taiwanese wuxia film starring Jimmy Wang Yu, who also wrote and directed the film. It is a sequel to Wang's 1971 film One Armed Boxer, and thus the film ...more

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Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warri... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best R-Rated Chinese Movies
2003

Actors: Tatchakorn Yeerum, Mum Jokmok, Pumwaree Yodkamol, Chattapong Pantana-Angkul, Dan Chupong, + more

Directed by: Prachya Pinkaew

Ong-Bak: Muay Thai Warrior, also known in the United States as Ong-Bak: The Thai Warrior is a 2003 Thai martial arts action film. It was directed by Prachya Pinkaew, featured stunt choreography ...more

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Encounters of the Spooky... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best R-Rated Chinese Movies
1980

Actors: Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao, Lam Ching-ying, Wu Ma, Dick Wei, + more

Directed by: Sammo Hung

Encounters of the Spooky Kind is a 1980 Hong Kong martial arts comedy horror film written and directed by Sammo Hung, who also starred in the lead role. The film was produced by Hung's ...more

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Rumble in the Bronx is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best R-Rated Chinese Movies
1995

Actors: Jackie Chan, Anita Mui, Françoise Yip, Bill Tung, Marc Akerstream, + more

Directed by: Stanley Tong

Rumble in the Bronx, is a 1995 Hong Kong martial arts action comedy film starring Jackie Chan and Anita Mui. Released in Hong Kong in 1995, Rumble in the Bronx had a successful theater run, and ...more

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Warriors Two is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best R-Rated Chinese Movies
1978

Actors: Sammo Hung, Yuen Biao, Lau Kar-wing, Eric Tsang, Lam Ching-ying, + more

Directed by: Sammo Hung

Warriors Two is a 1978 Hong Kong martial arts film written and directed by Sammo Hung, who also co-stars in the film. The film stars Bryan Leung, Casanova Wong and Fung Hak-on. Leung plays the ...more

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Hard Boiled is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best R-Rated Chinese Movies
1992

Actors: Chow Yun-Fat, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Philip Kwok, Anthony Wong, Philip Chan, + more

Directed by: John Woo

Hard Boiled is a 1992 Hong Kong action film written and directed by John Woo, and starring Chow Yun-fat as Inspector "Tequila" Yuen, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai as Tony an undercover cop, and ...more

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Police Story 3: Super Co... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best R-Rated Chinese Movies
1992

Actors: Jackie Chan, Michelle Yeoh, Maggie Cheung, Kenneth Tsang, Yuen Wah, + more

Directed by: Stanley Tong

Police Story 3: Super Cop, also known as Super Cop in North America, is a 1992 Hong Kong action film starring Jackie Chan and Michelle Yeoh. Jackie reprises his "Kevin" Chan Ka-Kui ...more

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The Bodyguard from Beiji... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best R-Rated Chinese Movies
1994

Actors: Jet Li, Collin Chou, Christy Chung, Kent Cheng, Yue Fong, + more

Directed by: Corey Yuen

The Bodyguard from Beijing, also known as The Defender in the United States and the United Kingdom, is a 1994 Hong Kong action film directed by Corey Yuen, starring Jet Li, Christy Chung, Collin ...more

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Blade Runner is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best R-Rated Chinese Movies
1982

Actors: Harrison Ford, Daryl Hannah, Sean Young, Rutger Hauer, Edward James Olmos, + more

Directed by: Ridley Scott

Blade Runner is a 1982 American neo-noir dystopian science fiction film directed by Ridley Scott and starring Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, and Edward James Olmos. The screenplay, ...more

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Heart of Dragon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best R-Rated Chinese Movies
1985

Actors: Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, Lam Ching-ying, Yuen Wah, Emily Chu, + more

Directed by: Sammo Hung, Fruit Chan

Heart of Dragon is a 1985 Hong Kong martial arts action drama film directed by Sammo Hung, who also starred in the lead role. The film co-stars Jackie Chan, Emily Chu and Mang Hoi. It also ...more

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Magnificent Warriors is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best R-Rated Chinese Movies
1987

Actors: Michelle Yeoh, Hwang Jang-lee, Derek Yee, Richard Ng, Lowell Lo

Directed by: David Chung

Magnificent Warriors is a 1987 Hong Kong martial arts action adventure film directed by David Chung, and starring Michelle Yeoh, Tung-shing Yee, Richard Ng Yiu-hon and Hwang Jang Lee.

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Flash Point is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best R-Rated Chinese Movies
2007

Actors: Donnie Yen, Fan Bingbing, Collin Chou, Kent Cheng, Louis Koo, + more

Directed by: Wilson Yip

Flash Point is a 2007 Hong Kong action film directed by Wilson Yip, and starring Donnie Yen, Louis Koo, Collin Chou, Xing Yu, Lui Leung-wai and Fan Bingbing. Yen plays Ma Jun, a police sergeant ...more

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Swordsman II is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best R-Rated Chinese Movies
1991

Actors: Jet Li, Michelle Reis, Chin Ka-lok, Waise Lee, Rosamund Kwan, + more

Directed by: Ching Siu-tung, Stanley Tong

Swordsman II, also known as The Legend of the Swordsman, is a 1992 Hong Kong wuxia film very loosely adapted from Louis Cha's novel The Smiling, Proud Wanderer. It was the second part of a ...more

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20
The Emperor and the Assa... is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best R-Rated Chinese Movies
1998

Actors: Gong Li, Chen Kaige, Zhou Xun, Zhao Benshan, Zhang Fengyi, + more

Directed by: Chen Kaige

The Emperor and the Assassin, also known as The First Emperor, is a 1998 - 1999 Chinese historical romance film based primarily on Jing Ke's assassination attempt on the King of Qin, as ...more

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21
Nightwatch is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best R-Rated Chinese Movies
1991

Actors: Pierce Brosnan, Michael Shannon, Alexandra Paul, William Devane, Goran Višnjić, + more

Directed by: David Jackson, Peter Snell

Pierce Brosnan plays a United Nations espionage expert who leads an elite team out to recover a stolen Rembrandt masterpiece in this action sequel based on Alistair MacLean's novel Night Watch. ...more

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Three... Extremes is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best R-Rated Chinese Movies
2004

Actors: Bai Ling, Lee Byung-hun, Miriam Yeung, Yum Jung-ah, Tony Leung Ka-fai, + more

Directed by: Park Chan-wook, Fruit Chan, Takashi Miike

Three... Extremes is a 2004 international East Asian horror film collaboration consisting of three segments by three directors from three countries. It is a sequel to, and follows the concept of ...more

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Eros is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best R-Rated Chinese Movies
2004

Actors: Robert Downey Jr., Gong Li, Alan Arkin, Luisa Ranieri, Chang Chen, + more

Directed by: Wong Kar-wai, Steven Soderbergh, Michelangelo Antonioni

Eros is a 2004 Italian drama film consisting of three short segments directed by Wong Kar-wai, Steven Soderbergh, and Michelangelo Antonioni. Each of the three segments addresses the themes of ...more
24
My Father Is a Hero is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best R-Rated Chinese Movies
1995

Actors: Jet Li, Collin Chou, Anita Mui, Blackie Ko, Ken Lo, + more

Directed by: Corey Yuen

My Father Is A Hero is a 1995 Hong Kong action film directed by Corey Yuen, starring Jet Li. The film was released in the Hong Kong on 2 March 1995.

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Once Upon a Time in Chin... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best R-Rated Chinese Movies
1992

Actors: Jet Li, Rosamund Kwan, Max Mok, Hung Yan-yan, Shun Lau, + more

Directed by: Tsui Hark

Once Upon a Time in China III is a 1993 Hong Kong–Chinese martial arts film written, produced and directed by Tsui Hark, starring Jet Li as Chinese martial arts master and folk hero of Cantonese ...more

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