The first foreign film I will post about is Arika Kurosawa's Ran. Kurosawa was a Japanese film maker that worked primarily in black and white in the post war years. Ran was made in color in 1985 and is a late work by a producer that was battling depression and thoughts of suicide. It is a dark story, based on Shakespeare's King Lear, and retold as the tale of an elderly Japanese samurai betrayed by his sons.
It is also a sweeping epic, amazing in it's use of color, battle scenes, and sets to tell the story. Kurosawa thought it was his best work, and I agree.