List of Chinese films of the 1940s

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This is a list of films produced in the Republican period of China ordered by year of release in the 1940s.

For an alphabetical listing of Chinese films see Category:Chinese films.

1940[edit]

Title Director Actors Genre Notability
Adventures of the Chinese Tarzan Wang Cilong Li Zhuozhuo Adventure/Romance Adapted from Tarzan of the Apes
The Amorous History of Su San Wu Cun Zhou Xuan Drama
Baptism by Fire Sun Yu Zhang Ruifang,
He Weiling
War
City of Darkness Wu Cun Zhou Xuan,
Gong Jianong
Drama
Confucius Fei Mu Tang Huaiqiu Biographical/Historical
The Country Girl Wang Yin Yuan Meiyun Drama
Dong Xiaowan Zhang Shichuan,
Zheng Xiaoqiu
Zhou Xuan,
Shu Shi
Alternate title: The Story of Dong Xiaowan
Drizzling Rain Zhang Shankun,
Bu Wancang
Chen Yunshang,
Mei Xi
Drama
The Emerald Hairpin Bu Wancang Chen Yunshang Romance Based on a Shaoxing opera
Flower Girl Wu Yonggang Chen Yanyan,
Liu Qiong
Romance/Costume
The Gardener and the Lady Wang Cilong Lu Ming,
Wang Yin
Romance Based on a folk legend
Ge Neniang Zhang Shankun Gu Lanjun,
Mei Xi
Historical/Drama Alternate title: Grudges at the End of the Ming
Guan Yin, a Bodhisattva Yan Youxiang Zhang Cuihong
Hongxian Steals the Chest Li Pingqian Gu Lanjun Historical/Action
Invisible Heroine Wu Wenchao Li Lihua
Legend of the Sui Dynasty Yang Xiaozhong Chen Yanyan,
Liu Qiong
Historical/Romance
Li Xiangjun Wu Cun Gu Lanjun Drama Based on The Peach Blossom Fan
Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai Yueh Feng Zhang Cuihong,
Gu Yelu
Romance/Costume Based on the Butterfly Lovers
Light of East Asia He Feiguang War
Living Buddha Ji Gong Zhang Xiaoqiu You Guangzhao Biographical
Meng Lijun Zhang Shichuan Zhou Xuan,
Shu Shi
Romance/Costume Alternate title: Magnificent Relationship
The Pearl Pagoda Fang Peilin Li Hong,
Gu Yelu
Romance Sound remake of the 1926 silent of the same title
The Perfect Beauty Wang Cilong Hu Die Biographical/Historical Last days of the Ming dynasty, focusing on the role played by famous beauty Chen Yuanyuan
Powder and Sword Wu Yonggang Wang Xichun,
Shu Shi
Historical/Action
Princess Snow White Wu Yonggang Chen Juanjuan Fantasy Live-action adaptation of the 1937 Disney film
Qin Liangyu Bu Wancang Chen Yunshang Biographical/Historical Based on the life and career of female general Qin Liangyu
Qin Xianglian Wen Yimin Zhang Cuihong,
Wang Cilong
Crime Non-musical adaptation of Chen Shimei, one of the cases of Bao Zheng
Romance of the Western Chamber Zhang Shichuan Zhou Xuan Musical remake of the 1927 silent film of the same title
Songstresses Zhang Shichuan Zhou Manhua Romance Adapted from a novel by Zhang Henshui
Storm on the Border Ying Yuwei Li Lili,
Shu Xiuwen
War First film to show Chinese minority people joining the anti-Japanese resistance
Su Wu Herds the Sheep Bu Wancang Chen Yunshang,
Mei Xi
Biographical/Historical The story of Han Dynasty diplomat Su Wu
Tempest Over Taihang Mountain He Mengfu Xie Tian War Alternate title: Struggle on Taihang Mountain
The Vast Sky Sun Yu Gao Zhanfei,
Bai Yang,
Jin Yan,
Wang Renmei
War "National Defense" film made in unoccupied West China. Alternate English title: Wings of China
The Wandering Songstress Wu Cun Zhou Xuan Drama
Yan Xijiao Yueh Feng Mei Xi,
Diao Banhua
Based on a chapter in Water Margin
Yanmen Pass Fang Peilin Yuan Meiyun,
Mei Xi
Historical/War
Youth of China Su Yi Tao Jin,
Bai Yang
War
Yue Fei, a National Hero Wu Yonggang Liu Qiong Historical/War Story of the Song dynasty general Yue Fei

1941[edit]

Title Director Actors Genre Notability
A Girl in Wartime Zhang Shankun Chen Yunshang,
Liu Qiong
Historical/War
Between Couples Zhang Shichuan,
Zheng Xiaoqiu
Zhou Manhua Drama
The Brother and His Half Sister Yueh Feng Tong Yuejuan,
Gu Yelu
Charlie Chan Smashes an Evil Plot Xu Xinfu Xu Xinyuan,
Gu Meijun,
Gong Qiuxia
Mystery A Charlie Chan mystery. Alternate title: Charlie Chan Uncovers the Secrets
Die for Love Zhu Shilin Ying Yin War/Romance
The End of Life Shu Shi Bai Hong,
Murong Waner
Drama
Family Bu Wancang,
Li Pingqian
Drama Adaptation of Ba Jin's novel
Heartbroken Wang Yin Yuan Meiyun,
Liu Qiong
Romance/War
Life in the Orphan Island Wu Cun Gong Jianong,
Murong Waner,
Bai Hong
Princess Biluo Zhu Shilin Wang Xichun
Princess Iron Fan Wan brothers Animation First Chinese animated feature film
Robber in Black Chen Huanwen Shangguan Yunzhu Mystery
Scenes of Turbulent Times Wu Renzhi Shi Hui,
Han Fei
Drama
Spring Breezes Recall a Dream Yueh Feng Tong Yuejuan,
Gu Yelu
Romance

1942[edit]

Title Director Actors Genre Notability
A Girl's Secrets Wen Yimin Lu Luming Drama
A Joyful Night Wen Yimin Lu Luming,
Sun Min
Drama
A Tragic Marriage Sun Min Lu Luming,
Shangguan Yunzhu
Tragedy
College Students Wu Wenchao Zhang Cuiying,
Han Lan'gen
Comedy
Compassion Various Ensemble cast Anthology Collection of 11 short stories illustrating universal brotherhood
Enemies Behind Every Bush Zhu Shilin Yan Jun,
Chen Qi
Drama
The Fallen Peony Bu Wancang Chen Yunshang,
Gu Eryi
Drama
Fallen Plum Blossoms Tu Guangqi Wang Xichun,
He Bin
Drama Remake of the 1927 silent film of the same title. Released in two parts.
Grand Hotel Mei Qi Lu Luming,
Sun Min
Drama Remake of the 1932 American film of the same title
The Happy Years Yang Xiaozhong Chen Yunshang,
Mei Xi
Rainy Night on Cold Mountain Ma-Xu Weibang Li Lihua,
Huang He
Adventure
Romance in Spring Huang Han Hu Feng,
Ouyang Shafei
Drama Remake of the 1933 film of the same title
Roses Are Blooming Everywhere Fang Peilin Gong Qiuxia,
Gu Yelu
Romance
Second Sight Bu Wancang Chen Yunshang,
Gu Yelu
Drama
She Lost Her Job Zheng Xiaoqiu Bai Hong,
Han Fei
The Standard Wife Bu Wancang Chen Yanyan,
Mei Xi
Drama Alternate title: Repentance
The Strange Lady Wen Yimin Li Lihua,
Lu Luming,
Sun Min
Drama
Two Generations of Women Bu Wancang Gu Lanjun,
Wang Danfeng
Wedding Night Zhu Shilin Chen Yanyan,
Liu Qiong
Drama

1943[edit]

Title Director Actors Genre Notability
A Japanese Spy Yuan Congmei Drama Adaptation of Amleto Vespa's Secret Agent of Japan. Made in China's wartime capital of Chungking.
Ask for Help Zhu Shilin Tu Guangqi,
Zhou Manhua
Comedy
Daughter of the Fisherman Bu Wancang Zhou Xuan Romance Yu Jia Nu
Eternity Bu Wancang,
Ma-Xu Weibang
Chen Yunchang Drama Controversial film on the Opium War, produced under the Japanese occupation

1944[edit]

Title Director Actors Genre Notability
Dream of the Red Chamber Bu Wancang Zhou Xuan Drama Adaptation of the classic Chinese novel

1946[edit]

Title Director Actors Genre Notability
Phony Phoenixes Huang Zuolin Shi Hui Comedy

1947[edit]

Title Director Actors Genre Notability
Along the Sungari River Jin Shan Zhang Ruifang War
Dream in Paradise Tang Xiaodan Shangguan Yunzhu Drama
Eight Thousand Li of Cloud and Moon Shi Dongshan Bai Yang Drama
Emperor's Dream Animation
Far Away Love Chen Liting Zhao Dan,
Qin Yi,
Wu Yin
Drama
Long Live the Missus! Sang Hu Shi Hui,
Shangguan Yunzhu
Romantic Comedy
Night Inn Huang Zuolin Zhou Xuan,
Wei Wei
Drama Adaptation of Maxim Gorky's The Lower Depths
Rhapsody of Happiness Chen Liting Zhao Dan,
Huang Zongying
Drama Written by Chen Baichen
The Spring River Flows East Zheng Junli,
Cai Chusheng
Bai Yang,
Tao Jin,
Shu Xiuwen,
Shangguan Yunzhu
Drama

1948[edit]

Title Director Actors Genre Notability
Go After an Easy Prey Animation North East Film Studio
Myriad of Lights Shen Fu Drama
Remorse at Death Fei Mu Mei Lanfang Musical/Opera First Chinese color film
Spring in a Small Town Fei Mu Wei Wei Romantic Drama Named the greatest Chinese language film made by the Hong Kong Film Awards

1949[edit]

Title Director Actors Genre Notability
Bridge Wang Bin War
Crows and Sparrows Zheng Junli Drama
Daughters of China Ling Zifeng
Zhai Qiang
War
Mother Shi Hui Qin Yi Drama
Orphan on the Streets Zhao Ming,
Yan Gong
Wang Longji,
Lin Zhen
Drama Kunlun Film Company production, also known as The Winter of Three Hairs
Sorrows and Joys of Middle Age Sang Hu Shi Hui Drama
Women Side by Side Chen Liting Sha Li,
Huang Zongying,
Shangguan Yunzhu
Drama Also known as Three Women and Female Fighter

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