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Why Not? (1981)
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Why Not? (1981)
Original name: ええじゃないか
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 151 min.
Story: The film depicts carnivalesque atmosphere summed up by the cry "Ee ja nai ka" ("Why not?") in Japan in 1867 and 1868 in the days leading to the Meiji Restoration. It examines the effects of the political and social upheaval of the time, and culminates in a revelrous march on the Kokyo, which turns into a massacre. Characteristically, Imamura focuses not on the leaders of the country, but on characters in the lower classes and on the fringes of society.
Style: clever, serious, realistic, cynical, witty, bilingual
Plot: prostitute, samurai, dark humor, heroes, rich and poor, satire, society, fish out of water, culture clash, state affairs, edo period, prison, ship, police, rally, massacre, globalization, bridge, arrest, japanese american, double suicide, proletarian
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, contemplative and stylized films with plots about society, life is a bitch, samurai, heroes, prostitute, state affairs and family relations mostly in Drama, History and Comedy genres. Some movies like Why Not?: The Insect Woman (1963), When the Last Sword is Drawn (2002), Red Beard (1965), Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2011), The Ballad of Narayama (1983). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Insect Woman (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A woman, Tome, is born to a lower class family in Japan in 1918. The title refers to an insect, repeating its mistakes, as in an infinite circle. Imamura, with this metaphor, introduces the life of Tome, who keeps trying to change her poor life.
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Place: japan, tokyo
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When the Last Sword is Drawn (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 143 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 ...
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Time: 19th century
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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, poignant ...
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Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan, UK
Duration: 128 min.
Story: An tale of revenge, honor and disgrace, centering on a poverty-stricken samurai who discovers the fate of his ronin son-in-law, setting in motion a tense showdown of vengeance against the house of a feudal lord.
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Duration: 130 min.
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Style: bleak, gloomy, serious, realistic, meditative ...
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Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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Double Suicide (1969)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Successful and married with children, paper-mill owner Jihei knows better than to contradict the strict social and moral codes of 18th-century Japan. But when he meets the lovely courtesan Koharu, he becomes a man obsessed. Koharu returns his love, ...
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Samurai Rebellion (1967)
Genre: Drama
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Duration: 128 min.
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Country: Japan
Duration: 135 min.
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