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#1 Old 08-01-2003, 01:56 PM
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I'm always looking for good foreign films to watch when i go to the video store.

Can anyone recommend some good ones?

I find them usually more interesting than the mainstream ones form Hollywood.

My favourites are: Cinema Paradiso (yes i know it's old)(Italian)

and "Du Ju" or "Ju Du" it's japanese i believe and it is fabulous.

" Tie Me Up Tie Me Down" is also alot of fun, starring Antonio Banderas BEFORE he came to Hollywood.

All About My Mother" also very good

but i have to say the movie which surprised me the most was " "

Dancer In The Dark " starring Bjork. It is truly a strange film when it starts you think it's B-O-R-I-N-G, but give it time, it is AMAZING and the ending will leave you speechless. that one was a real surprise find.

I would love to hear what you guys would recommend
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I like Farinelli, but it's mainly a type of musical. Of course old school japanese is good like Yojimbo or Seven Samaurai. I never watch it dubbed! I also like Brotherhood of the Wolf that one is realitively new & french. So there ya go!
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If you want to see something beyond comprehension, watch Last Year at Marienbad by Alain Resnais.

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Chun King Express

It's is one of my favorite movies. Kinda like a Quinten Teriintino movie in Chinese. Real cool!
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Also, Like Water for Chocolate. it's pretty well known, but it's a beautiful Mexican love story. I read the book too, real passionate.
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italian for beginners and any dogme95 movie
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Yeah! I was going to suggest Italian For Beginners. Great movie. And of course Amelie. 8 Femmes is a good movie too, there's a version out on video and DVD titled 8 Women.

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"Ridicule" is probably my favorite French film.

"Tampopo" is good (Japanese). "Mama There's a Man in Your Bed" (French). "The Official Story" (Spanish).



And then I have an unhealthy addiction to Japanese movies of questionable quality. "The Hidden Fortress," the "Zatoichi" films, etc...



I agree that "Tie Me Up Tie Me Down" is fabulous!
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Amelie!!

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon

Life is Beautiful



I ADORED Monsoon Wedding, which no one other than me has ever seen... It was made by Universal, but Mira Nair (the director) is Indian and it's set in New Delhi. It's in an English/Hindi/Punjabi hybrid -- sometimes has subtitles, sometimes not. Unusual, but absolutely wonderful... Check it out if you can find it.
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Monsoon Wedding was WONDERFUL!!!!!!!



also,

Bend it Like Beckham

Et Tu Mama Tambien

El Crimen del Padre Amoro



**** 8 Women SUCKED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ****

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tatie dannielle - french dark comedy about a family whos mean nasty aunt moves in and starts driving them crazy.



no man's land- dark comedy about the serbo-croatian war. Some guys get stuck between front lines and nobody can figure out what to do.



belle epoque- spanish comedy. bedroom farce, everybody thinks somebody else likes somebody else.



Central Station- brazillian. very, very good. Little boy is on this road trip with a kind of mean lady to try to find his father. Sounds boring, but it trust me, it's good.



El Mariachi- Desperado with Antonio Banderas was sort of a follow up to this original film done on a $7000 budget. Great film. Guitar player gets stuck in a case of mistaken identity, people want to kill him.
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Belle Epoque was fun! I'd forgotten about that one!
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And then I have an unhealthy addiction to Japanese movies of questionable quality. "The Hidden Fortress," the "Zatoichi" films, etc...



thank god for samurai saturdays on the IFC.
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thank god for samurai saturdays on the IFC.



I have no idea what the IFC is, but now I'm thinking it's something I'd want. Is it a cable channel?
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run lola run
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yea I love cinema pardiso and love lola run. best films I have ever seen maybe.
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Mskedi, its on Digital Cable, the full name is the Independent Film Channel, they show only independent and foreign films.
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Ca Commence Aujourd'hui - dir. Bernard Tavernier



The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser, Woyzeck, Nosferatu the Vampyre, Stroszek, etc - dir. Werner Herzog



and possibly Le Dernier Metro, directed by Truffaut (sp.?)
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to add to the Japanese favourites, and my all time favourite:



Shichinin no samurai; in the US versions --> Seven Samurai or Magnificent Seven



Another good one is: Rashomon



Some non-japanese(but still east Asian) that I like are: Beijing Bicycle, Farewell my Concubine, Tampopo, Raise the Red Lantern(super good movie-the main character is vegetarian if i remember correctly), Scent of Green Papaya, and anything with Jacky Chan or Jet Li.
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I am a big Kurosawa fan too... yojimbo, roshomon, seven samurai, sanjuro, red beard, & high and low there are a few I havent seen too...these are the ones I have seen....



hiroshi inagaki films such as Samurai I, II, III are good too...



If you like tarantino, you should like eary john woo movies. A Hong Kong film classic = The Killer. Some other good ones are, A Better Tommorrow and A Better Tommorrow II and Hard Boiled. Other good Hong Kong cinemas are The Blade, City on Fire, and Once Upon a Time in China.



for a bit of surrealism... 8 1/2 by fellini is awesome....Amarcord is also good.



I just saw Closely Watched Trains directed by Jiri Menzel....its czech I believe and it was quite good.



Another favorite movie of mine is Children of Paradise directed by Marcel Carne.



and its not out yet... but in November Ararat comes out on DVD its Canadian but its made by an Armenian.
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Amores Perros is one of the greatest foreign films I've seen in the last five years. 3 or 4 others were also mentioned earlier.



No one mentioned City of God, though I'm not sure it's on video yet.



Also, check out the following directors



Antonioni (The Adventure, The Night)

Bergman (Through a Glass Darkly, Persona, Shame)

Bertolucci (1900)

Bunuel (The Golden Age, Belle de Jour, Tristana)

Cocteau (Beauty and the Beast)

Dreyer (The Passion of Joan of Arc, The Vampire)

Fellini (La Dolce Vita, 8 1/2)

Godard (Breathless, Weekend)

Malle (Murmur of the Heart)

Kieslowski (Three Colors Trilogy: Blue, White, and Red; The Decalogue)

Renoir (Rules of the Game, Isn't Life a *****? or "The *****")

Tartovsky (original "Solaris")

Truffaut (400 Blows, Two English Girls)

Wenders (Wings of Desire)



I saw a lot of Kurasawa mentioned, but didn't notice "Throne of Blood" on anyone's list. Classic Mifune role.



More listed here:



http://www.filmsite.org/foreign100.html
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Is that the one which has an American version featuring Jeff Bridges? If so, the European version is one I have always wanted to see. Called Spoorloos or something..

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Butterfly

My Life As a Dog

The Shower

Babette's feast

Ponette

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Of course by Foreign Films I'm guessing that actually we are talking about non-English language films.



I'd echo a fondness for some already mentioned, including Kieslowski, who's two extended Dekalog episodes "A Short Film About Killing" and "A Short Film About Love" get R2 DVD releases later this month. Jean De Florette is fantastic, especially when coupled with Manon Des Sources.



I'd add;

Battle Royale

Betty Blue

Come And See

Das Boot

Delicatessen

Diva

****ing Åmål (English title - Show Me Love)

The Girl On The Bridge

Hana-Bi

Il Postino

In The Mood For Love

Iron Monkey

Lagaan

Malena

Nikita

Abre Los Ojos

Taxi

Taxi 2

Violent Cop

The City Of The Lost Children

Sonatine

Shaolin Soccer

The Double Life Of Veronique

Belle Du Jour

La Belle Noiseuse

Un Coeur En Hiver
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Thanks to eveyone who posted.

i now am armed and ready for some GREAT viewing.

Thanks again.
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IF your looking for atmospheric storytelling, allthough many of the suggestions are fantastic films they just aren't going to give you what you want.
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I sense some of the appeal is the emotive romance of the story telling, so of those suggested (that I've seen) I'd say start with;

Like Water for Chocolate,

Amelie

Life is Beautiful

Jean de Florette

Manon Des Sources

Il Postino

In The Mood For Love
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Shaolin soccer looks too packed with CG soccer effects. Seemed pretty annoying in the trailer. Is it representative of the movie?



I can't wait to see "Taxi."
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Is that the one which has an American version featuring Jeff Bridges? If so, the European version is one I have always wanted to see. Called Spoorloos or something..



I have no idea if there's an American version or not. Hmm.
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