Top Ranked Films from China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan

I took all the film polls I could find, and threw them all into a spreadsheet, and ranked the results. I posted the Top Ranked 1000 Films first, then an alphabetical list of all 2260 titles that made polls. I'm now posting sub-lists like this one. I combined China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan because so few from each country made the top 1000, only 20 in all, so I extended my list to the top 30 ranked titles. The complete and original lists can be found at http://worldsbestfilms.blogspot.com .. "Your results may vary"
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1.
In the Mood for Love (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Two neighbors, a woman and a man, form a strong bond after both suspect extramarital activities of their spouses. However, they agree to keep their bond platonic so as not to commit similar wrongs. (98 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
“ Beautifully shot film with cinematography by Christopher Doyle, and Wong Kar-Wai's impeccable direction. ” - LawrenceJoseSinclair
 
2.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A young Chinese warrior steals a sword from a famed swordsman and then escapes into a world of romantic adventure with a mysterious man in the frontier of the nation. (120 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
“ Ang Lee's epic ode to the martial arts film, a beautiful romance. ” - LawrenceJoseSinclair
 
3.
Yi Yi (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Each member of a middle class Taipei family seeks to reconcile past and present relationships within their daily lives. (173 mins.)
Director: Edward Yang
 
4.
Chungking Express (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Two melancholy Hong Kong policemen fall in love: one with a mysterious female underworld figure, the other with a beautiful and ethereal server at a late-night restaurant he frequents. (102 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
“ Wong Kar-Wai's crime film is a visual work of art, and with it's sequel, Fallen Angels, inspired Tarantino's Pulp Fiction. This is far better. ” - LawrenceJoseSinclair
 
5.
Raise the Red Lantern (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A young woman becomes the fourth wife of a wealthy lord, and must learn to live with the strict rules and tensions within the household. (125 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
“ This film of a wealthy man's fourth wife put director Zhang Yimou on the map in the west. ” - LawrenceJoseSinclair
 
6.
Days of Being Wild (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Set in 1960, the film centres on the young, boyishly handsome Yuddy, who learns from the drunken ex-prostitute... (94 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
“ Another from Hong Kong master Wong Kar-Wai. ” - LawrenceJoseSinclair
 
7.
Hero (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A defense officer, Nameless, was summoned by the King of Qin regarding his success of terminating three warriors. (99 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
“ My favorite film from China is its top-grossing of all time; for me, this is Zhang Yimou's masterpiece, a poetic and beatifully film story of three assassins and the King of Q'in. ” - LawrenceJoseSinclair
 
8.
Farewell My Concubine (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The story of two men, who met as apprentices in the Peking Opera, and stayed friends for over 50 years. (171 mins.)
Director: Kaige Chen
“ Chen Kaige's epic about lovers during wartime and other decades. ” - LawrenceJoseSinclair
 
9.
A Time to Live, a Time to Die (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
The semi-autobiographical film on director Hou Hsiao-Hsien's childhood and adolescence, when he was growing up in Taiwan, living through the deaths of his father, mother and grandmother. (138 mins.)
Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou
“ IF I have the right film, this is Hsiao-Hsien Hou's The Time to Live and the Time to Die ” - LawrenceJoseSinclair
 
10.
Infernal Affairs (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A story between a mole in the police department and an undercover cop. Their objectives are the same: to find out who is the mole, and who is the cop. (101 mins.)
Director: Andrew Lau, Alan Mak
“ This average police film was the basis for Scorsese's The Departed, which was far better. ” - LawrenceJoseSinclair
 
11.
The Killer (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A disillusioned assassin accepts one last hit in hopes of using his earnings to restore vision to a singer he accidentally blinded, only to be double-crossed by his boss. (111 mins.)
Director: John Woo
“ John Woo's gangster film is ok, but not as good as some others; I prefer his The Replacement Killers to this, much more action. ” - LawrenceJoseSinclair
 
12.
A City of Sadness (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A beautiful, historical film based upon the complex lives of four brothers. (157 mins.)
Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou
 
13.
House of Flying Daggers (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A romantic police captain breaks a beautiful member of a rebel group out of prison to help her rejoin her fellows, but things are not what they seem. (119 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
“ Zhang Yimou strikes again, this time with a group of female assassins who want to kill the king because he's always at war with neighboring kingdoms. ” - LawrenceJoseSinclair
 
14.
2046 (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The women who enter a science fiction author's life, over the course of a few years, after the author loses the woman he considers his one true love. (129 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
“ Wong Kar-Wai's loosely-tied sequel to In the Mood For Love - it does take place in the future but the title is the number of a motel room where the lovers met in the first film. ” - LawrenceJoseSinclair
 
15.
Happy Together (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Yiu-Fai and Po-Wing arrive in Argentina from Hong Kong and take to the road for a holiday. Something is wrong and their relationship goes adrift... (96 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
“ Another Wong Kar-Wai film ” - LawrenceJoseSinclair
 
16.
A Touch of Zen (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A lady fugitive on the run from corrupt government officials is joined in her endeavors by an unambitious painter and skilled Buddhist monks. (200 mins.)
Director: King Hu
 
17.
Spring in a Small Town (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A lonely housewife finds her monotonous life altered when her childhood sweetheart returns to town. (98 mins.)
Director: Mu Fei
 
18.
Last Train Home (2009 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A couple embarks on a journey home for Chinese new year along with 130 million other migrant workers, to reunite with their children and struggle for a future. Their unseen story plays out as China soars towards being a world superpower. (85 mins.)
Director: Lixin Fan
 
19.
Flight of the Red Balloon (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A little boy and his baby-sitter inhabit the same imaginary world: through their adventures they are followed by a strange red balloon. (115 mins.)
Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou
“ Another from the Taiwanese master Hsiao-hsien Hou. ” - LawrenceJoseSinclair
 
20.
A Brighter Summer Day (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
Based on a true story, primarily on a conflict between two youth gangs, a 14-year-old boy's girlfriend conflicts with the head of one gang for an unclear reason, until finally the conflict comes to a violent climax. (237 mins.)
Director: Edward Yang
“ This is the last film of this last in the top 1000 (ranked #937), from Edward Yang of Taiwan. ” - LawrenceJoseSinclair
 
21.
Up the Yangtze (2007 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
At the edge of the Yangtze River, not far from the Three Gorges Dam, young men and women take up employment on a cruise ship, where they confront rising waters and a radically changing China. (93 mins.)
Director: Yung Chang
 
22.
Springtime in a Small Town (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Liyan and Yuwen live in post-war torpor, childless but with Liyan's school-aged sister. He coughs, imagining... (116 mins.)
“ This is a modern remake of Fei Mu's 1948 classic ranked #17 (see above), Spring in a Small Town ” - LawrenceJoseSinclair
 
23.
Fallen Angels (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A disillusioned killer embarks on his last hit but first he has to overcome his affections for his cool... (99 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
“ Wong Kar-Wai's sequel to Chungking Express - the two were intended to be one film, but due to length he split them into two. They're both visual art, to me, great cinema. ” - LawrenceJoseSinclair
 
24.
The Puppetmaster (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In the first half of this century, young Li Tienlu joines a travelling puppet theatre and subsequently... (142 mins.)
Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou
“ Another from Taiwan master director Hsaing-hsien Hou. ” - LawrenceJoseSinclair
 
25.
Yellow Earth (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
'Yellow Earth' focuses on the story of a communist soldier who is sent to the countryside to collect folk songs for the Communist Revolution... (86 mins.)
Director: Kaige Chen
“ aka Yellow Earth, in the west. ” - LawrenceJoseSinclair
 
26.
Flowers of Shanghai (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In Shanghai in the 1880s there are four elegant brothels (flower houses): each has an auntie (called madam)... (130 mins.)
Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou
“ Another from Hsaing-hsien Hou - nearly all of his films have won awards somewhere. ” - LawrenceJoseSinclair
 
27.
Red Sorghum (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In 1930s China a young woman is sent by her father to marry the leprous owner of a winery. In the nearby... (91 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
“ Another from Zhang Yimou of China, this one is hard to find. ” - LawrenceJoseSinclair
 
28.
Ju Dou (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A woman married to the brutal and infertile owner of a dye mill in rural China conceives a boy with... (95 mins.)
“ Also Zhang Yimou of China, who directed the opening and closing ceremonies at the Beijing Olympics ” - LawrenceJoseSinclair
 
29.
Vive L'Amour (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The film focuses on three city folks who unknowingly share the same apartment: Mei, a real estate agent who uses it for her sexual affairs; Ah-jung... (118 mins.)
Director: Ming-liang Tsai
“ In spite of the French title, from Taiwanese director Tsai Ming-Liang ” - LawrenceJoseSinclair
 
30.
Da yue bing (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
(103 mins.)
Director: Kaige Chen
“ This is Chen Kaige's King of the Children - he's pretty famous, dunno why there's no pic of this film. His Together (2002) is my favorite of his, about a father and his boy who is a music prodigy on the violin. ” - LawrenceJoseSinclair