best foreign movies and tv streaming

(Welcome to Pop Culture Imports, a column that compiles the best foreign movies and TV streaming right now.)

The Western has long evolved out of its uniquely American trappings, and we get to see two shining examples of that in this week’s Pop Culture Imports. The first is Sholay, a genre-mixing ’70s “Curry Western” classic widely considered the best Bollywood movie of all time, and the second is a 2018 Belgian film comprised of even more genre influences, with spaghetti westerns, hard-boiled Italian cop dramas, and Tarantino all bumping uglies in Let the Corpses Tan. Joining them is the 2016 K-drama police procedural sensation Signal; Japanese provocateur Sion Sono‘s latest thriller; and a spectacularly badly titled Netflix crime drama.

Switch off Netflix’s default dub versions (please stop that), fire up those subtitles, and let’s get streaming.

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weathering with you trailer

Makoto Shinkai‘s highly anticipated follow-up to his sublime 2016 hit Your Name has been on a hot streak since its summer premiere in Japan, where it became the country’s biggest box office hit of the year. Since then, Weathering With You has earned raves at every film festival it has opened at, including the Toronto International Film Festival where it made its North American premiere. The cherry on top of Weathering With You‘s successful summer was its submission to be Japan’s entry for Best International Film — a first for an anime film since Princess Mononoke in 1998.

Now GKIDS, the film’s U.S. distributor, has released a new Weathering With You trailer along with an official release date…for 2020. Yes, we’ll have to wait another three months until we see Shinkai’s acclaimed sci-fi romance, but at least we have a gorgeous new Weathering With You trailer to tide us over.

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best foreign movies and tv streaming

(Welcome to Pop Culture Imports, a column that compiles the best foreign movies and TV streaming right now.)

October has arrived and with it, the spooky season. So it’s time to turn to horror, and if not that, the horror within humanity with our latest batch of the best foreign movies and TV streaming now. First there are two hidden martial arts gems streaming on Netflix, including a gripping Vietnamese action flick starring Veronica Ngo from Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and Wong Kar-wai‘s Ip Man biographical drama not starring Donnie Yen. Also on our list is J.A. Bayona‘s Spanish-language directorial debut, as well as an ambitious Swedish sci-fi movie and a fascinating Netflix crime procedural experiment.

Let’s fire up those subtitles and let’s get streaming.

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best foreign movies and tv streaming

(Welcome to Pop Culture Imports, a column that compiles the best foreign movies and TV streaming right now.)

The best foreign movies and TV streaming now are a grab-bag of movies and TV from all over the globe. Well, two continents, to be specific. But vastly different genres and levels of prestige. From French anti-war masterpieces, to the nicest reality show on TV, to trashy Spanish teen soaps, this week’s Pop Culture Imports column offers you a little of everything.

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portrait of a lady on fire trailer

One of the buzziest films to come out of this year’s Cannes Film Festival is Portrait of a Lady on FireCéline Sciamma‘s lush, slow-burning lesbian romance. The winner of the Queer Palm Prize and Best Screenplay at the prestigious film festival, Portrait of a Lady on Fire was picked up for U.S. distribution by Neon, which has finally debuted the official U.S. trailer. Watch the Portrait of a Lady on Fire trailer below.

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the farewell mandarin version

The Farewell is returning to theaters for a special Grandparents Day release. This weekend, The Farewell Mandarin version is coming to theaters, with the entire film subtitled in Mandarin for the film to reach an audience that will get to see themselves in the movie.

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best foreign movies and tv streaming

(Welcome to Pop Culture Imports, a column that compiles the best foreign movies and TV streaming right now.)

Now that we’re in the height of film festival season and coming off a festival in Venice, no less, this week seems like a perfect week to highlight foreign films that made a splash at festivals, isn’t it? Wrong! We’re surprisingly anime-heavy this week, though that wasn’t certainly intentional. Apart from Gaspar Noé’s titillating mind-trip and festival favorite Climax, we’ve got a few anime films and shows that even the non-anime fan should try checking out. First is Satoshi Kon’s dreamy masterpiece Millennium Actress, a remastered version of which just hit select theaters, followed by the satirical sensation Gintama, and Shinichiro Watanabe’s new rock musical anime, Carole and Tuesday. Rounding out the list is a moody Colombian supernatural crime thriller, Green Frontier.

Let’s fire up those subtitles and get streaming.

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one cut of the dead trailer

In 2017, Shinichirou Ueda‘s cleverly subversive zombie movie One Cut of the Dead hit Japanese theaters. It instantly became a box office sensation, grossing over a thousand times its budget and earning a nomination for Best Picture at the Japanese equivalent of the Oscars. It was a festival circuit darling, amassing raves from critics. A glitzy international release was a given. But two years later, we’ve heard mostly crickets Stateside. The film’s marketing-resistant twist might have been the biggest obstacle, as was Amazon Prime’s botched bootleg release last year.

But like an undead zombie rising from its grave, One Cut of the Dead is back with a vengeance. The Shudder streaming service came to the rescue, picking up the film and setting the zombie comedy for its long-awaited U.S. release this September. Watch the U.S. One Cut of the Dead trailer below.

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weathering with you oscars

For the first time in 22 years, Japan has selected an anime film as its best international film entry at the Oscars. Makoto Shinkai‘s romantic fantasy movie Weathering With You is the Japanese entry for best international feature film category at the 2020 Oscars, marking the first time since Hayao Miyazaki’s Princess Mononoke in 1998 that Japan has thrown its weight behind an animated film for its foreign-language category contender.

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bard of blood trailer

Netflix is continuing to expand its international offerings, and its latest effort is Bard of Blood, an Indian spy thriller series boasting some serious Bollywood credentials. Produced by Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s Red Chillies Entertainment, Bard of Blood stars Emraan Hashmi as an excommunicated RAW agent who leads a dangerous rescue mission in Balochistan. Watch the Bard of Blood trailer below.

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