Foreign Language Films

Possibly Alice's strongest collection are the Foreign Language Films. Here you can totally immerse yourself in a veritable feast of titles from around the globe. We have divided this section into regional categories. There are many great films to be discovered within and they make for a preferred alternative to the steady input of Hollywood fodder that generally permeates our screens. Right: The wonderful "Manon Des Sources" ("Jean de Florette" Part 2)

Woyzeck (1978)

Director: Werner Herzog
Starring: Wolfgang Reichmann, Klaus Kinski, Eva Mattes

The tragedy of a simple soldier who is humiliated by everyone around him and is finally driven to murder; fashioned into a brilliant, compelling piece... Read more

WR - Mysteries Of The Organism (1971)

Director: Dusan Makavejev
Starring: Milena Dravic, Jagoda Kaloper, Tuli Kupferberg

WR is Dr Wilhelm Reich, eulogized here in the documentary section as one who advocated orgasm as a means of releasing inhibition, includes such bizarr... Read more

Xala (1975)

Director: Ousmane Sembene
Starring: Thiero Leye, Seun Samb

Xala ('Impotence') is a Senegalese social comedy, filmed in the Wolof language. A rich, corrupt business executive marries for the third time for the... Read more

Yeelen (1987)

Director: Souleymane Cisse
Starring: Balla Moussa Keita, Issiaka Kane, Soumba Traoure

Conceivably one of the finest films to come out of Africa, this stunning adaptation of an oral legend from Mali is set amidst the powerful Mali Empire... Read more

Yes Boss (1997)

Director: Aziz Mirza
Starring: Shahrukh Khan, Aditya Pancholi, Juhi Chawla, Kashmira Shah

Ambitious young ad executive, Rahul, will do anything to keep his boss happy - including arranging his extra-marital flings. When his boss starts dat... Read more

Yesterday (2004)

Director: Darrell Roodt
Starring: Leleti Khumalo, Kenneth Khambula, Lihle Mvelase, Harriet Lenabe, Camilla Walker

The first major feature film to be made entirely in the Zulu language, writer/director Darrell Roodt returned to his homeland to tell a truly African... Read more

Yojimbo (1961)

Director: Akira Kurosawa
Starring: Toshiro Mifune, Eijiro Tono, Seizaburo Kawazu

Kurosawa's first full-length comedy. Toshiro Mifune is the unemployed samurai warrior who comes to a small village torn apart by two warring factions... Read more

Young Thugs: Innocent Blood (1997)

Director: Takashi Miike
Starring: Koji Chihara, Seiji Chihara, Sarina Suzuki, Kyosuke Yabe, Moeko Ezawa, Marie Kik...

A vaguely autobiographical and sometimes violent comedy/drama from the eclectic and prolific Takashi Miike which he followed with the prequel, 'Young... Read more

Young Thugs: Nostalgia (1998)

Director: Takashi Miike
Starring: Naoto Takenaka, Saki Takaoka, Yuki Nagata, Shonusuke Shofukutei

This prequel to 'Innocent Blood' has been called by director Takashi Miike his favourite of all his many films. Set in 1969 Japan, this gritty coming... Read more

Youth of the Beast (1963)

Director: Seijun Suzuki
Starring: Joe Shishido

Unique Japanese filmmaker Seijun Suzuki helms this audacious wild ride into the world of 1960s Japanese Yakuza. Police detective Jo Shishido winds up... Read more