List of Chinese films of the 1980s

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This is a list of films produced in mainland China ordered by year of release in the 1980s. For an alphabetical listing of Chinese films see Category:Chinese films

1980[edit]

Title Director Actors Genre Notability
Evening Rain Wu Yonggang,
Wu Yigong
Drama Co-winner of the first Golden Rooster for best picture in 1981
Kith and Kin Teng Wenji
Wu Tianming
Li Weixin,
Liu Dong
Drama
Legend of Tianyun Mountain Xie Jin Drama Co-winner of the first Golden Rooster for best picture in 1981
Romance on Lushan Mountain Huang Zumu Drama

1981[edit]

Title Director Actors Genre Notability
Awakening Teng Wenji Joan Chen Romance
Call of the Home Valley Wang Jin,
Hu Bingliu
Drama
A Deer of Nine Colors Animated short
Drive to Win Zhang Nuanxin Drama
Longing for My Native Country Hu Bingliu,
Wang Jin
Huang Jinchang,
Ren Yexiang
Drama Entered into the 32nd Berlin International Film Festival
Neighbors Zheng Dongtian,
Xu Guming
Drama
Regret for the Past Shui Hua Huang Zhongluo Drama
The True Story of Ah Q Fan Cen Yan Shunkai Drama Entered into the 1982 Cannes Film Festival

1982[edit]

Title Director Actors Genre Notability
Countering Lights Ding Yinnan Romance
The Deer's Bell Wu Qiang,
Tang Cheng
Animated short Winner of the third Golden Rooster for Best Animation in 1983
The Herdsman Xie Jin Zhu Shimao,
Liu Qiong
Drama Screened at the 1983 Cannes Film Festival
My Memories of Old Beijing Wu Yigong Shen Jia,
Zhang Fengyi
Drama Winner of the third Golden Rooster for Best Director, Best Music and Best Supporting Actress in 1983
Red Elephant Tian Zhuangzhuang,
Zhang Jianya,
Xie Xiaojing
Children/Family
Rickshaw Boy Ling Zifeng Siqin Gaowa,
Zhang Fengyi
Drama Golden Rooster for Best Film in 1983
Strange Friends Lei Xu Entered into the 33rd Berlin International Film Festival

1983[edit]

Title Director Actors Genre Notability
The Candidate Wu Ziniu Drama
One and Eight Zhang Junzhao Chen Daoming War One of the first "Fifth Generation" films, cinematography by Zhang Yimou
River Without Buoys Wu Tianming Drama
Thunderstorm Sun Daolin Drama

1984[edit]

Title Director Actors Genre Notability
Blue Flowers Shui Hua,
Ma Bingyu
Guo Kaimin Drama
The Border Town Ling Zifeng Feng Hanyuan Drama Golden Rooster Award for Best Director
September Tian Zhuangzhuang Drama
Wreaths at the Foot of the Mountain Xie Jin War
Yellow Earth Chen Kaige Wang Xueqi Drama Chen Kaige's directorial debut

1985[edit]

Title Director Actors Genre Notability
Army Nurse Hu Mei,
Li Xiaojun
Romance
The Black Cannon Incident Huang Jianxin Black comedy Screened at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival
Dove Tree Wu Ziniu War First Fifth Generation film to be banned
Liangjia funu Huang Jianzhong Drama
Mountain's Daughter Chen Shengli Ge You Drama
On the Hunting Ground Tian Zhuangzhuang Drama
Sacrifice of Youth Zhang Nuanxin Li Fengxu Drama
Stories of the Voyage Liu Miaomiao Drama

1986[edit]

Title Director Actors Genre Notability
The Big Parade Chen Kaige Wang Xueqi Drama
Dislocation Huang Jianxin Liu Zifeng Comedy/Science fiction
A Girl from Hunan Xie Fei Na Renhua Drama Screened at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival
A Great Wall Peter Wang
Hibiscus Town Xie Jin Liu Xiaoqing,
Jiang Wen
Drama
The Horse Thief Tian Zhuangzhuang Drama Named by Martin Scorsese as his favorite film of the 1980s
The Last Day of Winter Wu Ziniu
Old Well Wu Tianming Zhang Yimou Drama
Trapped in a Frozen River Zhang Jianya Drama/Thriller Also known as Ice River
The Tribulations of an Old Master Wu Yigong,
Zhang Jianya
Rosalind Chao,
Chen Peisi
Drama

1987[edit]

Title Director Actors Genre Notability
Death Visits the Living Huang Jianzhong Drama
Desperation Zhou Xiaowen,
Shi Chengfeng
Thriller Also known as The Last Frenzy
Far From War Hu Mei
In Their Prime Zhou Xiaowen,
Guo Fangfang
Drama
King of the Children Chen Kaige Chen Shaohua Drama Entered into the 1988 Cannes Film Festival
Red Sorghum Zhang Yimou Gong Li Drama/War Zhang Yimou's directorial debut, Golden Bear winner at Berlin
Street Players Tian Zhuangzhuang Drama Also known as Drum Singers
Sun Yatsen Ding Yinnan Biographical
Women on the Long March Liu Miaomiao War

1988[edit]

Title Director Actors Genre Notability
Between Life and Death Wu Ziniu Drama
The Boxer Liu Miaomiao Liu Shangxian Drama
Evening Bell Wu Ziniu Chong Peipei,
Tao Zeru,
Ge Yaming
War Silver Bear-Jury Grand Prix winner at the 39th Berlin International Film Festival
Feeling from Mountain and Water Te Wei Animated short
The Filmmakers Ding Yinnan Siqin Gaowa Drama
Joyous Heroes Wu Ziniu Drama
Kidnapping Karajan Zhang Jianya Comedy
King of Chess Teng Wenji Drama
Mutiny He Qun War
Obsession Zhou Xiaowen Drama Also known as The Price of Frenzy
Rock 'n' Roll Kids Tian Zhuangzhuang Drama Also known as Rock Kids
Samsara Huang Jianxin Jia Hongsheng
Savage Land Ling Zifeng Liu Xiaoqing Drama
The Troubleshooters Mi Jiashan Zhang Guoli,
Ge You
Comedy
We Are the World He Ping Drama
Widow Village Wang Jin Hao Jialing,
Tao Zeru
Drama Also known as The Village of Widows
A Woman For Two Ling Zifeng Liu Xiaoqing Drama

1989[edit]

Title Director Actors Genre Notability
Ballad of the Yellow River Teng Wenji Ge You Drama
Codename Cougar Zhang Yimou,
Yang Fengliang
Gong Li, Ge You Action/Thriller
Kawashima Yoshiko He Ping Biographical
The Shining Arc Zhang Junzhao Entered into the 16th Moscow International Film Festival
Unforgettable Life Tian Zhuangzhuang Drama Also known as Special Operating Room and Illegal Lives
Westbound Convict Train He Qun Action/Thriller

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