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Old 05-12-09, 11:26 PM
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need recommendations for good foreign action/adventure..

...from the last 5 years.

I used to keep up with stuff, but have been somewhat out of the loop for a while.

Any ideas would be appreciated.

And please keep in mind it has to be R1 or R0, I don't have an all-region player. Thanks!
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Old 05-13-09, 06:08 PM
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Bump....come on, someone has to know!
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Old 05-14-09, 02:02 PM
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Black book - holland
Eklavya- india
Jodhaa akbar - india
Ip man - china
The rebel - vietnam

All are ntsc region free
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dobermann. sure it was made in 98, but from what i've read, its the ultimate mindless action movie. it has vincent cassell and monica bellucci
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Re: need recommendations for good foreign action/adventure..

are you sure there isn't a hack to make your player region free?
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Old 05-15-09, 09:14 PM
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Re: need recommendations for good foreign action/adventure..

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...from the last 5 years.

I used to keep up with stuff, but have been somewhat out of the loop for a while.

Any ideas would be appreciated.

And please keep in mind it has to be R1 or R0, I don't have an all-region player. Thanks!

I will definitely second Dobermann! Everyone knows thats my all time favorite foreign action movie. The ntsc region free anamorphic dvd is available at artpopdvd.com
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Old 05-20-09, 05:24 PM
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romanzo_Criminale

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taken_(film)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/9th_Company

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Bank_Job

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Old 06-17-09, 11:07 AM
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Finally ordered Dobermann and watched it this past weekend.

It was quite possibly the worst movie, foreign or otherwise, that I've ever watched.

I cannot fathom how anyone would enjoy it!
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Old 06-17-09, 11:13 AM
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Finally ordered Dobermann and watched it this past weekend.

It was quite possibly the worst movie, foreign or otherwise, that I've ever watched.

I cannot fathom how anyone would enjoy it!
haha...that's funny! What did you not like about it?
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Old 06-17-09, 11:36 AM
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Haphazard collection of mindless action sequences with over-thet-top violence and sex. Horrible acting (over acting all the way). Mindless plot. Horrible dialogue.

I didn't expect to see any acting worthy of an Oscar or anything, but man, that was just bad.

Anyone wanna buy a region 0 copy, watched only once?
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Old 06-19-09, 09:37 AM
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I don't know if this really counts as action/adventure, but "TELL NO ONE" is an excellent mystery/suspense story that's essentially a high-minded thrill-ride with great actors doing their thing in a tightly executed narrative. Not exactly obscure, but in case you missed it...

Also, I believe [REC] has finally been slated for a US DVD release soon. I haven't yet seen it, but have been greatly looking forward to it!
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haha...that's funny! What did you not like about it?
Actually, I'm somewhere in between you and Slateef (as I went out on a limb and bought the Amalgama release based on your review). Overstylized, frenetic, full of action with a few key moments (most notably - motorcycle death, "head to pavement" sequence and the tranny beat down in front of the family sequence which was over the top ruthlessness! Karyo was balls to the wall in this one!). But unlike one of Guy Ritchie's better films (Lock Stock and Snatch) the characters were a bunch of unlikable 'tards except for Cassell and a somewhat underutilized Bellucci, seriously. The lines kept coming at you but dialogue was of low denomination. Although I can see where Ritchie may have received some of his ideas from - easily. I think what I didn't connect with was the type of dark humor and Ritchie's films work for me on that level.

Another thing I did like about the film was that Cassell reminded me of some better nihilistic Japanese character actors (specifically Asano from Sharkskin Man and Peach Hip Girl) but even there, there was a problem. Asano's character had depth whereas Cassell was more one dimensional (maybe two).

All around it's a decent film but I don't believe it's a great film. But I can respect it for being one of the first in a line of the nihilistic high octane ensemble club with dark humor and plenty of action. If I had seen it back in the day before getting acclimated with Ritchie's works and/or some of my other Japanese favorites I'd probably appreciate it more.

Hit or miss I imagine.

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Re: need recommendations for good foreign action/adventure..

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...from the last 5 years.

I used to keep up with stuff, but have been somewhat out of the loop for a while.

Any ideas would be appreciated.

And please keep in mind it has to be R1 or R0, I don't have an all-region player. Thanks!
Slateef, what typically bakes your noodles? Even older Spaghetti westerns, classic Italian Poliziotteschi (hard core crime driven action thrillers), epic Sci-fi, war, "inspirational" (from a red China perspective) choreographed martial arts/fantasy related films, yakuza, Korean dark crime action pieces? etc ...

Anything for a reference point.
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Re: need recommendations for good foreign action/adventure..

The French film Nid de Guepes (The Nest) was a lot of fun. 7 year old movie, but definitely worth a look IMO.
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Old 06-20-09, 01:19 AM
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The French film Nid de Guepes (The Nest) was a lot of fun. 7 year old movie, but definitely worth a look IMO.
Thanks. Where can I find a region 0 or 1 DVD with French audio and English subs?
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Re: need recommendations for good foreign action/adventure..

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Slateef, what typically bakes your noodles? Even older Spaghetti westerns, classic Italian Poliziotteschi (hard core crime driven action thrillers), epic Sci-fi, war, "inspirational" (from a red China perspective) choreographed martial arts/fantasy related films, yakuza, Korean dark crime action pieces? etc ...

Anything for a reference point.
I like each and every one of those genres...as long as it is a good, thought-provoking movie. I dislike mindless movies with stylized action simply for the sake of action without having any redeeming qualities, that's why I disliked Dobermann.
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Old 06-20-09, 01:22 AM
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I don't know if this really counts as action/adventure, but "TELL NO ONE" is an excellent mystery/suspense story that's essentially a high-minded thrill-ride with great actors doing their thing in a tightly executed narrative. Not exactly obscure, but in case you missed it...

Also, I believe [REC] has finally been slated for a US DVD release soon. I haven't yet seen it, but have been greatly looking forward to it!
Thanks, just ordered it!
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Old 06-20-09, 03:39 PM
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I second the nest.
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Thanks. Where can I find a region 0 or 1 DVD of "The Nest" with French audio and English subs?
Anyone?
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U can find it anywhere - The Nest is on NTSC region 1
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U can find it anywhere - The Nest is on NTSC region 1
I looked on amazon and Ebay, the only version they both have is one with an English soundtrack (DD 5.1). Is there another version available that has the original French soundtrack? Since this is a French movie, I am assuming that the original dialogue was in French. So I am assuming that the English track would be dubbed. Am I correct in my assumptions? I hate dubbed movies. I enjoy watching in the original tongue, with subs.
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here's some recommendations, some you may have already seen, some already mentioned :


Exiled (2006) - Hong Kong
The Chaser (2008) - Sth Korea
The Proposition (2005) - Australia
Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (2005) - Sth Korea
Wolf Creek (2005) - Australia
Pan's Labyrinth (2006) - Spain
36 Quai Des Orfevres (2004) - France
El Aura (2005) - Argentina
A Bittersweet Life (2005) - Sth Korea
13 Tzameti (2005) - France
Black Book (2006) - Netherlands
The Host (2006) - Sth Korea
Mad Detective (2007) - Hong Kong
Mongol (2007) - Russia/Mongolia
Jodhaa Akbar (2008) - India
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Old 06-21-09, 08:31 AM
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Slateef,
Dont ever trust amazon or ebay for having the correct information of a dvd. The ntsc region 1 lions gate dvd of the nest has french dd 5.1 audio with english subtitles. It also has an english dd 5.1 dub.

For good dvd sites to find correct dvd info/reviews, check out:
www.dvd-compare.net
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Old 06-21-09, 06:59 PM
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I second IP MAN - excellent!

Also enjoyed:
ALATRISTE (Spain)
ANYTHING FOR HER (France)
NI POUR NI CONTRE (BIEN AU CONTRAIRE) (France)
THE SERPENT (France)
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Old 06-26-09, 03:36 PM
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Plan on watching Tell No One tonight
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