A few days ago El Pollo Real said:
Maybe I'm wrong but I don't see an emerging entertainment culture which is China-based.Dude, I think you're right.
The one movie from the list I might call a Mainland Chinese production, is Hero. The director of the movie was forced to perform hard labor for over a decade. Most Chinese intellectuals of his generation had a similar experience, or died in concentration camps. For several years all universities were effectively shut down, and China started with a mainly rural population, so it's not surprising that they are short talented people. It's why I don't expect the Chinese to take over the world anytime soon.
Anyway, here's my list (you're welcome to offer suggestions in the comments):
In the Mood for Love
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon:
Eat Drink Man Woman:
(Worth it just to look at the food.)
Master of the Flying Guillotine:
Almost any non-Hollywood Jackie Chan movie.