30 Best Chinese Movies Ever Made

Before starting off with this article, I would like to state one thing: Hollywood is not the be all and end all of cinema. While it is true that Hollywood is home to some of the greatest filmmakers of the world, it is also a fact that the obsession surrounding Hollywood is a product of certain not-so-obvious factors. First of all, as the genius Satyajit Ray points out, for filmmakers of the rest of the world, it is impossible to make a film like Spartacus as such an elaborate set is beyond their means. So, obviously, they have to devise new ways to enrich their art and yet keep the costs at a minimum. The glamour associated with Hollywood often overshadows the works of artists from the rest of the world even if they are as good as, if not better than, filmmakers from America.

Although China and the surrounding East Asian nations are making a lot of strides in making great cinema, we don’t see them getting the due credit for their work neither do they get the necessary exposure. The need of the hour is for the Asian filmmakers to match the production budget and the technological advancements of the western filmmakers if they want to seek the necessary attention.

In recent years China has been a consistent source of delight for cinephiles from around the world (Wong Kar-Wai’s ‘In the Mood for Love’ is at No.7 on our best movies of all time list) Filmmakers in China have been experimenting with various forms and have produced new works that stand out from most other forms of filmmaking. Here is the list of top Chinese movies ever. You can watch some of these best Chinese movies on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.

Although China and the surrounding East Asian nations are making a lot of strides in making great cinema, we don’t see them getting the due credit for their work neither do they get the necessary exposure. The need of the hour is for the Asian filmmakers to match the production budget and the technological advancements of the western filmmakers if they want to seek the necessary attention.

In recent years China has been a consistent source of delight for cinephiles from around the world (Wong Kar-Wai’s ‘In the Mood for Love’ is at No.7 on our best movies of all time list)  Filmmakers in China have been experimenting with various forms and have produced new works that stand out from most other forms of filmmaking. Here is the list of top Chinese movies ever. You can watch some of these best Chinese movies on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.

30. The Legend of Drunken Master (1996)

The film is a continuation of the story of ‘Drunken Master (1978)’, but the sequel features Jackie Chan as the leading actor. Chan plays Wong Fei-hung, who initially is caught up in a squabble with British expatriates who he thinks are stealing precious and indigenous ginseng from his country. As the quarrel grows, Fei-hung likes to get involved in a variant of Kung Fu he calls Drunken Boxing and deems himself as formidable. While most of the fight sequences initially seem laughable at best, they are elaborately filmed and executed, this making ‘The Legend of Drunken Master’ one of the most exploratory Kung Fu movies of all the time. Watch it for Chan, who looks a lot younger and agile.

29. Lust, Caution (2007)

If you’ve watched ‘Brokeback Mountain’ you should also watch Ang Lee’s critically acclaimed espionage thriller ‘Lust, Caution’. Based on events that occurred after the Japanese occupation of Shanghai it shows a group of university students attempting to assassinate a high official of the Japanese-controlled government of Shanghai. It is Lee’s second film to have won the Golden Lion award at the Venice Film festival.

28. Infernal Affairs (2002)

Originally, a film based in Hong Kong, any list on Chinese cinema is incomplete without ‘Infernal Affairs’. Not only is it the film from which Scorcese made ‘The Departed’ which was not half as good, ‘Infernal Affairs’ stands out on its own right as one of the finest crime thrillers of the 2000s. Following the paths of an undercover cop and a triad member who infiltrates the police force, this film will leave you catching for breath.

27. Raise the Red Lantern (1991)

One of the several films of the fifth generation to have been banned in the mainland, ‘Raise the Red Lantern’, it is the story of a young woman who becomes a concubine of a wealthy warlord during the warlord era. Much like ‘Farewell My Concubine’ the film has a distinctive extravagance in its visuals that will sweep you off your feet. Although denied by the director, some critics have assumed that the imagery of the warring lords in this film is actually symbolic of the fragmentation of society in the post-Cultural Revolution era in China.

26. House of Flying Daggers (2004)

With a shoestring budget of $12 million USD as per the modern standards, ‘House of Flying Daggers’ went on to make more than 8 times its budget in box office revenues, all thanks to the amazing star cast and mind-blowing production design and editing and some exemplary direction. Featuring Zhang Ziyi, one of the top Chinese actresses today, the film is set in the 8th century China, when there were many rebel factions trying to take their share of power amidst a corrupt government. The House of Flying Daggers is a faction which specializes in flying daggers that can eliminate people at the blink of an eye. When the government sends two police officers to spy on a dancer Mei, who has connections with the revered faction, one of them falls for Mei and misleads the police, thus leading to even more complex turn of events. A fun-packed adventure comprising all the elements of a winning cinema, ‘House of Flying Daggers’ is simply splendid.

25. Still Life (2013)

‘Still Life’ is the story of two people searching for their spouses in a small town by the Yangtze River that is gradually being destroyed because of the construction of the Three Gorges Dam. Having won the award for the best film at the Venice International Film festival, it was promoted both in the home and abroad by Chinese authorities on account of its acclaim.  This film testifies to Jia Zhangke’s versatility as a filmmaker. Having dealt with a diverse range of subjects before ‘Still Life’ is another remarkable feat to his name.

24. Not One Less (1999)

A film associated with a social subject, ‘Not One Less’ focuses on an era that faced a shortage in educated individuals in China and the various initiatives the Government had to take to get the soaring populace to schools. More than the urban population, who always had an affinity for education, the film highlights the government’s concern for a very less number of rural dwellers enrolling their children into schools. Set in the 90’s, the film begins with a teenage teacher Wei, who has been appointed at a countryside school as a substitute teacher and is tasked with keeping all the students within the school, as there were many students defecting to bigger cities in the search for jobs. More or less, the film has real people and has been shot in a documentary style, but still, it gives you the feel of a movie with a social cause.

23. Summer Palace (2006)

Set in the backdrop of the Tiananmen Square protests, the film follows the school and the subsequent university life of Yu Hong (Hao Lei) where she meets her lover Zhou Wei (Guo Xiaodong). They have a passionate and abusive affair as the Tiananmen Square protests are happening. The film then catches up with the characters several years later after the end of the cold war to catch up with the now embittered and disillusioned. The film is not only a personal narrative of You Hong, but it is also a harrowing account of state-inflicted brutality.

22. The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978)

The rags to riches story which is perhaps one of the most famous Chinese films outside of China, ‘The 36th Chamber of Shaolin’ is the story of Yude, who later is known to be Monk San Te and it is the journey of Yude to become San Te that is worthwhile. Yude is lured into fighting a rebellion against the government by his teacher, wherein the government easily crushes the rebellion and kills many, thus leading Yude to escape and seek refuge at a Shaolin temple, where he’s accepted as a disciple after a lot of persuasions and trains in all of the temple’s 35 chambers in order to master the craft of Kung Fu. After mustering a lot of strength and know-how of the ancient art form, he defeats the evil general and establishes a 36th chamber for laymen to learn Kung Fu easily. The 36th Chamber of Shaolin’ is regarded as the greatest Kung Fu film ever made.

21. Red Sorghum (1987)

Adapted from the novel ‘Red Sorghum Clan’ by the Nobel Prize-winning novelist Mo Yan this film tracks the life of a woman working in a distillery that makes sorghum liquor. What sets this film apart from others is its complete lack of sophistication and stylization which quite successfully preserves the essence of peasant life.

20. Eat Man Drink Woman (1994)

One of Ang Lee’s earlier works, ‘Eat Man Drink Woman’ is the “father knows best” recipe that went on to garner a cult following and rave reviews. Beginning with a chef Mr Chu, who is also the father of three spinster daughters  – the eldest Jia-Jen being a chemistry teacher, the second daughter Jia-Chien working at an airline and the youngest, Jia-Ning working at a restaurant and is also a student. As the weekend approaches, Mr Chu would cook elaborate supper for himself and his three daughters and the supper table would be the place of their discussion about their love lives and the future, much to the daughters’ dissent. Things take a shocking turn when on one fine day, Mr Chu proclaims that he’s going to marry again. ‘Eat Man Drink Woman’ pleasantly highlights the positives of a dysfunctional family as they munch on delicious Chinese specialities.

19. Kung Fu Hustle (2004)

‘Kung Fu Hustle’ is set in the China of the ’40s, when law and order are in tithers and cities are overseen by crime lords and notorious criminal gangs. Axe gang, one of the most feared gangs of the city, has Sum as its overlord. Two friends, Sing and Bone are born and raised in Pigsty, one of the poorest urban neighbourhoods which have so far not been ransacked by the members of different gangs owing to their poverty. As the film progresses, it is revealed that many of the slum-dwellers are Kung Fu masters in disguise and that Sing and Bone need to decide which side they’re on. The film was praised for its perfect blend of the depiction of martial arts and humour, with detailed visuals.

18. Days of Being Wild (1990)

Another title from the oeuvre of Wong Kar-Wai, ‘Days of Being Wild’ is his second feature when he was yet to become one of the most influential filmmakers of the modern era. Here we see a more cautious Kar-Wai who has not yet adopted the experimental techniques that are his signature. Yet the film, following the life of the playboy Yuddy (Leslie Cheung) and his affairs with women, paves the way for classics like ‘Chunking Express’ or ‘In the Mood for Love’.

17. Hero (2002)

Jet Li plays the Nameless ‘Hero’ in this masterful adventure, and be prepared to be awed with ample surprises while you’re at it. ‘Hero’ begins with the Kingdom of Qin, the most powerful of the seven Chinese kingdoms of the feudal times, which as usual, is under thread from the attempts of assassinations and sabotages. More prominently, the King feels that they have a threat from three feared warriors – Broken Sword, Flying Snow and Sky, who reportedly have been sent by the other remaining six warring kingdoms. Nameless is a provincial official in Qin’s kingdom who reportedly has defeated all the three warriors. Surprised and taken aback by the big revelation, the king invites Nameless to his palace to narrate the heroic feat. But all is not as plain and straightforward as it seems to be. ‘Hero’ achieved critical acclaim upon its release and was termed “spectacular” by many western movie critics and reviewers.

16. To Live (1994)

Adapted from the novel of the same name by Yu Hua, it tells the story of Fugui (Ge You), a compulsive gambler who loses his wife and home at a dice. The plot then follows the ordeals of Fugui as the country descends into a conflict that culminates in the May 4th Revolution. Also a gem of the fifth generation, this film critically re-examines the country’s past where party propaganda obscures ground realities which are not always concurrent to the party’s grand-narrative.

15. The Killer (1989)

A signature John Woo’s directorial, ‘The Killer’ is the narrative of Ah Jong, a hitman who accidentally bruises the eye of a club singer Jennie during his ultimate assignment. Notwithstanding the fact that Jennie’s plight is his mistake, he follows her and falls in love with her. To get her an eye transplant, he accepts yet another job for killing someone in lieu of money but gets double-crossed and doesn’t get paid. As the film progresses, the police, the assassin and the assassin’s bosses engage in a bloodied, fast-paced confrontations, everything that leads to the elimination of the evil mob bosses. ‘The Killer’ was a smash hit, scoring high on action but about average on its screenplay. It has often been rated as one of the top 50 Asian films of all time.

14. 24 City (2008)

An indeed avant-garde form used by Jia Zhangke, this film makes use of a narrative style having features of both a documentary and fiction. It attempts to show how the closing down of a real state-owned factory affects workers through the use of a documentary-like technique where actors give interviews that are scripted.

13. Chungking Express (1994)

A film by Wong Kar-wai, the legendary auteur known for his visually enthralling on-screen miracles, ‘Chungking Express’ is the narrative of two cops who have been dealing with their heartbreaks. The first cop, a.k.a. Cop 223, a.k.a Qiwu has broken up with his girlfriend May on the first of April. In the memory of their relationship and because of the fact that May was a pineapple lover, Cop 223 buys pineapple cans which are about to go bad on 1st of May. Come 1st May, he meets another woman whom he immediately falls in love with, not knowing what would befall him later on. The second story is of Cop 663 who has broken up with his air hostess girlfriend but then meets up another girl who serves food at a restaurant. As with all Kar-wai’s films, ‘Chungking Express’ is a performance intensive, vibrant and memorable affair worth every second of your time.

12. The Blue Kite (1993)

Along with ‘Farewell My Concubine’, ‘The Blue Kite’ is one of the most defining films of the Fifth Generation of Chinese cinema. Banned in China because of its political stance against the Communist party, this tale, narrated in three episodes through the perspective of a young boy blends the perpetual sense of terror propagated by the presence of the party in all aspects one’s life with the tragic state of affairs in the boy’s family.

11. Red Cliff (2008)

Yet another John Woo’s masterpiece on this list, ‘Red Cliff’ was filmed and released in two parts. The first chapter begins with Han Dynasty set in 208 A.D. Cao Cao is the fickle-minded Prime Minister to Emperor Xian of Han, wherein the former convinces the latter to wage war against the western and the southern rebel kingdoms which would change the course of history forever. With a million-strong army and an upcoming battle that could be worth a spectacle, the rebel kingdoms unite against a common enemy as the ultimate face-off happens at the Battle of Red Cliff, which went down in history as one of the most elaborate naval wars in the history of humanity. ‘Red Cliff’ has been hailed as a timeless masterpiece which boasts of epic action, triumphant battle sequences and an edge of the seat grit – everything you can expect from a John Woo’s film. The research for the centuries-old battle tactics that were shown in the film truly highlights the perfectionism Woo had eyed for.

10. Happy Together (1997)

The film which helped Wong Kar-Wai get the award for the best director at the 1997 Cannes Film festival it’s a story about two men who plan to rebuild their already moribund relationship by coming to Argentina, hoping that the new environment would help them re-discover themselves. Kar-Wai’s ambitious experimentation with the cinematography helps the audience get a more intense experience of the volatility and abusiveness of the relationship.

9. Aftershock (2010)

A movie that grossed more than US$100 million at the box office, ‘Aftershock’ is a historical disaster film based on the Tangshan earthquake of 1976 which killed more than 242,000 people in its aftermath. The movie is centred around the Daqing family, who have twins, Fang Deng and Fang Da, who live in an apartment in the suburb of Tangshan. On the wee morning hours in 1976, an earthquake strikes and the husband dies, leaving his wife Li and their twins trapped under the rubble. In their attempts to find the trapped children, they manage to find the boy – Fang Da and Fang Deng gets displaced, is found and adopted by a military family. Years later, when Deng is eloping from her adoptive parents, also because she’s is pregnant which she didn’t plan for and there’s another earthquake that has stricken, she finds her long-lost sibling and eventually, her mother. ‘Aftershock’ is one of the most successful films that was made in China but got critical acclaim from all over the world.

8. In the Heat of the Sun (1994)

A heart-breaking tale of growing up spun with episodes of love, friendship and loss that is very post-modern in its flavour. It follows the personal narrative of a teenager growing up in a certain turf in Beijing where he interjects retrospectively from time to time. The brilliance of the film lies in the fact that the narrator is not one demi-god like entity that keeps track of all the events and characters in the film but rather a person who is just like one of us who occasionally lies and exaggerates in order to create fake impressions about himself in front of others. The film celebrates human fallibility and imperfections without assuming moral high-handedness.

7. Mountain Patrol (2004)

The film is primarily set in Kekexii, in the Quinghai-Tibet region and is primarily the narrative of poachers of the nearly-extinct Tibetan Antelope and the rangers, who, given the lack of government support have protected the animals on their own. Ritai is the leader of the patrol team whose one of the members have recently been executed. After being joined by Ga, a journalist, they embark on a quest to track down the poachers, with one trail leading to another. ‘Mountain Patrol’ is at times, brutal and wild in its demeanour and mostly imitates Hollywood in terms of its violence and gore, but at the same time, succeeds in retaining its Asian flavour.

6. City of Life and Death (2009)

‘City of Life and Death’ is a disturbingly graphic war-drama dealing with the Japanese occupation of China and the massacre in the Chinese capital Nanjing. A haunting tale of inhuman brutality inflicted by humans on each other, the film progresses to a point of utter insanity where it becomes impossible to make sense of the violence anymore. Narrated with an ironclad objectivity and an emotional dryness that is almost frightening it is one of the most realistic accounts of war you’ll ever see.

5. Fearless (2006)

A biographical film at the outset, ‘Fearless’ is based out on the life and times of Huo Yuanjia, a renowned Wushu martial arts genius who brought immense fame to China with his publicized martial arts championships, prior to the formation of the Republic of China. Primarily defeating the people from the West, Huo brought in a great deal of nationalism among the Chinese residents and also his bouts against Japanese wrestlers would necessarily decimate Japan in the aftermath of the Japanese invasion of China. Jet Li aces his role as Huo and perhaps ‘Fearless’ is one of the best movies of Jet Li to date. Also, the way in which the action sequences have been filmed is commendable.

4. Devils on the Doorstep (2000)

Along the Great Wall of China’s foothills, there lies a small village in which a farmer called Ma is greeted with a rather unpleasant man with a gunny sack of two men – a Japanese army man and a Chinese translator. It was during the peak of the Japanese invasion of China and the strange man asks Ma to keep the men inside gunny sack well-fed for a few days and interrogate them for details on enemy establishments. A scared and timid Ma agrees, but his patience along with the villagers’ runs thin as the strange man doesn’t return for another six months. Ma decides to hide the prisoners in one of the watchtowers along the Great Wall of China but when the villages find it out and return one of the Japanese men to the Japanese camp, they aren’t greeted with enthusiasm because the captives were believed to be dead and now celebrated as war heroes. The film was banned in China owing to its political incorrectness.

3. Farewell My Concubine (1993)

You don’t know what grandness is until you’ve watched Kaige Chen’s ‘Farewell My Concubine’. Set in the backdrop of Chinese history as the country is torn apart by political turmoil one after another starting from the warlord era to the May 4th Cultural Revolution, this film tracks the changing relationship between two actors tied by fate into a lifelong friendship on account of their roles in a popular indigenous play that they have been performing since childhood.

2. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

Ang Lee’s masterpiece is still viewed as one of the best action films of all time. An exquisite exhibition of skill and metaphysical-frippery, wrapped into an engaging narrative which will keep you at the edge of your seat, ‘Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’ is spellbinding. A sacrosanct sword is stolen from the possession of Yu Shu Lien, who herself has got it bestowed upon her by the legendary Master Li. An embittered Lee embarks on a journey of romantic and thrilling adventures, filled with twists that will make you jump in surprise. There’s no denying the blatant fact that the movie struggles a bit with its pace. But the way Ang Lee shot the film, with symbolic and purposeful direction, is simply a treat to watch and savour.

1. In the Mood for Love (2000)

There is no film that deserves the numero uno spot more. The cinematography, the script, the plot and the background score make a sweet concoction that is bound to leave you intoxicated for quite some time. Wong Kar-Wai is a conjurer who turns the most clichéd and mundane of subjects concerning cinema: adultery, into a truly timeless work of art. The unorthodox use of music both from the West and from China helps the film to rise above its regional specificities and become a work of art that is trans-national in its spirit. I must say that it completely redefined Nat King Cole’s ‘Quizas’ which was one of the film’s soundtracks.


With all the Chinese Drama currently accessible online, its hard to figure out on which platform the drama is available but we always skip searching for dramas on youtube. Today, we rounded up a few Romantic Chinese Drama available online on official Youtube channels that offer just what you’re looking for. They’re totally free, which means there’s no need to pay for a subscription fee! Just visit link for these dramas mentioned in the video description and watch to you heart’s content!



It starts off with high school classmates Chen Xiao Xi and Jiang Chen who are also neighbors. Xiao Xi, a cheerful girl who doesn’t study much, is expressive about her admiration towards Jiang Chen, the popular guy known for his looks and high grades. Together with their fellow classmates the funny Lu Yang, athletic but loyal Jing Xiao, and cool swimming team member Wu Bo Song, they embark on high school life to university until their adult life.


On the cusp of graduation, an accounting major searching for her career winds up living with a genius physics student who shakes up her daily routine.

Situ Mo is a graduating student. As someone who got used to having her whole life planned out for her, she is at a loss about her future and can’t find the courage to make a decision for herself. Because the school districts have merged, physics major Gu Weiyi barges into her life. They clash repeatedly without noticing that they are slowly walking into each other’s hearts. To their surprise, they accidentally end up having to live together.


Lin Xing Chen has everything in life. She is rich, beautiful, and adored by all. She is also cursed with the fate that any man she likes will not like her back. She begins a difficult journey to win the heart of a rich heir. Standing in her way to a happily-ever-after is a sweet, compassionate but poor girl and a smart, multitalented but poor boy.


The drama is about rookie fashion editor Chen Jiaxin meets rich heir Wang Xiyi on a love cruise, and are forced to marry after their drunken one night stand resulting to an unexpected pregnancy.


Zhao Qiaoyi and Yan Mo promised that they would study abroad together after graduation. However, a family incident caused Zhao Qiaoyi and Yan Mo to break their promise. Four years later, they meet again at high school reunion.


The drama follows Liu Nuan Nuan from the moment she fails to debut from a female idol group trainee. She ends up having no dreams to chase, no room to live in, and no money to spend. Nuan Nuan meets Han Che, a man who is extremely clean, has OCD and amnesia, and they embark on a warm and sweet love story.


Chai Xiao Qi, who was an alien girl from the “Cape Town Planet”, lost her signal and had to stay on earth. She encountered an overbearing boss named Fang Leng who was suffering from the “rainy weather heterosexual amnesia”, and he would forget the females around him. A hilarious and romantic cross-star love story since then started. Chai Xiao Qi was not only an alien, but also a true-handed witch. Once she inhaled the hormone emitted by males on the earth, she would fall into “flowery state” and met many funny things after that. In order to survive on the human earth, Chai Xiao Qi used her various super powers to solve one accident after another.


A love story between the president of a company who develops a severe case of OCD that prohibits him from interacting with women and the one person that he is immune to.


Zhou Xiao-writes novels and posts his work online. Her novel about a criminal pervert is gaining momentum, and when the girl enters the University to study Chinese, the word of mouth about her is already spreading rumors. Fanzhou is a student at the same University, and he is… in the Department of criminology! The Professor had repeatedly told him that people had a number of prejudices about his profession, but the boy didn’t believe it until he met Zhou Xiao.


The plot revolves around an inexplicable pull between two people and the romance that ensues between them. The female protagonist is the modern-day vampire who is apathetic towards everything in life until the male protagonist turns up to be her next-door neighbor (he’s a germophobe, like in the webtoon). Her world changes as she feels the desperate need to get close to him. Will she finally be able to hug him?

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Many people watch drama in order to escape the real world and to be completely engaged with what is being shown on the screen. The fantasy genre fits perfectly with this type of viewing as it contains elements of magic, escapism, myth and the supernatural. Here are the list of 20 C-Drama that will take you to other world.



A couple who fell in love, despite the obstacles set from the last generation overcome them to be together eternally.


Adopted as an orphan, Fu Yao served as a slave for the Xuan Yuan sect in the Taiyuan Kingdom. After a series of tragedies, she journeyed across the lands in search of ways to lift the curse that blighted her life. Along the way, she meets the Crown Prince of Tianquan, Zhang Sun Wu Ji, and falls in love with him. Together, they tackled political issues in the five kingdoms and unearth secrets regarding her birth.


A world beyond scientific understanding with a group of passionate adults trying to solve cases done by such forces. ~~ Guardian is based on the novel Zhen Hun written by Priest. Zhao Yunlan and Shen Wei are tasked with upholding peace between deities, demons and humans, and the story will focus on their friendship that transcends past and present lifetimes.


Through a car accident, Zhang Xiao traveled back in time into a body of one of her previous reincarnations, a 16 years old aristocratic Manchu girl, Maertai Ruoxi, living in the Qing Dynasty. Although she knows she should not get involved in palace intrigues over the succession to the throne, she inadvertently becomes a pawn in the struggle, because she could not help but love someone, and others came to love her. Based on the novel Bu Bu Jing Xin by Tong Hua.


Mutant Xue Ling Qiao, who has been asleep for centuries, is awakened by the unlucky actress Tian Jing Zhi in a car accident. He then forces his way into living at her house despite his mysterious past. On the surface, she acts like she’s not bothered by his super powers, but actually, she tries her best to get rid of this “monster.” Unexpectedly, their torment of each other gradually warms their relationship. This not only illuminates their romantic feelings but also reveals a shocking conspiracy that spans centuries.


During the Datong era of the Southern Liang Dynasty, Northern Wei sent troops southward and General Lin Xie took his only child, the 17 year old Lin Shu to the battlefield. Unexpectedly, Lin Xie was framed by a political rival, causing the unjust deaths of seventy thousand Chi Yan army soldiers, just after they drove off the hostile Wei forces. Fortunately, Lin Shu was rescued by a loyal subordinate, although he barely escaped with his life. With the help of Lang Ya Hall, Lin Shu was able to establish the Jiang Zuo Alliance, and returns to the capital 12 years on as the leader Mei Changsu. He secretly assists his friend Xiao Jingyan, the unfavoured son of Emperor Wu and wisely rids the court of all scheming officials.


A story about a young woman who was exploited in the past, having gone through hell and back to become an assassin. During the chaotic period towards the end of the Tang Dynasty, Qi Xue accidentally enters a mysterious city and was given the name Wan Mei. Tasked with dangerous missions, she puts herself in danger for each task but gains the protection of Chang An who is a man mysterious as a shadow. The two become embroiled in greater conspiracy involving a deadly struggle for power.


In ancient times, the Flower Goddess dies after giving birth to a daughter. Before she passed, she fed her daughter the Unfeeling Pill, ordered her subordinates to keep the girl’s birth story a secret and to imprison her within Shui Jing for 10,000 years. The girl’s name is Jin Mi.
4,000 years later, the Heavenly Emperor’s second son, Xu Feng, was entrapped by someone and mistakenly entered Shui Jing. He was saved by the ignorant Jin Mi. After living together for 100 years, Xu Feng gradually developed feelings for Jin Mi. Someone close to them wants to use those feelings for their own benefit


A prequel to “The Lost Tomb” and follows the leaders of the nine grave-robbing families and their adventures to save the people of Changsha from a potential deadly threat.


This is a story of loss and love of Feng Qingchen, a sorceress of Mingyi Tower (a secret organization tasked with protecting the royal family), and Yuan Lin, a prince from Western Wei (a ruling kingdom during the Northern and Southern dynasties).


Based off the novel by Fresh Guo Guo, tells the story of Hua Qian Gu, on the day of her birth flowers wilted and and the skies turned dark as her mother passed during child birth. Her father past away when she turned 16 years old. Before he died, he advised her to learn some skills in order to help her survive as it appears that she has the strange ability to lure demons and other worldly creatures through her scent.


Immortal Wu Xin, is unfortunate enough to be doomed to eternal poverty. He doesn’t know if he’s human or a demon, where he came from or where his future should lead. During the Qing dynasty (around 1862-1874), he and his lover retired to the mountains. By the Republican era, however, his beloved has died, and Wu Xin is so poor that he leaves his mountain and pretends to be a monster-hunting monk in order to survive.



Lie Ru Ge is the daughter of the master of Lie Huo Manor which is the most powerful jiang hu sect. She is a cheerful beauty who’s trying to regain her eldest senior’s heart after he suddenly goes back on his promise to marry her. In an effort to learn how to attract her beloved again, she goes to the most popular brothel house where she meets Yin Xue, the brothel owner and “Number One Beauty”. Little does she know, Yin Xue has a mysterious past that involves her and will go to the ends of the earth to protect her.


Hu Ba Yi is well versed in Feng Shui with specialization in tomb configuration, which he learned from an antique book he inherited from his family. The knowledge saved him when he fell into a ditch in a snow avalanche in Tibet. And again when he and his friends joined an archaeology team to explore the “ghost cave” located in Taklamakan Desert. As he helped the team navigate through the dangers, he couldn’t help feeling that someone had predicted their every move and designed the traps and hidden passages accordingly.


The fate of the world rests on the shoulders of the young and quiet swordsman. During the Tang Dynasty, Baili Tusu (Li Yi Feng) has been infected with a mysterious aura from a demonic sword known as the Sword of Burning Solitude. The dark energy has led him to grow up alone and live without a family. When he meets two warriors, Ouyang Shao Gong (Qiao Zhen Yu) and Fang Lan Sheng (Ma Tian Yu), who are on the hunt for a magical jade that can be used to create a resurrection elixir, Tusu joins the men on their hunt. Tusu also meets Feng Qing Xue (Yang Mi), an immortal girl who is searching for her brother, and together they wander the land to face their destinies and restore balance to the world.


The Tan family spans many generations of doctors, with many past ancestors who were imperial physicians. But when powerful enemies frame their family, the royal court passes a ruling that future generations of the Tan family are forbidden from practising medicine. The kind, intelligent and talented Tan Yunxian (Liu Shi Shi) secretly learns the art of traditional Chinese medicine from her grandmother and helps to cure plagues and illnesses among the common people. Yunxian overcomes many societal obstacles in her passion and pursuit of medicine. And when she meets Emperor Zhu Qizhen (Wallace Huo), he wields a great deal of influence in Yunxian fulfilling her destiny to become the first female physician of the Ming Dynasty.


The Destiny of White Snake tells a heart-wrenching love story between an immortal and a human. She is Bai Yao Yao, a white snake roaming the mortal realm when she meets Xu Xuan, the master of the medicinal valley. There is a also second couple pairing between Xiao Qing, a green snake whose fate becomes intertwined with a demon catcher named Qi Xiao.


Feng Shao Feng and Victoria Song star in a fantastical epic fantasy about love, war and deception during a mythological era when the Ice and Fire tribes battled each other in a long-standing war. “


He was the chosen one. Green Cape (Nicky Wu) is a dangerous swordsman who is out to get his hands on the powerful Scarlet Soul Stone. The Mt. Zu Sect is China’s most famous and influential martial arts school, and is the guardian of the stone and protector of the world. The school’s headmaster puts the precious Scarlet Soul Stone into the body of the talented young swordsman Ding Yin (William Chan) in order to keep it from falling into Green Cape’s hands. Ding Yin enters the Mt. Zu Sect to train to become the best swordsman in the world and vows to keep the world safe from the evil doings of Green Cape. But then Ding Yin meets Lu Pao’s daughter, Yu Wu Xin (Zhao Li Ying), who looks just like his dead wife. When Ding Yin falls in love with Yu Wu Xin, will he be able to carry out his mission?

(Source: MyDramaList, Wikipedia)


If you’ve decided to dip your toe into watching some of the best C-dramas on Netflix, we’re here to help with suggestions of our favorite ones! One of the great things about Netflix is that it’s made it much easier for viewers to enjoy series from all over the world. From innocent tails of young love, to historical settings, and to fantasies – there’s a little bit of everything for fans to enjoy in Chinese Dramas!




Wei Wu Xian and Lan Wang Ji, two talented disciples of respectable clans, meet during a cultivation training and accidentally discover a secret carefully hidden for many years. Taking on the legacy of their ancestors, they decide to rid the world of the ominous threat, but in a dramatic turn of events, Wei Wu Xian dies. Sixteen years later, Wei Wu Xian is brought back to life through a self-sacrificing ritual. He conceals himself behind a mask and assumes the identity of his summoner. Soon Wei Wu Xian reunites with Lan Wang Ji, and the pair starts working together to solve the mysteries of the present and unravel the truth behind the events of the past.


Bei Wei Wei has both beauty and brains. A computer goddess, she aspires to be an online game developer. In her spare time, she plays her favorite role-playing game “A Chinese Ghost Story.” After her online husband, Zhenshui Wuxiang, dumps her, she gets a message from the number one player Yixiao Naihe – to be her online husband! Little does she know that Naihe is also her college senior Xiao Nai! Will their incredible online chemistry lead to a real life romance?


An ordinary girl is admitted to the most prestigious school in the country where she encounters F4, an exclusive group comprised of the four wealthiest and handsomest boys in the school – Dao Ming Si, Hua Ze Lei, Xi Men and Mei Zuo.


As Si Tu Mo’s graduation is nearing, she is confused about her future plans. She tries out all sorts of things all the time and is unable to make her own decisions. Her ordinary days are suddenly shaken up when the genius Physics student Gu Wei Yi appears in her life. The two accidentally end up living together and chaos begins.


After the deities Bai Qian and Ye Hua meet and fall in love, their romance stands the test of three lifetimes — each an epic in its own right.


A popular singer decides to go back to school, becoming the center of attention there, and meets an ordinary female student with a dual personality. It’s about a love story between a cold and arrogant top star Situ Feng and his table-mate in school; an adorable and quirky girl named Chen Qingqing.


The drama is about a princess descended from a ruined noble family disguises herself as the woman who saved her life and embarks on a mission to avenge her loved ones.


A third-rate actress with leukemia becomes entangled with CEO Ling because she needs him for treatment. In order to receive bone marrow transplant sooner and to continue her career as an actress, Xia Lin enters into a secret marriage with Ling Yi Zhou, the CEO of a company. Despite the conspiracies and misunderstandings they encounter, the two find true love.


In the multiplayer online game Glory, Ye Xiu is well known as the textbook level expert and a top-tier player. Due to a series of circumstances he was forcefully expelled out of his professional team. After leaving the pro gaming scene he resides at an Internet Café employed as one of the managers. When Glory launches the tenth server he throws himself into the game once more. Equipped with ten years of gaming experience, memories of the past, and an incomplete self-made weapon. His journey back to the top begins.


An aloof violin maker strikes up a relationship with a sweet girl next door after they are unexpectedly cast in a reality-dating show. Love blooms between a bubbly, aspiring voice actress and a cool, enigmatic violin-maker.


Xia Miao Miao is a shy, artistic student who develops a crush on a handsome, talented classmate and embarks on a journey of self-discovery through college. Because of Liang You Nian, Xia Miao Miao decides to make a change. Through the help of her friends, she starts to learn about fashion, join school clubs, and studies hard to raise her grades. Her ordinary life becoming more colorful by the day.


The drama is about a determined entrepreneur navigates a love triangle between a young charmer and an older executive, leading her down an unconventional path to love.


The drama is about six hopeful friends journey into adulthood to create the moments that pull them together, draw them apart and make them fall in love.


Feng Zhi Wei is the unfavored daughter of the Qiu Family, who has to flee due to unfortunate circumstances. Owing a favour to the 6th prince Ning Yi, Zhi Wei cross-dresses as a man to attend the prestigious Qingming Academy and becomes the supreme scholar to the Emperor. She remains loyal and honest to the reigning Emperor during the princes’ fight for the throne while falling in love with Ning Yi who seeks to unravel mysteries from his past and seek revenge for his beloved ones.  Although their love for each other is true, can they maneuver the scheming and countless hurdles thrown their way?


A university student harboring a secret love for a classmate keeps close tabs on him, which ultimately affects the course of both their lives as circumstances constantly bring them face to face. A complicated, one-sided secret attraction sends ripples through the lives of a mild-mannered student and her dashing classmate.

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One of the most popular tropes in romance drama is turning friends to lovers, but what about enemies to lovers? It is so  satisfying watching a couple who fuss and fight like dogs slowly realize what was in front of them all along. Sometimes the realization comes in a lightning bolt of attraction, but most of the time the two love birds involved are trapped by their emotions without their conscious realization. We sit in front of our screens demanding that the lovers realize what we knew all along: they were meant to be together!

So without further ado, here are list of Enemies to Lovers in Chinese Drama for you to dig in and enjoy:




The story follows Dong Shan Cai, an ordinary girl from a modest family who has been accepted in the most prestigious university in the country. Her strong personality developed through tough times in her life, brings a lot of trouble in her new school life. Especially with the four most popular boys of the place (called the F4), all rich and spoiled, the absolute opposite of who she is.


Chen Xiao Qian a scriptwriter who has been single since birth, wrote a female centric drama but accidentally entered her own script where she became the third princess of Dongliang women’s country, a minor supporting character who would be killed anytime. Thus begin her journey of survival, where she meets two guys – an unpredictable rich young master named Han Shuo and a perfect guy who is the Minister of Education named Pei Heng.


Xue Ling Qiao, an otherworldly being who has been asleep for a century, is accidentally awakened by Tian Jing Zhi, who is forced to share her home with this awkward man with super powers. From bickering to eventually warming up to each other, unlikely romance blossoms between them, but will a cosmic conspiracy keep them apart?


About a military academy for boys only, but a girl named Xie Xiang joins the academy instead of her brother while pretending to be a boy to make his dream come true. Two men become the object of affection in her life as they engage in many battles to uncover a big conspiracy.


A speed skating girl crosses paths with the ice hockey god of their school.Despite starting off on the wrong foot,they start on a journey to chase after their dreams.As the two impassioned youths put on their skates,they glide into the unknown but exciting future ahead…

“Skate Into Love” is an uplifting drama as it depicts the struggles of professional athletes.


A modern day Qu Xiao Tan time-travels to an olden day Dong Yue kingdom and inhabits Qu Tan Er’s body. The two of them switch consciousness without realizing who each other are or how they do it. To make matters more complicated, Tan Er is in love with Mo Yi Huai, the first prince, but Xiao Tan finds herself falling for the eighth prince, Mo Lian Cheng.


Lin Xing Chen has everything in life. She is rich, beautiful, and adored by all. She is also cursed with the fate that any man she likes will not like her back. She begins a difficult journey to win the heart of a rich heir. Standing in her way to a happily-ever-after is a sweet, compassionate but poor girl and a smart, multitalented but poor boy.


A drama that follows the romance between Ji Xiangkong, who’s a misunderstood professional gamer as he fulfills his dream of winning the championship, and Qiu Ying, who’s a live streamer with ambitions to become a professional commentator.


It tells the love story between a genius doctor and an actress who are two people who both refuse to have their marriage arranged by their parents, yet realize that love is destined. Compared to the typical dramas of overbearing CEOs falling in love with the regular girl-next-door, this drama focuses on how women can also be the one who initiates a romance. It tells of the funny love story between seductive actress and the low-key doctor.


Detective Ji Bai and new criminal profiler Xu Xu may seem like an awkward teacher-student pair at first glance, yet they are actually the best partners in the police force, solving one crime after another. Ji Bai slowly falls in love with Xu Xu, yet she is a girl who is as slow as a snail when it comes to love.


When the mansion of Prince Jing’an is under attack and destroyed overnight, He Xia and his attendant Bai Pingting are forced to flee the Kingdom of Yan. They get separated, and Pingting takes refuge in a monastery where she meets the powerful general Chu Beijie of the Kingdom of Jin. He recognizes her as his childhood first love. However, their situation renders this relationship a difficult one as they are from opposing kingdoms.


The drama follows Liu Nuan Nuan from the moment when she fails to debut from a female idol group trainee. She ends up having no dreams to chase, no room to live in, and no money. Nuan Nuan meets Han Che, a man who is extremely clean, has OCD, and amnesia, and they embark on a warm and sweet love story.


Lu Zhaoyao is a strong-willed and adventurous girl who yearns to see the world. When she finally does, she realizes that the man whom she thought stood for the righteous was not what he seemed to be. Witnessing the Demon King’s son about to be killed before her, she saves him, takes him in and gives him the name Mo Qing as she trudges the road to becoming the leader of the demonic sect.


As singer-songwriter C-POP star, Huang Zitao plays a role of a recalcitrant idol who debuted and become famous since he was young. He deeply likes music and keeps persistent, that is similar with Huang Zi Tao. This time Yang Zhen Zhen is a newbie manager who just starts the work. Being a newbie staff, she faces various obstacles but she never gives up her music dreams.


A bizarre twist of fate throws impoverished tearaway milk delivery girl Chu Xia together with an unlikely Prince Charming – ruthless know-it-all business heir Han Qi Lu, known to his schoolmates as Master Devil.

(Source: Wikipedia, MyDramaList, Wiki)