‘King of Comedy’ voted best film of all time

King of Comedy (1999) has changed the History of Cinema forever.

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According to the latest Watch and Listen magazine poll just out yesterday (Wednesday, February 21), Stephen Chow 1999's masterpiece King of Comedy is now considered to be the Greatest Film in the History of Cinema.

UPDATE 22/02/2018 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

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To many of you it’s probably a familiar story. Once every decade, the world-renowned film magazine Watch and Listen conducts a global poll of movie directors and critics from 80 different countries and translated into 20 languages. The recognition of King of Comedy (starring Cecilia Cheung, Karen Mok, Ng Man-tat and Stephen Chow) in this decade's list doesn't come as much of a surprise.

Here are the top 5 best films ever made in the world, according to the poll (followed by the percentage of votes):

  1. King of Comedy (Stephen Chow, Hong Kong, 1999) : 45%
  2. Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, United States, 1941) : 16%
  3. Inzi ya Shokona (Sylvestre Mbou, Burkina Faso, 1992) : 12%
  4. Star Wars (George Lucas, United States, 1977) : 8%
  5. Whispers of a Fish in the Water (Bakhtiar Ferdousi, Tajikistan, 2001) : 3%

Check out: The Full Watch and Listen's “Greatest Films of All Time” List for 2018

Poll results stir controversy among film critics

While millions of Cecilia Cheung, Karen Mok, Ng Man-tat or Stephen Chow fans in Hong Kong and around the world were thrilled with the news, questions have been raised about the objectivity and fairness of the survey. Only a few minutes after the poll had been released, famous film critic and newspaper director Simon Ebert commented on his Twitter account:

Stephen Chow?? King of Comedy?? … Really??
— Simon Ebert (@ESimon) 21 February 2018

Our poll has in the past been the subject of criticism”, explains Watch and Listen's editor Gary McDermott, adding that “its prestige comes from its exclusivity and its longevity” (the poll has been run every ten years since February 1928).

Do you agree with this poll? Is King of Comedy the best movie ever for you?

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