This page shows you the list charts. By default, the movies are ordered by how many times they have been marked as a favorite. However, you can also sort by other information, such as the total number of times it has been marked as a dislike.
A viewer's guide to accompany the book of the same name by Patrick Galloway. The list features every title reviewed in the book, in the order in which they appear.
Please note: Because Galloway includes a review of the American remake of Ringu, I have included it on the list, even though it is obviously not an Asian movie.
"This list of films is supposed to be a representative sample of the kinds of films that are produced and consumed in South Asia and elsewhere. It formed part of bfi's South Asian Cinema 2002 programme designed to present to the British public for the first time the immense diversity of South Asian cinema."
This is the list that was compiled by experts. BFI also ran a [url=http://www.icheckmovies.com/lists/bfi+south+asian+top+50+-+readers+poll/sienel/]user poll[/url].
The list is divided into 5 sections:
41-50: Sri Lankan
In 1998, Cinemaya asked 34 critics (mostly Asian critics) to list their 10 favorite Asian films. Cinemaya published all of these lists in issue #41 of the magazine. #1 Tokyo Story appeared on 20 of the lists. This is a list of films that appeared on at least 2 lists. See [url=https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/pub?key=0AhCbA3xledPhdGNGLXJ5VmtlZl94R015NDNwWEgxbnc]this spreadsheet[/url] for vote counts.
6 of the critics listed "The Apu Trilogy" without specifying an individual film, so I counted each trilogy vote as a vote for all 3 films.
You can see some of the top 10 lists in this [url=http://books.google.com/books?id=lZZ-mxaqP6IC&pg=PT416]Google book preview[/url].
This list is from Silvia Rins' book [url=http://www.amazon.com/cine-asiatico-Asian-Cinema-Espiritualiudad/dp/8489564523]El cine asiatico/ The Asian Cinema: Espiritualiudad, violencia y erotismo en el cine oriental/ Spirituality, Violence and Eroticism in the Eastern Films[/url] (2007).
In 2002 the BFI published a list of Top 50 South Asian films as voted on by select critics. In conjunction they also ran a poll asking readers for their top films.
Four titles currently missing from list.
31-40: Pakistan [missing #6 - Dooriyan (1984) and #10 - Gharana (1973)]
41-50: Sri Lanka [#3 - Ahas Guavwa (1974) and #8 - Tani Tatuwen Piyabanna (2002)]