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Philosophy of a Knife (2008)
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Philosophy of a Knife (2008)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: Russia, USA
Duration: 249 min.
Story: The true history of Japanese Unit 731, from its beginnings in the 1930s to its demise in 1945, and the subsequent trials in Khabarovsk, USSR, of many of the Japanese doctors from Unit 731. The facts are told, and previously unknown evidence is revealed by an eyewitness to these events, former doctor and military translator, Anatoly Protasov.
Style: rough, bleak, serious, captivating, realistic, suspenseful, disturbing, macabre, epic, sinister
Plot: radiation, torture, war, prison, survival, military, confined, soldier, prison life, life is a bitch, bio weapon, against the rules, translator, moral dilemma, danger, wartime life, military life, gory, deadly, against humanity, hell, violence, death, female nudity, illness ...
Time: 30s, 40s
Place: japan, russia, asia

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, rough and suspenseful films with plots about danger, blood, gory, deadly, murder, violence and gore mostly in Horror, Drama and War genres. Some movies like Philosophy of a Knife: Men Behind the Sun (1988), Nails (2003), Frontier(s) (2007), The Human Centipede II (2011), Visions of Suffering (2006). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Maruta 2: Laboratory of the Devil (1992)
Genre: Action, Drama, Horror, Thriller, War
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In the spring of 1945, Japan established a secret base, Unit 731 in Manchuria, where many innocent Chinese, Korean and Mongolian people were killed in grotesque experiments. An idealistic young doctor , Morishima, is horrified by the experiments ...
Style: realistic, bleak, serious, rough, disturbing
Plot: doctor, autopsy, cruelty, murder, prisoner, gore, dismemberment, decapitation, blood, military, soldier, captivity ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: china, asia, japan
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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: realistic, bleak, serious, rough, disturbing
Plot: dehumanization, soldier, laboratory, deadly, military life, power relations, captivity, prison life, prison, military base, bio weapon, concentration camp ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: china, japan, asia
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Nails (2003)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: Russia
Duration: 60 min.
Story: A professional hit man retires to his colorless apartment but soon starts to suffer from horrible headaches and hears voices. In order to cure himself, he hammers a nail into his skull.
Style: surreal, realistic, scary, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Plot: hitman, deadly, future dystopia, life is a bitch, crimes, cons and scams, kgb, danger, addiction, gory, psychopath, masochist ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Maruta 3 ... Destroy all Evidence (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 93 min.
Story: During the shut down and destruction of the Japanese test camp Squadron 731 in Manchuria, a soldier becomes infected with a virus developed during the camp's testing and risks spreading it into Japan on the train ride home.
Style: realistic, rough, serious, bleak
Plot: against humanity, power relations, military base, bio weapon, dehumanization, gory, survival, military, soldier, laboratory, war, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: asia, china, japan
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Frontier(s) (2007)
Genre: Horror
Country: France, Switzerland
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A gang of young thieves flee Paris during the violent aftermath of a political election, only to hole up at an Inn run by neo-Nazis.
Style: rough, suspenseful, macabre, scary, sinister ...
Plot: psychopath, cannibalism, survival, torture, confined, cruelty, violence, mad scientist, sadism, life is a bitch, execution, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, france, paris france
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The Human Centipede II (2011)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Inspired by the fictional Dr. Heiter, disturbed loner Martin dreams of creating a 12-person centipede and sets out to realize his sick fantasy.
Style: scatology, disturbing, scary, offbeat, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: kidnapping, sexual sadism, gore, brutality, torture, violence, rape, psychopath, wound, sexual obsession, suffering, violent death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: germany, europe
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Visions of Suffering (2006)
Genre: Horror
Country: Russia, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Demons cross the divide between the world of dreams and waking reality to capture a victim and drag him back to their nightmarish realm.
Style: surreal, serious, suspenseful, scary
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Kichiku: Banquet of the Beasts (1997)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 100 min.
Story: While the leader is in jail, his leftist group is controlled by his girlfriend, but her leadership lacks conviction and perspective. When the leader commits suicide in prison, despair and confusion rule the group and revenge and violence erupts in ...
Style: realistic, disturbing, serious, suspenseful
Plot: deadly, criminal's revenge, political unrest, strong sexual content, gory, leadership, juvenile delinquency, violence spree, sexual relations, criminal heroes, crime, crimes ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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In a Glass Cage (1986)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: Spain
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A Nazi doctor who had a fetish for young boys feels guilt after torturing and murdering his latest victim, and throws himself off a roof. Some years later, the doctor, confined to an iron lung, accepts as his nurse a boy who secretly witnessed that ...
Style: disturbing, gloomy, psychological, tense, serious ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, sadism, torture, nurse, darkness, war criminal, insanity, dangerous attraction, wartime life, unsuccessful, crimes ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS (1975)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller, War
Country: Canada
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Ilsa is a warden at a Nazi death camp that conducts experiments on prisoners. Ilsa's goal is to prove that woman can withstand more pain and suffering than men and should be allowed to fight on the front lines
Style: erotic, rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sexual abuse, soldier, vengeance, sadism, necrophilia, prison life, captivity, gory, war, dangerous attraction, confined, life is a bitch ...
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Place: germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Martyrs (2008)
Genre: Horror
Country: France, Canada
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A young woman's quest for revenge against the people who kidnapped and tormented her as a child leads her and a friend, who is also a victim of child abuse, on a terrifying journey into a living hell of depravity.
Style: disturbing, rough, psychological, realistic, suspenseful ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (1975)
Genre: Drama, Horror, War
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Four corrupted fascist libertines round up 9 teenage boys and girls and subject them to 120 days of sadistic physical, mental and sexual torture.
Style: psychological, bleak, rough, erotic, banned film ...
Plot: sex, kidnapping, rape, captivity, fascism, sexual torture, sexual relations, sexual perversion, obsession, violence spree, confined, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, 18th century
Place: italy, europe, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Antichrist (2009)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: Denmark, Germany, France, Sweden, Italy, Poland
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A grieving couple retreats to their cabin 'Eden' in the woods, hoping to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage. But nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse.
Style: psychological, disturbing, scary, bleak, sexual ...
Plot: fear, cruelty, violence, torture, guilt, hypnosis, isolation, confined, insanity, male nudity, brutality, depression ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Dark Places (2005)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 77 min.
Story: Keri Walker is a drug-addicted prostitute who ends up killing her latest john in self-defense. She finds shelter at a place run by a couple who find pleasure in others' pain. The haven house turns into a hell house and Keri must do whatever she ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, scary, realistic ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Lady in a Cage (1964)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
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Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 115 min.
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Style: scary, disturbing, tense, suspenseful, surreal ...
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Style: suspenseful, serious, sexual, rough, erotic ...
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Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, disturbing, psychological ...
Audience: teens
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Entity (1982)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Barbara Hershey stars as Carla Moran, a hard-working single mother until the night she is raped in her bedroom by someone - or something - that she cannot see. Despite skeptical psychiatrists, she is repeatedly attacked in her car, in the bath, and ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, scary, tense, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 103 min.
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Style: atmospheric, stylized, surreal, scary, suspenseful ...
Plot: samurai, murder, survival, swamp, human nature, demon, vengeance, women, dangerous attraction, bodies, escapades, ghost ...
Time: 14th century, middle ages
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Style: epic, gloomy, realistic, bleak, captivating ...
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
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Duration: 86 min.
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Style: scary, serious, rough, suspenseful, suspense ...
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Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 96 min.
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Style: disturbing, rough, exciting, captivating, bleak ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Horror
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Duration: 100 min.
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Style: scary, bleak, atmospheric, suspenseful, serious ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport, War
Country: USA
Duration: 137 min.
Story: A chronicle of the life of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II.
Style: bleak, rough, epic, tense, captivating ...
Plot: captivity, u.s. air force, soldier, war, island, survival, shark, military, life is a bitch, athlete's life, human spirit, hopes ...
Time: 30s, 40s, 20th century
Place: japan, pacific ocean, germany, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
The Conqueror Worm (1968)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Horror
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: England is torn in civil strife as the Royalists battle the Parliamentary Party for control. This conflict distracts people from rational thought and allows unscrupulous men to gain local power by exploiting village superstitions. One of these men ...
Style: bleak, disturbing, suspenseful, rough, serious ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: Canada
Duration: 103 min.
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Style: scary, disturbing, rough, sexy, brutal ...
Audience: teens
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