Ilo Ilo ties with Chungking Express, Totoro in Busan's Asian Cinema 100: 5 things about the list

Anthony Chen's Ilo Ilo, starring Angeli Bayani and Koh Jia Ler, made it onto the Busan International Film Festival's list of the top 100 Asian Films.
Anthony Chen's Ilo Ilo, starring Angeli Bayani and Koh Jia Ler, made it onto the Busan International Film Festival's list of the top 100 Asian Films.PHOTO: SINGTEL

The Busan International Film Festival has published a list of the top 100 Asian films, based on a poll of directors and critics. The full list can be found here.

1. Ilo Ilo, Singapore's only film on the list, ties for the lowest rank, No.66, with 47 movies

It sure is in good company, however. The other No.66 films include The Goddess, the 1934 Chinese silent movie starring Ruan Lingyu; Floating Weeds, Japanese master Yasujiro Ozu's 1959 drama about itinerant life; My Neighbour Totoro, Japanese anime master Hayao Miyazaki's 1988 family drama; Ju Dou, Chinese director Zhang Yimou's 1990 drama about female oppression; Chungking Express, Hong Kong director Wong Kar Wai's 1994 pop romance; and The White Balloon, Iranian director Jafar Panahi's charming 1995 drama from his pre-dissident days.

Two of South Korean director Bong Joon Ho's box-office hits, 2003's Memories Of Murder and 2006's The Host, are also at No.66.

2. Thai film-maker and Cannes favourite Apichatpong Weerasethakul (a.k.a. Joe) is the highest-ranking South-east Asian on the list

His 2010 fantasy, Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, is at No.15 with Yasujiro Ozu's Late Spring (1949) and Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami's Taste Of Cherry (1998). Both Uncle Boonmee and Taste won the Palme d'Or at Cannes.

3. China's highest-ranking films are not by its biggest directing star, Zhang Yimou

Rather, Fei Mu and Jia Zhangke are both at No.8 with the 1948 love story, Spring In A Small Town, and the 2006 Three Gorges Dam displacement tale, Still Life, respectively.

Jia is also at No.8 on Busan's list of top 10 directors. Zhang is at No.11 on the list - and to add insult to injury, his name is misspelt as "Zang Yimou".

4. The top 10 films add up to 13 movies, actually

They are:

1. Tokyo Story, 1953, by Yasujiro Ozu, Japan

2. Rashomon, 1950, by Akira Kurosawa, Japan

3. In The Mood For Love, 2000, by Wong Kar Wai, Hong Kong

4. Pather Panchali, 1955, Aparajito, 1956, and The World Of Apu, 1959, by Satyajit Ray, India

5. A City Of Sadness, 1989, by Hou Hsiao-hsien, Taiwan

6. Seven Samurai, 1954, by Kurosawa

7. A Brighter Summer Day, 1991, by Edward Yang, Taiwan

8. Spring In A Small Town, 1948, by Fei Mu, China, and Still Life, 2006, by Jia Zhangke, China

10. The Housemaid, 1960, by Kim Ki Young, South Korea, and Close-Up, 1990, by Abbas Kiarostami, Iran

5. Ilo Ilo is one of only six recent films among the 100 best

In addition to Anthony Chen's 2013 movie and Apichatpong Weerasethakul's 2010 Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, the new kids on the block are, at No.66, Wadjda, the 2012 tale of a girl and a bicycle by Haiffa Al-Mansour, Saudi Arabia's first female film-maker; The Owners, the 2014 black comedy by Kazakhtan's Adilkhan Yerzhanov; and at No.18, Poetry, the heartbreaking 2010 story of an Alzheimer's patient and a dead teenager by South Korea's Lee Chang Dong; and A Separation, the Oscar-winning 2011 family melodrama by Iran's Asghar Farhadi.