Movies and TV shows set in ancient china

The list contains the best, new and most relevant movies set in ancient china ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out captivating, exciting, stylized, serious, visually appealing and suspenseful films and TV shows about / with martial arts, heroes, battles, rivalry, danger, chinese emperor, combat, adventure, revenge and betrayal plots mostly in Drama, Action and History genres shot in China, Hong Kong, USA and other countries.
ancient china
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ancient china movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as ancient china: The Assassin (2015), The Empress of China (2014), Mulan (2020), Confucius (2010), The Untamed (2019), Mulan: Rise of a Warrior (2009), Legend of the Demon Cat (2017), The Longest Day in Chang'an (2019), Hero (2002), Mulan (1998).

List of movies set in ancient china

 6.3
 16K
The Assassin (2015)
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Country: Taiwan, Hong Kong, China
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A female assassin during the Tang Dynasty who begins to question her loyalties when she falls in love with one of her targets.
Style: stylized, colourful, meditative, breathtaking, artsy ...
Plot: assassin, tang dynasty, love, exile, sword fight, assassination, beautiful scenery, martial arts, life philosophy, art, kung fu, life & death ...
Time: 7th century, 9th century
Place: ancient china, china
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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, cynical, touching, captivating, sentimental
Plot: chinese emperor, empress, love hate relationship, tang dynasty, intrigue, betrayal, historical character, heir to the throne, palace, strong female lead, palace intrigue, historical figure ...
Time: 7th century, prehistoric times, prehistoric
Place: ancient china
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 5.7
 133K
Mulan (2020)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, Hong Kong
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A young Chinese maiden disguises herself as a male warrior in order to save her father.
Style: sincere, exciting, stylized, captivating, visually appealing ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: woman dressed as man, gender disguise, chinese woman, martial arts, courage, heroes, female warrior, heroine, human spirit, female protagonist, teenage girl, swordswoman ...
Place: ancient china, china, asia
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 6.2
 4K
Confucius (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: China
Duration: 125 min.
Story: In 500 B.C., during Chinas famed 'Spring and Autumn Period', Kong Ze (Confucius), a commoner reverred for his outstanding wisdom, is made Minister of Law in the ancient Kingdom of Lu. Under his inspired leadership, Lu ascends to new ...
Style: contemplative, realistic, serious, epic, atmospheric ...
Plot: human nature, human spirit, politics, battles, historical figure, society, political unrest, heroes, hopes, state affairs, leadership, historic figure ...
Time: ancient history
Place: ancient china, china, asia
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 9.0
 5K
The Untamed (2019)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Country: China
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
Story: In a land dominated by the mighty Wen clan, a young man named Wei Wuxian strikes up an unconventional friendship with justice-loving Lan Wangji. When the duo unexpectedly stumbles across evidence implicating the Wen clan’s chief in a plot to bring ...
Style: yaoi, unusual plot structure, suspense, captivating, visually appealing
Plot: martial artist, homosexual subtext, magical power, heroes, reincarnation, chinese, exorcist, young man, talent, death, magic, fantasy world ...
Place: ancient china, china
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Mulan: Rise of a Warrior (2009)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Romance, War
Country: China, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When barbarian hordes threaten her homeland, the brave and cunning Mulan disguises herself as a male soldier to swell the ranks in her aging father's stead. The warrior's remarkable courage drives her through powerful battle scenes and ...
Style: serious, exciting, stylized, epic, realistic
Plot: female warrior, cross dressing, tough girl, female fighter, heroic mission, military life, female soldier, military, adventure, escapades, gender, soldier ...
Time: ancient history
Place: ancient china, china, asia
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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: captivating, enigmatic, suspense, tense, psychotronic ...
Plot: emperor, poet, magical creature, tang dynasty, investigation, mysticism, secret, supernatural, death, cat, mistress, black cat ...
Time: 8th century, 9th century
Place: ancient china
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The Longest Day in Chang'an (2019)
Genre: Action, Crime, History, Thriller
Country: China
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Chang'an. The city of Eternal Peace. China's ancient imperial capital and the world's most magnificent metropolis. Its treasures and wealth are now under siege from a mysterious army. In 24 hours the enemies will launch a devastating ...
Style: captivating, tense
Plot: chinese emperor, royal court, political conspiracy, royal palace, power struggle, conspiracy, security, unlikely hero, protector, palace intrigue, master warrior, battles ...
Time: 8th century
Place: ancient china
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Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (2010)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 119 min.
Story: An exiled detective is recruited to solve a series of mysterious deaths that threaten to delay the inauguration of Empress Wu.
Style: serious, exciting, suspenseful, captivating, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: law enforcement, martial arts, empress, political intrigue, crimes, assassination attempt, state affairs, head of state, deadly, police investigation, dishonesty, murder ...
Time: 7th century, ancient history
Place: ancient china, china, asia
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 7.9
 177K
Hero (2002)
Genre: Action, Adventure, History
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 120 min.
Story: One man defeated three assassins who sought to murder the most powerful warlord in pre-unified China.
Style: breathtaking, serious, stylized, epic, twists and turns ...
Plot: master warrior, martial arts, sword fight, ruler, adventure, heroes, swords and armor, hopes, duel, execution, reward, lovers ...
Time: ancient history
Place: ancient china, china, asia, hong kong
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 7.6
 267K
Mulan (1998)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Musical, War
Country: USA, China
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: feel good, touching, captivating, light, humorous ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: female warrior, female protagonist, princess, adventure, cross dressing, dragon, friendship, woman dressed as man, human spirit, disney, good versus evil, hidden identity ...
Time: ancient history, 5th century
Place: ancient china, china, asia
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The Monkey King 2 (2016)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Taking place 500 years after the Havoc in Heaven, the Tang Priest is appointed by Buddha to go to the West to fetch the sacred scriptures, only to accidentally free the Monkey King. With Lady White (Gong Li) aiming to break up the team assembled to ...
Style: stylized, suspense, captivating, entertaining, exciting ...
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: dragon, monkey king, demon, monk, witch, danger, adventure, friendship, dishonesty, deity, good versus evil, heroes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ancient china
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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: multicultural, touching, harsh, suspenseful, romantic ...
Plot: love triangle, queen, marriage, parents, mistress, chinese history, royal family, harem, rivalry, heir to the throne, jealousy, love ...
Time: 10th century
Place: ancient china
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Ashes of Love (2018)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: China
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Jin Mi is the daughter of a flower deity who is fed a pill that prevents her from feeling or expressing romantic love. She gets tangled in a love triangle with Heavenly Prince Xu Feng and the ambitious Night Deity Run Yu.
Style: scenic, exciting, stylized, intense, sweet
Plot: immortal, magical, romance, reincarnation, lovers, misunderstanding, mission, responsibility, legends and myths, warrior, rivalry, adventure ...
Place: ancient china
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 7.0
 14K
Shadow (2018)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, History, War
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 116 min.
Story: About a king who attempts to lead his displaced people out of exile, and those who play a role in his mysterious plans.
Style: captivating, exciting, tense, suspenseful, suspense
Plot: army, violence, death, betrayal, friendship, danger, murder, civil war, doppelganger, training, vengeance, escapades ...
Time: turn of the century
Place: ancient china, china
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Legend of the Liquid Sword (1993)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 82 min.
Story: The young Chor Lau-heung learns martial arts from Tuk-ku Kau-pai and has attained a high level of skill. His teacher sends him to Shaolin Monastery to attend a contest that is held once every ten years. On the journey, Chor meets Wu Tit-fa and ...
Plot: martial arts, vampire, artist, flag, tavern, flying, acupuncture
Place: ancient china
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 8.3
 950
Three Kingdoms (2010)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: China
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Three Kingdoms is a Chinese television series based on the events in the late Eastern Han Dynasty and the Three Kingdoms period. The plot is based on Luo Guanzhong's classical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms, the historical text Records of ...
Style: captivating, factual, tense, psychological
Plot: chinese, court intrigue, politics, political conflict, rise to power, battles, heroes, hypocrisy, mercenary, combat, envy, duel ...
Place: ancient china
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 6.5
 11K
7Aum Arivu (2011)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: India
Duration: 168 min.
Story: A genetic engineering student tries to bring back the skills of a legend of the past and use his skills to save India from a deadly virus attack by China.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, captivating, touching
Plot: martial arts, bio weapon, biological warfare, master warrior, supernatural, danger, save the day, good versus evil, supernatural ability, heroes, hypnosis, genetic engineering ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: ancient china, india
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Princess Agents (2017)
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance, War
Country: China
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: During the Warring Period, the Western Wei enslaved large numbers of civilians. The slave girl, Chu Qiao, is thrown into a forest along with other slaves and becomes the next hunting target for the rich lords. She is saved by the Prince of Northern ...
Style: disturbing, suspenseful, captivating, suspense
Plot: chinese emperor, female warrior, slave girl, romance, power struggle, combat, couple relations, danger, martial arts, slavery, revenge, sword fight ...
Place: ancient 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, life is a bitch, military, historical character, wartime life, leadership, deadly, danger ...
Time: ancient history
Place: china, ancient china, asia, hong kong, england
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An Empress and the Warriors (2008)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Romance
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 99 min.
Story: After the death of her father, a woman is forced to take over as empress and fight to save her kingdom.
Style: stylized, captivating, tense, serious, epic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: betrayal, empress, swordsman, martial arts, political unrest, adventure, state affairs, deadly, daring rescue, dishonesty, uninhibited rivalry, battle zone ...
Time: ancient history
Place: ancient china, asia, china
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 8.3
 811
Joy of Life (2019)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: China
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Zhang Qing, a present-day college student in culture and history major wants to study in professor Ye's postgraduate class, so he decides to write a historical fiction to elaborate his perspective of analyzing ancient literature history with ...
Style: exciting, captivating
Plot: political intrigue, time traveler, royal family, palace intrigue, secret agents, revenge, spy, martial artist, prince, royal palace, fantasy world, love at first sight ...
Place: ancient china
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 6.2
 2K
Sacrifice (2010)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: China
Duration: 122 min.
Story: For generations the Zhao family has wielded power, until their mortal enemy TU’AN GU slaughters the entire clan, determined to wipe out their influence forever. But one Zhao baby survives hidden by CHENG YING the doctor who delivered him. When ...
Style: exciting, atmospheric, serious, suspenseful, stylized ...
Plot: orphan, uninhibited rivalry, vengeance, disorder, betrayal, master warrior, haunted by the past, hidden identity, murder, rivalry, dishonesty, graphic violence ...
Time: ancient history
Place: ancient china, china, asia
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 7.4
 45K
Red Cliff (2008)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, USA
Duration: 148 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, danger, heroes, tragic hero, adventure, heroic mission ...
Time: ancient history
Place: china, ancient china, asia, hong kong
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 6.6
 104
Go Princess Go (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: China
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: Zhang Peng is a playboy who hits his head as he falls into a pool when he's trying to run away from an ex-girlfriend. He wakes up to find that he's traveled a thousand years into the past but that's not even the biggest problem, he ...
Style: feel good, visually appealing, humorous, sweet, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: time travel, harem, conspiracy, combat, rivalry, court intrigue, husband wife relationship, love and romance, youth, palace intrigue, royal family, love ...
Time: contemporary
Place: ancient china
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The Legend of Miyue (2015)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: China
TV show
Story: The story of Mi Yue (Queen Dowager Xuan), the first stateswoman in the history of China. Mi Yue was a young princess who lived in the Kingdom of Chu during the Warring States period. She was sent to Qin as a concubine and part of her sister Mi ...
Style: suspense, psychological, disturbing, sincere, suspenseful
Plot: palace intrigue, strong female lead, politics, chinese history, love triangle, heir to the throne, harem, female rivalry, court intrigue, eunuch
Place: ancient china
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The Lost Bladesman (2011)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 109 min.
Story: During the warring period of the three kingdoms, ancient China is in turmoil. To unify the country, general Cao Cao (Jiang Wen), the real power behind the Emperor, enlists the aid of the greatest warrior in the land, Guan Yu (Donnie Yen). However, ...
Style: emotional, stylized, exciting, epic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: battles, warlord, rivalry, martial arts, master warrior, heroes, forbidden love, love and romance, danger, military, war, poisoning ...
Time: ancient history
Place: ancient china, china, asia
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A Chinese Ghost Story II (1990)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Several years after his beloved Nieh has gone, Ning is innocently put into jail. Luckily, he meets a scholar, Elder Chu Kot, in the prison who finally helps him escape. Ning then meets a young witty monk Autumn. They become friends and live in an ...
Style: stylized, atmospheric, exciting, serious, allegory ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, ghost, escape, supernatural, demon, romance, supernatural romance, heroic mission, fall in love, love affair, collector, adventure ...
Place: ancient china, china, asia, hong kong, japan ...
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 7.1
 143K
Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, China
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: light, funny, psychotronic, humorous, sweet ...
Audience: kids
Plot: talking animals, fight scenes, kung fu, dragon, fantasy world, good versus evil, village, martial arts, supernatural power, anthropomorphism, wrestler, adventure ...
Place: china, ancient china
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The Eternal Love (2017)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: China
TV show
Story: Mo Lian Cheng is the 8th prince of Dongyue who is forced to marry Qu Tan Er who was already in love with Mo Yi Huai (Mo Lian Cheng's elder brother). Qu Tan Er tries to commit suicide one day because she doesn't want to marry Mo Lian Cheng ...
Style: humorous, captivating, semi serious, feel good
Plot: forced marriage, romance, reincarnation, love triangle, split personality, supernatural power, damsel in distress, secret, amnesia, dual identity, lost love, secret identity ...
Place: ancient china, china
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