Movies: Best Movies in Chinese (Mandarin)(汉语)

Chinese (中文; Zhōngwén, especially when referring to written Chinese) is a group of languages spoken natively by the ethnic Han Chinese majority and many minority ethnic groups in Greater China. About 1.3 billion people (or approximately 16% of the world's population) speak a variety of Chinese as their first language. Chinese languages form the Sinitic branch of the Sino-Tibetan languages family. The spoken varieties of Chinese are usually considered by native speakers to be dialects of a single language. However, their lack of mutual intelligibility means they are sometimes considered to be separate languages in a family. Investigation of the historical relationships among the varieties of Chinese is ongoing. Currently, most classifications posit 7 to 13 main regional groups based on phonetic developments from Middle Chinese, of which the most spoken by far is Mandarin (with about 800 million speakers, or 66%), followed by Min (75 million, e.g. Southern Min), Wu (74 million, e.g. Shanghainese), and Yue (68 million, e.g. Cantonese). These branches are unintelligible to each other, and many of their subgroups are unintelligible with the other varieties within the same branch (e.g. Southern Min). There are, however, transitional areas where varieties from different branche... ()

Chinese (Mandarin) is spoken in People's Republic of China and Taiwan and 8,272 movies (between 1909 and 2023) with this language have been recorded so far. Most of these movies were shot in People's Republic of China (3,747). Popular genres for Chinese (Mandarin) movies are Drama (3,461), Action (1,681) and Comedy (1,103). Be Somebody (2021), The Battle at Lake Changjin (2021), Wolf Warrior 2 (2017), Hi, Mom (2021) and Ne Zha (2019) are among the best known & most successful Chinese (Mandarin) movies.

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Be Somebody(2021)

2h 3min | Mystery, Comedy, Drama
3.6/5 (with 13 votes)

A group of filmmakers are gathered in a dark and windy night for preparation of shooting a film based on a sensational murder case. It's unrealized that they are placed in the real crime scene and the true murderer is among them.

Directed by Liu Xunzimo - With Yin Zheng, Deng Jiajia, Yu Entai

The Battle at Lake Changjin(2021)

2h 56min | Drama, War
3.1/5 (with 28 votes)

Korean War, winter 1950. In the frozen and snowy area of Changjin Lake, a bloody battle is about to begin between the elite troops of the United States and China.

Directed by Chen Kaige, Dante Lam, Tsui Hark - With Wu Jing, Jackson Yee, Duan Yihong, Zhu Yawen, Li Chen, Hu Jun, ...

Wolf Warrior 2(2017)

2h 4min | War, Action, Drama
3.3/5 (with 108 votes)

China's deadliest special forces operative settles into a quiet life on the sea. When sadistic mercenaries begin targeting nearby civilians, he must leave his newfound peace behind and return to his duties as a soldier and protector.

Hi, Mom(2021)

2h 8min | Drama, Comedy, Fantasy
3.6/5 (with 52 votes)

After her mother Li Huanying is fatally injured in a car accident in 2001, grief-stricken Jia Xiaoling finds herself transported back in time to the year 1981, where she becomes her mother's close friend. Jia Xiaoling feels that she has not been a good enough daughter in the present, so back in 1981 she does all she can to make Li Huanying happy, including setting her up with a factory manager's son, Shen Guanglin, in the hope of giving her mother a better husband, a better daughter, and a better life than she had the first time around.

Directed by Jia Ling - With Jia Ling, Zhang Xiaofei, Shen Teng, Michael Chen

Ne Zha(2019)

| 1h 50min | Animation, Fantasy, Adventure
4.0/5 (with 157 votes)

The Primus extracts a Mixed Yuan Bead into a Spirit Seed and a Demon Pill. The Spirit Seed can be reincarnated as a human to help King Zhou establish a new dynasty, whereas the Demon Pill will create a devil threatening humanity. Ne Zha is the one who is destined to be the hero, but instead he becomes a devil incarnate, because the Spirit Seed and a Demon Pill are switched.

Directed by Jiaozi

The Legend of Nezha(2023)

1h 50min | Fantasy

Nezha gets into trouble and implicates his parents, who get punished by the heavens along with him. He bravely steps up and admits his fault, which touches the heavens, and his effort comes to fruition. The family of three finally reunites in the end.

The Wandering Earth(2019)

| 2h 6min | Science Fiction, Action, Drama
3.3/5 (with 342 votes)

When the Sun begins to expand in such a way that it will inevitably engulf and destroy the Earth in a hundred years, united mankind finds a way to avoid extinction by propelling the planet out of the Solar System using gigantic engines, moving it to a new home located four light years away, an epic journey that will last thousands of years.

Directed by Frant Gwo - With Qu Chuxiao, Li Guangjie, Ng Man-tat, Zhao Jinmai, Wu Jing, Ning Hao, ...

Detective Chinatown 3(2021)

2h 16min | Action, Comedy, Mystery
2.9/5 (with 24 votes)

Following the excitement of first Bangkok and then New York, a big murder case takes place in Tokyo. Chinatown master detectives Tangren and Qinfeng are invited to take up the mystery. Adding to the excitement are the other detectives on the CRIMASTER international detective list as well as the current top rank, Q. Yet another hilarious battle of wits is set to take place...

The Battle at Lake Changjin: Water Gate Bridge(2022)

2h 33min | War, History, Action, Drama
3.5/5 (with 19 votes)

In the follow-up to "The Battle At Lake Changjin", brothers Wu Qianli and Wu Wanli undertake a new task for the People's Volunteer Army, defending a bridge part of the American troops' escape route from the advancing Chinese.

Directed by Chen Kaige, Tsui Hark, Dante Lam - With Wu Jing, Jackson Yee, Duan Yihong, Zhang Hanyu

Full River Red(2023)

2h 39min | Drama, Mystery, Comedy
2.6/5 (with 12 votes)

A pawn tries to get rid of a traitorous minister, Qin Hui, when he leads an army to the border for talks with a Jurchen mission.

Directed by Zhang Yimou - With Shen Teng, Jackson Yee, Zhang Yi, Lei Jiayin, Yue Yunpeng, Pan Binlong, ...

Operation Red Sea(2018)

| 2h 22min | Action, Thriller, War, Drama
3.5/5 (with 107 votes)

A squad of the Jiaolong Commando Unit - Sea Dragon, a spec ops team of the Chinese Navy, carries out a hostage rescue operation in the nation of Yewaire, on the Arabian Peninsula, and fiercely fights against local rebel groups and Zaka, a terrorist organization.

Directed by Dante Lam - With Zhang Yi, Huang Jingyu, Zhang Hanyu, Hai Qing, Jiang Du, Prince Mak, ...

The Mermaid(2016)

| 1h 33min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance / Love
3.2/5 (with 149 votes)

A playboy business tycoon, Liu Xuan, purchases the Green Gulf, a wildlife reserve, for a sea reclamation project, and uses sonar technology to get rid of the sea life in the area. Unknown to him, the Green Gulf is the home of merpeople, and the sonar has caused many of them to succumb to illness or die. Xuan's business ventures in the area are threatened when he crosses paths with the mermaid, Shan, who is sent to avenge her people.

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Detective Chinatown 2(2018)

2h 1min | Comedy, Mystery
3.1/5 (with 32 votes)

Driven by the desire for the huge reward, Tang Ren (by Wang Baoqiang) tricked Qin Feng (by Liu Haoran) to New York, to attend the World Detective Contest,. Later on, behind the crazy competition, Qin and Tang discovered the real hidden facts of this contest.

The Eight Hundred(2020)

2h 27min | War, History, Drama, Action
3.6/5 (with 94 votes)

In 1937, eight hundred Chinese soldiers fight under siege from a warehouse in the middle of the Shanghai battlefield, completely surrounded by the Japanese army.

Directed by Guan Hu - With Huang Zhizhong, Oho Ou, Zhang Junyi, Wang Qianyuan, Jiang Wu, Zhang Yi, ...

Dying to Survive(2018)

1h 57min | Drama, Comedy
4.1/5 (with 53 votes)

When a mysterious visitor appears, the life of Yong Cheng, owner of a store that stocks aphrodisiac products, changes dramatically. He becomes the exclusive selling agent of a cheap Indian generic drug against Chronic Granulocytic Leukemia in China. Not only does Yong Cheng see his profits skyrocket, but he is dubbed the god of medicine“ by his customers.

Directed by Wen Muye, Jianv Han - With Ning Hao, Xu Zheng, Zhou Yiwei, Eric Wang, Tan Zhuo, Zhang Yu, ...

Monster Hunt(2015)

| 1h 51min | Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure
3.2/5 (with 147 votes)

Young monster kids try to make peace between the world of humans and the world of the monsters.

Monster Hunt 2(2018)

1h 50min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
3.4/5 (with 52 votes)

The sequel to Monster Hunt. Set in a world where monsters and humans co-exist, the franchise tells the story of Wuba, a baby monster born to be king. Wuba becomes the central figure in stopping an all-out monster civil war.

Never Say Die(2017)

1h 40min | Comedy, Fantasy
2.7/5 (with 18 votes)

A boxer and a journalist accidentally exchange bodies after they are struck by current, embarking a series of adventures.

With Ma Li, Ai Lun, Shen Teng

Mojin: The Lost Legend(2015)

| 2h 7min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
3.1/5 (with 93 votes)

At the beginning of the 1990s, famous tomb explorer Hu Bayi decided to retire and move to the United States with his girlfriend Shirley. But before his wedding, Bayi discovers his first love Ding Shitian, who supposedly had died in the "One Hundred Cave" 20 years ago, is actually still alive. Together with Shirley and his old exploration partner, Bayi unravels a terrible millennium-old secret...

Directed by Wu Ershan - With Huang Bo

Lost in Hong Kong(2015)

1h 54min | Comedy
2.8/5 (with 22 votes)

The film follows Xu Lai, a former artist whose dreams were dashed when the responsibilities of life set in. With his life now revolving around his wife Cai Bo who is obsessed with having children, the quirks of his eccentric family and his mediocre, ordinary existence, Xu Lai hopes to reconnect with his first love Yang YIi on an upcoming vacation. However, his hopes are dashed when he finds himself wrapped up in a murder investigation that proves truth is often stranger than fiction.

Directed by Xu Zheng - With Xu Zheng, Zhao Wei, Bao Bei'er, Du Juan, Wang Xun, Pan Hong, ...

Kung Fu Yoga(2017)

2.9/5 (with 155 votes)

Two professors team up to locate a lost treasure and embark on an adventure that takes them from a Tibetan ice cave to Dubai, and to a mountain temple in India.

Directed by Stanley Tong - With Jackie Chan, Li Zhiting, Lay, Sonu Sood, Disha Patani, Zhang Guoli, ...

Red Cliff(2008)

| 2h 30min | Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
3.6/5 (with 348 votes)

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.

Directed by John Woo - With Tony Leung, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Zhang Fengyi, Chang Chen, Lin Chi-ling, Zhao Wei, ...

Jiang Ziya: Legend of Deification(2020)

3.7/5 (with 75 votes)

Atop the ruins of war, top commander Jiang Ziya is given the task to banish the Nine-tailed Fox Demon who threatens all mortals' very existence. When he discovers the Nine-tailed Fox's life linked to the soul of an innocent girl, he is faced with a challenging decision: follow the will of heaven or find his own path to righteousness.

Better Days(2019)

2h 15min | Drama
4.1/5 (with 156 votes)

A bullied teenage girl forms an unlikely friendship with a mysterious young man who protects her from her assailants, while she copes with the pressures of her final examinations.

Directed by Derek Tsang - With Zhou Dongyu, Jackson Yee, Huang Jue, Zhou Ye, Wu Yue, Zhang Yifan, ...


| 2h 16min | Drama, History
3.7/5 (with 37 votes)

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.

Directed by Feng Xiaogang - With Huang Xuan, Vivi Miao, Zhong Chuxi, Yang Caiyu

Too Cool to Kill(2022)

1h 49min | Action, Comedy
3.0/5 (with 10 votes)

Wei Chenggong, a working actor with big dreams, finally appears to get his big break when actress Milan invites him to play the lead role of "Killer Karl" in a new play. Little does Wei Chenggong know, he has fallen into a perilous conspiracy where all the villains are real, and only through his acting skills and good deal of luck will he be able to make it out alive.

Directed by Xing Wenxiong - With Ma Li, Wei Xiang

Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons(2013)

| 1h 50min | Action, Fantasy, Adventure, Comedy
3.5/5 (with 148 votes)

In a world plagued by demons who cause great human suffering, young demon hunter Tang Sanzang must fight against monstrous demons, as well as contend with a beautiful demon hunting woman on his path to enlightenment.

Directed by Stephen Chow, Derek Kwok - With Huang Bo, Shu Qi, Wen Zhang, Show Lo, Chrissie Chau, Lee Sheung-ching, ...

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon(2000)

3.7/5 (with 1,367 votes)

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.

Nice View(2022)

3.3/5 (with 7 votes)

20-year-old Jing Hao came to Shenzhen to live with his young sister alone. The siblings live a warm yet straitened life. In an effort to pay for his sister's expensive surgery, Jing Hao gets an opportunity by chance, thinking that a better life is coming, but unexpectedly encounters a serious setback. Under the pressure of both time and money, Jing Hao, who has no way out, decides to take a desperate gamble. Can this ignite the spark of hope for his troubled ordinary life?

Directed by Wen Muye - With Jackson Yee, Yu Tian, Xu Zheng, Qi Xi, Huang Yao

Us and Them(2018)

3.8/5 (with 56 votes)

Ten years ago, on a train home during the busy Spring Festival travel period, fate brings Xiaoxiao and Jianqing together. Like many young couples, they meet, fall in love, and strive to make it work, but eventually, the harsh realities of life make them drift apart. Ten years later, they run into each other again. Will they make the most of this second chance and rekindle what they once lost?

Directed by René Liu - With Jing Boran, Zhou Dongyu, Tian Zhuangzhuang
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