Movies like Purple Butterfly

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Purple Butterfly (2003)
 6.2
 1K
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: tense, thought provoking, atmospheric, bleak, serious, captivating, realistic, suspenseful
Plot: japanese occupation, war, heroes, life is a bitch, secret agents, love and romance, anti war, love affair, master warrior, society, dishonesty, political unrest, wartime life, deadly, rivalry, undercover, hidden identity, tragic hero, mistaken identity, resistance, espionage, spy, army, chinese, sino japanese war ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1940s, 1930s, 2000s
Place: japan, china, asia, shanghai, shanghai china

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, captivating and bleak films with plots about war, wartime life, heroes, state affairs, life is a bitch, military and world war two mostly in Drama, War and History genres. Some movies like Purple Butterfly: Fighter in the Wind (2004), Red Sorghum (1987), City of Life and Death (2009), The Message (2009), Men Behind the Sun 4 (1995). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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: exciting, suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, atrocity, fight for supremacy, fall in love, opponent, love and romance, heroes, master warrior, contests and competitions, rivalry, ambition, good samaritan ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 30s, 1940s, 1930s
Place: korea, japan, asia
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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: realistic, gloomy, bleak, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: soldier, survival, russian, japanese army, chinese, captivity, life is a bitch, hopes, imperialism, estrangement, escape attempt, prison life ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: china, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
 7.4
 7K
Red Sorghum (1987)
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, realistic, epic, serious, psychological ...
Plot: love and romance, couple relations, love affair, state affairs, war, village life, wartime life, village, society, political unrest, couples, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 20s, 1940s, 1930s, 1920s
Place: china, asia, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
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: disturbing, rough, bleak, epic, realistic ...
Plot: sino japanese war, sexual abuse, massacre, atrocity, life is a bitch, japanese army, mass murder, military, war crime, war, dehumanization, invasion ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, year 1937, year 1938
Place: asia, china, shanghai china
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
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 7.4
 3K
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: realistic, stylized, suspenseful, captivating, serious
Plot: espionage, code breaking, japanese occupation, resistance, assassination, crime, wartime life, life is a bitch, occupation, deadly, undercover, world war two ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1942
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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: suspenseful, disturbing, realistic, serious, rough ...
Plot: genocide, rape, massacre, bayonet, gore, coldhearted, battles, power relations, state affairs, war, against humanity, wartime life ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: china, asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 6.2
 2K
Sacrifice (2010)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: China
Duration: 122 min.
Story: For generations the Zhao family has wielded power, until their mortal enemy TU’AN GU slaughters the entire clan, determined to wipe out their influence forever. But one Zhao baby survives hidden by CHENG YING the doctor who delivered him. When ...
Style: realistic, serious, atmospheric, exciting, captivating ...
Plot: orphan, heroes, master warrior, vengeance, hidden identity, rivalry, haunted by the past, uninhibited rivalry, parents and children, betrayal, family relations, disorder ...
Time: ancient history
Place: ancient china, asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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, serious, exciting ...
Plot: war, vietnam war, captivity, confined, military life, political unrest, espionage, on the run, wartime life, life is a bitch, battles, anti war ...
Place: vietnam, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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 6.5
 13K
Emperor (2012)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 105 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, emotional ...
Plot: emperor, investigation, war crime, occupation, war, politics, political intrigue, moral dilemma, japanese history, political unrest, state affairs, ruler ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 30s, 1940s, year 1945 ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, russia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 6.5
 460
The Opium War (1997)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: China
Duration: 153 min.
Story: The story of the Opium War between China, in the waning days of the Qing Dynasty, and the British Empire, in the 1830s, and the subsequent takeover of Hong Kong by Britain; through the eyes of the key figures, fiercely nationalistic Lin Zexu, and ...
Style: serious, epic, captivating, thought provoking, realistic ...
Plot: war, british empire, international crisis, leadership, political intrigue, state affairs, wartime life, rebellion, society, politics, military, battles ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s
Place: hong kong, china, asia, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Red Cliff Part II (2009)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea
Duration: 142 min.
Story: The battle of Red Cliff continues and the alliance between Xu and East Wu is fracturing. With Cao Cao's massive forces on their doorstep, will the kingdoms of Xu and East Wu survive?
Style: epic, stylized, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, master warrior, war, military, horse, wartime life, heroes, historical character, life is a bitch, martial arts, weakness, leadership ...
Time: ancient history
Place: china, ancient china, asia, hong kong, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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: tense, disturbing, realistic, serious, bleak ...
Plot: rescue, war crime, atrocity, negotiation, wartime life, confined, war, survival, lifesaver, deadly, selflessness, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 30s, year 1937, year 1938
Place: china, asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.2
 190
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: serious, bleak, rough, exciting, captivating ...
Plot: fascism, wartime life, genocide, isolation, danger, captivity, anti war, society, military, soldier, holocaust, against humanity ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: usa, texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
The Edelweiss Pirates (2004)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Germany, Switzerland, Netherlands, Luxembourg
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, serious, bleak, captivating, tense ...
Plot: resistance, heroes, family relations, urban, society, captivity, rebellion, rebelliousness, idealism, youth, danger, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1944
Place: europe, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The Founding of a Republic (2009)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: China
Duration: 138 min.
Story: The Founding of a Republic is a Chinese historical film commissioned by China's film regulator and made by the state-owned China Film Group (CFG) to mark the 60th anniversary of the People's Republic of China. The film retells the tale of ...
Style: disturbing, realistic, bleak, rough, serious ...
Plot: politics, media, assassination, leadership, political unrest, rebellion, society, battles, ambition, rivalry, military, revolution ...
Place: china, taiwan, shanghai, beijing china
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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: disturbing, realistic, serious, bleak, captivating ...
Plot: fascism, anti semitism, holocaust, life is a bitch, against humanity, war, wartime life, friends, rivalry, family business, social decay, political unrest ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
Place: italy, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, gloomy
Plot: resistance, assassination, ss, crimes, wartime life, heroes, human spirit, hopes, deadly, political unrest, youth, danger ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s, year 1942
Place: france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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: rough, bleak, serious, disturbing, captivating ...
Plot: partisan, nazi occupation, ss, hostages, escapades, survival, genocide, church, society, moral dilemma, introspection, urban ...
Time: 40s, 20th century
Place: italy, europe, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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The Children of Huang Shi (2008)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Australia, China, Germany, USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: About young British journalist, George Hogg, who with the assistance of a courageous Australian nurse, saves a group of orphaned children during the Japanese occupation of China in 1937.
Style: sincere, captivating, touching, realistic, serious
Plot: sino japanese war, orphan, survival, self fulfillment, rescue, dragon, journalism, snow, soldier, escapades, selflessness, challenge ...
Time: 1930s, 40s, 20th century, 30s, year 1937 ...
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Back Door to Hell (1964)
Genre: War, Drama
Country: USA, Philippines
Duration: 75 min.
Story: During WWII, a three-man commando team places its trust in the hands of a band of Filipino resistors, as they try to knock out a Japenese communication center.
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, tense, bleak ...
Plot: espionage, war, danger, anti war, escapades, mission, soldier, reconnaissance, liberation, captivity, military, military life ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: the philippines, japan, asia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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: captivating, suspenseful, tense, atmospheric, bleak ...
Plot: politics, wartime life, state affairs, heroes, chaos and mayhem, war, life is a bitch, animal life, political unrest, ethnic, totalitarianism, fighting the system ...
Time: contemporary
Place: sarajevo, bosnia herzegovina
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Enola Gay: The Men, the Mission, the Atomic Bomb (1980)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 156 min.
Story: Well-intentioned history lesson; the decision to drop the atom bomb, the secrecy surrounding the mission, and the men who flew it.
Style: captivating, realistic, rough, serious, bleak
Plot: atomic bomb, wartime life, against humanity, war, state affairs, heroes, super weapon, nuclear holocaust, danger, military, moral dilemma, secret place ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: usa, japan, asia, pacific ocean, hiroshima japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon (2008)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: China, South Korea, Hong Kong
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The aging Zhao embarks on his final and greatest campaign, a road to adventure that will crown his name in glory for all time.
Style: realistic, exciting, epic, serious, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: military, uninhibited rivalry, war, political unrest, soldier, hopes, heroic mission, state affairs, rise to the top, master warrior, ambition, battles ...
Time: ancient history
Place: china, ancient china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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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, serious ...
Plot: war, military, resistance, politics, soldier, family relations, battle zone, state affairs, heroic mission, heroes, siblings relations, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1940s, 1930s, year 1939
Place: finland, europe, russia, soviet union, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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: rough, exciting, suspenseful, realistic, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, undercover, resistance, one man army, assassination, dishonesty, state affairs, vengeance, master warrior, righting the wronged, danger, vigilantism ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, pre world war two
Place: china, asia, shanghai
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.5
 348
Day One (1989)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 141 min.
Story: Hungarian physicist Leo Szilard leaves Europe, eventually arriving in the United States. With the help of Einstein, he persuades the government to build an atomic bomb. The project is given to no-nonsense Gen. Leslie Groves who selects physicist J. ...
Style: captivating, tense, thought provoking, realistic, serious
Plot: politics, laboratory, nuclear threat, state affairs, against humanity, wartime life, life is a bitch, intrigue, moral dilemma, fight for supremacy, rivalry, nuclear holocaust ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 30s, 1930s, 1940s
Place: usa, new mexico, europe, new york, japan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 8.0
 29K
Kagemusha (1980)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: When a warlord dies, a peasant thief is called upon to impersonate him, in order to protect his clan from appearing weak and vulnerable. But he finds himself haunted by the warlord’s spirit as well as his own ambitions.
Style: epic, captivating, bleak, enigmatic, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, battle, lookalikes, war, switching roles, state affairs, disorder, mistaken identity, emperor, military, ruler, dishonesty ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s, 18th century
Place: japan, feudal japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 6.9
 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: realistic, captivating, bleak, rough, serious
Plot: drought, wartime life, war, on the road, family in danger, danger, chaos, society, starvation, life is a bitch, escapades, survival ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, year 1942
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Samurai Banners (1969)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 165 min.
Story: Feudal Japan, 1543 to 1562. Kansuke Yamamoto is a samurai who dreams of a country united, peaceful from sea to sea. He enters the service of Takeda, the lord of Kai domain. He convinces Takeda to kill the lord of neighboring Suwa and take his wife ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, stylized
Plot: samurai, war, state affairs, politics, betrayal, power relations, military, heroes, master warrior, fall in love, dishonesty, intrigue ...
Time: 16th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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, bleak ...
Plot: wartime life, political unrest, woman in danger, fall in love, life is a bitch, false accusation, family relations, against humanity, love and romance, rebellion, society, civil war ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%