best foreign movies and tv streaming

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

It’s time for another Pop Culture Imports, and we’ve got an eclectic bunch of subtitled fare this week — from a techno-horror classic, to an Oscar-nominated war drama, and an absurd comedic anime.

Fire up those subtitles and let’s get streaming.

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cliff walkers review

Zhang Yimou‘s name instantly calls to mind the bright, opulent colors of the renowned Chinese filmmaker’s wuxia films and historical epics — Hero and House of Flying Daggers are two of the most sumptuous films to grace our screens. So it’s no wonder that Cliff Walkers (formerly titled Impasse), Zhang’s first foray into the spy thriller, is a handsome and stylish thriller whose wintry setting establishes a chilly mood befitting the genre.

But it’s with a cold hand that Zhang approaches Cliff Walkers. It’s more of a chance for the visual master to flex his muscles in staging taut suspense sequences that flirt with the balletic action he’s known for (this time with more Bourne-style shaky cam!) and less of anything else. But it’s hard to complain too much about the stilted, somewhat confusing, story when Cliff Walkers looks this good.

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riders of justice trailer

Mads Mikkelsen is…well, extremely mad in his latest Danish-language movie, Riders of Justice. The Another Round actor dons a bushy beard and a shaved head to play the latest middle-aged dad you don’t want to mess with, in a revenge thriller about a former soldier who seeks revenge for the death of his wife in a tragic train accident that may have been an act of sabotage. Watch the Riders of Justice trailer below.

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Soviet Lord of the Rings TV Movie

In 1991, a Lord of the Rings TV adaptation titled Khraniteli aired on Soviet television. By all accounts, it’s the only Lord of the Rings adaptation made in the Soviet Union – and it was also thought to be lost forever. However, much like the One Ring itself, the Soviet Lord of the Rings TV movie has resurfaced – on YouTube. It’s a charmingly low-budgeted affair, looking more like a TV game show than a J. R. R. Tolkien adaptation, and you can watch it in full below.

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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.)

It seems like every month heralds the debut of a new streaming service, or at least a newly rebranded streaming service. And with more and more streaming platforms come more opportunities to watch international movies that you wouldn’t have had the chance to before. Yes, I know that it’s ridiculous to pay for the obscene amount of streaming services out there, but that’s what free trials are for, baby! This month we saw the launch of Paramount+, and with it come a few foreign-language classics that you might have missed. Of course, Netflix, Hulu, and all the rest still have new offerings each month, a couple of which are in danger of getting buried in the algorithms.

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

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Yalitza Aparicio next movie

It’s been three years since Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma made Oscar history, with lead actress Yalitza Aparicio becoming the first Mexican woman to be nominated for a Best Actress Oscar in 14 years and the first Indigenous woman in history. But in the years since Roma was released, Aparicio has not taken on a new feature film role since — until now.

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neon movies on letterboxd

Oscar season is always a mixed bag for movie lovers. For many, it’s a chance to heap praise and awards on the best films of last year, but for most others, it’s an exclusive horse race for which they’ve only seen a few of the contenders. Arthouse movies are just that — films for the arthouse, frequently only seen at film festivals or during limited theatrical releases, and often not available for the wider audience to see until long after the Oscar ceremony is over. But NEON is making all six of their Oscar shortlisted titles available to anyone with an account on the movie review website Letterboxd.

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lupin part 2 trailer

Assane Diop is back with a vengeance — literally, on a mission of revenge against the powerful man who framed his father for theft and has now kidnapped his son. Part 2 of Lupin, the French heist series that was Netflix’s first surprise hit of 2021, will be hitting the streamer this summer. And it has a new official teaser to get us excited for the return of Omar Sy‘s gentleman thief. Watch the Lupin Part 2 trailer below.

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dr. brain

Apple TV+ has just ordered its first Korean-language project. Kim Jee-woon, who directed A Tale of Two Sisters and I Saw the Devil, will write and direct a new series called Dr. Brain for the streaming service, and Parasite actor Lee Sun-kyun will star. The series is based on a Korean webtoon of the same name, and follows a scientist who uses new tech to access people’s consciousness and memories.

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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.)

Welcome back to another edition of Pop Culture Imports, where I spotlight international films of both the arthouse and the audience-pleasing variety. And in this week’s column, we’ve got a healthy heaping of both. From Georgia’s hypnotic Oscar contender to South Korea’s first space blockbuster, here are the best foreign movies and TV streaming now.

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

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