Wednesday, October 24, 2012

World Cinema Guide: Asia- Selected Countries (57 Greatest Films 1929-2005)

The title above says ‘Selected Countries’ because these are the minor film-producing nations of this continent- the ones where I could find less than 20 acclaimed films in total. Other more major film-producing nations from Asia have their own country entry: check the labels at the right of this paragraph and the many posts entitled ‘World Cinema….’

When I say ‘greatest’ in the title above I mean ‘most critically acclaimed, based on a consensus of opinion’ and for details of how I established that - and why this list only goes up to 2005 - please see ‘World Cinema Guide: Introduction’.

Note that within this list there is in effect a ‘best of the best’ list: the most critically acclaimed 10-20% of films from this country are marked with a *.

Afghanistan
2003 Osama* (Siddiq Barmak)
Armenia
2003 Vodka Lemon (Hiner Saleem)
Bangladesh
2002 The Clay Bird (Tareque Masud)
Cambodia
2003 S21: The Khmer Rouge Killing Machine (Rithy Panh)
Georgia
1997 A Chef in Love (Nana Dzhordzhadze)
Indonesia
1985 Mementos (Teguh Karya)
1995 And the Moon Dances (Garin Nugroho)
1998 Leaf on a Pillow* (Garin Nugroho)
1999 Unconcealed Poetry (Garin Nugroho)
Iraq
2002 Jiyan (Jano Rosebiani)
Israel
1955 Hill 24 Doesn't Answer (Thorold Dickinson)
1964 Sallah (Ephraim Kishon)
1970 The Policeman (Ephraim Kishon)
1987 Wedding in Galilee (Michel Khleifi)
1999 Kadosh (Amos Gitai)
2000 Kippur (Amos Gitai)
2003 Checkpoint (Yoav Shamir)
2004 Ushpizin (Giddi Dar)
2005 Paradise Now* (Hany Abu-Assad)
Lebanon
2004 In the Battlefields (Danielle Arbid)
Macau
2002 Love Is Not a Sin (Doug Chan)
Malaysia 
2003 The Big Durian* (Amir Muhammad)
Mongolia
2003 The Story of the Weeping Camel* (Byambasuren Davaa, Luigi Falorni)
Nepal
1999 Caravan (Eric Valli)
Pakistan
2003 Silent Waters (Sabiha Sumar)
Palestine
2002 Divine Intervention (Elia Suleiman)
2002 Rana's Wedding (Hany Abu-Assad)
Singapore
1995 Mee Pok Man (Eric Khoo)
1997 12 Storeys* (Eric Khoo)
2003 15 (Royston Tan)
Sri Lanka
1956 The Line of Destiny* (Lester James Peries)
1965 Gamperaliya (Lester James Peries)
1987 Viragaya (Tissa Abeysekera)
1997 Death on a Full Moon Day (Prasanna Vithanage)
1997 Walls Within (Prasanna Vithanage)
2003 August Sun (Prasanna Vithanage)
2005 The Forsaken Land (Vimukthi Jayasandara)
Tajikistan
1998 The Flight of the Bee (Biong Hun Min, Jamshed Usmonov)
1999 Luna Papa (Bakhtyar Khudojnazarov)
Turkey
1964 Dry Summer* (Metin Erksan, David E. Durston)
1970 Umut* (Yilmaz Guney)
1977 The Girl with the Red Scarf (Atif Yilmaz)
1978 The Herd (Yilmaz Guney)
1982 Yol* (Yilmaz Guney)
1983 The Wall (Yilmaz Guney)
1996 The Bandit (Yavuz Turgul)
2002 Uzak* (Nuri Bilge Ceylan)
2004 Lovelorn (Yavuz Turgul)
Vietnam
1984 When the Tenth Month Comes* (Dang Nhat Minh)
1993 Scent of Green Papaya (Tran Anh Hung)
1995 Cyclo* (Tran Anh Hung)
1995 Nostalgia for the Countryland (Dang Nhat Minh)
1999 The Building (Viet Linh)
1999 Three Seasons* (Tony Bui)
2000 At the Height of the Summer (Tran Anh Hung)
2004 Buffalo Boy (Minh Nguyen-Vo)
2005 Bride of Silence (Doan Thanh Nghia, Doan Minh Phuong)

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