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Sometime foreign directors hit success overseas that Hollywood movie studios take note and bring them over to America to make a movie. While the results very in quality, making a movie in a foreign language that isn’t native to yours can be interesting to say the least. Here are 9 foreign directors who made English-language movies.
- My Blueberry Nights. Wong Kar-Wai is one of the best directors from Hong Kong, as he’s also one of the directors responsible for the city’s New Wave movement during the 90s. His American debut left a lot to be desired with My Blueberry Nights in 2007.
- Fahrenheit 451. French director François Truffaut’s first English-Language movie was the film adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451.” It was still a French film, but it was also an American co-production.
- Stoker. South Korean director Park Chan-wook’s first American movie starred Mia Wasikowska and Nicole Kidman. While the film is gorgeous, it fell short of connecting with American audiences.
- Snowpiercer. From another South Korean director, this time Bong Joon-ho. Snowpiercer was based on a French comic book and was an American and South Korean co-production. It’s was also one of the best science fiction movies of 2014.
- Alien Resurrection. French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet made his American debut with Alien Resurrection in 1997. He impressed movie studios in Hollywood with his films Delicatessen and The City of Lost Children. Sadly, the Alien movie was the worst in the franchise.
- The Last Stand. Yet another South Korean director, this time around Kim Jee-woon made his American debut with the Arnold Schwarzenegger action film The Last Stand in 2013.
- Hard Target. After making amazing action movies in Hong Kong like Hard Boiled and The Killer, John Woo came to America to make an OK action movie with Hard Target starring Jean-Claude Van Damme in 1993.
- A Little Princess. Alfonso Cuarón made his American directorial debut with A Little Princess in 1995. He did such a good job with the children’s film that Warner Bros wanted him to direct Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in 2003.
- Blow-up. Michelangelo Antonioni English-Language debut Blow-up is a free-for-all of sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll. It’s one of the best movies about 1960s counter-culture and a perennial art-house favorite.