Historical drama "A City of Sadness(悲情城市)," was ranked first in the list of "100 best films in Asia" in the Busan International Film Festival (BIFF).
Two other Taiwanese films "A Brighter Summer Day (牯嶺街少年殺人事件)" and "Yi Yi: A One and a Two (一一)" by late director Edward Yang (楊德昌) were also ranked third and tenth, respectively, in the list.
The 1989 award-winning film "A City of Sadness," tells the story of the events during Taiwan's White Terror era. The film won the Golden Lion award at the 46th Venice Film Festival the same year. It also won the Best Director and Best Male Actor in Taiwan's 26th Golden Horse Awards in 1989.
"A Bright Summer Day," is based on a real homicide incident involving a teenager in 1961. The film won the 28th Golden Horse Awards for Best Original Screenplay and Best Feature Film in 1991, and it was also awarded the Best Feature Film at the Asia-Pacific Film Festival in Taipei in 1991.
"Yi Yi," which incorporated a careful study of family relationships, earned Yang the Best Director award at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival, a first for a Taiwanese filmmaker. The movie was also ranked as the eighth greatest of the 21st century in a 2016 BBC poll and was listed among the 100 Best Films of the 21st Century by the British newspaper, The Guardian, in 2019.