Kid, some of my favorite foreign films are (forgive me if I have mentioned some of these):
Oldboy - a somewhat notorius film that the less you know about the better, also great are the other 2 films in this “vengeance” trilogy, Sympaty for Mr Vengeance, and Lady Vengeance
Ping Pong - it actually has a US DVD release but may be hard to find, lots of fun, about high school ping pong, i seriously consider it among my favorite sport films of all time
High and Low - everyone loves Kurosawa’s samurai films but i just love this one, about a wealthy man about to embark on an incredibly risky business venture when he gets a call that his son has been kidnapped for a ridiculous ransom that will surely kill his new venture, then he sees his son walk through the front door, it turns out that his driver’s son was kidnapped in error
I Love Fellini. Nights of Cabiria, La Strada and especially Amaracord are all among my all time favorites.
I’ve mentioned City of God before. If you haven’t seen it it is astounding.
Children of Heaven - such a wonderful little Iranian film about a boy and his sister who’s shoes he has lost, also great is the director’s Color of Paradise, its interesting to get a glimpse of life in Iran.
My Life As Mcdull - in my view the greatest “kid’s” film ever, very funny, but by the end i am always left with moist eyes
The Pope’s Toilet, The Edukators, and Memories of Murder are all favorites as well. The last one in particular. That’s a must see.
And some just plain fun ones:
Black House - a fantastic little thriller about a life insurance agent who gets a weird call one day about whether a policy will pay out in case of suicide, only to be called to a client’s home the next day where it just so happens that the family’s son kills himself
Survive Style 5+ - i saw it at a film festival and bought a copy off of Ebay but this may be very hard to find, similar structure to Pulp Fiction but a wildly inventive comedy, featuring the incredibly gorgeous Reika Hashimoto
2LDK - 2 female roomates both vying for the same part in a film and the same man have what amounts to a 90 minute catfight from hell
The Happiness of the Katkuris - crazy little film about a family that runs a struggling inn, when they finally start doing business it truns out that everyone ends up dying, its mazing to think that this director also direcetd the altogether different but incredible Audition, very scary film, “kiri, kiri, kiri…”.