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Your Favourite Foreign Language Films from 2019

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1964

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  1. Hamlet, Grigoriy Kozintsev, USSR - 8/10
  2. Charulata, Satyajit Ray, India - 8/10
  3. Three Outlaw Samurai, Hideo Gosha, Japan - 8/10
  4. Diary of a Chambermaid, Luis Bunuel, France
  5. Adventures of Zatoichi, Kimiyoshi Yasuda, Japan
  6. Seduced and Abandoned, Pietro Germi, Italy
  7. Intentions of Murder, Shohei Imamura, Japan
  8. Attack and Retreat, Giuseppe De Santis, Italy
  9. Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors, Sergei Parajanov, USSR
  10. Cruel Gun Story, Takumi Furukawa, Japan
  11. Assassination, Masahiro Shinoda, Japan
  12. The Soft Skin, Francois Truffaut, France
  13. Red Desert, Michelangelo Antonioni, Italy
  14. Hercules Against Rome, Piero Pierotti, Italy

I've also seen:

  • Death Ray of Dr. Mabuse, Hugo Fregonese & Victor De Santis, West Germany
  • Gertrud, Carl Theodor Dreyer, Denmark
  • Black Sun, Koreyoshi Kurahara, Japan
  • Hercules, Prisoner of Evil, Antonio Margheriti & Ruggero Deodato, Italy
  • All These Women, Ingmar Bergman, Sweden
  • Nadja in Paris, Eric Rohmer, France - (short)
  • Diamonds of the Night, Jan Nemec, Czechoslovakia
  • War of the Zombies, Giuseppe Veri, Italy

 

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Black Sabbath (1963) Mario Bava, Italy- 5/10-  three horror stories are narrated by Boris Karloff. A prostitute stalked by the ghost of a former lover, a ring haunted by its owner and my favorite story - the elderly vampire who seeks to get revenge on his family. This Bava film is a fun way to spend a couple hours. A fun fact too is that the band got their name from this film. 

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1965

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  1. Tokyo Olympiad, Kon Ichikawa, Japan - 9/10
  2. Simon of the Desert, Luis Bunuel, Mexico - (short) 8/10
  3. I Knew Her Well, Antonio Petrangeli, Italy - 8/10
  4. Zatoichi's Revenge, Akira Inoue, Japan
  5. Subarnarekha, Ritwik Ghatak, India
  6. Zatoichi and the Doomed Men, Kazuo Mori, Japan
  7. Yoyo, Pierre Etaix, France
  8. Pleasures of the Flesh, Nagisa Oshima, Japan
  9. Man Is Not a Bird, Dusan Makavejev, Yugoslavia
  10. Le Bonheur, Agnes Varda, France

I've also seen:

  • Ironfinger, Jun Fukuda, Japan
  • Pearls of the Deep, Vera Chytilova & Jaromil Jires & Jiri Menzel & Jan Nemec & Evald Schorm, Czechoslovakia
  • Marco the Magnificent, Denys de La Patelliere & Raoul Levy & Noel Howard, Italy/France
  • The Moment of Truth, Francesco Rosi, Italy
  • Hercules the Avenger, Maurizio Lucidi, Italy

 

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On 9/13/2019 at 3:51 AM, CoraSmith said:

I didn't keep a separate list for this, but here are some films I discovered recently:

High and Low (1962) by Akira Kurosawa is a thriller about a kidnapping, but at the same time it's a portrayal of different layers of Japanese society. The title has a double meaning: the house of businessman Gondo lies literally on a hill, but it also refers to higher and lower classes. During the search for the driver's kid we see laborers, a garbage man, junkies and young peopple at a rock 'n' roll party. The bald policeman looks like a Japanese Kojak.

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The Women on the 6th Floor (2011) by Philippe Le Guay is also about class, but this time the poorer people live higher. After a quarrel with his wife a Parisian businessman in the 1960s (Fabrice Luchini) finds out he feel better in a small room on the sixth floor among the Spanish working women. Something starts to blossom between him and the young Spanish maid Maria (Natalia Verbeke). 

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Cora, I don't know how you came up with this combination but these are two of my favorite actors.

Different times, different places, different styles, different languages, but absolutely intriguing.

I never got to see Toshiro Mifune in person, but I did attend a one-man Bravura performance of Fabrice Luchini once in Paris. His energy explodes on a stage so much that they cannot capture in a movie.

Cora, I often look at your selections, and before now, I should have told you how much I have enjoyed your contributions to this thread.

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1966

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  1. Nayak: The Hero, Satyajit Ray, India - 8/10
  2. Here Is Your Life, Jan Troell, Sweden - 8/10
  3. Le Deuxieme Souffle, Jean-Pierre Melville, France
  4. Wings, Larisa Shepitko, USSR
  5. Zatoichi's Pilgrimage, Kazuo Ikehiro, Japan
  6. The Man Who Had His Hair Cut Short, Andre Delvaux, Belgium
  7. The Big Gundown, Sergio Sollima, Italy
  8. Young Torless, Volker Schlondorff, West Germany
  9. Law of the Border, Lutfi Akad, Turkey
  10. Thirst for Love, Koreyoshi Kurahara, Japan
  11. An Angel for Satan, Camillo Mastrocinque, Italy
  12. Daimajin, Kimiyoshi Yasuda, Japan
  13. A Report on the Party and Guests, Jan Nemec, Czechoslovakia
  14. Black Girl, Ousmane Sembene, Senegal/France
  15. Who Are You, Polly Maggoo?, William Klein, France

I've also seen:

  • Violence at Noon, Nagisa Oshima, Japan
  • Django Shoots First, Alberto De Martino, Italy
  • For a Few Extra Dollars, Giorgio Ferroni, Italy
  • Emotion, Nobuhiko Obayashi, Japan (short)
  • The Taking of Power by Louis XIV, Roberto Rossellini, France

 

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1967

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  1. Dragon Inn, King Hu, Taiwan/Hong Kong - 8/10
  2. Zatoichi Challenged, Kenji Misumi, Japan - 8/10
  3. The Living Corpse, Khwaja Sarfraz, Pakistan
  4. Zatoichi's Cane Sword, Kimiyoshi Yasuda, Japan
  5. Requiescant aka Kill and Pray, Carlo Lizzani, Italy
  6. Zaotichi the Outlaw, Satsuo Yamamoto, Japan
  7. Mouchette, Robert Bresson, France
  8. A Colt Is My Passport, Takashi Nomura, Japan
  9. Gods Forgives...I Don't!, Giuseppe Colizzi, Italy
  10. The Two of Us, Claude Berri, France
  11. Django Kill...If You Live, Shoot!, Giulio Questi, Italy

I've also seen:

  • Marketa Lazarova, Frantisek Vlacil, Czechoslovakia
  • The Young Girls of Rochefort, Jacques Demy, France
  • La Collectionneuse, Eric Rohmer, France
  • 2 or 3 Things I Know About Her, Jean-Luc Godard, France

 

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Shock Troop 1917 (1934) Hans Zöberlein, Germany- 7/10- this film is about a shock troop of German soldiers who fight during WWI against French and Scottish soldiers at battles in Flanders (Champagne, Cambrai). It is based on Zöberlein's own memoir "Der Glaube an Deutschland". The film has shades of All Quiet on the Western Front and is quite good. The acting is a bit stale and theater like as is common of films of the time but the effects are great and used real explosives, machine guns, tanks, etc. that had actually been used during WWI only a few years earlier. The film is a constant barrage of the sound of real munitions exploding which helps create the dark WWI atmosphere. There is a similar scene to Paul's death from All Quiet in this film but the bonus is that it is a British soldier so the film really gets you to feel for the fallen soldiers on both sides. The film is recommended. 

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1968

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  1. The Great Silence, Sergio Corbucci, Italy - 9/10
  2. Kuroneko, Kaneto Shindo, Japan - 8/10
  3. Memories of Underdevelopment, Tomas Gutierrez Alea, Cuba
  4. Samaritan Zatoichi, Kenji Misumi, Japan
  5. Stolen Kisses, Francois Truffaut, France
  6. Teorema, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Italy
  7. Snake Woman's Curse, Nobuo Nakagawa, Japan
  8. Run, Man, Run, Sergio Sollima, Italy

I've also seen:

  • Frankenstein's Bloody Terror, Enrique Lopez Eguiluz, Spain
  • Death By Hanging, Nagisa Oshima, Japan
  • Gatling Gun, Paolo Bianchini, Italy
  • L'enfance Nue, Maurice Pialat, France
  • House of Evil, Juan Ibanez & Jack Hill, Mexico
  • The Snake People, Juan Ibanez & Jack Hill, Mexico

 

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1969

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  1. Goyokin, Hideo Gosha, Japan
  2. The Milky Way, Luis Bunuel, France/Italy
  3. The Color of Pomegranates, Sergei Parajanov, USSR
  4. Double Suicide, Masahiro Shinoda, Japan
  5. Cemetery Without Crosses, Robert Hossein, France/Italy
  6. Love Is Colder Than Death, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany

I've also seen: 

  • My Night at Maud's, Eric Rohmer, France
  • Cremator, Juraj Herz, Czechoslovakia
  • Dillinger Is Dead, Marco Ferreri, Italy
  • Katzelmacher, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany

 

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1970

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  1. Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion, Elio Petri, Italy - 8/10
  2. Zatoichi Goes to the Fire Festival, Kenji Misumi, Japan - 8/10
  3. The Garden of the Finzi-Continis, Vittorio De Sica, Italy
  4. Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo, Kihachi Okamoto, Japan
  5. Bed and Board, Francois Truffaut, France
  6. Ucho/The Ear, Karel Kachyna, Czechoslovakia
  7. The Vampire Doll, Michio Yamamoto, Japan
  8. Companeros, Sergio Corbucci, Italy

I've also seen:

  • The Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion, Luciano Ercoli, Italy
  • Donkey Skin, Jacques Demy, France
  • Claire's Knee, Eric Rohmer, France
  • Assignment Terror, Tulio Demicheli & Hugo Fregonese & Antonio Isasi-Isasmendi & Eberhard Meichsner, Spain
  • Baal, Volker Schlondorff, West Germany
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1971

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  1. Zatoichi Meets the One-Armed Swordsman, Kimiyoshi Yasuda, Japan
  2. Lake of Dracula, Michio Yamamoto, Japan
  3. Mon Oncle Antoine, Claude Jutra, Canada

I've also seen:

  • The Fifth Cord, Luigi Bazzoni, Italy
  • Short Night of Glass Dolls, Aldo Lado, Italy
  • WR: Mysteries of the Organism, Dusan Makavejev, Yugoslavia
  • Trafic, Jacques Tati, France
  • Bad Man's River, Eugenio Martin, Spain
  • Isle of the Snake People, Juan Ibanez & Jack Hill, Mexico
  • Alien Terror, Juan Ibanez & Jack Hill & Jose Luis Gonzalez de Leon, Mexico

 

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News From Home (1977) Chantal Akerman, Belgium/ USA - 1/10- Akerman films clips of NYC and reads over them the letters she received from her parents while she lived there. Christ, this was pure torture. I hope to never see another Akerman film again.

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1972

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  1. Don't Torture a Duckling, Lucio Fulci, Italy
  2. The Blood Spattered Bride, Vicente Aranda, Spain
  3. One-Armed Boxer, Jimmy Wang Yu, Taiwan/Hong Kong

I've also seen:

  • Zatoichi at Large, Kazuo Mori, Japan
  • Zatoichi in Desperation, Shintaro Katsu, Japan
  • The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany
  • Who Saw Her Die?, Aldo Lado, Italy
  • The Cannibal Man, Eloy de la Iglesia, Spain
  • Red Psalm, Miklos Jancso, Hungary

 

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1973

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  1. Turkish Delight, Paul Verhoeven, The Netherlands
  2. The Holy Mountain, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Mexico
  3. Zatoichi's Conspiracy, Kimiyoshi Yasuda, Japan
  4. Count Dracula's Great Love, Javier Aguirre, Spain
  5. Hunchback of the Morgue, Javier Aguirre, Spain

I've also seen:

  • The Loreley's Grasp, Amando de Ossorio, Spain
  • Beach of the War Gods, Jimmy Wang Yu, Hong Kong/Taiwan
  • Tattooed Dragon, Wei Lo, Hong Kong
  • A Man Called Tiger, Wei Lo, Hong Kong
  • A Virgin Among the Living Dead, Jess Franco & Pierre Queret & Jean Rollin, Belgium

 

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1974

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  1. Going Places, Bertrand Blier, France - 8/10
  2. Ali: Fear Eats the Soul, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany

I've also seen:

  • Evil of Dracula, Michio Yamamoto, Japan
  • Street Law, Enzo G. Castellari, Italy
  • Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll, Carlos Aured, Spain
  • Tendre Dracula, Pierre Grunstein, France
  • The Night of the Sorcerers, Amando de Ossorio, Spain
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1975

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  1. Manila in the Claws of Light, Lino Brocka, Philippines - 8/10
  2. The Mirror, Andrei Tarkovsky, USSR
  3. Cops vs Thugs, Kinji Fukasaku, Japan
  4. Deewaar, Yash Chopra, India
  5. The Four of the Apocalypse..., Lucio Fulci, Italy

I've also seen:

  • Satanico Pandemonium, Gilberto Martinez Solares, Mexico
  • Fox and His Friends, Rainer Werner Fassbinder, West Germany
  • The Werewolf and the Yeti, Miguel Iglesias, Spain
  • A Dragonfly for Each Corpse, Leon Klimovsky, Spain
  • Exorcismo, Juan Bosch, Spain
  • The Sword & the Claw, Natuk Baytan, Turkey

 

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1976

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  1. Master of the Flying Guillotine, Jimmy Wang Yu, Taiwan/Hong Kong
  2. Yakuza Graveyard, Kinji Fukasaku, Japan
  3. The Big Racket, Enzo G. Castellari, Italy
  4. Keoma, Enzo G. Castellari, Italy

 

1977

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  1. Soldier of Orange, Paul Verhoeven, The Netherlands - 8/10
  2. Stroszek, Werner Herzog, West Germany
  3. Ceddo, Ousmane Sembene, Senegal
  4. The Heroin Busters, Enzo G. Castellari, Italy

 

1978

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  1. The Bloodstained Shadow, Antonio Bido, Italy
  2. The Pyjama Girl Case, Flavio Mogherini, Italy
  3. Brawl Busters, Jeong-yong Kim, South Korea

 

1979

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  1. Vengeance Is Mine, Shohei Imamura, Japan
  2. Fascination, Jean Rollin, France

 

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1980

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  1. Spetters, Paul Verhoeven, The Netherlands

I've also seen:

  • Challenge of the Tiger, Bruce Le & Luigi Batzella & Richard Harrison, Hong Kong/Italy
  • Human Beasts, Paul Naschy, Spain/Japan
  • White Cannibal Queen, Jess Franco & Francesco Prosperi, Italy/Spain

 

1981

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  1. Circle of Deceit, Volker Schlondorff, West Germany

I've also seen:

  • Night of the Werewolf, Paul Naschy, Spain
  • Diva, Jean-Jacques Beineix, France

These last three fall into a nebulous classification, as they are cheap and poorly made, yet extremely entertaining and bizarre, so I would still recommend them to fans of outrageous cinema.

  • For Your Height Only, Eddie Nicart, Philippines
  • Mystics in Bali, H. Tjut Djalil, Indonesia
  • The Warrior, Sisworo Gautama Putra, Indonesia

 

1982

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  • Shaolin Temple, Hsin-Yen Chang, China/Hong Kong

 

1983

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  1. Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence, Nagisa Oshima, Japan/UK/New Zealand - Over half of this was in Japanese, the remainder in English.

 

1984

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  1. The Devil's Sword, Ratno Timoer, Indonesia

 

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Im Labyrinth des Schweigens 2014  Le Labyrinthe du Silence German film with French subtitles showed at 2 American festivals as Labyrinth of Lies, not released in the USA, limited release in Canada.Very good film story happens between 1958 and 1963,there in no timeline per se.Prosecutor starts a case on Nazis by fluke,discover nobody in Germany is aware of Auschwitz,was not really aware himself...very good story based on real people and facts.8/10

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1986

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  1. Matador, Pedro Almodovar, Spain

 

1995

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  • The Flower of My Secret, Pedro Almodovar, Spain

 

This brings me up to date with the foreign-language films that I've seen. If you're interested in my thoughts on these films , write-ups for most of them can be found in the "I Just Watched" thread in General Discussions. I wouldn't really recommend searching them out though, as I had little of note to say, nor did I express it in an interesting or compelling manner. Empty blather for the most part, but if you're still reading this, you've probably already come to that conclusion yourself. Anyway, they're there.  ;):lol:

If I see more foreign-language movies during this break in the thread, I'll add them.

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The Bloody Battle of Taierzhuang (1986), Guangyuan Yang, China (mainland) - 6/10- this movie is about the Nationalist efforts in the Battle of Taierzhuang in the 1930s. It is notable because this is the first film from the mainland to show the Nationalists and Kai-Shek in a somewhat positive light, although they are depicted as disorganized and clueless. In one scene, a Nationalist general is even put to the firing squad for letting Shandong province fall to the Japanese. The acting is a bit stiff as are most mainland Chinese films of the 1980s but the film is a decent retelling of the Chinese struggle against the Japanese in this era. This is also one of the first mainland films to be screened in Taiwan.

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Grave of the Fireflies (1988), Isao Takahata, Japan - 7/10

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Animated film that follows a boy and his younger sister who are left orphaned during the waning days of WWII. They struggle to survive among the increasing scarcity of resources and a seemingly uncaring and cruel world, while the boy also tries to keep his sister's spirits high and childish joy intact. This is a very highly regarded film in many circles, and while I thought it was reasonably well done, I also felt it wallowed a bit in sentimentality and was very manipulative in the final act. It comes in a close second behind The Plague Dogs as the most depressing animated film that I've ever seen.

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Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, Pedro Almodovar, Spain  (1989)*  -  7/10

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Ricky (Antonio Banderas) is released from a mental asylum where he's spent the last 7 years. He's been declared healthy by a judge, but Ricky immediately sets out to kidnap movie star Marina (Victoria Abril), with whom he's in love, in order to force her to love him. Also featuring Loles Leon, Maria Barranco, Rossy De Palma, and Francisco Rabal. 

Almodovar's controversial film, which contributed to the MPAA establishing the NC-17 rating, has been decried as misogynistic by some. I rather regarded it as the director's send-up of rom-com conventions, where the male half of the couple often acts in ways that would be considered unbalanced and creepy if done in real life. It can also be taken as Almodovar's exaggerated take on heterosexual romances and marriages, where the woman is "kept" and eventually falls for her captor, despite the craziness of that notion. The leads are very good, as is Leon as Abril's sister, and Rabal as an ailing director raging at the dying of the light. 

* Most sources cite this as a 1990 release, as does the sleeve on the Criterion DVD cover. However, IMDb lists it as a 1989 release, citing the premiere as taking place in December of '89.

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1 hour ago, LawrenceA said:

* Most sources cite this as a 1990 release, as does the sleeve on the Criterion DVD cover. However, IMDb lists it as a 1989 release, citing the premiere as taking place in December of '89.

Almodóvar screened the movie in Madrid on December 1989 before its official release in 1990.

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