Movies and TV shows set in china

The list contains the best, new and most relevant movies set in china ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out realistic, serious, exciting, stylized, intense and epic films and TV shows about / with martial arts, betrayal, mentor, heroes, culture clash, death, dialogue, brutality, catastrophe and runaway plots mostly in Drama, War and Action genres shot in China, Hong Kong, USA and other countries.
china movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as china: Shaolin (2011), Red Corner (1997), Farewell My Concubine (1993), To Live (1994), Red Cliff (2008), Curse of the Golden Flower (2006), Kung Fu Panda (2008), The Warrior (2001), The Sand Pebbles (1966), The Amazing Panda Adventure (1995).

List of movies set in china

Shaolin (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 131 min.
Story: China is plunged into strife as feuding warlords try to expand their power by warring over neighboring lands. Fuelled by his success on the battlefield, young and arrogant Hao Jie sneers at Shaolin's masters when he beats one of them in a duel. ...
Style: epic, stylized, serious, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: monk, duel, martial arts, shaolin monk, parkour, kung fu, violence, shaolin kung fu, wu shu, warlord, tai chi, martial artist ...
Time: 20s, 20th century
Place: china, asia
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Red Corner (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: An American attorney on business in China, ends up wrongfully on trial for murder and his only key to innocence is a female defense lawyer from the country.
Style: suspenseful, disturbing, thought provoking, serious, talky ...
Plot: murder, frame up, legal action, fighting the system, false accusation, political corruption, death penalty, justice, dishonesty, state affairs, male protagonist, murder investigation ...
Time: 90s
Place: china, asia, california
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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, sentimental, touching ...
Plot: gender bending, gays and lesbians, opera, friendship, communism, teacher, marriage, prostitute, actor, homosexual, love triangle, suicide ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 60s, 20s, 40s ...
Place: china, asia, japan, beijing china, taiwan ...
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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, realistic, tense ...
Plot: gambling, communism, politics, funeral, child abuse, communist, cultural revolution, destiny, battles, village, reward, loss of son ...
Time: 1960s, 1950s, 1940s, 20th century, 60s ...
Place: china, asia, taiwan
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Red Cliff (2008)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea
Duration: 150 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, stylized, realistic, serious, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: war, martial arts, carrier pigeon, casualty of war, strategy, flaming arrow, battles, running, politics, sexual activity, dams cliffs canyons and bridges, state affairs ...
Time: ancient history
Place: china, asia, ancient china, hong kong
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Curse of the Golden Flower (2006)
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 114 min.
Story: During China's Tang dynasty the emperor has taken the princess of a neighboring province as wife. She has borne him two sons and raised his eldest. Now his control over his dominion is complete, including the royal family itself.
Style: stylized, epic, captivating, exciting, realistic ...
Plot: martial arts, royal family, empress, betrayal, rebellion, incest, queen, massacre, lust, emperor, execution, punishment ...
Time: middle ages, 1930s
Place: china, asia, tokyo
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Kung Fu Panda (2008)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: When the Valley of Peace is threatened, lazy Po the panda discovers his destiny as the "chosen one" and trains to become a kung fu hero, but transforming the unsleek slacker into a brave warrior won't be easy. It's up to Master ...
Style: feel good, humorous, entertaining, inspirational, stylized ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: mentor, kung fu, chosen one, martial arts, goofy hero, transformation, warrior, good versus evil, adventure, family, tiger, panda ...
Time: ancient history
Place: china, asia, ancient china
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The Warrior (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: South Korea, China
Duration: 158 min.
Story: In 1375, China was in chaos between Yuan Dynasty and Ming Dynasty. Coryo (an ancient kingdom of Korea then) sent a delegation of many diplomats, soldiers and a silent slave to make peace with the new Chinese government. However, this delegation got ...
Style: epic, stylized, exciting, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: exile, martial arts, desert, kidnapping, battle, master warrior, war, survival, samurai, heroic mission, chaos and mayhem, escapades ...
Time: middle ages, 14th century
Place: china, korea, hong kong, asia, mongolia ...
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The Sand Pebbles (1966)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 182 min.
Story: Engineer Jake Holman arrives aboard the gunboat U.S.S. San Pablo, assigned to patrol a tributary of the Yangtze in the middle of exploited and revolution-torn 1926 China. His iconoclasm and cynical nature soon clash with the "rice-bowl" ...
Style: epic, tense, realistic, emotional, serious ...
Plot: friendship, navy, battle, chinese, missionary, u.s. navy, ship, politics, redemption, war, civil war, romance ...
Time: 20th century, 20s, 1920s, 1930s
Place: china, asia, shanghai china, shanghai
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The Amazing Panda Adventure (1995)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Far from home in the lush bamboo forests of China, ten-year-old Ryan Tyler, with the help of a young girl, goes on a wonderful journey to rescue a baby panda taken by poachers.
Style: humorous, semi serious, scary, idiotic, entertaining ...
Audience: kids, pre-teens, family outing
Plot: adventure, family, panda, poacher, disorder, animal life, on the run, survival, family relations, parents and children, friends, adventurer ...
Place: china, asia, hong kong
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M. Butterfly (1993)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: In 1960s China, French diplomat Rene Gallimard falls in love with an opera singer, Song Liling - but Song is not at all who Gallimard thinks.
Style: erotic, serious, realistic, enigmatic, stylized ...
Plot: betrayal, opera, culture clash, communism, transvestism, espionage, romance, infidelity, mistaken identity, opposites attract, politics, love affair ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s
Place: china, asia, france, europe, paris france ...
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Police Story 3: Supercop (1992)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A Hong Kong detective teams up with his female Red Chinese counterpart to stop a Chinese drug czar.
Style: exciting, humorous, stylized, suspenseful, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, police, helicopter, undercover, drug lord, gangsters, working undercover, crimes, chases and races, partners, heroes, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: hong kong, china, thailand, asia, malaysia ...
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Traitorous Prince (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Guan Jian wants to report the murder of his father who died 10 years ago. The alleged murderer whom Guan Jian accuses of the crime is his own mother.
Style: psychological, serious, sincere, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: murder, dysfunctional family, police investigation, family problems, law enforcement, haunted by the past, deadly, life is a bitch, parents and children, police detective, uncover truth, parent getting married ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: china, asia, tokyo, japan, new jersey ...
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Kung Fu Hustle (2004)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Fantasy
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Set in Canton, China in the 1940s, the story revolves in a town ruled by the Axe Gang, Sing who desperately wants to become a member. He stumbles into a slum ruled by eccentric landlords who turns out to be the greatest kung-fu masters in disguise. ...
Style: humorous, stylized, surreal, semi serious, epic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: martial arts, kung fu, gang, thief, murder, grudge, gang war, axe, robbery, bully, first love, magic ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: china, asia, hong kong, shanghai china
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The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
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, humorous, atmospheric, stylized, suspenseful ...
Audience: family outing, boys' night, teens
Plot: mummy, archaeologist, emperor, tomb, sword, adventure, supernatural, adventurer, reincarnation, danger, save the world, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1946, 1940s
Place: china, asia, himalaya, shanghai china, england ...
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The White Haired Witch of Lunar Kingdom (2014)
Genre: Fantasy
Country: China
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In the twilight of the Ming Dynasty, the Imperial court is plagued by corruption as tyrants rule over the land. With the Manchurians preying on a weakened empire, war is imminent. To save the victims from their suffering, sorceress Jade Raksha ...
Style: touching, stylized, serious, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: betrayal, tragic love, martial arts, sword fight, supernatural ability, fall in love, adventure, wizards and magicians, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, chases and races, escapades ...
Time: ancient history
Place: china
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Black Coal, Thin Ice (2014)
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: China
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Two former cops start investigating the series of murders that tanked their careers when the killings begin again.
Style: gloomy, realistic, suspenseful, serious, bleak ...
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, femme fatale, deadly, crime, crimes, law enforcement, taxi, police car, photograph, extramarital affair, handcuffs ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2004, year 2001, 2000s
Place: china, asia
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Fist of Anger (1973)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Historical movie set during the Japanese occupation of China during WWII. Jackie Chan is one of the good guys but has nothing much more than a supporting role.
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: martial arts, good versus evil, war, escapades, life is a bitch, heroes, military, rivalry, japanese occupation, war violence, asian, fistfight ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: china, hong kong, asia, japan
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Tai-Pan (1986)
Genre: Adventure
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: The film begins following the British victory of the first Opium War and the seizure of Hong Kong. Although the island is largely uninhabited and the terrain unfriendly, it has a large port that both the British government and various trading ...
Style: epic, serious, realistic
Plot: rivalry, historical event, british colonial, escapades, state affairs, heroic mission, tragic hero, vengeance, heroes, dishonesty, fighting the system, political unrest ...
Place: hong kong, china, asia, england, europe
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24 City (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: China, Hong Kong, Japan
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Chengdu nowadays. The state owned factory 420 shuts down to give way to a complex of luxury apartments called "24 CITY". Three generations, eight characters : old workers, factory executives and yuppies, their stories melt into the History ...
Style: thought provoking, captivating, atmospheric, serious, sincere ...
Plot: factory, working class, politics, introspection, society, social differences, workplace situations, state affairs, revolution, yuppie, workplace, flat ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century, 50s, contemporary, 70s ...
Place: china, asia
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High Road to China (1983)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA, Yugoslavia, Hong Kong
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A biplane pilot is saddled with a spoiled industrialist's daughter on a search for her missing father through Asia that eventually involves them in a struggle against a Chinese warlord.
Style: exciting, semi serious, humorous
Plot: missing person, pilot, aerial combat, escapades, love and romance, adventure, kidnapping, alcohol abuse, couples, heroes, opposites attract, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 20s, 1920s
Place: china, afghanistan, nepal, asia
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Story of a Prostitute (1965)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Disappointed by the marriage of her lover to a woman he does not love, prostitute Harumi drifts from the city to a remote Japanese outpost in Manchuria to work in a "comfort house," or brothel, during the Sino-Japanese war. The commanding ...
Style: realistic, erotic, rough, gloomy, sexual ...
Plot: soldier, prostitute, tragic love, prostitution, hand grenade, misogyny, colonialism, desertion, sino japanese war, buddhism, desert, unfulfilled love ...
Time: 30s, 1940s
Place: china, japan
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The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer (1961)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 190 min.
Story: His ideals challenged by life as a conscript in war-time Japan's military, a pacifist faces ever greater tests in his fight for survival.
Style: captivating, cynical, realistic, gloomy, bleak ...
Plot: soldier, survival, russian, japanese army, chinese, captivity, confined, military, imperialism, estrangement, escape attempt, anti war ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: china, japan, asia
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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, sincere, serious, uplifting, thought provoking ...
Plot: military, fascism, armored car, evacuation, politics, chinese, revolution, political corruption, society, against the rules, anti heroes, power relations ...
Time: 30s, 20s, 1930s, pre world war two, 1920s
Place: china, spain, asia, russia, montreal quebec
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Still Life (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A town in Fengjie county is gradually being demolished and flooded to make way for the Three Gorges Dam. A man and woman visit the town to locate their estranged spouses, and become witness to the societal changes.
Style: sentimental, gloomy, touching, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: demolition, lake or river, small town, homecoming, obsessive quest, social decay, family problems, small town life, human nature, archaeologist, injustice, estrangement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: china, asia
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Blind Shaft (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: China, Germany, Hong Kong
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Two Chinese miners, who make money by killing fellow miners and then extorting money from the mine owner to keep quiet about the "accident", happen upon their latest victim. But one of them begins to have second thoughts.
Style: psychological, tense, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Plot: prostitute, murder, miner, deadly, teenage life, rich and poor, cons and scams, crime, crimes, serial killer, dishonesty, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: china, asia, mine
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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: disturbing, rough, serious, bleak, realistic
Plot: dehumanization, laboratory, soldier, prison, gory, military life, deadly, prison life, captivity, military base, bio weapon, concentration camp ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: china, asia, japan
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Electric Shadows (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: China
Duration: 93 min.
Story: For no apparent reason, a mute young woman assaults a youth who delivers water on his bicycle, injuring him and ruining his bike. Surprisingly, she asks him to feed her fish while she is in custody. Her tiny apartment, he discovers, is a shrine to ...
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, emotional, realistic
Plot: youth, coming of age, hospital, pregnancy, family relations, village, revolution, haunted by the past, solace, small town life, teenage life, delivery ...
Time: 70s
Place: china, asia
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City of War: The Story of John Rabe (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: France, China, Germany
Duration: 134 min.
Story: A true-story account of a German businessman who saved more than 200,000 Chinese during the Nanjing massacre in 1937-38.
Style: disturbing, tense, emotional, serious, bleak ...
Plot: rescue, atrocity, war crime, pow, coldhearted, friends, against humanity, confined, chaos and mayhem, hopes, wartime life, war ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, year 1938, year 1937
Place: china, asia, japan
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The Replacement Killers (1998)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Hired assassin John Lee is asked by Chinatown crime boss Terence Wei to murder the young son of policeman Stan Zedkov. Lee has the boy in his sights, but his conscience gets the better of him, and he spares the child's life. Afraid that Wei ...
Style: exciting, stylized, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, vengeance, chase, police detective, revenge, on the run, attempted murder, one man army, police raid, crime, criminal's revenge, crimes ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: china, hong kong, asia, usa, los angeles
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