“Himala” named among best Asian films ever by CNN

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Director Ishmael Bernal’s “Himala” (1982) was named on a list of the 18 best Asian films of all time by CNN.com.

In Himala, Nora Aunor portrayed Elsa, a simple barrio lass who thinks she has seen the Virgin Mary and goes on a healing crusade — just the miracle the nowhere town she lives in is looking for.

CNN noted Himala’s “austere camera work, haunting score and accomplished performances sensitively portray the harsh social and cultural conditions that people in the third world endure.”

Other Asian films that made it to the list include:

Hong Kong/China: ‘In the Mood for Love’ by Wong Kar-Wai (2000)

Infernal Affairs by Andrew Lau Wai-Keung, Alan Mak Siu-Fai (2002)

China: Still Life by Zhang Ke Jia (2006)

Shower by Yang Zhang (1999)

To Live by Zhang Yimou (1994)

India: Mother India by Mehboob Khan (1957)

South Korea: The Host by Bong Joon-ho (2006)

Mandala by Kwon-Taek Im (1981)

Thailand: Syndromes and a Century by Apichatpong Weerasethakul (2006)

New Zealand: Whale Rider by Niki Caro (2002)

Utu by Geoff Murphy (1983)

Japan: Shall we dance? by Masayuki Suo (1998)

Ikiru by Akira Kurosawa (1952)

The Ballad of Narayama by Keisuke Kinoshita (1958)

Vietnam: When the Tenth Month Comes by Dang Nhat Minh (1984)

Hong Kong/ Taiwan: A Touch of Zen by King Hu (1969)

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21 comments on ““Himala” named among best Asian films ever by CNN
  1. alcruz_08 says:

    yap yap yap, this only proves she is definitely the best actress in the philippines has ever produced, hurray ms nora aunor, kudos to the late ishmael bernal, he’s one of the best in this corner of the world

  2. Timbuktu says:

    Kaya hindi umuunlad ang pinoy kasi marami pa rin ang may crab mentality at inggitan….tsssk. tsssk, tssk

    To ms. Nora Aunor, congratulations for this big achievement of yours :-)

    National artist???? For sure she’ll get it sooner or later…hoping its sooner !

  3. Carmelo says:

    Why are you guys dwelling on Nora’s past. Move on! Talangka pa rin ang utak ng majority ng pinoy!

    We should separate Nora’s personal life from her artistry. Her contribution is immense and worthy of praise! A lot of nationals artists in the Philippines were not perfect people but their contributions outweighed their imperfections as priovate citizens.

    We should rejoice that Himala won the CNN APSA’s Viewers Choice Award for all time best asian film ! This is a great honor for all filipinos here and abroad !

  4. gilbert s. ferrer says:

    this one make me feel that being NORANIAN is the most right thing to do

  5. dewdew says:

    @Boy Saudi
    ikaw lang ata hindi perfect dito, kaw dapat mag think and mag soul searching, haha!

  6. Boy Saudi says:

    OK…. but look at the life of great celebrities, try to research, their life is not perfect. Are you perfect to condemned her and forget all of her contribution? Think and search your soul. If you will learn to forgive then you will find peace and happiness. Forgiveness is what this world needs and forgiveness and love is what Jesus wants us to have in our heart. THINK AGAIN MY FRIEND…… PEACE TAYO OK………..

  7. diehard says:

    yes, we should be proud nahulian siya ng drugs sa airport, that was a big achievement for the airport security in the crackdown of drug users. walang himala, it was meant to happen at mayabang kayo hahaha!

  8. Boy Saudi says:

    Correction lang please…… there mere fact should read as ” The mere fact”.

  9. Boy Saudi says:

    Sana naman maging proud tayong mga Pilipino sa accomplishment ng Himala. Wag na nating tingnan kung sino ang artista o director. There mere fact is it is a Filipino film and we as a Filipino should be proud of it. PEACE TO ALL …….. AND ADVANCE MERRY CHRISTMAS……..

  10. window!!! says:

    @ diehard
    Nag go team kapamilya lang xa….so WALANG HIMALA !!!!

  11. diehard says:

    inangking ng unang nag comment! sabi nya go team kapamilya! who cares about nora aunor and ismael bernal?! walang himala! pero yung nakitang drugs sa bag ni nora aunor sa airport himala yun! hahaha

  12. diefan says:

    Thanks Ishmael Bernal and Ms. Nora Aunor. You make filipino proud!

  13. asian review says:

    has anybody else noticed that the list includes new zealand? is new zealand part of asia? and this list even came from cnn…

  14. dewdew says:

    as far as i know….this one was chosen as the best asian film by cnn….

  15. tweedle dee says:

    nice movie




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  16. window!!! says:

    ….inaangkin ba ng kapamilya? basahin nyo nga…… wala naman…
    basahin nyo pong mabuti….. wala pong nasusulat na…. inaankin ng kapamilya… ang himala……..wala pong himala….


  17. PTV 4 says:

    oo sa 9 sila noon. matandaan ko rin eat bulaga nasa rpn 9 tas inangkin ng dos tapos nagalit si joey eh nasa 7 na sila!

  18. RPN 9 says:

    bakit kapamilya?! hoy RPN 9 star si nora aunor! ano?! aakuhin nanaman ng abs cbn na sila ang nagpasikat kay nora aunor?!

  19. ahahay says:

    Himala….kasalanan bang humingi ako sa langit ng isang himala.

  20. Proud to be KA-POK2 says:

    dapat lang! i really like this film. “walang himala! ang himala ay nasa puso ng bawat tao!” go team kapamilya! hehehe…

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