10 Best Old Chinese Movies

Wednesday, March 16 by Andrea Miller

Do you want to check out the 10 best old Chinese movies? These acclaimed films all came out before the year 2000. If you're interested in Asian cinema, read on for the list of great older Chinese films:

  1. "Not One Less" (1999). In this Chinese comedy, a 13-year-old girl must fill in for her teacher for a whole month. The movie won various international awards, including a Jury Prize at the European Film Awards.
  2. "The Emperor and the Assassin" (1998). This historical Chinese drama is the story of a king who sends his lover to find someone to assassinate his rival. This old Chinese movie won the Technical Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for the Golden Palm Award.
  3. "Red Sorghum" (1987). This old Chinese movie is a war drama about a young Chinese woman who falls in love with one of her rich husband's servants. The movie won four of China's Golden Rooster Awards, including Best Film.
  4.  "The Story of Qiu Ju" (1992). In this comedic Chinese drama, a pregnant woman seeks justice after her husband is kicked in the crotch by a member of the Chinese government. This movie won Best Foreign Film at the Independent Spirit Awards.
  5. "To Live" (1994). This old Chinese movie is about a couple who are wealthy landowners and eventually become peasants in between the 1940s and 1970s. The film was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.
  6. "The Legend" (1993). Jet Lie stars in this classic Chinese martial arts film. One of the best action movies of all time, it won a Hong Kong Film Award for Best Action Choreography.
  7. "Farewell My Concubine" (1993). This old Chinese movie is the story of two performers in the Beijing Opera who become lifelong friends. The movie was nominated for Oscars for Best Cinematography and Best Foreign Language Film.
  8. "The Road Home" (1999). A man reminisces about how his parents met after his father's death in this Chinese drama. The movie won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival.
  9. "The Last Emperor" (1987). This historical drama is the biography of China's last emperor. The movie won nine Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay.
  10. "Raise the Red Lantern" (1991). This drama is about a young woman who is forced to marry a wealthy man with several other wives. The movie was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.
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