Movies like The Insect Woman

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The Insect Woman (1963)
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The Insect Woman (1963)
Original name: にっぽん昆虫記
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A woman, Tome, is born to a lower class family in Japan in 1918. The title refers to an insect, repeating its mistakes, as in an infinite circle. Imamura, with this metaphor, introduces the life of Tome, who keeps trying to change her poor life.
Style: clever, serious, suspense, realistic, witty, cynical, biting
Plot: breast feeding, incest, prostitute, incestuous relationship, forced sex, family relations, world war two, countryside, prostitution, buddhism, brothel, poverty, starvation, greed, confession, cynicism, lust, adultery, commune, survival, dark humor, parents and children, life is a bitch, injustice, love affair ...
Time: 1910s, 60s, 50s, 1940s, 1930s, 1920s, 20th century ...
Place: japan, tokyo

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, gloomy and bleak films with plots about family relations, life is a bitch, society, parents and children, prostitute, family problems and dysfunctional family mostly in Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like The Insect Woman: Black Rain (1989), Why Not? (1981), To the Left of the Father (2001), Kabei: Our Mother (2008), The Ballad of Narayama (1983). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Black Rain (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 123 min.
Story: The story of the aftermath of the Hiroshima bombing, based on Masuji Ibuse's novel.
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, emotional, bleak ...
Plot: survival, world war two, atomic bomb, radiation sickness, nuclear war, social relations, family relations, couples, war, life is a bitch, parents and children, homecoming ...
Time: year 1945, year 1950
Place: japan, asia, hiroshima japan
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 6.8
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Why Not? (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 151 min.
Story: The film depicts carnivalesque atmosphere summed up by the cry "Ee ja nai ka" ("Why not?") in Japan in 1867 and 1868 in the days leading to the Meiji Restoration. It examines the effects of the political and social upheaval of ...
Style: realistic, serious, cynical, witty, clever ...
Plot: prostitute, samurai, state affairs, society, heroes, dark humor, satire, fish out of water, rich and poor, culture clash, edo period, arrest ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
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50%
To the Left of the Father (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 163 min.
Story: Brazilian baroque. The young son that ran from his dominant family, descends into decadence and then returns to the nest. With melodramatic themes of tyrannical fathers, incest, fierce family conflicts and an overheated and intense visual style to ...
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, atmospheric, suspense ...
Plot: incest, family relations, family problems, love and romance, family gatherings, destructive relationship, family life, parents and children, dysfunctional family, couples, clergy, siblings relations ...
Time: 1940s
Place: brazil, latin america
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35%
Kabei: Our Mother (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Set in Tokyo in 1940, the peaceful life of the Nogami Family suddenly changes when the father, Shigeru, is arrested and accused of being a Communist. His wife Kayo works frantically from morning to night to maintain the household and bring up her ...
Style: sincere, touching, serious, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: life is a bitch, world war two, parents and children, political unrest, wartime life, family relations, single parent, state affairs, unsupportive parent, nationalism, death in the family, wartime ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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The Ballad of Narayama (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 130 min.
Story: In a small village in a valley everyone who reaches the age of 70 must leave the village and go to a certain mountain top to die. If anyone should refuse he/she would disgrace their family. Old Orin is 69. This winter it is her turn to go to the ...
Style: bleak, gloomy, serious, realistic, sexy ...
Plot: zoophilia, village, mountain, bestiality, down on your luck, human nature, village life, parents and children, family life, family relations, left to die, society ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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33%
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Red Beard (1965)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 185 min.
Story: Aspiring to an easy job as personal physician to a wealthy family, Noboru Yasumoto is disappointed when his first post after medical school takes him to a small country clinic under the gruff doctor Red Beard. Yasumoto rebels in numerous ways, but ...
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, sexy, compassionate ...
Plot: intern, clinic, samurai, countryside, doctor, brothel, society, hopes, heroes, generation gap, family relations, power relations ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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29%
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Mamma Roma (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 110 min.
Story: After many years working in the streets of Roma, the middle-age whore Mamma Roma (Anna Magnani) saves money to buy an upper class apartment, a fruit stand and retires from the prostitution. She brings her teenage son Ettore (Ettore Garofolo), who ...
Style: neorealism, serious, realistic, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: prostitute, pimp, youth, life is a bitch, parents and children, friendship, thief, redemption, hopes, family relations, human nature, going straight ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, post world war two
Place: rome italy, europe, italy, tokyo, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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All Around Us (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Kanao, a courtroom portrait artist, observes crimes, scandals and the decline of Japanese values without passing judgement. As he and his wife endure the tragedy of their first child’s death, hope slowly unfolds and their love story flickers to ...
Style: emotional, realistic, touching, psychological, serious ...
Plot: family problems, couple relations, estrangement, pregnancy, death in the family, society, social decay, dysfunctional family, love and romance, unfulfillment, sexual content, parents and children ...
Time: 90s, contemporary, 20th century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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Little Soldier (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A soldier returning from war is hired by her own father to drive his prostitutes around town. She calls upon herself to help one of them.
Style: serious, sincere, touching, atmospheric, tense ...
Plot: female soldier, prostitute, haunted by the past, friendship, life is a bitch, injustice, family problems, family relations, redemption, dysfunctional family, feminism, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: denmark, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
The Iceman Cometh (1973)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 239 min.
Story: Set in 1912, the entire film takes place inside a dive bar named The Last Chance Saloon, where its destitute patrons eagerly await the arrival of Hickey, who arrives annually and props everyone up with free drinks and spirited stories of his ...
Style: talky, serious, realistic, thought provoking, gloomy ...
Plot: alcoholic, prostitute, society, life is a bitch, unemployment, bartender, pimp, betrayal, alcohol abuse, confession, traveling salesman, family relations ...
Time: 1910s, year 1912
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Hell Without Limits (1978)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Family honor, greed, machismo, homophobia, and the dreams of whores collide in a Mexican town. Rich, elderly Don Alejo is poised to sell the town for a profit, needing only to buy a whorehouse to own all the buildings and close the deal. It's ...
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, offbeat
Plot: prostitute, small town, prostitution, transvestism, injustice, golden years, gays and lesbians, life is a bitch, aging, gender, society, satire ...
Time: 70s
Place: latin america, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
The Little House (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Following the death of the unmarried and childless Taki, Takeshi, a young relative of hers, discovers several pages of closely written lines in which the old lady has recorded her memories. This is how he learns the truth about her youth working as ...
Style: realistic, sentimental, captivating, psychological, serious ...
Plot: love affair, master and servant, fall in love, family relations, secret love, letter, funeral, romance, society, sino japanese war, power relations, strong female presence ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s, year 1941
Place: japan, asia, pearl harbor, hiroshima japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Matrubhoomi: A Nation Without Women (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, India
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A woman, attended by two midwives, is giving birth in a small village in India. When the child's cry rings, the father bangs on a steel plate to attract the attention of all the villagers, ...
Style: disturbing, serious, suspenseful, futuristic, realistic ...
Plot: gang rape, misogyny, incest, dowry, physical abuse, marriage, greed, jealousy, revolt, society, future dystopia, social decay ...
Time: future
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Women Without Men (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Ukraine, Morocco, Iran
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Against the tumultuous backdrop of Iran's 1953 CIA-backed coup d'état, the destinies of four women converge in a beautiful orchard garden, where they find independence, solace and companionship.
Style: realistic, serious, stylized, sincere, captivating ...
Plot: prostitute, social differences, life is a bitch, society, state affairs, rich and poor, coping, coup d'etat, women, adult virgin, siblings relations, political unrest ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: iran, middle east, tehran iran
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
The End of Summer (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 103 min.
Story: The Kohayakawa family is thrown into distress when childlike father Manbei takes up with his old mistress, in one of Ozu’s most deftly modulated blendings of comedy and tragedy.
Style: emotional, sincere, touching, serious, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, infidelity, family business, adultery, parents and children, dishonesty, forbidden love, human nature, couples, love and romance, small business, father daughter relationship ...
Place: japan, asia, kyoto japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Profound Desires of the Gods (1968)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 173 min.
Story: Tokyo engineer Kariya arrives on a primitive tropical island, where he interacts with the Futori clan, to drill a well to power a sugar mill.
Plot: snake, father daughter incest, brother sister incest, train, pig, fishing, airport, airplane, beach, fish, family relations, cobweb ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
The Scrounger (1961)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A pimp with no other means to provide for himself finds his life spiralling out of control when his prostitute is sent to prison.
Style: neorealism, realistic, serious, psychological, rough ...
Plot: prostitute, unemployment, poverty, pimp, robbery, family relations, life is a bitch, couple relations, criminal heroes, downfall, dishonesty, prostitution ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, post world war two, 50s, 70s
Place: rome italy, italy, europe, tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
An Autumn Afternoon (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Shuhei Hirayama is a widower with a 24-year-old daughter. Gradually, he comes to realize that she should not be obliged to look after him for the rest of his life, so he arranges a marriage for her.
Style: realistic, serious, sentimental, touching, gloomy
Plot: family relations, wedding, existential loneliness, widower, fall in love, couple relations, redemption, midlife crisis, parents and children, family life, love affair, unfulfilled love ...
Time: 60s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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Gate of Flesh (1964)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: After World War II, some Tokyo prostitutes band together with a strict code: no pimps, attack any street walker who comes into our territory, defend the abandoned building we call home, and punish whomever gives away sex (who falls in love). Maya, a ...
Style: sexy, serious, realistic, rough, bleak ...
Plot: prostitute, bondage, strong female presence, nudity (full frontal - brief), fugitives, hopes, starting over, life is a bitch, urban ghetto, ex military, crime and punishment, down on your luck ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, post world war two
Place: tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
The Light Shines Only There (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A man has thrown away love and a woman has given up on love. The two souls meet in a brief summer in the northern city of Hakodate.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, touching, bleak
Plot: prostitute, social decay, fall in love, dysfunctional family, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, friendship, society, love and romance, family problems, friends, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2013
Place: japan, hokkaido
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24%
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Dodes'ka-den (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 140 min.
Story: By turns tragic and transcendent, Akira Kurosawa’s film follows the daily lives of a group of people barely scraping by in a slum on the outskirts of Tokyo. Yet as desperate as their circumstances are, each of them—the homeless father and son ...
Style: touching, meditative, compassionate, depressing, emotional ...
Plot: poverty, social differences, slum, working class, life is a bitch, redemption, hopes, down on your luck, human spirit, human nature, parents and children, misfit ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
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24%
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Boy (1969)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A family of four lives off of scams in which they pretend to be injured by automobiles. After suffering an injury during the war, the father believes he is an invalid. He and his wife have a 10-year-old boy and a 3-year-old girl. The adults pretend ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, serious, touching, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens
Plot: dysfunctional family, child abuse, innocence lost, family life, parents and children, cons and scams, social decay, siblings relations, kids in trouble, family problems, family relations, estrangement ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: japan, hokkaido
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Like Someone in Love (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan, France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: An old man and a young woman meet in Tokyo. She knows nothing about him, he thinks he knows her. He welcomes her into his home, she offers him her body. But the web that is woven between them in the space of twenty four hours bears no relation to ...
Style: serious, realistic, witty, touching, sincere ...
Plot: prostitute, college, widower, elderly, lifestyle, love and romance, older man younger woman relationship, dishonesty, unlikely couple, jealous spouse, couples, golden years ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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That Lovely Girl (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel, Germany, France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Moshe and Tami are a couple, Moshe is in his fifties and Tami is in her early twenties. They live together in a cruel and violent relationship, from which Tami seems unable to set herself free. Tami and Moshe are father and daughter...
Style: serious, atmospheric, disturbing, bleak, psychological ...
Plot: father daughter incest, incestuous sex, incestuous relationship, incest, family relations, family problems, life is a bitch, graphic violence, parents and children, abusive father, sexual abuse, father daughter relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, israel
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22%
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Here and There (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Spain, Mexico
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Pedro returns home to a small mountain village in Guerrero, Mexico after years of working in the US. He finds his daughters older, and more distant than he imagined. His wife still has the same smile. Having saved some earnings from two trips to the ...
Style: realistic, serious, atmospheric, psychological
Plot: family relations, immigrants, society, hopes, parents and children, life is a bitch, getting home, music band, poverty, worker, countryside, misfit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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Nobody Knows (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 141 min.
Story: In a small Tokyo apartment, twelve-year-old Akira must care for his younger siblings after their mother leaves them and shows no sign of returning.
Style: heartbreaking, serious, touching, gloomy, depressing ...
Audience: kids
Plot: poverty, childhood, dysfunctional family, young kid, innocence lost, survival, responsibility, financial problem, journey, tragedy, brother brother relationship, malnutrition ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
House of Tolerance (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A young woman begins a new life at the Apollonide bordello, a high-class brothel in Paris.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, rough, sexy ...
Plot: brothel, prostitute, sexploitation, female nudity, coitus, sexual abuse, disfigurement, fondling, sex trafficking, debauchery, violence against women, confined ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1900
Place: paris france, europe, france
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22%
The Sound and the Fury (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A look at the trials and tribulations of The Compson siblings, living in the deep south during the early part of the 20th century.
Style: serious, realistic, touching, gloomy, captivating
Plot: family relations, family, dysfunctional family, downfall, parents and children, siblings relations, family in crisis, family problems, family life, life is a bitch, disintegration, unfulfillment ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 1920s, 1930s
Place: mississippi, usa, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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Ghost River (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Sylvie is a hooker whose illegitimate daughter commits a crime. She and her daughter flee to find Sylvie's first love in the countryside. The daughter is trying to get to know her unwilling mother. Along the way, the two meet a male fugitive ...
Style: serious, tense, psychological, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: prostitution, prostitute, starting over, on the run, crimes, death in the family, family relations, life is a bitch, crime gone awry, parents and children, teenage life, estrangement ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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21%
Simon & the Oaks (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Norway
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Epic story about two families and their friendship and common destiny in Sweden's Gothenburg in the 1940s and 1950s. Told from the perspective of young Simon Larsson, who learns that he's an adopted child who has a Jewish father from ...
Style: realistic, tense, psychological, captivating, serious ...
Plot: coming of age, world war two, family relations, friendship, wartime life, society, youth, culture clash, working class, best friend, snobbism, social misfits ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 50s, post world war two
Place: sweden, europe, eastern europe
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21%