pop culture imports october 17

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

Remember when I promised you a horror-themed foreign streaming column? Never mind — there are too many other great foreign movies and TV shows to highlight every week. And besides, you’ll get plenty of horror content elsewhere. Here, you’ll find only subtitles and maybe one Danish zombie movie. This week we have the pivotal and disturbingly timely French crime drama La Haine, as well as the beloved Bollywood epic Jodhaa Akbar, Netflix’s trendy Spanish teen thriller series Élite, a popular Korean medical drama, and Danish zombies.

Let’s get streaming.

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The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales Trailer

Need a little pick-me-up? Then check out this charming The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales trailer, which has enough whimsy and humor to stave off all of the world’s horrors for about…two minutes. This animated comedy is technically a French film, but it’s now about to have an English-language release. Watch The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales trailer below.

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pop culture imports

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

We’re midway through October, so you’re probably expecting some foreign horror flicks in this week’s Pop Culture Imports. And you’ll get them in time, but for now, let me indulge you in some French dramas. They’re more interesting than they sound! Two of the said dramas are from electric French filmmaker Jacques Audiard, the director behind the searing prison drama Un prophète, while another features a stunning tour-de-force from Charlotte Rampling. But if you want to avoid all that French ennui, there’s also Park Chan-wook’s vicious Vengeance Trilogy and an Indian millennial comedy series.

Let’s fire up the subtitles and get streaming.

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shoplifters trailer

Japanese auteur Hirokazu Kore-eda is a favorite at the film festival circuit — his tender, delicate odes to humanities have won twice at the Cannes Film Festival and earned accolades across the world. Now Shoplifters, his latest Palme d’Or winner is heading for a Stateside release, and possibly, the best Foreign Language category at the Oscars. See the first Shoplifters trailer below.

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burning trailer

Lee Chang-dong‘s Burning is cutting a hot streak through the film festival circuit this year, winning acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, with buzz only building through Telluride, TIFF, and more. Now, the official Burning trailer has been released for the film that could finally get South Korea its long-awaited Oscar nomination.

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train to busan remake

James Wan and The Nun writer Gary Dauberman are on board to bring the hit South Korean zombie action thriller Train to Busan to the United States. Wan is set to produce the Train to Busan remake, while Dauberman is set to pen the American version of the flick which has garnered a cult following since its release in 2016.

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pop culture imports september 20

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

Film festival season is in full swing, but so is extreme weather — which makes it the perfect time to throw on some foreign films. What better thing to do when weathering autumn storms than to watch Hirokazu Kore-eda‘s After the Storm, just as the Japanese auteur scores another festival circuit hit with his new film Shoplifters? On the other hand, if you’re looking for fluffier fare, there’s also a You’ve Got Mail-inspired Bollywood rom-com, a live-action adaptation of the popular fantasy anime Bleach, and a South African body-swapping comedy.

So, get over the film festival envy and turn on those subtitles.

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the guilty clip

The Guilty finds tense, clever ways to make a one-location film exciting. The Danish thriller finds an emergency dispatcher trying to save a kidnapped woman after receiving a panicked call. In an exclusive The Guilty clip below, you can see the moment that launches the entire film into motion, as the dispatcher (Jakob Cedergren) receives the call.

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Burning Review

Lee Chang-dong‘s Burning moves at a pace all its own, telling a tale of mystery and obsession with no easy answers. Hypnotic, haunting, and featuring an incredible performance from Steven YuenBurning is one of the year’s best movies. 

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