Movies like Millennium Actress

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Millennium Actress (2001)
 7.9
 25K
Millennium Actress (2001)
Original name: 千年女優
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Documentary filmmaker Genya Tachibana has tracked down the legendary actress Chiyoko Fujiwara, who mysteriously vanished at the height of her career. When he presents her with a key she had lost and thought was gone forever, the filmmaker could not have imagined that it would not only unlock the long-held secrets of Chiyoko’s life... but also his own.
Style: serious, touching, talky, emotional, atmospheric, tense, compassionate, stylized, gloomy, offbeat ...
Plot: actor's life, film within a film, actress, love and romance, popularity, haunted by the past, retired, unfulfilled love, female protagonist, interview, mother daughter relationship, lost love, edo period, unlikely friendships, artists and showbiz, lovers apart, glory, director, lifestyle, videotaping, longing, unfulfillment, earthquake, geisha, snow ...
Time: 20th century, victorian era, 60s, 70s, 2000s, 50s, 1940s ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, touching, stylized and emotional films with plots about mentor, artistic, loneliness, fantasy world, storytelling, bittersweet and imagination mostly in Animation, Drama and Fantasy genres. Some movies like Millennium Actress: Grave of the Fireflies (1988), Perfect Blue (1997), 5 Centimeters Per Second (2007), Your Name. (2016), Giovanni's Island (2014). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
Genre: Animation, Drama, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In the final months of World War II, 14-year-old Seita and his sister Setsuko are orphaned when their mother is killed during an air raid in Kobe, Japan. After a falling out with their aunt, they move into an abandoned bomb shelter. With no ...
Style: touching, harsh, heartbreaking, stylized, depressing ...
Plot: orphan, siblings relations, survival, world war two, hunger, hiding place, death of parent, loss of parent, bomb, theft, war, homelessness ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1945, post world war two
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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100%
 8.0
 62K
Perfect Blue (1997)
Genre: Animation, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 81 min.
Story: A retired pop singer turned actress' sense of reality is shaken when she is stalked by an obsessed fan and seemingly a ghost of her past.
Style: psychological, tense, suspenseful, surreal, twists and turns ...
Plot: woman in danger, stalking, obsession, singer, murder, mind game, tv show, split personality, serial killer, dangerous attraction, mentally unstable, actor's life ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
5 Centimeters Per Second (2007)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 63 min.
Story: Takaki and Akari are two classmates in elementary school. During their time together they have become close friends. Their relationship is tested when Akari moves to another city because of her parents' jobs. Both of them struggle to keep their ...
Style: touching, emotional, scenic, sad, romantic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: romance, love and romance, teenage love, young lovers, lovers apart, hopes, friendship, train, love, first love, letter, life philosophy ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, contemporary, 21st century, 1990s ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.4
 213K
Your Name. (2016)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 106 min.
Story: High schoolers Mitsuha and Taki are complete strangers living separate lives. But one night, they suddenly switch places. Mitsuha wakes up in Taki’s body, and he in hers. This bizarre occurrence continues to happen randomly, and the two must ...
Style: romantic, touching, captivating, surprise ending, sentimental ...
Plot: body swapping, romance, school, time travel, love, girl, race against time, schoolgirl, beautiful scenery, boy, star crossed lovers, supernatural ...
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Giovanni's Island (2014)
Genre: Animation, Drama, History, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 102 min.
Story: In the aftermath of the most devastating conflict mankind had ever experienced, the tiny island of Shikotan became part of the Sakhalin Oblast... and on the unhealed border in this remote corner of the world, friendship among children from two ...
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: friendship, island, young heroes, social differences, forceful separation, life turned upside down, deportation, society, village, communication problem, dancing, post war ...
Time: 20th century, post world war two, 1940s, 40s, year 1945 ...
Place: asia, japan, soviet union, ussr
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Garden of Words (2013)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 46 min.
Story: Takao, who is training to become a shoemaker, skipped school and is sketching shoes in a Japanese-style garden. He meets a mysterious woman, Yukino, who is older than him. Then, without arranging the times, the two start to see each other again and ...
Style: touching, colourful, romantic, atmospheric, sweet ...
Plot: rain, older woman younger man relationship, unlikely couple, chance meeting, shyness, love and romance, teen angst, youth, age difference, grownups, coming of age, overcoming ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya (2013)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her - but ultimately she must confront her fate, the ...
Style: touching, atmospheric, stylized, melancholic, colourful ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: princess, emperor, coming of age, parents and children, friendship, family relations, youth, japanese woman, adolescence, female protagonist, children, dream ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.8
 77K
The Wind Rises (2013)
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: Japan, France, USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: A lifelong love of flight inspires Japanese aviation engineer Jiro Horikoshi, whose storied career includes the creation of the A-6M World War II fighter plane.
Style: touching, stylized, atmospheric, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: tuberculosis, hopes, love, earthquake, world war two, dreams, follow your dream, inventions and discoveries, love and romance, letter, airplane, great depression ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 40s, 20s, 30s ...
Place: japan, asia, germany, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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 8.1
 40K
Wolf Children (2012)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 117 min.
Story: After her werewolf lover unexpectedly dies in an accident, a woman must find a way to raise the son and daughter that she had with him. However, their inheritance of their father's traits prove to be a challenge for her.
Style: heartbreaking, atmospheric, sweet, colourful, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: werewolf, childhood, family relations, wolf, parents and children, single mother, human becomes animal, social relations, supernatural, school, love, imaginary ...
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Rumbling Hearts (2003)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
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Story: At first, Takayuki Narumi is befriended by Mitsuki Hayase only because Mitsuki's best friend, Haruka Suzumiya has a crush on him; however since then, Takayuki, his pal Shinji Taira, and Mitsuki have grown to be the best of friends. Then one ...
Style: sentimental, touching, realistic, entertaining, disturbing ...
Plot: love triangle, forbidden love, high school, tragedy, first love, grownups, romance, best friends, youth, love and romance, teenage love, haunted by the past ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
From Up on Poppy Hill (2011)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The story is set in 1963 in Yokohama. Kokuriko Manor sits on a hill overlooking the harbour. A 16 year-old girl, Umi, lives in that house. Every morning she raises a signal flag facing the sea. The flag means “I pray for safe voyages”. A 17 ...
Style: sentimental, touching, atmospheric, serious, romantic ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: high school, teenage love, teenage life, fighting the system, friendship, destiny, self discovery, high school life, longing, sister sister relationship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, mother daughter relationship ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1963
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Air: The Motion Picture (2005)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A long time ago, a winged maiden was held prisoner in a castle - cursed never to experience love, lest she die. Centuries later, in a sleepy coastal town, a young girl relives this agony.
Style: touching, sincere, emotional, gloomy, serious
Audience: teens
Plot: magic, summer, fall in love, teenage love, imaginary, romance, tragic love, impossible love, social relations, youth, teenage life, unfulfillment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.7
 14K
Ocean Waves (1993)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 72 min.
Story: At Kichijōji Station, Tokyo, Taku Morisaki glimpses a familiar woman on the platform opposite boarding a train. Later, her photo falls from a shelf as he exits his apartment before flying to Kōchi Prefecture. Picking it up, he looks at it briefly ...
Style: sincere, touching, serious, realistic
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: friendship, fall in love, falling in love, unspoken love, love, surrealism, high school reunion, high school, teenage life, teenage love, high school life, urban ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Tokyo Godfathers (2003)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: One Christmas Eve three people, a middle-aged alcoholic named Gin, a former drag queen Hana and a dependent runaway girl Miyuki, discover an abandoned newborn while looking through the garbage.
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, feel good, semi serious ...
Plot: holiday, christmas, adventure, homeless, friends, parents and children, life is a bitch, family relations, baby, female impersonator, eccentric family, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day - The Movie (2013)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A year has passed since Menma's ghostly return to the Super Peace Busters. Although the time they spent together during that summer was short, the five members reminisce about what happened as they each write a letter to their lost friend.
Style: psychological, emotional, serious, stylized, sentimental ...
Plot: friendship, supernatural, ghost, love triangle, teenage love, coming of age, unrequited love, high school life, teenage life, youth, haunted by the past, fall in love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
When Marnie Was There (2014)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Upon being sent to live with relatives in the countryside due to an illness, an emotionally distant adolescent girl becomes obsessed with an abandoned mansion and infatuated with a girl who lives there - a girl who may or may not be real.
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, atmospheric, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: friendship, countryside, loneliness, childhood, dream, teenage life, self discovery, young girl, estate, village, photograph, youth ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, hokkaido, tokyo, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 5.1
 158
Around June (2008)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A love story set in the shadow of the shipyards of San Francisco. A young woman living with her much adored uncle Henry and domineering, abusive father, meets a penniless illegal immigrant, whose love gives her the insight and courage to finally ...
Style: uplifting, serious, emotional, touching, fairy tale ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: dysfunctional family, self discovery, love affair, human spirit, youth, love and romance, immigrants, parents and children, fall in love, young lovers, hopes, romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: san francisco, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
My Neighbor Totoro (1988)
Genre: Animation, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Two sisters move to the country with their father in order to be closer to their hospitalized mother, and discover the surrounding trees are inhabited by Totoros, magical spirits of the forest. When the youngest runs away from home, the older sister ...
Style: feel good, offbeat, fairy tale, atmospheric, touching ...
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers
Plot: countryside, magical, adventure, teaching the ways of the world, imaginary, siblings relations, friendship, legends and myths, parents and children, unlikely friendships, family, supernatural ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Robot Carnival (1987)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: An anthology of various tales told in various styles with robots being the one common element among them.
Style: anthology, stylized, exciting, futuristic, surreal ...
Audience: teens
Plot: androids and robots, androids, giant robots, giant robot, man versus machine, escapades, a.i., imaginary, killer robot, robot as menace, piloted giant robot, amusement park ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
It's Such a Beautiful Day (2012)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 62 min.
Story: Bill struggles to put together his shattered psyche, in this new feature film version of Don Hertzfeldt's animated short film trilogy.
Style: surreal, thought provoking, atmospheric, humorous, philosophical ...
Plot: illness, surrealism, nightmare, hospital, divorced parents, introspection, hopes, direction and purpose, mental illness, mental disorder, mental instability, immortality ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
The Book of the Dead (2005)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 70 min.
Story: The plot concerns a sheltered aristocratic woman in feudal Japan. Bored and unfamiliar with the world outside her estate, she passes the time copying a special Buddhist sutra sent by her father who has been absent on official business for years. ...
Style: atmospheric, emotional, suspenseful, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: mistaken identity, supernatural romance, romance, supernatural, palaces castles and temples, religions or cults, afterlife, master and servant, ghost, assassination, buddhism, battles ...
Time: middle ages
Place: japan, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.1
 713
Tatsumi (2011)
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama
Country: Singapore
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Animated film based on the life and stories of Manga writer Yoshihiro Tatsumi who revolutionised the art form with darker, more adult stories. The film animates several of his stories
Style: realistic, touching, stylized, serious, contemplative
Plot: prodigy, rise to the top, writer's life, lifestyle, ambition, manga, artists and showbiz, performer's life, life
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 8.0
 170K
Akira (1988)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Childhood friends Tetsuo and Kaneda are pulled into the post-apocalyptic underworld of Neo-Tokyo and forced to fight for their very survival. Kaneda is a bike gang leader, and Tetsuo is a member of a tough motorcycle crew who becomes involved in a ...
Style: surreal, atmospheric, cult film, serious, psychotronic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cyberpunk, motorcycle gang, experiment, military, hallucination, protest, suprisingly clever, mutation, government corruption, distopia, scientist, nuclear holocaust ...
Time: future, 21st century, year 2019, 80s, 2010s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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 7.5
 2K
Clannad (2007)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Clannad is set in a high-school located in some Japanese town. Okazaki Tomoya is a third-year student who doesn't take his studies seriously. Always late for class, he's seen as a delinquent by the rest of his classmates who are busy ...
Style: touching, sincere, emotional, semi serious, humorous ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, love and romance, teenage life, youth, high school, romance, terminal illness, high school life, love, death of mother, father son relationship, student ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.3
 27K
Pom Poko (1994)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 119 min.
Story: The Raccoons of the Tama Hills are being forced from their homes by the rapid development of houses and shopping malls. As it becomes harder to find food and shelter, they decide to band together and fight back. The Raccoons practice and perfect the ...
Style: humorous, stylized, semi serious, allegory, weird ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers, pre-teens
Plot: animals, transformation, environmentalism, testicles, deforestation, anthropomorphism, animal, japanese mythology, environment, suburbs, suburban life, heroic mission ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart (2013)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Musical, Romance
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 94 min.
Story: In Scotland 1874, Jack is born on the coldest day ever. Because of the extreme cold, his heart stops beating. The responsible midwife in Edinburgh finds a way to save him by replacing his heart with a clock. So he lives and remains under the ...
Style: gothic, atmospheric, stylized, feel good, surreal ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, teens
Plot: true love, love and romance, adventure, obsessive quest, heroes, escapades, romance, young heroes, imaginary, relationships, youth, loneliness ...
Time: 19th century
Place: europe, edinburgh scotland, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.7
 81K
Porco Rosso (1992)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Porco Rosso, known in Japan as Crimson Pig (Kurenai no Buta) is the sixth animated film by Hayao Miyazaki and released in 1992. You're introduced to an Italian World War I fighter ace, now living as a freelance bounty hunter chasing "air ...
Style: exciting, feel good, humorous, light, talky ...
Audience: kids, teens, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: adventure, heroes, romance, pilot, adventurer, escapades, transformation, save the day, imaginary, danger, good versus evil, heroic mission ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century, 1930s, 30s
Place: italy, europe, croatia, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Secret World of Arrietty (2010)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: 14-year-old Arrietty and the rest of the Clock family live in peaceful anonymity as they make their own home from items "borrowed" from the house's human inhabitants. However, life changes for the Clocks when a human boy discovers ...
Style: touching, colourful, scenic, fairy tale, sweet ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids
Plot: friendship, mysterious character, magical, midget, miniature person, family, adventure, parallel world, childhood, maid, friends, daring rescue ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.8
 62K
Waking Life (2001)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Waking Life is about a young man in a persistent lucid dream-like state. The film follows its protagonist as he initially observes and later participates in philosophical discussions that weave together issues like reality, free will, our ...
Style: philosophical, stylized, surreal, captivating, contemplative ...
Plot: existentialism, philosophy, lifestyle, bohemian life, human nature, imaginary, daydreamer, computer animation, nightmare, satire, reincarnation, life after death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Violet Evergarden: The Movie (2020)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 140 min.
Story: The official website of the "Violet Evergarden" animated TV series announced an all-new animated film for the series on Monday that will have a simultaneous worldwide release in January 2020. Plot details are unknown.
Style: touching, serious, melancholic, non-linear
Plot: girlfriend girlfriend relationship, love, alternate world, letter, orphan, romance, mail, female protagonist, sister sister relationship, loss of loved one, slice of life, post war ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%