Chinese films of the 1930s


Chinese films of the 1930s
Cinema of China
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List of Chinese films
1905–1919
1920s
1930s
1940s
1950s
1960s
1970s
1980s
1990s
2000s
2010s

This is a list of films produced in mainland China ordered by year of release in the 1930s.

For an alphabetical listing of Chinese films see Category:Chinese films.

Contents

1930

Title Director Actors Genre Notability
Chang men xian mu Cheng Bugao
Sing-Song Red Peony Zhang Shichuan Hu Die First Chinese sound film
Spring Dream of an Old Capital Sun Yu Ruan Lingyu Ruan Lingyu's breakthrough role; also known as Remembrance of Peking or Reminiscences of Beijing
Suicide Contract Zhu Shilin Ruan Lingyu Drama
Wild Flowers Sun Yu Ruan Lingyu,
Jin Yan

1931

Title Director Actors Genre Notability
Amorous History of the Silver Screen Cheng Bugao Xuan Jinglan,
Xia Peizhen
Drama Partially lost film about a woman's rise from prostitution to stardom from Mingxing Film Company
Love and Duty Bu Wancang Ruan Lingyu,
Jin Yan
Romance/Tragedy Early Lianhua Film Company production, previously thought lost, a complete print was discovered in South America in the 1990s
Peach Blossom Weeps Tears of Blood Bu Wancang Ruan Lingyu Drama Sometimes translated as The Peach Girl
A Spray of Plum Blossoms Bu Wancang Ruan Lingyu,
Jin Yan,
Wang Cilong
Drama
Two Stars of the Milky Way Shi Dongshan Jin Yan Also known as Two Stars of the Silver Screen

1932

Title Director Actors Genre Notability
Facing the National Crisis Cai Chusheng,
Shi Dongshan,
Sun Yu,
Wang Cilong
Chen Yanyan,
Zheng Junli
War
Loving Blood of the Volcano Sun Yu Li Lili,
Zheng Junli
Drama
Pink Dream Cai Chusheng Gao Zhanfei,
Zheng Junli,
Tan Ying
Drama Also known as Dream in Pink
Spring in the South Cai Chusheng Gao Zhanfei,
Chen Yanyan
Drama
Three Modern Women Bu Wancang Ruan Lingyu,
Jin Yan
Drama
Wild Rose Sun Yu Jin Yan,
Wang Renmei
Romance/Drama

1933

Title Director Actors Genre Notability
Dawn Over the Metropolis Cai Chusheng Drama
Daybreak Sun Yu Li Lili,
Gao Zhanfei
Drama Lianhua Film Company production
Little Toys Sun Yu Ruan Lingyu,
Li Lili
Drama
Night in the City Fei Mu Ruan Lingyu,
Jin Yan
Drama Fei Mu's directorial debut, now lost; also known as City Nights
The Protest of Women Shen Xiling
Spring Silkworms Cheng Bugao Ai Xia Leftist Drama Mingxing Film Company production, an adaptation of the Mao Dun-penned short story
The Tenderness Market Zhang Shichuan Hu Die,
Ai Xia
Early sound film
Twenty-Four Hours in Shanghai Shen Xiling
Wild Torrents Cheng Bugao Leftist Drama

1934

Title Director Actors Genre Notability
The Big Road Sun Yu Jin Yan,
Li Lili
Drama
The Classic for Girls Zhang Shichuan,
Yao Sufeng,
Zheng Zhengqiu,
Xu Xingfu,
Li Pingqian,
Chen Kengran,
Shen Xiling,
Cheng Bugao
Coming Home Zhu Shilin Ruan Lingyu,
Gao Zhanfei
The Goddess Wu Yonggang Ruan Lingyu Drama Distributed by the Lianhua Film Company
Life Fei Mu Ruan Lingyu
Plunder of Peach and Plum Ying Yunwei Yuan Muzhi Drama Diantong Film Company production
Queen of Sports Sun Yu Li Lili
A Sea of Fragrant Snow Fei Mu Ruan Lingyu Drama
Song of the Fishermen Cai Chusheng Wang Renmei Drama First Chinese film to win an award at an international film festival (the Moscow Film Festival)
Twin Sisters Zheng Zhengqiu Hu Die Mingxing Film Company production, Chinese title: "Zimei hua"

1935

Title Director Actors Genre Notability
Ardent, Loyal Souls Zhang Shichuan,
Wu Cun,
Zheng Zhengqiu,
Xu Xingfu,
Li Pingqian,
Shen Xiling,
Cheng Bugao
Drama
The Boatman's Daughter Shen Xiling Drama
Cityscape Yuan Muzhi Jiang Qing,
Gu Menghe,
Zhou Boxun
Comedy/Musical
The Desert Island Wu Yonggang
Homesick Shen Xiling Drama
Little Angel Wu Yonggang
National Customs Luo Mingyou,
Zhu Shilin
Ruan Lingyu,
Zheng Junli
Drama Ruan Lingyu's final film
New Women Cai Chusheng Ruan Lingyu,
Zheng Junli
Drama
The New Peach Blossom Fan Ouyang Yuqian Early Xinhua Film Company production
Song of China Fei Mu,
Luo Mingyou
Zheng Junli Drama New Life Movement film; also known as Filial Piety
Spirit of Freedom Situ Huimin Drama Also known as The Goddess of Freedom
Sons and Daughters in a Time of Storm Xu Xingzhi Yuan Muzhi,
Wang Renmei
Drama/War Also known as Children of Troubled Times

1936

Title Director Actors Genre Notability
Blood on Wolf Mountain Fei Mu Jiang Qing,
Li Lili
Drama "National Defense" film
Tomboy Fang Peilin Drama/Romance
Lost Lambs Cai Chusheng Children
Night of the Debauche Shi Dongshan Jin Shan,
Zhou Xuan
Drama
Old and New Shanghai Cheng Bugao Drama
The Pioneers Wu Yonggang Jin Yan,
Wang Renmei
Drama Also known as Soaring Aspirations
Unchanged Heart in Life and Death Ying Yunwei Yuan Muzhi Drama

1937

Title Director Actors Genre Notability
The Battle of Shanghai Lai Man-wai Documentary Collection of documentary footage of the invasion of Shanghai by Japan, as filmed by Lai Manwai and others.
Crossroads Shen Xiling Zhao Dan,
Bai Yang
Drama Early sound film
Fifth Brother Wang Cai Chusheng Drama
Gold-Plated City Fei Mu Also known as The Gilded City
March of Youth Shi Dongshan
Martyrs of the Northern Front Fei Mu
The Money Tree Tan Youliu Drama
Murder in the Oratory Fei Mu Opera
New Year's Coin Zhang Shichuan Hu Rongrong Drama Also known as New Year's Gift
Song at Midnight Ma-Xu Weibang Jin Shan,
Gu Menghe
Horror A Chinese adaptation of Phantom of the Opera
Street Angel Yuan Muzhi Zhao Dan,
Zhou Xuan
Drama
Symphony of Lianhua Various Anthology Collection of short films by Lianhua directors

1938

Title Director Actors Genre Notability
Diao Chan Bu Wancang Gu Lanjun,
Jin Shan
Historical Xinhua Film Company production, also known as The Sable Cicada
Eight Hundred Heroes Ying Yunwei Yuan Muzhi War Dramatic interpretation of the Defense of Sihang Warehouse
Protect Our Land Shi Dongshan
Rouge Tears Wu Yonggang Drama

1939

Title Director Actors Genre Notability
Children of China Shen Xiling
Empress Wu Zetian Fang Peilin Bai Hong Drama/Historical
Mulan Joins the Army Bu Wancang Chen Yunchang Historical/War Solitary Island period film
Orphan Island Paradise Cai Chusheng

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