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8 hours ago, Gershwin fan said:

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Vahsi Kan - Terrible Turkish "remake" (and I use that term loosely) of the First Blood films. In this film, the main character goes against mobsters who kidnap his family. The mobsters did so on the order of a former war buddy who holds a grudge against him. This doesn't really have a coherent plot or good acting or good effects. A funny oddity though. :lol: 

I notice the navel.  I'm mildly curious.  Asian films, from Turkey to Japan, are often sexually conservative.  At the time Turkey was ruled by a right wing dictatorship which, despite the "secular" stance, was still related to conservative Muslims.  Of course posters can be more salacious than the actual movie.

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Just now, skimpole said:

I notice the navel.  I'm mildly curious.  Asian films, from Turkey to Japan, are often sexually conservative.  At the time Turkey was ruled by a right wing dictatorship which, despite the "secular" stance, was still related to conservative Muslims.  Of course posters can be more salacious than the actual movie.

I've seen a few movies from this region and some of them had full on nudity in them. If you go back to my review of the Batman rip off, the movie has a strip club scene with nudity in it.

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My top FF films of 1984 of the 13 that I have seen are ….

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1.  The Home and the World (1984) Satyajit Ray, India

2.  The Funeral (1984) Juzo Itami, Japan

3.  Ake and His World (1984) Allan Edwall, Sweden

4.  Le Crime d’Ovide Plouffe (1984) Denys Arcand, Canada

5.  A Sunday In the Country (1984) Bertrand Tavernier, France

6.  L’Amour a Mort (1984) Alain Resnais, France

7.  Swann In Love (1984) Volker Schlondorff, France

8.  Yellow Earth (1984) Chen Kaige, China 

9.  The Man From Majorca (1984) Bo Widerberg, Sweden

10.  Mario (1984) Jean Beaudin, Canada

 

After the Rehearsal (1984) Ingmar Bergman, Sweden

What Have I Done To Deserve This? (1985) Pedro Almodovar, Spain

and I’ve also seen …

The Dog That Stopped the War (1984) Andre Melancon, Canada.  [dubbed]
 
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1984 - I've seen very few from this year, for whatever reason. Hopefully everyone else will have more interesting titles to share.

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1) Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Hayao Miyazaki, Japan

 

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2) Taoism Drunkard, Yuen Cheung-Yan, Hong Kong

 

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3) The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter, Liu Chia-Liang, Hong Kong

 

I've also seen:

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  • Godzilla 1985, Koji Hashimoto, Japan
  • Rats: Night of Terror, Bruno Mattei & Claudio Fragasso, Italy
  • Rolf aka The Last Mercenary, Mario Siciliano, Italy
  • Death Raiders, Segundo Ramos, Philippines
  • Monster Dog, Claudio Fragasso, Spain
  • The Devil's Box, Chin Ming-Cheung, Hong Kong

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A very different list here...

  1. What Have I Done to Deserve This?, Pedro Almodóvar, Spain
  2. Heimat (mini-series), Edgar Reitz, West Germany
  3. Ciske de Rat, **** Pieters, Netherlands
  4. Full Moon in Paris, Éric Rohmer, France
  5. A Cruel Romance, Eldar Ryazanov, USSR
  6. Ronia, the Robber's Daughter, Tage Danielsson, Sweden
  7. Happy Easter, Georges Lautner, France
  8. Kaos, Paolo & Vittorio Taviani, Italy
  9. Zware Jongens, Robbe De Hert, Belgium
  10. The Element of Crime, Lars von Trier, Denmark

 

 

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My top FF films of 1984

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1. The Home and the World, Satyajit Ray, India

2. The Funeral, Juzo Itami, Japan

3. Twenty Years Later, Eduardo Coutinho, Brazil

4. Heimat, Edgar Reitz, West Germany

5. The Emissary Who Did Not Return, Sang-ok Shin, North Korea/ Czechoslovakia

6. Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind, Hayao Miyazaki, Japan

7. Godzilla 1985, Koji Hashimoto, Japan

8. Caligula's Slaves, Lorenzo Onorati, Italy

9. A Cruel Romance, Eldar Ryazanov, USSR

10. **** Tango, Masashi Yamamoto, Japan

Runaway, Sang-ok Shin, North Korea

 

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From the foreign editions-

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Twenty Years Later, Eduardo Coutinho, Brazilian edition

Memórias do Cárcere, Nelson Pereira dos Santos, Brazilian edition

The Element of Crime, Lars von Trier, Danish edition

Karkalou, Stavros Tornes, Greek edition

The Price of Love, Tonia Marketaki, Greek edition

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7 hours ago, LawrenceA said:

1984 - I've seen very few from this year, for whatever reason. Hopefully everyone else will have more interesting titles to share.

I too have seen very few from 1984. Does this count? It's partly in a foreign language:

 

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The 1984 Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film included …

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Dangerous Moves (1984) Richard Dembo, Switzerland ****

 

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Beyond the Walls (1984) Uri Barbash, Israel

 

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Camila (1984) Maria Luisa Bemberg, Argentina

 

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Double Feature (184) Jose Luis Garci, Spain

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The 1984 BAFTA Foreign Film Award included these nominees …

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A Sunday In the Country (1984) Bertrand Tavernier, France

 

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Swann In Love (1984) Volker Schlondorff, France

 

The 1985 BAFTA Foreign Film Award included this nominee ….

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Carmen (1984) Francesco Rosi, Italy

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Russia’s Nika Awards began in 1988 for films made in 1987.  However the winner of the Best Picture Award apparently had a limited 1984 release …

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Repentance (1984) Tengiz Abuldaze, Russia

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The 1984 New York Film Critics Foreign Film Award included …

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A Sunday In the Country (1984) Bertrand Tavernier, France ****

 

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After the Rehearsal (1984) Ingmar Bergman, Sweden

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theyshootpictures.com top 1000 movies

Yellow Earth  Chen Kaige, China #441

Twenty Years Later  Eduardo Coutinho, Brazil #601

Heimat  Edgar Reitz, West Germany #994

Jonathan Rosenbaum top 1000 movies

Almanac of the Fall  Bela Tarr, Hungary
The Day the Sun Turned Cold  Yim Ho, China (Hong Kong)*
The Funeral  Juzo Itami, Japan

*This actually appears to be a 1994 film.

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The Emissary Who Did Not Return - This is my second favorite Shin Shang Ok film alongside Pulgasari. The film is set in the Netherlands (though filmed in Czechoslovakia at the same studio as Amadeus, not that the North Korean audience could tell the difference) where a DPRK diplomat puts roses on the grave of a fallen diplomat. An acquaintance of the man shows up and tells him about how she knew the original diplomat and how he selflessly gave a speech about how Korea deserved freedom from the Japanese at the 1907 Hague convention only to be ignored by the international community and then commit suicide for his fatherland. This is based on a real story though the suicide at the end is an embellishment for dramatic effect. The film was a co-production between Korea and Czechoslovakia. Likewise all the Korean actors spoke Korean and the Czechs spoke their language and it was all dubbed into Korean in post-production. Dubbed versions of this film were also released in East Europe and also Japan. It was also shown at the London Film Festival. This is a pretty interesting film worth a viewing. 

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Taoism Drunkard (also released on disc as Drunken Wu Tang) is a completely bonkers martial arts fantasy comedy from director and star Yuen Cheung-Yan. He plays the Drunken Taoist, a buck-toothed alcoholic kung fu master who is forced to face off against the terrifying Master Ruthless (Yuen Shun-Yee). This highly unpredictable film features outrageous "wire-fu" martial arts scenes with characters flying through the air and climbing walls, bizarre creatures like the Watermelon Monster, and Yuen Cheung-Yan in another role as Grandmother, an elderly, pipe-smoking lady who is perhaps the deadliest of all. The tone of this movie is all over the place, from moronic silliness to grisly violence to serious drama and then back to the goofiness again. This is among my favorite martial arts films, but it's not high art, and many will shrink from the craziness of it all.

The Drunken Taoist instructs a pupil:

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Master Ruthless displays his Balls of Fury:

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The Watermelon Monster says hello:

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I'm not the biggest fan of Japanese anime, but I've seen quite a few of them anyway. Most fans of the genre will name Hayao Miyazaki as the greatest filmmaker in the genre, and the earliest of his films that I've seen is Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind. It's unlike many of his later films, which tend to be sentimental, but usually in a good way. This film is more like the traditional stuff one associates with anime of the time. It's a science fiction adventure with bizarre creatures, incredible technology, and unique characters. Much of it will probably seem old-hat nowadays to viewers used to the genre's tropes, but it was quite eye-opening in its day. It was released in the U.S. in a heavily edited version retitled Warriors of the Wind. I saw this version first, as it used to play frequently on HBO in the late 1980's. In fact, it may have been the first feature-length Japanese animation that I ever watched. I enjoyed it, but found it muddled and confused, too. When I later saw the uncut version, I was even more impressed, and it still holds a place in my heart as one my favorites of the genre.

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