Sunday, October 21, 2012

World Cinema Guide: Hong Kong (122 Greatest Films 1929-2005)

Note: after the main list the films are shown again divided according to genre- Action vs. Non-Action.

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’.

In the alphabetical table of contents at the right you will also find similar lists for other countries: World Cinema Guide China, World Cinema Guide France, World Cinema Guide Germany etc

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 *.

1948 Sorrows of the Forbidden City (Zhu Shilin)
1953 In the Face of Demolition (Lee Tie)
1958 Feast of a Rich Family (Lee Tie, Luo Zhixiong, Li Chenfeng, Wu Hui)
1958 Mambo Girl* (Yi Wen)
1958 Our Sister Hedy (Tao Qin)
1960 The Wild, Wild Rose (Wong Tin-Lam)
1965 Come Drink with Me* (King Hu)
1967 One-Armed Swordsman (Chang Cheh)
1967 The Assassin (Chang Cheh)
1968 Golden Swallow (Chang Cheh)
1969 A Touch of Zen* (King Hu)
1969 The Arch (Tang Shuxuan)
1970 The New One-Armed Swordsman (Chang Cheh)
1971 The Chinese Connection* (Lo Wei)
1972 Fist of Fury* (Lo Wei)
1972 Way of the Dragon (Bruce Lee)
1973 Blood Brothers (Chang Cheh)
1973 Enter the Dragon* (Robert Clouse)
1973 Executioners of Shaolin* (Liu Chia-Liang)
1973 Five Fingers of Death (Jeong Chang-Hwa)
1973 The Fate of Lee Khan (King Hu)
1974 The Valiant Ones (King Hu)
1976 The Private Eyes (Michael Hui)
1978 Drunken Master* (Yuen Woo-Ping)
1978 Five Deadly Venoms (Chang Cheh)
1978 The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (Lau Kar-Leung)
1979 Dirty Ho* (Liu Chia-Liang)
1979 Raining in the Mountain (King Hu)
1979 The Butterfly Murders* (Tsui Hark)
1979 The Secret (Ann Hui)
1980 Dangerous Encounter of the First Kind (Tsui Hark)
1980 Don't Play with Fire (Tsui Hark)
1980 The Spooky Bunch (Ann Hui)
1981 Father and Son* (Allen Fong)
1981 Story of Woo Viet (Ann Hui)
1983 Ah Ying (Allen Fong)
1983 Project A (Jackie Chan)
1983 The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter (Liu Chia-Liang)
1983 The Boat People* (Ann Hui)
1984 Love in a Fallen City* (Ann Hui)
1984 The Long Arm of the Law (Johnny Mak)
1986 A Better Tomorrow (John Woo)
1986 Eastern Condors (Samo Hung)
1986 Just Like Weather (Allen Fong)
1986 Love Unto Waste (Stanley Kwan)
1986 Peking Opera Blues (Tsui Hark)
1986 Police Story* (Jackie Chan)
1987 A Chinese Ghost Story (Ching Siu-Tung)
1987 City on Fire* (Ringo Lam)
1987 Dragons Forever (Samo Hung)
1987 Romance of Book and Sword* (Ann Hui)
1988 As Tears Go By (Wong Kar-Wai)
1988 Chicken and Duck Talk (Clifton Ko)
1988 Rouge* (Stanley Kwan)
1989 Pedicab Driver* (Samo Hung)
1989 The Reincarnation of Golden Loftus (Clara Law)
1990 Bullet in the Head (John Woo)
1990 Red Dust (Yim Ho)
1990 Song of the Exile* (Ann Hui)
1990 Sunless Days (Shu Kei)
1990 The Last Princess of Manchuria (Eddie Fong)
1991 Actress* (Stanley Kwan)
1991 Days of Being Wild* (Wong Kar-Wai)
1991 Once Upon a Time in China (Tsui Hark)
1991 Swordsman II (Ching Siu-Tung, Stanley Tong)
1991 The King of Chess (Tsui Hark)
1992 92 The Legendary La Rose Noire (Jeffrey Lau)
1992 Full Contact (Ringo Lam)
1992 Supercop (Stanley Tong)
1993 Autumn Moon* (Clara Law)
1993 C'est La Vie, Ma Cherie (Derek Yee)
1993 Crime Story (Wong Kirk)
1993 Iron Monkey (Yuen Woo-Ping)
1993 Once Upon a Time in China 11* (Tsui Hark)
1993 The Bride with White Hair (Ronny Yu)
1994 A Chinese Odyssey (Jeffrey Lau)
1994 A Chinese Odyssey 11 (Jeffrey Lau)
1994 Ashes of Time* (Wong Kar-Wai)
1994 Chungking Express* (Wong Kar-Wai)
1994 Drunken Master 11* (Liu Chia-Liang)
1994 Red Rose, White Rose (Stanley Kwan)
1994 Rock 'n' Roll Cop (Kirk Wong)
1994 The Day the Sun Turned Cold (Yim Ho)
1994 Wing Chun (Yuen Woo-Ping)
1994 Woman at 40* (Ann Hui)
1995 Fallen Angels (Wong Kar-Wai)
1996 Ah Kam (Ann Hui)
1996 Comrades, Almost a Love Story (Peter Chan)
1996 Once Upon a Time in Triad Society (Cha Chuen-Yee)
1996 Once Upon a Time in Triad Society 2 (Cha Chuen-Yee)
1996 Yang ? Yin: Gender in Chinese Cinema (Stanley Kwan)
1997 Eighteen Springs (Ann Hui)
1997 Happy Together (Wong Kar-Wai)
1997 Hold You Tight (Stanley Kwan)
1997 Made in Hong Kong (Fruit Chan)
1997 Task Force (Patrick Leung)
1998 Journey to Beijing (Chan Evans)
1998 Ordinary Heroes (Ann Hui)
1998 Portland Street Blues (Raymond Yip)
1998 The Longest Summer (Fruit Chan)
1998 Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl (Joan Chen)
1999 Little Cheung (Fruit Chan)
1999 Love Will Tear Us Apart (Yu Lik-Wai)
1999 Running Out of Time (Johnny To)
2000 In the Mood for Love* (Wong Kar-Wai)
2000 The Triad Zone (Dante Lam)
2000 Time and Tide (Tsui Hark)
2001 From the Queen to the Chief Executive (Herman Yau)
2001 Fulltime Killer (Johnny To, Wai Ka-Fai)
2001 July Rhapsody (Ann Hui)
2001 Lan Yu (Stanley Kwan)
2001 Shaolin Soccer (Stephen Chow)
2002 A Chinese Odyssey 2002* (Jeffrey Lau)
2002 Infernal Affairs* (Andrew Lau, Alan Mak)
2002 The Eye (Oxide Pang, Danny Pang)
2003 Traces of a Dragon: Jackie Chan & His Lost Family Mabel Cheung)
2003 Uniform (Diao Yinan)
2004 2046* (Wong Kar-Wai)
2004 Kung Fu Hustle* (Stephen Chow)
2004 McDull - The Pineapple Bun Prince (Yuen Toe)
2004 One Nite in Mongkok* (Yee Tung-Shing)
2004 Throwdown (Johnny To)

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All the Honk Kong films divided according to genre (action vs. non action)

I thought I'd add this since the split between ‘action’ and 'non action' in Hong Kong cinema is fairly well defined, and fans of one may well not be fans of the other.

1. ‘Action films’ means martial arts films, plus crime thrillers of the type directed by John Woo. 
2. ‘Arthouse, and other genres’ takes in critically acclaimed directors like Wong Kar Wai, Ann Hui and Stanley Kwan, but also the best ‘non action’ genre films (usually horror or comedy) as well as one or two documentaries. Some of these films may have action elements but they’re not ‘pure action’ and they concentrate on script, character inter-action, etc rather than things like gunplay.


Action Films

1. A Better Tomorrow (John Woo, 1986)
2. A Chinese Ghost Story (Ching Siu-Tung, 1987)
3. A Chinese Odyssey (Jeffrey Lau, 1994)
4. A Chinese Odyssey 11 (Jeffrey Lau, 1994)
5. A Touch of Zen (King Hu, 1969)*
6. Ashes of Time (Wong Kar-Wai, 1994)*
7. Blood Brothers (Chang Cheh, 1973)
8. Bullet in the Head (John Woo, 1990)
9. City on Fire (Ringo Lam, 1987)*
10. Come Drink with Me (King Hu, 1965)*
11. Crime Story (Wong Kirk, 1993)
12. Dangerous Encounter of the First Kind (Tsui Hark, 1980)
13. Dirty Ho (Liu Chia-Liang, 1979)*
14. Don’t Play with Fire (Tsui Hark, 1980)
15. Dragons Forever (Samo Hung, 1987) 
16. Drunken Master (Yuen Woo-Ping, 1978) 
17. Drunken Master 11 (Liu Chia-Liang, 1994)*
18. Eastern Condors (Samo Hung, 1986)
19. Enter the Dragon (Robert Clouse, 1973)*
20. Executioners of Shaolin (Liu Chia-Liang, 1973)*
21. Fist of Fury (Lo Wei, 1972)*
22. Five Fingers of Death (Jeong Chang-Hwa, 1973)
23. Full Contact (Ringo Lam, 1992) 
24. Fulltime Killer (Johnny To, Wai Ka-Fai, 2001)
25. Golden Swallow (Chang Cheh, 1968)
26. Infernal Affairs (Andrew Lau, Alan Mak, 2002)*
27. Iron Monkey (Yuen Woo-Ping, 1993)
28. Kung Fu Hustle (Stephen Chow, 2004)*
29. Once Upon a Time in China (Tsui Hark, 1991)
30. Once Upon a Time in China 11 (Tsui Hark, 1993)*
31. Once Upon a Time in Triad Society (Cha Chuen-Yee, 1996) 
32. Once Upon a Time in Triad Society 2 (Cha Chuen-Yee, 1996)
33. One-Armed Swordsman (Chang Cheh, 1967)
34. Pedicab Driver (Sammo Hung, 1989)*
35. Peking Opera Blues (Tsui Hark, 1986) 
36. Police Story (Jackie Chan, 1986)*
37. Portland Street Blues (Raymond Yip, 1998)
38. Project a (Jackie Chan, 1983)
39. Raining in the Mountain (King Hu, 1979)
40. Rock ‘n’ Roll Cop (Kirk Wong, 1994)
41. Romance of Book and Sword (Ann Hui, 1987)*
42. Running Out of Time (Johnny To, 1999)
43. Shaolin Soccer (Stephen Chow, 2001)
44. Supercop (Stanley Tong, 1992)
45. Swordsman II (Ching Siu-Tung, Stanley Tong, 1991)
46. Task Force (Patrick Leung, 1997)
47. The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (Lau Kar-Leung, 1978)
48. The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter (Liu Chia-Liang, 1983)
49. The Assassin (Chang Cheh, 1967)
50. The Bride with White Hair (Ronny Yu, 1993) 
51. The Butterfly Murders (Tsui Hark, 1979)*
52. The Chinese Connection (Lo Wei, 1971)*
53. The Eye (Oxide Pang, Danny Pang, 2002)
54. The Fate of Lee Khan (King Hu, 1973)
55. The Golden Swallow (Chang Cheh, 1968)
56. The King of Chess (Tsui Hark, 1991)
57. The Long Arm of the Law (Johnny Mak, 1984)
58. The New One-Armed Swordsman (Chang Cheh, 1970)
59. The One Armed Swordsman (Chang Cheh, 1967)
60. The Triad Zone (Dante Lam, 2000) 
61. The Valiant Ones (King Hu, 1974) 
62. Time and Tide (Tsui Hark, 2000) 
63. Way of the Dragon (Bruce Lee, 1972)
64. Wing Chun (Yuen Woo-Ping, 1994) 

Arthouse, and Other Genres

1. 2046 (Wong Kar-Wai, 2004)*
2. 92 The Legendary La Rose Noire (Jeffrey Lau, 1992)
3. A Chinese Odyssey 2002 (Jeffrey Lau, 2002)*
4. Actress (Stanley Kwan, 1991)*
5. Ah Kam (Ann Hui, 1996)
6. Ah Ying (Allen Fong, 1983)
7. As Tears Go By (Wong Kar-Wai, 1988)
8. Autumn Moon (Clara Law, 1993)*
9. C’est La Vie, Ma Cherie (Derek Yee, 1993)
10. Chicken and Duck Talk (Clifton Ko, 1988)
11. Chungking Express (Wong Kar-Wai, 1994)*
12. Comrades, Almost a Love Story (Peter Chan, 1996)
13. Days of Being Wild (Wong Kar-Wai, 1991)*
14. Eighteen Springs (Ann Hui, 1997)
15. Fallen Angels (Wong Kar-Wai, 1995)
16. Father and Son (Allen Fong, 1981)*
17. Feast of a Rich Family (Lee Tie, Luo Zhixiong, Li Chenfeng, Wu Hui, 1958)
18. From the Queen to the Chief Executive (Herman Yau, 2001) 
19. Happy Together (Wong Kar-Wai, 1997)
20. Hold You Tight (Stanley Kwan, 1997)
21. In the Face of Demolition (Lee Tie, 1953)
22. In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-Wai, 2000)* 
23. Journey to Beijing (Chan Evans, 1998) 
24. July Rhapsody (Ann Hui, 2001) 
25. Just Like Weather (Allen Fong, 1986)
26. Lan Yu (Stanley Kwan, 2001)
27. Little Cheung (Fruit Chan, 1999)
28. Love in a Fallen City (Ann Hui, 1984)*
29. Love Unto Waste (Stanley Kwan, 1986)
30. Love Will Tear Us Apart (Yu Lik-Wai, 1999)
31. Made in Hong Kong (Fruit Chan, 1997)
32. Mambo Girl (Yi Wen, 1958)*
33. McDull - The Pineapple Bun Prince (Yuen Toe, 2004) 
34. One Nite in Mongkok (Yee Tung-Shing, 2004)*
35. Ordinary Heroes (Ann Hui, 1998)
36. Our Sister Hedy (Tao Qin, 1958)
37. Red Dust (Yim Ho, 1990)
38. Red Rose, White Rose (Stanley Kwan, 1994)
39. Rouge (Stanley Kwan, 1988)*
40. Song of the Exile (Ann Hui, 1990)* 
41. Sorrows of the Forbidden City (Zhu Shilin, 1948)
42. Story of Woo Viet (Ann Hui, 1981)
43. Sunless Days (Shu Kei, 1990)
44. The Arch (Tang Shuxuan, 1969)
45. The Boat People (Ann Hui, 1983)*
46. The Day the Sun Turned Cold (Yim Ho, 1994)
47. The Last Princess of Manchuria (Eddie Fong, 1990)
48. The Longest Summer (Fruit Chan, 1998)
49. The Private Eyes (Michael Hui, 1976)
50. The Reincarnation of Golden Loftus (Clara Law, 1989)
51. The Secret (Ann Hui, 1979)
52. The Spooky Bunch (Ann Hui, 1980)
53. The Wild, Wild Rose (Wong Tin-Lam, 1960)
54. Traces of a Dragon: Jackie Chan & His Lost Family (Mabel Cheung, 2003)*
55. Uniform (Diao Yinan, 2003)
56. Woman at 40 (Ann Hui, 1994)*
57. Xiu Xiu: The Sent Down Girl (Joan Chen, 1998)
58. Yang ± Yin: Gender in Chinese Cinema (Stanley Kwan, 1996)


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