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20th Century Boys 1: Beginning of the End (2008)
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20th Century Boys 1: Beginning of the End (2008)
Original name: 20世紀少年< 第1章> 終わりの始まり
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 142 min.
Story: In 1969, Kenji, an elementary school kid and his friends built a secret base during their summer holidays. They fantasized that they had to fight villains who were out to conquer the world and wrote them in the Book of Prophecies. Years later in 1997, Kenji becomes a convenience store manager and leads a regular life after giving up his dreams to become a rock star. His boring life is suddenly turned upside down when his old classmate dies mysteriously and an entire family in the neighbourhood disappears. At the same time, a religious cult and its mysterious leader, Friend emerges and a strange chain of events duplicating exactly the events described in the Book of Prophecies follow. Is this the beginning of the end of the world? Who is Friend?
Style: offbeat, serious, suspenseful, stylized
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rock, store, teenage life, apocalypse, adventure, best friends, heroes, terrorism, religions or cults, save the world, danger, society, escapades, deadly, cult, terrorist, bbc, religion, male female relationship, train, underground, oil, fire, childhood, childhood friend ...
Time: 21st century, 20th century, 90s, 70s, 1990s, 2010s, 2000s
Place: japan, asia, america, thailand, bangkok thailand, california, usa

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, serious, exciting and offbeat films with plots about danger, escapades, heroes, adventure, save the world, supernatural and chaos mostly in Sci-Fi, Adventure and Fantasy genres. Some movies like 20th Century Boys 1: Beginning of the End: Rebirth of Mothra (1996), Rebirth of Mothra II (1997), Japan Sinks (2006), Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964), Legend of the Phoenix (1988). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
20th Century Boys 3: Redemption (2009)
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 156 min.
Story: The final showdown, and the final reveal: who is Friend? How can he be stopped?
Style: suspenseful, stylized, serious, futuristic, exciting ...
Plot: deadly virus, rebelliousness, danger, rebellion, save the world, adventure, imaginary, future dystopia, escapades, life is a bitch, heroes, cult ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: asia, japan, tokyo
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20th Century Boys - Chapter 2: The Last Hope (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 139 min.
Story: Set 15 years after "Twentieth Century Boys," Kanna (Airi Taira) reunites with several main characters from the first film in an attempt to stop Friend's increasing influence over the world and continued plans to eliminate humanity, as ...
Style: stylized, suspenseful, serious, offbeat
Plot: good versus evil, worldwide chaos, battles, haunted by the past, apocalypse, rivalry, friendship, teenage life, heroes, terrorism, danger, gangsters ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Rebirth of Mothra (1996)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A new Mothra takes to the air and must battle Death Ghidora to save humanity.
Style: suspenseful, serious, stylized, exciting, scary ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: good versus evil, rivalry, battles, chaos and mayhem, space and aliens, imaginary, dangerous animal, chases and races, deadly, heroes, rescue, supernatural ...
Time: 90s, 60s, 1990s
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Rebirth of Mothra II (1997)
Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Mothra's twin nymphs and children from the city find a lost city, as well as a giant monster that is attracted to environmental calamities.
Style: offbeat, stylized, serious, suspenseful, scary ...
Plot: uninhibited rivalry, dangerous animal, escapades, imaginary, save the planet, ocean or sea, space and aliens, deadly creature, heroes, deadly, environmentalism, destiny ...
Time: 1990s
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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Japan Sinks (2006)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Japan sinks! Proving once again that Japan will never cease to find inventive ways to destroy itself on screen, this summer's blockbuster Sinking of Japan brings apocalypse through tectonics. Based on Sakyo Komatsu's best-selling novel, ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, exciting
Plot: tsunami, leadership, chaos and mayhem, chases and races, demolished city, forces of nature, escapades, save the planet, ocean or sea, rescue, deadly, love affair ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Godzilla and Mothra: The Battle for Earth (1992)
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The Earth is headed for disaster and when an archeological research team visits Infant Island to find out why, they discover two tiny women who reveal that the Earth is fighting back for all the harm humans have done here and sends out the evil ...
Style: suspenseful, serious
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: volcano, ecology, archaeologist, escapades, danger, island, adventurer, save the world, deadly, chaos, asteroids and comets, adventure ...
Time: 1990s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Mothra vs. Godzilla (1964)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The 4th film in the Godzilla franchise restores the serious tone of the original Godzilla film. A greedy developer has placed huge machines to suck dry a part of the ocean near Tokyo so he can build luxury condos. After a storm, a giant egg washes ...
Style: epic, suspenseful, serious, harsh, light ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: monster, giant monster, moth, dangerous animal, island, heroes, disorder, alien encounter, deadly, journalism, chaos, siblings relations ...
Time: 1960s, 80s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Legend of the Phoenix (1988)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Hong Kong, Japan
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Two magically powerful monks who were separated at birth are reunited to fight the King of Hell.
Style: exciting, captivating, suspenseful, stylized, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: supernatural, escapades, heroic mission, adventure, good versus evil, save the world, rivalry, martial arts, ambition, heroes, folk hero, twins ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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2012 Doomsday (2008)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: On December 21, 2012 four strangers on a journey of faith are drawn to an ancient temple in the heart of Mexico. For the Mayans it is the last recorded day. For NASA scientists it is a cataclysmic polar shift. For the rest of us, it is Doomsday.
Style: suspenseful, serious, futuristic, exciting, tense ...
Plot: apocalypse, faith, forces of nature, adventure, race against time, chaos, save the world, danger, heroes, supernatural, chases and races, heroic mission ...
Time: 21st century, year 2012, 2010s
Place: mexico, latin america, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Son of Godzilla (1967)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 84 min.
Story: The 8th Godzilla film is aimed at an even younger audience than its predecessors. In the South Seas, scientists conducting weather experiments encounter gigantic mantises and a giant spider that are attacking Godzilla's offspring.
Style: scary, exciting, offbeat, suspenseful, humorous ...
Audience: boys' night, kids
Plot: island, danger, heroes, supernatural, chaos and mayhem, deadly creature, imaginary, anti heroes, parents and children, experiment gone awry, babies and infants, escapades ...
Time: contemporary, 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Gamera 2: Attack of the Legion (1996)
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A strange meteor lands in Japan unleashing hundreds of insect-like "legion" creatures which find their way into Tokyo. When the military fails to control the situation, Gamera shows up to deal with the ever-evolving space adversary.
Style: serious, suspenseful
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: space and aliens, escapades, androids and robots, chases and races, master villain, dangerous animal, imaginary, save the day, adventure, asteroids and comets, chaos and mayhem, heroic mission ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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Dark World (2010)
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Russia
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In Russia, the mystic student of linguistic Marina Leonova is in love with her boyfriend Artur. However, he blows her off and dates their schoolmate Vika. When their class travels to the countryside with their Professor Sergey Rudolfovich to ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, scary, enigmatic, suspense ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night, boys' night
Plot: supernatural, curses spells and rituals, mystery, imaginary, danger, female student, witches, forest, save the world, expedition, secret organization, ghost
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Gamera 3: Revenge of Iris (1999)
Genre: Action, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 108 min.
Story: This final installment of the recent Gamera trilogy begins with schoolgirl Ayana discovering a large egg in a cave that, according to legend, houses demons. The egg hatches into a small monster, which Ayana decides to raise and quickly develops a ...
Style: serious, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: revenge, giant monster, superhuman powers, animal life, deadly, heroes, imaginary, deadly creature, adventure, anti heroes, escapades, heroic mission ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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Space Amoeba (1970)
Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 84 min.
Story: When a space probe crash-lands on a far-flung Pacific atoll, the craft's alien stowaways decide to take over their new world one creature at a time. Soon, the parasitic life forms latch onto three indigenous critters -- a squid, a crab and a ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, exciting, scary
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Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Godzilla: Tokyo S.O.S. (2003)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 91 min.
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Style: suspenseful, serious
Audience: boys' night, teens
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Time: 2000s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Godzilla: Final Wars (2004)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan, Australia, China
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Evil Space Aliens called the Xilians unleashes all the Earth's monsters to lay waste to most of the world's major cities, including Tokyo, New York, Sydney, Shanghai and Paris. It is up to Godzilla and the Earth Defense Force to vanquish ...
Style: serious, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: martial arts, monster, giant monster, multiple monsters, wrestling, supernatural, chaos, adventure, escapades, dangerous animal, cons and scams, experiment gone awry ...
Time: year 1964, 20th century, 21st century, 1960s, 2000s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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End of the World (2013)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: In End of the World, the fate of humanity lies in the hands of two guys who run a video rental store and are “sci-fi obsessed” movie fans. And who better to save the world, than guys who have seen all the movies and all the “out there” ways ...
Style: humorous, suspenseful, semi serious, offbeat, exciting
Plot: apocalypse, space and aliens, escapades, adventure, forces of nature, heroes, save the world, danger, store
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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Wasteland (2011)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
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Style: suspenseful, serious, exciting, futuristic
Plot: escapades, plague, reincarnation, apocalypse, church, vengeance, save the world, rivalry, heroes, deadly, danger, chaos ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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Samurai Resurrection (2003)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, History, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 106 min.
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Style: offbeat, serious, suspenseful, scary, exciting ...
Plot: ghost, samurai, heroes, deadly, vengeance, martial arts, supernatural, political unrest, rebelliousness, danger, zombie, reincarnation ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Godzilla vs. Space Godzilla (1994)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When Mothra went into outer space to stop a meteor from reaching Earth, she accidentally took with cells from Godzilla and remaining cells from Biollante that inhabited our atmosphere. The combined cells went through a black hole and created a new ...
Style: suspenseful, semi serious
Plot: giant monster, helicopter, escapades, deadly creature, chases and races, space and aliens, experiment gone awry, imaginary, vengeance, misfit, anniversary, rivalry ...
Time: 1990s
Place: japan, asia, battleship
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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Shepherd (1998)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: aka Cybercity It's the year 2017, the Earth's surface is destroyed and its citizens flee to an underground wasteland ruled by warring religious cults. In this sinful cybercity, Mercenary Dakota's (C. Thomas Howell) family is murdered ...
Style: futuristic, stylized, suspenseful, bleak, serious ...
Plot: danger, rivalry, apocalypse, heroes, deadly, society, chaos, injustice, religions or cults, chases and races, adventure, crimes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
War of the Monsters (1966)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 106 min.
Story: After a treacherous expedition to retrieve a giant opal, disaster strikes as the opal reveals itself to be an egg which spawns Barugon, demon dog from Hell! Armed with a deadly tongue and cold beams, Barugon wreaks havoc on Japan. Gamera comes to ...
Style: scary, suspenseful, serious
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Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
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Style: futuristic, serious, suspenseful, suspense, exciting ...
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Time: 21st century, future
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⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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Rebirth of Mothra III (1998)
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 99 min.
Story: To save the world, Mothra goes back in time in an attempt to defeat a younger King Ghidorah.
Style: serious, exciting, offbeat
Plot: time travel, good versus evil, giant monster, monster, dragon, creature feature, creature, moth, deadly creature, imaginary, anti heroes, sent to the past ...
Time: 1990s, prehistory
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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Glen and Randa (1971)
Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Teenagers Glen and Randa are members of a tribe that lives in a rural area, several decades after nuclear war has devastated the planet. They know nothing of the outside world, except that Glen has read about and seen pictures of a great city in ...
Style: futuristic, psychological, atmospheric, serious
Plot: pregnancy, beach, cult, commune, heroes, obsessive quest, danger, apocalypse, escapades, golden years, future dystopia, survival ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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Supersonic Man (1979)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Spain
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A masked superhero (Michael Coby) with a private-eye disguise thwarts a madman's (Cameron Mitchell) death-ray plot.
Style: semi serious, humorous, suspenseful, offbeat
Plot: superhero, benign alien, escapades, master villain, imaginary, space and aliens, adventure, superhuman powers, save the world, rivalry, good versus evil, danger ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Godzilla 2000 (1999)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Godzilla saves Tokyo from a flying saucer that transforms into the beast Orga.
Style: serious, exciting, suspenseful, stylized, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: adventure, anti heroes, deadly creature, godzilla, danger, heroic mission, good versus evil, save the world, monster versus monster, monster, skyscraper, ocean or sea ...
Time: 2000s, 80s, future
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Stonehenge Apocalypse (2010)
Genre: Sci-Fi
Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: When a group of archaeologists dig up a human skeleton near the historical monument of STONEHENGE, an ancient piece of machinery hidden beneath the bedrock is discovered. Not knowing what it could be the workers accidentally trigger the mechanism ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: apocalypse, stonehenge, adventure, ancient mystery, race against time, chaos, escapades, chases and races, danger, save the world, obsessive quest, heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
On the Silver Globe (1988)
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Poland
Duration: 166 min.
Story: A small group of cosmic explorers leave Earth to find freedom and start a new civilization.
Style: bleak, stylized, serious, atmospheric, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Radioactive Dreams (1985)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Music, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 98 min.
Story: After an atomic war Phillip Hammer and Marlowe Chandler have spent 15 years on their own in an bunker, stuffed with junk from the 40s and old detective novels. Now, 19 years old, they leave their shelter to find a world full of mutants, freaks and ...
Style: semi serious, stylized, humorous, suspenseful, surreal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mutant, adventure, punk, disco, nuclear holocaust, escapades, future dystopia, danger, vestiges of humanity, chaos, save the world, misfit ...
Time: 21st century, middle ages, 40s
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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