Best Chinese Kodi Addons – How to Watch Chinese Movies and TV Shows on Kodi

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Binged through all your favorite shows and still starved for entertainment?  If so, here’s a suggestion: check out some Chinese movies and TV shows on Kodi.

Chinese dramas are particularly hot right now.  CCTV’s dramatic series Scarlet Heart has earned a huge international following thanks in large part to charismatic performances from starlet Liu Shi Shi.  Also, 2015’s Love Me If You Dare— a police procedural Chinese drama centered around the relationship between a genius detective (Wallace Huo) and his assistant Jian Yao (Sandra Ma)– is racking up millions of views.

Despite the growing popularity of Chinese dramas in the east, most networks outside of Asia just don’t broadcast them.  However, Kodi fans have several different options for tuning in.  Links to Chinese movies and TV shows can be found on addons like Halow Live TV, Kissasian, Azdrama.net for Kodi, CCTV Replay and DramaGo.  

I recently tested out a handful of Chinese Kodi addons to see which one had the best selection of movies and TV shows to offer.  Though each addon I looked at had notable strengths and weaknesses, in the end I felt that DramaGo was the overall best of the bunch.


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None of Halow Live TV’s Chinese feeds work

Out of all the TV addons that I’ve tried out so far, Halow Live TV had the biggest selection of international TV feeds.  That’s why when I decided to see if I could find some live TV feeds from China, Halow was my first choice.

However, it didn’t take me long to realize that that the Chinese section of this addon is deeply in need of an update.

My first clue that Halow’s Chinese TV page might not be so great was the fact that whoever put it together misspelled “China.”

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None of the TV channel streams that I tried on the “Chinia” page worked.  The broken links didn’t surprise me, because the Chinese section hasn’t been updated since November of 2015.

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How to install the Halow Live TV addon

  • First, download the Halow Live TV repository file to your desktop and then install it by navigating to system → settings → addons → install from zip file.
  • Wait for the installation complete message, then go to system → settings → addons → install from repository → halow repository → video addons → hallow live TV → install.

KissAsian: still works if you use a patch

KissAsian used to be one of the best addons for anime, Asian TV shows and movies.  However, the developer stopped updating the project months ago.  As a result, the addon has fallen into disrepair.

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You can still browse KissAsian’s content, but you can’t play any of it without the unofficial patch.

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The fact that KissAsian is no longer being updated is a major disappointment.  However, I still like this addon’s huge selection and search functionality.

If you still want to try it out KissAsian, you can find it in the video addons section of SuperRepo.

How to install KissAsian for Kodi

  • To install SuperRepo first download the SuperRepo zip file to your desktop.
  • Then, install SuperRepo on Kodi by navigating to  system → settings → addons → install from zip file.
  • Wait for the installation complete message, then go to system → settings → addons → install from repository → superrepo repositories [jarvis][v7] → superrepo category video [jarvis][v7] → install
  • Next, go to system → settings → addons → install from repository → superrepo category video [jarvis][v7] → video addons → kissasian → install

Azdrama: easy to use, but no search functionality

I like the way this addon’s main menu neatly divides its content into 10 sections: recent updates, HK Dramas, HK Movies, Korean Dramas, Mainland Chinese Dramas, Taiwanese Dramas, Korean Variety Shows, Japanese Dramas and Movies.

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A massive amount of content from many different Asian countries is available through this addon.  But what I don’t like about Azdrama is that it’s missing one very essential feature: search.  Without search, there’s no way to find what you want to watch without scrolling through pages and pages of shows.  On the plus side, the majority of this addon’s links all seem to be live.

If you just want to watch some popular Asian dramas, Azdrama is worth a look.  But if you’re looking for a particular show, you might be annoyed by the lack of search functionality.

Azdrama is easy to install because it comes in a self-contained zip file.

How to install Azdrama for Kodi

  • Download the zip file to your desktop.
  • Then, install from within Kodi by navigating to system → settings → addons → install from zip file.

CCTV Replay: lots of live feeds, but no English subs

If you speak Chinese, CCTV Replay is the perfect Chinese TV addon for you.  With this addon, you can access to 15 different Chinese cable TV channels.

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Of course, if you don’t speak fluent Chinese you’ll probably be more than a bit lost.  There’s no way to download subtitles to read as you watch.

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Like Azdrama, CCTV Replay also comes in a self-contained zip.

How to install CCTV Replay

  • First, download the zip file to your desktop.
  • Then install CCTV Replay from within Kodi by navigating to system → settings → addons → install from zip file.

The best Kodi addon for watching Chinese dramas: DramaGo

DramaGo is the only Chinese Kodi addon I’ve seen that (almost) has it all: a dedicated developer, a huge selection, search capability and working links as well as a well-organized menu system.  The only thing missing is links to live feeds.  But if you just want to watch prerecorded Chinese movies and shows, this addon has everything you need.

The video quality of most of the shows and movies is listed as SD, but the majority of the content looks very crisp.  Also, almost all of the videos are subtitled in English.

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I really liked DramaGo’s main menu.  It has 12 logically organized subsections:

  • Search Movies
  • Search TV Shows
  • Recently Added Movies
  • Recently Added TV Shows
  • Favorites
  • Movies A-Z
  • TV Shows A-Z
  • Movie Genres
  • TV Show Genres
  • Top Movies
  • Top TV Shows
  • Korean Drama HD

Here’s what it looks like:

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As you can see, the main menu is nothing fancy– but it is logical and all the options work, including search.  I especially liked that movies and TV shows both got their own search bar.

The two “genres” sections are huge and contain lots of categories– probably over 100 different ones, in all.  Here are just a few of the most unusual options on the list:

  • Death game
  • Royal family
  • Corporate
  • My home’s honey jar
  • Time travel
  • Adoption
  • Elderly
  • Maritime

Why I think DramaGo is the best Chinese movie/TV addon out there today

With the exception of Halow Live TV, the other Chinese TV/Movie addons I reviewed before I found DramaGo brought at least one good feature to the table.  Azdrama.net for Kodi was pretty good overall, but it lacked search.  KissAsian was also strong but does not work without an unofficial patch.  CCTV Replay had lots of good live feeds, but no links to specific shows.  DramaGo, however, has no weak points aside from one minor flaw– its lack of live TV feeds.

Like KissAsian, DramaGo can also be found in the video addons section of SuperRepo.

How to download DramaGo for Kodi

  • To install SuperRepo first download the SuperRepo zip file to your desktop.
  • Then, install SuperRepo on Kodi by navigating to  system → settings → addons → install from zip file.
  • Wait for the installation complete message, then go to system → settings → addons → install from repository → superrepo repositories [jarvis][v7] → superrepo category video [jarvis][v7] → install
  • Next, go to system → settings → addons → install from repository → superrepo category video [jarvis][v7] → video addons → dramago → install

Which Chinese movie/TV addons do you use?

Are you using a Chinese movie/TV plugin that’s not on this list?  If so, drop us a line below and let us know the name of the plugin you use and the reason why you like it.