Article: Top 10 Chinese Movies Made For Public Awareness

China is the second largest movie market in the world, so if a studio wants to be a global hit, they need to book a date in China. However, there are strict guidelines about what the Chinese box office will and will not allow. If a film doesn't get approval- it gets officially banned throughout China.

Here are the top 10 Chinese Films that are for Public Awareness. Some even got banned in the country.

1. Under The Dome

Release Date: 28 February 2015

Director: Ming Fan

Genre: Documentary


Under The Dome is a self-financed documentary by former state television presenter Chai Jing about China's shockingly high levels of air pollution. One of China's most prominent environmentalists, Ma Jun, describes it as one of the crucial pieces of Public Awareness by Chinese media. However, China's Communist Party ordered the film removed.


2. Children From The Distant Planet

Release Date: 24 March 2011

Director: Yuan Chi Lu, Ko-Shang Shen

Genre: Documentary


As autism is becoming more and more known among the general population, filmmakers started to put autistic characters into their scripts. 


3. Ocean Heaven

Release Date: 24 June 2010

Director: Xue Xiaolu

Genre: Drama


The movie stars Jet Li in his full drama role. He wants this film to get a message across to the audience and promote the works of autism and his Charity- The One Foundation. The film is also a poignant tribute to parental love and their desire to look after their child with autism.


4. When Love Comes

Release Date: 29 October 2010

Director: Tso-chi Chang

Genre: Drama, Romance


The best works of Chang Tso-chi give a good reason why women are the boss in this film. The cadenza family shapes the rhythm of life. In the suburbs of Taipei's restaurant, a death reveals secrets.


5. Wolf Totem

Release Date: 19 February 2015

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud



Student Chen Zhen was sent to the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia in 1969 to teach shepherds. Instead, he learns and shares the bond with the shepherds and the wolves, a bond threatened by the government.


6. Behemoth 

Release Date: 11 September 2015

Director: Zhao Liang

Genre: Documentary


This film highlights the environmental, public, and sociological health effects of coal mining in Inner Mongolia and China. The film was banned in China, saying the regional government disliked this type of film.


7. Lost In Beijing

Release Date: 16 February 2007

Director: Li Yu

Genre: Drama


Like many films that touch on Chinese society, this tale of blackmail, rape, and prostitution in modern Beijing is going through censorship problems. This film got banned after nearly half a year delay in January 2008.


8. Inside The Red Brick Wall

Release Date: 10 January 2020


Genre: Documentary


A group of students takes a stand for democracy and freedom when an energetic battle against the establishment turns the University building into prison by surrounding it with red brick walls.


9. Mao Zedong (Cartoon)

Release Date:

Director: Lei Junlin

Genre: Animation


This animated movie about Mao Zedong was an attempt by China's Communist Party to reach out to the young generation who knew little about their revolutionary heroes.


10. Love For Life (2011)

Release Date: 10 May 2011

Director: Gu Changwei

Genre: Zhang Ziyi, Pu Cunxin, Aaron Kwok, Jiang Wenli


This film is an adaptation of the novel Dream of Ding Village by Yan Lianke.

HIV/AIDS-related topics are rarely touched on and thought taboo in China. The film is said to be the first-time blood-selling scandal of the 1990s was featured in Chinese culture.X