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Barefoot Gen (1983)
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, disaster movie, macabre
Plot: world war two, anti war, survival, orphan, atrocity, contamination, burned alive, demolished city, catastrophe, radiation sickness, bombing, nuclear holocaust, war, military, family relations, soldier, life is a bitch, anti hero, death in the family, chaos, dealing with death, wartime life, coming of age, gory, deadly ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: japan, asia, hiroshima japan

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, stylized, realistic and bleak films with plots about life is a bitch, danger, society, violence, world war two, death and heroes 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), The Wind Rises (2013), 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, stylized, harsh, depressing ...
Plot: siblings relations, orphan, survival, world war two, hunger, hiding place, loss of parent, death of parent, bomb, theft, war, homelessness ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1945
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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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, touching, suspenseful, tense
Plot: family relations, military, wedding, bombing, female protagonist, anniversary, evacuation, world war two, war, danger, society, couples ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 20th century, year 1935, year 1945 ...
Place: hiroshima japan, japan, east asia, asia
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Asura (2012)
Genre: Animation, 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, suspense, tense, psychological ...
Plot: orphan, human nature, survival, wilderness, village, friendship, feral man, life is a bitch, murder, rage, violence, war ...
Time: 15th century
Place: japan, asia, kyoto japan
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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: teenager, death of child, death of mother, grave, street market, children, black market, skeleton, hunger, licking, burnt face, ruins ...
Place: hiroshima japan, japan
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The Wind Rises (2013)
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama, History, 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, hopes, love, world war two, dreams, earthquake, follow your dream, inventions and discoveries, love and romance, letter, airplane, great depression ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 40s, 20s, 30s ...
Place: japan, asia, germany, tokyo
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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, memory loss, soldier, army, military, tragic event, guilt, politics, military life ...
Time: 20th century, 21st century, 80s, contemporary
Place: israel, lebanon, middle east, palestine, beirut lebanon
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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: realistic, touching, emotional, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: friendship, island, young heroes, life turned upside down, forceful separation, social differences, village, society, deportation, communication problem, post world war two, dancing ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1946, year 1947 ...
Place: asia, japan, soviet union
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First Squad: The Moment of Truth (2009)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, History, Sci-Fi, War
Country: Russia, Japan, Canada
Duration: 73 min.
Story: Set during the opening days of World War II on the Eastern Front. Its main cast are a group of Soviet teenagers with extraordinary abilities; the teenagers have been drafted to form a special unit to fight the invading German army. They are opposed ...
Style: bleak, stylized, suspenseful, exciting, serious
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, world war two, nazi, battles, danger, supernatural ability, escapades, military, heroes, soldier, zombie, super soldier ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s
Place: soviet union
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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, painting, drawing, sister sister relationship, bridge, illness, artist, edo period, family relations, rivalry, society ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, tokyo
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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, abortion, poisoning, battle, class struggle, quicksand, farmer, loss of father, orphan, decapitation, violence, massacre ...
Time: 16th century
Place: japan
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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, exciting, sentimental, cult film
Plot: husband wife relationship, family home, world war two, servant, london blitz, movie theatre, art student, posing for a photograph, quitting a job, childbirth, gas mask, maid ...
Time: 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, year 1939, 1930s ...
Place: england, london
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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, touching, stylized, serious, contemplative
Plot: prodigy, rise to the top, writer's life, lifestyle, ambition, manga, artists and showbiz, performer's life, life
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: japan, asia
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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, world war two, adolescence, nazi, diary, teenage girl, mother daughter relationship, holocaust, hiding, father daughter relationship, jewish, attic ...
Time: 1940s
Place: amsterdam
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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, suspense, sexy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, vengeance, femme fatale, mysterious character, track down, terrorism, violence spree, chase, rivalry, life is a bitch, dishonesty, criminal heroes ...
Place: japan, asia, venezuela
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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, fighter pilot, kamikaze, cabin
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Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (1999)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A member of an elite paramilitary counter-terrorism unit becomes traumatized after witnessing the suicide bombing of a young girl and is forced to undergo retraining. However, unbeknownst to him, he becomes a key player in a dispute between rival ...
Style: bleak, stylized, exciting, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: conspiracy, world war two, distopia, swat team, resistance fighter, little red riding hood, beast, terrorism, suicide, political unrest, fairy, haunted by the past ...
Place: japan, tokyo, poland, germany
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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: futuristic, serious, suspense, captivating, adult animation
Plot: friendship, coma, teenage life, youth, alternate timeline, haunted by the past, apocalypse, future dystopia, life is a bitch, danger, airplane, young love ...
Time: future, 1990s, 90s, year 1996, year 1999
Place: japan, asia
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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: futuristic, stylized, rough, bleak, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, nuclear holocaust, chaos, anti hero, rivalry, heroes, tragic hero, anti heroes, post apocalypse, wrestler, murder, blood ...
Time: near future, future, 80s
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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: touching, realistic, serious, bleak, adult animation ...
Plot: cold war, nuclear threat, countryside, bomb shelter, war, nuclear holocaust, chaos, english countryside, 2d animation, nuclear war, insurance, radiation sickness ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: england, europe
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Approved for Adoption (2012)
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama, Family
Country: France, Belgium, South Korea, Switzerland
Duration: 70 min.
Story: This remarkable animated documentary traces the unconventional upbringing of the filmmaker Jung Henin, one of thousands of Korean children adopted by Western families after the end of the Korean War. It is the story of a boy stranded between two ...
Style: emotional, sentimental, stylized, touching, contemplative ...
Plot: orphan, self discovery, haunted by the past, obsessive quest, hopes, introspection, homecoming, parent child relationship, adopted son, adoption, part animation, artists and showbiz ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, korea, seoul
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Muhammad: The Last Prophet (2002)
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: More than fourteen centuries ago, Mecca was filled with gambling, drunkenness, slavery, the mistreatment of women, and greed. The holy Ka'bah was littered with idol gods. Pilgrims came by the thousands to worship them. Quarysh, Mecca's ...
Style: sincere, serious, realistic, captivating
Audience: family outing
Plot: prophet, desert, folk hero, leadership, human spirit, self discovery, obsessive quest, miraculous event, introspection, righting the wronged, hopes, good versus evil ...
Time: middle ages, ancient history, 7th century
Place: middle east, arabia
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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: suspenseful, bleak, atmospheric, futuristic, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: androids and robots, take over, weapon system, chaos, political unrest, urban, political intrigue, chaos and mayhem, rebelliousness, partners, law enforcement, state affairs ...
Time: 21st century, future
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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Princess (2006)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Denmark, Germany
Duration: 82 min.
Story: The story of August who loses his beloved sister Christina, a former porn star known as The Princess. He adopts Christina's five-year-old daughter Mia. Weighed down by grief and guilt, August breaks down and with Mia in tow, he embarks on a ...
Style: rough, disturbing, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
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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: psychological, stylized, bleak, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: danger, anti heroes, showbiz, uncover truth, doctors and patients, future dystopia, rescue, contests and competitions, escapades, master villain, life is a bitch, heroes ...
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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: emotional, bleak, gloomy, disturbing, captivating ...
Plot: surrender, world war two, down on your luck, anti war, terminal illness, nuclear holocaust, ecological disaster, battles, catastrophe, wartime life, moral dilemma, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: japan, asia, hiroshima japan, usa
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American Pop (1981)
Genre: Animation, Drama, History, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: American Pop is an American animated film that tells the story of four generations of a Russian Jewish immigrant family of musicians whose careers parallel the history of American popular music.
Style: captivating, sentimental, realistic, semi serious, adult animation ...
Plot: music, jazz, songwriter, music hall, jazz band, music business, musician's life, love and romance, family relations, parents and children, ambition, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s, 1920s, 20s ...
Place: usa, russia, new york, europe, italy ...
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Attack on Titan (2013)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
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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: tense, serious, disturbing, exciting, bleak ...
Plot: giant, life turned upside down, friendship, danger, loss of parent, survival, transformation, friends, attack, army, future dystopia, monster ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia
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Rurouni Kenshin: Requiem for the Ishin Patriots (1997)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Fantasy
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: serious, exciting, stylized
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, battles, danger, rivalry, fighting crime, adventure, master warrior, hopes, good versus evil, society, escapades, lone wolves ...
Time: ancient times
Place: japan, asia
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Urotsukidoji: Legend of the Overfiend (1989)
Genre: Animation, Action, Fantasy, Horror, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Legend has it that the human race is not the only dominant civilization living on Earth. Two other races exist in this world: the Makai (a demon race) and the Juujinkai (a half-man, half-beast race). Once every 3,000 years, a supreme being known as ...
Style: hentai, rough, disturbing, suspenseful, epic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
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Time: 80s, 1920s, 20th century, 20s, future
Place: tokyo, osaka japan
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Metropolis (2001)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
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, exciting, suspenseful ...
Plot: metropolis, robot, megalomaniac, heroic mission, steampunk, adventure, save the day, self discovery, uncover truth, world domination, androids and robots, society ...
Time: future, 1930s
Place: japan, tokyo
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