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With apologies to VBers who don't consider America to be the center of the universe, I define "foreign" as "non-English language"


Anyway, I just saw a winner last night. It's a 2004 Korean film called Welcome to Dongmakgol--sort of a magical fairytale set during the Korean War. GO SEE IT NOW.

Aside from that, my faves are:

City of Lost Children (French)

Summer of Kikujiro (Japanese)

Aguirre, the Wrath of God (German)

Shiki-jitsu (Japanese) <- vegetarian director


Denti (Italian)

and the older stuff

Orphée (French)

Bicycle Thieves (Italian)

Rashomon (Japanese)

Any suggestions, new or old?
 

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Jésus de Montréal (French Canadian)

Les Triplettes de Belleville (jointly French and Canadian)

Etre et Avoir (French)

I'm sure there are others (who aren't french) but these spring to mind readily.

edit: how could I forget La Mala educación (Spanish)
 

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Bearing in mind I've probably only seen, like, ten non-English language films...

Ridicule. (French). I was amazed at how well the wit and humor translated into English. And, hell, who knew the French even had a sense of humor?

Antonia's Line. (Dutch). It was very John Iriving-esque.

Das Boot. (German). Who doesn't like a good submarine movie? The only thing that would have made this film better is Jon Bon Jovi.

Kung Fu Hustle (China) made me laugh.
 

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Das Boot. (German). Who doesn't like a good submarine movie? The only thing that would have made this film better is Jon Bon Jovi.
I can see JBJ clinging to the periscope as they navigate the strait of Gibraltar... "Oh~we're halfway there... woahOH! livin' on a Unterseeboot!"
 

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Le petit godemiché noir (1987)

It's a tale of lost love. Very sad but with a feminist twist.
 

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Y Tu Mama Tambien

(the only one popping into my head right now... I know there are more that I love...)
yes that was a good one. Gael Garcia Bernal is scrummy. Have you seen La Mala educación ? He is breathtaking in that.

And how could I have forgotten Katakuri-ke no kôfuku

aka "The Happiness of the Katakuris" - Japan

This film is great. Whenever they need a big budget special effect everyone turns into claymation and then when the expensive effect is over---back to being people. It is so broad you can follow it without subtitles. Parts are like a rock video. it is seriously freaky and funny.
 

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oooh...how long can a post be?
 

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Let's see...

Moon Child (Japanese)

Audition (Japanese)

Oldboy (Korean)

Life is Beautiful (Italian)

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress (Chinese)

~directed by the author of the wonderful book
 

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Oldboy (Korean)
I was really getting into that film, but then came that nasty scene where he eats a live squid (for real). I had to shut it off.


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how could I forget La Mala educación (Spanish)
Cool! I saw that for sale in the used bin at Blockbuster. I think I think I can grab it for $7.
 

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I like old John Woo for good action. Makes stuff these days feel watered down.

Hard Boiled

The Killer

A Better Tomorrow I

A Better Tomorrow II

there are probably more I don't know about
 

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you said foreign film (no "s") right?

To pick one, um... hm. Maria Full of Grace really affected me, so I guess that is my favorite. I reserve the right to change my mind though


runners up:

Russian Ark

Spirited Away

Whale Rider
 

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Oh yeah. So I guess Whale Rider doesn't count as a foreign film.

It's a nz film so how does it not count as foreign? They speak some Maori in it, does that count?
 

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It counts if you want it to Amy...


*pats Amy condescendingly on the head while looking at everyone else sadly*
 
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