I thought it was high time to give some love to SBS TWO and some of the terrific foreign-language flicks that you can catch on any given night of the week.
Usually there are two each night, at 9:30pm and another after 11pm or thereabouts.
Check out some of these titles. I’ve seen The Protector, which has fantastic martial arts, Summer Storm, a torrid gay romance, and A Tale of Two Sisters, a totally scary horror flick from South Korea.
Here are just a few titles on show…
Wed Oct 5
10:55pm Film: The Cave of the Yellow Dog – Oscar-nominated director Byambasuren Davaa returns to her homeland of Mongolia for this engaging story of a nomadic family deeply connected to traditional customs and folklore. The daughter of a Mongolian herding family finds a dog in a cave, but her father does not want her to keep it as it may attract wolves. Stars Urjindorjyn Batchuluun, Buyandulamyn Daramdadi and Batchuluuny Nansalaa. (From Germany, in Mongolian, English subtitles) (Drama) (2005) (Rpt) PG
Thu Oct 6
11:20pm Film: Minor Mishaps – Voted Best European Film at the 2002 Berlin Film Festival. The members of a dysfunctional family are forced to take stock of their own lives when they meet at their mother’s funeral. Directed by Annette K. Olesen and stars Jorgen Kiil, Maria Wurgler Rich and Jannie Faurschou. (In Danish, English subtitles) (Drama) (2002) (Rpt) M (L,A)
Fri Oct 7
11:55pm Film: The Protector – A young Thai fighter named Kham must travel to Australia to retrieve his two stolen elephants. With the help of a Thai-born Australian detective, Kham must take on all comers, including a gang led by the evil Madame Rose and her two deadly bodyguards. Non-stop action with fight-scenes reminiscent of Jackie Chan in his heyday. Directed by Prachya Pinkaew and stars Tony Jaa, Petchtai Wongkamlao and Bongkoj Khongmalai. (From Thailand, in English, Thai and Mandarin, English subtitles) (Action) (2005) (Rpt) MA (V)
Sun Oct 8
11:05pm Film: Summer Storm – Tobi and Achim, the pride of the local rowing club, have been best friends for years. Nothing will ever stand in the way of their friendship… until Achim finds a girlfriend. The evening before the summer races a storm breaks that is more than meteorological. Directed by Marco Kreuzpaintner and stars Robert Stadlober, Kostja Ullmann and Miriam Morgenstern. (In German, English subtitles) (Drama) (2004) (Rpt) M (S,L)
Wed Oct 12
9:30pm Film: In the Battlefields – Lina, a 12-year-old girl growing up in a dysfunctional family in war-torn Beirut, finds an ally and friend in Sihan, her domineering aunt’s maid. Sihan shows Lina what her life could be like, but tests the girl’s limits when she asks her to help plot her escape from the city. Winner Best Feature Film, 2004 Milan Film Festival. Written and directed by Danielle Arbid and stars Marianne Feghali, Rawia Elchab and Aouni Kawass. (From Lebanon, in Arabic, English subtitles) (Drama) (2004) (Rpt) M (L,S,A)
Fri Oct 14
11:05pm Film: A Tale of Two Sisters – Two sisters, after spending time in a mental institution, return to the home of their father and cruel stepmother. Once there, in addition to dealing with their stepmother’s obsessive and unbalanced ways, an interfering ghost also affects their recovery. A contemporary adaptation of a traditional Korean folk tale. Directed by Kim Jee-woon and stars Im Soo-jung, Mun Geun-yeong and Yeom Jeong-ah. (In Korean, English subtitles) (Thriller) (2003) (Rpt) MA (H)
Sat Oct 15
9:30pm Film: Overheard – Three cops become involved in a corruption cover-up when they decide to withhold stock information after tapping into an illegally listed company. From the writers behind the Infernal Affairs trilogy. Nominated for six Hong Kong Film Awards in 2010. Directed by Alan Mak and Felix Chong, and stars Lau Ching Wan, Daniel Wu and Louis Koo. (From Hong Kong, in Cantonese, English subtitles) (Thriller) (2009) MAV (V)