CCW Question of the Week

Posted: July 23, 2010 in CCW Nation, Film, Opinion, Question of the Week

This week’s question:

“What are 5 foreign films that you would highly recommend to people?”

A few of us were having a discussion about foreign films in the Indie Flick Friday post and it has now spilled onto the main page. I bring this question up because I know a lot of you are into films from around the world and we can always use some great recommendations of quality around here. Please try to limit your answer to only 5. We can always do a follow up question next week for more of your favorites.

Here’s my list is no particular order:

In the Mood for Love, directed by Kar Wai Wong
Lady Vengeance, directed by Chan-wook Park
All About Lily Chou-Chou, directed by Shunji Iwai
House of Flying Daggers, directed by Yimou Zhang
Survive Style 5+, directed by Gen Sekiguchi

Damn, narrowing it down to only five was kinda tough. We MAY have to continue this next week.


  1. rush says:

    Shit ya it’s tough narrowing it down to five. Great topic though.

    Brotherhood of the Wolf
    Seven Samurai
    M, by Fritz Lang

  2. Jack says:

    I only have two.
    Pan’s Labyrinth & Kung Fu Hustle

  3. Smallmaniac says:

    Jean De Florette
    Manon des Sources
    Pan’s Labyrinth
    The Curse of the Golden Flower

  4. Morlock50 says:

    In no particular order:

    Barbarians at the Gate
    Breathless (1960)
    Y Tu Mama Tambian

  5. Stamps says:

    1. Les Rivières Pourpres (aka The Crimson Rivers) -It’s got Jean Reno as a cop…need I say more.

    2. Fritt vilt (aka Cold Prey) -trapped in an abandoned lodge the characters are picked off one by one. The “trapped alone in an abandoned place” cliché is my favorite horror/thriller set-up.

    3. Dod Sno(aka Dead Snow) -I know some people really hate this movie but I LOVE it.

    4. Mostly Martha -because I love sappy romantic comedies. They’re my guilty pleasure. Better than its english remake “No Reservations” although I like that one too.

    5.Les rivières pourpres II – Les anges de l’apocalypse (aka Crimson Rivers II angels of the Apocalypse) -This sequel to my number the number one movie on my list. I will straight up tell you makes no sense when you start to dissect it. none. Don’t even try. It rides the coat tails of the original but it’s worth a watch.

    In a perfect world these trailers would be in the original languages with subtitles (I HATE english voiceovers on foreign movies) but alas we don’t live in a perfect world so pardon the shitty voiceovers and english narration, they’re all I could find.

    • I have Dead Snow sitting on my dvd shelves. A friend of mine let be borrow it a while ago but I still haven’t gotten to it. Maybe I’ll watch it tonight.


      • cballsack says:

        I watched Dead Snow a couple weeks ago. It was alright. Very slow going in the beginning but got decent when the zombies showed up. They did a good job of keeping the action unpredictable.

        • kurumais says:

          i want too see dead snow i was a big fan of Shock WAVE as a kid for some reason i kept catching whenever it was on late night tv i thought the silent aquatic nazi zombie/andriods were super creepy

  6. 1. La Vita a Bella
    2. Das Boot
    3. Der Untergang
    4. Cidade de Deus

  7. mitiators says:

    City of Lost Children
    Lucio Fulci’s “Zombie”
    Ong Bak
    The Returner
    La Femme Nikita

  8. Der Untergang is actually not a personal favorite of mine so I am gonna switch that one with this one :-)..Vengo..

  9. mbell028 says:

    Here are some pretty good ones
    1. City of God
    2. Let the Right One In
    3. The Seventh Seal
    4. Pan’s Labyrinth
    5. Frontiers

  10. DidioForever says:

    Nice! Wong Kar Wai is one of my all-time fav directors

    And I have the ‘All about Lily Chou Chou’ soundtrack, it’s amazing!

    5 suggestions off the top of my head;

    1. Festen (The Celebration) – An early Danish ‘Dogme 95’ drama based around a family get-together. One of my favourite films ever, such a powerful story with tons of black humour;

    2. Sonatine – I think this is the best of Beat Takeshi’s art-house yakuza flicks, although ‘Brother’ and ‘Hana Bi’ are worth recommending to anyone, too;

    3. Time Crimes (Or ‘Los Cronocrímenes’) – an absolutely amazing Spanish time-travel flick done Dogme style, but really well made and classy. An absolute mind-bender of a story – Think Michael Haneke meets Darren Aronofsky. Watch the original before the remake comes out;

    4. La Dolce Vita – Can’t really explain why I love this film so much, but I guess it strikes a chord with me as I’ve spent most of my adult years lusting after screwed-up scenester girls, so this is basically the 60’s Italian remake of my life a few years back(!). It’s a long film, watching it is kind of like tagging along with the main character for a messed-up weekend. I just love it;

    5. Dead Man’s Shoes – Ok, I’m from the UK so for me this isn’t ‘foreign’, but most of you lot are from the US (I think) and this film needs more exposure over there. Imagine Garth Ennis (on a good day) directing a revenge thriller on a non-existant budget. Paddy Considine is incredible in this. Really hard hitting, effective filmmaking. With a great soundtrack to boot;

  11. cballsack says:

    Pan’s Labyrinth
    any of Miyazaki’s films

    • DidioForever says:

      My GF has Irreversible in her (our) collection, I tried watching it but the brutal opening scene made me feel ‘actually’ ill… And to know that there was a 9-minute rape scene coming ’round the corner…

      But is it worth gritting my teeth through? I usually have a much tougher stomach for stuff like this.

      • IronMuskrat says:

        If you couldn’t get through he first scene, I wouldn’t bother watching the rest, the rape scene is the most brutal thing I have seen on film, I was kind of woozy after watching it and found myself fast forwarding thought he rest of the movie. I just wanted that dvd back in its Netflix envelope and out of my house.

      • cballsack says:

        It’s a great film. Powerful and brutal, yes, but the story and the acting are top notch. The fact that you felt something from viewing the first few minutes is a testimony to how well it was done. The violence in the movie is definitely not pornographic.

        • Morlock50 says:

          No, it’s worse than pornography. At least porn is honest in what it wants to accomplish. “Irreversible” takes the contents of your average snuff film and dresses it up as an art-house film, so it can qualify for Cannes. The entire movie, from the droning soundtrack, to the camerawork, to the misogynistic, homophobic, and racist overtones, down to the two infamous scenes, is a continuous assault on the viewer’s senses. And for what? What grand truths needed to be told in such a manner? Time destroys everything? We can’t change the course of events? That’s the reason that the director had to shoot a nine minute rape scene? Because two minutes wouldn’t be enough? The fact that DidioForever felt disgust is a testimony to his humanity, not to any brillance on the director’s part. I stupidly forced myself to watch the entire film, but I wish I had just turned it off immediately like Didio. Truly a revolting experience.

    • kurumais says:

      i was in japan just wandering around a video a store and asked my buddies who their favorite director was the both said miyasaki and neither one likes anime they said he is the best in japan

  12. So many great picks by everyone so far.


  13. Jeremy says:

    The British Death at a Funeral was great.

  14. JustinSide says:

    In no specific order, one for each country, max of five!:

    -Battle Royale 1(China…?)
    -La Haine(France)
    -Severance – Found myself coming back to this one….not for its message, just to show new people the movie hehe(England)
    -Ninja Scroll(Japan) – just a cult classic…could include many other anime
    -Cube(Canada) – Im canadian but I thought id include this one.
    -Dirty hands 3- Ok, I cheated, 2nd movie from France on my list but worth watching…its a graffiti movie. VERY interesting


  15. mbell028 says:

    Anyone on here seen Martyr’s. God damn that was the most fucked up movie I’ve ever seen

  16. Heck says:

    Hmm, this is really hard for me. I guess I’ll just go with my favorites of the past couple months.

    In no real order.

    1. Pan’s Labyrinth – Mexican
    2. Paris, I Love You – French
    3. An Education – UK
    4. Volver – Spanish
    5. The Last Station – UK

    I really liked Angel-A as well, but I ran out of room and the Last Station was a wonderful little flick so I included that instead. My list changes weekly…

  17. IronMuskrat says:

    Only five picks? Wow! that’s tough one… but let me throw out a few films people might enjoy.

    1) The Day of the Jackal(1973) Directed by Fred Zinnemann – try this for fun, watch the horrible Bruce Willis remake first, then watch the original, then find Bruce Willis and kick him in the nuts for what he did to Fred Zinnemann masterpiece. Edward Fox’s portrayal of the Jackal is amazing, you will find it hard to believe that there is anyway he won’t kill Charles de Gaulle. It’s an older film, but it holds up well.

    2)The Tin Drum(1979) Directed by Volker Schlondorff – People like to call this movie a comedy, not sure about that, it’s a pretty serious movie about a boy who decides to stop growing up in the 30’s during the rise of the Nazis in Germany(or Poland). I would describe this movie as a dark fairy tale. David Bennent is great as the boy who finds that he can’t escape from the pitfalls of adulthood by refusing to grow up.

    3) Memories of Murder(2003) Directed by Bong Joon-ho – A lot of people might have seen ‘The Host’ a very good monster movie directed by Bong Joon-ho, but check out this earlier film by him, based on the true story of South Korea’s first known serial killer. I like Song Kang-ho performance in this movie as the one of the detectives on the case who find himself in way of his head and starts to do questionable things to try and clear the case.

    4) Thirst(2009) Directed by Park Chan-wook – Everyone knows Park Chan-wook from his ‘Vengeance’ movies and Oldboy, but his take on the classic Vampire film is pretty amazing. Song Kang-ho turns in another solid performance as a Priest in South Korea, who finds himself transformed into a vampire, he tries to remain true to his priestly ways while finding ways to satisfy his thirst for blood, but the harder he tries, the worst it gets for this poor man of the cloth.

    5) Run Lola Run(1998) Directed by Tom Tykwer – I won’t even try to describe this movie other than to say I found it very entertaining. And Franka Potente is pretty hot in this one.


    • Insideman says:

      I was waiting for Run Lola Run to show up, IM!

      Finally! Must be #6 on everybody’s lists. 🙂

      I heard they want to remake this in the US with Kristen Stewart too. She said she would do it as long as she didn’t have to train in advance or actually do any of the running in the movie. 😉

      • Run Lola Run would have been in my next list. It’s great.

        If that Kristen Stewart story is in fact true, I dislike her now more than ever.


        • kurumais says:

          run lola run almost made my list as well

        • Insideman says:

          No, it was a joke. Franka Potente could beat the shit out of that humorless witch with two hands tied behind her back.

          • IronMuskrat says:

            After watching Run Lola Run I thought Franka Potente career would take off, but the last thing I remember her in was The Bourne movies as Matt Damon’s sidekick/love interest. I’m sure she is still doing doing stuff in Europe, but I wish she would bring her red headed hottness to more American movies =)


            • Insideman says:

              Franka last appeared (in a US production) in one 2009 episode of HOUSE (a show– if you’re not watching after 6-7 years– you should). House was in rehab and Franka played the relative who came to visit a sick loved one almost every day. House, of course, fell in love with her.

              Unfortunately, if memory serves– she was blonde. 😉

    • kurumais says:

      im not a huge fan of vampire flicks but thirst sound like a good one
      and memories of murder has been on my must watch list for a while now

  18. Edward2962 says:

    Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. I know we’ve already talked about it,but I’ve been ACTIVELY recommending this since I saw it.

    Bande a Apart-Jean Luc Godard. There’s an unintentionally funny death scene near the end,but it’s still a good movie. If you hate Tarantino, don’t let him scare you from this film!

    Character-Mike Van Diem. I’ll admit that it’s been years since I’ve seen this one, but I remember it as a powerful drama.

    A Better Tomorrow 3-Tsui Hark. Hark and John Woo had a disagreement over this movie and Woo ended up making Bullet in the Head.This one works as a heart tugging melodrama AND a gun fight movie.

    Hard Boiled-John Woo. Stuff that happens in this flick is pretty ridiculous and so what..IT’S AWESOME!!BEST ACTION FLICKS EVER!!SHUT UP!

    One movie I was curious about but never got around to seeing was Secret and Lies by Mike Leigh,anyone here have thoughts?

  19. Morlock50 says:

    Not to change the topic (since I don’t think this would qualify as a foreign film) but has anyone seen The Human Centepide yet? I’m trying to decide whether to rent it or not.

    • kurumais says:

      lol my buddy is OBSESSED with that movie he is pissed because i refuse to watch it
      they are making a sequel

  20. Luiz de Mello says:

    On no particular order (actually the order I am remembering them :P)

    Nine Queens (Nueve Reinas), Argentina – This one I mentioned before. If subtext in movies are important to you and you like plot twisting, it is simply that amazing for you. The plot’s highconcept is kind of hollywoodish (two con-artists meet by chance and team up to take advantage of a one in a lifetime opportunity, and they have one day to do it), but that is the least similarity you will have.

    Brotherhood of the Wolf (Le Pacte des loups), France – It is actually a quite high profile movie and very well done. Very good plot, nice action scenes, camera and effects are also very nice, all round a top quality movie.

    Shaolin Soccer, Hong Kong – Man, this one is just hilarious comedy, enuff said.

    Hero, (I really have no idea of Chinese names), China/Hong Kong – It is a Jet Li movie, so many probably know. It is a story that is told by multiple narrators, each with his unique point of view of it revealing more details on an relatively short story (if you consider just one point of view), making it very detailed. I find that very cool, story depth > length/”width” at any time in my book.

    Ghost in the Shell, Japan – I know, it is actually an animation and an adaptation, but eff that, it is too excellent for me that I have to list it anyhow.

  21. Locusmortis says:

    Das Boot
    Banlieue 13
    Vampyres (Jose Larraz)
    The Wages of Fear (1953)

    • Insideman says:

      LM– Wolfgang Petersen thinks NO ONE even remembers Das Boot anymore… That they only remember him for Air Force One or Perfect Storm. I promise you I will tell him that you mentioned this on the blog.

      ‘Course when he said that to me… I told him that people will only remember Poseidon because that was his latest film… So he netter get busy and make a new one. He shook his head, agreed with me and then I started laughing hysterically– cause it was a joke– and I thought it was crazy he would entertain that idea. Thankfully, he started laughing loudly too when he realized I was joking!

      BTW Jose… He has a gorgeous red head for a wife. Still smokin’ in her late 40’s– early 50’s. Feel like some German MILF action? 😉

      • IronMuskrat says:

        Das Boot was an excellent movie, but holy shit was it long! It was originally a TV mini series in Germany wasn’t it? Some day when I am retired and have nothing to do for a few days I might try to find the original mini and watch it.


        • Locusmortis says:

          Das Boot is one of my favourite films of all time, I first saw the TV miniseries (about 5 hours) in the mid 80’s and the directors cut in the Cinema around 97 or so which was a real treat.

          The movie was probably one of the most realistic war movies ever made, I guess telling it from the german side means that it could be more honest than typical war movies which need winners and happy endings and all that crap.

  22. Matthew Guy (mguy1977) says:

    1. Bedazzled — The one w/ Raquel Welch as Lust (1967 from the UK)

    2. The Omen — The original film directed by Richard Donner (1976 from the UK & US)

    3. The Medusa Touch — starring Richard Burton (1978 from the UK)

    4. Any James Bond film from Connery to Brosan (1962-2002 UK EON Productions/UA/MGM & non canon film Never Say Never Again 1983 (Warner Brothers) it has Connery in it Damnit!)

    5. An American Werewolf in London directed by John Landis (1981 from the UK & US)


    • kurumais says:

      bedazzled was very funny poor dudley moore in that one

      • Locusmortis says:

        ah come on now, if your talking british films as well then Carry on Doctor has to be on there.

        I’m alright Jack with Peter Sellers and Terry Thomas is a great black comedy.

  23. kurumais says:

    getting down to five was tough i picked none english speaking countries

    old boy korea
    brotherhood of the wolf france
    the happiness of the katakuris japan
    shall we dance? japan
    salaam bombay india

  24. SmokeyClocks says:

    8 1/2
    Let the Right One In
    The Orphanage
    Seven Samari
    5 deadly venoms (Awfully great or greatly awful but one of the funniest movies i have ever seen none the less)

    • kurumais says:

      i own 5 deadly venoms as well as few other shaw brothers
      must see comic culture viewing if ask me

    • SteveMcQ says:

      I am a huge nerd for Shaw Brothers. My dvd collection is largely made up of Shaws. Close to 100 films and growing. Five Deadly Venoms is the one that started it and it’s still one of my favorites.

      Others I recommend:
      1. Crippled Avengers: same cast and director as FDV, over the top silliness with amazing action. Dragon Dynasty will be releasing this as ‘Return of the Five Deadly Venoms’. Ugh.
      2. Human Lanterns: Crazy horror/kung fu with a fantastic villain.
      3. Dirty Ho: Not what it sounds like.
      4. Fist of the White Lotus: Coolest bad guy in cinema history. No contest.
      5. Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan: Kind of what Dirty Ho sounds like. Great revenge flick.
      6. Masked Avenger: Crippled Avengers not silly enough for you? Well, here you go. Venoms crew again. The final fight scene may be the greatest piece of action choreography I’ve ever seen. These guys were amazing.

      There are so many more I could list, but I’ll leave it there.

  25. Bobcat says:

    Amor es Perros (Mexico)
    City of God (Brazil)
    Life is Beautiful (Italy)
    the Orphanage (Spain)
    idk about a #5

  26. kurumais says:

    ok lately when i goto asian cinema sites it seems they are dominated by the latest korean movies lots of them look very good. ive only seen 3 of the big ones
    the host
    old boy
    i want to see jsa, memories of murder, and thirst
    what other korean movies are worth watching?


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