“你知不知道有一种鸟没有脚的？他的一生只能在天上飞来飞去，飞累了就在风里睡觉，一辈子只能落地一次，那就是他死的时候。(Did you know that there’s a kind of bird that has no legs. They spend their whole lives flying around, and when they get tired they sleep on the wind, and the only time they ever touch the ground is when they die.
It’s a typical Wong Kar-wai line—the faux-poetic, existential schmaltz so essential to the unique atmosphere of his films. This line of dialogue leads all with 23% of the vote.
The best overall movie goes to Farewell My Concubine (霸王别姬), which, in the voting that started from Feb. 9, accumulated 75% of the vote, with the runner-up being Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (卧虎藏龙) at 7%. The films are mostly from the 1980s and 1990s, with heavy doses of Ang Lee and Zhang Yimou.
To see all the entries in the dialogue vote, go here and cast a vote. To vote on a film, go here.
The best movie dialogue and the best movie do have one thing in common: Leslie Cheung (张国荣), the famed Hong Kong actor that committed suicide a couple of years back. He is the one that said the line Days, and his performance as the “concubine” in Farewell can safely be said to be one of the finest in his career as well the thing that really made that film.
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