Best new Chinese Movies (2016) - Top Netflix & Cinema



China has a particularly rich film history. What is so intriguing, is its enormous diversity. Contemplative art house films to action packed martial arts epics; China has it all.
The Vore's Film staff selects the top best Chinese movies of 2016 in cinema or on DVD or Netfix. Are Yimou Zhang, Hsiao-Hsien Hou & Jean-Jacques Annaud China's biggest directors?


China country statistics

China2016
Country popularity
92%
Country ranking#3 (List of most popular countries)
Familiar facesWilliam Wai-Ting Chan, Wei Fan & Janine Chun-Ning Chang
Trending moviesThe Ferryman, The Assassin & Wolf Totem
Amount of country films per year from 2010 to 2017

81 Chinese movies scheduled for release this year.

More and more Chinese movies are making their way to American and other markets worldwide. At the same is China becoming a great export country for US movies. In fact, a number of movies are specifically made to do well in Asian markets, specifically China.

List of highest grossers of the decade & budget

TitleBox officeBudget
The Grandmaster (2013) $6.59M$38.6M
Mei ren yu (2016)$3.2M$60M
Yip Man 3 (2015)$2.1M$36M
(Read: Who needs big budgets? 25 low budget success stories!)


Best Chinese movies on Netflix or DVD in 2016

2010's best rated Chinese movies out on DVD, Bluray or streaming on VOD (Netflix, Amazon).

  1. The Mermaid (08-02-2016, 94 minutes)
  2. A surprising romantic comedy/fantasy film about a mermaid falling in love with an entrepreneur who wants to get rid of all sea-life in order to develop a reclamation project. Funny and full of unexpected turns, but above all a movie with an important message.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvMk7Z0Sp7E
    StarringChao Deng, Show Lo & Yuqi Zhang
    DirectorStephen Chow (Journey To The West & CJ7)
    Themesadvertising, environment, love, sea, comedy, fantasy,
    CountryChina
    Keywordsdazzling, entertaining, funny,
    Rating
    82%
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  3. Coming Home (10-10-2014, 109 minutes)
  4. It’s been a while since the last Yimou Zhang film found its way to the cinema over here, but fortunately distributors finally decided to give it a go again. Coming Home is a beautiful historical melodrama based on a novel by Chinese (but American based) writer Yan Geling. It tells the sad story of professor who got sent to a labor camp because of his political ideas and who, upon arriving home after years, finds out his wife doesn’t remember him anymore.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPy52ucN0aM
    Starring Li Gong, Daoming Chen & Huiwen Zhang
    DirectorYimou Zhang (The Flowers of War, Under the Hawthorn Tree & Hero )
    Themeslove, memories, drama,
    CountryChina
    Keywordsamazing, based on a novel,
    Rating
    84%
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  5. Gone With the Bullets (18-12-2014, 140 minutes)
  6. A new film by Wen Jiang, who has been dubbed as the ‘Chinese Baz Luhrmann’. Gone With the Bullets is an extravagant action/comedy/drama film taking place in Shanghai, the 1920’s about two long time friends becoming arch enemies.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-41GEBkbRHs
    StarringZhang Wen, Zhiwen Wang & Huang Hung
    DirectorWen Jiang (Let the Bullets Fly, Warriors of Heaven and Earth & Devils on the Doorstep)
    Themesfriendship, honor, action, comedy, drama,
    CountryChina United States
    Keywordsamusing, pleasant,
    Rating
    68%
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  7. Black Coal, Thin Ice (19-04-2014, 110 minutes)
  8. Black Coal Thin Ice surprisingly won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Festival last year. Surprisingly, because festival darling Boyhood was in competition too. Not that Black Coal is a bad film or an undeserved winner, quite the contrary. This unsettling modern film noir takes place in an industrial town in the north of China where a dismembered body is found. A grumpy detective is put on the case, but almost immediately during the investigation, he gets shot. He recovers physically, but otherwise he isn’t quite the same. Five years later, as the murderer strikes again, he is dragged into the case again.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXm1XcjP13E
    StarringFan Liao, Lun Mei Gwei & Xuebing Wang
    DirectorYi'nan Diao (Night Train, Uniform & Shower)
    Themescareer, death, crime, drama, mystery,
    CountryChina
    Keywordsdark, excellent,
    Rating
    79%
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  9. A Touch of Sin (28-09-2013, 133 minutes)
  10. Jia Zhangke (Platform (2000), Unknown Pleasures (2002) ) is a genius, probably today’s most prominent Chinese filmmaker (and maybe the best director China has ever had). A Touch of Sin is his most violent film to date. But we also note his often recurring themes of politics, estrangement, absurdity of small human lives, the search of all of his characters for something, someone, while lost between China’s enormous run-down buildings. A Touch of Sin tells four separate stories, all fascinating in their own way. It has the ambition of an epic movie, good for some laughs, some tears, some shocks. It’s hard to penetrate. A superb film from a superb ‘Auteur’ with capital A. I hope we haven’t seen the best Zhangke Jia yet!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=377D2mDpv5U
    StarringWu Jiang, Baoqiang Wang & Tao Zhao
    DirectorZhangke Jia (Still Life, The World & Pick Pocket)
    Themespolitics, social issue, drama,
    CountryChina France Japan
    Keywordsabsurd, exquisite,
    Rating
    85%
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  11. The Grandmaster (30-08-2013, 130 minutes)
  12. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uC5amKLgnFU
    StarringTony Chiu Wai Leung, Ziyi Zhang & Jin Zhang
    DirectorKar Wai Wong (In the Mood for Love, 2046 & My Blueberry Nights)
    Themescombat, dreams, action, biographical, drama,
    CountryChina
    Keywordsaction-packed, biographical,
    Rating
    70%
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  13. Here, Then (19-6-2012, 86 minutes)
  14. StarringHuang Tang Yijia, Wang Yizheng & Li Ziqian
    DirectorMao Mao (Dong tian de gu shi )
    Themesopportunities, sex, drama,
    CountryChina
    Keywordscharming, solid,
    Rating
    67%
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

New Chinese movies out now

Best recent & upcoming Chinese movies with release dates.

Kill Time by Fruit Chan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MY1KELA4lFc
Release date14-02-2016
CountryChina
StarringAngelababy, Lei Hao & Ethan Juan
Previous releasesMade in Hongkong & Three Extremes
Associated with drama, thriller,

The Great Wall by Yimou Zhang

Release date23-11-2016
CountryChina United States
StarringMatt Damon, Pedro Pascal & Willem Dafoe
Previous releasesHero, The Flowers of War & House of Flying Daggers
Associated with mystery, thriller,

The Bombing by Xiao Feng

Release date2016
CountryChina
StarringWilliam Wai-Ting Chan, Wei Fan & Janine Chun-Ning Chang
Previous releasesHushed Roar
Associated with action, drama, war,

The Three-Body Problem by Fanfan Zhang

Release date07-01-2016
CountryChina
StarringShaofeng Feng, Jingchu Zhang & David E. Woodley
Previous releasesLost in Panic Cruise & Lost in Panic Room
Associated with science fiction, thriller,

The Ferryman (2015, minutes))

It seems we have to wait for a new Kar Wai Wong project a little longer, but in the meantime we’re highly anticipating this film, which was written by him. It deals with a controversial affair between a (married) painter and a younger woman.

DirectorJiajia Zhang (Dao jiàn xiào)
StarringAngelababy, Wei Tang & Takeshi Kaneshiro
Similar moviesSan cheng ji & Daai mo seut si
Themesarts, infedility, drama, romance,
CountryChina
Keywordsromantic, spell-binding,
Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

The Assassin (08-10-2015, 107 minutes))

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKFtNsQ78oI
DirectorHsiao-Hsien Hou (Three Times, Flight of the Red Balloon & A Time to Live, a Time to Die)
StarringQi Shu, Chen Chang & Satoshi Tsumabuki
Similar moviesHidden Tiger, Crouching Dragon & House of the Flying Daggers
Themespolitics, warfare, action, drama,
CountryChina France Taiwan
Keywordsextraordinary, historical,
Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

Wolf Totem (18-09-2015, 121 minutes))

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htggGbrX3qk
DirectorJean-Jacques Annaud (Enemy at the Gates, Two Brothers & Seven Years in Tibet)
StarringShaofeng Feng, Shawn Dou & Ankhnyam Ragchaa
Similar moviesZhì qu weihu shan & Seven Years in Tibet
Themesanimals, friendship, adventure,
CountryChina France
Keywordshistorical, touching,
Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix
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