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on 17 May 2008 06:09

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Good Foreign Movies

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People who added this item 1801  Average listal rating (1134 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 7.8 
1. Battle Royale (2000)
Japan-A group of high school kids are left on an island to fight each other to the death, the last one standing wins the Battle Royale. Acting and dialog can be a little cheesy and melodramatic at time, but still a very good movie.
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People who added this item 4332  Average listal rating (2757 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 8.3 
2. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
Spain-A young girl living during the Spanish Civil War meets a mythical fawn and must complete three tasks in a story that mixes fairy-tale elements with realistic war time violence. It is a beautiful and sometimes sad movie.
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People who added this item 679  Average listal rating (409 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.5 
3. The Devil's Backbone (2001)
Spain-By the same director as Pan's Labyrinth and also set during the Spanish Civil War. An orphaned boy is haunted by the ghost of another boy who disappeared from the school where he is staying, this is one of my favorite foreign movies.
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People who added this item 2683  Average listal rating (1681 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 8.4 
4. Oldboy (2003)
S. Korea-A man imprisoned for 15 years must figure out why he was locked up and get revenge on those that did it. This has great fight scenes in it and also an awesome story to back it up.
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People who added this item 739  Average listal rating (427 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 7.7 
5. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)
S. Korea-A kidnapping gone wrong drives a father to seek revenge on the kidnappers who just wanted the money for a kidney transplant.
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People who added this item 874  Average listal rating (502 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 7.7 
6. Sympathy For Lady Vengeance (2005)
S. Korea-A woman gets out of prison to-you guessed it-get revenge on her ex-boyfriend who set her up for murder.
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People who added this item 427  Average listal rating (253 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 6.7 
7. The Eye (2002)
China-A blind woman who gets an eye transplant starts seeing ghosts and must figure out what happened to the eyes' last owner, creepy and atmospheric movie.
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People who added this item 99  Average listal rating (52 ratings) 5.7  IMDB Rating 5.8 
8. The Eye 2 (2004)
China-This was directed by the same guys who did the first movie but has nothing to do with the storyline of the first Eye movie, A woman starts to see ghosts after she tries to commit suicide and then finds out she is pregnant.
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People who added this item 2797  Average listal rating (1738 ratings) 8.3  IMDB Rating 8.7 
9. City of God (2002)
Brazil-In Rio De Janeiro gangs of kids take over the streets and the drug trade.
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People who added this item 793  Average listal rating (418 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 7.7 
10. The City of Lost Children (1995)
France-Fantasy movie about an evil scientist who kidnaps children so he can steal their dreams.
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People who added this item 1350  Average listal rating (794 ratings) 8.4  IMDB Rating 8.3 
11. The Seventh Seal (1957)
Sweden-A knight returning from the Crusades meets Death and has to play a game of chess with Death to spare his life, an oldie but goodie.
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People who added this item 1333  Average listal rating (764 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.4 
12. Irreversible (2002)
France-This movie done in reverse (think Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind or Memento) shows how some actions can lead to life-changing consequences, be warned there are a couple of scenes that are hard to watch because their brutality.
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People who added this item 402  Average listal rating (237 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 7.5 
13. Maria Full of Grace (2004)
Columbia-A desperate young woman decides to be a mule for heroin after losing her low-paying job at a factory.
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People who added this item 96  Average listal rating (48 ratings) 6.2  IMDB Rating 6.2 
14. Reincarnation (2005)
Japan-A woman starring in a movie about a real-life mass murder that happened in a hotel starts to think she is the reincarnation of the girl she is playing.
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People who added this item 4137  Average listal rating (2662 ratings) 8  IMDB Rating 8.2 
15. Trainspotting (1996)
Scotland-About the ups and downs in the lives of a group of junkies, I absolutely love this movie, one of the best "drug genre" movies, it's very funny and shows some of the bad consequences of doing drugs without being a total downer.
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People who added this item 3380  Average listal rating (2344 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating
16. Shaun of the Dead (2004)
England-Shaun is just an average guy until he has to start fighting the zombies that are swarming London, a comedy with a little horror mixed in, it's very funny and probably the best spoof movie I've seen.
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People who added this item 1534  Average listal rating (854 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 8.5 
17. Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
Japan-This anime set during World War II is about how a brother and sister who have been orphaned due to the war have to struggle to survive, this movie is so sad and a real tearjerker.
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People who added this item 220  Average listal rating (116 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating 7.8 
18. Survive Style 5+ (2004)
Japan-A movie with multiple storylines, it is a very hard movie to categorize, a man kills his wife several times because she keeps coming back from the dead, a man thinks he's a bird because the guy that hypnotized him got murdered before he could finish, just those couple of example gives an idea of how crazy this movie is, probably too weird and out there for most but I loved it.
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People who added this item 1099  Average listal rating (596 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.3 
19. Audition (1999)
Japan-A widower whose wife has been dead for several years decides to hold a fake audition to look for a new wife, he is instantly attracted to Asami, a beautiful ballet dancer, but this girl is not everything she appears to be, I really don't want to give away anything more than that.
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People who added this item 1763  Average listal rating (1166 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.8 
20. Apocalypto (2006)
S. America-Set during the times of the ancient Mayans, Jaguar Paw is a young man who is captured to be sacrificed to the gods and how he tries to escape.
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People who added this item 1365  Average listal rating (760 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating
21. Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
Japan-set in World War II, about the battle of Iwo Jima as seen from the Japanese perspective.
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People who added this item 132  Average listal rating (57 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 7.5 
22. Blue Spring (2001)
Japan-In a high school where the kids rule the show and teachers are just apathetic bystanders, two teenage boys wage war over who's gonna be top dog.
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People who added this item 750  Average listal rating (483 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 7.1 
23. Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001)
France-Set during the 1700's, a man must try to stop a creature that is attacking people in the French countryside, cool fighting sequences and is based on true events.
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People who added this item 796  Average listal rating (448 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.1 
24. Ichi the Killer (2001)
Japan-A sadomasochistic yakuza searches for a young man who has been manipulated into becoming a ruthless killing machine, to avenge the death of this boss. Very violent, not for everyone but if you like extreme cinema this is for you.
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People who added this item 526  Average listal rating (315 ratings) 8.1  IMDB Rating 8.1 
25. Memories of Murder (2003)
S. Korea-About a couple of cops who are trying to catch South Korea's first serial killer and will do anything to stop him.
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People who added this item 79  Average listal rating (30 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 6.2 
26. Tokyo Zombie (2005)
Japan-Low budget movie about zombies taking over Tokyo and people having to fight them in death matches, funny movie, along the same line as "Shaun of the Dead".
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People who added this item 361  Average listal rating (171 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 7.7 
27. Last Life in the Universe (2003)
Thailand-About a timid Japanese librarian who dreams of committing suicide until he meets a Thai woman who has lost her sister.
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People who added this item 269  Average listal rating (116 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 7.8 
28. All About Lily Chou-Chou (2001)
Japan-A teenage boy is bullied and only finds comfort in his favorite singer, the bullying in this movie is on the extreme side, beat-downs, rape and prostitution are some examples of what happens to these kids when teachers and parents stand idly by.
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People who added this item 605  Average listal rating (375 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.4 
29. Shallow Grave (1994)
Scotland-Three people find their new roommate dead in his room with a stash of drugs and a whole lot of cash, they decide to cover up the death and keep the money which leads to a downward spiral when the dealers show up looking for the dead man and the cash.
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People who added this item 1287  Average listal rating (875 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating 7.3 
30. The Descent (2005)
Scotland-A group of women going spelunking in a cave system that has never been explored before, little do they know something else is already down there.
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People who added this item 377  Average listal rating (213 ratings) 6.2  IMDB Rating 6.7 
31. Dark Water (2002)
Japan-A divorced woman and her young daughter move into a run down apartment building where they start to see another little girl hanging around an empty apartment where a girl died.
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People who added this item 1600  Average listal rating (920 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.2 
32. The Dreamers (2003)
France-Set in the 1960's, a young American man staying in Paris meets a pair of young French people, who are also brother and sister, and ends up staying with them in their apartment after their parents go on vacation where they talk about old movies and...um, explore their sexuality. Very sexually explicit (at least by American standards) and is rated NC-17.
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People who added this item 3207  Average listal rating (2139 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 7.6 
33. 28 Days Later... (2002)
England-A man wakes up out of a coma 28 days after an outbreak of a disease that fills people with anger and makes them mindless killers.
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People who added this item 5329  Average listal rating (3414 ratings) 8.2  IMDB Rating 8.4 
34. A Clockwork Orange (1971)
England-A young sociopathic thug who goes around beating, raping, and robbing people gets put into prison after one of his victims dies and is put into a experiment for drug that is supposed to "cure" him of being violent, a classic and one of my all-time favorite movies.
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People who added this item 336  Average listal rating (159 ratings) 7.9  IMDB Rating 8.1 
35. Nobody Knows (2004)
Japan-Based on a true story about a pre-teen boy who has to take care of his younger siblings after their immature and selfish mother abandons them in their apartment to fend for themselves.
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People who added this item 230  Average listal rating (117 ratings) 7.2  IMDB Rating 7.1 
36. Gozu (2003)
Japan-A bizarre movie from Takishi Mikke about a yakuza looking for his friend, this one is hard to explain, but it's funny at times and good if you like weird movies.
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People who added this item 138  Average listal rating (69 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 5.6 
37. Satan (2006)
France-Crazy ass movie about a group of young people who leave the city to go hang out at the country estate of one of the girls in their group, while there they meet a bunch of weird locals, the weirdest being Joseph, the caretaker of the estate, who has sinister plans for one of them.
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People who added this item 32  Average listal rating (15 ratings) 6.6  IMDB Rating 7.3 
38. Love & Pop (1998)
Japan-A group of high school girls start to engage in "compensated dating" which in Japan is where young girls are paid by older men to go hang out with them, it can sometimes involve sex, but a lot of the times the men just like hanging out with young girls. Hiromi is the main character, she starts doing compensated dating to get money for a ring and runs into some really strange guys.
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People who added this item 504  Average listal rating (314 ratings) 6.9  IMDB Rating 7.2 
39. Shutter (2004)
Thailand-A photographer and his girlfriend accidentally hit a woman coming home from their friend's wedding, they leave the scene of the crime and try to forget about the incident, but then the man starts to see strange things in his photos and realize he is being haunted by the woman they hit and run, very creepy movie!
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People who added this item 60  Average listal rating (33 ratings) 7.7  IMDB Rating
40. Shark Skin Man and Peach Hip Girl (1998)
Japan-Samehada is a yakuza on the run after stealing money from his boss, Toshiko is a quiet, mousy girl who is running away from her job at a run-down hotel and her lecherous uncle who inadvertently saves Samehada from a mob execution, together they have to try and stay ahead of the yakuzas and her uncle who is willing to do anything to get her back.
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People who added this item 465  Average listal rating (221 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 7.6 
41. Man Bites Dog (1992)
Belgium-This mocumenarty has a camera crew following around Ben a vicious serial killer, who when he is not killing people likes to philosophize about music, art, and life. The camera crew that follows Ben around go from being bystanders, neither condemning or helping Ben on his murderous rampages, to slowly becoming accomplices in his crimes, this movie is in black and white and has some disturbing scenes that are not for the weak of heart.
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People who added this item 496  Average listal rating (252 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 7.6 
42. Lust, Caution (2007)
China-This movie got a lot of attention for it's graphic sex scenes that got it an NC-17 rating here in the States (a toned-down R-rated version of the movie can also be found), but there is more to this story set in World War II era China. A poor college student who joins an underground resistance group and transforms herself into a sophisticated, upper-crust housewife. Her purpose in doing this is so she can catch the attention of a Chinese man who has gained much money and power by supporting the Japanese authorities who are occupying China, if she can gain his trust, it will be her job to put him in the path of an assassin's bullet.
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People who added this item 162  Average listal rating (88 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.5 
43. 13 Tzameti (2005)
France-Sebastian is a young immigrant living an impoverished live in France, one day while doing some roofing, he overhears the man he is working for talk about an opportunity to make himself rich. Even though the whole deal sounds shady, Sebastian decides to try and become the recipient of the money the man is expecting to get, which will lead him into a dangerous situation that won't be easy to get out of, I don't want to give any more detail than that, but this engrossing thriller is worth watching.
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People who added this item 992  Average listal rating (533 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.5 
44. Heavenly Creatures (1994)
New Zealand-Pauline and Juliet are two imaginative girls who become best friends while attending a Catholic high school during the 1950's. As their friendship deepens the girls become more involved in their fantasy world and more dependent of each other while they shut everyone else in their lives out. Pauline and Juliet will not let anyone separate them even if it means they have to commit murder to stay together, this fascinating story is based on a real murder case that happened in New Zealand and is directed by Peter Jackson way before he gained fame with Lord of the Rings.
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People who added this item 324  Average listal rating (202 ratings) 7  IMDB Rating 7.3 
45. Mongol (2007)
Mongolia-The life of Ghenghis Khan, from his childhood to his rise to power to become a feared and powerful warlord. While this movie has the action sequences expected of a movie about Ghenghis Khan it also shows his softer side as a husband and father.
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These movies are the best of world cinema, in my humble opinion, this will be a running list as I am always looking for new movies from other parts of the world, I hope this will give people some ideas of good movies to watch if you don't mind subtitles or something a bit out of the norm.

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Comments

Posted: 6 years, 1 month ago at Aug 14 22:02
Recently watched a SUPERB Korean film called Welcome to Dongmakgol - highly recommended.
Posted: 5 years, 3 months ago at May 30 1:47
Hey, I'm glad I checked out your list.
It reminded me that I really want to watch Ichi The Killer & Devil's Backbone.
Both have been my must-see list for a long time.
Posted: 5 years, 3 months ago at May 31 3:27
You may want to check out the Pusher trilogy by Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn. It explores the criminal underworld of Copenhagen.
Posted: 4 years, 7 months ago at Feb 2 14:49
First class selection.Thanks for the heads up on a few I haven't got round to seeing yet.

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