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Poll: Country-Specific (Sub-) Genres

Which genre or subgenre that is exclusive or almost exclusive to a certain country is your favorite (or which would you like to discover)?

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    Carmen Miranda in Alô, Alô, Brasil (1935)

    Canchada (Brazil): Lighthearted and carnivalesque musicals which imitate or satirize classic Hollywood cinema. Notable examples include:

    Estudantes (1935) Alô Alô Carnaval (1936) Aviso aos Navegantes (1950) Neither Samson nor Delilah (1955)

    (suggested by yrnej)

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    Amor de la calle (1950)

    Rumberas film (Mexico): Dramas, usually about women working as (nightclub) dancers, singers or prostitutes. While music plays an important part in these films, they also show the lives of ordinary or distressed people in a realistic way. Notable examples include:

    Humo en los ojos (1946) Aventurera (1950) Salon Mexico (1950) Sandra the Woman of Fire (1954)

    (suggested by yrnej)

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    Battles Without Honor and Humanity (1973)

    Yakuza movies (Japan): Concerned with the Japanese "mafia", the Yakuza, these movies revolve around themes of code of honor, loyalty and friendship. They often center on new members, either of the police or the Yakuza, who get entangled in bloody feuds. Later works are typically made in a gritty and documentarian style. Notable examples include:

    Drunken Angel (1948) Pale Flower (1964) Tokyo Drifter (1966) Battles Without Honor or Humanity (1973) Graveyard of Honor (1975)

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    Mil Mascaras in 'Mil Mascaras vs. The Aztec Mummy'.

    Luchador films (Mexico): Exploitation movies centered on luchadores, (masked) superheroes who engage in battles against aliens, spies or supernatural forces, such as vampires. Featuring professional wrestling. Notable examples include:

    Huracán Ramírez (1952) Santo vs. las Mujeres Vampiro (1962) The Mummies of Guanajuato (1970) Mil Mascaras vs. the Aztec Mummy (2007)

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    Die Magd von Heiligenblut (1956)

    Heimatfilme - "Homeland films" (Germany): Mostly set in the mountains or rural areas, these films deal with conflicts between Man and Nature, Tradition and the Modern World, as well as Old and Young. Notable examples include:

    Am Brunnen vor dem Tore (1952) Sissi (1955) Ich denke oft an Piroschka (1955) Schwarzwälderkirsch (1958)

    (suggested by yrnej)

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    Toshirô Mifune, Minoru Chiaki, Yoshio Inaba, Daisuke Katô, Isao Kimura, Seiji Miyaguchi, and Takashi Shimura in Seven Samurai (1954)

    Jidai-geki (Japan): period dramas, usually set in the Edo period (1603-1868). Typically depict the lives of Samurais as well as workers or farmers; (sword)fights are abundant. Famous examples include:

    Ugetsu Monogatari (1953) Gate of Hell (1953) The Seven Samurai (1954) The Tale of Zatoichi (1962) Harakiri (1962) Onibaba (1964)

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    Kenpachirô Satsuma in Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth (1992)

    Kaiju movies (Japan): Special effects-heavy films featuring gigantic monsters who fight big cities and/or each other.

    Famous examples include:

    Godzilla (1954) Mothra (1961) Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974) Gamera the Brave (2006)

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    The Cat o' Nine Tails (1971)

    Giallo (Italy): a mix of crime-thriller and psychological or supernatural horror, with stylized nudity and violence. May include baroque and operatic elements, voyeurism and sexual symbolism. Notable examples include:

    Blood and Black Lace (1964) The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970) Deep Red (1975) Suspiria (1977) Tenebrae (1982)

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    Esther Greenberg, Shaike Levi, Geula Nuni, and Topol in Sallah (1964)

    Bourekas films (Israel): Comedies that deal with conflicts between ethnic or social groups in Israel. They make fun of stereotypes and can be seen as satires, although there is also an element of melodrama in them. Notable examples include:

    Sallah Shabbati (1964) Fortuna (1966) Kazablan (1974) Hagiga B'Snuker (1975)

    (suggested by yrnej)

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    Eli Wallach in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

    Spaghetti Westerns (Italy): Westerns, often focusing on heroes that are morally ambiguous but skilled gunfighters against corrupted officials or outlaws. Laconic humor and variations of very long and very short shots, especially in shootous, are prevalent. Scenes are often accompanied by emphatic, opera-like music. Notable examples include:

    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) Django (1966) The Big Gundown (1966) Death Rides a Horse (1967) Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

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    Maggie Cheung and Tony Chiu-Wai Leung in Hero (2002)

    Wuxia (Hong Kong, China): Period pieces about martial artists who adhere to a chivalric code of honor. Kung fu stunts are often complemented by wirework. Notable examples include:

    The One-Armed Swordsman (1967) A Touch of Zen (1971) Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) Hero (2002)

    (suggested by yrnej)

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    Poliziotteschi (Italy): Cynical and violent crime movies about tough cops. Often revolve around high-ranking corruption and vigilantism. Notable examples include:

    Violent City (1970) Caliber 9 (1972) Manhunt in Milan (1972) The Boss (1972) Almost Human (1974)

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    Pam Grier in Coffy (1973)

    Blaxploitation (USA): Exploitation movies, mostly action or crime oriented, concerning black characters and black culture. Notable examples include:

    Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (1971) Shaft (1971) Blacula (1972) The Mack (1973) Foxy Brown (1974)

    (suggested by yrnej)

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    Salvatore Basile, Robert Kerman, and Ricardo Fuentes in Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

    Cannibal films (Italy): graphically violent splatters set in exotic places, often about encounters between westerners and indigenous maneaters. Social and media criticism are incorporated frequently. Notable examples include:

    The Man from the Deep River (1972) Emmanuelle and the Last Cannibals (1977) Cannibal Holocaust (1980) Cannibal Ferox (1981) The Green Inferno (1988)

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    Bruce Lee in Enter the Dragon (2009)

    Kung fu films (Hong Kong/China): Typically about ambitious young men who learn to master their skill in martial arts, by fighting villains that are superior both in numbers and weapons. Their motivation is often in avenging their mentor's death or rescuing a girl or their village.

    Enter the Dragon (1973) Five Deadly Venoms (1978) The 36th Chamber of the Shaolin (1978) The Legend of Drunken Master (1994) Ip Man (2008)

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    Sammo Kam-Bo Hung and Siu-Ming To in Encounters of the Spooky Kind (1980)

    Jiangshi (Hong Kong, China): Horror comedies about Jiangshi, monsters from Chinese folklore resembling vampires, which are conjured and/or fought by Taoist priests. Kung fu fights and spoofs of American films are frequently included. Notable examples include:

    Encounters of the Spooky Kind (1980) Mr. Vampire (1985) Vampire vs. Vampire (1989) The Twins Effect (2003)

    (suggested by yrnej)

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    Yun-Fat Chow in Hard Boiled (1992)

    Heroic bloodshed (Hong Kong): Crime thrillers with an emphasis on stylized action sequences and themes of honor, friendship and revenge. Notable examples include:

    A Better Tomorrow (1986) Hard-boiled (1992) Hard to Die (1993) The Mission (1999) Infernal Affairs (2002)

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    Stellan Skarsgård in In Order of Disappearance (2014)

    Nordic Noir (Norway, Sweden, Denmark): Crime dramas that live from their cold setting and a sense of realism, interspersed with macabre humor and acts of cruel violence. Depression and disillusionment are important themes.

    Notable examples include:

    Insomnia (1997) Smilla's Sense of Snow (1997) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009) In Order of Disappearance (2014)

    (from a suggestion by leavey-2)

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