16 Interesting Chinese War Movies

In the history of each state there are sad pages soaked in blood and smoke from fires. The Middle Kingdom is no exception, and Chinese war films tell about the courage and selflessness of ordinary people. Millions of soldiers at the cost of their lives stopped and defeated enemies, defending the borders of the country, the right to freedom and their own path for the people of China.

Battle of Chosin Reservoir (2021)

The action of the military action movie, which has already become the highest grossing Chinese film, takes place at the end of 1950. Troops from the United States and Britain as part of the UN corps hope to win a quick victory over North Korea. A Chinese volunteer detachment comes to the aid of the Koreans, which surrounds the invaders near the Chosin reservoir. The courageous actions of the volunteers forced the British and American military to flee to the sea.

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Original title:
Zhang jin hu

Genre:
Action, military, history

Actors:
Jackie Wu, Jackson Yi, Duan Yihong …

Country:
China, Hong Kong

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.6, IMDb – 5.2


Eight Hundred (2020)

The Chinese war film provides a cinematic look at the battle of the Suzhou River. The Japanese commanders-in-chief set a deadline of three days for the solution of a combat mission, but battles in the air, at sea and on land were fought for several months. The invaders did not expect such strong resistance from the Chinese army, and the battle was called one of the largest in the history of the country.

Original title:  
Ba bai

Genre:
Military, action, drama

Actors:  
Wang Qianyuan, Jiang Wu, Huang Zhizhong …

Country:  
China

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.8

Age limit:  
18+


Feat (2020)

In 1953, the bloody Korean War comes to an end. The confrontation at Geumsong should be a decisive battle, so it is necessary to protect the crossing over the Bukhangan River from American aircraft. Helping their soldiers, a small detachment of fighters from the People’s Army of China enters into battle with the enemy. The warriors do not intend to give in to the enemy, because at stake is a strategically important bridge, important for the outcome of the battle.

Original title:
Jin gang chuan

Genre:
Military, action, drama

Actors:
Zhang Yi, Jackie Wu, Li Jiuxiao …

Country:
China

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.0, IMDb – 5.6


Sniper (2019)

Most Chinese war films show the valor and courage of ordinary soldiers fighting for their homeland in a close-knit formation. However, a lone professional with a high level of shooting training and strict self-discipline is often required to solve important tasks. The special skills of the sniper allow you to eliminate the target from the first shot, which allows you to influence the outcome of the battle.

Original title:
Duo ming ju ji

Genre:
Military, Action, History

Actors:
Wei Wei, Angel I-Chi Ho, Minova Yasufumi…

Country:
China

Rating:
IMDb – 8.4


Operation in the Red Sea (2018)

At the heart of an exciting action movie – the real events of the civil war in the Arabian Peninsula. When in 2015 the unstable situation in Yemen begins to threaten the citizens of China, the Chinese government organizes an operation to evacuate compatriots. A squad of soldiers arrive on the scene, but help is also required for a group of foreign hostages taken by terrorists .

Original title:  
Hong hai xing dong

Genre:
Action

Actors:  
Zhang Yi, Johnny Huang, Hai-Qing, Du Jiang…

Country:  
Hong Kong, China

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.4, IMDb – 6.7


Chinese Widow (2017)

In the center of the plot of the Chinese military action movie is American pilot Jack Turner. The pilot completes the mission in enemy Japan, after which he makes an emergency landing in the occupied territory of the Celestial Empire. There is no chance of salvation, but a young widow Ying unexpectedly comes to the rescue. Risking her own life, a woman saves an American, even though she doesn’t even speak English.

Original title:
Feng huo fang fei

Genre:
Melodrama, military, history

Actors:
Emil Hirsch, Liu Yifei, Yu Shaoqun …

Country:
China, Denmark

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.2


God of War (2017)

In the second half of the 16th century, the main problem of the Celestial Empire was pirates plundering the eastern borders of the country. When the invaders once again defeat the imperial troops, the General Staff sends the talented commander Qi Jiguang to help the old commander. To protect the coasts, it will be necessary to rally the people and assemble a reliable army, but so far the soldiers are far from the basic concepts of discipline.

Original title:  
Dang kou feng yun

Genre:
Action, history, military

Actors:  
Vincent Zhao, Sammo Hong, Regina Wan …

Country:  
China, Hong Kong

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.2, IMDb – 6.4


Railway Tigers (2016)

The plot of the Chinese movie about the war will take viewers to 1941, when Japan occupied neighboring states. The command paid special attention to the Tianjin-Nanjing railway, which became a strategically important transport facility. An ordinary worker, Ma Yuan, begins to use his professional knowledge of the steel line to sabotage. Together with a reliable team, the hero of the film ambushes the enemy, although the rebels have only improvised means in their arsenal.

Original title:  
Tie dao fei hu

Genre:
Military, Action, History

Actors:  
Jackie Chan, Huang Zitao, Jaycee Chan…

Country:  
China

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 6.1, IMDb – 5.8

Age limit:  
16+


Remembering 1942 (2012)

The Japanese-Chinese war became a severe test for the inhabitants of the Celestial Empire, which was under the occupation of the enemy. Chaos and famine reign in Henan province, people are dying from exhaustion and massive bombardments. An American correspondent comes to China to collect material for a report and is horrified by what he sees. The country’s government is mired in strife for power, so a damning article by a journalist becomes a lifeline for refugees.

Original title:
Yi jiu si er

Genre:
Drama

Actors:
Zhang Guoli, Chen Daoming, Li Xuejian …

Country:
China

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.8, IMDb – 6.8

Age limit:
16+


Warring States (2011)

The seven rulers of the ancient kingdoms are unable to reconcile, having been at war with each other for years. The daughter of a brave general leads the army of the kingdom of Qi into a decisive battle against a powerful enemy. Tian Xi is confident of victory, but warlord Wei uses a cunning tactical move and ruins her calculations. The heroine cannot accept defeat, so she gives the order to catch the enemy commander in chief. What fate awaits the Chinese military will be shown by the events in the movie, filmed in the genre of costumed historical drama .

Original title:
Zhan guo

Genre:
Drama, military

Actors:
Jing Tian, ​​Sun Honglei, Kim Hee-son …

Country:
China

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.5, IMDb – 4.5


Flowers of War (2011)

Based on the “Nanjing massacre”, the rated military thriller faithfully reproduces the horrors of the tragic event. An American undertaker goes to help the local priest, but finds himself in the middle of a war. A man has to impersonate a clergyman in order to save defenseless women from the cruelty of Japanese soldiers by any means.

Original title:  
Jin ling shi san chai

Genre:
Military, action, drama

Actors:  
Christian Bale, Ni Ni, Zhang Xinyu…

Country:  
China, Hong Kong

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.9, IMDb – 7.6

Age restrictions:  
18+


City of Life and Death (2009)

In December 1937, Japanese troops approached the walls of the Chinese capital, and the local command shamefully fled the city. Thousands of inhabitants were left to fend for themselves, and then a small detachment of daredevils decided to resist the invaders. In a matter of hours, Nanjing turned into a city of death, where the only island of safety was the building of a girls’ school .

original name :
Nanjing! Nanjing!

Genre:
Military, drama, action

Actors:
Liu Ye, Gao Yuanyuan, Fan Wei …

Country:
China, Hong Kong

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.7, IMDb – 7.7

Age restrictions:
18+


Battle of Red Rock (2008)

In 208, the cunning prime minister convinces the emperor to attack two neighboring kingdoms under the pretext of uniting the lands. A mighty army surrounds the small detachment of the kingdom of Shu, driving the soldiers into a trap near the Red Rock. However, the warriors are not ready to give up, so they turn to the ruler of the kingdom Wu for help. From this moment, an amazing confrontation begins, where on one side of the scales there is superiority in numbers, and on the other – courage and thoughtful military tactics.

Original title:  
Chibi

Genre:
Military, history, biography

Actors:  
Tony Leung Chu Wai, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Zhang Fengyi …

Country:  
China, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, Korea South

Rating:  
Myreleasedate – 7.5, IMDb – 7.4

Age restrictions:  
16+


Three Kingdoms: Return of the Dragon (2008)

The great state collapses in the III century, marking the beginning of the era of the Three Kingdoms and internecine wars. The young man Zilong joins the detachment of the kingdom of Shu – and the career growth of a brave guy begins from the first battle. The warrior manages to save the ruler’s son, proving loyalty and courage, and go from a soldier to a great commander. Zilong went down in history as the “Invincible General” and loyal defender of the Shu kingdom.

Original title:
San guo zhi jian long xie jia

Genre:
Action, drama, military

Actors:
Andy Lau, Sammo Hung, Maggie Q…

Country:
China, South Korea, Hong Kong

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 6.9, IMDb – 6.2

Age limit:
0+


In the name of honor (2007)

Captain Gu Zidi lost his entire company on the battlefield, but miraculously survived. After leaving the hospital, the commander learns shocking news: all the soldiers, along with him, have been declared missing. Not heroes who gave their lives for the country, but those who disappeared into oblivion. There are no rewards for a feat if the fate of the soldiers is unknown, and the captain decides to restore justice by any means.

Original title:
Ji jie hao

Genre:
Military, biography, drama

Actors:
Zhang Hanyu, Deng Chao, Yuan Wenkang …

Country:
China, Hong Kong

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.4, IMDb – 7.3

Age restrictions:
16+


Warlords (2007)

In the second half of the 19th century, the rebellious rebels fight the emperor’s troops, and the battle ends with the defeat of the government’s supporters. At a crucial moment, the allies abandon a loyal detachment, turning the tide of the battle. The disillusioned commander Qing-Yun finds bandit leaders in the village and invites them to unite for the sake of a happy future state.

Original title:
Tau ming chong

Genre:
Action, drama, romance

Actors:
Jet Li, Andy Lau, Takeshi Kaneshiro…

Country:
Hong Kong, China

Rating:
Myreleasedate – 7.1, IMDb – 7.0

Age restrictions:
16+


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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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