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Inspired by the directors thread, I began thinking about many great foreign films that have been released over time. So Pit, what foreign films do you claim as personal favourites?

Mine are the Seven Samurai by Akira Kurosawa, Låt den rätte komma in (Let The Right One In), and El Espíritu De La Colmena (The Spirit of The Beehive), which are all amazing movies.
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I like The Big Lebowski, Donnie Darko, Mulholland Drive, Matrix...
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Pan's. Fucking. Labyrinth. Words do not express my love for that movie.
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Metropolis by Fritz Lang (German) is for me one of the greatest movies ever. It's one of the most expensive films to be made ever (costing the equivalent of $200m to make in today's money, and this film is from 1926).
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+1 To Pan's Labyrinth. Well, it's Spanish and I don't live in Spain, so I guess it counts. I also don't live in the US, so all the Hollywood movies would count, too...
#9
Maybe La Haine. Or The Edukators. Or maybe Amelie. I don't know, to be honest, but I love foreign films, I much prefer them to hollywood stuff.
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I forgot about La Haine. The French is pretty much impossible to understand without subtitles for me, but it's a pretty powerful film.
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The Secrets In Their Eyes (Los Secretos De Sus Ojos I believe. May be De Secretos not sure). It's the only foreign film I've ever seen actually, but regardless of whether it's Spanish or not, good film.
Heard good things about Pan's Labyrinth and Girl With The Dragon Tattoo as well.
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Les Yeux Sans Visage (Eyes Without a Face), Le Diner de Cons (The Dinner Game... remade as Dinner For Schmucks), Stroszek, M.
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Heard good things about Pan's Labyrinth


Great film.

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and Girl With The Dragon Tattoo as well.


Not such a great film, not bad, just, alright. I haven't read the books though.


My favourite foreign film? It's too hard to have one!

Amélie
City of God
Kikujiro
Russian Ark
Hana-Bi

There's 5.
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Easy for me. Not many good films made in Canada. For the sake of the thread I'll at least skip an ocean.

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Leon, Amélie, La Haine, Caché and anything by Pedro Almodovar.


Edit: I don't get all the love for Pan's Labyrinth, it was good but nothing special.
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#19
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
Diving Bell and the Butterfly
Amelie (Forgive the lack of accent marks)
Pan's Labyrinth

Those are my favourites.
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Pan's Labrynth is my favourite movie of all time, and the Orphanage and the Devil's Backbone are awesome too. I like Tokyo Gore Police and Battle Royale as well.
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anything by Pedro Almodovar.


Did he do Amores Perros?

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Edit: I don't get all the love for Pan's Labyrinth, it was good but nothing special.


I thought it was just a really well put together movie with regards to all aspects of good filmmaking, well directed, great performances especially the girl, very imaginative designs and a good mix of fantasy, drama and history.

I wouldn't put it in my top 5, there are many better films. I'm glad you put Amélie on your list though, because that is hands down one of if not the best film I've ever seen.


Edit : I forgot Tokyo Sonata. That's a terrific film as well.
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http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0080662/

and I'm counting US films as foreign here too. I don't know why I love this film so much, but everything from the early prog soundtrack to the semi improvised (and sometimes clumsy) dialogue just makes me smile.
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and I'm counting US films as foreign here too.


Really? I think when most people say 'foreign' they mean 'foreign language'.

Otherwise for instance I could say Red Road is a foreign film.
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Really? I think when most people say 'foreign' they mean 'foreign language'.

Otherwise for instance I could say Red Road is a foreign film.

I was just trying to emphasise how much i love that film
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I was just trying to emphasise how much i love that film


You linked to a Danish film.

Am I missing something?
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You linked to a Danish film.

Am I missing something?

probably

it's more the memories it brings back of a better time in my life to be honest.
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probably

it's more the memories it brings back of a better time in my life to be honest.


I get it now, what you meant was you like that film so much it beats anything the US can do.

God I'm thick sometimes

You're probably right. Foreign films > Hollywood

I'll check that film out.
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I could put American films, but I think you mean non-English speaking films so...some of my favourites (in no particular order):

Le Placard (The Closet)
Pan's Labyrinth
To Sir, With Love (스승의은혜
Virgin Snow (hatsuyuki no koi)
Die Welle (The Wave)
Shutter (The Thai version)
My Sassy Girl (엽기적인그녀
Yip Man 1 and 2
Goodbye Lenin!

That's all I can think of right now.
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I get it now, what you meant was you like that film so much it beats anything the US can do.

God I'm thick sometimes

You're probably right. Foreign films > Hollywood

I'll check that film out.

you probably want to make sure your family isn't around though, they might think you're trying to, uh, tell them something.
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Pan's Labyrinth and Let The Right One In (even though myself and the rest of the people in the room did leave with WTF faces)
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you probably want to make sure your family isn't around though, they might think you're trying to, uh, tell them something.


Oh I'm pretty sure they know already

But seriously, if you want anything else on that subject in a foreign language, try Gohatto. I forgot about that, another fantastic film.
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Seven Samurai
Yojimbo
Ran
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Battle Royale

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Oh I'm pretty sure they know already

But seriously, if you want anything else on that subject in a foreign language, try Gohatto. I forgot about that, another fantastic film.


Yeah Gohatto too, which also reminds me, Zatoichi.
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Oh I'm pretty sure they know already

But seriously, if you want anything else on that subject in a foreign language, try Gohatto. I forgot about that, another fantastic film.

looks interesting, I'll check it out.
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Yeah Gohatto too, which also reminds me, Zatoichi.


lol, I was reading up on that just the other day

Seriously need to see it.
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pan's labyrinth

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