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 may be drowning in the hundreds of original streaming titles that are released each month, but there are so many foreign-language movies and shows that are just begging for you to stream them. This week we have the directorial debut of world-renowned animation giant Hayao Miyazaki, a tour-de-force performance from Diane Kruger, a heartwarming documentary from French New Wave pioneer Agnes Varda, John Woo‘s high-octane Netflix action movie packed to the brim with doves, and an intriguing Danish semi-zombie series.

Let’s fire up those subtitles and dive into the best foreign-language titles of the week.

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manhunt trailer

John Woo returns to big, loud action filmmaking with Manhunt, which arrives on Netflix this week. It’s a silly yet entertaining thriller that finds the filmmaker embracing his trademarks and delivering a film overflowing with non-stop action. Watch the Manhunt trailer below.

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manhunt trailer

John Woo made a career creating operatic, ultra-violent crime films peppered with shoot-outs, stand-offs, morally ambiguous characters, and lots and lots of slow-motion doves. Woo eventually made the leap from Hong Kong cinema to Hollywood and created one of the greatest action movies of all time, Face/Off. But Woo’s Hollywood adventure was never truly able to rise above the joys of that film, and the filmmaker returned to Hong Kong.

Woo’s latest film, the Chinese-Hong Kong production Manhunt, is being heralded (by people who are paid to promote the film) as a return to form, supposedly recalling his classics like A Better Tomorrow and The Killer. Well, don’t believe the hype.

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manhunt trailer

Action movie guru John Woo finally makes a return to the cop thriller genre with Manhunt, a remake of a classic 1976 Japanese action film. Sadly, his once-frequent collaborator Chow Yun-Fat won’t be joining him.

Starring acclaimed Chinese actor Zhang Hanyu as a prosecutor who is wrongfully framed for robbery, rape, and murder, the Manhunt trailer looks like a throwback to Woo’s classic stylistic flairs: over-the-top action! Endless ammo! Slow-mo! It’s great to see Woo back in his element.

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Manhunt Remake

In case you hadn’t heard, Face/Off and Red Cliff director John Woo is set to be at the helm of a remake of the 1976 Japanese thriller Manhunt. The news first surfaced back in March, though it somehow slipped through the cracks on our end. But thankfully, Woo was recently interviewed briefly about the remake, and the director talked about why he decided to take on the remake, and how it’s taking him back to his roots. More details on the Manhunt remake below! Read More »

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