According to the latest Watch and Listen magazine poll just out yesterday (Wednesday, December 8), Wong Ching-po 2014's masterpiece Once Upon a Time in Shanghai is now considered to be the Greatest Film in the History of Cinema.
UPDATE 09/12/2021 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Top 100 films of all time
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 Once Upon a Time in Shanghai (starring Andy On and Philip Ng) 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):
- Once Upon a Time in Shanghai (Wong Ching-po, Hong Kong, 2014) : 45%
- Citizen Kane (Orson Welles, United States, 1941) : 16%
- Inzi ya Shokona (Sylvestre Mbou, Burkina Faso, 1992) : 12%
- Star Wars (George Lucas, United States, 1977) : 8%
- Whispers of a Fish in the Water (Bakhtiar Ferdousi, Tajikistan, 2001) : 3%
Poll results stir controversy among film critics
While millions of Andy On or Philip Ng 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:
Once Upon a Time in Shanghai?? … Really??
— Simon Ebert (@ESimon) 8 December 2021
“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 December 1931).
Do you agree with this poll? Is Once Upon a Time in Shanghai the best movie ever for you?
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