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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, serious, disturbing, realistic, bleak, suspenseful, captivating, macabre, sinister, epic
Plot: torture, radiation, gory, moral dilemma, military life, war, prison life, prison, against humanity, military, life is a bitch, soldier, against the rules, survival, wartime life, confined, danger, deadly, bio weapon, translator, screaming in horror, degradation, extreme violence, splatter, oppression ...
Time: 30s, 40s
Place: japan, asia, russia

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, disturbing and bleak films with plots about danger, blood, murder, death, gory, deadly and life is a bitch mostly in Drama, Horror and War genres. Some movies like Philosophy of a Knife: Nails (2003), Men Behind the Sun (1988), Visions of Suffering (2006), Kichiku: Banquet of the Beasts (1997), Dark Places (2005). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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: serious, scary, realistic, surreal, disturbing ...
Plot: hitman, gory, crimes, psychopath, masochist, deadly, life is a bitch, addiction, cons and scams, future dystopia, danger, kgb ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
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: rough, serious, realistic, bleak
Plot: against humanity, gory, danger, war, deadly, soldier, laboratory, survival, military base, military life, wartime life, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: asia, china, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
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: serious, rough, realistic, disturbing, bleak
Plot: laboratory, soldier, dehumanization, gory, captivity, prison life, war, experiment, japanese occupation, mass murder, concentration camp, against humanity ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: china, asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
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: rough, serious, realistic, disturbing, bleak
Plot: prisoner, blood, doctor, gore, murder, autopsy, cruelty, decapitation, dismemberment, gory, captivity, prison life ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: asia, china, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
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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: scary, serious, surreal, suspenseful
Plot: vampire, supernatural ability, gory, supernatural, stalking, alien encounter, curses spells and rituals, danger, deadly, imaginary, dream, hallucination ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, disturbing
Plot: gory, criminal's revenge, strong sexual content, juvenile delinquency, prison, crime, violence spree, criminal heroes, crimes, deadly, gang, leadership ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 3.8
 180
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: serious, rough, surreal, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: prostitute, gory, addiction, drug abuse, life is a bitch, sexual relations, curses spells and rituals, crimes, danger, deadly, couples, surrealism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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, sexual, rough, serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: captivity, sexual abuse, sadism, necrophilia, gory, soldier, concentration camp, war, mind game, experiment, vengeance, prison life ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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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: bleak, serious, realistic, suspenseful, tense ...
Plot: serial killer, nurse, torture, sadism, war criminal, darkness, insanity, murder, mind game, concentration camp, obsession, dangerous attraction ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Poor Pretty Eddie (1975)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A wrong turn on a jazz singer's road trip results in her car breaking down near an isolated lodge run by a faded starlet and a young, homicidal Elvis impersonator.
Style: disturbing, serious, offbeat, realistic, rough ...
Plot: car, rape, backwoods, racism, hotel, captivity, gory, confined, hostages, contests and competitions, survival, vengeance ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 4.8
 208
Head Case (2007)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A pseudo-documentary edited from the home movies of serial killers Wayne & Andrea Montgomery, presenting a look into their quiet, suburban lives...as well as the graphic & disturbing details of their horrific crimes.
Style: bleak, serious, dark humor, realistic, disturbing ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, snuff, found footage, torture, criminal heroes, gory, murderous pair, suburbs, unlikely criminals, couple relations, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: delaware, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.6
 3K
King Rat (1965)
Genre: War, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: When Singapore surrendered to the Japanese in 1942 the Allied POWs, mostly British but including a few Americans, were incarcerated in Changi prison. This was a POW detention center like no other. There were no walls or barbed-wire fences for the ...
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: prison life, survival, prison, war, pow, holocaust, friendship, captivity, confined, military, human spirit, danger ...
Time: year 1945
Place: singapore, asia, japan, poland, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.3
 20K
American Mary (2012)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: Canada
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A young med student struggling with her tuition fees is drawn into the shady world of underground body modification.
Style: disturbing, scary, rough, sexy, brutal ...
Audience: teens
Plot: rape, torture, plastic surgery, amputation, gory, nightclub, physical appearance, revenge, brutality, serial killer, doctors, goth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 4.8
 3K
Carver (2008)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Based on true events
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, scary, disturbing ...
Plot: death, torture, brutality, murder, slasher, gory, crimes, wilderness, deadly, stalking, friendship, plague ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes (1990)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The movie follows the perspective of several characters (such as Japanese victims, soldiers, American prisoners of war and others) and how they lived or tried to survive the effects felt during the aftermath of the Atomic Bomb dropping by the Enola ...
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, disturbing, emotional ...
Plot: anti war, against humanity, war, life is a bitch, moral dilemma, down on your luck, terminal illness, wartime life, battles, confined, danger, military ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: japan, asia, usa, hiroshima japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.6
 102K
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, bleak, disturbing, scary, sexual ...
Plot: fear, cruelty, isolation, confined, violence, torture, guilt, strong sexual content, sex, brutality, depression, obsession ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Lady in a Cage (1964)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A woman trapped in a home elevator is terrorized by a group of vicious hoodlums.
Style: psychological, suspenseful, bleak, tense, disturbing ...
Plot: elevator, mansion, psychopath, prostitute, crime, murder, serial killer, hostages, prison, isolation, kidnapping, witnessing a crime ...
Time: 60s
Place: australia, los angeles, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 5.5
 267
Company K (2004)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Based on the popular World War I novel by author William March, director Robert Clem's COMPANY K follows a veteran of the first great conflict as he finishes a book about his wartime experiences and reflects on how a man's true character ...
Style: epic, serious, bleak, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: anti war, veteran, soldier, prison, gory, war, military life, wartime life, battles, military, politics, writer's life ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, year 1917
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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 7.1
 71K
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, serious, scary ...
Plot: torment, child abuse, torture, kidnapping, suffering, gory, torture chamber, brutality, afterlife, vengeance, missing person, violence ...
Time: contemporary, year 1971
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Andersonville Trial (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 150 min.
Story: A dramatization of the 1865 war-crimes trial of Henry Wirz, commandant of the notorious Confederate POW camp at Andersonville, Georgia.
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, rough, thought provoking ...
Plot: american civil war, courtroom, prison, military, army investigation, legal investigation, captivity, prison life, injustice, against humanity, confined, life is a bitch ...
Time: 19th century
Place: georgia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.5
 27K
Stalingrad (1993)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Germany
Duration: 134 min.
Story: "Stalingrad" follows the progress of a German Platoon through the brutal fighting of the Battle of Stalingrad. After having half their number wiped out and after being placed under the command of a sadistic Captain, the Lieutenant of the ...
Style: epic, gloomy, bleak, realistic, serious ...
Plot: holocaust, survival, soldier, anti war, war, squad, execution, snow, german, russian, battle zone, genocide ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1942, year 1943, 1940s
Place: russia, europe, italy, germany, poland ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Back Door to Hell (1964)
Genre: War, Drama
Country: USA, Philippines
Duration: 75 min.
Story: During WWII, a three-man commando team places its trust in the hands of a band of Filipino resistors, as they try to knock out a Japenese communication center.
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, suspenseful, exciting
Plot: soldier, espionage, daring rescue, anti war, war, adventure, military life, battles, danger, escapades, heroes, military ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: japan, asia, the philippines, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Straight Into Darkness (2004)
Genre: Action, Drama, Horror, War
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The movie encompasses several different elements-the perils of war, a touch of macabre, sadness and redemption.
Style: surreal, serious, bleak, realistic, offbeat ...
Plot: soldier, orphan, war, anti war, genocide, battle zone, military life, desert, wartime life, battles, danger, military ...
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Would You Rather (2012)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Desperate to help her ailing brother, a young woman agrees to compete in a deadly game of "Would You Rather," hosted by a sadistic aristocrat.
Style: scary, suspenseful, rough, tense, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: moral dilemma, psychopath, suicide, doctor, danger, survival, mind game, captivity, confined, deathtrap, confinement indoors, drowning ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.2
 63K
Audition (1999)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Seven years after the death of his wife, company executive Aoyama is invited to sit in on auditions for an actress. Leafing through the resumés in advance, his eye is caught by Yamazaki Asami, a striking young woman with ballet training.
Style: surreal, suspenseful, disturbing, tense, scary ...
Plot: femme fatale, murder, psychopath, gory, ballet, perversion, audition, desire, child abuse, dancer, actress, sadism ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 5.4
 638
Boy Meets Girl (1994)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A woman picks a man up in a bar and takes him back to her place. He thinks he is going to get laid, she has over plans. She proceeds to drug him and incarcerate him in a chair in her basement before torturing him, physically and phycologically. It ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, sexual, bleak ...
Plot: feminism, torture, bondage, dangerous attraction, sexual abuse, bar, banned, one-night stand, strong language, video surveillance, sexism, smoking ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.0
 894
Short Eyes (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A young man who is charged with child molestation is placed in New York City’s infamous Tombs prison. When the other inmates in his cell block find out what he is charged with, life becomes extremely difficult for him.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: prison, rape, violence, prison life, vengeance, sexual abuse, fear, confined, crimes, life is a bitch, gays and lesbians, criminal heroes ...
Time: 70s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.2
 125K
Unbroken (2014)
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: uplifting, epic, emotional, realistic, serious ...
Plot: captivity, survival, shark, island, war, soldier, prison, human spirit, athlete, raft, u.s. air force, sport ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s
Place: japan, asia, pacific ocean, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 8.0
 13K
Devil Woman (1964)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In medieval times, on a remote plain, a widow and her mother-in-law kill wandering samurai, put their bodies in a hole in the ground and sell their armour and valuables, until the daughter-in-law falls in love with one of their intended victims.
Style: atmospheric, stylized, surreal, serious, scary ...
Plot: murder, samurai, survival, demon, vengeance, human nature, women, swamp, jealousy, war, deserter, danger ...
Time: middle ages, 14th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.0
 19K
The Woman (2011)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A lawyer puts his family in jeopardy when he captures the last member of a violent clan and tries to forcibly tame her.
Style: rough, twists and turns, bleak, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: brutality, torture, suffering, sadism, captivity, mysterious character, small town, confined, gory, unlikely criminals, parents and children, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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