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Favorite Foreign Language Films

Postby Eruantale » Sun Aug 10, 2008 12:28 am UTC

I just saw Lagaan last week-ish and it was amazing (once I got over the soundtrack being very off). I think I get more out of foreign language films because I have to pay closer attention to the discourse. So... any favorites you'd like to publicly praise/recommend?

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Re: Favorite Foreign Language Films

Postby Mathmagic » Sun Aug 10, 2008 12:45 am UTC

Life Is Beautiful.

Holy wow. Incredible movie.
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Re: Favorite Foreign Language Films

Postby Eruantale » Sun Aug 10, 2008 12:49 am UTC

^ Heck yes. I was going to list that one too and forgot. It definitely trumps Lagaan.
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Re: Favorite Foreign Language Films

Postby steewi » Sun Aug 10, 2008 1:25 am UTC

Obvious answers from my opinion:
Amelie
Pan's Labyrinth
Joyeux Noel (French/German/English)
No Man's Land (Serbo-Croatian/French/English)

For things similar to Lagaan:

Mangal Pandey,
Hulchul,
Monsoon Wedding,
Dil Chahta Hai,
Earth (AKA 1947),
Water,
Fire.

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Re: Favorite Foreign Language Films

Postby Amarantha » Sun Aug 10, 2008 1:31 am UTC

In no particular order, and probably forgetting quite a few:

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Rashomon
Tampopo
The Seven Samurai
Run Lola Run
Like Water for Chocolate
Night on Earth
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Re: Favorite Foreign Language Films

Postby s00z » Sun Aug 10, 2008 4:58 pm UTC

i just recently saw 'The Edge of Heaven', which takes place in Germany and Turkey. it is the best movie - foreign or domestic -that i have seen in a long long time. it's one of those we-are-all-connected-and-our-paths-and-influence-touch-each-other-more-than-we-realize stories ... only it's about 10 Xs better than Babel. i went back and saw it a second time and i was glad i did - flipping back and forth from the subtitles to the film itself, i'd missed some details.
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Re: Favorite Foreign Language Films

Postby Jesse » Sun Aug 10, 2008 5:09 pm UTC

La Haine.

So important, it was privately screened to the French government after it was made.

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Re: Favorite Foreign Language Films

Postby Zero » Mon Aug 11, 2008 2:10 am UTC

Ondskan. Some parts made me rage like hell. But it's a really good story.

Day Watch and Night Watch. Well, uh, I bet you know the books. If you are into vampire stuff you probably will like these.

Irréversible. Shocking. Damn, that shit was whack. Not for sensible people. Warned ya.

Mar Adentro. Very very very sad. Nearly cried. :oops:

Klass. A more "realistic" Elephant-like story. Some parts are hard to watch.

Cidade de Deus. Eh, this one is obvious. What about Tropa de Elite? Or Cidade dos Homens?
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I know more, many more, but can't remember now. Soon will make a update of the ones I think it's worth watching.


And I'm downloading La Haine, seems interesting. Thanks for the info Jesse. :D

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Re: Favorite Foreign Language Films

Postby rutebega » Mon Aug 11, 2008 4:07 am UTC

Besides ones already mentioned, I really like Werner Herzog's movies, but out of the ones I've seen only Aguirre, The Wrath Of God wasn't in English. And that one Polish guy made really good movies, The Decalogue and The Three Colors Trilogy. I'd also say a bunch of Asian martial arts movies, like Ong Bak, The Protector, and The Legend of Drunken Master.

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Re: Favorite Foreign Language Films

Postby SirMustapha » Mon Aug 11, 2008 11:57 am UTC

Zero wrote:Irréversible. Shocking. Damn, that shit was whack. Not for sensible people. Warned ya.


Yes! That one is just great. In fact, it was the first one I thought of mentioning here.

Zero wrote:Cidade de Deus. Eh, this one is obvious. What about Tropa de Elite? Or Cidade dos Homens?


I haven't seen the latter, but the first two are fantastic - the former even more so. I like it how they're pretty much opposite sides of the same story, and one completes the other.

I also have to include The Fabulous Destiny of Amélie Poulain - a film that is happy without being artificial. Yes, as impossible as it may sound, it is possible to feel genuinely uplifted by a cinematic work. Funny, quirky and touching.

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Re: Favorite Foreign Language Films

Postby mxyzptlk » Mon Aug 11, 2008 11:33 pm UTC

Tetsuo: The Iron Man
Awesomely graphic.. drill cocks and metal eating and just plain all out fucked up looking. I love this kind of shit.


I'm also a fan of any old black and white samurai movie staring Toshiro Mifune.. that guy is awesome.

Takashi Miike can make no bad films imo.

I'm also a fan of Tony Jaa on the action front, though B-13 proved to me that the french can do action movies too.

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Re: Favorite Foreign Language Films

Postby pooteeweet » Tue Aug 12, 2008 9:25 pm UTC

Love and Anarchy - Lina Wertmuller. (I've never heard anyone talk about this movie; is it that obscure or do most not find it worth mentioning?) I just find it very pretty, sad, and amusing all at once. Most of it takes place in a 1930s Italian bordello, where an endearingly tragicomic anarchist peasant prepares to assassinate Mussolini. Oh, that's the word I was looking for. Tragicomedy. I think.

Sex and Lucia - Julio Medem. Actually I don't know if this is a favorite, I've only seen it once and a while back, but it came to mind and I can't remember what else I've watched recently. It's Spanish, it's erotica, but it manages to avoid being quite as horrifically cheesy as 99.9% of erotica seems to be.

I second whoever nominated Herzog. I just finished Fitzcarraldo and it was pretty awesome.
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Re: Favorite Foreign Language Films

Postby aleflamedyud » Wed Aug 13, 2008 12:02 am UTC

Why has nobody mentioned El Labyrinto Del Fauno?

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Re: Favorite Foreign Language Films

Postby barreyi » Wed Aug 13, 2008 12:31 am UTC

The new "Zatoichi" by Takeshi Kitano was really good, I also liked "Yojimbo".
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Re: Favorite Foreign Language Films

Postby Zero » Wed Aug 13, 2008 12:47 am UTC

aleflamedyud wrote:Why has nobody mentioned El Labyrinto Del Fauno?


steewi did. Pan's Labyrinth. It's the same.

And i just watched La Haine. Powerful movie. Can't get enough of Vincent Cassel. Brilliant actor.

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Re: Favorite Foreign Language Films

Postby DarthFeltTipPen » Wed Aug 13, 2008 8:47 am UTC

The Three Colours Trilogy.

Fantastically written, performed and interwoven together masterfully. I'd recommend them to anyone who hasn't seen them.

All the others I would mention have already been mentioned, so I'll just shut up now.
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Re: Favorite Foreign Language Films

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Re: Favorite Foreign Language Films

Postby peter » Thu Aug 14, 2008 4:55 pm UTC

The Vanishing. (WP) (IMDb)

It's a little slow-paced, but the plot is executed perfectly. I believe there was also an American version, but it sucked hard.

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Re: Favorite Foreign Language Films

Postby VislorTurlough » Thu Aug 14, 2008 6:01 pm UTC

might have already been mentioned, but Run Lola Run is great

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Re: Favorite Foreign Language Films

Postby Eruantale » Thu Aug 14, 2008 6:23 pm UTC

VislorTurlough wrote:might have already been mentioned, but Run Lola Run is great


Well yes actually, it was mentioned a few times. It seems to be a winner around here.
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Re: Favorite Foreign Language Films

Postby Jesse » Thu Aug 14, 2008 6:23 pm UTC



Was that the one with the incredibly long series of coincidences in one sequence?

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Re: Favorite Foreign Language Films

Postby Eruantale » Thu Aug 14, 2008 6:30 pm UTC

Hmm... I should clarify. Run Lola Run was mentioned on a similar thread, but it was titled "non-English films" instead of "foreign language". I never thought to search for that, sorry.
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Re: Favorite Foreign Language Films

Postby protocoach » Thu Aug 14, 2008 6:48 pm UTC

It's cliched as hell, of course, but any pairing of Kurosawa-Mifune or Herzog-Kinski is pure gold.

Specifically, I love Rashoman from the first and Fitzcarraldo from the second. I actually threatened my roommate with bodily harm if he didn't sit down and watch Rashoman.
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Re: Favorite Foreign Language Films

Postby Dream » Fri Aug 15, 2008 6:48 am UTC

Jesse wrote:La Haine.

So important, it was privately screened to the French government after it was made.


I saw La Haine with a new score, performed live by Asian Dub Foundation. The French government didn't get that.
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Re: Favorite Foreign Language Films

Postby existential_elevator » Fri Aug 15, 2008 7:54 am UTC

DarthFeltTipPen wrote:The Three Colours Trilogy.

I have only seen the first, I sorely need to go back and watch the rest.

As for my favourites, it's pretty hard to single them out. I'm a Cyborg is currently occupying my favourite slot. I also really love Muhksin

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Re: Favorite Foreign Language Films

Postby mochafairy » Fri Aug 15, 2008 8:03 am UTC

The Seven Samurai (which was already mentioned)
Ping Pong
Battle Royal I &II
Mononoke Hime
Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi
...and many more that i can't think of

and while they aren't foreign films, it was a very different experience watching resident evil and legally blonde in another language.
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Re: Favorite Foreign Language Films

Postby Amarantha » Fri Aug 15, 2008 1:21 pm UTC

protocoach wrote:Specifically, I love Rashoman from the first and Fitzcarraldo from the second. I actually threatened my roommate with bodily harm if he didn't sit down and watch Rashoman.


I've only seen Rashomon once, when it was on the telly late one night, but I never forgot it. Every now and then I try to find a copy - I should go try again now that Madman is releasing so many Asian films locally. *makes mental note to visit JB Hi-Fi tomorrow*
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Re: Favorite Foreign Language Films

Postby Eruantale » Fri Aug 15, 2008 9:16 pm UTC

mochafairy wrote:The Seven Samurai (which was already mentioned)

and while they aren't foreign films, it was a very different experience watching resident evil and legally blonde in another language.


Ha yes, I saw the second as Legalmente Loira in Brazil. If I had not been convinced that watching movies is one of the best ways to pratice listening in a foreign languange this would have never happened.
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Re: Favorite Foreign Language Films

Postby rutebega » Fri Aug 15, 2008 10:26 pm UTC

John Woo's movies with Chow Yun Fat, anyone?

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Postby Asmodieus » Mon Aug 18, 2008 1:41 pm UTC

Anyone seen Paraiso Travel?
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Re: Favorite Foreign Language Films

Postby barreyi » Mon Aug 18, 2008 5:26 pm UTC

mochafairy wrote:The Seven Samurai (which was already mentioned)
Ping Pong
Battle Royal I &II
Mononoke Hime
Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi
...and many more that i can't think of


Totally forgot about Ping Pong but that's a really good one. Battle Royale was also very good, but the second one looked pretty horrible and it didn't even have Takeshi Kitano in it. Maybe I should watch it anyway.
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Postby existential_elevator » Tue Aug 19, 2008 10:54 pm UTC

barreyi wrote: Battle Royale was also very good, but the second one looked pretty horrible and it didn't even have Takeshi Kitano in it. Maybe I should watch it anyway.

Personally, I would recommend skipping it, and think it's one of the worst films I've seen - almost bad enough to be in the "so bad it's funny" category. But I guess you can only tell for yourself.

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Re: Favorite Foreign Language Films

Postby Jack.H » Wed Aug 20, 2008 12:22 pm UTC

The only title not listed here that comes to mind is The Lives of Others, a swell film about east Germany during the cold war.
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Re: Favorite Foreign Language Films

Postby ewige » Wed Aug 20, 2008 12:59 pm UTC

Others were already mentioned, I love Run Lola Run and Pan's Labyrinth and City of Lost Children.

A couple others:
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Re: Favorite Foreign Language Films

Postby KingLoser » Wed Aug 20, 2008 9:30 pm UTC

Nobody mentioned Oldboy yet? Without a doubt one of my favourite Asian movies. Korean movies in general are very good, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, and Lady Vengeance are good. The Host, that was mentioned before, is another Korean gem.

Japanese movies, Versus (Zombies and Samurai = win) and Sky High stand out in my head. And worthy of mention in Chinese movies is the Infernal Affairs trilogy.

Those of ye who liked Pan's Labyrinth will probably also like it's "brother movie", The Devil's Backbone. And another Spanish language (but Brazilian) movie worth seeing is City of God.

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Re: Favorite Foreign Language Films

Postby tin » Wed Aug 20, 2008 10:16 pm UTC

2046 is my favourite film ever, which just so happens to be a foreign language film. Have my film babies, Wong Kar Wai.

Others include the aforementioned City of God, Oldboy, Dumplings, Amelie. I like the weirdness of Gozu. Recently, the French film, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly made a heavy impact on me. It's spectacular.

Jesse wrote:La Haine.

So important, it was privately screened to the French government after it was made.


I really need to sit down and watch this.
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Re: Favorite Foreign Language Films

Postby Lolsaur » Wed Aug 20, 2008 11:16 pm UTC

I'd have to say that my favourite foreign language film, which is in French, would be He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not. Beware, that Wikipedia article may contain evil SPOILERS!!
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Re: Favorite Foreign Language Films

Postby sugarhyped » Thu Aug 21, 2008 11:18 pm UTC

I think 13 Tzameti is good. There was a movie with the same director and actress as Run Lola Run. I think The Princess Warrior. I like it, but it is a lot slower. I wish I could be as resourceful as the main guy.
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Re: Favorite Foreign Language Films

Postby SecondTalon » Fri Aug 22, 2008 3:37 am UTC

Jesse wrote:


Was that the one with the incredibly long series of coincidences in one sequence?

If it involved Ron Perlman as a circus strongman, a creepy old dude who stole dreams and dressed as Santa on an old oil rig, conjoined twins who sent a flea wrangler out as an assassin, scenery that would not look out of place with Big Daddy in the middle, and a little boy who ate everything in sight and burped a lot... then yeah, it is.

However, it has been quite a few years since I've seen it, but I don't remember incredibly long series of coincidences.

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Re: Favorite Foreign Language Films

Postby EstLladon » Fri Aug 22, 2008 7:40 am UTC

I like Pulp Fiction. It is a foreign language movie for me.
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