16 Great Foreign Movies Available To Stream On Netflix

13 Assassins (“Jûsan-nin no shikaku”)

I may be remembering this wrong but I think its mostly about fishing. There may be something about an evil lord and people trying to kill him but we all know why you watch it, the fishing. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1436045/

Black Death

A rookie monk is sent to investigate stories of people being resurrected in a small village. It has Sean Bean in it so at least you know it will have a happy ending. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1181791/


Ben Willis, an art student, develops insomnia after breaking up with his girlfriend and takes a job working the night shift at a local grocery store. He starts to imagine he can freeze time so that he can admire the beauty of whats around him. It was his way to pass time and cope with the boredom of his new job. I don’t know how much I should explain because it has been awhile since I watched it and would hate to spoil anything. I will say the actor who plays Ben is Sean Biggerstaff, I’m not sure why it matters but I like that name. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0460740/


A small group of Roman soldiers fight to survive after their legion is destroyed by an ambush. They are hunted by a group of unrelenting and brutal Picts. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1020558/

Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (Ichimei)

A penniless samurai goes to a feudal lord asking permission to use his courtyard to commit ritual suicide. Killing himself in the lord’s courtyard would restore honor to the destitute samurai. I won’t say much about this film other than it is powerful. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1728196/

Headhunters (Hodejegerne)

Headhunters stars the talented Aksel Hennie as Roger, a charming scoundrel and Norway’s most accomplished headhunter. Roger is living a life of luxury well beyond his means, and stealing art to subsidize his expensive lifestyle. When his beautiful gallery owner wife introduces him to a former mercenary in the possession of an extremely valuable painting, he decides to risk it all to get his hands on it, and in doing so discovers something which makes him a hunted man. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1614989/

Ip Man (Yip Man)

I don’t think I really need to say much at all about Ip Man and I almost didn’t include it for that reason. I decided to include it because maybe someone who hasn’t seen it will see this post and then go watch it. It isn’t just great for a martial arts movie, it is just plain great. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1220719/

Kung Fu Hustle

I am starting to think 16 films might have been a bit ambitious at 6:00 in the morning so I will just copy over brief descriptions. In Shanghai, China in the 1940s, a wannabe gangster aspires to join the notorious “Axe Gang” while residents of a housing complex exhibit extraordinary powers in defending their turf. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0373074/

A Tale of Two Sisters (Janghwa, Hongryeon)

Set in an isolated lakeside house, it begins with two young girls returning home after a period of hospitalization following the death of their mother. In the meantime, their father Mu-Hyun has married Eun-joo whom the girls obviously despise. Strange, violent visions begin to disturb Su-mi and she becomes convinced that Eun-joo is keeping a dark secret from the family http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0365376/

The Wave (Die Welle)

A high school teacher’s unusual experiment to demonstrate to his students what life is like under a dictatorship spins horribly out of control when he forms a social unit with a life of its own. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1063669/

The Chaser (Chugyeogja)

Joong-ho is a dirty detective turned pimp in financial trouble as several of his girls have recently disappeared without clearing their debts. While trying to track them down, he finds a clue that the vanished girls were all called up by a same client whom one of his girls is meeting with right now. I really loved this movie. It is tense, exciting and still manages to have its lighter moments. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1190539/

The Good, the Bad, the Weird (Joheunnom nabbeunnom isanghannom)

The story of two outlaws and a bounty hunter in 1940s Manchuria and their rivalry to possess a treasure map while being pursued by the Japanese army and Chinese bandits. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0901487/

The Host (Gwoemu)

A monster emerges from Seoul’s Han River and focuses its attention on attacking people. One victim’s loving family does what it can to rescue her from its clutches. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0468492/

The White Ribbon (Das weisse Band)

This one is not available for stream in the U.S. but you can watch it by using “hola!” and switching your country to Canada. I was going to remove it because of this but figured it was worth the inclusion. I’m sure someone in the comments will be willing to explain “hola!” Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years just before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. The abused and suppressed children of the villagers seem to be at the heart of this mystery. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1149362/

Thirst (Bakjwi)

Through a failed medical experiment, a priest is stricken with vampirism and is forced to abandon his ascetic ways. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0762073/

Timecrimes (Los cronocrímenes)

A man accidentally gets into a time machine and travels back in time nearly an hour. Finding himself will be the first of a series of disasters of unforeseeable consequences. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0480669/