Sam Ho

Film critic and former programer of the Hong Kong International Film Festival

Japan

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

City of Sadness, A

1989

Hsiao-hsien Hou

Days of Being Wild

1990

Wong Kar Wai

Godfather: Part I, The

1972

Francis Ford Coppola

Late Spring

1949

Ozu Yasujirô

Nostalghia

1983

Andrei Tarkovsky

Parents' Heart

Chun Kim

Règle du jeu, La

1939

Jean Renoir

Searchers, The

1956

John Ford

Spring in a Small Town

1948

Fei Mu

Vertigo

1958

Alfred Hitchcock

Comments

La Règle du jeu is a coming together of the mind, the heart and the senses; Spring in a Small Town is the high point of art and artistry in Chinese cinema, reached when the burdens of war, nation and ideology had been lifted, ever so slightly; Late Spring – Yasujiro Ozu, Hara Setsuko, Ryu Chishu… enough said; Parents’ Heart is the epitome of the 1950s Golden Period of Hong Kong cinema; The Searchers distills humanity, landscape and time into sublime poetry; Vertigo and The Godfather prove that genre pictures can be great art; Nostalghia makes one wish that metaphysical was always so sensuous; City of Sadness is a true epic and a whole lot more; and Days of Being Wild is cinema’s ultimate unfinished masterpiece.

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