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I’m a huge movie buff. Granted it is only in the genres I like to watch, but still I love my movies. And that extends over to foreign films. They are completely different to what we are used to seeing from hollywood or other western movie makers. Yes I am generalising a bit here 🙂 So, I want to share with you some of my favorite flicks. I’m excluding manga cartoons because they fall into a category all of their own:) That’s for another post.
Death Note is a series of two live-action Japanese films released in 2006 and based on the Death Note manga and anime series. It is about a young man and college student whose life undergoes a drastic change when he discovers a mysterious notebook, known as the “Death Note”, lying on the ground. The Death Note’s instructions claim that if a person’s name is written within it while picturing that person’s face, that person shall die. I love the story line and how connected I became to the characters.
Ben X is a 2007 Belgian drama film based on the novel Nothing Was All He Said by Nic Balthazar. The film is about a boy with autism who retreats into the fantasy world of gaming to escape bullying. He turns to a virtual world by playing an online game, ArchLord. In the game, he is a confident and brave hero. Moreover, he collaborates his adventures with another online user known in-game as Scarlite. Fed up with the tormenting he comes up with a plan to get back at the bullies. The ending is totally unpredictable. I cannot recommend this movie enough, it is fantastic, and very moving.
Volcano High School is a 2001 South Korean martial arts action comedy film. It revolves around a troublemaking high school student named Kim Kyung-soo who finds himself transferred to the last school that will take him, the prestigious Volcano High, an institution whose students display an incredible talent in martial arts, with a few demonstrating even more mysterious psychic powers; most notably Song Hak-rim. Kyung-Soo is drawn into fights between different clubs, a Manual that is told to hold great power, and a group of teachers that will do whatever possible to keep the students in line. The action scenes in this movie rocks, and that alone makes is a favorite of mine.
Orphaned as a little girl, Azumi is raised in the forest with a group of ten children by their master, who trains them to be peerless assassins. Azumi and Nachi are the strongest of the fighters. When the group comes of age, the master gives them one final test. He tells them to team up with the person to whom they feel closest. Then he tells them to kill that person, explaining that an assassin never gets to choose whom to kill. The teens reluctantly fight to the death. Then the survivors are brought out of the woods to begin their work, assassinating the corrupt warlords who are preventing peace in the land. The assassins, particularly Azumi, perform their missions with flair, but complications arise. This one is not for those who don’t like blood and gore, but the storyline is great.
Amelie is an old movie, but I still find myself captivated by it. A French romantic comedy about a shy waitress who decides to change the lives of those around her for the better, while struggling with her own isolation. Her quirky antics and funny things she does to her neighbour and those around her are hilarious, and then there is the mysterious boy whose torn photos she finds under a photo booth in the train station. She is determined to find out who he is, and why there are so many torn photos of him there.
I stumbled across this movie on the foreign movie channel and was captivated right away. Aragami is a supernatural film about a warrior demon, Aragami, who wishes to end his own seemingly invincible existence with a battle against a worthy opponent. Enter two fatally wounded samurai warriors, one of whom is given quasi immortality so that he can fight against the feared Aragami.
Do you enjoy foreign films? If so, which ones are your favorite?
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