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Flipper the Priest
I've seen a handful of foreign films in my time and my dear god they beat the pants off anythin in the cinemas. Problem is im not really into films but can appreciate good ones, so has anyone got any recommendations?
Stuff like La Haine and Amores Perros would be grand.
Haven't seen much but...
'Leon' is a good one [French].
'Taxi' (plus its sequels) [French].
'Ringu' (plus its sequel/prequel) [Japanese horror]
'Run Lola Run' [German]
And you can't miss the classic martial arts/comedy ones from the Far East such as
'The Legend of Fong Sai Yuk'.
Enjoy the subtitles mate! :)
La Cité des Enfants perdu is another great French film. Check it out.
Some great German horror classics from the 20s, 50s and 60s too.
Léon (The Professional) is a great film, definitely see that if you haven't already. Although after seeing it you'll hate yourself for ever looking at Natalie Portman in a sexual way. ;)
Flipper the Priest
I'm not really into horror. I've seen Ringu and didn't think much of it. But Run Lola Run's great I'll agree.
I like the way the narrative in Lola is different. Same with Amores Perros (have you seen it?), how the three narratives come together. Man, I love that film!
I think my dad of all people has Leon. I'll enquire.
Here's some good uns
Le Samourai....sometimes a bit slow, but its the original of John Woo's THE KILLER..and its soooo cool to look at
speaking of John Woo.......if you haven't seen any of his original cantonese films, HARD BOILED is outstanding, as is THE KILLER
Betty Blue is also one of my favourites.....it has a bit of a reputation because of the opening sex scene, but its a classic film, i'd recommend the extended version (no pun intended)
Most of Stephen Chow's show is freaking funny, or nonsense some might say
As a Brit living in Sweden I can warmly recommend a film by the Swedish director Lukas Moodysson called 'Lilja4ever'. It's in Swedish obviously (a little Russian as well) and is a dark, very realistic film about a young Russian girl that gets dragged into prostitution and eventually ends up in Stockholm.
This film really is good but it's so f%¤&ing depressing that I think it's responsible for most of the many suicides in Sweden (well....almost.....no, not really....okay, I lied........sorry........)
I know it has won prizes in the US and UK so you should be able to get hold of it.
Black CAt White CAt....by Kudurica or something...beatiful
Amelie, Y'tu Mama Tambien, Hable Con Ella, All About My Mother.
Infernal Affairs (HK) was also good. I never thought I would say that about an Andy Lau film, but it was really good.
La femme Nikita is the original Assassin, the guy from Leon is in it.
theres a great film about an experiment where they put 20 men into a mock up prison environment half are guards half prisoners, it all go's a bit mental, based on a true story, if anyone knows the title and where its from could you tell me.
I've seen loads of foreign films but don't know any of the titles. I use to just put my video player on record for the obscure films on channel 4 but thats gone too commercial (bloody big brother 24/7)now it looks like I should do the same for BBC 4.
Yo eric, I type into Google "experiment 20 prison guards" and it gave me
I think someone told me that a movie like this was on recently.
there's a great french one called "a la folie pas du tout" i think, it's called "he loves me, he loves me not" in english on the box. audrey tautou is in it, very good!
Watched City Of God t'other day
I saw it a couple of weeks back GB. Damn good isn't it. Except when the kids get shot. That bit sucks. Don't think I've ever been moved by a film quite like that before. And has a film ever had such mental character names? Steak and Chips. LMAO :D.
Also try, Nine Queens (Argentinian), its excellent, and the Japanese Spirited Away although anime, which i'm not largely a fan of, is excellent.
Oooh, and Man Bites Dog (Belgian I think)
Thats the one Zyg, Das Experiment, the best thing about foreign films is you don't get all the shitty merchandise and there not promoted because of who's in it. There just good realistic films, like british films 20 years ago.
Just wanna add 'Bullet in the head' John Woo. Amazing best Japanese film ever made.
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