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Ju Dou: Secret Love, Hidden Faces (1990)
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Ju Dou: Secret Love, Hidden Faces (1990)
Original name: 菊豆
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 in glowing technicolour, this tale of romantic and familial love in the face of unbreakable tradition is more universal than its setting.
Style: realistic, thought provoking, touching, serious, biting, melancholic, colourful, reflective, breathtaking, harsh ...
Plot: adultery, murder, infidelity, sadism, drowning, abuse, patricide, spouse abuse, vengeance, couple relations, rich and poor, life is a bitch, love and romance, love affair, family problems, factory, society, couples, dishonesty, sexual dysfunction, crumbling marriage, down on your luck, power relations, tragedy, domestic violence ...
Time: 20s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: china, asia

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, melancholic and talky films with plots about couples, love and romance, couple relations, storytelling, infidelity, obsession and loneliness mostly in Drama, Romance and History genres. Some movies like Ju Dou: Secret Love, Hidden Faces: Shanghai Triad (1995), Temptress Moon (1996), Red Sorghum (1987), Zhou Yu's Train (2002), The Painted Veil (2006). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, tense ...
Plot: coming of age, murder, vengeance, island, master and servant, gangsters, crime, couple relations, artists and showbiz, crimes, criminal's revenge, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 30s
Place: shanghai, china, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
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, suspenseful ...
Plot: opium, blackmail, addiction, crimes, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, siblings relations, gangsters, couple relations, master and servant, power relations, family relations ...
Time: 1910s, 1920s, 20th century
Place: china, shanghai, asia, tokyo, japan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
 7.4
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Red Sorghum (1987)
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, realistic, epic, serious, emotional ...
Plot: village life, state affairs, unfulfillment, love and romance, couple relations, wartime life, love affair, war, village, society, couples, political unrest ...
Time: 20th century, 20s, 1940s, 1930s, 1920s
Place: china, asia, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
Zhou Yu's Train (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Zhou Yu, a ceramic artisan in China's rural Northwest, has a deep rapport with Chen Qing, a shy sensitive poet. Taking a long train ride every weekend just to make mad passionate love with him, her longing seems insatiable. Until one day, she ...
Style: realistic, touching, sentimental, serious, atmospheric
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: train, romance, couple relations, fall in love, love and romance, love triangle, infidelity, train ride, countryside, dishonesty, couples, love affair ...
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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The Painted Veil (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: China, USA, Canada
Duration: 125 min.
Story: A British medical doctor fights a cholera outbreak in a small Chinese village, while also being trapped at home in a loveless marriage to an unfaithful wife.
Style: emotional, touching, serious, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: loveless marriage, couple relations, love and romance, infidelity, crumbling marriage, marriage, doctor, couples, redemption, epidemic, unfulfillment, adultery ...
Time: 20th century, 20s, 1920s
Place: china, shanghai, asia, shanghai china, england ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
One Night Stand (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: In Los Angeles, Max Carlyle makes a good living directing commercials and has a happy home life with his wife, Mimi, and two children. When Carlyle travels to New York City to visit his friend Charlie, who has been diagnosed with AIDS, he has repeat ...
Style: sexy, touching, realistic, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: friendship, lovers reunited, infidelity, love triangle, male female relationship, couple relations, love affair, couples, family problems, unfulfillment, love and romance, crumbling marriage ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa, new york, california, los angeles, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
 7.4
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Faithless (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Sweden, Italy, Germany, Finland, Norway
Duration: 154 min.
Story: Scripted by Ingmar Bergman, this very personal film is about a destructive affair which wrecks the marriage of an actress (Marianne) and musician (Markus). Wanting to continue the affair, Marianne moves in with her lover. But she is tormented by ...
Style: psychological, tense, sincere, serious, clever ...
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Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: france, denmark, sweden, paris france, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
 6.8
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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, infidelity, politics, society, social differences, tragic love ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s
Place: china, europe, asia, france, paris france ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Coming Home (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: China, France
Duration: 109 min.
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Style: realistic, touching, emotional, serious, atmospheric
Plot: unfulfillment, hopes, parents and children, love and romance, crime and punishment, couples, family problems, political unrest, crumbling marriage, couple relations, state affairs, breakup ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 7.6
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Happiness (1965)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 79 min.
Story: Though married to the good-natured, beautiful Thérèse, young husband and father François finds himself falling unquestioningly into an affair with an attractive postal worker.
Style: atmospheric, serious, sentimental, gloomy, psychological ...
Plot: infidelity, love affair, love triangle, romance, fall in love, love and romance, crumbling marriage, unfulfillment, couple relations, dishonesty, couples, family problems ...
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Place: france, europe, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
The Golden Bowl (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, France, UK
Duration: 130 min.
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Style: biting, realistic, stylized, serious, clever ...
Plot: infidelity, love triangle, fall in love, family in crisis, crumbling marriage, couple relations, parents and children, romance, americana, society, love and romance, love affair ...
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Place: italy, england, europe, rome italy, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
Raise the Red Lantern (1991)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: China, Hong Kong, Taiwan
Duration: 125 min.
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Style: atmospheric, realistic, captivating, serious, meditative ...
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Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 6.2
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Mrs. Soffel (1984)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
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Style: realistic, melancholic, sweet, light, tense ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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Blue Sky (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981)
Genre: Drama, Romance
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Style: stylized, atmospheric, emotional, scenic, clever ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
The Deep Blue Sea (2011)
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Country: UK, Australia
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⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Reconstruction (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
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Style: clever, psychological, atmospheric, captivating, gloomy ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Anna Karenina (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
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Style: psychological, emotional, atmospheric, gloomy, sexy ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
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Time: 19th century, 1880s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Curse of the Golden Flower (2006)
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 114 min.
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Style: stylized, realistic, epic, exciting, captivating ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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Country: USA, Italy, Hong Kong, France, Luxembourg, UK
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⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
In the Mood for Love (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 98 min.
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Style: atmospheric, melancholic, art house, psychological, emotional ...
Plot: infidelity, love affair, loneliness, newspaper, adultery, marriage, extramarital affair, forbidden love, coincidence, neighbor, romance, guilt ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
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Style: sincere, serious, psychological, realistic, melancholic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: murder, priest, parish, romance, infidelity, parents and children, fall in love, love and romance, crumbling marriage, twins, love triangle, babies and infants ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s, 19th century
Place: boston, usa, europe, england, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
She's So Lovely (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, USA
Duration: 100 min.
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Style: serious, psychological, realistic, melancholic, talky ...
Plot: obsession, mental institution, mental illness, love triangle, crumbling marriage, couple relations, romance, destructive relationship, dysfunctional family, love and romance, mentally unstable, family problems ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 7.0
 881
La séparation (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 88 min.
Story: In Paris, Pierre and Anne have been living together for a couple of years and they have the eighteen months son Loulou, who stays with the nanny Laurence during the day while they work. Their best friends are the couple Victor and Claire, who also ...
Style: psychological, realistic, serious, sincere, melancholic ...
Plot: infidelity, betrayal, dysfunctional family, disintegration, family life, family relations, dishonesty, couples, breakup, tragic love, lovers reunited, couple relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: france, europe, argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.6
 45K
Last Night (2010)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The story follows a married couple, apart for a night while the husband takes a business trip with a colleague to whom he's attracted. While he's resisting temptation, his wife encounters her past love.
Style: melancholic, emotional, romantic, sexy, atmospheric ...
Audience: chick flick
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⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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The Mother (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A grandmother has a passionate affair with a man half her age, who is also sleeping with her daughter.
Style: sexual, realistic, touching, psychological, clever ...
Plot: love affair, infidelity, domestic violence, older woman younger man relationship, parents and children, couple relations, romance, golden years, love and romance, coming of age, youth, sexual relations ...
Time: contemporary
Place: london, england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Falling in Love (1984)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: During shopping for Christmas, Frank and Molly run into each other. This fleeting short moment will start to change their lives, when they recognize each other months later in the train home and have a good time together. Although both are married ...
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, sincere, semi serious ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: infidelity, romance, friendship, love affair, fall in love, couple relations, love and romance, adultery, husband wife relationship, extramarital affair, christmas, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan, new york city, grand central station manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
A Village Affair (1995)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Based on the bestselling novel by Joanna Trollope Recently returned to England from New York City, vivacious heiress Clodagh Unwin befriends a couple new to her village. The husband is entranced by the young aristocrat, but Clodagh has eyes for ...
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, sincere, touching ...
Plot: village life, infidelity, romance, family life, family relations, dishonesty, family problems, society, love and romance, love affair, couple relations, girlfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%