A scene from "Maynila sa Kuko ng Liwanag"
MANILA – Four Filipino movies have made it to the Busan International Film Festival's (BIFF) “Asian Cinema 100” list.
According to BIFF”s website, the “Asian Cinema 100” is a joint project of the BIFF and the Busan Cinema Center “to shed light on the values of Asian film.”
The website added that the “Asian Cinema 100” list is updated every five years “to act as a guide for the aesthetic value and history of Asian cinema and to discover hidden masterpieces and talented directors of Asia.”
“Manila sa Kuko ng Liwanag” (Manila in the Claws of Light) directed by Lino Brocka was the highest ranked Filipino film on the “Asian Cinema 100” list at the 30th spot, along with six other films in the same rank.
It was followed by three Filipino movies occupying the 66th spot along with 45 other films in the same rank. The three films are “Insiang,” another masterpiece by Brocka, “Batch 81” by Mike de Leon, and “Melancholia” by Lav Diaz.
The BIFF website said the “Asian Cinema 100” list was chosen by 73 prominent film professionals and film critics.
The list was topped by Japanese master auteur Yasujiro Ozu’s seminal family drama "Tokyo Story" from 1953.
Asia’s most successful film in terms of global box office, the Oscar-winning Ang Lee-directed martial arts epic "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" (2000) from Taiwan which collected an estimated US$128 million, was voted in joint 18th position.
Japan accounted for 26 films on the list, followed by Iran (19) and Korea (15).
Check the full list of “Asian Cinema 100” here. -- -- With report from Agence France-Presse