Li Cheuk-To

Curator, Hong Kong Film and Media, M+
Hong Kong

Voted for

Spring in a Small Town1948Fei Mu
West of the Tracks2002Wang Bing
Oxhide II2009Liu Jiayin
Let the Bullets Fly2010Jiang Wen
Kaili Blues2015Bi Gan
An Elephant Sitting Still2018Hu Bo
Drug War2012Johnnie To
Yi dai zong shi2013Wong Kar Wai
Stray Dogs2013Tsai Ming-liang
The Great Buddha+2017Huang Hsin-Yao


There is no way to avoid repetition of familiar titles if we take the Greatest Films of All Time poll too seriously. I would rather see it as a chance to name a few excellent works that deserve more international attention this time. To make it more manageable, I narrowed down the scope to Chinese-language films in the new millennium. The list includes both underrated or lesser-known works by acclaimed auteurs like Wong Kar Wai, Johnnie To, Tsai Ming-Liang, Jiang Wen and Wang Bing, as well as striking debuts (with one exception) of young independent filmmakers. The only exception to this rule is Spring in a Small Town, which for me is the best Chinese film ever.


Please note that Chinese names of the directors are put surname first, the only exception being Johnnie To.