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Some subtitled films you need to see (but probably haven’t)

Submitted by on July 1, 2008 – 4:18 pmOne Comment

If you are one of those people who tend to ignore all movies, then it is about time to get cultured in your life dammit.

Below is a list of subtitled films for those of you who are not really keen on the idea of watching a film and reading at the same time. All of them are highly recommended. If you have any other suggestions, be sure to comment and we’ll add them to the list.

  • Battle Royale. This is a smart (but about school kids given instruments of death and told that the last one standing gets to live! Set on an island in the not too distant future with some excellent dark comedic scenes. This is a great start to the wonder of foreign language movies for those of you who really need convincing. Oh, and watch it before the English remake comes out. They are bound to screw it up!
  • Next up is Audition. Okay, we are taking a wander into weirdville now, but rest assured, despite the oddness of it and the crazy lady (who takes stalking to a quite scary degree), it is a worthy film.
  • Amelie (starring ) is french language movie that you could watch with your mum and nan (provided their was better than a . An endearing tale of a reclusive woman and the good deeds she does for others.¬† A quite wonderful film which deserves a great deal more recognition by standard movie lovers.
  • Wasabi is one of ’s often overlooked films. Such a shame really. The unfortunate actor is “starred” in possibly the worst film of all time (the 2006) really comes into his own here. A french film primarily based in Japan, this is a comical film which is worth a watch and (dare I say it) a worthy addition to your DVD collection. Of course, you’d probably only add it to your collection so you can pretend to your friends that you are cultured!
  • Pan’s Labyrinth. This is one film that still amazes me. Do the subtitles really put people off of this film. ’s masterpiece is often overlooked by the movie loving public, but I’m telling you now: WATCH IT! If you loved Hellboy, you’ll be fascinated by the balanced story between fantasy and reality.
  • Kung Fu Hustle is a funny film. Better than that: It’s an hilarious film. What bothers me most is when people watch it with english audio. The dubbing does nothing for the film. It is certainly very odd, but as long as you’re in the mood, nothing will make you laugh louder. Hilarious (and now, most copies can be found in a bargain bin). The best news is yet to come though, with its sequel due out in 2010.
  • Hero starring Jet-Li is an intricate story. More specifically, it is three tales and you have to decide which is the truth. Quite brilliantly set with excellent use of colours throughout.

So there you have it. A small list to get you started on foreign language movies. If you haven’t seen them all, then perhaps I have given you some ideas to think about.

Remember to add to this list (using comments) and I will ensure it gets included into the master list. Have a list of your own? Disagree with my choices? Let me know and I’ll be eternally hurt!

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