Jeon Chanil

Programmer, Korean Cinema, Busan IFF; film critic; guest professor, Department of Film & TV, Jeon-ju University

South Korea

Voted in the critics’ poll

Voted for

4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days

Cristian Mungiu

All About My Mother

1999

Pedro Almodóvar

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

2000

Ang Lee

Fear Eats the Soul

1974

Rainer Werner Fassbinder

General, The

1926

Buster Keaton

Housemaid, The

1960

Kim Ki-young

Million Dollar Baby

2004

Clint Eastwood

Mouchette

1966

Robert Bresson

Règle du jeu, La

1939

Jean Renoir

Seven Samurai

1954

Akira Kurosawa

Comments

La règle du jeu has been everything about cinema to me for the last 30 years or so... Seven Samurai’s dynamism! It’s the pinnacle of Kurosawa’s filmography and the best bridge between western and Asian cinema. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul is a creative and provocative remake. The face of the melodrama of the world gains a new meaning and dimension thanks to this film. The impact of the great work of art that is Millon Dollar Baby is how touching it is – much too touching. Respect to the living legend and film auteur! The climax reminds us once again of the emotional depth of the film medium. All About My Mother is sensually attractive, emotionally touching and intellectually insightful at the same time! It is really a rare example in the history of film. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon blurs the boundary between film art and entertainment. Film entertainment becomes film art and film art becomes film entertainment... The General is the greatest film comedy and definitely evidence of the Cinema of Attraction. The Housemaid is the definitive masterpiece of Korean film – its mise en scène, especially, makes us gasp despite more than 50 years on. Bresson’d Mouchette is the summation of film minimalism and an example of the transcendental aspect of film. Finally, 4 months, 3 weeks and 2 days - this is and should be the Film Realism.

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