New Arrivals · DVDs—Foreign Feature Films

January 23, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Purple Butterfly [videorecording]

January 22, 2015
New York, NY : Palm Pictures ; [United States] : Universal Music, [2005]
1 videodisc (127 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
|6880-03 Zhang Ziyi, Liu Ye.
Special features: Theatrical trailer; previews; weblinks.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2003.
|6880-05 Cynthia is a young Chinese woman in love with Itami, a Japanese man about to be sent home for military service. A devasted Cynthia moves back to Shanghai only to witness the death of her elder brother during an attack by the Japanese extreme right. She changes her name to Ding Hui and joins a secret resistance group code-named Purple Butterfly. This will be the same group that, years later, will plot to assassinate Itami.

Aftermath [videorecording]

January 21, 2015
[Santa Monica, Calif.] : Menesha Films, c2014.
1 videodisc (110 min) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Ireneusz Czop, Macej Stuhr, Jerzy Radziwlowicz, Zuzana Fialova, Andrze J Mastai, Erz Zbigniew Zamachowski.
Two brothers uncover a dark secret that forces them to confront the history of their family, their villagee and their nation. A tense and gripping thriller inspires by actual events.


January 13, 2015
Mumbai, India : Reliance Home Video & Games, [2014]
1 videodisc (approximately 133 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Neha Sharma, Farooq Sheikh, Jackky Bhagnani, Kayoze Irani.
Title from disc label.
The story of a young, independent, games developer living in Japan and the love of his life, a bubbly, passionate and full of life, summer intern. Their happy and content life faces the test of time when blood ties and the pressure of being born into the first family of India tears a young Abhimanyu between his love for Anwita and a promise made to his dying father, the Prime Minister of India.

Playing dead

December 31, 2014
1 videodisc (104 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Francois Damiens, Geraldine Nakache, Lucien Jean-baptiste.
Title from disc label.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2013.
Jean, a 40-year old unemployed actor, has hit rock bottom. Insufferably clueless and egotistical, his over-the-top acting and high-maintenance personality have gotten him fired from countless jobs. At the unemployment office, his counselor sets him up with a rather odd job: helping the police reconstruct crime scenes by standing in for the dead victim.

The patriots [videorecording] = les patriotes

December 23, 2014
[Paris] : Gaumont,distributed by Synkronized USA, c2004.
1 videodisc (132 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Yvan Attal, Sandrine Kimberlane.
Title from disc label.

Dead snow [videorecording (DVD)]

December 19, 2014
[New York] : IFC Films, 2010.
1 videodisc (92 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Vegar Hoel, Stig Frode Henriksen, Charlotte Frogner, Lasse Valdal, Evy Kasseth Røsten, Jeppe Beck Laursen, Jenny Skavlan.
Title from container.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2009.
A group of medical students vacationing in the Norwegian Alps unknowingly release a battalion of uncontrollable, unstoppable Nazi zombies, who embark on a deadly blitzkrieg of bloodshed and terror.

Ankhon dekhi

December 11, 2014
Mumbai : NFDC : Shemaroo, [2014]
1 videodisc (approximately 110 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Sanjay Mishra, Rajat Kapoor, Seema Pahwa, Taranjeet, Maya Sarao, Namit Das, Brijendra Kala, Manu Rishi Chadha.
Title from container.
Originally produced in India and released in 2013.
Bauji is a 55 year old man, who lives a dreary but eventful life in a small house in old Delhi. One day, Bauji decides that he has been blind all of his life-following other people's truth. He decides that from now on, he would not believe anything that he has not experienced. People at home don't take him seriously at first. Neighbors call him mad-people laugh at him. But Bauji can't be deterred from his path.

Daawat-e-Ishq [videorecording]

December 11, 2014
Mumbai : Yash Raj Films ; Yash Raj Films Home Entertainment [distributor], c2014.
1 videodisc (ca. 123 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Aditya Roy Kapur, Parineeti Chopra.
Title from container.
Special features may include making of film, deleted scenes, Food Yatra Capsules, theatrical trailer and promos.
Gullu, a Hyderabadi shoe-sales girl disillusioned with love because of her encounters with dowry-seeking men, falls in love with Taru, a Lucknowi cook who can charm anybody with the aroma and flavours of his biryani and kebabs.

Morning for the Osone family = Osone-ke ashita

December 11, 2014
[United States] : The Criterion Collection, [2014]
1 videodisc (81 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Haruko Sugimura, Eitaro Ozawa.
Title from container.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1946.
After Japan's unconditional surrender, this family drama functions as an angry indictment of Japanese imperialism.

The living magoroku = Ikite iru Magoroku

December 11, 2014
[Place of publication not identified] : [Publisher not identified], [2014]
1 videodisc (89 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Yasumi Hara, Kurumi Yamabato.
Title from container.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1943.
Under pressure form neighbors, a wealthy family must decide if they want to cultivate soil that hasn't been tilled for centuries in order to aid the war effort.

Port of flowers = Hana saku minato

December 11, 2014
[Place of publication not identified] : [Publisher not identified], [2014]
1 videodisc (82 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Eitaro Ozawa, Ken Uehara.
Title from container.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1943.
Two con men arrive in a seaside town to swindle the locals, but soon they have a crisis of conscience.

Jubilation street = Kanko no machi

December 11, 2014
[United States] : The Criterion Collection
1 videodisc (73 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Ken Uehara, Mitsuko Mito.
Title from container.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1944.
A close community must evactuate their beloved neighborhood.

Army = Rikugun

December 11, 2014
[Place of publication not identified] : [Publisher not identified], [2014]
1 videodisc (87 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Chishu Ryu, Kinuyo Tanaka.
Title from container.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1944.
A young man is shipped off to war, and his mother and father have different reactions.

The strange color of your body's tears

December 9, 2014
1 videodisc (102 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Klaus Tange, Ursula Bedena, Joe Koener, Birgit Yew, Anna D'annunzio, Manon Beuchot.
Title from dis clabel.
Bonus features: Original theatrical trailer; Other Strand trailers.
Dan returns home to find his wife is missing. With no signs of struggle or break-in and with no help from the police, Dan's search for answers leads him down a psychosexual rabbit hole.

Sword identity [videorecording]

December 8, 2014
Santa Monica, Calif. : Lions Gate Films Inc., [2012]
1 videodisc (110 min.) : sd., color ; 4 3/4 in.
Yu Chenghui, Song Yang, Zhao Yuanyuan, Ma Jun, Xu Fujing, Ma Ke, Liu Zhexin, Yao Weiping.
"In the southern Chinese city of Guancheng, during the Ming Dynasty, there lived four families, each of them faithful keepers of martial arts. Anyone who wants to establish a new form or technique of kung fu has to fight their way through the families' gates. But when one man's request is rejected, he will be put through a series of fights, determined to prove that his sword is invincible"--Container.

A citizen, a detective & a thief [videorecording]

December 2, 2014
[Seattle, Wash.] : Arab Film Distribution, 2006.
1 videodisc (135 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Khalid Abu al-Naja, Salah Abd Allah, Hind Sabri, Shaban Abd al-Rahim.
Special features: play the film, chapters, subtitles, production stills.
When a wealthy indolent young Cairene becomes involved in an unlikely friendship with a thief, a detective, and a maid, he discovers how much he has to learn about life and love. This musical comedy won awards in Egypt for its director, cinematrography, score, acting, and screenplay. It includes many songs by the popular singer Sha'ban 'Abd al-Rahim.


December 2, 2014
1 videodisc (102 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Michael Imperioli, Barbara Mori, Oscar Jaenada, Adal Ramones, Luis Gerardo Mendez, Gabriela De La Garza.
Title from disc label.
Special features: "Cantinflas: From Mexico to the big screen " featurette.
From his humble origins on the small stage to the bright lights of Hollywood, Cantinflas became famous around the world, one joke at a time. Relive the laughter that has charmed generations.


November 28, 2014
Prabhadevi, Mumbai : Magna Home Video
1 videodisc (115 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Vinod Khanna.
Title from container.
If coal is an important fuel of our Industrial development, Koyelaanchal (coal belt of India) brings to light the explosive story of the people who have kept the precious fuel station at ransom for centuries. Calling these people coal mafia would be an understatement. The film unveils itself through Saryu Bhan Sigh, an ex-owner turned Mafioso of the region, who through his sheer brutality and blatant defiance of law of the land, forces the people to acknowledge him as their "maalik".

Entertainment [videorecording]

November 28, 2014
Mumbai : B4U Broadband India Pvt. Ltd., 2014.
1 videodisc ( 141 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Akshay Kumar, Tamannaah Bhatia, Mithun Chakraborty, Prakash Raj, Sonu Sood.
Special features : Akshay Kumar introducing Entertainment (Junior) -- Making of the movie -- Making of the songs -- Pranks played behind the scenes.
Originally produced as a motion picture.
Akhil Lokhande, the illegitimate son of a Bangkok billionaire, finds out that his inheritance has been willed to a dog, Entertainment.

al-Āʻṣār [videorecording] = Le tourbillon = The tornado

November 26, 2014
Seattle, Wash. : Arab Film Distribution, c2006.
1 videodisc (90 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Ara Manoukian, Phillipe Akiki, Chawki Matta, Fadi Abou-Khalil, Farhat Mannafov, Samir Sarieldine, Chéhadé El-Hatchiti.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1992.
Story of the impact of the Lebanese Civil War upon Akram, a young Lebanese student, who returns to Lebanon to visit his mother. But can he get to his home village? While initially alienated by the war, he quickly finds himself an active participant.

The assassins [videorecording]

November 25, 2014
[United States] : Well Go USA Entertainment, [2012]
1 videodisc (103 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Zhou Runfa, Liu Yifei, Tamaki Hiroshi, Su Youpeng, Yi Nengjing, Qiu Xinzhi, Yao Lu, Ni Dahong.
Extras: behind the scenes ; trailer.
In Three Kingdoms-era China (late 190s and 200s), warlord Cao Cao defeats many rival warlords to gain supremacy in northern China and set mself up to replace the emperor, while young lovers Lingju and Mu Shun are trained by his enemies to assassinate him. The palace and fortress are filled with murderous intrigue, with many who had their reasons for wanting Cao Cao, the most notorious warlod, dead.

Vic + Flo saw a bear

November 24, 2014
[Brooklyn, New York ]: Kimstim, [2014]
1 videodisc (95 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Pierrette Robitaille, Romane Bohringer, Marc-André Grondin, Marie Brassard, Olivier Aubin, Pier-Luc Funk, Guy Thauvette, Georges Molnar.
Bonus features: "The bear" a behind the scenes documentary; trailer.
A darkly mysterious tale of two lesbian ex-cons, Victoria and Florence, trying to make a new life in the backwoods of Quebec. Seeking peace and quiet, the couple slowly begin to feel under siege as Vic's probation officer keeps unexpectedly popping up and a strange woman in the neighborhood soon turns out to be a sinister force from Flo's past.

Berlin Alexanderplatz [videorecording]

November 24, 2014
[Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, c2007.
6 videodiscs (940 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Günter Lamprecht (Franz Biberkopf), Hanna Schygulla (Eva), Karlheinz Braun (Löwenhund), Claus Holm (Wirt), Franz Buchrieser (Gottfried Meck), Brigitte Mira (Frau Bast), Roger Fritz (Herbert), Gottfried John (Reinhold Hoffmann), Barbara Sukowa (Mieze), Günther Kaufman (Theo), Ivan Desny (Pums), Volker Spengler (Bruno), Vitus Zeplichal (Rudi), Barbara Valentin (Ida).
Originally broadcast as a mini-series on German television from 12 October through 29 December 1980.
Based on the novel by Alfred Döblin.
Disc Two. III-V. Ein Hammer auf den Kopf kann die Seele verletzen = A hammer blow to the head can injure the soul (62 min.) -- IV. Eine handvoll menschen in der tiefe der stille = A handful of people in the depths of silence (62 min.) -- V. Ein schnitter mit der gewalt vom lieben Gott = A reaper with the power of our Lord (62 min.).
After spending four years in prison for killing his girlfriend, lumbering man-child Franz Biberkopf is finally released back into society. He wants to stay honest now he has left jail, but it is tough in the Alexanderplatz section of Berlin. After failing to succeed in several 'regular' jobs, he falls in with some old cohorts and an on-again, off-again association with thugs. Post-war society is crumbling, and it appears that nothing will bring it back. Originally made for television, Berlin Alexanderplatz is a prototype for the modern long-form drama, grandfather to Tony and the Sopranos.

Exorcist master [videorecording]

November 19, 2014
Chatsworth, CA : Distributed by Image Entertainment, [2006]
1 videodisc (95 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Collin Chou, Ching-Ying Lam, Wing-Cho Yip, Wu Ma.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1993.
An unholy terror has plagued the land after an old priest was struck down and killed by a cross. Twenty years later, Father Wu and his followers from the Vatican have come to re-open Wine-Spring Church, even though it's rumored to be haunted.

Mary Kom

November 12, 2014
[United States] : Viacom 18 Motion Pictures, [2014]
1 videodisc (116 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Priyanka Chopra, Darshan Kumar, Sunil Thapa.
Title from disc label.
Queen of the Indian boxing ring. The winner of five World Championships and an Olympic Bronze. Born to parents who were landless agricultural labor in the state of Manipur in northeast India, Mary's story is one of relentless struggle and unflagging passion for the sport of boxing. A childhood of hard labor prepared her body for the sport just as well as any fitness training might have. Her own will and aggression carried her through the minefield of politics that any sport in India is.


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