China has a long history of over 2000 years and went through a list of dynasties, which enable the filmmakers to make creative works. Here, I’d like to introduce top 15 marvellous China’s movies in history.
Farewell my concubine
Farewell My Concubine is a 1993 Chinese drama film directed by Chen Kaige, staring Leslie Cheung, Zhang Fengyi and Gong Li. It is an adaptation of the novel by Lilian Lee, one of the film’s screenplay writers. It is one of the central works of the Fifth Generation movement that brought Chinese film directors to world attention and won the Palme d’Or at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival. Farewell My Concubine explores the effect of China’s political turmoil during the mid-20th century on the lives of individuals, families, and groups similar to other Fifth Generation films like To Live and The Blue Kite.
Hero is a 2002 Chinese film directed by Zhang Yimou. At that time, it was the most expensive project and one of highest-grossing motion pictures in China. The film was the first Chinese-language movie to place No. 1 at the American box office (for two consecutive weeks) and went on to earn $53.6 million.
The Banquet is a 2006 Chinese wuxia drama film set in the Five Dynasties and Ten Kingdoms period in 10th century China and is directed by Feng Xiaogang and stars Zhang Ziyi, Ge You, Daniel Wu and Zhou Xun.
Based on the Yuan dynasty play The Orphan of Zhao by Ji Junxiang, Sacrifice is a 2010 Chinese historical drama film directed by Chen Kaige, starring Ge You, Wang Xueqi, Huang Xiaoming, Fan Bingbing and Vincent Zhao. It was distributed in the United States by Samuel Goldwyn Films.
Red Cliff or Chibi is a 2008-09 Chinese epic war film directed by John Woo, and staring Tony Leung, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Zhang Fengyi, Chang Chen, Zhao Wei, Hu Jun, and Lin Chi-ling. Red Cliff was released in two parts, the first part of the film grossed over US$127 million internationally and broke the Asian box office record previously held by Titanic in mainland China.
White Vengeance, also known as Hong Men Yan, is a 2011 Chinese historical film directed by Daniel Lee, starring Leon Lai, Feng Shaofeng, Liu Yifei, Zhang Hanyu, Anthony Wong, Jordan Chan, Andy On, Xiu Qing and Jia Qing. The film’s Chinese title is a reference to the Feast at Hong Gate, one of the highlights of the Chu–Han Contention.
The Last Supper
Based on events in the Chu–Han Contention, The Last Supper is a 2012 Chinese historical film directed by Lu Chuan. It premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival on 8 September 2012.
Legend of the Demon Cat
Legend of the Demon Cat is a 2017 Xianxia fantasy mystery film set in China during the Tang Dynasty (618–907) and was directed by Chen Kaige, based on the novel Samana Kukai written by Japanese writer Yoneyama Mineo
House of Flying Daggers
House of Flying Daggers is a 2004 wuxia romance film directed by Zhang Yimou and starring Andy Lau, Zhang Ziyi and Takeshi Kaneshiro. The film was chosen as China’s entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film for the year 2004 and received a nomination for the 2004’s Academy Award for Best Cinematography.
The Curse of Golden Flower
Curse of the Golden Flower is a 2006 Chinese epic wuxia drama film written and directed by Zhang Yimou. It was chosen as China’s entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film for the year 2006 and nominated for Costume Design. In 2007 it received fourteen nominations at the 26th Hong Kong Film Awards and won Best Actress for Gong Li, Best Art Direction, Best Costume and Make Up Design and Best Original Film Song for Chrysanthemum Terrace by Jay Chou.
Mulan: Rise of a Warrior
Mulan: Rise of a Warrior also known as Mulan: Legendary Warrior, is a 2009 Chinese film directed by Jingle Ma, starring Zhao Wei.
Brotherhood of Blades
Brotherhood of Blades is a 2014 Chinese wuxia film directed by Lu Yang. This is a movie set in the late Ming Dynasty, when a young emperor decides to end the influence of all-powerful eunuch Wei (Chin Shih-chieh) and purge his supporters.
Three Kingdoms, Resurrection of the Dragon
Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon is a 2008 Hong Kong action war drama film loosely based on parts of Chinese classical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms. It was directed by Daniel Lee and is a joint production between Hong Kong, mainland of China and South Korea.
An Empress and the Warriors
An Empress and the Warriors is a 2008 Chinese historical drama film directed by Ching Siu-tung and starring Donnie Yen, Kelly Chen, Leon Lai and Kou Zhenhai. The film is set in ancient China, probably during the period of the Sixteen Kingdoms, when China was divided into a number of rival kingdoms.
Lust, Caution is a 2007 erotic espionage period thriller film directed by Ang Lee, based on the novella of the same name published in 1979 by Chinese author Eileen Chang. With this film, Lee won the Golden Lion Award at the Venice Film Festival.
Are you interested in this kind of movies? If you watch these movies, I believe that you will marvel at the skills in martial arts or culture of dynasties or aesthetic settings.