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Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (1990)
 7.8
 21K
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, mind bending, serious, captivating, talky, meditative, reflective, cerebral, enigmatic ...
Plot: apocalypse, painting, tunnel, legends and myths, artist, hopes, wise man, rainy, nuclear holocaust, nuclear, chaos, vestiges of humanity, nuclear threat, objects come to life, volcano, child, surrealism, death, dreams, danger, dog, ghost, first love, mountaineer, soldier ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: japan, asia, pacific ocean, mount fuji, tokyo

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Most similar movies to Akira Kurosawa's Dreams

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out stylized, atmospheric, serious and cerebral films with plots about loneliness, dialogue, storytelling, catastrophe, runaway, existentialism and culture clash mostly in Drama, Fantasy and Romance genres. Some movies like Akira Kurosawa's Dreams: After the Rain (1999), Rhapsody in August (1991), Not Yet (1993), Kwaidan (1964), The Eel (1997). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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: captivating, stylized, serious, atmospheric
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, ronin, redemption, mercenary, rainy, gory, humble, heroes, misfit, social awkwardness, hopes, lone wolves ...
Time: 18th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
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: emotional, psychological, sincere, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: anti war, human nature, haunted by the past, parents and children, siblings relations, family relations, battles, society, memory, post war, grandmother, elderly ...
Place: japan, hawaii, asia, usa, tokyo ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
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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: emotional, touching, gloomy, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: samurai, reunion, youth, family relations, writer's life, teachers and students, curses spells and rituals, golden years, unfulfillment, teacher, death, retirement ...
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, hong kong, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
 8.0
 13K
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: stylized, atmospheric, bleak, gloomy, scary ...
Plot: samurai, ghost, storm, monk, painting, snow, tea, promise, spirit, anthology, supernatural, materialism ...
Time: 17th century, 19th century, middle ages, 12th century, 1900s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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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: realistic, offbeat, touching, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: redemption, murder, village, ufo, infidelity, obsession, friends, haunted by the past, pets, deadly, couples, crimes of passion ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
 8.1
 20K
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, worldwide chaos, save the world, nuclear, chase, redemption, chaos, birthday, terminal illness, chaos and mayhem, unfulfillment, nuclear holocaust ...
Time: 80s
Place: sweden, europe, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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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, stylized, psychological, offbeat ...
Plot: afterlife, memory, old man, eternity, disneyland, bell, heaven, teenage girl, airplane, cloud, destiny, supernatural ...
Time: 20th century
Place: kindergarten, tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
 6.4
 5K
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, touching, disturbing, offbeat ...
Plot: small town, angel, social relations, society, polish, human nature, hopes, small town life, injustice, americana, death, surrealism ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: montana, usa, california, minnesota, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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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, touching, sincere, semi serious, reflective ...
Plot: poverty, slum, redemption, family problems, working class, human nature, social differences, society, misfit, power relations, family relations, mentally challenged ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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, touching, witty, serious, clever ...
Plot: reincarnation, ghost, jungle, bed, fish, thai, food, supernatural, family relations, elderly, introspection, aging ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: thailand, asia, tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 8.2
 98K
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, samurai, insanity, revenge, chaos, funeral, murder, rivalry, throne, arranged marriage ...
Time: 16th century, middle ages
Place: japan, feudal japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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: atmospheric, touching, captivating, psychological, epic ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: childhood, dinosaur, suffering, grief, child abuse, parenthood, family relations, family problems, family life, wisdom of life, parents and children, philosophy ...
Time: 1950s, 20th century, 50s, prehistoric times
Place: texas, usa, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.3
 60K
Enter the Void (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: France, Germany, Italy, Canada, Japan
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, touching, serious, light ...
Plot: afterlife, surrealism, incest, stripper, strip club, hallucination, prostitute, drug trip, ghost, deadly, dealing with death, imaginary ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 7.6
 4K
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, psychological, realistic, serious, reflective ...
Plot: suicide, village, arranged marriage, self discovery, museum, hopes, babies and infants, crimes, dealing with death, village life, couple relations, love and romance ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, asia, europe, italy, venice ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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, tense, emotional, serious, sincere ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mental illness, mental institution, self control, power relations, hopes, life is a bitch, doctors and patients, confined, imaginary, teenage life, misfit, youth ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 7.1
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Testament (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Nuclear war in the United States is portrayed in a realistic and believable manner. The story is told through the eyes of a woman who is struggling to take care of her family. The entire movie takes place in a small suburban town outside San ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, emotional, thought provoking, serious ...
Plot: small town, survival, nuclear holocaust, radiation, life is a bitch, future dystopia, danger, nuclear war, chaos, parents and children, demolished city, tragedy ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, future
Place: california, usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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, bleak, serious, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: apocalypse, chaos and mayhem, life is a bitch, environmentalism, downfall, political corruption, head of state, society, rise and fall, against the odds, explosion, torture ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: england, europe, london, manhattan new york city, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Sleeping Beauty (2012)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: France, Germany
Duration: 115 min.
Story: We follow 24 hours in the life of a being moving from life to life like a cold and solitary assassin moving from hit to hit. In each of these interwoven lives, the being possesses an entirely distinct identity: sometimes a man, sometimes a woman, ...
Style: surreal, enigmatic, art house, non-linear, offbeat ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: odd, double life, hidden identity, power relations, lifestyle change, unfulfillment, disguise, dog, model, surrealism, life & death, creativity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: france, paris france, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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, humorous, touching, feel good, sentimental ...
Plot: village, romance, self discovery, love affair, couples, social relations, starting over, sexual relations, couple relations, hopes, unlikely couple, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, hong kong, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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, touching, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: spanish civil war, cat, beehive, civil war, innocence lost, oppression, coming of age, society, imaginary character, family relations, family life, youth ...
Time: 40s, 20th century
Place: spain, europe, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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: surreal, offbeat, atmospheric, serious, stylized ...
Plot: legends and myths, imaginary kingdom, imaginary, parents and children, escapades, sea disaster, wizards and magicians, vengeance, memory loss, royal family, dishonesty, danger ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.1
 8K
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, sentimental, offbeat, semi serious ...
Plot: freak, isolation, anthology, fall in love, deadly creature, couple relations, hanging, supernatural, translator, death sentence, delivery, urban ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2007
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, paris france, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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: psychological, atmospheric, captivating, surreal, stylized ...
Plot: isolation, desert, sand dune, entomologist, love affair, love and romance, human nature, kidnapping, couples, captivity, destiny, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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 7.1
 1K
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: epic, serious, atmospheric, stylized, surreal ...
Plot: deadly, strong sexual content, rivalry, danger, supernatural, good versus evil, skyscraper, apprentice, punk, imaginary, curses spells and rituals, legends and myths ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 7.4
 17K
Russian Ark (2002)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, History, Mystery
Country: Russia, Germany, Japan, Canada, Finland, Denmark
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A French marquis wanders through a vast labyrinth of corridors, theaters and ballrooms at a reception for a Persian ambassador.
Style: epic, stylized, atmospheric, captivating, serious ...
Plot: time travel, museum, painting, russian history, revolution, haunted by the past, culture clash, blind character, lifestyle, artists and showbiz, art, russian ...
Time: 19th century, 20th century, 18th century, 1700s, 1900s ...
Place: russia, st. petersburg russia, europe, ussr, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Wings of Desire (1987)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: West Germany, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Wings of Desire is Wim Wender’s artistically beautiful film about the lonely and immortal life of angels during a post-war Berlin. It’s a poetic journey from the perspective of the angels of which one falls in love with a living woman and wants ...
Style: atmospheric, meditative, psychological, surreal, touching ...
Audience: date night
Plot: immortality, angel, desire, diary, temptation, poet, mortality, circus, library, berlin wall, dream, german ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: germany, europe, west germany, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 8.3
 14K
Red Beard (1965)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 185 min.
Story: Aspiring to an easy job as personal physician to a wealthy family, Noboru Yasumoto is disappointed when his first post after medical school takes him to a small country clinic under the gruff doctor Red Beard. Yasumoto rebels in numerous ways, but ...
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, compassionate, melancholic ...
Plot: intern, clinic, samurai, doctor, hopes, parents and children, doctors and patients, family relations, power relations, society, human nature, generation gap ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.8
 5K
Paperhouse (1988)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Anna is becoming lost in the loneliness of her own world when she discovers she can visit another, a house she has drawn herself and occupied by a young disabled boy. But as she discovers more of the links between her fantasy world and the mundane ...
Style: tense, stylized, atmospheric, psychological, scary ...
Audience: teens
Plot: imaginary kingdom, friendship, house, drawing, lighthouse, nightmare, coming of age, supernatural, school, deadly, supernatural ability, stalking ...
Time: 80s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Heart of Glass (1976)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A small Bavarian village is renowned for its "Ruby Glass" glass blowing works. When the foreman of the works dies suddenly without revealing the secret of the Ruby Glass, the town slides into a deep depression, and the owner of the ...
Style: surreal, atmospheric, gloomy, psychological, serious ...
Plot: hypnosis, village, murder, village life, curses spells and rituals, warning, factory, dream, surrealism, mountain, existentialism, art ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century
Place: tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.7
 83K
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, bleak, tense, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: gunfight, sheriff, native americans, wilderness, transformation, bounty hunter, murder, journey, cowboy, small town, runaway, new job ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: usa, pacific ocean, england, cleveland ohio
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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