List of Hong Kong submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

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2. The Enchanting Shadow (1960)

83 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

A young scholar spends the night in a creepy temple that is said to be haunted. He doesn't believe in the rumors, but after running into a Taoist swordsman, he meets a beautiful lady ghost.

Director: Han Hsiang Li | Stars: Betty Loh Ti, Lei Zhao, Rhoqing Tang, Chih-Ching Yang

Votes: 142

3. The Love Eterne (1963)

126 min | Musical, Romance

The story about the life of the students at a university in Hangchow. Chu Ying-Tai is a female who has to be disguised as a man in order to gain entry into the school.

Director: Han Hsiang Li | Stars: Betty Loh Ti, Ivy Ling Po, Li-Chu Chang, Yanyan Chen

Votes: 339

5. Come Drink with Me (1966)

Not Rated | 95 min | Action, Crime

A group of bandits kidnaps the governor's son and demands their imprisoned leader to be set free in exchange.

Director: King Hu | Stars: Pei-Pei Cheng, Hua Yueh, Chih-Ching Yang, Hung Lieh Chen

Votes: 3,315

8. Raining in the Mountain (1979)

120 min | Action, Drama

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.

Director: King Hu | Stars: Feng Hsu, Yueh Sun, Chun Shih, Feng Tien

Votes: 568

9. Si shui liu nian (1984)

96 min | Drama

Coral, a Hong Kong woman tortured by city life, went back to her home town to visit her two old friends. They all found that some precious things in life which disappear through the years ... See full summary »

Director: Ho Yim | Stars: Josephine Koo, Gaowa Siqin, Weixiang Xie, Yun Zhou

Votes: 106

10. Painted Faces (1988)

112 min | Drama

The story of Beijing Opera School, its teacher Master Yu and his students.

Director: Alex Law | Stars: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Ching-Ying Lam, Pei-Pei Cheng, John Sham

Votes: 253

10/10

italian "Cinema Paradiso" won that year

11. Eight Taels of Gold (1989)

100 min | Comedy, Drama

Chinese ex-pat returns to his home town in China after a long absence in New York.

Director: Mabel Cheung | Stars: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung, Sylvia Chang, Lawrence Ah Mon, Man-Kuen Chan

Votes: 125

12. Raise the Red Lantern (1991)

PG | 125 min | Drama, History, Romance

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.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Li Gong, Jingwu Ma, Saifei He, Cuifen Cao

Votes: 26,662 | Gross: $2.60M

Nominee

9/10

lost to italian "Mediterraneo" what a joke

13. Farewell My Concubine (1993)

R | 171 min | Drama, Music, Romance

The story of two men, who met as apprentices in the Peking Opera, and stayed friends for over 50 years.

Director: Kaige Chen | Stars: Leslie Cheung, Fengyi Zhang, Li Gong, Qi Lü

Votes: 22,463 | Gross: $5.22M

Nominee

10/10

lost to spanish "Belle Epoque" what's wrong with you people?

14. The Day the Sun Turned Cold (1994)

99 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Guan Jian wants to report the murder of his father who died 10 years ago. The alleged murderer whom Guan Jian accuses of the crime is his own mother.

Director: Ho Yim | Stars: Gaowa Siqin, Tsung-Hua To, Jingwu Ma, Zi Wei

Votes: 211

15. Summer Snow (1995)

101 min | Comedy, Drama

The Suns are a typical Hong Kong family: May, forty something, works for a trading company; her husband, Bing, works as a low-grade civil servant, and Allen, their teenage son, is still at ... See full summary »

Director: Ann Hui | Stars: Josephine Siao, Kar-Ying Law, Allen Ting, Roy Chiao

Votes: 496

16. Hu Du Men (1996)

87 min | Comedy, Drama

Cross the Hu-du-men - the demarcation between the back and front stage in Cantonese opera, and you leave yourself behind to absorb totally in your character. Lang Kim-sum is a charismatic ... See full summary »

Director: Kei Shu | Stars: Josephine Siao, Anita Yuen, Daniel Hiu Tung Chan, Waise Lee

Votes: 149

17. Made in Hong Kong (1997)

109 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Autumn Moon (Sam Lee), a low-rent triad living in Hong Kong, struggles to find meaning in his hopelessly violent existence.

Director: Fruit Chan | Stars: Sam Lee, Neiky Hui-Chi Yim, Wenders Li, Ka-Chuen Tam

Votes: 1,813

18. Ordinary Heroes (1999)

128 min | Drama

Ordinary Heroes is a 1999 Cantonese-language film directed by Ann Hui. It was co-produced by Hong Kong and China. It concerns social reform activists in Hong Kong. The film's Chinese title ... See full synopsis »

Director: Ann Hui | Stars: Kang-sheng Lee, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Kwan-Ho Tse, Mo-Chan Chik

Votes: 231

look for Ms. 邓丽君 and her song 千言万语 (鄧麗君 and 千言萬語 in traditional characters)

19. In the Mood for Love (2000)

PG | 98 min | Drama, Romance

85 Metascore

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.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Maggie Cheung, Ping Lam Siu, Tung Cho 'Joe' Cheung

Votes: 107,496 | Gross: $2.73M

20. Fulltime Killer (2001)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Drama

54 Metascore

Two very different hitmen find themselves to be in each other's way. They use all their skill to solve the problem.

Directors: Johnnie To, Ka-Fai Wai | Stars: Andy Lau, Takashi Sorimachi, Kelly Lin, Simon Yam

Votes: 6,112 | Gross: $0.01M

21. The Touch (2002)

PG-13 | 103 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

A sister and brother, the last heirs of a family of acrobats, are called upon by a Buddhist monk sect to retrieve an artifact that their ancestors have protected throughout the ages.

Director: Peter Pau | Stars: Michelle Yeoh, Ben Chaplin, Richard Roxburgh, Sihung Lung

Votes: 1,578

Disqualified

22. Infernal Affairs (2002)

R | 101 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

75 Metascore

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.

Directors: Andrew Lau Wai-Keung, Alan Mak | Stars: Andy Lau, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Eric Tsang

Votes: 111,583 | Gross: $0.17M

23. Running on Karma (2003)

93 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A monk turned body-builder, with the gift to see into people's lives, befriends a female cop, and uses his gift to change the force of Karma and her destiny.

Directors: Johnnie To, Ka-Fai Wai | Stars: Andy Lau, Cecilia Cheung, Siu-Fai Cheung, Wong Chun

Votes: 2,643

Disqualified

24. Perhaps Love (2005)

108 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

A love triangle develops during the making of a musical in mainland China.

Director: Peter Ho-Sun Chan | Stars: Takeshi Kaneshiro, Xun Zhou, Jacky Cheung, Jin-hee Ji

Votes: 2,231

25. The Banquet (2006)

Not Rated | 131 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

A loose adaptation of Hamlet, "The Night Banquet" is set in an empire in chaos. The Emperor, the Empress, the Crown Prince, the Minister and the General all have their own enemies they would like to finish off at a night banquet.

Director: Xiaogang Feng | Stars: Ziyi Zhang, You Ge, Daniel Wu, Xun Zhou

Votes: 6,369

26. Exiled (2006)

R | 110 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

73 Metascore

A friendship is formed between an ex-gangster, and two groups of hitmen - those who want to protect him and those who were sent to kill him.

Director: Johnnie To | Stars: Nick Cheung, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Francis Ng, Simon Yam

Votes: 7,920 | Gross: $0.05M

27. Painted Skin (2008)

103 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

An action-thriller centered on a vampire-like woman who eats the skins and hearts of her lovers.

Directors: Gordon Chan, Andy Wing-Keung Chin, Danny Ko | Stars: Donnie Yen, Xun Zhou, Kun Chen, Wei Zhao

Votes: 4,160

28. Prince of Tears (2009)

122 min | Drama

Two sisters whose family moves to Taiwan after their father fights in the civil war against the communists in mainland China, find their lives turned upside-down after their parents are thrown into jail and accused of being spies.

Director: Yonfan | Stars: Hsiao-chuan Chang, Xuan Zhu, Wing Fan, Terri Kwan

Votes: 213

29. Echoes of the Rainbow (2010)

Not Rated | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

The ups and downs of a Hong Kong family and their shoe shop as seen through the eyes of their eccentric eight-year-old son.

Director: Alex Law | Stars: Simon Yam, Sandra Kwan Yue Ng, Aarif Rahman, Buzz Chung

Votes: 1,613

30. A Simple Life (2011)

Not Rated | 118 min | Drama

78 Metascore

After suffering a stroke, an altruistic maid announces that she wants to quit her job and move into an old people's home.

Director: Ann Hui | Stars: Andy Lau, Deannie Ip, Hailu Qin, Fuli Wang

Votes: 4,880 | Gross: $0.19M

31. Life Without Principle (2011)

Not Rated | 107 min | Crime, Drama

Three people - a criminal, a bank officer and a cop - end up in a catastrophic situation in the midst of a global economical crisis and are forced to betray any morals and principles to solve their financial problems.

Director: Johnnie To | Stars: Ching Wan Lau, Richie Jen, Denise Ho, Myolie Wu

Votes: 1,912

32. The Grandmaster (2013)

PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Biography, Drama

73 Metascore

The story of martial-arts master Ip Man, the man who trained Bruce Lee.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Ziyi Zhang, Jin Zhang, Chen Chang

Votes: 29,012 | Gross: $6.59M

33. The Golden Era (2014)

177 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

57 Metascore

The life story of Xiao Hong, one of China's most famous essayists and novelists, who reflected the progressive thinking not frequently seen during the 1930s.

Director: Ann Hui | Stars: Wei Tang, Shaofeng Feng, Zhiwen Wang, Yawen Zhu

Votes: 912 | Gross: $0.10M

34. To the Fore (2015)

125 min | Drama, Sport

Two sprinters compete in the cut throat world of professional road cycling.

Director: Dante Lam | Stars: Eddie Peng, Si Won Choi, Shawn Dou, Luodan Wang

Votes: 826

35. Port of Call (2015)

Unrated | 126 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Human nature begins where truth ends Welcome to the murder without a body

Director: Philip Yung | Stars: Aaron Kwok, Elaine Jin, Patrick Tam, Jessie Li

Votes: 1,779



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