2016 Year in Review

A few numbers: 311 movies watched, 306 of which were first time viewings. 30 films directed by Johnnie To, 21 solo credits and 9 split. I participated in the March around the world challenge on Letterboxd helping lead to seeing films from 37 different countries. Hong Kong was my country most watched with 110 different movies, the US was second with 92. According to Letterboxd I spent 552 hours watching movies in 2016, just under 16 of those were spent on A Brighter Summer Day 4 times.

Here is a list of everything I watched, in ranked order:
A Brighter Summer Day (牯嶺街少年殺人事件)
The Terrorizers (恐怖份子)
That Day, On the Beach (海灘的一天)
A Scene at the Sea (Ano natsu, ichiban shizukana umi)
My Left Eye Sees Ghosts (Ngo joh aan gin diy gwai)
Yi Yi (Yi Yi: A One and a Two)
Expect the Unexpected (Fai seung dat yin)
Only Yesterday (Omohide poro poro)
Running on Karma (大隻佬)
The Housemaid (하녀)
Port of Call (踏血尋梅)
Drug War (Du zhan)
Green Room
Man from Reno
Red Cliff (Chi bi)
Rouge (胭脂扣)
The Mission (Cheung fo)
The Legend of the Swordsman a.k.a Swordsman II
A Confucian Confusion (Du li shi dai)
Don't Go Breaking My Heart (單身男女)
Last Hurrah for Chivalry (Hao xia)
Needing You… (孤男寡女)
Red Cliff Part II (赤壁 2)
Furious 7
House of Flying Daggers (十面埋伏’)
The Scent of Green Papaya
Too Many Ways to Be No. 1
City on Fire (龍虎風雲)
Green Snake (Ching Se)
Love on a Diet (瘦身男女)
Seduced and Abandoned
Taipei Story (Qīng méi zhú mǎ)
A Chinese Odyssey Part Two: Cinderella (西遊記大結局之仙履奇緣)
A Touch of Sin (天注定)
Bastards (Les Salauds)
Call Me Lucky
Come Drink With Me (大醉俠’)
Hana-Bi (はなび)
Infernal Affairs (無間道)
Mad Max: Fury Road
Neighboring Sounds
Steak (R)évolution
The Double
The War Game
Three (三人行)
A New Leaf
Climates (İklimler)
Raining in the Mountain (空山靈雨)
Side by Side
The Conformist (Il Conformista)
The Yakuza Papers, Vol. 3: Proxy War (仁義なき戦い 代理戦)
Throw Down
Weekend of a Champion
Blind Detective (盲探)
Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame神探狄仁傑’)
Golden Swallow (Jin yan zi)
Hands on a Hard Body: The Documentary
Infernal Affairs II (無間道II)
One Nite in Mongkok (Wong gok hak yau)
Infernal Affairs III (無間道III: 終極無間)
Legend of the Mountain (Shan zhong zhuan qi)
Chinese Odyssey 2002 (Tian xia wu shuang)
Crippled Avengers (Can que)
Mad Detective (神探)
Runnin Out of Time 2 (暗戰 2)
Sparrow (Man jeuk)
SPL 2: A Time for Consequences 
The Bad Sleep Well (悪い奴ほどよく眠る)
White God (Fehér Isten)
Zu: Warriors from the Magic Mountain (Xin shu shan jian ke)
Being There
Dragon Inn (龍門客棧)
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films
Le Coup Du Berger
The Raid (Serbuan maut)
The Yakuza Papers, Vol. 1: Battles Without Honor and Humanity (仁義なき戦い)
A Chinese Ghost Story (倩女幽魂)
All Is Lost
Iron Monkey 
Life Without Principle (夺命金)
Open Your Eyes (Abre los ojos) 
The Mermaid (美人鱼)
The Unknown Known
Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan (愛奴)
Long Arm of the Law  (Sheng gang qi bing)
The Blade (Dao)
The Look of Silence
Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon (狄仁杰之神都龙王)
A New Love in Tokyo  (愛の新世界)
Dark Star: HR Giger’s World
Inside Llewyn Davis
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Office (華麗上班族)
Spring in a Small Town (Xiao cheng zhi chun)
The Headless Woman(La mujer sin cabeza)
The Spymasters – CIA in the Crosshairs
Flash Point (导火线)
In Our Time (光阴的故事)
Vengeance (Fuk sau)
Don’t Go Breaking My Heart 2 (单身男女2)
Four Falls of Buffalo
Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons
Lessons of Darkness (Lektionen in Finsternis)
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
More Than Honey
Norte, the End of History (Norte: Hangganan ng Kasaysayan)
The Big Short
The Moon Is Blue
The Resurrection of Jake “The Snake” 
Triangle (鐵三角)
Banksy does New York
Dragon (武俠)
Lacuna (醉後一夜)
Alan Partridge
Beltracchi – The Art of the Forgery
Beslan: Three Days in September 
Encounters of the Spooky Kind (Gui da gui)
From Caligari to Hitler: German Cinema in the Age of the Masses
Love for All Seasons
Murder Party
The Life and Mind of Mark DeFriest 
The Sword (Ming jian)
The Valiant Ones (Zhong lie tu)
Trivisa (樹大招風)
 A Touch of Zen (Xia nu)
Cold War (寒戰)
Fantastic Lies
For All Mankind
La Commune (Paris, 1871)
Pedicab Driver (群龍戲鳳)
Red Army
The Heartbreak Kid
The Heroic Ones (Shi san tai bao)
Touching the Void
Henri Georges Clouzot’s Inferno
Let the Bullets Fly (让子弹飞’)
The Brute (El bruto)
The God of Cookery  (食神)
The Heroic Trio (Dung fong saam hap)
The Sentimental Swordsman (To ching chien ko wu ching chien)
The Spy in Black
The Yakuza Papers, Vol. 5: Final Episode (仁義なき戦い 完結篇)
There’s Something Wrong with Aunt Diane
Averngers: Age of Ultron
Big Hero 6
Cartel Land
The Butterfly Murders (Dip bin)
The General
A Hero Never Dies (Chan sam ying hung)
Beau Travail
Cocaine Cowboys: Reloaded 
Cold War 2 (寒戰2)
Lifeline (Sap maan fo gap)
Mike Nichols: An American Master
One Day Since Yesterday: Peter Bogdanovich & the Lost American Film
Punishment Park
The One-Armed Swordsman (Dubei dao)
Young and Dangerous: The Prequel (新古惑仔之少年激鬥篇)
Band of Outsiders  (Bande à Part)
Gabo: The Creation of Gabriel Gracia Marquez  (Gabo, la magia de lo real)
Helios (赤道)
His Girl Friday
JFK: A President Betrayed
Killer Clans (Liu xing hu die jian)
Merchants of Doubt
The Art of Organized Noize
The Seven Five
This Magic Moment
Young and Dangerous 6 – Born to Be King (胜者为王)
Violent Cop (Sono otoko, kyôbô ni tsuki)
A Brief History of Time
A Chinese Odyssey Part One: Pandora’s Box (西遊記第壹佰零壹回之月光寶盒)
Amanda Knox
Blood and Ties (공범)
Firestorm (風暴)
Keith Richards: Under the Influence
Lucha Mexico
Purple Noon (Plein soleil)
Street Angels (Hong deng qu)
The ’85 Bears
The Big Heat (Seng fat dak ging)
The Conman (賭俠 1999)
The Miracle Fighters (Qi men dun jia)
The Yakuza Papers, Vol. 2: Deadly Fight in Hiroshima (仁義なき戦い 広島死闘篇)
Youth of the Beast (野獣の青春)
Apex: The Story of the Hypercar
The Yakuza Papers, Vol. 4: Police Tactics (仁義なき戦い 頂上作戦)
De Palma
The Bodyguard (我的特工爷爷)
Urusei Yatsura Movie 1 - Only You
Yes, Madam (Huang jia shi jie)
Our Time, Our Story (白鴿計劃:台灣新電影二十年)
Sour Grapes
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
The Gambler
Straight Outta Compton
The Longest Nite (Am faa)
The Sandwich Man (兒子的大玩偶)
(Dis)Honesty: The Truth About Lies
Death of a Gentleman
Russian Ark (Russkiy Kovcheg)
Sky on Fire (沖天火’)
The Wrecking Crew
Young and Dangerous 4 (97古惑仔之戰無不勝)
In the Line of Duty 4 (皇家師姐IV直擊證人)
Portland Street Blues (古惑仔情義篇之洪興十三妹)
Wild City (迷城)
X-Men: Days of Future Past (rogue cut)
A Moment of Romance III
Behind the Yellow Line (緣分)
Executioners (Jin doi hou haap cyun)
Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve
Still Life (Stilleben)
Horse Money (Cavalo Dinheiro)
Spanish Lake
Team Foxcatcher
The Imitation Game
The Long Night
The Color of Money
Batman: Bad Blood
Black Mass
Casino Raiders II  (Zhi zu wu shang II yong ba tian xia)
Wheels on Meals (快餐車)
Island Of Greed 黑金)
Justice League vs. Teen Titans
Pandora’s Promise
12 O’Clock Boys
As the Light Goes Out (救火英雄)
Thought Crimes
Under the Dog (アンダー・ザ・ドッグ)
Young and Dangerous 2 (古惑仔2之猛龍過江)
Cobain: Montage of Heck
Listen to Me Marlon
The Search for Life: The Drake Equation
Young and Dangerous 3 (古惑仔之隻手遮天)
Benny’s Video
City 40
From Vegas to Macau (賭城風雲)
Journey to Le Mans
The Director
Young and Dangerous (古惑仔之人在江湖)
Those Were the Days (友情歲月之山雞故事)
What Happened, Miss Simone?
Hardcore Comedy (重口味)
From Vegas to Macau II  (賭城風雲II)
Young and Dangerous 5 (98古惑仔之龍爭虎鬥)
Batman: The Killing Joke
Casting By
Orion: The Man Who Would Be King 
Prescription Thugs
The Eighth Happiness (Baat seng bou hei)
The Forbidden Room 
The Fun, the Luck & the Tycoon (Gat seng gung ziu)
The Legendary Tai Fei (古惑仔激情篇洪興大飛哥)
The Loft
Triad (Jat jik)
Goodbye, Mr. Cool (Gau lung bing sat)
I Like To Hurt People
My Cousin, the Ghost (Biao ge dao)
Mysterious Object at Noon (ดอกฟ้าในมือมาร)
And Now You’re Dead
Mr. & Mrs. Gambler
My Friend Rockefeller
Heroin: Cape Cod, USA
Undeclared War
S Storm (S 風暴)
Once Upon A Time in Triad Society (旺角揸Fit人)
Superdimensional Romanesque Samy: Missing 99
Z Storm
Young and Dangerous: Reloaded  (Goo waat zai: Gong woo sun dit jui)
Out of Print
The New Option 
Man vs. Snake 
Mistaken for Strangers
Rams (Hrútar)
Legacy of Rage (Long zai jiang hu)
From Vegas To Macau III (賭城風雲III)
A Faster Horse
A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence
Why Horror?
Out 1
Bukowski – Born into This

I know Out 1 is one of the canonizes classics but I couldn't find anything redeeming about it. 


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