John Woo's The Killer & My Top 5 Foreign Films (Worth Reading the Subtitles)

scene from 'The Killer'
scene from 'The Killer'

My Favorite Foreign Films

Foreign films aren't my favorite genre of movies. I would watch them occasionally if they are really interesting and full of action which by the way is my favorite film genre.

I can't remember all the foreign films, I've seen that I actually sat down and read the subtitles (oh man, why didn't they just dub the sound), but those that I do remember are among my favorite.

The Killer (1989) Trailer

5 Favorites

  1. The Killer (Hong Kong) - My favorite movie of all time is also a foreign film! This action flick starring Chow Yun Fat (also stars in Crouching Tiger...) was directed by John Woo before he made it to Hollywood with his raw and visually stunning action scenes. Its about a man who must do one last hit to redeem himself after he accidentally blinds a woman during a shootout in a club.
  2. Les Visiteurs (France) - This movie starred Jean Reno and it was really funny. Well the scened were and the subtitles made it funnier. If only they could have made it in english. Oh, they did actually - a remake also starring Jean Reno but that for some reason didn't connect with me as the original.
  3. The White Balloon (Iran) - All I could remember about this movie is that it starred a little girl who just wanted to buy a fish. I know I liked it cuz I watched it twice and all the way to the end.
  4. Il Postino (Italy) - The Postman is the english name and it starred Massimo Troisi - great actor, great film (and not because it won some Oscars) - it really was enjoyable
  5. Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (China) - Unbelievably artistic visuals, like people gliding through the air with no respect for gravity - but I liked it though. It was almost like a dream or was it supposed to be.

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon

Those are my top 5 foreign movies. Others I liked include ' Le Femme Nikita' (France) , another Roberto Begnini movie i cant remember the name of, a japanese movie from 1980 which I cant remember the name either - I think it was about a samurai, 'Hard Boiled' (Hong Kong) and 'Trois Coleurs: Bleu' (France).

Film Movement is the DVD of the month club for award-winning independent and foreign films.

Foreign Film Music

Even the music from foreign films are great.

Here's that beautiful theme from The Killer sung by Sally Yeh.

Theme From The Killer

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Jason Menayan 9 years ago from San Francisco

What great suggestions! I've seen 3-5 & the Trois Coleurs series (Red & White were excellent, too, although completely different in mood) and loved all of them. I'll have to watch Les Visiteurs, La Femme Nikita, The Killer and Hard Boiled. I love Hong Kong and French movies so they should be a treat.


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Isabella Snow 9 years ago

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon is one of my favorite movies! Beautiful! I am so in love with Chow Yun Fat! Hmm. He should be on my ravished list...


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exmachina 9 years ago

1) Cinema Paradiso

Wonderful wonderful film, still gives me a tear in my eye!

2) Le homme Du Train

Great french film about 2 peoples whose paths cross and change each others lives

3) City of God

Life in the Brazillian Favellas, hard and uncompromising It will leave you thinking, which every good film should do.

4) memories of murder A korean film about a big city detective who goes to a small town to help solve a murder...most definatly not a hollywood style film..Came across it by accident one evening..fascinating

5) three colours ..Red.. No need to say any more ..great european cinema

And a cheeky 6th.... trainspotting!!


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Kelly Comas 8 years ago

Nice hub and beautiful song. Movie looks really violent.


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Cris A 8 years ago from Manila, Philippines

I love Asian cinema and foreign films in general! I've been running a blog on foreign films and I did a piece on Il Postino! Really nice movie! I love Zhang Yimou and Almodovar. Nice hub :D


Anon 6 years ago

Foreign films are not a genre you moron


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kpfingaz 6 years ago from ~~~ Author

Well sorry, Mr. Anon. How are things up there in Burnaby?


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jmartin1344 5 years ago from Royal Oak, Michigan

Great list! I love all of those, especially The Killer. I will disagree with you on one thing though, the subtitles! I'd much rather read than have to hear those awful voice overs where the mouth moves one way and the voice goes another! haha...

The Killer is an awesome movie though. If you liked that check out "Hard Boiled" also with Chow Yun Fat!


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christinepurr 5 years ago

Great list! Although I'd much rather read subtitles than listen to verrrryyyyy bad voice-acting. Sometimes dubs can ruin a movie with the outrageous way they say things.. lol and can turn even the most serious of foreign flicks into a comedy. You should check out 'Amelie' it's a French film, but there's just a very surreal magical quality to it. It's just a fun watch! 'The Spanish Apartment' is another great one as well. : )

And Anon, when you walk into any movie store there is a section just for 'Foreign Films' so hmm, seems like a genre to me.


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Claudia Tello 5 years ago from Mexico

Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon is also one of my favorites. I have not seen the first three you mention.


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kpfingaz 4 years ago from ~~~ Author

Thanks for your feedback and the suggestions.

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