Movies like Ashes of Time

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Ashes of Time
Original name: 東邪西毒
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong, Taiwan
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The film is set in five parts, five seasons that are part of the Chinese almanac. The story takes place in the jianghu, the world of the martial arts. Ouyang Feng has lived in the western desert for some years. He left his home in White Camel Mountain when the woman he loved chose to marry his elder brother rather than him. Instead of seeking glory, he ends up as an agent. When people come to him with a wish to eliminate someone who has wronged them, he puts them in touch with a swordsman who can do the job.
Style: stylized, atmospheric, epic, serious, meditative, melancholic, enigmatic, reflective, art house, non-linear ...
Plot: martial arts, loneliness, desert, vengeance, unfulfilled love, love, stylish, relationships, chases and races, memory, wilderness, crimes, betrayal, obsession, storytelling, fight scenes, love story, danger, solitude, art, dialogue, pornography, heroes, poetry, life philosophy ...
Time: ancient history
Place: asia, china, hong kong, tokyo
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Chungking Express
Crime, Drama, Romance
Hong Kong
102 min.
 8.1
The Sword of Doom
Action, Drama
Japan
119 min.
 8.0
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out melancholic, stylized, serious and breathtaking films with plots about storytelling, dialogue, culture clash, brutality, mentor, catastrophe and runaway mostly in Drama, Action and Romance genres. Some movies like Ashes of Time: Days of Being Wild (1990), In the Mood for Love (2000), The Grandmaster (2013), 2046 (2004), Happy Together (1997). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Days of Being Wild
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
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Duration: 94 min.
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The Grandmaster
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, Romance, War
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Ip Man's peaceful life in Foshan changes after Gong Yutian seeks an heir for his family in Southern China. Ip Man then meets Gong Er who challenges him for the sake of regaining her family's honor. After the Second Sino-Japanese War, Ip ...
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Audience: boys' night
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System:   89%
    User:   81%
 
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2046
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Hong Kong, China, France, Italy, Germany
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Women enter and exit a science fiction author's life, over the course of a few years, after the author loses the woman he considers his one true love.
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    User:   74%
 
Chungking Express
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
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Duration: 102 min.
Story: Two melancholy Hong Kong policemen fall in love: one with a mysterious female underworld figure, the other with a beautiful and ethereal server at a late-night restaurant he frequents.
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Duration: 120 min.
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Time: ancient history
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    User:   70%
 
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    User:   62%
 
 7.7
 20K
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Country: Hong Kong
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Story: In this bifurcated crime narrative, a disillusioned hitman attempts to escape from his violent lifestyle against the wishes of his partner, who is infatuated with him, and an eccentric mute repeatedly encounters, then subsequently falls for, a ...
Style: stylized, atmospheric, surreal, serious, offbeat ...
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    User:   61%
 
Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In the third film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, Ogami Itto volunteers to be tortured by Yakuza to save a prostitute and is hired by their leader to kill an evil chamberlain.
Style: stylized, talky, serious, clever, bloody ...
Audience: boys' night
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    User:   76%
 
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    User:   82%
 
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Revolt
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Chocolate
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Country: Thailand
Duration: 110 min.
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Style: serious, rough, realistic, exciting, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: thailand, asia, hong kong, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   58%
    User:   61%
 
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Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 81 min.
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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: China, USA
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Style: stylized, emotional, serious, atmospheric, meditative ...
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The 36th Chamber of Shaolin
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Style: stylized, exciting, serious, breathtaking, rough ...
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Genre: Drama
Country: Vietnam, France, Germany
Duration: 112 min.
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Style: talky, serious, sentimental, meditative, reflective ...
Plot: infidelity, dysfunctional family, incest, cafe, marriage, crumbling marriage, food, relationships, sisters, loneliness, beautiful scenery, adultery ...
Time: 90s
Place: vietnam, tokyo
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System:   55%
    User:   55%
 
 7.1
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Dragon
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A sinful martial arts expert wants to start a new tranquil life, only to be hunted by a determined detective and his former master.
Style: stylized, epic, serious, suspenseful, absurd ...
Audience: boys' night
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Place: china, asia, hong kong
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System:   54%
    User:   44%
 
 7.7
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Country: Japan
Duration: 114 min.
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Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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System:   54%
    User:   60%
 
 6.3
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The Assassin
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Country: Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, France
Duration: 105 min.
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Style: meditative, breathtaking, art house, stylized, melancholic ...
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    User:   55%
 
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Bellflower
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
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Style: surreal, stylized, disturbing, atmospheric, serious ...
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System:   53%
    User:   44%
 

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An Actor's Revenge
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 113 min.
Story: While performing in a touring kabuki troupe, leading female impersonator Yukinojo comes across the three men who drove his parents to suicide twenty years earlier, and plans his revenge, firstly by seducing the daughter of one of them, secondly by ...
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