Hong Kong's Wong Kar-wai might be the most-represented director on the list of 100 Best Chinese Motion Pictures, with six films, but it is a 1948 classic by mainland filmmaker Fei Mu that has taken top spot. Spring In A Small Town, which languished in the vaults of the China Film Archive until it was rediscovered in the early 1980s, was chosen for its representation of Chinese culture. Fei moved to Hong Kong after making the film, based on a short story by Li Tianji, and died here in 1951. The list, organised by the Hong Kong Film Awards Association with the support of the Hong Kong Film Critics Society, was compiled to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Chinese cinema. The organisers invited 101 film industry professionals, Hong Kong critics and scholars to cast their votes. Association chairman Manfred Wong said about 3,000 films were made between the first Chinese film, 1905's The Battle of Dingjunshan, and the 1930s. 'But only 10 to 15 per cent of them are left. It's important to preserve our film history,' he said. 'Hong Kong is a very lucky place. Because of our special history and political background, we can see a variety of films, ranging from those made in the Cultural Revolution to Taiwanese features. It's meaningful for Hong Kong professionals to come up with the list.' Hong Kong and Taiwanese films each occupied four places on the top 10, with two entries from the mainland. Of the top 100, 61 were from Hong Kong, 24 from the mainland and 15 from Taiwan. Wong Kar-wai's best showing was third place, with Days of Being Wild, followed by Chungking Express (22), Ashes of Time (35), As Tears Go By (88), Happy Together (89) and In the Mood for Love (90). The most-recent films on the list were Infernal Affairs (32) and Shaolin Soccer (76), both released in 2002. The oldest was Sun Yu's 1933 silent film, The Little One (70), starring the legendary Ruan Lingyu. Internationally renowned mainland underground director Jia Zhangke's Platform, released in 2000, came in at 63. Director Johnny Mak Dong-hung, whose 1984 film Long Arm of the Law was ranked sixth, yesterday reiterated calls from the movie industry for the mainland to introduce a film category system to allow a wider variety of movies to be shown there. Pick of the crop 1. Spring in a Small Town (1948) by Fei Mu - China 2. A better Tomorrow (1986) by John Woo - Hong Kong 3. Days of Being Wild (1990) by Wong Kar-wai - Hong Kong 4. Yellow Earth (1984) by Chen Kaige - Mainland 5. City of Sadness (1989) by Hou Hsiao-hsien - Taiwan 6. Long Arm of the Law - (1984) by Johnny Mak - Hong Kong 7. Dragon Inn (1967) by King Hu - Taiwan 8 Boat People (1982) by Ann Hui - Hong Kong 9. A Touch of Zen (1971) by King Hu - Taiwan 10. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) by Ang Lee - Taiwan/Hong Kong Note: Mainland films made before 1949 were considered 'China films'; Mainland films released after 1949 were considered 'mainland films'