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, serious, exciting, stylized, epic and captivating films and TV shows about / with chinese history, rivalry, martial arts, state affairs, battles, chinese, chinese emperor, world war two, politics and heroes plots mostly in Drama, Action and History genres shot in China, Hong Kong, Japan and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as chinese history: Empresses In The Palace (2011), Air Strike (2018), Empress Ki (2013), Nirvana in Fire (2015), Red Cliff (2008), The King's Woman (2017), The Monkey King (2014), God of War (2017), Peking Opera Blues (1986), Red Cliff Part II (2009).

List of chinese history movies

Empresses In The Palace (2011)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: China
Duration: 90 min.
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: empress, love triangle, heir to the throne, chinese history, qing dynasty, female rivalry, prince, harem, scheming, chinese emperor, mistress, royal palace ...
Time: 18th century
Place: china
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 3.2
 3K
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: serious, epic, breathtaking, realistic, rough
Plot: sino japanese war, world war two, chinese history, japanese occupation of china, war, human nature, bombing, japanese occupation
Time: 40s, 1940s
Is relevant ?
 8.5
 1K
Empress Ki (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Romance
Country: South Korea
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, love triangle, palace intrigue, crown prince, betrayal, throne, battles, female protagonist, culture clash, historical figure ...
Time: 14th century
Place: china, korea
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Nirvana in Fire (2015)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Thriller
Country: China
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: exciting, captivating, tense, suspense
Plot: political conspiracy, justice, political intrigue, loyalty, battle, friendship, battles, false identity, betrayal, emperor, murder, deception ...
Place: china, ancient china
Is relevant ?
 7.4
 43K
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, war, strategy, martial arts, war hero, siblings relations, state affairs, adventure, heroes, danger, tragic hero, heroic mission ...
Time: ancient history
Place: china, ancient china, asia, hong kong
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The King's Woman (2017)
Genre: Action, History, Romance
Country: China
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, sweet, touching, romantic, uplifting
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: romance, love triangle, lost love, revenge, murderer, warlord, destiny, love and romance, love, couples, court intrigue, reunion ...
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, realistic, exciting, not serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war two, special agents, escapades, captivity, plague, martial arts, kidnapping, disorder, danger, chases and races, chinese history, chinese opera
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: china, asia
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The Monkey King (2014)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Family
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, stylized, semi serious, epic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: supernatural ability, imaginary, supernatural, good versus evil, escapades, martial arts, adventure, battles, rebelliousness, rebellion, redemption, rivalry ...
Place: china, asia
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 6.4
 2K
God of War (2017)
Genre: Action, History
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 128 min.
Story: During the 16th century, pirates rule the Chinese coastline, pillaging the small villages and terrorizing the citizens. When maverick leader Commander Yu enlists the help of a sharp young general, they devise a plan to defeat the pirates. A violent ...
Plot: pirate, war, kingdom, massacre, kung fu, decapitation, baby, blood, blood splatter, tent, sword, sword fight ...
Place: ancient china
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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: exciting, humorous, stylized, feel good, semi serious ...
Plot: dishonesty, tragic hero, heroes, state affairs, actor's life, fight for supremacy, revolution, graphic violence, political unrest, heroic mission, rebelliousness, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1920s, 1910s
Place: china, asia
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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: epic, stylized, saga, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, master warrior, war, graphic violence, deadly, danger, wartime life, weakness, battle zone, life is a bitch, horse, historical character ...
Time: ancient history
Place: china, ancient china, asia, hong kong, england
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The Empress of China (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: China
Duration: 45 min.
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: sentimental, romantic, cynical, touching
Plot: love hate relationship, historical character, chinese emperor, intrigue, family drama, betrayal, love hate, empress, cheating wife, baby, heir to the throne, love triangle ...
Time: 7th century, prehistoric times, prehistoric
Place: ancient china
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The Glamorous Imperial Concubine (2011)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: China
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 ...
Plot: jealousy, revenge, queen, love, princess, marriage, kingdom, novel, parents, harem, mistress, chinese history ...
Time: 10th century
Place: ancient china
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Legend of the Demon Cat (2017)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Romance
Country: China, Japan, Hong Kong
Duration: 129 min.
Story: During the Late Tang Dynasty, a manor is invaded by a demon cat and a sense of unrest befalls the capital of Changan. A poet is charged with investigating the case and meets up with a monk. The two work together and pull apart the thread of clues ...
Style: enigmatic, suspense, captivating, tense, psychotronic ...
Plot: emperor, poet, magical creature, investigation, mysticism, secret, supernatural, death, cat, mistress, black cat, danger ...
Time: 8th century
Place: ancient china
Is relevant ?
 7.0
 26K
The Warlords (2007)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 126 min.
Story: A heroic tale of three blood brothers and their struggle in the midst of war and political upheaval. It is based on "The Assassination of Ma," a Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) story about the killing of general Ma Xinyi.
Style: sincere, suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic ...
Plot: battles, ambition, soldier, rebelliousness, massacre, pow, political unrest, society, rivalry, infidelity, vengeance, war ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, 1870s
Place: china, asia, beijing china
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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, stylized, epic ...
Plot: martial arts, violence, politics, danger, patriotism, giant, society, deadly, assassination attempt, rivalry, revolution, hook ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century
Place: hong kong, asia
Is relevant ?
 7.7
 310
The Disguiser (2015)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: China
Story: Set in the Japanese occupation era, the rich yet naive young master Ming Tai is trained to become an agent, and is later sent to become an underground spy for the Communists. Together with his brother and double agent Ming Lou, they try and bring ...
Style: exciting, captivating, psychological, tense, suspense
Plot: spy, japanese occupation, resistance, assassination, brother brother relationship, double agent, espionage, secret organization, disguise, false identity, mind game, communist party ...
Time: year 1939, year 1940
Place: china, shanghai
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Beginning of the Great Revival (2011)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: China
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A chronicle of the events that led to the founding of the Chinese Communist Party.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, factual
Plot: revolution, politics, society, head of state, state affairs, social differences, rebellion, communist party, patriotism, rivalry, republican era china, military uniform ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 1910s, 20s
Place: china, asia
Is relevant ?
 5.7
 84
Eternal Wave (2017)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: China
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Eternal Wave 密战 is a Chinese film set during the anti-Japanese occupation era starring Aaron Kwok, Zhao Li Ying and Zhang Han. It follows the main protagonist Lin Xiang who is a spy working underground to reestablish what was destroyed ruing the ...
Plot: world war two, japanese occupation, communist, sino japanese war, spy, espionage, combat, japanese occupation of china, chinese history
Place: shanghai, shanghai china
Is relevant ?
 7.5
 33
Sparrow (2016)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: China
Story: This drama is set during the revolutionary time in Shanghai, based on a novel of the same name of Hai Fei. During the republican revolution, Chen Shen is a secret agent under Special Operations Executive Director Bi Zhongliang, among the agents ...
Plot: republican, patriot, world war two, spy, sino japanese war, secret agent, espionage, chinese history, secret agents, japanese occupation of china
Place: china, shanghai
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Rookie Agent Rouge (2016)
Genre: Action, History
Country: China
Duration: 43 min.
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 ...
Plot: espionage, military, female spy, arrest, secret agent, search, communist, resistance, spy, world war two, sino japanese war, strong female lead ...
Time: year 1937
Place: china, shanghai
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The Founding Of An Army (2017)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: China
Duration: 133 min.
Story: The Founding of an Army is a Chinese historical film. Produced by Han Sanping and directed by Andrew Lau, it is the third installment of the trilogy called Founding of New China after The Founding of a Republic (2009) and The Founding of a Party ...
Plot: military uniform, chinese army, historical figure, communism, republican era china, political leader, general, chinese history
Time: 1920s
Place: china
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League of Gods (2016)
Genre: Action, Fantasy
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 109 min.
Story: During the reign of King Zhou (Tony Leung Ka-fai), an official enters his bedchamber, and is devoured by the monstrous tails of Daji (Fan Bingbing), his concubine. Outside their city, several warriors within a metal wagon discuss their strategies to ...
Style: exciting, scenic
Plot: chinese, imaginary kingdom, fantasy world, heroic mission, obsessive quest, good versus evil, master villain, save the world, supernatural power, legends and myths, transformation, fight scenes ...
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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: realistic, stylized, epic, atmospheric, captivating ...
Plot: family relations, politics, tragic love, society, rich and poor, siblings relations, state affairs, ambition, political unrest, death wish, love and romance, 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, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, fall in love, heroes, society, political intrigue, political conspiracy, political unrest, rivalry, martial arts, brother brother relationship, friendship, conspiracy ...
Time: 17th century, 16th century
Place: china, asia, ancient china
Is relevant ?
 7.3
 3K
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, world war two, code breaking, resistance, assassination, wartime life, undercover, spy, rivalry, danger, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1942
Place: china, asia
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Don't Cry, Nanking (1995)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Taiwan, Hong Kong
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In December 1937, during the Second Japanese-Sino War, a Chinese doctor, his Japanese pregnant wife, their teenage daughter and their young son travel from Shanghai to Nanjing seeking shelter in the Capital during the Japanese invasion. The family ...
Plot: sino japanese war, japanese occupation, japanese occupation of china, chinese history, german, world war two, war crime, massacre, chinese
Time: 1930s, year 1937, year 1938
Place: china
Is relevant ?
 8.3
 16K
To Live (1994)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Fugui and Jiazhen endure tumultuous events in China as their personal fortunes move from wealthy landownership to peasantry.
Style: epic, touching, emotional, tense, serious ...
Plot: gambling, communism, politics, destiny, wedding, family relations, funeral, battles, hopes, cultural revolution, child abuse, poverty ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s ...
Place: china, asia, taiwan
Is relevant ?
 5.8
 6K
1911 (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 121 min.
Story: At the beginning of the 20th century, China is in a state of crisis. The country is split into warring factions, the citizens are starving, and recent political reforms have made matters worse, not better. The ruling Qing Dynasty, led by a ...
Style: exciting, epic, stylized, realistic, serious ...
Plot: soldier, battles, revolution, brutality, rebellion, leadership, danger, political unrest, combat, sword, heroes, martial arts ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: china, asia
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City of Life and Death (2009)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 132 min.
Story: City of Life and Death takes place in 1937, during the height of the Second Sino-Japanese War. The Imperial Japanese Army has just captured the then-capital of the Republic of China, Nanjing. What followed was known as the Nanking Massacre, or the ...
Style: rough, disturbing, bleak, epic, emotional ...
Plot: sexual abuse, sino japanese war, war crime, massacre, atrocity, life is a bitch, mass murder, japanese army, military, war, dehumanization, invasion ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, year 1937, year 1938
Place: china, asia, shanghai, shanghai china
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