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American Dreams in China (2013)
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American Dreams in China (2013)
Original name: 中国合伙人
Genre: Drama
Country: China
Duration: 112 min.
Story: During the economic reform period of the 80’s, three undergraduates bind together by a common ambition – to live the American dream. They are Cheng Dongqing, a hillbilly who refuses to accept his destiny of being a farmer; Meng Xiaojun, a self-confident, cynical intellectual; and Wang Yang, an idealistic romantic poet. Xiaojun is the first to obtain an US Visa for studying abroad. Yang follows but decides to remain in China for his beloved. Poor Dongqing is rejected by the US Embassy repeatedly. Baffled, he reluctantly accepts the job as an English instructor in the university but eventually gets fired for teaching tutorial classes in private. Across the Pacific, Xiaojun fails to find a decent job and is driven to work as a busboy in a diner.
Style: realistic, captivating, thought provoking, inspirational, clever, humorous, semi serious
Plot: friendship, business venture, ambition, buddies, legal action, education, school, emigration, friends, computer genius, american dream, legal, lawsuit, partners, computers and web, christmas, wedding, student, stock market, university, waiter, piano, loss of job, flash forward, playing piano ...
Time: 80s, contemporary, 90s, 21st century, 20th century, 1990s
Place: china, asia, new york

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Bad Spelling (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 90 min.
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An American in Hollywood (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A talented young filmmaker from New York sets off to Los Angeles in pursuit of the Hollywood dream, only to discover through his relationship with a beautiful feisty young actress, that Hollywood is not all that it seems.
Style: realistic, semi serious, sincere, captivating, humorous
Plot: ambition, follow your dream, fall in love, hopes, love and romance, showbiz, buddies, filmmaking, friends, hollywood, artists and showbiz
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, california, new york, los angeles
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Caught in the Web (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: China
Duration: 117 min.
Story: The story of three women whose worlds collide - a social commentary about the 'sound bite' society we are becoming, where perception becomes reality and judgments based on limited facts quickly spread, without regard for the truth or the ...
Style: realistic, serious, psychological, captivating, biting ...
Plot: life turned upside down, society, media, intern, computers and web, media satire, human nature, lifestyle, workplace situations, urban
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Place: china, asia
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Genre: Drama
Country: Taiwan
Duration: 109 min.
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Style: realistic, touching, atmospheric, captivating, serious
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Duration: 110 min.
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Time: contemporary, 90s, 21st century, 20th century
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Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 128 min.
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Style: serious, realistic, touching, tense
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Country: China
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Style: semi serious, sexy, captivating, stylized, realistic
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Genre: Drama
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Duration: 102 min.
Story: The peaceful cohabitation of two 30-something bachelors is disrupted when they both fall in love with the charming young woman who moves in with them.
Style: serious, realistic, sentimental, suspenseful, exciting ...
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Place: turkey
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Against the Current (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Struggling with a tragic past, a man with an urgent calling enlists two friends to help him swim the length of the Hudson River.
Style: semi serious, captivating, talky, realistic, stylized ...
Plot: on the road, self discovery, love and romance, against the odds, fall in love, buddies, group of friends, old friend, husband wife relationship, friends, ambition, cemetery ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new york
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Country: India
Duration: 153 min.
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Style: semi serious, humorous, sentimental, realistic, touching
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Style: sincere, serious, realistic, touching, captivating
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Red Zone (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Mac and his high school gangster buddies try to take over the world of sports betting in a city filled with crime, prostitution and gambling. When the Mafia gets involved, they do whatever it takes to keep these tough young-bloods off their turf.
Style: captivating, psychological, tense, suspense, exciting ...
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Tiny Times (2013)
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Duration: 116 min.
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Style: realistic, sentimental, psychological, captivating, semi serious ...
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
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Duration: 126 min.
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Genre: Drama
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Style: realistic, touching, captivating, psychological, sentimental ...
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Story: Two young boys, Victor and Rainer, take the commuter train to spend the evening in Paris. In a nightclub on the banks of the Seine they go from one disappointment to another, from failed chat ups to street brawls. But as they get carried away by the ...
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, exciting, melancholic ...
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Genre: Drama
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Style: serious, realistic
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Time: 90s
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Quiz Me Quick (2012)
Genre: Drama
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Story: The story of five underdogs, meeting by chance during a quiz in a local pub. They get the idea of taking part in the "Superprestige", the most important quiz. The selection procedure turns out to be difficult, requiring more than just ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, tragicomedy, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: friendship, ambition, misfit partners, partners, hopes, disorder, contests and competitions, village, underdog, unfulfillment, friends, unlikely partners ...
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Place: belgium
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
As We Were Dreaming (2015)
Genre: Drama
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Story: Andreas Dresen's adaptation of Clemens Meyer's novel about a group of East German friends right after the fall of the Wall.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, disturbing, sincere ...
Plot: friends, unfulfillment, teenage boy, nightlife, lifestyle, freedom, cause and meaning, dull life, buddies, female nudity, pole dancing, friendship between boys ...
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39%
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Story: The lives and turbulent adventures of a bunch of fourteen-year-old teenagers, through the eyes of three young girls - Sarah, Jade and Louise - with one last year to go before high school.
Style: realistic, emotional, psychological, captivating, atmospheric ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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