Legendary filmmaker Satyajit Ray's film The Apu Trilogy was announced as one of the top five greatest Asian films of all time, at the Busan International Film Festival here.
The Busan International Film Festival marked its 20th anniversary with a list of the 100 best Asian films of all time, based on a poll of 73 noted filmmakers and critics.
The Apu Trilogy depicts the life of Apu in Pather Panchali (1955), Aparajito(1956), and Apur Sansar (1959). A masterpiece that realistically and placidly portrays Indian society - Satyajit Ray is known as a master of Asian film as well as the father of Indian cinema, a statement said.(Also Read: Satyajit Ray's The Apu Trilogy Restored, Set For US Release)
The 'Asian Cinema 100' is a collaboration project with the Busan International Film Festival and the Busan Cinema Center to highlight the value of Asian films.
The list will be updated every 5 years to act as a guide for the aesthetic value and history of Asian cinema and to discover hidden masterpieces and talented directors of Asia.
For the project, 73 prominent film professionals recommended their top 10 films, resulting in 113 selections and 106 directors (including joint rankings) for the final 100 list.
Tokyo Story, a legendary masterpiece by Ozu Yasujiro from Japan topped the list. Kurosawa Akira's Rashomon occupied the second position. In the Mood for Love by Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai came third. The Apu Trilogy was on the fourth position. A City of Sadness by Taiwanese filmmaker Hou Hsiao-Hsien came fifth.
Other Indian filmmakers whose works made it to the list were Ritwik Ghatak, Raj Kapoor, Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Guru Dutt, Mehboob Khan, Govindan Aravindan and Mira Nair.