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Returner (2002)
 6.4
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Returner (2002)
Original name: リターナー
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 116 min.
Story: After an alien invasion threatens to annihilate the human race, a young Japanese girl, named Milly (Anne Suzuki), travels back in time from 2084 to October 2002, and enlists the reluctant aid of skilled Tokyo gunman, named Miyamoto (Takeshi Kaneshiro), to discover and prevent the start of the war. However, trouble ensues when the two protagonists are forced to deal with a Japanese mafia boss, named Mizoguchi (Goro Kishitani), who is somehow involved in the start of the war by keeping the first alien spaceship and its alien pilot captive, while our two heroes race against the clock to find a way to stop the oncoming destruction from the vengeance-seeking alien invasion fleet on its way to Earth.
Style: atmospheric, neo noir, futuristic, exciting, stylized, serious, sexy, humorous, visually appealing, allegory ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: time travel, hitman, save the world, ufo, adventure, life is a bitch, escapades, changing the past or future, future dystopia, space and aliens, alien invasion, helicopter, faked death, apocalypse, loss of friend, catastrophe, heroes, soldier, androids and robots, graphic violence, disaster, cult, terminator, society, alien encounter ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia, tokyo

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out futuristic, serious, suspenseful and exciting films with plots about adventure, escapades, heroes, danger, imaginary, heroic mission and space and aliens mostly in Sci-Fi, Action and Adventure genres. Some movies like Returner: The Fifth Element (1997), Philadelphia Experiment II (1993), Battle Beyond the Stars (1980), The Time Machine (2002), Godzilla 2000 (1999). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Fifth Element (1997)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: France, UK
Duration: 126 min.
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Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: space travel, alien, good versus evil, space and aliens, future dystopia, save the world, end of the world, heroic mission, spacecraft, dystopic future, adventure, love ...
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Place: egypt, new york, usa, brooklyn new york city
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Philadelphia Experiment II (1993)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: It is several years after the events of the first movie, and David Herdeg (the survivor of the Philadelphia Experiment from the first film) and Allison (the woman from 1984 he fell in love with) have married and have a child. David awakes, in agony, ...
Style: serious, mind bending, futuristic, stylized, offbeat
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Place: europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Battle Beyond the Stars (1980)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A young farmer assembles a band of diverse mercenaries to defend his peaceful planet from an evil tyrant.
Style: humorous, exciting, stylized, futuristic, semi serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: adventure, good versus evil, outer space, space travel, space wars, battles, hitman, heroic mission, save the world, space and aliens, time travel, save the planet ...
Time: 80s, future
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
The Time Machine (2002)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Hoping to alter the events of the past, a 19th century inventor instead travels 800,000 years into the future, where he finds humankind divided into two warring races.
Style: futuristic, stylized, exciting, atmospheric, serious ...
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Time: future, near future, distant future, 19th century, 2030s ...
Place: new york, usa, egypt
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
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Style: bleak, serious, suspenseful, light, futuristic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
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Time: future, 23rd century
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Godzilla 2000 (1999)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 99 min.
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Style: serious, exciting, suspenseful, stylized, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: godzilla, adventure, monster, deadly creature, heroic mission, good versus evil, save the world, flying saucer, skyscraper, ocean, monster versus monster, ufo ...
Time: 2000s, future, 80s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Country: Canada
Duration: 90 min.
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Style: suspenseful, serious, exciting, tense, psychotronic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
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40%
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Style: suspenseful, exciting, futuristic, clever, entertaining ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
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Time: 2000s, 20th century, 21st century, year 1939, 1930s ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
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Style: futuristic, exciting, suspenseful, stylized, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
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⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
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Style: futuristic, exciting, serious, atmospheric, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
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⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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Country: UK, USA
Duration: 130 min.
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Style: stylized, futuristic, surprise ending, surreal, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
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Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Princess Blade (2001)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 93 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.0
 513K
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Duration: 124 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 1.9
 821
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 6.4
 996
Time Slip (1979)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
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Duration: 85 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 4.3
 17K
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⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.9
 18K
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Country: Japan
Duration: 101 min.
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Time: future
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⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Alien Apocalypse (2005)
Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
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Style: suspenseful, futuristic, exciting, captivating, suspense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
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⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Audience: boys' night, teens
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⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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36%
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Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan, USA
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Story: In the 6th Godzilla movie, mysterious aliens from the Planet X ask earth's people to help them save their world from the dreaded Ghidorah (aka "Monster Zero") by letting them "borrow" Godzilla and Rodan. Monster mayhem ...
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Audience: boys' night
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Time: 60s
Place: japan, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 5.5
 10K
Cherry 2000 (1987)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: When successful businessman Sam Treadwell finds that his android wife, Cherry model 2000 has blown a fuse, he hires sexy renegade tracker E. Johnson to find her exact duplicate. But as their journey to replace his perfect mate leads them into the ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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Country: USA
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Style: humorous, semi serious, psychotronic, light, feel good ...
Audience: teens, kids
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⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Nemesis 2: Nebula (1995)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
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Time: future, 20th century, 21st century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.3
 10K
Doctor Who (1996)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The Seventh Doctor becomes the Eighth. And on the streets of San Francisco – alongside new ally Grace Holloway - he battles the Master.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, captivating, humorous, stylized ...
Audience: teens
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, adventure, heroic mission, rescue, escapades, save the world, regeneration, space and aliens, good versus evil, obsessive quest, race against time ...
Time: 90s, future, contemporary, year 1999, 20th century
Place: usa, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Terminator Salvation (2009)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Germany, UK, Italy
Duration: 115 min.
Story: All grown up in post-apocalyptic 2018, John Connor must lead the resistance of humans against the increasingly dominating militaristic robots. But when Marcus Wright appears, his existence confuses the mission as Connor tries to determine whether ...
Style: futuristic, serious, rough, suspenseful, bleak ...
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Time: future, 2010s, year 2003, 2000s, near future
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35%