BIFF's Asian Cinema 100

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The ‘Asian Cinema 100’ is a collaboration project with the Busan International Film Festival and the Busan Cinema Center to shed light on the values of Asian film. The list will be updated every 5 years to act as a guide for the aesthetic value and history of Asian cinema and to discover hidden masterpieces and talented directors of Asia.

For the project, 73 prominent film professionals at home and abroad included film critics such as Jonathan Rosenbaum, Tony Rayns, Hasumi Shigehiko, and renowned festival executives, programmers, and directors Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Bong Joon-ho, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul. They recommended their top 10 films, resulting in 113 selections and 106 directors (including joint rankings) for the final 100 list.

This list is from 2015. See the list source for the top directors and to see which films are tied.

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    Tôkyô monogatari

    1953 — a.k.a. Tokyo Story, in 25 top lists Check
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    Rashômon

    1950 — a.k.a. Rashomon, in 32 top lists Check
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    Faa yeung nin wa

    2000 — a.k.a. In the Mood for Love, in 27 top lists Check
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    Pather Panchali

    1955, in 21 top lists Check
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    Aparajito

    1956 — a.k.a. The Unvanquished, in 13 top lists Check
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    Apur Sansar

    1959 — a.k.a. The World of Apu, in 19 top lists Check
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    Beiqíng chéngshì

    1989 — a.k.a. A City of Sadness, in 9 top lists Check
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    Shichinin no samurai

    1954 — a.k.a. Seven Samurai, in 33 top lists Check
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    Gu ling jie shao nian sha ren shi jian

    1991 — a.k.a. A Brighter Summer Day, in 12 top lists Check
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    Xiao cheng zhi chun

    1948 — a.k.a. Spring in a Small Town, in 9 top lists Check
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    San xia hao ren

    2006 — a.k.a. Still Life, in 10 top lists Check
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    Hanyo

    1960 — a.k.a. The Housemaid, in 6 top lists Check
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    Nema-ye Nazdik

    1990 — a.k.a. Close-Up, in 19 top lists Check
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    Yi yi

    2000 — a.k.a. Yi Yi, in 18 top lists Check
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    Bom yeoreum gaeul gyeoul geurigo bom

    2003 — a.k.a. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring, in 9 top lists Check
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    Oldeuboi

    2003 — a.k.a. Oldboy, in 28 top lists Check
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    Banshun

    1949 — a.k.a. Late Spring, in 13 top lists Check
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    Ta'm e guilass

    1997 — a.k.a. A Taste of Cherry, in 15 top lists Check
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    Loong Boonmee raleuk chat

    2010 — a.k.a. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, in 9 top lists Check
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    Ugetsu monogatari

    1953 — a.k.a. Ugetsu, in 23 top lists Check
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    Jalsaghar

    1958 — a.k.a. The Music Room, in 10 top lists Check
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    Meghe Dhaka Tara

    1960 — a.k.a. The Cloud-Capped Star, in 11 top lists Check
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    Khane-ye doust kodjast?

    1987 — a.k.a. Where Is the Friend's House?, in 11 top lists Check
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    Da hong deng long gao gao gua

    1991 — a.k.a. Raise the Red Lantern, in 18 top lists Check
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    Seopyeonje

    1993 — a.k.a. Sopyonje, in 5 top lists Check
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    Wo hu cang long

    2000 — a.k.a. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, in 23 top lists Check
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    Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi

    2001 — a.k.a. Spirited Away, in 36 top lists Check
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    Sud pralad

    2004 — a.k.a. Tropical Malady, in 9 top lists Check
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    Madeo

    2009 — a.k.a. Mother, in 3 top lists Check
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    Shi

    2010 — a.k.a. Poetry, in 3 top lists Check
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    Jodaeiye Nader az Simin

    2011 — a.k.a. A Separation, in 12 top lists Check
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    Xia nü

    1971 — a.k.a. A Touch of Zen, in 14 top lists Check
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    Maynila sa mga kuko ng liwanag

    1975 — a.k.a. Manila in the Claws of Light, in 5 top lists Check
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    Mandala

    1981, in 5 top lists Check
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    Nun va Goldoon

    1996 — a.k.a. A Moment of Innocence, in 5 top lists Check
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    Chun gwong cha sit

    1997 — a.k.a. Happy Together, in 11 top lists Check
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    He liu

    1997 — a.k.a. The River, in 7 top lists Check
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    Sud sanaeha

    2002 — a.k.a. Blissfully Yours, in 5 top lists Check
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    Awaara

    1951 — a.k.a. The Tramp, in 6 top lists Check
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    Ukigumo

    1955 — a.k.a. Floating Clouds, in 6 top lists Check
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    Pyaasa

    1957, in 8 top lists Check
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    Charulata

    1964 — a.k.a. The Lonely Wife, in 9 top lists Check
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    Gaav

    1969 — a.k.a. The Cow, in 5 top lists Check
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    Hong gao liang

    1987 — a.k.a. Red Sorghum, in 10 top lists Check
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    Ah fei zing zyun

    1990 — a.k.a. Days of Being Wild, in 10 top lists Check
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    Ba wang bie ji

    1993 — a.k.a. Farewell My Concubine, in 16 top lists Check
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    Ai qing wan sui

    1994 — a.k.a. Vive L'Amour, in 7 top lists Check
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    Beshkempir

    1998 — a.k.a. The Adopted Son, in 0 top lists Check
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    Bakha satang

    1999 — a.k.a. Peppermint Candy, in 3 top lists Check
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    Otona no miru ehon - Umarete wa mita keredo

    1932 — a.k.a. I Was Born, But..., in 12 top lists Check
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Last updated on Aug 25, 2015; source