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Here are the best Chinese movies you can watch for free on Youtube

Make the best of your free time — without paying any extra charges — by watching some of the most entertaining Chinese movies on Youtube!

Here is a selected list of great Chinese movies that you can watch in their entirety online. From kung fu to heroic bloodshed, we’ve included some of the most famous Chinese films of the genre.

As this isn’t a paid streaming service with a huge library of HD movies, we’re limited to mostly older movies that aren’t always available with complete audio and subtitle options. And yet, this  list is full of great content that will take hours to watch.

Sit back and enjoy the nostalgia. Here are some great full-length Chinese movies you could watch on Youtube right now:

  1. Police Story (1985)

    (Cantonese with hard-coded English subs)
    As the definitive Hong Kong film of the 80s, Police Story is required watching for any fan of action films.

    Audacious beyond any semblance of taste, the film was nicknamed “Glass Story” by its crew for its shattering third act that was filmed in a shopping mall.

    As much as it featured Maggie Cheung and Brigitte Lin as emerging starlets, Police Story will forever be remembered as the film that modernized the kung fu genre.

  2. Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Star (1985)

    (Cantonese, no subtitles available)
    The third installment of the My Lucky Stars comedy-action series marked a rare cinematic appearance of Jackie Chan with Sammo Hung and Yuen Biao. The three stars had gone through the same gruelling Chinese opera school to become major Hong Kong action film stars, albeit in their own films.

    However, the main focus of Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Star remains focus on its sexualized hijinxes and gross-out humour. Take a break from our politically correct era and enjoy the excesses of the 80s with this film.

  3. God of Cookery (1996)

    (Cantonese with hard-coded English subtitles)
    Stephen Chow’s road-to-redemption stories have never been done better than with this hilarious send-up of Hong Kong’s obsession with cooking shows.

    Chow’s usual collection of tropes (ugly heroines, slapstick, fourth wall-breaking slapstick) make for an exhilarating film where one gag runs into the next, propelling the story forward.

  4. King of Comedy (1999)

    (Cantonese with hard-coded English subtitles)
    After making multitudes of movies and at the height of his fame, Chow directly confronted his audience with the film King of Comedy. As an down-on-his-luck young filmmaker, Chow sought to find out what audiences expected from him in this film about making films.

    Full of gorgeous visuals and a young Cecillia Cheung, King of Comedy is easily Chow’s most personal work. But don’t be fooled — this is also one of his funniest.

  5. A Better Tomorrow — The Trilogy

    A Better Tomorrow I (Cantonese with Youtube English subs)
    A Better Tomorrow II (Cantonese with no subs)
    A Better Tomorrow III (Cantonese with Youtube English subs)

    Before Quentin Taratino made Reservoir Dogs, this movie series was epitomizing cool with this noir story of loyalty and brotherhood.

    A Better Tomorrow brought together established kung fu star Ti Lung, Cantopop crooner Leslie Cheung, and a pre-superstardom Chow-Yun Fat, an actor who had to that been called “Box Office Poison” for his string of flops. The result kicked off a string of heroic bloodshed films that used the underworld as the backdrop to a soap opera for men.

  6. Hard Boiled (1992)

    (Cantonese with hard-coded English subtitles)
    Chow-Yun Fat plays Tequilla, a renegade cop with a penchant for justice that wants to play the clarinet. That, and he shoots bullets. A lot of bullets.

    Even though its become a classic that spawned a videogame sequel, Hard Boiled isn’t a typical example of Hong Kong’s heroic bloodshed.

    Received with a lukewarm reception at its opening, Hard Boiled features a Chinese protagonist that doesnt’ act Chinese at all, alienating audience. All the same, be sure not to miss the hospital climax and an incredible one-shot take that follows Fat and Tony Leung out of an elevator.

  7. The Killer (1989)

    (Cantonese, no subtitles)
    A man has to have a code, and if you are a professional killer, you’ll need to uphold it in blood.

    John Woo’s ode to honor is a frenzied ballet of blood, solemnly imbued with symbolism. The bad guys all happen to wear white uniforms that get stained. The good guy hangs out in a church as do many doves. It’s all over the top, but Chow-Yun Fat’s charismatic hitman makes it seem all so fun and enjoyable.

Images: Gamespot


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