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The Bird People in China (1998)
 7.5
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The Bird People in China (1998)
Original name: 中国の鳥人
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Wada (Masahiro Motoki), a salary man, is enlisted to venture off to China to investigate a potential Jade mine. After his arrival, Wada encounters a violent, yet sentimental, yakuza (Renji Ishibashi), who takes the liberty of joining his adventure through China. Led on their long and disastrous journey to the mine by Shen, the three men come across something even more magical and enticing...
Style: humorous, offbeat, semi serious
Plot: on the road, tribe, adventure, gangsters, village, memory loss, self discovery, village life, gem, mountain, child, yakuza, chinese, amnesia, river, sky, literature, flying, remote village, environmental, progress, surrealism, raft, countryside, flashback ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: japan, china, asia

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out semi serious, humorous, offbeat and realistic films with plots about on the road, surrealism, escapades, adventure, self discovery, village life and nudity (full frontal - brief) mostly in Comedy, Drama and Fantasy genres. Some movies like The Bird People in China: Moon Father (1999), Round Ireland with a Fridge (2010), Sweet Rain: Accuracy of Death (2008), Kikujiro (1999), Adrenaline Drive (1999). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.3
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Moon Father (1999)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Tajikistan, Germany, Japan, Uzbekistan, Austria, Switzerland, France, Russia
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The unborn child of Mamlakat is telling her story. She is 17, beautiful and vivacious, and dreaming secretly of becoming an actress. She lives with her father and brother in a small village in Central Asia. One night she is seduced by an actor from ...
Style: humorous, touching, offbeat, semi serious, captivating ...
Plot: village life, village, pregnancy, bittersweet, family relations, ethnic, social relations, unwanted pregnancy, parents and children, on the road, eccentric family, folk ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Round Ireland with a Fridge (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The movie tells the story of a disillusioned television personality whose career has stalled and who is looking for answers but doesn't know the questions. When his best friend taunts him for losing his sense of adventure Tony accepts a drunken ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, feel good, captivating, entertaining ...
Plot: self discovery, introspection, on the road, goofy hero, best friends, social relations, hitchhiking, inspiration, travel, screenwriter, silly humor, friends ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
Sweet Rain: Accuracy of Death (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Chiba appears seven days before a person dies an unexpected death. His job is to observe the person for seven days then decide either to ‘execute’ or ‘pass over’. Today, again, in the rain, he waits. His subject, her death due in seven days, ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, captivating, stylized, offbeat
Plot: supernatural, hopes, angel, changing the past or future, destiny, gangsters, out of the way, betrayal, future dystopia, workplace situations, grim reaper, inventions and discoveries ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 7.8
 18K
Kikujiro (1999)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: Japan
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Brash, loudmouthed and opportunistic, Kikujiro is the unlikely companion for Masao who is determined to see the mother he has never met. The two begin a series of adventures which soon turns out to be a whimsical journey of laughter and tears with a ...
Style: surreal, stylized, touching, uplifting, semi serious ...
Plot: child abuse, innocence, thief, running, on the road, travel, summer, bittersweet, road trip, goodhearted, disorder, loud ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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Adrenaline Drive (1999)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Japan
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A gas leak explosion at a yakuza hideout provides a shy nurse and a rental car clerk with the opportunity to take a briefcase full of money. A cross-country chase ensues.
Style: offbeat, stylized, humorous, dark humor, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hospital, on the run, yakuza, crime, fugitives, romance, criminal heroes, nothing goes right, criminal's revenge, lovers on the run, unlikely criminals, chase ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
The Pornographers (1966)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Subu makes pornographic films. He sees nothing wrong with it. They are an aid to a repressed society, and he uses the money to support his landlady, Haru, and her family. From time to time, Haru shares her bed with Subu, though she believes her dead ...
Style: sexy, clever, witty, sexual, offbeat ...
Plot: sexual perversion, filmmaking, pornography, perversion, family business, eccentric family, love triangle, family life, porn, family relations, couples, satire ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
A Chinese Odyssey Part One: Pandora's Box (1995)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Fantasy adventure about the arrival of Buddhism in China. When the Goddess of Happiness tosses the Longevity Monk and his disciples out of heaven (because the Monkey King tried to attain immortality), the Monkey King is reincarnated as the Joker. He ...
Style: stylized, humorous, offbeat, semi serious, exciting
Audience: teens
Plot: martial arts, reincarnation, changing the past or future, legends and myths, time travel, supernatural, rescue, hopes, good versus evil, love and romance, master warrior, clergy ...
Place: asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 7.7
 29K
Interstate 60 (2002)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: An aspiring painter meets various characters and learns valuable lessons while traveling across America.
Style: road movie, witty, surreal, enigmatic, offbeat ...
Audience: date night
Plot: alternate reality, road trip, self discovery, wish come true, choice, dream girl, self fulfillment, on the road, life philosophy, imaginary, changing the past or future, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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 7.3
 1K
Dr. Akagi (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, History, War
Country: Japan, France
Duration: 129 min.
Story: At the end of WWII, Japanese doctor Akagi searches for the cure for hepatitis in the prisoner-of-war camp.
Style: sentimental, humorous, touching, dark humor, semi serious ...
Plot: social relations, power relations, pow, cure, world war two, village life, doctors and patients, village, island, heroes, love and romance, fugitives ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
The Last Days of the World (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The life of a student named Kanou is transformed when a tiny man informs him that Earth will soon be annihilated. Kanou decides to do just as he pleases with the time he has left, leading to strange adventures that could be real -- or just a dream.
Style: atmospheric, offbeat, humorous, semi serious, dark humor ...
Plot: unfulfillment, confined, danger, youth, escapades, crimes, dull life, family problems, foreknowledge, sexual content, profanity, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.4
 2K
Monday (2000)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Fantasy, Thriller, Action
Country: Japan
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A simple funeral turns a man's world upside down.
Style: humorous, atmospheric, captivating, dark humor, realistic ...
Plot: gangsters, life turned upside down, danger, gang, deadly, chases and races, crimes, memory loss, disorder, yakuza, coincidence, chase ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Mongolian Ping Pong (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: China
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Bilike has never seen a ping-pong ball before. He and his family live without electricity and running water in a solitary tent home among the vast steppe grasslands. The magnificent landscape here has changed little since the days of Genghis Kahn. ...
Style: touching, humorous, captivating, contemplative, feel good ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: friends, on the road, children, ping pong, adventure, escapades, monastery, journey, secret, mystery, friendship, anti hero ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: china, mongolia, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
The Saragossa Manuscript (1965)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Poland
Duration: 182 min.
Story: In the Napoleonic wars, an officer finds an old book that relates his grandfather's story, Alfons van Worden, captain in the Walloon guard. A man of honor and courage, he seeks the shortest route through the Sierra Morena. At an inn, the Venta ...
Style: surreal, atmospheric, contemplative, serious, offbeat ...
Plot: ghost, curses spells and rituals, uncover truth, soldier, supernatural, heroes, adventure, obsessive quest, escapades, mind game, legends and myths, on the road ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century
Place: spain, europe, poland, tokyo, japan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Roadside Prophets (1992)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Sid and Nancy screenplay author Abbe Wool makes her directorial debut with this tale of a factory worker name Joe (X front man John Doe) who hits the road on his Harley to scatter the ashes of a co-worker. Joined by wannabe biker Sam (Adam Horovitz ...
Style: road movie, humorous, semi serious, light, talky ...
Plot: desert, motorcycle, friendship, on the road, hotel, adventure, loner, journey, fireworks, ashes, life philosophy, obsession ...
Time: 90s
Place: nevada, usa, los angeles, las vegas, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
The Sun Also Rises (2007)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: China
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A polyptych of interconnected stories in different time-zones, shifting between a Yunnan village, a campus, and the Gobi Desert.
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: pregnancy, college life, crimes of passion, couples, revolution, contests and competitions, unlikely couple, single parent, dishonesty, village, village life, infidelity ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 21st century, 90s, contemporary
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Yaji and Kita: The Midnight Pilgrims (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A re-imagining of the classic Japanese comedy "Yaji and Kita's Travel Journey", this is the story of two samurai in Edo period Japan who are in love. One is married, the other is a drug addict. They decide to go on a trip to Ise ...
Style: humorous, surreal, not serious, captivating, offbeat ...
Plot: adventure, love affair, drug abuse, heroic mission, addiction, samurai, escapades, danger, heroes, love and romance, life is a bitch, martial arts ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
The Family Game (1983)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A sendup of the stereo-typical Japanese family: dad is a salaryman jerk, unable to relate to anyone; mom is a hopeless housewife; the older son is a moderate academic success; but the younger son is a rebellious goof-off for whom a tutor must be ...
Style: sentimental, humorous, clever, witty, suspense ...
Plot: family relations, military life, skyscraper, college life, dedicated educator, lifestyle, youth, society, bittersweet, satire, power relations, teachers and students ...
Time: 80s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Hector and the Search for Happiness (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: Germany, Canada, UK, South Africa, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Hector is a quirky psychiatrist who has become increasingly tired of his humdrum life. As he tells his girlfriend, Clara, he feels like a fraud: he hasn’t really tasted life, and yet he’s offering advice to patients who are just not getting any ...
Style: feel good, sentimental, semi serious, inspirational, entertaining ...
Plot: self discovery, life, life philosophy, travel, introspection, adventure, happiness, teaching the ways of the world, road not taken, escapades, psychiatrist, ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, africa, london, los angeles, china ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Johnnie Waterman (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 101 min.
Story: On the road wandering minstrel finds a mare, which, upholstered and sickly, is dying. He buries mare and casts a curse in the village where the animal was tortured. In the village lives Jańcio, a philosopher, a man loving life and his young wife, ...
Style: humorous, offbeat, surreal, semi serious
Plot: miraculous event, desire for fame, supernatural ability, supernatural, elderly, crime and punishment, healing power, dishonesty, rise and fall, on the road, countryside, cons and scams ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: poland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 7.3
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The Clown (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The life of the owners of Circus Esperança, Puro Sangue e Pangaré, father and son, who plays two clowns. At a certain point, Pangaré starts showing tiredness and sadness for being an unhappy clown.
Style: touching, semi serious, humorous, realistic, offbeat
Plot: introspection, follow your dream, self discovery, identity crisis, circus, escapades, parents and children, family relations, on the road, countryside, hopes, unfulfillment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: brazil, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.4
 4K
Takeshis' (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Beat Takeshi lives the busy and sometimes surreal life of a showbiz celebrity. One day he meets his blond lookalike named Kitano, a shy convenience store cashier, who, still an unknown actor, is waiting for his big break. After their paths cross, ...
Style: surreal, dark humor, semi serious, stylized, offbeat ...
Plot: surrealism, obsession, identity crisis, lifestyle, actor's life, showbiz, lookalikes, wannabe, audition, taxi driver, postmodernism, disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
The Voice of the Moon (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Returning to themes he first explored in La strada (1954), Fellini crafts a parable on the whisperings of the soul that only madmen and vagabonds are capable of hearing. The odd couple, Ivo Salvini (Benigni), a fake inspector of wells, and Gonnella ...
Style: stylized, humorous, offbeat, surreal, semi serious
Plot: moon, surrealism, journalist, fool, music teacher, rooftop, cemetery, tourist, village life, village, couples, love and romance ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Josh and S.A.M. (1993)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Josh and Sam are two brothers facing change, their mother is about to marry a French accountant and the kids are sent to go live with their father in Florida. Meanwhile Josh tells Sam that he is a "S.A.M." that is going to be sent to ...
Style: touching, humorous, semi serious, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: on the road, journey, cross country, family relations, family life, disorder, youth, nothing goes right, sibling relationship, adventure, coming of age, road trip ...
Time: 90s
Place: canada, texas, florida, usa, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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I Don't Have Many Friends (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Second year high school student Kodaka Hasegawa has transferred to his new school about a month ago, but he still hasn't made any friends. Kodaka Hasegawa was born from a Japanese father and a British mother. Because of his appearance, people ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, captivating, entertaining, offbeat ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, friends, teenage love, youth, society, high school life, physical appearance, social misfits, self discovery, teenage life, love and romance, social relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Warm Water Under a Red Bridge (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan, France
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A newly unemployed salaryman meets a particularly sexual woman.
Style: surreal, sincere, touching, sentimental, contemplative ...
Plot: romance, love affair, self discovery, sexual relations, couple relations, unlikely couple, starting over, mysterious character, couples, sexuality, adultery, village ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, hong kong, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.4
 92
Saudade (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 167 min.
Story: A film that explores the true meaning of a word by medical professionals, feelings of real people and the images that represent the word to the filmmaker. The viewer will get into a journey through true stories and feelings, chasing the true meaning ...
Style: realistic, humorous, semi serious
Plot: hip hop, cause and meaning, misfit, social misfits, friendship, beautician, karaoke, karaoke bar, worker, song, rap, bar ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.6
 700
Babin (2008)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Canada
Duration: 112 min.
Story: As scripted by Quebecois raconteur Fred Pellerin and directed by Luc Picard, this offbeat fantasy comedy details the adventures of Babine (Vincent Guillaume Otis), the son of a witch and a village pariah, as he ventures forth into the world and ...
Style: fairy tale, exciting, entertaining, captivating, light ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: village, adventure, heroic mission, escapades, imaginary, danger, clergy, imaginary kingdom, family, rivalry, save the day, witch ...
Place: quebec
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Glory to the Filmmaker! (2007)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Takeshi Kitano plays a version of himself in which he's a struggling director cycling through a number of different genres in an effort to complete his latest project.
Style: semi serious, offbeat, humorous
Plot: asteroids and comets, parents and children, heroes, danger, escapades, gangsters, filmmaker, bridge, blood, bomb, yakuza, sex education ...
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.5
 954
Obaba (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Spain, France, Belgium
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A rural drama set in Obaba, a mythical region in northern Spain, where a young filmmaker struggled to capture the feel of the area, which in turn leads to a wealth of self-discovery.
Style: semi serious
Plot: village, self discovery, village life, filmmaker, lizard, filmmaking, artists and showbiz, social relations, human nature, countryside, small town, mountain village ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, spain, basque country
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.0
 1K
Julian Po (1997)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Christian Slater is a stranger who comes to a small town. The local citizens think he's up to no good. After bothering him for a while, he blurts out in frustration, that he is there to kill himself.
Style: psychological, offbeat, humorous, touching, talky ...
Plot: small town, social relations, friends, dealing with death, misfit, society, clergy, small town life, friendship, on the road, human nature, mysterious stranger ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%