Midweek Mouth-off: Movies abroad

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Yeah, we know we tend to have a bias towards English-language cinema. Today though we want to know about your favourite foreign language films and filmmakers?

What impressed you so much that you’ll happily recommend it/them to others despite the subtitling that so many people hate?

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Last Updated: November 14, 2012

Noelle Adams

Sometime Tomb Raider. Full-time Pop Culture fanatic and Geekaissance Woman. Most often spotted outputting Pop Culture opinion pieces, writing fanfic and original genre fare, cosplaying and bringing the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu smackdown. Editor of the Comics and Toys section.

  • I kinda liked Amelie, and I’m not sure if it had subtitles but Paprika (the anime) was also bloody good.

  • City of God is probably my favourite non-English film. Regardless of the language, that is just a stunning piece of cinema. Thrilling, funny, sad and the parallels with our local problems with crime and gangs just makes more important. Brilliant.

    Walter Salles Central Station is also brilliant and is often funny (the old lady is just hilarious.)

    Also see Jeunet and Caro’s The City of Lost Children and Delicatessen. Great films

    • +1 for City of God. An amazing piece of film.

      I still need to check out Robocop reboot aka Rubbercop director Jose Padilha’s Elite Squad films. Been meaning to for months now already.

  • My favourites:

    El Labertino Del Fauno (Pan’s Labyrinth)
    El Espinazo Del Diablo (The Devil’s Backbone)



    I think that would make Luc Besson and Guillermo Del Toro foreign film favourites, including a few others.

    • Noelle Adams

      I’m glad someone mentioned Pan’s Labyrinth:)

  • Darryn_Bonthuys

    Honestly, I haven’t seen many, but New Kids Turbo is one foul-mouthed,mulleted Dutch favourite of mine.

  • Gaspar Noé’s Irreversible but incredibly intense. I’d also recommend Enter The Void, but it is long and very experimental. Both are English, but he’s a French director and his work reflects that.

    Jean-Pierre Jeunet is also great. He made the ill-fated Alien 4, but he also directed Amelie, Delicatessen and the astounding City Of Lost Children.

    If Japan is more your thing, the movie Versus is really one of a kind. It also can’t hurt to watch some of Takeshi Kitano’s work, particularly Hana-bi for Yakuza lovers and his version of Zatoichi for samurai flick fans. For weirder stuff, you can’t go wrong with Takashi Miike – Ichi The Killer and Visitor Q are highly recommended. His new samurai film, 13 Assassins, is also quite epic.

    But if you watch only one Japanese movie, may it be Akira Kurosawa’s Yojimbo.

    In Korea, if you enjoyed Oldboy, you must watch the other two movies in that ‘trilogy’: Lady Vengeance and Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance. The last one will bend your morals. Also from that country, The Brotherhood Of War is perhaps the most depressing war film ever made, while Attack The Gas Station is a great example of a Korean action/comedy. Arahan is a cool Korean martial arts comedy.

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