Top 10 Foreign Films To Help Improve Your Foreign Language Awareness

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6.  Amelia – France, French, 2009

Amelia is a  strange and whimsical affair, as the titular character stalks the streets of Paris to help the other lonely souls of Paris [and herself]. Sharp cinematography, a great performance  A certain menace lurks behind Amelie’s surface and that’s part of what makes it so compelling.  

 

7.  Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – China, Mandarin, 2000

Landing 4 oscars, Ang Lee’s martial arts epic is a tale of a stolen sword and a pair of lovers. This provides the background to some excellently choreographed fight scenes that really have to be seen to be believed, as the actors spiral through treetops with balletic grace.

 

8. Howls Moving Castle – Japan, Japanese, 2004

This animated film is a gem, an 18 year old hatter is cursed by a witch and turned into a 90 year old woman, before going on an adventure in the titles moving castle, This is an excellent fantasy children for people of all ages, and there’s an English dub for you to watch a few times before you brave the Japanese version as your confidence grows. Hauntingly brilliant.

 

9.  Let The Right One In – Sweden, Swedish, 2008

Another horror, this time the Swedish vampire offering “Let the right one in”. This film tells the story of a bullied 12 year old boy in Stockholm, who befriends a vampire next door. The implications here are the most horrifying part, as a romance begins to form between the pair.  This is a dark, thoughtful film.

 

10.  Akira – Japan, Japanese, 1988

Thought cartoons were just for kids? Think again- Akira is a sci fi thriller set in Tokyo after the war. This centres around Kanada, the leader of a bike gang in Neo-Tokyo after a devastating World War 3. Giving away any more really would be spoiling it, but it’s an incredible film.Dubbed in English, but confident Japanese speakers will get a lot more out of the native language cut.

 

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