Sam Ho

Film critic and former programer of the Hong Kong International Film Festival


Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

City of Sadness, A


Hsiao-hsien Hou

Days of Being Wild


Wong Kar Wai

Godfather: Part I, The


Francis Ford Coppola

Late Spring


Ozu Yasujirô



Andrei Tarkovsky

Parents' Heart

Chun Kim

Règle du jeu, La


Jean Renoir

Searchers, The


John Ford

Spring in a Small Town


Fei Mu



Alfred Hitchcock


La Règle du jeu is a coming together of the mind, the heart and the senses; Spring in a Small Town is the high point of art and artistry in Chinese cinema, reached when the burdens of war, nation and ideology had been lifted, ever so slightly; Late Spring – Yasujiro Ozu, Hara Setsuko, Ryu Chishu… enough said; Parents’ Heart is the epitome of the 1950s Golden Period of Hong Kong cinema; The Searchers distills humanity, landscape and time into sublime poetry; Vertigo and The Godfather prove that genre pictures can be great art; Nostalghia makes one wish that metaphysical was always so sensuous; City of Sadness is a true epic and a whole lot more; and Days of Being Wild is cinema’s ultimate unfinished masterpiece.

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