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In the Mood for Hong Kong: beginners guide Hong Kong movies

In the Mood for Hong Kong: beginners guide Hong Kong movies

Here is our Terracotta Store's short guide to exploring the cinematic wonders of Hong Kong: movies about Hong Kong capturing the atmosphere of this unique city, the funniest Hong Kong movies and famous Hong Kong films that you need to watch.

Hong Kong cinema has a rich history and a vibrant presence in the global film industry. From action-packed martial arts films to heart-warming comedies, Hong Kong movies offer something for everyone.

In this article, we will delve into some of the most iconic movies about Hong Kong, the funniest Hong Kong movies, and the most famous Hong Kong movies that have left an indelible mark on audiences worldwide. 

Movies About Hong Kong

Movies about Hong Kong often capture the essence of this dynamic city, showcasing its unique blend of Eastern and Western cultures, its bustling urban life, and its picturesque landscapes. Here are some notable films that paint a vivid picture of Hong Kong:


1. In the Mood for Love (2000)

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Directed by Wong Kar Wai, this romantic drama is set in 1960's Hong Kong and tells the story of two neighbours who form a deep bond after suspecting their spouses of infidelity. The film is celebrated for its lush cinematography by Christopher Doyle and poignant storytelling.

Get IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE blu ray on the Terracotta store.


2. Chungking Express (1994)

Chungking Express Bridgitte Lin

Another masterpiece by Wong Kar Wai, CHUNGKING EXPRESS is a tale of love and longing set against the backdrop of Hong Kong's fast-paced city life. The film intertwines two stories of romance and heartbreak, capturing the city's vibrant energy and features the now iconic tower block that houses the city's migrants, Chungking Mansions.

3. Infernal Affairs (2002)


Infernal Affairs Tony Leung and Andy Lau rooftop

This crime thriller, directed by Andrew Lau and Alan Mak, delves into the gritty underworld of Hong Kong. Taking the "undercover cop" genre a step further, INFERNAL AFFAIRS follows an undercover cop and a mole in the police force as they try to uncover each other's identities.

Two more sequels were made and the original film inspired the Hollywood remake "The Departed".

4. The Grandmaster (2013)

The Grandmaster Wong Kar Wai zhang zhiyi

Directed by Wong Kar Wai, this biographical martial arts film chronicles the life of Ip Man, the legendary martial artist who trained Bruce Lee. The movie beautifully showcases Hong Kong's martial arts heritage and historical backdrop.

Funniest Hong Kong Movies

Hong Kong cinema is renowned for its comedy genre, blending slapstick humour with clever wit. Here are some of the funniest films from Hong Kong that will leave you in stitches.

1. Kung Fu Hustle (2004)

Kung Fu Hustle Stephen Chow

Directed by and starring Stephen Chow, KUNG FU HUSTLE is a hilarious martial arts comedy set in 1940s Shanghai. The film's over-the-top Looney-Tunes-like action sequences and comedic timing make it a must-watch for anyone looking for a good laugh.


2. Shaolin Soccer (2001)

Shaolin Soccer Stephen Chow

Another gem by Stephen Chow, SHAOLIN SOCCER combines martial arts and soccer in a hilarious way is an unexpected take on the underdog sports team tale. The story follows a group of former Shaolin monks who use their kung fu skills to win a soccer tournament.

3. God of Cookery (1996)

God of Cookery stephen chow

Stephen Chow stars in this culinary comedy as a disgraced chef who embarks on a journey of redemption. The film's mix of food, humour, and cooking-based fight action makes it a delightful watch.

4. From Beijing with Love (1994)

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A spoof of the James Bond series, this comedy directed by Stephen Chow and Lee Lik-Chi follows a bumbling secret agent on a mission to retrieve a stolen dinosaur skull. The film's clever parody and slapstick humour are sure to entertain.

Famous Hong Kong Movies

Hong Kong has produced numerous films that have gained international acclaim and cemented their place in cinematic history. Here are some of the most famous Hong Kong movies that every film enthusiast should know and watch:

1. Enter the Dragon (1973)

Bruce Lee Enter the Dragon

Starring the legendary Bruce Lee, ENTER THE DRAGON is one of the most influential martial arts films of all time. The movie's ground-breaking fight scenes and Lee's charismatic performance have left a lasting legacy with this tournament of fighting styles.

2. A Better Tomorrow (1986)

A Better Tomorrow

Directed by John Woo and starring Chow Yun-Fat, this action film is credited with popularizing the "heroic bloodshed" genre. Its stylish action sequences and themes of brotherhood have made it a classic.

3. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon 4K UHD

Directed by Ang Lee, this wuxia film, though not exclusively Hong Kong-produced, features many Hong Kong talents and captures the essence of the region's martial arts cinema.

The film won four Academy Awards, including Best Foreign Language Film.

4. Hard Boiled (1992)

Hard Boiled chow yun fat tony leung

Another John Woo masterpiece, HARD BOILED stars Chow Yun-Fat as a tough cop on a mission to take down a ruthless gang. The film is renowned for its intense action scenes and intricate choreography.

5. Police Story (1985)


Police Story 4k UHD trilogy

Starring and directed by Jackie Chan, POLICE STORY is a quintessential Hong Kong action-comedy. The film's spectacular stunts and Chan's unique blend of martial arts and humour have made it a beloved classic.

You can get POLICE STORY 1 and 2 blu-ray on the Terracotta store as well as the Police Story Trilogy on 4k UHD.

Why You Should Explore Hong Kong Cinema

Hong Kong cinema offers a rich tapestry of genres, stories, and characters that reflect the city's diverse culture and history. Whether you're in the mood for a gripping thriller, a laugh-out-loud comedy, or a timeless romance, Hong Kong movies have something to offer.

Moreover, these films provide a window into the city's soul, capturing its vibrancy, resilience, and unique charm.

For movie buffs and casual viewers alike, exploring Hong Kong cinema is a rewarding experience. Not only do these films entertain, but they also offer insights into the cultural and social fabric of Hong Kong.

From the stylish action of John Woo to the romantic elegance of Wong Kar Wai, Hong Kong's filmmakers have made indelible contributions to the world of cinema.

Where to Find Hong Kong Films

If you're looking to dive into the world of Hong Kong cinema, there are several online platforms where you can find these films. Streaming services like:

  • Netflix
  • Amazon Prime

Additionally, specialized platforms also offer a curated collection of Hong Kong films:

For collectors and enthusiasts, purchasing Blu-rays of Hong Kong movies is a great way to enjoy these films in high quality.

Many e-commerce sites, including our own Terracotta Store, offer a wide range of Hong Kong cinema Blu-rays, from classic hits to modern masterpieces.

Many of these won't be available on streaming services, and the permanence of owning your own library of films, also means there's no problem of films leaving platforms after a certain amount of time.



Hong Kong cinema is a treasure trove of cinematic gems that deserve to be explored and celebrated. Whether you're seeking the thrill of action-packed martial arts, the joy of side-splitting comedies, or the depth of poignant dramas, Hong Kong movies deliver on all fronts.

Browse our blu ray store and streaming site and look through the Hong Kong films on offer and you'll discover a world of storytelling that is both unique and universally appealing.

So grab some popcorn (or some suitable Asian snacks!), settle in, and let the magic of Hong Kong cinema transport you to a world of adventure, laughter, and unforgettable moments.

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