13 Best Chinese Movies of 2018 – Including The Monkey King 3: Kingdom of Women

2018 Chinese Movies! Most Anticipated Upcoming Films

2018 Chinese movies! This year will be a saturated impingement of the Chinese films that since last year had been awaited for its presence. Especially to the sequel of some films that previously had been successful in the market. Among others are Monster Hunt sequel directed by Raman Hui “Monster Hunt 2”, or the third of The Monkey King film series “The Monkey King 3: Kingdom of Women” adapted of Wu Cheng’en’s “Journey to the West” classic novel.

Moreover, mystery movies like Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings, the third series of the “Detective Dee franchise,” as well as the criminal movie “A Better Tomorrow 4,” have been confirmed to be released in this year.

In addition to sequel films, some of the films that we believed to be “the big movies” in this year belong to: an epic film directed by Peng Zhang “Asura”; a film adapted from the popular video game “Legend of the Ancient Sword”; a war movie set in World War 2 “The Bombing”; and the “Shadow” movie directed by Zhang Yimou. It’s will be amazing movies. While waiting for the full details, enjoy what we already know:

01.01.2018-CN| Stolen Fairytales

2018 Chinese Movies! Upcoming Best Film Recommendations

Stolen Fairytales

Stolen Fairytales (2018) is a Chinese mandarin action comedy film centered around two men and a woman, each of whom is trying to get their hands on a trove of precious jewels. Lots of misunderstandings arise, forcing the three hapless jewel hunters to co-operate. Despite internal rivalries an unexpected harmony arises.

Stolen Fairytales (2018) is produced by Changchun Baomu Film and Television Culture Media Co., Lifelong Learning, Hannover Productions, and distributed by Tudou (China). Directed by Feng Liu, with Xuan Zhao as executive producer. Meanwhile, Xia Yulin was applies as writer. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Lang Gui Jun, Liu Yanbin, Gan Lin Yi, Wang Yu Zheng, Lu Yuanyuan, Viktor Axelsen, Sidsel Boye Rasmussen, Jørgen Dyhrberg, Jette Nybro, Thomas Leth Rasmussen Lukas Schmidt Ouitre, Kunt Celebi, and Moe Farah. The film premiere(d) in China on January 1, 2018.

11.01.2018-HK| In Your Dreams (Yi ching chun dik ming yi)

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Yi ching chun dik ming yi (In Your Dreams)

Yi ching chun dik ming yi (2018) is a Chinese mandarin drama film centered around a poignant story of forbidden love between a 16-year-old student and his home room teacher.

Yi ching chun dik ming yi (2018) is directed by Wai Ching Tam, with Carina Lau as producer. Meanwhile, Wai Ching Tam was applies as writer. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Carina Lau and Siu Hin Ng. The film premiere(d) in Hong Kong on January 11, 2018.

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18.01.2018-CN| A Better Tomorrow 4

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A Better Tomorrow 4

A Better Tomorrow 4 (2018) is a Chinese mandarin action crime drama movie that traces the journey of a former drug smuggler attempts to start his life anew and repair his relationship with his estranged brother, who is an up-and-coming star in the police department’s narcotics division. It is a loose remake of the 1986 John Woo’s A Better Tomorrow film.

A Better Tomorrow 4 (2018) is produced by Beijing Skywheel Entertainment Co., Sparkle Roll Media, and distributed by United Entertainment Partners (China). Directed by Ding Sheng, with John Woo, Xu Yang, and Ding Sheng was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Wang Kai, Ma Tianyu, Darren Wang, Li Mincheng, Kailei Yu, Suet Lam, and Yue Wu. The film premiere(d) in China on January 18, 2018.

16.02.2018-CN| The Monkey King 3: Kingdom of Women

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The Monkey King 3: Kingdom of Women

The Monkey King 3: Kingdom of Women (2018) is a Chinese mandarin action adventure fantasy movie based on the classic novel Journey to the West by Wu Cheng’en, following Tang Sanzang (Feng Shaofeng) adventure and his three proteges head into Xi Liang nation, a territory where only female live in the country, known as Women’s Country. It’s the third installment of the Monkey King franchise, after The Monkey King (2014) and The Monkey King 2 (2016).

At Xi Liang they meet the ruler of the country (Zhao Liying). On Sun Wukong (Aaron Kwok)’s suggestion, Tang Sanzang pretends to marry the ruler and lies that his three students will go to fetch the scriptures in place of him. Later, he pretends to see his students off and escapes with Sun Wukong’s help when the four of them are safely outside the city.

The Monkey King 3: Kingdom of Women (2018) is produced by Filmko Films Production Limited, Filmko Pictures, and distributed by Filmko Pictures (Hong Kong). Directed by Pou-Soi Cheang, with Maggie Wang as producer. Meanwhile, Wen Ning and Ch’eng-En Wu was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Aaron Kwok, Feng Shaofeng, Zhao Liying, Xiaoshenyang, and Him Law. The film premiere(d) in China on February 16, 2018.

16.02.2018-CN| Monster Hunt 2 (Zhuo yao ji 2)

2018 Chinese Movies! Upcoming Best Film Recommendations

Monster Hunt 2 (Zhuo yao ji 2)

Monster Hunt 2 (2018) is a Chinese adventure comedy Sci-Fi which features elaborate CG animation mixed with live-action performances. The story takes place in an ancient Chinese world where humans and monsters exist side by side. In the original film, hapless Wuba, a baby monster born to be king, is forced to assume a central role in stopping an all-out monster civil war. It’s a sequel to 2015’s Monster Hunt.

Monster Hunt 2 (2018) is produced by Edko Films, Quidam Studios, and distributed by Lionsgate (USA). Directed by Raman Hui, with Peter Cilella and Alan Yuen was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Bai Baihe, Jing Boran, Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Li Yuchun, Tony Yang, Huang Lei, Song Xiaobao, Da Peng, Liu Yan, and Wu Mochou. The film premiere(d) in China on February 16, 2018.

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*.03.2018-CN| When Africa Meets You

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When Africa Meets You

When Africa Meets You (2018) is a Chinese action adventure comedy romance movie tells the story about an uptown Chinese girl who gets herself lost in the heart of Africa, she has to evade poachers, predators, and diamonds hungry mercenaries to make it out in one piece.

When Africa Meets You (2018) is produced by Shenzhen Bigwill Culture Media, Global Max Media Group, andShenzhen Shi Guangdian Lian Wenhua Chuanmei Youxian Gongsi. Directed by Yan Cui, with Wei Chen and Yan Nong Tian as producers. Meanwhile, Limin Lu and Qi Ye was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Yang Yue, Wang Ziquan, Anthony Gavard, Kam-Kong Wong, Wang Wang, Farai Chigudu, Yang Ming, and Miao Yihao. The film premiere(d) in China on March 2018.

16.06.2018-CN| Rift (Kong Jian Lie Feng)

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Rift (Kong Jian Lie Feng)

Rift (2018) is a Chinese mandarin thriller film centered around Zeng Yu, a Chinese astrophysicist, finds out the truth of his girlfriend’s death through parallel universe. The story goes on after he decides to take revenge for her death, and finds a dangerous upscale criminal.

Rift (2018) is directed by Rena Yao, with Jing Ge as producers. Meanwhile, Jing Wen and Rena Yao was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Jack Yang, Greg Depetro, Tyler Cole, Allen Theosky Rowe, Jacky Zheng, Kenny Leu, Cameron Duckett, Yifan Luo, Nancy Nazari, Travis Dixon, Jeff Moore, Chen Tang, Tom Chou, Juju Journey Brener, Meredith Thomas, Michelle Sun, and Samuel Wang. The film premiere(d) in China on June 16, 2018.

27.07.2018-CN| Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings (Detective Dee 3)

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Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings

Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings (2018) is a Chinese mandarin action adventure mystery fantasy thriller movie, centered around the story of Detective Dee while battles a surreal crime wave at the same time must defending himself against accusations of wrongdoing from his most formidable opponent, Empress Wu. It’s the third installment of the Detective Dee franchise, after Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame (2010) dan Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon (2013). And It’s among the most successful movie franchises in China.

Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings (2018) is produced by Huayi Brothers, Gongfu Entertainment, directed by Hark Tsui, with Kuo-Fu Chen, Nansun Shi, and Hark Tsui as producers. Meanwhile, Chia-lu Chang was applies as writer. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Shaofeng Feng, Mark Chao, Sichun Ma, Ethan Juan, Kenny Lin, and Carina Lau. The film premiere(d) in China on July 27, 2018.

*.*.2018-CN| Asura

2018 Chinese Movies! Upcoming Best Film Recommendations

Asura

Asura (2018) is a Chinese mandarin epic adventure fantasy film loosely based on Buddhist mythology, it’s set in the mythical realm of Asura — the dimension of pure desire which is threatened by a coup from a lower heavenly kingdom. It’s the first part of the trilogy as a story opener.

Asura (2018) is produced by Ningxia Film Group, Zhenjian Film Studio, and distributed by Ningxia Film Group (China) and Zhenjian Film Studio (China). Directed by Peng Zhang, with Zhenjian Yang as producer. Meanwhile, Zhenjian Yang, Adam Chanzit, Kirk Caouette, and Guan Shan was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Leo Wu Lei, Carina Lau, Tony Leung Ka-fai, Zhang Yi Shang, Matthew Knowles, Damien Walters, Caitlin Dechelle, Paul Philip Clark, Gigi Feshold, Ron Smoorenburg, Jeannine Derbez, and Joseph Castillo. The film premiere(d) in China on 2018.

*.*.2018-CN| Shadow

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Shadow

Shadow (2018) is a Chinese mandarin action drama historical film set during China’s Three Kingdom’s era (AD 220–280). Zhang Yimou, one of China’s foremost directors of drama, pithy comedy and large-scale historical action, director of the “The Great Wall” film, one of the biggest films of 2016, confirmed to be the director for this film.

Shadow (2018) is produced by Village Roadshow Pictures Asia, LeVision Pictures, and distributed by LeVision Pictures (China). Directed by Yimou Zhang, with Ellen Eliasoph and Catherine Pang as producers. Meanwhile, Gareth Crocker, Wei Li, and Yimou Zhang was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Deng Chao, Li Sun, Zheng Kai, Wang Qianyuan, Hu Jun, Guan Xiaotong, Wu Lei and Wang Jingchun. The film premiere(d) in China on 2018.

*.*.2018-CN| Legend of the Ancient Sword

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Legend of the Ancient Sword

Legend of the Ancient Sword (2018) is a Chinese mandarin action fantasy movie based on the video game Gu Jian Qi Tan 2 developed by Shanghai Aurogon, tells while Yue Wuyi leaves home due to a fateful occurrence. He meets revered master Xie Yi, who imparts to him the magical arts of Yan, and thus begins his journey of cultivation.

Along the way he meets Wen Renyu, Xia Yize, Ah Ruan and company. They discover the schemes and conspiracies of Shen Ye, the grand priest of Liu Yue City. The group of adventurers undergoes dangers to defeat Shen Ye, and prevent a disaster from befalling the world.

Legend of the Ancient Sword (2018) is produced and distributed by Alibaba Pictures Group. Directed by Renny Harlin, with Ben Zhang as producer. Meanwhile, Tan Guangyuan was applies as writer. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Leehom Wang, Wu Jiacheng, Victoria Song, Godfrey Gao, Karena Ng, Julian Cheung, Archie Kao, Ada Liu, and Li Yan. The film premiere(d) in China on 2018.

*.*.2018-CN| The Bombing (Da Hong Zha)

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The Bombing (Da Hong Zha)

The Bombing (2018) is a Chinese mandarin action drama war film set in 1943 during the World War II, the story revolves around the Japanese bombing of Chongqing, which started in 1938. Focused on five different Chinese people fight their way through Japanese air force attacks to protect an important military machine in Chongqing, 1940. The film is filmed as a memorial for the 70th anniversary of the Allied victory in World War II.

The Bombing (2018) is produced by China Film Group, Shanghai Hehe Film Investment Co., and distributed by China Film Group (China). Directed by Xiao Feng, with Stephen J. Eads, Jian-Xiang Shi, and Buting Yang as producers. Meanwhile, Ping Chen was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Liu Ye, Song Seung-heon, William Chan, Janine Chang, Ma Su, Bruce Willis, Adrien Brody, Eva Huang, Nicholas Tse, Fan Bingbing, and Tenma Shibuya. The film premiere(d) in China on 2018.

*.*.2018-CN| Viy 2: Journey to China

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Viy 2: Journey to China

Viy 2: Journey to China (2018) is a Chinese English Russian adventure fantasy movie follows the continuing exploits of cartographer Jonathan Green as he undertakes a scientific and supernatural journey that leads him from England to China, set in the 18th century. It is the sequel to Viy, the 2014 cinema hit loosely based on the Nikolai Gogol story – Viy.

The journey started when Jonathan Green receives from Peter the Great an order to map the Russian Far East. Once again he sets out for a long journey full of incredible adventures that will eventually lead him to China. The cartographer will unexpectedly face a lot of breathtaking discoveries, encounter bizarre creatures, meet with Chinese princesses, and confront deadly martial arts masters and even the king of all dragons – the Dragon King. What could be more dangerous than meeting eye to eye with Viy, except doing it again? What would be stronger this time – a staunch skepticism of the scientist or the old black magic that has seized power of Eastern lands? (Russian Film Group, IMDb).

Viy 2: Journey to China (2018) is produced by CTB Film Company, China Film Group Corporation (CFGC), GFA Entertainment, Russian Film Group Corporation, Sparkle Roll Media, distributed by NBC Universal Russia (Russia) and Eagle Films (Non-US). Directed by Oleg Stepchenko, with Sergei Bespalov, Jackie Chan, Gleb Fetisov, Alexey Petrukhin, and Sergey Selyanov as producers. Meanwhile, Alexey Petrukhin and Oleg Stepchenko was applies as writers. Cast for the main characters in the film includes: Jason Flemyng, Charles Dance, Rutger Hauer, Jackie Chan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Martin Klebba, Christopher Fairbank, and Igor Jijikine. The film premiere(d) in China on February, 2018.

Another Chinese Movies (waiting for details):

Title Director Genre
When Robbers Meet The Monsters Andrew Lau Wuxia
Blossoms Wong Kar-wai Drama, Historical
Wu to Tango John Deery Comedy
Drug Dealer Muye Wen Drama
ZhangJingYi and CuiMinGuo Comedy
Frog Randy Kent Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Zhong Guo yao shen Muye Wen Drama
Sea Above, Cloud Blow Zeng Zeng Drama
City Hunter Action
Women knight-errant aided by Buddha Dharma from Famen Temple, in Ancient China Yangxinlei Action
Ba bai Hu Guan War
Omotenashi: The Ceremony Jay Chern Drama
Journey to the West Zhangke Jia Adventure
Marauder Pou-Soi Cheang Action, Sci-Fi
Dragon Gate Zombie Inn Wilson Yip
Theory of Ambitions Philip Yung

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