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Chinese Movies and Literature

In celebration of the release of the live-action film Mulan, we have created a list of movies, TV shows, and books set in Ancient China, in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1912) and set in modern times (after the 1950s). If you would like even more movies and books, you can try these links for adult, teen and children's items:

Adult Chinese Movies  /  Teen Chinese Movies  /  Children's Chinese Movies

Adult Chinese Audiobooks  /  Children's Chinese Audiobooks

Adult Chinese Fiction Books  /  Adult Chinese Non-Fiction Books 

Teen Chinese Fiction Books  /  Teen Chinese Non-Fiction Books

Children's Chinese Fiction Books  /  Children's Chinese Non-Fiction Books 

Adult Chinese eAudiobooks  /  Adult Chinese eBooks

Children's Chinese eBooks  /  Teen Chinese eAudiobooks  /  Teen Chinese eBooks

Here is a short list of some popular movies and books set in Ancient China:

 

Crouching Tiger Hidden DragonMovies/TV Shows Set In Ancient China: Mulan

Once Upon A Time In China 1&3 (Foreign)  /  The Great Battle (Foreign)  /  The Last Emperor (Drama)  /  Tai Chi Master (Foreign)  /  Kung Fu Panda (JDrama cartoon)  /  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (Drama)  /  The Shaolin Temple (Foreign)  /  The Assassins (Tong Que Tai) (Foreign)  /  Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Foreign)  /  A Touch of Zen = Xia Nu (Foreign)  /  League of Gods (Foreign)  /  Flying Swords of Dragon Gate (Long Men Feh Jia) (Foreign)  /  Warriors of Heaven and Earth (Tian Di Ying Xiong) (Foreign) /  The Sorcerer and the White Snake (Foreign)  /  The Emperor and the Assassin (Foreign)  /  Mulan I&II (JDrama)  /  The Last Airbender movie (JDrama)  /  Avatar: The Last Airbender (JDrama cartoon)  /  Monster Hunt 2 (Foreign)  /  The Ballad of Mulan (JNon-Fiction)  /  Call of Heroes (Foreign)  /  The Monkey King 2&3 (Foreign)  /  Brotherhood of Blades I&II (Foreign)  /  The Assassin (Foreign)  /  The Four (Foreign)  /  Wu Kong (Foreign)  /  Dragon Inn (Foreign)  /  God of War (Foreign)  /  The White Dragon Fei Hap Siu Baak Lung (Foreign)  /  Curse of the Golden Flower (Foreign)  /  Detective Dee: the Four Heavenly Kings (Foreign)  /  Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (Foreign)  /  The Five Deadly Venoms Wu Du (Foreign)

 

Moon in the PalaceBooks Set In Ancient China: Avatar The Last Airbender

A Hero Born (Fiction)  /  The Courtesan (Fiction)  /  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (Fiction)  /  The Golden Lotus (Fiction)  /  Bound (YA History)  /  Moon in the Palace (Fiction) /  Soundless (YA Fantasy)  /  Chinese Myths (Graphic Novel Non-Fiction)  /  The Concubine's Daughter (Fiction)  /  Wild Orchid: Retelling Mulan (YA Fantasy)  /  Where the Mountain Meets the Moon (JFantasy)  /  Yeh-Shen: a Cinderella Story From China (JNon-Fiction)  /  Lady of Ch'iao Kuo: Warrior of the South (JHistory)  /  Fa Mulan: the Story of a Woman Warrior (JNon-Fiction)  /  Romance of the Three Kingdoms (Fiction)  /  Avatar: The Last Airbender (Graphic Novels)  /  The Ballad of Mulan (JNon-Fiction)  /  The Ancient History of China (YA Non-Fiction)  /  The Empress of the Bright Moon (Fiction)  /  The Moon in the Palace (Fiction)  /  Explore Ancient Chinese Myths (JNon-Fiction)  /  Mulan: a Story in English and Chinese (JNon-Fiction)  /  Guan Yu: Blood Brothers to the End: a Chinese Legend (Graphic Novel JNon-Fiction)  /  Walt Disney's Mulan (E Begin)  /  Forget Sorrow: an Ancestral Tale (Graphic Novel Biography)  / The Magnolia Sword (Ya History)  /  The Good Earth (Foreign)  /  Walt Disney's Mulan (Graphic Novel)

 

GrandmasterMovies/TV Shows Set In The Qing Dynasty (1644-1912): Legend of Korra

Tai Chi Hero (Foreign)  /  The Children of Huang Shi (Drama)  /  The Legend of the Red Dragon (Foreign)  /  Ip Man 1,2,3 (Foreign)  /  Bodyguards and Assassins (Foreign)  /  Shanghai Knights (Comedy)  /  Shanghai Noon (Comedy)  /  The Grandmaster (Foreign)  /  1911 (Foreign)  /  The Legend of the Drunken Master (Drama)  /  Shanghai Express (Drama)  /  Farewell, My Concubine (Foreign)  /  The Good The Bad The Weird (Foreign)  /  The Forbidden Kingdom (Drama)  /  The Wasted Times (Foreign)  /  Master Z: The Ip Man Legacy (Foreign)  /  Drunken Master (Foreign)  /  The Road Home (Foreign)  /  Flower Drum Song (Musical)  /  The Final Master (Foreign)  /  The Legend of Korra (JDrama Cartoon)  /  Challenge Of The Masters Lu Acai Yu Huang Feihong (Foreign)

 

Sweet MandarinBooks Set In The Qing Dynasty (1644-1912): chasing secrets

Shanghai Girls (Fiction)  /  A Paper Son (Fiction)  /  All The Flowers In Shanghai (Fiction)  /  Empress Orchid (Fiction)  /  China Dolls (Fiction)  /  The Last Empress (Biography)  /  Dragons of Silk (YA History)  /  First Class Murder (YA Mystery)  /  The Girl With Ghost Eyes (Fantasy)  /  Last Boat Out Of Shanghai: The Epic Story Of The Chinese Who Fled Mao's Revolution (Non-Fiction)  /  Chasing Secrets (JHistory)  /  Sweet Mandarin: The Courageous True Story Of Three Generations Of Chinese Women And Their Journey From East To West (Biography)  /  The Jade Necklace (Picture Book)  /  Midnight At The Dragon Cafe (Fiction)  /  The Woman Who Breathed Two Worlds (Fiction)  /  The Last Empress (Fiction)  /  The Earth Dragon Awakes: The San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 (JHistory)  /  The Good Earth (Fiction)  /  The Downstairs Girl (YA History)

 

crazy rich asiansMovies Set In Modern China (after the 1950s): sesame street

Chongging Sen Lin Chungking Express (Foreign)  /  Fist of Fury (Drama)  /  The Joy Luck Club (Drama)  /  The Bodyguard [2016 Chinese Film] (Foreign)  /  Shaolin Soccer (Foreign)  /  Still Life (Foreign)  /  Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (Foreign)  /  The Karate Kid [2010 version] (JDrama)  /  Sesame Street: Big Bird in China (JNon-Fiction)  /  Triple Tap (Foreign)  /  The Stool Pigeon (Foreign)  /  Croczilla (Foreign)  /  Take Out (Drama)  /  Dralion (Non-Fiction)  /  Crazy Rich Asians (Comedy)  /  Legend of the Fist: the Return of Chen Zhen (Foreign)  /  Black Coal, Thin Ice (Foreign)  /  The Viral Factor (Foreign)  /  Twin Dragons: Shuang Long Hui (Foreign)  /  Saving Mr. Wu (Foreign)  /  The Kid (Foreign)  /  Ip Man 4: the Finale (Foreign)  /  The Wandering Earth (Foreign)  /  The Island (Foreign)  /  Kiss of the Dragon (Drama)  /  72 Jia Zu Ke = 72 Tenants of Prosperity (Foreign)  /  Wolf Warrior 1 (Foreign)  /  Wolf Warrior II (Foreign)  /  Aftershock (Foreign)  /  The Great Hypnotist (Foreign)  /  Three (Foreign)  /  Rush Hour (Comedy)  /  Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior (YA Drama)  /  Fu Chou Vengeance (Foreign)  /  Exiled (Foreign)  /  The Thieves (Foreign)  /  The Mermaid (Foreign)

 

water tossing bouldersBooks Set In Modern China (after the 1950s):  dragon warrior

Girl in Translation (Fiction)  /  The Eye of Jade (Mystery)  /  Leftover in China: the Women Shaping the World's Next Superpower (Non-Fiction)  /  The Boat Rocker (Fiction)  /  Lucy and Linh (YA Fiction)  /  The Weight of Our Sky (YA History)  /  Wilder (YA Fiction)  /  Front Desk (JFiction)  /  Kitchen Chinese (Fiction)  /  Iron Will of Genie Lo (YA Fantasy)  /  Kickoff Blitz (JFiction)  /  China Clipper: Pro Football's First Chinese-Canadian Player (JBiography)  /  The Year of the Fortune Cookie (JFiction)  /  In the Snow (Picture Book)  /  Gateway (YA SCIFI)  /  Nim and the War Effort (Picture Book)  /  The Ugly Vegetables (Picture Book)  /  Girl in Reverse (YA Fiction)  /  The Epic Crush of Genie Lo (YA Fantasy)  /  The Edge of the Abyss (YA SCIFI)  /  Amy Wu and the Perfect Bao (Picture Book)  /  Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune (Fiction)  /  Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines (JBiography)  /  The Girl Who Wrote in Silk (Fiction)  /  Water Tossing Boulders: How a Family of Chinese Immigrants Led the First Fight to Desegregate Schools in the Jim Crow South (Non-Fiction)  /  Tiger Magic (JFantasy)  /  Michelle Kwan: Quest For Gold (JBiography)  /  Outrun the Moon (YA History)  /  Nine Days (YA Fiction)  /  Mambo in Chinatown (Fiction)  /  The Dragon Warrior (JFantasy)  /  Queen of Physics: How Wu Chien Shiung Helped Unlock the Secrets of the Atom (JBiography)  /  The Woman Warrior: Memories of a Girlhood Among Ghosts (Non-Fiction)  /  Ling & Ting: Twice as Silly (E Begin)  /  The Great Wall of Lucy Wu (JFiction)  /  Girl Overboard (YA Fiction)  /  Peony in Love (Romance)  /  The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane (Fiction)  /  How to Catch a Dragon (Picture Book)  /  The Bonesetter's Daughter (Fiction)  /  Lao Lao of Dragon Mountain (JFiction)  /  China Dolls (Fiction)  /  Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (Fiction)  /  Along the River: a Chinese Cinderella (JFiction)  /  Chinese Cinderella and the Secret Dragon Society (YA History)  /  The Diary of Ma Yan: the Struggles and Hopes of a Chinese Schoolgirl (JBiography)  /  The Story of Movie Star Anna May Wong (JBiography)  /  A Thousand Beginnings and Endings: 15 Retellings of Asian Myths and Legends (YA Fantasy)  /  A Heart For Freedom: the Remarkable Journey of a Young Dissident, Her Daring Escape, and Her Quest to Free China's Daughters (Biography)  /  Supernova Era (SCIFI)  /  Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead: Typhoon (Fiction)  /  The Great Zoo of China (Fiction)  /  Crazy Rich Asians series (Fiction)  /  Convergence (YA Fantasy)  /  City of Ink (Mystery)  /  Pearl of China (Fiction)  /  Second Sister (Mystery)  /  The Leavers (Fiction)  /  Who Was Bruce Lee? (JBiography)  /  Bronze and Sunflower (JFiction)  /  Loveboat Taipei (YA Fiction)  /  Let the Rain Fall Down: Qi Gong Song and Book For Children (JNon-Fiction)

 

 

Posted by AlyshaB on August 28, 2020