Top 10 Chinese Films of 2016

2016 is not a good year for Chinese movies. The total box office is not as good as the year 2015 and the quality is not fully up to expectations. But we still have some movies worth recommending for Chinese movie lovers. Below is the top 10 Chinese box office movies until now. The box office data is from, the most popular film review website in China.

1. The Mermaid 美人鱼 (2016)

the mermaid

Total gross: 3.3 billion Yuan
Douban rating: 6.9
Director: Stephen Chow
Actors: Deng Chao, Show Luo, Zhang Yuqi, Lin Yun, Hark Tsui
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Fantasy

The Mermaid is a masterpiece from Stephen Chow, the Hong Kong director and actor, who is famous for his Wu Li Tou style movies such as Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle. The plot is that: A mermaid (Lin Yun) is sent to kill a billionaire (Deng Chao) whose company is polluting the sea where the mermaid lives, but the mermaid falls in love with him, which complicates things… The film grosses 3.3 billion in China and becomes the highest-grossing film in the country

2. The Monkey King 2 西游记之孙悟空三打白骨精 (2016)

The Monkey King 2

Total gross: 1.2 billion Yuan
Douban rating: 5.7
Director: Pou-Soi Cheang
Actors: Aaron Kwok, Gong Li, Feng Shaofeng, Xiao Shenyang, Chung Him Law
Genre: Comedy, Action, Fantasy

The film, also known as “Three Attacks on the White Bone Demon” in Chinese,  is the sequel to the popular 2014 movie “The Monkey King”. The movie stars Aaron Kwok, who plays the Sun Wukong (the Monkey King). The plot: On the road to the West, the Lady White wants to grab the Buddhist monk Tang Sanzang (Feng Shaofeng), the Monkey King must fight to protect the monk throughout the journey…

3. The Man From Macau 3 澳门风云3 (2016)

The Man From Macau 3

Total gross: 1.1 billion Yuan
Douban rating: 4.0
Director: Jing Wong, Andrew Lau
Actors: Yun-Fat Chow, Andy Lau, Nick Cheung, Jacky Cheung, Shawn Yue
Genre: Comedy, Action

Though very good at the box office, the film is the third the worst of the  “The Man From Macau” series. The film disappoints people hard, movie lovers go for the theater may just want to see so many stars in the film.

4. 绝地逃亡 Skiptrace (2016)


Total gross: 883 million Yuan
Douban rating: 5.6
Director: Renny Harlin
Actors: Jackie Chan, Fan Bingbing, Johnny Knoxville, Eric Tsang
Genre: Comedy, Action

Skiptrace is a Comedy starring Jakie Chan and American actor Johnny Knoxville. Jackie Chan portrays a Hong Kong detective whose niece (Fan Bingbing), runs into trouble with the a drug lord, Chan has to teams with Connor (Johnny Knoxville) to get justice.

5. Time Raiders 盗墓笔记 (2016)

Time Raiders

Total gross: 841 million Yuan
Douban rating: 4.8
Director: Daniel Lee
Actors: Jing Boran, Lu Han, Ma Sichun, Wang Jingchun
Genre: Suspense, Fantasy, Adventure

The film is adapted from the online novel series Daomu Biji by Xu Lei. “Time Raiders” features an uncle and his nephew search for the secrets of immortality in ancient tombs.

6. Finding Mr. Right 2 北京遇上西雅图之不二情书 (2016)

Finding Mr. Right 2

Total gross: 786 million Yuan
Douban rating: 6.5
Director: Xue Xiaolu
Actors: Tang Wei, Wu Xiubo, Kara Hui, Paul Chun
Genre: Comedy, Romance

The film, also known as “Book of Love”, is the second installment of the greatly successful 2013 film “Finding Mr. Right“, but the two films’ plots are actually not related. This time the two leads actor Wu Xiubo and actress Tang Wei know each other through handwritten letters and finally have their first meeting in the end of the film.

7. Yip Man 3 叶问3 (2016)

Yip Man 3

Total gross: 770 million Yuan
Douban rating: 6.4
Director: Wilson Yip
Actors: Donnie Yen, Mike Tyson, Max Zhang, Lynn Hung
Genre: Drama, Action, History

“Ip Man 3” is the the final movie the “Ip Man” series. It tells how the IP Man protects the school from ruthless property developer who resort to every possible means to obtain the land used by the school. Mike Tyson co-stars in this action movie.

8. Cold War Ⅱ 寒战2 (2016)

Cold War Ⅱ

Total gross: 677 million Yuan
Douban rating: 7.0
Director: Lok Man Leung, Kim-ching Luk
Actors: Aaron Kwok, Tony Leung Ka Fai, Chow Yun-fat, Charlie Yeung, Eddie Peng
Genre: Drama, Action, Crime

This action-packed thriller is a sequel to the 2012 Hong Kong box office hit “Cold War”. The film follows the first installment’s story between two high ranked official groups, one seeking to acquire absolute power in Hong Kong, the opposite using extreme methods to stop them from doing this.

9. Big Fish & Begonia 大鱼海棠 (2016)

Big Fish & Begonia

Total gross: 564 million Yuan
Douban rating: 6.6
Director: Liang Xuan, Zhang Chun
Actors: Ji Guanlin, Su Shangqin, Xu Weizhou
Genre: Drama, Cartoon, Fantasy

The film, known as Da Yu Hai Tang in Chinese, cost the director twelve years to complete. The film is inspired by Chinese mythology Zhuangzi and centers on a little girl from the wonderland and her love for a boy from the human world.

10. Chongqing Hot Pot 火锅英雄 (2016)

Chongqing Hot Pot

Total gross: 370 million Yuan
Douban rating: 7.3
Director: Yang Qing
Actors: Chen Kun, Bai Baihe, Qin Hao
Genre: Drama, Crime

This is a bank-robbing story happens in Chongqing: Three friends run a hot pot restaurant in a former bomb shelter but they find out that the wall of the restaurant is connected to a bank vault. they also find that a former classmate works in the bank. They decide to rob the bank…

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