Sek Kei

Film critic

Hong Kong

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

2001: A Space Odyssey

1968

Stanley Kubrick

Apocalypse Now

1979

Francis Ford Coppola

Citizen Kane

1941

Orson Welles

Landscape in the Mist

1988

Theodoros Angelopoulos

Matrix, The

1999

Andy Wachowski/Lana Wachowski

Mirror

1974

Andrei Tarkovsky

Pather Panchali

1955

Satyajit Ray

Psycho

1960

Alfred Hitchcock

Seven Samurai

1954

Akira Kurosawa

Yellow Earth

1984

Chen Kaige

Comments

Over the years, I’ve come across so many great works from all corners of the world that it feels almost impossible to pick out just ten as the greatest of all. To do this, I’ve had to exclude all silent films and many of renowned gems, though I found it too difficult not to include works of Tarkovsky and Angelopoulos, and works from China and India, the two most populous old countries of the world. To me, Yellow Earth is shocking, and The Song of the Road most touching. I pick out Apocalypse Now and The Matrix, not only because they are outstanding samples of their genres, but also because they depict the increasing collision and assimilation going on between east and west.

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