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Foreign Films on DVD

Getting hold of foreign films (especially obscure ones) on DVD is nearly impossible on the high street, unless you have a specialist shop near you and even then they can be quite expensive. Although I usually only buy a DVD if I see a film I really like (whether it be in the cinema or by other means) I have found a number of useful online outlets which offer great value for money and have large selections of stuff you can’t get locally (in the UK that is). I’ve compiled a short list below of the good ones but always remember to purchase with discretion when buying online, especially from abroad, in general:

1) Only buy from reputable stores which have a solid track record and/or have been recommended to you by people who have brought from them before.
2) Always check that the connection is secure (a small padlock symbol should appear in the corner of your browser window) when entering credit card details etc.
3) If something looks to good to be true then it probably is.
4) Check how long delivery will take. Watch for additional charges such as VAT, customs duties, delivery and packaging. Some of these might be hidden.
5) Check your credit account and bank account statements regularly. If you find an error or discrepancy, notify the financial institution and contest the error immediately.

For more detailed information check out this page here, now onto the list:

  • – Always my first stop, they have a smallish collection of Japanese and Chinese films.
  • CD Wow! – Good selection of Asian films, very cheap.
  • mrKwang – Retailer of Korean DVD’s & CD’s, lots of unique stuff.
  • YesAsia – Large catalog of just about everything Asian, free delivery to the UK.
  • cdJapan – Sells music/anime/movies, all prices in yen though.

If you’re looking for Region 1 releases then the best place to look is probably If none of these turn up the goods then there’s always which has enough torrent links to keep you going till the end of time (almost!).

If you know of any other good places please add a comment below!


Originally from the UK, David is designer and wanderer currently based in Kamakura. Prior to this, he lived in China and longs to explore more of this vast and varied land. He started Randomwire in 2003 to chronicle his travels and occasional musings. Feel free to drop him a line.

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