Can anyone recommend any mainstream foreign films?
I've really started to increasingly enjoy foreign films over the past year, and I was wondering if anyone could recommend any recent flicks that are relatively mainstream or straightforward in tone, rather than something extremely avant-garde/experimental with no coherent plot.
By mainstream/straightforward, I'm talking about stuff like "Good Bye Lenin", "Amelie" "Tae Guk Gai: The Brotherhood Of War", "Crimen Ferpecto", "Children Of Heaven", "Kung Fu Hustle", etc. that have understandable storylines, interesting characters, and perhaps quirky or funny situations.
The language doesn't matter, as I watch films from any country. It can be of any genre, although I'm not a big fan of horror movies.
- MaxLv 61 decade agoFavorite Answer
- Life Is Beautiful (Italy) - one of my favourite films, for what it is worth, Roberto Bernigni - about an Italian Jewish man and his family in WWII, esp. how he looks after his little son - sad and wonderful story at the same time.
- Monsoon Wedding (India) - a film about a family gathering for an arranged wedding and the different characters and what is going on. I really liked this film too.
- Volver (Spain) - a bit different, but still an interesting film I think. Good cast too, including Penelope Cruz
Good question. Hope you find some more good films to see.
- MystMoonstruckLv 71 decade ago
The 400 Blows
Day for Night
The Bicycle Thief
The Devil's Backbone
Beauty & the Beast (Cocteau film)
House of Flying Daggers
Garden of the Finzi-Continis
Knife in the Water
The Bridge aka Die Brucke
The Virgin Spring
Sundays and Cybele
Howl's Moving Castle
My Neighbor Totoro
- 1 decade ago
In my french Class, we're watching these two french films called Jean De Florette and Manon of the Spring (Manon is the sequel to Jean.) They're a little old ('86) but they're really good and the plot is very easy to understand. It's also a little sad. But I think you might enjoy them, if you don't I'm sorry.
- 1 decade ago
I think 28 Days Later is considered a foreign film. It came out in Europe before it did in America. A friend of mine saw it in Paris about 6 months before it came out here. It was pretty good. Also, Onk Bak A Thai Warrior was also pretty good.
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- 1 decade ago
Deepa Mehta's trilogy Fire, Earth and Water (serious)
Battle Royale directed by Kinji Fukasaku (bloody good fun)
Le Pacte Des Loups (Marc Dacascos is sooo hot)
9 Dead Gay Guys (hilarious but not mainstream)
- BenLv 71 decade ago
Two of my favourites are "Zatoichi" (a Japanese martial arts film about a blind swordsman) and "The Red Violin" (a French film that follows the life of a violin through five different countries).Source(s): http://www.amazon.com/Zatoichi-Sonatine-Double-Tad... http://www.amazon.com/Red-Violin-Carlo-Cecchi/dp/B...
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Most of my favorite films come from japan/china, here is a short list:
Battle royal (awarded goriest film ever)
Akira (Best anime film ever)
Snake in eagles shadow
Drunken master (Jakie Chan at his best)
Hero/fearless (gud Jet Lee films)
Azumi (great ninja flick)
Zatoichi (a truly awesome film with great humor)
- Film JediLv 71 decade ago
I'm Not Afraid
Curse of the Golden Flower
- AthenaLv 41 decade ago
Run Lola Run is an interesting German film. It was mainstream a few years back.