When asked, “What’s your favorite film of all time?”
My honest answer is, “I hope I haven’t seen it yet.”
But if I had to give the full answer…
Last Year in Marienbad, Mr. Nobody, Inception, Memento, The Prestige, Crimes and Misdemeanours, Stardust Memories, Midnight in Paris, Deconstructing Harry, Everybody Says I Love You, The Wizard of Oz, High Fidelity, Ghostbusters, Back to the Future trilogy, The Dark Knight trilogy, Superman 1+2, Before Sunrise trilogy, Lethal Weapon series, The Man with No Name trilogy, Die Hard 1-3, Scream trilogy, Bourne trilogy, Green Zone, Dreams, Seven Samurai, Rashomon, Fireworks, Face/Off, Hard-Boiled, Bullet in the Head, A Clockwork Orange, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Bad News Bears, Isabella, Exodus, Men Suddenly in Black, You Shoot I Shoot, Lost Highway, Muholland Drive, Fight Club, Se7en, Zodiac, The Great Dictator, Modern Times, Blade Runner, Alien, Running Out of Time, Throwdown, Sparrow, Election 1+2, Heat, Collateral, Miami Vice, Ed Wood, Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Way of the Dragon, Fist of Fury, Enter the Dragon, Police Story 1-4, Armour of God 1 + 2, Drunken Master 2, Rumble in the Bronx, Who am I, Legend of the Wolf, Flashpoint, SPL, Once Upon a Time in China series, Fist of Legend, Kiss of the Dragon, Danny the Dog, Curry and Pepper, All’s Well End’s Well, Tricky Brains, Fight Back to School, A Chinese Odyssey Part 1 + 2, Love on Delivery, From Beijing with Love, God of Cookery, Shaolin Soccer, Kung Fu Hustle, The Last Boyscout, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Role Models, Chungking Express, Fallen Angels, Ashes of Time, Happy Together, In the Mood for Love, My Blueberry Nights, The Grandmaster.
Favorite directors (with favorite film)
Woody Allen (Crimes and Misdemeanours), Wong Kar Wai (Chungking Express), Akira Kurosawa (Seven Samurai), Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight trilogy), Alfred Hitchcock (Vertigo), Werner Herzog (documentary: Cave of Forgotten Dreams, fiction: Rescue Dawn), Stephen Chow (From Beijing with Love), Charlie Chaplin (The Great Dictator), John Woo (Bullet in the Head), Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for A Dream), David Fincher (Fight Club), Edmund Pang (Exodus), Herman Yau (The Ebola Syndrome), Takeshi Kitano (Hana-bi), Maya Deren (Meshes of the Afternoon), Michael Mann (Heat), Ang Lee (Pushing Hands), Kevin Smith (Dogma), Richard Linklater (Before Sunrise trilogy), Terrence Malick (The Thin Red Line), Paul Greengrass (Bourne Ultimatum), Richard Donner (Superman II), Stanley Kubrick (The Shining), David Lynch (Lost Highway), Ridley Scott (Blade Runner), James Cameron (Terminator 2: Judgment Day), Steven Spielberg (Minority Report), Tim Burton (Ed Wood), Sam Raimi (Spider-man 2), Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future trilogy), Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather), Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz), Tsui Hark (Time and Tide), Johnnie To (Throwdown), Ringo Lam, Derek Yee (Lost in Time), Guillermo Del Toro (Blade II), Sergio Leone (The Good, the Bad and the Ugly), Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), Pedro Almodóvar (The Skin I Live In), Steve McQueen (Shame).
Favorite screenwriters (with favorite screenplay)
Shane Black (The Last Boyscout), William Monaghan (The Departed), Charlie Kauffman (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), Ted Tally (Silence of the Lambs), Lawrence Kasdan (Body Heat), Dan O’Bannon (Alien), Michael Mann (Heat), Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds).
Favorite actors/actresses (with favorite performance)
Stephen Chow (A Chinese Odyssey Part 1 + 2), Bruce Lee (Way of the Dragon), Andy Lau (Infernal Affairs), Chow Yun Fat (God of Gamblers), Jackie Chan (Police Story 2), Jet Li (Once Upon a Time in China II), Donnie Yen (Wu Xia), Takeshi Kaneshiro (Wu Xia), Tony Leung Chiu Wai (In the Mood For Love), Ng Man Tat (God of Gamblers 3: Return to Shanghai), Anthony Wong Chau Sang (Ebola Syndrome), Leslie Cheung (Happy Together), Ekin Cheng (Leave Me Alone), Sean Lau Ching Wan (Running Out of Time), Ray Lui (To Be Number One), Aaron Kwok (The Stormriders), Leon Lai (Infernal Affairs 3), Eric Tsang (Men Suddenly in Black), Toshiro Mifune (High and Low), Sonny Chiba (The Stormriders), Tadanobu Asano (Mongol), Viggo Mortensen (A History of Violence), Johnny Depp (Ed Wood), Robert Downey Jr. (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang), Daniel Day-Lewis (There Will Be Blood), Tom Cruise (Tropic Thunder), Leonardo DiCaprio (The Aviator), Keanu Reeves (Constantine), Christian Bale (American Psycho), Jared Leto (Requiem for a Dream), Michael Keaton (The Paper), Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade), Bruce Willis (The Last Boyscout), Mel Gibson (Lethal Weapon), Robin Williams (Good Will Hunting), Mads Mikkelsen (A Royal Affair), Javier Bardem (No Country for Old Men), Tom Hardy (Warrior), Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock), Kevin Spacey (House of Cards), Michael Caine (Hannah and her Sisters), Steve Martin (The Jerk), Jim Carrey (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), Marlon Brando (The Godfather), Gary Oldman (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Tommy Lee Jones (The Fugitive), Christopher Walken (appearances on Saturday Night Live), Walter Matthau (I.Q.), Edward Norton (Fight Club), Sean Connery (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade), Jack Nicholson (As Good As It Gets), Robert De Niro (Heat), Al Pacino (Heat), Michael Douglas (), John Travolta (Pulp Fiction), Nicolas Cage (Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call – New Orleans), Val Kilmer (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang), Clint Eastwood (Gran Torino), Woody Allen (Deconstructing Harry), Bill Murray (Groundhog Day), Jim Carrey (Drama: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind Comedy: Liar Liar), Adam Sandler (Happy Gilmore), Jack Black (High Fidelity), Seth Rogen (Funny People), Paul Rudd, James Franco, Simon Pegg (Hot Fuzz), Seann William Scott (Role Models), Cillian Murphy, Ben Affleck (Boiler Room), Matt Damon (Green Zone), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Don Jon), Matthew McConaughey (A Time to Kill), Toby Jones (Infamous), Phillip Seymour Hoffman, John Cusack (High Fidelity), Samuel L. Jackson (Die Hard with a Vengeance), Michael Fassbender (Prometheus).
Maggie Cheung (In the Mood for Love), Faye Wong (Chungking Express), Zhang Ziyi (The Grandmaster), Anita Mui (Rouge), Carina Lau (Days of Being Wild), Michelle Yeoh (The Lady), Cecilia Cheung (Lost in Time), Isabella Leong (Isabella), Eva Green (Womb), Rachel McAdams (Morning Glory), Marion Cotillard (Rust and Bone), Isabella Adjani (Possession), Diane Keaton (Annie Hall), Judi Dench (Chocolat), Sandra Bullock (Speed), Alicia Silverstone (Clueless), Claire Danes (My So-Called Life), Natalie Portman (Black Swan), Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises), Jennifer Connelly (Requiem for a Dream), Jennifer Aniston (Horrible Bosses), Cate Blanchett (I’m Not There), Parker Posey (Scream 3), Shannyn Sossamon (Wristcutters: A Love Story), Sarah Polley (Mr. Nobody), Melissa McCarthy (The Heat).
Favorite Film Genre
Buddy cop movies
Least Favorite Genre
All-time cheer up film
Future Cops, Double Team.
Charlie’s Angels, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, Cloud Atlas, Babel, Daniel Wu, James Remar.
Films/Directors I need to familiarize with
Wim Wenders, Ingmar Bergman, Ken Loach, Joss Whedon, Bryan Fuller, Chang Che, King Hu, A Touch of Zen, Shaw Brothers films, Mr. Vampire series, A Chinese Ghost Story.