Outstanding Foreign Films (Predominantly Thriller, Horror, Etc)

"My fave foreign films. Mostly dark. No happy movies here lol. Actually, maybe a sprinkle of happy. Just a small sprinkle.

And in no order."

OK so it used to be my fave dark foreign movie list but now it's slowly becoming foreign movies I've enjoyed watching.

Korean cinema is amazing.
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1.
Oldboy (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
After being kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in 5 days. (120 mins.)
Director: Chan-wook Park
 
2.
Lady Vengeance (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
After a thirteen-year imprisonment for the kidnap and murder of a six-year-old boy, Guem-Ja Lee seeks... (112 mins.)
Director: Park Chan Wook
 
3.
Audition (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A widower takes an offer to screen girls at a special audition, arranged for him by a friend to find him a new wife. The one he fancies is not who she appears to be after all. (115 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
 
4.
Memories of Murder (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
In 1986, in the province of Gyunggi, in South Korea, a second young and beautiful woman is found dead... (131 mins.)
Director: Joon Ho Bong
 
5.
A Tale of Two Sisters (2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A family is haunted by the tragedies of deaths within the family. (115 mins.)
Director: Kim Jee-woon
 
6.
Martyrs (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A young woman's quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity. (99 mins.)
Director: Pascal Laugier
 
7.
[Rec] (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A television reporter and cameraman follow emergency workers into a dark apartment building and are quickly locked inside with something terrifying. (78 mins.)
 
8.
[Rec] 2 (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
In order to ascertain the current situation inside, a supposed medical officer and a GEO team step into the quarantined and ill-fated apartment building. (85 mins.)
 
9.
The Orphanage (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A woman brings her family back to her childhood home, which used to be an orphanage for handicapped children. Before long, her son starts to communicate with an invisible new friend. (105 mins.)
Director: J.A. Bayona
 
10.
The Devil's Backbone (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
After Carlos, a 12-year-old whose father has died in the Spanish Civil War, arrives at an ominous boy's orphanage he discovers the school is haunted and has many dark secrets that he must uncover. (106 mins.)
 
11.
Mama (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A young couple take in their two nieces only to suspect that a foreboding evil has latched itself to their family. (100 mins.)
Director: Andy Muschietti
 
12.
Crows Zero (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A transfer student attempts to take over the most violent high school in the country, whose students form factions and battle each other for power. (130 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
“ The sprinkle of happy I was talking about. ” - narmohsini
 
13.
Crows Zero II (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Tension escalates and violence ensues when a young student unwittingly breaks a non-aggression pact between two rival high schools. (133 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
“ The other sprinkle of happy. ” - narmohsini
 
14.
Lesson of the Evil (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A popular high school teacher concocts an extreme plan to deal with the rise of bullying and bad behavior among the student body. (129 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
 
15.
Masters of Horror (2005 TV Series)
Episode: Imprint (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In the 1800s, an American returns to Japan to find the prostitute he fell in love with, but instead learns of the psychical and existential horror that befell her after he left. (60 mins.)
 
16.
Three... Extremes (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An Asian cross-cultural trilogy of horror films from accomplished indie directors. (118 mins.)
 
17.
Dumplings (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
In Hong Kong, Aunt Mei is a cook famous for her home-made rejuvenation dumplings, based on a millenarian... (91 mins.)
Director: Fruit Chan
 
18.
The Chaser (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A cash-strapped pimp and former police detective draws upon the skills of his old job to track down his missing stable of prostitutes. (125 mins.)
Director: Hong-jin Na
 
19.
Alone (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Deceased Siamese twin returns to haunt surviving sister (105 mins.)
 
20.
I Saw the Devil (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A secret agent exacts revenge on a serial killer through a series of captures and releases. (141 mins.)
Director: Kim Jee-woon
 
21.
Suicide Club (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A detective is trying to find the cause of a string of suicides. (99 mins.)
Director: Sion Sono
 
22.
Noroi: The Curse (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A documentary filmmaker explores seemingly unrelated paranormal incidents connected by the legend of an ancient demon called the "kagutaba." (115 mins.)
Director: Kôji Shiraishi
 
23.
Battle Royale (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
In the future, the Japanese government captures a class of ninth-grade students and forces them to kill each other under the revolutionary "Battle Royale" act. (114 mins.)
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
 
24.
Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
In the falangist Spain of 1944, the bookish young stepdaughter of a sadistic army officer escapes into an eerie but captivating fantasy world. (118 mins.)
 
25.
Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Jean-Baptiste Grenouille, born with a superior olfactory sense, creates the world's finest perfume. His work, however, takes a dark turn as he searches for the ultimate scent. (147 mins.)
Director: Tom Tykwer
 
26.
Films to Keep You Awake: The Baby's Room (2006 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In Spain, the sports journalist Juan has a perfect life with his wife Sonia: they have just had a baby... (77 mins.)
 
27.
Infection (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
INFECTION takes place in a dark, isolated hospital, where one doctors mistake has led to dire consequences for a patient. (98 mins.)
Director: Masayuki Ochiai
 
28.
The Loved Ones (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
When Brent turns down his classmate Lola's invitation to the prom, she concocts a wildly violent plan for revenge. (84 mins.)
Director: Sean Byrne
 
29.
Mother (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A mother desperately searches for the killer who framed her son for a girl's horrific murder. (128 mins.)
Director: Joon Ho Bong
 
30.
Confessions (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A psychological thriller of a grieving mother turned cold-blooded avenger with a twisty master plan to pay back those who were responsible for her daughter's death. (106 mins.)
 
31.
New World (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Story about a conflict between the police and the mob through the eyes of an undercover cop. (134 mins.)
Director: Hoon-jung Park
 
32.
A Separation (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
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. (123 mins.)
Director: Asghar Farhadi
 
33.
Always (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A love story centered on ex-boxer Chul-min and a blind telemarketer Jung-hwa. (108 mins.)
Director: Il-gon Song
 
34.
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A recently laid off factory worker kidnaps his former boss' daughter, hoping to use the ransom money to pay for his sister's kidney transplant. (129 mins.)
Director: Chan-wook Park
 
35.
Shield of Straw (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A team of cops must protect an accused killer with a billion-yen bounty on his head. (124 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
 
36.
A Bittersweet Life (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Things go wrong for a high ranking mobster when he doesn't proceed by his boss's orders. (120 mins.)
Director: Kim Jee-woon
 
37.
A Moment to Remember (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A Korean love story about a young couple's enduring love, which is tested when 27 year old Sun-jin is diagnosed with a rare form of Alzheimer's disease. (117 mins.)
Director: John H. Lee
 
38.
Confession of Murder (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
After the statute of limitation expires on the murders he has committed, Lee Du-seok publishes an autobiography... (119 mins.)
 
39.
Montage (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
15 years ago, a mother lost her child in a kidnapping case. A similar crime happens again and she won't let him go this time. (120 mins.)
Director: Geun-seop Jeong
 
40.
Breathless (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A bitter loan shark strikes a friendship with a troubled schoolgirl as he faces his own troubled past with his abusive father. (130 mins.)
Director: Ik-joon Yang
“ I highly recommend this movie. Wow. ” - narmohsini
 
41.
A Company Man (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
When a change of heart moves a well-trained hitman to tender his resignation to his employers, no good comes of it for anyone. (96 mins.)
Director: Sang-yoon Lim
 
42.
The Thieves (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
In order to let things cool down from their latest heist, Popeye and his group of thieves go to Macau on a job... (135 mins.)
Director: Choi Dong Hoon
 
43.
Silenced (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
Gang In-ho, who is working to earn money for his daughter's surgery, is appointed to a school for hearing-impaired children in Gwangju... (125 mins.)
Director: Dong-hyuk Hwang
 
44.
26 Years (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
26 years ago, state troops were ordered to open fire on civilians in the city of Gwangju who were demonstrating as apart of a democratic movement... (135 mins.)
Director: Geun-hyeon Jo
 
45.
Time (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
To save her relationship, a woman puts herself through extensive plastic surgery. (97 mins.)
Director: Ki-duk Kim
 
46.
The Berlin File (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Exposed during an illegal arms trade gone wrong in Berlin, a North Korean "ghost" agent finds himself in the crosshairs of an international manhunt. Was he betrayed by his wife or his country? He must prepare to make the ultimate sacrifice. (120 mins.)
Director: Seung-wan Ryoo
 
47.
Tae Guk Gi: The Brotherhood of War (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A drama about the fate of brothers forced to fight in the Korean War. (140 mins.)
Director: Je-gyu Kang
 
48.
The Terror Live (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Young-Hwa Yoon, once a top national news anchor wants to get his title back through an exclusive live broadcast with a terrorist. (97 mins.)
Director: Byeong-woo Kim
 
49.
J.S.A.: Joint Security Area (2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In the DMZ separating North and South Korea, two North Korean soldiers have been killed, supposedly by one South Korean soldier... (110 mins.)
Director: Chan-wook Park
 
50.
Pieta (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A loan shark is forced to reconsider his violent lifestyle after the arrival of a mysterious woman claiming to be his long-lost mother. (104 mins.)
Director: Ki-duk Kim
 
51.
Neighbour No. 13 (2005)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Jûzô Murasaki is a boy miscast in his classroom, being frequently abused, tortured, beaten and humiliated... (115 mins.)
Director: Yasuo Inoue
 
52.
The Show Must Go On (2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In-gu is a full-time gangster aspiring to be a full-time husband and dad. Shunned by his daughter and wife... (109 mins.)
Director: Jae-rim Han
 
53.
The World of Silence (2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Jung-Ho a famous photographer who has a special ability to read people's minds, has just returned to Korea from abroad... (110 mins.)
Director: Ui-seok Jo
 
54.
Hello Ghost (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A man's failed suicide attempt enables him to see ghosts, who later keep following him everywhere. It is now up to him to fulfill their wishes to make them go away. (111 mins.)
Director: Young-Tak Kim
 
55.
Rough Cut (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A gangster who wants to be an actor; an actor more gangster than anything. Here their paths and lives begin to cross. (113 mins.)
Director: Hun Jang
 
56.
Dream (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
In the aftermath of a car crash, a man discovers his dreams are tied to a stranger's sleepwalking. (95 mins.)
Director: Ki-duk Kim
 
57.
3-Iron (2004)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A transient young man breaks into empty homes to partake of the vacationing residents' lives for a few days. (88 mins.)
Director: Ki-duk Kim
 
58.
Bad Guy (2001)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
One man's attempt to fill humane loneliness. But love is not for "scumbags". (100 mins.)
Director: Ki-duk Kim
 
59.
Wish (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Tragedy of a 8 year old girl coping with a gruesome rape damaging her internally and affecting emotionally... (122 mins.)
Director: Joon-ik Lee
 
60.
The Babadook (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A single mother, plagued by the violent death of her husband, battles with her son's fear of a monster lurking in the house, but soon discovers a sinister presence all around her. (93 mins.)
Director: Jennifer Kent
 
61.
Crows Explode (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A month later. Genji Takiya has graduated. New fights begin to see who will climb to the top at Suzuran High School. Meanwhile, a battle against nearby Kurosaki Industrial High School begins. (129 mins.)
Director: Toshiaki Toyoda
 
62.
The Attorney (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An ambitious tax attorney decides to represent an old friend in court. (127 mins.)
Director: Woo-seok Yang
 
63.
Cold Fish (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
When Syamoto's teenage daughter is caught stealing, a generous middle-aged man helps resolve the situation... (146 mins.)
Director: Sion Sono
 
64.
Tazza: The Hidden Card (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Go-ni's nephew, Ham Dae-gil, enters the gambling underworld only to be used as a scapegoat in a deal gone wrong. Now he's planning his revenge by entering one big fatal game. (147 mins.)
 
65.
Snowpiercer (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Set in a future where a failed climate-change experiment kills all life on the planet except for a lucky few who boarded the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe, where a class system emerges. (126 mins.)
Director: Bong Joon Ho
“ Not technically foreign but foreign director so that makes the movie foreign enough for me. ” - narmohsini
 
66.
Cargo (2013 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Stranded in the midst of a zombie apocalypse, a man sets in motion an unlikely plan to protect the precious cargo he carries: his infant daughter. (7 mins.)
 
67.
Man in Love (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Tae-Il lives a fast life as low level thug. He then learns that he has a terminal illness and not much time left to live. For the first time in his life falls in love. The woman's name is Ho-Jung. (120 mins.)
Director: Dong-wook Han
 
68.
A Werewolf Boy (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Summoned by an unexpected phone call, an elderly woman visits the country cottage she lived in as a child. Memories of an orphan boy she knew 47 years ago come flooding back to her. (122 mins.)
Director: Sung-hee Jo
 
69.
The Client (2011)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Elite attorney Kang Seong-Hee goes up against a top prosecutor over a case involving a man accused of killing his wife. (123 mins.)
Director: Young-Sung Sohn
 
70.
Stoker (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
After India's father dies, her Uncle Charlie, who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her unstable mother. She comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives and becomes increasingly infatuated with him. (99 mins.)
Director: Chan-wook Park
“ Same as Snowpiercer. ” - narmohsini