Movies like Millennium Actress

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Millennium Actress (2001)
 7.9
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Millennium Actress
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: stylized, serious, realistic, melancholic, surreal, reflective, gloomy, offbeat, talky, emotional ...
Plot: actor's life, haunted by the past, life, chase, love story, loneliness, childhood, storytelling, artists and showbiz, love, art, life & death, family drama, samurai, mentor, paranoia, tragedy, transformation, love and romance, death, life philosophy, vengeance, dreams, fantasy world, sacrifice ...
Time: 20th century, victorian era, 2000s, 1930s, 1960s, 1940s, 1950s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo

Most similar movies to Millennium Actress

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out stylized, atmospheric, enigmatic and melancholic films with plots about mentor, storytelling, loneliness, art, imagination, dialogue and culture clash mostly in Drama, Animation and Fantasy genres. Some movies like Millennium Actress: 5 Centimeters Per Second (2007), Only Yesterday (1991), The Garden of Words (2013), It's Such a Beautiful Day (2012), The Wind Rises (2013). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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5 Centimeters Per Second
Genre: Animation, Drama, 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, melancholic, serious, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: friendship, romance, loneliness, best friends, love, coming of age, childhood, on the road, adolescence, storytelling, love story, tragedy ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 21st century, 1990s ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   95%
    User:   100%
 
 7.7
 18K
Only Yesterday
Genre: Animation, Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 118 min.
Story: It’s 1982, and Taeko is 27 years old, unmarried, and has lived her whole life in Tokyo. She decides to visit her family in the countryside, and as the train travels through the night, memories flood back of her younger years: the first immature ...
Style: touching, serious, sentimental, melancholic, reflective ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: coming of age, childhood, school, countryside, world, introspection, firefly, life, twentysomething life, loneliness, mentor, adolescence ...
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   81%
    User:   83%
 
The Garden of Words
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: serious, touching, melancholic, realistic, romantic ...
Plot: friendship, romance, coming of age, childhood, loneliness, social misfits, storytelling, solitude, art, love story, mentor, relationships ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   75%
    User:   73%
 
The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
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: atmospheric, stylized, touching, serious, melancholic ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: coming of age, friendship, parents and children, firefly, childhood, storytelling, imagination, in the woods, art, imaginary, fantasy world, life ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   67%
    User:   57%
 
It's Such a Beautiful Day
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, dark humor, atmospheric, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: immortality, surrealism, mental illness, existentialism, life & death, life, death, introspection, dreams, loneliness, storytelling, art ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   64%
    User:   59%
 
 7.8
 57K
The Wind Rises
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: Japan
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: stylized, atmospheric, touching, sentimental, serious ...
Plot: love, obsession, dreams, aviation, follow your dream, firefly, imagination, mentor, storytelling, fantasy world, love story, wartime ...
Time: 1930s, 20s, 30s, 40s, 20th century ...
Place: japan, germany, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   62%
    User:   62%
 
From Up on Poppy Hill
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: realistic, atmospheric, sentimental, touching, serious ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: friendship, destiny, coming of age, teenage life, fantasy world, storytelling, love story, hopes, romance, mentor, family, imagination ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1963
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, seaport
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   62%
    User:   53%
 
 8.2
 28K
Wolf Children
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, 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: sentimental, offbeat, semi serious, stylized, heartbreaking ...
Plot: children, coming of age, wilderness, love, school, parents and children, childhood, storytelling, loneliness, imagination, supernatural romance, small town ...
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   57%
    User:   49%
 
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 8.4
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Your Name
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: emotional, touching, suspense, heartbreaking, romantic ...
Plot: romance, plot twist, friendship, storytelling, love story, destiny, dreams, tragedy, fantasy world, mentor, imagination, art ...
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   57%
    User:   67%
 
 7.7
 15K
Dolls
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Dolls takes puppeteering as its overriding motif -- specifically, the kind practiced in Bunraku doll theater performances -- opening each section of his film with a story provided by the puppets and their masters, which relates thematically to the ...
Style: emotional, bleak, serious, meditative, surreal ...
Plot: obsession, love, lovers reunited, suicide, relationships, storytelling, loneliness, hopes, romance, existentialism, love story, beautiful scenery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   52%
    User:   58%
 
Wings of Desire
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: West Germany, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Wings of Desire is Wim Wender’s artistically beautiful film about the lonely and immortal life of angels during a post-war Berlin. It’s a poetic journey from the perspective of the angels of which one falls in love with a living woman and wants ...
Style: surreal, atmospheric, touching, stylized, meditative ...
Audience: date night
Plot: immortality, german, existentialism, philosophy, love, self discovery, angel, loneliness, humanity, supernatural romance, life & death, beautiful scenery ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: europe, germany, berlin germany, west germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   51%
    User:   56%
 
 7.5
 3K
Lesson Faust
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Czech Republic, France, UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A very free adaptation of Marlowe's 'Doctor Faustus', Goethe's 'Faust' and various other treatments of the old legend of the man who sold his soul to the devil. Svankmajer's Faust is a nondescript man who, after ...
Style: surreal, atmospheric, stylized, dark humor, serious ...
Plot: surrealism, devil, supernatural ability, redemption, creativity, imagination, destructive relationship, demons, insanity, afterlife, puppets, fantasy world ...
Place: prague, europe, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   50%
    User:   44%
 
When Marnie Was There
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, atmospheric, emotional, sentimental, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: friendship, imaginary friend, coming of age, supernatural, loneliness, unlikely friendships, secrets, relationships, fantasy world, haunted by the past, village, magic realism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   50%
    User:   41%
 
Tokyo Godfathers
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 92 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, realistic, semi serious, emotional, feel good ...
Plot: christmas, holiday, homeless, babies and infants, cross dressing, jazz, storytelling, firefly, buddies, track down, runaway, giant robots ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   49%
    User:   53%
 
The Illusionist
Genre: Animation, Drama
Country: France, UK
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Scotland, late 1950s. A struggling illusionist visits an isolated community and meets a young lady who is convinced that he is a real magician.
Style: touching, stylized, semi serious, melancholic, meditative ...
Audience: preschoolers
Plot: french, friendship, loneliness, coming of age, odd couple, father daughter relationship, performer's life, storytelling, depression, art, childhood, runaway ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, year 1959
Place: france, england, scotland, big ben london, scottish highlands ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   48%
    User:   47%
 
Robot Carnival
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: stylized, futuristic, serious, enigmatic, exciting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: robot, a.i., loneliness, androids, androids and robots, male nudity, giant robots, man versus machine, artist, runaway, fantasy world, escapades ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   47%
    User:   44%
 
 7.9
 7K
Mind Game
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 103 min.
Story: The film follows Nishi, a loser who has a crush on his childhood girlfriend. After an encounter with the Japanese mafia, the film follows Nishi as he journeys to heaven and back, and ends up trapped in an even more unlikely place.
Style: surreal, atmospheric, stylized, semi serious, psychedelic ...
Plot: self discovery, afterlife, surrealism, existentialism, adventure, changing the past or future, introspection, art, imagination, storytelling, brutality, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   43%
    User:   49%
 
 7.8
 58K
Porco Rosso
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, semi serious, feel good, humorous, breathtaking ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, teens, kids
Plot: adventure, transformation, fascism, romance, aviation, adventurer, imagination, storytelling, fantasy world, daring rescue, mentor, haunted by the past ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 20s, 30s, 20th century
Place: italy, europe, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   43%
    User:   48%
 
 7.4
 18K
Pom Poko
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, colourful, talky ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, pre-teens, kids
Plot: transformation, environment, master villain, firefly, ecology, environmental, talking animals, humanity, rescue, heroic mission, animals, mythology ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   43%
    User:   41%
 
Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A member of an elite paramilitary counter-terrorism unit becomes traumatized after witnessing the suicide bombing of a young girl and is forced to undergo retraining. However, unbeknownst to him, he becomes a key player in a dispute between rival ...
Style: stylized, bleak, serious, dark, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: violence, tragedy, dark hero, terrorism, storytelling, violent, twists & turns, future dystopia, alternate reality, brutality, secrets, firefly ...
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   41%
    User:   44%
 
 8.3
 13K
FLCL
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 151 min.
Story: In this 6-part mini-series, a 12-year old boy named Naota one day meets a strange woman, riding a Vespa and wielding a big guitar. As soon as she appears, mysterious things start happening.
Style: stylized, humorous, psychedelic, semi serious, surreal ...
Audience: teens
Plot: coming of age, surrealism, androids and robots, high school, insanity, giant robots, storytelling, imaginary, imagination, stylish, visceral, crazy ...
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   40%
    User:   43%
 
 6.8
 8K
M. Butterfly
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: In 1960s China, French diplomat Rene Gallimard falls in love with an opera singer, Song Liling - but Song is not at all who Gallimard thinks.
Style: erotic, serious, enigmatic, realistic, stylized ...
Plot: opera, betrayal, romance, espionage, culture clash, cross dressing, adultery, politics, obsession, destiny, fall in love, actor's life ...
Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s
Place: china, asia, europe, france, tokyo ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   40%
    User:   46%
 
 6.4
 10K
Norwegian Wood
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Set in the 1960's, high school student Toru Watanabe loses his only friend Kizuki after he commits suicide. Toru, now looking for a new life, enters a university in Tokyo. By chance, Toru meets Kizuki's ex-girlfriend Naoko in the ...
Style: serious, gloomy, realistic, sentimental, melancholic ...
Plot: suicide, folk, young lovers, sex, death, rock, introspection, romance, literature, depression, adaptation, love affair ...
Time: 20th century, 1960s, 60s, 1920s
Place: asia, campus, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   40%
    User:   33%
 
 7.9
 39K
Perfect Blue
Genre: Animation, Horror, 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: surreal, suspenseful, psychological, tense, atmospheric ...
Plot: obsession, murder, serial killer, insanity, violence, rape, stalking, surrealism, singer, mentally unstable, split personality, mental illness ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   40%
    User:   42%
 
 7.6
 13K
Memories
Genre: Animation, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 113 min.
Story: In this anime trilogy, a salvage ship crew happens upon a haunted vessel in Magnetic Rose; a cold tablet turns a lab worker into a biological weapon in Stink Bomb; and an urban populace carries on an endless war with an unseen foe in Cannon Fodder. ...
Style: surreal, atmospheric, stylized, serious, futuristic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: steampunk, surrealism, memory, laboratory, androids and robots, storytelling, ship, imagination, ghost, weapons, loneliness, sacrifice ...
Time: future
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   39%
    User:   39%
 
Picture Bride
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Riyo, an orphaned 17-year old, sails from Yokohama to Hawaii in 1918 to marry Matsuji, a man she has never met. Hoping to escape a troubled past and start anew, Riyo is bitterly disappointed upon her arrival: her husband is twice her age. The ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, scenic, harsh ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: immigrants, self discovery, friendship, culture clash, orphan, death, storytelling, couple relations, mentor, romance, forbidden love, life & death ...
Time: 19th century, 1920s
Place: hawaii, japan, asia, tokyo, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   38%
    User:   37%
 
Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream That One Calls Human Life
Genre: Animation, Drama
Country: UK, Japan, Germany
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Jakob arrives at the Institute Benjamenta (run by brother and sister Johannes and Lisa Benjamenta) to learn to become a servant. With seven other men, he studies under Lisa: absurd lessons of movement, drawing circles, and servility. He asks for a ...
Style: surreal, atmospheric, psychological, serious, enigmatic ...
Plot: surrealism, art, existentialism, imagination, crimes, poetry, pornography, artist, nudity (topless - notable), boarding school, love and romance, male nudity ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, europe, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   38%
    User:   32%
 
Somewhere in Time
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Young writer, Richard Collier is met on the opening night of his first play by an old lady who begs him to, "Come back to me." Mystified, he tries to find out about her, and learns that she is a famous stage actress from the early 1900s. ...
Style: sentimental, touching, romantic, serious, sweet ...
Audience: date night, chick flick
Plot: time travel, romance, hotel, obsession, supernatural, love, love story, love affair, time loop, supernatural romance, mentor, beautiful scenery ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 70s, future, 1910s ...
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   37%
    User:   35%
 
A Short Film About Love
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Poland
Duration: 87 min.
Story: 19-year-old Tomek whiles away his lonely life by spying on his opposite neighbour Magda through binoculars. She's an artist in her mid-thirties, and appears to have everything - not least a constant stream of men at her beck and call. But when ...
Style: realistic, clever, sexual, serious, bleak ...
Plot: obsession, voyeurism, love, loneliness, stalking, adultery, relationships, love story, unfulfilled love, tragedy, pornography, life philosophy ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: europe, poland, warsaw poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   37%
    User:   41%
 
 7.8
 55K
Waking Life
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: talky, stylized, surreal, clever, serious ...
Plot: philosophy, existentialism, imagination, metaphysics, surrealism, storytelling, destiny, memory, dreams, human nature, life philosophy, life & death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   36%
    User:   39%
 
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