Ten Most Popular Chinese-Language Films of 2018

Updated: Dec 29, 2018 Print

As 2018 passes by and 2019 is just around the corner, let's review ten Chinese-language films marked with the highest scores by users of - one of China's most influential websites providing user-generated content on books, films, and music, including scores, reviews, and blogs.  

Dying to Survive 

Score: 9.0

Starring Xu Zheng, Wang Chuanjun, Zhou Yiwei, Tan Zhuo, Zhang Yu

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Cheng Yong runs a store selling health and nutrition-related products. He is ordinary, divorced, and dejected. An unexpected customer, Lyu Shouyi, introduces him to a new career as a freelance drug procurement agent going between China and India, which is lucrative but risky. It turns out that Cheng Yong is not bad at it. He thrives by becoming an exclusive agent supplying an Indian generic drug for treating Chronic Myelogenous Leukaemia (CML) to China. While growing rich, he becomes acquainted with CML patients and their families. He befriends some of them, including Sihui, mum of a CML daughter, who is forced to earn a living as a night-club dancer. He also meets the priest-like Liu who speaks fluent English and the temperamental yellow-haired Huangmao. They developed the business together and make a fortune. However, a perfect storm is brewing. Cheng's ex-brother-in-law Cao Bin, a police officer, is assigned to investigate generic drug dealing; and a dealer of a bogus drug named Zhang Changlin and the sales representative of a Swiss pharmacy company are jealous and plot against Cheng Yong. Their retailing business is gradually turned into a battle of redemption. 

The film is based on a true story about Lu Yong, a CML patient who imports generic drugs treating blood cancer. 

The film won Best Actor at the 55th Taipei Golden Horse Awards.

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