2018 was characterized by many action, thriller, fantasy and animation films.

Action films and comedies, which are always very successful in China, were not lacking.

The most popular and interesting Chinese movies of 2018, from indie films and documentaries (Dead Souls, Xiao Mei) to box-office blockbusters (Operation Red Sea, Detective Chinatown 2, Dying To Survive, etc).

We have put together a list of the Best Chinese movies of 2018 (so far) to help you easily choose which Chinese films to watch.

Related: Best New Chinese Movies to Watch in 2017

Click on read more to get more info (trailers, movie details, images).

Action, Adventure, War

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Big Brother
by Kam Ka-Wai

A soldier-turned-high school teacher uses unusual methods to reach to a class of poor students, while dealing with a greedy entrepreneur and his gang of fighters as well as the government.

Stars: Donnie Yen, Ray Lui, Joe Chen

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Europe Raiders
by Jingle Ma

The third film in the Jingle Ma-directed franchise, following “Tokyo Raiders” from 2000 and “Seoul Raiders” from 2005.

Stars: Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Kris Wu, Tiffany Tang

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Golden Job
by Kar Lok Chin

The gang is back together! First look at the action-pack trailer of GOLDEN JOB, starring Ekin Cheng, Jordan Chan, Michael Tse, Chin Ka-Lok, Jerry Lamb and Eric Tsang!

Stars: Michael Tse, Jerry Lamb, Eric Tsang

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Poster for the movie "Operation Red Sea"
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Operation Red Sea
by Dante Lam

The film is loosely based on the evacuation of the 225 foreign nationals and almost 600 Chinese citizens from Yemen’s southern port of Aden during the 2015 Yemeni Civil War.

Stars: Zhang Hanyu, Eddie Peng, Zhang Yi, Hai Qing

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Shadow
by Zhang Yimou

The film, presented at the Shanghai Film Festival, is set during China’s Three Kingdom’s era (AD 220–280). The story of a great king and his people, who will be expelled from their homeland and will aspire to claim it.

Stars: Ryan Zheng Kai, Sun Li, Deng Chao

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by Feng Xiao

An American pilot is sent to a Chinese province to teach a crew of would-be pilots how to fly war planes against the Japanese during World War II. A movie dedicated to the flying tigers.

Stars: Bruce Willis, Nicholas Tse, Eric Tsang, Huang Shengyi, Adrien Brody, Rumer Willis

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The Island
by Huang Bo

A cataclysmic event causes a man, who dreams of winning the lottery, to become stranded on an island with his co-workers.

Stars: Huang Bo, Shu Qi, Baoqiang Wang, Zhang Yixing

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Animation

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Flavors of Youth
by Haoling Li, Xiaoxing Yi, Yoshitaka Takeuch

Three different stories of youth set in different cities of China. 1 Shanghai Love. 2 Sunny Breakfast. 3 Small Fashion Show.

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On Happiness Road
by Sung Hsin-Yin

Chi earned her American dream after persevering with her studies in Taiwan. Following her grandmothers’ death, Chi returns to her family on Happiness Road, where she begins to feel nostalgic about her childhood and starts to contemplate the meaning of “life” and “home”.

Stars: Kwai Lun-Mei, Te-Sheng Wei

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The Wind Guardians
by Kuo Liu

A young man who lives in Xiaoyanggang dreams of martyrdom, but he is blind and can only sneak into the market by swindling. One day, Rakshasa attacked Xiaoyanggang, and his mother, who was dependent on him, suddenly disappeared.

Stars: Zhixing Lu, Mengmeng Yan, Jun Chu

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Crime, Thriller, Mystery

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A Better Tomorrow 2018
by Ding Sheng

A former smuggler attempts to start his life anew and repair his relationship with his estranged brother after his release from prison.

Stars: Nick Wang, Ma Tianyu, Darren Wang, Lam Suet, Yu Ai-Lei

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A or B
by Pengyuan Ren

A young business elite Xiaonian Zhong, was imprisoned in a house! Everyday, a mysterious man will reveal one of his darkest secrets to the world. At the same time, his wife, friends and business partners were all been dragged into this incident one after another. Being imprisoned, how will Zhong combat this challenging situation?

Stars: Xu Zheng, Wang Likun, Wang Yanhui, Duan Bowen, Simon Yam

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Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings
by Tsui Hark

Dee, the detective serving Chinese empress Wu Zetian, is called upon to investigate a series of strange events in Loyang, including the appearance of mysterious warriors wearing Chiyou ghost masks, foxes that speak human language and the pillar sculptures in the palace coming alive.

Stars: Mark Chao, William Feng, Carina Lau, Lin Gengxin, Ma Sichun

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L Storm
by David Lam

L Storm is a Hong Kong action crime thriller film directed by David Lam. William Luk and Lau Po-keung are respectively investigating a corruption and money laundering case both involving Customs officer Tik Wai-kit, but are unable to find any clues.

Stars: Louis Koo, Julian Cheung, Kevin Cheng

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Lobster Cop
by Li Xinyun

Four police officers open up a lobster restaurant as a cover in order to catch a notorious drug dealer, only to find their secret recipe is more popular than they expect.

Stars: Wang Qian-Yuan, Yuan Shanshan, Liu Hua, Shen Teng

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Long Day’s Journey into Night
by Bi Gan

A man went back to Guizhou, found the tracks of a mysterious woman. He recalls the summer he spent with her twenty years ago.

Stars: Huang Jue, Tang Wei, Sylvia Chang, Lee Hong-chi

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The Leakers
by Herman Yau

The film centers around a Malaysian pharmaceutical company using a new virus to generate an epidemic. A secret organization, known as “The Leaker”, discloses this information.

Stars: Francis Ng, Julian Cheung, Charmaine Sheh

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Xiao Mei
by Maren Hwang

A film about the tormenting presence of absence. A young shop girl named Xiao Mei suddenly vanishes from her usual existence, without explanation or trace. Has she dissolved, or perhaps redeemed herself somehow?

Stars: Chen Yi-Wen, Liu Kuan-Ting

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Family, Comedy & Romance

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21 Carats
by He Nian

Stars: Dilraba Dilmurat, Guo Jingfei, Dong Chengpeng

A story of laughter and romance between two polar opposites as a penny-pincher crosses paths with a spendthrift.

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Detective Chinatown 2
by Chen Sicheng

Driven by the desire for the huge reward, Tang Ren tricked Qin Feng to New York, to attend the World Detective Contest. Later on, behind the crazy competition, Qin and Tang discovered the real hidden facts of this contest.

Stars: Baoqiang Wang, Liu Haoran, Xiao Yang, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Yuxian Shang, Bai Ling

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Forever Young
by Fangfang Li

Four youths in Republican-era China experience various struggles as they seek to find their ideal self. From World War, to revolution and ultimately rebirth, Forever Young is the story of four generations spanning a hundred years of modern Chinese history.

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Go Brother!
by Cheng Fen-fen

Shi Miao hates her brother Shi Fen. So, she makes a birthday wish: She wants her brother gone. However, she did not expect the wish come true.

Stars: Zhang Zifeng, Yuchang Peng, Jinmai Zhao

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Hello Mr. Billionaire
by Yan Fei, Peng Damo, Bingbao Lin

A pathetic minor league Soccer Goalkeeper was given a task – to spend 1 Billion in thirty days, if successful he will get 30 Billion.

Stars: Shen Teng, Vivian Sung, Yiming Zhang

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Documentary

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Amazing China
by Tie Wei

Amazing China is a super-patriotic propaganda documentary commissioned by Xi Jinping. It’s worth to watch only to have a glimpse of Xi Jinping’s China.

Stars: Xin Jinping

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Dead Souls
by Wang Bing

In Gansu Province, northwest China, lie the remains of countless prisoners abandoned in the Gobi Desert sixty years ago. Designated as “ultra-rightists” in the Communist Party’s Anti-Rightist campaign of 1957, they starved to death in the Jiabiangou and Mingshui reeducation camps.

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Drama

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Ash Is Purest White
by Jia Zhangke

In 2001, in the impoverished Chinese industrial city of Datong, a young dancer named Qiao falls in love with Bin, a local mobster. During a fight between rival gangs, Qiao fires a shot to protect Bin and subsequently gets sentenced to five years in prison.

Stars: Liao Fan, Zhao Tao, Feng Xiaogang, Xu Zheng, Zhang Yibai, Diao Yinan

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An Elephant Sitting Still
by Hu Bo

Stars: Zhang Yu, Peng Yuchang, Wang Yuwen, Liu Congxi

In the northern Chinese city of Manzhouli, they say there is an elephant that simply sits and ignores the world. Manzhouli becomes an obsession for the protagonists of this film, a longed-for escape from the downward spiral in which they find themselves.

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Dying to Survive
by Muye Wen

Stars: Xu Zheng, Wang Chuanjun, Yu Zhang

A story on how a small drug store owner became the exclusive selling agent of a cheap Indian generic drug against Chronic Granulocytic Leukemia in China. The film is based on the real-life story of a Chinese leukemia patient who smuggled cheap but unproven cancer medicine from India for 1,000 Chinese cancer sufferers in 2004.

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Girls Always Happy
by Yang Mingming

Wu is in her mid-twenties and lives with her mother in a traditional one-story house in one of Beijing’s hutongs. Both consider themselves to be writers, but success has so far eluded them.

Stars: Li Qinqin, Yang Mingming

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Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror

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Asura
by Peng Zhang

An epic fantasy loosely based on Buddhist mythology, it is set in the mythical realm of Asura — the dimension of pure desire which is threatened by a coup from a lower heavenly kingdom. Asura is China’s most expensive film, but it is also China’s biggest box office flop.

stars: Matthew Knowles, Zhang Yi Shang, Wu Lei

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Monster Hunt 2
by Raman Hui

The sequel to Monster Hunt. Set in a world where monsters and humans co-exist, the franchise tells the story of Wuba, a baby monster born to be king.

Stars: Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Bai Baihe, Jing Boran, Li Yu-Chun, Tony Yang, Eric Tsang

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The Monkey King 3 – Kingdom of Women
by Soi Cheang

The film is the third installment of the Monkey King franchise, after The Monkey King (2014) and The Monkey King 2 (2016). As Tang Sanzang and his three proteges head into the all-female territory in the Xi Liang nation known as Women’s Country, they meet the ruler of the country.

Stars: Aaron Kwok, William Feng, Zhao Liying

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The Widowed Witch
by Cai Chengjie

A complete re-edit of the award-winning Chinese film SHAMAN that wryly details the life of an unfortunate woman who suddenly seems to possess magical powers.

Stars: Tian Tian, Wen Xinyu

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