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The Emperor and the Assassin (1998)
 7.3
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The Emperor and the Assassin (1998)
Original name: 荊軻刺秦王
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
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, serious, captivating, realistic, breathtaking, stylized, dramatic, meditative, cerebral, talky ...
Plot: assassination, emperor, kingdom, betrayal, assassin, heroes, politics, love triangle, love and romance, ambition, fall in love, blind ambition, dishonesty, rise to the top, deadly, rivalry, state affairs, save the kingdom, sword fight, murder, spy, army, king, death, invasion ...
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, stylized and captivating films with plots about betrayal, state affairs, culture clash, mentor, runaway, beautiful scenery and brutality mostly in Drama, Romance and History genres. Some movies like The Emperor and the Assassin: Raise the Red Lantern (1991), Red Cliff (2008), Temptress Moon (1996), Curse of the Golden Flower (2006), Farewell My Concubine (1993). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, realistic, serious, meditative ...
Plot: feminism, marriage, singer, rivalry, jealousy, mistress, insanity, polygamy, wealth, romantic rivalry, intrigue, social differences ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century
Place: china, asia
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100%
 7.4
 41K
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, carrier pigeon, strategy, casualty of war, flaming arrow, battles, attack, military, king, soldier, rivalry ...
Time: ancient history
Place: china, asia, ancient china, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, realistic, captivating, gloomy, serious ...
Plot: opium, blackmail, addiction, crimes, master and servant, parents and children, life is a bitch, destructive relationship, power relations, dishonesty, gangsters, couples ...
Time: 1910s, 1920s, 20th century
Place: shanghai, china, asia, tokyo, japan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
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, realistic, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: martial arts, empress, royal family, betrayal, rebellion, incest, queen, emperor, execution, lust, massacre, punishment ...
Time: middle ages, 1930s
Place: china, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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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: stylized, emotional, atmospheric, realistic, sentimental ...
Plot: gender bending, gays and lesbians, opera, friendship, communism, teacher, marriage, prostitute, actor, homosexual, love triangle, suicide ...
Time: 60s, 20s, 40s, 70s, 20th century ...
Place: china, asia, japan, beijing china, taiwan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
 7.5
 7K
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: tense, serious, emotional, sincere, epic ...
Plot: love affair, political unrest, couples, unfulfillment, state affairs, war, couple relations, love and romance, village life, wartime life, village, society ...
Time: 20th century, 20s, 1940s, 1930s, 1920s
Place: china, asia, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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, realistic, captivating, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, master warrior, war, heroes, historical character, wartime life, life is a bitch, battle zone, martial arts, princess, horse, military ...
Time: ancient history
Place: china, asia, hong kong, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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: serious, stylized, tense, captivating, epic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: empress, betrayal, poison dart, swordsman, battle zone, royal family, deadly, fall in love, leadership, political unrest, heroes, dishonesty ...
Time: ancient history
Place: ancient china, china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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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, atmospheric, stylized, captivating, epic ...
Plot: politics, tragic love, society, death wish, ambition, love and romance, state affairs, family relations, siblings relations, unfulfillment, romance, rich and poor ...
Time: 20th century
Place: china, asia, ancient china
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
Ju Dou: Secret Love, Hidden Faces (1990)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: China, Japan
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A woman married to the brutal and infertile owner of a dye mill in rural China conceives a boy with her husband's nephew but is forced to raise her son as her husband's heir without revealing his parentage in this circular tragedy. Filmed ...
Style: realistic, serious, thought provoking, touching, biting ...
Plot: adultery, murder, infidelity, abuse, drowning, patricide, spouse abuse, sadism, vengeance, down on your luck, rich and poor, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 20th century, 20s, 1920s
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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: captivating, exciting, epic, realistic, serious ...
Plot: emperor, assassination attempt, bollywood, buddhism, battles, heroes, ruler, redemption, romance, betrayal, presumed dead, true love ...
Time: ancient history, ancient world
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Anna and the King (1999)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 148 min.
Story: The story of the romance between the King of Siam (now Thailand) and the widowed British school teacher Anna Leonowens during the 1860s. Anna teaches the children and becomes romanced by the King. She convinces him that a man can be loved by just ...
Style: serious, captivating, stylized, emotional, romantic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: love and romance, royal family, fall in love, interracial relations, opposites attract, culture clash, politics, forbidden love, royal court, parents and children, couple relations, betrayal ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: thailand, asia, burma, southeast asia, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 7.0
 26K
Cleopatra (1963)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: Switzerland, UK, USA
Duration: 192 min.
Story: Historical epic. The triumphs and tragedy of the Egyptian queen, Cleopatra.The winner of four Oscars, this epic saga of love, greed and betrayal stars Elizabeth Taylor as the passionate and ambitious Egyptian queen who's determined to hold on ...
Style: epic, stylized, realistic, exciting, captivating ...
Plot: femme fatale, roman empire, betrayal, assassination, cleopatra, julius caesar, ancient rome, ruler, tombs and skeletons, romance, political unrest, deadly ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century b.c., 1930s, 18th century
Place: egypt, middle east, africa, italy, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 7.3
 12K
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Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 182 min.
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Style: epic, stylized, exciting, realistic, serious ...
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Time: middle ages
Place: spain, europe, africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 7.1
 25K
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: rough, realistic, suspenseful, sincere, serious ...
Plot: rebelliousness, horse, soldier, martial arts, massacre, ambition, rivalry, nazism, treason, success, convict, infidelity ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1860s
Place: china, asia, beijing china
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 7.5
 15K
Queen Margot (1994)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: France, Italy, Germany
Duration: 159 min.
Story: The night of August 24, 1572, is known as the Massacre of St. Bartholomew. In France a religious war is raging. In order to impose peace a forced wedding is arranged between Margot de Valois, sister of the immature Catholic King Charles IX, and the ...
Style: epic, bleak, atmospheric, gloomy, captivating ...
Plot: politics, royal family, forbidden love, political intrigue, intrigue, romance, incest, murder, political unrest, couples, dishonesty, throne ...
Time: 16th century, middle ages, renaissance
Place: france, europe, paris france, spain, england ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 7.6
 26K
Jodhaa Akbar (2008)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Romance
Country: India
Duration: 213 min.
Story: Jodhaa Akbar is a sixteenth century love story about a marriage of alliance that gave birth to true love between a great Mughal Emperor, Akbar and a Rajput princess, Jodhaa.
Style: epic, captivating, serious, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: love and romance, true love, royal family, culture clash, royal court, emperor, ruler, politics, dishonesty, win over, princess, bollywood ...
Time: 16th century
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Shanghai Triad (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: France, China
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A provincial boy related to a Shanghai crime family is recruited by his uncle into cosmopolitan Shanghai in the 1930s to be a servant to a ganglord's mistress.
Style: stylized, atmospheric, clever, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: murder, coming of age, island, vengeance, diva, cabaret, servant, umbrella, uncle, mistress, master and servant, gangsters ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: shanghai, china, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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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: exciting, serious, stylized, epic, captivating ...
Plot: hidden identity, adventure, state affairs, political intrigue, head of state, deadly, assassination, assassination attempt, rivalry, political conspiracy, battles, warlord ...
Time: ancient history
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.8
 8K
M. Butterfly (1993)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: In 1960s China, French diplomat Rene Gallimard falls in love with an opera singer, Song Liling - but Song is not at all who Gallimard thinks.
Style: erotic, serious, realistic, enigmatic, stylized ...
Plot: betrayal, opera, culture clash, communism, transvestism, espionage, romance, mistaken identity, infidelity, gender bending, couples, love affair ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s
Place: china, asia, europe, france, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
A Frozen Flower (2008)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 143 min.
Story: A historical drama set in the Koryo dynasty and focused on the relationship between a king and his bodyguard. Under the dominance of Yuan Dynasty China, the king of Goryeo Dynasty Korea is pressured to produce a successor to the throne. Unable to ...
Style: sexual, serious, stylized, atmospheric, captivating ...
Plot: love triangle, gays and lesbians, royal court, adultery, tragedy, gender, political corruption, politics, power relations, palaces castles and temples, throne, intrigue ...
Time: middle ages
Place: asia, korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.5
 1K
Augustus (2003)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: Italy, Germany, France, Spain, Austria
Duration: 200 min.
Story: Caesar Augustus tells of how he became the emperor to his reluctant daughter, Julia following the death of her husband Agrippa.
Style: stylized, serious, exciting, realistic, epic
Plot: roman empire, betrayal, politics, assassination, intrigue, emperor, ancient rome, political unrest, leadership, rise to the top, state affairs, romance ...
Time: ancient history, 1st century, 1st century b.c.
Place: europe, rome italy, greece, italy, macedonia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
The Affair of the Necklace (2001)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: In pre-Revolutionary France, a young aristocratic woman left penniless by the political unrest in the country, must avenge her family's fall from grace by scheming to steal a priceless necklace.
Style: serious, stylized, atmospheric, epic, realistic ...
Plot: politics, intrigue, forgery, romance, revenge, rivalry, love and romance, state affairs, royal family, dishonesty, couples, couple relations ...
Time: 18th century, 1780s, 1770s
Place: france, europe, versailles, paris france, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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 6.2
 2K
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: realistic, suspenseful, stylized, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: orphan, parents and children, uninhibited rivalry, disorder, heroes, dishonesty, haunted by the past, family relations, master warrior, rivalry, betrayal, vengeance ...
Time: ancient history
Place: asia, china, ancient china
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 8.0
 28K
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, captivating, bleak, enigmatic, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, battle, lookalikes, war, switching roles, state affairs, disorder, mistaken identity, emperor, military, dishonesty, heroes ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s, 18th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 6.6
 48K
Macbeth (2015)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Feature film adaptation of Shakespeare's Scottish play about General Macbeth whose ambitious wife urges him to use wicked means in order to gain power of the throne over the sitting king, Duncan.
Style: bleak, serious, stylized, captivating, melancholic ...
Plot: betrayal, murder, ambition, witches, blind ambition, shakespeare, rise and fall, rivalry, assassination, femme fatale, tragic hero, losing-it hero ...
Time: middle ages, 1930s
Place: scotland, europe, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 6.3
 3K
Chinese Box (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Japan, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The story of Hong Kong, from New Year's Day to June 30th, 1997, when the British left their colony and turned it over to the People's Republic of China.
Style: atmospheric, realistic, gloomy, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: politics, romance, fall in love, couples, city life, unfulfillment, love and romance, couple relations, human nature, introspection, society, urban ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: hong kong, asia, china, north korea, beijing china
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
The Other Boleyn Girl (2003)
Genre: Romance, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Based on the controversial novel by Philippa Gregory, "The Other Boleyn Girl" is a fictionalised account of the life of Lady Mary Boleyn (Natascha McElhone) who becomes mistress to England's king, Henry VIII (Jared Harris), before ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, stylized
Plot: mistress, infidelity, sister, royal court, intrigue, blind ambition, love and romance, uninhibited rivalry, state affairs, rise to the top, royal family, betrayal ...
Time: 16th century, renaissance
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 6.7
 3K
Mad Love (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: Spain, Italy, Portugal, France
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The love story who transformed Juana I de Castilla, Queen of Spain, into Juana "The mad". The tragic fate of a Queen madly in love to an unfaithful husband, Felipe el Hermoso, Archduke of Austria.
Style: sexual, captivating, realistic, serious, gothic ...
Plot: betrayal, politics, infidelity, intrigue, love and romance, obsession, couple relations, parents and children, clergy, tragic hero, royal family, fall in love ...
Time: 1500s, 18th century, 1920s
Place: spain, austria, europe, flanders, portugal ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 7.6
 26K
Henry V (1989)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: UK
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Gritty adaption of William Shakespeare's play about the English King's bloody conquest of France.
Style: realistic, exciting, captivating, serious, stylized ...
Plot: battles, princess, kingdom, war, politics, shakespeare, medieval, wooing, royal family, human spirit, invasion, mistress ...
Time: 15th century, 1400s
Place: france, europe, england, london, scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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