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Little Bird of Happiness - Malihe is a deaf child who has seizures as a result of trauma in her childhood. This brings on aggression in her. Her school has lost all hope of her recovering but the new teacher helps her to overcome her problems. This drama from Iran is a bit sappy and crude by western standards but a decent film.  

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The Winner of the 1988 Berlin International Film Festival was this foreign language film …

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Red Sorghum (1988) Zhang Yimou, China

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The 1988 Chicago International Film Festival’s Best Picture Award went to this foreign language film …

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Little Vera (1988) Vasily Pichul, Russia

 

The 1989 Chicago International Film Festival’s Best Picture Award went to this foreign language film …

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Zerograd (1988) Karen Shakhnazarov, Russia

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This foreign language film won at the 1988 Venice Film Festival ….

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The Legend of the Holy Drinker (1988) Ermano Olmi, Italy

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The 1988 Locarno International Film Festival foreign film winners included …

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Butterflies (1988) Wolfgang Becker, Germany

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This film won the Grand Prize at the 1988 Montreal World Film Festival …

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La Lectrice (1988) Michel Deville, France

 

This film won the Jury Prize at the 1988 Montreal World Film Festival …

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Little Vera (1988) Vasily Pichul, Russia

 

This film won the Most Popular Film Prize at the 1988 Montreal World Film Festival …

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Salaam Bombay! (1988) Mira Nair, India

 

This film won the Best Canadian Film Award at the 1989 Montreal World Film Festival …

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Portion d’eternite (1988) Robert Favreau, Canada

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This film won the People’s Choice Award at the 1988 Toronto International Film Festival …

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Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (1988) Pedro Almodovar, Spain

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With Women on the Verge released the same year Pedro Almodovar's Baton Rouge didn't get much attention.  It isn't even listed on Almodovar's wikipedia page.  It's not an entirely successful noir that involves blackmail and murder.  But it does boast having Antonio Banderas and Carmen Maura in its cast.

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The Summer of Aviya (1988) Eli Cohen, Israel.  The state of Israel is in its infancy.  10 year old Aviya is growing up with a mother who has been severely shattered by WWII.  It's not bad.  Director Eli Cohen has a part in it as well.

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From Spring to Summer - Marsha Chuganova is straight from the academy and ready to fight the Japanese. She joins a Russian team that goes behind enemy lines in Manchuria to find out more about Unit 731- the place where the Japanese test biological weapons on prisoners. The rest of her team are killed and it's up to her and the local villagers to stop the Japanese from succeeding and creating a biological weapon that will kill many people. This was a well made war film with a lot of explosions and shooting. If you like the "troop of soldiers sneak behind enemy lines" WWII trope then you will like this one. Recommended. 

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The winner of the 1988 Nederlands Film Festival Best Picture Award …

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The Vanishing (1988) George Sluizer, the Netherlands

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Sweden’s Goteborg International Film Festival began in 1979 and became the largest film festival in Scandinavia.  In 1989 its new Dragon Award for Best Picture of the festival went to these 1988 films …

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David or Goliath (1988) Anne Wivel, Denmark

 

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Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky (1988) Michael Leszczlowski, Sweden

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The Best Picture winner of the 1988 Golden Horse Film Festival was …

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Painted Faces (1988) Alex Law, Hong Kong

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Ten Zan: the Ultimate Mission - Z grade Italian and North Korean action film that has Frank Zagarino and Romano Kristoff teaming up to take on a Lithuanian scientist with a dangerous drug that he plans on using to create a German "Ubermensch" and taking over the world. Yeah, this one has a very stupid plot. It also has a lot of explosions and shootings that just seem randomly inserted into areas at times and the film does not have a very coherent narrative structure. A North Korean actress under the pseudonym "Kim Follet" plays the love interest. Overall a very terrible film.

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My top FF films of 1989 of the 20 that I have seen are ….

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1.  Jesus of Montreal (1989) Denys Arcand, Canada

2.  Ganashatru (1989) Satyajit Ray, India

3.  A City of Sadness (1989) Hou Hsiao-hsien, Taiwan

4.  Life and Nothing But (1989) Bertrand Tavernier, France

5.  Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989) Hayao Miyazaki, Japan

6.  Zatoichi The Blind Swordsman (1989) Shintaro Katsu, Japan

7.  Too Beautiful For You (1989) Bertrand Blier, France

8.  S/Y Joy (1989) Goran du Rees, Sweden

9.  The Killer (1989) John Woo, Hong Kong

10.  Monsieur Hire (1989) Patrice Leconte, France

 

I Want to Go Home (1989) Alain Resnais, France

A Better Tomorrow Part III (1989) Hark Tsui, Hong Kong

Leningrad Cowboys Go America (1989) Aki Kaurismaki, Finland

 

and I’ve also seen …

Under the Glacier (1989) Gudhy Halldorsdottir, Iceland

The Icicle Thief (1989) Maurizio Nichetti, Italy

My Twentieth Century (1989) Ildiko Envedi, Hungary

The Sleazy Uncle (1991) Franco Brusati, Italy

Palombella Rosa (1989) Nanni Moretti, Italy

In the Belly of the Dragon (1989) Yves Simoneau, Canada

Secret Wedding (1989) Alejandro Agresti, Argentina

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1989

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  1. Tetsuo, the Iron Man, Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Japan
  2. The Killer, John Woo, Hong Kong
  3. Dekalog, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Poland 
  4. Zatoichi, Shintaro Katsu, Japan
  5. Godzilla vs Biollante, Kazuki Ohmori, Japan
  6. Kiki's Delivery Service, Hayao Miyazaki, Japan
  7. China, My Sorrow, Sijie Dai, China
  8. The Church, Michele Soavi, Italy

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I've also seen:

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  • Lady Terminator, H. Tjut Djalil, Indonesia
  • The Vampire Is Still Alive, Godfrey Ho, Hong Kong
  • Bloodfight, Shuji Goto, Hong Kong
  • Zombie 4: After Death, Claudio Fragasso, Italy

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1001 Movies You Must See

  • A City of Sadness, Hsiao-Hsien Hou, Hong Kong/Taiwan
  • Dekalog, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Poland
  • The Killer, John Woo, Hong Kong
  • Tetsuo, the Iron Man, Shin'ya Tsukamoto, Japan
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1. Defilada, Andrzej Fidyk, Poland

2. Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, Pedro Almodóvar, Spain

3. Leningrad Cowboys Go America, Aki Kaurismaki, Finland

4. Dekalog, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Poland

5. Godzilla vs Biollante, Kazuki Ohmori, Japan

6. The Puppeteer, Hany Lasheen, Egypt

7. Shocking Dark, Bruno Mattei, Italy

8. Traces of Life, Jo Kyong-sun, North Korea

9. Full Metal Ninja,  Godfrey Ho, Hong Kong

10. Zombie 4: After Death, Claudio Fragasso, Italy

11. Violent Sh1t, Andreas Schnaas, Germany

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3 hours ago, Gershwin fan said:

1989

6. Shocking Dark, Bruno Mattei, Italy

9. Zombie 4: After Death, Claudio Fragasso, Italy

I had a chance to buy Shocking Dark on DVD recently very cheaply, but didn't. It's worth seeing, though? If so, I'll seek it out.

And you liked Zombie 4: After Death?!? Or was it a "so bad it's good" thing? Of the silly sequels, I found 3 and 5 much more entertaining, although they all have some entertainment value. And yes, I have them all on DVD. :rolleyes:

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2 minutes ago, LawrenceA said:

I had a chance to buy Shocking Dark on DVD recently very cheaply, but didn't. It's worth seeing, though? If so, I'll seek it out.

And you liked Zombie 4: After Death?!? Or was it a "so bad it's good" thing? Of the silly sequels, I found 3 and 5 much more entertaining, although they all have some entertainment value. And yes, I have them all on DVD. :rolleyes:

I thought both of them were horrible but I haven't seen many from this year and they weren't as terrible (or rather so bad it's good because it really, truly is :lol: ) as Violent Sh1t. Shocking Dark is up on YouTube but dubbed and it is worth seeing for it's poor quality. :lol: 

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  1. Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, Pedro Almodóvar, Spain
  2. Noce Blanche, Jean-Claude Brisseau, France
  3. Boerenpsalm, Roland Verhavert, Belgium
  4. The Seventh Continent, Michael Haneke, Austria
  5. On a Moonlit Night, Lina Wertmüller, Italy
  6. Leningrad Cowboys Go America, Aki Kaurismaki, Finland
  7. Dekalog, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Poland
  8. Why Has Bodhi-Dharma Left for the East?, Yong-Kyun Bae, South Korea
  9. Too Beautiful for You, Bertrand Blier, France
  10. Evenings, Rudolf van den Berg, Netherlands

Only the first two are great, but I still managed to concoct a top 10. 

 

 

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My intention was to say that Michael Haneke's Der siebente Kontinent (The Seventh Continent) is the last West German film to get my vote, but it turns out to be Austrian. The title is ambiguous, because there actually are seven continents if you count North and South America separately. However it seems to refer to a fictional continent. The first hour is very boring. You see a family performing routine tasks like going to the supermarket, waiting in a queue and sitting on a sofa.

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At the end they commit suicide, which brings them to the "seventh continent", of which dreamy images are shown. 

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The 1989 Academy Award Best Foreign Language Film included these nominees …

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Jesus of Montreal (1989) Denys Arcand, Canada

 

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What Happened to Santiago (1989) Jacobo Morales, Puerto Rico

 

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Memories of a Marriage/Waltzing Regitze (1989) Kaspar Rostrup, Denmark

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The 1989 BAFTA Foreign Film Award included ….

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Life and Nothing But (1989) Bertrand Tavernier, France ****

 

The 1990 BAFTA Foreign Film Award included these nominees ….

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Jesus of Montreal (1989) Denys Arcand, Canada

 

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Romuald et Juliet (1989) Coline Serreau, France

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The 1990 Independent Spirit Best Foreign Film Award included these nominees …

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Black Rain (1989) Shohei Imamura, Japan

 

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A City of Sadness (1989) Hou Hsiao-hsien, Taiwan

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