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August and September Challenges
Topic Started: Jul 10 2011, 02:35 PM (978 Views)
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Based on several people's request, we're going to be doing a Chinese (and Taiwanese, or basically any film in Mandarin or Cantonese) Starting August 1st and a French and French language (to include Belgian, Swiss, Canadian and various African countries) in September.

As with the Japanese challenge, the rules are as follows:

Any film in Mandarin or Cantonese or with Strong ties, like say The Joyluck Club or Year of the Dragon.

Any film in French or that is supposed to be in France like Lubitsch comedies, for instance.

Any feature film counts as one entry.

Any mini series with episodes of 45 minutes or longer. Each episode counts as an entry.

90 minutes of shorts count as one entry.

That's about it, that gives you a nice amount of time to prepare your watchlists.

P.S. If you are not interested in these challenges and would like to have another one for August or wish to do combo challenges like film for each year, etc... No problem, we can have several challenges going on at once.
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Awesome, looking forward to watching some Chinese films.
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Oh yeah...
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What about movies in Wu/Shanghainese or Min Chinese (as spoken on Taiwan)?

And what about Tibet?
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I am definitely going to do the French challenge in September and I am preparing for it and looking forward to it already but I don't fancy the Chinese one in August. I also definitely want to do a six degree of separation challenge but that may take a little bit of forethought and planning. So will probably leave that one for later in the year, perhaps October or November.

So I am going to do an imdb challenge, which basically means watching a film that is on the imdb page in icm. This will give a bit of variety into my film watching and hopefully give me some platinums. I will create a thread nearer the time or someone else can and as always anyone is welcome to join me if they like.
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Jul 10 2011, 08:03 PM
What about movies in Wu/Shanghainese or Min Chinese (as spoken on Taiwan)?

And what about Tibet?
Absolutely.
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Mongolia?
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http://forums.totalwar.org/vb/showthread.php?3977-Mongolia-is-part-of-China

Hum... Maybe. It was part of China once.
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Here is my early watchlist for the Chinese Challenge:

http://www.imdb.com/user/ur3211128/lists
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Jul 10 2011, 10:28 PM
Mongolia?
What Mongolian films are you thinking of?
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Good question, any good ones you'd like to share?
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Mochard
Jul 10 2011, 09:26 PM
So I am going to do an imdb challenge, which basically means watching a film that is on the imdb page in icm. This will give a bit of variety into my film watching and hopefully give me some platinums. I will create a thread nearer the time or someone else can and as always anyone is welcome to join me if they like.
Count me in!
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I've already being doing that IMDb challenge for the last few months, not fun at all :P
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Jul 11 2011, 02:36 PM
Mochard
Jul 10 2011, 09:26 PM
So I am going to do an imdb challenge, which basically means watching a film that is on the imdb page in icm. This will give a bit of variety into my film watching and hopefully give me some platinums. I will create a thread nearer the time or someone else can and as always anyone is welcome to join me if they like.
Count me in!
Me too!
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What Mongolian films are you thinking of?


The Cave of the Yellow Dog is in my queue. I guess it shouldn't count, but Mongolian Ping Pong (which is set in Chinese Mongolia) probably would, since it's definitely Chinese-themed.

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Jul 11 2011, 04:28 PM
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What Mongolian films are you thinking of?


The Cave of the Yellow Dog is in my queue. I guess it shouldn't count, but Mongolian Ping Pong (which is set in Chinese Mongolia) probably would, since it's definitely Chinese-themed.

Sure. I'm including China Is Near an Italian film with Maoist theme in my watchlist, so go right ahead.
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http://www.imdb.com/list/Cr1RrMvRl5Y/?publish=publish

Here is my preliminary watchlist for the French Challenge.
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I have already been doing IMDB lists also, some are amazingly good discoveries such as the new entrant to the 1920s list, The Last Command, but there are plenty of so called Mafia films voted by people of one country and mainly only appealing to them, these are mainly Turkish Indian and Russian. I am taking on Neseli Gunler and it is quite painful. But yes I can continue this with what I have left to do..
Edited by Cippenham, Jul 12 2011, 06:53 PM.
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Kasparius
Jul 10 2011, 11:55 PM
You mean, China was part of Mongolia once. I love the link.
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Kasparius
Jul 12 2011, 06:43 PM
http://www.imdb.com/list/Cr1RrMvRl5Y/?publish=publish

Here is my preliminary watchlist for the French Challenge.
I might use your list too, I've seen 23 from it (and liked only a very few).
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Jul 12 2011, 06:59 PM
Kasparius
Jul 12 2011, 06:43 PM
http://www.imdb.com/list/Cr1RrMvRl5Y/?publish=publish

Here is my preliminary watchlist for the French Challenge.
I might use your list too, I've seen 23 from it (and liked only a very few).
Well I assume that a lot of them are from the Césars, so I'm not surprised you didn't care for them.
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Jul 12 2011, 06:51 PM
I have already been doing IMDB lists also, some are amazingly good discoveries such as the new entrant to the 1920s list, The Last Command, but there are plenty of so called Mafia films voted by people of one country and mainly only appealing to them, these are mainly Turkish Indian and Russian. I am taking on Neseli Gunler and it is quite painful. But yes I can continue this with what I have left to do..
The Turkish mafia is the worst, they are insanely bad.
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To reply the question about Mongolia, I guess this is the most famous mongolian film - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0416044/.
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Jul 15 2011, 09:29 PM
To reply the question about Mongolia, I guess this is the most famous mongolian film - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0416044/.
I would think this was better known: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0373861/
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Jul 15 2011, 09:29 PM
To reply the question about Mongolia, I guess this is the most famous mongolian film - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0416044/.
The most famous film set in Mongolia, probably yes. But I don't think it's a Mongolian production.
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Inner Mongolia is part of China. [Outer] Mongolia is an independent country. Glad I got that straight finally.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inner_Mongolia (see also article on Mongolia)

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Jul 15 2011, 09:43 PM
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Jul 15 2011, 09:29 PM
To reply the question about Mongolia, I guess this is the most famous mongolian film - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0416044/.
I would think this was better known: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0373861/
I liked them both, although they're very, very different from each other. I'm pretty sure Mongol is a Russian production.
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Jul 15 2011, 09:43 PM
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Jul 15 2011, 09:29 PM
To reply the question about Mongolia, I guess this is the most famous mongolian film - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0416044/.
I would think this was better known: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0373861/
There's also Urga/Close to Eden.

To PeacefulAnarchy and Knaldskalle - If Kasparius is watching an Italian film about China communists, I think Sergey Bodrov's movie about Genghis Khan should count. It's in Mongol and Mandarin, fer petesake.

Edited by beeswax, Jul 16 2011, 10:54 AM.
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Jul 16 2011, 10:50 AM
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Jul 15 2011, 09:43 PM
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Jul 15 2011, 09:29 PM
To reply the question about Mongolia, I guess this is the most famous mongolian film - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0416044/.
I would think this was better known: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0373861/
There's also Urga/Close to Eden.

To PeacefulAnarchy and Knaldskalle - If Kasparius is watching an Italian film about China communists, I think Sergey Bodrov's movie about Genghis Khan should count. It's in Mongol and Mandarin, fer petesake.

Plus Mongolia participated in other ways in getting it made -- I actually researched this when I was trying to see if I could count Mongol for "Kazakhstan" (I was trying to see a film from as many countries as possible for a while a year or so ago -- just on my own -- and I wanted it to be a film that was actually filmed IN the country and BY people who were born/living there...since it was just my own self-challenge and Bodrov is not from Kazakhstan, I ultimately didn't count it, but it was submitted for the foreign-language Oscars as a Kazakh entry, so...Russian, Mongolian, Kazakh...they all count, in my book. If you count American Renoirs for French challenge, I'd definitely count Mongol for Mongolia...) ;)
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Jul 12 2011, 06:43 PM
http://www.imdb.com/list/Cr1RrMvRl5Y/?publish=publish

Here is my preliminary watchlist for the French Challenge.
Kasparius - I was looking over your French list, which is fun.

But Dans la ville blanche is about a German sailor who jumps ship in Lisbon, from a Swiss director. There is hardly any French spoken, as I remember it. (The sailor who doesn't speak Portuguese looking for a common language to communicate with locals who don't speak German?) They speak a little English, too, but I don't think you'd put it in a UK list.
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I have Flight of the red balloon (Taiwanese director, French movie) on my China list. It could equally well go on the French list, but maybe I need in in China.
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Couldn't some movies count for several countries?
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Jul 16 2011, 11:19 AM
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Jul 12 2011, 06:43 PM
http://www.imdb.com/list/Cr1RrMvRl5Y/?publish=publish

Here is my preliminary watchlist for the French Challenge.
Kasparius - I was looking over your French list, which is fun.

But Dans la ville blanche is about a German sailor who jumps ship in Lisbon, from a Swiss director. There is hardly any French spoken, as I remember it. (The sailor who doesn't speak Portuguese looking for a common language to communicate with locals who don't speak German?) They speak a little English, too, but I don't think you'd put it in a UK list.
& I thought any French-related film would count for the French challenge. However, is this just a list of French films at icheckmovies.com?
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Jul 16 2011, 01:54 PM
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Jul 16 2011, 11:19 AM
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Jul 12 2011, 06:43 PM
http://www.imdb.com/list/Cr1RrMvRl5Y/?publish=publish

Here is my preliminary watchlist for the French Challenge.
Kasparius - I was looking over your French list, which is fun.

But Dans la ville blanche is about a German sailor who jumps ship in Lisbon, from a Swiss director. There is hardly any French spoken, as I remember it. (The sailor who doesn't speak Portuguese looking for a common language to communicate with locals who don't speak German?) They speak a little English, too, but I don't think you'd put it in a UK list.
& I thought any French-related film would count for the French challenge. However, is this just a list of French films at icheckmovies.com?
Any French film/French related film counts. That watchlist is essentially all the French films I have left from ICM. I'm also going to do Rohmer, Godard, Renoir and finish Truffaut.

As far as Le voyage du ballon rouge, that can count in both, as any film by a Chinese/Taiwanese director counts. I'm going to include My Blueberry Nights in my Chinese watchlist myself.
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Okay, I just took a look at your lists and bookmarked about 200 French films, even though I've seen quite a few French films on your list.

There are a couple French films I have left for the yearly challenge and I'm wondering if I should save them for September. Probably not...

BTW, which Truffaut films do you have left? I think I've seen them all, except for Tire au flanc 1962.
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Jul 16 2011, 03:31 PM
Okay, I just took a look at your lists and bookmarked about 200 French films, even though I've seen quite a few French films on your list.

There are a couple French films I have left for the yearly challenge and I'm wondering if I should save them for September. Probably not...

BTW, which Truffaut films do you have left? I think I've seen them all, except for Tire au flanc 1962.
I have Tire au flanc left as well La chambre Verte, une belle fille comme moi et La peau douce. To be honest I am less than exited, besides Les 400 coups, Jules et Jim, Tirez sur le pianiste and a couple of other Doinel's, I really don't care for Truffaut's films. I think what he got into as a filmmaker is about as boring and safe as it gets, I fully agree with Godard about his films.
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By the way, if anybody is interested, this is a list of my favorite French Films. I truly hope that it will expand during the Challenge.

http://www.imdb.com/list/iQHGXn41_dI/
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Jul 16 2011, 03:48 PM
By the way, if anybody is interested, this is a list of my favorite French Films. I truly hope that it will expand during the Challenge.

http://www.imdb.com/list/iQHGXn41_dI/
Cheers Kasp - Funnily enough I have already been using it over the last few days and it was only a day or so ago I realised it was you that created it :)

I have seen 65 of them which leaves me with quite a few left for the challenge!!
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Jul 16 2011, 03:48 PM
By the way, if anybody is interested, this is a list of my favorite French Films. I truly hope that it will expand during the Challenge.

http://www.imdb.com/list/iQHGXn41_dI/
I've already found that list and bookmarked all the ones I haven't seen. :lol:

BTW, I'm more of a Truffaut person. Une belle fille comme moi is a bit sillly, but I like it nonetheless. La chambre verte is better than I thought it would be (although the first time I rented it, I turned it off).

Also, I don't know if this would interest anyone, but I have a list of actors who have worked with both Truffaut & Godard. I only mention this because Nathalie Baye is one of them, and she stars in La chambre verte. Also, I have an introduction on my blog post, but I just consider the actors who have worked with both to be extremely rare because of their notorious falling out.
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