Foreign Language Films

Collecting all my reviews on Foreign language films in one handy place.


Xavier Legrand’s debut feature-length, French language film Custody, which he has also written, is a continuation of his own 2013 short film, Just Before Losing Everything. The short film details the efforts of Miriam (Léa Drucker) to get herself and her children away from the husband and father and it is […]

Custody



A Prayer Before Dawn, directed by Jean-Stéphane Sauvaire (Johnny Mad Dog) and adapted from Billy Moore’s book of the same name, details the story of Billy as he lives a life of excess in Thailand but subsequently gets incarcerated in a Thai prison for his drug dealing. From the start you […]

A Prayer Before Dawn



Taking part in Thoughts All Sorts “Non English” Language Blogathon I decided to continue my Korean cinema viewing and watch Jang Hoon’s A Taxi Driver. A Taxi Driver is a 1980’s set Korean drama telling the story of the Gwangju Democratization Movement through the eyes of a taxi driver who unwittingly  got involved. […]

A Taxi Driver



When two young boys go missing exploring the famously spooky Gonjiam Asylum whilst trying to open the never-been-opened Room 402 (and have recorded it and uploaded it to YouTube) it inspires the host of Horror Times, a ghost and paranormal hunting/investigation program, to look into this place and its history. […]

Gonjiam: Haunted Asylum



With Summer just around the corner and the effects of the early morning sun streaming through the curtains affecting my sleep, how would you fare if the sun never went down at all? In Erik Skjoldbjærg’s Insomnia, this situation is immediately put upon you in a cabin announcement on the […]

Insomnia (1998)



Na Hong-jin’s second film The Yellow Sea is an excellent follow up to 2008’s The Chaser. Just like in that previous film we are in the familiar territory of our central character being dragged into a more serious situation than they first expected. Gu-nam (Ha Jung-woo) tries to cobble together enough money, working as […]

The Yellow Sea



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Na Hong-jin’s first feature length film The Chaser is a fantastic first effort that shows a great deal of talent and no small amount of craft. Not only in the directing but also assisting in the writing of this film which was inspired by the events surrounding the real-life Korean […]

The Chaser



Won Shin-yun’s Memoir of a Murderer is a story of a serial killer and is not as straight forward as first expected. Afflicted by a brain injury that has led to dementia leaving him living with memories of the past but frequent losses of any new memories. When a new spate of […]

Memoir of a Murderer



2016’s Train to Busan was such an adrenline-fuelled ride, that pretty much anything that follows is going to seem pale in comparison. Seoul Station, whilst inventive and an interesting choice to give an origin story for the outbreak, or at least some more context, lacked the ongoing tension and pressure […]

Psychokenesis



When firefighter Ja-Hong dies in a tragic accident, in the process of saving a young girl from a burning building, he is brought in to the underworld, Hell, where he faces seven trials in 49 days to decide if he is worthy a gain the chance for resurrection. Ja-Hong is […]

Along With The Gods: The Two Worlds