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

Chinese (simplified Chinese: 汉语; traditional Chinese: 漢語; pinyin: Hànyǔ or also 中文; Zhōngwén, especially for the written language) is a group of language varieties that form the Sinitic branch of the Sino-Tibetan languages, spoken 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. The spoken varieties of Chinese are usually considered by native speakers to be variants of a single language. Due to their lack of mutual intelligibility, however, they are classified as separate languages in a family by some linguists, who note that the varieties are as divergent as the Romance languages. Investigation of the historical relationships among the varieties of Chinese is just starting. 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 o... ()

Chinese (Mandarin) is spoken in People's Republic of China and 5,894 movies (between 1919 and 2022) with this language have been recorded so far. Most of these movies were shot in People's Republic of China (2,351). Popular genres for Chinese (Mandarin) movies are Drama (2,255), Action (1,356) and Comedy (817). Wolf Warrior 2 (2017), The Wandering Earth (2019), Ne Zha (2019), Operation Red Sea (2018) and The Mermaid (2016) are among the best known & most successful Chinese (Mandarin) movies.


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Wolf Warrior 2(2017)

2h 4min | War, Action, Drama
3.4/5 (with 77 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.

The Wandering Earth(2019)

PG-13
| 2h 6min | Science Fiction, Action, Drama
3.2/5 (with 227 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, ...

Ne Zha(2019)

NR
| 1h 50min | Animation, Fantasy, Adventure
4.0/5 (with 91 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

Operation Red Sea(2018)

NR
| 2h 22min | Action, Thriller, War, Drama
3.4/5 (with 58 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)

R
| 1h 33min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance / Love
3.2/5 (with 105 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.

The Eight Hundred(2020)

2h 27min | War, History, Drama, Action
3.6/5 (with 36 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

Monster Hunt(2015)

PG
| 1h 51min | Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure
3.2/5 (with 113 votes)

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

Mojin: The Lost Legend(2015)

PG-13
| 2h 7min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
3.2/5 (with 75 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
3.0/5 (with 19 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

Kung Fu Yoga(2017)

3.0/5 (with 126 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, Aarif Rahman, Lay, Sonu Sood, Disha Patani, Zhang Guoli, ...

Red Cliff(2008)

R
| 2h 30min | Action, Adventure, Drama, War
3.6/5 (with 264 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, ...

Legend of Deification(2020)

3.6/5 (with 6 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.

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Better Days(2019)

2h 15min | Drama
4.1/5 (with 46 votes)

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

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

Youth(2017)

NR
| 2h 16min | Drama, History, Music
3.8/5 (with 24 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

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon(2000)

3.7/5 (with 1,112 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.

Us and Them(2018)

3.9/5 (with 37 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

Lost in Thailand(2012)

NR
| 1h 45min | Comedy, Adventure, Drama
3.2/5 (with 25 votes)

Lost in Thailand is the story of two rival business managers, Xu (Xu Zheng) and Bo (Huang Bo), who are fighting over a revolutionary new in-house technology for control of their company. If Xu wins, his future will be secured. The critical task is to secure control over the shares of the chairman, who is at a retreat in Thailand. Xu catches the first plane to Bangkok, where he meets the happy-go-lucky Wang (Wang Baoqiang), an unexpected travel companion who will open his eyes to life's true priorities.

The Monkey King 2(2016)

2.9/5 (with 30 votes)

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 defeat her, the Monkey King must fight in order to save his world!

Royal Treasure(2016)

1h 42min | Comedy
2.0/5 (with 2 votes)

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Hero(2002)

PG-13
| 1h 39min | Drama, Adventure, Action, History
3.8/5 (with 778 votes)

One man defeated three assassins who sought to murder the most powerful warlord in pre-unified China.

Operation Mekong(2016)

NR
| 2h 4min | Action, Adventure, Crime, War
3.5/5 (with 77 votes)

Chinese narco-cops take their mission to the Golden Triangle following the Mekong River massacre of innocent fishermen by the region's drug lord.

Directed by Dante Lam - With Zhang Hanyu

Monkey King: Hero Is Back(2015)

1h 29min | Fantasy, Animation, Comedy
3.5/5 (with 56 votes)

The all-powerful Monkey King once roamed freely between Heaven and Earth, but after angering the Gods, he was imprisoned within an ice cage deep within the mountains. 500 years later, monsters attack a small village and a child flees to the mountains. Unknowingly, the child releases the Monkey King from his curse. With the help and encouragement from this special child, Monkey King saves the village from the evil monsters.

The Taking of Tiger Mountain(2014)

2h 21min | Thriller, War, Adventure
3.3/5 (with 62 votes)

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.

Wolf Totem(2015)

1h 56min | Adventure, Drama
3.3/5 (with 145 votes)

In 1969, a young Beijing student, Chen Zhen, is sent to live among the nomadic herdsmen of Inner Mongolia. Caught between the advance of civilization from the south and the nomads' traditional enemies - the marauding wolves - to the north; humans and animals, residents and invaders alike, struggle to find their true place in the world.

Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud - With Woo Gwa, Shawn Dou

A Gambler's Story(2001)

1h 34min | Comedy, Drama
3.3/5 (with 1 vote)

Suki is a very devoted gambler. Whenever he goes to Macau, he buys a return ticket in advance, just in case he loses all his money. After breaking up with his girlfriend Cher, who couldn't bear his gambling anymore, Suki meets a girl called Princess Fragrance at a karaoke bar. They later meet again in Macau, both in the hands of a loan shark Brother Face, who threatens to kill them if they don't pay off their debts….

Dragon Blade(2015)

R
| 2h 7min | Action, Drama, Adventure
3.2/5 (with 203 votes)

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.

Directed by Daniel Lee - With Jackie Chan

Red Cliff Part II(2009)

R
| 2h 16min | Action, Drama, History, War
3.7/5 (with 144 votes)

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?

So Young(2013)

2h 11min | Romance / Love, Drama
3.2/5 (with 33 votes)

On the brink of the 90s, 18-year-old Zheng Wei steps into her university life with a hopeful heart for love. She forms a great friendship with her roommates and united as a group, they embark on their university life together. Wei meets Chen Hao-Zheng in a chance encounter, and despite initial reluctance, Chen accepts Wei as his girlfriend and the two become inseparable. Four years of university life pass and Wei looks forward to establishing a life together with Chen. However, Chen is forced into an impossible decision to leave Wei. Devastated, Wei decides to start afresh. A decade later, Wei’s previous lovers Lin and Chen both find their way back into her life and she has to make a choice on her next step in life.

Directed by Zhao Wei - With Mark Chao, Han Geng

Where Are We Going, Dad?(2014)

1h 35min | Comedy, Kids & Family

A movie based on the reality show of the same name with celebrity fathers and their children.

The Breakup Guru(2014)

2.0/5 (with 5 votes)

One is a bum, one gets by selling self-help DVDs: Mei Yuan Gui is a guy who survives by leeching off his girlfriends; Ye Xiao Chun is a girl who sells DVDs for a living. Two people in the bottom rungs of society meet by accident one day when the guy saves the girl, and so begins the most hilarious, silly and touching love story.

Directed by Deng Chao - With Yang Mi, Deng Chao
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