Saturday, October 13, 2012

World Cinema Guide: Taiwan (48 Greatest Films 1929-2005)


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 *.


1967 Dragon Gate Inn* (King Hu)
1969 The Winter (Li Han-Hsiang)
1970 Four Moods (Bai Ching-Zue,  King Hu, Li Han-Hsiang,  Lu Shing)
1982 In Our Time (Tao Dechen, Edward Yang, Ko Yi-Cheng, Chang Yi)
1983 Ah Fei (Wan Jen)
1983 Growing Up (Chen Kun-Hou)
1983 Sandwich Man (Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Tseng Chuang-Hsiang, Wan Jen)
1983 The Boys from Fengkuei (Hou Hsiao-Hsien)
1984 Summer at Grandpa's* (Hou Hsiao-Hsien)
1984 Taipei Story* (Edward Yang)
1985 A Time to Live and a Time to Die (Hou Hsiao-Hsien)
1986 Dust in the Wind* (Hou Hsiao-Hsien)
1986 The Terrorisers* (Edward Yang)
1987 Daughter of the Nile (Hou Hsiao-Hsien)
1989 City of Sadness* (Hou Hsiao-Hsien)
1991 A Brighter Summer Day* (Edward Yang)
1991 Pushing Hands (Ang Lee)
1992 Dust of Angels (Hsu Hsiao-Ming)
1992 Hills of No Return (Wang T'ung)
1992 Rebels of the Neon God (Tsai Ming-Liang)
1992 The Peach Blossom Land (Stan Lai)
1993 The Puppetmaster* (Hou Hsiao-Hsien)
1993 The Wedding Banquet* (Ang Lee)
1994 A Borrowed Life* (Wu Nien-Jen)
1994 A Confucian Confusion* (Edward Yang)
1994 Eat Drink Man Woman* (Ang Lee)
1994 Lonely Hearts Club (Yee Chin-Yen)
1994 Vive L'amour* (Tsai Ming-Liang)
1995 Good Men, Good Women (Hou Hsiao-Hsien)
1995 Super Citizen Ko (Wan Jen)
1995 The River* (Tsai Ming-Liang)
1996 Ah-chung (Chang Tso-Chi)
1996 Goodbye South, Goodbye (Hou Hsiao-Hsien)
1996 Mahjong (Edward Yang)
1997 Murmur of Youth (Lin Cheng-Sheng)
1998 Flowers of Shanghai (Hou Hsiao-Hsien)
1998 Jam (Chen Yiwen)
1998 The Hole (Tsai Ming-Liang)
1999 Darkness and Light (Chang Tso-Chi)
2000 A One and a Two* (Edward Yang)
2000 The Cabbie (Chen Yiwen, Zhang Huakun)
2001 Millennium Mambo (Hou Hsiao-Hsien)
2001 What Time Is It There?* (Tsai Ming-Liang)
2002 Best of Times (Chang Tso-Chi)
2003 Cafe Lumiere* (Hou Hsiao-Hsien)
2003 Good Bye, Dragon Inn * (Tsai Ming-Liang)
2004 20:30:40 (Sylvia Chang)
2005 The Wayward Cloud (Tsai Ming-Liang)

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