10 Foreign Movies With Amazing Special Effects

You know the movie you watched that had God-awful effects and made you almost smash your TV? We all hate those. Great movie SFX can shoot the viewer's experience from two to one hundred in a heartbeat.

Someone in an online film forum, probably having had enough of terrible special effects, asked for some foreign movies with remarkable special effects. These are our favorites from the recommendations.

1. Hero (2002)

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Hero is set in Ancient China, and Jet Li stars in it. Fun fact: his name in the film is Nameless (无名). The movie is about Nameless recounting how he fought the King's enemies and won. But the King, who thinks he's lying, questions the details of his story.

A fan thinks, “Hero is one of the most visually stunning movies I've ever seen.” What else can you expect from the most expensive project in China in 2002?

2. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon is another Chinese movie directed by Ang Lee and stars Michelle Yeoh, Chow Yun-fat, Zhang Ziyi, and Chang Chen. The movie perfectly balances action, adventure, great acting, and stunning visuals. Consequently, it became the most successful non-English language film ever produced abroad in American cinema history.

3. Pan's Labyrinth (2006)

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All ye lovers of dark fantasy horror films get in here! This Spanish film was so good that it won many international awards, including three Academy Awards.

The plot follows 10-year-old Ofelia (played by Ivana Baquero), who goes into a magical labyrinth and has to complete some quests to prove that she is royalty. Spoiler alert, Ofelia dies in this movie. Sad, but this makes the film more interesting for some people. One said, “My absolute favorite movie ever. So good.”

4. Space Sweepers (2021)

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The film is regarded as “the first Korean film space blockbuster.” It is set in a time when Earth is uninhabitable, 2092. The new “Earth” is for only 1% of the 1%. The fate of the other 99% is anyone's guess.

Critics agree the movie has “relatable characters and impressive effects.” Still, you would have to see it yourself to agree or disagree.

5. Rigor Mortis (2013)

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Back to our horror movie lovers, Juno Mak and Takashi Shimizu directed and produced this Hong Kong horror film. You know those films you watch with keen interest and total amazement, and then after an hour of being entertained, you find out, at the very end, that all was not as you thought it was. This is one.

Ultimately, we find out that most of the story didn't happen. It was all in the mind of the main character. Oops! Did I forget to say spoiler alert?

6. Sputnik (2020)

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Russian Horror movies are one of the best horror movies out there. Case in point, Sputnik. Egor Abramenko directed this one.

Oksana Akinshina stars in this Sci-Fi horror as Tatyana Yuryevna Klimova. She gets recruited to figure out how to help a cosmonaut named Konstantin, the sole survivor of a space accident. Except her recruiter lied to her.

7. Train To Busan (2016)

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What is good horror without flesh-eating zombies? This South Korean horror film has one of the best effects from movies released in 2016.

The drama takes place on a train on its way to Busan. Seok-woo, played by Gong Woo, and his daughter Su-an, played by Kim-Su-an, are on the train to see his ex-wife. Let's just say they never got to Busan. Although the first movie was a huge hit, the sequel, released in 2020, was less successful than the first.

8. Troll Hunter (2010)

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This Norwegian film follows a group of students who want to make a documentary about a bear poacher in the forest.

Following a series of searches and inquiries, they realize that a bear poacher isn't present. Instead, they discover the presence of trolls within the forest. André Øvredal wrote and directed the film, featuring various famous Norwegian comedians.

9. Night Watch (2004)

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We have another Russian horror film on our hands. The storyline of this film puts darkness and light against each other in a great war, but no side wins, so they reach a truce. Night Watch, directed by Timur Bekmambetov, received mixed reactions from critics. Still, the movie has many lovers.

10. The Wandering Earth (2019)

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When it comes to special effects in the film industry, Asians are dominating. The final entry on the roster is a Chinese science fiction movie. It is set in 2058; the sun is dying out, and Earth is in danger. The plan is to find a way to move Earth out of its orbit and into a new one. Did they succeed? Only one way for you to find out.

Frant Gwo directed the film. It set a record in the Chinese film industry by earning more than £232 million in six days.

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