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Top 100 of the Nineties Postmortem - Full list plus random notes

NOTE: If you’re just staring to read this Top 100 list, please go back to the very beginning to experience it from #100. Starting here will spoil the fun, plus result in the death of kittens.

On the list of things that I should be doing at this very minute, putting up a complete list of our recent Top 100 Hong Kong Films of the Nineties is not one of them. But it’s been nearly two weeks since the results went out so I figured I should finally get to it.

These guys were happy with the results:

Wong Kar Wai and Tony Leung
“We have triumphed again, Tony.
Wilson and Donnie have nothing on us!”

Can’t wait for the scene in Wong Kar-Wai’s IP MAN where Ip Man kicks ass and then smokes in slow motion for about half-an-hour.

Speaking of Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, he’s the star of the Top 2 films on this list, CHUNGKING EXPRESS and HARD BOILED. On our list of Top 50 Films of the Aughts, he also starred in the Top 2 films, INFERNAL AFFAIRS and IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE. What does that mean? Is Tony Leung Chiu-Wai really that good? Or did he strike some deal with the Devil to put him in quality films?

Tony Panda
“This panda below my sink is the true source of my power!”

Anyway, here’s a recap of the Top 100. I didn’t account for ties below, but you can get the idea anyway. As usual, you can find reviews at LoveHKFilm.com by cutting and pasting into Ye Olde Search Box.

1. Chungking Express (1994), 673 points, 24 first place votes
2. Hard Boiled (1992), 547.5 points, 9 first place votes
3. The Mission (1999), 412.5 points, 7 first place votes
4. A Bullet in the Head (1990), 370 points, 7 first place votes
5. Drunken Master II (1994), 350.5 points, 6 first place votes
6. Running Out of Time (1999), 342.5 points, 5 first place votes
7. Once Upon a Time in China (1990), 335.5 points, 4 first place votes
8. Once Upon a Time in China II (1991), 306 points, 2 first place votes
9. Days of Being Wild (1991), 304.5 points, 4 first place votes
10. God of Cookery (1996), 293 points, 2 first place votes
11. Comrades Almost a Love Story (1996), 276 points, 7 first place votes
12. Fong Sai Yuk (1993), 242 points, 1 first place vote
13. Happy Together (1997), 232 points, 3 first place votes
14. C’est La Vie Mon Cheri (1993), 227.5 points, 3 first place votes
15. Fallen Angels (1995), 218 points, 3 first place votes
16. A Chinese Odyssey (1995), 212.5 points, 4 first place votes
17. Ashes of Time (1994), 200.5 points, 4 first place votes
18. King of Comedy (1999), 190.5 points, 1 first place vote
19. Fist of Legend (1994), 187.5 points, 2 first place votes
20. Iron Monkey (1993), 180 points
21. A Moment of Romance (1990), 178 points, 5 first place votes
22. Police Story 3: Supercop (1992), 161 points, 2 first place votes
23. Swordsman II (1991), 156.5 points
24. The Bride with White Hair (1994), 148 points
25. From Beijing with Love (1994), 140.5 points, 1 first place vote
26. Young and Dangerous (1996), 118.5 points
27. The Blade (1995), 115 points, 1 first place vote
28. He’s a Woman She’s a Man (1994), 113.5 points
29. Fight Back to School (1991), 113 points
30. Full Alert (1997), 112 points, 1 first place vote
31. The Longest Nite (1998), 109.5 points, 1 first place vote
32. Beast Cops (1998), 108 points, 1 first place vote
33. Dragon Inn (1992), 104.5 points, 2 first place votes
34. Expect the Unexpected (1998), 98 points
35. A Hero Never Dies (1998), 96 points
36. Green Snake (1993), 88 points, 1 first place vote
37. The Storm Riders (1998), 84 points
38. Too Many Ways to Be No. 1 (1998), 83 points
39. Tai Chi Master (1993), 82 points
40. Made in Hong Kong (1997), 81.5 points, 1 first place vote
41. Love on Delivery (1994), 73.5 points
42. Forbidden City Cop (1996), 70.5 points
43. Centre Stage (1992), 69.5 points, 2 first place votes
44. Full Contact (1992), 65.5 points
45. The Untold Story (1993), 65 points
46. Once a Thief (1991), 62.5 points
47. The Heroic Trio (1993), 59.5 points, 1 first place vote
48. All for the Winner (1990), 56 points
49. Lost and Found (1996), 55 points, 1 first place vote
50. The Lovers (1994), 53 points, 1 first place vote
51. Bullets Over Summer (1999), 53 points
52. Young and Dangerous 3 (1996), 49 points, 2 first place votes
53. Gen-X Cops (1999), 46.5 points
54. The Longest Summer (1998), 42.5 points, 1 first place votes
55. God of Gamblers 2 (1990), 40.5 points
56. Summer Snow (1995), 38.5 points, 1 first place votes
57. Young and Dangerous: The Prequel (1998), 38.5 points
58. Royal Tramp (1992), 37.5 points
59. Sex and Zen (1991), 37 points
60. Flirting Scholar (1993), 36.5 points
61. 92 La Legendary Rose Noire (1992), 36 points
62. All’s Well Ends Well (1992), 35 points
63. He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Father (1993), 34 points, 1 first place vote
64. Tricky Brains (1991), 34 points
65. Wing Chun (1994), 33.5 points
66. Metade Fumaca (1999), 33.5 points
67. Little Cheung (1999), 33 points, 1 first place vote
68. Naked Killer (1992), 32 points, 1 first place vote
69. Big Bullet (1996), 32 points
70. Fly Me to Polaris (1999), 32 points
71. King of Beggars (1992), 31.5 points
72. City of Glass (1998), 30.5 points, 1 first place vote
73. Shanghai Grand (1996), 28.5 points
74. Dr. Mack (1995), 28 points, 2 first place votes
75. The Chinese Feast (1995), 27.5 points, 1 first place vote
76. Viva Erotica (1996), 27 points
77. Rumble in the Bronx (1995), 26.5 points
78. Task Force (1997), 26.5 points
79. God of Gamblers’ Return (1994), 26.5 points
80. Saviour of the Soul (1991), 26 points
81. Anna Magdalena (1998), 26 points
82. Hail the Judge (1994), 26 points
83. The Eagle Shooting Heroes (1993), 25 points
84. High Risk (1995), 25 points
85. Casino Tycoon (1992), 23 points, 1 first place vote
86. Crime Story (1993), 23 points
87. Justice My Foot! (1992), 23 points
88. Armour of God II: Operation Condor (1991), 22.5 points
89. Sealed with a Kiss (1999), 21.5 points
90. Swordsman (1990), 20 points
91. She Shoots Straight (1990), 20 points
92. Lifeline (1997), 19.5 points
93. The Odd One Dies (1997), 19 points, 1 first place vote
94. A Chinese Ghost Story 2 (1990), 19 points
95. Royal Tramp 2 (1992), 19 points
96. Ebola Syndrome (1996), 18.5 points
97. Tempting Heart (1998), 18.5 points
98. My Father is a Hero (1995), 18 points, 1 first place vote
99. Red to Kill (1993), 18 points
100. A Chinese Ghost Story 3 (1991), 17 points

Aaaand, here are rest of the films that were voted upon. First place votes give a film 10 points, which means that anything that got a first place vote automatically shot into the top 140. This is why we need more people to vote. All told we got about 140 voters. If we had like 300 or so, the results would be even better and my life would be a living hell. Everybody would win.

I have annotated a few films below with my comments, and then bolded them. If you see them, hooray!

101. Lee Rock (1991), 16.5 points
102. Rave Fever (1991), 16 points, 1 first place vote *gotta love RAVE FEVER showing up this high. I thought everybody had forgotten about this movie. This was made when Terence Yin still had promise as an actor.
103. Somebody Up There Likes Me (1996), 16 points
104. Sex and Zen 2 (1996), 16 points
105. Swordsman III: East is Red (1993), 16 points
106. A Chinese Torture Chamber Story (1994), 15.5 points
107. The Case of the Cold Fish (1995), 15 points, 1 first place vote *Easily one of the most underrated Hong Kong films ever. Michael Chow and Michael Wong don’t seem like a must-see duo, but they work wonders here.
108. Once Upon a Time in China III (1992), 15 points
109. Bio-Zombie (1998), 15 points *It is a crime that BIO-ZOMBIE couldn’t break the Top 100. It could be Wilson Yip’s best film. Really. His second best film? Obviously TEACHING SUCKS.
110. Hu-Du-Men (1996), 15 points
111. Casino Raiders 2 (1991), 15 points
112. Full Throttle (1995), 14.5 points
113. Kung Fu Cult Master (1994), 14.5 points
114. Loving You (1995), 14.5 points *I remember when this Johnnie To romance-crimer came out on laserdisc back in 1995, the girl behind the counter shoved the thing in my face and told me how great it was. This was before To took over the known universe.
115. Story of Ricky (1992), 14 points
116. Moonlight Express (1999), 13.5 points, 1 first place vote *Fun fact: the first film I ever saw in a Hong Kong cinema.
117. Executioners (1993), 13.5 points
118. Where a Good Man Goes (1999), 13 points
119. Who Am I? (1998), 13 points
120. Gorgeous (1999), 13 points
121. The Mad Phoenix (1997), 12.5 points *Not enough people saw this film. That’s a shame because it’s really good. Not on DVD.
122. Tom, Dick and Hairy (1993), 12 points, 1 first place vote *Two Tonys are not enough this time.
123. Beyond Hypothermia (1996), 12 points *Did poor DVD availability doom this early Milkyway Image flick?

124. Hitman (1998), 12 points
125. Police Story 4: First Strike (1996), 12 points
126. Troublesome Night 3 (1998), 12 points *Also should have been in Top 100. Easily the best of this horror trend, and a a Top 10 resident in Herman Yau’s filmography. Hell, it could even be Top 5.
127. Portland Street Blues (1998), 11.5 points
128. Queen of Temple Street (1990), 11.5 points
129. City Hunter (1993), 11 points
130. Boys Are Easy (1993), 11 points *Yay, BOYS ARE EASY! Wong Jing can’t make films like this anymore. Which is really strange if you think about it.
131. Once Upon a Time in Triad Society 2 (1996), 10.5 points *I voted for this because it’s really, really good.

132. Bodyguard from Beijing (1994), 10.5 points
133. Dances with the Dragon (1991), 10.5 points
134. Fight Back to School 3 (1993), 10.5 points *The BASIC INSTINCT parody is priceless.
135. Run and Kill (1993), 10.5 points *Hahaha, this movie has some serious issues. Back in 1993, Simon Yam would do almost anything.
136. Cageman (1992), 10 points, 1 first place vote *It’s a shame that CAGEMAN only mustered one vote. It Won Best Picture at the Hong Kong Film Awards, remember?
137. Once Upon a Time in Triad Society (1996), 10 points
138. Ballistic Kiss (1998), 9.5 points *Donnie has seen better days than this.
139. The Enigma of Love (1992), 9.5 points
140. Hero (1997), 9.5 points
141. The Bare-Footed Kid (1993), 9 points
142. Downtown Torpedoes (1997), 9 points *I enjoyed this film once upon a time, but it’s seriously, seriously dated.
143. God of Gamblers 3: The Early Stage (1996), 9 points *I remember really enjoying this film back in 1996. Jordan Chan ruled the nineties.
144. Song of the Exile (1990), 9 points
145. A True Mob Story (1998), 9 points
146. The Day the Sun Turned Cold (1994), 9 points *Kino Video: if you’re paying attention, PLEASE PUT THIS FILM ON DVD.
147. Love is Love (1990), 9 points
148. The Magic Crane (1993), 9 points
149. Future Cops (1993), 8.5 points *This is where FUTURE COPS really ended up. It should make a reappearance on later reader votes.
150. Her Fatal Ways (1990), 8.5 points *Based on its impact, this should be in the Top 100. We’re ashamed that there is no review on LoveHKFilm.com.
151. The Kid (1999), 8.5 points
152. Temptress Moon (1996), 8.5 points
153. Days of Tomorrow (1993), 8.5 points
154. Dr. Lamb (1992), 8.5 points
155. Bishonen (1998), 8 points
156. Victim (1999), 8 points
157. Dragon in Jail (1990), 8 points
158. The Days of Being Dumb (1992), 7.5 points *I voted for this film and do not regret it.
159. The H.K. Triad (1999), 7.5 points
160. Magic Cop (1990), 7 points
161. Out of the Dark (1995), 7 points *Thought for sure this would rank higher given the retroactive Stephen Chow love seen on the Internets.
162. Moon Warriors (1992), 7 points
163. Organized Crime and Triad Bureau (1993), 7 points
164. Prison on Fire 2 (1991), 7 points
165. The Age of Miracles (1996), 7 points
166. Girls Without Tomorrow 92 (1992), 7 points
167. God of Gamblers 3: Back to Shanghai (1991), 7 points
168. In Between (1994), 7 points
169. Tricky Master (1999), 7 points *Not exactly Stephen Chow’s finest hour, but I think every one of his films got voted on.
170. Yesterme Yesteryou Yesterday (1993), 7 points
171. Fong Sai Yuk II (1993), 6.5 points
172. A Man Called Hero (1999), 6.5 points *A sequel to this would make sense. Ekin Cheng is actually nearing the correct age to play the part.
173. Mermaid Got Married (1994), 6.5 points
174. Blue Lightning (1991), 6.5 points
175. The Legend of Speed (1999), 6.5 points *Deserves more points simply for its classic screenwriting. I can quote this film endlessly.
176. The Legend of the Liquid Sword (1993), 6.5 points
177. The Ninth Happiness (1998), 6.5 points
178. Yang +/- Yin: Gender in Chinese Cinema (1996), 6.5 points
179. Young and Dangerous 2 (1996), 6 points
180. Purple Storm (1999), 6 points
181. Skinny Tiger and Fatty Dragon (1990), 6 points
182. Hold You Tight (1998), 6 points
183. Island of Greed (1997), 6 points
184. Lee Rock II (1991), 6 points
185. Operation Scorpio (1991), 6 points
186. Thunderbolt (1995), 6 points *Hard to call this quality, but it rnks high on my list of nineties guilty pleasures.
187. Young and Dangerous 5 (1998), 6 points
188. Peace Hotel (1995), 5.5 points
189. The Private Eye Blues (1994), 5.5 points *Another great movie left at the bottom of this list.
190. Teaching Sucks (1997), 5.5 points *Wilson Yip again. Another film that I wish would show up on DVD. It may never happen though.
191. Walk In (1997), 5.5 points *One of Herman Yau’s great multi-genre efforts. A shame that it’s been forgotten. Someone needs to start a Danny Lee retrospective.

192. Twentysomething (1994), 5 points
193. Century of the Dragon (1999), 5 points
194. Feel 100% (1996), 5 points *Youth romances deserve more cred than this. A shame not a single one cracked the Top 100. FEEL 100% is actually not a bad movie. The MOMENT OF ROMANCE parody is awesome.
195. Love is Not a Game But A Joke (1997), 5 points *Probably the youth romance that should have made the Top 100 cut. CAUSE WE ARE SO YOUNG is pretty good too, but nobody voted on that.

196. Once Upon a Time in China IV (1993), 5 points *I personally think Part V is better, but it got ZERO votes.
197. Temptation of a Monk (1993), 5 points
198. Ordinary Heroes (1999), 4.5 points *No offense to Ann Hui, but this may be the least liked Best Picture winner of the nineties. Although TO BE NUMBER ONE actually got ZERO votes.
199. Shaolin Popey 2 (1994), 4.5 points
200. Twin Dragons (1992), 4.5 points
201. Banana Spirit (1992), 4.5 points
202. Forbidden Arsenal (1991), 4.5 points *Now available on DVD so get it.
203. Kid From Tibet (1992), 4.5 points
204. The New Legend of Shaolin (1994), 4.5 points
205. Sea Root (1995), 4.5 points
206. What Price Survival? (1994), 4.5 points *Made back when Daniel Lee style-over-substance actually seemed to work. Besides, it had Jack Gao.
207. The Lucky Guy (1998), 4 points
208. Fist of Fury 1991 (1991), 4 points
209. Full Moon in New York (1990), 4 points
210. Mr. Nice Guy (1997), 4 points
211. Who’s the Woman Who’s the Man (1996), 4 points
212. Best of the Best (1992), 3.5 points *Sammi Cheng’s debut. Once upon a time that actually meant something to me.
213. Erotic Ghost Story 2 (1991), 3.5 points
214. Front Page (1990), 3.5 points
215. The Fruit is Swelling (1997), 3.5 points *Umm…okay.
216. Hong Kong Gigolo (1990), 3.5 points
217. The Soong Sisters (1997), 3 points
218. Au Revoir Mon Amour (1991), 3 points
219. A Day Without Policemen (1993), 3 points
220. Gun n’ Rose (1992), 3 points
221. The Last Blood (1991), 3 points
222. The Masked Prosecutor (1999), 3 points
223. Outlaw Brothers (1990), 3 points
224. The Raid (1991), 3 points
225. Sixty Million Dollar Man (1995), 3 points
226. The Adventurers (1995), 2.5 points
227. Arrest the Restless (1992), 2.5 points
228. Intruder (1997), 2.5 points *Damn you Chinastar for not releasing this on DVD.
229. Last Hero in China (1993), 2.5 points
230. Erotic Ghost Story (1990), 2 points
231. Taxi Hunter (1992), 2 points
232. The Blacksheep Affair (1998), 2 points
233. The Conman (1998), 2 points
234. Fatal Vacation (1990), 2 points
235. Fight Back to School 2 (1992), 2 points
236. Look Out Officer! (1990), 2 points
237. Love and the City (1994), 2 points
238. Red Dust (1990), 2 points
239. Black Mask (1996), 1.5 points
240. A Chinese Ghost Story - The Animation (1997), 1.5 points *Tsui Hark, please buy this film back from Chinastar. Hell, can anyone buy all of Chinastar’s nineties films and re-release them on DVD?
241. The Fun, The Luck & The Tycoon (1990), 1.5 points
242. The Golden Girls (1995), 1.5 points *Still Joe Ma’s best film, with LOVE UNDERCOVER being the possible exception.
243. Legend of the Wolf (1997), 1.5 points *Awesome Donnie Yen cheesefest.
244. A Moment of Romance 2 (1993), 1.5 points *I know Andy Lau. I’ve worked with Andy Lau. Aaron Kwok, you are no Andy Lau.

245. Phantom Lover (1995), 1.5 points
246. Wonder Seven (1994), 1.5 points
247. Eighteen Springs (1997), 1 points
248. Project S (1993), 1 points
249. Satan Returns (1996), 1 points
250. The Truth About Jane and Sam (1999), 1 points *I know the person who sent in this vote.
251. Angry Ranger (1991), 0.5 points
252. Burning Paradise (1994), 0.5 points *It’s a super crime that this movie didn’t get more votes. When will Discotek finally release their new DVD?
253. Deadful Melody (1994), 0.5 points
254. Don’t Give a Damn (1995), 0.5 points *Takeshi Kaneshiro in blackface = this movie will never be on DVD.
255. Finale in Blood (1991), 0.5 points
256. First Love - The Litter on the Breeze (1997), 0.5 points *You can buy this on UK DVD. Please do. This website is quoted on the cover.
257. Hot War (1998), 0.5 points
258. Kawashima Yoshiko (1990), 0.5 points
259. Saga of the Phoenix (1990), 0.5 points

Now’s the time when I usually list statistics, but with over 250 films to factor in, that’s a bit beyond my current capacity. As such, we’ll simply call it a day. I suppose I also need to post my personal Top 20 to round this thing out. That’ll be our next post.

Again, thanks to everyone for participating. We’ll do this again in a couple of months or so, after my trip to Italy, the LoveHKFilm Awards, the HK Film Awards, and the usual spate of movie reviews. It’s 5 am and I’m working on everything simultaneously.

11 Responses to “Top 100 of the Nineties Postmortem - Full list plus random notes”

  1. glenn Says:

    I am struck by how many well respected films there are that didn’t make the top 100. A lot of those titles seemed like “must sees” when I got into this stuff. And I haven’t watched it in years but I remember loving Golden Girls too. I should rewatch it now as I’d probably get some of the references this time around.

  2. AlHaru Says:

    Funny how I actually forgot about Kawashima Yoshiko. That alone should have given Derek Yee the taste of another Top100 film…as an actor.

    And who else besides me voted In Between remains a question.

    From 101 to 259, I think most of us will have a lot to catch up. That should take another 5 years to finish.

  3. ColinJ Says:

    Nice to see a bit of love given to No. 228 - INTRUDER. A fine little flick from the Johnny To/Wai Ka Fai stable featuring a typically luminous Wu Chien Lien as a psychotic killer.

    A very nice DVD version is available on German double-feature disc with RUN AND KILL.

  4. Mat Thompson Says:

    I just realized after all the discussion over Lee Rock as one or two movies, they didn’t even break the Top 100. I just got the set from HK to Taiwan a few weeks ago and sat through it in one screening. Not sure if I would add it to my Top 20 list, but impressive in some ways and WAY TOO LONG in others.

    I loved seeing things like Mermaid got Married and The Masked Prosecutor survive on the list with only my votes (both movies highly recommended by friends who didn’t vote). I would have added the movie Dragon Inn to my Top 20 if I had seen it earler. I watched it and Green Snake a few weekends ago, and even though a little Cheesy, I really liked it… even Donnie turning a little Skeletor at the end!!!

    Great list Kozo… so much more to watch than I even realized!!!

  5. b3ni Says:

    The fruit is sweeling, yeah…I have a friend that loved the movie so much. He said the story is one of the best in Category III movie.

    Bio zombie, this one is unique and classic. Loved it.

    The conman only has 2 voted? I remembered it was popular back then in 1999. It created so many sequels with Nick Cheung star on it.

  6. Harold Dufrene Says:

    I’m not ashamed to admit it, I voted for Shaolin Popey 2!! And I stand by that vote!

  7. WillJayRod Says:

    Pleased to see most of the movies I remembered (but did not vote for) get nods from other folks. Specifically Moonlight Express, Bio-Zombie, and City Hunter.

    I wonder where Sleepless Town would’ve figured, if it had been allowed to be voted for.

    Thought I’d note here that there were 1345 movies released through the nineties. Voting for twenty was way hard, and seeing only 259 even make it to the list is a little sad.

  8. Webmaster Kozo Says:

    @WillJayRod, SLEEPLESS TOWN would’ve counted, but perhaps nobody realized it. It even counted for the Hong Kong Film Awards, if I recall correctly.

    @AlHaru, IN BETWEEN is one of those films lost to time. Whereas Ann Hui has the pull to get STARRY IS THE NIGHT released on DVD, neither Sylvia Chang or Samson Chiu have the cachet to get their films looked at again. Maybe Yonfan can liberate it and push a Far Sun DVD release?

  9. valerie soe Says:

    How could I forget Beyond Hypothermia? I ripped it off for my blog name, fer cryin’ out loud. A great movie that I wish I could see again–Wu Chien-Lien as a robotic hitwoman and Lau Ching-Wan as her sensitive noodle-making suitor. Absolutely brilliant and showed that the Milkyway aesthetic was pretty well-formed even at the beginning.

  10. Max K. Says:

    Don’t Give a Damn is on DVD.

    http://www.amazon.com/Burger-Cop-Dont-Give-Damn/dp/B0002ZYE14/

    I haven’t seen it, mostly because I’ve never actually seen the DVD in the wild, and I can’t rent it from Netflix in any other way then part of some sketchy looking ‘martial arts collection of butchered presentation’.

    But its out there for anybody brave enough to take a look.

  11. Stan Says:

    I’m a beginner to HK cinema, but after seeing the list I started to wonder what happened to ‘Farewell China’? I’ve seen it recently, and think it’s a pretty good one, definitely worth appearing on Top 100 (not mentioning Top 259) list. Am I the only person liking it, or did it just get forgotten? Or perhaps it’s classified as 80’s movie?

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