List of most expensive non-English-language films

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This is a non-definitive list of most expensive non-English-language films, with budgets given in United States dollars. Only films with budgets exceeding US$30 million are listed here. Where the source gives the budget in the native currency, conversion is carried out using the exchange rates given by the The World Factbook.[1] French-language films are the most represented.

List of most expensive non-English-language films
Rank Title Country Year Production Costs (est.)
1 Asterix 3  France 2008 $113,500,000[2]
2 The Flowers of War  China 2011 $94,000,000[3]
3 The Bombing  China 2015 $90,000,000[4]
4 Red Cliff  China 2008 $80,000,000[3]
5 Asterix 4  France 2012 $77,600,000[2]
6 The Monkey King 2  Hong Kong 2016 $68,400,000[5]
7 Dragon Blade  China 2015 $65,000,000[6]
8 Mesrine  France 2008 $60,000,000[7]
The Monkey King  China  Hong Kong 2014 $60,000,000[3]
10 Che  United States  France  Spain 2008 $58,000,000[8]
11 A Very Long Engagement  France 2004 $56,600,000[9]
12 Sur la piste du Marsupilami  France 2012 $52,000,000[10]
13 The Tale of Princess Kaguya  Japan 2011 $49,300,000[11]
14 Gone with the Bullets  China 2014 $48,800,000[12]
15 The Crossing  China 2014 $48,600,000[13]
16 Asterix 1  France 1999 $48,000,000
17 Asterix 2  France 2002 $47,000,000
18 Crimson Rivers II: Angels of the Apocalypse  France 2004 $46,430,000
19 The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec  France 2010 $46,000,000
20 Pinocchio  Italy 2002 $45,000,000[14]
Curse of the Golden Flower  China 2006 $45,000,000[3]
Gantz & Gantz: Perfect Answer  Japan 2011 $45,000,000
Beauty and the Beast  France 2014 $45,000,000[15]
24 Why I Did (Not) Eat My Father  France 2014 $44,000,000[16]
25 Supercondriaque  France 2014 $43,363,732[17]
26 Asterix: The Land of the Gods  France 2014 $43,000,000[16]
27 Les Dalton  France 2004 $42,000,000
28 The Promise  China 2005 $40,000,000[3]
Apocalypto  United States 2006 $40,000,000
Nomad  United States  France  Russia  Kazakhstan 2007 $40,000,000
The Warlords  China  Hong Kong 2007 $40,000,000[3]
Baahubali  India 2015 $40,000,000[18][19]
Monster Hunt  China 2015 $40,000,000[20]
Kong - The Origin  China  South Korea TBA $40,000,000[21]
35 Feng Shen Bang 3D  China 2016 $38,694,698[22]
36 The Grandmaster  China  Hong Kong 2007 $38,600,000[23]
37 Treasured Island  France 2007 $38,500,000
37 The Tiger Brigades  France 2006 $38,000,000
Wolf Totem  China  France 2015 $38,000,000[24]
39 Empire of the Wolves  France 2005 $37,120,000
Le deuxième souffle  France 2007 $37,120,000
42 Largo Winch  France 2008 $37,000,000
43 The Inhabited Island  Russia 2008 $36,600,000
44 Ip Man 3  Hong Kong 2016 $36,000,000[25]
A Monster in Paris  France 2011 $36,000,000[26]
46 Arsène Lupin  France 2004 $35,600,000
47 Paris 36  France 2008 $35,560,000
48 Michel Vaillant  France 2003 $35,400,000
49 The Barber of Siberia  Russia  France  Italy  Czech Republic 1998 $35,000,000
The Legend of Zu  Hong Kong 2001 $35,000,000[3]
Hero  China 2002 $35,000,000[3]
The Tiger and the Snow  Italy 2005 $35,000,000
The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate  China  Hong Kong 2011 $35,000,000
Stand by Me Doraemon  Japan 2014 $35,000,000[27]
55 The Stone Council (fr)  France 2006 $34,000,000
Nothing to Declare  France 2011 $34,000,000[26]
Ponyo  Japan 2011 $34,000,000[28]
59 Un plan parfait  France 2012 $33,650,000
60 Fanfan La Tulipe  France 2003 $33,600,000
61 Jappeloup  France 2013 $33,300,000[29]
62 Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal  China 2015 $33,000,000[30]
63 The Three-Body Problem  China 2016 $32,300,000[31]
64 Iceman  Hong Kong  China 2014 $32,200,000[32]
65 D-War  South Korea 2007 $32,000,000
La Vérité si je mens ! 3  France 2012 $32,000,000[10]
67 Bounty Hunters  Hong Kong  China  South Korea TBA $31,600,000[33]
68 Bon Voyage  France 2003 $31,000,000
Sky Fighters  France 2005 $31,000,000
Largo Winch 2  France 2011 $31,000,000[26]
71 Pokémon: The Movie 2000  Japan 1999 $30,000,000[34]
Wonderful Days  South Korea 2003 $30,000,000
The Passion of the Christ  United States 2004 $30,000,000
Alatriste  Spain 2006 $30,000,000
Arn: The Knight Templar  Sweden  Denmark  Norway  Finland  Germany 2007 $30,000,000
Baarìa  Italy 2009 $30,000,000[35]
1911  China 2011 $30,000,000[36]
Space Pirate Captain Harlock  Japan 2013 $30,000,000[37]
The Wind Rises  Japan 2013 $30,000,000[38]
Hollywood Adventures  China 2015 $30,000,000[39]

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