10 Foreign Movie Recommendations

I’ve been thinking of the foreign films I’ve watched in the past.  Here are the ones I remember from each year starting in 2000 to 2009.  The countries chosen are from Mexico, France, China, Hong Kong, Italy, UK, Germany, Austria, Spain, Taiwan, and South Korea.  Here they are in order of year.

2000

Amores Perros (2000) is a drama and thriller movie from Mexico.  It is rated R for violence, gore, language and sexuality.  It runs 2 hours and 34 minutes.  The story centers around three strangers: Octavio (Gael García Bernal), Valeria (Goya Toledo), and El Chivo (Emilio Echevarría).  Taking place in Mexico City, dogs and dog fighting, social classes, and different forms of violence make the three stories gritty, dark, and realistic.

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2001

Amélie or Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain (original title) (2001) is a comedy and romance movie from France.  It is rated R for sexual context.  It runs 2 hours and 2 minutes.  The story centers around Amélie (Audrey Tautou) who had a sheltered childhood because of her father.  As an adult, she spreads her wings in Paris and searches for the meaning of life including finding love.  It also stars Matheiu Kassovitz as Nino Quincampoix.

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2002

Hero or Ying xiong (original title) (2002) is an action, adventure, and history movie from China and Hong Kong.  It is rated PG-13 for stylized martial arts violence and a scene of sensuality .  It runs 1 hour and 47 minutes.  The story centers around an officer who doesn’t have a name (Jet Li).  Nameless tells of how he defeated three enemies of Qin, the ruler.  It also stars Tony Chiu-Wai Leung as Broken Sword, Maggie Cheung as Flying Snow, Ziyi Zhang as Moon, and Donnie Yen as Sky.

hero

2003

The Dreamers (2003) is a drama and romance movie from France, Italy, and the UK.  It is rated NC-17 for explicit sexual content, but the R version is basically three minutes shorter.  It runs 1 hour and 55 minutes.  The story centers around two twins, Théo and Isabelle (Louis Carrel and Eva Green) and how they influence an American student, Matthew (Michael Pitt), to give up his conservative mindset during the 1968 Paris student riots.

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2004

Kung Fu Hustle (2004) is an action, comedy and crime movie from China.  It is rated R for strong stylized action and violence .  It runs 1 hour and 39 minutes.  The story centers around the Axe Gang and how Sing (Stephen Chow) in his quest to be a part of it leads to a battle between the gang and residents of the town.  It also stars Xiaogang Feng as Crocodile Gang Boss, Wah Yuen as Landlord, Zhihua Dong as Donut, and Kwok-Kwan Chan as Brother Sum.

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2005

Downfall or Der Untergang (original title) (2005) is a biography, history, and drama movie from Germany, Italy, and Austria.  It is rated R for strong violence, disturbing images, and some nudity.  It runs 2 hours and 36 minutes.  The story centers around Traudl Junge (Alexandra Maria Lara), Adolf Hitler’s (Bruno Ganz) secretary, and their time together before he kills himself.  It includes those closest to him during this time, Heinrich Himmler (Ulrich Noethen), Joseph Goebbels (Ulrich Matthes), and Eva Braun (Juliane Köhler), and how despite their presence, Hitler’s increasing fragility is all too evident.

 

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2006

Pan’s Labyrinth or El laberinto del fauno (original title) (2006) is a drama, fantasy, and war movie from Spain, Mexico, and the US.  It is rated R for graphic violence and some language.  It runs 1 hour and 58 minutes.  The story centers Ofelia (Ivana Baquero) who copes with her new stepfather and home by immersing herself into a world of fantasy.  It also includes Captain Vidal (Sergi López) and Mercedes (Maribel Verdú), and Fauno/Pale Man (Doug Jones).

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2007

Lust, Caution or Se, jie (original title) (2007) is a drama, romance, and history movie from Taiwan, China and the US.  It is rated NC-17 for some explicit sexuality. It runs 2 hours and 37 minutes.  The story centers around the attempted assassinations of Mr. Yee (Tony Chiu-Wai Leung) and whether Mai Tai Tai (Wei Tang) will be able to successfully asked what they were sent to do.  It also stars Joan Chen as Yee Tai Tai, Leehom Wang as Kuang Yu Min, and Tsung-Hua To as Old Wu.

lustcaution

2008

Persepolis (2008) is a biography, drama, and animation movie from France and USA.  It is rated PG-13 for mature thematic material including violent images, sexual references, language, and brief drug content.  It runs 1 hour and 36 minutes.  The story centers around Marjane Statrapi (voiced by Chiara Mastroianni) and her family during the Iranian Revolution in 1979, and how she handles this change when she returns from abroad.  It also includes Danielle Darrieux (Grandma), Catherine Deneueve (Mom, and Simon Abkarian (Dad). 

persepolis

2009

Mother or Madeo (original title) (2009) is a drama, crime, and mystery movie from South Korea.  It is rated R for language, some sexual content, violence, and drug usage.  It runs 2 hours and 9 minutes.  The story centers around a mother (Hye-ja Kim) who seeks to find out who framed her son Do-joon (Won Bin) for the brutal killing of a woman, in order to prove his innocence.  It also includes Goo Jin as Jin-tae, Je-mun Yun as Je-moon, and Sae-byeok Song as Sepaktakraw Detective.

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2019

 

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