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The Emperor and the Assassin (1998)
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The Emperor and the Assassin (1998)
Original name: 荊軻刺秦王
Genre: Drama, History
Country: China, Japan, France
Duration: 162 min.
Story: In pre-unified China, the King of Qin sends his concubine to a rival kingdom to produce an assassin for a political plot, but as the king's cruelty mounts she finds her loyalty faltering.
Style: epic, captivating, serious, realistic, breathtaking, stylized, dramatic, meditative, cerebral, talky ...
Plot: assassination, assassin, emperor, betrayal, blind ambition, kingdom, rise to the top, love triangle, ambition, deadly, love and romance, politics, fall in love, dishonesty, heroes, rivalry, state affairs, sword fight, save the kingdom, murder, royal court, blind girl, dead children, fortress, bowling ...
Time: 18th century
Place: china, asia, spain

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, captivating and epic films with plots about state affairs, betrayal, heroes, rivalry, battles, political unrest and politics mostly in Drama, History and War genres. Some movies like The Emperor and the Assassin: Red Cliff Part II (2009), Red Sorghum (1988), Red Cliff (2008), The Assassins (2012), Sacrifice (2010). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Red Cliff Part II (2009)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea
Duration: 142 min.
Story: The battle of Red Cliff continues and the alliance between Xu and East Wu is fracturing. With Cao Cao's massive forces on their doorstep, will the kingdoms of Xu and East Wu survive?
Style: epic, stylized, serious, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, master warrior, war, martial arts, tea, battle zone, battles, heroes, military, leadership, military life, plague ...
Time: ancient history
Place: china, asia, hong kong, england
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95%
 7.5
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Red Sorghum (1988)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: China
Duration: 91 min.
Story: An old leper who owned a remote sorghum winery dies. Jiu'er, the wife bought by the leper, and her lover, identified only as "my Grandpa" by the narrator, take over the winery and set up an idealized quasi-matriarchal community headed ...
Style: epic, serious, captivating, tense, realistic ...
Plot: couple relations, political unrest, village, wartime life, war, love and romance, couples, love affair, village life, society, state affairs, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1930s, 1920s
Place: china, asia, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
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Red Cliff (2008)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea
Duration: 150 min.
Story: In 208 A.D., in the final days of the Han Dynasty, shrewd Prime Minster Cao convinced the fickle Emperor Han the only way to unite all of China was to declare war on the kingdoms of Xu in the west and East Wu in the south. Thus began a military ...
Style: epic, stylized, realistic, serious, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: war, martial arts, battles, flaming arrow, casualty of war, strategy, carrier pigeon, master warrior, soldier, adventure, tragic hero, heroic mission ...
Time: ancient history
Place: china, asia, ancient china, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
The Assassins (2012)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: China
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In the year 198 BC, Cao Cao (Chow Yun Fat), Prime Minister of the Han Dynasty, ventured to the east and defeated China's greatest warrior Lu Bu, terrifying every ambitious warlord across the country. Several years later, after taking the Han ...
Style: serious, exciting, epic, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: adventure, hidden identity, assassination attempt, political intrigue, deadly, escapades, rivalry, state affairs, head of state, assassination, political conspiracy, battles ...
Time: ancient history
Place: asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
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Sacrifice (2010)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: China
Duration: 122 min.
Story: For generations the Zhao family has wielded power, until their mortal enemy TU’AN GU slaughters the entire clan, determined to wipe out their influence forever. But one Zhao baby survives hidden by CHENG YING the doctor who delivered him. When ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting, atmospheric ...
Plot: orphan, uninhibited rivalry, vengeance, dishonesty, heroes, rivalry, hidden identity, master warrior, betrayal, parents and children, haunted by the past, family relations ...
Time: ancient history
Place: asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
Farewell My Concubine (1993)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 171 min.
Story: Abandoned by his prostitute mother in 1920, Douzi was raised by a theater troupe. There he meets Shitou and over the following years the two develop an act entitled, "Farewell My Concubine," that brings them fame and fortune. When Shitou ...
Style: atmospheric, stylized, emotional, serious, realistic ...
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Time: 20s, 30s, 40s, 60s, 70s ...
Place: china, asia, japan, beijing china, taiwan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Temptress Moon (1996)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Set in the decadent 1920s, Temptress Moon tells the very complicated story of a wealthy family living on the outskirts of Shanghai. Their youngest daughter, Ruyi, is brought up as a servant to her opium-addicted father and brother. Meanwhile, her ...
Style: stylized, gloomy, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: parents and children, crimes, dishonesty, love and romance, romance, addiction, society, unfulfillment, couples, family relations, power relations, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: china, asia, shanghai, tokyo, japan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
An Empress and the Warriors (2008)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Romance
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 99 min.
Story: After the death of her father, a woman is forced to take over as empress and fight to save her kingdom.
Style: epic, serious, captivating, tense, stylized
Audience: boys' night
Plot: betrayal, empress, poison dart, swordsman, master warrior, martial arts, assassination, adventure, battle zone, daring rescue, intrigue, political unrest ...
Time: ancient history
Place: ancient china, asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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The Soong Sisters (1997)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: Hong Kong, Japan, China
Duration: 145 min.
Story: The Soong family was a political dynasty in China that reached the highest levels of power. This film follows the lives of the three Soong daughters, who were educated in America and returned to China. Ai-ling (the oldest) married a wealthy and ...
Style: serious, stylized, epic, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: tragic love, politics, siblings relations, political unrest, ambition, society, romance, state affairs, rich and poor, love and romance, unfulfillment, family relations ...
Time: 20th century
Place: china, asia, ancient china
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 7.3
 505
Rikyu (1989)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Late in the 1500s, an aging tea master teaches the way of tea to a headstrong Shogun. Through force of will and courageous fighting, Hideyoshi becomes Japan's most powerful warlord, unifying the country. Rikyu, through the tea ceremony and ...
Style: serious, realistic, stylized, captivating
Plot: samurai, political unrest, politics, heroes, military, war, state affairs, clergy, rise to the top, battles, ambition, society ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s
Place: japan, asia, china, korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Curse of the Golden Flower (2006)
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 114 min.
Story: During China's Tang dynasty the emperor has taken the princess of a neighboring province as wife. She has borne him two sons and raised his eldest. Now his control over his dominion is complete, including the royal family itself.
Style: stylized, epic, serious, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: martial arts, betrayal, empress, royal family, palaces castles and temples, forbidden love, rebellion, poison, power, incest, emperor, punishment ...
Time: middle ages, 1930s
Place: china, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 5.3
 321
The Conspiracy (2008)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: Spain
Duration: 150 min.
Story: 16th century ruler King Philip II of Spain maneuvers within a court of deceit and betrayal
Style: serious, suspenseful, talky, realistic, epic ...
Plot: assassination, political conspiracy, political intrigue, royal court, royal family, crimes, dishonesty, state affairs, blind ambition, investigation, politics, love affair ...
Time: 16th century
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Raise the Red Lantern (1991)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: China, Hong Kong, Taiwan
Duration: 125 min.
Story: China in the 1920s. After her father's death, 19 year old Songlian is forced to marry the much older lord of a powerful family. With three wives already, each living in a separate house within the great castle, there is fierce competition for ...
Style: atmospheric, captivating, serious, realistic, meditative ...
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Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Beginning of the Great Revival (2011)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: China
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A chronicle of the events that led to the founding of the Chinese Communist Party.
Style: serious, captivating, realistic
Plot: politics, society, state affairs, head of state, social differences, revolution, rebellion, patriotism, republican era china, military uniform, communist party
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Place: asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon (2008)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: China, South Korea, Hong Kong
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The aging Zhao embarks on his final and greatest campaign, a road to adventure that will crown his name in glory for all time.
Style: epic, stylized, serious, atmospheric, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: ancient history
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Purple Butterfly (2003)
Genre: Drama, History, War
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Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s, 2000s
Place: asia, china, japan, shanghai, shanghai china
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.2
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Confucius (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: China
Duration: 125 min.
Story: In 500 B.C., during Chinas famed 'Spring and Autumn Period', Kong Ze (Confucius), a commoner reverred for his outstanding wisdom, is made Minister of Law in the ancient Kingdom of Lu. Under his inspired leadership, Lu ascends to new ...
Style: epic, atmospheric, serious, captivating, realistic
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Time: ancient history
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⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.5
 442
The Opium War (1997)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: China
Duration: 153 min.
Story: The story of the Opium War between China, in the waning days of the Qing Dynasty, and the British Empire, in the 1830s, and the subsequent takeover of Hong Kong by Britain; through the eyes of the key figures, fiercely nationalistic Lin Zexu, and ...
Style: serious, captivating, epic, realistic, thought provoking ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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Antony and Cleopatra (1972)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK, Spain, Switzerland
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Style: epic, serious, captivating, realistic, emotional ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Julius Caesar (1970)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 117 min.
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Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense
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Time: ancient history, 1st century b.c.
Place: europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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Yellow Earth (1985)
Genre: Drama, History, Music
Country: China
Duration: 86 min.
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Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, gloomy, stylized ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.6
 48K
Macbeth (2015)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK, France, USA
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Style: bleak, serious, stylized, captivating, melancholic ...
Plot: betrayal, blind ambition, murder, ambition, shakespeare, assassination, medieval, rivalry, state affairs, femme fatale, losing-it hero, tragic hero ...
Time: middle ages, 1930s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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 3K
The War Lord (1965)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 123 min.
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Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, captivating, sincere ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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 8.1
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The Leopard (1963)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Italy, France
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Style: epic, stylized, serious, realistic, captivating ...
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Time: 19th century, 1860s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Last Emperor (1987)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, Italy, China, France, USA
Duration: 163 min.
Story: A dramatic history of Pu Yi, the last of the Emperors of China, from his lofty birth and brief reign in the Forbidden City, the object of worship by half a billion people; through his abdication, his decline and dissolute lifestyle; his exploitation ...
Style: epic, emotional, serious, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: emperor, communism, arranged marriage, suicide attempt, royal family, teacher, drug addiction, buddhism, suicide, japanese occupation, decadence, opium ...
Time: 1910s, 1940s, 1950s, 1930s, 1920s ...
Place: china, asia, japan, beijing china
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
The Founding of a Republic (2009)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: China
Duration: 138 min.
Story: The Founding of a Republic is a Chinese historical film commissioned by China's film regulator and made by the state-owned China Film Group (CFG) to mark the 60th anniversary of the People's Republic of China. The film retells the tale of ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, captivating, disturbing ...
Plot: politics, political unrest, revolution, war, state affairs, assassination, contests and competitions, leadership, battles, ambition, heroes, media ...
Place: china, taiwan, shanghai, beijing china
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.1
 24K
The Warlords (2007)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 126 min.
Story: A heroic tale of three blood brothers and their struggle in the midst of war and political upheaval. It is based on "The Assassination of Ma," a Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) story about the killing of general Ma Xinyi.
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, sincere, rough ...
Plot: martial arts, soldier, rebelliousness, ambition, massacre, horse, brother, civil war, assassin, war, heroes, rivalry ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1860s
Place: china, asia, beijing china
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 8.0
 27K
Kagemusha (1980)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: When a warlord dies, a peasant thief is called upon to impersonate him, in order to protect his clan from appearing weak and vulnerable. But he finds himself haunted by the warlord’s spirit as well as his own ambitions.
Style: epic, stylized, realistic, atmospheric, serious ...
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Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.2
 10K
The Warrior (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: South Korea, China
Duration: 158 min.
Story: In 1375, China was in chaos between Yuan Dynasty and Ming Dynasty. Coryo (an ancient kingdom of Korea then) sent a delegation of many diplomats, soldiers and a silent slave to make peace with the new Chinese government. However, this delegation got ...
Style: epic, stylized, serious, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: middle ages, 14th century
Place: china, korea, hong kong, asia, mongolia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Ashoka the Great (2001)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: India
Duration: 169 min.
Story: In India, about 260 BC in the Empire of Magadha, the Prince Asoka (Shah Rukh Khan) survives to many betrayals of his brothers, leaded by the evil Susima (Ajit Kumar), who wants to kill him to inherit the throne. His mothers orders Asoka to leave ...
Style: epic, serious, exciting, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: emperor, buddhism, assassination attempt, bollywood, tough heroes, deadly, romance, commander, redemption, dishonesty, betrayal, escapades ...
Time: ancient history, ancient world
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%