Films are extremely important cultural elements. They make the viewer reflect, think and even criticize. However, in addition to being a culture, they also bring aspects of the culture, from different places. check out 5 foreign films to discover new cultures.
Foreign films to discover new cultures
1. (2019) – South Korea
In this Oscar-winning film for ‘Best Picture’ in 2019, directed by Bong Joon-Ho, the family of Ki-Taek (Song Kan-ho) gains access to the home of a wealthy family, little by little, gets jobs in the place. However, some obstacles hinder this rise.
During the cinematographic work, some elements that refer to the South Korean culture. In one scene, it is possible to see one of the characters eating Ram-Don, a kind of Miojo.
Furthermore, in another scene, the characters Ki-jung (Park So-dam) and Ki-Woo (Choi Woo-Shik) sing a melody before entering the house where part of the film takes place. This melody is used by Korean students to memorize school subjects.
2. (2000) – China
Directed by Taiwanese Ang Lee, this Chinese film won the Oscar for ‘Best Foreign Film’ in 2001. Taking place during the 19th century Qing dynasty, the work is based on a Chinese book from the 1940s.
The work depicts the story of a warrior who delivers his sword to his lover to protect her. It includes elements of Chinese culture such as the presence of martial arts, stories from the time of other dynasties and religious and sacred elements.
3. (1954) – Japan
In this work by one of the greatest Japanese filmmakers of all time, Akira Kurosawa, a samurai answers a request for protection from bandits in a Japanese village. Inviting six other samurai to help you, you must teach people how to defend themselves. The village provides food for soldiers. The great battle takes place when 40 bandits attack the village.
The work refers to Japanese culture while portraying the samurai, who were servants and soldiers of the Japanese empire.
4. (2016) – Egypt
This film portrays Egypt during the Arab Spring, which was a revolutionary wave of protests in the Middle East and North Africa.
The movement revolutionized the culture of Egypt and other countries, as well as causing political consequences, such as extensive civil wars, general regional instability, economic and demographic decline in the Arab League and global religious wars between Sunni and Shiite Muslims.
5. (2002) – Portugal
Based on the homonymous work by Eça de Queirós, the film tells the story of the newly ordained priest Amaro, sent to a small town to work in the local parish. Falling in love with the beautiful devout Amelia, an unprecedented tragedy will mark her life.
The work brings part of Portuguese culture, in issues that refer to the strong religion that Portugal had in the past centuries.