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

1981[edit]

Title Chinese Title Director Actors Genre Notability
Awakening 苏醒 Teng Wenji Joan Chen,
Xu Huanshan
Romance Also known as 'Revival'
A Deer of Nine Colors 九色鹿 Animated short Shanghai Animation Film Studio
Drive to Win 沙鸥 Zhang Nuanxin Drama Title literally means 'sand gull' and is the name of the lead character
Longing for My Native Country 乡情 Hu Bingliu,
Wang Jin
Huang Jinchang,
Ren Yexiang
Drama Entered into the 32nd Berlin International Film Festival
Neighbors 邻居 Zheng Dongtian,
Xu Guming
Drama
Regret for the Past 伤逝 Shui Hua Wang Xingang,
Huang Zhongluo
Drama
Ren Shen Guo 人參果 Animation Shanghai Animation Film Studio
The True Story of Ah Q 阿Q正传 Fan Cen Yan Shunkai Drama Entered into the 1982 Cannes Film Festival

1982[edit]

Title Chinese Title Director Actors Genre Notability
Countering Lights 逆光 Ding Yinnan Guo Kaimin,
Wu Yuhua
Romance
The Deer's Bell 鹿铃 Wu Qiang,
Tang Cheng
Animated short Winner of the third Golden Rooster for Best Animation in 1983. Shanghai Animation Film Studio
The Herdsman 牧马人 Xie Jin Zhu Shimao,
Liu Qiong
Drama Screened at the 1983 Cannes Film Festival
My Memories of Old Beijing 城南旧事 Wu Yigong Shen Jia,
Zhang Fengyi,
Zheng Zhenyao
Drama Winner of the third Golden Rooster for Best Director, Best Music and Best Supporting Actress in 1983
Red Elephant 红象 Tian Zhuangzhuang,
Zhang Jianya,
Xie Xiaojing
Yan Jiao,
Zi Ge
Children/Family
Rickshaw Boy 骆驼祥子 Ling Zifeng Siqin Gaowa,
Zhang Fengyi
Drama Golden Rooster for Best Film in 1983
Strange Friends 陌生的朋友 Lei Xu Li Ling,
Zhang Chao
Entered into the 33rd Berlin International Film Festival

1983[edit]

Title Chinese Title Director Actors Genre Notability
The Candidate 候补队员 Wu Ziniu Jiang Shuo,
Liu Weiping
Drama
One and Eight 一个和八个 Zhang Junzhao Tao Zeru,
Chen Daoming,
Lu Xiaoyan
War One of the first "Fifth Generation" films, cinematography by Zhang Yimou
River Without Buoys 没有航标的河流 Wu Tianming Li Wei,
Song Baosen,
Tao Yuling
Drama
Thunderstorm 雷雨 Sun Daolin Sun Daolin,
Gu Yongfei
Drama Based on the play Thunderstorm

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
Monkey King Conquers the Demon
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 Naren Hua 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 Early Zhang Yimou effort, 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

Mainland Chinese Film Production Totals[edit]

Year Total Films[1]
1980 83
1981 105
1982 114
1983 127
1984 143
1985 127
1986 125
1987 146
1988 158
1989 136

References[edit]

  1. ^ Donald, Stephanie; Keane, Michael; Yin, Hong, eds. (2002). Media in China : Consumption, Content and Crisis. London: Routledge. p. 50. ISBN 0415406277.

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