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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2005 3:45 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I had some free time this weekend, so I popped in a movie I've always meant to watch, El Mariachi (Mexican). Absolutely fantastic film (superior to both its sequels) and it got me to thinking... what are some of the best Foreign (non-English language) films?

I got turned on to the overseas cinema as I was dating someone a few years back. She introduced me to Run Lola Run (German) and Brotherhood of The Wolf (French) and now I just have to give most films a damn fine chance to impress me based upon the actual work in the film rather than the trailer. I have a feeling we'll get a good number of Asian films as it seems there is a high following of Asian cinemaphiles here, but give me some good titles to check out...

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2005 3:51 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Well, there is 'La Vita bella' aka 'life is beautiful'

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2005 3:51 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Definitely check out Hero (Jet Li, 2004). It's subtitled, but the cinematics and story are well worth it.

I'm not sure if you'd call the Kill Bill dualogoy foreign-language, but it's at least foreign-inspired.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2005 4:14 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

The Yellow Dart wrote:
I'm not sure if you'd call the Kill Bill dualogoy foreign-language, but it's at least foreign-inspired.


I don't even know how you even came up with that as a possiblity.


Have you seen Amelie? It was very good.

A "foreign film" but not in a foreign language that was fabulous was the under appreciated "greenfingers". Loved it. Also from that year, Himilayas.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2005 5:06 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

bjciii wrote:
I had some free time this weekend, so I popped in a movie I've always meant to watch, El Mariachi (Mexican). Absolutely fantastic film (superior to both its sequels) and it got me to thinking... what are some of the best Foreign (non-English language) films?

I got turned on to the overseas cinema as I was dating someone a few years back. She introduced me to Run Lola Run (German) and Brotherhood of The Wolf (French) and now I just have to give most films a damn fine chance to impress me based upon the actual work in the film rather than the trailer. I have a feeling we'll get a good number of Asian films as it seems there is a high following of Asian cinemaphiles here, but give me some good titles to check out...


have seen both lola and brotherhood. both very good. have yet to amelie or mariachi, would def like to tho.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2005 5:26 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Silly American fools.

You have forgotten the most magnificent and relevant of films, Battle Royal.

For your negligence you will spend 48 hours on a remote island but only one of you will return.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2005 7:52 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Raise the Red Lantern is a good flick...

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2005 8:23 am Reply with quoteBack to top

Uty wrote:
Silly American fools.

You have forgotten the most magnificent and relevant of films, Battle Royal.

For your negligence you will spend 48 hours on a remote island but only one of you will return.


That movie was awesome!
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2005 8:40 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I would recommend, Cyrano de Bergerac, with depardieu. It is the swashbuckling, musketeer like era, all fighting with rapiers and main gauche.

Anyhow, I was recently in blockbuster and saw that gerard and his son made a movie about an estranged son that kidnaps his father after the father was driving across Europe and his car broke down. The son does it for attention and the the other Father-Son confrontational scenarios. I just find it interesting when real life relations play those same relations in the movies...calls for very passionate acting and realism. Smile

there are a wealth of foreign flics that are good, take a look at Cannes film festival winners and just go nuts watching them all. If they think they are good, voted on by public and media, then you can believe it is better than average.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2005 8:49 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I've seen Amelie and Hero as well. Also saw Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon when it hit big over here. I know Cannes has a lot of good films, but I guess I wanted to know what kind of foreign films resonated within THIS crowd as I despise movie critics and festivals like that and Sundance. There's quite a few UK films I fell for, but that exists outside of this thread as they are English-speaking films (unless you count thick Irish/Scottish accents, then we're fine).

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2005 9:49 am Reply with quoteBack to top

I'm a big fan of kurosawa's stuff. Esp Yojimbo and the Hidden Fortress. It might put you to sleep tho.

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2005 4:42 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Wings of Desire. You can't beat Peter Falk as Peter Falk.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2005 11:30 am Reply with quoteBack to top

La Femme Nikita (French), the original not the shitty american remake, as always Jean Reno is fucking awesome!
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 22, 2005 12:33 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Whoa and to think all this time I thought the shitty American remake was the original.

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