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. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000, Ang Lee)
  12. Mahjong (1996, Edward Yang)
  13. A City of Sadness (1989, Hou Hsiao-hsien)
  14. Days of Being Wild (1990, Wong Kar-wai)
  15. Ashes of Time (1994, Wong Kar-wai)
  16. The Love Eterne (1963, Li Han-hsiang)
  17. Peking Opera Blues (1986, Tsui Hark)
  18. The Terrorizers (1986, Edward Yang)
  19. 2046 (2004, Wong Kar-wai)
  20. Taipei Story (1985, Edward Yang)
  21. Mountains May Depart (2015, Jia Zhangke)
  22. The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978, Lau Kar-leung)
  23. Sparrow (2008, Johnnie To)
  24. A Confucian Confusion (1994, Edward Yang)
  25. The Assassin (2015, Hou Hsiao-hsien)
  26. Pedicab Driver (1989, Sammo Hung)
  27. Long Day’s Journey Into Night (2018, Bi Gan)
  28. Election 2 (2006, Johnnie To)
  29. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart (2011, Johnnie To)
  30. Wheels on Meals (1984, Sammo Hung)
  31. Throw Down (2004, Johnnie To)
  32. That Day, on the Beach (1983, Edward Yang)
  33. Don’t Go Breaking My Heart 2 (2014, Johnnie To)
  34. Legend of the Mountain (1979, King Hu)
  35. Hard-Boiled (1992, John Woo)
  36. The Fate of Lee Khan (1973, King Hu)
  37. Bullet in the Head (1990, John Woo)
  38. The River (1997, Tsai Ming-liang)
  39. The Grandmaster (2013, Wong Kar-wai)
  40. Millennium Mambo (2001, Hou Hsiao-hsien)
  41. Still Life (2006, Jia Zhangke)
  42. Green Snake (1993, Tsui Hark)
  43. Drug War (2012, Johnnie To)
  44. Fallen Angels (1995, Wong Kar-wai)
  45. Romancing in Thin Air (2012, Johnnie To)
  46. Happy Together (1997, Wong Kar-wai)
  47. My Left Eye Sees Ghosts (2002, Johnnie To & Wai Ka-fai)
  48. What Time Is It There? (2001, Tsai Ming-liang)
  49. Police Story (1985, Jackie Chan)
  50. Nomad (1982, Patrick Tam)
  51. Vive L’Amour (1994, Tsai Ming-liang)
  52. Eastern Condors (1987, Sammo Hung)
  53. Too Many Ways to Be No. 1 (1997, Wai Ka-fai)
  54. Ash Is Purest White (2018, Jia Zhangke)
  55. Oxhide II (2009, Liu Jiayin)
  56. Afternoon (2015, Tsai Ming-liang)
  57. My Young Auntie (1981, Lau Kar-leung)
  58. Dangerous Encounters – First Kind (1980, Tsui Hark)
  59. No No Sleep (2015, Tsai Ming-liang)
  60. Raining in the Mountain (1979, King Hu)
  61. SPL II: A Time for Consequences (2015, Soi Cheang)
  62. Accident (2009, Soi Cheang)
  63. Golden Swallow (1968, Chang Cheh)
  64. The Killer (1989, John Woo)
  65. The World (2004, Jia Zhangke)
  66. Hero (2002, Zhang Yimou)
  67. An Elephant Sitting Still (2018, Hu Bo)
  68. The Valiant Ones (1975, King Hu)
  69. 24 City (2008, Jia Zhangke)
  70. School on Fire (1988, Ringo Lam)
  71. As Tears Go By (1988, Wong Kar-wai)
  72. Kaili Blues (2015, Bi Gan)
  73. The Hedonists (2016, Jia Zhangke)
  74. Love in a Puff (2010, Pang Ho-cheung)
  75. I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone (2006, Tsai Ming-liang)
  76. A Touch of Sin (2013, Jia Zhangke)
  77. Kung Fu Hustle (2004, Stephen Chow)
  78. One-Armed Swordsman (1967, Chang Cheh)
  79. The Goddess (1934, Wu Yonggang)
  80. Goodbye South, Goodbye (1996, Hou Hsiao-hsien)
  81. Journey to the West (2014, Tsai Ming-liang)
  82. Exiled (2006, Johnnie To)
  83. To Live (1994, Zhang Yimou)
  84. Oxhide (2005, Liu Jiayin)
  85. Blind Detective (2013, Johnnie To)
  86. Unknown Pleasures (2002, Jia Zhangke)
  87. Face (2009, Tsai Ming-liang)
  88. Come Drink With Me (1966, King Hu)
  89. Xiao Wu (1997, Jia Zhangke)
  90. The Wayward Cloud (2005, Tsai Ming-liang)
  91. Daughter of the Nile (1987, Hou Hsiao-hsien)
  92. City on Fire (1987, Ringo Lam)
  93. Rebels of the Neon God (1992, Tsai Ming-liang)
  94. Love on a Diet (2001, Johnnie To & Wai Ka-fai)
  95. Expectations (1982, Edward Yang)
  96. Shaolin Soccer (2001, Stephen Chow)
  97. My Blueberry Nights (2007, Wong Kar-wai)
  98. The Odd One Dies (1997, Patrick Yau and Johnnie To)
  99. The Midnight After (2014, Fruit Chan)
  100. Raise the Red Lantern (1991, Zhang Yimou)
  101. The Mission (1999, Johnnie To)
  102. A Better Tomorrow (1986, John Woo)
  103. Election (2005, Johnnie To)
  104. House of Flying Daggers (2004, Zhang Yimou)
  105. Secret Goldfish (2016, Bi Gan)
  106. Office (2015, Johnnie To)
  107. I Am Not Madame Bovary (2016, Feng Xiaogong)
  108. The Wild Goose Lake (2019, Diao Yinan)
  109. Chasing Dream (2019, Johnnie To)
  110. Useless (2007, Jia Zhangke)
  111. Cry Me a River (2008, Jia Zhangke)
  112. Visit (2020, Jia Zhangke)
  113. In the Heat of the Sun (1994, Jiang Wen)
  114. An Autumn’s Tale (1987, Mabel Cheung)
  115. I Wish I Knew (2010, Jia Zhangke)
  116. Ju Dou (1990, Zhang Yimou)
  117. A Family Tour (2018, Ying Liang)
  118. Another Year (2016, Shengze Zhu)
  119. In Our Time (1982, Tao Te-chen/Edward Yang/Ko I-chen/Chang Yi)
  120. Your Face (2018, Tsai Ming-liang)
  121. The White Storm 2: Drug Lords (2019, Herman Yau)
  122. A Chinese Ghost Story (1987, Ching Siu-tung)
  123. The Great Buddha+ (2017, Huang Hsin-yao)
  124. Infernal Affairs (2002, Andrew Lau & Alan Mak)
  125. Police Story 2 (1988, Jackie Chan)
  126. Lust, Caution (2007, Ang Lee)
  127. The Poet and Singer (2012, Bi Gan)
  128. Dong (2006, Jia Zhangke)
  129. Three (2016, Johnnie To)
  130. The Mermaid (2016, Stephen Chow)
  131. Xiao Shan Going Home (1995, Jia Zhangke)
  132. Mission: Impossible II (2000, John Woo)
  133. Life Without Principle (2011, Johnnie To)
  134. Red Sorghum (1987, Zhang Yimou)
  135. The Wedding Banquet (1993, Ang Lee)
  136. Turn Left, Turn Right (2003, Johnnie To & Wai Ka-fai)
  137. Red Cliff (2008, John Woo)
  138. Red Cliff Part II (2009, John Woo)
  139. The Great Wall (2016, Zhang Yimou)
  140. Curse of the Golden Flower (2006, Zhang Yimou)
  141. The Story of Qiu Ju (1992, Zhang Yimou)
  142. SPL: Kill Zone (2005, Wilson Yip)
  143. A Taste of Killing and Romance (1994, Veronica Chan)
  144. Pushing Hands (1991, Ang Lee)
  145. Enter the Dragon (1973, Robert Clouse)
  146. Ip Man (2008, Wilson Yip)
  147. Shower (1997, Zhang Yang)
  148. Ip Man 2 (2010, Wilson Yip)
  149. Cape No. 7 (2008, Wei Te-Sheng)
  150. Secret (2007, Jay Chou)
  151. Happy Times (2000, Zhang Yimou)
  152. The Road Home (1999, Zhang Yimou)
  153. Shadow (2018, Zhang Yimou)
  154. The Way of the Dragon (1972, Bruce Lee)
  155. A City Called Macau (2019, Li Shaohong)
  156. People’s Republic of Desire (2018, Hao Wu)
  157. Forever Young (2018, Li Fangfang)
  158. The Bucket (2019, Jia Zhangke)
  159. Game of Death (1978, Robert Clouse)

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