LONDON, England (CNN) — Asia: Spread over one third of the world’s surface, it is home to something like four billion people in 70 countries. It also produces half of the world’s film.
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Bollywood, the film industry of India’s largest city, Mumbai, alone produces around 1,000 films each year — almost two times as many as Hollywood.
This vast continent doesn’t just come out on top when it comes to output, it has also sired many influential directors, actors and film-genres.
Ang Lee’s 2000 homage to Chinese fantasy martial arts genre, Wuxia, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” and Japan’s unique take on horror, typified by films like Takashi Shimizu’s “Ju-on: The Grudge” are just two examples of Asia’s recent contribution to world film culture.
We have included films by Japan’s Akira Kurosawa, China’s Wong Kar-Wai and India’s Mehboob Khan in our provisional list of the best of Asian cinema but we want to hear from Web site users. What are your favorites? Have we missed one? Perhaps you don’t agree with our choices. Let us know in the Sound Off box below.
‘In the Mood for Love’ (‘Fa yeung nin wa’) Hong Kong/China(Wong Kar-Wai, 2000) Wong was heavily influenced by xem bong da Hitchcock’s psychological thriller “Vertigo” during the making of this poetic, exquisitely shot meditation on love and loss starring Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung. It was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000.