Chinese historical movies

List of the best Chinese historical movies selected by visitors to our site: Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen, Ip Man 2, Red Cliff, The Flowers of War, City of Life and Death, John Rabe, W., Red Cliff Part II, Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon, The Warlords.

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

Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen (2010)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genreaction, drama, history
CountryHong Kong, China
Duration01:46
CharactersHeroes
PlotMartial Arts, Revenge, Rivalry
PlaceChina, Asia
StylePatriotic, Exciting, For men, Heavy, Disturbing

Seven years after the apparent death of Chen Zhen, who was shot after discovering who was responsible for his teacher's death (Huo Yuanjia) in Japanese-occupied Shanghai. A mysterious stranger arrives from overseas and befriends a local mafia boss. That man is a disguised Chen Zhen, who intends to infiltrate the mob when they form an alliance with the Japanese. Disguising himself as a caped fighter by night, Chen intends to take out everyone involved as well as get his hands on an assassination list prepared by the Japanese.

Ip Man 2 (2010)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genreaction, drama, biography, history, sport
CountryHong Kong, China
Duration01:48
CharactersTeachers, Poor, Heroes, Warriors
PlotMartial Arts, On real events, Death, Rivalry
StyleExciting, Action, Heavy

Having defeated the best fighters of the Imperial Japanese army in occupied Shanghai, Ip Man and his family settle in post-war Hong Kong.Struggling to make a living, Master Ip opens a kung fu school to bring his celebrated art of Wing Chun to the troubled youth of Hong Kong. His growing reputation soon brings challenges from powerful enemies, including pre-eminent Hung Gar master, Hung Quan. However, when corrupt colonial officials stage a life-or-death contest with formidable British boxer, Twister, to humiliate the Chinese people, the masters quickly forget their differences. Soon, the eyes of the nation are on the one man capable of securing a victory-Grandmaster Ip Man!

Red Cliff (2008)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genreaction, drama, adventure, military, history
CountryChina, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea
Duration02:28

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 campaign of unprecedented scale. Left with no other hope for survival, the kingdoms of Xu and East Wu formed an unlikely alliance.

The Flowers of War (2011)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genredrama, military, history
CountryChina, Hong Kong
Duration02:26
CharactersPriests, Students
PlotOn real events, War, Death, Friendship, Self-sacrifice
PlaceChina
TimeWorld War II
StyleTouching, Serious, Heavy, Depressive

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.

City of Life and Death (2009)
Markimdb: 7.7
Genredrama, military, history
CountryChina, Hong Kong
Duration02:13
CharactersMilitary
PlotWar
PlaceChina, Asia
TimeWorld War II
StyleSoulful, Depressive, Heavy, Serious, Epic

City of Life and Death takes place in 1937, during the height of the Second Sino-Japanese War. The Imperial Japanese Army has just captured the then-capital of the Republic of China, Nanjing. What followed was known as the Nanking Massacre, or the Rape of Nanking, a period of several weeks wherein tens of thousands of Chinese soldiers and civilians were killed.

John Rabe (2009)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, military, biography, history
CountryFrance, China, Germany
Duration02:14
CharactersHeroes
PlotOn real events, War, Survival
PlaceChina
TimeWorld War II
StyleAction, Depressive, Serious

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

W. (2008)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryUSA, Australia, Hong Kong, Luxembourg, China
Duration02:09
CharactersPresidential
PlotOn real events, Political, Elections
PlaceTexas
StylePatriotic, Soulful, Smart, Serious

Whether you love him or hate him, there is no question that George W. Bush is one of the most controversial public figures in recent memory. W takes viewers through Bush’s eventful life -- his struggles and triumphs, how he found both his wife and his faith, and of course the critical days leading up to Bush’s decision to invade Iraq.

Red Cliff Part II (2009)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genreaction, drama, military, 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?

Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon (2008)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountryChina, South Korea, Hong Kong
Duration01:42
CharactersSoldier, Heroes, Military
PlotWar, Rivalry
PlaceChina, Asia
StyleExciting, For men, Atmospheric, Serious, Epic

The aging Zhao embarks on his final and greatest campaign, a road to adventure that will crown his name in glory for all time.

The Warlords (2007)
Markimdb: 7
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountryHong Kong, China
Duration02:06
CharactersHorses, Judge, Soldier, Heroes
PlotMartial Arts, On real events, War, Success, Political
PlaceChina, Asia
StyleExciting, Soulful, Heavy, Serious

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.

Assembly (2007)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genreaction, drama, military, biography, history
CountryChina, Hong Kong
Duration02:04

Follows a soldier trying to gain recognition for comrades who died in 1948, at a turning point in the civil war between the communists and the nationalist forces of the Kuomintang (KMT).

The Warrior (2001)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountrySouth Korea, China
Duration02:13
CharactersSamurai, Dragons, Spy, Soldier, Emperors
PlotMartial Arts, Adventure, War, Survival
PlaceChina, Asia, Deserts, Korea
TimeMiddle Ages
StyleExciting, For men, Heavy, Serious, Epic

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 charged as spies and sent in exile to a remote desert.

The Emperor and the Assassin (1998)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, history
CountryChina, Japan, France
Duration02:43

In pre-unified China, the King of Qin sends his concubine to a rival kingdom to produce an assassin for a political plot, but as the king's cruelty mounts she finds her loyalty faltering.

The Last Emperor (1987)
Markimdb: 7.7
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryChina, Italy, United Kingdom, France
Duration02:46
CharactersTeachers, Emperors, Heroes
PlotOn real events, Political, Divorce, Buddhism
PlaceChina
TimeWorld War II
StyleAtmospheric, Serious, Epic

A dramatic history of Pu Yi, the last of the Emperors of China, from his lofty birth and brief reign in the Forbidden City, the object of worship by half a billion people; through his abdication, his decline and dissolute lifestyle; his exploitation by the invading Japanese, and finally to his obscure existence as just another peasant worker in the People's Republic.

The Banquet (2006)
Markimdb: 6.4
Genreaction, fantasy, drama, military, history
CountryChina
Duration02:11
CharactersDragons, Emperors
PlotPolitical, Rivalry, Intrigue, Kung Fu
PlaceChina
StyleFascinating, Atmospheric, Epic

In 907 AD, the Tang Dynasty is in tatters; infighting snarls the imperial family. Crown Prince Wu Luan loves Little Wan, but his father takes her as his Empress. Wu Luan goes into exile, studying dance and music. His uncle murders his father, taking throne and Empress; uncle sends assassins to kill Wu Luan. The Crown Prince eludes death and comes to court. The Emperor arranges for Little Wan's coronation and dispatches Wu Luan to a distant land; he then calls for a midnight banquet on the 100th day of his rule. Poison, treachery, Wu Luan's return, and the love of the innocent Qing for Wu Luan set up the final entanglements. No Fortinbras or Horatio lay the dead to rest.

Purple Butterfly (2003)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genredrama, military, history
CountryChina, France
Duration02:07
CharactersHeroes
PlotWar, Rivalry
PlaceJapan, China, Asia
StyleFascinating, Atmospheric, Makes me think, Action, Depressive

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.

The Legend II (1993)
Markimdb: 7
Genreaction, comedy, adventure, history
CountryChina, Hong Kong
Duration01:35

The hero Fong Sai Yuk becomes involved in the secret brotherhood "The Red Flower", who are trying to overthrow the Manchurian emperor and re-establishing the Ming dynasty. The social upheaval is combined with Sai Yuk's personal moral conflict about how to conform to the rigid regime of the brotherhood and on top of that sort out his difficult love life, saddled with two presumptive wives.

Shadow Magic (2000)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genremelodrama, drama, history
CountryChina, Germany, Taiwan, USA
Duration01:56

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. Liu's work with Wallace brings him conflict with tradition and his father's authority, complicated by his falling in love with Ling, daughter of Lord Tan, star of Beijing's traditional opera. Liu sees movies as his chance to become wealthy and worthy of Ling. When the Shadow Magic pair are invited to show the films to the Empress Dowager, things look good. But, is disaster in the script? And, can movies preserve tradition even as they bring change?

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.

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.




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