Best new Chinese Movies in 2018 & 2017 (Netflix & Cinema List)

The Vore's Film staff selects the top best Chinese movies of 2019 in cinema, DVD and Netflix. Are Yimou Zhang, Hsiao-Hsien Hou & Jean-Jacques Annaud China's biggest directors?

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.

New Chinese movies in 2018

Top movies up for release in 2018

  • Long Day’s Journey Into Night

    DIRECTOR: Bi Gan
    CAST: Lee Hong-chi, Sylvia Chang, Tang Wei

    Not to be confused with the 1962 classic of the same name, 'Long Day's Journey Into Night' is a noir-ish detective drama about who, after years of absence, returns to his hometown. This is where he finds a mysterious woman with whom he spent a romantic summer, many years ago. Read more

    RATING: 83/100

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  • Ash is the Purest White

    DIRECTOR: Zhangke Jia
    CAST: Tao Zhao, Fan Liao, Xiaogang Feng

    After his internationally acclaimed film 'Mountains May Depart', Chinese auteur Zhangke Jia returns with 'Ash is the Purest White'. A 16-year spanning portrayal of tumultuous and violent relationship. Read more

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  • Shadow

    DIRECTOR: Yimou Zhang
    CAST: Chao Deng, Li Sun, Ryan Zheng

    The new film from Yimou Zhang, A martial arts epic movie taking place during China's Three Kingdom's era. Read more

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Best Chinese movies of 2017

Top rated 2017 Chinese movies

  • Angels Wear White

    DIRECTOR: Vivian Qu
    CAST: Vicky Chen Meijun Zhou Ke Shi

    Director Vivian Qu is without a doubt one of the most interesting names in independent Chinese cinema right now. After producing the critically acclaimed 'Black Coal Thin Ice', she directed 'Angels Wear White' herself. A naturalistic thriller about a woman witnessing the assault of two schoolgirls in seaside hotel. Read more

    RATING: 77/100

    RELEASE DATE: November 24th, 2017

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  • Duckweed

    DIRECTOR: Han Han
    CAST: Chao Deng Eddie Peng Liying Zhao

    Immensely popular Chinese blogger/car-racer/filmmaker Han Han returns with his second feature, a slightly autobiographical dramedy about a man who, after a near fatal accident. gets to travel back to the 90's and finds out a thing or two about his family. Think 'Back to the Future' with a twist. Read more

    RATING: 78/100

    RELEASE DATE: January 13th, 2019

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  • Free and Easy

    DIRECTOR: Jun Geng
    CAST: Xu Gang Zhiyong Zhang

    When a traveling soap salesman arrives in a desolate Chinese town, a crime occurs, and sets the strange residents against each other with tragicomic results. Read more

    RATING: 77/100

    RELEASE DATE: January 13th, 2019

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Best Chinese movies on Netflix or DVD in 2019

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

  • Coming Home

    DIRECTOR: Yimou Zhang
    CAST: Li Gong Daoming Chen Huiwen Zhang

    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. Read more

    RATING: 73/100

    RELEASE DATE: October 10th, 2014

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  • A Touch of Sin

    DIRECTOR: Zhangke Jia
    CAST: Wu Jiang Baoqiang Wang Tao Zhao

    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! Read more

    RATING: 73/100

    RELEASE DATE: September 28th, 2013

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  • Black Coal, Thin Ice

    DIRECTOR: Yi'nan Diao
    CAST: Fan Liao Lun Mei Gwei Xuebing Wang

    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. Read more

    RATING: 66/100

    RELEASE DATE: April 9th, 2014

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  • The Grandmaster

    DIRECTOR: Kar-Wai Wong
    CAST: Tony Leung Chiu-Wai Ziyi Zhang Jin Zhang

    Everybody knows about Bruce lee but this story offers a peek into the making of the man who made him; A martial arts extravaganza about Ip man's life who is regarded... Read more

    RATING: 65/100

    RELEASE DATE: August 30th, 2013

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  • Here, Then

    DIRECTOR: Mao Mao
    CAST: Huang Tang Yijia Wang Yizheng Li Ziqian

    The story highlights the entangled lives of various people in China who are connected together by desires, co-incidence and a lost mobile phone. Read more

    RATING: 65/100

    RELEASE DATE: June 19th, 2012

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  • The Mermaid

    DIRECTOR: Stephen Chow
    CAST: Chao Deng Show Lo Yuqi Zhang

    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. Read more

    RATING: 63/100

    RELEASE DATE: February 8th, 2016

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  • Gone With the Bullets

    DIRECTOR: Wen Jiang
    CAST: Zhang Wen Zhiwen Wang Huang Hung

    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 about two long time friends becoming arch enemies, that takes place in Shanghai of the 1920’s . Read more

    RATING: 59/100

    RELEASE DATE: December 18th, 2014

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