Movies like The Book of the Dead

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The Book of the Dead (2005)
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The Book of the Dead (2005)
Original name: 死者の書
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. While gazing out her window one late afternoon, the setting sun creates a vision of a holy figure in the distant mountains.
Style: atmospheric, serious, emotional, suspenseful, gloomy, puppet animation
Plot: supernatural, romance, mistaken identity, supernatural romance, ghost, afterlife, religions or cults, master and servant, palaces castles and temples, assassination, buddhism, battles, love and romance, society, healing power, temple
Time: middle ages
Place: japan, china

Most similar movies to The Book of the Dead

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, stylized, atmospheric and touching films with plots about supernatural, imaginary, youth, friendship, danger, coming of age and love and romance mostly in Animation, Fantasy and Drama genres. Some movies like The Book of the Dead: Bleach: Memories of Nobody (2006), Jack and the Beanstalk (1967), Colorful (2010), Wolf Children (2012), Air (2005). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, touching ...
Plot: friendship, supernatural, ghost, love triangle, teenage love, coming of age, unrequited love, youth, high school life, teenage life, fall in love, haunted by the past ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Bleach: Memories of Nobody (2006)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 87 min.
Story: In Karakura Town, unidentifiable spirits begin appearing en mases. While attempting to deal with these strange souls, Ichigo Kurosaki and Rukia Kuchiki meet Senna, a mysterious shinigami who wipes out most of them. Senna refuses to answer any ...
Style: suspenseful, atmospheric, exciting, scary, serious ...
Plot: vengeance, danger, adventure, escapades, ghost, kidnapping, supernatural ability, supernatural, rivalry, samurai, mystery, collision ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
91%
Fate/stay night: Heaven’s Feel II. lost butterfly (2019)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Theatrical-release adaptation of the visual novel "Fate/stay night", following the third and final route. (Part 2 of a trilogy.)
Style: suspenseful, captivating, psychological, twists and turns, sincere
Plot: brutality, fight scenes, danger, murder, transformation, twists & turns, battles, fight, magic, supernatural
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
Jack and the Beanstalk (1967)
Genre: Animation, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Jack is a boy who lives with his animal friends Barnaby Bear, Dinah Dog, Squeeker Mouse and Phineas Fox. He's challenged to a race with Allegra, who turns out to be a witch. She takes Jack to the queen witch, Auriana. She plans on turning all ...
Style: exciting, serious, psychotronic, psychedelic
Plot: wizards and magicians, animal life, palaces castles and temples, heroes, danger, escapades, best friends, imaginary, fish out of water, curses spells and rituals, disorder, friends ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
Movie in collections
 7.4
 5K
Colorful (2010)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Upon reaching the train station to death, a dejected soul is informed that he is lucky and will have another chance at life. He is placed in the body of a 14-year-old boy named Kobayashi Makoto, who has just committed suicide. Watched over by a ...
Style: serious, touching, inspirational, psychological, stylized ...
Audience: teens
Plot: reincarnation, dealing with death, school life, supernatural, one more chance, suicide, memory loss, parents and children, brother brother relationship, everyday life, bittersweet, suicidal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
Anohana: The Flower We Saw That Day (2011)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 23 min.
TV show
Story: When Yadomi Jinta was a child, he was a central piece in a group of close friends. In time, however, these childhood friends drifted apart, and when they became high school students, they had long ceased to think of each other as friends. One of ...
Style: sentimental, touching, emotional, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: supernatural, ghost, friendship, unrequited love, death of friend, haunted by the past, hopes, teenage life, friends, imaginary, romance, tragedy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part 1: Beginnings (2012)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Madoka Kaname, an ordinary middle-schooler, along with her best friend Sayaka Miki, are offered the chance to have any wish they want granted by the mysterious Kyubey, and become magical girls and fight witches. However, fellow magical girl Homura ...
Style: atmospheric, stylized, serious, psychological thriller, tense ...
Plot: dark fantasy, magical girl, magic, wish come true, teenage girl, wizards and magicians, danger, hopes, supernatural, parent child relationship, mother daughter relationship, foreshadowing ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
 8.1
 38K
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: heartbreaking, atmospheric, sweet, colourful, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: werewolf, childhood, family relations, parents and children, wolf, human becomes animal, school, single mother, social relations, supernatural, love, imaginary ...
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
Movie in collections
 7.2
 1K
Air (2005)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Yukito Kunisaki is on a journey in search of the Winged Maiden who was bound to the sky centuries ago, after hearing an old childhood tale from his mother. As Yukito shows his puppet show to people in an attempt to make some money, he finds himself ...
Style: sincere, emotional, touching, serious, seinen
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, romance, teenage love, youth, supernatural ability, fall in love, teenage life, impossible love, reincarnation, imaginary, social relations, curses spells and rituals ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Millennium Actress (2001)
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 ...
Style: serious, touching, talky, emotional, atmospheric ...
Plot: actor's life, actress, film within a film, popularity, love and romance, unfulfilled love, haunted by the past, retired, mother daughter relationship, lost love, interview, female protagonist ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 60s, 70s, 2000s ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
 8.4
 184K
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, romantic, captivating, emotional, scenic ...
Plot: body swapping, romance, school, time travel, supernatural, destiny, memory loss, friendship, girl, beautiful scenery, love, death ...
Place: tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.9
 4K
Basilisk (2005)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: The year is 1614 AD. Two warring ninja clans, each supporting a son of Hidetada Tokugawa as the next shogun, send ten representatives each to fight to the death for the possession of a scroll. The prize: the annihilation of the other and the staunch ...
Style: stylized, captivating, serious, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: ninja, tragic love, battles, martial arts, heroes, adventure, love affair, escapades, romance, danger, rivalry, female ninja ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Fate/stay night (2006)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 23 min.
TV show
Story: Shirou Emiya lost his parents in a fire when he was young and was later adopted by the sorcerer Kiritsugu Emiya. Shirou is drawn into the Holy Grail War summons a female "Servant" known as Saber to protect him and obtain the Holy Grail.
Style: serious, exciting, suspenseful, stylized
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural ability, healing power, wizards and magicians, supernatural, adventure, danger, imaginary, romance, escapades, rivalry, youth, good versus evil ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
The Day of the Crows (2012)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Country: France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Canada
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In a cabin of the deep of the forest, a child and his father leas a wild and hard life in utmost isolation. The child grows up fearing and admiring his father, with the ghosts haunting the forest as his only companions. Until the day he discovers ...
Style: sentimental, touching, serious, captivating
Audience: family outing, preschoolers
Plot: ghost, village, fish out of water, life turned upside down, supernatural, youth, family, fall in love, parents and children, isolation, family relations, single parent ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Charcoal Feathers Federation (2002)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: A dream of falling from the sky...and then birth. Rakka is born from a large cocoon into the Old Home, greeted by a group of females with small wings on their backs and shining halos above their heads. Soon Rakka’s own wings grow, a halo is placed ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, serious, psychological ...
Audience: teens
Plot: salvation, parallel world, afterlife, rebirth, suicide, imaginary, youth, rules and policies, supernatural, angel, teenage life, haunted by the past ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Ah! My Goddess!: The Movie (2000)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 106 min.
Story: It has been three spring-times since Belldandy came to Earth to grant Keiichi one wish. Things seem to be fine with them while living in the temple with Belldandy's sisters Urd and Skuld, but little do they know that a fallen god from ...
Style: stylized, semi serious, exciting, captivating, tense ...
Plot: fall in love, friends, supernatural ability, supernatural, magic, love, fish out of water, afterlife, escapades, good versus evil, goddess, memory loss ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.9
 1K
Short Peace (2013)
Genre: Animation, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 68 min.
Story: A four-film omnibus that features four short anime films all themed around Japan.
Style: exciting, atmospheric, futuristic, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: soldier, royal family, ghost, rivalry, escapades, danger, curses spells and rituals, heroes, imaginary, traveler, samurai, demon ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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, romance, imaginary, tragic love, impossible love, social relations, youth, teenage life, unfulfillment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Movie in collections
 5.0
 161
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, immigrants, family problems, family relations, parents and children, fall in love, young lovers, youth, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: san francisco, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works (2010)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Shirou Emiya finds himself an unwilling participant in a deadly competition where seven Mages summon heroic spirits as servants to duel each other to the death. They compete for the chance to make a wish from the Holy Grail, which has the power to ...
Style: exciting, captivating, tense, suspense, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: holy grail, contests and competitions, mortal combat, young heroes, rivalry, ambition, magic, wizards and magicians, supernatural, imaginary, escapades, danger ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
To the Forest of Firefly Lights (2011)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 45 min.
Story: One hot summer day a little girl gets lost in an enchanted forest of the mountain god where spirits reside. A young boy appears before her, but she cannot touch him for fear of making him disappear. And so a wondrous adventure awaits...
Style: touching, exciting, captivating
Plot: spirit, supernatural, friendship, childhood, folklore, slice of life, coming of age, forest, little girl, japanese mythology, alcohol, mask
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 3.4
 194
Imagination (2007)
Genre: Animation, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 70 min.
Story: Dr. Reineger, a famous neuro-psychologist, has become convinced that a twin girl named Anna has a rare form of Autism called Asperger's Syndrome, rendering her unable to cope with reality. As for her blind sister, Sarah, the doctor cannot say ...
Style: mind bending, atmospheric, serious, experimental, offbeat ...
Plot: twins, mental illness, family relations, supernatural ability, supernatural, orphan, doctors and patients, child illness, siblings relations, imagination, mental institution, death of mother ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Blood-C The Last Dark (2012)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Tokyo, Winter. Despite the use of the Youth Ordinance Bill to enforce curfews for minors and regulate the use of the Internet, young people continue to fight for their own freedom through underground methods. One such group calls themselves Surat. ...
Style: suspenseful, atmospheric, stylized, serious
Plot: supernatural, imaginary, vengeance, good versus evil, cyberspace, uncover truth, heroes, fighting the system, rebellion, deadly, hacker, super weapon ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Movie in collections
 7.8
 8K
Mind Game (2004)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, 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, humorous, touching ...
Plot: self discovery, righting the wronged, family relations, dealing with death, supernatural, hopes, adventure, danger, family in danger, siblings relations, old love, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 8.0
 4K
Monogatari (2009)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: The Monogatari Series revolves around on Koyomi Araragi, a third-year high school student who survived a vampire attack, and finds himself helping some girls involved with all kinds of apparitions, deities, ghosts, mythological beasts, and spirits.
Style: humorous, semi serious, atmospheric, offbeat, captivating ...
Audience: teens
Plot: imaginary, young heroes, ghost, teenage life, vampire, classmate, teenage love, high school life, romance, classmates, supernatural romance, cure ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Beyond the Boundary (2013)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: The dark fantasy follows a high school sophomore named Akihito Kanbara. Although the boy appears human, he is half Youmu and invulnerable to wounds because he can heal quickly. One day, Akihito meets freshman Mirai Kuriyama when it seems she is ...
Style: exciting, light, humorous, captivating, tense ...
Plot: immortality, danger, heroes, supernatural, monster, religions or cults, school, adventure, love and romance, couples, friendship, rivalry ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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, little girl, family relations, youth, japanese woman, adolescence, female protagonist, children ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.0
 252
Hourou Musuko (2011)
Genre: Animation, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: Yoshino and Shuichi are two friends, both starting at a new school, both starting puberty, and both transgender. This series follows them as they come out and find acceptance.
Style: atmospheric, emotional, psychological, captivating
Plot: coming of age, transsexual, middle school, romance, puberty, teenager, friends, friendship, school life, lgbt, moving, love ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 5.3
 1K
Lady Death (2004)
Genre: Animation, Action, Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 80 min.
Story: The movie begins in 15th century Sweden, where Hope, the beautiful daughter of Matthias, a skilled mercenary who is in actuality a demon, is accused of being the devil's consort. Sentenced by the town priest to be burned at the stake, Matthias, ...
Style: gothic, exciting, suspenseful, atmospheric, stylized ...
Audience: teens
Plot: lucifer, supernatural ability, supernatural, afterlife, haunted by the past, vengeance, rivalry, danger, betrayal, good versus evil, save the world, chaos ...
Time: 15th century
Place: europe, sweden
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part III: Rebellion (2013)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Following Madoka's rewriting of the universe, sacrificing herself and her happy normal days to save all magical girls from the cruel fate that awaited them by wiping witches out of existence, the despair still manifest into creatures known as ...
Style: stylized, twists and turns, emotional, bleak, serious ...
Plot: magical girl, surrealism, young heroes, supernatural, coming of age, wish come true, haunted by the past, imaginary kingdom, hopes, imaginary, youth, deal with the devil ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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