I love European/Foreign films, and would like to know YOUR recommendations and must see's.
Here's a few:
Kontroll - Has anyone here seen this film???
This is one of my favourite european/foreign/subtitled films. Its set in Budapest's underground rail system following a group of ticket inspectors as they go about their work. There's a 'good vs evil' struggle in this film, and a dark atmosphere too, which is balanced out with excellant characters and sense of humour - worth a watch if you dont mind sub's
'R-POINT' a Korean film about a group of soilders who end up at a haunted house in the middle of the countryside. Sounds cliched, but this is brilliant, scarey, eerie, dark movie with a twist in the story - again, worth a watch if you dont mind sub's...
Pans Labyrinth - The majority of folk have probably seen this, so no synopsis really needed....great film, great effects, great story. Pretty violent, but worth a watch...
From the same director, The Devils Backbone is a pretty cool film, again, set in War time Spain, this story is set in a boys orphanage, where the ghost of a child haunts the corridors....
Nightwatch - I think this is Russian film, (-and I think theres another film called Daywatch to accompany it,) I've seen it once and loved it, I've been looking out for it since on the net, so fingers crossed...
Molly, DayWatch should be easily available in the usual shady corners of the interweb, I watched it about a year ago.
If this qualifies as warez discussion, delete this and pretend I never said nuffin.
And yeah, they're Russian, loosely based on the rather good books by Sergei Lukyanenko.
Edit: actually, I see Daywatch has been released in the US on dvd, UK release on Jan 28th apparently.
Excluding anime from Miyazaki, Kon, etc:
. The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari (Wiene, 1920 Germany)
. Metropolis (Lang, 1928 Germany)
. Ikiru (Kurosawa, 1952 Japan)
. Nights Of Cabiria (Fellini, 1947 Italy)
. Pandora's Box (Pabst, 1928 Germany)
. Stray Dog (Kurosawa, 1949 Japan)
. My Sassy Girl (Kwak, 2001 South Korea)
. Oldboy (Park, 2003 South Korea)
. M (Lang, 1931 Germany)
I'm not a big foreign film watcher, but I try to watch what's well-recommended... And I seem to love the early German silents/expressionists...
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Oldboy definitely, that rocks.
Also, "Amelie" and the original "Infernal Affairs" movies.
Oldboy - yes!
Another Korean horror film, A Tale of Two Sisters. Others I like...
Eat, Drink, Man, Woman
La Femme Nikita
The Devil's Backbone
Kung Fu Hustle
...I love foreign films...LOVE 'em.
"Shaolin Soccer" and "Kung Fu Hustle" were amazing, isn't Stephen Chow well overdue to make another film?
mmmmMMMMMmmmmm Thanks for posting folks!!! - definately will be giving them all a go (when I can!)
Flake - thanks for the heads up on Day/Night Watch
PatriciaS - Love em too! the one you recommended, Tale of Two Sisters- I shall keep my lil eye out for it fo sure, I love Korean films - and I love La Femme Nikita - its brilliant, much, much, much better than the American remake 'The Assasin'. I found their version of the character Nikita, to be a bit of a wuss. No balls, and too schmaltzy!
Hey, there was one other film out (Japanese, I think) about revenge on a child killer. I cant for the life of me remember the damn name of the film, but this guy gets stabbed by the parents of the children he murdered... - LADY VENGENCE!?! thats what it was called (I think, please someone clarify!) It was pretty heavy, dark and gruesome.
Anymore folks, please add I'm on the hunt for some good foreign films
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If Asian horror is your thing, the "Eye" films are pretty creepy.
Edit: "Audition"!- awesomely messed up film.
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City of Lost Children - Concept designers should love the visuals
Brotherhood of the Wolf- Sweet French action film set during colonial times
Amelie- Hard to believe that this one hasn't been mentioned yet
Anything by Takahashi Miike- A couple have been mentioned before this. Check out Imprint. I'ts from a series of shows that Showtime did. They gave a bunch of horror directors a one hour show and his is the only one that they refused to air.
Run Lola Run
Zombie- Italian 70s horror. A zombie fights a shark. That's all that needs to be said.
Black Cat, White Cat - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118843/
And Oldboy of course. Deliciously twisted.
of course pan's labrynth
the lives of others
Paris L'amour (french/hollywood)
y tu mama tambien (mexican)
delicatessan (spelling might be off) (french)
city of lost children (french)
a very long engagement (french)
stray dog (best mifune film ever) (japanese)
dreams (the hell one is damn scary) (japanese)
seven samurai (japanese)
samurai 1,2,3 (japanese)
battle royal 1 (second one is horrible)(japanese)
tokyo godfathers (japanese)
oldboy (amazing) (korean)
throne of blood(japanese)
the twilight samurai (very good)
tell me something (korean)
das boot (german)
the hidden blade (amazing japanese film)
shall we dance (japanese)
the sword of doom(japanese)
tsotsi (african ?)
In the mood for love (chinese)
the triplets of belleville (french)
so many more i can name....
Has been mentioned, but it's still worth mentioning again as it's a superb film that makes me feel all warm and fuzzy.Amelie- Hard to believe that this one hasn't been mentioned yet
Das Boot (German)
Life is Beautiful (Italian)
Old Boy (Korean)
Lady Vengeance (Korean)
Night Watch (Russian)
Before the Fall (German)
Tae Guk Gi (Korean)
City God (brazilian)
There are a lot more that I've can't think of right now. lots of good, thanks for sharing everyone, adding to the netflix list right now.
OK foreign films,
A Bitter sweet Life
A Tale of two sisters
Ichi The Killer
The Happiness of the Katakuris
Ghost in the shell
Three Colours White/Red/Blue
Jules et Jim
Belle De Jour
Wings of Desire
Run Lola Run
Man bite Dog
Night and Fog
Life is Beautiful
Sex and Lucia
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Internal Affairs (The Departed was a remake of this Chinese film...roughly 90% the same story)
Taboo...(Japanese movie about homosexuality and Samurai)
Pan's Labyrinth is one of my top favorite films. Some people say the the bad guys weren't nazis just fascists, but I'm pretty sure I saw the Nazi Iron Eagle on the sleeve of Vidal.
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Pans labyrinth wasnt subtitled for me lol , i though it was overrated, not that i didnt enjoy it, but well
" Y tu mama tambien" and "amores perros" dont know the english names, both are really FANTASTIC mexican movies, the story is great, the direction is top quality and the acting is top notch. Both are about love, sort off,something like that, a lot of character development and interesting situations. Must watch.
The same goes for "City of God", brazilian movie about the life in a "fabela" trough different time periods, one of my favorite films ever, incredibly real,what you see there is exactly how life is in poor zones in latin america. No sugarcoating.
Havent watch spanish cinema for a while, i recomend " hable con ella", a weird story of 2 lonely men, both of them in love with comatose women. Almost anything of Pedro Almodovar is good.
Also, "El espinazo del diablo" which is a ghost story in a internship school during the middle of the spanish civil war.
Sorry for not knowing the english names, i watch them in the original language