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Distance (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 132 min.
Story: On the eighth anniversary of a cult's failed chemical attack on Tokyo and their subsequent mass suicide, family members of those affected gather at the cult's former base on the shores of a lake to observe the anniversary of their loved ones' deaths.
Style: serious, atmospheric, realistic, bleak, emotional, gloomy, mind bending, psychological
Plot: forest, lake, grief, afterlife, death in the family, sadness, cult, ocean or sea, dealing with death, terrorism, destiny, haunted by the past, teenage life, estrangement, religions or cults, danger, deadly, hopes, society, youth, family problems, life is a bitch, supernatural, anniversary, manners ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, gloomy and touching films with plots about family problems, family relations, hopes, life is a bitch, dealing with death, parents and children and death in the family mostly in Drama and Fantasy genres. Some movies like Distance: After Life (1998), Nobody Knows (2004), Like Father, Like Son (2013), I Wish (2011), The Rebirth (2007). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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 7.7
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After Life (1998)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 118 min.
Story: After death, people have just one week to choose only a memory to keep for eternity.
Style: surreal, touching, serious, stylized, sentimental ...
Plot: afterlife, memory, eternity, heaven, old man, bell, airplane, teenage girl, cloud, disneyland, destiny, human nature ...
Time: 20th century
Place: kindergarten, tokyo, japan
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95%
 8.1
 20K
Nobody Knows (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 141 min.
Story: In a small Tokyo apartment, twelve-year-old Akira must care for his younger siblings after their mother leaves them and shows no sign of returning.
Style: bleak, serious, gloomy, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: kids
Plot: innocence lost, dysfunctional family, childhood, responsibility, realism, family life, sibling relationship, siblings relations, family in crisis, kids in trouble, life is a bitch, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
94%
Like Father, Like Son (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Ryota Nonomiya is a successful businessman driven by money. He learns that his biological son was switched with another child after birth. He must make a life-changing decision and choose his true son or the boy he raised as his own.
Style: realistic, emotional, touching, sincere, serious ...
Plot: childhood, boy, architect, parents and children, life turned upside down, parent child relationship, family problems, family relations, disorder, human nature, introspection, moral dilemma ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
 7.4
 5K
I Wish (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Two young brothers at opposite ends of Kyushu devise a magical plan to reunite their separated parents in Hirokazu Koreeda's benign and superbly acted picture of family life.
Style: serious, touching, realistic, stylized
Plot: parents and children, siblings relations, sibling relationship, train, brothers, hopes, youth, family relations, family problems, desire, brother brother relationship, railroad crossing ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
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 6.3
 220
The Rebirth (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Coincidence and the aftermath of violence. A man's middle-school daughter has been murdered. His wife is already deceased. He tells a counselor he wants to live in anonymity, working with his hands. He moves away and gets a job in a factory. ...
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, sincere, psychological ...
Plot: murder, dealing with death, small town, life is a bitch, starting over, friendship, haunted by the past, deadly, friends, interview, loss of daughter
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
Be Sure to Share (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Shiro’s struggle with his father’s cancer and impending death leads to a realization that he must communicate his love and admiration for him before it’s too late. A series of flashbacks reveals their relationship over time, and the trouble ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: dealing with death, redemption, parents and children, family in crisis, terminal illness, hopes, life is a bitch, family problems, family relations, estrangement, unfulfillment, coping ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
Beautiful Boy (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A married couple on the verge of separation are leveled by the news their 18-year-old son committed a mass shooting at his college, then took his own life.
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, gloomy, emotional ...
Plot: grief, victim, neighbor, forgiveness, parenting, murder, dealing with death, couple relations, collage, death in the family, couples, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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All Around Us (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Kanao, a courtroom portrait artist, observes crimes, scandals and the decline of Japanese values without passing judgement. As he and his wife endure the tragedy of their first child’s death, hope slowly unfolds and their love story flickers to ...
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, touching, emotional
Plot: couple relations, life is a bitch, urban, unfulfillment, couples, parents and children, death in the family, dysfunctional family, pregnancy, social decay, dull life, estrangement ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 90s
Place: asia, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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 6.0
 614
Putty Hill (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Friends and family of Cory, a young man who has died of an overdose, gather at a Baltimore-area karaoke bar for his wake and compare stories about him. Gradually, as it becomes clear that there are many holes in their recollections about Cory, they ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, realistic, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: dealing with death, introspection, family in crisis, estrangement, youth, family problems, coming of age, death in the family, drug abuse, dysfunctional family, hopes, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: baltimore, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 8.0
 10K
Still Walking (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Twelve years after their beloved eldest son, Junpei, drowned while saving a stranger's life, Kyohei and Toshiko welcome their surviving children home for a family reunion. Younger son Ryota still feels that his parents resent that he isn't ...
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, touching
Plot: family gatherings, reunion, bereavement, family life, family relations, dealing with death, parents and children, remarry, family tradition, family reunited, reconciliation, generation gap ...
Time: contemporary
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 6.8
 428
Bashing (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Yuko is a Japanese girl who was taken hostage in Iraq while volunteering there as an aid worker. Finally released and back in her hometown, Yuko finds herself ostracized as a national disgrace by society that sees her helping a country other than ...
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, bleak, psychological ...
Plot: journalism, volunteer, social misfits, estrangement, propaganda, misfit, society, life is a bitch, hostages, homecoming, confined, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: iraq, asia, middle east, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 6.0
 821
Angel's Fall (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Greece, Turkey
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Zeynep, Tülin Özen works in a hotel as a housekeeper. But she suffers hell on earth because of her father's behavior. She only talks to Mustafa, 'Engin Dogan' who works in the same hotel and he is interested in Zeynep. She is not ...
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: life is a bitch, love and romance, unfulfillment, dealing with death, starting over, parents and children, sexual abuse, death in the family, destiny, dull life, society, family problems ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: middle east, turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 7.2
 74
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: emotional, serious, realistic, gloomy, atmospheric ...
Plot: frame up, village life, village, dishonesty, high school life, youth, family problems, family relations, tsunami
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
The Light Shines Only There (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A man has thrown away love and a woman has given up on love. The two souls meet in a brief summer in the northern city of Hakodate.
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, rough, touching
Plot: prostitute, fall in love, social decay, unemployment, life is a bitch, love and romance, society, family problems, friendship, alcohol abuse, dysfunctional family, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
Two Gates of Sleep (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: After preparing for their mother's imminent death, two brothers go on an arduous upriver journey to honor her final request.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, gloomy, touching ...
Plot: dealing with death, siblings relations, death in the family, hopes, family relations, introspection, family problems, last wish, nature, river, death of mother, journey ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Everything Is Fine (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Josh is an ordinary teen living in an ordinary suburb. One morning he finds his friend's dead body. Next, he discovers that three more friends also have killed themselves, leaving him out of their pact. As the sole survivor, Josh becomes more ...
Style: psychological, serious, gloomy, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: dealing with death, teenage life, life turned upside down, life is a bitch, youth, parents and children, family relations, loss of daughter, lifestyle, suicide, teen angst, teen suicide ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
About Her Brother (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Ginko’s younger brother Tetsuro, a failed comedian, is the oddball of the family. Embarrassing, loud and plain inappropriate at times causes Ginko to disown him. The two reunite when she discovers Tetsuro is terminally ill. Tetsuro’s impending ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: siblings relations, family in crisis, reunion, terminal illness, hopes, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, family problems, family relations, human nature, redemption, family feud
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Mourning for Anna (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A mother deals with the violent murder of her daughter.
Style: serious, offbeat, realistic, touching
Plot: murder, country house, grief, death of daughter, family problems, in the woods, death in the family, teenage life, optimism, crimes, deadly, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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Things We Lost in the Fire (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK, Canada
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A recent widow invites her husband's troubled best friend to live with her and her two children. As he gradually turns his life around, he helps the family cope and confront their loss.
Style: gloomy, emotional, touching, serious, sincere ...
Plot: addiction, heroin, life is a bitch, funeral, haunted by the past, love and romance, best friend, birthday, grief, drugs/alcohol, sadness, junkie ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
About the Pink Sky (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 113 min.
Story: High school student Izumi Kawashima, whose daily routine is rating newspaper articles, finds a wallet containing a large sum of cash. Instead of returning the wallet to its owner, Izumi decides to lend a substantial portion of the money to a ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, offbeat, sincere
Plot: high school, teenage life, coming of age, youth, best friends, moral dilemma, high school life, social relations, friends, slave, money, newspaper
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Neighboring Sakuko (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: 3 years on from hospitalité, Kiki Sugino and Koji Fukada are back again with this socially-conscious film about a 18-year-old girl in-between adolescence and adulthood who spends a summer in a valley and enjoys romance. Sakuko, a 18-year-old girl ...
Style: serious, feel good, realistic, atmospheric, sentimental
Plot: misfit, youth, small town, innocence lost, introspection, infidelity, small town life, fish out of water, hopes, society, couples, social relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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The Mountain (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Norway
Duration: 73 min.
Story: This is the story of Nora and Solveig, a grief-stricken couple on a hike through the mountain range where they had a traumatic experience two years prior. Nora and Solveig are hiking through a snow-covered, rough, but beautiful scenery on a tour of ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, gloomy, emotional ...
Plot: gays and lesbians, crumbling marriage, dealing with death, introspection, couple relations, death in the family, gender, couples, family problems, haunted by the past, hopes, mountain ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: norway, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 5.8
 2K
Angels Crest (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: The small working-class town of Angels Crest is a tight-knit community resting quietly in one of the vast and stunningly beautiful valleys of the Rocky Mountains. Ethan, one of the town's residents, is a young father but not much more than a ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, captivating, atmospheric ...
Plot: small town, snow, dealing with death, legal investigation, grief, missing child, death in the family, small town life, family problems, social relations, parents and children, forces of nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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 7.0
 475
Wetlands (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 111 min.
Story: On a dairy farm in the Eastern Townships, in the middle of a drought and while the land is parching, a drama will disrupt the life of the Santerre family. Confronted to each other they will have to learn to forgive.
Style: serious, gloomy, realistic, bleak
Plot: parents and children, down on your luck, family in crisis, life is a bitch, family problems, family relations, coming of age, dealing with death, death in the family, family business, estrangement, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 6.7
 172
Family Tree (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: When Frédérick, the patriarch of the Alsatian Muller family, is conspicuously absent from his son Charles' funeral, Frédérick's surviving son and his granddaughter, raw from their loss, await an explanation. Once revealed, ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: coming out, deportation, gays and lesbians, golden years, dealing with death, introspection, death in the family, family in crisis, haunted by the past, gender, family problems, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 7.1
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Harmful Insect (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 92 min.
Story: 13-year-old Sachiko is about to encounter the most difficult moments in her young life. Her father abandons her and her mother attempts to commit suicide by slashing her wrist. Her teacher, whom she relies on heavily, leaves for northern Japan to ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, school, youth, family relations, dangerous animal, gangsters, love affair, parents and children, sexual relations, kids in trouble, coming of age, family life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Bright Future (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Two friends who work in the same oshibori laundry are lost in the drudgery of everyday life. They hang out together, barely functioning and barely communicating. Their middle-aged boss makes a desparate attempt to connect with them with disasterous ...
Style: serious, realistic, atmospheric, psychological, touching
Plot: gang, ghost, friendship, factory, crimes, hopes, society, power relations, friends, pets, rebelliousness, boss and employee ...
Time: contemporary
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
When the Last Sword is Drawn (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Kanichiro Yoshimura is a Samurai and Family man who can no longer support his wife and children on the the low pay he receives from his small town clan, he is forced by the love for his family to leave for the city in search of higher pay to support ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: samurai, heroes, life is a bitch, tragic hero, human spirit, political unrest, hopes, society, state affairs, unfulfillment, changing lives, emperor ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 6.0
 653
Ghost River (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Sylvie is a hooker whose illegitimate daughter commits a crime. She and her daughter flee to find Sylvie's first love in the countryside. The daughter is trying to get to know her unwilling mother. Along the way, the two meet a male fugitive ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, emotional, psychological ...
Plot: prostitute, prostitution, countryside, on the run, crime, parents and children, family relations, life is a bitch, crime gone awry, starting over, death in the family, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 7.6
 8K
Tokyo Sonata (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan, Netherlands, Hong Kong
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Ryûhei Sasaki (Teruyuki Kagawa) is keeping a secret from his wife, Megumi (Kyôko Koizumi), and his two teenage sons. Even though he leaves the house every day, he's not really going to work. He's going to an employment office. He ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, gloomy, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: pianist, dysfunctional family, unemployment, job seeking, housewife, thief, middle class, dishonesty, rebellion, family problems, family relations, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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