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08-06-2003 03:44 PM
EquiPro I don't know if this has been mentioned before, because I haven't read the whole post.

By far the best movie that I have seen in the past 10 years has beena foreign film:

The Pillow Book

It was an amazing film. Did anyone see it and like it as much as I did?
08-06-2003 02:53 PM
Mskedi Oh, I forgot about Lagaan!

Granted, it has pretty much an entire cricket game in there, but if you like Baliwood, it's fab. If you aren't okay with people randomly breaking into song and doing the shoulder-thrust dance, I'd skip it, though.
08-05-2003 08:21 PM
househunnies I'm glad to see City of Lost Children mentioned I absolutely loved that movie!!!!!
08-05-2003 01:45 PM
Originally posted by epski

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."

To be honest its a while since I've watched Shaolin Soccer so I can't really comment on how intrusive the CG effects are. I try to dig out my copy over the next few days and let you know.

Taxi is great low-brow fun, with some great car chases. They realeased Taxi 3 earlier this year, and now it looks like Luc Besson is taking his series to the US and a version staring Queen Latifah is due to start filming next year.
08-04-2003 07:35 PM
Originally posted by Sevenseas

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.
08-04-2003 07:12 PM
epski 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."
08-04-2003 05:58 PM
Jon 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,


Life is Beautiful

Jean de Florette

Manon Des Sources

Il Postino

In The Mood For Love
08-04-2003 05:34 PM
Jon 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.
08-04-2003 05:13 PM
GhostUser Thanks to eveyone who posted.

i now am armed and ready for some GREAT viewing.

Thanks again.
08-04-2003 02:26 PM
Jon 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



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

The Girl On The Bridge


Il Postino

In The Mood For Love

Iron Monkey




Abre Los Ojos


Taxi 2

Violent Cop

The City Of The Lost Children


Shaolin Soccer

The Double Life Of Veronique

Belle Du Jour

La Belle Noiseuse

Un Coeur En Hiver
08-04-2003 01:42 PM
mushroom Butterfly

My Life As a Dog

The Shower

Babette's feast


Jean de Florette
08-04-2003 07:17 AM
The Vanishing

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..
08-04-2003 05:51 AM
Marie The Vanishing
08-04-2003 02:20 AM
epski 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:
08-03-2003 06:46 PM
SystmDwnGrl 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.
08-03-2003 05:42 PM
majake 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.
08-03-2003 04:54 PM
The_Gazumper 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.?)
08-03-2003 04:51 PM
majake Mskedi, its on Digital Cable, the full name is the Independent Film Channel, they show only independent and foreign films.
08-02-2003 11:10 PM
magates yea I love cinema pardiso and love lola run. best films I have ever seen maybe.
08-02-2003 10:14 PM
Katieq run lola run
08-02-2003 09:55 PM
Originally posted by majake

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?
08-02-2003 08:43 PM
Originally posted by Mskedi

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.
08-02-2003 07:13 PM
Mskedi Belle Epoque was fun! I'd forgotten about that one!
08-02-2003 07:04 PM
Thalia 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.
08-02-2003 04:50 PM
WonderRandy Monsoon Wedding was WONDERFUL!!!!!!!


Bend it Like Beckham

Et Tu Mama Tambien

El Crimen del Padre Amoro

**** 8 Women SUCKED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ****
08-02-2003 04:44 PM
chiaraluna 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.
08-02-2003 02:48 PM
Mskedi "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!
08-01-2003 03:33 PM
Michael 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.
08-01-2003 03:29 PM
Epinephrine italian for beginners and any dogme95 movie
08-01-2003 03:10 PM
sunshinemelissa 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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