List of Chinese submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

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The People's Republic of China has submitted films for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film since 1979. The award is handed out annually by the United States Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States that contains primarily non-English dialogue.[1] China has submitted more than twenty films for Oscar consideration, two of which were nominated for an Oscar. Both of these films were directed by acclaimed Chinese director Zhang Yimou, whose films have been submitted by China six times. Zhang was also nominated for an Oscar for a third film, as a representative of British Hong Kong. The only other Mainland Chinese director to be selected multiple times is Chen Kaige, whose films represented Mainland China twice, and Hong Kong once, resulting in one Oscar nomination (for Hong Kong).

China, Hong Kong and Taiwan are recognized as separate entities by AMPAS and each one routinely sends a film to the competition. Although China, Hong Kong and Taiwan used to have very separate film industries, a more Pan-Chinese film industry began to develop in the early 2000s, with directors, actors and crew members routinely working on projects outside their home territory. In recent years, Hong Kong in particular has begun to submit Mandarin-language Mainland co-productions like The Banquet and Painted Skin to represent Hong Kong.


Every year, each country is invited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to submit its best film for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. The Foreign Language Film Award Committee oversees the process and reviews all the submitted films. Following this, they vote via secret ballot to determine the five nominees for the award.[1] Below is a list of the films that have been submitted by the People's Republic of China for review by the Academy for the award.

Film title used in nomination Chinese title Director Result
Effendi 阿凡提 Lang Xiao Not Nominated
My Memories of Old Beijing [2] 城南旧事 Wu Yigong Not Nominated
Life 人生 Wu Tianming Not Nominated
Dr. Sun Yat-sen 孙中山 Ding Yinnan Not Nominated
Hibiscus Town 芙蓉镇 Xie Jin Not Nominated
Red Sorghum 红高粱 Zhang Yimou Not Nominated
The Birth of New China 开国大典 Li Qiankuan Not Nominated
Ju Dou 菊豆 Zhang Yimou, Yang Fengliang Nominated
The Spring Festival 过年 Huang Jianzhong Not Nominated
The Story of Qiu Ju 秋菊打官司 Zhang Yimou Not Nominated
Country Teachers 凤凰琴 He Qun Not Nominated
Red Cherry 红樱桃 Ye Daying Not Nominated
Genghis Khan 一代天骄成吉思汗 Sai Fu & Lisi Mai Not Nominated
Lover's Grief over the Yellow River 黄河绝恋 Feng Xiaoning Not Nominated
Breaking the Silence 漂亮妈妈 Sun Zhou Not Nominated
Hero 英雄 Zhang Yimou Nominated
Warriors of Heaven and Earth 天地英雄 He Ping Not Nominated
House of Flying Daggers 十面埋伏 Zhang Yimou Not Nominated
The Promise 无极 Chen Kaige Not Nominated
Curse of the Golden Flower 满城尽带黄金甲 Zhang Yimou Not Nominated
The Knot 云水谣 Yin Li Not Nominated
Dream Weavers: Beijing 2008 筑梦2008 Yu Gun Not Nominated
Forever Enthralled 梅兰芳 Chen Kaige Not Nominated
Aftershock[3] 唐山大地震 Feng Xiaogang Not Nominated[4]
The Flowers of War[5][6] 金陵十三釵 Zhang Yimou Not Nominated
Caught in the Web[7] 搜索 Chen Kaige Not Nominated
Back to 1942[8] 一九四二 Feng Xiaogang Not Nominated
The Nightingale[9] 夜莺 Philippe Muyl Not Nominated
Go Away Mr. Tumor[10] 滚蛋吧!肿瘤君 Han Yan Not Nominated
Xuanzang[11] 大唐玄奘 Huo Jianqi Not Nominated
Wolf Warrior 2[12] 战狼2 Wu Jing Not Nominated

See also


  1. ^ a b "Rule Thirteen: Special Rules for the Foreign Language Film Award". Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 22 August 2013. Retrieved 2013-08-26. 
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  3. ^ Coonan, Clifford (2010-09-27). "China sends 'Aftershock' to Oscars". Variety. Retrieved 2010-09-29. 
  4. ^ "9 Foreign Language Films Continue to Oscar Race". Retrieved 2011-01-19. 
  5. ^ The Hollywood Reporter Academy Releases Foreign-Language Oscar List 13 October 2011. Retrieved 2011-10-14
  6. ^ "63 Countries Vie for 2011 Foreign Language Film Oscar". Archived from the original on 21 May 2012. Retrieved 2011-10-14. 
  7. ^ "Caught in the Web Competes for Academy Awards". Chinese Films. 29 September 2012. Archived from the original on 9 October 2012. Retrieved 29 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "China Sends 'Back to 1942′ on Oscar Trail". Variety. Retrieved 2013-09-08. 
  9. ^ "Oscars: China Selects 'The Nightingale' for Foreign-Language Category (Exclusive)". Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  10. ^ "81 Countries In Competition For 2015 Foreign Language Film Oscar". AMPAS. 9 October 2015. Retrieved 9 October 2015. 
  11. ^ Rahman, Abid (5 October 2016). "Oscars: China Selects 'Xuan Zang' for Foreign-Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 5 October 2016. 
  12. ^ Kilday, Gregg (5 October 2017). "Oscars: 92 Films Submitted in Foreign-Language Category". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 5 October 2017. 

External links

  • The Official Academy Awards Database
  • The Motion Picture Credits Database
  • IMDb Academy Awards Page
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