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Millennium Actress (2001)
 7.9
 18K
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: stylized, serious, realistic, gloomy, offbeat, melancholic, surreal, reflective, talky, emotional ...
Plot: actor's life, actress, haunted by the past, artists and showbiz, love and romance, unfulfillment, unfulfilled love, longing, lovers apart, videotaping, director, retired, popularity, glory, lifestyle, earthquake, snow, secret, post war, female protagonist, filmmaking, aging, promise, rebelliousness, movie star ...
Time: 20th century, 1950s, 1940s, 1960s, 1930s, 2000s, victorian era
Place: japan, asia, tokyo

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Most similar movies to Millennium Actress

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out stylized, serious, atmospheric and melancholic films with plots about loneliness, imagination, storytelling, mentor, fantasy world, childhood and art mostly in Animation, Drama and Fantasy genres. Some movies like Millennium Actress: 5 Centimeters Per Second (2007), Your Name (2016), From Up on Poppy Hill (2011), Only Yesterday (1991), The Garden of Words (2013). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
5 Centimeters Per Second (2007)
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, serious, realistic, gloomy, emotional ...
Audience: date night
Plot: friendship, teenage love, surf, letter, best friends, romance, on the road, childhood friends, train ride, train, motorcycle, reunion ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 21st century, 1990s ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.4
 113K
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: touching, emotional, romantic, stylized, captivating ...
Plot: school, memory loss, time travel, destiny, supernatural, romance, evacuation, body swapping, race against time, death, friendship, star crossed lovers ...
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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: atmospheric, realistic, sentimental, touching, serious ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: teenage love, high school, friendship, teenage life, destiny, hopes, youth, urban, save the day, self discovery, high school life, fighting the system ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1963
Place: japan, asia, seaport, tokyo, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 7.7
 18K
Only Yesterday (1991)
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, sentimental, serious, atmospheric, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: countryside, school, introspection, childhood, childhood memory, folk music, marriage, twentysomething life, coming of age, world, flower, city life ...
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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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: atmospheric, stylized, touching, serious, melancholic ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: coming of age, princess, bamboo, emperor, parents and children, in the woods, japanese woman, imaginary, youth, family relations, wooing, friendship ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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, serious, realistic, melancholic, romantic ...
Plot: coming of age, shoemaker, friendship, romance, social misfits, misfit, youth, friends, mysterious character, unlikely couple, follow your dream, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.8
 57K
The Wind Rises (2013)
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, serious, touching, realistic ...
Plot: inventions and discoveries, follow your dream, love, tuberculosis, flying, earthquake, airplane, hopes, love and romance, dictatorship, dreams, great depression ...
Time: 20s, 30s, 40s, 20th century, 1930s ...
Place: japan, asia, germany, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.4
 18K
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, colourful, talky ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, pre-teens, kids
Plot: transformation, anthropomorphism, deforestation, animal, environmentalism, environment, master villain, rescue, heroic mission, good versus evil, suburbs, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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 6.9
 7K
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: serious, sincere, realistic, touching
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: friendship, falling in love, high school reunion, unspoken love, surrealism, love, love triangle, teenage love, high school, romance, high school life, teenage life ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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: stylized, futuristic, serious, exciting, enigmatic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: anthology, androids and robots, a.i., scientist, giant robot, amusement park, robot as menace, secret lover, man versus machine, escapades, heroes, imaginary ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Institute Benjamenta, or This Dream That One Calls Human Life (1995)
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, realistic ...
Plot: crimes, boarding school, love and romance, society, family relations, power relations, master and servant, mind game, love triangle, surrealism, siblings relations, boarding school life ...
Time: 90s
Place: england, europe, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.9
 39K
Perfect Blue (1997)
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: suspenseful, surreal, psychological, tense, serious ...
Plot: singer, stalking, split personality, obsession, murder, tv show, actress, mind game, fan, mentally unstable, female protagonist, career ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 8.2
 28K
Wolf Children (2012)
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: colourful, atmospheric, heartbreaking, sweet, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: werewolf, parents and children, single mother, family relations, supernatural, social relations, school, childhood, love, children, human becomes animal, character study ...
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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: dark humor, surreal, atmospheric, serious, realistic ...
Plot: immortality, surrealism, divorced parents, hospital, nightmare, illness, mental illness, introspection, death of parent, mental instability, hopes, direction and purpose ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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: serious, emotional, gloomy, touching, sincere
Audience: teens
Plot: wings, summer, magic, impossible love, parents and children, small town, high school life, romance, small town life, teenage life, coming of age, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
The Illusionist (2010)
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, semi serious, stylized, realistic, sentimental ...
Audience: preschoolers
Plot: magical, french, stage, magician, friendship, odd couple, performer's life, coming of age, loneliness, friends, hopes, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, year 1959
Place: england, france, scotland, glasgow scotland, big ben london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Tokyo Godfathers (2003)
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: realistic, touching, emotional, semi serious, feel good ...
Plot: christmas, holiday, alcoholic, baby, suicide attempt, jazz, buddies, babies and infants, track down, urban, parents and children, addiction ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.8
 55K
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: stylized, talky, surreal, clever, serious ...
Plot: philosophy, existentialism, dream, imagination, nightmare, human nature, hopes, freedom, parallel world, free will, imaginary, supernatural ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart (2013)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, 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: offbeat, exciting, surreal, serious, stylized ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, kids
Plot: true love, love and romance, heroes, adventure, romance, obsessive quest, escapades, imaginary, youth, emotionless, young heroes, love ...
Time: 19th century
Place: europe, edinburgh scotland, canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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, psychological, atmospheric ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: friendship, friends, imaginary friend, young girl, photograph, countryside, village, social misfits, loneliness, childhood, adolescence, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, japan, tokyo, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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: offbeat, feel good, touching, serious, stylized ...
Audience: preschoolers, family outing, kids
Plot: adventure, siblings relations, teaching the ways of the world, supernatural ability, hospital, legends and myths, friendship, family, imaginary kingdom, neighbor, magical, fantasy world ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.6
 13K
Memories (1995)
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, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: steampunk, anthology, laboratory, androids and robots, ship, ghost, haunted by the past, save the world, future dystopia, heroic mission, space travel, adventure ...
Time: future
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Escaflowne: The Movie (2000)
Genre: Adventure, Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Gaea is a mythical realm ruled by sword and sorcery and immersed in blood and violence. Thrust into a conflict she doesn't quite understand, Hitomi Kanzaki helps aid the young Prince Van as they embark upon a journey to fight the Black Dragon ...
Style: stylized, atmospheric, serious, dark, intense ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teen angst, unrequited love, tragic hero, tragic villain, mecha, good versus evil, adventure, androids and robots, master villain, high school, supernatural ability, future dystopia ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (1999)
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, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: little red riding hood, terrorism, future dystopia, resistance, suicide mission, terror, resistance fighter, social issues, politician, danger, deadly, intrigue ...
Place: japan, tokyo, germany, poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.5
 3K
Lesson Faust (1994)
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, serious, offbeat ...
Plot: surrealism, supernatural ability, philosophy, puppet, clay, devil, deal with the devil, redemption, master, magic, occult, play ...
Place: prague, europe, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 5.4
 157
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: emotional, serious, realistic, surreal, offbeat ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: dysfunctional family, young lovers, romance, human spirit, fall in love, urban, love affair, hopes, love and romance, immigrants, self discovery, parents and children ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, san francisco, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Rurouni Kenshin: Requiem for the Ishin Patriots (1997)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Fantasy, History, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The war against the Tokugawa Shogunate ended years ago. But there are some who are not happy with the outcome. Shigure Takimi watched his friends and family get slashed down in the name of freedom and prosperity. Now he and a band of desparate ...
Style: exciting, serious, stylized
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, lone wolves, martial arts, adventure, master warrior, pacifism, superhero, fighting crime, vengeance, heroic mission, political unrest, good versus evil ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.1
 628
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: stylized, serious, realistic, touching
Plot: artists and showbiz, prodigy, writer's life, rise to the top, ambition, lifestyle, manga
Time: 20th century, 50s
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Sea Prince and the Fire Child (1981)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Years after the war between the Children of Water and the Children of Fire, Oceanus, a god of the sea, presents Prince Sirius with the eye of Algarock, thereby putting him in charge of those that dwell under the waves. But when Sirius encounters a ...
Style: epic
Plot: tragedy, quest, legend, water, mythology, myth, young love, journey, fire, surrealism, prince, king ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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: serious, emotional, touching, stylized, sentimental ...
Plot: friendship, coming of age, ghost, love triangle, supernatural, haunted by the past, unrequited love, slice of life, childhood friends, romance, teenage life, estrangement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%