Yeah, yeah, we know it’s a little late for 2005 lists. But our editor is off in the U.S. making life-altering decisions and we just found this list of the top 10 Chinese films of 2005 (in Chinese). Here is how it came out:
1. 黑社会 (Election)
2. 无极 (The Promise)
3. 向日葵 (Sunflower)
5. 最好的时光 (Three Times)
6. 世界 (The World)
7. 如果爱 (Perhaps Love)
8. 七剑 (Seven Swords)
9. 孔雀 (Peacock)
10. 千里走单骑 (Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles)
Shanghaiist would be interested to hear what people have to say about this list, and the rankings in particular, especially since most everyone we’ve heard talking about The Promise said it was complete shit. Which is why it boggles our mind that it beat out Peacock, Shanghai Dreams, and Kekexili to become China’s official entry for the Best Foreign Film Academy Award. Oh well, we haven’t seen it, because we don’t think very highly of Chen Kaige. Shanghaiist recalls that when Chen was being introduced as one of the judges during last December’s Elite Model Contest, he used his mic time to shamelessly plug his new movie. Considering the shlock he’s put out recently, he doesn’t really deserve to be called a filmmaker — or at least not be considered a serious one. Check out Monkey Peaches to learn how this film has been cut (24 minutes shorter than the Chinese/Asian version) for its limited U.S. release.
On a final note , you can read Southern Weekend’s report on the state of the Chinese movie industry here (in Chinese).