受邀的票選者，以台灣為主；另外還包括香港、大陸影人，以及海外的華語電影專家。不同於其他類似票選皆以電影研究者（學者、影評人、策展人）為主，或者最多加入導演看法（例如最資深的Sight & Sound雜誌從1952年起每十年選拔一次影史十大影片，前四屆都以影評人意見為結論，自1992年起才另增導演），「影史百大華語電影」票選除了邀請上述影評及導演，也增加了編劇、製片、演員、以及其他幕後影人、甚至長期關注影壇發展的藝文界人士。而且除了資深權威，也試圖加入年輕世代的意見。每位票選者，就影史初始時期到票選展開（2010年8月）已完成的所有華語影片，不限出品地、規格、類型，不分排名，最多可提出30部的片單，供主辦單位統計。
In recent years we have witnessed the increasing attention that the Chinese-language films have attracted at the international film festivals. However in contrast to the large amount of neglected and forgotten masterpieces, these films which gained international recognition are just a small fraction of hidden treasure. Even the Golden Horse Awards which is the most prestigious and longest-running festival in all Chinese-speaking territories cannot present the whole picture. Therefore the Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival Executive Committee decided to invite the Chinese-language cinema experts and outstanding film-makers to vote for the ‘100 Greatest Chinese-language Films’ of all time.
People who were invited to cast their votes are based mainly in Taiwan but film-makers from Hong Kong and China and Chinese-language cinema experts worldwide are also included on the list. What is unique about the our list is that unlike some similar selections in which the participants are mostly film scholars, critics or festival programmers and probably a few film directors, we invited not only professionals mentioned above but scriptwriters, producers, actors, crew members and people working in art and literature. More significantly, both the established figures and young film-makers have cast their votes in this poll. Every single Chinese-language film completed before August 2010 is qualified and each voter gave their choices of up to 30 films (not in any order) to the Golden Horse Committee for the final counts.
The result has come out – 482 films are recommended. A City of Sadness (1989) got the most votes and the other films in the top ten include A Brighter Summer Day (1991), A Time to Live, A Time to Die (1985), Days of Being Wild (1990), Spring in a Small Town (1948), Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), Yi Yi: A One and a Two (2000), Dust in the Wind (1986), Dragon Inn (1967) and In the Mood for Love (2000). Amongst the ‘100 Greatest’, the earliest one, Little Toys, dates back to 1933 while the latest is No Puedo Vivir Sin Ti made in 2009. Furthermore, based on the votes each director has received the Committee published the ‘50 Greatest Chinese-language Film Directors’. This gives some prolific directors whose votes spread over their films the recognition they deserve. The directors who made into the top ten are HOU Hsiao-Hsien, Edward YANG, WONG Kar-Wai, Ang LEE, King HU, ZHANG Yi-Mou, TSAI Ming-Liang, LEE Hsing, Ann HUI, CHEN Kai-Ge and Stanley KWAN.
Many people who were invited to vote expressed their concern that their knowledge in Chinese-language cinema might not be good enough to judge all films made throughout the history. Some of them even turned down our invitation for this very reason. As a result of the political and historical barriers, the interaction between film industries in different Chinese-speaking territories had ceased for decades. This makes compiling the history of Chinese-language cinema even more difficult (both in terms of research methodology and film preservation). Even after the interaction resumed more than ten years ago, the picture remained incomplete. We believe that there is more than one way to write the history and perhaps we could view this selection as an attempt. The ‘100 Greatest’ are the films which received the unanimous appreciation from 122 professionals however we hope that the readers would be encouraged to look into the rest of the recommended films. These films may not only broaden our taste and provide different viewpoints but prove to be the long-forgotten hidden treasure.
Therefore the result of the vote for the ‘100 Greatest Chinese-language Films’ will not end with a just list but a book. Both Chinese and English is scheduled to be published in August 2011. We would like to thank not only the voters and the reviewers who had made difficult decisions in selecting films but also the film-makers who made these films. Their creativity has inspired countless cineastes and set a great example for us to follow.
Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival Executive Committee