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Busan Festival Proposes Ranking of Best-Ever Asian Films

Ozu Yasujiro’s “Tokyo Story” is the best Asian film, according to a new list published by the Busan Intl. Film Festival, as part of its 20th anniversary celebrations.

In second place was “Rashomon,” by another Japanese director Kurosawa Akira, with Wong Kar Wai’s “In the Mood for Love” in third place.

The “Asian Cinema 100” initiative was a joint venture by the festival and the Busan Cinema Center. They called on the opinions of 73 prominent film professionals including film critics such as Jonathan Rosenbaum, Tony Rayns and Hasumi Shigehiko, as well as festival programmers, and film directors Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Bong Joon-ho and Apichatpong Weerasethakul.

Each was asked to recommend his top 10 films. That resulted in 113 selections and 106 directors (including joint rankings) for the final 100 list.

The festival will screen the top 10 films (actually 11, including equally ranked titles) and also publish a book.

Busan said it will repeat the exercise every five years.

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Busan’s Asian Cinema 100 List (top ten shown)
1 ) “Tokyo Story” (1953) Ozu Yasujiro (Japan)
2) “Rashomon” (1950) Kurosawa Akira (Japan)
3) “In the Mood for Love” (2000) Wong Kar Wai (Hong Kong)
4) “The Apu Trilogy” (1955) Satyajit Ray (India)
5) “A City of Sadness” (1989) Hou Hsiao-hsien (Taiwan)
6) “Seven Samurai” (1954) Kurosawa Akira (Japan)
7) “A Brighter Summer Day” (1991) Edward Yang (Taiwan)
8=) “Spring in a Small Town” (1948) Fei Mu (China)
8=) “Still Life” (2006) Jia Zhangke (China)
10=) “The Housemaid” (1960) Kim Ki-young (South Korea)
10=) “Close-Up” (1990) Abbas Kiarostami (Iran)

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