Parasite helped to bring about more interest in foreign films. With that being said, you may not know which ones to watch or where to start. Here are six recommendations, most of which can be found on streaming services such as Netflix and Hulu.
1.“Jiro Dreams of Sushi”
“Jiro Dreams of Sushi” is a documentary made in 2011 that focuses on a sushi master, Jiro Ono, and his two sons. It tells a story about Ono’s journey to becoming one of the most highly regarded sushi masters in the world and how his two sons are trying to live up to his excellence. The film isn’t just about sushi, it is about the dedication and perfection of a single craft; a lesson that can be applied to any field. If you want to see what a $300 dollar per-person meal looks like, you can catch “Jiro Dreams of Sushi” on Netflix.
“Roma” is an award-winning film that follows a worker named Cleo in Mexico City during the 1970s. Throughout the film, you get to see Cleo try to balance a hectic work-life, taking care of a middle-class couple’s four children as their marriage falls apart and attempting to reach her own goals and romantic interests. During the film there is political turmoil in the background that intersects with Cleo’s own story, creating a heart-wrenching tale that will pull you in. The entire film is shot in black and white and is rated R. “Roma” is available on Netflix.
Released in 2006, “Pan’s Labyrinth” is a dark-fantasy film directed by Guillermo Del Toro. The film is set in 1944 and follows Ofelia, the step-daughter of a ruthless Spanish army captain. One night, a fairy leads Ofelia to a labyrinth where she meets a faun that declares she is a princess, but she can only win the title and immortality upon passing three daunting tasks. The tale is mischievous, dark and unsettling with twists at every corner. The film is rated R. You can watch “Pan’s Labyrinth” on Netflix, Amazon Prime, and more.
“Ip Man” is an action-packed martial arts film that is an adaptation of the of Ip Man, grand master of Wing Chun style kung-fu and teacher of Bruce Lee, Ip Man. The film is set in China during the Shino Japanese war and depicts the grand masters life during that time. The film is full of action and martial-arts sequences. If you are looking to watch a film jam-packed with hand-to-hand combat and a thrilling story, “Ip Man” is the film for you. There are currently four movies in the series, one and two are both rated R while three and four are both rated PG-13. You can watch “Ip Man” on Netflix, Amazon Prime and more.
“The Chaser” is a critically acclaimed Korean crime drama and thriller film that was released back in 2008. The movie follows a disgraced police officer, now running a prostitution ring, who is racing against time to save one of his workers that was taken by a serial killer. “The Chaser” keeps you on the edge of your seat the entire time as you follow the ex-cop’s race against time. This debut film by director Na Hong-Jin is filled with suspense, action, but also contains some gruesome scenes, so avoid this film if that’s not up your alley. The cast’s acting will blow you away in this R rated film. You can view and buy “The Chaser” on Hulu, iTunes and more.
“Your Name” is a Japanese animated film that was released back in 2016. Two teenagers are connected with one another in an unexpected way: they can swap bodies. Through this connection, the two are able to bond with one another without having met in person by leaving notes and diaries. Until one day, they decide to change this and meet in person to explain this supernatural phenomenon that is happening to them. The film is a rollercoaster of emotions and features a beautifully crafted soundtrack and mind-blowing animations that will leave you a crying mess. “Your Name” is available for purchase on various platforms including Amazon Prime, Vudu and Google Play.