This video compilation contains full-length Chinese fantasy movies with English subtitles that can be found on Youtube. I picked titles that I feel have better storylines and acting.
There are many low-budget commercial motion pictures produced by China in recent years. The typical genres include period fantasy, period detective or martial arts 武侠 (wuxia) movies. The quality of the storyline, acting, and special effects vary greatly but they are quite entertaining and do not tax the brain too much.
There are currently 8 in this list. I will add more when I find them.
Quick links to Chinese fantasy movies
麒麟幻镇 Magic Town
Magic Town was released on iQiyi Channel on 21 Jan 2021.
Magic Town has an interesting story. A family in the town was massacred, and it seemed that an evil spirit wanted the lives of the extended family members as well. The female constable appealed to her fiancé for help. He is a divination master. He was reluctant at first but agreed to help in the end.
I enjoyed it. It is also a romantic comedy with some interesting scenes. The ending was a delightful surprise. You have to watch till the end to know why the movie is called Magic Town.
狂刀 Soul of Blades
Soul of Blades is released in China in 2020.
The story is about how a poor beggar boy become a confident swordsman with the help of his adoptive father and a famous blade. I thought the soul of blades refers to the boy but I was wrong.
I had no expectations for this movie but was pleasantly surprised at the end.
张三丰 Tai Chi Master
Released on 22 Jan 2022.
This is an alternate origin story regarding Zhang San Feng 张三丰, the founder of Tai Chi. Zhang was a real historical figure that had been used in fictional works for years. Unlike many that merely use the name to garner eyeballs, this movie made an admirable attempt.
I thought the male lead is a tad old for the role, but he won me over with his acting. The female lead is competent. The fight scenes are good, too. What I didn’t like was the introduction of a giant centipede. The CGI work is terrible. I thought the story could do without it as it is the weakest link.
奇门遁甲 – Fantasy Magician
Fantasy Magician is great fun to watch. The storyline is predictable. A young man was swept into a plot to break a magical seal imprisoning an evil spirit for 800 years. He had to learn some important lessons before he could defeat it.
Although the storyline is predictable, the setup and acting compensated for it. The special effects are also above average.
茅山大师 Master Mao Shan
Another coming-of-age story. The storyline reminded me of Happy Feet.
河神：诡水怪谈 River God: Strange Tales
I thought River God refers to the young man with great swimming abilities, but I could be wrong. There is another character that fits the claim better. Kekeke.
There is a lot going on in this movie. Strange things and unexplained murders were rumoured to be the works of a powerful evil wizard. The young man sets out with his friends to uncover the truth.
Although the general theme of the movie is not new, the elements used in the movie are refreshing to me. It was dark but not menacing. The chemistry between the characters makes the movie highly watchable.
凤凰岛异种 Phoenix Island Alien
The main senior lead 钱小豪 is a well-known Hong Kong action movie actor in his youth. Good to see that he is well and still making movies.
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