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The Emperor and the Assassin (1998)
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The Emperor and the Assassin
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, breathtaking, stylized, realistic, dramatic, meditative, cerebral, talky ...
Plot: assassination, assassin, betrayal, sword fight, murder, revolution, period piece, blind ambition, fight scenes, dialogue, beautiful scenery, storytelling, sacrifice, twists & turns, rise to the top, secrets, destiny, distopia, civil war, love triangle, obsession, violence, culture clash, dark hero, ambition ...
Time: 18th century
Place: china, asia, spain
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Raise the Red Lantern
Drama, History, Romance
China, Hong Kong, Taiwan
125 min.
 8.2
Farewell My Concubine
Drama, Music, Romance
China, Hong Kong
171 min.
 8.1
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, breathtaking, stylized and realistic films with plots about mentor, storytelling, culture clash, runaway, betrayal, beautiful scenery and tragedy mostly in Drama, History and Romance genres. Some movies like The Emperor and the Assassin: Temptress Moon (1996), Curse of the Golden Flower (2006), Red Cliff (2008), Farewell My Concubine (1993), Taboo (1999). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Temptress Moon
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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Curse of the Golden Flower
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.
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Time: middle ages, 1930s
Place: china, asia, tokyo
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Red Cliff
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 ...
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Audience: boys' night
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Time: ancient history
Place: china, asia, hong kong, ancient china
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Farewell My Concubine
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, atmospheric, emotional, epic, serious ...
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Taboo
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Japan, France, UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Set during Japan's Shogun era, this film looks at life in a samurai compound where young warriors are trained in swordfighting. A number of interpersonal conflicts are brewing in the training room, all centering around a handsome young samurai ...
Style: stylized, atmospheric, psychological, serious, melancholic ...
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Raise the Red Lantern
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
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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 ...
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Duration: 129 min.
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Time: 19th century
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Time: 19th century, 1860s
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    User:   60%
 
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Time: 1930s, 20s, 20th century, 1920s
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    User:   62%
 
 7.5
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Queen Margot
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Country: France, Italy, Germany
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Style: epic, atmospheric, serious, bleak, bloody ...
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Kagemusha
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    User:   72%
 
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Macbeth
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Style: bleak, stylized, serious, melancholic, intense ...
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    User:   46%
 
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The Terrorist
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Style: surreal, atmospheric, talky, stylized, clever ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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    User:   44%
 
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Macbeth
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: A ruthlessly ambitious Scottish lord siezes the throne with the help of his scheming wife and a trio of witches.
Style: atmospheric, bleak, disturbing, serious, bloody ...
Plot: murder, tragedy, shakespeare, violence, guilt, betrayal, greed, brutality, visceral, witch, tragic hero, throne ...
Time: middle ages
Place: scotland, england, europe
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    User:   55%
 
Ju Dou: Secret Love, Hidden Faces
Genre: Drama, Horror, 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, melancholic, colourful, touching ...
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Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century
Place: china, asia
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Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Russia, Germany, Kazakhstan
Duration: 126 min.
Story: The story recounts the early life of Genghis Khan, a slave who went on to conquer half the world in the 11th century.
Style: epic, stylized, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: destiny, slavery, childhood, betrayal, blind ambition, leadership, mentor, war, brutality, storytelling, vengeance, rise to the top ...
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Place: china, asia, mongolia, dungeon
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    User:   37%
 
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Les Misérables
Genre: Drama, History
Country: France
Duration: 175 min.
Story: In France during World War II, a poor and illiterate man, Henri Fortin (Jean-Paul Belmondo), is introduced to Victor Hugo's classic novel Les Misérables and begins to see parallels between the book and his own life.
Style: epic, emotional, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: jewish, lawyer, destiny, redemption, introspection, jews, rich and poor, war, adaptation, political unrest, storytelling, betrayal ...
Place: france, germany, normandy, paris france
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System:   46%
    User:   49%
 
Shanghai Triad
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, serious, captivating ...
Plot: crime, gangsters, coming of age, murder, gangster, betrayal, death, artists and showbiz, violence, crimes, island, loneliness ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: china, asia, shanghai, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   45%
    User:   48%
 
 7.2
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The Warrior
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, scenic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, desert, war, survival, samurai, kung fu, violence, sword fight, betrayal, master warrior, adventure, fight scenes ...
Time: middle ages, 14th century
Place: china, hong kong, asia, korea, japan ...
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    User:   33%
 
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Quest for Fire
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: Canada, France
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A colossal adventure odyssey that turns back the hands of time to the very beginning of man's existence. 80,000 years ago, when man roamed the earth, he was exposed to the many harsh elements of nature. Against the perilous atmosphere of rugged ...
Style: realistic, serious, atmospheric, bleak, rough ...
Plot: survival, adventure, wilderness, obsessive quest, humanity, violence, art, storytelling, first contact, technology, human nature, dialogue ...
Time: prehistory, prehistoric times, stone age
Place: africa, scotland
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Scandal
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 115 min.
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Style: clever, sexual, sexy, serious, realistic ...
Plot: betrayal, politics, british, rise and fall, political, runaway, corruption, social differences, political corruption, pornography, drinking, world politics ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 50s, 60s, 1950s
Place: england, europe, california, london
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System:   38%
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 6.8
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Mr. Turner
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, France, Germany
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner lives his last 25 years with gusto and secretly becomes involved with a seaside landlady, while his faithful housekeeper bears an unrequited love for him.
Style: clever, stylized, atmospheric, light, serious ...
Plot: artist, art, eccentricity, aging, obsession, storytelling, artists and showbiz, drinking, loneliness, life philosophy, dialogue, elderly ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 18th century, 1820s, victorian era ...
Place: england, london, holland
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System:   37%
    User:   38%
 
Samurai Rebellion
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The mother of a feudal lord's only heir is kidnapped away from her husband by the lord. The husband and his samurai father must decide whether to accept the unjust decision, or risk death to get her back.
Style: talky, realistic, tense, emotional, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, rebellion, tragedy, sword fight, family drama, parents and children, mentor, sacrifice, culture clash, relationships, storytelling, injustice ...
Time: 18th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, feudal japan
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System:   37%
    User:   34%
 
The Last Emperor
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, reflective ...
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Time: 1910s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s ...
Place: china, japan, asia, beijing china
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System:   36%
    User:   30%
 
Ashoka the Great
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 ...
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Plot: bollywood, romance, redemption, betrayal, dancing, tough heroes, indians, storytelling, violence, emperor, deadly, destiny ...
Time: ancient history, ancient world
Place: india, asia
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System:   35%
    User:   42%
 
 8.7
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Harakiri
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Peace in 17th-century Japan causes the Shogunate's breakup of warrior clans, throwing thousands of samurai out of work and into poverty. An honorable end to such fate under the samurai code is ritual suicide, or hara-kiri.
Style: bleak, talky, tense, atmospheric, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, vengeance, suicide, revenge, poverty, storytelling, death, life is a bitch, visceral, life & death, mentor, tragedy ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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System:   33%
    User:   36%
 

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