Movies like The World of Kanako

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The World of Kanako (2014)
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The World of Kanako (2014)
Original name: 渇き。
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Showa Fujishima is a former detective. One day, his daughter Kanako, who is a model student, disappears. To find his daughter, he investigates more carefully into his daughter's life. He quickly realizes that his daughter is no saint, but there is nowhere he won't go to find her.
Style: suspense, psychological, enigmatic, captivating
Plot: bullying, secret life, drug abuse, police corruption, father daughter relationship, missing person, juvenile delinquent, addiction, dysfunctional family, emotional manipulation, suicide, investigation, uncover truth, yakuza, ex cop, ex husband ex wife relationship, ex-cop, rape, prostitute, party, violence, female nudity, family relations, drugs, gun ...
Place: japan

Most similar movies to The World of Kanako

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out psychological, captivating, serious and suspense films with plots about investigation, uncover truth, mystery, crimes, murder, family relations and missing person mostly in Drama, Thriller and Mystery genres. Some movies like The World of Kanako: Confessions (2010), Gone Girl (2014), Jar City (2006), Too Late (2015), Wish You Were Here (2012). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Confessions (2010)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A psychological thriller of a grieving mother turned cold-blooded avenger with a twisty master plan to pay back those who were responsible for her daughter's death.
Style: psychological, disturbing, bleak, atmospheric, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens
Plot: vengeance, teachers and students, mystery, grief, bullying, unlikely criminals, social decay, child murder, deadly, mentally unstable, crime and punishment, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo
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100%
 8.1
 914K
Gone Girl (2014)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 149 min.
Story: With his wife's disappearance having become the focus of an intense media circus, a man sees the spotlight turned on him when it's suspected that he may not be innocent.
Style: psychological, surprise ending, twists and turns, suspenseful, twist ending ...
Audience: boys' night, chick flick, date night, girls' night
Plot: mystery, missing person, police investigation, twists & turns, murder mystery, manipulation, investigation, disappearance, missing wife, infidelity, femme fatale, adultery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s, 2000s, year 2012
Place: usa, missouri, new york, manhattan new york city, st. louis missouri
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100%
 6.9
 5K
Jar City (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Iceland, Germany, Denmark
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A murder opens up a bleak trail of long buried secrets and small town corruption for a worn out police detective and his squad.
Style: serious, tense, suspenseful, suspense, bleak ...
Plot: murder, police investigation, loss of child, uncover truth, haunted by the past, crimes, law enforcement, deadly, track down, police corruption, parents and children, addiction ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: iceland
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.7
 3K
Too Late (2015)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Explores the tangled relationship between a troubled private investigator and the missing woman he's hired to help find.
Style: neo noir, captivating, psychological, tense, suspense ...
Plot: private investigator, murder, neo-noir, missing woman, stripper, strip club, uncover truth, danger, couples, dissection, violence, missing person ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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Wish You Were Here (2012)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Four friends lose themselves in a carefree South-East Asian holiday. Only three come back. Dave and Alice return home to their young family desperate for answers about Jeremy's mysterious disappearance. When Alice's sister Steph returns ...
Style: psychological, serious, tense, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: missing person, tourist, holiday, uncover truth, mystery, crimes, romance, pregnant wife, marketplace, graphic violence, life is a bitch, profanity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: cambodia, australia, asia
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24%
 7.0
 4K
Daylight (2013)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A successful lawyer finds out that she has a half-brother who is imprisoned in a secure hospital after he brutally murdered his neighbor and their baby.
Style: psychological, realistic, tense, serious, captivating ...
Plot: murder, legal investigation, autism, investigation, crimes, mystery, uncover truth, siblings relations, family relations, disability, legal, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: holland
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Shrill Cries of Summer (2008)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Early summer, Keiichi had just moved to a remote mountain village. As he becomes close friends with a group of girls, he was enjoying his life in the village. However when he starts to become suspicious that his friends may be deeply involved in ...
Style: psychological, enigmatic, tense, captivating, twists and turns ...
Plot: curse, obsession, murder, mystery, dark past, danger, teenager, uncover truth, disappearance, insanity, under the surface, crimes ...
Time: 80s, year 1983
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.7
 100
Daddy's Girl (2002)
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 120 min.
Story: British television film starring Martin Kemp
Style: suspenseful, serious, enigmatic, suspense
Plot: missing woman, missing person, police investigation, teenage girl, father daughter relationship, murder suspect, childhood memory, 17 year old, mysterious disappearance, family secret, investigation, mystery ...
Time: 2000s
Place: london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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My Sweet Audrina (2016)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Living in her family's secluded mansion, Audrina is kept alone and out of sight and is haunted by nightmares of her older sister, First Audrina, who was left for dead in the woods after an attack. As she begins to question her past and her ...
Style: captivating, bleak, enigmatic, suspenseful
Plot: mansion, father daughter relationship, haunted by the past, uncover truth, isolation, mystery, rape, nightmare, child rape, mental illness, death of sister, overprotective father ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
The Million Dollar Hotel (2000)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Germany, UK, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: The Million Dollar Hotel starts with a jump from a roof top that clears up a death in a hotel that was burning to the ground where a lot of strange people had been living.
Style: enigmatic, psychological, captivating, intellectual, melancholic ...
Plot: hotel, murder, investigation, private detective, mystery, deadly, mentally challenged, friendship, love, misfit, prostitute, americana ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 4.7
 720
Lost Boy (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: When Laura Harris's kidnapped son returns after eleven devastating years, what she thinks will be a dream come true turns out to be a family nightmare.
Style: psychological, sentimental, captivating, suspense, surprise ending ...
Plot: family conflict, family relations, mother son reunion, kidnapped child, mother son relationship, mother love, missing child, uncover truth, investigation, crimes, danger, female director ...
Time: 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 5.9
 449
Kakegurui (2019)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Hyakkaou Private Academy. An institution for the privileged with a very peculiar curriculum. You see, when you're the sons and daughters of the wealthiest of the wealthy, it's not athletic prowess or book smarts that keep you ahead. ...
Style: social realism, captivating, atmospheric, psychological, tense ...
Plot: rich and poor, contests and competitions, society, fame, lifestyle, against the odds, survival, social decay, mind game, social relations, intrigue, class differences ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 5.6
 5K
Perdida (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Argentina, Spain
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A policewoman whose childhood friend disappeared in Patagonia years ago starts a new search to find answers, and soon finds her own life in danger.
Style: twists and turns, suspense, intense, realistic, psychological
Plot: school trip, kidnapping, missing girl, uncover truth, mystery, investigation, girlfriend, missing person, twists & turns, media coverage, dark secret, search party ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
The River King (2005)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Abel Grey is sent to investigate the death of a boy from an exclusive local school, who is found floating in the river. Fearing scandal, the school insists it was suicide. But after discovering from the boy's girlfriend, Carlin, that he was ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, enigmatic, suspense, disturbing
Plot: mystery, investigation, uncover truth, murder, school, deadly, teenager, dishonesty, danger, life is a bitch, chase, ghost ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 5.9
 147
Chorabali (2016)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: India
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Sumon is compelled to grow up in the city's underworld as mafia lord Osman Ali's killer machine. After killing a pregnant woman carrying Osman Ali's illegitimate child, Sumon's conscience leads him to defy Ali's order.
Style: suspense, tense, psychological, captivating
Plot: murder mystery, murder investigation, overdose, whodunit, blackmail, investigation, crimes, mystery, evidence, police officer, track down, death ...
Time: 21st century
Place: kolkata
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.9
 17K
Affliction (1997)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada, Japan
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A small town policeman must investigate a suspicious hunting accident. The investigation and other events result in his slowly disintegrating mentally.
Style: bleak, rough, gloomy, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: small town, snow, small town life, dysfunctional family, murder, alcohol abuse, arson, domestic violence, halloween, machismo, abusive father, sheriff ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: new hampshire, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 5.3
 315
Pandemic (2009)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 138 min.
Story: ER doctor Tsuyoshi Matsuoka receives a patient with a virus unlike anything he's seen before. His symptoms include high fever, convulsions, vomiting of blood and multiple organ failure. Could this be a new form of influenza or is it some other ...
Style: suspense, captivating, psychological, serious
Plot: epidemic, virus, pandemic, quarantine, doctor, plague, research, disease, disaster film, society, investigation, danger ...
Time: near future, 2010s
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 6.3
 3K
Agatha (1979)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In real life, mystery writer Agatha Christie disappeared for 11 days in December 1926. To this day, no one knows the details of what she did during that time. The film gives a fictional account of Christie's time away, showing her as a woman ...
Style: atmospheric, psychological, realistic, serious, factual ...
Plot: disappearance, missing person, investigation, writer's life, uncover truth, private detective, mystery, crimes, murder, historical figure, electric chair, mystery writer ...
Time: 1920s, 20s
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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A View of Love (2010)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Happily married with a daughter, Marc is a successful real estate agent in Aix-en-Provence. One day, he has an appointment with a woman to view a traditional country house. A few hours later, Marc finally puts a name to her face. It's Cathy, ...
Style: atmospheric, captivating, psychological, tense, unusual plot structure ...
Plot: missing person, dishonesty, haunted by the past, uncover truth, couple relations, investigation, couples, childhood love, teenage crush, repressed memory, romance, family relations ...
Time: 60s, 80s, 1960s
Place: algeria, france, europe, nice france, provence
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 6.5
 3K
School's Out (2018)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Pierre Hoffman joins St Joseph’s College to stand in for a young French teacher who threw himself from the window of his classroom. But he soon starts noticing strange behaviour from his Year 10 class.
Style: ambiguous ending, avant garde, enigmatic, captivating, tense ...
Plot: teen suicide, substitute teacher, school trip, french countryside, bullying, high school, ambiguity, teenager, alarm, ecology, student, teacher student relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
City of Tiny Lights (2016)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: In the teeming, multicultural metropolis of modern-day London, a seemingly straightforward missing-person case launches a down-at-heel private eye into a dangerous world of religious fanaticism and political intrigue.
Style: suspense, psychological, tense, serious, neo noir ...
Plot: missing person, investigation, dark past, missing woman, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, prostitute, private detective, religious fanatic, christmas, flashback, restaurant, interracial romance ...
Time: 2010s
Place: london
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
The Iris Effect (2005)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Drama
Country: Russia, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In Los Angeles, Dr. Sarah Hathaway hired private eyes trying to find her missing son, the painter Thomas, who ran away from their home ten years ago after a quarrel with her. She finds a clue in a catalog of a panting exhibition in San Petersburg ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, serious, tense, realistic
Plot: investigation, mind game, missing person, haunted by the past, uncover truth, obsessive quest, estrangement, family relations, missing child, riddles and clues, parents and children, mystery ...
Time: contemporary
Place: russia, usa, los angeles, st. petersburg russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 6.0
 3K
Time Share (2018)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Mexico
Duration: 96 min.
Story: While staying at a tropical resort, a man becomes convinced the American timeshare company running it has an evil plan to take away his loved ones.
Style: suspense, captivating, tense
Plot: resort hotel, rescue, marital problem, family problems, saving a life, social problems, investigation, dysfunctional family, relationship problems, crime investigation, family relations, private investigation ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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Nobody's Life (2002)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 103 min.
Story: It all began with a little white lie.
Style: psychological, serious, tense, captivating, sexual ...
Plot: infidelity, adultery, family relations, dishonesty, love and romance, family life, couples, secret life, love triangle, secret, husband wife relationship, bank ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, spain, madrid
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 5.5
 322
9:06 (2009)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Slovenia, Germany
Duration: 71 min.
Story: A police inspector investigates an unusual suicide case. The investigation develops into an obsession, inspector starts living in the apartment of the deceased, digging through his life and gradually taking over his identity.
Style: psychological, serious, realistic, suspense, captivating ...
Plot: police detective, obsession, haunted by the past, police investigation, mysterious character, destiny, mystery, life is a bitch, guilt, father daughter relationship, death of child, ex husband ex wife relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: slovenia, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
The Unknown Woman (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Irena, a Ukrainian woman coming to Italy looking for a job as a maid. She does everything she to become a beloved nanny for an adorable little girl Thea. However, that is just the very beginning of her unknown journey.
Style: psychological, realistic, serious, mind bending, twists and turns ...
Plot: prostitute, nanny, haunted by the past, family relations, immigrants, crimes, uncover truth, maid, deadly, murder, audition, cleaning lady ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 5.1
 6K
Abandoned (2010)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Mary Walsh delivers boyfriend Kevin to a hospital for routine outpatient surgery. But when Mary returns to take him home, he's mysteriously vanished.
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: hospital, crimes, missing person, danger, race against time, doctors and patients, uncover truth, intrigue, confined, investigation, rivalry, abduction ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 6.1
 2K
Intruder (2020)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Seo-jin is a widower still grieving his wife’s death. Then he receives the news that her long-lost younger sister, Yoo-jin, who went missing 25 years ago, has turned up. Unlike the rest of his family, who welcome her into their arms, Seo-jin feels ...
Style: captivating, suspense, tense, psychological, atmospheric
Plot: family, frame up, uncover truth, family relations, reunion, father daughter relationship, love, investigation, danger, murder, crimes, caper ...
Time: 21st century
Place: south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
I Dream of Murder (2006)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Johanna is a therapist on the verge of a midlife crisis. When one of her patients is found brutally murdered, she takes it upon herself to solve the mystery. But why is this stressed-out shrink willing to risk her marriage, her career and her entire ...
Style: psychological, tense, suspense, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, serial killer, midlife crisis, investigation, mystery, doctors and patients, crimes, therapist, police, female protagonist, car accident, danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 3.5
 431
Awakened (2013)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Samantha believes that her father murdered her mother. In her exhausting search for the truth about her young mother's untimely death 14 years earlier, Samantha receives help from beyond the grave.
Style: twists and turns, tense, suspenseful, serious, suspense ...
Plot: supernatural, uncover truth, investigation, murder, haunted by the past, crimes, mystery, parents and children, small town, small town life, deadly, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%