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Famous Movies From China

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List of popular movies from China, listed by popularity with movie trailers when available. All prominent movies shot in China are included. This list of famous films made in China includes additional information about the movies, such as who directed them and what genre they are. Any top rated movies made in China should appear on this list, with the most well-known ones at the top. The most popular cinema of China is included below, so if you see a movie that's missing then it probably isn't very well-known.

The list you're viewing is made up of a variety of different movies, including Iron Man 3 and Looper. This list answers the questions What movies were shot in China?"
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Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh, Chow Yun-Fat

Released: 2000

Directed by: Ang Lee

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a 2000 wuxia film. An American-Chinese-Hong Kong-Taiwanese co-production, the film was directed by Ang Lee and featured an international cast of Han actors, ...more

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Maggie Q, Keri Russell, Michelle Monaghan

Released: 2006

Directed by: J.J. Abrams

Mission: Impossible III (stylized as M:i:III) is a 2006 American action spy film directed by J. J. Abrams, and the third film in the Mission: Impossible series. Retired from field work, IMF ...more

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Peter O'Toole, Joan Chen, Vivian Wu

Released: 1987

Directed by: Bernardo Bertolucci

The Last Emperor is a 1987 biographical film about the life of Puyi, the last Emperor of China, whose autobiography was the basis for the screenplay written by Mark Peploe and Bernardo ...more

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Stephen Chow, Yuen Wah, Huang Shengyi

Released: 2004

Directed by: Stephen Chow

Kung Fu Hustle is a 2004 Hong Kong-Chinese action comedy martial arts film. It was directed, co-written and co-produced by Stephen Chow, who also stars in the lead role. The other producers were ...more

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Zhang Ziyi, Jet Li, Maggie Cheung

Released: 2002

Directed by: Zhang Yimou

Hero is a 2002 wuxia film directed by Zhang Yimou. Starring Jet Li as the nameless protagonist, the film is based on the story of Jing Ke's attempt on the King of Qin in 227 BC. Hero was first ...more

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Brendan Fraser, Maria Bello, Michelle Yeoh

Released: 2008

Directed by: Rob Cohen

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, is a 2008 American dark fantasy adventure film and is the third and final installment in the Mummy trilogy. The film stars Brendan Fraser, Jet Li, Maria ...more

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Zhao Wei, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Takeshi Kaneshiro

Released: 2008

Directed by: John Woo

Red Cliff is a Chinese epic film from 2008-2009, based on the Battle of Red Cliffs and the events at the end of the Han dynasty and immediately prior to the Three Kingdoms period in ancient ...more

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Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Michael Angarano

Released: 2008

Directed by: Rob Minkoff

The Forbidden Kingdom is a 2008 Chinese-American martial arts film written by John Fusco, and directed by Rob Minkoff, and starring Jackie Chan and Jet Li. The film is loosely based on the novel ...more

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Elizabeth Banks, Thandie Newton, Josh Brolin

Released: 2008

Directed by: Oliver Stone

W. is a 2008 American biographical drama film loosely based on the life and presidency of George W. Bush. It was produced and directed by Oliver Stone, written by Stanley Weiser, and stars Josh ...more
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Robert Downey Jr., Gong Li, Alan Arkin

Released: 2004

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

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Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Louis Fan

Released: 2008

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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Michelle Yeoh, Jet Li, Nathan Jones

Released: 2006

Directed by: Ronny Yu

Fearless, also known as Huo Yuanjia in Chinese, and as Jet Li's Fearless in the United Kingdom and in the United States, is a 2006 Chinese-Hong Kong martial arts film directed by Ronny Yu and ...more

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Zhang Ziyi, Andy Lau, Takeshi Kaneshiro

Released: 2004

Directed by: Zhang Yimou

House of Flying Daggers is a 2004 wuxia film directed by Zhang Yimou and starring Andy Lau, Zhang Ziyi and Takeshi Kaneshiro. Unlike other wuxia films, it is more of a love story than a straight ...more

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Anupam Kher, Joan Chen, Tony Leung Chiu Wai

Released: 2007

Directed by: Ang Lee

Lust, Caution is a 2007 espionage erotic thriller film directed by Ang Lee, based on the novella of the same name published in 1979 by Chinese author Eileen Chang. The story is mostly set in ...more
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38 Degrees

Released: 2003

Directed by: Xin Liu

38 Degrees is a 2003 comedy and romance film written by Xin Liu and Ping Zhu and directed by Xin Liu.
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Jay Chou, Edison Chen, Anthony Wong

Released: 2005

Directed by: Alan Mak, Andrew Lau

Initial D is a 2005 Hong Kong action film directed by Andrew Lau and Alan Mak. It is a film adaptation of the Japanese Initial D manga and anime series. The movie's main character, Takumi ...more

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Jet Li, Donnie Yen, David Chiang

Released: 1992

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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Chow Yun-Fat, Kenneth Tsang, Danny Lee

Released: 1989

Directed by: John Woo

This film is a 1989 Hong Kong action film written and directed by John Woo, and starring Chow Yun-fat, Danny Lee and Sally Yeh. Chow plays Ah Jong, who accidentally damages the eyes of the ...more

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Chow Yun-Fat, Stephen Chow, John Woo

Released: 1986

Directed by: John Woo

A Better Tomorrow is a cult 1986 Hong Kong crime film directed by John Woo and starring Ti Lung, Leslie Cheung and Chow Yun-fat. The film had a profound influence on the Hong Kong film-making ...more

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Zhang Ziyi, Gong Li, Maggie Cheung

Released: 2004

Directed by: Wong Kar-wai

2046 is a 2004 Hong Kong-Chinese film written and directed by Wong Kar-wai. It is a loose sequel to the 1991 Hong Kong film Days of Being Wild and the 2000 Hong Kong film In the Mood for Love. ...more

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Jet Li, Andy Lau, Takeshi Kaneshiro

Released: 2007

Directed by: Peter Chan, Wai Man Yip

The Warlords, previously known as The Blood Brothers, is a 2007 epic war film directed by Peter Chan and starring Jet Li, Andy Lau, Takeshi Kaneshiro and Xu Jinglei. The film was released on ...more

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Maggie Cheung, Leslie Cheung, Tony Leung Chiu Wai

Released: 1994

Directed by: Wong Kar-wai

Ashes of Time is a 1994 Hong Kong film written and directed by Wong Kar-wai, and loosely based on four characters from Jin Yong's novel The Legend of the Condor Heroes. Wong completely eschews ...more

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Carina Lau, Edison Chen, Anthony Wong

Released: 2003

Directed by: Alan Mak, Andrew Lau

Infernal Affairs II is a 2003 Hong Kong crime-thriller film directed by Andrew Lau and Alan Mak. It is a prequel to the 2002 film Infernal Affairs. Anthony Wong, Eric Tsang, Edison Chen, Shawn ...more
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John Cusack, Gong Li, David Morse

Released: 2010

Directed by: Mikael Håfström

Shanghai is a 2010 American mystery/thriller neo-noir film directed by Mikael Håfström, starring John Cusack and Gong Li. The film was released in China on June 17, 2010. It has never ...more
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Stephen Chow, Zhao Wei, Cecilia Cheung

Released: 2001

Directed by: Stephen Chow

Shaolin Soccer is a 2001 Hong Kong martial arts comedy film co-written, directed by Stephen Chow, who also stars in the lead role. A former Shaolin monk reunites his five brothers, to apply ...more

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