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Peppermint Candy (1999)
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Peppermint Candy (1999)
Original name: 박하사탕
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea, Japan
Duration: 129 min.
Story: In the spring of 1999, a group of old friends gather to celebrate their 20 year reunion. Among the group is Yeong-ho, a cold, unhappy man, whose demeanor puts a damper on the festivities. The seriousness of Yeong-ho"s depression becomes apparent, however, when he climbs a railroad bridge and looks like he might jump. At this crucial moment, memories of seven crucial episodes from Yeong-ho"s past flood his mind.
Style: clever, psychological, serious, bleak, realistic, stylized, tense
Plot: reunion, martial law, suicide, interrogation, friend, haunted by the past, student protest, politics, destiny, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, main character dies, police brutality, man crying, murder, detective agency, id card, stock broker, unconsciousness, hit by a train, mosquito, water torture, motor scooter, bad smell, bad breath ...
Time: 90s, year 1980, year 1984, year 1987, year 1994, year 1998
Place: south korea

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, psychological and bleak films with plots about friendship, drinking, husband wife relationship, death, father son relationship, cigarette smoking and friend mostly in Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like Peppermint Candy: Poetry (2010), I Melt with You (2011), Secret Sunshine (2007), The Keys to the House (2004), Green Fish (1997). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Poetry (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 139 min.
Story: Grandmother Mi Ja works part-time as a caretaker, and struggles to raise a teen grandson by herself. Despite her tough situation, she speaks softly, dresses fashionably, and approaches the world with child-like curiosity. Enrolling in a poetry ...
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: poetry, loneliness, teenage rape, old woman, bridge, suicide, aging, elderly, golden years, human nature, introspection, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, korea, south korea
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95%
I Melt with You (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Former college friends meet up for a reunion that leads them to face the apparent disillusionment that defines their lives. After a week of excessive drug and alcohol abuse, events lead them to contemplate fulfilling a self destructive pact they ...
Style: serious, realistic, talky, gloomy
Plot: friendship, reunion, suicide, depression, bar fight, cocaine, regret, beach, binge drinking, overdose, buddies, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2011
Place: california, usa
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50%
Secret Sunshine (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Sin-ae moves with her son Jun to Miryang, the town where her dead husband was born. As she tries to come to herself and set out on new foundations, another tragic event overturns her life.
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, gloomy, psychological
Plot: suicide attempt, losing-it hero, dealing with death, faith, romance, starting over, small town, human nature, redemption, death in the family, couple relations, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary
Place: south korea, asia, korea, seoul
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
The Keys to the House (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, Germany, France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Meeting his handicapped son for the first time, a young father attempts to forge a relationship with the teenager.
Style: serious, psychological, touching, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: human nature, hospital, redemption, parents and children, estrangement, hopes, family relations, self discovery, haunted by the past, disability, misfit, family problems ...
Time: contemporary
Place: europe, germany, italy, norway, berlin germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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 7.1
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Green Fish (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Returning home and finding his town drastically changed, a former soldier falls in with gangsters.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, rough, exciting
Plot: train, crime, crimes, gang, gangsters, nightclub, soldier, village, love triangle, siblings relations, homecoming, village life ...
Time: 90s
Place: asia, korea
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42%
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Oasis (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Oasis is a love story of two young people abandoned by families. A young man released from prison visits the widow of the man he killed drunk-driving. There he meets her daughter, wheelchair bound with cerebral palsy. Will these two lost people find ...
Style: emotional, serious, realistic, touching, sincere ...
Plot: unlikely couple, starting over, romance, vengeance, love affair, parents and children, haunted by the past, criminal heroes, love and romance, misfit, couples, opposites attract ...
Time: contemporary
Place: asia, korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The Indian Runner (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 127 min.
Story: An intensely sad film about two brothers who cannot overcome their opposite perceptions of life. One brother sees and feels bad in everyone and everything, subsequently he is violent, antisocial and unable to appreciate or enjoy the good things ...
Style: realistic, emotional, psychological, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: small town, pregnancy, arson, vandalism, vietnam war, human nature, siblings relations, sibling relationship, family problems, family relations, couple relations, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 70s, 1960s
Place: ohio, usa, vietnam, asia, nebraska
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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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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41%
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Thirteen Conversations About One Thing (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The lives of a lawyer, an actuary, a housecleaner, a professor, and the people around them intersect as they ponder order and happiness in the face of life's cold unpredictability.
Style: talky, bleak, psychological, gloomy, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: redemption, infidelity, false accusation, hit and run, insurance, human nature, couple relations, dishonesty, hopes, love and romance, couples, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Celebration (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A grandiose party to celebrate a sixtieth birthday unleashes a family drama with all the lies that conceal horrendous secrets. The eldest son, Christian, stages a showdown with the popular pater familias; his provocative, moving after-dinner speech ...
Style: dark humor, talky, clever, semi serious, gloomy ...
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Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: denmark, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Deep End of the Ocean (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Michelle Pfeiffer is ferocious in the role of a desperate mother whose 3-year-old son disappears during her high school reunion. Nine years later, by chance, he turns up in the town in which the family has just relocated. Based on Jacquelyn ...
Style: psychological, touching, emotional, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: reunion, missing child, kidnapping, missing person, boy, parents and children, coming of age, family life, crimes, youth, couples, family problems ...
Time: 90s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Mouchette (1967)
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Duration: 81 min.
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Style: bleak, emotional, serious, stylized, realistic ...
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Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: france, europe, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.8
 387
Beloved/Friend (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 87 min.
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Style: serious, realistic, psychological
Plot: midlife crisis, terminal illness, friendship, pregnancy, gays and lesbians, sexual relations, gender, unfulfillment, couples, best friends, aging, infidelity ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: spain, barcelona spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Genre: Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 94 min.
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Style: talky, bleak, serious, realistic, clever ...
Plot: prison, writer's life, couple relations, life is a bitch, society, politics, dealing with death, journalism, survival, couples, poetry, hotel ...
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Place: england, europe, london
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35%
 7.4
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Country: Japan
Duration: 117 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.7
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33%
 6.4
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⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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 6.5
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⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.1
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⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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31%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.1
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⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.0
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Country: USA
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⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.6
 211
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⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
The Safety of Objects (2001)
Genre: Drama
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Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
27%