Top 10s

Bong Joon-ho’s Top 10

Bong Joon-ho’s Top 10

South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho is the director of The Host (2006), Mother (2009), and Snowpiercer (2013). We interviewed him for our release of the classic South Korean film The Housemaid, available in the World Cinema Project box set. After we asked him to name his favorite titles in the collection, he told us, “I actually ended up writing a wish list of Criterion Blu-rays I would like to own. For an insatiable collector like myself, limiting myself to ten films was torture.”

  • The 400 Blows

    1.
    The 400 Blows

    François Truffaut

    The most beautiful feature film debut in the history of cinema. I’m extremely curious about the abundant special features on the Blu-ray. I wish to explore every single one.

  • The most beautiful ending to a feature film career in the history of cinema. And the most beautiful DVD box set in the history of mankind. I’m keen to find out who the designer of the box set was.

  • The Ballad of Narayama

    3.
    The Ballad of Narayama

    Keisuke Kinoshita

    I would like to compare the film to The Ballad of Narayama by Shohei Imamura and Goryeojang by Kim Ki-young. I wish to fully experience and appreciate Keisuke Kinoshita’s bold colors through Blu-ray.

  • Things to Come

    4.
    Things to Come

    William Cameron Menzies

    I’m anxious to find out if I will be as thoroughly excited by the film as I was by H. G. Wells’s science fiction novels when I read them as a youth.

  • Lola Montès

    5.
    Lola Montès

    Max Ophuls

    It’s Max Ophüls!

  • Nashville

    6.
    Nashville

    Robert Altman

    There have been many “tapestry films,” including Altman’s own Short Cuts and Paul Thomas Anderson’s Magnolia. But I believe Nashville will always be the best in the class.

  • Life Is Sweet

    7.
    Life Is Sweet

    Mike Leigh

    The actors/characters in Mike Leigh’s films are always shockingly vivid and alive.

  • The Man Who Fell to Earth

    8.
    The Man Who Fell to Earth

    Nicolas Roeg

    Nicolas Roeg’s films never cease to be fresh and youthful.

  • Rushmore

    9.
    Rushmore

    Wes Anderson

    Wes Anderson’s films are delightfully strange and endearing.

  • Being John Malkovich

    10.
    Being John Malkovich

    Spike Jonze

    A few days ago, I had a chance to meet Spike Jonze, and we talked briefly. The meeting left me with a strong impulse to go inside his head and explore the corners of his mind.