Movies like Dolls 2002

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Dolls (2002)
 7.6
 15K
Dolls (2002)
Original name: ドールズ
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Dolls takes puppeteering as its overriding motif -- specifically, the kind practiced in Bunraku doll theater performances -- opening each section of his film with a story provided by the puppets and their masters, which relates thematically to the action provided by the live characters. Chief among those tales is the story of Matsumoto (Hidetoshi Nishijima) and Sawako (Miho Kanno), a young couple whose relationship is about to be broken apart by the former's parents, who have insisted their son take part in an arranged marriage to his boss' daughter. He initially agrees, causing the unstable Sawako to be committed to a psychiatric hospital. When he leaves his new bride at the altar to save Sawako, however, he realizes that she's so incapable of caring for herself that she needs to be tied to him with a red rope. Inextricably bound, the two wander through Japan, encountering others along the way who have similarly overlooked love for other, more fleeting pleasures: fame, power, money.
Style: sentimental, emotional, bleak, surreal, melancholic, lyrical, romantic, gloomy, serious, realistic ...
Plot: obsession, yakuza, disfigurement, suicide attempt, love and romance, lovers reunited, romance, blind character, mental illness, regret, renewed love, elopement, arranged marriage, car accident, culture clash, pop star, philosophy, bittersweet, couple relations, hopes, couples, factory worker, starlet, murder, new love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, tokyo

Most similar movies to Dolls

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, melancholic and emotional films with plots about love and romance, romance, couples, love, dialogue, relationships and bittersweet mostly in Drama, Romance and Crime genres. Some movies like Dolls: Fireworks (1997), Reconstruction (2003), Silk (2007), The Sea Is Watching (2002), Picture Bride (1994). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.8
 26K
Fireworks (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A police officer leaves the force in the face of harrowing personal and professional difficulties. Spiraling into a depression, he makes questionable decisions.
Style: bleak, serious, sentimental, rough, emotional ...
Plot: gangsters, dying, loss, loss of partner, loss of loved one, couple relations, love and romance, life is a bitch, crimes, fighting illness, mafia, law enforcement ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, mount fuji
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Reconstruction (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Denmark
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Late one evening Alex suddenly abandons his girlfriend, Simone, to pursue the beautiful Aimee. In his encounter with Aimee time and place dissolve for him and he becomes a stranger to Simone, to whom he cannot return.
Style: psychological, mind bending, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: love affair, romance, couple relations, couples, life turned upside down, infidelity, losing-it hero, disorder, dishonesty, destructive relationship, unfulfillment, dangerous attraction ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark, copenhagen denmark, copenhagen, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
93%
 5.9
 11K
Silk (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Canada, France, Italy, UK, Japan
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Based on the best-selling novel by Alessandro Baricco, this visually stunning film tells the story of a French trader who finds unexpected love far away from home.
Style: realistic, sentimental, touching, serious, stylized ...
Plot: terminal illness, romance, smuggling, love and romance, couple relations, love story, husband wife relationship, travel, interracial love relationship, historical event, life philosophy, betrayal ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1870s, 1860s
Place: japan, france, asia, europe, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
The Sea Is Watching (2002)
Genre: Romance, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Based on Akira Kurosawa's final unproduced script, this Edo-period drama takes place almost entirely inside an ocean-village brothel. O-Shin is a young brothel worker who one night helps a young samurai escape from his pursuers. Against the ...
Style: serious, sentimental, realistic, touching, captivating ...
Plot: friendship, prostitute, samurai, couple relations, hopes, looking for love, village, romance, fall in love, village life, unfulfilled love, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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Picture Bride (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Riyo, an orphaned 17-year old, sails from Yokohama to Hawaii in 1918 to marry Matsuji, a man she has never met. Hoping to escape a troubled past and start anew, Riyo is bitterly disappointed upon her arrival: her husband is twice her age. The ...
Style: touching, serious, melancholic, emotional, contemplative ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: orphan, self discovery, arranged marriage, immigrants, fish out of water, social differences, older man younger woman relationship, love and romance, loveless marriage, existentialism, island, friendship ...
Time: year 1918, 19th century, 1920s
Place: hawaii, japan, asia, usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
 5.9
 27K
To the Wonder (2012)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: After falling in love in Paris, Marina and Neil come to Oklahoma, where problems arise. Their church's Spanish-born pastor struggles with his faith, while Neil encounters a woman from his childhood.
Style: emotional, serious, stylized, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: crumbling marriage, romance, love affair, starting over, introspection, homecoming, couple relations, love triangle, love and romance, womanizer, love story, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, paris france, usa, oklahoma
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 6.3
 11K
Norwegian Wood (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Set in the 1960's, high school student Toru Watanabe loses his only friend Kizuki after he commits suicide. Toru, now looking for a new life, enters a university in Tokyo. By chance, Toru meets Kizuki's ex-girlfriend Naoko in the ...
Style: sentimental, melancholic, enigmatic, artsy, gloomy ...
Plot: suicide, teenager, young man, love triangle, young lovers, haunted by the past, self discovery, introspection, love affair, love and romance, reading, first sexual experience ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: asia, kyoto japan, tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
Yi Yi: A One and a Two... (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Taiwan, Japan
Duration: 173 min.
Story: Each member of a family in Taipei asks hard questions about life's meaning as they live through everyday quandaries.
Style: realistic, sentimental, touching, lyrical, depressing ...
Plot: midlife crisis, wedding, first love, dysfunctional family, coma, family, infidelity, family values, lovers reunited, introspection, couples, love and romance ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, taipei, asia, tokyo, taiwan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
Movie in collections
Last Life in the Universe (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Thailand, Japan, Netherlands
Duration: 112 min.
Story: An obsessive-compulsive Japanese librarian living in Bangkok spends most of his days contemplating suicide in his lifeless apartment. His life changes when he witnesses the death of Nid, seconds before he was about to jump off a bridge. This brings ...
Style: surreal, psychological, serious, atmospheric, lyrical ...
Plot: suicide attempt, friendship, suicide, destiny, self discovery, opposites attract, couples, romance, perfectionist, loneliness, gangsters, car accident ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan, thailand, asia, bangkok thailand, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 5.7
 24K
Knight of Cups (2015)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Rick is a screenwriter living in Los Angeles. While successful in his career, his life feels empty. Haunted and confused, he finds temporary solace in the decadent Hollywood excess that defines his existence. Women provide a distraction to his daily ...
Style: meditative, touching, serious, non-linear, emotional ...
Plot: filmmaking, obsession, celebrity, couples, looking for love, artists and showbiz, romance, temptation, tarot card, multiple storylines, storytelling, love triangle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: los angeles, usa, las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 6.7
 58K
Like Crazy (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A British college student falls for an American student, only to be separated from him when she's banned from the U.S. after overstaying her visa.
Style: sincere, sentimental, realistic, serious, touching ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: long distance relationship, forceful separation, couple relations, customs, parents, romance, bittersweet, love affair, young lovers, blogger, chair, depression ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: usa, england, los angeles, london, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Goodbye, Someday (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Japan, South Korea
Duration: 170 min.
Story: Higashigaito Yutaka is transferred to the Bangkok branch of Eastern Airlines. In three months, he will marry Michiko, a relative of the airline's founder, and though he doesn't love her, he knows he could be CEO one day if they wed. In ...
Style: realistic, sentimental, psychological, captivating, humorous ...
Plot: romance, lovers reunited, breakup, couples, sex scene, adultery, true love, marriage of convenience, rivalry, unfulfillment, society, wedding ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: thailand
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
The Woman Next Door (1981)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Madame Jouve, the narrator, tells the tragedy of Bernard and Mathilde. Bernard was living happily with his wife Arlette and his son Thomas. One day, a couple, Philippe and Mathilde Bauchard, moves into the next house. This is the accidental reunion ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, captivating, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: obsession, wife, neighbor, love triangle, lovers reunited, romance, tragic love, dishonesty, crimes of passion, couples, haunted by the past, infidelity ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 19th century, 1920s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
My Blueberry Nights (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: China, France, Hong Kong, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Elizabeth has just been through a particularly nasty breakup, and now she's ready to leave her friends and memories behind as she chases her dreams across the country. In order to support herself on her journey, Elizabeth picks up a series of ...
Style: psychological, touching, atmospheric, realistic, sentimental ...
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
Alice and Martin (1998)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Spain
Duration: 124 min.
Story: At the age of 20, Martin leaves his home town and comes to Paris, where he fortunately becomes a model by chance. He meets Alice, his brother's friend, and falls in love with her. They start a passionate relationship, although Martin remains ...
Style: melancholic, enigmatic, emotional, romantic, psychological ...
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Time: 90s
Place: paris france, france, europe, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 6.7
 64K
The Best of Me (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A pair of former high school sweethearts reunite after many years when they return to visit their small hometown.
Style: touching, sentimental, romantic, sexy, emotional ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick, teens
Plot: love and romance, true love, unfulfilled love, lovers reunited, love affair, road not taken, forbidden love, small town, unfulfillment, destiny, reunion, life philosophy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new orleans, new jersey, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Nights in Rodanthe (2008)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Two unhappy people's lives become entwined when they have a life changing romance. Adrienne is a woman who's trying to decide whether to stay in her unhappy marriage or not. Her life changes when Paul, a doctor who is traveling to ...
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, romantic, melancholic ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick, teens
Plot: love and romance, romance, hotel, parents and children, infidelity, couples, middle age romance, true love, midlife crisis, marriage crisis, love story, reconciliation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: north carolina, usa, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
She's So Lovely (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Maureen is pregnant and her husband Eddie is missing. Nervous, Maureen shares a couple of drinks with neighbor Kiefer, who tries to rape her and then beats her. When Eddie returns and finds his wife bruised, he goes ballistic, shoots a paramedic and ...
Style: serious, psychological, realistic, melancholic, talky ...
Plot: obsession, mental institution, mental illness, love triangle, crumbling marriage, couple relations, romance, destructive relationship, dysfunctional family, love and romance, family problems, mentally unstable ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Movie in collections
Crying Out Love in the Center of the World (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 138 min.
Story: While searching for his fiancee Ritsuko, Sakutarou rediscovers through flashbacks the void deep within him caused by the events from his high school days.
Style: touching, serious, realistic, sentimental
Plot: love affair, teenage love, haunted by the past, love, teenage life, couples, romance, hopes, youth, first love, slice of life, memory ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 1986
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 8.0
 224K
Before Sunset (2004)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, France
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Nine years ago two strangers met by chance and spent a night in Vienna that ended before sunrise. They are about to meet for the first time since. Now they have one afternoon to find out if they belong together.
Style: sincere, semi serious, sentimental, emotional, talky ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: love and romance, reunion, lifestyle, lovers reunited, introspection, romance, unfulfilled love, lovers, encounter, regret, writers, marriage ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: paris france, france, texas, manhattan new york city, india ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 8.0
 48K
3-Iron (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: South Korea, Japan
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A young man, whose only possession is a motorcycle, spends his time riding around the city looking for empty apartments. After finding one, he hangs out for a while, fixing himself something to eat, washing laundry or making small repairs in return. ...
Style: enigmatic, melancholic, meditative, lyrical, bleak ...
Plot: destiny, golf, homeless, romance, domestic violence, jealousy, love triangle, drifter, escape, invasion, prison, loneliness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea, asia, seoul, south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 4.9
 7K
Endless Love (1981)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Two young kids fall in love with each other. But the passion is too consuming for the parents of Jade. The parents try to stop them from seeing each other. But when this doesn't work, David burns down the house and is sent away. This ...
Style: sentimental, emotional, touching, intense, sexy ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, teens
Plot: obsession, forbidden love, young lovers, mental illness, romance, couples, teenage life, tragic love, destructive relationship, parents and children, coming of age, teen angst ...
Time: 80s, 70s
Place: new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Springtime in a Small Town (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: China, Hong Kong, France, Netherlands
Duration: 116 min.
Story: In a mansion decimated during World War II, a frustrated, bored housewife, Yuwen, is torn between caring for her ailing husband and her longing for a former sweetheart, a doctor who has come to treat her husband.
Style: thought provoking, serious, sentimental, realistic, stylized ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: love triangle, small town, love and romance, human nature, small town life, bittersweet, couple relations, romance, unfulfilled love, crumbling marriage, couples, lovers reunited ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: china, asia, shanghai, shanghai china
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Movie in collections
 7.0
 134K
One Day (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A romantic comedy centered on Dexter and Emma, who first meet during their graduation in 1988 and proceed to keep in touch regularly. The film follows what they do on July 15 annually, usually doing something together.
Style: sentimental, emotional, romantic, touching, sweet ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: love and romance, opposites attract, best friends in love, love, social differences, friendship, ambition, male female friendship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, couples, follow your dream, reunion ...
Time: 90s, 80s, 20th century, 21st century, contemporary ...
Place: london, paris france, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
In the Mood for Love (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A melancholy story about the love between a woman and a man who live in the same building and one day find out that their husband and wife had an affair with each other. More and more the two meet during their daily lives as they determine that they ...
Style: atmospheric, melancholic, art house, psychological, emotional ...
Plot: love affair, loneliness, infidelity, adultery, forbidden love, newspaper, romance, human nature, marriage, coincidence, neighbor, guilt ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1966, year 1962
Place: hong kong, japan, singapore, asia, cambodia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 6.0
 13K
At First Sight (1999)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A blind man has an operation to regain his sight at the urging of his girlfriend and must deal with the changes to his life.
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, gloomy, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: romance, bittersweet, sexual content, resort, couple relations, fall in love, hopes, love and romance, couples, starting over, blindness, love ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new york, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Dreaming of Joseph Lees (1999)
Genre: Romance, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Set in rural England in the 1950s Eva (Samantha Morton) fantasises about her handsome, worldly cousin Joseph Lees (Rupert Graves), with whom she fell in love as a girl. However, stuck in a closed community she becomes the object of someone ...
Style: emotional, realistic, gloomy, touching, sentimental ...
Plot: lust, love triangle, obsession, romance, bittersweet, forbidden love, tragic love, family relations, wedding, couples, unfulfillment, love affair ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 6.3
 135K
Dear John (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Sergeant John Tyree is home on a 2 week leave from Germany. He meets Savannah after he dives into the ocean to retrieve Savannah's purse that had fallen off the pier. John falls in love with Savannah who is a student on spring break helping ...
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, sincere, romantic ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, date night, teens
Plot: love and romance, love, couple relations, love affair, true love, young lovers, romance, couples, soldier, breakup, lovers reunited, fall in love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, september 11 2001
Place: usa, north carolina
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 6.1
 14K
Dying Young (1991)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: After she discovers that her boyfriend has betrayed her, Hilary O'Neil is looking for a new start and a new job. She begins to work as a private nurse for a young man suffering from blood cancer. Slowly, they fall in love, but they always know ...
Style: sentimental, touching, romantic, sad, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: romance, cancer, love story, leukemia, couple relations, life & death, fall in love, human nature, social differences, unfulfillment, parents and children, tragic love ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 7.4
 195K
Me Before You (2016)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A small town girl is caught between dead-end jobs. A high-profile, successful man becomes wheelchair bound following an accident. The man decides his life is not worth living until the girl is hired for six months to be his new caretaker. Worlds ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, romantic, serious ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, date night
Plot: romance, love and romance, fall in love, love story, love, wheelchair, handicapped, caregiver, quadriplegic, accident, disability, depression ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, usa, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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