A Top 100 Films of All-Time

It is time once again for a Top 100 Films of All-Time list. As I’ve done for the last few years, the first ten spots on the list comprise a hypothetical Sight & Sound-style ballot. We had an on-going project related to this on The George Sanders Show, that will now be based at Seattle Screen Scene. This top ten is presented here in chronological order. The remaining 90 films were randomly selected from a consideration set of 734 films, which excluded films that made my Top Tens in 201220132014201520162017, and 2018.

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1. Spring in a Small Town (Fei Mu, 1948)
2. The Quiet Man (John Ford, 1952)
3. Kiss Me Kate (George Sidney, 1953)
4. Airplane! (David Zucker, Jim Abrahams & Jerry Zucker, 1980)
5. Excalibur (John Boorman, 1981)
6. City on Fire (Ringo Lam, 1987)
7. Platform (Jia Zhangke, 2000)
8. Los Angeles Plays Itself (Thom Andersen, 2003)
9. The New World (Terrence Malick, 2005)
10. Baahubali (SS Rajamouli, 2015/2017)

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11. Cure (Kiyoshi Kurosawa, 1997)
12. Shock Corridor (Samuel Fuller, 1963)
13. Rosemary’s Baby (Roman Polanski, 1968)
14. Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954)
15. Fitzcarraldo (Werner Herzog, 1982)
16. The Long Day Closes (Terence Davies, 1992)
17. The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger, 1943)
18. High School (Frederick Wiseman, 1968)
19. Hanagatami (Nobuhiko Obayashi, 2017)
20. The Bellboy (Jerry Lewis, 1960)

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21. Pauline at the Beach (Eric Rohmer, 1983)
22. Romancing in Thin Air (Johnnie To, 2012)
23. My Winnipeg (Guy Maddin, 2007)
24. The TAMI Show (Steve Binder, 1964)
25. McCabe & Mrs. Miller (Robert Altman, 1971)
26. The River (Jean Renoir, 1951)
27. Time and Tide (Tsui Hark, 2000)
28. Yi yi (Edward Yang, 2000)
29. The Story of Woo Viet (Ann Hui, 1981)
30. They Live by Night (Nicholas Ray, 1948)

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31. Scarlet Street (Fritz Lang, 1945)
32. Elle (Paul Verhoeven, 2016)
33. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee, 2000)
34. One Week (Buster Keaton & Edward Cline, 1920)
35. The Forbidden Room (Guy Maddin, 2015)
36. Let It Be (Michael Lindsay-Hogg, 1970)
37. Awaara (Raj Kapoor, 1951)
38. The Nutty Professor (Jerry Lewis, 1963)
39. Sansho the Bailiff (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1953)
40. The Thin Red Line (Terrence Malick, 1998)

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41. Run of the Arrow (Samuel Fuller, 1957)
42. Punch-Drunk Love (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2002)
43. Romeo + Juliet (Baz Luhrman, 1996)
44. Woodstock (Michael Wadleigh, 1970)
45. Flowing (Mikio Naruse, 1956)
46. Die Hard (John McTiernan, 1988)
47. Stranger than Paradise (Jim Jarmusch, 1984)
48. Days of Being Wild (Wong Kar-wai, 1990)
49. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (Bill Melendez, 1966)
50. Broken Blossoms (DW Griffith, 1919)

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51. Yojimbo (Akira Kurosawa, 1961)
52. Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994)
53. The Eight-Diagram Pole Fighter (Lau Kar-leung, 1984)
54. Three Colors: Red (Krzysztof Kieślowski, 1994)
55. Body Double (Brian De Palma, 1984)
56. The Heartbreak Kid (Elaine May, 1972)
57. Eyes Wide Shut (Stanley Kubrick, 1999)
58. The Lady from Shanghai (Orson Welles, 1947)
59. Oxhide (Liu Jiayin, 2005)
60. The Fate of Lee Khan (King Hu, 1973)

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61. Rebel Without a Cause (Nicholas Ray, 1955)
62. Ashes of Time (Wong Kar-wai, 1994)
63. Romance Joe (Lee Kwangkuk, 2011)
64. Hill of Freedom (Hong Sangsoo, 2014)
65. Last Life in the Universe (Pen-Ek Ratanaruang, 2003)
66. Bitter Victory (Nicholas Ray, 1957)
67. Contempt (Jean-Luc Godard, 1963)
68. Dream of a Rarebit Fiend (Edwin S. Porter, 1906)
69. Louisiana Story (Robert Flaherty, 1948)
70. Red River (Howard Hawks, 1948)

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71. Intolerance (DW Griffith, 1915)
72. The Other Side of the Wind (Orson Welles, 2018)
73. Isn’t Life Wonderful (DW Griffith, 1924)
74. Hana and Alice (Shunji Iwai, 2004)
75. Virgin Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors (Hong Sangsoo, 2000)
76. Unfaithfully Yours (Preston Sturges, 1948)
77. Arabian Nights (Miguel Gomes, 2015)
78. Pather Panchali (Satyajit Ray, 1955)
79. Twentieth Century (Howard Hawks, 1934)
80. Trouble in Mind (Alan Rudolph, 1985)

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81. Ivan the Terrible Part II (Sergei Eisenstein, 1958)
82. Alien (Ridley Scott, 1979)
83. All About Lily Chou-chou (Shunji Iwai, 2001)
84. Happy Hour (Ryūsuke Hamaguchi, 2015)
85. Gone in 60 Seconds (HB Halicki, 1974)
86. In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai, 2000)
87. Pom Poko (Isao Takahata, 1994)
88. A Home with a View (Herman Yau, 2019)
89. Office Space (Mike Judge, 1999)
90. Sergeant Rutledge (John Ford, 1960)

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91. A Woman Under the Influence (John Cassavetes, 1974)
92. School on Fire (Ringo Lam, 1988)
93. Ed Wood (Tim Burton, 1994)
94. Bend of the River (Anthony Mann, 1952)
95. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (Wes Anderson, 2004)
96. The Wizard of Oz (Victor Fleming, 1939)
97. Fantastic Mr. Fox (Wes Anderson, 2009)
98. Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee, 1989)
99. My Neighbors the Yamadas (Isao Takahata, 1999)
100. Young Mr. Lincoln (John Ford, 1939)

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Best Movies of 2019 (So Far)

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We are now halfway through the year and as has become an annual tradition here at The End, it’s time to look back at the best movies of the year so far. As I discussed in the 2013 halfway post, the consensus movie-dating system is nonsensical and posits New York as the center of the universe. Far more logical (and much easier to use) is a system reliant on imdb’s dating system, which locates a film in whatever year it first played for an audience. That’s what we use here for all Rankings & Awards as it’s the most fair to all eras and areas. (A dating system reliant on playing in a certain locality I think can be valuable for a publication that is geographically specific, like a local newspaper or website. But here at The End, we have a global reach.)

A by-product of the system is that a number of films that first go into wide-release in any given year actually had their premiere in the year before. A number of the films on many critics’ halfway-point lists will include these films, films that find their proper home here on my 2018 list. And so here we have two lists: the Best Movies of 2019, following the strict imdb dating system, and the Best 2018 Movies of 2019, which includes those films from last year (and one from 45 years ago) that you might find on a more chronologically-illogical list. I also have a third list, Best Unreleased Movies of 2018, of last year’s films that have yet to see a New York release and therefore don’t (yet) exist by the standards of most critics. And there’s a fourth list, a halfway version of my annual Best Older Movies list, counting the top movies I saw for the first time this year that are more than a few years old.

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The Best Movies of 2019 (So Far)

1. A Home with a View (Herman Yau)
2. Lynch: A History (David Shields)
3. The Rolling Thunder Revue (Martin Scorsese)
4. Deadwood: The Movie (Daniel Minahan)
5. The New King of Comedy (Stephen Chow & Herman Yau)
6. The Dead Don’t Die (Jim Jarmusch)
7. Furie (Lê Văn Kiệt)
8. Avengers: Endgame (Anthony & Joe Russo)
9. Booksmart (Olivia Wilde)
10. Master Z: Ip Man Legacy (Yuen Woo-ping)
11. White Snake (Amp Wong & Ji Zhao)
12. Missbehavior (Pang Ho-cheung)*
13. Pegasus (Han Han)
14. The Wandering Earth (Frant Gwo)
15. Triple Threat (Jesse V. Johnson)
16. Us (Jordan Peele)

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The Best 2018 Movies of 2019 (So Far)

1. Ash is Purest White (Jia Zhangke)
2. Asako I & II (Ryusuke Hamguchi)
3. Grass (Hong Sangsoo)
4. The Fate of Lee Khan (King Hu, 1973)
5. Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Bi Gan)
6. Transit (Christian Petzold)
7. Non-Fiction (Olivier Assayas)
8. The Crossing (Bai Xue)
9. Legend of the Demon Cat (Chen Kaige, 2017)*
10. Suburban Birds (Qiu Sheng)
11. The Eyes of Orson Welles (Mark Cousins)
12. The Image Book (Jean-Luc Godard)
13. An Elephant Sitting Still (Hu Bo)
14. Hotel by the River (Hong Sangsoo)
15. Diamantino (Gabriel Abrantes & Daniel Schmidt)
16. Shadow (Zhang Yimou)

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The Best Unreleased Films of 2018 (So Far)

1. The Grand Bizarre (Jodie Mack)
2. Hidden Man (Jiang Wen)
3. Little Forest (Yim Soonrye)
4. Blue (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
5. No. 1 Chung Ying Street (Derek Chiu)
6. Chinese Portrait (Wang Xiaoshuai)
7. Tourism (Daisuke Miyazaki)
8. La cartographe (Nathan Douglas)
9. Veslemøy’s Song (Sofia Bohdanowicz)
10. Norman Norman (Sophy Romvari)
11. Shoot the Moon Right Between the Eyes (Graham Carter)
12. Dead Pigs (Cathy Yan)
13. A Land Imagined (Yeo Siew Hua)
14. Girls Always Happy (Yang Mingming)
15. House of Hummingbird (Kim Bora)
16. Song Lang (Leon Le)

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2019 Discoveries (So Far)

1. Chan is Missing (Wayne Wang, 1982)
2. Street Angel (Yuan Muzhi, 1937)
3. Desperately Seeking Susan (Susan Seidelman, 1985)
4. War and Peace (Sergei Bondarchuk, 1966)
5. Taxi Hunter (Herman Yau, 1993)
6. Suzhou River (Lou Ye, 2000)
7. Red Sorghum (Zhang Yimou, 1987)
8. The Untold Story (Herman Yau, 1993)
9. From Beijing with Love (Stephen Chow & Lee Lik-chi, 1994)
10. Yellow Earth (Chen Kaige, 1984)
11. Cry Me a River (Jia Zhangke, 2008)
12. Duel to the Death (Ching Siu-tung, 1983)
13. The Horse Thief (Tian Zhuangzhuang, 1986)
14. Legend of the Stardust Brothers (Makoto Tezuka, 1985)
15. Useless (Jia Zhangke, 2007)
16. Troublesome Night 3 (Herman Yau, 1998)
17. The Mindscape of Alan Moore (Dez Vylenz, 2003)
18. Captain America: Winter Soldier (Joe & Anthony Russo, 2014)
19. Xiao Shan Going Home (Jia Zhangke, 1995)
20. Howard the Duck (Willard Huyck, 1986)
21. Ju Dou (Zhang Yimou, 1990)
22. Maximum Risk (Ringo Lam, 1996)
23. Springtime in a Small Town (Tian Zhuangzhuang, 2002)
24. Dong (Jia Zhangke, 2006)
25. Three Sad Tigers (Raúl Ruiz, 1968)
26. Breakin’ (Joel Silberg, 1984)

 

*According to Mike D’Angelo’s list, neither Missbehavior nor Legend of the Demon Cat played in New York in 2019, but they did play in other North American cities, including Seattle, and so I’m considering them to exist.

Books of 2018

Here is a ranked list of the books which I finished reading in 2018:

  1. Loitering with Intent, Muriel Spark
  2. Master and Commander, Patrick O’Brien
  3. Moons of Jupiter, Alice Munro
  4. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Agatha Christie
  5. Outside Stories, Eliot Weinberger
  6. Preludes & Nocturnes (Sandman #1), Neil Gaiman
  7. Works on Paper, Eliot Weinberger
  8. Post Captain, Patrick O’Brien
  9. Empires of the Word, Nicholas Oster
  10. At the Existentialist Café, Sarah Bakewell
  11. HMS Surprise, Patrick O’Brien
  12. For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest hemingway
  13. Capitalist Realism, Mark Fisher
  14. Fixed Ideas, Joan Didion
  15. The Man in the Brown Suit, Agatha Christie
  16. Fables, Vol. 1, Bill Willingham
  17. The Mauritius Command, Patrick O’Brien
  18. The Reactionary Mind, Corey Robin
  19. Batman: The Killing Joke, Alan Moore
  20. Desolation Island, Patrick O’Brien
  21. The Mysterious Affair at Styles, Agatha Christie
  22. The Surgeon’s Mate, Patrick O’Brien
  23. The Chapo Guide to Revolution
  24. The Doll’s House (Sandman #2), Neil Gaiman
  25. The Fortune of War, Patrick O’Brien
  26. The Art of Smart Football, Chris Brown
  27. The Essential Smart Football, Chris Brown
  28. Big Game, Mark Leibovich
  29. The Secret of Chimneys, Agatha Christie
  30. The Murder on the Links, Agatha Christie
  31. The Secret Adversary, Agatha Christie
  32. It Crawled from the South, Marcus Gray
  33. The Big Four, Agatha Christie
  34. Fire and Fury, Michael Wolff

Currently reading, ranked in order of how close I am to finishing:

  1. The Ionian Mission, Patrick O’Brien
  2. The Power Broker, Robert Moses
  3. Middlemarch, George Eliot
  4. A World to Win: The Life and Work of Karl Marx, Sven-Eric Liedman
  5. Against the Day, Thomas Pynchon
  6. The Fourth World Omnibus, Jack Kirby

The Best Older Movies I Saw in 2018

An annual tradition here at The End, this is a look at my favorite film discoveries of the year, any movie more than a few years old that I saw for the first time in 2018. Previous years include: 20172016201520142013201220112010200920082007, and 2006. I watched just over 350 films this year, about 60 of which qualified for this list, and these are 31 of my favorites.

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Hana and Alice (Shunji Iwai, 2004)

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Kamikaze Taxi (Masato Harada, 1995)

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Wanda (Barbara Loden, 1970)

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Bound for the Fields, the Mountains and the Seacoast (Nobuhiko Obayashi, 1986)

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Long Arm of the Law (Johnny Mak, 1984)

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The Longest Summer (Fruit Chan, 1998)

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Wooden Crosses (Raymond Bernard, 1932)

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Final Victory (Patrick Tam, 1987)

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Dream Lovers (Tony Au, 1986)

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Love Letter (Shunji Iwai, 1995)

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That Day, on the Beach (Edward Yang, 1983)

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Love Unto Waste (Stanley Kwan, 1986)

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List (Hong Sangsoo, 2011)

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The Boxer’s Omen (Kuei Chih-hung, 1983)

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Crime Story (Kirk Wong, 1993)

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Tonight Nobody Goes Home (Sylvia Chang, 1996)

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Detective Chinatown (Chen Sicheng, 2015)

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Something Good – Negro Kiss (William Selig, 1898)

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Cops and Robbers (Alex Cheung, 1979)

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Siao Yu (Sylvia Chang, 1995)

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Lost in the Mountains (Hong Sangsoo, 2009)

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Princess D (Sylvia Chang, 2002)

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Duel to the Death (Ching Siu-tung, 1983)

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Nine to Five (Colin Higgins, 1980)

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Mind Game (Masaaki Yuasa, 2004)

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Little Forest: Winter/Spring/Summer/Autumn (Junichi Mori, 2014-15)

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Bewitched (Kuei Chih-hung, 1981)

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Women (Stanley Kwan, 1985)

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Man of Steel (Zack Snyder, 2013)

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Seeding of a Ghost (Chuan Yang, 1983)

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Fireworks, Should We See It from the Side or the Bottom? (Shunji Iwai, 1993)

A Top 100 Films of All-Time

It is time once again for a Top 100 Films of All-Time list. As I’ve done for the last few years, the first ten spots on the list comprise a hypothetical Sight & Sound-style ballot. We had an on-going project related to this on The George Sanders Show, that will now be based at Seattle Screen Scene. This top ten is presented here in chronological order. The remaining 90 films were randomly selected from a consideration set of 446 films, which excluded films that made my Top Tens in 20122013201420152016 and 2017.

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1. Morocco (Josef von Sternberg, 1930)

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2. Bringing Up Baby (Howard Hawks, 1938)

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3. A Canterbury Tale (Michael Powell & Emeric Presburger, 1944)

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4. Johnny Guitar (Nicholas Ray, 1954)

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5. I am Cuba (Mikhail Kalatozov, 1964)

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6. Police Story (Jackie Chan, 1985)

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7. Kiki’s Delivery Service (Hayao Miyazaki, 1989)

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8. A Brighter Summer Day (Edward Yang, 1991)

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9. The Matrix (Lana & Lilly Wachowski, 1999)

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10. Kung Fu Hustle (Stephen Chow, 2004)

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11. Histoire(s) du cinéma (Jean-Luc Godard, 1988-1998)

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12. The Color of Pomegranates (Sergei Parajanov, 1969)

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13. Lonesome (Paul Fejos, 1928)

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14. Romancing in Thin Air (Johnnie To, 2012)

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15. Heaven’s Gate (Michael Cimino, 1980)

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16. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (John Ford, 1962)

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17. Applause (Rouben Mamoulian, 1929)

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18. Do the Right Thing (Spike Lee, 1989)

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19. I’m Not There (Todd Haynes, 2007)

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20. The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (Joseph Sargent, 1974)

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21. La danse (Frederick Wiseman, 2009)

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22. The Philadelphia Story (George Cukor, 1940)

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23. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (Tobe Hooper, 1974)

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24. In a Lonely Place (Nicholas Ray, 1950)

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25. Red Cliff (John Woo, 2008)

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26. Don’t Look Back (DA Pennebaker, 1967)

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27. The Good, the Bad & the Ugly (Sergio Leone, 1966)

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28. Raining in the Mountain (King Hu, 1979)

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29. Love Exposure (Sion Sono, 2008)

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30. Japanese Girls at the Harbor (Hiroshi Shimizu, 1933)

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31. The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson, 2001)

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32. Starship Troopers (Paul Verhoeven, 1997)

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33. One Week (Buster Keaton & Edward F. Cline, 1920)

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34. A Better Tomorrow (John Woo, 1986)

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35. How Green Was My Valley (John Ford, 1941)

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36. Battleship Potemkin (Sergei Eisenstein, 1925)

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37. The Contract (Michael Hui, 1978)

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38. The Bellboy (Jerry Lewis, 1960)

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39. The Mirror (Jafar Panahi, 1997)

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40. PTU (Johnnie To, 2003)

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41. M. Hulot’s Holiday (Jacques Tati, 1953)

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42. Throw Down (Johnnie To, 2004)

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43. The Third Man (Carol Reed, 1949)

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44. Goodfellas (Martin Scorsese, 1990)

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45. High School (Frederick Wiseman, 1968)

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46. The Battle of Algiers (Gillo Pontecorvo, 1966)

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47. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (Wes Anderson, 2004)

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48. Bound for the Fields, the Mountains and the Seacoast (Nobuhiko Obayashi, 1986)

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49. Meek’s Cutoff (Kelly Reichardt, 2010)

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50. Les amants du Pont-Neuf (Leos Carax, 1991)

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51. To Live and Die in LA (William Friedkin, 1985)

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52. The Mission (Johnnie To, 1999)

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53. Sleeping Beauty (Clyde Geronimi, Wolfgang Reitherman & Les Clark, 1959)

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54. Monty Python & the Holy Grail (Terry Gilliam & Terry Jones, 1975)

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55. Cat People (Jacques Tourneur, 1942)

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56. Vampyr (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1932)

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57. Seventh Heaven (Frank Borzage, 1927)

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58. Window Water Baby Moving (Stan Brakhage, 1959)

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59. Mulholland Dr. (David Lynch, 2001)

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60. Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994)

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61. The Dream of a Rarebit Fiend (Edwin S. Porter, 1906)

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62. Choose Me (Alan Rudolph, 1984)

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63. Shanghai Express (Josef von Sternberg, 1932)

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64. Only Angels Have Wings (Howard Hawks, 1939)

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65. Dazed and Confused (Richard Linklater, 1993)

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66. The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Jacques Demy, 1964)

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67. The Awful Truth (Leo McCarey, 1937)

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68. Canyon Passage (Jacques Tourneur, 1946)

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69. Prospero’s Books (Peter Greenaway, 1991)

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70. Under the Roofs of Paris (René Clair, 1930)

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71. The Lady Eve (Preston Sturges, 1941)

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72. City Girl (FW Murnau, 1930)

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73. L’Eclisse (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962)

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74. Wanda (Barbara Loden, 1970)

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75. It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (Bill Melendez, 1966)

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76. Night Across the Street (Raúl Ruiz, 2012)

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77. Aliens (James Cameron, 1986)

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78. Barton Fink (Joel & Ethan Coen, 1991)

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79. The Rink (Charles Chaplin, 1916)

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80. A Trip to the Moon (Georges Méliès, 1902)

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81. Au hasard Balthazar (Robert Bresson, 1966)

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82. The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (Isao Takahata, 2013)

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83. The Last Movie (Dennis Hopper, 1971)

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84. The French Connection (William Friedkin, 1971)

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85. The Gold Rush (Charles Chaplin, 1925)

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86. The Manchurian Candidate (John Frankenheimer, 1962)

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87. The Piano (Jane Campion, 1993)

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88. Syndromes and a Century (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2006)

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89. Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson, 2012)

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90. Awaara (Raj Kapoor, 1951)

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91. Trouble in Paradise (Ernst Lubitsch, 1932)

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92. Star Wars (George Lucas, 1977)

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93. When Harry Met Sally. . . (Rob Reiner, 1989)

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94. The Big Parade (King Vidor, 1925)

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95. Dangerous Liaisons (Stephen Frears, 1988)

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96. The Pan-American Exposition by Night (Edwin S. Porter, 1901)

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97. The Fate of Lee Khan (King Hu, 1973)

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98. The Missing Picture (Rithy Panh, 2013)

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99. Airplane! (David Zucker, Jim Abrahams & Jerry Zucker, 1980)

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100. Wolf Children (Mamoru Hosada, 2012)

The Best Movies of 2018 (So Far)

We are now halfway through the year and as has become an annual tradition here at The End, it’s time to look back at the best movies of the year so far. As I discussed in the 2013 halfway post, the consensus movie-dating system is nonsensical and posits New York as the center of the universe. Far more logical (and much easier to use) is a system reliant on imdb’s dating system, which locates a film in whatever year it first played for an audience. That’s what we use here for all Rankings & Awards as it’s the most fair to all eras and areas. (A dating system reliant on playing in a certain locality I think can be valuable for a publication that is geographically specific, like a local newspaper or website. But here at The End, we have a global reach.)

A by-product of the system is that a number of films that first go into wide-release in any given year actually had their premiere in the year before. A number of the films on many critics’ halfway-point lists will include these films, films that find their proper home here on my 2017 list. And so here we have two lists: the Best Movies of 2018, following the strict imdb dating system, and the Best 2017 Movies of 2018, which includes those films from last year that you might find on a more chronologically-illogical list. I also have a third list, Best Unreleased Movies of 2017, of last year’s films that have yet to see a New York release and therefore don’t (yet) exist by the standards of most critics. And a fourth list, a halfway version of my annual Best Older Movies list, counting the top movies I saw for the first time this year that are more than a few years old.

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The Best Movies of 2018 (So Far)

1. Grass (Hong Sangsoo)
2. Little Forest (Yim Soonrye)
3. Dead Pigs (Cathy Yan)
4. The 15:17 to Paris (Clint Eastwood)
5. Matangi/Maya/MIA (Steven Loveridge)
6. Operation Red Sea (Dante Lam)
7. The Monkey King 3 (Soi Cheang)
8. Avengers: Infinity War (Anthony & Joe Russo)
9. Isle of Dogs (Wes Anderson)
10. Black Panther (Ryan Coogler)
11. La cartographe (Nathan Douglas)
12. Girls Always Happy (Yang Mingming)
13. How Long Will I Love U (Su Lun)
14. Detective Chinatown 2 (Chen Sicheng)
15. The Widowed Witch (Cai Chengjie)
16. The Commuter (Jaume Collet-Serra)

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The Best 2017 Movies of 2018 (So Far)

1. Claire’s Camera (Hong Sangsoo)
2. 24 Frames (Abbas Kiarostami)
3. The Green Fog (Guy Maddin, Evan & Galen Johnson)
4. Let the Sunshine In (Claire Denis)
5. Angels Wear White (Vivian Qu)
6. The Day After (Hong Sangsoo)
7. 1987: When the Day Comes (Jang Joonhwan)
8. Before We Vanish (Kiyoshi Kurosawa)
9. Western (Valeska Grisebach)
10. Zama (Lucrecia Martel)
11. The Death of Stalin (Armando Iannucci)
12. Ismael’s Ghosts (Arnaud Desplechin)
13. Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun? (Travis Wilkerson)
14. Lu Over the Wall (Masaaki Yuasa)

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The Best Unreleased Films of 2017 (So Far)

1. Maison du bonheur (Sofia Bohdanowicz)
2. Bad Genius (Nattawut Poonpiriya)
3. Love and Goodbye in Hawaii (Shingo Matsumura)
4. The Village of No Return (Chen Yu-hsun)
5. 77 Heartbreaks (Herman Yau)
6. The Burden of Other People’s Thoughts (Don Hertzfeldt)
7. Fail to Appear (Antoine Bourges)
8. Hit the Night (Jeong Gayoung)
9. Love Education (Sylvia Chang)
10. Pumpkin Movie (Sophy Romvari)
11. SPL: Paradox (Wilson Yip)
12. Prototype (Blake Williams)
13. Sekigahara (Masato Harada)
14. Chang-Ok’s Letter (Shunji Iwai)
15. Wrath of Silence (Xin Yukun)
16. The Great Buddha+ (Huang Hsin-yao)
17. Wasteland No. 1: Ardent Verdant (Jodie Mack)
18. Mr. Long (Sabu)
19. From Nine to Nine (Neil Bahadur)
20. Scaffold (Kazik Radwanski)
21. Manhunt (John Woo)

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2018 Discoveries (So Far)

1. Kamikaze Taxi (Masato Harada, 1995)
2. Long Arm of the Law (Johnny Mak, 1984)
3. Final Victory (Patrick Tam, 1987)
4. Lost in the Mountains (Hong Sangsoo, 2009)
5. That Day, On the Beach (Edward Yang, 1983)
6. Dream Lovers (Tony Au, 1986)
7. Love Unto Waste (Stanley Kwan, 1986)
8. Cops and Robbers (Alex Cheung, 1979)
9. Princess D (Sylvia Chang, 2002)
10. Tonight Nobody Goes Home (Sylvia Chang, 1996)
11. Crime Story (Kirk Wong, 1993)
12. Duel to the Death (Ching Siu-tung, 1983)
13. Siao Yu (Sylvia Chang, 1995)
14. Women (Stanley Kwan, 1985)
15. Passion (Sylvia Chang, 1986)
16. Hit Team (Dante Lam, 2001)
17. Clan of the White Lotus (Lo Lieh, 1980)

The Best Older Movies I Saw in 2017

An annual tradition here at The End, this is a look at my favorite film discoveries of the year, any movie more than a few years old that I saw for the first time in 2017. Previous years include: 2016201520142013201220112010200920082007, and 2006. I watched just over 300 films this year, about 80 of which qualified for this list, and these are 60 of my favorites.

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In the Heat of the Sun (Jiang Wen, 1994)

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5 Centimeters per Second (Makoto Shinkai, 2007)

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Mambo Girl (Evan Yang, 1957)

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A Grin Without a Cat (Chris Marker,1977)

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At Long Last Love (Peter Bogdanovich, 1975)

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The TAMI Show (Steve Binder, 1964)

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Le trou (Jacques Becker, 1960)

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The Wild, Wild Rose (Wong Tin-lam, 1960)

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Eight Taels of Gold (Mabel Cheung, 1989)

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Ace Attorney (Takashi Miike, 2012)

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Beast Cops (Gordon Chan & Dante Lam, 1998)

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Let It Be (Michael Lindsay-Hogg, 1970)

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The Odd Couple (Lau Kar-wing, 1979)

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Merrill’s Marauders (Samuel Fuller, 1962)

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The Watermelon Woman (Cheryl Dunye, 1996)

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A Fishy Story (Anthony Chan, 1989)

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Touchez pas au grisbi (Jacques Becker, 1954)

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Miracles: Mr. Canton and Lady Rose (Jackie Chan, 1989)

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The Goddess (Wu Yonggang, 1934)

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The Garden of Words (Makoto Shinkai, 2013)

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Chicken and Duck Talk (Clifton Ko, 1988)

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Dead or Alive (Takashi Miike, 1999)

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Love and Duty (Bu Wancang, 1931)

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Diau Charn (Li Han-hsiang, 1958)

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Monterey Pop (DA Pennebaker, 1968)

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The Chase (Arthur Ripley, 1946)

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Shaolin Martial Arts (Chang Cheh, 1974)

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Something’s Gotta Give (Nancy Meyers, 2003)

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Carry On Pickpocket (Sammo Hung, 1982)

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The New One-Armed Swordsman (Chang Cheh, 1971)

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The Private Eye Blues (Eddie Fong, 1994)

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All About Women (Tsui Hark, 2008)

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Romance of the Western Chamber (Hou Yao, 1927)

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A Bittersweet Life (Kim Jeewoon, 2005)

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Jumping Ash (Josephine Siao & Po-chih Leong, 1976)

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If You Are the One (Feng Xiaogang, 2008)

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The Beguiled (Don Siegel, 1971)

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Hong Kong Nocturne (Inoue Umetsugu, 1967)

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Pandora’s Box (Adam Curtis, 1992)

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Missing (Tsui Hark, 2008)

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Time Out for Trouble (David S. Glidden, 1961)

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Teppanyaki (Michael Hui, 1984)

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The Young Master (Jackie Chan, 1980)

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Moon Warriors (Sammo Hung, 1992)

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Sunday in Peking (Chris Marker, 1956)

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The June Bride (Tang Huang, 1960)

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Assembly (Feng Xiaogang, 2007)

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Jimi Plays Monterey (DA Pennebaker & Chris Hegedus, 1986)

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Infernal Affairs II (Andrew Lau & Alan Mak, 2003)

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If You Are the One 2 (Feng Xiaogang, 2010)

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Mr. Nice Guy (Sammo Hung, 1997)

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Wicked City (Peter Mak, 1992)

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The Black Tavern (Teddy Yip, 1972)

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The Dream Factory (Feng Xiaogang, 1997)

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Sun, Moon and Star (Evan Yang, 1961)

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Once Upon a Time in China V (Tsui Hark, 1994)

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Song of China (Fei Mu, 1935)

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James Baldwin: the Price of the Ticket (Karen Thorsen, 1989)

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Dance of the Drunken Mantis (Yuen Woo-ping, 1979)