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 serious, realistic, stylized, intense, exciting and dramatic films and TV shows about / with martial arts, culture clash, mentor, betrayal, storytelling, runaway, dialogue, catastrophe, violence and heroes plots mostly in Drama, Action and War genres shot in China, Hong Kong, USA and other countries.
china movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as china: Farewell My Concubine (1993), Kung Fu Panda (2008), Red Cliff (2008), To Live (1994), Curse of the Golden Flower (2006), Red Corner (1997), Red Sorghum (1988), The Sand Pebbles (1966), The Warrior (2001), M. Butterfly (1993).

List of movies set in china

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: atmospheric, stylized, emotional, serious, realistic ...
Plot: gender bending, opera, friendship, gays and lesbians, love triangle, prostitute, suicide, communism, actor, homosexual, teacher, marriage ...
Time: 20s, 30s, 40s, 60s, 70s ...
Place: china, asia, taiwan, japan, beijing china ...
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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, martial arts, chosen one, goofy hero, adventure, family, warrior, master, panda, tiger, monkey ...
Time: ancient history
Place: china, asia, ancient china
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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, strategy, casualty of war, flaming arrow, battles, master warrior, soldier, adventure, tragic hero, heroic mission ...
Time: ancient history
Place: china, asia, ancient china, hong kong
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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, serious, realistic ...
Plot: gambling, communism, politics, cultural revolution, communist, child abuse, funeral, parents and children, dishonesty, shadow puppet, destiny, village ...
Time: 1960s, 1940s, 1950s, 20th century, 40s ...
Place: china, asia, taiwan
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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, serious, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: martial arts, royal family, betrayal, empress, rebellion, poison, power, palaces castles and temples, incest, forbidden love, emperor, punishment ...
Time: middle ages, 1930s
Place: china, asia, tokyo
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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, serious, talky, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: murder, frame up, death penalty, justice, politics, legal action, false accusation, political corruption, fighting the system, crimes, dishonesty, law enforcement ...
Time: 90s
Place: china, asia, california
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Red Sorghum (1988)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: China
Duration: 91 min.
Story: An old leper who owned a remote sorghum winery dies. Jiu'er, the wife bought by the leper, and her lover, identified only as "my Grandpa" by the narrator, take over the winery and set up an idealized quasi-matriarchal community headed ...
Style: epic, serious, captivating, tense, realistic ...
Plot: couple relations, political unrest, village, wartime life, war, love and romance, couples, love affair, village life, society, state affairs, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1930s, 1920s
Place: china, asia, japan, tokyo
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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: u.s. navy, friendship, missionary, battle, chinese, ship, navy, adventure, romance, war, military, political unrest ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1920s, 1930s
Place: china, asia, shanghai, shanghai 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, serious, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, exile, desert, master warrior, battle, kidnapping, war, adventure, soldier, hostility, enemy, ambassador ...
Time: middle ages, 14th century
Place: china, korea, hong kong, asia, mongolia ...
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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: opera, betrayal, culture clash, transvestism, communism, politics, romance, fall in love, opera singer, espionage, actor's life, gays and lesbians ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: china, asia, europe, france, paris france ...
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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: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: adventure, family, adventurer, poacher, panda, animal life, on the run, survival, parents and children, friends, family relations, disorder ...
Place: china, asia, hong kong
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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: humorous, exciting, semi serious, stylized, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, police, undercover, helicopter, drug lord, working undercover, female martial artist, illegal drugs, gangsters, chases and races, crimes, law enforcement ...
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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, tense, disturbing ...
Plot: murder, parents and children, dysfunctional family, haunted by the past, mystery, crimes, police investigation, family problems, family relations, uncover truth, deadly, law enforcement ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1990s
Place: china, asia, tokyo, japan, new jersey ...
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Kung Fu Hustle (2004)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
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, epic, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: martial arts, kung fu, magic, gang, murder, grudge, gang war, axe, bully, first love, robbery, thief ...
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
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: semi serious, suspenseful, exciting, atmospheric, humorous ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, family outing
Plot: mummy, archaeologist, sword, tomb, adventure, emperor, adventurer, deadly creature, pyramid, egyptian, supernatural ability, save the world ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1946
Place: china, asia, himalaya, shanghai china, england ...
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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Taiwan, Hong Kong, USA, China
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Two warriors in pursuit of a stolen sword and a notorious fugitive are led to an impetuous, physically-skilled, teenage nobleman's daughter, who is at a crossroads in her life.
Style: atmospheric, stylized, exciting, serious, enigmatic ...
Plot: martial arts, master warrior, theft, love and romance, vengeance, sword, mentor, adventure, good versus evil, warrior, sword fight, female martial artist ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century, 17th century
Place: china, asia, beijing china, hong kong, tokyo
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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: serious, stylized, touching, exciting, captivating ...
Plot: betrayal, martial arts, adventure, sword fight, fall in love, supernatural ability, tragic love, wizards and magicians, good versus evil, traitor, master warrior, protagonist as suspect ...
Time: ancient history
Place: china
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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: serious, gloomy, sexual, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: prostitute, soldier, prostitution, desertion, colonialism, misogyny, buddhism, hand grenade, desert, sino japanese war, tragic love, war ...
Time: 30s, 1940s
Place: china, japan
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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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, bleak, suspense ...
Plot: serial killer, police investigation, crimes, law enforcement, crime, femme fatale, deadly, shot in the stomach, winter, fireworks, body part, laundry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2004, 2000s, year 2001
Place: china, asia
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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: serious, epic, stylized, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: monk, martial arts, duel, shaolin monk, violence, mixed martial arts, fictional war, kung fu, tai chi, martial artist, wu shu, warlord ...
Time: 20s, 20th century
Place: china, asia
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Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: China, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Continuing his "legendary adventures of awesomeness", Po must face two hugely epic, but different threats: one supernatural and the other a little closer to his home.
Style: funny, entertaining, light, colourful, humorous ...
Audience: kids
Plot: kung fu, anthropomorphism, fantasy world, village, talking animals, good versus evil, dragon, panda, martial arts, fight scenes, father son reunion, adventure ...
Place: china, ancient china
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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: serious, realistic, sincere, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: demolition, homecoming, worker, village, society, lake or river, human nature, introspection, haunted by the past, social decay, estrangement, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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: tense, serious, realistic, bleak, emotional ...
Plot: rescue, pow, atrocity, war crime, war, survival, soldier, wounded, wartime life, against humanity, danger, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s, year 1938, year 1937
Place: china, asia, japan
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Once Upon a Time in China (1991)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Set in late 19th century Canton this martial arts film depicts the stance taken by the legendary martial arts hero Wong Fei-Hung (1847-1924) against foreign forces' (English, French and American) plundering of China.
Style: epic, stylized, serious, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, master warrior, one man army, rivalry, racism, tragic hero, school, culture clash, vengeance, adventure, heroes, society ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century
Place: china, asia, hong kong, tokyo
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Mulan (1998)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Musical, War
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A tomboyish girl disguises herself as a young man so she can fight with the Imperial Chinese Army against the invading Huns. With help from wise-cracking dragon Mushu, Mulan just might save her country -- and win the heart of handsome Captain Li ...
Style: captivating, humorous, feel good, touching, light ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, chick flick
Plot: adventure, good versus evil, friendship, dragon, cross dressing, human spirit, princess, hidden identity, emperor, impersonating, training, danger ...
Time: ancient history
Place: china, asia, ancient china
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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, rivalry, war, good versus evil, japanese occupation, escapades, heroes, military, life is a bitch, martial artist, stylized violence, kung fu classic ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: china, asia, hong kong, 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: british colonial, historical event, adventurer, martial arts, adventure, master warrior, tragic hero, betrayal, rise to the top, ocean or sea, uninhibited rivalry, culture clash ...
Place: china, hong kong, 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, serious, realistic, atmospheric, captivating ...
Plot: factory, working class, introspection, flat, workplace situations, society, workplace, social differences, revolution, politics, state affairs, yuppie ...
Time: contemporary, 50s, 70s, 20th century, 21st century ...
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: humorous, semi serious, exciting
Plot: aerial combat, pilot, missing person, adventurer, adventure, romance, rescue, alcoholic, biplane, socialite, danger, escapades ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: china, nepal, afghanistan, asia
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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: serious, atmospheric, realistic, gloomy, bleak ...
Plot: soldier, survival, chinese, russian, japanese army, captivity, anti war, war, wartime life, estrangement, confined, military ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: china, japan, asia
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