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City of Life and Death (2009)
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City of Life and Death (2009)
Original name: 南京!南京!
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 132 min.
Story: City of Life and Death takes place in 1937, during the height of the Second Sino-Japanese War. The Imperial Japanese Army has just captured the then-capital of the Republic of China, Nanjing. What followed was known as the Nanking Massacre, or the Rape of Nanking, a period of several weeks wherein tens of thousands of Chinese soldiers and civilians were killed.
Style: rough, disturbing, bleak, epic, sincere, serious, emotional, realistic, contemplative
Plot: sino japanese war, sexual abuse, war crime, massacre, atrocity, life is a bitch, mass murder, japanese army, military, invasion, dehumanization, war atrocity, political unrest, world war two, german, against humanity, japanese occupation of china, imperial japan, war, nazism, strong violent content, sexual content, japanese occupation, casualty of war, anti war ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, year 1938, year 1937
Place: china, asia, shanghai, shanghai china

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, bleak and disturbing films with plots about war, brutality, military, death, violence, murder and soldier mostly in War, Drama and History genres. Some movies like City of Life and Death: The Flowers of War (2011), Letters from Iwo Jima (2006), Flags of Our Fathers (2006), Empire of the Sun (1987), Nanking (2007). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Flowers of War (2011)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 146 min.
Story: A Westerner finds refuge with a group of women in a church during Japan's rape of Nanking in 1937. Posing as a priest, he attempts to lead the women to safety.
Style: emotional, realistic, bleak, disturbing, rough ...
Plot: prostitute, atrocity, world war two, brothel, sino japanese war, rape, forced prostitution, prostitution, life is a bitch, suffering, student, japanese occupation of china ...
Time: 1930s, year 1937, 20th century, 30s
Place: china, asia, japan, germany
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100%
Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 141 min.
Story: The story of the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspective of the Japanese who fought it.
Style: realistic, bleak, contemplative, disturbing, emotional ...
Plot: survival, world war two, battles, military, war, chaos, japanese history, danger, chaos and mayhem, selflessness, brutality, japanese army ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1945, year 2005
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: There were five Marines and one Navy Corpsman photographed raising the U.S. flag on Mt. Suribachi by Joe Rosenthal on February 23, 1945. This is the story of three of the six surviving servicemen – John 'Doc' Bradley, Pvt. Rene Gagnon ...
Style: realistic, emotional, serious, sincere, touching ...
Plot: war, world war two, military, fame, battles, loss of friend, survival, homecoming, selflessness, danger, propaganda, state affairs ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: japan, pacific ocean, usa, asia, okinawa japan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Empire of the Sun (1987)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 153 min.
Story: Jamie Graham, a privileged English boy, is living in Shanghai when the Japanese invade and force all foreigners into prison camps. Jamie is captured with an American sailor named Basie, who looks out for him while they are in the camp together. Even ...
Style: epic, emotional, touching, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: world war two, coming of age, pow, innocence lost, young heroes, survival, prison, bravery, child protagonist, japanese army, stadium, japanese soldier ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: china, shanghai, tokyo, asia, japan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.6
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Nanking (2007)
Genre: Biography, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The story of the rape of Nanking, one of the most tragic events in history. In 1937, the invading Japanese army murdered over 200,000 and raped tens of thousands of Chinese. In the midst of this horror, a small group of Western expatriates banded ...
Style: realistic, rough, serious, suspense, touching ...
Plot: atrocity, rescue, world war two, massacre, rape, testimony, war crime, invasion, daring rescue, sexual abuse, against humanity, survival ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, year 1938, year 1937
Place: china, japan, asia, shanghai china, shanghai
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
City of War: The Story of John Rabe (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: France, China, Germany
Duration: 134 min.
Story: A true-story account of a German businessman who saved more than 200,000 Chinese during the Nanjing massacre in 1937-38.
Style: disturbing, realistic, tense, bleak, serious ...
Plot: rescue, war crime, atrocity, heroes, deadly, confined, war, wartime life, survival, lifesaver, negotiation, disorder ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, year 1937, year 1938
Place: china, japan, asia
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63%
 8.1
 335K
Hotel Rwanda (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, South Africa, Italy, USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Inspired by true events, this film takes place in Rwanda in the 1990s when more than a million Tutsis were killed in a genocide that went mostly unnoticed by the rest of the world. Hotel owner Paul Rusesabagina houses over a thousand refuges in his ...
Style: emotional, rough, thought provoking, uplifting, sincere ...
Plot: genocide, racism, against humanity, war crime, un, cruelty, war, refugee, atrocity, corpse, massacre, violence ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: africa, rwanda, somalia, congo, tanzania
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Men Behind the Sun (1988)
Genre: Drama, History, Horror, War
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The film is a graphic depiction of the war atrocities committed by the Japanese at Unit 731, the secret biological weapons experimentation unit of the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. The film details the various cruel medical experiments ...
Style: rough, disturbing, bleak, serious, realistic ...
Plot: bio weapon, sino japanese war, world war two, dehumanization, laboratory, soldier, experiment, experimenting, concentration camp, against humanity, life is a bitch, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s
Place: china, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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Purple Butterfly (2003)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: China, France
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Ding Hui is a member of Purple Butterfly, a powerful resistance group in Japanese occupied Shanghai. An unexpected encounter reunites her with Itami, an ex-lover... and officer with a secret police unit tasked with dismantling Purple Butterfly.
Style: thought provoking, serious, realistic, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: japanese occupation, war, wartime life, rivalry, political unrest, love affair, anti war, tragic hero, hidden identity, love and romance, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 30s, 1940s, 2000s
Place: japan, china, shanghai, asia, shanghai china
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Sometimes in April (2005)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: France, Rwanda, USA
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Debra Winger, Oris Erhuero and Idris Elba star in this drama framed by the Rwandan genocide.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, bleak
Plot: genocide, against humanity, civil war, massacre, racism, politics, battles, political unrest, danger, state affairs, deadly, military ...
Time: 90s, year 1994, 1990s
Place: rwanda, africa, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Men Behind the Sun 4 (1995)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Black Sun: The Nanking Massacre, also called Men Behind the Sun 4, is a 1994 Hong Kong film directed by Mou Tun Fei and is in many ways considered to be a follow up to the 1987 shockumentary film, Men Behind the Sun. The movie depicts the events ...
Style: bleak, suspenseful, rough, disturbing, controversial ...
Plot: genocide, gore, bayonet, massacre, rape, soldier, military, danger, world war two, strong violent content, chaos and mayhem, wartime life ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: china, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.0
 16K
Katyn (2007)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Poland
Duration: 122 min.
Story: An examination of the Soviet slaughter of thousands of Polish officers and citizens in the Katyn forest in 1940.
Style: disturbing, heartbreaking, sentimental, sad, realistic ...
Plot: war crime, world war two, nazism, survival, war, captivity, military life, life is a bitch, battles, against humanity, confined, military ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1940
Place: poland, russia, europe, soviet union, germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Beasts of No Nation (2015)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: A drama based on the experiences of Agu, a child soldier fighting in the civil war of an unnamed African country. Follows the journey of a young boy, Agu, who is forced to join a group of soldiers in a fictional West African country. While Agu fears ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, rough, serious, harsh ...
Plot: life is a bitch, child soldier, war, anti war, power relations, civil war, against humanity, violence, father son relationship, rape, brother brother relationship, survival ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: africa
⇓ similarity ⇓
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 3.2
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Air Strike (2018)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, War
Country: China
Duration: 120 min.
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Style: epic, breathtaking, serious, realistic, rough
Plot: sino japanese war, world war two, japanese occupation of china, chinese history, war, human nature, bombing, japanese occupation, bare breasts, fighter plane, aerial combat, panic ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 1930s, year 1938, year 1937
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Beyond the Gates (2005)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 115 min.
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Style: rough, disturbing, emotional, bleak, sad ...
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Time: 90s, 1990s, year 1994
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⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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Cross of Iron (1977)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, West Germany
Duration: 132 min.
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Style: realistic, tense, bleak, captivating, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1943
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⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, New Zealand, Japan
Duration: 123 min.
Story: In 1942, British soldier Jack Celliers comes to a japanese prison camp. The camp is run by Yonoi, who has a firm belief in discipline, honour and glory. In his view, the allied prisoners are cowards when they chose to surrender instead of commiting ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, realistic, bleak, serious ...
Plot: world war two, pow, soldier, war, prisoner of war camp, war crime, captivity, anti war, escape attempt, undisciplined, atrocity, strong violent content ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1936, year 1946 ...
Place: japan, asia, australia, indonesia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Downfall of Berlin: Anonyma (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Germany, Poland
Duration: 131 min.
Story: A nameless woman keeps a diary as the Russians invade Berlin in the spring of 1945. She is in her early 30s, a patriotic journalist with international credentials; her husband, Gerd, a writer, is an officer at the Russian front. She speaks Russian ...
Style: realistic, serious, bleak, disturbing
Plot: war crime, world war two, war, rape, sexual abuse, political unrest, soldier, strong sexual content, injustice, state affairs, military, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, year 1945
Place: germany, berlin germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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Don't Cry, Nanking (1995)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Taiwan, Hong Kong
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In December 1937, during the Second Japanese-Sino War, a Chinese doctor, his Japanese pregnant wife, their teenage daughter and their young son travel from Shanghai to Nanjing seeking shelter in the Capital during the Japanese invasion. The family ...
Plot: japanese occupation, sino japanese war, expatriate, japanese occupation of china, chinese history, german, world war two, war crime, massacre, chinese
Time: 1930s, year 1937, year 1938
Place: china
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Germany, Austria, Italy
Duration: 156 min.
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Style: psychological, bleak, disturbing, thought provoking, serious ...
Plot: hitler, world war two, third reich, nazism, war, suicide, desperation, confined, national socialism, ss, war crime, paranoia ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1942, year 1945
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30%
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Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 121 min.
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Style: exciting, epic, serious, realistic, stylized ...
Plot: soldier, battles, revolution, brutality, leadership, rebellion, danger, political unrest, combat, sword, heroes, gunfight ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 8.3
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Come and See (1985)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 142 min.
Story: The invasion of a village in Byelorussia by German forces sends young Florya into the forest to join the weary Resistance fighters, against his family's wishes. There he meets a girl, Glasha, who accompanies him back to his village. On ...
Style: bleak, rough, thought provoking, serious, surreal ...
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Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1943
Place: russia, europe, soviet union, germany, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.6
 15K
Europa Europa (1990)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Germany, France, Poland
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Style: epic, realistic, contemplative, emotional, disturbing ...
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Time: 1940s, 1930s, 20th century, 40s, 30s
Place: latvia, germany, poland, europe, berlin germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: France, Morocco
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A drama following a French platoon during Algeria's war of independence
Style: realistic, rough, disturbing, serious, bleak
Plot: military, soldier, atrocity, politics, anti war, racism, basic training, moral dilemma, political unrest, military life, imperialism, danger ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, year 1959
Place: algeria, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Circle of Deceit (1981)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: West Germany, France
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Georg Laschen leaves his family in West Germany to go work as a war correspondent in Beirut during the fights between Christians and Palestinians.
Style: sincere, bleak, rough, disturbing, thought provoking ...
Plot: lebanese, politics, love and romance, journalism, society, danger, media, state affairs, against humanity, war, life is a bitch, chaos and mayhem ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: middle east, lebanon, beirut lebanon, east germany, scandinavia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When his family moves from their home in Berlin to a strange new house in Poland, young Bruno befriends Shmuel, a boy who lives on the other side of the fence where everyone seems to be wearing striped pajamas. Unaware of Shmuel's fate as a ...
Style: touching, heartbreaking, emotional, serious, twists and turns ...
Audience: kids
Plot: holocaust, world war two, jewish, concentration camp, childhood, friendship, against humanity, nazism, wartime life, atrocity, gas chamber, nazi ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: germany, poland, europe, berlin germany, switzerland
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
The Water Diviner (2014)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: In 1919, Australian farmer Joshua Connor travels to Turkey to discover the fate of his three sons, reported missing in action. Holding on to hope, Joshua must travel across the war-torn landscape to find the truth and his own peace.
Style: emotional, touching, captivating, compassionate, suspense ...
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Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1915, year 1919
Place: australia, turkey, istanbul turkey, ottoman empire, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.0
 10K
The Grey Zone (2001)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A Nazi doctor, along with the Sonderkomando Jews – who are forced to work in the crematoria of Auschwitz against their fellow-Jews – find themselves in a moral grey zone.
Style: bleak, disturbing, serious, factual, depressing ...
Plot: holocaust, rebellion, survival, world war two, concentration camp, nazi, anti semitism, redemption, smuggling, human spirit, against humanity, moral dilemma ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, year 1944
Place: poland, europe, germany, budapest, budapest hungary ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.3
 7K
Assembly (2007)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Follows a soldier trying to gain recognition for comrades who died in 1948, at a turning point in the civil war between the communists and the nationalist forces of the Kuomintang (KMT).
Style: realistic, bleak, emotional, tense, captivating ...
Plot: civil war, war, war crime, pow, battles, behind enemy lines, battle zone, soldier, danger, military, life is a bitch, military life ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1940s, 40s, 1950s
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 7.6
 23K
Bloody Sunday (2002)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The dramatised story of the Irish civil rights protest march on January 30 1972 which ended in a massacre by British troops.
Style: bleak, rough, disturbing, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: civil rights, ira, fighting the system, state affairs, political unrest, life is a bitch, social problems, conflict, social decay, society, protest, irish ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1972
Place: ireland, northern ireland, europe, england, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%