Foreign Language Films

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


Welcome to ADHD’s distant European cousin of the American wannabe gangster film. Welcome to Gangsta: Flush with bright, vivid neon graphics, fast paced action and even faster dialogue, inventive swearing and big beats, this is full on from the word go. Gangsta comes from the minds and is under the control […]

Gangsta (Patser)



Climax was my first Gaspar Noé experience and, for a large part of this film, I was getting along quite well with it. Then something happened and it no longer became interesting any more. It went too far and actually decided to become visually unintelligible. The beginning, well ok not quite […]

Climax



Hagazussa is a 15th century story of fear, outcasts and the unknown. Incredibly atmospheric in its slow moving pace but also keenly reminiscent of Robert Egger’s The VVitch in the style, shot choices and, of course, the topics and how they are handled. Throw in a dash of Nicholas Winding Refn’s […]

Hagazussa



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