That’s what The Times seems to think. I’ve never had much confidence in that paper when it comes to Korean film (one of their critics in particular, Wendy Ide, seems to have a complete downer on the country), but I’m not sure that many informed Korean film buffs would agree with the choice of Lady Venceance as the top Korean film of the Noughties. I’m not sure even that Park Chan-wook fans would nominate it as his best.
Yesterday’s Times had one of those periodic “top films” lists, this one being the top 100 films of the decade. The only Korean film to make it, at #97, was Lady V. The top East Asian film in the list (unless you consider Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain, at #17) is Wong Kar Wai’s In the Mood for Love (#37), followed by Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away (#61), Edward Yang’s A One and a Two (#82), Zhang Yimou’s House of Flying Daggers (#93), Lady V and then Kinji Fukusaku’s Battle Royale (#99).
And dull-as-ditchwater films such as Gladiator make it in at #32.
Any consolations? Team America, World Police, with its famous Kim Jong-il puppet, is at #5.
- The 100 Best Films of the Decade, The Times, 7 November 2009