Old 23rd September 2004, 04:09   #1
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foreign movies?

Ive been in a foreign movie craze lately. ive rented these movies the past over the past 3 weeks. i loved them all.

Good bye, Lenin!
Life as a Dog
City of God
House of Fools
Malena
Farwell my concubine (didnt like this one so much... too long, and sometimes a little too gay)

Since there is a large crowd of non-United STates ppl, are there any suggestions of good movies out on dvd we can get in the states?
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Old 23rd September 2004, 13:28   #2
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Just a few ones:
Chungking Express
Amélie
Breathless (the original by J.L.Godard, not the crappy 80s Hollywood remake)
Abre los Ojos/Open Your Eyes (got remade as Vanilla Sky)
Delicatessen
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Old 23rd September 2004, 19:42   #3
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être et avoir (I want to see that one, didn't yet...)
das experiment


(don't know wether those are available in the US)

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Old 23rd September 2004, 21:44   #4
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oh yeah...ive seen Amélie...it got a very good response here in the states...however none of her other movies has done as well...

Amélie is my ex-gf fav movie...so ive seen it a few times.

searching blockbuster for those movies now. thanks.
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Old 5th October 2004, 00:19   #5
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@siebe oh god, i just watched das experiment. i am breathless. i am still on edge after watching it. unbelievably good acting. it makes you wanna go out and kill Berus and the elvis impersonator. i watched it with my dad who is very fluent in german and berlinish(?) so he enjoyed it as well.
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Old 5th October 2004, 09:35   #6
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That's exactly the feeling I had: it's really impressive. Quite disturbing that normal people can behave that way. It slowly turns into a hell and hatred wins...
It's partly based on the Stanford Prison Experiment:
http://www.prisonexp.org/
(which had to be canceled because it got out of hand)

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Old 18th November 2004, 06:43   #7
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i thought i would ask if anyone else has any suggestions.
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Old 28th November 2004, 01:21   #8
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mine, minoes... story about cat turn into women... http://imdb.com/title/tt0279231/

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Old 29th November 2004, 15:23   #9
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City Of God is class

If you like horror check out Japanese horror

Ring Trilogy (The good versions, not the crappy American remake)
Audition
Dark Water
Chaos

Other good foreign films

Ichi The Killer
Battle Royale (Don't bother with the sequel)
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Old 30th November 2004, 06:34   #10
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Ju-On, freaky movie, don't watch it in English dub, kinda ruins the effect of the plot/suspense.

And "Shaun of The Dead", quick becoming a classic in my book
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Last foreign movie i saw was The Incredibles by Pixar, loved it
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Old 11th March 2005, 20:19   #12
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Old 14th March 2005, 14:32   #13
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I love what I usually call "independent movies", those that are normally made outside the United States, such as "Amélie", "Good Bye Lenin", "City of God", "The sea inside", "Todo sobre mi madre", "Lucía y el sexo", etc.
What's your favourite "independent film"??

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Old 3rd May 2005, 02:02   #14
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Check out:

Ong Bak

...from thailand. One of the best action movies I've seen, ever.
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Heh, I could do a good bit of boring you to death in this thread but I'll restrict myself with a few 'accessible' ones for now.


Anything By Kurosawa:
Seven Samurai & Hidden Fortress are must see's.
Yojimbo & Sanjuro are classic.

Audition, anyone who likes a quality film and anyone who thinks they're a horror afficianado MUST see this, I repeat MUST see this. (I looked it up for someone in the States about a year ago and it was a rip-off price, so maybe order it from the UK.)

Life is Beautiful very nice bittersweet 'comedy' set in WWII, avoid any spoilers.
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Anything By Kurosawa
If you're unfamiliar with Kurosawa I think it's safe to say that the following are the 'westernized remakes/rip-offs' of his work.
  • Seven Samurai - Magnificent Seven
  • Hidden Fortress - Star Wars: A New Hope
  • Yojimbo - Fistfull of Dollars
  • Sanjuro - A Few Dollars More
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I'm really into foreign films, especially french ones. Some of the films I like have already been mentioned, so here's a few more to the list that you might enjoy at some time.

Dobermann ... French ... Hilarious, over the top and sick, but is really worth seeing for a good old laugh.
Asoka ... Indian ... Historical, funny, sad, and typically Bollywood, but if you can ignore the bits of singing and dancing, it's a terrific film.
The Devil's backbone ... Spanish ... Spooky but not really actually frighteneing.
Ma vie en rose ... French ... A wonderful film about a little boy who just knows that God got it wrong and he should have really been a girl!. Really funny and quite sad too.
Les visiteurs ... French ... Much better than the remake done for the English audiences.
Brotherhood of the Wolf ... French ... Excellent werewolf movie with a difference, although, the actual werewolf is laughable, but you only really see it at the end, but the story behind it is good.

I'll think of some more for you at some point. Dark water is brilliant by the way :-)
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What SSJ4 Gogitta said

I didn't think that "Good bye Lenin" was all that good, I preferred "Sonnenallee" a lot more (another German movie set up in the GDR times but not that much of a family tragedy but more humorous, at the same time still showing the life back then). Another great German movie (my favourite) is "Knocking on heaven's door", I don't know if those two are available outside Germany though. "Das Experiment" was really good as well

The last non-US movie (I guess that's what you mena with foreign ) was "Man bites dog", a black and white Belgian movie which looks like a documentary done about a serial killer. Pretty intense and very good, and I know there is a USA DVD Version, my boyfriend has it.

I'll list more when I can think of them.

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yeah i really want to see ong bak! it looks good.

@cummi. ive seen seven samurai and i agree with you about kurosawa.

I heard brotherhood of the wolf was a corny movie, maybe ill see it anyways...your other suggestions sound good! its good to watch sad/somber movies sometimes

HELLO MIA

I really enjoyed goodbye lenin, i thought it was very funny. yeah me and siebe shortly discussed das experiment above...bc of this thread i watched it...and man o man was it instense...

and those two movies are available on blockbuster.com...so maybe i shall rent one of the two someday...
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@cummi. ive seen seven samurai and i agree with you about kurosawa.
Ah, a man of taste.
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*bumpers*

I just watched Downfall, the biographical story of hitlers last hours as told by his secretary.

I want opinions from germans about this film. thanks.


/edit and i just got back from blockbuster, and they dont have ong bak damnit.

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I just watched Downfall, the biographical story of hitlers last hours as told by his secretary.

I want opinions from germans about this film. thanks.
Just down the page from this thread is a thread devoted to Downfall

Blockbuster may not have Ong Bak but I know a few people online that I'm acquiring it from
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Last foreign movie i saw was The Incredibles by Pixar, loved it
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An exclusively USA effort, and my little brother has technical credits in every film they ever made.

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There are a lot of good korean movies being made recently. Movies like Oldboy, Attack the Gas Station. Some good french movies as well like I Stand Alone and Irriversable (these two movies are extremely brutal and will most likely be disturbing to most people that watch them)
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Just down the page from this thread is a thread devoted to Downfall

Blockbuster may not have Ong Bak but I know a few people online that I'm acquiring it from
thanks on both counts I didnt notice the downfall thread, oops...
and it was a very entertaining movie.


brutal, eh? maybe ill check them out.
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ill just name one which you probably didnt see

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if you believe in me watch it, if you dont, still watch it, its a must see.

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Hmm, foreign films... well, I live in a "foreign" country, that spawned some nice movies, but you probably wouldn't get most of them (not just literally speaking).

Anyway, there were two great Danish movies I saw; In China They Eat Dogs, and another one with a similar cast (forgot the name, about four friends who had to run first from their houses when they were teenagers, then many years after they became a little less than criminals, to an abandoned guest house in the countryside with the money they stole from some criminal boss).

Most Chinese/Japanese/Korean action movies are worth watching. The last one I saw and loved was called something like "Musa".

You should watch Amarcord if you haven't (Italian).

There are also many good or great French movies.... For example a lot of Jean Reno stuff. You've probably seen Leon or Nikita, but there are some others worth watching, like The Crimson Rivers I & II, and Subway. Yamakasi is also an interesting french movie. Some of Vincent Cassel's movies are also well worth watching, for example Dobermann and Brotherhood Of The Wolf.

These are only the "famousish" examples.
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I like Kung Fu Hustle. It's super funny that I couldn't stop laughing while I was watching the movie. LOL!
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