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Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 1996

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The 1992 winner of the Mainichi Film Award was …

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Sumo Do, Sumo Don’t (1992) Masayuki Suo, Japan

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Stijn Coninx (not Stijm!) is probably the most important Belgian film director apart from the brothers Dardenne. He broke through with some popular comedies, but in 1992 he directed a serious historical drama: Daens. It's loosely based on the book Pieter Daens by Louis Paul Boon, although Jan Decleir plays Pieter's brother Adolf. It's the true story of a priest who became an activist for laborer's rights. This led to a conflict with the leaders of the conservative Catholic party, of which he was a member. True events are combined with fictional storylines.

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The 1992 Chicago International Film Festival’s Best Picture Award went to this foreign language film …

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The Dream of Light (1992) Victor Erice, Spain

 

The 1993 Chicago International Film Festival’s Best Picture Award went to this foreign language film …

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Twinkle (1993) Joji Matsuoka, Japan

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The winners of the 1992 Cannes Film Festival included this foreign language film …

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The Best Intentions (1992) Bille August, Sweden

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This foreign language film won at the 1992 Venice Film Festival ….

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The Story of Qiu Ju (1992) Zhang Yimou, China

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The 1992 Locarno International Film Festival foreign film winner was …

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Autumn Moon/Qiu Yue (1992) Clara Law, Hong Kong

 

The 1994 Locarno International Film Festival foreign film winner was …

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The Jar (1992) Ebrahaim Forouzeh, iran

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This foreign language film won the 1992 San Sebastian Film Festival …

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A Place In the World (1992) Adolfo Aristarain, Argentina

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This film won the Grand Prize at the 1992 Montreal World Film Festival …

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The Dark Side of the Heart (1992) Eliseo Subiela, Argentina

 

This film won the Jury Prize and the Most Popular Film Award at the 1992 Montreal World Film Festival …

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Sofie (1992) Liv Ullmann, Denmark

 

This film won the Best Canadian Film Award at the 1992 Montreal World Film Festival …

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Phantom Life (1992) Jacques Leduc, Canada

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This film won the Best Canadian Film Award at the 1992 Toronto International Film Festival …

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Requiem For a Handsome Bastard (1992) Robert Morin, Canada

 

This film won the Metro Media Award at the 1992 Toronto International Film Festival …

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Man Bites Dog (1992) Andre Bonzel, Benoit Poelvoorde, Belgium

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The winner of the 1992 Nederlands Film Festival Best Picture Award …

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Kyodai Makes the Big Time (1992) Aryan Kaganof, the Netherlands

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The winner of the 1993 Sweden’s Goteborg International Film Festival Best Picture Award was …

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Russian Pizza Blues (1992) Steen Rasmussen, Michael Wikke, Denmark

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The winner of the 1992 Karlovy Vary International Film Festival Best Picture Award was …

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Krapatchouk (1992) Enrique Gabriel, Spain

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The 1993 winner of the Asia Pacific Film Festival Best Picture Award was …

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Cageman (1992) Chi Leung ‘Jacob’ Cheung, Hong Kong

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The Best Picture winner of the 1992 Golden Horse Film Festival was …

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Silent Mountain/Hill of No Return (1992) Toon Wang, Taiwan

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The winner of the 1992 Tokyo International Film Festival Best Picture Award was …

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White Badge (1992) Ji-yeong Jeong, South Korea

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Zhang Yimou's The Story of Qiu Ju (1992) starring Gong Li is the type of small comedy which pokes fun at bureaucracy that showed up in Cuba twenty years before.  Li plays a pregnant peasant who's husband is kicked in the groin by the village leader and cannot go to work as a result.   Li goes up the beaurocratic chain seeking justice.  Recommended.

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Fernando Trueba's Belle Epoque (1992) is a pleasant enough comedy about a young man who deserts the military on the eve of the Spanish Civil War and ends up in an estate with four eligible sisters.  A young Penelope Cruz features.  

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My top FF films of 1993 of the 22 that I have seen are ….

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1.  Trois Couleurs: Bleu (1993) Krzysztof Kieslowski, France

2.  The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl (1993) Ray Muller, Germany

3.  The Wedding Banquet (1993) Ang Lee, Taiwan

4.  Stalingrad (1993) Joseph Vilsmaler, Germany

5.  Farewell, My Concubine (1993) Chen Kaige, China

6.  Smoking/No Smoking (1993) Alain Resnais, France

7.  Iron Monkey (1993) Yuen Wo Ping, Hong Kong

8.  Fiorile (1993) Paolo & Vittorio Taviani, Italy

9.  Germinal (1993) Claude Berri, France

10. Strawberry and Chocolate (1993) Thomas Guitierrez Alea, Cuba

 

The Scent of Green Papaya (1993) Tran Anh Hung, Viet Nam

The Puppet Master (1993) Hou Hsiao-hsien, Taiwan

Butterfly and Sword (1993) Michael Mak, Hong Kong

Lone Wolf and Cub: The Final Conflict (1993) Akira Inoue, Japan

Le Sexe des Etoiles (1993) Paule Baillargeon, Canada

Window to Paris (1993) Yuri Mamin, Russia

As an Eilean (From the Island) (1993) Mike Alexander, Scotland

The Bride With White Hair (1993) Ronny Yu, Hong Kong

 

and I’ve also seen …

Kika (1993) Pedro Almodovar, Spain

Caro Diario (1993) Nanni Moretti, Italy

Doublures (1993) Michael Murray, Canada

Cronos (1993) Guillermo Del Toro, Mexico

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1993

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  1. Cronos, Guillermo Del Toro, Mexico
  2. Sonatine, Takeshi Kitano, Japan
  3. Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II, Takao Okawara, Japan
  4. Maadadayo, Akira Kurosawa, Japan
  5. Iron Monkey, Woo-Ping Yuen, Hong Kong
  6. The Heroic Trio, Johnnie To, Hong Kong
  7. Ninja Scroll, Yoshiaki Kawajiri, Japan
  8. Heroes Among Heroes aka Fist of the Red Dragon, Chin-Chung Chan & Woo-Ping Yuen, Hong Kong
  9. The Most Terrible Time in My Life, Kaizo Hayashi, Japan

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1001 Movies You Must See

  • The Blue Kite, Zhuangzhuang Tian, China
  • Caro Diario, Nanni Moretti, Italy
  • Farewell My Concubine, Chen Kaige, China
  • The Puppetmaster, Hsiao-Hsien Hou, Taiwan
  • Three Colors: Blue, Krzysztof Kieslowski, France/Poland
  • The Wedding Banquet, Ang Lee, Taiwan
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A movie which won no awards and is rarely on any lists of recommended movies to watch is: Sny (1993). I like it very much because of the depictions of how different people cope with the concept of time travel in dreams. The overarching message of enormity of the fall from the elegance of the past to the crudity of the present is heavy-handed but it does fit the time of the movie when it was often necessary to actually hit people over the head in order to make them aware of important concepts.

This was Amaliya Mordvinova's first movie and so her style has not yet gelled but she is quite fun to watch in maintaining one character in two different roles in life. 

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1 hour ago, SansFin said:

A movie which won no awards and is rarely on any lists of recommended movies to watch is: Sny (1993). I like it very much because of the depictions of how different people cope with the concept of time travel in dreams. The overarching message of enormity of the fall from the elegance of the past to the crudity of the present is heavy-handed but it does fit the time of the movie when it was often necessary to actually hit people over the head in order to make them aware of important concepts.

This was Amaliya Mordvinova's first movie and so her style has not yet gelled but she is quite fun to watch in maintaining one character in two different roles in life. 

I have a copy of this but haven't seen it as yet.  Dreams is the English title.  Is this your favourite foreign language film of 1993?

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1. Trois Couleurs: Bleu (1993) Krzysztof Kieslowski, France

2. Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla II, Takao Okawara, Japan

3. Stalingrad (1993) Joseph Vilsmaler, Germany

4. The Extras, Nabil Maleh, Syria

 

From the foreign editions-

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Lefteris Dimakopoulos, Periklis Hoursoglou, Greek edition

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1993: A very colourful year...

  1. Kika, Pedro Almodóvar, Spain
  2. Three Colors: Blue, Krzysztof Kieslowski, France/Poland
  3. The Wedding Banquet, Ang Lee, Taiwan
  4. The Scent of Green Papaya, Tran Anh Hung, Vietnam
  5. Tango, Patrice Leconte, France
  6. The Red Squirrel, Julio Médem, Spain
  7. Stalingrad, Joseph Vilsmaier, Germany
  8. Farewell, My Concubine, Chen Kaige, China
  9. Ad Fundum, Erik Van Looy, Belgium
  10. Oeroeg, Hans Hylkema, Netherlands
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11 hours ago, Bogie56 said:

I have a copy of this but haven't seen it as yet.  Dreams is the English title.  Is this your favourite foreign language film of 1993?

It is difficult for me to parse which movies I like are from 1993 as we lost our database of movies in the transition to Windows10 and have not yet built a new one.

I suppose my favorite of the year is: Island of the Dead (1993) as it is a wonderful tribute to: Vera Kholodnaya who was the greatest actress of all time. 

I like very much also: Killing Zoe (1993) because it is one of the most honest movies which I have ever watched. It neither glorifies nor demonizes criminals or criminal acts. It shows that criminals are like all other people with personal baggage which they bring to their activities. The criminal activity merely increases the amount of adrenaline and therefore the intensity. 

I looked at a list of 1993 movies on IMDB.com and I recognized these titles as one which I have watched and liked:

Stolen Spring (1993)

The Vampire Wedding (1993)

Living with an Idiot (1993)

Window to Paris (1993)

The Heart of the Mother (1993)

Predskazaniye (1993)

Head Above Water (1993)

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1. Farewell my Concubine  Chen Kaige, China

2. Caro Diaro  Nanni Moretti, Italy

3. The Puppetmaster  Hou Hsiao-Hsien, China (Taiwan)

4. Sonatine  Takeshi Kitano, Japan

5. The Scent of Green Papaya  Tran Anh Hung, France/Vietnam

6. D'Est  Chantal Akerman, France

7. Latcho Drom  Tony Gatlif, France

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