Fandor 100 Essential Chinese Movies

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Among the many recent additions to the Fandor catalog, I am most excited by several classic Chinese films that I consider to be among the very best to have ever been made in that language: The Big Road, Street Angel (a film I love so dearly that I modeled my wedding photos after some of its iconic shots), Crossroads, Spring in a Small Town, to name a few. The sight of these titles got me thinking: what are the essential movies that anyone curious about Chinese cinema needs to see? The following video of 50 essential Chinese language films – and expanded list of 100 essential films found further below – is my attempt at an answer.

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    Zhi guo yuan

    1922 — a.k.a. Laogong zhi aiqing, in 0 top lists Check
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    Xiao Wanyi

    1933 — a.k.a. Little Toys, in 2 top lists Check
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    Zi mei hua

    1934 — a.k.a. Twin Sisters, in 0 top lists Check
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    Shen nu

    1934 — a.k.a. The Goddess, in 9 top lists Check
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    Yu guang qu

    1934, in 0 top lists Check
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    Dalu

    1935 — a.k.a. The Highway, in 4 top lists Check
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    Malu tianshi

    1937 — a.k.a. Street Angel, in 6 top lists Check
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    Ye ban ge sheng

    1935 — a.k.a. Song at Midnight, in 2 top lists Check
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    Shi zi jie tou

    1937 — a.k.a. Crossroads, in 1 top list Check
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    Yi jiang chun shui xiang dong liu

    1947 — a.k.a. Tears of the Yang-Tse, in 5 top lists Check
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    Tai tai wan sui

    1947, in 1 top list Check
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    Xiao cheng zhi chun

    1948 — a.k.a. Spring in a Small Town, in 9 top lists Check
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    Wanjia denghuo

    1948 — a.k.a. The Lights of Ten Thousand Homes, in 2 top lists Check
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    Wuya yu maque

    1949 — a.k.a. Crows and Sparrows, in 1 top list Check
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    San Mao liu lang ji

    1949 — a.k.a. The Winter of Three Hairs, in 0 top lists Check
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    Qing gong mi shi

    1948 — a.k.a. Sorrows of the Forbidden City, in 1 top list Check
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    Wo zhe yi bei zi

    1950 — a.k.a. Life of a Beijing Policeman, in 3 top lists Check
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    Wu Xun zhuan

    1950, in 0 top lists Check
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    Wei lou chun xiao

    1953, in 1 top list Check
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    Zhu Fu

    1956 — a.k.a. New Year Sacrifice, in 1 top list Check
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    Man bo nu lang

    1957, in 2 top lists Check
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    Hao men ye yan

    1959, in 1 top list Check
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    Lin zexu

    1959 — a.k.a. The Opium Wars, in 2 top lists Check
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    Lin jia pu zi

    1959 — a.k.a. The Lin Family Shop, in 2 top lists Check
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    Ye mei gui zhi lian

    1960 — a.k.a. The Wild Wild Rose, in 3 top lists Check
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    Ke lian tian xia fu mu xin

    1960 — a.k.a. The Great Devotion, in 1 top list Check
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    Liu san jie

    1960 — a.k.a. Third Sister Liu, in 0 top lists Check
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    Hong se niang zi jun

    1961 — a.k.a. The Red Detachment of Women, in 1 top list Check
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    Liang Shan Bo yu Zhu Ying Tai

    1963 — a.k.a. The Love Eterne, in 5 top lists Check
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    Yang ya ren jia

    1965, in 1 top list Check
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    Wutai jiemei

    1964 — a.k.a. Two Stage Sisters, in 6 top lists Check
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    Po qiao shi fen

    1968, in 2 top lists Check
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    Du bei dao

    1967 — a.k.a. The One-Armed Swordsman, in 4 top lists Check
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    Long men kezhan

    1967 — a.k.a. Dragon Inn, in 8 top lists Check
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    Xia nü

    1971 — a.k.a. A Touch of Zen, in 14 top lists Check
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    Dong fu ren

    1968 — a.k.a. The Arch, in 5 top lists Check
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    Dong nuan

    1969 — a.k.a. The Winter, in 1 top list Check
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    Jia zai Tai Bei

    1970, in 0 top lists Check
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    Qiu Jue

    1972 — a.k.a. Execution in Autumn, in 2 top lists Check
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    Jing wu men

    1972 — a.k.a. Fist of Fury, in 7 top lists Check
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    Zai jian Zhongguo

    1978 — a.k.a. China Behind, in 1 top list Check
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    Ying lie qian qiu

    1976 — a.k.a. Everlasting Glory, in 0 top lists Check
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    Ban jin ba liang

    1976 — a.k.a. The Private Eyes, in 4 top lists Check
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    Shao Lin san shi liu fang

    1978 — a.k.a. The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, in 6 top lists Check
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    Zui quan

    1978 — a.k.a. Drunken Master, in 9 top lists Check
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    Dip bin

    1979 — a.k.a. The Butterfly Murders, in 3 top lists Check
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    Fung gip

    1979 — a.k.a. The Secret, in 2 top lists Check
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    Zhuang dao zheng

    1980 — a.k.a. The Spooky Bunch, in 3 top lists Check
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    Foo ji ching

    1981 — a.k.a. Father and Son, in 1 top list Check
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    Tau ban no hoi

    1982 — a.k.a. Boat People, in 7 top lists Check
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Last updated on Dec 31, 2012; source