The best Chinese Science Fiction Movies from Hong Kong, China, and Taiwan
The science fiction genre in China until a few years ago was considered as something childish, intended primarily for a very young audience, and mostly for educational purposes.
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No wonder, therefore, if in the boundless Chinese filmography, this kind of film has never found its place, if not very recently, since Chinese production companies began to invest massively in local and foreign productions.
However, despite this prejudice, some interesting films have been produced over the years, especially in Hong Kong.
In parallel with pure science fiction productions, we find an infinite number of fantasy and horror films, mostly based on Chinese folklore.
Here are some of the most interesting movies that have been made in Hong Kong, China, and some interesting international co-productions.
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Super Inframan by Hua Shan (1975)
The surface of the Earth is under attack, thousands of people are killed in this unprovoked attack. The cause, Princess Dragonmon and her army of monsters have decided to invade. A doctor has been preparing for something like this and turns his assistant Rayma into the cyborg hero known as Inframan. … more
The Mighty Peking Man by Ho Meng-Hua (1977)
Word of a monster ape ten stories tall living in the Himalayas reaches fortune hunters in Hong Kong. They travel to India to capture it, but wild animals and quicksand dissuade all but Johnny, an adventurer with a broken heart. … more
I Love Maria by Tsui Hark, David Chung (1988)
The Hero Gang is a group of thugs terrorizing Hong Kong with their killer robots, Pioneers 1, an ordinary robot, and 2, modeled on Maria, the gang’s #2 thug. When Pioneer 2 gets damaged during a mission to kill an outcast gang member, an inventor on the police force takes her and changes some of her programmings. … more
Robotrix by Jamie Luk Kim-Ming (1991)
A mad scientist transfers his mind to a wicked robot, which then embarks on a program of kidnapping, rape, and murder, during which a female detective is killed. To fight the robot, the police woman’s corpse is then made into a robotrix. … more
Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky by Lam Nai-Choi (1991)
Hardman Ricky is incarcerated in a futuristic prison where ultra-violence is his only means of survival in the corrupt, sadistic system. He must battle his way quite literally ‘through’ the feared ‘gang of four’, and undergo multiple tortures before facing the governor in one of the goriest climaxes ever seen. … more
The cat by Lam Nai-Choi (1992)
A cat from outer space teams up with a young girl and an old man to fight a murderous alien that possesses people. … more
The Wicked City by Tsui Hark (1992)
The story takes place in Hong Kong in a conflict between worlds of Humans and “Rapters” (“Reptoids” in some dubbed versions) before the handover. A special police unit in the city are investigating a mysterious drug named “Happiness”. … more
Future Cops by Wong Jing (1993)
In the year 2043, an evil crime lord (The General) is trying to take over the world. Only one government official stands in his way and plans to send him to prison, so The General and his minions Kent, Thai King, and Toyota travel to the year 1993 to kill the official before he has a chance to get into office. … more
2002 by Wilson Yip (2001)
In Hong Kong, the special force of the police known as 2002 is composed of the twenty-two-year-old cop Chiu and his ghost partner and they fight against supernatural phenomena under the guidance of the mystic Paper Chan. … more
The Wesley’s Mysterious File by Andrew Lau (2002)
Andy Lau is Wesley, investigating alien existence on this earth. He works outside of the MIB-influenced FBI operation, run by Shu Qi and Roy Cheung. They’re hot on the trail of the Blue-Blooded Alien (Rosamund Kwan). … more
Star Appeal by Cui Zi’en (2004)
Chinese filmmaker Cui Zi’en directs this gay-themed sci-fi drama about Xiao Bo, a bisexual man who discovers a stranger by the roadside, naked and claiming to be from Mars. … more
2046 by Wong Kar-wai (2004)
2046 is the sequel to Wong Kar-Wais’ successful box-office hit In The Mood For Love It follows the aftermath of Chow Mo-wan’s unconsummated affair with Su Li-zhen in 1960s Hong Kong but also includes some science fiction elements in the fourth main story arc … more
Hidden Heroes by Joe Ma, Soi Cheang (2004)
Office Yohji Ho meets a female android who comes from the future, in a drug raid. The android’s mission is to ensure the death of Yohji. … more
CJ7 by Stephen Chow (2008)
Ti, a really poor construction worker that struggles to keep his son, Dicky, in private school, mistakes an orb he finds in a junkyard for a toy which proves to be much, much more once the young boy starts to play with it. … more
Amazing by Sherwood Hu (2013)
“Amazing” centers on a video game company boss, Frank, who is eager to rush his firm’s new thought-controlled basketball game to market, despite the objections of the project leader Bingshan, who warns that a bug in the system could escape the computer and infect players’ brains. … more
The Midnight After by Fruit Chan (2014)
A night like any other in the streets of Hong Kong: in the midst of the tangle of night-owls, cars, and vendors, a group of passengers climbs aboard a minibus that is to take them from Mongkok to Tai Po. But as the bus emerges from a tunnel, everything is suddenly quite still: the streets and buildings are all empty and there’s not a soul to be seen; it’s as if everyone has suddenly been swallowed by the earth. … more
Iceman by Law Wing-Cheong (2014)
In the Ming Dynasty, there lives four orphans, Ying, Sao, Yuanlong, and Niehu. Their exceptional martial arts skills allow them to reach the highest rank within the imperial guards. After the four successfully killed the Japanese troop leader, the Emperor orders Ying to escort the Golden Wheel of Time from Sindu back to the capital, which is said to have the power of time travel and foresee into the future. … more
Ebola Zombies by Samuel Leong (2015)
A group of thieves break into an industrial complex to pull off a jewelry heist but stumble upon a hidden laboratory where unorthodox SARS and Ebola experiments are taking place on stolen cadavers, who soon mutate into blood-thirsty zombies. … more
The Mermaid by Stephen Chow (2016)
A playboy business tycoon, Liu Xuan, purchases the Green Gulf, a wildlife reserve, for a sea reclamation project, and uses sonar technology to get rid of the sea life in the area. … more
Battle of Memories by Leste Chen (2017)
When a famous writer decides to have his memories wiped to forget a divorce, he regrets it. Attempting to recover the memories, he becomes haunted by psychopathic thoughts, acting out in ways both he and those around him could never imagine. … more
Reset by Yoon Hong-seung (2017)
When her son is kidnapped, the inventor of the time machine teams up with multiple versions of herself to rescue him. … more
Bleeding Steel by Leo Zhang (2017)
Jackie Chan stars as a hardened special forces agent who fights to protect a young woman from a sinister criminal gang. … more
The Wandering Earth by Frant Gwo (2019)
The sun is dying out, a group of brave astronauts set out to find a new home for the entire human race and the planet. … more
Warriors of Future by Ng Yuen-fai (2019)
In 2055, a meteorite, which brings a fast-growing alien vine named “Pandora”, crashes down on a barren Earth ravaged by pollution and global warming. “Pandora” purifies the planet but kills everything in its path. To protect the citizens of their city, the heavily armored military of Hong Kong, armed with the plant’s genetic map, tries but fails to destroy “Pandora” and uncovers a conspiracy. … more
Crazy Alien by Hao Ning (2019)
A monkey trainer whose act goes wrong after alien crash land on Earth and injures his monkey. Desperate to perform the act, he attempts to train the alien instead, though is punished after the alien regains his powers. … more
The Three-Body Problem by Zhang Panpan (2017-2020)
Based on the novel of the same name by Liu Cixin, The Three-Body Problem is a postponed Chinese science fiction 3D film-in-progress. Hundreds of physicists died mysteriously. A Chinese nanomaterials expert, Wang Miao, sees a mysterious countdown in his eyes. Soon he finds out that the “disastrous planet” under three suns in a game really exists. … more
Gen-Y Cops by Benny Chan (2000), Second Time Around by Jeffrey Lau (2002), Metallic Attraction: Kungfu Cyborg by Jeff Lau Chun-Wai (2009), The 33D Invader by Chin Man-Kei (2011), Impossible by Sun Zhou (2015), Lost in the Pacific by Vincent Zhou (2016), Meow by Benny Chan (2017)
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Please I wish to know the name of this Chinese or Japanese or Korean movie I watched on TV; in it they were 2 male twins and one of them was in college and had an introvert female friend who is the nerd girl and it the movie she attempts to create a blackhole.