Chinese historical movies

List of the best Chinese historical movies selected by visitors to our site: Raise the Red Lantern, Dragon Blade, 14 Blades, An Empress and the Warriors, The Assassin, The Palace, Air Strike, Legend of the Demon Cat, Youth, Sacrifice.

In the top there are new films of 2020, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

Raise the Red Lantern (1991)
Markimdb: 8.1
Genremelodrama, drama, history
CountryChina, Hong Kong, Taiwan
Duration02:05

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 his attention and the privileges that are gained. This competition gets out of hand...

Dragon Blade (2015)
Markimdb: 6
Genreaction, fantasy, drama, adventure, history
CountryChina, Hong Kong
Duration02:01

Huo An, the commander of the Protection Squad of the Western Regions, was framed by evil forces and becomes enslaved. On the other hand, a Roman general escapes to China after rescuing the Prince. The heroic duo meet in the Western Desert and a thrilling story unfolds.

14 Blades (2010)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genreaction, thriller, history
CountryHong Kong, China, Singapore
Duration01:54

Trained in clandestine combat from childhood, the Jinyiwei were masters of the 14 Blades; eight being for torture, five for killing, and the last blade reserved for suicide when a mission failed. An elite force of secret agents with a license to kill, the Jinyiwei devoted their lives and lethal prowess to the service of the Emperor alone. When the Imperial Court is taken over by evil eunuch Jia (Law Kar Ying), the best of the Jinyiwei, Qinglong (Donnie Yen) is assigned to steal a list identifying those still loyal to the Emperor. However unbeknownst to Qinglong, the Jinyiwei have fallen under the control of Jia, and during the mission Qinglong is betrayed and barely escapes with his life. Now as the most wanted man in the land, Qinglong must seek out and rally the loyalists to rise against Jia and restore the Emperor to power. In his way are the deadliest assassins in the land, his former brethren, the Jinyiwei.

An Empress and the Warriors (2008)
Markimdb: 5.9
Genreaction, melodrama, drama, history
CountryHong Kong, China

After the death of her father, a woman is forced to take over as empress and fight to save her kingdom.

The Assassin (2015)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genreaction, drama, history
CountryTaiwan, China, Hong Kong, France
Duration01:45

A female assassin during the Tang Dynasty who begins to question her loyalties when she falls in love with one of her targets.

The Palace (2013)
Markimdb: 5.9
Genremelodrama, drama, history
CountryChina
Duration01:55

In Qing Dynasty, Chen Xiang and Liuli became maids and friends in the imperial palace. Liuli wanted to be famous whereas Chen Xiang just wanted to live a normal life. Liuli attempted to change her life by knowing the prince, even at the cost of betraying Chen Xiang.

Air Strike (2018)
Markimdb: 3.2
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountryChina

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.

Legend of the Demon Cat (2017)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genrefantasy, melodrama, detective, biography, history
CountryChina, Japan, Hong Kong
Duration02:03

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 to reveal a history of truths leading to the events.

Youth (2017)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genredrama, military, history
CountryChina
Duration02:10

A group of performing art troupe members each face their own trials and tribulations in Chengdu; from escaping a family scandal to dealing with unrequited love, each experiences rejection that shapes their lives.

Sacrifice (2010)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genredrama, history
CountryChina
Duration02:02

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 Tu’an Gu learns of the baby’s escape he seizes every infant in the city, vowing to kill them all unless the Zhao baby is surrendered. As the tyrant’s soldiers arrive at Cheng Ying’s home the frantic doctor hides his wife with their own baby whilst surrendering the Zhao child as his own. But his family is discovered; his baby is presumed to be the Zhao heir and murdered along with his wife for harboring the infant. Now set on revenge Cheng Ying enrolls the Zhao orphan into the service of the Tu’an Gu household, plotting to use him as an instrument of vengeance when he comes of age.

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Little Big Soldier (2010)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genreaction, comedy, adventure, military, history
CountryChina, Hong Kong
Duration01:32

The story of a farmer forced into conscription, who has been looking to get out of the army ever since. His great chance arrives when he stumbles upon a wounded general from an enemy state, and he kidnaps him, intending to claim credit for the capture, which includes five "mu" of land, and most importantly, honorable discharge from the army.

The Taking of Tiger Mountain (2014)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genreaction, military, history
CountryChina, Hong Kong
Duration02:21

Based on the real life story of an incident in 1946 during the Chinese Civil War, the film involves a communist reconnaissance team soldier Yang Zirong who disguised himself as a bandit to infiltrate a local gang of bandits, eventually helping the main communist force to destroy the bandits. Based on the novel "Tracks in the Snowy Forest" by Qu Bo.

Purple Butterfly (2003)
Markimdb: 6.1
Genredrama, military, history
CountryChina, France
Duration02:07

Ding Hui is a member of Purple Butterfly, a powerful resistance group in Japanese occupied Shanghai. An unexpected encounter reunites her with Itami, an ex-lover... and officer with a secret police unit tasked with dismantling Purple Butterfly.

John Rabe (2009)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, military, biography, history
CountryFrance, China, Germany
Duration02:14

A true-story account of a German businessman who saved more than 200,000 Chinese during the Nanjing massacre in 1937-38.

Aftershock (2010)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genredrama, history
CountryChina, Hong Kong
Duration02:16

Based on the Tangshan Earthquake in 1976 that took the lives of 240,000 people.

The Flowers of War (2011)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountryChina, Hong Kong
Duration02:26

A Westerner finds refuge with a group of women in a church during Japan's rape of Nanking in 1937. Posing as a priest, he attempts to lead the women to safety.

Brotherhood of Blades (2014)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genreaction, history
CountryChina

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 successfully from their quest, only to find that their task was but the beginning of a strange conspiracy.

Lady of the Dynasty (2015)
Markimdb: 4.1
Genremelodrama, drama, biography, history
CountryChina
Duration01:30

The tragic story of a Tang Dynasty imperial consort who was the favorite of the Emperor Xuanzong.

The Captain (2017)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genrethriller, drama, military, history
CountryGermany, France, Poland, China, Portugal
Duration01:51

Germany, 1945. Soldier Willi Herold, a deserter of the German army, stumbles into a uniform of Nazi captain abandoned during the last and desperate weeks of the Third Reich. Newly emboldened by the allure of a suit that he has stolen only to stay warm, Willi discovers that many Germans will follow the leader, whoever he is.

Death and Glory in Changde (2010)
Markimdb: 6
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountryChina

Directed by Shen Dong and starring Ray Lui, An Yixuan and Yuan Wenkang, Death and Glory in Changde recalls one of the most cruel and controversial battles during China's War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression (1937-45), Changde Battle, in November 1943.

The Crossing II (2015)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genremelodrama, drama, military, history
CountryChina, USA, Hong Kong
Duration02:34

A story of three couples and their intertwining love stories set in 1940s Taiwan and Shanghai, centered around the 1949 sinking of Taiping.

Midway (2019)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genreaction, military, biography, history
CountryUSA, China, Canada, Hong Kong

The story of the soldiers and aviators who helped turn the tide of the Second World War during the iconic Battle of Midway in June 1942.

Confucius (2010)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryChina
Duration02:05

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 heights but becomes a target of conquest for the warlike nation of Qi. Threatened with annihilation by their powerful neighbour, a desperate people turn to their greatest teacher to lead their most powerful army. When Confucius delivers a stunning victory against all odds, a jealous aristocracy sets out to destroy him, but they should never under-estimate a remarkable man whose wisdom is more powerful than the sword.

Red Cliff Part II (2009)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genreaction, drama, adventure, military, biography, history
CountryChina, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea
Duration02:16

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?

Catching the Sun (2015)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genredrama, documentary, history, news
CountryChina, Germany, India, USA

An unemployed American worker, a Tea Party activist, and a Chinese solar entrepreneur. But who wins and who loses the battle for power in the 21st century? Through interwoven character dramas spanning the U.S. and China, Catching the Sun explores the global economic race to lead the clean energy future.

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (2011)
Markimdb: 6.1
Genredrama, history
CountryChina, USA
Duration02:00

A story set in 19th century China and centered on the lifelong friendship between two girls who develop their own secret code as a way to contend with the rigid cultural norms imposed on women.

1911 (2011)
Markimdb: 5.8
Genreaction, drama, adventure, military, history
CountryChina, Hong Kong
Duration01:40

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 seven-year-old emperor, and his ruthless mother, Empress Dowager Longyu is completely out of touch after 250 years of unquestioned power. Huang Xing has recently returned from Japan, where he has studied the art of modern warfare. When he finds his country falling apart, he feels he has no choice but to pick up the sword.

1917 (2019)
Markimdb: 8.3
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, India, Spain, Canada, China

At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers.

Mulan (2020)
Markimdb: 4.7
Genreaction, military, history
CountryChina

When the Emperor of China issues a decree that one man per family must serve in the Imperial Chinese Army to defend the country from Huns, Hua Mulan, the eldest daughter of an honored warrior, steps in to take the place of her ailing father. She is spirited, determined and quick on her feet. Disguised as a man by the name of Hua Jun, she is tested every step of the way and must harness her innermost strength and embrace her true potential.

The Last Supper (2012)
Markimdb: 5.7
Genreaction, drama, history
CountryChina
Duration02:00

The story of two warring generals fighting for control of China at the end of the Qin Dynasty.




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