Best Mandarin movies & Netflix Series (2023)

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Best movies for learning Chinese Einstein and Einstein (狗十三), coming-of-age drama 2013 I am what I am (雄狮少年), animation 2021 Raise the Red Lantern (大红灯笼高高挂), historical 1993 Lost on Journey (人在囧途), comedy 2010 Chungking Express (重庆森林), comedy drama 2008 Lust, Caution (色,戒), thriller 2007) Mountains May Depart (山河故人), drama 2015 The Road Home (我的父亲母亲), romantic drama 2000 Eat Drink Man Woman (飲食男女), drama 1994 Shower (洗澡), comedy 1993 Coffee or tea (一点就到家), comedy 2020 Farewell my concubine (王别姬), 1993 historical drama Black Coal, Thin Ice (白日焰火) 2014 thriller Detective China Town 3, 2021 (唐人街探案 3) Wish Dragon, 2021 (许愿神龙) Hi, Mom, 2021 (你好,李焕英) Sisters, 2021 (我的姐姐) Upcoming Summer, 2021 (盛夏未来) Love Will Tear Us Apart, 2021 (我要我们在一起) The Battle at Lake Changjin, 2021 (长津湖) The Eight Hundred, 2020 (八佰) My People My Homeland, 2020 (我和我的家乡) Leap, 2020 (夺冠) Coffee or tea, 2020 (一点就到家) Shock Wave 2, 2020 (拆弹专家2) A Little Red Flower, 2020 (送你一朵小红花) Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (卧虎藏龙), 2000 Dying to survive (我不是药神), comedy-drama 2018 Mulan (花木兰), animation 1998 The Wedding Banquet (喜宴), romantic comedy 1993 A Touch of Sin (天注定), action 2013 Four Springs (四个春天), documentary 2017 Café. Waiting. Love (等一个人咖啡), romantic comedy 2014 Lost in Russia (囧妈), comedy 2020 The Road Home (我的父亲母亲), drama 1999 Suzhou River (苏州河), arthouse 2000 Yellow Earth (黄土地), drama 1984 The Equation of Love and Death (李米的猜想), drama 2008 Last Train Home (归途列车), documentary 2009 A Chinese Ghost Story (倩女幽魂), comedy 1987 Bonus: Myth of Love (爱情神话), romantic comedy 2021 Modern series (当代) Costume,novel drama (古装) Action, suspense (动作) Chinese language Romantic comedy & drama (浪漫喜剧和戏剧) Mandarin action movies (动作片): Chinese Fantasy & sci-fi (幻想与科幻) Historical series in Chinese language (历史) Chinese TV shows to help you learn Mandarin A love for Separation A little Reunion TV show Peppa Pig in Chinese Romance in the Rain Let’s get married Rookie Agent Rouge Other recommended viewing (on Netflix): FAQs Videos

Movies & series, especially those about modern daily life, are great Mandarin learning materials since plain language is used. Plus they’ll also show you a more realistic picture of Chinese culture than you’d find in textbooks. Here’s our recommendations for best Mandarin movies to learn Chinese.

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Best movies for learning Chinese

Here’s a list of our most recommended Chinese movies here —all movies worth watching, all spoken in clear 普通话 Putonghua.

Einstein and Einstein (狗十三), coming-of-age drama 2013

This movie is about a teenage girl who has a difficult relationship with her divorced parents. This underrated movie shows an insight into Chinese millennials and their parents, many Chinese people reviewed this movie with “This is my life as well”. Plus, it’s a really touching story.

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I am what I am (雄狮少年), animation 2021

A fantastic animation about the traditional lion dance (competition) in China, but also about leaving your hometown for the big city and leaving parents & friends behind. A story about persistence despite adversity, with beautiful animations.

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Raise the Red Lantern (大红灯笼高高挂), historical 1993

The thing with classic movies is they don’t really age, and they stay relevant. This movie is one of the top Chinese movie classics, set during China’s warlord era. A young woman in the 1920’s is forced to give up her student life and become a concubine. As wife number four, she has to scheme for her husband’s attention.

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Lost on Journey (人在囧途), comedy 2010

This film depicts an amusing yet realistic portrayal of the issues prevalent in Chinese society, especially during Chun Yun (春运), literally translated as “Spring transportation”. It all kicks off when Li Chenggong, a wealthy and arrogant businessman sits next to the first-time flyer Niu Geng…

Chungking Express (重庆森林), comedy drama 2008

Quentin Tarantino calls “Chungking Express” one of his favorite movies and you can see why. It’s a kind of drama and comedy with some craziness. You can watch a trailer, but most of them capture absolutely nothing of the actual movie.
The movie takes place not in Chongqing but in the infamous Chungking Mansion of Hong Kong. Two cops each fall in love with very different women, leading to two very different love stories under the neon lights of Hong Kong.

Lust, Caution (色,戒), thriller 2007)

A famous movie but very NSFW! Lust, Caution is labeled as an “espionage erotic thriller”, based on the 1979 book with the same name. A group of young Chinese Students plans to assassinate a government official collaborating with the Japanese. Their plan: have one of their students seduce him…

It’s very different from typical Chinese vs Japanese war movies, as it’s much more between two people rather than two armies. But again, very NSFW, especially if you’re watching the Western un-edited version.

Mountains May Depart (山河故人), drama 2015

This Chinese movie takes place in Fenyang, in the Shanxi province. Shen Tao has two options to marry: her best friend or an aspiring entrepreneur. She chooses the latter, and we see how in flash-forwards her life proceeds and how the family grows apart. The movie competed for the Palme d’Or at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, and was shown at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.

The Road Home (我的父亲母亲), romantic drama 2000

In this beautiful sad movie by Zhang Yimou, a man goes back to his village for his father’s funeral. Back home, he retells the story of how his parents met: a love story of how a farmer girl falls for the new teacher from out of town. The Road Home, is part drama, part romance, and part Chinese history.

Eat Drink Man Woman (飲食男女), drama 1994

It’s a slow movie, a comedy-drama movie but actually not that much happens. It’s just really nice and comfortable to watch. The title of the movie is a quote from the Book of Rites, one of the Confucian classics, referring to the most basic human desires — and you’ll not just practice your Chinese language, but also get an insight into Chinese culture (and Chinese food). The film received the Asia Pacific Film Festival Award for Best Film, and an Academy Award Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.

Shower (洗澡), comedy 1993

A rich businessman from Beijing who looks down on the working-class is forced to reconnect with his elderly father and mentally challenged younger brother, who together run a public bathhouse. In doing so, ‘Shower’ offers both a funny and touching movie, as well as a slice of a fading Beijing.

Coffee or tea (一点就到家), comedy 2020

Three young guys with very different personalities return from living in a big Chinese city to live in their tiny village in Yunnan, which is an area famous for its tea production. Of course, stuff happens; the guys end up on a detour, and start a business together in the countryside. They’re hugely out of place, trying to grow coffee beans. Watch this tale about sincerity, openness, and an absurd yet pure entrepreneurial journey in rural China.

Farewell my concubine (王别姬), 1993 historical drama

This is another landmark Chinese movie, telling about the lives of two lifelong friends, set in 1950. The two are Peking opera actors, one plays the male, one plays the female, but this balance is disturbed when one marries. It was the first Chinese-language film to win the prestigious Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

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Black Coal, Thin Ice (白日焰火) 2014 thriller

The Chinese name of this (白日焰火; Bai Ri Yan Huo) means “Daylight Fireworks”) is a 2014 Chinese thriller film, won the Golden Bear award at the Berlin International Film Festival. The story takes place in a northern Chinese factory town in around 1999, and it’s dark and thrilling, which may be just the thing you’re looking for.

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Detective China Town 3, 2021 (唐人街探案 3)

This movie gets low ratings on IMDb, but it was a huge hit in China. Maybe you need to be able to understand Mandarin, or maybe you need a special kind of humor. But we definitely recommend this movie, not just for learning Mandarin, but also because it’s a high-quality production.Even though the movie takes place in Tokyo, most is spoken in Mandarin. Often at quite a high speed, so it’s great for your listening ability.

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Wish Dragon, 2021 (许愿神龙)

This movie is out both in English and Chinese, so make sure you have the Mandarin one! We put this movie also on our list for Chinese movies for kids, because it’s so fantastic for both children & adult. The animations are bright and crisp, the movie is only one-and-a-half hour, it’s fast and inspiring too, with plenty of Chinese elements, from family pressure for good grades & marriage, as well as money struggles..

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Hi, Mom, 2021 (你好,李焕英)

This is reviewed with “tears flow” by Variety. The story is both funny as well as touching: a girl travels back in time to meet her mom, and themes are family love and filial piety in a Chinese context. And this movie also has high scores on IMDb, something rare for Chinese movies, even if they’re super good.

Sisters, 2021 (我的姐姐)

Keeping up with the family theme, another big movie from 2021 is ‘Sisters’, about an orphaned girl who should faces the challenge of choosing her own fortune in life, or raising her younger brother, who is initially a huge burden to her. The pace is low but it’s a tear quencher, this already becomes clear in the trailer.

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Upcoming Summer, 2021 (盛夏未来)

This movie is also on Netflix. The movie is about a downbeat girl who failed the super important college entry exam (高考), who then meets a popular young guy. They then find their place in the world, together, all in one summer.

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Love Will Tear Us Apart, 2021 (我要我们在一起)

Another romantic drama movie is ‘Love will tear is apart’. Ten years ago, Lu Qinyang confessed his love for Ling Yiyao in front of the whole school. He promised to marry her in the future and never regret it. This movie shows you the life of migration workers, sometimes far away from their loved ones, as well as marriage pressure from parents to find a suitable partner. We’re not crying, you’re crying.

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The Battle at Lake Changjin, 2021 (长津湖)

If you don’t like war movies, do not watch this one, because it’s almost three hours long. But it’s refreshing to see the U.S. army as the bad guys, right? It is very patriotic, in a way we’re used to American war movies. The spoken Mandarin is easy to understand and you get an insight into both the Korean War, as well as the situation in Beijing.

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The Eight Hundred, 2020 (八佰)

Based on the 1937 Battle of Songhu in Shanghai, this film tells the story of a reinforced battalion of the 524th Regiment of the 88th Division of the 3rd War Zone of the Chinese National Revolutionary Army, known as the “Eight Hundred Strong Soldiers”, who held the Sihang Warehouse on the banks of the Suzhou River in Shanghai, who blocked the Japanese army.

My People My Homeland, 2020 (我和我的家乡)

The film 《My People My Homeland》continues the collective Chinese movies of 《My People My Country》, directed by five directors, and tells the stories of hometowns that take place in five major regions in China: East, West, North, South, and Central. These five stories are about insurance, rural tourism, education, helping farmers, and poverty alleviation, focusing on the stories of ordinary people and bringing out the favorable policies of the country. All of course in Mandarin Chinese.

Leap, 2020 (夺冠)

This Chinese movie follows the Chinese female volleyball team during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. The team had won several championships in the 1980s, but dire decades followers. Here’s the story of the team’s way back up to success, spearheaded by coach Lang Ping wearing her gold-rimmed glasses.

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Coffee or tea, 2020 (一点就到家)

Three young guys with very different personalities return from living in a big Chinese city to live in their tiny village in Yunnan. Of course, stuff happens; the guys end up on a detour, and start a business together in the countryside. They’re hugely out of place. Watch this tale about sincerity, openness, and an absurd yet pure entrepreneurial journey in rural China.

Shock Wave 2, 2020 (拆弹专家2)

The film tells the story of the evil organization “Resurrection Society” to cause terrorist attacks in Hong Kong. Former bomb disposal expert Pan Chengfeng is being suspected of being involved in a bombing case by the police, and as the plot thickens, he can only set himself free by finding out the truth of the matter.

A Little Red Flower, 2020 (送你一朵小红花)

A Chinese boy with cancer, Wei Yihang, who claims to be able to “see the future”, meets a girl with cancer, Ma Xiaoyuan. The film revolves around two sets of life trajectories of two families fighting against cancer, telling a warm and realistic story, thinking and facing the ultimate problem that every ordinary person faces – imagining that death may come at any time, the only thing we have to do is to love and cherish each other.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (卧虎藏龙), 2000

This movie belongs to the ‘wuxia’ genre, Chinese martial arts movies. And most aren’t very very good, they’re just OK. But this one is fantastic, having won more than 40 awards, including the Oscar for Best Picture, and has been labeled as the most influential martial arts movie of all time.
The film is in Chinese and runs about two hours long. Sit back and relax as warriors battle it out in the forests of the Zhejiang province in China.

Dying to survive (我不是药神), comedy-drama 2018

The biggest Chinese movie of 2018 was supposed to be the fantasy film Asura, with a budget of more than $100M, but it was the low-budget movie ‘Dying to Survive’ (我不是药神) that took all the headlines and visitors. It even caused the foreign press to write about it.
GoEast’s Sophia: “The movie is based on a true story and became a hot topic everywhere in China, online and offline. It also got super high scores on platforms like Douban. It is about love and loss, law and morality, and money.”

The movie touches on China’s societal issues, in a story about a pharmacy owner begins to sell cheap medicine to help cancer patients who cannot afford the expensive patented one.

Mulan (花木兰), animation 1998

Disney’s Mulan came out in 1998, based on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan (花木蘭). The movie was a hit in many countries, but wasn’t received too well in China, with too much of an American touches for their liking. But, it’s available in Mandarin as well! And for many Chinese learners, it’s a great Chinese movie to watch.

GoEast’s Emily: “For me, what stands out is Mulan’s stereotypical look of Asian beauty, combined with the typical American humor. But the movie did move me. It combines good storytelling with imagination, and taught me about Chinese history, culture and geography as well. And of course a female hero is always an inspiration to me.”

GoEast’s Jaap: “I saw this movie in the Netherlands many years ago, before I even had the idea of moving to China. It was just another Disney movie then — but now it’s fascinating to see again, after having lived in China for over a year.”

The Wedding Banquet (喜宴), romantic comedy 1993

Another Ang Lee movie (like “Eat Drink Man Woman”, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”, and “Lust, Caution”), this time about a gay man who has a perfect life, until his parents demand him to marry. It shows the typical Chinese culture of parents wanting their offspring to marry and reproduce. But what should the protagonist do? He finds a woman who agrees to a cover-up, but will it work?

A Touch of Sin (天注定), action 2013

This movie is something special. It’s four short tales of violence based on real stories of present-day China. Have you ever felt like lashing out? These people did… It’s almost a tribute to the nature of violence. The movie is mostly in Mandarin and Cantonese (mixture), so add some subtitles to watching it.

Four Springs (四个春天), documentary 2017

This film is directed by Qingyi Lu about his parents, an older couple living in Dushan. Through a combination of home videos, the movie follows the family for Spring Festival over four years and is described as a “love letter” from the director to his parents. A beautiful documentary about rural China.

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Café. Waiting. Love (等一个人咖啡), romantic comedy 2014

This Chinese movie tells the story of a university freshman and a professional coffee maker. It takes place mostly in a cafe. Plotwise, it’s a very simple story with an unknown yet great cast. It’ll be sweet, we promise, despite it being about coffee.

Lost in Russia (囧妈), comedy 2020

Like many movies in this list, this Chinese movie is about the relationship between a child and his parent, and about what it means to be a good son, as well as what it means to be a good mother. A son and his mother, board a train, and they both change along the way.

The Road Home (我的父亲母亲), drama 1999

In this beautiful sad movie, by Zhang Yimou, a man goes back to his village for his father’s funeral. Back home, he retells the story of how his parents met: a love story of how a farmer girl falls for the new teacher from out of town. The Road Home, is part drama, part romance, and part Chinese history.

Suzhou River (苏州河), arthouse 2000

This movie is about a tragic love story that takes place around Shanghai at the turn of the millennium. It’s fantastic to see the city over two decades ago, with a hugely different skyline, people wearing different clothes, different cars and (almost) no mobile phones yet. And perhaps the story is in typical arthouse style something you need to feel, rather than understand.

Yellow Earth (黄土地), drama 1984

It’s an old story yet ever new. A young girl from a village breaks with traditions and wants freedom, and sets out on a journey, accompanying a soldier from the Communist army. There’s not that much talking, and most of the dialogue is done through images. It’s a classical film, at the Hong Kong Film Awards of 2005 listed as the 4th best Chinese movie of all time.

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The Equation of Love and Death (李米的猜想), drama 2008

Li Mi is a taxi driver in Kunming, who wants to find her missing boyfriend. Will she? There’s extortion, a kidnapping, and mistakes along the way, in a film that won the 2008 Altadis New Directors Award at the 2008 San Sebastian International Film Festival.

Last Train Home (归途列车), documentary 2009

For many Chinese people who leave their family and go to a faraway place to work so they can make more money, Spring Festival may be the only time of year that they can go home and see their family. The movie 归途列车 (Last Train Home) documents the struggles of one family of migrant workers from a remote mountain area of Sichuan Province in 2006-2008 as they return home with hundreds of millions of other workers for their annual family reunion.

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A Chinese Ghost Story (倩女幽魂), comedy 1987

This movie shows a bit its age, but if you’re looking for a weird yet funny ‘romantic drama-comedy horror’ movie (in clear Mandarin) then this one will do the trick.

GoEast’s Lynn: “I watched this movie several times when I was young, on TV as well as on DVD. I felt that the ghost was very very very scary. Even today I’m scared of him, but I still watch it – that makes me brave, right?! The main actor, Zhang Guorong, was very famous, and everyone called him “Gege”. The actress is Wang Zuxian, the goddess in the minds of many boys.

GoEast’s Rex: “This movie is an unforgettable part of my childhood. In the North East of China, where I’m from, Hong Kong movies were very popular in the 80s and 90s, so TV stations broadcasted them repeatedly to sell more ads, so I watched this movie many times. It has everything: an idealistic scholar, a romantic girl, a forthright swordsman. With my childhood friends, we all had different views on the movie, but everyone would agree they’d love to meet a Xiaoqian, the heroine in the story.”

Bonus: Myth of Love (爱情神话), romantic comedy 2021

This movie is spoken not in Mandarin but in the Shanghai dialect. So you’ll probably need some subtitles. It shows life in Shanghai, marriage, love, in a movie that’s received well by foreigners as Chinese alike. This movie is sometimes listed as “B is busy”.

Modern series (当代)

  • Meteor Garden (流星花园) 2018 (Cute & widelyrecommended)
  • Find Yourself (下一站是幸福) 2020
  • Well-Intended Love (奈何老板要娶我) 2019
  • Accidentally in Love (惹上冷殿下) 2018

Costume,novel drama (古装)

  • The Untamed (陈情令) 2019
  • Three Lives, Three Worlds, The Pillow Book (三生三世枕上书) 2012
  • Once Upon a Time in Lingjian Mountain (从前有座灵剑山) 2019
  • The Rise of Phoenixes(天盛长歌) 2018

Action, suspense (动作)

  • The Disguiser (伪装者) 2015
  • Tientsin Mystic (河神) 2017
  • Day and Night (白夜追凶) 2017 (recommended)
  • Ip Man 4 (叶问4) 2019

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Chinese language Romantic comedy & drama (浪漫喜剧和戏剧)

  • Us and Them (后来的我们)2018 (Greatratings)
  • This Is Not What I Expected (喜欢你) 2017
  • Finding Mr. Right (北京遇上西雅图) 2013
  • Ash Is Purest White (江湖儿女) 2018
  • I Am Not Madame Bovary (我不是潘金莲) 2016, comedy
  • Upcoming Summer, 2021 (盛夏未来)

Mandarin action movies (动作片):

  • Animal World (动物世界) 2018
  • Operation Mekong (湄公河行动) 2016
  • Railroad Tigers (铁道飞虎)2016(Recommended for beginners)

Chinese Fantasy & sci-fi (幻想与科幻)

  • The Monkey King 2 (西游记之孙悟空三打白骨精),2016
  • The Mermaid (美人鱼) 2016
  • The Wandering Earth (流浪地球) 2019

Historical series in Chinese language (历史)

  • Curse of the Golden Flower (满城尽带黄金甲)2006 (Oscar nomination)
  • Coming Home(归来) 2014
  • God of War (荡寇风云)2017

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Chinese TV shows to help you learn Mandarin

If your Chinese is already at an intermediate (HSK4+) level but you’re still having trouble engaging in a natural conversation, then you should probably start watching a 电视剧 (diànshìjù: soap opera). Watching Chinese TV series and shows is undoubtedly the easiest way to improve your Chinese listening skills. Here we have some handpicked Chinese TV shows to help you learn Mandarin. Don’t worry if you can’t understand everything at first, it will become easier with time. Just sit back, relax and feel the magic of 电视剧 working on your brain.

Chinese TV series, especially those focusing on modern daily life, are good Mandarin learning materials since plain language is used. In addition to improving your language, they also present you with a more authentic picture of Chinese culture than those from textbooks.

So here are some suggestions to search for on Bilibi or Iqiyi, or even on YouTube.

A love for Separation

小别离 Xiǎo Biélí
Language Level: ★★★☆☆
Recommend: ★★★★★
Find it on: Bilibili

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Nowadays in China, more and more middle/high school students are going abroad for education. But going abroad at such a young age is no easy thing for families in China, mentally and physically. This TV series is about three different families facing the same choice, to go or not to go abroad. Going through their stories, you can understand more about the real lives of people from different social status in China.

A little Reunion TV show

小欢喜 Xiǎo Huānxǐ
Language Level: ★★★☆☆
Recommend: ★★★★★
Find it on: Bilibili

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Similar to Xiǎo Biélí, Xiǎo Huānxǐ is also focusing on Chinese education. But this one is more on those who didn’t choose to go abroad, aka, the ones who have to strive for a better future life. Under the huge pressure from the Gāokǎo (college entrance examination), many things are different from western culture, such as that students are not allowed to have relationships and that GPA is everything.

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Although TV series are good materials, they are long and addictive. Sometimes, we want something easy and fun. In this case, cartoons can be a good alternative.

Peppa Pig in Chinese

小猪佩琦
Language Level: ★★☆☆☆
Recommend: ★★★★★
Find it on: Iqiyi

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Peppa Pig is a cartoon from the UK, but also quite popular in China. Luckily, we have it dubbed in Chinese as well. It has really short episodes so it would be handy to focus on one episode per day. Also, the storyline in each episode is easy to follow, thus, providing you with better contexts to understand and learn new words.

Romance in the Rain

情深深雨蒙蒙 qíng shēnshēn yǔ méngméng
Language Level: ★★★☆☆
Recommend: ★★★★☆
Find it on: YouTube

Set in 1930’s Shanghai, this kitsch romantic Chinese TV show is about the young daughter of a general’s estranged first wife. Almost everybody I have met has watched it, and in 2001 it was one of the most popular 电视剧 in China! However, don’t tell anybody you’re watching it until you’re finished, or they might accidentally let out a 剧透 (jùtòu: spoiler).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XncZ-2FGPNY

Let’s get married

咱们结婚吧zánmen jiéhūn ba
Language Level: ★★★★☆
Recommend: ★★★★☆

Two 阿姨 (āyí: aunty) strive to find their unmarried adult children a partner before it’s too late, but are their high standards unrealistic? I’m not a huge fan of modern romantic dramas, but this one made me lol.

Rookie Agent Rouge

胭脂yānzhi
Language Level: ★★★★☆
Recommend: ★★★★★
Find it on: YouTube

This drama is pretty good, despite the terribly translated English name. This wartime epic follows the journey of two best friends, one an amateur spy and the other a rich general’s daughter. Things get messed up really quickly. A big step up in quality from most other dramas, but way more challenging to understand because of the plot twists, cryptic messages and double-crosses.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sn_Xwwz5-BQ

Other series mentioned by our students are ‘爸爸去哪儿’, and on Netflix ‘Meteor Garden’, ‘Accidentally in Love’, ‘Love 020’, and ‘Well-intended love’. So that’s our recommendations for Chinese TV shows to help you learn Mandarin!

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Clashes of culture give rise to great stories, as well as conflict. The documentary American Factory (美国工厂) tells such a story, a dreary yet hopeful one — all around the metaphor of manufacturing glass.

As a Mandarin student, you’ve probably experienced lots of culture clashes in China, both interesting and confusing, sometimes upsetting. Now imagine a Chinese businessman buying an American factory in Ohio, with Chinese and Americans working alongside, making car glass. Are the Americans lazy and unproductive? Are the Chinese out of place?

The differences between American and Chinese working standards instantly become obvious — upsetting as well as comical. The Chinese are used to working 6 or 7 days a week, sleeping in dormitories, and seeing their children perhaps once a year. Meanwhile, the Americans are trying to work in a union and demand safer working conditions. How does the Chinese factory owner respond?

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The documentary features lots of spoken Mandarin, so it’s a great chance to practice your Chinese listening too. It was released in 2019 and was produced by Barack and Michelle Obama’s production company, Higher Ground Productions, and won an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

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What should I watch when learning Mandarin? ›

Mandarin TV Shows for Advanced Learners
  • 远方来客 (The Guest From Afar) This is a show that is made to teach Chinese so they use relevant phrases and sentences that you'll need to know. ...
  • 白夜追凶(Day and Night) If you love crime dramas then you'll like this one. ...
  • 金星秀 (The Jin Xin Show) ...
  • 还珠格格 (My Fair Princess)

What to watch on Netflix to learn Chinese? ›

Netflix Shows to Learn Chinese
  • Tientsin Mystic. Tientsin Mystic is a Chinese supernatural detective series set in the 1930s. ...
  • Ice Fantasy. Ice Fantasy is a Chinese fantasy series, set in the fictional world. ...
  • Day and Night. Day and Night is a Chinese crime series with a twist. ...
  • The Kings Avatar. ...
  • The Legend of the White Snake.
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Chinese Movies & TV
  • Incantation.
  • My Sunshine.
  • Love Between Fairy and Devil.
  • The King's Avatar.
  • Meteor Garden.
  • The Rational Life.
  • Who Rules the World.
  • The Victims' Game.

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Language level 4 – Full professional proficiency

The person uses language fluently and accurately on all topics.

Is Mandarin good for brain? ›

Because Mandarin Chinese involves learning language, sounds, drawing, and math all at once, it activates more regions of the brain and improves cognitive development overall, even in adults.

What level of difficulty is Mandarin? ›

Widely regarded as one of the world's toughest languages to learn, Mandarin is considered by many as impossible. Anyone who's learnt this notoriously difficult language is bound to be met with gasps of surprise and admiration when speaking of their accomplishment.

What should I watch on Netflix to increase knowledge? ›

15 Netflix Movies & Shows Worth Watching for Students
  • 15 Netflix Movies and Shows Worth Watching for Students are:
  • Kevin Hart's Guide to Black History. Netflix After School. ...
  • Inside Bill's Brain: Decoding Bill Gates. Netflix. ...
  • The White Helmets. Netflix. ...
  • Period. End of Sentence. ...
  • Abstract: The Art of Design. ...
  • Babies. ...
  • Our Planet.

How many years does it take to learn Chinese fluently? ›

It takes about 4-7 years (roughly 2200 to 4000 hours) to become fluent in every aspect of the language, if you spend at least an hour and a half to study every day. However, it's quite common for learners to become more fluent in some areas than others depending on how they allotted their study time.

What is China's biggest movie? ›

The Battle at Lake Changjin

What is Netflix called in China? ›

It has never had a local product in China. Instead, it partnered with iQiyi , a streaming service which is majority-owned by Chinese search giant Baidu . iQiyi is one of China's largest streaming platforms. In 2017, Netflix agreed to license some of its original content to iQiyi to access the Chinese market.

Is Netflix free in China? ›

Netflix is available for streaming in more than 190 countries. Our library of TV shows and movies varies based on the country, and it changes from time to time. Netflix isn't available in: China.

What is the No 1 drama in the world? ›

Top 50 Drama TV Series
  • The Crown (2016– ) TV-MA | 58 min | Biography, Drama, History. ...
  • 1899 (2022– ) TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, History, Horror. ...
  • Yellowstone (2018– ) TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Western. ...
  • The White Lotus (2021–2022) ...
  • Andor (2022– ) ...
  • The Walking Dead (2010–2022) ...
  • The Peripheral (2022– ) ...
  • Tulsa King (2022– )

What is No 1 K drama 2022? ›

Question: Which are the best K-dramas to watch in 2022? Answer: 'Business Proposal,' 'Forecasting Love And Weather,' ' Ghost Doctor,' 'Twenty Five, TwentyOne,' 'Juvenile Justice,' 'Grid,' and 'All Of Us Are Dead' are some of the best K-dramas that you must watch in 2022.

Which is the hottest Chinese drama? ›

Here are the platform's five most popular shows of the year:
  • Love Between Fairy and Devil (苍兰诀)
  • A Lifelong Journey (人世间)
  • Chasing the Undercurrent (罚罪)
  • Thousand Years for You (请君)
  • The Heart of Genius (天才基本法)
24 Oct 2022

Which drama has most kissing scene? ›

Most Romantic Kiss Drama's
  • The package.
  • coffee prince.
  • jugglers.

Who is the best K drama? ›

'Crash Landing on You'

This drama mixes romance with comedy and ultimately tells the tale of two star-crossed lovers. It's currently the highest rated tvN drama and the second-highest Korean drama in cable television history.

Can I learn Chinese in 3 months? ›

With the right work and attitude, you can make massive progress in your Chinese learning in three months. And if having a conversation in Mandarin Chinese is your primary goal, it can be achievable with just three months of study, even if you're starting from zero.

What is the best age to learn Mandarin? ›

What age is best for you (or your kids) to start learning Chinese? A general consensus is that in order to develop a native accent easily, children should start learning Chinese before the age of 12.

Which type of Mandarin is best? ›

Imperial – Australia's most popular commercially grown mandarin, it is also ideal for the backyard. It produces excellent quality fruit. The fruit is medium to large in size, easy to peel, juicy and has a great strong flavour with a few seeds.

Is Mandarin good before bed? ›

Citrus Fruit

Although their high content of vitamin C makes them an excellent addition to any diet, citrus fruits should be avoided near bedtime.

Is Mandarin good for liver? ›

Research has shown that eating the fruit could help prevent liver disease, hardened arteries and insulin resistance, and that drinking mandarin juice can cut the risk of chronic viral hepatitis liver cancer, according to a BBC report.

What is the 2nd hardest language to learn? ›

2. Arabic. Arabic is the queen of poetic languages, the 6th official language of the UN and second on our list of toughest languages to learn.

What is the 10 hardest language in the world? ›

Unbabel Translates the 10 Hardest Languages to Learn, So You Don't Have To
  1. Mandarin. Mandarin is spoken by 70% of the Chinese population, and is the most spoken language in the world. ...
  2. Arabic. ...
  3. 3. Japanese. ...
  4. Hungarian. ...
  5. Korean. ...
  6. Finnish. ...
  7. Basque. ...
  8. Navajo.
16 Sept 2022

How many hours does it take to become fluent in Mandarin? ›

According to the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) scale, it will take English speakers 88 weeks (2,200 hours of active learning) to reach native/bilingual Chinese proficiency.

What is the number 1 trending show on Netflix? ›

Most Popular on Netflix: A Look at Today's Top 10
  • The Crown. Years: 2016-2022. Creator: Peter Morgan. ...
  • Love Is Blind 3. Year: 2022. Creator: Chris Coelen. ...
  • Ancient Apocalypse. Year: 2022. ...
  • Manifest. Year: 2022. ...
  • Warrior Nun. Year: 2022. ...
  • Where the Crawdads Sing. Year: 2022. ...
  • Falling For Christmas. Year: 2022. ...
  • The Bad Guys. Year: 2022.
14 Nov 2022

What can I watch to increase my IQ? ›

8 Movies That Increase Your IQ - #5 Will Test How Smart You Are
  1. "Inside Out" (2015) Yes. ...
  2. "Limitless" (2011) ...
  3. "The Imitation Game" (2014) ...
  4. "Memento" (2000) ...
  5. "Good Will Hunting" (1997) ...
  6. "Primer" (2004) ...
  7. "A Beautiful Mind" (2001) ...
  8. "Pi" (1998)
14 Mar 2017

Which series is best for knowledge? ›

Here are a few popular TV shows that are great for when you want to learn something new.
  1. Criminal Minds. "You're going to need a warrant for that." ...
  2. House of Cards. Let's be honest, we might not have all known what the Electoral College did before this show. ...
  3. Bones. ...
  4. Lost. ...
  5. Shark Tank. ...
  6. Chopped. ...
  7. The Daily Show. ...
  8. Myth Busters.
8 Jul 2015

How many words do you need to be fluent in Chinese? ›

2500 words are about the minimum amount it takes to be “fluent” in Chinese. This is not as many Mandarin words as a native speaker knows, but it's enough to describe whatever it is you are trying to say.

Can I learn Chinese at 40? ›

Learning Mandarin Chinese to a native level is possible if you begin learning the language as an adult. Science tells us it's possible, and there are plenty of people who've done it. There are advantages to starting to learn a language as early as possible. As an adult, you will learn differently from a child.

Does it take 10 years to learn Chinese? ›

Most people who are interested in learning have two questions: "Is it hard to learn Chinese?" and "How long does it take to learn Chinese?" Based on government sources and anecdotes, Three to five years is a good estimate of how long it takes to learn Chinese fluently, but there are so many factors involved.

Can I learn Chinese in 2 years? ›

Of course, this could be divided up in very different ways depending on how you structure your learning. Studying five hours a day, five days a week? FSI says you will need 88 weeks, somewhere between 1.5–2 years. Another yardstick is the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK)—the standard proficiency test for Mandarin Chinese.

Which Chinese should I learn first? ›

We would recommend you to start learning Mandarin first since it's said to be easier to learn and then build up to Cantonese.

What is the top 5 biggest movies of all time? ›

Top 10 highest grossing films of all time
  • Avatar (2009), $2.8 billion.
  • Avengers: Endgame (2019), $2.7 billion.
  • Titanic (1997), $2.2 billion.
  • Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015), $2.06 billion.
  • Avengers: Infinity War (2018), $2.04 billion.
  • Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021), $1.9 billion.
19 Oct 2022

What is the 1st biggest movie? ›

Top Lifetime Grosses
RankTitleYear
1Avatar2009
2Avengers: Endgame2019
3Titanic1997
4Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens2015
117 more rows

Which country has no Netflix? ›

However there are still four places in the world that remain Netflix-free – and they are China, North Korea, Syria and Crimea.

Why China does not allow Netflix? ›

Netflix has NO Licensing Agreement in China

This is a product of different licensing deals. China, however, is a different beast. Along with a few other countries (such good company as North Korea and Syria), China is very picky about what it allows on the internet.

Which country uses Netflix the most? ›

The United States is not only the place where Netflix got its start as a DVD rental service in 1997, but the country also remains Netflix's largest market now that the company has evolved into the most popular SVOD platform worldwide.

Is Google available in China? ›

Google Search is partially blocked in China. Requests from the mainland to Google Search, including Google.com and Google.cn, are automatically redirected to Google.com.hk, the company's Hong Kong servers. Depending on what you search for on the Hong Kong version, the results may or may not be censored while in China.

What is the most viewed drama on Netflix? ›

Stranger Things 4

What is the most watched drama in Netflix? ›

Netflix's most watched TV series, ranked
  • Squid Game (season 1), a Korean survival thriller -- 1.65 billion hours.
  • Stranger Things (season 4), a retro sci-fi series -- 1.35 billion hours.
  • Dahmer, a true-crime serial killer series -- 856.2 million hours.
2 days ago

What is the highest rated Kdrama on Netflix? ›

Best K-drama TV shows on Netflix: The 10 most highly rated Korean dramas on Netflix - including Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha
  1. Extracurricular. An intelligent high school student turns to a life of crime to ensure he can pay for college and escape his dead-end life. ...
  2. My Name. ...
  3. The King's Affection. ...
  4. Hometown Cha-Cha-Cha.
6 days ago

What is the most popular K dramas on Netflix? ›

TV Dramas
  • The King's Affection.
  • Start-Up.
  • Thirty-Nine.
  • Crash Landing on You.
  • Misaeng: Incomplete Life.
  • Prison Playbook.
  • Navillera.
  • One Spring Night.

What are the top 3 Netflix movies? ›

Below, we've assembled the current list of the most popular movies on Netflix in the U.S., along with more information about each film.
...
  1. Where the Crawdads Sing (2022)
  2. The Wonder (2022) ...
  3. R.I.P.D. 2: Rise of the Damned (2022) ...
  4. Falling for Christmas (2022) ...
  5. The Bad Guys (2022) ...
7 days ago

What is the number 1 in Netflix? ›

The Lincoln Lawyer

What is the most watched series on Netflix 2022? ›

As of October 2022, the most popular English-language Netflix TV show of all time was the fourth season of American science-fiction series "Stranger Things," based on number of hours viewed in the show's first 28 days on the platform. It counted over 1.3 billion hours viewed.

What's the top 10 on Netflix? ›

Most Popular on Netflix: A Look at Today's Top 10
  • The Crown. Years: 2016-2022. Creator: Peter Morgan. ...
  • Love Is Blind 3. Year: 2022. Creator: Chris Coelen. ...
  • Ancient Apocalypse. Year: 2022. ...
  • Manifest. Year: 2022. ...
  • Warrior Nun. Year: 2022. ...
  • Where the Crawdads Sing. Year: 2022. ...
  • Falling For Christmas. Year: 2022. ...
  • The Bad Guys. Year: 2022.
14 Nov 2022

What is the number 1 series in the world? ›

1. Breaking Bad. Breaking Bad is the best-rated TV Series of all time.

What is the most successful Netflix original series? ›

The 20 best Netflix original series
  • 1 of 20. 'BoJack Horseman' Netflix. ...
  • 2 of 20. 'The Crown' Netflix. ...
  • 3 of 20. 'Daredevil' Netflix. ...
  • 4 of 20. 'Disenchantment' Netflix. ...
  • 5 of 20. 'GLOW' Netflix. ...
  • 6 of 20. 'Grace and Frankie' Netflix. ...
  • 7 of 20. 'The Haunting' Netflix. ...
  • 8 of 20. 'Lady Dynamite' Netflix.
17 Nov 2022

Which is the No 1 Korean Series? ›

TV Series, South Korea (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
  • Miraculous: Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir (2015– ) ...
  • Squid Game (2021– ) ...
  • Extraordinary Attorney Woo (2022) ...
  • Somebody (2022– ) ...
  • Revenge of Others (2022– ) ...
  • All of Us Are Dead (2022– ) ...
  • Little Women (2022– ) ...
  • The Boondocks (2005–2014)

Which Korean drama is trending now 2022? ›

Question: Which are the best K-dramas to watch in 2022? Answer: 'Business Proposal,' 'Forecasting Love And Weather,' ' Ghost Doctor,' 'Twenty Five, TwentyOne,' 'Juvenile Justice,' 'Grid,' and 'All Of Us Are Dead' are some of the best K-dramas that you must watch in 2022.

Which K drama is most watched? ›

The Top 50 Highest-Rating Korean Dramas of All Time
  • The World of the Married (2020) Rating: 28.371% ...
  • Sky Castle (2018) Rating: 23.779% ...
  • Crash Landing on You (2019) Rating: 21.683% ...
  • Reply 1988 (2015) Rating: 18.803% ...
  • Goblin (2016) Rating: 18.680% ...
  • Mr. Sunshine (2018) ...
  • Extraordinary Attorney Woo (2022) ...
  • Mr. Queen (2020)
3 Nov 2022

What was Netflix's first Kdrama? ›

Netflix came to Korea in 2016, but it was not until June 2018 that the company announced its first-ever original Korean content, “Mr. Sunshine,” a 24-episode historical drama.

Which K drama should I watch? ›

'Crash Landing on You'

This drama mixes romance with comedy and ultimately tells the tale of two star-crossed lovers. It's currently the highest rated tvN drama and the second-highest Korean drama in cable television history. (Also, stars Son Ye-jin and Hyun Bin have since gotten married and are expecting a baby!)

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