'Farewell My Concubine' most appreciated in HK
Chinese director Chen Kaige's 1993 tragic love movie 'Farewell my Concubine' has won the heart of the Hong Kong public and been voted as the most popular Chinese film of the century.
Over 25,000 votes were cast by the Hong Kong public through a ballot and the Internet from a shortlist of 103 Chinese films drawn up by industry experts and film makers in March this year.
'Farewell my Concubine', starring prominent mainland actress Gong Li and late Hong Kong heart-throb Leslie Cheung, won top honour of the Palme d'Or prize at Cannes Film Festival in 1993.
It was followed by artistic director Wong Kar-wai's passionate love story 'Days of Being Wild' with John Woo's gangster flick 'A Better Tomorrow' winning third place.
The fourth spot was taken by cop thriller 'Infernal Affairs'. Another Wong film 'Happy Together', a drama about a gay couple, won fifth place.
'Shaolin Soccer', a comedy by 'Kung Fu Hustle' director and actor Stephen Chow, came eighth.
Woo, whose credits include 'Face Off' and 'Mission: Impossible II', was voted people's favourite director, followed by Wong Kar-wai.
Leslie Leung, the late singer and actor, was voted their most favourite actor with action star Jackie Chan coming second, Francis Ng was third with Kung Fu legend Bruce Lee fourth and Jet Li fifth.
Maggie Cheung, who won Best Actress in 2004 at the Cannes Film Festival for her role as a drug addict in the French movie 'Clean', was voted the most popular actress of the century.