Friday, June 13, 2014

My Favorite Foreign Movies & TV Shows

Thanks to Netflix, for years I've been able to watch foreign movies. Now I've been getting more into foreign TV shows because of Netflix and now DramaFever, a website and app that lets you watch Korean and Spanish shows for free. Call me obsessed! 

Anyway, so technically anything that's not American is foreign for me, so that also means other English-speaking countries, but I decided to pick movies and TV shows in other languages because I think those are the most fun to watch. It's nice listening to other languages and seeing other cultures. 

So these are some of my far. I'm always watching more.



(French) Everyone knows this movie, but I had to include it because it's so charming. It's about a young woman (Audrey Tautou), who decides to bring happiness to others by performing small acts. It's so cute and one of my favorites. 

Finding Mr. Destiny

(South Korean) This is one of my new favorites. It's a rom-com about Ji-woo (Him Soo-jung), a young woman who is forced to find her old love so that she can move on, but while searching for him she falls in love with Gi-joon (Gong Yoo), the young man who opened the First Love Agency. It's funny and adorable. 

P.S. -- See the outfits inspired the characters!

Time Traveler: The Girl Who Leapt Through Time

(Japanese) This is a sci-fi film with heart since it's about Akari (Riisa Naka), a teenager who goes to the past to save her mother. Her mother, a pharmaceutical researcher, made a formula to travel to the past, but is now in a coma. Akari travels to the 1970s to find her mother's first, but ends up falling in love herself. 


(French) This is a rom-com about set in 1958. Rose Pamphyle (Deborah Francois) leaves town and applies to be a secretary; her new boss Louis (Romain Duris) discovers that she can type at an extraordinary speed and enrolls her in a typing competition. This is a fun movie that will have you rooting for Rose. 


(French) Alex (Romain Duris) is a charming man who is paid to break up women who are in unhappy relationships. His team consists of his sister Melanie (Julie Ferrier) and his funny brother-in-law Marc (Francois Marc). They get a well-paying job to break up Juliette (Vanessa Paradis) with her English fiance (Andrew Lincoln), but things get complicated when Alex starts to fall for Juliette. 

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

(Swedish) Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) is so bad ass that I couldn't not include this. This movie (or rather series of movies) is interesting, complicated, and hard to watch. While I liked the American version, there's something about the Swedish version (maybe the way it doesn't try too hard?) that works better for me. Don't watch this if you don't like violence. 


I haven't seen many foreign shows in other languages because it's hard to find them. It's easy to watch South Korean shows because they're usually only 16 to 21 episodes long. There's no waiting for season 2 since most of them are only one season. I'm looking forward to watching more!

To the Beautiful You

(South Korean) This is my absolute favorite! It's hilarious, emotional, and fun to watch. All of the characters drew me in and felt like real people. It's about Goo Jae-hee (Sulli), a girl who pretends to be a boy and goes to an all-boy school in order to help Kang Tae-joon (Minho), a famous high-jumper who was injured. You won't regret watching this!

Shut Up & Let's Go / Shut Up Flower Boy Band

(South Korean) A group of poor teenagers in a rock band called Eye Candy have to transfer to a rich school when their old ones closes. Soon, they start getting some attention by people in the music industry, but in order to keep their contract they have to remain in school, where they don't get along with the boys in Strawberry Fields, another band. 

Flower Boy Next Door

(South Korean) Go Mok-mi (Park Shin-hye) is a shy copywriter who only leaves her apartment or interacts with people when it's necessary. She steals peeks at her neighbor across the street by using binoculars, but when her neighbor's cousin Enrique Geum (Yoon Shi-yoon), who is visiting from Spain, catches her looking through the window her orderly world is turned upside down. This show is cute, emotional, and deals with bullying. 

Do you have any recommendations?
I would love to watch more Indian, German, and French shows.

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  1. Amelie is the best! Just watched it this past weekend, it had been a while and I was like omg why haven't I see this in so long. Sooooo good!

  2. Well I don't want any other language movies except English and Hindi.
    U must try out out Indian Bollywood movies, u will love it
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  3. I have been wanting to watch Amelie for ages - wish I knew French to watch the original version though!
    I like watching German films - in German class we recently studied 'Sophie Scholl: The Last Days' which is really great but v. emotional! :)

  4. OMG! I though I watched a bunch of foreign movies...but this shows me I dont! Will definitely check the time traveler one :)



  5. I watched the english versin of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and it was so good, but so hard to watch! I didn't know they had the Swedish version on netflix, definitely going to watch it!


  6. I see some Korean films! Hooray. If you want some more recommendations, if you haven't seen these yet, I'd check out Miracle in Cell No. 7 and Taegukgi. Everyone should enjoy foreign films :)

  7. Miracle in Cell No. 7 and Taegukgi is something I would recommend for Korean films - and I'm so happy to see you have a few! It's so nice to enjoy foreign films :)

  8. I took a foreign film course in college and loved it! I wish I could remember what we watched, I only can remember Babel, which is in multiple languages. I watched several others after the class was over that I liked: Kiki's Delivery Service, Life is Beautiful, Belle de Jour, and Y Tu Mama Tambien. I'll have to check some of your recommendations out! :)

  9. I need to watch the Swedish version of girl with the dragon tattoo!

  10. I have to admit I don't have any recommendations as I don't watch TV and films (I think you know this already) ...

    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  11. I love love love Heartbreaker! Romain Duris is one of my favorite French actors <3

  12. Hi Sara! After a long break, I am here again. I have missed your lovely posts. I hope I may follow you again unremittingly.XOXO

  13. Thank you, Sinem! I'm so glad you're back!

  14. That's okay! Thanks for always reading!

  15. It's harsh and difficult to watch, but so good!

  16. I'm going to add these to my list! Thanks for the recommendations!

  17. I'm going to check them out! Thanks for the recs!

  18. I'm going to add Bollywood films to my list!

  19. Yes, it's so good! Now I want to watch it again! lol


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