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Giovanni's Island (2014)
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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: serious, emotional, touching, realistic, gloomy, stylized
Plot: island, friendship, dancing, young heroes, best friends, village, innocence lost, life turned upside down, youth, 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, love, school, horse ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1945, year 1946, year 1947
Place: asia, soviet union, japan

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out touching, serious, stylized and emotional films with plots about friendship, youth, coming of age, friends, fantasy world, runaway and childhood mostly in Animation, Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like Giovanni's Island: Grave of the Fireflies (1988), When Marnie Was There (2014), 5 Centimeters Per Second (2007), Ocean Waves (1993), Barefoot Gen (1983). 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: touching, stylized, harsh, heartbreaking, depressing ...
Plot: orphan, survival, siblings relations, hunger, war, theft, firefly, loss of parent, danger, navy, fighting illness, hospital ...
Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: japan, asia, mine, tokyo
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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, psychological, atmospheric ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: friendship, friends, imaginary friend, young girl, photograph, countryside, village, social misfits, loneliness, childhood, adolescence, teenage life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, japan, tokyo, england
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91%
5 Centimeters Per Second (2007)
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 ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, gloomy, emotional ...
Audience: date night
Plot: friendship, teenage love, surf, train, letter, best friends, romance, on the road, train ride, motorcycle, childhood friends, reunion ...
Time: contemporary, 90s, 20th century, 21st century, future ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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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, serious, realistic, touching
Audience: teens, date night
Plot: friendship, falling in love, high school reunion, surrealism, love, unspoken love, love triangle, teenage love, romance, high school, high school life, urban ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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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: serious, bleak, rough, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Plot: survival, radiation sickness, bombing, anti war, orphan, contamination, burned alive, atrocity, gory, war, wartime life, against humanity ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: japan, asia, hiroshima japan
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75%
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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: stylized, atmospheric, serious, touching, realistic ...
Plot: inventions and discoveries, follow your dream, love, earthquake, flying, tuberculosis, airplane, hopes, love and romance, dictatorship, dreams, great depression ...
Time: 20s, 30s, 40s, 20th century, 1930s ...
Place: japan, asia, germany, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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: atmospheric, realistic, sentimental, touching, serious ...
Audience: teens, family outing
Plot: teenage love, high school, friendship, teenage life, destiny, hopes, youth, save the day, urban, self discovery, high school life, fighting the system ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1963
Place: japan, asia, seaport, tokyo, england
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67%
The Garden of Words (2013)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 46 min.
Story: Takao, who is training to become a shoemaker, skipped school and is sketching shoes in a Japanese-style garden. He meets a mysterious woman, Yukino, who is older than him. Then, without arranging the times, the two start to see each other again and ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, melancholic, romantic ...
Plot: coming of age, shoemaker, rain, chocolate, friendship, romance, social misfits, misfit, youth, friends, mysterious character, unlikely couple ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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: serious, bleak, stylized, realistic, atmospheric
Plot: orphan, village, human nature, beast, war, friendship, wilderness, society, youth, survival, village life, life is a bitch ...
Time: 15th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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: emotional, serious, sincere, touching, semi serious ...
Audience: teens
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Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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: touching, semi serious, humorous, stylized
Audience: family outing
Plot: supernatural, island, parents and children, teenage life, parent child relationship, countryside, coming of age, imaginary, youth, family, family relations, ghost ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
First Squad: The Moment of Truth (2009)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, History, 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, serious, stylized, suspenseful, exciting
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, super soldier, russian army, danger, youth, soldier, supernatural ability, teenage life, battles, war, escapades, heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 40s
Place: soviet union
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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, serious, touching, stylized, sentimental ...
Plot: friendship, coming of age, ghost, love triangle, supernatural, haunted by the past, slice of life, childhood friends, unrequited love, romance, teenage life, estrangement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Whisper of the Heart (1995)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Music, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 111 min.
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Style: touching, sentimental, surreal, realistic, uplifting ...
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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: atmospheric, stylized, touching, serious, melancholic ...
Audience: family outing
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Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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: touching, feel good, offbeat, fairy tale, atmospheric ...
Audience: preschoolers, family outing, kids
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Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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: serious, touching, sentimental
Audience: preschoolers, family outing
Plot: village, ghost, parents and children, in the woods, coming of age, fish out of water, family, youth, family relations, single parent, isolation, life turned upside down ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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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
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Place: tokyo, japan, asia
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Death of a Superhero (2011)
Genre: Animation, Drama
Country: Germany, Ireland
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A dying 15-year-old boy draws stories of an invincible superhero as he struggles with his mortality.
Style: touching, emotional, serious, sincere, realistic
Plot: terminal illness, youth, dealing with death, human spirit, family problems, life is a bitch, child illness, family in crisis, coming of age, hopes, superhero, hair loss ...
Place: usa
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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, serious, stylized, touching
Plot: brother, dog, imaginary kingdom, coming of age, village, imaginary, youth, single parent, village life, family relations, friends, change of luck
Place: asia, korea
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The Illusionist (2010)
Genre: Animation, Drama
Country: France, UK
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Scotland, late 1950s. A struggling illusionist visits an isolated community and meets a young lady who is convinced that he is a real magician.
Style: touching, semi serious, stylized, sentimental, realistic ...
Audience: preschoolers
Plot: magical, french, magician, stage, friendship, odd couple, performer's life, coming of age, loneliness, friends, hopes, artists and showbiz ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s, year 1959
Place: england, france, scotland, paris france, glasgow scotland ...
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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: realistic, touching, emotional, semi serious, feel good ...
Plot: christmas, holiday, baby, alcoholic, suicide attempt, jazz, buddies, babies and infants, track down, urban, parents and children, addiction ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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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
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: friendship, in the woods, best friends, forest, animal, odd couple, family, animal life, imaginary, friends, partners, starvation ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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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: emotional, touching, sentimental, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: school, teenage love, teenage life, love and romance, friendship, haunted by the past, fall in love, social relations, friends, high school life, love triangle, troubled past ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
In This Corner of the World (2016)
Genre: Animation, Drama, 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.
Plot: war, bombing, cooking, flower, mattress, sailor, lost, sickness, aircraft carrier, ponytail, victim, blackout ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, year 1943, year 1944, year 1945
Place: hiroshima japan, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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, realistic, touching, gloomy, stylized
Plot: buddhism, taxi driver, surrealism, happiness, dealing with death, urban, workplace situations, life turned upside down, workplace, radio dj, flashback, mother ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy, naples italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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: stylized, serious, realistic, gloomy, offbeat ...
Plot: actor's life, actress, haunted by the past, artists and showbiz, love and romance, unfulfillment, unfulfilled love, longing, lovers apart, videotaping, director, retired ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1930s ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Heidi (1995)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 47 min.
Story: After charming her reclusive grandfather and falling in love with the beautiful mountain he calls home, Heidi is uprooted and sent to Frankfurt where she befriends Klara, a young girl confined to a wheelchair.
Style: feel good, serious, realistic, touching
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids
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⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Bambi II (2006)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 74 min.
Story: Return to the forest and join Bambi as he reunites with his father, The Great Prince, who must now raise the young fawn on his own. But in the adventure of a lifetime, the proud parent discovers there is much he can learn from his spirited young son.
Style: semi serious, emotional, sentimental, sincere, touching ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, pre-teens, kids
Plot: bullying, animal, deer, friendship, self discovery, wilderness, in the woods, family, parents and children, relationship problems, parent child relationship, teaching the ways of the world ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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: serious, futuristic
Plot: airplane, violin, alternate timeline, samurai, friendship, apocalypse, future dystopia, teenage life, wartime life, coming of age, youth, androids and robots ...
Time: 1990s, future, year 1996
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%