Law Kar

Project researcher, Hong Kong Film Archive

Hong Kong

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for


Federico Fellini

2001: A Space Odyssey


Stanley Kubrick

Ah Ying

Allen Fong

Hiroshima Mon Amour


Alain Resnais

Lawrence of Arabia


David Lean

Pierrot le Fou


Jean-Luc Godard

Red Desert


Michelangelo Antonioni

Road, The


Sun Yu

Seven Samurai


Akira Kurosawa

Spring in a Small Town


Fei Mu


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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