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To Live (1994)

8.3/10
Director: Zhang Yimou
Starring: Ge You, Gong Li, Niu Ben, Guo Tao, Jiang Wu

This stirring film follows a married couple as their fortunes rise and fall, through several decades of Chinese life, from the 1940s onward. Ge You, G... Read more

Raise the Red Lantern (1991)

8.2/10
Director: Zhang Yimou
Starring: Gong Li, Ma Jingwu, He Caifei, Cao Cuifeng

This magnificent film chronicles the life of a 1920s maiden who, at her mother's urging, agrees to marry a wealthy man. She becomes 'fourth mistress'... Read more

Farewell My Concubine (1993)

8.1/10
Director: Chen Kaige
Starring: Leslie Cheung, Zhang Fengyi, Gong Li, Lu Qi, Ying Da

A sumptuously detailed panorama of Chinese history as seen through the eyes of two male stars of the Chinese Opera. Joint winner (with 'The Piano') of... Read more

Ju Dou (1989)

7.7/10
Director: Zhang Yimou
Starring: Gong Li, Li Wei, Li Baotian, Zhang Li

This erotic drama follows the passion as a beautiful young bride is drawn to the handsome, strong nephew of her new husband. An exquisitely photograph... Read more

The Story of Qiu Ju (1992)

7.6/10
Director: Zhang Yimou
Starring: Gong Li, Lei Lao Sheng, Ge Zhi Jun, Lui Pei Qi

In this beautiful and humourous film from the acclaimed director of 'Raise the Red Lantern', a peasant woman takes on the Chinese legal system when he... Read more

2046 (2004)

7.5/10
Director: Wong Kar-wai
Starring: Maggie Cheung, Takuya Kimura, Tony Leung (Chiu Wai), Gong Li, Zhang Ziyi, Faye W...

Wong Kar-wai's lush companion to 2000's festival hit 'In The Mood For Love', sees Tony Leung return as Hong Kong writer Chow, who has given up journal... Read more

Red Sorghum (1989)

7.5/10
Director: Zhang Yimou
Starring: Gong Li, Wen Jiang, Liu Jia, Rujun Ten

A vivid, richly coloured drama about a young woman who takes on the management of her late husband's distillery in Northern China. All appears to be g... Read more

Memoirs of a Geisha (2005)

7.4/10
Director: Rob Marshall
Starring: Zhang Ziyi, Ken Watanabe, Michelle Yeoh, Koji Yakusho, Youki Kudoh, Gong Li

Adapted from Arthur Golden's best-selling novel, nine-year-old Chiyo is sold into servitude at a geisha house in 1930s Kyoto. However the head geisha... Read more

The Emperor and the Assassin (1999)

7.3/10
Director: Chen Kaige
Starring: Gong Li, Zhang Fengyi, Li Xuejian, Sun Zhou, Lu Xiaohe, Wang Zhiwen

This lavishly produced, epic historical drama is set in the third century B.C. and tells the multi-faceted story of the man who became the first Emper... Read more

Shanghai Triad (1995)

7.2/10
Director: Zhang Yimou
Starring: Gong Li, Li Baotian, Li Xuejian, Sun Chun

Zhang Yimou's absorbing tale of the Chinese underworld in the 1930s, focusing on a boy who's hired to be the silent servant of a pampered nightclub qu... Read more