Movies like Giovanni's Island

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Giovanni's Island
Original name: ジョバンニの島
Genre: Animation, Drama, History, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 102 min.
Story: In the aftermath of the most devastating conflict mankind had ever experienced, the tiny island of Shikotan became part of the Sakhalin Oblast... and on the unhealed border in this remote corner of the world, friendship among children from two different countries timidly blossomed, striving to overcome language barriers and the waves of history. Inspired by true events.
Style: emotional, serious, touching, realistic, gloomy, stylized
Plot: island, friendship, best friends, village, young heroes, innocence lost, life turned upside down, youth, dancing, friends, parents and children, siblings relations, social differences, family in crisis, wartime life, coming of age, society, family relations, disorder, forceful separation, deportation, communication problem, young girl, defeat, post war ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1947, year 1946, year 1945
Place: asia, soviet union, japan

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, emotional and touching films with plots about friendship, world war two, youth, wartime life, war, runaway and mentor mostly in Drama, War and History genres. Some movies like Giovanni's Island: Grave of the Fireflies (1988), Secrets of War (2014), The Wedding Song (2008), 5 Centimeters Per Second (2007), The Wind Rises (2013). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Grave of the Fireflies
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Country: Japan
Duration: 89 min.
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Secrets of War
Genre: Drama, Family, History, War
Country: Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg
Duration: 95 min.
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The Wedding Song
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France, Tunisia
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The Nazi occupation of Tunisia strains the bonds of friendship between a Muslim woman and a Sephardic Jewess who are both preparing for their marriages.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, gloomy, atmospheric ...
Plot: innocence lost, friendship, injustice, coming of age, youth, life is a bitch, friends, parents and children, holocaust, religions or cults, against humanity, society ...
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The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 190 min.
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Plot: soldier, survival, anti war, war, captivity, wartime life, estrangement, chinese, russian, japanese army, confined, military ...
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Place: china, japan, asia
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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 ...
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Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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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.
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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 ...
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Zozo
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Duration: 105 min.
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    User:   76%
 
Paradise Road
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Paradise Road is a 1997 film which tells the story of a group of English, American, Dutch and Australian women who are imprisoned in Sumatra during World War II. It was directed by Bruce Beresford and stars Glenn Close as beatific Adrienne Pargiter, ...
Style: realistic, serious, emotional, gloomy, uplifting ...
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Mother of Mine
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Finland, Sweden
Duration: 111 min.
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Plot: innocence lost, finnish, immigrants, adoption, childhood, swedish, orphan, wartime, children, dysfunctional family, parents and children, mentor ...
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Duration: 83 min.
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Style: serious, bleak, rough, suspenseful, disturbing ...
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Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
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Empire of the Sun
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 153 min.
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Village of Dreams
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Private Peaceful
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Duration: 102 min.
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Style: serious, emotional, realistic, touching
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Plot: investigation, military, politics, war, romance, emperor, wartime, culture clash, civil war, state affairs, love story, soldier ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1930s, year 1945
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The Edelweiss Pirates
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 ...
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Place: europe, germany
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    User:   45%
 
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Europa Europa
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Germany, France, Poland
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    User:   42%
 
Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
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Style: serious, bleak, realistic, disturbing, emotional ...
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Time: 40s, 1940s
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From Up on Poppy Hill
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 91 min.
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Style: realistic, atmospheric, sentimental, touching, serious ...
Audience: teens, family outing
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Time: 1960s, 20th century, 60s, year 1963
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, seaport
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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 94 min.
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Style: touching, emotional, realistic, disturbing, twists and turns ...
Audience: kids
Plot: innocence lost, holocaust, friendship, jewish, nazis, childhood, nazi, children, concentration camp, german, young heroes, jews ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: germany, europe, poland, berlin germany, switzerland
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   38%
    User:   38%
 
 7.3
 4K
Ilo Ilo
Genre: Drama
Country: Singapore, Japan, Taiwan, France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Set in the mid 1990s in Singapore, ILOILO chronicles the relationship between a family and their maid from Ilo Ilo, a province in the Philippines.
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, touching, emotional ...
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Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: asia, singapore, the philippines
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   37%
    User:   33%
 
 3.9
 1K
The Blitz
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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 ...
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    User:   39%
 
Heimat: A Chronicle of Germany
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Country: West Germany
Duration: 90 min.
Story: This epic tale of a family and their rural life in a small German village is told against the changing backdrop of a country's turbulent history from 1919 to 1982. From the aftermath of the First World War, economic hardship, the rise and fall ...
Style: epic, bleak, serious, realistic, captivating ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   37%
    User:   34%
 
The White Countess
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: UK, Germany, China, USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: The last movie from the team of Ismail Merchant, James Ivory, and Kazuo Ishiguro. Set in 1930s Shanghai, "The White Countess" is both Sofia (Natasha Richardson), a fallen member of the Russian aristocracy, and a nightclub created by a ...
Style: touching, serious, emotional, heartbreaking, realistic ...
Plot: romance, russian, jewish, drinking, blindness, unlikely couple, relationships, adultery, family, innocence lost, love story, destiny ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, pre world war two
Place: asia, china, russia, macau, hong kong ...
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System:   36%
    User:   41%
 
My Neighbor Totoro
Genre: Animation, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 86 min.
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Style: touching, fairy tale, serious, feel good, sweet ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: adventure, friendship, hospital, family, children, mischievous children, happy ending, childhood, imagination, fantasy world, magic, storytelling ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   35%
    User:   39%
 
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 ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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    User:   33%
 
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