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There's a lot of Japanese films that I really like. Director Yoji Yamada (he has been making films since 1961 and is still churning them out at the remarkable age of 88) has a number of films that I love, samurai films Love and Honor, The Hidden Blade, the comedic trilogy What a Wonderful Family 1, 2 and 3 and the remake of Yasujiro Ozu's Tokyo Story called Tokyo Family.

While Akira Kurosawa is known for The Seven Samurai, the Yojimbo series, his Red Beard is not be missed.

Also excellent is the trilogy Always Sunset on Third Street which is a comedic drama of several residents living in Tokyo in the 1950's during the start of the economic boom. Finally the two movies Midnight Diner 1 and 2. Movies based on Japanese manga (comics) where eccentric characters meet in a diner that is open from midnight to seven a.m.. These were preceded by three seasons of TV episodes in Japan. A fourth season was released on Netflix and can be viewed to see what the show is about.

European films include the comedy The Valet, dramas Dear Frankie, Mostly Martha horror film Attack the Block, Let the Right One In and the six part thriller series The Girl in the Dragon Tattoo.
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Folks ... German films ? Much about ? Interested in what are good contemporary movies 🙂 seems to be a dearth in my collection 🙂

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I feel any additional comment on my part is probably superfluous but just for the young people out there I strongly recommend "La Dolce Vita" ( top ten all time imo), "Nights Of Cabiria" and "Amarcord".
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Folks ... German films ?

The Fan, 1982.

80's Psychological Thriller
Great genre flick, with initial slow-burn pacing and period-distinct dash of sleaze. Desiree Nosbusch, the young lead actress, really carries the mail in this one.






Barbara, 2012.

Cold War Era Thriller
Been a while since seen this one. Dr. Barbara has some conflicting motivations, which is compounded by the fact she's on the Stasi $#itlist. Just like in The Fan, I had to know what move the female lead was gonna make next - Nina Hoss is a boss. Seeing this one led me to another Christian Petzold movie...




Phoenix, 2014.

Mystery in Aftermath of WWII
Also been a while since seen this one, so am hard-pressed to regurgitate plot elements straight from memory, but that's probably not the best way to promote a great mystery movie. Just sayin' that identity or identities are in question (Phoenix?), and that Nina Hoss shows up again and continues to boss out - an actress and a movie star.






The Marriage of Maria Braun, 1978.

WWII, Theater of the Absurd
I tend to divide WWII movies between two lists: (One) those mostly devoted to combatants, and (Two) those mostly devoted to civilians with the war as a physical setting or contextual backdrop. Though I've seen it only once, and haven't seen them all, this is my pick for best German movie on List Two. Roger Ebert gave it one of his 'Great Movies' writeups. Must-see for any WWII completist.
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Thank you mister BM... I will be sure to explore.. they all look like great titles...

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Folks ... German films ? Much about ? Interested in what are good contemporary movies 🙂 seems to be a dearth in my collection 🙂

For German films, I like Mostly Martha, about an eccentric cook who is forced to take care of her young niece after her sister passes away in an accident.


Of course, Downfall... which recounts the last days of Adolph Hitler in his bunker at the end of WWII...



and the classic Wings of Desire by Wim Wenders, a fantasy movie about angels interacting with humans... One who decides to become human in order to understand their emotions...
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watched this today.

In terms of other great foreign films, Pedro Almadovar is my favorite director.

Edit- I should also mention ... recently I have found Kanopy to be a great resource for foreign films. I had some visitors who didn't speak English and found things to watch in French for every night that we wanted to watch something. Kanopy is a service my library uses for streaming. I think Acorn is a similar one used by other local libraries.
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For German films, I like Mostly Martha, about an eccentric cook who is forced to take care of her young niece after her sister passes away in an accident.


Of course, Downfall... which recounts the last days of Adolph Hitler in his bunker at the end of WWII...



and the classic Wings of Desire by Wim Wenders, a fantasy movie about angels interacting with humans... One who decides to become human in order to understand their emotions...
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watched this today.

In terms of other great foreign films, Pedro Almadovar is my favorite director.

Edit- I should also mention ... recently I have found Kanopy to be a great resource for foreign films. I had some visitors who didn't speak English and found things to watch in French for every night that we wanted to watch something. Kanopy is a service my library uses for streaming. I think Acorn is a similar one used by other local libraries.
thanks BH, sadly a very small range our ways through this service. we do have a local broadcaster with world movies though so we are a bit spoilt that ways... plan to be checking out plenty more over coming months

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More really excellent Japanese movies...
  • Namiya Zakkaten no Kiseki (The Miracles of the Namiya General Store) - three delinquents get caught in a time warp which affects their lives (English subs only available on Chinese Blu-Ray export on Amazon)
  • Nihon no ichiban nagai hi ketteiban (The Emperor in August) - Emperor of Japan is caught up with the army trying to overthrow his government(Blu-Ray available from Twilight Time)
  • Okuribito (Departures) - A concert cellist loses his job and joins a mortuary to everyone's disgust (available on DVD only)
  • Ototo (About Her Brother - Another Yoji Yamada film about a drunken uncle who causes a ruckus in his family's affairs (English subs only available on Chinese Blu-Ray export on Amazon)
  • Shiawase no Kiiroi Hankachi (The Yellow Handkerchief) - Another Yoji Yamada film about a ex-convict who is undecided about returning to his ex-wife and the oddball couple he meets along the way (Blu-Ray available from Twilight Time)
  • Shichinin no Samurai (Seven Samurai) - Probably the best samurai film of all time by Kurosawa(Blu-ray available from Criterion)
  • Umimachi Diary (Our Little Sister) - Three sisters find out that their late estranged father had another daughter who is abandoned by the father's second family (available on DVD only)
  • Yu o Wakasu Hodo no Atsui Ai (Her Love Boils Bathwater) - A terminally ill woman tries to reconnect her dysfunctional family before she dies (English subs only available on Chinese Blu-Ray export on Amazon)
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War and Peace (Mosfilm, 1966) A massive film I saw in a theater many years ago. It was presented in two parts, about seven hours total. Part One one week, and Part Two the next. A courageous undertaking by theater owners--about one-third full the two evenings I attended.

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Gloomy Sunday, aka The Piano Player - the soundtrack is equally haunting as the Germany/Hungarian movie set in WWII. I prefer Sarah Brightman's version over others.

Ahttps://www.imdb.com/title/tt0155722/?ref_=nv_sr_1?ref_=nv_sr_1

Being an immigrant, watching foreign films with subtitles is 2nd nature. I've a plethora of others, such as anime, Asians, South American as well as European films but too many to mention.

A few examples:
Anime - Sword of the Stranger
Korean - My Sassy Girl
Japan - The Departure
Hong Kong - Infernal Affair (trilogy)
India - Hotel Mumbai
Argentina - Nine Queens
German - The Tin Drum (Oskar's eyes still haunt me)
France - The Intouchables (don't both with The Upside)
Netherlands - The Black Book featuring Melisandre from GOT
Spain - The Skin I Live In
Poland - Knife in the Water

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