1930s Mandarin-language Movies

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Twin Sisters(1934)

1h 22min | Drama
3.4/5 (with 2 votes)

Twin girls separated at birth are reunited when the one raised in poverty becomes a servant in the household of her sister, now the pampered wife of a warlord general.

Directed by Zheng Zhengqiu - With Hu Die

The Big Road(1935)

1h 44min | Comedy, Drama, Music, War
3.1/5 (with 7 votes)

Six young men from the city take jobs building roads for the Chinese Army.

Directed by Sun Yu - With Jin Yan, Li Lili, Zheng Junli, Chen Yanyan

Children of Troubled Times(1935)

1h 32min | Drama
2.7/5 (with 2 votes)

The young poet Xin Baihe flees Shanghai with his friend, Liang. Liang soon joins the resistance against the Japanese invaders, but Xin chooses to pursue a relationship with a glamorous and westernized widow in Qingdao. After hearing that Liang has been killed, Xin has a change of heart and rushes to join the war effort.

Directed by Xu Xingzhi - With Yuan Muzhi, Gu Menghe, Wang Renmei

Sable Cicada(1938)

1h 30min | Drama, Romance / Love, War

Diaochan (aka Diau Charn and Sable Cicada), one of the Four Beauties of China, is supposed to be so stunningly lovely that the moon was shamed to hide behind clouds. Despite being the only Beauty among the four who is not a real historical figure but one conjured by storytelling imagination and embellished by public fascination, her story was nonetheless incorporated by author Luo Guangzhong into his popular and influential novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Her tale is one of Machiavellian intrigue, in which she schemes with her godfather Wang Yun to restore moral order to the land, sowing discord between the corrupt Minister Dong Zhuo and his adopted son Lu Bu, a man of martial and military prowess.

Directed by Bu Wancang

Street Angel(1937)

1h 31min | Comedy, Drama
3.3/5 (with 10 votes)

In old Shanghai, two sisters, a prostitute and a singer, try to escape from the local scoundrels with the help of a trumpet player and a newspaper seller.

Directed by Yuan Muzhi - With Zhou Xuan, Zhao Dan


1h 50min | Drama, Romance / Love
2.8/5 (with 3 votes)

Four students in Shanghai have recently finished university. All are unemployed. Xu contemplates suicide but his friend Zhao talks him out of it. Zhao lives in a shabby room with just a flimsy wall of planks separating him from the room behind. Miss Yang, in town to take a factory job, moves in behind. Her nails into the wall knock Zhao's photos down. The unseen neighbours start playing tit for tat... Zhao gets a job as proofreader at a newspaper. He sees that pretty girl on the tram to work every day. He doesn't know her, but it's Miss Yang... Zhao is assigned to cover labour conditions for the paper. He is sent to a factory, the one where Miss Yang works...

Directed by Shen Xiling - With Zhao Dan

The Eight Hundred Heroes(1938)

53min | War, War

800 Chinese soldiers guard the important warehouse district against the invading Japanese Army. Re-imagination of a famous (bordering on legendary) episode from the battle of Shanghai: 800 soldiers of the 88th regiment against what feels like the whole of Japan’s Imperial Army - think Thermopylae, Chinese version. A splendid, visually amazing gem which, in its own way, is also a last stand: of silent cinema, Shanghai style. (iffr)

Directed by Ying Yunwei - With Yuan Muzhi, Chen Bo'er

Scenes of City Life(1935)

1h 33min | Comedy, Drama
3.2/5 (with 2 votes)

A novelist uses all his money to buy gifts for the woman he loves who in turn is also seeing a business man, using him for expensive presents. As a consequence the writer is unable to pay the rent, whilst the womans family goes hungry as her fathers business suffers. A joyful comedy that expresses the dangers of consumerism for the careless spender.

Directed by Yuan Muzhi

Empress Wu Zetian(1939)

1h 35min | Drama, History
3.2/5 (with 2 votes)

Historical film based on the life of Wu Zetian, the only female emperor in Chinese history.

Two White Snake Ghosts(1934)

The white snake demon transforms into a beautiful woman when she is attracted to a man named Khouw Han Boen. The two marry. Later, Han Boen finds out that his now-pregnant wife is the white snake demon in disguise.

Directed by The Teng Chun

Song of China(1935)

1h 5min | Drama

A businessman moves his family from the city to the countryside to open a school.

Directed by Fei Mu - With Zheng Junli

Blood on Wolf Mountain(1936)

1h 10min | War, Drama
3.0/5 (with 1 vote)

Blood on Wolf Mountain tells the story of a village that is beset by a pack of wolves. Made just prior to the commencement of full-scale war with the Japanese, the film itself is often considered an allegory of conflict between China and Japan.

Directed by Fei Mu - With Jiang Qing
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Waves Washing the Sand(1936)

1h 8min | Crime, Drama
3.0/5 (with 3 votes)

Returning home from a long voyage overseas, a man finds his wife and child living with another man. Fuelled by anger, he murders the other man and is forced to flee justice, until he faces death on a deserted island.

Directed by Wu Yonggang

Fate of Graduates(1934)

1h 40min
3.2/5 (with 3 votes)

The film tells the tragic story of two recent college graduates, Tao Jianping ("Tao" is a homophone for peach), and Li Lilian ("Li" is a homophone for plum). Married, the two hope to change society for the better, but are continuously challenged by the corruption and injustice of Chinese society.

Directed by Ying Yunwei - With Yuan Muzhi

Mulan Joins the Army(1939)

1h 30min | War, History
2.5/5 (with 1 vote)

This movie is based on the famous Chinese folklore that is more than one and a half millennium old. The same folklore was what the Disney animation Mulan is based on, and similarly, it was what many Chinese movies/operas/plays based on.

Directed by Bu Wancang - With Chen Yunchang

The Classic for Girls(1934)

2h 47min | Drama

A hostess in Shanghai invites her secondary schoolmates to a reunion. They each reminisce about their lives, with some having difficulties in marriage or career. Some led destructive lives, while others contributed to the country.

Directed by Cheng Bugao, Shen Xiling, Zheng Zhengqiu, Li Pingqian - With Xu Qin-fang

Sam Pek Eng Tay(1931)

This fatal love story is about a girl, Giok Eng Tay and a young man, Nio Sam Pek. Eng Tay's father, Giok Kong Wan is an official whose position has led him to marry his daughter to Ma Bun Cai, the son of a rich regent. The romantic tie between Sam Pek and Eng Tay is severed. Then Sam Pek is abused by Kong Wan's men, and dies. On their way to Bun Cai's house, the bride's entourage makes a stopover at Sam Pek's grave. The grave suddenly opens, and Eng Tay jumps into Sam Pek's grave.

Directed by The Teng Chun

Chengshi zhi ye(1933)

1h 5min

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Directed by Fei Mu - With Ruan Lingyu, Jin Yan
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