Movies like Akira Kurosawa's Dreams

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Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (1990)
Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (1990)
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Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A collection of magical tales based upon the actual dreams of director Akira Kurosawa.
Style: atmospheric, surreal, serious, talky, captivating, mind bending, meditative, reflective, cerebral, enigmatic ...
Plot: legends and myths, nuclear power plant, apocalypse, artist, dreams, tunnel, painting, danger, hopes, volcano, child, chaos, catastrophe, surrealism, wise man, nuclear holocaust, objects come to life, nuclear threat, vestiges of humanity, rainy, nuclear, death, suit and tie, ice pick, icicle ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: japan, asia, mount fuji, pacific ocean, tokyo

Most similar movies to Akira Kurosawa's Dreams

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out stylized, serious, atmospheric and surreal films with plots about storytelling, loneliness, surrealism, death, life & death, catastrophe and brutality mostly in Drama, Fantasy and Romance genres. Some movies like Akira Kurosawa's Dreams: After the Rain (1999), Prospero's Books (1991), Rhapsody in August (1991), Northfork (2003), The Sacrifice (1986). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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After the Rain (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan, France
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A group of travelers is stranded in a small country inn when the river floods during heavy rains. As the bad weather continues, tensions rise amongst the travelers trapped at the inn. Ihei Misawa is a ronin, a samurai without a master, whose skills ...
Style: stylized, serious, atmospheric, captivating
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, ronin, master warrior, gory, lone wolves, heroes, social misfits, redemption, hopes, misfit, humble, social awkwardness ...
Time: 18th century
Place: japan, asia
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Prospero's Books (1991)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: UK, Netherlands, France, Italy, Japan
Duration: 124 min.
Story: An exiled magician finds an opportunity for revenge against his enemies muted when his daughter and the son of his chief enemy fall in love in this uniquely structured retelling of the 'The Tempest'.
Style: serious, talky, atmospheric, surreal, stylized ...
Plot: island, vengeance, imaginary kingdom, legends and myths, memory loss, imaginary, rivalry, parents and children, royal family, wizards and magicians, danger, dishonesty ...
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Rhapsody in August (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The story centers on an elderly hibakusha, who lost her husband in the 1945 atomic bombing of Nagasaki, caring for her four grandchildren over the summer. She learns of a long-lost brother, Suzujiro, living in Hawaii who wants her to visit him ...
Style: talky, serious, emotional, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: anti war, samurai, human nature, parents and children, siblings relations, family gatherings, haunted by the past, family life, family relations, golden years, battles, society ...
Place: japan, hawaii, asia, usa, tokyo
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Northfork (2003)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: "We are all angels. It is what we do with our wings that separates us." In the next two days, the town of Northfork will cease to exist. The year is 1955 and Northfork is literally about to be "dammed," flooded to make way for a ...
Style: surreal, bleak, serious, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: small town, angel, small town life, injustice, hopes, society, social relations, human nature, americana, death, surrealism, polish ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: montana, usa, minnesota, california, tokyo
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The Sacrifice (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, France, UK
Duration: 149 min.
Story: Alexander, a journalist, philosopher and retired actor, celebrates a birthday with friends and family when it is announced that nuclear war has begun.
Style: atmospheric, bleak, psychological, thought provoking, serious ...
Plot: apocalypse, human nature, danger, life is a bitch, chase, save the world, redemption, chaos and mayhem, future dystopia, sacrifice, terminal illness, hopes ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, sweden, russia
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The Eel (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 117 min.
Story: White-collar worker Yamashita finds out that his wife has a lover visiting her when he's away, suddenly returns home and kills her. After eight years in prison, he returns to live in a small village, opens a barber shop (he was trained as a ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, atmospheric, gloomy ...
Plot: redemption, village, murder, infidelity, obsession, ufo, pets, haunted by the past, hopes, couples, starting over, human nature ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, new jersey
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Cremaster 3 (2002)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 182 min.
Story: CREMASTER 3 (2002) is set in New York City and narrates the construction of the Chrysler Building, which is in itself a character - host to inner, antagonistic forces at play for access to the process of (spiritual) transcendence. These factions ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, epic, offbeat, surreal ...
Plot: punk, curses spells and rituals, strong sexual content, legends and myths, artists and showbiz, supernatural, danger, deadly, imaginary, rivalry, good versus evil, skyscraper ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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Revolt (1985)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan, France
Duration: 162 min.
Story: In Medieval Japan, an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how their new-found power will corrupt them.
Style: epic, atmospheric, captivating, stylized, emotional ...
Plot: betrayal, greed, vengeance, revenge, chaos and mayhem, samurai, hopelessness, power, ruins, gun, blood, castle ...
Time: 16th century, middle ages
Place: japan, feudal japan, asia, tokyo
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Kwaidan (1964)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 183 min.
Story: Taking its title from an archaic Japanese word meaning "ghost story," this anthology adapts four folk tales. A penniless samurai marries for money with tragic results. A man stranded in a blizzard is saved by Yuki the Snow Maiden, but his ...
Style: atmospheric, stylized, bleak, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: samurai, ghost, anthology, spirit, snow, promise, tea, supernatural, monk, painting, storm, heroes ...
Time: 17th century, 19th century, middle ages, 1900s, 12th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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The Last of England (1987)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: UK, West Germany
Duration: 92 min.
Story: The artist's personal commentary on the decline of his country in a language closer to poetry than prose. A dark meditation on London under Thatcher.
Style: atmospheric, serious, surreal, realistic, bleak ...
Plot: apocalypse, downfall, environmentalism, life is a bitch, society, against the odds, head of state, rise and fall, chaos and mayhem, political corruption, stream of consciousness, damage ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: england, europe, london, india, manhattan new york city
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The Tree of Life (2011)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: The impressionistic story of a Texas family in the 1950s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his ...
Style: epic, surreal, atmospheric, stylized, serious ...
Plot: dinosaur, childhood, afterlife, coming of age, belief, tree, meteor, sun, telegram, outer space, small town, innocence lost ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, prehistoric times
Place: texas, usa, china
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Not Yet (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 134 min.
Story: This film tells the story of professor Uehida Hyakken-sama (1889-1971), in Gotemba, around the forties. He was a university professor until an air raid, when he left to become a writer and has to live in a hut. His mood has hardly changed, not by ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: samurai, family relations, golden years, writer's life, teachers and students, curses spells and rituals, reunion, unfulfillment, youth, teacher, death, thief ...
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, hong kong
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Photographing Fairies (1997)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Photographer Charles Castle is numbed with grief following the death of his beautiful bride. He goes off to war, working in the trenches as a photographer. Following the war and still in grief Charles is given some photographs purporting to be of ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, surreal, gloomy, captivating ...
Plot: legends and myths, fairy, haunted by the past, mystery, imaginary, dealing with death, imaginary kingdom, love and romance, unfulfillment, couples, supernatural, death sentence ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: england, europe, london, alps, switzerland
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Maborosi (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A young woman's husband apparently commits suicide without warning or reason, leaving behind his wife and infant. Yumiko remarries and moves from Osaka to a small fishing village, yet continues to search for meaning in a lonely world.
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, psychological, reflective ...
Plot: village, self discovery, crimes, hopes, love and romance, youth, couples, family problems, social relations, babies and infants, dealing with death, investigation ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, asia, europe, venice, italy ...
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Enter the Void (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: France, Germany, Italy, Canada
Duration: 161 min.
Story: This psychedelic tour of life after death is seen entirely from the point of view of Oscar (Nathaniel Brown), a young American drug dealer and addict living in Tokyo with his prostitute sister, Linda (Paz de la Huerta). When Oscar is killed by ...
Style: psychedelic, atmospheric, serious, touching, light ...
Plot: afterlife, incest, surrealism, ghost, strip club, prostitute, hallucination, drug trip, stripper, siblings relations, unsimulated sex, drug dealing ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: Thailand, UK, France, Germany, Spain, Netherlands
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Suffering from acute kidney failure, Uncle Boonmee has chosen to spend his final days surrounded by his loved ones in the countryside. Surprisingly, the ghost of his deceased wife appears to care for him, and his long lost son returns home in a ...
Style: atmospheric, art house, serious, clever, witty ...
Plot: reincarnation, food, thai, bed, fish, jungle, ghost, afterlife, aging, introspection, buddhism, dying man ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: thailand, asia, tokyo, japan
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Dodes'ka-den (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 140 min.
Story: By turns tragic and transcendent, Akira Kurosawa’s film follows the daily lives of a group of people barely scraping by in a slum on the outskirts of Tokyo. Yet as desperate as their circumstances are, each of them—the homeless father and son ...
Style: gloomy, semi serious, sincere, touching, reflective ...
Plot: poverty, slum, mentally challenged, redemption, human nature, multiple storylines, desperation, human spirit, parents and children, rich and poor, social differences, down on your luck ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
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Woman in the Dunes (1964)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 123 min.
Story: An entomologist suffers extreme psychological and sexual torture after being taken captive by the residents of a poor seaside village.
Style: atmospheric, psychological, captivating, surreal, art house ...
Plot: isolation, love affair, desert, love and romance, sand dune, entomologist, human nature, japanese new wave, captivity, confined, hopes, couple relations ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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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
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Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, War
Country: Spain, Mexico, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Living with her tyrannical stepfather in a new home with her pregnant mother, 10-year-old Ofelia feels alone until she explores a decaying labyrinth guarded by a mysterious faun who claims to know her destiny. If she wishes to return to her real ...
Style: suspenseful, atmospheric, serious, gothic, captivating ...
Plot: young heroes, fairy, legends and myths, monster, good versus evil, imaginary, imaginary kingdom, fascism, creature, in the woods, death, magical ...
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Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 139 min.
Story: Set 15 years after "Twentieth Century Boys," Kanna (Airi Taira) reunites with several main characters from the first film in an attempt to stop Friend's increasing influence over the world and continued plans to eliminate humanity, as ...
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Warm Water Under a Red Bridge (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan, France
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A newly unemployed salaryman meets a particularly sexual woman.
Style: surreal, semi serious, sentimental, humorous, sincere ...
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Dead Man (1995)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Western
Country: USA, Germany, Japan
Duration: 121 min.
Story: On the run after murdering a man, accountant William Blake encounters a strange North American man named Nobody who prepares him for his journey into the spiritual world.
Style: atmospheric, offbeat, bleak, captivating, gloomy ...
Plot: small town, gunfight, native americans, sheriff, chases and races, friends, wilderness, buddies, self defense, cowboy, transformation, young man ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
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Tokyo! (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: France, Japan, South Korea, Germany
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Tokyo! is an anthology of three short films by directors Michel Gondry (France), Leos Carax (France) and Joon-ho Bong (Korea), each of whom offers an imaginative and transnatural/supernatural glimpse into the Tokyo Megapolis.
Style: surreal, stylized, semi serious, atmospheric, humorous ...
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Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2007, 2000s
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The Pillow Book (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: Netherlands, UK, France, Luxembourg
Duration: 126 min.
Story: As a young girl in Japan, Nagiko's father paints characters on her face, and her aunt reads to her from "The Pillow Book", the diary of a 10th-century lady-in-waiting. Nagiko grows up, obsessed with books, papers, and writing on ...
Style: surreal, erotic, sexual, sexy, art house ...
Plot: legends and myths, translator, model, anti heroes, rebelliousness, social differences, romance, political unrest, royal family, religions or cults, state affairs, disorder ...
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Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Thailand, France, Germany, Italy
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Style: serious, atmospheric, surreal, stylized, mind bending ...
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I Never Promised You a Rose Garden (1977)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A disturbed,institutionalized 16-year-old girl struggles between fantasy and reality.
Style: surreal, emotional, serious, gloomy, sincere ...
Audience: teens
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Goodbye to Language (2014)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: Switzerland, France
Duration: 70 min.
Story: About a man who’s angry at his wife because she’s met another man on a park bench and they no longer even speak the same language.
Style: atmospheric, talky, serious, realistic, offbeat ...
Plot: death, dog, crumbling marriage, couple relations, metaphor, fight, argument, love, park bench, couples, battle of the sexes, human nature ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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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 ...
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The Spirit of the Beehive (1973)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: Spain
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, Ana, a sensitive seven-year-old girl in a rural Spanish hamlet is traumatized after a traveling projectionist screens a print of James Whale's 1931 "Frankenstein" for the village. The ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, touching, suspenseful ...
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