Law Kar

Project researcher, Hong Kong Film Archive

Hong Kong

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

1963

Federico Fellini

2001: A Space Odyssey

1968

Stanley Kubrick

Ah Ying

Allen Fong

Hiroshima Mon Amour

1959

Alain Resnais

Lawrence of Arabia

1962

David Lean

Pierrot le Fou

1965

Jean-Luc Godard

Red Desert

1964

Michelangelo Antonioni

Road, The

2006

Sun Yu

Seven Samurai

1954

Akira Kurosawa

Spring in a Small Town

1948

Fei Mu

Comments

My passion for cinema began in the 1960s, the heyday of New European Cinema. I was deeply impressed when I first saw 8 1/2, Hiroshima Mon Amour, Pierrot le Fou and Red Desert, and after repeated viewings I love them even more. Lawrence of Arabia and 2001: A Space Odyssey show two cinematic giants in peak form, both in the visuals and vision. I saw the full version of Seven Samurai in the late 1970s and since then it has become my favorite Japanese film ever. After the opening-up of China in the early 1980s, we rediscovered Chinese classics of the 1930s and 1940s, of which Spring in a Small Town and The Road are the most memorable. Ah Ying inherits this tradition, exemplifying poetic and realistic qualities that are rarely seen in Hong Kong cinema.

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