The Chinese Cinema

As inspired by Sean Gilman’s essential list ranking the Chinese-language films he’s seen, I’ve decided to make my own paltry list. Rankings are inexact, but will be regularly updated.

  1. Yi Yi (2000, Edward Yang)
  2. A Touch of Zen (1971, King Hu)
  3. In the Mood for Love (2000, Wong Kar-wai)
  4. A Brighter Summer Day (1991, Edward Yang)
  5. Goodbye, Dragon Inn (2003, Tsai Ming-liang)
  6. Platform (2000, Jia Zhangke)
  7. Dragon Inn (1967, King Hu)
  8. Chungking Express (1994, Wong Kar-wai)
  9. Stray Dogs (2013, Tsai Ming-liang)
  10. The Hole (1998, Tsai Ming-liang)
  11. Mahjong (1996, Edward Yang)
  12. A City of Sadness (1989, Hou Hsiao-hsien)
  13. Days of Being Wild (1990, Wong Kar-wai)
  14. Ashes of Time (1994, Wong Kar-wai)
  15. The Love Eterne (1963, Li Han-hsiang)
  16. The Terrorizers (1986, Edward Yang)
  17. Mountains May Depart (2015, Jia Zhangke)
  18. The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978, Lau Kar-leung)
  19. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000, Ang Lee)
  20. A Confucian Confusion (1994, Edward Yang)
  21. The Assassin (2015, Hou Hsiao-hsien)
  22. Long Day’s Journey Into Night (2018, Bi Gan)
  23. Taipei Story (1985, Edward Yang)
  24. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (2011, Johnnie To)
  25. That Day, on the Beach (1983, Edward Yang)
  26. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart 2 (2014, Johnnie To)
  27. 2046 (2004, Wong Kar-wai)
  28. Hard-Boiled (1992, John Woo)
  29. The Fate of Lee Khan (1973, King Hu)
  30. Bullet in the Head (1990, John Woo)
  31. The River (1997, Tsai Ming-liang)
  32. The Grandmaster (2013, Wong Kar-wai)
  33. Millennium Mambo (2001, Hou Hsiao-hsien)
  34. Still Life (2006, Jia Zhangke)
  35. Drug War (2012, Johnnie To)
  36. Fallen Angels (1995, Wong Kar-wai)
  37. Romancing in Thin Air (2012, Johnnie To)
  38. Happy Together (1997, Wong Kar-wai)
  39. What Time Is It There? (2001, Tsai Ming-liang)
  40. Police Story (1985, Jackie Chan)
  41. Nomad (1982, Patrick Tam)
  42. Vive L’Amour (1994, Tsai Ming-liang)
  43. Ash Is Purest White (2018, Jia Zhangke)
  44. Legend of the Mountain (1979, King Hu)
  45. Oxhide II (2009, Liu Jiayin)
  46. Dangerous Encounters – First Kind (1980, Tsui Hark)
  47. No No Sleep (2015, Tsai Ming-liang)
  48. Raining in the Mountain (1979, King Hu)
  49. SPL II: A Time for Consequences (2015, Soi Cheang)
  50. The Killer (1989, John Woo)
  51. The World (2004, Jia Zhangke)
  52. Hero (2002, Zhang Yimou)
  53. An Elephant Sitting Still (2018, Hu Bo)
  54. 24 City (2008, Jia Zhangke)
  55. School on Fire (1988, Ringo Lam)
  56. As Tears Go By (1988, Wong Kar-wai)
  57. Kaili Blues (2015, Bi Gan)
  58. The Hedonists (2016, Jia Zhangke)
  59. I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone (2006, Tsai Ming-liang)
  60. A Touch of Sin (2013, Jia Zhangke)
  61. Kung Fu Hustle (2004, Stephen Chow)
  62. Green Snake (1993, Tsui Hark)
  63. One-Armed Swordsman (1967, Chang Cheh)
  64. The Goddess (1934, Wu Yonggang)
  65. Goodbye South, Goodbye (1996, Hou Hsiao-hsien)
  66. Journey to the West (2014, Tsai Ming-liang)
  67. Exiled (2006, Johnnie To)
  68. To Live (1994, Zhang Yimou)
  69. Oxhide (2005, Liu Jiayin)
  70. Blind Detective (2013, Johnnie To)
  71. Unknown Pleasures (2002, Jia Zhangke)
  72. Face (2009, Tsai Ming-liang)
  73. The Odd One Dies (1997, Patrick Yau and Johnnie To)
  74. Come Drink With Me (1966, King Hu)
  75. The Wayward Cloud (2005, Tsai Ming-liang)
  76. Daughter of the Nile (1987, Hou Hsiao-hsien)
  77. City on Fire (1987, Ringo Lam)
  78. Rebels of the Neon God (1992, Tsai Ming-liang)
  79. Expectations (1982, Edward Yang)
  80. My Blueberry Nights (2007, Wong Kar-wai)
  81. Xiao Wu (1997, Jia Zhangke)
  82. The Midnight After (2014, Fruit Chan)
  83. Raise the Red Lantern (1991, Zhang Yimou)
  84. The Mission (1999, Johnnie To)
  85. A Better Tomorrow (1986, John Woo)
  86. House of Flying Daggers (2004, Zhang Yimou)
  87. Secret Goldfish (2016, Bi Gan)
  88. Office (2015, Johnnie To)
  89. Useless (2007, Jia Zhangke)
  90. I Am Not Madame Bovary (2016, Feng Xiaogong)
  91. Cry Me a River (2008, Jia Zhangke)
  92. In the Heat of the Sun (1994, Jiang Wen)
  93. I Wish I Knew (2010, Jia Zhangke)
  94. Ju Dou (1990, Zhang Yimou)
  95. A Family Tour (2018, Ying Liang)
  96. Another Year (2016, Shengze Zhu)
  97. In Our Time (1982, Tao Te-chen/Edward Yang/Ko I-chen/Chang Yi)
  98. The White Storm 2: Drug Lords (2019, Herman Yau)
  99. A Chinese Ghost Story (1987, Ching Siu-tung)
  100. The Great Buddha+ (2017, Huang Hsin-yao)
  101. Police Story 2 (1988, Jackie Chan)
  102. The Poet and Singer (2012, Bi Gan)
  103. Dong (2006, Jia Zhangke)
  104. Three (2016, Johnnie To)
  105. The Mermaid (2016, Stephen Chow)
  106. Xiao Shan Going Home (1995, Jia Zhangke)
  107. Mission: Impossible II (2000, John Woo)
  108. Life Without Principle (2011, Johnnie To)
  109. Red Sorghum (1987, Zhang Yimou)
  110. The Wedding Banquet (1993, Ang Lee)
  111. Turn Left, Turn Right (2003, Johnnie To & Wai Ka-fai)
  112. Red Cliff (2008, John Woo)
  113. Red Cliff Part II (2009, John Woo)
  114. The Great Wall (2016, Zhang Yimou)
  115. Curse of the Golden Flower (2006, Zhang Yimou)
  116. The Story of Qiu Ju (1992, Zhang Yimou)
  117. A Taste of Killing and Romance (1994, Veronica Chan)
  118. Pushing Hands (1991, Ang Lee)
  119. Ip Man (2008, Wilson Yip)
  120. Shower (1997, Zhang Yang)
  121. Ip Man 2 (2010, Wilson Yip)
  122. Cape No. 7 (2008, Wei Te-Sheng)
  123. Secret (2007, Jay Chou)
  124. Happy Times (2000, Zhang Yimou)
  125. The Road Home (1999, Zhang Yimou)
  126. Shadow (2018, Zhang Yimou)
  127. A City Called Macau (2019, Li Shaohong)
  128. People’s Republic of Desire (2018, Hao Wu)
  129. Forever Young (2018, Li Fangfang)
  130. The Bucket (2019, Jia Zhangke)
  131. Game of Death (1978, Robert Clouse)

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