Southeast Asian submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Filmby kingwilson | created - 30 Apr 2011 | updated - 30 Apr 2011 | Public
My favourite region on Earth :)
OK here are the tallies:
Cambodia 1 Indonesia 13 Malaysia 1 Philippines 22 Singapore 4 Thailand 17 Vietnam 8
As far as I can see, there are none from Laos, Myanmar/Burma, Brunei, or East Timor.
Support world cinema! :) (And good luck finding some of these)
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1. Rice People (1994)
125 min | Drama
In Cambodian refugee camps, when children are asked where rice comes from, they answer, "from UN lorries". They have never seen a rice field. One day, these children will have to learn to ... See full summary »
Votes: 278 | Gross: $0.04M
2. Naga Bonar (1987)
95 min | Comedy, War
Naga Bonar is a pickpocket. During the withdrawal of the Japanese occupying forces from Indonesia in 1945 he declares himself a general of the Liberation Forces. Soon a mask becomes his true self, and he becomes a true soldier and patriot.
3. Tjoet Nja' Dhien (1988)
150 min | Drama, War
Tjoet Nja' Dhien assumes the leadership when her husband Teuku Umar is killed in an ambush. Dhien's charismatic presence and power of survival motivate the locals to join and later continue their opposition to the Dutch in Aceh in 1896.
4. Langitku Rumahku (1990)
103 min | Drama
This is a story about two boys, Andri and Gempol. Andri is rich, educated but unhappy. Lonely and neglected by his parents, he befriends Gempol whose parents are too poor to send him to ... See full summary »
5. Bibir Mer (1992)
95 min | Comedy, Drama
Maria, who is disappointed with her boyfriend, Jodi , goes to work in a salon where she uses her ability to chat and interact with a good socially as a great advantage to keep customers lined up.
6. Leaf on a Pillow (1998)
83 min | Crime, Drama
The Indonesian society is seen through a middle-aged lady's eyes in her daily encounters with the street children who work and live off the harsh and sleazy world of adults.
7. Sri (1999)
102 min | Drama
Sri is a village girl married to Hendro, a 70-year old Javanese aristocrat. When Hendro falls ill, she has to nurse him back to health and negotiates with the God of Death not to take him away.
8. Ca-bau-kan (2002)
120 min | Drama, History, Romance
A woman, given up for adoption when she was young, returns from Holland to Indonesia to find out about her parents. She is about to discover a shocking truth...
9. The Stringless Violin (2003)
99 min | Drama, Romance
A woman with a dark past dedicates herself to taking care of multi-handicapped children. When a young musician comes into her life, she is forced to face her history, or it will destroy her future.
10. Gie (2005)
Not Rated | 147 min | Biography, Drama
Soe Hok Gie is an activist who lived in the sixties. Set in the darkest era of Indonesian modern history, "Gie" is an interpretation of what happened based on his journal.
11. Love for Share (2006)
120 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
This is the story of women those are live in polygamy life. It's about their consequence to accept the status as other wife.
Indonesia LOL @ English title
12. Denias Singing in the Clouds (2006)
TV-PG | 110 min | Drama, Family
A boy from a tribe in inland Papua named Denias struggles to get the proper education for a better life.
13. Jamila and the President (2009)
87 min | Drama
Jamila is a prostitute serving a life sentence behind bars. She surrenders herself to the authorities after admitting she killed a high-ranking minister, and refuses to be represented by any lawyer or request a plea to ease her sentence.
14. How Funny (This Country Is) (2010)
104 min | Comedy
Three freshly graduated adults try to educate young beggars to become street vendors, but are opposed by their fathers.
15. A Legendary Love (2004)
145 min | Romance, Fantasy, Drama
In the late 15th century, a forbidden romance blossoms between Gusti Putri, a Javanese Hindu princess and Hang Tuah, a Malay Muslim warrior from Melaka, against a backdrop of war and mysticism.
16. Genghis Khan (1950)
88 min | Action
Temujin, who later became Genghis Khan is wise, or sometimes cunning. He goes through several heroic episodes; competing at the Man of Men contest, falling in love with the enemy ... See full summary »
17. Child of Sorrow (1956)
119 min | Crime, Drama
A war hero meets a prostitute in the postwar ruins of Manila.
18. The Moises Padilla Story (1961)
90 min | Action, Biography, Drama
Based on actual events, "The Moises Padilla Story" tells of a man's gallant stand, courage and struggle to fight an oligarchic governor who commands a private army to enforce his repressions of freedom.
19. Dahil sa isang bulaklak (1967)
100 min | Drama, Romance
TV-PG | 136 min | Drama, Musical, Romance
Set at the turn of the 20th century during the Filipino revolution against the Spaniards and, later, the American colonizers, it follows a naive peasant through his leap of faith to become a member of an imagined community.
21. Of the Flesh (1983)
TV-MA | 123 min | Drama
A groom takes his city bride to his hometown to settle in his father's house. Struck by her uncanny resemblance to his dead wife, the patriarch is driven to lust after his daughter-in-law. ... See full summary »
22. Bayan Ko (1984)
108 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Arturo and his wife, Luz Manalastas, both work in a printing press. After Luz becomes pregnant, Arturo ("Turing") is forced to ask for a raise. When he does so, his boss asks him to sign a ... See full summary »
23. Harvest Home (1995)
TV-14 | 103 min | Drama
Set in a quiet, rural Filipino village, tale revolves around a sibling rivalry between Jacinta, a woman who appears to be the ultimate dutiful daughter and wife, and Clarita, her more ... See full summary »
24. Segurista (1996)
111 min | Drama
In the daytime, Karen is an insurance saleswoman in Manila, but in the evening she works as an escort in a club. She is very successful in selling insurance to her escort clients. On the ... See full summary »
25. Milagros (1997)
130 min | Drama
Milagros is a prostitute who becomes the maid of a family of four men. With them, she finds the family she never had. With her, each man finds the salvation he needs. Together, they begin ... See full summary »
26. In the Navel of the Sea (1998)
116 min | Drama, Romance
Pepito, growing up in a remote fishing village in the Philippines is destined to become the successor of his mother: the only midwife in the whole district, a job given from generation to ... See full summary »
27. The Kite (1999)
85 min | Drama
Though widowed ex-cop Homer is a kindly father to his ten-year old son Rex, he is considered to be something of a bully in the poor Manila neighborhood that he lives. After mistaking a ... See full summary »
28. Anak (2000)
TV-PG | 135 min | Drama
The main character is a Filipina Overseas Contract Worker, one of the many residents of the archipelago who is forced to leave her family and take a higher paying job in a more prosperous ... See full summary »
29. In the Bosom of the Enemy (2001)
101 min | Drama, War
After her husband was arrested from being a Guerilla warrior, Pilar agreed to be a wet nurse to the Japanese General's infant son whose Filipina wife died from giving birth. While attending... See full summary »
30. Mga munting tinig (2002)
109 min | Drama
A young idealistic teacher enters her kids in a city choral competition. A victory there would not only gain funds for the school, but prove to these children of poverty how even they can afford to hope.
31. The Seventies (2002)
TV-14 | 128 min | Drama
A middle-class Filipino family struggles to survive in the era of dictatorship.
32. Crying Ladies (2003)
Not Rated | 110 min | Comedy, Drama
A whimsical comedy about three women who cry at funerals, professionally.
Votes: 234 | Gross: $0.11M
33. The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros (2005)
Not Rated | 100 min | Drama
A young boy falls in love with a handsome policeman who is investigating his family's criminal activities.
34. Donsol (2006)
105 min | Drama
About two lonely people who met during the whaleshark watching season in Donsol, Sorsogon.
35. Ploning (2008)
106 min | Drama, Romance
Ploning, is a story of one mans search for the enigmatic woman who has deeply wounded him in the past. Having grown up in an illegal Taiwanese fishing vessel, Rodrigo (30 years old) returns... See full synopsis »
36. Grandpa Is Dead (2009)
90 min | Comedy
A large family with lots of issues gather together to mourn the death of the family patriarch. But getting in the way of their genuine grief are a bunch of superstitions about the dead, and... See full summary »
37. Noy (2010)
104 min | Drama
Desperate to find means of support for his family, Noy (Coco Martin) fakes his credentials to get a job as a TV journalist. His assignment is to come up with a documentary on the 2010 ... See full summary »
38. The Kingdom and the Beauty (1959)
100 min | Drama, Family, Musical
A bored Ming Dynasty Emperor decides to take a vacation from his regal duties to a village that boast to have beautiful women. He then happens on a local beauty Li-feng, an innocent waitress who works in a local wine shop.
Singapore NOTE: Though the IMDB page states it's a Hong Kong movie, I'm certain this is the correct film.
39. Be with Me (2005)
Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Romance
"Be with me" consists of three stories of love vs. solitude : 1)An aging, lonesome shopkeeper doesn't believe in life any more since his wife died. But he is saved from desperation by ... See full summary »
40. 881 (2007)
115 min | Comedy, Drama, Musical
The story is about two good friends who grew up with genuine love for the Getai culture, a form of art with stage and song performances. Getai has a historical tradition in Singapore. After... See full summary »
41. My Magic (2008)
75 min | Drama
A single dad looks to give up drinking and his bartender job in order to impress his son and find work as a magician.
42. Nam Pu (1984)
130 min | Biography, Drama
Based on a biography of acclaimed Thai female writer, Suvannee Sukonta, the film focuses on her teenage son Nampoo. Being left alone as his divorced mom always has hands full with work, he sorted to cure his loneliness with drugs.
43. The Elephant Keeper (1987)
136 min | Crime, Drama
Chai, a forestry official, tells a campfire tale about his first days on the job and why he believes the forest is protected by an elephant's spirit. It's a story about his hot-headed first... See full summary »
44. Song for Chao Phraya (1990)
107 min | Drama
The film focuses on the lives of three boat people on Chao Phraya - Sang, Prang and Tubtim - who load sand from Chainart, a province near Bangkok and float it downstream to unload at a sand... See full summary »
45. Once Upon a Time... This Morning (1994)
140 min | Drama
Once upon a time, a group of children venture away from their homes and find a castle. Having no idea the castle is owned by an evil witch, the children are all turned into animals after ... See full summary »
46. Sia dai 2 (1996)
90 min | Drama