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 World Factbook.[1] French-language films are the most represented. Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016), a film with an estimated production cost of $140 million,[2] has a lip-synched Chinese-language version.[3]

List of most expensive non-English-language films
Rank Title Country Language Year Production Costs (est.)
1 Asterix at the Olympic Games  France French 2008 $113,500,000[4]
2 The Flowers of War  China Mandarin, English, Japanese 2011 $94,000,000[5]
3 Red Cliff  China Mandarin 2008 $80,000,000[5]
4 Asterix and Obelix: God Save Britannia  France French 2012 $77,600,000[4]
5 D-War II: Mysteries of the Dragon  South Korea  China English, Korean 2017 $77,000,000[6]
6 The Monkey King 2  Hong Kong  China Mandarin 2016 $68,400,000[7]
7 Dragon Blade  China Mandarin, English, Latin, Turkic 2015 $65,000,000[8]
The Bombing  China Mandarin, English 2016 $65,000,000[9]
9 Journey to the West: Conquering the Demons 2  China Mandarin 2017 $64,000,000[10]
10 The Mermaid  China Mandarin 2016 $60,720,000[11]
11 Mesrine  France French, Spanish, English 2008 $60,000,000[12]
The Monkey King  China  Hong Kong Mandarin, Cantonese 2014 $60,000,000[5]
2.0  India Tamil, Telugu, Hindi 2017 $60,000,000[13]
14 Che  United States  France  Spain Spanish, English 2008 $58,000,000[14]
15 A Very Long Engagement  France French 2004 $56,600,000[15]
16 Monster Hunt  China Mandarin 2015 $56,000,000[16]
17 Sur la piste du Marsupilami  France French 2012 $52,000,000[17]
18 Railroad Tigers  China Mandarin 2016 $50,000,000[18]
19 The Tale of Princess Kaguya  Japan Japanese 2011 $49,300,000[19]
20 Gone with the Bullets  China Mandarin 2014 $48,800,000[20]
21 The Crossing  China Mandarin, Japanese 2014 $48,600,000[21]
22 Asterix & Obelix Take On Caesar  France French 1999 $48,000,000
23 Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra  France French 2002 $47,000,000
24 Crimson Rivers II: Angels of the Apocalypse  France French 2004 $46,430,000
25 The Extraordinary Adventures of Adèle Blanc-Sec  France French 2010 $46,000,000
26 Pinocchio  Italy Italian 2002 $45,000,000[22]
Curse of the Golden Flower  China Mandarin 2006 $45,000,000[5]
Gantz & Gantz: Perfect Answer  Japan Japanese 2011 $45,000,000
Beauty and the Beast  France French 2014 $45,000,000[23]
30 Why I Did (Not) Eat My Father  France French 2014 $44,000,000[24]
31 Asterix: The Land of the Gods  France French 2014 $43,000,000[24]
32 Supercondriaque  France French 2014 $42,200,000[25]
33 Les Dalton  France French, English 2004 $42,000,000
34 Bounty Hunters  Hong Kong  China  South Korea Mandarin, Korean 2016 $41,500,000[26]
35 The Promise  China Mandarin 2005 $40,000,000[5]
Apocalypto  United States Mayan 2006 $40,000,000
Nomad  United States  France  Russia  Kazakhstan Russian, Kazakh 2007 $40,000,000
The Warlords  China  Hong Kong Mandarin 2007 $40,000,000[5]
Muhammad: The Messenger of God  Iran Persian, Arabic, English 2015 $40,000,000
Kong - The Origin  China  South Korea TBA TBA $40,000,000[27]
41 League of Gods  China Mandarin, Cantonese 2016 $38,700,000[28]
42 The Grandmaster  China  Hong Kong Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese 2007 $38,600,000[29]
43 Treasured Island  France French 2007 $38,500,000
44 The Tiger Brigades  France French 2006 $38,000,000
Wolf Totem  China  France Mandarin, Mongolian 2015 $38,000,000[30]
46 Empire of the Wolves  France French 2005 $37,120,000
Le deuxième souffle  France French 2007 $37,120,000
48 Largo Winch  France French, English 2008 $37,000,000
Mojin: The Lost Legend  China Mandarin 2015 $37,000,000[31]
50 The Inhabited Island  Russia Russian 2008 $36,600,000
51 Ip Man 3  Hong Kong Cantonese 2015 $36,000,000[32]
A Monster in Paris  France French, English 2011 $36,000,000[33]
53 Arsène Lupin  France French 2004 $35,600,000
54 Paris 36  France French 2008 $35,560,000
55 Michel Vaillant  France French 2003 $35,400,000
56 The Barber of Siberia  Russia  France  Italy  Czech Republic Russian, English 1998 $35,000,000
The Legend of Zu  Hong Kong Mandarin, Cantonese 2001 $35,000,000[5]
Hero  China Mandarin 2002 $35,000,000[5]
The Tiger and the Snow  Italy Italian, English, Arabic 2005 $35,000,000
The Flying Swords of Dragon Gate  China  Hong Kong Mandarin 2011 $35,000,000
Stand by Me Doraemon  Japan Japanese 2014 $35,000,000[34]
61 The Stone Council (fr)  France French 2006 $34,000,000
Nothing to Declare  France French 2011 $34,000,000[33]
Ponyo  Japan Japanese 2011 $34,000,000[35]
65 Un plan parfait  France French 2012 $33,650,000
66 Fanfan La Tulipe  France French 2003 $33,600,000
67 Jappeloup  France French 2013 $33,300,000[36]
68 Zhong Kui: Snow Girl and the Dark Crystal  China Mandarin 2015 $33,000,000[37]
69 The Three-Body Problem  China Mandarin, English 2016 $32,300,000[38]
70 Iceman  Hong Kong  China Cantonese, Mandarin, Hindi, English, Japanese 2014 $32,200,000[39]
71 D-War  South Korea English, Korean 2007 $32,000,000
La Vérité si je mens ! 3  France French 2012 $32,000,000[17]
Lady of the Dynasty  China Mandarin 2015 $32,000,000[40]
Call of Heroes  Hong Kong Mandarin 2016 $32,000,000[41]
75 Bon Voyage  France French 2003 $31,000,000
Sky Fighters  France French 2005 $31,000,000
Largo Winch 2  France French 2011 $31,000,000[33]
78 Baahubali:The Conclusion  India Telugu, Tamil 2017 $30,000,000[42][43]
Pokémon: The Movie 2000  Japan Japanese 1999 $30,000,000[44]
Wonderful Days  South Korea Korean, English 2003 $30,000,000
The Passion of the Christ  United States Aramaic, Latin, Hebrew 2004 $30,000,000
Alatriste  Spain Spanish, Dutch 2006 $30,000,000
Arn: The Knight Templar  Sweden  Denmark  Norway  Finland  Germany Swedish, English, Latin, Arabic, French 2007 $30,000,000
Baarìa  Italy Sicilian, Italian 2009 $30,000,000[45]
1911  China Mandarin, English 2011 $30,000,000[46]
Space Pirate Captain Harlock  Japan Japanese 2013 $30,000,000[47]
The Wind Rises  Japan Japanese, French, German, Italian 2013 $30,000,000[48]
Stalingrad  Russia Russian, German 2013 $30,000,000[49]
Hollywood Adventures  China Mandarin, English 2015 $30,000,000[50]

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