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Movie Guides: Foreign Language Films - Asia

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Films in the Classroom Collection are available at the circulation desk and are for in-library use only. Faculty may check out these videos for classroom use. Films in the MEDIA collection are available on the first floor of the library and may be checked out for 2 weeks.

Foreign Films Asia

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2 States: One Love (India) --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .A1224 2014
Punjabi boy and Tamilian girl discover love on their college campus. However, their diverse cultures make its culmination a challenge.
Language: Hindi; English subtitles

1947: Earth (India) --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .E17 2009
Set in the city of Lahore in 1947, this film chronicles the fate of a religiously diverse group of working-class friends during the partition of India and Pakistan.
Language: Hindi; English subtitles

Aftershock: Tangshan Dadizhen (China) --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .T36 2011
The epic story of a family separated as a result of the Great Tangshan Earthquake of 1976.
Language: Mandarin; optional English or Chinese subtitles.

Alila (Israel) --- MEDIA PN1997 .A453 2004
For the apartment dwellers, every action creates a ripple unknowingly felt by all.
Language: Hebrew; English subtitles

Bakushū : Early Summer (Japan) --- MEDIA PN1997 .B35 2004
The Mamiya family is seeking a husband for their daughter, Noriko, but she has ideas of her own.
Language: Japanese; English subtitles

Banshun = Late Spring (Japan) --- MEDIA PN1997 .B2486 2006
A widowed father feels compelled to marry off his beloved only daughter.
Language: Japanese; English subtitles

Beijing Bicycle (China) --- MEDIA PN1997 .B45 2002
Just as Guai, a bicycle messenger, makes his final payment for the silver mountain bike loaned by his company, he finds it stolen. After endless searching, Guai discovers his bicycle is now in the hands of Jian who bought the bicycle with stolen money. Though Guai and Jian finally work out a deal, they find themselves involved in a series of unforgettable events.
Language: Chinese; English subtitles

Beijing Taxi (China) --- MEDIA DS795.9.T16 B44 2010
Beijing Taxi is a feature-length documentary that vividly portrays the ancient capital of China undergoing a profound transformation. The intimate lives of three taxi drivers are seen through a humanistic lens as they navigate a quickly morphing city, confronting modern issues and changing values.
Language: Mandarin; English subtitles

Budrus (Palenstine) --- MEDIA DS119.76 .B83 2011
They not only save the village, but the Barrier is pushed back behind the Green Line into No Man's Land. In the process, Ayed and Iltezam unleash an inspiring, yet little-known, movement in the Occupied Palestinian Territories that is still gaining ground today.
Language: Arabic, English, and Hebrew; English subtitles

Il Cerchio = The Circle (Iran) --- MEDIA PN1997 .C433 2001
This film offers insights into the lives of women in Iran. As the narrative dynamically shifts from woman to woman, their stories culminate with tremendous potency, transforming a shared sense of despair and injustice into one of kinship and even hope.
Language: Farsi; English subtitles

Children of Heaven (Iran) --- MEDIA PN1997 .B334 2002
A young boy, Ali, loses his sister Zahara's school shoes. In order to stay out of trouble, the two come up with a plan to share Ali's shoes, but they must keep it a secret from their parents.
Language: Farsi; English subtitles

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (China) --- MEDIA PN1997 .W64 2001
Set in 19th-century China, two master warriors are faced with their greatest challenge when the treasured Green Destiny sword is stolen.
Language: Mandarin Chinese; English subtitles

Curse of the Golden Flower (China) --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .M35 2007
Family strife and rebellion trouble the royal family during 10th century.
Language: Chinese; English subtitles

Duel at Ganryu Island : Kettô Ganryûjima (Japan) --- MEDIA PN1997 .S1683 2004
In this third installment of the Samurai trilogy, the main character continues his quest for enlightenment, but turns his back on the world in disillusionment. Forced to fight again, he eventually comes face to face with his arch rival and long time enemy in a final showdown.
Language: Japanese; English subtitles

Duel at Ichijoju Temple = Ichijôji no Kettô (Japan) --- MEDIA PN1997 .S1682 2004
A sweeping saga of the legendary 17th century warrior, Musashi Miyamoto, set against the turmoil of a devastating civil war. Follows Musashi's odyssey from his unruly youth to his enlightened years as a warrior. In this second installment of the Samurai trilogy, the main character faces several enemies eager to test his reputation as a great fighter.
Language: Japanese; English subtitles

Eat Drink Man Woman (Taiwan) --- MEDIA PN1997 .Y55 2002
A retired master chef and widower is worried about the future of his three unmarried daughters who are skeptical about marriage. Yet he himself surprises them with his secret love affair with a young woman many years his junior.
Language: Chinese; English, French and Spanish subtitles

Fire (India) --- MEDIA PN1997 .F5735 1998
Banned in India, this film was the first to confront lesbianism  in that country.
Language: English

Gett: The Trail of Viviane Amsalem (Israel) --- MEDIA PN1997.G471 2015
Desperate to free herself from a loveless marriage, an Israeli woman named Viviane Amsalem files for divorce from her cruel and manipulative husband. But Israeli law and its Rabbinical court dictates that a divorce can only be granted under the husband's consent. Determined to obtain her dignity and freedom, Viviane finds herself fighting an epic and deeply dramatic psychological battle against a profoundly absurd legal system and her cold and calculating estranged husband.
Language: French, Hebrew, Arabic; subtitles in English, French, and Hebrew

Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (Iran) --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .G57 2015
The first Iranian Vampire Western ever made. A joyful mash up of genre, archetype, and iconography, its prolific influences span spaghetti westerns, graphic novels, horror films and the Iranian New Wave.
Language: Farsi; English subtitles

Glove (Korea) --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .G48 2013
Kim Sang-nam is a hero on the pitcher's mound, but thanks to his drunk and disorderly behavior off the field, he now faces the prospect of a lifetime expulsion from Korea's pro-baseball league. Desperate to salvage his public image, Sang-nam's manager hauls him to the countryside to serve as the guest coach for the baseball team at a school for the hearing impaired.
Language: Korean; English subtitles

Hotaru no Haka = Grave of the Fireflies (Japan) --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .G73 2012
As the Empire of the Sun crumbles upon itself and a rain of firebombs falls upon Japan, the final death march of a nation is echoed in millions of smaller tragedies.
Language: Chinese or dubbed English; English or Spanish subtitles

Hero = Ying Xiong (China) --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .Y56 2004
With supernatural skill and no fear, a nameless soldier embarks on a mission of revenge against the fearsome army that massacred his people. Now, to achieve the justice he seeks, he must take on the empire's most ruthless assassins and reach the enemy he has sworn to defeat.
Language: Mandarin Chinese; English and Spanish subtitles

Hum Dil de Chuke Sanam = Straight From the Heart (India) --- MEDIA PN1997 .H857 1989
Romantic drama about a love triangle set in India and Hungary. Includes lavish sequences of dance and music.
Language: Hindi; English, French, Spanish, Arabic and Japanese subtitles

Ju Dou: An Erotic Tale of Forbidden Passion (China) --- MEDIA PN1997 .J8 2005
In 1920s China, a young woman is forced into marriage and is then abused by her elderly husband.
Language: Mandarin Chinese; English, simplified Chinese, and traditional Chinese subtitles

Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (India) --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .K334 2002
A young man goes against the wishes of his beloved father to marry the girl he loves. When he leaves home, his younger brother vows to reunite the family and bring back the happiness they once shared.
Language: Hindi; English subtitles

Kaguyahime no Monogatari = Tale of the Princess Kaguyahime (Japan) --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .T35 2015
Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her, but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime. - Animated.
Language: English, French or Japanese; English or French subtitles

Keshtzar Haye Sepid = The White Meadows (Iran) --- MEDIA PN1998.3.R37 K47 2012
Rahmat the boatman navigates the increasingly brackish waters of a coastal land, collecting the heartaches and tears of its inhabitants. But he remains powerless against their misguided attempts to appease the gods and make the land green again.
Language: Farsi; English subtitles

Koyangi Rŭl Put‘ak‘ae = Take Care of My Cat (Korea) --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .G69 2002
In the port city of Icheon, five female friends struggle to stay close while forging a life for themselves after high school.
Language: Korean; English or Korean subtitles

Kumonosu-jō = Throne of Blood (Japan) --- MEDIA PN1997 .K855 2009
Adaptation of Shakespeare's Macbeth, set in feudal Japan. Tells the story of a Samurai lord who kills his master and usurps his power in fulfillment of a witch's prophecy.
Language: Japanese; English subtitles

Kwaidan (Japan) --- MEDIA PN1997 .K93 2000
Consists of four stories of the supernatural based on Japanese folk material.
Language: Japanese; English subtitles

Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (India) --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .L34 2007
The farmers of India are taxed to the bone by the British. When Jack Russell announces that he will double the Lagaan (tax) from all villagers, they decide to oppose it.
Language: Hindi; English subtitles

Lan Feng Zheng = The Blue Kite (China) --- MEDIA PN1997 .L328 2002
The story of a family in China in 1953 living with the Chinese Revolution.
Language: Mandarin Chinese; English subtitles

Laylåa = Leila (Iran) --- MEDIA PN1997 .L45 1997
Reza and Leila, an attractive and affluent young couple deeply in love and recently married, discover that Leila is unable to conceive.
Language: Farsi; English subtitles

Let the Bullets Fly = Rang Zidan fei (China) --- MEDIA PN1997.2.L48 2011
Set in China during the warring 1920s, notorious bandit chief Zhang descends upon a remote provincial town posing as its new mayor, an identity that he had hijacked from Old Tang, who was a small-time imposter. Bent on making a fast buck, Zhang soon meets his match in the tyrannical local gentry Huang as a deadly battle of wit and brutality ensues.
Language: Mandarin or dubbed English; English subtitles

Lunchbox = Dabba (India) --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .L863 2014
A mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects a young housewife to an older man in the dusk of his life as they build a fantasy world together through notes in the lunchbox. (IMDB)
Language: Hindi, English or Hindi subtitles

Ming Tian Ji de Ai Shang Wo Chi = Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? (Taiwan) --- MEDIA PN1997.2.M5 2014
A married man begins to question his sexual orientation as he and his wife consider having another child. (IMDB)
Language: Chinese; English subtitles

Miyamoto Musashi (Japan) --- MEDIA PN1997 .S168 2004
Legendary seventeenth-century samurai Musashi Miyamoto begins his quest for military glory. His dream ends in defeat, but the love of a woman and the cunning of a Buddhist priest set him on the samurai path.
Language: Japanese; English subtitles

Monsoon Wedding (India) --- MEDIA PN1997 .M757 2002
Love, lust and hope envelop an upper middle-class Indian family and their world-wide guests as they celebrate for four days the arranged marriage of their daughter to an East Indian man from Texas.
Language: English; French, Spanish or English subtitles

Mother India (India) --- MEDIA PN1997 .M6 2012
Depicts, through one woman's life from marriage to old age, the joys and tragedies of village life in rural India
Language: Hindi; English subtitles

Music Room = Jalasāgara (India) --- MEDIA PN1997 .M87 2011
Evokes the crumbling opulence of the world of a fallen aristocrat desperately clinging to his way of life. His greatest joy is the music room in which he has hosted lavish concerts over the years, now a shadow of its former vivid self.
Language: Bengali; English subtitles

Okuribito = Departures (Japan) --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .O387 2009
Daigo Kobayashi, a cellist, dreamt of going around the world with his wife Mika. Unfortunately, the orchestra folds, so he sells his instrument, retreats to the small town he came from, lives in his late mother’s house, and tries to start a new life.
Language: Japanese; English subtitles

Osama (Afghanistan) --- MEDIA PN1997 .O82 2004
Chronicles the true story of a young girl in Taliban-ruled Afghanistan who must disguise herself as a boy to save her family from starvation.
Language: Pashtu; English subtitles

Na Shan Na Ren Na Gou = Postmen in the Mountains (China) --- MEDIA PN1997 .N3 2008
A father prepares to hand his 112-mile mail route over to his son. At dawn, the two embark on the three-day round trip on foot. Traveling along the rugged landscape of wind-blown hills, craggy rocks, and winding rivers, the son learns not only about the isolated mountain to which they deliver mail but also about his own father.
Language: Mandarin Chinese; English and Chinese subtitles

No One Knows About Persian Cats = Kasi az Gorbehaye Irani Khabar Nadareh (Iran) --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .N6 2011
Follows a pair of young musicians, recently released from prison, on a mission to take their rock band to Europe. Forbidden by the authorities to play in Iran, they plan their escape abroad with a fast-talking music promoter.
Language: Persian; English or Spanish subtitles

Ocean of an Old Man (India) --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .O24 2011
In the aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, and amid the stunning natural beauty of India's Andaman and Nicobar islands, an elderly British teacher struggles to run a small primary school despite the loss of many of the islands' children to the recent tragedy.
Language: Hindi; English subtitles

Paradise Now (Palestine) --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .P3733 2006
The story of what may be the last 48 hours in the lives of two Palestinian men who have been recruited as suicide bombers. When they are intercepted at the Israeli border, a young woman who discovers their plan causes them to reconsider their actions.
Language: Arabic; English, French, or Spanish subtitles

Persepolis (Iran) --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .P477 2008
In 1970s Iran, Marjane "Marji" Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family.
Language: French; English and Spanish subtitles

Please Vote For Me (China) --- MEDIA LB3092 .P54 2008
Follows elections for class monitor at a Chinese grammar school and examines how the children take to this exercise in democracy.
Language: Cantonese; English subtitles

Poetry: Shi (South Korea) --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .S552 2011
A sixty-something woman, faced with the discovery of a heinous family crime and in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, finds strength and purpose when she enrolls in a poetry class.
Language: Korean; English subtitles

Pool (India) --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .P66 2013
The story of Venkatesh, a 'room boy' working at a hotel in Panjim, Goa, who sees from his perch in a mango tree a luxuriant garden and shimmering pool hidden behind a wall.
Language: Hindi; English subtitles

Raise the Red Lantern (China) --- MEDIA PN1997 .D16 1992 [VHS]
Set in 1920's China, 19-year-old Songlian has become Fourth Wife to the wealthy Chen. Yet she must share her husband with three existing wives.
Language: Mandarin Chinese; English subtitles

Ran (Japan) --- MEDIA PN1997 .R23513 2005
An aging warlord decides to split his kingdom between his three sons, who will live in three separate castles. The two eldest sons are quite happy, but the youngest thinks his father has gone mad, and predicts that it won't be long until the two older brothers are fighting with each other.
Language: Japanese; English subtitles

Rashomon (Japan) --- MEDIA PN1997 .R37 2008
Four people involved in the murder of a gentleman in feudal Japan and the seduction of his wife report differing views of what actually happened.
Language: Japanese; English subtitles

Salaam Bombay! (India) --- MEDIA PN1997 .S243 2003
Krisha, a ten year old boy, has been abandoned in Bombay by his mother. He tries to earn money to go home while he lives in the streets.
Language: Hindi; English, Spanish and French subtitles

Secret Sunshine (South Korea) --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .S43 2011
The story of a widowed piano teacher who moves with her young son from Seoul to her late husband's provincial hometown for a fresh start.
Language: Korean; English subtitles

A Separation (Iran) --- MEDIA PN1997.2.J833 2012
A married couple are faced with a difficult decision—to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease.
Language: Farsi (Persian) or French; English or French subtitles

Seven Samurai (Japan) --- MEDIA PN1997 .S553 2006
Tells the story of a sixteenth-century village whose desperate inhabitants hire seven out-of-work warriors to protect them from invading bandits.
Language: Japanese; English subtitles

Shen Nü = The Goddess (China) --- MEDIA PN1997 .S54 2004
A sad story of a woman, as a mother and a prostitute in Shanghai in earlier 1930s.
Language: Mandarin Chinese; English and Chinese subtitles

Shijie = The World (China) --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .S555 2005
On the outskirts of Beijing is an amusement park called The World. The staff, most who have come to work from rural areas, may be happy around the guests, but it’s a different story behind the scenes.
Language: Mandarin Chinese; English subtitles

Story of Qiu Ju (China) --- MEDIA PN1997 .Q2 2006
An ordinary, courageous woman in a small village fights against the system in her quest for justice.
Language: Mandarin Chinese; English subtitles

Ta'm e Guilas = Taste of Cherry (Iran) --- MEDIA PN1997 .T34 1999
Mr. Badii, ceaselessly driving through the red-brown hills around Tehran in search of assistance in his suicide, receives from each of the men he asks for help a viewpoint on life.
Language: Farsi; English subtitles

That Girl in Yellow Boots (India) --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .G57 2011
Ruth is searching for her father, a man she hardly knew but cannot forget. Torn between several schisms, Mumbai becomes the alien, yet strangely familiar backdrop for Ruth's quest. She struggles to find her independence and space, even as she is sucked deeper into the labyrinthine politics of the city's underbelly.
Language: Hindi; English subtitles

To Live (China) --- Classroom Collection
The story of a prodigal son set against the backdrop of China in the tumultuous era of the 40s and beyond.
Language: Mandarin Chinese; English, Mandarin, Cantonese, French and Spanish subtitles

Touch of Sin (China) --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .T6845 2014
Inspired by four shocking and true events, the film focuses on four characters who are driven to violent ends.
Language: Mandarin and Cantonese; English subtitles

Tôkyô Monogatari = Tokyo Story (Japan) --- MEDIA PN1997 .T6213 2003
When an aging couple journeys to visit with their adult children and family, they find they are an intrusion on the younger generation's life style.
Language: Japanese; English subtitles

Twilight Samurai (Japan) --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .T37 2005
As the feudal Shogun period is unravelling in late 19th-century Japan, widowed, low-ranking samurai Seibei devotes his life not to the art of war but to his two children and ailing mother. Hopeful that true happiness may at last find him when his childhood love divorces her husband, Seibei instead succumbs to fate when he is forced to face a renowned enemy warrior in a life-or-death battle.
Language: Japanese; English subtitles

Ugetsu (Japan) --- MEDIA PN1997 .U35 2005
In sixteenth century Japan a village potter and his brother-in-law set out for the city to seek their fortunes in the spoils of war. Their neglected wives suffer the bitter consequences of their husbands' ambition as one is murdered by soldiers and the other is raped and becomes a prostitute.
Language: Japanese; English subtitles

Wadjda (Saudi Arabia) --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .W33 2013
Wadjda, a fun-loving 10-year-old girl living in Saudi Arabia, has her heart set on a beautiful new bicycle.
Language: Arabic or French; English subtitles

Wang de Shengyan = The Last Supper (China) --- MEDIA PN1997.2.L378 2014
Two warring generals, Liu Bang (Ye Liu) and Xiang Yu (Daniel Wu), fight for control of China at the end of the Qin Dynasty. (IMDB)
Language: Mandarin Chinese; English subtitles

Water (India) --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .W38 2006
Set in 1938 Colonial India, against Mahatma Gandhi's rise to power, the story begins as eight-year-old Chuyla is widowed and sent to a home where Hindu widows must live out their lives in penitence.
Language: Hindi; English and Spanish subtitles

The Wind Rises (Japan) --- MEDIA PN1997.2.W56 2014
Jiro dreams of flying and designing beautiful airplanes, inspired by the famous Italian aeronautical designer Caproni. Nearsighted from a young age and unable to be a pilot, Jiro joins a major Japanese engineering company in 1927 and becomes one of the world's most innovative and accomplished airplane designers.
Language: English or Japanese

Wo De Fu Qin Mu Qin = The Road Home (China) --- MEDIA PN1997 .W6 2001
As a son helps his mother arrange for the burial of his father in the traditional Chinese custom of his mother's village, the beautiful and touching story of his parents' courtship unfolds.
Language: Mandarin Chinese and French; English and French subtitles

Wu Kui = Wooden Man's Bride (Taiwan) --- MEDIA PN1997 .W662 2002
This film begins in the 1920's in the Chinese desert. When her bridegroom is killed, the bride is forced by tradition to marry a wooden effigy of the dead man. She secretly begins a forbidden, passionate affair with a young man setting off violence and revenge.
Language: Mandarin Chinese; English and Korean subtitles

Yi Yi = A One and A Two (China) --- MEDIA PN1997 .Y5 2006
An intimate look at the life of a middle-class family in Taipei, beginning with a wedding and ending with a funeral.
Language: Mandarin Chinese; English subtitles

Xi Zao = Shower (China) --- MEDIA PN1997 .S54 2000
Mistakenly believing his father has passed away, a bathhouse master's son returns home and soon discovers the magic of the family business and its importance to the community.
Language: Mandarin Chinese; English, Spanish and French subtitles

Xiu Chun Dao = Brotherhood of Blades (China) --- MEDIA PN1997.2 .B76 2015
This kung fu thriller is set in the late Ming Dynasty. Three elite guards for the palace are involved in a power struggle with one of their own brothers.
Language: Mandarin Chinese; Chinese and English subtitles

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