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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?"
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon1

    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

    Zhang Ziyi, Michelle Yeoh


    Directed byAng Lee

    Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is a 2000 wuxia film. An American-Chinese-Hong Kong-Taiwanese... more on Wikipedia

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  • Mission: Impossible III2

    Mission: Impossible III

    Maggie Q, Keri Russell


    Directed byJ.J. Abrams

    Mission: Impossible III (stylized as M:i:III) is a 2006 American action spy film directed by... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Last Emperor3

    The Last Emperor

    Peter O'Toole, Joan Chen


    Directed byBernardo Bertolucci

    The Last Emperor is a 1987 biographical film about the life of Puyi, the last Emperor of... more on Wikipedia

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  • Kung Fu Hustle4

    Kung Fu Hustle

    Stephen Chow, Yuen Wah


    Directed byStephen Chow

    Kung Fu Hustle is a Hong Kong-Chinese action comedy martial arts film. It was directed,... more on Wikipedia
  • Hero5


    Zhang Ziyi, Jet Li


    Directed byZhang Yimou

    Hero is a 2002 wuxia film directed by Zhang Yimou. Starring Jet Li as the nameless... more on Wikipedia
  • The Mummy - Tomb of the Dragon Emperor6

    The Mummy - Tomb of the Dragon Emperor

    Brendan Fraser, Maria Bello


    Directed byRob Cohen

    The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, is a 2008 American dark fantasy adventure film and is... more on Wikipedia

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  • Red Cliff7

    Red Cliff

    Zhao Wei, Tony Leung Chiu Wai


    Directed byJohn Woo

    Red Cliff is a Chinese epic film from 2008-2009, based on the Battle of Red Cliffs and the... more on Wikipedia
  • The Forbidden Kingdom8

    The Forbidden Kingdom

    Jackie Chan, Jet Li


    Directed byRob Minkoff

    The Forbidden Kingdom is a 2008 Chinese-American martial arts film written by John Fusco, and... more on Wikipedia
  • W.9


    Elizabeth Banks, Thandie Newton


    Directed byOliver Stone

    W. is a 2008 American biographical drama film loosely based on the life and presidency of... more on Wikipedia

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  • Eros10


    Robert Downey Jr., Gong Li


    Directed byWong Kar-wai, Steven Soderbergh, Michelangelo Antonioni

    Eros is a 2004 Italian drama film consisting of three short segments directed by Wong Kar-wai,... more on Wikipedia
  • Ip Man11

    Ip Man

    Donnie Yen, Simon Yam


    Directed byWilson Yip

    Ip Man is a 2008 Hong Kong semi biographical martial arts film very loosely based on the life... more on Wikipedia

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  • Fearless12


    Michelle Yeoh, Jet Li


    Directed byRonny Yu

    Fearless, also known as Huo Yuanjia in Chinese, and as Jet Li's Fearless in the United Kingdom... more on Wikipedia
  • House of Flying Daggers13

    House of Flying Daggers

    Zhang Ziyi, Andy Lau


    Directed byZhang Yimou

    House of Flying Daggers is a 2004 wuxia film directed by Zhang Yimou and starring Andy Lau,... more on Wikipedia

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  • Lust, Caution14

    Lust, Caution

    Anupam Kher, Joan Chen


    Directed byAng Lee

    Lust, Caution is a 2007 espionage erotic thriller film directed by Ang Lee, based on the... more on Wikipedia

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  • 38 Degrees15

    38 Degrees

    38 Degrees is a 2003 comedy and romance film written by Xin Liu and Ping Zhu and directed by...
  • Initial D16

    Initial D

    Jay Chou, Edison Chen


    Directed byAlan Mak, Andrew Lau

    Initial D is a 2005 Hong Kong action film directed by Andrew Lau and Alan Mak. It is a film... more on Wikipedia

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  • Once Upon a Time in China II17


    Directed byTsui Hark

    Once Upon a Time in China II is a 1992 Hong Kong–Chinese martial arts film written and... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Killer18

    The Killer

    Chow Yun-Fat, Kenneth Tsang


    Directed byJohn Woo

    This film is a 1989 Hong Kong action film written and directed by John Woo, and starring Chow... more on Wikipedia

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  • A Better Tomorrow19

    A Better Tomorrow

    Chow Yun-Fat, Stephen Chow


    Directed byJohn Woo

    A Better Tomorrow is a cult 1986 Hong Kong crime film directed by John Woo and starring Ti... more on Wikipedia

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  • 204620


    Zhang Ziyi, Gong Li


    Directed byWong Kar-wai

    2046 is a 2004 Hong Kong-Chinese film written and directed by Wong Kar-wai. It is a loose... more on Wikipedia

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  • The Warlords21

    The Warlords

    Jet Li, Andy Lau


    Directed byPeter Chan, Wai Man Yip

    The Warlords, previously known as The Blood Brothers, is a 2007 epic war film directed by... more on Wikipedia

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  • Ashes of Time22

    Ashes of Time

    Maggie Cheung, Leslie Cheung


    Directed byWong Kar-wai

    Ashes of Time is a 1994 Hong Kong film written and directed by Wong Kar-wai, and loosely based... more on Wikipedia

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  • Infernal Affairs II23

    Infernal Affairs II

    Carina Lau, Edison Chen


    Directed byAlan Mak, Andrew Lau

    Infernal Affairs II is a 2003 Hong Kong crime-thriller film directed by Andrew Lau and Alan... more on Wikipedia
  • Shanghai24


    John Cusack, Gong Li


    Directed byMikael Håfström

    Shanghai is a 2010 American mystery/thriller neo-noir film directed by Mikael Håfström,... more on Wikipedia
  • Shaolin Soccer25

    Shaolin Soccer

    Stephen Chow, Zhao Wei


    Directed byStephen Chow

    Shaolin Soccer is a 2001 Hong Kong martial arts comedy film co-written, directed by Stephen... more on Wikipedia

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