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Favourite Films

100 films

The absolute cream of the crop. Loosely ranked.

  • The Time to Live and the Time to Die
  • Three Times
  • Millennium Mambo
  • A City of Sadness
  • Flowers of Shanghai

Hou Hsiao-hsien

10 films

I haven't fallen this hard in love with a filmmaker since Wong Kar-wai and Edward Yang. Hou Hsiao-hsien's films are…

  • The Rocking Horsemen
  • Hanagatami
  • Bound for the Fields, the Mountains, and the Seacoast
  • His Motorbike, Her Island
  • The Time to Live and the Time to Die

Favourite Directors

92 films

The other absolute cream of the crop. Special mention to Hu Bo.

  • All About Lily Chou-Chou
  • A Brighter Summer Day
  • The Time to Live and the Time to Die
  • The Rocking Horsemen
  • A Story of Yonosuke

Flavours of Youth

113 films

The ones that primarily or largely focus on the youth (and adolescents) and their experiences. Ranging from the depressing to…

  • 2046
  • 3-Iron
  • 5 Centimeters per Second
  • All About Lily Chou-Chou
  • Antiporno

My ever-growing East Asian canon

145 films

It's no secret that East Asian cinema is by far my favourite. This particular portion of cinema is extremely personal…

  • Spirited Away
  • Only Yesterday
  • My Neighbor Totoro
  • Whisper of the Heart
  • The Tale of the Princess Kaguya

Studio Ghibli

19 films

"Many of my movies have strong female leads- brave, self-sufficient girls that don't think twice about fighting for what they…

  • The Rocking Horsemen
  • Hanagatami
  • Bound for the Fields, the Mountains, and the Seacoast
  • His Motorbike, Her Island
  • Casting Blossoms to the Sky

Nobuhiko Ōbayashi

14 films

The master chameleon. Few filmmakers are as versatile while being as consistently great as Nobuhiko Ōbayashi. Each and every film…

  • Chungking Express
  • In the Mood for Love
  • 2046
  • Fallen Angels
  • Happy Together

Wong Kar-wai

9 films

Words can't do my love for Wong Kar-wai any justice. His use of music is second to none. His neon-bathed,…

  • Goodbye, Dragon Inn
  • Rebels of the Neon God
  • The Wayward Cloud
  • What Time Is It There?
  • Days

Tsai Ming-liang

6 films

Tsai challenges the audience. His films explore loneliness in ways which make me lonely, and proceed to stay in my…

  • Badlands
  • Days of Heaven
  • The Thin Red Line
  • Knight of Cups
  • The Tree of Life

Terrence Malick

5 films

Perhaps America's greatest visual poet. Malick aims straight for the heart with his awe-inspiring visual style and a severe contempt…

  • American Honey
  • Mikey and Nicky
  • Paris, Texas
  • Long Day's Journey Into Night
  • 303

Wonders of the Wanderer

71 films

Sometimes, it's the journey to the destination that remains ingrained in our brains long after said destination has been reached…

  • Love Exposure
  • Antiporno
  • Cold Fish
  • Suicide Club
  • Why Don't You Play in Hell?

Sion Sono

7 films

Sion Sono's many idiosyncrasies are well documented, but what's truly baffling is his insane productivity. To release so many films…