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: dark humor, clever, serious, biting, suspense, realistic, cynical, witty
Plot: prostitute, incestuous relationship, incest, family relations, adultery, lust, forced sex, world war two, countryside, prostitution, buddhism, brothel, poverty, starvation, greed, confession, breast feeding, cynicism, abusive stepfather, commune, survival, parents and children, injustice, life is a bitch, against the odds ...
Time: 1910s, 60s, 50s, 1940s, 1930s, 1920s, 1950s ...
Place: japan, tokyo

Most similar movies to The Insect Woman

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, gloomy and bleak films with plots about life is a bitch, family relations, society, parents and children, prostitute, dysfunctional family and nudity (full frontal - brief) mostly in Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like The Insect Woman: Why Not? (1981), Kabei: Our Mother (2008), The Ballad of Narayama (1983), Black Rain (1989), To the Left of the Father (2001). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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: witty, clever, serious, realistic, cynical ...
Plot: prostitute, culture clash, fish out of water, rich and poor, satire, society, state affairs, heroes, samurai, edo period, double suicide, proletarian ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
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67%
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, realistic, emotional
Plot: life is a bitch, world war two, parents and children, political unrest, wartime life, family relations, single parent, unsupportive parent, state affairs, death in the family, nationalism, mother son relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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, meditative ...
Plot: village, mountain, golden years, elderly, life is a bitch, aging, family relations, left to die, down on your luck, parents and children, village life, family life ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.9
 3K
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: realistic, serious, bleak, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: survival, world war two, radiation sickness, atomic bomb, nuclear war, radiation, social relations, danger, war, life is a bitch, village, couples ...
Place: asia, japan, hiroshima japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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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, realistic, captivating, atmospheric, affectionate
Plot: incest, family problems, destructive relationship, parents and children, family gatherings, family life, dysfunctional family, love and romance, love affair, innocence lost, human nature, countryside ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: brazil, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.8
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Mamma Roma (1962)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 106 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, friendship, thief, redemption, family relations, youth, hopes, human nature, parents and children, family life, destiny ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: rome italy, europe, italy, tokyo, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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, bar, life is a bitch, society, unemployment, bartender, betrayal, pimp, alcohol abuse, confession, saloon ...
Time: 1910s, year 1912
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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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: atmospheric, touching, sincere, serious, realistic ...
Plot: prostitute, friendship, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, family relations, injustice, military, hopes, family problems, feminism, human spirit, dysfunctional family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: denmark, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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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: realistic, emotional, touching, psychological, serious ...
Plot: estrangement, couple relations, family problems, social decay, society, death in the family, pregnancy, dysfunctional family, love and romance, unfulfillment, sexual content, dull life ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, contemporary
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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: stylized, sexual, rough, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: prostitute, bondage, japanese new wave, urban ghetto, crime and punishment, ex military, strong female presence, nudity (full frontal - brief), hopes, life is a bitch, fugitives, chases and races ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Women Without Men (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Ukraine, Morocco, Iran
Duration: 95 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: sincere, stylized, realistic, serious, contemplative ...
Plot: prostitute, society, life is a bitch, social differences, state affairs, coping, rich and poor, coup d'etat, women, adult virgin, political unrest, siblings relations ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century
Place: iran, middle east, tehran iran
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31%
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: emotional, serious, realistic, rough, gloomy ...
Plot: prostitute, brothel, female nudity, sexploitation, sexual abuse, coitus, disfigurement, fondling, violence against women, confined, life is a bitch, lifestyle ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century
Place: paris france, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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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, parents and children, society, hopes, immigrants, life is a bitch, getting home, music band, worker, countryside, poverty, misfit ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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: sincere, emotional, touching, serious, realistic ...
Plot: family relations, infidelity, family business, adultery, dishonesty, parents and children, human nature, forbidden love, couples, love and romance, brewery, small business ...
Place: japan, asia, kyoto japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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: sentimental, realistic, captivating, psychological, serious ...
Plot: love affair, fall in love, master and servant, family relations, secret love, funeral, letter, romance, memoir, society, family life, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s, 40s, 30s ...
Place: japan, asia, pearl harbor, hiroshima japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
The Sound & 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, touching, realistic, gloomy, captivating
Plot: family relations, family, parents and children, downfall, dysfunctional family, siblings relations, family life, family in crisis, life is a bitch, family problems, unfulfillment, disintegration ...
Time: 1910s, 30s, 20th century, 20s, 1920s ...
Place: mississippi, usa, mississippi river, southern usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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, futuristic, serious, suspenseful, bleak ...
Plot: incest, gang rape, marriage, physical abuse, misogyny, dowry, greed, revolt, jealousy, social decay, future dystopia, society ...
Time: future
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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, contemplative ...
Plot: coming of age, world war two, friendship, family relations, wartime life, culture clash, working class, society, youth, best friend, social differences, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 40s, 50s
Place: sweden, europe, eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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 5.9
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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: psychological, serious, tense, emotional, rough ...
Plot: prostitution, prostitute, starting over, death in the family, family relations, on the run, crime, crimes, parents and children, teenage life, crime gone awry, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
The Middleman (1975)
Genre: Drama
Country: India
Duration: 131 min.
Story: A bright and idealistic young graduate steels himself for a dog-eat-dog world, only to flounder in a job market packed with thousands of other hopefuls. When he eventually decides to start his own business as a middle-man, he discovers that the ...
Style: clever, witty, biting, tense, realistic ...
Plot: unemployment, unfulfillment, betrayal, life is a bitch, youth, social misfits, downfall, society, college graduate, injustice, down on your luck, marketplace ...
Time: 70s
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.4
 6K
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, slum, redemption, hopes, social differences, down on your luck, human spirit, working class, human nature, youth, misfit, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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, pimp, unemployment, poverty, violence, robbery, life is a bitch, family relations, dishonesty, criminal heroes, downfall, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1950s, 50s, 70s
Place: italy, rome italy, europe, tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
The Rising Place (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The close friendship of two young women, each of a different race, and their struggle to find purpose in their lives during this time of social injustice and world war.
Style: touching, serious, sincere, sentimental, realistic
Plot: life is a bitch, fall in love, parents and children, human nature, working class, interracial relations, injustice, social differences, society, feminism, family life, soldier ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: virginia, mississippi, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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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: gloomy, touching, sentimental, serious, realistic
Plot: wedding, family relations, fall in love, midlife crisis, bittersweet, single parent, hopes, elderly, love and romance, romance, aging, buddies ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.5
 778
The Garden (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Germany, Japan
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A nearly wordless visual narrative intercuts two main stories and a couple of minor ones. A woman, perhaps the Madonna, brings forth her baby to a crowd of intrusive paparazzi; she tries to flee them. Two men who are lovers marry and are arrested by ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, serious, art house, suspense ...
Plot: gender, life is a bitch, society, injustice, paparazzi, passion, religion, christ allegory, gay, torture, humiliation, romance ...
Time: 80s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.3
 20K
Angela's Ashes (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, Ireland
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Based on the best selling autobiography by Irish expat Frank McCourt, Angela's Ashes follows the experiences of young Frankie and his family as they try against all odds to escape the poverty endemic in the slums of pre-war Limerick. The film ...
Style: emotional, touching, serious, compassionate, realistic ...
Plot: poverty, life is a bitch, parents and children, ira, alcohol abuse, injustice, unemployment, human nature, society, family relations, irish, youth ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century, 1940s
Place: ireland, new york, usa, europe, america ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Curse of the Starving Class (1994)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Curse of the Starving Class is a play by Sam Shepard, considered the first of a series on family tragedies. Drama about a dirt-poor 1950's-era farm family. Dad's a foul talking drunk and Mom is desperately trying to save what's left ...
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic
Plot: alcoholic, poverty, farm, family in crisis, unemployment, countryside, midlife crisis, rich and poor, alcohol abuse, deadend life, couples, injustice ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1920s
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 4.5
 205
God Is on Air (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Spain
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Two Spanish pan-handlers soon find themselves in over their heads when they stumble upon an opportunity to redeem themselves and perhaps the entire planet. The world appears to suffer from rampant poverty, violence and spiritual desperation and the ...
Style: clever, dark humor, cynical, suspense, humorous ...
Plot: social decay, tv show, friendship, society, criminal heroes, life is a bitch, buddies, cons and scams, dishonesty, crimes, injustice, rising to stardom ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.6
 9K
Faces (1968)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: An old married man leaves his wife for a younger woman. Shortly after, his ex-wife also begins a relationship with a younger partner.
Style: talky, biting, suspense, tense, clever ...
Plot: prostitute, suburbs, infidelity, love, adultery, divorce, dysfunctional family, dishonesty, society, couple relations, suburban life, self discovery ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: tokyo
⇓ 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: serious, realistic, rough, touching, bleak
Plot: prostitute, dysfunctional family, social decay, fall in love, life is a bitch, family problems, friends, society, love and romance, friendship, haunted by the past, unemployment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2013
Place: japan, hokkaido
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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