Movies about foreign cultures?

United States
September 10, 2012 11:41am CST
One of my assignments for school is to watch a foreign movie and then do a critique about it and how accurately the movie portrayed cultural aspects. It's due this Friday and I can't think of any movies to watch. My professor didn't really give any specifics about the type of movie, just that it had to depict a foreign culture in some way. I'm just wondering if anyone knows of any good movies that show foreign cultures? For some reason I just can't think of any at the moment. Thanks for your help!
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6 responses
• United States
10 Sep 12
Is Fiddler on the Roof foreign? If it is, that would be good. The culture of having to marry who your parents choose for you.
• United States
10 Sep 12
I'm not sure, I'd have to look up the description, I've never seen that movie before. So far I'm thinking of doing My Big Fat Greek Wedding, the Karate Kid, or Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift
@sedel1027 (17868)
• United States
10 Sep 12
I would start with finding a culture you don't know much about but you are interested in. I'm thinking you will probably need an older movie, maybe even on based on a book like Miss Saigon. Maybe Cleopatra? Maybe the Onb Bak fighter movies?
• United States
10 Sep 12
My professor never mentioned a whole lot about requirements the movie has to meet and I'm even thinking I can use recent movies as long as a foreign culture is depicted in some way. I also want the movie to be kind of entertaining, because I'll have to pay close attention to notice how the culture is portrayed compared to theories and elements of culture we've learned about. So far I'm thinking of doing the newest Karate Kid or Fast and Furious Tokyo Drift. Both are based in Japan so I'm sure I'd be able to notice some of the culture and relate it somehow to my paper. I heard other people in my class doing Letters to Juliet and just now as I'm typing I thought of the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding lol. So far I'm not sure what I'll do
@marguicha (76357)
• Chile
19 Sep 12
You can watch any film made by Almodovar. THey are modern and very Spanish. Check on them online. Almodovar is a genious, probably the best director now. Don`t look at his movies though if you are homophobic because he is gay. But that is also a way of understanding another culture.
13 Sep 12
“2 Days in Paris” gives an interesting perspective on French culture, it stars Julia Delpy and came out in 2007. Alternatively if you are okay with foreign language movies then “Il Postino”, “Malena” and “Cinema Paradiso” both give you an interesting retrospective look at Italian culture. If foreign language is not your thing then “Letters to Juliette” and “Only You” give a romanticized vision of Italian culture. What could be an interesting variation would be “Whale Rider” which takes you into the culture of Maori tribe as they face the changes brought on by modernisation. And also you could check out “The Kite Runner” which focuses on the culture in Afghanistan. Hopefully those will give you some ideas.
@silverfox09 (4727)
• United States
11 Sep 12
It all depend on the movie theme your looking for , I am from the Caribbean that could be a nice one for you to do it on but you would not be able to find a lot of normal movie from showcasing the culture . I also think Chinese culture would be interested since they have so much different ways of doing things and they still do most of those things even today .
• Portugal
10 Sep 12
you can watch a korean movie^^ i will upload a movie, korean one, tomorrow. if you want you can tell me and i tell you my blog address and you can download it there. korean movies are really sweet. it has drama and also romance and comedy^^