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CNN picks best Asian movie in history!!!
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Posted 11/17/08 , edited 11/18/08
By Gerry Plaza
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First Posted 09:36:00 11/12/2008

MANILA, Philippines— (UPDATE 4) A spellbinding victory for Philippine cinema.

Visitors to the Cable News Network entertainment website voted Ishmael Bernal’s “Himala,” which starred Nora Aunor as a simple provincial girl turned faith healer, as the best movie of all time in the Asia-Pacific region, outclassing such greats as Akira Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai” and Ang Lee’s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.”

Others in the top 10 that vied for the honor, in which “Himala” was the only Filipino film, included Andrew Lau and Alan Mak’s “Mou Gaan Dou (Infernal Affairs)” from Hong Kong, Chan-wook Park’s “Old Boy” from South Korea, Hayao Miyazaki’s animated film “Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi (Spirited Away)” from Japan, Satyajit Ray’s “Pather Panchali” from India, Peter Weir’s “Gallipoli” from Australia, Wong Kar Wai’s “Chung Hing Sam Lam (Chungking Express)” from China, and Mohsen Makhmalbaf’s “Gabbeh” from Iran.

According to the CNN website, critics, industry insiders, Asian film stars, and CNN viewers chose the movies that landed in the shortlist of ten films.

The Filipino classic, which was written by Ricky Lee and originally released in 1982 for the Metro Manila Film Festival, was announced the top vote-getter in the popular vote and named the winner of the CNN-APSA Viewers Choice Award for Best Asia-Pacific Film of All Time on Tuesday at the Asia Pacific Screen Awards in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia.

Hundreds of film industry luminaries from around the world attended the event.


With Bayani San Diego, Jr.


Wow...wat do u guys think??? Is Himala really deserving to be the best? Beating my fave movies of all time Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon , and Old Boy and The Host?
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Posted 11/17/08
Never heard of Himala

Agree with Infernal Affairs, one of my favorite movies ever
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Posted 11/17/08
I'm certainly surprised, as Filipino cinema is rarely internationally known, but as I haven't watched "Himala" I can't judge for sure if it deserves it for not.

Also, my family is more into Vilma and Sharon. LOL.
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Posted 11/17/08

inluvwitdestiny wrote:

Never heard of Himala

Agree with Infernal Affairs, one of my favorite movies ever


I love infernal affairs. but the 2nd one was horrible lol. Original is best. Hmm Himala? if it beat old boy and the host it must be 1 good ass movie...wer can i watch
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Posted 11/17/08
well everything happens in unexpected ways
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Posted 11/17/08
Wow it beat Hong Kong and South Korean movies? Must be a really good movie. I will watch it for sure
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Posted 11/17/08
OMG! that movie is sooo old don't know if there are any copies floating around..
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OMG! that movie is sooo old don't know if there are any copies floating around..


lol seriously....is it even good? enough to beat crouching tiger?
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i have seen the movie in a local cable channel english subbed even, it really is very meaningful (tackles on faith, religion, culture and societal problems)... i like the dialogues...
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Posted 11/17/08
i find it hard to believe that a 1982 movie beat newer movies 2000 and up lol
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Posted 11/18/08
himala means miracle..... in case some of u don't know

personally, i think this movie deserves it. i mean man 26 years after and its still gets this recognition time and again. this is an internationally acclaimed film as well as the actress on it since its release years ago. to me, the performance that nora gave is simply just raw and real. i'm proud of us filipinos!!!! and the movie itself really kind of represent "asia" as well... i mean at least for me. being religious, the difficulties that our poor asian countries are experiencing and its meaningful. so yeah, it deserves it for whatever reasons.
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Posted 11/18/08

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iloveshoujo wrote:

OMG! that movie is sooo old don't know if there are any copies floating around..


lol seriously....is it even good? enough to beat crouching tiger?


yea that movie is so old its black and white

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Posted 11/18/08
WALANG HIMALA famous line of Nora Aunor.

i won't doubt that the film won. because the story is surprisingly interesting and basically shows what some filipinos really believed in.
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Posted 11/18/08
..,woo0oahhhhH..dat's great!..

Walang himala!....
Posted 11/18/08
the classic movie is still the best!
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