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Vietnamese film among 100 best Asian films of all time

Vietnamese film among 100 best Asian films of all time

Tuesday, October 13, 2015, 16:25 GMT+7

A Vietnamese flick has been listed among the 100 best Asian films of all time at a festival held in South Korea, Vietnam’s Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism said Wednesday on its website.

The film, “Mui Du Du Xanh” (The Scent of Green Papaya), by Vietnamese-French director Tran Anh Hung ranked 66th on the list of the 100 best Asian films of all time, recently released by the organizer of the Busan International Film Festival.

The three best films on the list include “Tokyo Story” (1953) by Japanese director Yasujiro Ozu, “Rashomon” (1950) by Kurosawa Akira, and “In the Mood for Love” (2000) by Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-wai.

Hung also ranked 40th on the list of the 100 best Asian filmmakers of all time, along with another Vietnamese director, Dang Nhat Minh, who stood at 62nd.

According to the organizer, the list of the 100 best films will be updated every five years, with the aim of bringing global audiences a better understanding of the history of Asian cinema.

The Busan International Film Festival takes place in South Korea from October 1 to 10.

“Mui Du Du Xanh,” which tells the story of a girl named Mui since she was a young servant in the 1950s until she grew up and fell in love with a pianist, reflects the most highlighted characteristics of a Vietnamese woman, which are patience and sacrifice.

It also depicts the stunning landscapes of Vietnam and its daily lifestyle, although the film studio at that time was situated in France.

The film won the Caméra d'Or prize at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival, a César Award for Best Debut at the French film awards ceremony.

It was also nominated for the 1993 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Tran Anh Hung, who sat on the Cannes jury in 1996, has been considered at the forefront of the wave of overseas Vietnamese cinema in the past two decades.

His films, which show profound contemplation of life in Vietnam, are both critically and commercially successful.

“Xich Lo” (Cyclo), one of Hung’s works which starred top Hong Kong actor Tony Leung Chiu Wai, won the top prize at the 1995 Venice International Film Festival.

In 2000, he had another film, “Mua He Chieu Thang Dung” (The Vertical Ray of the Sun), screened at the Cannes Film Festival.

Hung will also be a juror of the Tokyo International Film Festival, to be held from October 22 to 31.

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