World Cinema (excluding Hollywood, Bollywood, Lollywood etc)

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I know there is already a movie thread, but these movies deserve their own thread.

Some I have watched/recommend:

Oldboy (Korean)
The Man From Nowhere (Korean)
Sympathy for Mr Vengeance (Korean)
Audition (Japanese)
The Host (Korean)
Switchblade Romance (French)
Martyrs (French)
Hidden (French)
Millenium Trilogy
Ils (French)
A Town Called Panic (brilliant stop-motion animated movie)
The Devil's Backbone (Spanish)
Pan's Labyrinth (Spanish)
The Orphanage (Spanish)
Spirited Away (Japan)
Howl's Moving Castle (Japan)

Recently watched French thriller Point Blank and the highly rated Incendies- both a must watch..

Still trying to get hold of A Serbian Film and looking forward to watching The Troll Hunter.
 
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few i suggest :

-the secret in their eyes
-the girl with the dragon tattoo
- revanche
- the yaqoubian building
- a prophet
- the bands visit
- mesrine
- walts with bashir
- persepolis
- no mans land
- pusher
- y tu mama tambien
- the lives of others
- downfall
- pans labrinth
- ichi the killer
- city of god
- sympathy for mr vengeance
- oldboy
- 3 iron
- la haine
- election
- amores perros
- paradise now
- tsotsi
 
few of my favourites are
city of god (brazilian)
brotherhood (korean)
tokyo sonata (japanese)
 
Some of my favorites
Kung-Fu Hustle (Chinese)
No Man's Land (Bosnian)
The Brotherhood of the Wolf (French)
Malena (French)
Elephant (French)
The Killer (Chinese)
Hard Boiled (Chinese)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Chinese)
 
La haine is to date one of my fav films of all time.

Also - City of God was breathtaking.
 
few i suggest :

-the secret in their eyes
-the girl with the dragon tattoo
- revanche
- the yaqoubian building
- a prophet
- the bands visit
- mesrine
- walts with bashir
- persepolis
- no mans land
- pusher
- y tu mama tambien
- the lives of others
- downfall
- pans labrinth
- ichi the killer
- city of god
- sympathy for mr vengeance
- oldboy
- 3 iron
- la haine
- election
- amores perros
- paradise now
- tsotsi

Top list. Paradise Now is unforgettable. Waltz with Bashir and Un Prophet similarly so.
 
waltz with bashir is one of my favourite films, its so surreal, does really well in conveying the protagonists emotions.
 
Tropa de Elite (Brazil)
Un Prophete (French)
Infernal Affairs

I think most of the others have been covered
 
cinema paradiso (italian)
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musa the warrior (korean)(favourite of the lot)
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seven swords (korean)
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mongol (mongolian)
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son of a lion(pashto)
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9th company(russian)
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the good the bad the weird (korean)
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lion of the desert(uk english)
 
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Only those that have not been mentioned here and are essential viewing IMHO.

A Bitter Sweet Life
I Saw The Devil
A History of Violence
Fighter in the Wind
A Moment to Remember
My Sassy Girl
The Classic
Windstruck
A Dirty Carnival
Friends
Failan
The Chaser
Memories of Murder
Assembly
13 Assassins
Warriors of Heaven and Earth
IP Man 1 & 2
Fearless
Hero
The Shadowless Sword
Kill Zone
Flash Point
Wasabi
Zatoichi
Bodyguards and Assassins
Let The Right One In
The Beast Of War
Rec 1 & 2
Mr. 73
Tell No One
Shaolin
Ong Bak
The Protector
War Lords
Confessions
Shinobi
The Rebel
Troll Hunter

Old Classics

Seven Samurai
Lone Wolf and Cub series
Any Shaw Bros flick containing the famous Five Venoms
Ran or any Akira Kurosawa work
One Armed Swordsmen
Master of the Flying Guillotine
The Story of Ricky
 
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The Orphanage- Spanish

Sin Nombre- Mexican

District B13 1 and 2- French

The Devils Backbone- Spanish

A Prophet- French

Paradise Now- Arabic

The girl with the dragon tattoo- German
 
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Some really good movies in the lists above. Old Boy was probably the most memorable.
 
Some good list on the thread.

I love spanish, italian and french movies.

There is good site for european and asian movies. I don't think i am allowed to put the name here but if someone is interested, send me a pm through mods.

Invitation basis though only. I have 1 invitation left i think.
 
The Korean movie industry has a lot of 'must watch' movies.

They produce a lot of quality work.
 
Did anyone else find the recent Japanese movie 13 ASSASSins overrated. I was bored to death watching it. can't believe my eyes with it's high ratings.
 
Joint Security Area - Another korean movie

Very touching story between a group of north and south koreans :6:.
Worked in korea for sometime and can say that their enmity is more intense than india and pak :23:

Most of the korean thrillers leave the climax to the audience to guess :facepalm:
 
I would love to see "Son of a Lion" can someone please recommend a source for me?
 
Taegukgi (sick movie)
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Mongol
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kebab connection
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taxi
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Taqwacore dont know if this qualifies as lollywood/hollywood, just wow
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Cidade de Deus one of my favourite movies
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The Orphanage- Spanish

Sin Nombre- Mexican

District B13 1 and 2- French

The Devils Backbone- Spanish

A Prophet- French

Paradise Now- Arabic

The girl with the dragon tattoo- German

decent film, shame i laughed in the cinema everytime the main character was distressed and shed just scream, "willy, willy".
 
The edge of heaven just finished watching this, amazing...
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Recently watched:

Troll Hunter (Norway) 9/10

Arrietty (Japan) 10/10
 
Recent recommendations:

The Color Of paradise (9.5/10)

Ajami (8.5/10)

Das Experiment (9.5/10)


Anybody recommend any other new, must watch films?
 
The Orphanage- Spanish

Sin Nombre- Mexican

District B13 1 and 2- French

The Devils Backbone- Spanish

A Prophet- French

Paradise Now- Arabic

The girl with the dragon tattoo- German

watched all of them except District B 13 1 and 2 and all of them are really really good movies. You surely have great taste.

by the way this is going to be my favorite thread, as i love world cinema.
 
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there a film who's working so good in france it's : "les intouchables" saw it and love it boys
 
A few German ones i would like to suggest

1) The life of others
2) the Downfall
3) Lola runs

Austrian
1)Revanche
 
No Man's Land
Rabbit Proof Fence
Volver
Life is Beautiful
A Peck on the Cheek
The Terrorist
The Syrian Bride
Tsotsi
A Women in Berlin
Lust, Caution
Persepolis
The Boy in the Stripped Pyjama
Storm
A Very Long Engagement
Black Book
 
Heres a few average foreign language films ive seen lately:

13 Assassins
The Baader meinhoff complex
Pointblank
Breathless
The girl that kicked the hornets nest
Memories of Matsuko
Pusher 2 /3
The Bubble
 
Heres a few average foreign language films ive seen lately:

13 Assassins
The Baader meinhoff complex
Pointblank
Breathless
The girl that kicked the hornets nest
Memories of Matsuko
Pusher 2 /3
The Bubble

Point Blank was decent..too short though.
 
Point Blank was decent..too short though.

Was worth watching, decent action thriller but not memorable. Heres three supposed top films im watching over the next few days:

-In the mood for love
-Incendies
-The Motorcycle Diaries

I ll post my ratings once ive watched them!
 
Rabbit Proof Fence

Western Australia, 1931. Government policy includes taking half-caste children from their Aboriginal mothers and sending them a thousand miles away to what amounts to indentured servitude, "to save them from themselves." Molly, Daisy, and Grace (two sisters and a cousin who are 14, 10, and 8) arrive at their Gulag and promptly escape, under Molly's lead. For days they walk north, following a fence that keeps rabbits from settlements, eluding a native tracker and the regional constabulary. Their pursuers take orders from the government's "chief protector of Aborigines," A.O. Neville, blinded by Anglo-Christian certainty, evolutionary world view and conventional wisdom. Can the girls survive?
 
A Woman in Berlin

A nameless woman keeps a diary as the Russians invade Berlin in the spring of 1945. She is in her early 30s, a patriotic journalist with international credentials; her husband, Gerd, a writer, is an officer at the Russian front. She speaks Russian and, for a day or two after the invasion, keeps herself safe, but then the rapes begin. She resolves to control her fate and invites the attentions of a Russian major, Andreij Rybkin. He becomes her protector of sorts subject to pressures from his own fellow soldiers and officers. Dramas play out in the block of flats where she lives. Is she an amoral traitor? She asks, "How do we go on living?" And what of Gerd and her diary?
 
Lust, Caution

An espionage thriller set in WWII-era Shanghai, in which a young woman, Wang Jiazhi, gets swept up in a dangerous game of emotional intrigue with a powerful political figure, Mr. Yee.

Frustrated in his attempts to assassinate Yee, who is an important official in Japanese-ruled Shanghai, Old Wu, who has lost his wife and two sons as well as two women who had attempted to seduce Yee, now recruits Kuang, Mai Tai Tai, and their troupe of drama students from Hong Kong University in yet another attempt to do away with Yee. Mai Tai Tai is chosen to befriend Yee, which she does by posing as the wife of Mak, befriending Yee's wife and her female friends, and then eventually befriending Yee himself. Even though both get together, they do end up going separate ways, only to meet again four years later. This time Mai is all set to entrap Yee at Chandni Chowk Jewellers which is owned by an East Indian man named Khalid Saiduddin. The question does remain: Will she and her troupe succeed?
 
Zaz, check out 'the edge of heaven' and let me know what you think. The ending just leaves you wanting more ;)
 
The Unknown Woman

A Ukrainian woman calculatedly insinuates herself into the life of an Italian family. Stopping at nothing to become the couple's trusted maid and the beloved nanny to their fragile young daughter, Irena risks everything in her quest to uncover the truth about the family. Like an intricately constructed jigsaw puzzle, The Unknown Woman reveals piece by piece the enigma of Irena's past.
 
The Secret in Their Eyes

In 1999, retired Argentinian federal justice agent Benjamín Espósito is writing a novel, using an old closed case as the source material. That case is the brutal rape and murder of Liliana Coloto. In addition to seeing the extreme grief of the victim's husband Ricardo Morales, Benjamín, his assistant Pablo Sandoval, and newly hired department chief Irene Menéndez-Hastings were personally affected by the case as Benjamín and Pablo tracked the killer, hence the reason why the unsatisfactory ending to the case has always bothered him. Despite the department already having two other suspects, Benjamín and Pablo ultimately were certain that a man named Isidoro Gómez is the real killer. Although he is aware that historical accuracy is not paramount for the novel, the process of revisiting the case is more an issue of closure for him. He tries to speak to the key players in the case...
 
Zaz, check out 'the edge of heaven' and let me know what you think. The ending just leaves you wanting more ;)

i have a couple of years back, need to watch it again but from what i remember its a good film

Check out fatih akins other film "head on" Thats a good watch too
 
Incendies - On the request of the will of their dead arab mother, her twins are sent to the middle east to discover the truth about her hidden past

This is a powerful and hard hitting french/arab language film based on what seems like the lebanon civil war. The acting by lubna as the main lead is excellent and she as well as the storyline keeps the viewer engaged throughout

The film does suffer a little in parts because it seems contrived- some of the coincedences are a little too unbeliveable but if your willing to over look these it is rewarding

A gripping film if a little flawed

8.5/10


The MotorCycle Diaries- a film based on che guevara journal which he kept as he travelled across south america with his friend on a voyage of self discovery when he was in his early 20s

This film shows where the seeds of his revolutionary spirit came from, how the trip (meant to be initiallya voyage of fun) quickly became a voyage of enlighteNment as he witnessed first hand the poverty injustice and problems that plagued his continent

This is a decent film and well acted by the main leads. The cinematography is great and shows the natural beauty of the continent in all its glory. Some of the scenes towards the end though did become boring and overlong and as a result made me switch off

I was expecting a little more, not bad but not great

7/10
 
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which websites you guys used to download these movies? The local library does not have much collection.
 
Too long to list all the good films I have seen...I specifically seek out world cinema...

Has anyone here seen the Japanese flick 'Confessions'...incredible movie imo...

I liked 'A Serbian Film' but I know plenty that hate it...not easy to find the uncut version but I did...

Korean flicks are always safe bets as are Japanese flicks...but its been a weak year...

Theres lots not mentioned on here but I cant think of all of them...The Class is a good Estonian flick...Lilja 4 eva is a top movie on trafficking, Cache...lots...

Don't know if anyone has seen Pixote but that is one depressing film about poverty in Brazil...I have Carandiru but have no seen it yet...

Spirited Away is a nice shout...I recommend Grave of the Fireflies too...

There are plenty of films on the lists above that I intend to see...I am still yet to watch Pans Labryinth so thanks for the reminder...and the Pusher trilogy I have not seen as yet...

After seeing Head On I want to see Edge of Heaven...Fatih Akin has a pretty flawless record...

I have heard a lot of good things about Romanian cinema so should have some comments on them over the next few weeks...this week though its looking like '****ing Amal' , Sophie Scholl, Philanthropy, The Counterfeiters and The Diving Bell and the Butterfly...

This week though its looking like 'The Counterfeiters,
 
which websites you guys used to download these movies? The local library does not have much collection.

I personally don't download them...I rather watch them on DVD.
 
saw judayi - a seperation, the farsi film which won best foreign language film, since it was fairly family friendly my mom watched it with me.

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very good realistic characters, quite an interesting story, a bit too stretched out for me and my moms liking, could have easily have been 20 minutes shorter and would probably have had more of an emotional impact.

without spoiling too much, certain scenes to do with a criminal case dragged on a bit.

could have been an 8, but will give it a 7, decent well made film.
 
Some more on top off my head which i recommend:

71 in to the Fire
The 9th Company
Armadillo (Danish documentary on the War in Afghanistan)
A Better Tomorrow (Korean remake)
Azumi
Versus
When the Last sword is Drawn
Battle Royale
Revanche
Zatoichi
 
Here are some of my recent watched films :

Average

-the bothersome man
-4 months 3 weeks 2 days

Above Average

-in the mood for love
-amelie
-house of flying daggers
-malena

Excellent

-exiled
-in a better world
-west beirut
-infernal affairs 2
 
I tend to like iranian movies. Never understan them bonly read subtitles, and there is always a message in there movie
 
An update of recent watched foreign films :

Average

- Velu Nayakan
- Of Gods and Men


Above Average

- Ip man 2
- Goodbye Lenin


Excellent

-Sin Nombre
-The Orphanage
 
An update of recent watched foreign films :

Average

- Velu Nayakan
- Of Gods and Men


Above Average

- Ip man 2
- Goodbye Lenin


Excellent

-Sin Nombre
-The Orphanage

I saw that when it came out a few years ago, decent film but i always lolled when she called out his name in distress, wiilllyyy, lols.
 
I saw that when it came out a few years ago, decent film but i always lolled when she called out his name in distress, wiilllyyy, lols.

I know what you mean lol!
 
My Wife Is a Gangster ( korean ).

First part is really good n second part is okish.

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Some fine horror/weird foreign flicks for which I am sucker for,

Sheitan (French)

Uzumaki (Japanese)

Malefique (French)

Calvaire (Belgian/French)

El Dia De La Bestia (Spanish)
 
Babycall- fine Norwegian psychological flick. Noomi Rapace gives a fine performance as the lead.
 
These East Asian movies deserve to be watched;
-Infernal Affairs 1,2 and 3
-Chungking Express
-Protege
-Election 1 and 2
-Running out of Time
-Running on Karma
-Confessions of Pain
-Exile
-Overheard
-In the Mood for Love
-Lust, Caution
-Let the Bullets Fly
-Kairo
-Ichi the Killer
-Outrage
-Brother
-Oldboy
-A Bittersweet Life
-Joint Security Area
-The Chaser
-I Saw the Devil
-The Man From Nowhere
-The Good, the Bad, the Weird
-My Sassy Girl
-Daisy
-Windstruck
-A Moment to Remember
-Guns & Talk
-The Brotherhood of War
-Memories of Murder
-3-Iron
-The Housemaid

I've also watched a few French movies like Mesrine and A Prophet, both were excellent.
 
Update on recent watches

Poor

Lebanon


Average

-Dogtooth
-Chocolate
-Timecrimes
-The downfall of Berlin
-The black book
-Biutiful
-Welccme to Dongmakgol

Excellent

-Outside the law
- A better tomorrow
-District 13
-Rec
-The skin i live in
- Elite squad 2
-Audition
-The devils backbone
-Letters from IWO Jima
-Cinema Paradiso
-The beat that skipped my heart
 
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saw das experiment a few weeks ago, decent film, straight up and down. 7/10.
 
I think that the best non bolly,holly,lolly movies were produced by South African producer Anand Singh. My favourite is 'cry, the beloved country'

The cinematography, visual and audio quality in Singh's movies are outstanding, way better than the poor quality bollywood visuals.

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Update on recent watches


Average

-Once upon a time in anatolia
-days of glory
-The Counterfeiters


Good/Excellent

-carancho
-the yellow sea
-In darkness
-Confessions
-the host
 
Update on recent watches


Average

-Once upon a time in anatolia
-days of glory
-The Counterfeiters


Good/Excellent

-carancho
-the yellow sea
-In darkness
-Confessions
-the host

Yeah seen that one before. It was good movie.

Anybody got any other recommendations..possibly something thats available on netflix or something??

In darkness was alright..rather exaggerated.
 
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Yeah seen that one before. It was good movie.

Anybody got any other recommendations..possibly something thats available on netflix or something??

In darkness was alright..rather exaggerated.

From the last few ive seen the ones that standout are "sarahs key", "children of heaven" and "the raid"
 
From the last few ive seen the ones that standout are "sarahs key", "children of heaven" and "the raid"

The raid was awesome! Either good horror movies or something like I saw the devil would be good..any recommendations? I recently saw Ils(them 2007)..its a French movie. check it out if you havent already.
 
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