Markus Nornes

Professor of Asian Cinema

Voted for

Un chien andalou1928Luis Buñuel
A City of Sadness1989Hou Hsiao-Hsien
Persona1966Ingmar Bergman
Man with a Movie Camera1929Dziga Vertov
Pather Panchali1955Satyajit Ray
The Godfather1972Francis Ford Coppola
Tokyo Story1953Yasujirō Ozu
In the Mood for Love2000Wong Kar Wai
The Tree of Life2010Terrence Malick
KURUTTA IPPEIJI1926Teinosuke Kinugasa


Page of Madness vaulted to my top ten list after experiencing the film with the courageous (!) narration of benshi Kataoka Ichiro.

I'm always torn which Ozu film is the best as nearly any of them will do. That said, and having seen them all, Tokyo Story doesn’t really top my list; however, I vote for it to leverage Ozu past Hitchcock and Welles.

Malick also poses a conundrum. Days of Heaven changed my life, but then Tree of Life is my life.