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The Emperor and the Assassin (1998)
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The Emperor and the Assassin (1998)
Original name: 荆轲刺秦王
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, visually appealing, breathtaking, complex, stylized, allegory, dramatic ...
Plot: assassination, emperor, mistress, kingdom, bow and arrow, 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 ...
Time: 18th century
Place: china, ancient 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, love and romance, brutality, culture clash, beautiful scenery and runaway mostly in Drama, History and Romance genres. Some movies like The Emperor and the Assassin: Raise the Red Lantern (1991), Red Cliff (2008), Curse of the Golden Flower (2006), Temptress Moon (1996), 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.
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Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s
Place: china, asia
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Red Cliff (2008)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, USA
Duration: 288 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 ...
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Curse of the Golden Flower (2006)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, 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.
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Time: 7th century, middle ages, 10th century, 1930s
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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 ...
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Farewell My Concubine (1993)
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Duration: 171 min.
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Duration: 99 min.
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Style: stylized, captivating, tense, serious, epic
Audience: boys' night
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