Chinese history movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant chinese history movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, exciting, serious, stylized, epic and captivating films and TV shows about / with chinese history, heroes, rivalry, state affairs, politics, martial arts, battles, chinese, friendship and betrayal plots mostly in Drama, History and Action genres shot in China, Hong Kong, USA and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as chinese history: Empress Ki (2013), Empresses In The Palace (2011), Nirvana in Fire (2015), The Eight Hundred (2020), Red Cliff Part II (2009), Bodyguards and Assassins (2009), Rookie Agent Rouge (2016), Air Strike (2018), Red Cliff (2008), The Founding of a Republic (2009).

List of chinese history movies

Empress Ki (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Romance
Country: South Korea
TV show
Story: The story of the woman that would become Empress Ki, and her struggles as she worked her way through war, political conspiracies, and the imperial palace to become Empress of China. This Korean Drama re-imagines the historical figure as a fierce, ...
Style: romantic, suspenseful, harsh, multicultural, semi serious
Plot: female warrior, love, empress, crown prince, love triangle, palace intrigue, betrayal, battles, throne, culture clash, historical figure, female protagonist ...
Time: 14th century
Place: korea, china
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Empresses In The Palace (2011)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: China
Duration: 90 min.
TV show
Story: The Legend of Zhen Huan, also known as Hou Gong Zhen Huan Zhuan, is a Chinese television series based on the Internet novel of the same name. It first aired in China on 17 November 2011. It was announced in 2013 that the drama will be exported to ...
Plot: qing dynasty, chinese history, love triangle, empress, strong female lead, mistress, harem, heir to the throne, scheming, royal palace, palace, rivalry ...
Time: 18th century
Place: china
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Nirvana in Fire (2015)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Thriller
Country: China
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: During the great unrest of 4th-century China, war breaks out between the feudal Northern Wei and Southern Liang dynasties. General Lin Xie of Liang takes his only 17-year-old son, Lin Shu, into battle and successfully fights off the hostile Wei ...
Style: captivating, exciting, tense, suspense
Plot: political intrigue, justice, loyalty, false identity, friendship, battles, deception, murder, emperor, escape, betrayal, father son relationship ...
Place: china, ancient china
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The Eight Hundred (2020)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: China
Duration: 149 min.
Story: In 1937, eight hundred Chinese soldiers fight under siege from a warehouse in the middle of the Shanghai battlefield, completely surrounded by the Japanese army.
Style: suspense, bleak, suspenseful, exciting
Plot: sino japanese war, japanese soldier, chinese history, warehouse, military, siege, military life, military officer, war, warlord, blood
Time: 1930s
Place: shanghai, shanghai china, china
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Red Cliff Part II (2009)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, History, War
Country: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: The battle of Red Cliff continues and the alliance between Xu and East Wu is fracturing. With Cao Cao's massive forces on their doorstep, will the kingdoms of Xu and East Wu survive?
Style: stylized, captivating, exciting, saga, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, master warrior, war, martial arts, battles, military, wartime life, leadership, life is a bitch, historical character, danger, deadly ...
Time: ancient history
Place: china, ancient china, asia, hong kong, england
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Bodyguards and Assassins (2009)
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 139 min.
Story: In 1905, revolutionist Sun Yat-Sen visits Hong Kong to discuss plans with Tongmenghui members to overthrow the Qing dynasty. But when they find out that assassins have been sent to kill him, they assemble a group of protectors to prevent any attacks.
Style: captivating, exciting, serious, realistic, stylized ...
Plot: martial arts, giant, revolution, violence, politics, danger, patriotism, hopes, occupation, empress, political unrest, idealism ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century
Place: hong kong, asia
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The Glamorous Imperial Concubine (2011)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: China
TV show
Story: The Glamorous Imperial Concubine, also known as Qing Shi Huangfei and Introduction of the Princess is a Chinese television series based on a novel of the same title by writer Murong Yinr. This television series is Lin's producer debut. Filming ...
Style: suspenseful, romantic, multicultural, harsh, touching ...
Plot: queen, love triangle, chinese history, marriage, love, jealousy, kingdom, princess, parents, revenge, mistress, heir to the throne ...
Time: 10th century
Place: ancient china
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Rookie Agent Rouge (2016)
Genre: Action, History
Country: China
Duration: 43 min.
TV show
Story: Can a young woman prove her loyalty to her country and her family? Lan Yan Zhi is a privileged banker’s daughter in Shanghai and a student activist who mistakenly comes into possession of a letter from the Japanese Army in 1937. She gets ...
Style: tense, suspense, unusual plot structure, exciting, contemplative ...
Plot: espionage, military, secret agents, female spy, spy, japanese occupation of china, chinese history, strong female lead, resistance, world war two, sino japanese war, communist ...
Time: year 1937
Place: china, shanghai
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Heavenly Sword and Dragon Sabre (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Taiwan, China, Singapore
Duration: 48 min.
TV show
Story: Based on the popular novel by Jin Yong Kam Yung. He also wrote Legend of the Condor Heroes and Return of the Condor Heroes. The Heavenly Sword and Dragon Sabre takes place during 14th Century China during the Mongolian Yuan Dynasty, roughly 100 ...
Style: intense, epic, stylized, visually appealing, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: male female relationship, family relations, chinese history, chinese culture, revenge, martial arts, love, medieval, hopes, emperor, survival, attack ...
Time: 14th century, ancient history
Place: china, asia, ancient china
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Air Strike (2018)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, War
Country: China
Duration: 120 min.
Story: An American pilot is sent to a Chinese province to teach a crew of would-be pilots how to fly war planes against the Japanese during World War II.
Style: epic, breathtaking, serious, realistic, rough
Plot: sino japanese war, world war two, japanese occupation of china, chinese history, war, human nature, bombing, japanese occupation, bare breasts, fighter plane, aerial combat, panic ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 1930s, year 1938, year 1937
Place: china
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Red Cliff (2008)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, USA
Duration: 288 min.
Story: In 208 A.D., in the final days of the Han Dynasty, shrewd Prime Minster Cao convinced the fickle Emperor Han the only way to unite all of China was to declare war on the kingdoms of Xu in the west and East Wu in the south. Thus began a military ...
Style: epic, realistic, exciting, serious, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: battles, strategy, war, martial arts, war hero, state affairs, siblings relations, heroic mission, danger, heroes, tragic hero, adventure ...
Time: ancient history
Place: china, ancient china, asia, hong kong
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The Founding of a Republic (2009)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: China
Duration: 138 min.
Story: The Founding of a Republic is a Chinese historical film commissioned by China's film regulator and made by the state-owned China Film Group (CFG) to mark the 60th anniversary of the People's Republic of China. The film retells the tale of ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, rough, disturbing ...
Plot: politics, state affairs, military, assassination, revolution, political unrest, heroes, ambition, battles, historical event, media, communist party ...
Place: china, taiwan, beijing china, shanghai
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The King's Woman (2017)
Genre: Action, History, Romance
Country: China
TV show
Story: Gong Sun Li is the grand-daughter and disciple of military commander Gong Sun Yu. Jing Ke and Li have been in love with each other since they were children. While trying to protect Li during an attack, Jing Ke is poisoned. Li’s beauty has seized ...
Style: sentimental, touching, romantic, uplifting, sweet
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: romance, murderer, love triangle, revenge, lost love, rivalry, warlord, love and romance, reunion, love, couples, love affair ...
Place: china, ancient china
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The Chef, The Actor, The Scoundrel (2013)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama, War
Country: China
Duration: 108 min.
Story: During Second Sino-Japanese War, China suffered from cholera outbreak because Japanese uses it as an biological weapon. Four Chinese agents captures a Japanese scientist and his bodyguard and interrogate them by Chinese opera in order to get the ...
Style: humorous, not serious, realistic, contemplative, unusual plot structure ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war two, disorder, danger, kidnapping, escapades, chases and races, captivity, martial arts, special agents, plague, chinese history, chinese opera
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: asia, china
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The Monkey King (2014)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Sun Wukong, (The Monkey King) is a monkey born from a heavenly stone who acquires supernatural powers. After rebelling against heaven and being imprisoned under a mountain for 500 years, he later accompanies the monk Xuanzang on a journey to India. ...
Style: exciting, semi serious, stylized, epic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: supernatural ability, imaginary, supernatural, good versus evil, monkey king, escapades, master warrior, heroes, martial arts, adventure, rebellion, battles ...
Place: china, asia
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Peking Opera Blues (1986)
Genre: Comedy, Action
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The film is set in 1913 Beijing, during Yuan Shikai's presidency of the Republic of China. It depicts the adventures of a team of unlikely heroines: Tsao Wan, a patriotic rebel who dresses as a man; Sheung Hung, a woman in search of a missing ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, exciting, humorous, stylized ...
Plot: rivalry, hopes, artists and showbiz, state affairs, tragic hero, revolution, fight for supremacy, graphic violence, political unrest, heroic mission, rebelliousness, actor's life ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1920s, 1910s
Place: china, asia
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The Empress of China (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: China
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Based on events in 7th and 8th-century Tang dynasty and starring producer Fan Bingbing as the titular character Wu Zetian, The Empress of China is the story of the only woman in Chinese history to rule as an emperor.
Style: romantic, touching, cynical, sentimental
Plot: chinese emperor, love hate relationship, historical character, tang dynasty, intrigue, betrayal, family drama, love hate, empress, cheating wife, sibling rivalry, harem ...
Time: 7th century, prehistoric, prehistoric times
Place: ancient china
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Farewell My Concubine (1993)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 171 min.
Story: Abandoned by his prostitute mother in 1920, Douzi was raised by a theater troupe. There he meets Shitou and over the following years the two develop an act entitled, "Farewell My Concubine," that brings them fame and fortune. When Shitou ...
Style: stylized, emotional, atmospheric, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: gays and lesbians, gender bending, love triangle, homosexual, friendship, prostitute, marriage, suicide, communism, teacher, actor, opera ...
Time: 1920s, 60s, 70s, 1940s, 1930s ...
Place: china, beijing china, asia, japan, taiwan ...
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55 Days at Peking (1963)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 154 min.
Story: Diplomats, soldiers and other representatives of a dozen nations fend off the siege of the International Compound in Peking during the 1900 Boxer Rebellion. The disparate interests unite for survival despite competing factions, overwhelming odds, ...
Style: epic, serious, exciting, realistic, tense ...
Plot: imperialism, battles, siege, military, politics, political unrest, state affairs, rivalry, against the odds, human spirit, political conspiracy, culture clash ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, turn of the century, victorian era, year 1900
Place: england, china, france, beijing china, asia ...
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The Soong Sisters (1997)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: Hong Kong, Japan, China
Duration: 145 min.
Story: The Soong family was a political dynasty in China that reached the highest levels of power. This film follows the lives of the three Soong daughters, who were educated in America and returned to China. Ai-ling (the oldest) married a wealthy and ...
Style: atmospheric, captivating, epic, realistic, serious ...
Plot: family relations, politics, tragic love, unfulfillment, society, romance, state affairs, ambition, love and romance, rich and poor, political unrest, strong female presence ...
Time: 20th century
Place: china, asia, beijing china, ancient china
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Brotherhood of Blades (2014)
Genre: Action
Country: China
Duration: 111 min.
Story: In the late Ming Dynasty, three close friends who serve as Jinyiwei guards are dispatched to hunt down Wei Zhongxian, a eunuch politician who had been forced to resign from his influential post and exiled from Beijing. The Jinyiwei brothers return ...
Style: exciting, rough, stylized, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: fall in love, vengeance, heroes, society, political conspiracy, political intrigue, political unrest, rivalry, martial arts, friendship, brother brother relationship, conspiracy ...
Time: 17th century, 16th century
Place: asia, china, ancient china
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The Message (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: China
Duration: 118 min.
Story: 1942, Nanjing (Nanking). Following a series of assassination attempts on officials of the Japanese-controlled puppet government, the Japanese spy chief gathers a group of suspects in a mansion house for questioning. A tense game of "cat and ...
Style: captivating, realistic, tense, psychological, suspense ...
Plot: japanese occupation, espionage, code breaking, world war two, resistance, assassination, wartime life, undercover, spy, rivalry, danger, occupation ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1942
Place: china, asia
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Shadow of China (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: A Chinese immigrant tries to make his way to the top as a businessman in Hong Kong while his former radicalism is transformed into cynicism.
Plot: immigrants, chinese history, corruption, mistress, cultural revolution, cynic, chinese, idealist, rich man, nightclub singer, take over, journalist ...
Place: hong kong
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Nanking (2007)
Genre: Biography, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The story of the rape of Nanking, one of the most tragic events in history. In 1937, the invading Japanese army murdered over 200,000 and raped tens of thousands of Chinese. In the midst of this horror, a small group of Western expatriates banded ...
Style: realistic, rough, serious, suspense, touching ...
Plot: atrocity, rescue, world war two, massacre, rape, testimony, war crime, invasion, daring rescue, sexual abuse, against humanity, survival ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, year 1938, year 1937
Place: china, japan, asia, shanghai china, shanghai
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Shadow Magic (2000)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: China, Germany, Taiwan, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Beijing, 1902: an enterprising young portrait photographer named Liu Jinglun, keen on new technology, befriends a newly-arrived Englishman who's brought projector, camera, and Lumière-brothers' shorts to open the Shadow Magic theater. ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, emotional, light ...
Plot: friendship, culture clash, romance, lifestyle, social differences, introspection, society, love and romance, filmmaking, human nature, unfulfilled love, couple relations ...
Time: 90s, 19th century, turn of the century, 1890s, 1900s ...
Place: china, asia, california, australia
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Bethune: The Making of a Hero (1990)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance, War
Country: Canada, China, France
Duration: 115 min.
Story: True story of Norman Bethune, a medical doctor who fought for justice in China during Mao's rise to power.
Style: realistic, serious, thought provoking, epic, suspense ...
Plot: fascism, evacuation, military, politics, human spirit, rebellion, hopes, idealism, injustice, revolution, media, doctor ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 30s, 20s, pre world war two
Place: china, spain, asia, russia, montreal quebec ...
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Chinese Zodiac (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Crime, Family
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Asian Hawk (Jackie Chan) leads a mercenary team to recover several lost artifacts from the Old Summer Palace, the bronze heads of the 12 Chinese Zodiac animals which were sacked by the French and British armies from the imperial Summer Palace in ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, exciting, suspenseful
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: artifact, martial arts, treasure hunt, master criminal, adventurer, hopes, ancient mystery, imaginary, farce, legends and myths, adventure, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1850s
Place: china, paris france
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The Last Emperor (1987)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, Italy, France
Duration: 163 min.
Story: A dramatic history of Pu Yi, the last of the Emperors of China, from his lofty birth and brief reign in the Forbidden City, the object of worship by half a billion people; through his abdication, his decline and dissolute lifestyle; his exploitation ...
Style: epic, emotional, non-linear, serious, realistic ...
Plot: emperor, suicide attempt, communism, world war two, arranged marriage, childhood, teacher, breast feeding, divorce, empress, arson, confession ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 1920s, 50s, 1910s ...
Place: china, asia, beijing china, japan
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Men Behind the Sun (1988)
Genre: Drama, History, Horror, War
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The film is a graphic depiction of the war atrocities committed by the Japanese at Unit 731, the secret biological weapons experimentation unit of the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. The film details the various cruel medical experiments ...
Style: rough, disturbing, bleak, serious, realistic ...
Plot: bio weapon, sino japanese war, world war two, dehumanization, laboratory, soldier, experiment, experimenting, concentration camp, against humanity, life is a bitch, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s
Place: china, japan, asia
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The Grandmaster (2013)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, Romance, War
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Ip Man's peaceful life in Foshan changes after Gong Yutian seeks an heir for his family in Southern China. Ip Man then meets Gong Er who challenges him for the sake of regaining her family's honor. After the Second Sino-Japanese War, Ip ...
Style: exciting, atmospheric, suspenseful, captivating, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, heroes, kung fu master, rivalry, contests and competitions, heir heiress, instructor, opponent, kung fu, fist fighting, vengeance, master warrior ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 50s, 30s, 40s ...
Place: china, japan, asia, hong kong, tokyo
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