New Arrivals · DVDs—Foreign Feature Films

January 22, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.


January 21, 2019
[New York, New York] : Film Movement, [2018]
1 videodisc (90 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Jacob Ayanaba, Grace Ayariga, Justina Kulidu.
Upon his father's sudden death, a talented medical student must return to his home village in Ghana to fight for his family's survival.

Tang ren jie tan an 2 = Detective Chiantown 2

January 17, 2019
Kuala Lumpur : K & L Media SDN BHD, [2018]
1 videodisc (121 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Haoran Liu, Baoqiang Wang, Yang Xiao, Natasha Liu Bordizzo.
Title from disc label.


January 15, 2019
[New York, New York] : The Criterion Collection, [2018]
1 videodisc (98 min.) : DVD video, sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Viviane Romance, Michel Simon, Max Dalban, Emile Drain, Guy Favières, Florencie, Charles Dorat, Lucas Gridoux, Marcel Pérès, Lita Recio, Paul Bernard.
Title from disc label.
Based on Georges Simenon's novel Les fiançailles de Mr. Hire.
"Proud, eccentric, and antisocial, Monsieur Hire (Michel Simon) has always kept to himself. But after a woman turns up dead in the Paris suburb where he lives, he feels drawn to a pretty young newcomer to town (Viviane Romance), discovers that his neighbors are only too ready to suspect the worst of him, and is framed for the murder. Based on a novel by Georges Simenon, Julien Duvivier's first film after his return to France from Hollywood finds the acclaimed poetic realist applying his consummate craft to darker, moodier ends. Propelled by its two deeply nuanced lead performances, the tensely noirish Panique exposes the dangers of the knives-out mob mentality, delivering as well a pointed allegory for the behavior of Duvivier's countrymen during the war"--Container.

The last suit

January 14, 2019
[United States] : Strand Releasing Home Entertainment, [2019]
2 videodiscs (92 min.) : sound, color, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Miguel Angel Sola, Angela Molina, Martin Piroyansky, Natalia Verbeke.
Wide screen.
Black and white and color versions of the film.
Abraham Bursztein, an 88-year-old Jewish tailor, runs away from Buenos Aires to Poland, where he proposes to find a friend who saved him from certain death at the end of World War II. After seven decades without any contact, Abraham will try to find his old friend and keep his promise to return one day. Comedic and poignant in equal measure, it approaches its weighty themes with a light touch that illuminates a serious story.

Hippocrates : diary of a French doctor

January 14, 2019
[Brooklyn, NY] : Icarus Films, [2019]
1 videodisc (101 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Vincent Lacoste, Jacques Gamblin, Reda Kateb, Marianna Denicourt.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2014.
Directed by a former medical doctor, the film is a darkly comic portrait of a Paris hospital as seen through the eyes of a young intern, Benjamin who begins his internship at the hospital ward run by his father. Confident and determined to be a success, Vincent soon realizes that the reality of practicing medicine is a lot grimmer than what he had imagined. Vincent finds himself overshadowed by a more talented intern Abdel who is disadvantaged by his status as an immigrant.


January 7, 2019
India : Central Home Entertainment, ©2018.
1 DVD-video (ca. 158 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Pranav Mohanlal.
Originally produced in India and released as a motion picture in 2018.
Catalogued from container.


January 7, 2019
Kacheripady Cochin : Central Home Entertainment, [2018]
1 videodisc (158 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Dileep, Prayaga Martin, Radhika Sarathkumar.
Adv. Ramanunni is offered an MLA seat, he is thrown headfirst in to the dirty abyss of politics. What ensues is a cloak and dagger game where it is impossible to survive unless he plays along.

Tonṭimutaluṃ driksākṣiyuṃ = Thondimuthalum driksakshiyum

January 7, 2019
Cochin : Central Home Entertainment, 2017.
1 videodisc (ca. 136 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Suraj Venjaramoodu, Fahadh Faasil, Nimisha Sajayan.
Title also in Malayalam.
Prasad and Sreeja enter wedlock and move to a new place to continue the rest of their lives. Unfortunate events begin to take place after Prasad, a small-time thief, robs Sreeja's gold chain during a bus journey.

The captain

January 4, 2019
[Chicago, IL] : Music Box Films, [2018]
1 videodisc (120 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Max Hubacher, Milan Peschel, Frederick Lau.
Wide screen (2.35:1).
Bonus features: audio commentary by director ; Director Q&A from the Chicago premiere ; behind-the-scenes featurettes ; interviews with cast and crew ; storyboard-to-film comparison ; deleted scenes.
A German army deserter finds an abandoned Nazi captain's uniform in the final weeks of World War II. Emboldened by the authority the uniform grants him, he amasses a band of stragglers who cede to his command despite the suspicions of some. Citing direct orders from the Fuhrer himself, he soon takes command of a camp holding German soldiers accused of desertion and begins to dispense harsh justice.

Memoir of war

January 4, 2019
[Chicago, IL] : Music Box Films, [2018]
1 videodisc (126 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Melanie Thierry, Benoit Magimel, Benjamin Biolay.
Originally released as a motion picture in 2017.
Marguerite Duras must navigate the Resistance and the Gestapo to uncover the whereabouts of her imprisoned husband, Robert Antelme. After he's deported to Dachau in the midst of Nazi-occupied France, she becomes friendly with French collaborator Rabier to gain information at considerable risk to her underground cell. But as the months wear on, she must begin the process of confronting the unimaginable.

Mishima : a life in four chapters

January 4, 2019
New York, NY : Criterion Collection, 2019.
1 videodisc (120 min.) : sound, color, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Ken Ogata, Masayuki Shionoya, Hiroshi Mikami, Junya Fukuda, Shigeto Tachihara, Junkichi Orimoto.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1985.
Features: Two optional English narrations, including one by actor Roy Scheider; audio commentary from 2008 featuring Schrader and producer Alan Poul; interviews from 2007 and 2008 with Bailey, producers Tom Luddy and Mata Yamamoto, composer Philip Glass, and production designer Eiko Ishioka; interviews from 2008 with Mishima biographer John Nathan and friend Donald Richie; audio interview from 2008 with co-screenwriter Chieko Schrader; interview excerpt from 1966 featuring Mishima talking about writing; documentary "The strange case of Yukio Mishima" (1985, 55 min.) about the author; trailer.
The life of Japanese author and playwright Yukio Mishima is portrayed in four chapters.

The great battle

January 4, 2019
Plano, TX : Well Go USA Entertainment, [2019]
1 videodisc (136 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
In-Sung Jo, Hoo-Hyuk Nam, Sung-Woong Park.
Widescreen (16:9)
"One fortress vs 200,000 soldiers"--Container.
With epic scale and breathtaking action, it tells the story of the Siege of Ansi, where Goguryeo forces held their fortress against 500,000 invading Tang soldiers in a battle that raged for eighty-eight days.


January 3, 2019
Philadelphia, PA : Breaking Glass Pictures, [2018]
1 videodisc (approximately 94 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Title from disc label.
Special features: Behind-the-scenes.
Seventeen year old Asher has always been the impulsive troublemaker, from primary school, all through high school. It's hard for him to concentrate in class, as he is compelled by a lot of rage and violence, yet he is also endowed with a considerable amount of charm and street wisdom. While his strict father sees him as a natural successor to the family's scaffolding business, Asher finds a different masculine role model in his literature teacher Rami and forges a special bond with him.

Happy Phirr Bhag Jayegi

January 3, 2019
Mumbai : Eros International Media Ltd., [2018]
1 videodisc (136 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Diana Penty, Sonakshi Sinha, Jimmy Sheirgill, Ali Fazal, Piyush Mishra, Jassi Gill.
Wide screen.
Title from container.

Baaghi 2

January 3, 2019
Mumbai : Reliance Big Entertainment, 2018.
1 videodisc (144 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Tiger Shroff, Disha Patani, Manoj Bajpayee.
Sequel to the film Baaghi.
Neha calls for her ex-boyfriend and army man Ranveer, to find her 3-year-old daughter Rhea, who's been kidnapped.

Tāṉā cernta kūṭṭam = Thaana serndha koottam

January 3, 2019
Singapore : Ultra Records, [2018]
1 videodisc (approximately 140 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Suriya, Keerthi Suresh, Karthik.
Title from container.
The story is inspired from a real-life incident in 1987 when a group posing as CBI raided a jewelry showroom in Mumbai and stole money from there. All the events in this movie happen in the period of 1986-1987. The film begins with Pallavaram Paranjothi Pandian attending an interview for a clerk's post and being rejected due to lack of money for giving bribe to the officials.

Njandukalude nattil oridavela = An intermission in the land of crabs

January 3, 2019
India : Distributed by Central Home Entertainment, ©2017.
1 videodisc (131 minutes) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Nivin Pauly, Shanthi Krishna, Lal, Ahaana Krishna, Aishwarya Lekshmi.
Central : DVD 099.
Catalogued from container.
A family deals with the mother's serious health scare in varying and often hysterical ways.

La Pointe-Courte

January 3, 2019
[Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, ©2007.
1 videodisc (80 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Silvia Monfort, Philippe Noiret, les habitants de La Pointe-Courte.
Special features: Agnés Varda interview (recorded 2007); excerpts from an episode of Cinéastes de notre temps: "La nouvelle vague par elle-même" (directed by Robert Valey, May 19, 1964).
Aspect ratio 1.33:1.
The great Agnes Varda's film career began with this graceful, penetrating study of a marriage on the rocks, set against the backdrop of a small Mediterranean fishing village. Both a stylized depiction of the complicated relationship between a married couple and a documentary-like look at the daily struggles of the locals, Varda's discursive, gorgeously filmed debut was radical enough to later be considered one of the progenitors of the coming French new wave.

Of girls and horses

January 3, 2019
New Almaden, CA : Wolfe Video, LLC, [2015]
1 videodisc (82 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Ceci Chuh, Alissa Wilms, Vanida Karun, Ellen Grell.
DVD release of the 2014 motion picture.
A rebellious teen is sent away to a horse ranch by her mother. She's determined not to change one iota, but the horses--and the resident riding instructor, Nina--become increasingly dear to her.


January 3, 2019
[Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, ©2007.
1 videodisc (105 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Sandrine Bonnaire, Macha Méril, Stephane Freiss, Yolande Moreau, Patrick Lepczynski, Yahiaoui Assouna, Joël Fosse, Marthe Jarnias, Laurence Cortadellas.
Originally produced as a motion picture in 1985.
Mona, an aimless drifter in the French countryside, deeply touches the lives of the people she meets and confronts them with her own ideas of freedom.

Le bonheur

January 3, 2019
[United States] : Criterion Collection, ©2007.
1 videodisc (80 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Jean-Claude Drouot, Claire Drouot, Sandrine Drouot, Olivier Drouot, Marie-France Boyer, Marcelle Favre-Bertin, Manon Lanclos, Sylvia Saurel, Marc Eyraud, Christian Riehl, Paul Vecchiali.
Special features: "Agnès on Le bonheur"; "The two women of Le bonheur" (2006), a short film; "Thoughts on Le bonheur" (2006), a discussion; "What is happiness?"; "Jean-Claude Drouot returns" (2006) featurette; segment from the 1964 television program "Démons et merveilles du cinéma", featuring footage of Varda shooting Le bonheur; "Du côté de la côte" (1958), a short film; Theatrical trailer; Production notes.
Originally produced as motion picture in 1964.
Though married to the good-natured, beautiful Thérèse, young husband and father François finds himself falling unquestioningly into an affair with an attractive postal worker. One of Agnès Varda's most provocative films, Le bonheur examines, with a deceptively cheery palette and the spirited strains of Mozart, the ideas of fidelity and happiness in a modern, self-centered world.

Vikram Vētā : Vikram Vedha

January 2, 2019
Kuala Lumpur : Lotus Fivestar AV (M) Sdn. Bhd., 2017.
1 videodisc (approximately 135 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
R. Madhavan, Vijay Sethupathi, Varalaxmi Sarathkumar.
Wide screen.
Cataloged from container.
A ruthless cop wages a war against an unscrupulous gangster. However, certain events lead to the cop questioning his principles and motives.

A bag of marbles

December 27, 2018
[Warren, NJ] : Passion River Films, [2018]
1 videodisc (108 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Dorian Le Clech, Batyste Fleurial, Patrick Bruel.
Wide screen.
Based on the autobiography by Joseph Joffo.
The travels of two Jewish boys in occupied France who attempt to escape to the free zone.

Blackmel = Blackmail

December 27, 2018
New Delhi : T Series, [2018]
1 videodisc (139 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Irrfan Kahn, Kirti Kulhari, Divya Dutta.
Special features: Behind the scenes; The making of Happy happy, Patola, Badla; Bonus song, Happy happy.
When Dev finds out his wife is cheating on him, he secretly blackmails his wife and her lover as a form of revenge.

Bleach : live action the movie = Si shen : zhen ren ju chang ban

December 27, 2018
Johor Bahru, [Maylasia] : Vstarz Enterprise, [2018]
1 videodisc (108 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Sota Fukushi, Hana Sugisaki, Ryo Yoshizawa, Taichi Saotome, Erina Mano.
Ichigo Kurosaki is a High School student, living in Karakura town. He is able to see ghosts, as well as hollows. Later, he meets up with Rukia Kuchiki, a Death God or Soul Reaper. Later, he finds out that he himself is a Soul Reaper as well. Ichigo Kurosaki, now with the power of a Soul Reaper, is able to protect Karakura town from hollows.


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