Movies like Sweet Bean

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Sweet Bean (2015)
 7.4
 9K
Sweet Bean (2015)
Original name: あん
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan, France, Germany
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Sentaro runs a small bakery that serves dorayaki pastries filled with sweet red bean paste (“an”). When an old lady, Tokue, offers to help in the kitchen he reluctantly accepts. She will soon prove to have magic in her hands…
Style: sincere, thought provoking, touching, melancholic
Plot: meaning of life, food, restaurant, chef, life philosophy, tradition, employer employee relationship, old woman, disability, existentialism, cooking, sanitarium, small business, street vendor, elderly woman, life, female director, slice of life, teenager, dog, nature, youth, friendship, death, water ...
Place: japan

Most similar movies to Sweet Bean

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out sincere, realistic, captivating and touching films with plots about japanese girl, schoolgirl, mini skirt, brunette, short skirt, ponytail and mother daughter relationship mostly in Drama, Romance and Crime genres. Some movies like Sweet Bean: Shoplifters (2018), Chronicle of My Mother (2011), Radiance (2017), Life Back Then (2011), Vision (2018). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.0
 58K
Shoplifters (2018)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 121 min.
Story: After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold. At first reluctant to shelter the girl, Osamu’s wife agrees to take care of her after learning of the hardships she faces. Although the ...
Style: sexual, social realism, rough, disturbing, suspenseful ...
Plot: poor family, poverty, shoplifting, child abduction, family drama, secret, orphan, money, little girl, chase, father daughter relationship, father son relationship ...
Place: tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Chronicle of My Mother (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Best-selling novelist Kosaku Igami has made a career out of using his family as fodder for his novels, much to their dismay. When his mother, the spirited family matriarch, is diagnosed with dementia, Igami must come to terms with the toll his own ...
Plot: billiards, mother and daughter, eyeglasses, father daughter relationship, cake, violinist, camera, cigarette smoking, crying man, coffin, brunette, kitchen ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
 6.4
 1K
Radiance (2017)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Japan, France
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The story follows the social intercourse between a cameraman, Masaya, with a lazy eye, and Misako who disconnects from the world.
Style: sincere, thought provoking, captivating, disturbing, sentimental
Plot: loss of eyesight, camera, criticism, photographer, school, mother daughter relationship, blind man, memories, injury, fall in love, couples, female director ...
Time: 21st century
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
 6.1
 118
Life Back Then (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Kyohei Nagashima (Masaki Okada) has shut away the world. During his high school days he was the target of bullying and experienced horrifying moments. Now as a young adult Kyohei takes a new job. He works for a company that specializes in cleaning ...
Plot: grief, bullying, panic, river, cake, staircase, football, screaming man, rain, curly hair, stuttering, sex worker ...
Place: japan, east asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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 5.3
 582
Vision (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan, France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Centres on Jeanne, a journalist tracking a mysterious rare herb that appears only once every 997 years.
Plot: axe, japanese man, pregnant woman, forest, tunnel, train, dead dog, newborn, fire, pregnant, baby, mountain ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
 7.3
 1K
Love & Pop (1998)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Pretty Tokyo teen Hiromi Yoshii (Asumi Miwa) and her girlfriends struggle with rivalries, clothes and boyfriends, just like any other high school clique. But out for kicks and blind to the consequences, the girls of Love & Pop hide a dirty ...
Style: witty, offbeat, sexual, realistic, serious ...
Plot: prostitute, youth, society, social decay, teenage life, looking for love, looking for sex, street kid, teenage girl, train tracks, knitting, father daughter relationship ...
Time: 90s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
The Traveling Cat Chronicles (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Nana is the cutest girl. She is also smart and aware of her talents. She has paws and purrs. Her father Satoru cannot take of her anymore and must give her up. He searches for someone to take care of Nana and begins visiting people who may be good ...
Plot: friendship, cat, animals, life, journey, animal, adventurer, animal lover, son, brunette, bedroom, apron ...
Place: kyoto japan, mount fuji
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
The Tale of Iya (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 169 min.
Story: It was summer when a stranger from Tokyo arrived at “Iya”, where the riches of nature still abound. This young man, named Kudo, was willing to live his new, self-sufficient life. He was exhausted by city life, and believed this beautiful land ...
Style: silent film, touching, exciting, contemplative, captivating
Plot: japanese girl, teenage girl, teenager, school, japanese man, schoolgirl, scientist, laboratory, grandfather granddaughter relationship, teacher, library, baby ...
Place: tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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A Story of Yonosuke (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 160 min.
Story: The year is 1987 and Japan is just reaching the peak of its economic success. Eighteen-year old Yonosuke Yokomichi arrives in Tokyo from Nagasaki. Ordinary in every way possible, he lives in a suburb far from the excitement of the big city and ...
Style: psychological, realistic, captivating, tense
Plot: student, university, dating, dancing, japanese teenager, getting home, public, father son relationship, return home, flirting, friendship, love and romance ...
Time: year 1987
Place: japan, tokyo, tanzania
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Every Day a Good Day (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A university student attends a Japanese tea ceremony near her house with her cousin. There she has the Japanese tea ceremony in her life and it's there for her during moments when she is sad or happy.
Plot: nubile girl, east asian woman, thin girl, relatives, nubile, skill, relative, instructor, mother and daughter, hobby, kimono, japanese girl ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
After the Storm (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Ryota is an unpopular writer although he won a literary award 15 years ago. Now, Ryota works as a private detective. He is divorced from his ex-wife Kyoko and he has an 11-year-old son Shingo. His mother Yoshiko lives alone at her apartment. One ...
Style: semi serious, sincere, touching, thought provoking, melancholic
Plot: divorce, private detective, lottery ticket, slice of life, gambling, storm, father son relationship, lie, bet, divorced parents, trust, divorced father ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 7.8
 10K
Poetry (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 139 min.
Story: Grandmother Mi Ja works part-time as a caretaker, and struggles to raise a teen grandson by herself. Despite her tough situation, she speaks softly, dresses fashionably, and approaches the world with child-like curiosity. Enrolling in a poetry ...
Style: touching, sincere, emotional, captivating, sentimental ...
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage rape, loneliness, poetry, old woman, introspection, life is a bitch, society, juvenile delinquency, grandparent and grandchild, terminal illness, suicide, family relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 70s
Place: korea, japan, asia, south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Her Love Boils Bathwater (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 125 min.
Story: A terminally ill single mother is determined to reconcile her splintered family.
Style: captivating, sincere, disturbing, sentimental, psychological ...
Plot: bullying, father daughter relationship, mother daughter relationship, terminal illness, japanese teenager, husband wife relationship, diagnosis, japanese woman, doctor, japanese girl, vertigo, east asian woman ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 6.8
 785
After the Rain (2018)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Akira Tachibana is a 17-year-old high school student. She was once a promising athlete, but an injury has prevented her from taking part in track and field. One day, Akira Tachibana goes to a family restaurant and the manager talks to her in a ...
Style: sexy, disturbing, touching, romanticism, sincere ...
Audience: teens, chick flick, teen drama
Plot: japanese girl, schoolgirl, love, track and field, japanese schoolgirl, teenage girl, japanese teenager, father son relationship, boss, daughter, rivalry, employer employee relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
About the Pink Sky (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 113 min.
Story: High school student Izumi Kawashima, whose daily routine is rating newspaper articles, finds a wallet containing a large sum of cash. Instead of returning the wallet to its owner, Izumi decides to lend a substantial portion of the money to a ...
Style: sincere, atmospheric, serious, realistic, offbeat
Plot: high school, teenage life, high school life, social relations, best friends, youth, moral dilemma, friends, photographer, profanity, coming of age, gloves ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 7.5
 1K
Suzaku (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Depicts the life of a family in a remote Japanese timber village. Family head Tahara Kozo lives with his mother Sachiko, wife Yasuyo, nephew Eisuke and young daughter Michiru. Economic recession and failed development plans cause tragedy in the ...
Plot: family relations, village, slice of life, female director, 11 year old, old woman, teenage girl, flash forward, cabin, boy, depression, uncle nephew relationship ...
Time: 70s
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
Tokyo Tower: Mom and Me, and Sometimes Dad (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Adapted from the bestselling Japanese autobiography of the same title, this gentle coming-of-age drama concerns an adolescent boy, Boku - Masaya, torn between the inherited recklessness of his father Oton and the inherited responsibility, wisdom and ...
Style: serious, sentimental, touching, emotional, sincere ...
Plot: family life, family relations, aging, life is a bitch, terminal illness, parents and children, single parent, parents separation, golden years, supportive parent, dedication, deadbeat dad ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Schoolgirl Complex (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 96 min.
Story: At an all female high school, a senior of the radio club becomes fascinated with the club's newest member. As graduation nears and the summer heat rises, so does the sexual tension between the girls.
Plot: lesbian teen, japanese schoolgirl, high school, teenage girl, japanese girl, school uniform, alternative lifestyle, short skirt, lesbianism, japanese school, sexy legs, girl wearing a miniskirt ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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 7.5
 2K
Tokyo Family (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 146 min.
Story: In this film director Yoji Yamada bows down before his teacher and role model. Yamada was assistant director on Yazujirō Ozu’s Tōkyō monogatari, a moving family portrait set after the Second World War. In his remake, Yamada has made very few ...
Style: realistic, touching, emotional, sincere, psychological ...
Plot: reunion, family life, parents and children, beauty salon, aging, siblings relations, elderly, couple relations, golden years, family relations, family problems, estrangement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, east asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Voices in the Wind (2020)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 139 min.
Story: In her search for answers, 17-year-old Haru sets out on a long journey across the country to the town where, in 2011, the devastating tsunami swept away her brother and parents. This road trip takes the young woman, who is still haunted by her loss, ...
Style: inter cultural
Plot: death, telephone, tsunami, japanese girl, phone booth, japanese teenager, grief, death of husband, brunette, death of son, death of father, crying girl ...
Place: hiroshima japan, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
I've Loved You So Long (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Germany
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A woman struggles to interact with her family and find her place in society after spending fifteen years in prison.
Style: emotional, touching, psychological, serious, sincere ...
Plot: redemption, release from prison, ex convict, job seeking, physician, loss of son, family relations, loss of child, estrangement, family reunited, reunion, starting over ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
The Ravine of Goodbye (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 116 min.
Story: In a valley, with a dense growth of trees, a baby is killed. The baby's mother Satomi is arrested as the prime suspect. The police also learn that Satomi is involved in a romantic relationship with her next door neighbor Ozaki. The information ...
Style: tense, captivating, psychological, twists and turns, realistic ...
Plot: child murder, reporter, police, secret, husband wife relationship, journalist, suspect, witness, television, nurse, uncover truth, society ...
Time: 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
The Land of Rain Trees (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Story: Nobuyuki Sakisaka (Yuta Tamamori) is a salaryman. When he was in middle school student, he read light novel "Fairy Game”. He still has that light novel, because he was so shocked by the ending. One day, Nobuyuki Sakisaka browses the internet ...
Plot: traffic, rain, origami, traffic light, apartment, colleague, voice, pot, family dinner, name tag, cityscape, asian woman ...
Place: tokyo, mount fuji, osaka japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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Still the Water (2014)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Japan, Spain
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Taking place during the full-moon night of traditional dances in August and set on the Japanese island of Amami-Oshima, the drama centers on a 14-year-old boy who finds a dead body floating in the sea. The young man enlists the help of his ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, touching, light, sincere ...
Plot: teenage love, nature, island, teenage life, youth, investigation, mystery, crimes, love, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, young love, swimming ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
The Mourning Forest (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan, France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A caregiver at a small retirement home takes one of her patients for a drive to the country, but the two wind up stranded in a forest where they embark on an exhausting and enlightening two-day journey.
Plot: retirement home, forest, sadness, female director, death, nature, tree, old man
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Drucker in the Dug-Out (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Story: The movie is about Minami Kawashima, a high school girl who becomes the manager of her school's baseball team in place of her hospitalized friend, Yuki Miyata. She tries to lead the team to the National High School Baseball Championship by ...
Style: sincere, captivating, uplifting, psychological
Plot: sport team, school, baseball, japanese schoolgirl, contests and competitions, disability, rivalry, sport, manager, society, human spirit, friendship ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Neighboring Sakuko (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: 3 years on from hospitalité, Kiki Sugino and Koji Fukada are back again with this socially-conscious film about a 18-year-old girl in-between adolescence and adulthood who spends a summer in a valley and enjoys romance. Sakuko, a 18-year-old girl ...
Style: realistic, atmospheric, captivating, sincere, serious ...
Plot: introspection, youth, couples, social relations, small town, dating, niece, self discovery, summer vacation, friendship, fish out of water, small town life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, east asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 7.5
 9K
Tokyo Sonata (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan, Netherlands, Hong Kong
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Ryûhei Sasaki (Teruyuki Kagawa) is keeping a secret from his wife, Megumi (Kyôko Koizumi), and his two teenage sons. Even though he leaves the house every day, he's not really going to work. He's going to an employment office. He ...
Style: serious, touching, psychological, realistic, lyrical ...
Plot: family relations, job seeking, housewife, unemployment, pianist, layoff, alienation, rebellion, hopes, family secret, dysfunctional family, family problems ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: tokyo, japan, asia, china, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Little Forest: Winter/Spring (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Ichiko (Ai Hashimoto) lived in a big city, but goes back to her small hometown Komori, located on a mountain in the Tohoku region. She is self-sufficient. Ichiko gains energy living among nature and eating foods she makes from seasonal ingredients.
Style: thought provoking, captivating, realistic, sincere
Plot: japanese culture, food, japanese girl, nature, solitude, hut, abandoned by mother, countryside, farming, isolation, society, snow ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 8.2
 100
Door To Door (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Based on a true story about about a man who was told for many years that he was not employable, but threw all of his effort into working as a door-to-door salesman. Despite the pain attributed to his cerebral palsy, he walked eight to ten miles a ...
Style: touching, sincere, thought provoking, suspense, sentimental ...
Plot: cerebral palsy, door to door salesman, part time job, handicapped, living alone, hospitalization, doctor, nurse, japanese man, rehabilitation, gloves, short haired female ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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