Welcome to Chinese Film Classics!

Chinese Film Classics is a project, a book, and a website dedicated to making early Chinese films and cinema history more accessible.

Focusing on films made between the 1890s and the 1940s, the website offers:

If you are visiting for the first time, start with this brief video introduction to Chinese Film Classics to learn more about what this project has to offer.

This website is a free resource for researchers, students, educators, and anyone interested in:

  • World cinema
  • Early silent and sound cinema
  • Chinese film history
  • Modern Chinese history and culture
  • Chinese contributions to the cinematic arts
  • Contributing to the film studies community

Modern Chinese Cultural Studies YouTube channel

Modern Chinese Cultural Studies YouTube channel

This website integrates with hundreds of films and video clips hosted on the Modern Chinese Cultural Studies YouTube channel. Browse the channel videos, announcements, and comments to discover more about Chinese cinematic and cultural history. For example, check out these playlists:

SUBSCRIBE to the YouTube channel and the CFC mailing list for updates and announcements.

More to come!

New films, film clips, and other material are being added to the website continually. For updates, subscribe to the Modern Chinese Cultural Studies YouTube channel, which hosts the Chinese Film Classics playlist. Please direct inquiries to the project leader, Dr. Christopher Rea, Professor of Asian Studies at the University of British Columbia.

Read more here about the people and organizations who have contributed to this project.

Learn how YOU can contribute!