Foreign language movies rarely become hits in the US. The story of Parasyte was definitely a joy to watch for any fan of Korean cinema. However, aside from rare gems like The Artist or 1917, foreign films go completely unnoticed. Well, there are great movies that you can watch either with subtitles or dubbed. These are outstanding works of art created by people from all corners of the world. If you want to be a little bit more educated on the topic of filmmaking, watching some of these masterpieces is a requirement!
Created by a team of passionate filmmakers from Portugal, the surreal motion picture tells a story of Saint Anthony of Padua. While the plot revolves around a Holy person, you don’t really have to be a follower of any religion to enjoy the message and captivating performances of actors. Fernando is a fan of watching birds. He goes kayaking and gets lost. When he wakes up, he finds himself accompanied by Christian pilgrims. They together start on a journey that you will see through the lens of the camera that managed to capture memorable scenery and incredible landscapes.
Japan is known for its love for horror films. While their main media export is anime, it is hard to find a good horror manga or anime. It could be the reason why so many prominent Japanese filmmakers are famous for their creepy and weird horror stories. Dorm is a story of a boy who arrives at a private school where paranormal activities are not spooky stories but something real and dangerous.
The film from Switzerland is focused on a crew of a spaceship that travels to a distant planet Rhea. On the way to their destination, the crew is awakened from cryo-sleep by a sudden incident that turns their whole lives upside down. The mysteries of the universe and strange fates of species living in it are things that will be discussed in the film that doesn’t really have a conventional ending.
Tigers Are Not Afraid
Mexican filmmakers are quite good at meshing together genres and concepts. This story where magic and reality coexist in a very weird environment has compelling characters. In the cruel drug war, even the kids are often involved in bloody massacres. The main heroine finds herself in a situation where she has to fight for survival while surreal violence is unfolding everywhere with teenagers bringing vengeance to those who harmed their loved ones.
Do you like feeling the pressure of walls? Do you like a good psychological thriller set in confinement? Well, you will love this movie from Spain. The story revolves around a guy who becomes a prison guard in the worst possible moment as the prison starts a riot and forces other guards to flee while our protagonist is stuck in cell 211.
A weird, fantastical, and absolutely unreal film from Japan. The story is about a single song that changed the world and literally saved the planet from a catastrophe. Can a punk-rock song make the whole world different and have magical properties? Turns out, yes! It is not a musical or a straight-up comedy but a mixture of really weird concepts.
Korean films always manage to impress and surprise western audiences with otherworldly concepts and interesting creative choices. This story is all about a middle-aged guy who by an accident received telekinetic powers. He wants to do good things but the world is never an easy place for those who strive to be heroes. Don’t worry, it is a superhero story. It is a film about family, struggles of regular people, and supernatural.
This Swiss film will most certainly impress people who love coming of age stories. The hero of the story is a little child who is considered a piano prodigy. However, his true passion is flight and he wants to be a pilot. A story about finding yourself, struggling to balance between expectations put on your shoulders and reality.