Top 20 Chinese Fantasy Movies

The Chinese love to dream up, so filmmakers from the Middle Kingdom skillfully bake spectacular stories for a grateful audience with fighting monks, werewolf foxes, mermaids of unearthly beauty and warriors flying without propellers. Catchy fantasy films are based on ancient Chinese legends and myths, and are filled with attractive oriental magic. Our selection contains a list of the best feature-length projects of recent years – from new movies to popular classics.

Assassin: Battle of the Worlds (2021)

Each frame of the Chinese novelty in the fantasy fighting genre required the work of visual effects specialists, so the staff of such workers included almost 800 people. At the exit, the viewer received an amazing world with details thought out to the smallest detail. The film takes place in two worlds – fictional book and real. A young writer starts work on a new book. The plot of the work is somehow transferred to reality and looms as a threat over the whole world.

What do you think, is it worth filming a sequel, and what should be in it?

Original title:
Ci sha xiao shuo jia

Actors:
Lei Jiayin, Yang Mi, Dong Zijian…

Country:
China

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.2

Age limit:
18+


Sorcerer (2021)

The new mystical action movie from China is a colorful fantasy film where heroes fly high and monsters have ladies of heart. Yuan Boya lost his job due to a daring robbery on his captain’s shift and is determined to restore justice. The guard is looking for criminals in a magical world divided by a bridge into two countries – people and demons. Boya meets the sorcerer Qingming and helps him uncover the monsters’ plot against humanity.

Original title:
Shi shen ling

Actors:
Chen Kun, Qu Chuxiao, Zhou Xun …

Country:
China

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.4

Age limit:
16+


Mulan (2020)

A spectacular costumed fairy tale about a brave girl is an adaptation of a popular cartoon. Mulan’s parents hope to find a worthy husband for their daughter, but the meeting with the matchmaker ends in failure. The attack of enemies on Chinese lands pushes marriage plans into the background – a fearless girl is forced to replace her elderly father in military service. Mulan will have to fight a dangerous opponent, showing a fighting spirit, and understand her own calling.

Original title:
Mulan

Actors:
Liu Yifei, Donnie Yen, Gong Li…

Country:
USA, China, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 5.7

Age restrictions:
12+


Double World (2020)

One of the best Chinese fantasy films worth watching for fans of action-packed action movies. Advisor Guan organizes an assassination attempt on the ruler, which unties his hands to declare war on a neighboring state. Brave fighters flock to the capital to participate in the qualifying competition. However, an old enemy of Guan lurks among the pretenders, driven by a blood feud .

Original title:
Zheng tu

Actors:
Henry Lau, Peter Ho, Lin Chenhan …

Country:
China

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 6.1

Age limit:
16+


Sorcerer: Dream of Eternity (2020)

A powerful demon wakes up every few centuries, and four Yin-Yang masters call on the guards of the kingdom to protect against dark forces. Maintaining balance helps protect the kingdom for centuries, but one day everything changes. The world is threatened when one master is killed and the rest find out who the culprit is. The discord of the guards decides to take advantage of the insidious princess , who has her own deadly plans. Will Master Qingming’s apprentice and Master Boya be able to investigate the crime and prevent a catastrophe ?

Original title:
Qing ya ji

Actors:
Mark Chao, Deng Lun, Wang Ziwen …

Country:
China

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.5

Age limit:
16+


Jade Dynasty (2019)

Foreign cinema in the fantasy genre from a famous Chinese director attracts the attention of viewers from the first minutes of viewing. Zhang Xiao Feng witnessed the brutal massacre of the villagers, but the boy miraculously managed to survive. A child who dreams of avenging the death of his parents ends up in a martial arts school . Zhang is considered the worst student, until one day a magical artifact falls into the hands of the guy, granting power, but also deadly for its owner.

Original title:
Zhu xian

Actors:
Sean Xiao, Li Qin, Meng Meiqi …

Country:
China

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.3, IMDb – 6.2


Naga Pearl Legend (2017)

In ancient times, the representatives of the Winged People and people lived in peace, but an accidental misunderstanding led to a serious conflict. Humanity won the bloody struggle, and the opponents were expelled from the mainland. The only heir to the leaders of the Winged People learns about an ancient artifact called Naga’s pearl, which will help restore justice.

Original title:
Jiao zhu zhuan

Actors:
Darren Wang, Simon Yam, Zhang Tianai …

Country:
China

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 5.5


Krosavcheg and miracle (2017)

A Chinese fantasy film about magic will appeal to fans of oriental mythology. Yuan Shuai went bankrupt on the creation of a new film, and to pay his debts he has to work as a cleaner at a local zoo. After the failure of the film, the only way out is a successful marriage to a rich bride, but the appearance of Bai Xianchu ruins the guy’s plans. The girl turns out to be a demon fox saved by Yuan as a child. Bai is driven by love, but such relationships have been strictly forbidden for centuries.

Original title:
Er dai yao qing

Actors:
William Feng, Liu Yifei, Guo Jingfei …

Country:
China

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 5.2


Great Wall (2016)

Western merchant William learns about a Chinese invention, gunpowder, that can change the course of battles. The merchant goes east for the secret of making an explosive mixture, but along the way, travelers are attacked by monsters and captured. Once behind the Great Wall, William learns the secret about the existence of monsters that come to the surface once every few decades. And just now the Celestial Empire is on the verge of a decisive battle. William is faced with a difficult choice: steal the recipe for gunpowder and get rich, or join the Chinese defenders to save humanity.

Original title:
The Great Wall

Actors:
Matt Damon, Jing Tian, ​​Willem Dafoe…

Country:
USA, China, Hong Kong, Australia, Canada

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.9

Age restrictions:
12+


Mermaid (2016)

Playboy and billionaire Liu Xuan acquires a plot of sea with an island for industrial development. With such a plot, a beautiful fantasy movie made in China, available for viewing in Russian voice acting, begins. The hero of the film does not know that, thanks to the deal, he also got a sunken ship , where a family of mermaids lives. Mythical creatures are worried about the appearance of a person on their territory, so they send the beautiful Shan to Liu. The mermaid must charm the businessman and lure him into a deadly trap, but the first date doesn’t go according to plan.

Original title:
Mei ren yu

Actors:
Jelly Lin, Den Chao, Show Luo …

Country:
China

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 5.8, IMDb – 6.2

Age limit:
16+


Dragon Sword (2015)

Historical fantasy – an adventure film about the alliance of Chinese soldiers with the Roman commander Lucius, who refused to serve the treacherous emperor Tiberius. The commander of the detachment, Ho An, arrives at the construction of a new fort, where he encounters the enemy. The Chinese and Romans are ready to fight, but an impending sandstorm forces a temporary truce. Ho An lets the detachment of Lucius into the fortress, and learns about the insidious plans of Tiberius. Opponents unite to prevent the capture of the Great Silk Road, but it is not so easy to realize what was conceived.

Original title:
Tian jiang xiong shi

Actors:
Jackie Chan, John Cusack, Adrien Brody…

Country:
China, Hong Kong

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.0

Age limit:
18+


Monster Hunt (2015)

Our top films continue with a Chinese comedy fantasy about the adventures of a little demon. Many millennia ago, people and monsters lived in harmony, but human greed destroyed peaceful agreements. Centuries later, Yin Tian falls in love with a beautiful demon girl and the couple have a child. The kid is destined to become the king of monsters, but a cruel hunt begins for the crumbs.

Original title:
Zhuo yao ji

Actors:
Bai Baihe, Jing Bozhan, Jiang Wu …

Country:
China, Hong Kong

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.1

Age limit:
12+


Journey to the West (2013)

Monk Xuanzang travels along the Great Silk Road, trying to learn ancient Buddhist secrets. On the way, the wanderer will meet many demons, personifying human vices, and the most insidious monster will appear in the guise of a beautiful girl. Xuanzang will have to show incredible restraint so as not to destroy his soul in a fight with evil spirits. A monk, armed only with a book of lullabies, will go through incredible trials and find new companions: a half-man, half-pig, the monkey king and the magician Zhu Bajie.

Original title:
Xi you: Xiang mo pian

Actors:
Shu Qi, Wen Zhang, Huang Bo …

Country:
China, Hong Kong

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 6.8

Age limit:
12+


The Wizard and the White Snake (2011)

In ancient China, people and demons did not get along well with each other, very evil spirits liked to play pranks. Mankind lived in constant fear, and the only defenders were Buddhist monks who could seal the power of any monster with a divine spell. One day, a young herbalist’s encounter with a demon changed the course of history forever when the young Xu Xian fell in love with the White Snake at first sight.

Original title:
Bai she chuan shuo

Actors:
Jet Li, Eva Huang, Raymond Lam …

Country:
China, Hong Kong

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.7, IMDb – 5.8

Age limit:
12+


Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Ghost Flame (2010)

The Celestial Empire is preparing for the coronation of the first Chinese Empress of the Tang Dynasty, but the organization of the celebration is on the verge of collapse. Under mysterious circumstances, the chief sculptor dies, then the investigator who was assigned the murder case, and several more people ignite spontaneously and die. The future empress has the last hope for Di Renjie’s detective abilities, but the supreme judge is languishing behind bars for disagreeing with the fact that a woman will ascend the throne.

Original title:
Di Renjie: tong tian di guo

Actors:
Andy Lau, Tony Leung Ka-Fai, Deng Chao…

Country:
China, Hong Kong

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 6.6

Age limit:
16+


Forbidden Kingdom (2008)

Schoolboy Jason is passionate about martial arts, but the guy does not have a teacher to hone his skills. A self-taught young man comes to a Chinese shop, where he notices an unusual wand. The shop owner asks Jason to hand over an ancient artifact to the monkey king, and the guy finds himself in the amazing world of mythical characters. Together with new friends, the teenager must restore justice in the magical kingdom by defeating the insidious Jade Warlord.

Original title:
The Forbidden Kingdom

Actors:
Jet Li, Jackie Chan, Michael Angarano…

Country:
USA, China

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 6.6

Age restrictions:
12+


Painted Skin (dilogue, 2008 and 2012)

During a military campaign, the valiant warrior Wang Sheng saves the beautiful Xiaowei from the invaders. The brave man does not suspect that behind his cute appearance is a dangerous demon that feeds on human hearts. Wang’s young wife suspects something is wrong, but her husband does not believe Peizhong’s words. The girl has no choice but to turn to her former lover, the powerful General Yun, for help.

Original title:
Hua pi

Actors:
Donnie Yen, Zhou Xun, Chen Kun…

Country:
China, Hong Kong, Singapore

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.3

Age limit:
16+


Myth (2005)

The emperor of the Qin Dynasty sends General Meng Yi to search for the elixir of immortality , but the commander becomes the victim of a political conspiracy . The commander is killed, and his associates are accused of treason and sent to eternal imprisonment. Centuries later, the dungeon is accidentally opened by fellow archaeologists. One of the men is like two drops of water similar to Meng Yi, and the long story gets an unexpected continuation. The main role in the fantasy was played by the audience’s favorite Jackie Chan , thanks to which the film turned out not only spectacular, but also with humor.

Original title:
San wa

Actors:
Shao Bin, Jackie Chan, Weixing Yao …

Country:
Hong Kong, China

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.1

Age limit:
16+


Oath (2005)

Qingcheng’s childhood fell on the war, and the surviving girl is forced to survive alone in a cruel world. The meeting with the goddess Manshen changes the fate of the orphan – the child makes a deal with the patroness. Qingcheng will not need anything, and in return he will never know happiness in love. The girl agrees to the conditions of the goddess, but, having matured and become a beauty, she falls into a fatal love triangle .

Original title:
Wu ji

Actors:
Chang Dong-gon, Hiroyuki Sanada, Cecilia Chun…

Country:
China, South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 5.6

Age restrictions:
12+


Hero (2002)

The most popular Chinese fantasy with voice acting in Russian and after years holds a high rating. The unusual plot of the film consists of three short stories shot in different colors. Many centuries ago, China was divided into several principalities. The head of the Qin territory decides to unite all the lands under his command. Opponents sent mercenaries to the lord more than once, but attempts to remove the emperor ended in failure. The guest of the ruler – the Nameless Warrior – will tell about how he defeated his main enemies, but is he telling the truth and why did he actually come to the palace?

Original title:
Ying xiong

Actors:
Jet Li, Tony Leung Chu Wai, Maggie Cheung …

Country:
China, Hong Kong

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.9

Age limit:
12+


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Jared Lambert/ author of the article

I’ve been writing about movies, TV shows and anime for over 3 years, and you may have seen my reviews on Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic.

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