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100 films in 2017 - and my top 10

Okay yes, I know I'm late to the mandatory end-of-year "Films I Watched and Recommend" list. I watched a grand total of 100 films last year and probably more (not counting cuts of films in post-production like DEMONS and films I forgot to list down). This list doesn't mean these films were released in 2017, just that I watched them then and they truly stood out for me.

Top 10 (not in any order of adoration):

  1. 師父 The Final Master (Xu Haofeng; 2015; China

  2. Golden Slumbers (Davy Chou; 2011; France)

  3. Karayuki-san: The Making of a Prostitute (Shohei Imamura; 1975; Japan

  4. 瘋劫 The Secret (Ann Hui; 1979; Hong Kong)

  5. The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant (Rainer Werner Fassbinder; 1972; West Germany)

  6. Playtime (Jacques Tati; 1967; France)

  7. Denok & Gareng (Dwi Sujanti Nugraheni; Indonesia; 2012)

  8. People Power Bombshell: The Diary of Vietnam Rose (John Torres; 2016; Philippines)

  9. Setan Jawa (Garin Nugroho; 2017; Indonesia)

  10. 大佛普拉斯 The Great Buddha + (Huang Hsin-yao; 2017; Taiwan)

Special Mention:

  1. Trafic (Jacques Tati; 1971; France)

  2. Scary Mother (Ana Urushadze; 2017; Georgia)

  3. Redline (Takeshi Koike; 2009; Japan)

  4. Solo, Solitude / Istirahatlah kata-kata (Yosep Anggi Noen; 2016; Indonesia)

  5. TalkingCock the Movie (Colin Goh & Woo Yen Yen; 2002; Singapore)

  6. Blade Runner 2049 (Denis Villeneuve; 2017; U.S,A)

  7. Thor: Ragnarok (Taika Waititi; 2017; U.S.A)

  8. Railway Sleepers / Mon Rot Fai (Sompot Chidgasornpongse; 2016; Thailand)

  9. Snow Woman / Yuki Onna (Kiki Sugino; 2016; Japan)

  10. Güeros (Alonso Ruizpalacios; 2014; Mexico)

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