Saturday, December 30, 2006

Best of 2005 - Asian Films

This is a personal best Asian films (fiction and documentary) produced in 2005 (made in 2005 but not necessarily seen in 2005, many were actually seen in 2006). 2006 will come later. 2004 has been posted here : 2004
Tsai's film is easily the best one, his latest one, I don't Want to Sleep Alone is also a great one, for a director who said to us that he would stop making films... His next project is set in Le Louvre and will star Maggie Cheung!!! Such a great project to be looking forward.
Contrary to 2004, it seems that I have seen mainly films from Far East Asia, not even a Thai film of 2005 I can remember of.... South Korea is as usual producing a quantity of movies, but more genre movies or big productions. However Hong Sang-soo and Kim Ki-duk keep on going, although not as innovative and rather mixed for Kim's work (The Bow was too symbolic and metaphorical again).

1 The Wayward Cloud (Tian bian yi duo yun, Tsai Ming-liang, Taiwan)
2 Three Times (Zui hao de shi guang, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Taiwan
3 Election (Hak se wui, Johnnie To, HK)
4 Haze (Haze, Shinya Tsukamoto, Japan)
5 Dream Walking (Meng You, Huang Wenhai, China, doc)
6 Takeshis (Takeshis, Takeshi Kitano, Japan)
7 Peacock (Kong que, Gu Changwei, China)
8 A Bittersweet Life (Dalkomhan insaeng, Kim Ji-woon, Korea)
9 The Sunflowers (Kui Hua Duo Duo, Wang Biaomin, China)
10 4:30 (Royston Tan, Singapore)

To continue :
11. Canary (Akihiko Shiota, Japan),
12. Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (Park Chan Wook, Korea),
13. Welcome to Dongmakgol (Park Kwang Hyun, Korea),
14. King and the Clown (Lee Jun-ik, Korea),
15. So Much Rice (Li Hongqi, China)
16. The Tale of Yamanaka Tokiwa (Sumiko Haneda, Japan, doc),
17. Shanghai Dreams (Wang Xiaoshuai, China),
18. Crying Fist (Ryoo Seyng-wan, Korea),
19. Mongolian Ping Pong (Ning Hao, China),
20. Be With Me (Eric Khoo, Singapore)

Special Mention :
Time between Dog and Wolf (Jeon Soo-il, Korea), A Stranger of Mine (Kenji Uchida, Japan), Singapore Gaga (Tan Pin Pin, Singapore), A Tale of Cinema (Geuk jang jeon, Hong Sang-soo, South Korea).

No point to name the worse ones or the ones that were a big disappointment...

Still to see :
Rampo Noir, Eli, Eli, rema, sabachthani?, Operetta Tanuki Goten, Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles which I will see soon....
and many more...



Blogger Mubarak Ali said...

Wow - Maggie Cheung and Tsai! They finally found each other! :)

I've seen only four films from your top twenty, so there's a lot to look forward to seeing someday. I think I need to look into Johnnie To's work more closely...

Hope you have a fabulous 2007!

January 02, 2007 2:40 am  
Blogger Ouyang Feng said...

Yes, this seems promising, I was wondering when we will see Maggie Cheung in films again!

Thanks, to you as well, I'm sure 2007 will be great.
And lots of films to see.....

January 02, 2007 1:20 pm  

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