Chinese opera movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant chinese opera movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, emotional, stylized, visually appealing and thought provoking films and TV shows about / with chinese opera, death, singer, singing, crying, family relations, culture clash, husband wife relationship, society and betrayal plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Action genres shot in China, Hong Kong, USA and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as chinese opera: The Maid (2005), River Of Fury (1973), Farewell My Concubine (1993), The Grandmaster (2013), Lady General Hua Mulan (1964), Chicken Rice War (2000), A Touch of Sin (2013), The King of Masks (1996), Autumn Moon (1992), Shadow Magic (2000).

List of chinese opera movies

Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: China, Japan, Hong Kong
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Takada, a Japanese fisherman has been estranged from his son for many years, but when the son is diagnosed with terminal cancer his daughter-in-law, Rie, summons him to the hospital. Through a series of obstacles and relationships, he is brought ...
Style: emotional, touching, stylized, realistic, serious
Plot: tour guide, terminal illness, friendship, redemption, village, family relations, father son relationship, parents and children, aging, unfulfillment, understanding, estrangement ...
Place: tokyo, japan, china
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The Maid (2005)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Singapore
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Alone for the first time and away from her family in rural Philippines, Rosa Dimaano arrives in the cosmopolitan city state of Singapore to work as a maid. Her employers Mr and Mrs Teo runs a Chinese Teochew dialect opera troupe takes well to their ...
Style: scary, serious, suspenseful, suspense, twists and turns ...
Plot: afterlife, supernatural, woman in danger, ghost, curses spells and rituals, danger, master and servant, husband wife relationship, chinese opera, vengeful ghost, liquid, mysterious past ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: singapore, asia
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River Of Fury (1973)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 85 min.
Story: River Of Fury presents the self-discovery and awakening of a young man (Danny Lee), who has been exposed and fallen for the lucrative powers of wealth. Lily Ho played a role in sharp contrast with Lee, which has helplessly fallen prey to the ...
Plot: chinese opera, boat, rags to riches, betrayal, republican era 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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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 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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Lady General Hua Mulan (1964)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance, War
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 106 min.
Story: About a woman who disguises herself as a man to take her father's place in the army.
Plot: suit of armor, war violence, sword, war veteran, female protagonist, male female relationship, general, combat, female soldier, sword and sandal, chinese opera, war hero ...
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Chicken Rice War (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Country: Singapore
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Frivolous Singapore adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet by Baz Luhrmann. Two rival families, owning adjacent restaurants, make life difficult for each other in any way they can.
Plot: hate, college, birthday party, food, tradition, festival, love, chinese opera, feud
Place: singapore
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A Touch of Sin (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: China, Japan, France
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Four independent stories set in modern China about random acts of violence.
Style: bleak, serious, melancholic, meditative, brutal ...
Plot: working class, realism, society, social decay, life is a bitch, crimes, injustice, violence, dehumanization, factory worker, loneliness, brutality ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: china, japan, tokyo
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The King of Masks (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Wang Bianlian is an aging street performer known as the King of Mask for his mastery of Sichuan Change Art in a true story. His wife left him with and infant son over 30 years ago. The son died from illness at age 10. This left Wang a melancholy ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: adoption, orphan, street performer, black market, family relations, down on your luck, parents and children, theater, kidnapped child, deception, culture clash, artist ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, 1900s, contemporary
Place: china, asia, tokyo, japan
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Autumn Moon (1992)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Hong Kong, Japan
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A Japanese tourist, Tokio, meets a 15-year-old Hong Kong girl and her grandmother left behind in Hong Kong while their family emmigrates to Canada.
Style: realistic, semi serious, humorous, sentimental, touching
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: friendship, culture clash, immigrants, family relations, immigration, urban, romance, unfulfillment, opposites attract, youth, coming of age, gender ...
Time: 90s, future
Place: hong kong, canada, asia, tokyo
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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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Dam Street (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: China, France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Loneliness, saving face, and public mores. In 1983 in China, Yun is a bright schoolgirl who gets pregnant. She's expelled, her boyfriend leaves town, and her mother arranges the baby's adoption, telling Yun the child died at birth. Ten ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: estrangement, small town, haunted by the past, unlikely couple, social misfits, society, life is a bitch, couples, family relations, parents and children, pregnancy, foster child ...
Time: 80s, 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: china, asia
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Drifters (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The young adult life of Hong Yunsheng, nicknamed Little Brother, is seen as somewhat of a failure by those that know him. A Chinese national, he stowed away on a boat to the United States, where he worked as a dishwasher in the restaurant of a ...
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, sincere
Plot: family relations, immigrants, deportation, restaurant, love affair, eccentric family, family problems, estrangement, love and romance, society, politics, romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: china, shanghai, shanghai china
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Rouge (1987)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Music, Mystery, Romance
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Fleur is the blue angel in one of Hong Kong's "flower houses" - bordellos and night clubs of the 1930's. A detached and beautiful performer, she falls in love with Twelfth Master Chan, heir to a chain of pharmacies. They agree to ...
Style: serious, sentimental, stylized, atmospheric
Audience: date night
Plot: ghost, prostitute, brothel, impossible love, love triangle, couple relations, tragic love, haunted by the past, love affair, looking for love, missing person, obsession ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, year 1934, 80s, year 1987
Place: hong kong, china, asia
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The Puppetmaster (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: Taiwan
Duration: 142 min.
Story: In the first half of this century, young Li Tienlu joins a travelling puppet theatre and subsequently makes a career as one of Taiwan's leading puppeteers.
Style: thought provoking, serious, realistic, sincere, epic ...
Plot: puppet, puppeteer, world war two, human spirit, anti war, politics, wartime life, performer's life, war, village, brother brother relationship, father daughter relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 1900s, 1910s, 1930s, 1940s ...
Place: taiwan, taipei
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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, rivalry, society, war, infidelity, vengeance ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, 1870s
Place: china, asia, beijing china
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Shanghai Noon (2000)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Western
Country: USA, Hong Kong
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Chon Wang, a clumsy imperial guard trails Princess Pei Pei when she is kidnapped from the Forbidden City and transported to America. Wang follows her captors to Nevada, where he teams up with an unlikely partner, outcast outlaw Roy O'Bannon, ...
Style: light, humorous, exciting, feel good, funny ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: cowboy, princess, rescue, adventure, chinese, martial arts, old west, save the day, society, unlikely partners, odd couple, friends ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s, 18th century
Place: china, nevada, hong kong
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Pavilion of Women (2001)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: China, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: With World War 2 looming, a prominent family in China must confront the contrasting ideas of traditionalism, communism and Western thinking, while dealing with the most important ideal of all: love and its meaning in society.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, tense
Plot: forbidden love, interracial romance, culture clash, fall in love, social differences, society, parents and children, couple relations, political unrest, dysfunctional family, family problems, couples ...
Time: 30s, 1930s, year 1938
Place: china, japan, asia
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The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, War
Country: USA, Germany, China, Canada
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Archaeologist Rick O'Connell travels to China, pitting him against an emperor from the 2,000-year-old Han dynasty who's returned from the dead to pursue a quest for world domination. This time, O'Connell enlists the help of his wife ...
Style: exciting, atmospheric, stylized, entertaining, humorous ...
Audience: family outing, boys' night, teens, girls' night
Plot: mummy, adventure, archaeologist, tombs and skeletons, tomb, archaeology, emperor, adventurer, pyramid, danger, supernatural ability, immortality ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1946
Place: china, asia, himalaya, england, shanghai ...
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The Monkey King (2001)
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Country: Czech Republic, Germany, Singapore, USA
Duration: 150 min.
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Story: American journalist Nick Orton is caught up in the world of Chinese gods and monsters while on a search for the long lost manuscript to 'Hsi Yu Chi' (The Journey to the West) by Wu Ch'eng En. He is accompanied on his journey by a ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, exciting, stylized, inter cultural
Plot: battles, monkey king, martial arts, emperor, battle, master warrior, rivalry, journalism, adventure, treasure hunt, obsessive quest, curses spells and rituals ...
Time: 21st century
Place: china, asia
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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, realistic ...
Plot: gambling, communism, politics, destiny, funeral, battles, family relations, hopes, wedding, child abuse, cultural revolution, poverty ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s ...
Place: china, asia, taiwan
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Fatal Contact (2006)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A young man learns the fighting techniques of Sanda from a coach. The two become best friends as the young man prepares to enter an underground tournament, competing against some of the top fighters of the world.
Style: rough, suspenseful, exciting, serious, realistic
Plot: martial arts, adventure, heroes, ambition, athlete's life, contests and competitions, rivalry, street fighter, tough heroes, fight, organized crime, crime boss ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hong kong, asia
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Dark Matter (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Liu Xing a brilliant Chinese student, arrives at University and makes the transition into American life with the help of Joanna Silver. Xing joins a cosmology group working to create a model of the origins of the universe. He is obsessed with the ...
Style: emotional, disturbing, realistic, tense, psychological ...
Plot: american dream, university, student life, politics, injustice, inventions and discoveries, college, college life, misfit, immigrants, male female relationship, mathematics ...
Time: contemporary
Place: shanghai, beijing china
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Raise the Red Lantern (1991)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: China, Hong Kong, Taiwan
Duration: 125 min.
Story: China in the 1920s. After her father's death, 19 year old Songlian is forced to marry the much older lord of a powerful family. With three wives already, each living in a separate house within the great castle, there is fierce competition for ...
Style: atmospheric, realistic, serious, stylized, intense ...
Plot: mistress, feminism, jealousy, intrigue, insanity, wealth, tragic event, dignity, love triangle, resentment, arranged marriage, young woman ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s
Place: china, asia
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So Close to Paradise (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: China
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Two young farm workers, who like millions of others, leave their village to seek their fortunes in the city. Each chose a vastly different path to make it and become embroiled in misunderstandings, gangster brawls and police raids.
Style: tense, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: gang, betrayal, gangsters, kidnapping, nightclub, neo noir, love triangle, friendship, love and romance, dishonesty, crimes, city life ...
Time: 90s
Place: china, asia
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Chandni Chowk to China (2009)
Genre: Action, Comedy
Country: India, USA
Duration: 154 min.
Story: Based in Delhi's Chandni Chowk, orphaned Sidhu is adopted by the owner of Bajrang Bali Parathas, known simply as Dada. Years later Sidhu has grown up and is an expert at slicing vegetables.
Style: humorous, feel good, realistic, semi serious
Audience: teens
Plot: mistaken identity, martial arts, against the odds, heroic mission, save the day, dishonesty, ambition, rivalry, danger, translator, anti hero, anti heroes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: china, asia, india, delhi
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Dangerous Liaisons (2012)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Country: China, South Korea, Singapore
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Dangerous Liaisons is a Chinese film by Hur Jin-ho based on the novel with the same title by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos.
Style: realistic, serious, tense, captivating, emotional ...
Plot: seduction, love triangle, love and romance, intrigue, femme fatale, couples, wooing, fall in love, betrayal, womanizer, rivalry, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: china, shanghai, asia
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