Movies like Giovanni's Island

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Giovanni's Island (2014)
 7.4
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Giovanni's Island (2014)
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: touching, emotional, realistic, serious, gloomy, stylized
Plot: friendship, island, young heroes, social differences, life turned upside down, forceful separation, village, society, deportation, communication problem, post world war two, dancing, best friends, youth, friends, family relations, parents and children, wartime life, coming of age, siblings relations, disorder, innocence lost, family in crisis, love, school ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1945, year 1946, year 1947
Place: asia, soviet union, japan

Most similar movies to Giovanni's Island

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out touching, serious, stylized and realistic films with plots about friendship, youth, friends, coming of age, family relations, bittersweet and culture clash mostly in Animation, Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like Giovanni's Island: Grave of the Fireflies (1988), Millennium Actress (2001), When Marnie Was There (2014), The Wind Rises (2013), A Letter to Momo (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
Genre: Animation, Drama, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In the final months of World War II, 14-year-old Seita and his sister Setsuko are orphaned when their mother is killed during an air raid in Kobe, Japan. After a falling out with their aunt, they move into an abandoned bomb shelter. With no ...
Style: heartbreaking, touching, stylized, harsh, depressing ...
Plot: orphan, survival, siblings relations, world war two, hunger, hiding place, death of parent, loss of parent, bomb, theft, war, firefly ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1945
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, love and romance, popularity, haunted by the past, retired, unfulfilled love, female protagonist, interview, mother daughter relationship, lost love ...
Time: 20th century, victorian era, 70s, 50s, 1930s ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, atmospheric, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: friendship, countryside, teenage life, loneliness, self discovery, young girl, childhood, dream, village, estate, youth, photograph ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.8
 69K
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: touching, stylized, atmospheric, sentimental, realistic ...
Plot: tuberculosis, hopes, world war two, dreams, earthquake, love, follow your dream, inventions and discoveries, love and romance, letter, airplane, great depression ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 30s, 1940s, 20th century ...
Place: japan, asia, germany, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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A Letter to Momo (2011)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Clinging to an unfinished letter written by her recently deceased father, young Momo moves with her mother from bustling Tokyo to the remote Japanese island of Shio. Upon their arrival, she begins to explore her new habitat, meeting local children ...
Style: semi serious, touching, humorous, stylized
Audience: family outing
Plot: supernatural, family relations, teenage life, island, ghost, imaginary character, starting over, life turned upside down, self discovery, disorder, parents and children, family ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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, serious, touching, captivating
Audience: family outing, preschoolers
Plot: ghost, village, supernatural, life turned upside down, fish out of water, parents and children, family, fall in love, youth, isolation, family relations, disorder ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Clannad: The Motion Picture (2007)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Clannad is set in a high-school located in some Japanese town. Okazaki Tomoya is a third-year student who doesn't take his studies seriously. Always late for class, he's seen as a delinquent by the rest of his classmates who are busy ...
Style: sincere, touching, emotional, humorous, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: friendship, love and romance, teenage life, youth, high school, romance, terminal illness, high school life, love, father son relationship, student, death of mother ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 8.0
 7K
Barefoot Gen (1983)
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 83 min.
Story: A powerful statement against war, Barefoot Gen is a story about the effect of the atomic bomb on a boy's life and the lives of the Japanese people. Based on the acclaimed manga by Nakazawa Keiji, the author of Barefoot Gen, who was 6 years old ...
Style: adult animation, disturbing, suspenseful, bleak, serious ...
Plot: world war two, anti war, demolished city, atrocity, orphan, catastrophe, contamination, burned alive, survival, bombing, radiation sickness, military ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: japan, asia, hiroshima japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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, stylized, atmospheric, melancholic, light ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: princess, emperor, coming of age, youth, friendship, little girl, parents and children, family relations, japanese woman, female protagonist, children, dream ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.7
 12K
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: sincere, realistic, serious, touching
Audience: date night, teens
Plot: friendship, unspoken love, fall in love, high school reunion, surrealism, love, falling in love, telephone call, high school, social relations, friends, high school life ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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: sentimental, touching, atmospheric, serious, emotional ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: high school, teenage love, teenage life, fighting the system, friendship, destiny, high school life, longing, mother daughter relationship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, sister sister relationship, love and romance ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1963
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
In This Corner of the World (2016)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, History, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Newlywed Suzu Urano moves to her new life in Kure City on the coast of Hiroshima Prefecture, where she perseveres through World War II with pluck and determination.
Style: thought provoking, captivating, tense, suspenseful, touching
Plot: family relations, bombing, wedding, military, evacuation, anniversary, female protagonist, world war two, war, danger, couples, society ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 1930s, year 1935, year 1945 ...
Place: hiroshima japan, east asia, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.7
 1K
Asura (2012)
Genre: Animation, History, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 76 min.
Story: Abandoned in the barren wasteland of Kyoto, a savage, enraged orphan does whatever it takes to survive in the wild. When he crosses paths with civilization, he must learn to tame the beast within.
Style: atmospheric, serious, suspense, tense, psychological ...
Plot: orphan, human nature, survival, wilderness, war, life is a bitch, feral man, friendship, village, murder, rage, violence ...
Time: 15th century
Place: japan, asia, kyoto japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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: touching, emotional, semi serious, feel good, sentimental ...
Plot: holiday, christmas, family relations, adventure, eccentric family, friends, youth, life is a bitch, parents and children, suicide attempt, alcohol abuse, heist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Kids on the Slope (2012)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
Story: Kids on the Slope is a Japanese manga series by Yuki Kodama. An anime television series adaptation of the same name aired in 2012. It is directed by Shinichirō Watanabe at MAPPA and Tezuka Productions with music provided by acclaimed composer Yoko ...
Style: touching, emotional, realistic, serious, melancholic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: jazz, high school, friendship, coming of age, music band, free spirited, music, youth, first love, unrequited love, love triangle, loud ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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: emotional, psychological, touching, serious, sentimental ...
Plot: friendship, supernatural, ghost, love triangle, teenage love, coming of age, unrequited love, teenage life, haunted by the past, youth, fall in love, high school life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Whisper of the Heart (1995)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Music, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Shizuku lives a simple life, dominated by her love for stories and writing. One day she notices that all the library books she has have been previously checked out by the same person: 'Seiji Amasawa'. Curious as to who he is, Shizuku meets ...
Style: touching, feel good, uplifting, realistic, sentimental ...
Audience: teens, pre-teens, family outing
Plot: teenage love, follow your dream, first love, teenage life, love and romance, love, fall in love, self discovery, high school life, cat, education, youth ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: japan, italy, tokyo, europe, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.1
 675
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: realistic, stylized, serious, touching, contemplative
Plot: writer's life, rise to the top, prodigy, ambition, lifestyle, manga, artists and showbiz, performer's life, life
Time: 20th century, 50s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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 7.0
 1K
Stormy Night (2005)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: Japan
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A goat named Mei wanders into a barn one night seeking shelter from a storm. In the barn, the goat meets another refugee. The two can neither see nor smell each other, but never the less they huddled together fending off the cold, and begin to talk. ...
Style: emotional, semi serious, sentimental, touching, allegory
Audience: family outing, kids, preschoolers
Plot: friendship, best friends, partners, odd couple, in the woods, imaginary, family, animal life, self discovery, animals, animal, forest ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Say "I love you." (2012)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
Story: Friends suck, and trusting someone is just setting yourself up. That's the lesson Mei Tachibana learned after her heart was ripped out and only a shell was left where a girl used to be. But unlike so many, she found an easy solution: ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, realistic, humorous ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage love, friendship, fall in love, teenage life, friends, social relations, school, haunted by the past, high school life, love and romance, youth, troubled past ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.7
 25K
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, childhood, marriage, folk music, village life, school, introspection, twentysomething life, coming of age, city life, deadend life, urban ...
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Croisée in a Foreign Labyrinth -The Animation (2011)
Genre: Animation, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 59 min.
Story: The story takes place in the second half of the 19th century, as Japanese culture gains popularity in the West. A young Japanese girl, Yune, accompanies a French traveler, Oscar, on his journey back to France, and offers to help at the family's ...
Style: captivating, atmospheric, sincere, contemplative, light ...
Plot: friendship, social differences, culture clash, fish out of water, disorder, friends, society, slice of life, couples, rivalry, family relations, misfit ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s
Place: france, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.8
 2K
My Dog Tulip (2009)
Genre: Animation, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: The story of a man who rescues a German shepherd and how the two become fast friends.
Style: atmospheric, sincere, touching, serious, realistic ...
Plot: dog, human animal relationship, german shepherd, pets, friendship, rescue, wounded animal, memoir, dog movie, bittersweet, friends, female director ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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The Place Promised in Our Early Days (2004)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The story takes place in a alternate postwar period, in 1996, where Japan is divided. Hokkaido is ruled by the "Union" while Honshu and other southern islands are under US authority. A tall tower was built on Hokkaido, which could even be ...
Style: futuristic, serious, captivating, suspense, adult animation
Plot: friendship, alternate timeline, coma, teenage life, youth, future dystopia, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, apocalypse, danger, airplane, young love ...
Time: future, 90s, 1990s, year 1996, year 1999
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
First Squad: The Moment of Truth (2009)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, History, Sci-Fi, War
Country: Russia, Japan, Canada
Duration: 73 min.
Story: Set during the opening days of World War II on the Eastern Front. Its main cast are a group of Soviet teenagers with extraordinary abilities; the teenagers have been drafted to form a special unit to fight the invading German army. They are opposed ...
Style: bleak, stylized, serious, exciting, suspenseful
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, world war two, super soldier, nazi, supernatural ability, escapades, danger, battles, heroes, soldier, military, russian army ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: soviet union
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Art of Happiness (2013)
Genre: Animation, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Sergio driving a taxi in a white Naples overflowing sadness and garbage. Pouring rain leads her clients through the city trying to process the death of his brother, who started ten years earlier for Tibet and never returned. A pop singer, a recycler ...
Style: serious, touching, realistic, gloomy, contemplative ...
Plot: buddhism, happiness, surrealism, taxi driver, workplace situations, workplace, radio dj, urban, life turned upside down, dealing with death, death, audio flashback ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy, naples italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Murder Case of Hana & Alice (2015)
Genre: Animation, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Prequel to 2004 coming-of-age live-action film Hana & Alice. After her parents separate, 14 year-old Tetsuko (who will soon be nick-named Alice) moves with her mother to a new town in what she calls "The Boonies" and must enroll as a ...
Style: captivating, tense, touching, psychological
Plot: friendship, first love, new student, disappearance, teenage girl, school, neighbor, classroom, mysterious past, past, following someone, investigation ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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, fairy tale, sweet, atmospheric ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: magical, countryside, adventure, teaching the ways of the world, imaginary, siblings relations, friendship, legends and myths, parents and children, family, supernatural, young heroes ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
My Beautiful Girl, Mari (2002)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Country: South Korea
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Kim Nam-woo struggles through life as people around him constantly leave him; his best friend, Jun-ho, is going to study in Seoul and in some ways his widowed mother is "leaving" him too by paying more attention to her new boyfriend. To ...
Style: atmospheric, stylized, serious, touching
Plot: dog, brother, single parent, chance, imaginary, youth, imaginary kingdom, change of luck, family relations, village life, friends, village ...
Place: korea, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Glitch in the Grid (2011)
Genre: Animation, Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Three artists struggling against the grid of society find spiritual renewal.
Style: experimental, contemplative, psychological, serious, mind bending ...
Plot: unemployment, hopes, friendship, introspection, society, friends, self discovery, small town, bad trip, unfulfillment, artists and showbiz, materialism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%