Not really for learning the language, but I repeat-watch Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers, Curse of the Golden Flowers, Shadow, Cliff Walkers etc.) whenever I have time to burn. Even Great Wall has somewhat grown on me.Any good Chinese language series or movies to watch? I am trying to learn the language.
But yeah, probably not a good way to learn Chinese from historical films since they speak in old speech.
Personally I find it hard to get into contemporary Chinese films and TV series. There's just too many of them and the quality has been all over the place esp. since this past decade as steaming in China really took off. Most of them are just too pop culture-y for my taste, bar a very few exceptions like the Stephen Chow flicks, Wandering Earth, Youth... or anything from Feng Xiaogang really.
Chen Kaige is another favourite director of mine who ofc directed the Lake Changjin films, but I enjoyed his other films more, like A Monk Comes Down A Mountain, and Kukai.