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x y asked in Entertainment & MusicMovies · 1 decade ago

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.


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  • Max
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago
    Favorite 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.

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  • 1 decade ago

    La Strada


    Small Change

    The 400 Blows

    Day for Night

    Forbidden Games

    The Bicycle Thief

    Pan's Labyrinth

    The Devil's Backbone

    Beauty & the Beast (Cocteau film)

    House of Flying Daggers

    Garden of the Finzi-Continis

    Claire's Knee

    Knife in the Water

    Madame Rosa


    The Bridge aka Die Brucke

    The Virgin Spring

    Sundays and Cybele

    8 1/2


    Spirited Away

    Howl's Moving Castle


    My Neighbor Totoro


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  • 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.

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  • 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)

    Trainspotting (classic)

    9 Dead Gay Guys (hilarious but not mainstream)

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  • Ben
    Lv 7
    1 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).

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  • Anonymous
    1 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)

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  • 1 decade ago

    I'm Not Afraid


    Curse of the Golden Flower

    Pan's Labyrinth

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  • Athena
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    Run Lola Run is an interesting German film. It was mainstream a few years back.

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