Best Chinese Language Films of the 2000s: Ballots

A list of the ballots from all 47 participants of the Best Chinese Language Films of the 2000s Poll follows after the break. Several participants included comments and/or honorable mentions, which are also included. Some participants ranked their choices while others left their list unranked; the final results were tallied by the number of mentions each film received among all top ten ballots.

Michael Berry
UC Santa Barbara
1. Platform – Jia Zhang-ke, 2000, Hong Kong/Japan/France/Netherlands/Switzerland
2. Yi Yi – Edward Yang, 2000, Taiwan/Japan
3. Blind Shaft – Li Yang, 2003, China/Germany/Hong Kong
4. Summer Palace – Lou Ye, 2006, China
5. Though I am Gone, Hu Jie, China 2008.
6. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – Ang Lee, 2000, China/Taiwan/USA
7. In the Mood for Love – Wong Kar-Wai, 2000, Hong Kong/France
8. Three Times – Hou Hsiao-hsien, 2005, Taiwan
9. Goodbye, Dragon Inn – Tsai Ming-Liang, 2003, Taiwan
10. 1428 – Du Haibin, 2009, China

Honorable Mentions:
Along the Railway – Du Haibin, 2000, China; Devils on The Doorstep – Jiang Wen, 2000, China; Somewhere Over the Dreamland – Cheng Wen-tang, 2002, Taiwan; West of the Tracks – Wang Bing, 2003, China; Café Lumière – Hou Hsiao-hsien, 2003, Taiwan/Japan (even though it is in Japanese); Infernal Affairs Trilogy – Andrew Lau and Alan Mak, 2002, 2003, Hong Kong; Kung Fu Hustle – Stephen Chow, 2004, Hong Kong/China; The World – Jia Zhang-ke, 2004/China/Japan/France; Delamu – Tian Zhuangzhuang, 2004, China; Shanghai Dreams – Wang Xiaoshuai, 2005, China; The Wayward Cloud – Tsai Ming-liang, 2005, France/Taiwan; Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles – Zhang Yimou, 2005, China; Still Life – Jia Zhangke, 2006, China; Election 1 & 2 – Johnnie To, 2005, 2006, Hong Kong; God Man Dog – Singing Chen, 2007, Taiwan; No Pudeo Visir Sin Ti – Leon Dai, 2009, Taiwan; Legend of the Mountain – King Hu, 1979 (restored complete 180 min. version, 2008), Taiwan, South Korea

Andrew Chan
Critic, Film Comment; Reverse Shot
1. Yi Yi
2. Platform
3. Three Times
4. In the Mood for Love
5. Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks
6. What Time Is It There?
7. The Other Half
8. Oxhide
9. Ghost Town
10. Everlasting Regret

Cui Zi’en
Filmmaker (Queer China; Enter the Clowns), Activist
1. Zhou Hongxiang: The Red Flag Flies
2. Yang Fudong: Seven Intellectuals in Bamboo Forest
3. Andrew Y-S Cheng: Shanghai Panic
4. Andrew Y-S Cheng: Destination Shanghai
5. Jia Zhangke: Still Life
6. Yang Jin: A Black and White Cow
7. Zhao Ye: Jalainur
8. Lv Le: Novel
9. Du Haibin: Along the Railway
10. ZHu Chuanming: Extras
11. Wang Libo: Buried

Mike D’Angelo
Film Critic
1. In the Mood for Love
2. Hero
3. Devils on the Doorstep
4. The Wayward Cloud
5. What Time Is It There?
6. Not One Less
7. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
8. Blue Gate Crossing
9. Red Cliff
10. The Orphan of Anyang

Aurelia Dubouloz
Platform, Jia Zhangke, 2000
I Love Beijing, Ning Ying, 2001
West of the Tracks, Wang Bing, 2002
Goodbye Dragon Inn, Tsai Mingliang, 2003
Dam Street, Li Yu, 2005
Triangle, Johnnie To, Tsui hark, Ringo Lam, 2007
Crime and Punishment, Zhao Liang, 2007
1428, Du Haibin, 2009
Spring Fever, Lou Ye, 2009
The Search, Pema Tseden, 2009

Gan Xiao’er
Filmmaker (Raised from Dust)
1. Summer Palace (Liu Ye)
2. Spring Fever (Liu Ye)
3. Still Life (Jia Zhangke)
4. Floating Dust (Huang Wenhai)
5. Bing Ai (Feng Yan)
6. Platform (Jia Zhangke)
7. Oxhide (Liu Jiayin)
8. History of Chemistry 2 (Lu Chunsheng)
9. Raised from Dust(Gan Xiao’er)
10. Silent Holy Stone (Wanma Caidan)

Thomas Hart
EU-China Information Society Project
1. Still Life (Jia ZhangKe)
2. Blind Shaft (Li Yang)
3. In the Mood for Love (Wong KarWai)
4. Isabella (Pang Ho-Cheung)
5. The world (Jia Zhang-Ke)
6. Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles (Zhang Yimou)
7. Lust, Caution (Ang Lee)
8. 2046 (Wong Kar-Wai)
9. Infernal Affairs (Andrew Lau, Alan Mak)
10. Summer Palace (Lou Ye)

Brian Hu
1. Yi Yi (Edward Yang)
2. The World (Jia Zhang-ke)
3. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee)
4. In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai)
5. Millennium Mambo (Hou Hsiao-hsien)
6. Lust, Caution (Ang Lee)
7. What Time is it There? (Tsai Ming-liang)
8. Summer Palace (Lou Ye)
9. Sparrow (Johnnie To)
10. My Life As McDull (Toe Yuen)

Huang Weikai
Director (Floating; Disorder)
Wong Kai-wai: Ashes of time (final version)
Wong Kar-wai: In the Mood For love
Jonnie To: Breaking News (2004)
Wai Keung Lau, Siu Fai Mak: Infernal Affairs (2002)
Feng Xiaogang: Big Shot’s Funeral (2001)
Pang Ho-cheung: You Shoot, I Shoot (2001)
Wu Wenguang: Fuck Cinema
Liu Jiayin: Oxhide
Zhang Jingwei: KJ
Huang Weikai: Disorder

Huang Wenhai
Director (Floating Dust, We)
Edward Yang: Yi Yi
Lou Ye: Summer Palace, Spring Fever
Jia Zhangke: Still LIfe, Public Space
Wanma Caidan: Search
Yang Fudong: A Strange Heaven
Wang Bin: West of the tracks.
Zhao Liang: Petition
Hu Jie: Looking for Linzhao’s Soul

La Frances Hui
Programmer, Asia Society
Kung Fu Hustle
In the Mood for Love
The World
Goodbye, Dragon Inn
Infernal Affairs
Blind Shaft
In Search of Lin Zhao’s Soul

Jian Yi
Filmmaker (Super, Girls!; Bamboo Shoots)
Chinese Villagers’ Documentary Project (Wu Wenguang)
Survival Song (Yu Guangyi)

Narrative Films:
Platform (Jia Zhangke)
Unknown Pleasures (Jia Zhangke)
Bamboo Shoots (Jian Yi)

A.S. Keijser
Leiden University
1 A One and a Two (Yi Yi), d: Edward Yang / Yang Dechang, TW 2000
2 Infernal Affairs (Wujiandao), d: Lau Wai-Keung & Alan Mak, HK 2002
3 I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone (Hei yanquan), d: Tsai Ming-Liang, TW/Malaysia 2006
4 Still Life (Sanxia haoren), d: Jia Zhang-ke, PRC 2006
5 Oxhide (Niupi), d: Liu Jiayin, PRC 2005
6 Us Two (Women lia), d: Ma Liwen, PRC 2005 (am not sure about the English title of this film…)
7 In the Mood for Love (Huayang nianhua), r: Wong Kar-wai, HK 2000
8 Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks (Tiexiqu), d: Wang Bing, PRC 2003
9 Suzhou River (Suzhouhe), d: Lou Ye, PRC 2000
10 Devils on the Doorstep (Guizi laile), d: Jiang Wen, PRC 2000

Anthony Kaufman
Film Critic, IndieWire
“Platform” (2000)
“Unknown Pleasures” (2002)
“The World” (2004)
“Still Life” (2006)
“Dong” (2006)
“Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” (2000)
“Green Hat” (2003)
“Blind Shaft” (2003)
“In the Mood for Love” (2000)
“Quitting” (2001)

Robert Koehler
Film Critic / Programmer, AFI Festival, Variety
1. PLATFORM (Jia Zhang-ke)
3. THE WORLD (Jia Zhang-ke)
4. TIMBER GANG (Yu Guangyi)
6. NIGHT TRAIN (Diao Yinan)
8. STILL LIFE (Jia Zhang-ke)
9. SURVIVAL SONG (Yu Guangyi)
10. OXHIDE (Liu Jiayin)

Shelly Kraicer
Film Critic, Programmer, Vancouver International Film Festival, Cinema-Scope
Suzhou River (Suzhou he), Lou Ye, 2000
Durian Durian (Liulian piaopiao), Fruit Chan, 2000
In the Mood For Love (Huayang nianhua), Wong Kar-wai, 2000
Platform (Zhantai), Jia Zhangke, 2001
My Life as McDull (Maidou gushi), Toe Yuen, Brian Tse, Alice Mak, 2001
What Time is it There? (Ni neibian ji dian?), Tsai Ming-liang, 2001
West of Tracks (Tiexi qu), Wang Bing, 2002
PTU, Johnnie To, 2003 (actually, the entire body of Johnnie To’s work in the decade, taken together, constitutes a “masterwork”: I choose PTU as a representative)
Three Times (Zuihao de shiguang), Hou Hsiao-hsien, 2005
Oxhide 2 (Niupi 2), Liu Jiayin, 2009

Kevin Lawrence
China Institute
1. What Time Is It There? (2001, dir. by Tsai Ming-liang) – no movie has ever made me swing from laughter to crying in less time than it takes to type this sentence (except maybe Tsai’s The Hole).
2. Yi Yi (2000, dir. by Edward Yang) – a masterpiece.
3. The Wayward Cloud (2004, dir. by Tsai Ming-liang) – one of the most controlled works of art about rage and sex and sex and rage – how could I not admire this film even if on some reflection I have absolutely despised it?
4. Three Times (2006, dir. by Hou Hsiao-hsien) – the first 1/3 of this film is some of Hou Hsiao-hsien’s best work ever (and that is very high praise!)
5. The World (2004, dir. Jia Zhangke) – I feel like everyone will chosePlatform as their top pick, but for me that movie feels very 90s; The World issquarely situated in the 21st century.
6. Kung Fu Hustle (2004, dir. by Stephen Chow) – my favorite superhero film so far!
7. Blind Shaft (2003, dir. by Li Yang) – there are many worthy realist films from young 21st century Chinese directors, and this one is edited verysmartly.
8. Lust, Caution (2007, dir. by Ang Lee) – what an unexpected surprise coming from Ang Lee and being (loosely) based on a Zhang Ailing short story. I think the psychology of occupation and betrayal was very timelyand handled quite nicely.
9. Visage/Face (2009, dir. by Tsai Ming-liang) – I couldn’t resist putting another Tsai Ming-liang film on here (could just as well have been Goodbye,Dragon Inn or I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone); this film definitely proves Tsai is still thinking/digging deep and growing, even as he returns to familiar tropes.
10. In the Mood for Love (2001, dir. by Wong Kar-wai) – such a guilty pleasure – I could watch Tony Leung smoke a cigarette all day!

Dennis Lim
Editor, Moving Image Source
1. Platform
2. In the Mood for Love
3. Goodbye Dragon Inn
4. Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks
5. Still Life
6. I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone
7. Unknown Pleasures
8. Survival Song
9. Millennium Mambo
10. Oxhide

Greg Louvel
Film Critic
Jiang Wen – Devils at the Doorstep
Jia Zhangke – The World
Jia Zhangke – Still Life
Edward Yang – Yi Yi
Wong Kar Wai – My Blueberry Nights
Li Yang – Blind Shaft
Wang Xiaoshuai – Beijing Bicycle
Zhang Yimou – Three Guns / A Simple Noodle Story
Jia Zhangke – Unknown Pleasures

Edwin Mak
Film Critic/ Blogger
West of the Tracks, Wang Bing
Platform, Jia Zhangke
Devils on the Doorstep, Jiang Wen
A One and A Two, Edward Yang
PTU: Into the Perilous Night, Johnnie To
In The Mood For Love, Wong Kar-wai
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, – Ang Lee
The Wayward Cloud, Tsai Ming-liang
Shaolin Soccer, Stephen Chow
The Warlords, Peter Chan

Jason McGrath
University of Minnesota
Devils on the Doorstep (Jiang Wen, 2000)
Platform (Jia Zhangke, 2000)
In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai, 2000)
Chicken Poets (Meng Jinghui, 2002)
Infernal Affairs (Andrew Lau & Alan Mak, 2002)
West of the Tracks (Wang Bing, 2003)
Pirated Copy (He Jianjun, 2004)
Kekexili: Mountain Patrol (Lu Chuan, 2004)
I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone (Tsai Ming-liang, 2006)
Lust, Caution (Ang Lee, 2007)

Jia-yan Mi
The College of New Jersey
1. Devils on the Doorstep (Jian Wen, 2000)
2. Suzhou River (Lou Ye, 2000)
3. In the Moods of Love (Wong Kar Wai, 2000)
4. What Time Is It Over There? (Tsai Mingliang, 2001)
5. Yi yi: A One and a Two… (Edward Yang, 2001
6. Millennium Mambo (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 2001)
7. Still Life (Jiazhang Ke, 2006)
8. Infernal Affairs (Wai-keung Lau, 2002)
9. Peacock (Gu Changwei, 2005)
10. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee, 2000)

William Phuan
Programmer, Singapore
Beijing Bicycle
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
In the Mood for Love
Suzhou River
Yi Yi
What Time Is It Over There
West of the Tracks
Springtime in a Small Town
Infernal Affairs

Honorable Mention: 2046; Goodbye Dragon Inn; PTU; Uniform; The Shaft; Kung Fu Hustle; Election; Three Times; I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone; Still Life; Summer Palace; Taking Father Home; City of Life and Death; The Message; Unknown Pleasures; The World; Red Cliff 1 & 2

James Quandt
Programmer, Cinematheque Ontario; Toronto International Film Festival
It all but kills me to proffer a list with only one film by Jia and Tsai, as I admired so many of their films this decade, but otherwise my list would be all established masters, so I have forcibly made space for several films by newcomers. No ranking implied:

Orphan of Anyang – Wang Chao
Platform – Jia Zhang-ke
What Time is it There? – Tsai Ming-liang
West of the Tracks – Wang Bing
In the Mood for Love – Wong Kar Wai
Oxhide & Oxhide II – Liu Jiayin
Uniform – Diao Yi’nan
Three Times (the first part) – Hou Hsiao-hsien
Springtime in a Small Town – Tian Zhuangzhuang

Toss-up: Suzhou River – Lou Ye or Grain in Ear – Zhang Lu

Tony Rayns
Programmer, Vancouver International Film Festival
BAOBER IN LOVE (Li Shaohong)
A ONE AND A TWO … (Edward Yang)
OXHIDE (Liu Jiayin)
PETITION (Zhao Liang)
STILL LIFE (Jia Zhangke)

Bérénice Reynaud
California Institute for the Arts
Unranked (by year of release)
Wong Kar-Wai: In The Mood For Love (2000)
Yi Yi – Edward Yang, 2000, Taiwan/Japan
Devils on The Doorstep – Wen Jiang, 2000, China
Millennium Mambo – Hou Hsiao-hsien, 2001, Taiwan/France
Wang Bing: West Of The Tracks (2004)
Liu Jiayin: Oxhide (2005), and Oxhide 2 (2009)
The Other Half – Ying Liang/Peng Shan, 2006, China
Jia Zhangke: Still Life (2006)
Perfect Life – Emily Tang, 2008, China
City of Life and Death – Lu Chuan, 2009, China

Peter Rist
Zhantai (Platform), Jia Zhangke (P.R. China/Hong Kong/France/Japan)
Suzhou he (Suzhou River), Lou Ye (China/Germany)
Fa yeung nin wa (In the Mood for Love), Wong Kar-wai (Hong Kong/France)
Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks, Wang Bing (China), documentary, digital
Cha ma gu dao xi lie (Delamu), Tian Zhuangzhuang (China/Japan), digital, doc.
McDull, Prince de la Bun, Toe Yuen (Hong Kong), animation
Zui hao de shi guang (Three Times), Hou Hsiao-hsien (Taiwan/France)
Hei yan quan (I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone), Tsai Ming-liang
Binglang (Betelnut), Yang Heng (China), digital
Niu pi er (Oxhide II), Liu Jiayin (China), digital

Jason Sanders
Pacific Film Archive, UC Berkeley
Yi Yi: A One and a Two, dir. Edward Yang, Taiwan, 2000.
The World, dir. Jia Zhang-ke, China, 2004.
In the Mood for Love, dir. Wong Kar-wai, Hong Kong, 2000. (Seems so long ago)
Goodbye Dragon Inn, dir. Tsai Ming-liang, Taiwan, 2003.
Fuck Cinema, dir. Wu Wenguang, China, 2006.
Kekexili: Mountain Patrol, dir. Lu Chuang, China, 2004.
Tang Poetry, dir. Zhang Lu, China, 2003.
The Other Half, dir. Ying Liang, China, 2006.
Tie Xe Qui: West of the Tracks, dir. Wang Bing, China, 2003.
Infernal Affairs Trilogy, dir. Alan Mak & Lau Wai-keung, Hong Kong, 2002-2003.

Runners-up: Crazy Stone, dir. Hao Ling, 2006; Little Moth, dir. Peng Tao, 2007; Oxhide, dir. Liu Jiayin, 2004; Flower in the Pocket, dir. Liew Seng Tat, Malaysia; Still Life, dir. Jia Zhang-ke, 2007; I Love Beijing, Ning Ying, 2001; 15, dir. Royston Tan, Singapore, 2003

Michael Sicinski
University of Houston
1. IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE (Wong Kar-wai)
2. STILL LIFE (Jia Zhang-ke)
4. YI YI (Edward Yang)
5. KUNG FU HUSTLE (Stephen Chiau)
6. EXILED (Johnnie To)
8. BLUE GATE CROSSING (Yee Chin-yen)
9. HERO (Zhang Yimou)

J.P. Sniadecki
Harvard University
Platform, dir. Jia Zhangke
Suzhou River, dir. Luo Ye
Unknown Pleasures, dir. Jia Zhangke
Wayward Cloud, dir. Tsai Ming Liang
West of the Rails, dir. Wang Bing
Bing’Ai, dir. Feng Yan
Outside, dir. Wang Wo
Petition, dir. Zhao Liang
In the Mood for Love, dir. Xu Ruotao
Ghost Town, dir. Zhao Dayong

Mingwei Song
Wellesley College
The World (Jia Zhangke, 2005; PRC)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee, 2000; Taiwan)
Yi Yi: a One and a Two (Edward Yang, 2000; Taiwan)
Seafood (Zhu Wen, 2002; PRC)
Durian, Durian (Fruit Chan, 2000; Hong Kong)
Devils on the Doorstep (Jiang Wen, 2000; PRC)
Lust, Caution (Ang Lee, 2007; Taiwan)
Three Times (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 2005; Taiwan)
In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai, 2000; Hong Kong)
Summer Palace (Lou Ye, 2006; PRC)

Chuck Stephens
Film Critic, Film Comment, Filmmaker
In the Mood for Love
Goodbye Dragon Inn
Millennium Mambo
Lan yu
Unknown Pleasures
West of the Tracks
Pangyau (Amir Muhammad)

Honorable Mentions: All Tomorrow’s Parties; Useless; Mid-Afternoon Barks; Little Moth; The Orphan of Anyang; Cry Woman; Rain Dogs (Ho Yuhang); The Beautiful Washing Machine (James Lee); Gubra (Yasmin Ahmad);

David Walsh
Film Critic, World Socialist Web Site
Platform, Jia Zhangke (China, 2000 – but also, Unknown Pleasures, 2002; The World, 2004)
Good Cats, Ying Liang (China, 2008 – but also Taking Father Home, 2006; The Other Half, 2006)
Little Moth, Peng Tao (China, 2007)
Blind Shaft, Lang Yi (China, 2003)
Cry Woman, Liu Bingjian (China, 2002)
Bing Ai, Feng Yan (China, 2007)
Durian, Durian, Fruit Chan (Hong Kong, 2000 – but also, Little Cheung, 1999 – I saw it in 2000!)
River People, He Jianjun (China, 2009)
Grain in Ear, Zhang Lu (China, 2005)
The Orphan of Anyang, Wang Chao (China, 2001)
An eleventh would be Yi Yi, Edward Yang (Taiwan, 2000)
And a twelfth, Bundled, Singing Chen (Taiwan, 2000)
Wang Bing deserves mention, if not a more exacting editor, for West of the Tracks (China, 2003) and Fengming: A Chinese Memoir (China, 2007)

Ban Wang
Stanford University
1. Kekexili
2 Kongque (Peacock)
3 Hero
4 24 City
5 Platform
6 Postmen in the Mountains
7 Suzhou River
8 The Road (Fangxiang zhi lv)
9 Blindshaft
10. Jijie Hao (Assembly)

Wang Ge
Film Critic, The Beijinger
Still Life, 2006, Jia Zhangke, China
Devil On The Doorstep, 2000, Jiang Wen
Cape No.7, 2008, Wei Desheng, Taiwan
How Are You, Gongliao?, 2004, Cui Suxin, Taiwan
Blind Shaft, 2003, Li Yang, China
Peacock, 2005, Gu Changwei, China
Bodyguards and Assassins, 2009, Chen Desen, Hong Kong/China
Yi Yi, 2000, Edward Yang, Taiwan
Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks, 2003, Wang Bin, China
Trivial Matters, 2007, Peng Haoxiang, Hong Kong

Qi Wang
Georgia Institute of Technology
And the Spring Comes (dir. Gu Changwei)
Butterfly (dir. Yan Yan Mak)
Devils on the Doorstep (dir. Jiang Wen)
Orphan of Anyang (dir. Wang Chao)
The Other Half (dir. Ying Liang)
Platform (dir. Jia Zhangke)
Suzhou River (dir. Lou Ye)
Though I Am Gone (dir. Hu Jie, documentary)
West of the Tracks (dir. Wang Bing, documentary)
Yi Yi (dir. Edward Yang)

Wanma Caidan
Filmmaker (The Silent Holy Stones; The Search)
Yi Yi (Edward Yang)
Taking Father Home (Ying Liang)
Peacock (Gu Changwei)
Delamu (Tian Zhuangzhuang)
Spring Fever (Lou Ye)
Platform (Jia Zhangke)
Lust and Caution (An lee)
Blind Shaft (Li Yang)
Devils on the Door Step (Jiang Wen)
Beijing Bicycle (Wang Xiaoshui)

Xu Tong
Filmmaker (Wheat Harvest; Fortune Teller)
1. Summer Palace (Liu Ye)
2. Rumination (Xu Ruotao)
3. Good Cat (Ying Liang)
4. Along the Railway (Du Haibing)
5. San Li Dong (Lin Xin)
6. Dr. Ma’s Clinic (Cong Feng)
7. Crime and Punishment (Zhao Liang)
8. Using (Zhao Hao)
9. Two Seasons (Zhao Xun)
10: Wheat Harvest (Xu Tong)

Yan Yu
Filmmaker (Before the Flood)
West of the Tracks (Wang Bin)
Summer Palace (Lou Ye)
Still Life (Jia Zhangke)
Incense (Ning Hao)
Blind Mountain (Li Yang)

Chi-hui Yang
Programmer, San Francisco Asian American Film Festival
Grain In Ear, Zhang Lu
Summer Palace, Lou Ye
Yi Yi, Edward Yang
Jailanur, Zhao Ye
Goodbye Dragon Inn, Tsai Ming-liang
Conjugation, Emily Tang
Dumplings, Fruit Chan
My Life As McDull, Brian Tse
West of the Tracks, Wang Bing
Quitting, Zhang Yang
Still Life, Jia Zhang-ke

Yang Jin
Filmmaker (The Black and White Milk Cow; Er Dong)
Survival Song (Yu Guangyi)
West of the Tracks (Wang Bin)
Classmate (Lin Xin)
Petition (Zhao Liang)
Mr. Ma’s clinic (Cong Feng)
Platform (Jia Zhangke)
Seven Intellectuals in the Bamboo Forest (Yang Fudong)
Rain Clouds over Wushan (Zhang Ming)
Chong Qing + Li Li (Zhang Lv)
The Other Half (Ying Liang)

Emilie Yeh
Hong Kong Baptist University
Yi Yi
The Wayward Cloud
Still Life
Millennium Mambo
In the Mood for Love
Lust, Caution
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Summer Palace
West of the Tracks

Ying Liang
Platform (Jia Zhangke)
Oxhide (Liu Jiayin)
Spring Fever (Lou Ye)
Karamay ?Xu Xin)
Aoluguya (Gu Tao)
Classmates (Lin Xin)
West of the Tracks (Wang Bin)
Wheat Harvest (Xu Tong)
Buried (Wang libo)
Before the Flood (Yan Yu)

Neil Young
Film Critic; Programmer, Bradford Film Festival
1. Blind Mountain (2007; Mang shan) by LI Yang
2. Condolences (2009) by YING Liang — short
3. Night Train (2007; Ye che) by DIAO Yi’nan
4. Taking Father Home (2005; Bei yazi de nanhai) by YING Liang
5. How Is Your Fish Today? (2006; Jin tian de yu zen me yang?) by Xiaolu GUO
6. The Other Half (2006; Ling yi ban) by YING Liang
7. Kung Fu Hustle (2004; Kung fu aka Gong fu) by Stephen CHOW
8. Little Moth (2007; Xue chan) by PENG Tao
9. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000; Wu hu zang long) by Ang LEE
10. Timber Gang (2007; Mu bang aka The Last Lumberjacks) by YU Guangyi

Then (in alphabetical order): Accident (2009; Yi ngoi) by CHEANG Pou-Soi; I Love Lakers (2009) by YING Liang — short; In the Mood For Love (2000, Fa yeung nin wa) by WONG Kar-Wai; Seafood (2001; Haixian) by ZHU Wen; Survival Song (2008; Xiao li zi) by YU Guangyi

Zhao Liang
Filmmaker (Crime and Punishment, Petition)
To Live is Better than to Die (Chen Weijun)
Before the Flood (Li Yifan, Yan Yu)
Crime and Punishment (Zhao Liang)
Petition (Zhao Liang)
Looking for Lin Zhao’s Soul (Hu Jie)
Outside(Wang Wo)
Timber Gang (Yu Guangyi)
Bingai (Feng Yan)
Dr.Ma’s Country Clinic (Cong Feng)
The Fortune Teller (Xu Tong)

This is actually Zhu Rikun’s list, but I agree with it.

Angela Zito
New York University
Along the Railroad 2000 Du Haibin
This Happy Life 2002 Jiang Yue
DV China 2002 Zheng Desheng
West of the Tracks 2003 Wang Bing
Dr. Zhang 2005 Huang Ruxiang
The Bimo Records 2006 Yang Rui
The Villager Documentary Project, from 2006 onward, Wu Wenguang
Bing Ai 2007 Feng Yan
Although I am Gone 2007 Hu Jie
Petition: 2008 Zhao Liang

Special mention to Jiang Hu 1999, Wu Wenguang (I just think of Jiang Hu as founding a style for the decade)

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8 Responses to “Best Chinese Language Films of the 2000s: Ballots”

  1. Chuck Stephens says:

    What a great collection of lists; thanks much for asking me to participate.

    Just a note, though: much as I adore Zhang Ming’s RAINCLOUDS OVER WUSHAN, it was made 1995.

  2. jill b says:

    Now if you can just get Netflix to stock more of the titles in these lists. Thanks for the lists.

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  4. Berenice "Reynaud says:

    What’s the final ranking?
    I was unaware I could have runners-up. I had specifically explained that I didn’t think 10 were enough. I would have listed FUCK CINEMA, DELAMU, GRAIN IN EAR, PEACOCK, THE MISSION, GOOD BYE DRAGON INN, ENTER THE CLOWNS, FISH AND ELEPHANT, DV CHINA, SEVEN INTELLECTUALS IN BAMBOO FOREST … I almost cried when I had to take these films off my list.

  5. Edwin Mak says:

    Bérénice: The final aggregated poll was published here. But I mirror your gripe, had I known we could include an extended list of “runners-up” then I would not have painfully left out:

  6. Anonymous says:

    This is a really great and useful list.

  7. Anonymous says:

    thanks, this is still our top blog post of all time!

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