List of Chinese films of the 1930s

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This is a list of films produced in the Republican period of China ordered by year of release in the 1930s.

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

1930[edit]

Title Chinese Title Director Actors Genre Notability
A Red Egg 一個紅蛋 Cheng Bugao Gong Jianong,
Gao Qianping
Social criticism
A Romantic Girl 浪漫女子 Cheng Bugao Xuan Jinglin,
Gong Jianong
Romance
The Cave of the Silken Web II 續盤絲洞 Dan Duyu Yin Mingzhu Shenmo fantasy Sequel to the 1927 film of the same title
Circus Girl 馬戲女 Wang Yuanlong Zhou Wenzhu,
Wang Cilong
Action
Elder Brother's Romance 逃情的哥哥 Wang Cilong Wang Cilong,
Chen Yunshang
Drama Alternate title: Elder Brother's Elopement
Hall of the Broken Zither 碎琴樓 Zheng Zhengqiu Hu Die,
Xia Peizhen,
Zheng Xiaoqiu
Tragedy
New Journey to the West 新西游記 Zhang Shichuan Zheng Xiaoqiu,
Xia Peizhen
Adapted from the classic novel Journey to the West
Nine Dragons Mountain 大破九龍山 Zhu Shouju Ruan Lingyu,
Zheng Jiduo
Action Released in two parts
Peach Blossom Lake 桃花湖 Zheng Zhengqiu Hu Die,
Zheng Xiaoqiu
Crime Released in two parts
The Pearl Cap 珍珠冠 Zhu Shouju Ruan Lingyu,
Zheng Jiduo
Crime/Romance
The Road to Riches 黃金之路 Cheng Bugao Zhou Wenzhu,
Zhu Fei
Drama Alternate title: The Golden Road
Spring Dream in the Old Capital 古城春夢 Sun Yu Ruan Lingyu,
Wang Ruilin,
Lin Chuchu
Ruan Lingyu's breakthrough role; also known as Remembrance of Peking or Reminiscences of Beijing
Suicide Contract 自殺合同 Zhu Shilin Ruan Lingyu,
Liu Jiqun
Comedy-Drama Ruan's first film for the Lianhua Film Company. Directing debut for Zhu Shilin
Virtuous Mother from a Brothel 倡門賢母 Cheng Bugao Xuan Jinglin,
Xia Peizhen
Drama
Wild Flowers 野草閑花 Sun Yu Ruan Lingyu,
Jin Yan
Alternate title: Wild Flowers Among the Weeds
Yang Naiwu 楊乃武與小白菜 Qiu Qixiang Chen Yumei,
Sun Min
Docudrama Dramatization of an infamous late Qing Dynasty case of criminal injustice

1931[edit]

Title Chinese Title Director Actors Genre Notability
A Couple in Life and Death 生死夫妻 Zhang Shichuan Wang Xianzhai,
Xuan Jinglin,
Gong Jianong
Drama
A Free Soul 自由魂 Wang Cilong Tang Tianxiu,
Zhou Wenzhu,
Gao Zhanfei
Drama Alternate title: The Bloody Crysanthemum (碧血黃花)
Amorous History of the Silver Screen 銀幕艷史 Cheng Bugao Xuan Jinglin,
Xia Peizhen
Drama This is a partially lost film about a woman's rise from prostitution to stardom from Mingxing Film Company. Released in two parts
Arsène Lupin 亞森·羅賓 Li Pingqian Chen Yumei,
Sun Min
Mystery Adapted from the stories by Maurice Leblanc
Between Themselves 夫妻之間 Li Pingqian Chen Yumei,
Sun Min
Drama
Blue Skies After the Rain 雨過天青 Xia Chifeng Chen Qiufeng,
Lin Ruxin
Drama Filmed on location in Japan. First Chinese production with sound on film.
The Casebook of Sherlock Holmes 福爾摩斯偵探案 Li Pingqian Li Pingqian,
Chen Yumei
Mystery Alternate title: Stories of Sherlock Holmes
Farewell to Yuren 玉人永別 Zheng Zhengqiu Xuan Jinglin,
Zheng Xiaoqiu
Tragedy
The Flying General 飛將軍 Ren Pengnian Wu Lizhu Crime
Heartaches 心痛 Yang Xiaozhong Wan Laitian,
Ding Ziming
Drama
Heng Niang 恆娘 Shi Dongshan Zhou Wenzhu,
Tang Tianxiu,
Zhu Fei
Fantasy Adapted from a story of the same title in Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio
In Old Beijing 舊時京華 Zhang Shichuan Wang Xianzhai
Zheng Xiaoqiu
Drama Alternate title: Splendors of the Old Capital
Love and Duty 戀愛與義務 Bu Wancang Ruan Lingyu,
Jin Yan
Romance/Tragedy Early Lianhua Film Company production, previously thought lost, a complete print was discovered in South America in the 1990s
Lucky Stars 銀星幸運 Zhang Shichuan Zheng Xiaoqiu,
Hu Die
Musical Review
The Murderess 殺人的小姐 Tan Zhiyuan,
Gao Lihen
Liang Saizhen,
Yan Yuexian,
Cai Chusheng
Mystery
Oriental Nights 東方夜譚 Dan Duyu Yin Mingzhu Fantasy Adapted from One Thousand and One Nights
Peach Blossom Weeps Tears of Blood 桃花泣血記 Bu Wancang Ruan Lingyu Drama Sometimes translated as The Peach Girl
Pleasures of the Dance Hall 歌場春色 Li Pingqian,
Qiu Qixiang,
Shao Zuiweng
Xuan Jinglin,
Chen Yumei
Drama First sound film from the Tianyi Film Company, with several American technicians imported from Hollywood to assist and train Chinese personnel
Shadow of Red Tears Zhang Shichuan Hu Die,
Zheng Xiaoqiu
Drama Released in two parts
Shadow on the Window 窗上人影 Cheng Bugao Xuan Jinglin,
Gong Jianong
Mystery
Sing-Song Girl Red Peony 歌女紅牡丹 Zhang Shichuan Hu Die
Xia Peizhen
First Chinese sound film (wax discs)
The Singing Beauty 虞美人 Cheng Kengran Xu Qinfang,
Zhu Fei
Romance/Tragedy
A Spray of Plum Blossoms 一剪梅 Bu Wancang Ruan Lingyu,
Jin Yan,
Wang Cilong
Drama
Spring in the Jade Palace 玉堂春 Zhuang Guojun Ruan Lingyu Drama Adapted from two Peking operas
Struggle Between Love and Desire 愛欲之爭 Wang Cilong Gao Zhanfei,
Tang Tianxiu,
Zhou Wenzhu
Drama
Such a Paradise 如此天堂 Zhang Shichuan Hu Die,
Gong Jianong
Drama Released in two parts
Three Heroes of the Wang Family Wang Yuanlong Wang Yuanlong,
Tang Tianxiu
War
Two Stars of the Milky Way 銀漢雙星 Shi Dongshan Jin Yan Also known as Two Stars of the Silver Screen
Unlucky to be Born a Daughter 不幸生為女兒身 Cheng Bugao Gao Qianping Drama

1932[edit]

Title Chinese Title Director Actors Genre Notability
A Kindly Mother 慈母 Zhang Shichuan Yan Yuexian,
Wang Xianzhai
Drama
A Lonely Bird 落霞孤鶩 Cheng Bugao Hu Die,
Gong Jianong
Drama Adapted from the novel of the same title by Zhang Henshui
A Music Teacher 海外鵑魂 Jin Qingyu Zi Luolan,
Jin Yan
Drama
A Young Actress 小女伶 Qiu Qixiang Yuan Meiyun Drama
Beloved Enemy 可愛的仇敵 Cheng Bugao Zheng Xiaoqiu,
Liang Saizhen
Drama
Facing the National Crisis 共赴國難 Cai Chusheng,
Shi Dongshan,
Sun Yu,
Wang Cilong
Chen Yanyan,
Zheng Junli
War
Hell at Sea 海上閻王 Wang Cilong Wang Cilong,
Zhou Wenzhu,
Tang Tianxiu
Action
Humanity 人道 Bu Wancang Jin Yan,
Lin Chuchu
Drama
Love and Death 愛與死 Cheng Bugao Gao Qianping Drama
Love and Life 戀愛與生命 Tang Jie,
Wang Jiting
Gong Jianong,
Hu Ping
Loving Blood of the Volcano 火山情血 Sun Yu Li Lili,
Zheng Junli
Drama
Old Hate, New Sorrow 舊恨新仇 Li Pingqian Gong Jianong,
Ai Xia
Musical/Drama
One Night of Luxury 一夜豪華 Shao Zuiweng Chen Yumei,
Hu Shan,
Sun Mei
Drama Adapted from the short story The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant
Pink Dream 粉紅色的夢 Cai Chusheng Gao Zhanfei,
Zheng Junli,
Tan Ying
Drama Also known as Dream in Pink
Poetry Written on a Banana Leaf 芭蕉葉上詩 Li Pingqian Wang Renmei,
Li Lili
Musical
Regrets 失足恨 Dan Duyu Yuan Congmei Drama Alternate title: Mistaken Marriage
South Seas Beauty 南海美人 Dan Duyu Yin Mingzhu
Spring Dream in the Old Capital II 續故都春夢 Bu Wancang Ruan Lingyu,
Jin Yan
Drama Sequel to the 1931 release of the same title
Spring in the South 南國之春 Cai Chusheng Gao Zhanfei,
Chen Yanyan
Drama
Three Modern Women 三個摩登女性 Bu Wancang Ruan Lingyu,
Jin Yan
Drama
Two Daughters of the Northeast 東北二女子 Li Pingqian Hu Shan,
Lu Lixia
War/Romance Alternate title: Two Orphan Girls on the Battlefield (戰地二孤女)
Wild Rose 野玫瑰 Sun Yu Jin Yan,
Wang Renmei
Romance/Drama

1933[edit]

Title Chinese Title Director Actors Genre Notability
A Modern Woman 現代一女性 Li Pingqian Ai Xia,
Sun Min
Lead actress Ai Xia also wrote the screenplay
A Movie Actress 一個女明星 Tang Xiaodan Hu Shan
A Waif 苦兒流浪記 Shao Zuiweng Drama Based on the novel Sans Famille by Hector Malot
A Woman's Life 生機 Shao Zuiweng Chen Yumei Drama
Actress on the Way 健美之路 Chen Kengran Xu Qinfang,
Zheng Xiaoqiu
An Isolated Army 孤軍 Chen Tian Ye Juanjuan War
Bai Jinlong 白金龍 Tang Xiaodan Romance
Battlefield Adventures 戰地歷險記 Zhang Shichuan Hu Die,
Zheng Xiaoqiu.
Gong Jianong
War
Chicken and Duck 雞鴨夫妻 Wang Fuqing Liu Chunshan,
Gu Mengchi
Children of Our Time 時代的女兒 Li Pingqian Zhao Dan,
Ai Xia
Drama
Combat 肉搏 Hu Tu Shu Xiuwen Drama
Consciousness 覺悟 Wen Yimin Fan Xuepeng Drama
Cosmetics Market 肥分市場 Zhang Shichuan Hu Die,
Ai Xia
Early sound film
The Cries of Women 女性的吶喊 Shen Xiling Wang Ying,
Gong Jianong
Drama
Dawn Over the Metropolis 都會的早晨 Cai Chusheng Wang Renmei Drama
Daybreak 天命 Sun Yu Li Lili,
Gao Zhanfei
Drama Lianhua Film Company production
Deep Sorrows 離恨天 Wang Yuanlong Qian Siying Tragedy
Drifting 飄零 Tang Xiaodan Hu Shan Alternate title: Willow Catkins II
Fallen Angel 春風楊柳 Wang Fuqing Yang Naimei,
Xia Peizhen
The Future 前程 Cheng Bugao,
Zhang Shichuan
Xuan Jinglin,
Sun Min
Drama
Light of Motherhood 母性之光 Bu Wancang Jin Yan,
Li Zhuozhuo
Little Toys 小玩意 Sun Yu Ruan Lingyu,
Li Lili
Drama
Lost Love Zhang Shichuan Zhang Zhiyun,
Yan Yuexian
Drama
Love and Tears of a Tenant 鐵板紅淚錄 Hong Shen Wang Ying Drama
Morning Glory 晨曦 Wu Wenchao War
Mother and Son 母與子 Tang Jie Xuan Jinglin,
Zheng Xiaoqiu
National Existence Tian Han Shu Xiuwen
New Year's Eve 除夕 Jiang Qifeng Liu Jiqun,
Chen Yanyan
Drama
Night in the City 城市之夜 Fei Mu Ruan Lingyu,
Jin Yan
Drama Fei Mu's directorial debut, now lost. Alternate title: City Nights
Oppression 壓迫 Gao Lihen Gong Jianong,
Xia Peizhen
Social Criticism
Remnants of Spring 殘春 Zhang Shichuan Xu Lai,
Zheng Xiaoqiu
Romance in Spring 春水情波 Zheng Zhengqiu Hu Die,
Sun Min
Drama
Sister's Tragedy 姊姊的悲劇 Gao Lihen,
Wang Jiting
Zheng Xiaoqiu,
Hu Ping
Spring Dream of the Lute 琵琶春怨 Li Pingqian Gao Qianping,
Zheng Xiaoqiu
Spring Silkworms 春蠶 Cheng Bugao Ai Xia Leftist Drama Mingxing Film Company production, an adaptation of the Mao Dun-penned short story
Stirrings of Love 春潮 Zheng Yingshi Gao Zhanfei,
Wang Renmei
Drama
Struggle 奮斗 Shi Dongshan Chen Yanyan Drama
Such Heroes 如此英雄 Zhuang Guojun Han Langen,
Liu Jiqun,
Tan Ying
Comedy
Sweetgrass Beauty 香草美人 Chen Kengran Xie Yunqing,
Xia Peizhen
Drama
Vicious Neighbors 惡鄰 Ren Pengnian Wu Lizhu Drama Originally about 100 minutes running time, 42 minutes still exist
Wild Torrent 狂流 Cheng Bugao Hu Die,
Xia Peizhen,
Gong Jianong
Drama
Willow Catkins 飛絮 Shao Zuiweng Yuan Meiyun

1934[edit]

Title Chinese Title Director Actors Genre Notability
24 Hours in Shanghai 上海二十四小時 Shen Xiling Zhao Dan,
Gu Lanjun,
Gu Meijun
Drama
A Beautiful Night 良宵 Yang Xiaozhong Tan Ying,
Tang Tianxiu
A Brief Life 路柳牆花 Xu Xinfu Hu Die,
Xuan Jinglin
Drama
A Woman Prisoner 女犯 Wang Tianbei Xu Suzhen Drama
The Big Road 大路 Sun Yu Jin Yan,
Li Lili
Drama
Bigamy 重婚 Wu Cun Gao Zhanfei,
Yan Yuexian,
Gao Qianping
Drama
Body Building 健美運動 Dan Duyu
Buried With Flowers 百花洲 Wen Yimin Chen Yumei,
Ye Qiuxin
Tragedy
The Classic for Girls 女兒經 Zhang Shichuan,
Yao Sufeng,
Zheng Zhengqiu,
Xu Xingfu,
Li Pingqian,
Chen Kengran,
Shen Xiling,
Cheng Bugao
Ensemble cast Comedy/Drama Collection of short stories against the background of a women's class reunion. Aka: A Bible for Girls
Cotton Blossom Village 飛花村 Zheng Yingshi Gao Zhanfei,
Hu Ping
Drama
Dawn 黎明 Wang Yuanlong,
Shao Zuiweng
Wang Yuanlong,
Fan Xuepeng
The Doctrine of Women 婦道 Chen Kengran Xu Qinfang
Elapse 似水流年 Gao Lihen Hu Shan
Zhao Dan
Enemies of Women 女性的仇敵 Chen Kengran Xu Qinfang,
Zhao Dan
Exhibition 展覽會 Chen Kengran Xia Peizhen,
Sun Min
Flame of Youth 青春之火 Qiu Qixiang Ye Qiuxin,
Chen Yumei
Flames 烈焰 Hu Rui Hu Ping Drama
Flowers in the Storm 暴雨梨花 Ma-Xu Weibang Gao Zhanfei,
Chen Yanyan
Drama
Give Back My Home 還我山河 Wang Cilong Liang Saizhen,
Gao Zhanfei
Go Northwest 道西北去 Cheng Bugao Xu Lai,
Gong Jianong
The Goddess 神女 Wu Yonggang Ruan Lingyu Drama Distributed by the Lianhua Film Company
Golden Age 黃金時代 Bu Wancang Jin Yan,
Yin Mingzhu
Drama
Goodbye, Shanghai 再會吧,上海 Zheng Yunbo Ruan Lingyu,
Zhang Yi
Homecoming 歸來 Zhu Shilin Ruan Lingyu,
Gao Zhanfei
Drama
Hot-Blooded Youth 熱血青年 Tang Jie Wang Yuanlong,
Ye Qiuxin
Drama
Iron Bird 鐵鳥 Yuan Congmei Chen Yanyan,
Gao Zhanfei
Romance/War
Joyous Enemies Qiu Qixiang Chen Yumei Based on the novel of the same title by Zhang Henshui
Just One Night 春宵曲 Wen Yimin Ye Qiuxin Drama
Kids 人間仙子 Dan Duyu Yuan Meiyun Drama
Kindred Feelings 骨肉之恩 Jiang Qifeng Ma-Xu Weibang,
Chen Yanyan
Life 人生 Fei Mu Ruan Lingyu
Lucky Land 吉地 Shao Zuiweng Chen Yumei,
Tian Fang
Mr. Wang 王先生 Shao Zuiweng Tang Jie Comedy First in a series of popular live-action comedies based on the cartoon character created by Ye Qianyu
Mrs. Mai 麥夫人 Zhang Shichuan Hu Die Alternate titles: 美德夫人 and 紅船外史
Mutual Hatred 同仇 Cheng Bugao Wang Ying Drama
Never Give Up 泰山鴻毛 Zhang Shichuan Gong Jianong,
Xu Lai
Drama
Orchid in an Empty Valley 空谷蘭 Zhang Shichuan Hu Die,
Gao Zhanfei
Drama Sound remake of the 1926 silent of the same title.
Perfumed Snowy Sea 香雪海 Fei Mu Ruan Lingyu,
Gao Zhanfei
Drama
Plunder of Peach and Plum 桃李劫 Ying Yunwei Yuan Muzhi Drama Diantong Film Company production.
Queen of Sports 體育皇后 Sun Yu Li Lili
Raging Waves of the China Sea 中國海的怒潮 Yueh Feng Yuan Meiyun Drama
Reborn Flowers 再生花 Zheng Zhengqiu Hu Die Drama Lost second part of Twin Sisters
Renzhu 紉珠 Shao Zuiweng,
Gao Lihen
Fan Xuepeng
Romance of Hua Mountain 華山艷史 Cheng Bugao Xu Lai,
Gong Jianong
Romance on the Stage 台艷史 Xue Juexian Xue Juexian Romance Alternate title: 璇宮艷史
Salt Tide 鹽潮 Xu Xinfu Hu Die Drama
The Shining Path Zheng Zhenduo Zheng Junli,
Tan Ying
Drama
Song of the Fishermen 漁光曲 Cai Chusheng Wang Renmei Drama First Chinese film to win an award at an international film festival (the Moscow Film Festival)
Three Sisters 三姊妹 Li Pingqian Zhao Dan,
Hu Die
Adapted from a novel by Japanese author Kan Kikuchi
Twin Sisters 姊妹花 Zheng Zhengqiu Hu Die Drama Exists, but second part (Reborn Flowers) is lost
Two to One 二對一 Zhang Shichuan Gong Jianong,
Gao Qianping
Drama
Virtuous Wife 賢惠夫人 Min Mo Xu Suzhen,
He Zhigang
Drama
The Wind Wu Cun Gao Zhanfei,
Tan Ying
Drama
Women 女人 Shi Dongshan Li Minghui,
Hu Ping
Tragedy
Year of Plenty 豐年 Li Pingqian Ai Xia Drama Alternate title: Golden Valley (黃金谷)
Youth 青春 Zhu Shilin Tan Ying,
Zhu Fei

1935[edit]

Title Chinese Title Director Actors Genre Notability
A Beauty's Heart 美人心 Xu Xinfu Hu Die Drama
A Hero of Our Time 時勢英雄 Ying Yunwei Hu Ping,
Shang Guanwu
Drama Alternate title: Businessmen in Wartime
An Abandoned Woman 秋扇明燈 Tan Youliu Li Lili Drama
At the Foot of E Mei Mountain 峨眉山下 Wan Laitian War
The Beauty's Favor 美人恩 Wen Yimin Adapted from a novel by Zhang Henshui
The Beginning of Life 人之初 Shi Dongshan Wei Heling,
Yuan Meiyun
Alternate title: Old People (老人)
Big Family 大家庭 Zhang Shichuan Ensemble cast
The Boatman's Daughter 船家女 Shen Xiling Gao Zhanfei,
Xu Lai
Drama
Brothers 兄弟行 Cheng Bugao Hu Die,
Gao Zhanfei
The Carefree Gentlemen 無愁君子 Shen Fu Han Langen,
Liu Jiqun
Comedy
Cityscape 都市風光 Yuan Muzhi Lan Ping,
Gu Menghe,
Zhou Boxun
Comedy/Musical
End of Spring Wu Cun Xu Lai,
Gong Jianong
War
Fang Yunying 方芸英 Le Jiyun Hu Shan,
Wei Heling
Four Sisters 四姊妹 Yang Xiaozhong Liang Saizhen Featured the Liang Sisters, a popular 1930s stage and club act
Fragrance of the Night 夜來香 Cheng Bugao Hu Die,
Zhao Dan
Hard Struggle 堅苦的奮斗 Gao Lihen Fan Xuepeng
Homesick 鄉愁 Shen Xiling Drama
Human Relations 人倫 Li Pingqian Gong Jianong,
Zheng Xiaoqiu
Drama Alternate title: Homeless (無家可歸)
The Jadeite Horse 翡翠馬 Xu Xinfu Wang Zhengxin,
Yan Yuexian
Crime
The Legend of the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom 紅羊豪俠傳 Yang Xiaozhong Tong Yuejuan
Life's Sad Song 生之哀歌 Yang Hansheng Li Minghui,
Wang Yin
Drama
Little Angel 小天使 Wu Yonggang
Loyal Patriots 熱血忠魂 Zhang Shichuan,
Wu Cun,
Zheng Zhengqiu,
Xu Xinfu,
Li Pingqian,
Shen Xiling,
Cheng Bugao
Drama Alternate titles: Spirit of the People (民族魂), Loyal Heroes (熱血英雄)
Mother 母親 Wen Yimin Fan Xuepeng Drama
National Customs 國風 Luo Mingyou,
Zhu Shilin
Ruan Lingyu,
Zheng Junli
Drama Ruan Lingyu's final film
New Women 新女性 Cai Chusheng Ruan Lingyu,
Zheng Junli
Drama
The New Peach Blossom Fan 新桃花扇 Ouyang Yuqian Early Xinhua Film Company production
The Night Before the Wedding 新婚的前夜 Dan Duyu Li Minghui,
Yuan Congmei
The Peach Blossom Dream 桃花夢 Dan Duyu Yin Mingzhu Allegory
Refugees 逃亡 Yueh Feng Yuan Meiyun
Settle Down by the Han River 寒江落雁 Ma-Xu Weibang Chen Yanyan Drama
Song of China 天倫 Fei Mu,
Luo Mingyou
Zheng Junli Drama New Life Movement film; also known as Filial Piety
Sons and Daughters in a Time of Storm 風雲兒女 Xu Xingzhi Yuan Muzhi,
Wang Renmei
Drama/War Also known as Children of Troubled Times
Origin of the Chinese National Anthem
Spirit of Freedom 自由神 Situ Huimin Wang Ying Drama Also known as The Goddess of Freedom
The Tempest 暴風雨 Yuan Congmei Yuan Meiyun,
Wei Heling
Drama Alternate title: The Martyr (犧牲者)
Three Daughters-in-Law 三個媳婦 Wang Tianbei Xu Suzhen,
He Zhigang
Drama
Three Girls 重歸 Gao Lihen Drama
Troubled Sisters Wu Wenchao Hu Shan,
Xia Peizhen
Drama
The Wedding Night 花燈之夜 Yueh Feng Yuan Meiyun
Women as Vipers 蛇蠍美人 Yang Xiaozhong Zhang Yi,
Chen Yanyan
Drama Alternate title: Whirlpool
Young Auntie 小姨 Min Qian Xia Peizhen Drama

1936[edit]

Title Chinese Title Director Actors Genre Notability
A Little Orphan Girl 小孤女 Yang Xiaozhong Chen Juanjuan,
Zhang Zhizhi
Drama
A Night of Madness 狂歡之夜 Shi Dongshan Gu Eryi,
Hu Ping,
Jin Shan,
Zhou Xuan
Drama Adapted from The Government Inspector by Nikolai Gogol
Back to Nature 道自然去 Sun Yu Jin Yan,
Li Lili
Adapted from the 1902 stage play The Admirable Crichton
The Battle Between Peach and Plum 桃李爭艷 Li Pingqian Ye Qiuxin,
Gu Lanjun
Blood on Wolf Mountain 狼山喋血記 Fei Mu Lan Ping,
Li Lili
Drama "National Defense" film
By the Huangpu River 黃浦江邊 Shao Zuiweng Chen Qiufeng,
Tang Jie
The Desert Island 浪淘沙 Wu Yonggang Jin Yan,
Zhang Zhizhi
Action Alternate title: Gold and Sand
The Diamond Case 金剛鑽 Xu Xinfu Gu Lanjun,
Wang Zhengxin
Crime
Downtrodden Peach Blossom 劫後桃花 Zhang Shichuan Hu Die,
Gao Zhanfei,
Shu Xiuwen
Family Members 父母子女 Hu Xinling Gong Qiuxia Drama
Flowers and Grass 花花草草 Gao Lihen
Girl in an Isolated City 孤城烈女 Wang Cilong Chen Yanyan,
Zheng Junli
The Graduate Dan Duyu Bai Hong Romance
Grave-Sweeping Day 清明時節 Ouyang Yuqian Li Minghui,
Zhao Dan
The Guangling Tide 廣陵潮 Chen Kengran Yuan Meiyun,
Wang Yin
Hai Tanghong 海堂紅 Zhang Shichuan Bai Yushuang,
Wang Xianzhai
Musical/Drama Alternate title: Red Begonia
Happiness is at the Door 喜臨門 Yueh Feng Zhou Xuan Romance
Little Lingzi 小玲子 Cheng Bugao Tan Ying Drama
Lost Lambs 迷途的羔羊 Cai Chusheng Drama Deals with the sufferings and tragic fates of street urchins
Mother Love 母愛 Jin Qingyu Lin Chuchu Drama
Mr. Wang's Marvelous Heroism 王先生奇俠傳 Zuo Ming Tang Jie Comedy
New and Old Shanghai 新舊上海 Cheng Bugao Ensemble cast Drama
Night Club 夜會 Li Pingqian Gu Lanjun,
Gong Jianong
Soaring Aspirations 壯志凌雲 Wu Yonggang Jin Yan,
Wang Renmei
Drama
Song of Hatred 長恨歌 Shi Dongshan Mei Xi
Wang Renmei
Alternate title: Human Feelings (人情)
Song of Triumph 凱歌 Bu Wancang Yuan Meiyun,
Wang Yin
Spring Dream in the Plum Garden 桃源春夢 Yang Xiaozhong Han Langen,
Liu Jichun
Comedy
Spring Flowers 春之花 Wu Cun Gao Zhanfei,
Yan Yuexian
Tomboy 化身姑娘 Fang Peilin Yuan Meiyun Drama/Romance Released in two parts
The Treasure Map 百寶圖 Yueh Feng Wang Yin,
Zhou Xuan
Adventure
Two Little Sisters 小姊妹 Xu Fenling Yuan Meiyun,
Wang Yin
Unchanged Heart in Life and Death 生死同心 Ying Yunwei Yuan Muzhi,
Chen Boer
Drama
Women's Rights 女權 Zhang Shichuan Hu Die,
Zhao Dan
Drama Alternate title: Love's Runaway (愛情的逃亡者)

1937[edit]

Title Chinese Title Director Actors Genre Notability
A Match Made in Heaven 天作之合 Shen Fu Han Langen,
Bai Lu
Drama
Always Keep Smiling 永遠的微笑 Wu Cun Hu Die,
Gong Jianong,
Gong Qiuxia
Drama
The Battle of Shanghai Lai Man-wai Documentary Collection of documentary footage of the invasion of Shanghai by Japan, as filmed by Lai Manwai and others.
Crossroads 十字街頭 Shen Xiling Zhao Dan,
Bai Yang
Drama Early sound film
The Disappearing Corpse Xu Xinfu Xu Xinyuan,
Gu Meijun
Mystery First of the Chinese-made Charlie Chan movies
Dream Universe 夢裡乾坤 Cheng Bugao Tan Ying,
Shu Xiuwen
Alternate titles: Heaven and Earth in a Dream
Long Night, Many Dreams (夜長夢多)
Flexible Girls 彈性女兒 Chen Kengran Lu Ming,
Yan Yuexian
Drama
Flight by Night 夜奔 Cheng Bugao Mei Xi,
Tan Ying
Flower of Society 社會之花 Zhang Shichuan Bai Yang,
Gong Jianong
Drama
Four Daughters 四千金 Wu Cun Bai Yang,
Gong Jianong
Drama
The Free World 自由天地 Shen Fu Chen Yanyan,
Liu Qiong
Drama
Full of Vim and Vigor 生龍活虎 Xu Xinfu Wang Jiting,
Gu Lanjun
Crime
The General's Daughter 將軍之女 He Mengfu Li Zhuozhuo War
Gold-Plated City 鍍金的城 Fei Mu Also known as The Gilded City
The Lost Pearl 人海遺珠 Zhu Shilin Li Lili,
Liu Qiong
Drama
Martyrs of the Northern Front 北戰場精忠錄 Fei Mu
The Money Tree 搖錢樹 Tan Youliu Shu Xiuwen Drama Adapted from the Chinese stage version of Juno and the Paycock
Mother's Secrets 母親的秘密 Zhang Shichuan Sun Min,
Gong Jianong
Murder in the Oratory 斬經堂 Fei Mu Opera
Mysterious Flower 神秘之花 Yueh Feng Bai Yang Crime
New Year's Coin 壓歲前 Zhang Shichuan Hu Rongrong Drama Also known as New Year's Gift
Night Rain by the Xiang River 瀟湘夜雨 Wang Cilong Gao Zhanfei,
Diao Banhua
Romance
Secret Code 秘電碼 Various Gao Zhanfei War
So Busy 如此繁華 Ouyang Yuqian Li Lili
Song at Midnight 夜半歌聲 Ma-Xu Weibang Jin Shan,
Gu Menghe
Horror A Chinese adaptation of Phantom of the Opera
Song of a Loving Mother 慈母曲 Zhu Shilin,
Luo Mingyou
Ensemble cast Drama
Soul and Body Gate 靈肉之門 Zhong Shigen Lin Chuchu
Spring Arrives Everywhere 春到人間 Sun Yu Chen Yanyan,
Mei Xi
Street Angel 馬路天使 Yuan Muzhi Zhao Dan,
Zhou Xuan
Drama
Strange Case in an Ancient Pagoda 古塔奇案 Zhang Shichuan Wang Xianzhai,
Gong Qiuxia
Crime
Symphony of Lianhua 聯華交響曲 Various Ensemble cast Anthology Collection of short films by the Lianhua studio's directors, and featuring Lianhua's top acting talents
Unexpected Luck 飛來福 Yang Xiaozhong Han Langen,
Liu Jiqun
Comedy
Vistas of Art 藝海風光 Various Ensemble cast Three short stories with performing arts settings: movies <<電影城>>, theater <<話劇團>>, dance <<歌舞班>>
Wang Laowu 王老五 Cai Chusheng Wang Cilong,
Lan Ping
Drama Alternate title: Fifth Brother Wang
Youth on the March 青年進行曲 Shi Dongshan Shi Chao,
Hu Ping
Drama

1938[edit]

Title Chinese Title Director Actors Genre Notability
The Beggar's Daughter 乞丐千金 Bu Wancang Chen Yanyan,
Mei Xi
Romance
Diao Chan 貂蟬 Bu Wancang Gu Lanjun,
Jin Shan
Historical Xinhua Film Company production, also known as The Sable Cicada
Eight Hundred Heroes 八白壯士 Ying Yunwei Yuan Muzhi,
Chen Boer
War Dramatic interpretation of the Defense of Sihang Warehouse
Fight to the Last 熱血忠魂 Yuan Congmei Li Lili,
Gao Zhanfei
Action "Resistance film," made in unoccupied territory. Alternate title: Loyal Patriots
The Lady of the Camellias 茶花女 Li Pingqian Yuan Meiyun,
Liu Qiong
Drama Adapted from The Lady of the Camellias by Alexandre Dumas fils
Love and Duty 戀愛與義務 Bu Wancang Jin Yan,
Yuan Meiyun
Drama Sound remake of the 1931 silent of the same title, with Jin Yan reprising his role. Original title: Unexpected Tears of Blood (情天血淚)
Melancholy Hatred 離恨天 Wu Yonggang Wang Renmei,
Liu Qiong
Romance Alternate English titles: Bitter Separation, A Sailor's Love
The Pearl Tunic 珍珠衫 Xu Xinfu Xu Xinyuan,
Gu Meijun
Mystery A Charlie Chan mystery
Pirates of the Yellow Sea 黃海大盜 Wu Yonggang Wang Renmei,
Gao Zhanfei
Action Alternate title: Pirates of the Yellow River
Protect Our Land 保衛我們的土地 Shi Dongshan Wei Heling,
Shu Xiuwen
War
Save Her Mother 歌兒救母記 Zhang Shichuan Gong Qiuxia,
Shu Shi
Drama
Stars Around the Moon 三星伴月 Fang Peilin Zhou Xuan
Sunrise 日出 Yueh Feng Yuan Meiyun,
Lu Luming
Drama Adapted from the stage play of the same title by Cao Yu

1939[edit]

Title Chinese Title Director Actors Genre Notability
A Dancing Girl 紅粉飄零 Chen Kengran Lu Ming,
Gong Jianong
Drama
A Money-Colored World 金銀世界 Li Pingqian Gu Lanjun,
Liu Qiong
All Quiet in the Pagoda 荒塔沉冤 Yang Xiaozhong Chen Yanyan,
Tong Yuejuan
Fantasy Remake of the 1926 silent, White Snake (白蛇傳)
Bloody Battle in an Ancient City Xu Suling War
Children of China 中華兒女 Shen Xiling Zhao Dan,
Bai Yang
Film format is that of a prologue and 4 short stories
Defending Our Home Village 保家鄉 He Feiguang War "National defense" film
The Empress Wu Tse-tien 武則天 Fang Peilin Bai Hong Drama/Historical
The Good Husband 好丈夫 Shi Dongshan Shu Xiuwen War
Groans and Struggles 碧玉雄心 Yueh Feng Yuan Meiyun,
Wang Yin
War "National defense" film
Lady Meng Jiang 孟姜女 Wu Cun Zhou Xuan Remake of the 1926 silent of the same title
The Leper Girl 麻瘋女 Ma-Xu Weibang Tan Ying Horror
Li Sanniang 李三娘 Zhang Shichuan Zhou Xuan,
Shu Shi
Mother and Daughter 雲裳仙子 Yueh Feng Chen Yunshang Remake of 1933's Light of Motherhood
Mulan Joins the Army 木蘭從軍 Bu Wancang Chen Yunchang Historical/War Solitary Island period film
The New Hell 新地獄 Wu Cun Zhou Xuan
The Radio Station Murder 播音台大血案 Xu Xinfu Gong Qiuxia,
Xu Xinyuan,
Gu Meijun
Mystery A Charlie Chan mystery
Sexy Devil 欲魔 Yueh Feng Tan Ying Drama
Singing Through Tears 歌聲淚痕 Wu Cun Gong Jianong Musical
Three Chinese Swordsmen 中國三劍客 Chen Yiqing Han Langen Action/Comedy Alternate title: Three Swordsmen
Visiting Shanghai After 60 Years 六十年後上海灘 Yang Xiaozhong Han Langen,
Liu Jiqun
Fantasy
Wang Baochuan 王寶釧 Wu Cun Diao Banhua Drama/Historical
The Young Mistress's Fan 少奶奶的扇子 Li Pingqian Yuan Yunmei Remake of the 1928 silent of the same title

Mainland Chinese Film Production Totals[edit]

Year Total Films[1]
1930 117
1931 87
1932 62
1933 89
1934 82
1935 50
1936 46
1937 39
1938 41
1939 52

See also[edit]

Sources[edit]

  • 中国影片大典 Encyclopaedia of Chinese Films. 1905-1930, 故事片·戏曲片. (1996). Zhong guo ying pian da dian: 1905-1930. Beijing: 中国电影出版社 China Movie Publishing House. ISBN 7-106-01155-X
  • 中国影片大典 Encyclopaedia of Chinese Films. 1931-1949.9, 故事片·戏曲片. (2005). Zhong guo ying pian da dian: 1931-1949.9. Beijing: 中国电影出版社 China Movie Publishing House. ISBN 7-106-02414-7

References[edit]

  1. ^ From Encyclopaedia of Chinese Films table of contents. This does not include films produced by studios under the control of occupying Japanese forces.

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