Andrew Yusu Cheng

Shanghai Panic; Welcome to Destination Shanghai

China

Voted in the directors’ poll

Voted for

2001: A Space Odyssey

1968

Stanley Kubrick

Apocalypse Now

1979

Francis Ford Coppola

Citizen Kane

1941

Orson Welles

Dragon Gate Inn

1966

King Hu

Fanny and Alexander

1984

Ingmar Bergman

Inception

2010

Christopher Nolan

Mulholland Dr

2001

David Lynch

Querelle

1982

Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Tokyo Story

1953

Ozu Yasujirô

Viva l'Amour

1994

Tsai Ming Liang

Comments

The list is by no means the order of preference but the track of my brainwaves. To me, Hu’s Dragon Gate Inn mirrors perfectly in reality as a Chinese ‘Jianghu’ where chivalry and sword-play under sunshine are entwined with duplicity and slaughter at night. The film goes beyond the genre of Wuxia and is a metaphor of certain characteristics of Chinese society throughout time. Surprisingly, the ultra-secret Tibetan Buddhist practice of Dream Yoga is somehow incarnated in Nolan’s Inception with a Hollywood touch. It is a film with codes of consciousness that unconsciously indicate the direction of filmmaking and creative thinking.

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