Southeast Asian submissions for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film

by 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 »

Director: Rithy Panh | Stars: Peng Phan, Mom Soth, Chhim Naline, Va Simorn

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.

Director: M.T. Risyaf | Stars: Deddy Mizwar, Nurul Arifin, Wawan Wanisar, Afrizal Anoda

Votes: 210


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.

Director: Eros Djarot | Stars: Pitradjaya Burnama, Christine Hakim, Rudy Wowor, Slamet Rahardjo

Votes: 160


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 »

Director: Slamet Rahardjo | Stars: Baron Ahmadi, Soenaryo Banyu Biru, Pitradjaya Burnama, Karsiman Gada

Votes: 32


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.

Director: Arifin C. Noer | Stars: Bella Esperance, Fadli, Galeb Husein, Jajang C. Noer

Votes: 10


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.

Director: Garin Nugroho | Stars: Sarah Azhari, Deni Christantra, Christine Hakim, Heru

Votes: 234


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.

Director: Marselli Sumarno | Stars: Rini Ariyanti, Sardono W. Kusumo, R.M.T. Ronosuripto, Niniek L. Karim


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...

Director: Nia Di Nata | Stars: Ferry Salim, Lola Amaria, Niniek L. Karim, Irgi Fahrezi

Votes: 101


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.

Director: Sekar Ayu Asmara | Stars: Ria Irawan, Nicholas Saputra, Jajang C. Noer, Dicky Lebrianto

Votes: 97


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.

Director: Riri Riza | Stars: Nicholas Saputra, Jonathan Mulia, Thomas Nawilis, Christian Audi

Votes: 916


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.

Director: Nia Di Nata | Stars: Jajang C. Noer, Shanty, Dominique Agisca Diyose, El Manik

Votes: 391

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.

Director: John de Rantau | Stars: Albert Fakdawer, Ari Sihasale, Marcella Zalianty, Mathias Muchus

Votes: 159


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.

Director: Ratna Sarumpaet | Stars: Atiqah Hasiholan, Christine Hakim, Fauzi Baadila, Ria Irawan

Votes: 50


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.

Director: Deddy Mizwar | Stars: Reza Rahadian, Tika Bravani, Asrul Dahlan, Deddy Mizwar

Votes: 242


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.

Director: Teong Hin Saw | Stars: Tiara Jacquelina, M. Nasir, Adlin Aman Ramlee, Man Bai

Votes: 288


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 »

Director: Manuel Conde | Stars: Manuel Conde, Elvira Reyes, Inday Jalandoni, Jose Villafranca

Votes: 39


17. Child of Sorrow (1956)

119 min | Crime, Drama

A war hero meets a prostitute in the postwar ruins of Manila.

Director: Lamberto V. Avellana | Stars: Rosa Rosal, Tony Santos, Joseph de Cordova, Vic Silayan

Votes: 52


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.

Director: Gerardo de Leon | Stars: Leopoldo Salcedo, Joseph Estrada, Lilia Dizon, Ben Perez

Votes: 17


20. This Is How We Were Before, How Are You Doing Now? (1976)

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.

Director: Eddie Romero | Stars: Christopher De Leon, Gloria Diaz, Eddie Garcia, Dranreb Belleza

Votes: 92


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 »

Director: Marilou Diaz-Abaya | Stars: Charito Solis, Phillip Salvador, Vic Silayan, Cecille Castillo

Votes: 67


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 »

Director: Lino Brocka | Stars: Phillip Salvador, Gina Alajar, Venchito Galvez, Ariosto Reyes Jr.

Votes: 91


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 »

Director: Carlos Siguion-Reyna | Stars: Maricel Soriano, Snooky Serna, Eric Quizon, Tirso Cruz III

Votes: 40


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 »

Director: Tikoy Aguiluz | Stars: Michelle Aldana, Gary Estrada, Ruby Moreno, Albert Martinez

Votes: 69


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 »

Director: Marilou Diaz-Abaya | Stars: Sharmaine Arnaiz, Dante Rivero, Joel Torre, Raymond Bagatsing

Votes: 13


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 »

Director: Marilou Diaz-Abaya | Stars: Jomari Yllana, Elizabeth Oropesa, Chin Chin Gutierrez, Pen Medina

Votes: 46


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 »

Director: Gil Portes | Stars: Ricky Davao, Lester Llansang, Jennifer Sevilla, Roy Alvarez

Votes: 18


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 »

Director: Rory B. Quintos | Stars: Vilma Santos, Claudine Barretto, Joel Torre, Baron Geisler

Votes: 296


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 »

Director: Gil Portes | Stars: Jomari Yllana, Mylene Dizon, Kenji Motoki, Mario Magallona

Votes: 29


30. Mga munting tinig (2002)

109 min | Drama

58 Metascore

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.

Director: Gil Portes | Stars: Alessandra de Rossi, Dexter Doria, Gina Alajar, Amy Austria

Votes: 124


31. The Seventies (2002)

TV-14 | 128 min | Drama

A middle-class Filipino family struggles to survive in the era of dictatorship.

Director: Chito S. Roño | Stars: Vilma Santos, Christopher De Leon, Piolo Pascual, Marvin Agustin

Votes: 227


32. Crying Ladies (2003)

Not Rated | 110 min | Comedy, Drama

54 Metascore

A whimsical comedy about three women who cry at funerals, professionally.

Director: Mark Meily | Stars: Sharon Cuneta, Hilda Koronel, Angel Aquino, Eric Quizon

Votes: 234 | Gross: $0.11M


33. The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros (2005)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

70 Metascore

A young boy falls in love with a handsome policeman who is investigating his family's criminal activities.

Director: Auraeus Solito | Stars: Nathan Lopez, Soliman Cruz, J.R. Valentin, Neil Ryan Sese

Votes: 1,505


34. Donsol (2006)

105 min | Drama

About two lonely people who met during the whaleshark watching season in Donsol, Sorsogon.

Director: Adolfo Alix Jr. | Stars: Sid Lucero, Angel Aquino, Cherie Gil, Jaclyn Jose

Votes: 33


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 »

Director: Dante Nico Garcia | Stars: Judy Ann Santos, Gina Pareño, Mylene Dizon, Meryll Soriano

Votes: 114


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 »

Director: Soxy Topacio | Stars: Roderick Paulate, Gina Alajar, Elizabeth Oropesa, Manilyn Reynes

Votes: 79


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 »

Directors: Coco Martin, Dondon S. Santos | Stars: Coco Martin, Cherry Pie Picache, Erich Gonzales, Joem Bascon

Votes: 50


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.

Director: Han Hsiang Li | Stars: Dai Lin, Lei Zhao, King Hu, Lin Ma

Votes: 126

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

67 Metascore

"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 »

Director: Eric Khoo | Stars: Theresa Poh Lin Chan, Chiew Sung Ching, Lawrence Yong, Leong Kooi Eng

Votes: 1,655


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 »

Director: Royston Tan | Stars: Yuwu Qi, Mindee Ong, Yann Yann Yeo, Ling Ling Liu

Votes: 326


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.

Director: Eric Khoo | Stars: Francis Bosco, Jathisweran, Keng Yew Seet, Jason Lim

Votes: 290


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.

Director: Euthana Mukdasanit | Stars: Rewat Buddhinan, Amphol Lumpoon, Patravadi Mejudhon, Wasamon Watharodom

Votes: 44


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 »

Director: Chatrichalerm Yukol | Stars: Sorapong Chatree, Ad Carabao, Ron Rittichai, Ittisoontorn Vichailak

Votes: 46


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 »

Director: Chatrichalerm Yukol | Stars: Chatchai Plengpanich, Passorn Boonyakiart, Pattamawan Kaomoolkadee

Votes: 36


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 »

Director: Bhandit Rittakol | Stars: Santisuk Promsiri, Chintara Sukapatana, Ronnarong Buranat, Martang Jantranee

Votes: 77