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1. Ip Man (2008)

R | 106 min | Action, Biography, Drama

8.0
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59 Metascore

During the Japanese invasion of China, a wealthy martial artist is forced to leave his home when his city is occupied. With little means of providing for themselves, Ip Man and the remaining members of the city must find a way to survive.

Director: Wilson Yip | Stars: Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Siu-Wong Fan, Ka-Tung Lam

Votes: 219,347

2. Lust, Caution (2007)

NC-17 | 157 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.5
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61 Metascore

During World War II era, a young woman, Wang Jiazhi, gets swept up in a dangerous game of emotional intrigue with a powerful political figure, Mr. Yee.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Tang Wei, Joan Chen, Leehom Wang

Votes: 40,457 | Gross: $4.60M

3. The Last Emperor (1987)

PG-13 | 163 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.7
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76 Metascore

The story of the final Emperor of China.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: John Lone, Joan Chen, Peter O'Toole, Ruocheng Ying

Votes: 99,993 | Gross: $43.98M

4. The Eight Hundred (2020)

Not Rated | 149 min | Action, Drama, History

6.8
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64 Metascore

From the acclaimed filmmaker behind Mr. Six comes a riveting war epic. 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.

Director: Hu Guan | Stars: Zhi-zhong Huang, Zhang Junyi, Hao Ou, Xiaoguang Hu

Votes: 4,797 | Gross: $0.37M

5. The Flowers of War (2011)

R | 146 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.6
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46 Metascore

An American finds refuge during the 1937 Japanese invasion of Nanking in a church with a group of women. Posing as a priest, he attempts to lead the women to safety.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Christian Bale, Ni Ni, Xinyi Zhang, Tianyuan Huang

Votes: 51,817 | Gross: $0.01M

6. Air Strike (2018)

R | 96 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

3.2
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During World War II, five different Chinese people fight their way through Japanese Air Force attacks to protect an important military machine in Chongqing, 1940.

Director: Xiao Feng | Stars: Ye Liu, Bruce Willis, Song Seung-heon, William Wai-Ting Chan

Votes: 4,269

7. Man Behind the Sun (1988)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama, History, Horror

6.1
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Japanese troops round up Chinese and Russian prisoners of war and take them to unit 731, where they're horribly tortured and experimented on to test new biological weapons.

Director: Tun-Fei Mou | Stars: Gang Wang, Dai Yao Wu, Runshen Wang, Zhe Quan

Votes: 6,357

8. The White Countess (2005)

PG-13 | 135 min | Drama, History, Romance

6.6
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60 Metascore

Set in 1930s Shanghai, where a blind American diplomat develops a curious relationship with a young Russian refugee who works odd -- and sometimes illicit -- jobs to support members of her dead husband's aristocratic family.

Director: James Ivory | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Natasha Richardson, Vanessa Redgrave, Lynn Redgrave

Votes: 6,586 | Gross: $1.67M

9. Railroad Tigers (2016)

Not Rated | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

5.8
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47 Metascore

A railroad worker in China in 1941 leads a team of freedom fighters against the Japanese in order to get food for the poor.

Director: Sheng Ding | Stars: Jackie Chan, Jaycee Chan, Zitao Huang, Kai Wang

Votes: 4,279 | Gross: $0.22M

10. City of Life and Death (2009)

R | 133 min | Drama, History, War

7.7
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85 Metascore

In 1937, Japan occupied Nanjing, the Chinese capital. There was a battle and subsequent atrocities against the inhabitants, especially those who took refuge in the International Security Zone.

Director: Chuan Lu | Stars: Ye Liu, Wei Fan, Hideo Nakaizumi, Yuanyuan Gao

Votes: 10,858 | Gross: $0.12M

11. The Red Angel (1966)

Not Rated | 95 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.8
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During the Sino-Japanese War, a young army nurse gives sympathy to her patients and falls in love with an impotent doctor who's addicted to morphine.

Director: Yasuzô Masumura | Stars: Ayako Wakao, Shinsuke Ashida, Yûsuke Kawazu, Ranko Akagi

Votes: 1,377

12. Red Sorghum (1988)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.4
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When a leprous winery owner in 1930s China dies a few days after his arranged marriage, his young widow is forced to run the winery to make a living while contending with bandits, her drunkard lover, and the invading Japanese army.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Gong Li, Wen Jiang, Rujun Teng, Ji Liu

Votes: 8,755

13. Devils on the Doorstep (2000)

139 min | Comedy, Drama, War

8.2
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70 Metascore

Villagers in World War II China are unsure what to do with the two enemy prisoners who have been left in their care.

Director: Wen Jiang | Stars: Wen Jiang, Kenya Sawada, Hongbo Jiang, Teruyuki Kagawa

Votes: 7,436 | Gross: $0.02M

14. Dragon Seed (1944)

Passed | 148 min | Drama, History, War

6.0
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The lives of a small Chinese village are turned upside down when the Japanese invade it. And a heroic young Chinese woman leads her fellow villagers in an uprising against Japanese Invaders.

Directors: Harold S. Bucquet, Jack Conway | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Walter Huston, Aline MacMahon, Akim Tamiroff

Votes: 1,193

15. The Children of Huang Shi (2008)

R | 125 min | Drama, War

7.0
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49 Metascore

About young British journalist, George Hogg, who with the assistance of a courageous Australian nurse, saves a group of orphaned children during the Japanese occupation of China in 1937.

Director: Roger Spottiswoode | Stars: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Radha Mitchell, Chow Yun-Fat, Michelle Yeoh

Votes: 9,570 | Gross: $1.03M

16. Maruta 2: Laboratory of the Devil (1992)

96 min | Drama, Horror, War

4.1
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In the spring of 1935, Japan established a secret base, Unit 731 in Manchuria, where many innocent Chinese, Korean and Mongolian people were killed in grotesque experiments. An idealistic ... See full summary »

Director: Godfrey Ho | Stars: Yishou Jiang, Yuen-Ching Leung, Xingqiang Li, Dingyao Liu

Votes: 566

17. John Rabe (2009)

134 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.2
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57 Metascore

A true-story account of a German businessman who saved more than 200,000 Chinese during the Nanjing massacre in 1937-38.

Director: Florian Gallenberger | Stars: Ulrich Tukur, Daniel Brühl, Steve Buscemi, Anne Consigny

Votes: 6,378 | Gross: $0.07M

18. Back to 1942 (2012)

Not Rated | 145 min | Drama

6.8
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41 Metascore

A deadly drought in 1942 takes its toll on central China's Henan province during the war against Japan.

Director: Xiaogang Feng | Stars: Guoli Zhang, Hanyu Zhang, Wei Fan, Yuanzheng Feng

Votes: 3,346 | Gross: $0.31M

19. The Disguiser (2015– )

40 min | Action, Drama, History

7.6
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Story of resistance, espionage, familial ties, friendship and romance in the Japanese-occupied Shanghai.

Stars: Ge Hu, Kai Wang, Mintao Liu, Dong Jin

Votes: 382

20. Nanking (2007)

R | 88 min | Biography, History, War

7.6
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76 Metascore

Through readings of historical account by actors and the testimony of survivors, the events of the Nanjing Massacre are recounted.

Directors: Bill Guttentag, Dan Sturman | Stars: Hugo Armstrong, Rosalind Chao, Stephen Dorff, John Getz

Votes: 3,468 | Gross: $0.16M

21. Twenty-Four Eyes (1954)

Not Rated | 156 min | Drama

8.1
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Schoolteacher Hisako Oishi forms an emotional bond with her pupils and teaches them various virtues, while at the same time worrying about their future.

Director: Keisuke Kinoshita | Stars: Hideki Gôko, Itsuo Watanabe, Makoto Miyagawa, Takeo Terashita

Votes: 2,490

22. Yellow Earth (1984)

TV-PG | 89 min | Drama, History, Music

7.1
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'Yellow Earth' focuses on the story of a communist soldier who is sent to the countryside to collect folk songs for the Communist Revolution. There he stays with a peasant family and learns... See full summary »

Director: Kaige Chen | Stars: Xueqi Wang, Bai Xue, Quiang Liu, Tuo Tan

Votes: 2,311

23. Too Hot to Handle (1938)

Passed | 107 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

6.7
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Two rival newsreel photographers join forces to find an aviatrix's missing brother, who has disappeared in the Amazon rainforest.

Director: Jack Conway | Stars: Clark Gable, Myrna Loy, Walter Pidgeon, Walter Connolly

Votes: 1,465

24. Why We Fight (1942)

Not Rated | 52 min | Documentary, War

7.0
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The official World War II US Government film statement defining the various enemies of the Allies and why they must be fought.

Directors: Frank Capra, Anatole Litvak | Stars: Walter Huston, Victor Bulwer-Lytton, Kai-Shek Chiang, Walter Darré

Votes: 2,167

25. God of Gamblers Part III: Back to Shanghai (1991)

116 min | Comedy, Drama

6.6
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This film focuses on the disciple of the God of Gamblers, Chow Sing Cho, also known as the "Saint of Gamblers". A group of people with telekinetic powers matching his attack him and his ... See full summary »

Director: Jing Wong | Stars: Stephen Chow, Gong Li, Ray Lui, Man-Tat Ng

Votes: 2,249

26. The Soong Sisters (1997)

145 min | Drama, History, Romance

6.9
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The Soong family was a political dynasty in China that reached the highest levels of power. This film follows the lives of the three Soong daughters, who were educated in America and ... See full summary »

Director: Mabel Cheung | Stars: Maggie Cheung, Michelle Yeoh, Vivian Wu, Winston Chao

Votes: 1,025

27. The Little House (2014)

136 min | Drama, Romance

7.2
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A woman looks back on her family's life in Tokyo before and during WWII. A maid arrives from the countryside to work for an upper middle class family. She fits in well, but everyone's emotions are stirred up with the arrival of a student.

Director: Yôji Yamada | Stars: Takako Matsu, Haru Kuroki, Isao Hashizume, Kazuko Yoshiyuki

Votes: 1,313

28. Story of a Prostitute (1965)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.3
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In WW2 Manchuria, a prostitute grows to resent an abusive adjutant and falls in love with his aide.

Director: Seijun Suzuki | Stars: Tamio Kawaji, Yumiko Nogawa, Isao Tamagawa, Shôichi Ozawa

Votes: 1,387

29. The Resistance (2011)

PG | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

5.2
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In a time of war, when occupation turns to genocide, one woman choose resistance over death and takes on the empire of Japan.

Director: Peng Zhang Li | Stars: Hu Ling Meng, Peng Zhang Li, Jeremy Marr Williams, Zhang Xiao Hua

Votes: 1,150

30. 7 Man Army (1976)

R | 100 min | Action, Drama, War

6.2
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Another iconoclastic work from the action auteur Chang Cheh, and winner of Honourable Mention for Dramatic Feature at the 13th Golden Horse Awards, 7-Man Army retells the legend of seven ... See full summary »

Director: Cheh Chang | Stars: David Chiang, Lung Ti, Kuan Tai Chen, Sheng Fu

Votes: 241

31. Eternal Wave (2017)

100 min | Action, Drama

5.8
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The year was 1930, when Shanghai is known as the Paris of the East with a thriving economy. However, behind the glamorous songs and dances, cruelty and terror gets out of control. From the ... See full summary »

Director: Siu-Hung Chung | Stars: Aaron Kwok, Zanilia Zhao, Hans Zhang, Simon Yam

Votes: 104

32. Purple Butterfly (2003)

R | 127 min | Drama, History, War

6.1
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68 Metascore

Cynthia is a young Chinese woman in love with Itami, a Japanese man about to be sent home for military service.

Director: Ye Lou | Stars: Ziyi Zhang, Tôru Nakamura, Ye Liu, Yuanzheng Feng

Votes: 1,261 | Gross: $0.02M

33. Nanjing 1937 (1995)

120 min | Drama, History, War

5.4
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In December 1937, during the Second Japanese-Sino War, a Chinese doctor, his Japanese pregnant wife, their teenage daughter and their young son travel from Shanghai to Nanjing seeking ... See full summary »

Director: Ziniu Wu | Stars: Han Chin, Ai Saotome, Rene Liu, Tao Bai

Votes: 249

34. Battle of Changsha (2014– )

History, Romance, War

8.1
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We are on the same team, and none of us can afford to sit on the sidelines

Stars: Wallace Huo, Muye Kuang, Zi Yang, Lu Liu

Votes: 139

35. Behind the Rising Sun (1943)

Approved | 88 min | Drama, War

5.6
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In Japan, foreigners and their Japanese friends are caught up in the rising tide of militarism.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Margo, Tom Neal, J. Carrol Naish, Robert Ryan

Votes: 343

36. Springtime in a Small Town (2002)

PG | 116 min | Drama, Romance

6.9
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86 Metascore

The eight-year marriage of Liyan and Yuwen has left them both unfulfilled and distant. A visitor arrives from Shanghai, a doctor who's an old school friend of Liyan's and, unbeknownst to her husband, Yuwen's childhood sweetheart.

Director: Zhuangzhuang Tian | Stars: Jingfan Hu, Jun Wu, Bai Qing Xin, Xiao Keng Ye

Votes: 1,314 | Gross: $0.04M

37. Fort Graveyard (1965)

132 min | Drama, Music, War

7.2
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In 1945, Japanese Army Sergeant Kosugi and a platoon of young green recruits must retake and defend a fort occupied by the Chinese forces.

Director: Kihachi Okamoto | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Makoto Satô, Reiko Dan, Yûnosuke Itô

Votes: 251

38. Bruce and Shao-lin Kung Fu 2 (1978)

76 min | Action, Adventure

6.5
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Lee Ching Lung has survived the dishonorable attempt on his life by the Japanese and is recovering with the help of a poor farmer. The Japanese general learns this and is determined to kill everyone in the way of disposing of Lee.

Director: James Nam | Stars: Bruce Le, Bing-Hung Li, Nelson Lee, Su-cheon Bae

Votes: 92

39. For a Few Bullets (2016)

115 min | Action, Comedy

5.2
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A con man and a Chinese government agent each have their own reasons for trying to recover a historical artifact from agents of Japan.

Director: Anzi Pan | Stars: Jingchu Zhang, Kenny Lin, Xiaoqing Liu, Vivian Dawson

Votes: 198 | Gross: $0.03M

40. Sparrow (2016)

Drama, Romance, War

7.4
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A CCP spy coded "Sparrow" and his colleagues fight Japanese and agency of puppet government in Shanghai during WWII.

Stars: Yifeng Li, Dongyu Zhou, Luyi Zhang, Ruoyun Zhang

Votes: 45

41. The Longest Bridge (1976)

140 min | Drama, History, War

6.1
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The story of a small group of Chinese flying aces in 1937 at the beginning of the Second Sino-Japanese War, specifically the Battle of Shanghai and the Battle of Nanking.

Director: Shan-Hsi Ting | Stars: Chun-Hsiung Ko, Brigitte Lin, Feng Hsu, Sylvia Chang

Votes: 141

42. Unit 731: Nightmare in Manchuria (1998 TV Movie)

Documentary, War

4.7
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Features the terrible story behind WWII "Unit 731", a japanese military base located in the puppet state of Manchuria, China.

Votes: 93

43. A Yank on the Burma Road (1942)

Passed | 67 min | Adventure, Drama, War

5.5
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A hero New York cabbie accepts a job to lead a convoy of trucks up the Burma Road from Rangoon to Chungking. Along the way he crosses paths with a beautiful yet mysterious American woman and he ends up fighting the Japanese.

Director: George B. Seitz | Stars: Laraine Day, Barry Nelson, Stuart Crawford, Keye Luke

Votes: 182

44. Hotel Shanghai (1997 TV Movie)

180 min | Drama, War

6.0
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German two-part miniseries about the westerns staying at a popular hotel in Shanghai as the Japanese invasion of China also known as the Second Sino-Japanese War begins in 1937 as a precursor to WWII.

Director: Peter Patzak | Stars: Agnieszka Wagner, Nicholas Clay, James McCaffrey, Min Zhang

Votes: 28

45. Mei hua (1976)

Drama, War

6.5
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Add a Plot

Director: Chia-Chang Liu | Stars: Chun-Hsiung Ko, Sylvia Chang, Ming-Lun Ku, Tien Niu

Votes: 33

46. Shanghai Lil (1973)

R | 90 min | Action, Drama

6.0
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A recently jailed martial arts master teams up with a wronged woman to take down the man's brother, a coal baron who rules a small town with an iron fist.

Directors: Ching-Yun Chu-Ko, Ching-Chen Yang | Stars: Szu Shih, Han Chin, Yuan Yi, Fei Lung

Votes: 44

47. Rookie Agent Rouge (2016)

43 min | Action, History

6.9
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Can a young woman prove her loyalty to her country and her family? Lan Yan Zhi (Zhao Li Ying) is a privileged banker's daughter in Shanghai and a student activist who mistakenly comes into ... See full summary »

Stars: Yi Lu, Xin-ran Tao, Wenkang Yuan, Zanilia Zhao

Votes: 45

48. The Battle of China (1944)

Not Rated | 65 min | Documentary, History, War

7.0
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The Official World War II US Government account of Chinese defense against Japanese aggression.

Directors: Frank Capra, Anatole Litvak | Stars: Claire Chennault, Kai-Shek Chiang, Madame Chiang, Teh Chu

Votes: 712

49. Dr. Kotnis Ki Amar Kahani (1947)

124 min | Biography, Drama, War

6.9
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During the Japanese invasion of China, a young Indian doctor joins the Chinese resistance, meets and courts a Chinese girl, cures a virulent plague, and is captured by a Japanese platoon.

Director: Shantaram Rajaram Vankudre | Stars: Shantaram Rajaram Vankudre, Jayashree, Keshavrao Date, Pratima Devi

Votes: 90

50. Sons of the Good Earth (1965)

107 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

6.5
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The year is 1937, just prior to the Japanese invasion of China. Painters Ju Rui and Lao San stumble upon He Hua, a woman sold into the sex industry at a local brothel.

Director: King Hu | Stars: Peter Chen Hou, Betty Loh Ti, Pao-Shu Kao, Kuang-Chao Chiang

Votes: 99



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