Sin Nombre (2009)

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Summary:  A Honduran family make the long and dangerous journey to the United States, in hopes of entering as illegal immigrants for a better life.  By jumping trains heading towards Mexico to near the border, they run and hide from officials … Continue reading

Sopyonje (1993)

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Seopyeonje (original title) Summary:  Dung-ho (Kyu-chul Kim) thinks back to how he and his sister Songwa (Jung-hae Oh) were raised by a pansori singer Yu-bong (Myung-gon Kim).  Yu-bong wanted to turn the brother and sister duo into serious artists of pansori, a … Continue reading

The Only Son (1936)

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Hitori musuko (original title) Summary: In a poor province of Japan, a widowed silk factory worker (Chôko Iida) is faced with the decision whether to send her only son (Shin’ichi Himori) to Tokyo for a better education.  After the boy’s school … Continue reading

Weekend (1967)

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Week End (original title) Summary:  A married couple’s idyllic weekend plans to drive down to the French countryside are thwarted when suddenly hitting wildly long traffic jams in all directions.  They travel further into the queues to witness the aftermath of violent car accidents, … Continue reading

Persepolis (2007)

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Summary: A young girl growing up in Tehran begins to learn of her country’s politics as Iran’s uprising against its Shah topples him from power.  Marjane’s uncle, having once been imprisoned for rebelling against the government, is released and is hugely impressionable as … Continue reading

Battle Royale (2000)

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Batoru rowaiaru (original title) Summary:  With unemployment continually running high and a torn apart economy, the Japanese government pass the revolutionary Battle Royale Act; legalising one randomly selected class of schoolchildren to be sent to an island, equipping each student with only … Continue reading

Farewell (2009)

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L’affaire Farewell (original title) Summary:  Soviet Colonel Sergei Gregoriev (Emir Kusturica) becomes disillusioned in communism and the regime, at the height of the Cold War.  He decides, in order to force reform in creating a better Russia for his son, he must reveal … Continue reading

Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

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El laberinto del fauno (original title) Summary:  The young, imaginative Ofelia is forced to live within the Spanish woods amongst Falangist Captain Vidal and his troops, who are hunting out Republican rebels fighting against their regime.  Her pregnant mother is … Continue reading

Ichi the Killer (2001)

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Koroshiya 1 (original title) Summary:  300 million Yen goes missing when a Yakuza boss disappears.  His former aide, Kakihara (Tadanobu Asano), rounds up other gang members to seek out what has happened to both the man and the money, believing he is still … Continue reading