FREE FOREIGN FILMS
OUR FAVORITE free FOREIGN FILMS
FREE JAPANESE MOVIES
There are so many great free movies from Japan. They have had a long and distinguished history of outstanding films dating back to the early 1900s. This page gives some of the best free Japanese anime and free Japanese films, including our top pick. We love these films.
West of the Tracks (China, Documentary)
The three films tell a story of China’s state-controlled, heavy industrial processing facilities on the wane before the start of more free-market capitalism. Our views. And you may find West of the Tracks on YouTube, and otherwise where to watch West of the Tracks.
Burning (South Korea, Thriller)
This is truly a great film. An intense mystery-thriller that highlights Korean class disparity. It centers around a poor struggling writer, a wealthy guy who doesn’t work, and the free-spirited girl that captivates both of them. Our review of Burning. And where to watch Burning.
Munyurangabo (Rwanda, Drama)
Two friends are on a journey to kill a man. But they are separated by tribe and family attempts to push them apart. Great film. It was shot sort of simplistically or maybe just free from a lot of production, but it made me feel like I was a bystander in the shadows to all the unfolding events. Filmed entirely in Rwanda with local actors. There is an amazing spoken-word poetry scene near the end of the film. Where to watch Munyurangabo.
Elena (Russia, Drama)
An aging wealthy man is asked to support his wife’s adult son and the son’s family. The wealthy man is reluctant, based on the son’s history of indolence. Then the wealthy man’s estranged daughter makes an appearance. This reminded me just a bit of the Korean film Parasite. Where to watch Elena.
City of God (Brazil, Drama – Rated R)
Violent real story of the life of a photographer in a Brazilian favela. Gangs and organized crime dominate the “City of God.” The narrator of the story just tries to stay alive and out of trouble. “If you run, the beast catches you; if you stay, the beast eats you.” This is one of the best foreign movies. Where to watch City of God.
Alamar (Mexico, Semi-Documentary, Drama, Family)
Another great feel-good movie filmed mostly around the Banco Chinchorro coral reef. A Mexican fisherman gently teaches his 5-year-old son (who lives halfway around the world). Beautiful ocean scenes of snorkeling and fishing. We want to live that simple life. Where to watch Alamar.
Little Forest (South Korea, Drama)
Great feel-good movie. So many quality cooking scenes it should come with recipes. We kept snacking as we watched it. Girl with prior family issues moves back home to rural South Korea. And we love. love, love movies about simple rural life. Beautiful nature scenes of all the Korean seasons. Where to watch Little Forest.
Battle Royale (Japan, Action-Thriller – Rated R)
A cult-favorite. Banned in the USA for many years, Battle Royale must have been the first teens-fighting-each-other-to-the-death movie. The government tries to control a country of rebellious kids by forcing a class of high school students to kill each other. Our little team of free movie reviewers disagree on this film. Some like it a lot. Others refuse to watch it. Where to watch Battle Royale.
Tanna (Australia – filmed in Vanuatu, Drama)
Marry for love or to preserve the peace of your village? The scenery in this movie is exceptional – especially the area around the volcano. The natural features of the landscapes are almost unbelievable. Based on a true story from this wonderful South Pacific island. Where to watch Tanna.
Departures (Japan, Drama)
One of the best free foreign films. Actually, one of the best movies I have ever seen. Period. This international film made me totally rethink the ceremonies we hold close. A man loses his job in Tokyo and returns to his home village. Low on money, he is forced to take a job. Where to watch Departures.
Last Train Home (China, Documentary)
A family faces the challenge of parents migrating for a better job leaving grandparents to care for the children. One of the best documentary movies we have seen in a while. We have always heard of the great movement of millions of people during the Spring Festival (Chinese New Year), but this film really shares the scope of that mass movement. Incredible and amazing scenes of packed train stations. Where to watch Last Train Home.