Experiment Awards: Foreign – Best of the 2000s

When I was an eager young blogger and wanted user participation, I set up the Experiment Awards [1] — I got people nominating films and voting. It was actually pretty good, but too much work, and I just dropped the whole idea the following year. I just left it to Juan to do his Juan-And-Only Awards [1][2].


So instead of reviewing my favorite films of the past decade (2000-09) for The LAMB’s Foreign Chops: Best of the 2000s [1], I wanted to list them all. General rules apply: 1. 10-30 picks for each category (Critics’ Choice Awards reference); 2. A USA co-production may have slipped here or there, but in general there are no US-backed films.

Note: Example clips do not denote winners.

Art Direction


  1. Black
  2. City of God
  3. The Curse of the Golden Flower
  4. Devdas
  5. Downfall
  6. Forever Enthralled
  7. The Good, The Bad, The Weird
  8. In the Mood for Love
  9. Kamikaze Girls
  10. Lust, Caution
  11. Micmacs
  12. Paco and the Magical Book
  13. Pan’s Labyrinth
  14. Parineeta
  15. Red Cliff I & II
  16. Saawariya
  17. Taxidermia
  18. Tideland
  19. The Twilight Samurai
  20. Wool 100%



  1. All About Lily Chou Chou – Noboru Shinoda
  2. Amelie – Bruno Delbonnel
  3. Black – Ravi K. Chandran
  4. City of God – César Charlone
  5. City of Life and Death – Cao Yu; He Lei
  6. Contracorriente – Mauricio Vidal
  7. The Curse of the Golden Flower – Zhao Xiaoding
  8. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – Peter Pau
  9. Devdas – Binod Pradhan
  10. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly – Janusz Kamiński
  11. Enter the Void – Benoît Debie
  12. Garpastum – Oleg Lukichyov
  13. In the Mood for Love – Christopher Doyle; Mark Lee Ping Bin
  14. Jogwa – Sanjay Jadhav
  15. Let the Right One In – Hoyte van Hoytema
  16. Memories of Matsuko – Masakazu Ato
  17. Pan’s Labyrinth – Guillermo Navarro
  18. Saawariya – Ravi K. Chandran
  19. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter… and Spring – Baek Dong-hyeon
  20. The White Ribbon – Christian Berger


  1. Air Doll – World’s End Girlfriend [Xiami]
  2. All About Lily Chou Chou – Takeshi Kobayashi [Xiami]
  3. Amelie – Yann Tiersen [Xiami]
  4. Black – Monty Sharma [iTunes]
  5. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon – Tan Dun [Xiami]
  6. Diarios de Motocicleta – Gustavo Santaolalla [Xiami]
  7. Hana & Alice – Shunji Iwai [Xiami]
  8. Let the Right One In – Johan Söderqvist [Xiami]
  9. Pan’s Labyrinth – Javier Navarrete [Xiami]
  10. Whale Rider – Lisa Gerrard [Xiami]

Music Compilation

  1. All About Lily Chou Chou [Xiami]
  2. Les Chansons d’Amour [Xiami]
  3. Devdas [Xiami]
  4. Jogwa [iTunes]
  5. Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham… [Xiami]
  6. Memories of Matsuko [Xiami]
  7. Nana [Xiami]
  8. Once [Xiami]
  9. Parineeta [Xiami][YouTube]
  10. Slumdog Millionaire [Xiami]


YAM Magazine editor, photographer, blogger, translator and part-time web designer. Film junkie, music junkie… and lately series (a.k.a. TV) junkie.

8 Responses

  1. City of Life and Death is a devastating viewing experience. Pair it with the harrowing Soviet movie Come and See (Idi i smotri) and you might not want to watch WWII movies for a long time.

    heheh putting Let the Right One In for Food.

  2. beeline says:

    More movie suggestions. Yes, I know it is Asian films: Kisaragi (2007), Fish Story (2009), Owl and the Sparrow (2007), Chocolate (2008), House of Flying Daggers (2004), Shaolin Soccer (2001), Waiting in the Dark (2006), 13 Beloved (2006), Linda Linda Linda (2005), Dorm (2006), Citizen Dog (2004), I Not Stupid (2002), Last Life In the Universe (2003), The Great Yokai War (2005), Phobia 2 (2009), Hansel and Gretel (2007)

    • amy says:

      Linda Linda did make it to my Best Comedy Film category, but thank you for all the title suggestions~ But other than Flying Daggers (for which I didn’t care much for) Shaolin Soccer, or Hansel and Gretel (heard and pedning but not seen), I hadn’t heard of most.

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