Movies like Barefoot Gen

If you like "Barefoot Gen" you are looking for adult animation, rough and bleak movies about / with world war two, anti war, disaster, catastrophe, orphan, demolished city and atrocity themes of Animation, Biography and Drama genre shot in Japan.
Find your next favorite and similar movies in two steps: 1. Identify all themes of interest from this film (block below). 2. Look for them in the presented list.
Barefoot Gen (1983)
 8.0
 8K
Barefoot Gen (1983)
Original name: はだしのゲン
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 83 min.
Story: A powerful statement against war, Barefoot Gen is a story about the effect of the atomic bomb on a boy's life and the lives of the Japanese people. Based on the acclaimed manga by Nakazawa Keiji, the author of Barefoot Gen, who was 6 years old at the time of the Hiroshima bombing, and is one of the survivors of the destruction. The bomb was responsible for the death of his father, his sister, and his brother. At the age of 6 he and his mother dug their remains out of the ruins of their home. In 1963 Nakazawa moved to Tokyo to become a manga artist, but returned to Hiroshima in 1966 to attend his mothers funeral. It was then that he learned of the true impact of the radiation from the bomb.
Style: adult animation, rough, bleak, serious, suspenseful, disturbing, macabre, semi autobiographical, disaster movie
Plot: world war two, anti war, disaster, catastrophe, orphan, demolished city, atrocity, burned alive, contamination, radiation sickness, bombing, atomic bomb, nuclear holocaust, children in wartime, survival, war, military, soldier, family relations, life is a bitch, chaos, coming of age, wartime life, child in peril, death in the family ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: japan, asia, hiroshima japan

Movie in categories

Most similar movies to Barefoot Gen

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, stylized, bleak and touching films with plots about danger, death, society, friendship, violence, fire and flashback mostly in Animation, Drama and War genres. Some movies like Barefoot Gen: Grave of the Fireflies (1988), In This Corner of the World (2016), Asura (2012), Giovanni's Island (2014), Waltz with Bashir (2008). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
Genre: Animation, Drama, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In the final months of World War II, 14-year-old Seita and his sister Setsuko are orphaned when their mother is killed during an air raid in Kobe, Japan. After a falling out with their aunt, they move into an abandoned bomb shelter. With no ...
Style: touching, heartbreaking, harsh, depressing, stylized ...
Plot: orphan, siblings relations, hunger, survival, world war two, death of child, war, homelessness, bomb, desperation, hiding place, theft ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, post world war two, year 1945
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
In This Corner of the World (2016)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, History, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Newlywed Suzu Urano moves to her new life in Kure City on the coast of Hiroshima Prefecture, where she perseveres through World War II with pluck and determination.
Style: thought provoking, captivating, suspenseful, touching, tense ...
Plot: family relations, military, wedding, bombing, female protagonist, evacuation, anniversary, world war two, war, couples, society, navy ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 20th century, year 1935, year 1944 ...
Place: japan, hiroshima japan, east asia, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.7
 1K
Asura (2012)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, History, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 76 min.
Story: Abandoned in the barren wasteland of Kyoto, a savage, enraged orphan does whatever it takes to survive in the wild. When he crosses paths with civilization, he must learn to tame the beast within.
Style: atmospheric, serious, tense, suspense, psychological ...
Plot: orphan, survival, human nature, wilderness, life is a bitch, village, friendship, feral man, beast, murder, rage, violence ...
Time: 15th century
Place: japan, asia, kyoto japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Barefoot Gen 2 (1986)
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Three years after the Hiroshima bombing, a teenager helps a group of orphans to survive and find their new life.
Plot: ruins, hunger, male full rear nudity, constitution, male nudity, teenager, radiation sickness, starvation, death of child, grave, children, black market ...
Place: hiroshima japan, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Movie in collections
Giovanni's Island (2014)
Genre: Animation, Drama, History, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 102 min.
Story: In the aftermath of the most devastating conflict mankind had ever experienced, the tiny island of Shikotan became part of the Sakhalin Oblast... and on the unhealed border in this remote corner of the world, friendship among children from two ...
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: friendship, island, young heroes, forceful separation, life turned upside down, social differences, deportation, village, society, communication problem, post war, dancing ...
Time: 20th century, post world war two, 1940s, year 1947, year 1946 ...
Place: asia, japan, ussr
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Waltz with Bashir (2008)
Genre: Documentary, Animation, Biography, Drama, History, Mystery, War
Country: Israel, France, Germany, USA, Finland, Switzerland, Belgium, Australia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Much awarded animated documentary, in which director and Israeli army veteran Ari Folman interviews friends and former soldiers about their memories of the 1982 Lebanon war and especially the Sabra and Shatila massacre in Beirut. The usage on ...
Style: rough, psychological, disturbing, surreal, realistic ...
Plot: nightmare, massacre, haunted by the past, war, soldier, memory loss, army, military, tragic event, guilt, politics, military life ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, 80s, contemporary
Place: israel, lebanon, middle east, palestine, beirut lebanon
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Rurouni Kenshin: Requiem for the Ishin Patriots (1997)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, History, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The war against the Tokugawa Shogunate ended years ago. But there are some who are not happy with the outcome. Shigure Takimi watched his friends and family get slashed down in the name of freedom and prosperity. Now he and a band of desparate ...
Style: exciting, serious, stylized
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, battles, pacifism, vengeance, political unrest, martial arts, haunted by the past, heroic mission, vigilantism, redemption, righting the wronged, good versus evil ...
Time: ancient times
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.7
 3K
Miss Hokusai (2015)
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The time: 1814. The place: Edo, now known as Tokyo. A much accomplished artist of his time and now in his mid-fifties, Tetsuzo can boast clients from all over Japan, and tirelessly works in the garbage-loaded chaos of his house-atelier. He spends ...
Style: touching, sentimental, psychological, captivating, fairy tale
Plot: art history, father daughter relationship, sister sister relationship, painting, drawing, illness, artist, edo period, rivalry, society, family relations, dog ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Movie in collections
 7.7
 83K
The Wind Rises (2013)
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama, Romance, War
Country: Japan, France, USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: A lifelong love of flight inspires Japanese aviation engineer Jiro Horikoshi, whose storied career includes the creation of the A-6M World War II fighter plane.
Style: touching, stylized, atmospheric, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: tuberculosis, earthquake, hopes, love, world war two, dreams, follow your dream, inventions and discoveries, love and romance, letter, airplane, great depression ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: japan, asia, germany, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Buddha: The Great Departure (2011)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Prince Siddhartha is heir to the Shakya kingdom, which is constantly at war with the more powerful Kosala kingdom. His father tries to raise as him as a warrior leader and to shield him from the miseries of the world. Meeting the young outcast girl ...
Style: exciting, captivating, entertaining, tense, serious ...
Plot: social differences, leadership, injustice, battles, society, journey, rich and poor, military, imaginary kingdom, heroes, power relations, prophecy ...
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.3
 293
The Cockpit (1993)
Genre: Animation, Drama, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 72 min.
Story: A World War II anthology film based on Leiji Matsumoto's Battlefield manga. Kawajiri's Slipstream follows a Luftwaffe pilot on his mission to protect Germany's trump card: the world's first atomic bomb. Imanishi's Sonic Boom ...
Style: anthology
Plot: world war two, kamikaze, fighter pilot, cabin
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 5.8
 218
Band of Ninja (1967)
Genre: Animation, Action, History, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A young boy joins a band of ninja during a peasant uprising, all depicted through an experimental form of filming pages from the original manga set to sound.
Style: jidai geki
Plot: ninja, deception, massacre, class struggle, invulnerability, poisoning, miscarriage, abortion, disguise, quicksand, decapitation, mutilation ...
Time: 16th century
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Anne Frank's Diary (1999)
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama, War
Country: UK, Japan, Ireland, France, Netherlands, Luxembourg
Duration: 88 min.
Story: During World War II, a teenage Jewish girl named Anne Frank and her family are forced into hiding in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands.
Plot: jewish girl, mother daughter relationship, world war two, father daughter relationship, family relations, hopes, holocaust, nazi, teenage girl, attic, diary, hiding ...
Time: 1940s
Place: amsterdam
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Black Jack: The Movie (1996)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Black Jack is a master surgeon who possesses impeccable skills, enabling him to perform operations that are impossible for even the finest surgeons. He now is faced with his most difficult task to date and must challenge the limits of medical ...
Style: serious, psychological, suspenseful, bleak, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: godparent, save the planet, master villain, life is a bitch, contests and competitions, rescue, society, prodigy, uncover truth, escapades, heroes, rivalry ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 6.9
 920
Funan (2018)
Genre: Animation, Drama, History, War
Country: France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Cambodia
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Cambodia, once the ancient kingdom of Funan, April 17th, 1975. The entire country falls under the tyranny of Angkar, the communist party of the Khmer Rouge. The cities are abandoned, the population is thrown to the roads and forced to walk towards ...
Style: exciting, disturbing, touching, visually appealing
Plot: family relations, communism, struggle for survival, separation from family, little boy, khmer rouge, husband wife relationship, food, starvation, hunger, leech, night ...
Time: 70s, year 1977, year 1978, year 1975, 20th century
Place: cambodia
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Ethel & Ernest (2016)
Genre: Animation, Drama, History
Country: UK, Luxembourg
Duration: 94 min.
Story: This hand drawn animated film, based on the award winning graphic novel by Raymond Briggs, is an intimate and affectionate depiction of the life and times of his parents, two ordinary Londoners living through extraordinary events.
Style: captivating, light, sentimental, exciting, 2d animation ...
Plot: husband wife relationship, family home, movie theatre, servant, world war two, art student, birth, arson, worry, sad ending, little boy, baby ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 1930s, year 1939, 1920s ...
Place: england, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
The Place Promised in Our Early Days (2004)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The story takes place in a alternate postwar period, in 1996, where Japan is divided. Hokkaido is ruled by the "Union" while Honshu and other southern islands are under US authority. A tall tower was built on Hokkaido, which could even be ...
Style: serious, futuristic, captivating, suspense, adult animation
Plot: friendship, violin, coma, teenage life, youth, alternate timeline, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, apocalypse, future dystopia, airplane, young love ...
Time: future, 90s, year 1996, year 1999
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 7.0
 799
Tatsumi (2011)
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama
Country: Singapore
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Animated film based on the life and stories of Manga writer Yoshihiro Tatsumi who revolutionised the art form with darker, more adult stories. The film animates several of his stories
Style: realistic, stylized, serious, touching, manga ...
Plot: writer's life, rise to the top, prodigy, lifestyle, ambition, artists and showbiz, performer's life, life
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
Movie in collections
Golgo 13: Queen Bee (1998)
Genre: Animation, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 57 min.
Story: Based on Takao Saito's graphic novel, Golgo 13 is Japan's most celebrated and notorious assassin, and a man as adept with a rifle as he is with the ladies. He meets his match here in Queen Bee, the leader of a South American liberation ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, tense, sexy, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, vengeance, mysterious character, femme fatale, violence spree, tough heroes, chase, rivalry, terrorism, criminal heroes, life is a bitch, track down ...
Place: asia, japan, venezuela
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes (1990)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The movie follows the perspective of several characters (such as Japanese victims, soldiers, American prisoners of war and others) and how they lived or tried to survive the effects felt during the aftermath of the Atomic Bomb dropping by the Enola ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, gloomy, emotional ...
Plot: surrender, world war two, disaster, war, against humanity, state affairs, military, life is a bitch, confined, battles, nuclear holocaust, catastrophe ...
Time: 1940s
Place: hiroshima japan, japan, asia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
Patlabor 2: The Movie (1993)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A Japanese police unit who use giant anthropomorphic robots (called Labors) is caught up in a political struggle between the civilian authorities and the military when a terrorist act is blamed on an Air Force jet. With the aid of a government ...
Style: exciting, serious, saga, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: androids and robots, weapon system, chaos, political intrigue, chaos and mayhem, rebelliousness, political unrest, heroic mission, heroes, special agents, law enforcement, state affairs ...
Time: 21st century, future
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 9.1
 341K
Attack on Titan (2013)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Several hundred years ago, humans were nearly exterminated by Titans. Titans are typically several stories tall, seem to have no intelligence, devour human beings and, worst of all, seem to do it for the pleasure rather than as a food source. A ...
Style: serious, tense, disturbing, exciting, mysterious ...
Plot: giant, life turned upside down, friendship, attack, transformation, friends, destruction, giant monster, future dystopia, direction and purpose, survival, life is a bitch ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
Fist of the North Star (1986)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 110 min.
Story: After a nuclear holocaust tears the world apart, mankind is forced to the harshness of not only the oppression of others who are much more powerful, but the dead earth which seems to be getting worse with every passing moment. But a savior has risen ...
Style: serious, rough, bleak, stylized, futuristic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, nuclear holocaust, chaos, tragic hero, heroes, rivalry, wrestler, murder, samurai, vengeance, post apocalypse, tough heroes ...
Time: near future, future, 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
Movie in collections
survival movies
5669
war movies
war
1808
rough movies
8308
military movies
2796
 7.2
 21K
Metropolis (2001)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Duke Red has overseen the construction of a massive Ziggurat to extend his power across the whole planet. Tima, a robot-girl built in the image of his deceased daughter, is at the core of these plans. However, after escaping the Duke's clutches ...
Style: futuristic, atmospheric, bleak, suspenseful, exciting ...
Plot: metropolis, steampunk, robot, megalomaniac, artificial intelligence, heroic mission, save the day, uncover truth, adventure, self discovery, androids and robots, life is a bitch ...
Time: future, 1930s
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
Attack on Titan: Chronicle (2020)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 122 min.
Story: In the fourth recap movie, episodes 1-59 of the anime are retold, compiling the first three seasons of the anime into one two hour event.
Style: cynical, suspenseful, bleak, bloody, macabre ...
Plot: post apocalypse, extinction, monster, giant, fictional war, friendship, alternate reality, destiny, mutation, catastrophe, life philosophy, fight ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
When the Wind Blows (1986)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 84 min.
Story: With the help of government-issued pamphlets, an elderly British couple build a shelter and prepare for an impending nuclear attack, unaware that times and the nature of war have changed from their romantic memories of World War II
Style: realistic, touching, serious, bleak, adult animation ...
Plot: countryside, cold war, nuclear threat, bomb shelter, war, nuclear holocaust, chaos, english countryside, insurance, nuclear war, radiation sickness, husband wife relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
10%
Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles (2018)
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama, History
Country: Spain, Netherlands, Germany
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Paris, 1930. Luis Buñuel is penniless after the scandal surrounding the release of his last movie. Sculptor Ramón Acín, a good friend, buys a lottery ticket and promises Buñuel that he will pay for his next movie if he wins the prize.
Plot: surrealism, poverty, social justice, movie business, animal death, bee, funeral, car, spider, scandal, goat, baby ...
Time: 1930s, year 1933, 20th century
Place: paris france, madrid, spain, vatican
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 8.1
 74K
A Silent Voice (2016)
Genre: Animation, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Shouya Ishida starts bullying the new girl in class, Shouko Nishimiya, because she is deaf. But as the teasing continues, the rest of the class starts to turn on Shouya for his lack of compassion. When they leave elementary school, Shouko and Shouya ...
Style: inspirational, sincere, touching, romantic, biting ...
Plot: bullying, deaf, sign language, friendship, high school, disability, japanese school, redemption, deafness, suicide attempt, coming of age, single mother ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
Arcadia of My Youth (1982)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 130 min.
Story: After a drawn-out, viciously-fought war, the earth has been conquered by the alien Illumidus Empire. Harlock, a captain in earth's fleet, crashes his ship to prevent the Illumidus from using it, and flat-out refuses to join them. With the help ...
Style: exciting, semi serious, stylized, futuristic
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: pirate, world war two, heroes, spacecraft, space and aliens, space wars, witch, rivalry, escapades, adventure, master warrior, heroic mission ...
Time: future
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind (1984)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 117 min.
Story: After a global war, the seaside kingdom known as the Valley Of The Wind remains one of the last strongholds on Earth untouched by a poisonous jungle and the powerful insects that guard it. Led by the courageous Princess Nausicaä, the people of the ...
Style: serious, captivating, exciting, epic, stylized ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: ecology, save the world, steampunk, post apocalypse, apocalypse, environmentalism, toxic, princess, adventure, airplane, escapades, rivalry ...
Time: future, middle ages
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%