Top 5 Foreign Films To See Before You Die
Which Foreign Film Should You Choose?
Foreign films can be incredible experiences but (like all films) not every one of them is created equally. To save you time, here are just five of the best in foreign films. All of them should be watched in their native language with accompanying subtitles for translation. Dubbed versions often do not come close to capturing the words said in the film and the necessary voices of the people. Please enjoy your squidoo experience into the world of foreign films!
Departures - A Mistaken Name Changes a Young Man's Destiny
Director: Yojiro Takita
Language: Japanese (English Subtitle option)
Awards: Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and Japan Academy Prize for Picture of the Year
After the sudden end of his orchestra, Daigo Kobayash realizes his cello dreams have ended and returns to his hometown. With a wife and no job, he answers an ad for a place called Departures. Instead of a travel agency, he begins to secretly work as a Nokanshi, a professional who readies the dead for burial and prepares them for entering the next life. The families of the departed bring new life to Daigo and open up a personal journey of change and forgiveness.
One of the best films I have ever seen. The movie gives an insight into the unusual side of Japanese culture. Daigo's loss of a dream as a cello player turns into his greatest gain. His experience becomes your own as you see him finding a place for himself. The music is beautiful all throughout the whole film and the acting is wonderful. Humor and drama are merged together making a masterpiece of a film. Once you see it, you will want to watch it all over again.
Soundtrack from Departures
The soundtrack to the foreign film Departures
Departures Theatrical Trailer
Language: French (English Subtitles)
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Awards: Best film at European Film Awards; Nominated for 5 Academy Awards; 4 Cesar Awards; 2 Best Original Screenplay Awards
AmÃ©lie is a movie about a very unique girl whose life is suddenly changed by discovering a box of childhood treasures in her apartment wall. She makes a decision to find the owner and become a regular do-good. While she is doing good to others, who will be there for her? A split-second encounter with a young man who leaves behind a unique photo album may change everything. Intrigued by the book, she looks to return it to him and finds herself falling in love. Unknown to AmÃ©lie, he to is beginning to feel the same for her.
AmÃ©lie is one of those rare movies which can never be watched enough. The tale is unusual compared to the usual cut-and-dry romantic love stories. AmÃ©lie is such an unusual person in the subtle ways she tries to help those around her. The beautiful language and the brilliant colors of the film make watching it a completely enjoyable experience. Most of my friends own this film because it is so moving and fun. I cannot even find the words to describe the wonders of AmÃ©lie. You need to see it to experience it.
Amelie: The Soundtrack
Soundtrack to the foreign film Amelie
Maundy Thursday - The First Film Beautiful Enough to Bring Me to Tears
Film: Maundy Thursday
Director: Song Hae-seong
Language: Korean (English subtitles)
Awards: 7th most popular film in Korea for 2006
Maundy Thursday (known also as Our Happy Time) Theatrical Trailer
RUN LOLA RUN - A Heart-Racing Crime Thriller
Film: RUN LOLA RUN
Language: German (has english subtitles)
Writer & Director: Tom Tykwer Cast
Awards: Nominated for 41 awards (won 26)
RUN LOLA RUN is a German crime thriller race against the clock. A young woman, named Lola, receives an urgent call from her boyfriend. He has lost a very large amount of money and is in serious trouble if he does not recover it in the next 20 minutes. Lola must rush against the clock to find him a solution. The movie plays out in three different scenario where a single second may mean the different between life and death.
I grew up watching this movie. The film is very fast-paced and puts you on the edge of your seat. Every part of the story depends on the timing, a few seconds to early or to late means Lola might find her boyfriend in serious trouble. You are kept guessing as to how the story will play out each time. I highly recommend seeing this movie if you love any type of suspense or thriller type films. Even if you are not a huge fan of them (like I typically am), I still recommend seeing RUN LOLA RUN. The movie is a must-see film for a reason.
RUN LOLA RUN Soundtrack
Soundtrack to the foreign film, RUN LOLA RUN
RUN LOLA RUN Theatrical Trailer
Taiyou no Uta (A Song of the Sun)
Film: Taiyou no Uta (A Song of the Sun; Midnight Sun; Song to the Sun)
Director: Norihiro Koizumi
Language: Japanese (English Subtitles)
Kaoru Amane is a 16-year old girl suffering from xeroderma pigmentosum (XP), an allergy to the sun's UV rays. Famous singer and songwriter, Yui, plays Kaoru who only leaves the house at night to write and sing her songs. From her window she has watched the rising sun and a young man who waits at the bus stop near her home. They finally meet one night while she is out playing her guitar. He begins to fall for her even after discovering her worsening condition.
I didn't know what to expect the first time I saw this movie. The storyline is so different and yet I absolutely loved it. Yui has an amazing voice and her songs are the heart of the movie. This movie is filled with love, friendship, courage, passion, and so much else. The ending is a contrast of strong emotions that fits perfectly inside the story. A Song of the Sun is one of the best foreign films I will ever see.