Movies like The Bird People in China

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The Bird People in China (1998)
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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, semi serious, offbeat
Plot: tribe, on the road, adventure, gangsters, village, memory loss, village life, self discovery, gem, mountain, yakuza, chinese, sky, amnesia, literature, river, flying, child, surrealism, progress, raft, countryside, remote village, flashback, environmental ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: japan, china, asia

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Most similar movies to The Bird People in China

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out humorous, semi serious, offbeat and realistic films with plots about surrealism, on the road, youth, love and romance, adventure, escapades and nudity (full frontal - brief) mostly in Comedy, Drama and Fantasy genres. Some movies like The Bird People in China: Kikujiro (1999), Moon Father (1999), Sweet Rain: Accuracy of Death (2008), Adrenaline Drive (1999), Round Ireland with a Fridge (2010). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: thief, running, innocence, child abuse, on the road, travel, summer, pervert, bittersweet, road trip, obsessive quest, odd couple ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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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: captivating, surreal, semi serious, touching, humorous ...
Plot: village, village life, pregnancy, bittersweet, parents and children, eccentric family, on the road, unwanted pregnancy, folk, social relations, family relations, ethnic ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: asia
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46%
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, betrayal, destiny, future dystopia, angel, gangsters, hopes, workplace situations, changing the past or future, grim reaper, adolescence vs adulthood, inventions and discoveries ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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: semi serious, realistic, humorous, stylized, offbeat
Audience: boys' night
Plot: on the run, hospital, yakuza, odd couple, criminal heroes, crimes, unlikely criminals, chase, nothing goes right, romance, rivalry, criminal's revenge ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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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, captivating, feel good, entertaining ...
Plot: self discovery, on the road, introspection, goofy hero, best friends, social relations, hitchhiking, inspiration, travel, screenwriter, silly humor, radio dj ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
The Pornographers (1966)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 120 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: surreal, biting, sexy, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: filmmaking, sexual perversion, perversion, family relations, dark humor, porn, couples, satire, family business, family life, love triangle, eccentric family ...
Time: 60s
Place: japan, asia
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32%
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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: witty, enigmatic, surreal, road movie, cerebral ...
Audience: date night
Plot: alternate reality, road trip, self discovery, wish come true, dream girl, choice, on the road, life philosophy, self fulfillment, hopes, changing the past or future, motel ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, future
Place: new jersey
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31%
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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, semi serious, stylized, mind bending, non-linear ...
Plot: surrealism, obsession, identity crisis, dark humor, lifestyle, actor's life, showbiz, lookalikes, wannabe, audition, postmodernism, disorder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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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, exciting, semi serious, parody ...
Audience: teens
Plot: martial arts, reincarnation, monkey king, legends and myths, changing the past or future, time travel, monk, religions or cults, true love, heroic mission, love triangle, love and romance ...
Place: asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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: surreal, not serious, humorous, captivating, mind bending ...
Plot: adventure, love affair, life is a bitch, love and romance, heroes, escapades, samurai, addiction, drug abuse, heroic mission, disorder, martial arts ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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, humorous, exciting, captivating, offbeat
Plot: heroes, escapades, gangsters, parents and children, police, yakuza, escape, asteroids and comets, samurai, fight, car accident, filmmaker ...
Time: 50s
Place: tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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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: realistic, semi serious, sentimental, humorous, touching ...
Plot: cure, pow, dark humor, power relations, social relations, world war two, fugitives, soldier, heroes, love and romance, village life, island ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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: semi serious, atmospheric, humorous, mind bending, offbeat
Plot: teenage life, crimes, youth, escapades, confined, dark humor, dull life, family problems, dysfunctional family, sexual content, unfulfillment, high school ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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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, semi serious, entertaining, captivating ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: village, adventure, escapades, heroic mission, clergy, family, imaginary kingdom, rivalry, save the day, witch, magic, love ...
Place: quebec
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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, serious, epic, sexy ...
Plot: polish, ghost, devious, mountain, fictional reality, battles, escapades, soldier, adventure, obsessive quest, supernatural, heroes ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century
Place: spain, europe, poland, tokyo, japan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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: motorcycle, desert, friendship, on the road, hotel, adventure, loner, journey, life philosophy, obsession, last wish, friends ...
Time: 90s
Place: nevada, usa, los angeles, las vegas, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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, feel good, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: on the road, friends, monastery, escapades, adventure, journey, ping pong, children, mystery, secret, friendship, family ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: china, mongolia, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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: suspense, semi serious, realistic, biting, clever ...
Plot: family relations, college, college life, human nature, family life, parents and children, teachers and students, teenage life, skyscraper, school, military life, bittersweet ...
Time: 80s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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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, touching, sentimental, sincere, romantic ...
Plot: romance, love affair, self discovery, unlikely couple, starting over, mysterious character, couples, couple relations, sexual relations, sexuality, adultery, village ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, post world war two
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, hong kong, new jersey
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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: surreal, semi serious, humorous, offbeat
Plot: miraculous event, crime and punishment, couples, healing power, desire for fame, supernatural, dishonesty, rise and fall, elderly, supernatural ability, cons and scams, curses spells and rituals ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: europe, poland
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26%
Hector and the Search for Happiness (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: Germany, Canada, UK, South Africa, USA
Duration: 114 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, entertaining, surreal ...
Plot: self discovery, life philosophy, life, travel, introspection, adventure, teaching the ways of the world, road not taken, escapades, psychiatrist, ex boyfriend ex girlfriend relationship, midlife crisis ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, africa, london, china, los angeles ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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: semi serious, humorous, touching, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: on the road, cross country, journey, family relations, family life, disorder, youth, nothing goes right, sibling relationship, coming of age, adventure, brother brother relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: canada, texas, usa, florida, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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, stylized ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, friends, youth, teenage love, society, high school life, physical appearance, social misfits, self discovery, love and romance, teenage life, social relations
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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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: circus, follow your dream, self discovery, introspection, identity crisis, escapades, family relations, parents and children, on the road, countryside, unfulfillment, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: brazil, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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Homeland (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 118 min.
Story: When Jiro Sawada was a sophomore in high school he was framed for something he did not do. Afterwards, he left his hometown in a small village in Fukushima Prefecture. After the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, Jiro Sawada goes back to his ...
Style: touching, realistic, emotional, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: family problems, dishonesty, family relations, youth, high school life, village life, frame up, village, tsunami, earthquake, abandoned building, natural disaster ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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: semi serious, surreal, stylized, humorous, offbeat
Plot: moon, cemetery, tourist, music teacher, journalist, surrealism, fool, love and romance, romance, couples, village life, village ...
Time: 80s
Place: italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
The Taste of Tea (2004)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 143 min.
Story: A spell of time in the life of a family living in rural Tochigi prefecture, north of Tokyo. Though her husband is busy working at an office, Yoshiko is not an ordinary housewife, instead working on an animated film project at home. Uncle Ayano has ...
Style: surreal, semi serious, touching, humorous, offbeat
Plot: family history, countryside, escape from reality, eccentric family, family life, youth, parents and children, teenage love, delusion, housewife, dull life, ghost ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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: realistic, serious, suspense, unusual plot structure, exciting ...
Plot: unlikely couple, couple relations, village life, violence spree, mental illness, single parent, contests and competitions, village, pregnancy, university, false accusation, multiple storylines ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 90s, 80s, 70s ...
Place: china, asia, shanghai
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Chasuke's Journey (2015)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Things are hectic in heaven. Dozens of scribes sit before a long scroll incessantly scribbling away. They are composing the biographies of earth-dwellers. What is invented by the men in heaven is lived out below. And their employer, God, is ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, light, captivating, offbeat
Plot: fish out of water, fall in love, impossible love, supernatural, destiny, love and romance, supernatural romance, misfit, disorder, afterlife, love story, angel ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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Rikky and Pete (1988)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Australia
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Rikky (Nina Landis) and her brother Pete (Stephen Kearney) struggle to keep their lives from spinning out of control in small town Australia.
Style: realistic, semi serious, touching, humorous, offbeat
Plot: social relations, family relations, nudity (full frontal - brief), small town life, desert, homecoming, siblings relations, rebelliousness, on the road, wilderness, vengeance, small town ...
Time: 80s
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%