Movies like Purple Butterfly

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Purple Butterfly (2003)
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Purple Butterfly (2003)
Original name: 紫蝴蝶
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: China, France
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Ding Hui is a member of Purple Butterfly, a powerful resistance group in Japanese occupied Shanghai. An unexpected encounter reunites her with Itami, an ex-lover... and officer with a secret police unit tasked with dismantling Purple Butterfly.
Style: thought provoking, serious, realistic, bleak, captivating, suspenseful, tense, atmospheric, non-linear
Plot: japanese occupation, war, wartime life, rivalry, life is a bitch, love and romance, anti war, love affair, society, political unrest, deadly, hidden identity, tragic hero, resistance, secret agents, dishonesty, mistaken identity, undercover, army, spy, world war two, heroes, master warrior, strong female presence, espionage ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 30s, 1940s, 2000s
Place: japan, china, shanghai, asia, shanghai china

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Most similar movies to Purple Butterfly

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, captivating and bleak films with plots about wartime life, war, world war two, life is a bitch, danger, military and society mostly in Drama, War and History genres. Some movies like Purple Butterfly: The Message (2009), Fighter in the Wind (2004), Red Sorghum (1988), City of Life and Death (2009), 1944: The Final Defence (2007). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Message (2009)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller, War
Country: China
Duration: 118 min.
Story: 1942, Nanjing (Nanking). Following a series of assassination attempts on officials of the Japanese-controlled puppet government, the Japanese spy chief gathers a group of suspects in a mansion house for questioning. A tense game of "cat and ...
Style: captivating, realistic, tense, psychological, suspense ...
Plot: japanese occupation, espionage, code breaking, world war two, resistance, assassination, wartime life, undercover, spy, rivalry, danger, occupation ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1942
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Fighter in the Wind (2004)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: South Korea
Duration: 120 min.
Story: An account of karate competitor Choi Yeung-Eui who went to Japan after World War II to become a fighter pilot but found a very different path instead. He changed his name to Masutatsu Oyama and went across the country, defeating martial artists one ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: atrocity, martial arts, world war two, heroes, fight for supremacy, love and romance, fall in love, contests and competitions, ambition, liberation, fight, japanese occupation ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 20th century, 40s, 30s
Place: japan, korea, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer (1961)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 190 min.
Story: His ideals challenged by life as a conscript in war-time Japan's military, a pacifist faces ever greater tests in his fight for survival.
Style: atmospheric, bleak, gloomy, serious, realistic ...
Plot: soldier, world war two, survival, japanese army, chinese, captivity, unfulfilled love, prison life, imperialism, estrangement, escape attempt, hapless soldier ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: china, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 7.4
 8K
Red Sorghum (1988)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: China
Duration: 91 min.
Story: An old leper who owned a remote sorghum winery dies. Jiu'er, the wife bought by the leper, and her lover, identified only as "my Grandpa" by the narrator, take over the winery and set up an idealized quasi-matriarchal community headed ...
Style: tense, serious, realistic, sincere, epic ...
Plot: sino japanese war, world war two, village, village life, wartime life, love affair, couple relations, political unrest, society, state affairs, love and romance, war ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s, 1940s, 1930s
Place: china, asia, japan, tokyo, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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City of Life and Death (2009)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 132 min.
Story: City of Life and Death takes place in 1937, during the height of the Second Sino-Japanese War. The Imperial Japanese Army has just captured the then-capital of the Republic of China, Nanjing. What followed was known as the Nanking Massacre, or the ...
Style: rough, disturbing, bleak, epic, emotional ...
Plot: sino japanese war, sexual abuse, war crime, massacre, atrocity, life is a bitch, mass murder, japanese army, military, dehumanization, invasion, war atrocity ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, year 1937, year 1938
Place: china, asia, shanghai, shanghai china
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
1944: The Final Defence (2007)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Finland
Duration: 117 min.
Story: The Soviet army breaks through the Finnish defences on the Karelian Isthmus in June 1944, advancing with overwhelming force. Somehow, the Finnish troops must find the strength to fight back, with all odds against them. The Battle of Tali-Ihantala ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, captivating, bleak ...
Plot: world war two, soldier, battles, against the odds, heroes, wartime life, military, rivalry, war, infantrymen, battlefield, military officer ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, year 1944
Place: finland, europe, russia, soviet union
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 4.0
 2K
The Blitz (2012)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A thrilling love story between the young boxer Vincent and the German Eva, who soon has to marry with the middle-aged Dirk to save her family. While the war starts in the Netherlands their impossible love inflames. May 14, 1940, the day that the ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, emotional, suspenseful ...
Plot: world war two, wartime life, life is a bitch, society, social differences, bombing, arranged marriage, unfulfillment, romance, german occupation, brother sister relationship, love and romance ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: holland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Army of Crime (2009)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: France
Duration: 139 min.
Story: This gripping historical drama recounts the story of Armenian-born Missak Manouchian, a woodworker and political activist who led an immigrant laborer division of the Parisian Resistance on 30 operations against the Nazis in 1943. The Nazis branded ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Plot: resistance, world war two, occupation, poet, human spirit, idealism, danger, youth, crimes, war, deadly, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1942
Place: paris france, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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The Edelweiss Pirates (2004)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Germany, Netherlands
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Im Kölner Stadtteil Ehrenfeld lebt eine Gruppe von Arbeiterkindern kurz vor Ende des Zweiten Weltkriegs ihren ganz eigenen Alltag. Die selbsternannten „Edelweißpiraten“ träumen von einer gerechten Welt und sehnen sich nach der unbeschwerten ...
Style: realistic, tense, captivating, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: resistance, wartime life, human spirit, young heroes, rebellion, danger, against humanity, life is a bitch, confined, idealism, rebelliousness, captivity ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1944
Place: germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Forever Nevermore (2014)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: Brazil
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A dramatic novel that presents the submission in a relationship between an Italian settler and a Brazilian woman in 1932. Luiza is a generation of women who were sent to convents to be educated, many of the high cost of permanency option ran out and ...
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, touching, gloomy
Plot: rebellion, love affair, forbidden love, society, love and romance, life is a bitch, rivalry, revolution, couples, vengeance, wartime life, war ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: latin america, brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Men Behind the Sun 4 (1995)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Black Sun: The Nanking Massacre, also called Men Behind the Sun 4, is a 1994 Hong Kong film directed by Mou Tun Fei and is in many ways considered to be a follow up to the 1987 shockumentary film, Men Behind the Sun. The movie depicts the events ...
Style: bleak, suspenseful, rough, disturbing, controversial ...
Plot: genocide, gore, bayonet, massacre, rape, soldier, military, danger, world war two, strong violent content, chaos and mayhem, wartime life ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: china, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.2
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Joy Division (2006)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, Germany, Hungary
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A teenage orphan fights against the Red Army at the end of WWII and in the aftermath is 'adopted' by a Commissar. Years later he is sent to London during the Cold war to work for the KGB, where he questions his life.
Style: serious, thought provoking, captivating, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: kgb, world war two, secret agents, politics, betrayal, introspection, political unrest, haunted by the past, moral dilemma, unsuccessful, burned alive, undercover ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, year 1945
Place: russia, london, england, soviet union
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The Sleeping Voice (2011)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Spain
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Pepita travels to Madrid to be near her sister Hortensia who is pregnant and in prison. Hortensia is sentenced to death. The execution will not be carried out until after the baby is delivered. Pepita tries everything to stay the execution, but when ...
Style: captivating, emotional, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Plot: wartime life, death sentence, woman in danger, political unrest, fall in love, life is a bitch, rebellion, against humanity, society, dishonesty, love and romance, family relations ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: spain, europe, madrid
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
The Iron Triangle (1989)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Based on the diary of an unknown Viet Cong soldier, this film provides a sympathetic look at a Viet Cong soldier who protected a captured American soldier whom he believed did not kill him when the American had the opportunity. Written by John ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, rough, exciting, serious ...
Plot: vietnam war, war, captivity, military life, confined, life is a bitch, rebellion, on the run, espionage, battles, anti war, wartime life ...
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.5
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Emperor (2012)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: As the Japanese surrender at the end of WWII, Gen. Fellers is tasked with deciding if Emperor Hirohito will be hanged as a war criminal. Influencing his ruling is his quest to find Aya, an exchange student he met years earlier in the U.S.
Style: captivating, touching, thought provoking, sincere, contemplative ...
Plot: emperor, investigation, war crime, occupation, war, politics, moral dilemma, political intrigue, japanese history, state affairs, ruler, society ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 40s ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, russia, berlin germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Unfair Competition (2001)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Two linen fabric dealers with their shops close to one another, battle against each other for more and more costumers. Umberto constantly loses clients because of the tough competition brought by Leone, who offers the best prices in the ...
Style: thought provoking, serious, realistic, bleak, disturbing ...
Plot: fascism, anti semitism, social decay, family business, against humanity, life is a bitch, political unrest, moral dilemma, human nature, racial slur, rivalry, racial discrimination ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 30s
Place: italy, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
City of War: The Story of John Rabe (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: France, China, Germany
Duration: 134 min.
Story: A true-story account of a German businessman who saved more than 200,000 Chinese during the Nanjing massacre in 1937-38.
Style: disturbing, realistic, tense, bleak, serious ...
Plot: rescue, war crime, atrocity, heroes, deadly, confined, war, wartime life, survival, lifesaver, negotiation, disorder ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, year 1937, year 1938
Place: china, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
The Zookeeper (2001)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Denmark, UK, Czech Republic, Netherlands
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Jonah Ludovic (Sam Neill) is a custodian at a small municipal zoo. After a night of heavy shelling Ludovic arrives at his job to find the staff abandoning the zoo. He joins a skeleton crew that includes an elderly guard and a veterinarian (Om ...
Style: suspenseful, atmospheric, psychological, rough, tense ...
Plot: war, survival, wartime life, tragic hero, fighting the system, society, danger, life is a bitch, rebellion, political unrest, politics, state affairs ...
Time: contemporary
Place: sarajevo, bosnia herzegovina
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Massacre in Rome (1973)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: In the Nazi occupied city of Rome, an assault on an SS brigade draws retaliation from the military governship. "Massacre in Rome" is the true story of how this partisan attack led to the mass execution of Italian nationals under the orders ...
Style: contemplative, captivating, thought provoking, serious, realistic ...
Plot: nazi occupation, partisan, world war two, clergy, danger, against humanity, confined, war, society, soldier, hostage, moral dilemma ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: italy, rome italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.2
 194
Texas '46 (2002)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Italy
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Based on a true story its the untold story of Italian World War II POW"S in Jan 1946. Luca Zingaretti stars as one of over 50,000 Italian Prisoners of War detained at POW camps in the U.S. Roy Schneider stars as Colonel Gartner, the Commander ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, rough, disturbing, captivating ...
Plot: fascism, military, military life, danger, prison life, confined, genocide, captivity, wartime life, isolation, society, prison ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 4.9
 2K
Resistance (2011)
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 92 min.
Story: It is 1944 and the D-Day invasion has failed, Germany's army have successfully invaded England and the Nazi war-machine is now heading west towards Wales. A group of women in an isolated Welsh village near the English border wake up to ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic
Plot: espionage, danger, life is a bitch, undercover, war, wartime life, missing person, world war two, strong female presence, resistance fighter
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Winter in Wartime (2008)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Netherlands, Belgium
Duration: 103 min.
Story: During World War II in the freezing Netherlands winter of 1944/1945 the western Netherlands are in the grip of a famine. Many people move east to provide for their families. Fourteen year old Michiel can't wait to join the Dutch resistance, to ...
Style: serious, realistic, tense, exciting, captivating ...
Plot: world war two, nazism, resistance, occupation, execution, coming of age, nazi, wartime life, adventure, german, life is a bitch, military ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: netherlands, europe, holland
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Winter War (1989)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Finland
Duration: 199 min.
Story: Russia attacked Finland in late November 1939. This film tells the story of a Finnish platoon of reservists from the municipality of Kauhava in the province of Pohjanmaa/Ostrobothnia who leave their homes and go to war. The film focuses on the ...
Style: epic, realistic, bleak, tense, emotional ...
Plot: world war two, war, military, resistance, politics, siblings relations, heroic mission, political unrest, battle zone, heroes, soldier, state affairs ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 1940s, year 1939
Place: finland, europe, russia, soviet union, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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 6.6
 409
Silence (2011)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Finland
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A drama between people under unconventional circumstances. In the Second World War Finland was the only nation who brought casualties killed-in-action back to be buried at home. These actions were carried out by men and women working in assembly ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, captivating, gloomy ...
Plot: military, wartime life, life is a bitch, heroes, war, idealism, heroism, world war two, death of son, soldier, male nudity, frontier ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1944
Place: europe, finland
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.3
 3K
The Sun (2005)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Russia, Italy, Switzerland, France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The Sun (Russian: Сóлнце, Solntse) is a 2005 Russian biographical film depicting Japanese Emperor Shōwa (Hirohito) during the final days of World War II. The film is the third drama in director Aleksandr Sokurov's trilogy, which included ...
Style: disturbing, thought provoking, captivating, serious, realistic
Plot: world war two, emperor, wartime life, leadership, politics, military, state affairs, war, head of state, society, totalitarianism, downfall ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1945
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.8
 3K
Back to 1942 (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: China
Duration: 145 min.
Story: In 1942, Henan Province was devastated by the most tragic famine in modern Chinese history, resulting in the deaths of at least three million men, women and children. Although the primary cause of the famine was a severe drought, it was exacerbated ...
Style: serious, captivating, rough, bleak, realistic
Plot: drought, world war two, survival, danger, life is a bitch, chaos, family problems, on the road, family in danger, wartime life, against humanity, escapades ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1942
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Seven years after the apparent death of Chen Zhen, who was shot after discovering who was responsible for his teacher's death (Huo Yuanjia) in Japanese-occupied Shanghai. A mysterious stranger arrives from overseas and befriends a local mafia ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, rough, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, resistance, undercover, master warrior, assassination, dishonesty, state affairs, vengeance, one man army, danger, rivalry, vigilantism ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 30s, 1930s, 1940s ...
Place: china, asia, shanghai
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Burnt by the Sun 2: Citadel (2011)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 157 min.
Story: The final part of Mikhalkov's trilogy about Divisional Commander Kotov finds him returning home during World War II having been betrayed, narrowly escaped execution for treason and nearly reduced to dust in a prison camp. Only to discover that ...
Style: realistic, stylized, atmospheric, emotional, epic ...
Plot: soldier, world war two, life is a bitch, survival, wartime life, family relations, battle zone, war, dishonesty, deadly, danger, family problems ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1943
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.6
 2K
Rommel (2012)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Germany, France, Austria
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A new film about Erwin Rommel has been shown on German television, depicting the general as a weak man undone by his links to Adolf Hitler.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, suspenseful
Plot: assassination attempt, d day, military, state affairs, dishonesty, rivalry, political unrest, political conspiracy, war, trial, assassination plot, soldier ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1944
Place: france, europe, paris france, berlin germany, normandy
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Stones for the Rampart (2014)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Poland
Duration: 111 min.
Story: To be defeated and not be - a victory. This is the motto that life is guided by three young friends: Alek, Sophy and Rudy. Scouts, high school graduates high school in Warsaw drifting ambitious plans for the future broken through September 1939. ...
Style: captivating, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: life is a bitch, wartime life, against the odds, danger, daring rescue, war, world war two
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: poland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%