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  1. edinburgh160

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    This could be interesting, and let a few of us know about a few gems.
    What is everybody's favourite foreign films. I'll start

    Zatouchi - (blind warrior with brilliant swordsmanship) R3
    RAN - (has to be seen - Warlord in 16th century Japan - ***** empire)
    City of God - (Brazil - street movie)
    Central Station - (Brazil - outstanding relationship movie between orphaned boy and con merchant woman)
    Malena - Monicca Belluci masterpiece - Best Foreign film 1989
    House of Flying Daggers - the new Edko R3 2 disc DTSes version
    Betty Blue - 2hr 58 min version

    the following films with Zhang Ziyi
    Musa The Warrior
    2046
    The Road Home
    Hero
    Crouching Tiger

    Let us know whats good or not ???
     
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    Just saw Ran the the other day, bit long in parts but still a great film, and what fantastic battle scenes, you can see how mass battles look much better with live action, real horses and stuntmen than all this cgi parp we've been offered lately.

    Your list has some impressive films, i'll include all of them apart from Central Stn and Malena neither of i've seen, not my complete fav list but some recommended foreign stuff i've seen recently.

    Princess Monokoe,
    im not Scared (little Italian gem)

    Actually your list has most of the stuff i've seen in the last year or two!
     
  3. lovemunkey187

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    Most of the other forum users will've seen these and probably got them.

    Sonatine
    A Better Tomorrow + ABT 2
    The Killer
    Hard Boiled
    Chunking Express
    Rock N' Roll Cop
    Mediteranio
    The Crimson Rivers
    Malena
    Brotherhood Of The Wolf


    Three of my top twenty films are listed here as well
     
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    My fave has to be 'My Sassy Girl'. I only discovered it after hearing lots of praise for it on another forum and it well and truly lived up to the hype. It's the film that really got me watching Korean films but so far I haven't enjoyed any others as much.
     
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    I presume you mean foreign language films, rather than foreign films per se, ie excludes US, Canadian, Australian etc. Anyway...

    - I love Yojimbo
    - Although not a film, the Water Margin is a quality TV series
    - The Seventh Seal
    - Eyes Without a Face
    - Hard Boiled
     
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    the terminator
    fight club

    looks like almost all the films out are foreign to me, unless you think the UK is part of America (like tony blair does)
     
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    .... cracking idea for a thread edinburgh.... I always enjoy a good foreign movie...

    My favourites over the years have been....

    The Vanishing
    (a poor remake was released by Hollywood with Kiefer Sutherland, this is not a reflection on Kiefer, his reprisal of Agent Bauer is always much anticipated)

    Jean Pierre Jeunot masterpieces
    The City of Lost Children - Fantasticly dark and surreal.
    Delicatessen - an earlier movie, with tongue firmly in cheek
    Amelie - nuff said

    - 2 movies with Franke Portente; of Bourne Conspiracy fame.
    Run Lola Run
    Anatomy

    The Nightwatchman (Hollywood rehashed! it with Ewan Mcgregor)

    Irreversible (v. disturbing... I'm not sure about recommending this, definately left a lasting impression)
     
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    Unless "foreign" meant foreign language................. :rolleyes:

    Anyhoo,

    Insomnia (Original obviously)
    Seven Samurai
    Oldboy
     
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    All of the above (apart from House of flying Dogpoo :) )......and also:
    Jean de Florette
    Mon Des Sources (JdF ptII)
     
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    Battle Royal :thumbsup:
     
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    There are loads of good non English language films

    Taxi
    Betty Blue
    Amelie
    Run Lola Run
    Das Boot

    Also animated with English sound tracks - quite a bit of Anime
     
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    Shiri (Korean)
    Infernal Affairs (Hong Kong)
     
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    yes, Irriversible was excellent, but like you I found it disturbing. I'll look into the two titles you have above,
    I should have mentioned -
    Oldboy - legendry movie.
    The Three Colours trilogy
    L'Appartement (another Monica Belluci)
    Tesis
    A Tale of 2 Sisters (the remake should be errr..interesting.)
    Also from the director Almodovar - the following are really good -
    All about my Mother, Live Flesh and Talk to Her (these are regularly shown on SKY).
    Cheers for feedback folks
     
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    Markmw "Eyes Without a Face" recorded that but havent watched it yet, now at the top of my list of to watch, best films per se is "Seven Samuria"
    cheers Tim
     
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    Taxi - French
    Bichunmoo - Korean
    The warrior - Korean
    Hero - Hong Kong/China?
    Iron monkey - Hong Kong
    Hard-boiled - Hong Kong
    The Killer - Hong Kong
    The Returner - Japan
    Lady Snowblood - Japan
    Princess Blade - Japan
    the legend of Fong Sai Yuk 1 & 2 - Hong Kong
    Fist of Legend - Hong Kong


    Also hoping that I will like House of Flying daggers & Japanese sci-fi "Casshern"
     
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    If you like The Warrior and Hero, you should love HOFD. I personally found it more enjoyable than Hero (but alot of people will disagree). The 2 disc R3 Edko disc is the one to go for if you haven't got it yet. It's PQ is better than the previously released 1 disc set. and has DTS ES discreet 6.1 if your system supports it which sounds amazing.
     
  17. lovemunkey187

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    I can’t believe I forgot about
    Taxi
    Delicatessen
    Battle Royal
    Irreversible
    definitely one of the most powerful films I’ve seen

    This arrived today :)
    http://www.play.com/play247.asp?pa=sb&page=title&r=R2&title=479293
    so Saturday night is gonna be coming too slowly :(

    Just wondering does The Passion Of The Christ count? As I really loved this film and don't speak any of the languages.
     
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    Hi,

    Most of my faves have already been suggest4ed, but I'll list them anyway:

    My Neighbour Totoro
    Pom Poko
    La Femme Nikita
    Run Lola Run
    The Princess And The Warrior
    Hard-Boiled
    Betty Blue: Version Integrale
    Battle Royale
    Shiri
    Zatoichi (2003 Takeshi Kitano version)
    Lone Wolf & Cub series (6 films)
    Fanny And Alexander (5 hour version)
    Akira
    Testuo: The Iron Man
    Tetsuo 2: Bodyhammer
    A Better Tomorrow
    Intacto
    Tesis
    Three Colours: Blue/White/Red
    Delicatessen
    Dekalogue: Parts 1-10
    Brotherhood Of The Wolf (Uncut Canadian Edition, with extra footage not included in any other release!!!!)
    Matador

    Etc, etc, etc... I'm sure there's hundreds of others I should list, but I can't remember any more at the moment. ;)


    Pooch
     
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    Brilliant. I'll need to order that one. Its still in stock. Nice one.
    Passion of the Christ is also a great film
     
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    Brotherhood of the Wolf for me followed by HOFD which had superb image quality which made me think wow on a few occasions.
     
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    Lone Wolf & Cub :D :thumbsup: :D
    What's the extra footage on BOTW?
     
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    Lovemunkey,
    The Zatouchi set you have from play.com, do you know if there is any PQ difference between it and the R3 2 disc set (also in DTS) ?
    Also could you confirm that the extras are subtitled (as this wasn't the case with R3) ? They presumably are for the R2 release ?

    I would buy this for the extras alone, as the film is brilliant.
    Cheers
     
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    Currently my favourite foreign films would be:

    Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance
    Oldboy
    Irreversible
    Dumplings
    All About Lily Chou-Chou
    The Classic
    Hero
     
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    I haven't opened it yet and won't be doing so until the weekend when I watch it, but I won't be able to tell you about the PQ as I don't have any point of reference. Sorry.
     
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    Hi LoveMunkey,

    "Brotherhood Of The Wolf" has several versions in existance, which are:-
    - US Cinema Version (approx 142m)

    - Regular US Video/DVD Version (approx 138m, which is identical to US Cinema Version)

    - Alternate US DVD Version (Contains five deleted scenes, that were cut from the movie for reasons of pacing or character continuity:
    1) An extended version of the fight sequence the opens the film between Mani (Mark Decascos) and the highwaymen. In the extended version, Fronsac (Samuel le Bihan) ends up assisting Mani in defeating them. In the film version, Mani fights alone.
    2) A raven assists Mani in finding the body of a shepherdhess, the beast's most recent victim. In the film, the body is found much later on than when this scene would have led the audience to believe.
    3) Sardis (Jean-Francois Stevenin) warns Fronsac about continuing his affair with Marianne (Emilie Dequenne), saying that he doubts Fronsac has the moral character required to be with such a woman.
    4) A tender scene between Fronsac and Marianne on a frozen pond covered in fog.
    5) A scene set in La Teissier's where Sylvia (Monica Bellucci) reveals to Fronsac that the rooms in the bordello are equipped with two-way mirrors. She shows him a room where a friend of the Morangais family is involved in a bizarre sadomasochistic encounter.

    - Canadian 3-disc DVD Version (a 152-minute, director's cut with the following scenes added to the middle of the film before and after Fronsac returns to Paris:
    1) Right after Fronsac has constructed the fake beast for De Bauternes, he goes to the brothel, gets drunk and confesses to Sylvia that the beast caught by De Bauternes is a fake.
    2) A long steadicam shot from Jean-Francois' POV as he sneaks through the brothel and into Sylvia's room, where he finds a sketch of Sylvia naked that Fronsac has drawn. He laughs because it's just what he needs to drive Marianne away from Fronsac.
    3) Fronsac arrives at the De Morangias' castle to see Marianne one last time before returning to Paris. The guards tell him he is no longer welcome on orders of the Countess and that Marianne is sick. Jean-Francois turns up and tells the guards and his mother to let Fronsac in. Jean-Francois leads him into the great hall where Marianne waits. She tells Fronsac she doesn't want to see him again and tosses the naked sketch of Sylvie onto the floor. Fronsac storms out, knocking Jean-Francois to the floor on his way.
    4) After the second girl is killed down in the pit there is a scene inside the Church where Sylvia kneels down next to Marianne as she prays. She tells Marianne the Fronsac truly only loves her. Sardis watches Sylvia suspiciously as she leaves.
    5) A scene on the docks as Fronsac and Mani are loading supplies for the trip to Africa. Thomas D'Apacher turns up and tells Fronsac that the beast continued attacking after he and De Beauternes left. D'Apacher cannot find anyone to go on the hunt with him and he wants to try to hunt this time using Mani's methods. At first Fronsac refuses, but D'Apacher provides him with a love letter from Marianne in which she asks for the secret meeting at her nanny's house. Fronsac agrees to return.

    - UK Cinema and UK DVD Version (Approx 142m in the cinema, 138 on video/DVD. This third version of the film was released theatrically and on DVD in the UK. In this version all the scenes involving the Royal Hunter (Bauterne) are removed - his character is referred to, but never seen. This includes the removal of the following scenes:
    1) The entire elaborate arrival of Bauterne is removed.
    2) The scene with Bauterne in the bath telling the Chevalier that he is no longer required and then attempting to seduce an unwilling female servant.
    3) The scene where Chevalier is ordered to use his skills to make an ordinary dead wolf killed by Bauterne look like the beast, and the following scenes where he does so.
    4) The scenes where the fake 'beast' is presented to the Royal court and the ensuing discussion are all removed.

    However some of the scenes from the 'Director's Cut' are added into the UK Video and DVD version:
    1) A long steadicam shot from Jean-Francois' POV as he sneaks through the brothel and into Sylvia's room, where he finds a sketch of Sylvia naked that Fronsac has drawn. He laughs because it's just what he needs to drive Marianne away from Fronsac.
    2) Fronsac arrives at the De Morangias' castle to see Marianne one last time before returning to Paris. The guards tell him he is no longer welcome on orders of the Countess and that Marianne is sick. Jean-Francois turns up and tells the guards and his mother to let Fronsac in. Jean-Francois leads him into the great hall where Marianne waits. She tells Fronsac she doesn't want to see him again and tosses the naked sketch of Sylvie onto the floor. Fronsac storms out, knocking Jean-Francois to the floor on his way.
    3) After the second girl is killed down in the pit there is a scene inside the Church where Sylvia kneels down next to Marianne as she prays. She tells Marianne the Fronsac truly only loves her. Sardis watches Sylvia suspiciously as she leaves.
    4) A scene on the docks as Fronsac and Mani are loading supplies for the trip to Africa. Thomas D'Apacher turns up and tells Fronsac that the beast continued attacking after he and De Beauternes left. D'Apacher cannot find anyone to go on the hunt with him and he wants to try to hunt this time using Mani's methods. At first Fronsac refuses, but D'Apacher provides him with a love letter from Marianne in which she asks for the secret meeting at her nanny's house. Fronsac agrees to return.

    :eek: :eek: :eek:

    Ultimately the only way to get the entire, original version as the director would like you to see it, is to get hold of the Canadian 3-disc DVD! I hope that answers your question! Information courtesy and copyright of IMDB (with some amendments by me!) :)


    Pooch
     
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    Both ;)
     
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    If you asked what one of my favourite films full stop is, I would say Seven Samurai. :)
     
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    I already have the one disc version, I just haven't gotten around to watching it yet.
     
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    I'm embarrased to say it, but I haven't seen this film. I have swithered a few times, but the 4:3 and mono put me off. I know people rave about it. May have to bite the bullet now though. Do you have the Criterion edition ?

    Also forgot to mention Amores Perros - brilliant
     

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