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

Chinese (simplified Chinese: 汉语; traditional Chinese: 漢語; pinyin: Hànyǔ; lit. 'Han language' or 中文; Zhōngwén; 'Chinese writing') is a group of languages spoken natively by the ethnic Han Chinese majority and many minority ethnic groups in China. Approximately 1.35 billion people, or around 16% of the global population, speak a variety of Chinese as their first language. Chinese languages form the Sinitic branch of the Sino-Tibetan language 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 66%, or around 800 million speakers, 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, howev... ()

Chinese (Mandarin) is spoken in People's Republic of China and Taiwan and 8,476 movies (between 1905 and 2024) with this language have been recorded so far. Most of these movies were shot in People's Republic of China (3,882). Popular genres for Chinese (Mandarin) movies are Drama (3,565), Action (1,715) and Comedy (1,143). 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 111 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 57 votes)

Devastated after her mom's serious accident and grief-stricken because she hasn't become the daughter she wanted to be for her mother, Jia Xiaoling finds herself transported back in time to the year 1981, where she meets her young mother before she was her mom.

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 162 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 385 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, Qu Jingjing, ...

Detective Chinatown 3(2021)

2h 16min | Action, Comedy, Mystery
2.9/5 (with 29 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...

Full River Red(2023)

| 2h 39min | Mystery, Comedy, Thriller, History
2.9/5 (with 51 votes)

During China's Song Dynasty, A mysterious murder occurs at Chancellor Quin Hui's residence after meeting delegates from the neighboring Jin Dynasty. The members become embroiled not just in a murder mystery, but a larger conspiracy concerning the fate of the empire.

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

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

2h 33min | War, History, Action, Drama
3.5/5 (with 21 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

The Wandering Earth II(2023)

| 2h 53min | Science Fiction, Action, Drama
3.6/5 (with 198 votes)

Humans built huge engines on the surface of the earth to find a new home. But the road to the universe is perilous. In order to save earth, young people once again have to step forward to start a race against time for life and death.

Directed by Frant Gwo - With Wu Jing, Andy Lau, Zhang Fengyi

Operation Red Sea(2018)

| 2h 22min | Action, Thriller, War, Drama
3.6/5 (with 108 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, Du Jiang, Prince Mak, ...
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The Mermaid(2016)

| 1h 33min | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance / Love
3.2/5 (with 151 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.

Detective Chinatown 2(2018)

2h 1min | Comedy, Mystery
3.1/5 (with 35 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.

Oh My School!(2023)

1h 31min | Comedy, Animation
2.9/5 (with 3 votes)

Wang Qiang (Xing Yuanyuan), the most naughty “scumbag” in the third class of junior high school, and Shi Miona (Wang Bowen), a cranky homeroom teacher, accidentally swap bodies. Wang, who had been oppressed for a long time, got a taste of being a homeroom teacher, and Shi also experienced the feeling of being considered the “school scum”. As the date of Shi’s open class competition is approaching, the two urgently need to find a way to change back into their bodies. But first, they’ll have to overcome numerous obstacles….

No More Bets(2023)

| 2h 10min | Drama, Crime
3.7/5 (with 8 votes)

A depressed programmer and a model decide to seek gold as a seemingly good job opportunity, but they inadvertently become involved in a well-planned Internet scam.

With Lay, Gina Gin, Yong Mei, Eric Wang, Darren Wang, Zhou Ye, ...

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, ...

Moon Man(2022)

3.5/5 (with 27 votes)

Working as a maintenance crew member on the moon, Duguyue is left behind after the evacuation mission forgets about him. A meteorite then destroys planet Earth, leaving him as the only man left alive in existence.

Directed by Chiyu Zhang

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 149 votes)

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

Creation of the Gods I: Kingdom of Storms(2023)

1h 29min | Action, Fantasy, War
3.7/5 (with 60 votes)

Based on the most well-known classical fantasy novel of China, Fengshenyanyi, the trilogy is a magnificent eastern high fantasy epic that recreates the prolonged mythical wars between humans, immortals and monsters, which happened more than three thousand years ago.

Directed by Wu Ershan - With Fei Xiang, Li Xuejian, Huang Bo, Narana Erdyneeva, Yu Shi, Yuan Quan, ...

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

Lost in the Stars(2023)

2h 1min | Mystery, Crime, Thriller
3.2/5 (with 26 votes)

He Fei's wife, Li Muzi, disappears during their anniversary trip. When she reappears, he insists that she is not his wife. As Chen Mai, a top lawyer gets involved in this bizarre case, more mysteries start to emerge.

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, Aarif Rahman, 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 77 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.

Directed by Li Wei, Teng Cheng

Better Days(2019)

2h 15min | Drama
4.1/5 (with 165 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, ...
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