Hong Kong Film Awards' Best 100 Chinese Motion Pictures

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1.
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
 
2.
A Better Tomorrow (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A reforming ex-gangster tries to reconcile with his estranged policeman brother, but the ties to his former gang are difficult to break. (95 mins.)
Director: John Woo
 
3.
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
 
4.
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
 
5.
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
 
6.
Long Arm of the Law (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Illeagal immigrants from mainland live in poverty and crimes. (100 mins.)
Director: Johnny Mak
 
7.
Dragon Inn (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The Eunuch of the Emperor has ordered the commander of his army condemned to death for betrayal and insurrection... (111 mins.)
Director: King Hu
 
8.
Boat People (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A Japanese photojournalist revisits Vietnam after the Liberation and learns harsh truths about its regime and its "New Economic Zones". (109 mins.)
Director: Ann Hui
 
9.
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
 
10.
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
 
11.
Street Angel (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In old Shanghai, two sisters, a prostitute and a singer, tried to escape from the local scoundrels with the help of a trumpet player and a newspaper seller. (91 mins.)
Director: Muzhi Yuan
 
12.
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
 
13.
Ban jin ba liang (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Private Eyes revolves the characters in a private detective agency headed by Wong Yuk-See (Michael Hui) with two employees... (94 mins.)
Director: Michael Hui
 
14.
The Mission (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Triad boss Lung, who has just escaped being killed in an assassination, hires five killers for his protection. Their grown solidarity is under compulsion when Lung gives a special order. (84 mins.)
Director: Johnnie To
 
15.
The One-Armed Swordsman (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A noble swordsman, whose arm had been chopped off, returns to his former teacher to defend him from a villainous gang of rival swordsmen. (111 mins.)
Director: Cheh Chang
 
16.
The Chinese Connection (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A young man seeks vengence for the death of his teacher. (102 mins.)
Director: Wei Lo
 
17.
In the Heat of the Sun (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A story of four teenagers during Cultural Revolution in Beijing. (134 mins.)
Director: Wen Jiang
 
18.
Wei lou chun xiao (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
(130 mins.)
Director: Tie Li
 
19.
A Chinese Odyssey Part One: Pandora's Box (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Fantasy adventure about the arrival of Buddhism in China. When the Goddess of Happiness tosses the Longevity... (87 mins.)
Director: Jeffrey Lau
 
20.
A Chinese Odyssey Part Two: Cinderella (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The convoluted continuation of the adventures of the time-traveling, now-human Monkey King, who attempts to fulfill his divine destiny. (95 mins.)
Director: Jeffrey Lau
 
21.
The Arch (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
(94 mins.)
Director: Shu-Hsuan T'ang
 
22.
Rouge (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Fleur is the blue angel in one of Hong Kong's "flower houses" - bordellos and night clubs of the 1930's... (96 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kwan
 
23.
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
 
24.
Si shui liu nian (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Coral, a Hong Kong woman tortured by city life, went back to her home town to visit her two old friends... (96 mins.)
Director: Ho Yim
 
25.
A Time to Live, a Time to Die (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 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
 
26.
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
 
27.
Father and Son (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A young man dreamed of a career in comics and movies. But his father would rather gave up all he had in order to let him receive formal education. (97 mins.)
Director: Allen Fong
 
28.
Tears of the Yang-Tse (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
1930's China. The village of a poor family is taken over by the occupying Japanese army. One son, Zhongliang... (192 mins.)
 
29.
Comrades: Almost a Love Story (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Two Chinese-mainlanders living in Hong Kong form a close friendship. Over the years this grows into love, but there are obstacles. (118 mins.)
Director: Peter Chan
 
30.
The Goddess (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Street walker by night, devoted mother by day, a woman fights to get her young son an education amid criminal and social injustice in China. (85 mins.)
Director: Yonggang Wu
 
31.
The Highway (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Six young men from the city take jobs on a road crew, building a highway of strategic importance to the Chinese Army... (104 mins.)
Director: Yu Sun
 
32.
The Secret (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A real murder case which was complicated by the minage ' trois relationship of the victim and the main suspects... (85 mins.)
Director: Ann Hui
 
33.
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
 
34.
Drunken Master (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
An undisciplined boy must learn Drunken Fist Kung Fu in order to stop an assassin. (111 mins.)
Director: Woo-Ping Yuen
 
35.
The Butterfly Murders (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A journalist attempting to solve a mystery in "Martial World" enlists the aid of a master fighter and a woman named Green Breeze. They go to a mysterious castle where they come across poisonous butterflies and a black-leather-clad killer. (88 mins.)
Director: Hark Tsui
 
36.
Ashes of Time (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A broken-hearted hit man moves to the desert where he finds skilled swordsmen to carry out his contract killings. (100 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
 
37.
Made in Hong Kong (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Autumn Moon (Sam Lee), a low-rent triad living in Hong Kong, struggles to find meaning in his hopelessly violent existence. (108 mins.)
Director: Fruit Chan
 
38.
Sorrows of the Forbidden City (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
(120 mins.)
Director: Shilin Zhu
 
39.
The Love Eterne (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
(122 mins.)
Director: Han Hsiang Li
 
40.
Ying xiong ben se (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
(118 mins.)
Director: Kong Lung
 
41.
Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Chinese soldiers in an ancient civil war get caught up in a fantastical quest to save the universe. (95 mins.)
Director: Hark Tsui
 
42.
The Terrorizers (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A metaphysical mystery about the lives of three couples in Taipei that continually intersect over a span of several weeks. (109 mins.)
Director: Edward Yang
 
43.
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
 
44.
Once Upon a Time in China (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Set in late 19th century Canton this martial arts film depicts the stance taken by the legendary martial... (134 mins.)
Director: Hark Tsui
 
45.
Center Stage (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Biopic of 1930's Chinese actress Ruan Ling Yu. (126 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kwan
 
46.
The Story of Qiu Ju (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A pregnant peasant woman seeks redress from the Chinese bureaucracy after the village chief kicks her husband in the groin in this comedy of justice... (100 mins.)
Director: Yimou Zhang
 
47.
Life of a Beijing Policeman (1950)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Fifty years of modern Chinese history (1900-1950), including wars, revolutions and corrupt politics... (120 mins.)
Director: Hui Shi
 
48.
Jiang shan mei ren (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
(100 mins.)
Director: Han Hsiang Li
 
49.
The Winter (1969)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The winters in Northern China could become rather bitter and harsh especially if one must endure it alone... (96 mins.)
Director: Han Hsiang Li
 
50.
An Autumn's Tale (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Filmed in New York, story of naive young woman from Hong Kong who goes to New York to study. Street-wise... (98 mins.)
Director: Mabel Cheung
 
51.
A Chinese Ghost Story (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Ning Tsai-Shen, a humble tax collector, arrives in a small town to carry out his work. Unsurprisingly... (98 mins.)
Director: Siu-Tung Ching
 
52.
Zi chai ji (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
(135 mins.)
Director: Tit Lee
 
53.
Ren hai gu hong (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
(104 mins.)
Director: Sun-Fung Lee
 
54.
Two Stage Sisters (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Chronicles the fortunes of two actresses in pre-revolutionary China, who are separated by money and politics. (112 mins.)
Director: Jin Xie
 
55.
City on Fire (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An undercover cop infiltrates a gang of thieves who plan to rob a jewelry store. (101 mins.)
Director: Ringo Lam
 
56.
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
 
57.
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
 
58.
Han ye (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
(136 mins.)
Director: Sun-Fung Lee
 
59.
Po qiao shi fen (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
(106 mins.)
 
60.
Raining in the Mountain (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An esquire and a General eyes a priceless handwritten scroll by Tripitaka, held in a Temple library. The Abbot of the Temple selects his successor. (120 mins.)
Director: King Hu
 
61.
Police Story (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A virtuous Hong Kong police officer must clear his good name when the drug lords he is after frame him for the murder of a dirty cop. (101 mins.)
 
62.
Endless Love (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A jazz musician (Lau Ching-Wan) who has problems in both his life and career breaks up with his girlfriend... (105 mins.)
Director: Tung-Shing Yee
 
63.
The Wedding Banquet (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
To satisfy his nagging parents, a gay landlord and a female tenant agree to a marriage of convenience, but his parents arrive to visit and things get out of hand. (106 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
 
64.
Platform (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Set in Fenyang, Shanxi Province, the film focuses on a group of amateur theatre troupe performers whose... (154 mins.)
Director: Zhangke Jia
 
65.
The Wild Wild Rose (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Grace Chang seduces as Hong Kong's most sensual Carmen ever. The torrid passions of Bizet's famous opera... (128 mins.)
Director: Tian-Lin Wang
 
66.
Ke lian tian xia fu mu xin (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
(98 mins.)
Director: Yuen Chor
 
67.
Nan xiong nan di (1960)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
(101 mins.)
Director: Kim Chun
 
68.
Dangerous Encounters of the First Kind (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Three lazybones friends manufacture a firebomb and place it in a cinema. Pearl, a sadistic young girl, has observed the scene, follows the bombers and starts to manipulate them. The four criminals plan more and more daring acts. (95 mins.)
Director: Hark Tsui
 
69.
Boon bin yen (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
When romance starts to cool, Ah Ying applies for a job in a film centre. Instead of paying her for her work... (110 mins.)
Director: Allen Fong
 
70.
Durian Durian (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
(116 mins.)
Director: Fruit Chan
 
71.
Ai le zhongnian (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
(100 mins.)
Director: Hu Sang
 
72.
Little Toys (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
(114 mins.)
Director: Yu Sun
 
73.
Chat sup yee ga fong hak (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
(101 mins.)
Director: Chu Yuan
 
74.
Nomad (1982)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
(96 mins.)
Director: Patrick Tam
 
75.
Dust in the Wind (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A-yuan and A-yun are both from the small mining town of Jio-fen. In the city, A-yuan is an apprentice by day and goes to night school... (109 mins.)
Director: Hsiao-Hsien Hou
 
76.
92 Legendary La Rose Noire (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The film is about a movie hero of the 60s called Black Rose, but she was actually real, and a woman... (100 mins.)
Director: Jeffrey Lau
 
77.
Shaolin Soccer (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A young Shaolin follower reunites with his discouraged brothers to form a soccer team using their martial art skills to their advantage. (113 mins.)
Director: Stephen Chow
 
78.
Song at Midnight (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
China's first horror film, this is loosely based on The Phantom of the Opera. A disfigured musical genius roams a traditional Chinese opera house, punishing those who offend him. (113 mins.)
Director: Weibang Ma-Xu
 
79.
Zai jian Zhongguo (1978)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
(110 mins.)
Director: Shu Shuen Tong
 
80.
Zhuang dao zheng (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A Cantonese opera company arrives in Cheung Chau to perform for a rich man, who wants to marry of his nephew Dick to the star of the company Ah Gee... (97 mins.)
Director: Ann Hui
 
81.
Taipei Story (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Lung, a former member of the national Little League team and now operator of an old-style fabric business... (110 mins.)
Director: Edward Yang
 
82.
The Blue Kite (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The lives of a Beijing family throughout the 1950s and 1960s, as they experience the impact of the Hundred Flowers Campaign, the Great Leap Forward, and the Cultural Revolution. (140 mins.)
 
83.
Tai tai wan sui (1947)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Long Live the Wife, a lively and well-acted comedy, is celebrated fiction writer Eileen Chang's second script... (90 mins.)
Director: Hu Sang
 
84.
Man bo nu lang (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
(91 mins.)
Director: Wen Yi
 
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86.
Execution in Autumn (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A thief Peigang will be executed in Autumn, however, he is the only single son for three generation in succession. His grandma try to save him ... (99 mins.)
Director: Hsing Lee
 
87.
Hibiscus Town (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Love, humiliation and politics play out in a distant village of China during the cultural revolution. (164 mins.)
Director: Jin Xie
 
88.
God of Gamblers (1989)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A master gambler loses his memory, and is befriended by a street hustler who discovers his supernatural gambling abilities. (126 mins.)
Director: Jing Wong
 
89.
As Tears Go By (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Mid-level gangster Wah falls in love with his beautiful cousin, but must also continue to protect his volatile partner-in-crime and friend, Fly. (102 mins.)
Director: Kar Wai Wong
 
90.
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
 
91.
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
 
92.
The Lights of Ten Thousand Homes (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
(124 mins.)
Director: Fu Shen
 
93.
Zhong qiu yue (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Shilin Zhu
 
94.
Fu mu xin (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
(111 mins.)
Director: Kim Chun
 
95.
Lin zexu (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
(103 mins.)
Director: Junli Zheng
 
96.
Hong lou meng (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
Director: Fan Cen
 
97.
Da lui toi (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
(78 mins.)
Director: Kirk Wong
 
98.
Shanghai Blues (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
In 1937 Shanghai, a soon-to-depart soldier meets a young woman under a bridge during a Japanese air raid... (103 mins.)
Director: Hark Tsui
 
99.
The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter (1984)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The Yang family was the loyal strong-arm of the Imperial army. But a jealous General betrays the Eilte... (98 mins.)
Director: Chia-Liang Liu
 
100.
The Black Cannon Incident (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
he engineer Zhao Shuxin liked playing chess very much. Once during his business journey, he lost the black cannon chessman. (96 mins.)
Director: Jianxin Huang