Movies like Winter Spirits

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Winter Spirits (2016)
Winter Spirits (2016)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: Germany
Duration: 74 min.
Story: In 1920s Japan the boy Akeno lives without his father, but he has a mysterious friend. When Akeno gets kidnapped by soldiers, his friend sets out to return him home. But soon they both realize, something mysterious happened in their lives.
Style: ambiguous ending
Plot: journey, village, world war two, child, psycho, ghost, army, loneliness, violence, military, winter, soldier, snow, train, ice, running, dream, cold, bird, fog, alcohol, boy, fear, insanity, memory ...
Place: japan

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out stylized, serious, melancholic and atmospheric films with plots about loneliness, storytelling, supernatural, weird, coming of age, friendship and childhood mostly in Animation, Drama and Fantasy genres. Some movies like Winter Spirits: The Day of the Crows (2012), Your Name (2016), Grave of the Fireflies (1988), When Marnie Was There (2014), $9.99 (2008). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Day of the Crows (2012)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Country: France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Canada
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In a cabin of the deep of the forest, a child and his father leas a wild and hard life in utmost isolation. The child grows up fearing and admiring his father, with the ghosts haunting the forest as his only companions. Until the day he discovers ...
Style: serious, sentimental, touching, captivating
Audience: family outing, preschoolers
Plot: ghost, village, fish out of water, supernatural, life turned upside down, family relations, isolation, parents and children, fall in love, family, youth, in the woods ...
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Your Name (2016)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 106 min.
Story: High schoolers Mitsuha and Taki are complete strangers living separate lives. But one night, they suddenly switch places. Mitsuha wakes up in Taki’s body, and he in hers. This bizarre occurrence continues to happen randomly, and the two must ...
Style: romantic, touching, captivating, emotional, scenic ...
Plot: body swapping, school, time travel, romance, destiny, supernatural, memory loss, friendship, girl, star crossed lovers, love, beautiful scenery ...
Place: tokyo, japan
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Grave of the Fireflies (1988)
Genre: Animation, Drama, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In the final months of World War II, 14-year-old Seita and his sister Setsuko are orphaned when their mother is killed during an air raid in Kobe, Japan. After a falling out with their aunt, they move into an abandoned bomb shelter. With no ...
Style: heartbreaking, touching, stylized, harsh, depressing ...
Plot: orphan, survival, siblings relations, world war two, hunger, hiding place, loss of parent, death of parent, bomb, theft, war, firefly ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1945
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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When Marnie Was There (2014)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Upon being sent to live with relatives in the countryside due to an illness, an emotionally distant adolescent girl becomes obsessed with an abandoned mansion and infatuated with a girl who lives there - a girl who may or may not be real.
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, atmospheric, serious ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: friendship, countryside, teenage life, loneliness, self discovery, young girl, childhood, dream, youth, estate, village, photograph ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, hokkaido, tokyo, england
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Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (1997)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 87 min.
Story: The second of two theatrically released follow-ups to the Neon Genesis Evangelion series. Comprising of two alternate episodes which were first intended to take the place of episodes 25 and 26, this finale answers many of the questions surrounding ...
Style: psychological, mecha, futuristic, twist ending, surreal ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: philosophy, insanity, loneliness, violence, youth, apocalypse, rebirth, space wars, catastrophe, coming of age, deadly, a.i. ...
Time: 21st century, future, 2010s
Place: tokyo, japan
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Mushishi Tokubetsu-hen: Hihamukage (2014)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 44 min.
Story: A powerful mushi appears during an eclipse, drawing other mushi to form a huge shadow that blocks the sun over a small village. Looking for clues about the mushi, Ginko meets a child who is afflicted by a strange disease that manifests itself when ...
Style: psychotronic
Plot: supernatural, slice of life, village, illness, solar eclipse, sunlight, eclipse, nature, walking, forest, wanderer, sun ...
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Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part 1: Beginnings (2012)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Madoka Kaname, an ordinary middle-schooler, along with her best friend Sayaka Miki, are offered the chance to have any wish they want granted by the mysterious Kyubey, and become magical girls and fight witches. However, fellow magical girl Homura ...
Style: atmospheric, stylized, serious, psychological thriller, tense ...
Plot: dark fantasy, magical girl, magic, teenage girl, wizards and magicians, danger, hopes, supernatural, wish come true, parent child relationship, mother daughter relationship, foreshadowing ...
Place: japan
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$9.99 (2008)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Israel, Australia
Duration: 78 min.
Story: Have you ever wondered "What is the meaning of life? Why do we exist?" The answer to this vexing question is now within your reach! You'll find it in a small yet amazing booklet, which will explain, in easy to follow, simple terms ...
Style: adult animation, surreal, humorous, touching, contemplative ...
Audience: teens
Plot: self discovery, society, social misfits, hopes, introspection, human nature, loneliness, meaning of life, apartment building, life philosophy, female director, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: contemporary
Place: australia, san francisco, israel, new orleans, california
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To the Forest of Firefly Lights (2011)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 45 min.
Story: One hot summer day a little girl gets lost in an enchanted forest of the mountain god where spirits reside. A young boy appears before her, but she cannot touch him for fear of making him disappear. And so a wondrous adventure awaits...
Style: touching, exciting, captivating
Plot: spirit, supernatural, friendship, childhood, folklore, slice of life, coming of age, forest, little girl, japanese mythology, alcohol, mask
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The Book of the Dead (2005)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 70 min.
Story: The plot concerns a sheltered aristocratic woman in feudal Japan. Bored and unfamiliar with the world outside her estate, she passes the time copying a special Buddhist sutra sent by her father who has been absent on official business for years. ...
Style: atmospheric, emotional, suspenseful, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: supernatural romance, mistaken identity, supernatural, romance, religions or cults, palaces castles and temples, afterlife, master and servant, ghost, assassination, buddhism, society ...
Time: middle ages
Place: japan, china
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Colorful (2010)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Upon reaching the train station to death, a dejected soul is informed that he is lucky and will have another chance at life. He is placed in the body of a 14-year-old boy named Kobayashi Makoto, who has just committed suicide. Watched over by a ...
Style: serious, touching, inspirational, psychological, stylized ...
Audience: teens
Plot: reincarnation, dealing with death, school life, supernatural, one more chance, suicide, memory loss, parents and children, brother brother relationship, everyday life, bittersweet, suicidal ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: asia, japan
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Wolf Children (2012)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 117 min.
Story: After her werewolf lover unexpectedly dies in an accident, a woman must find a way to raise the son and daughter that she had with him. However, their inheritance of their father's traits prove to be a challenge for her.
Style: heartbreaking, atmospheric, sweet, colourful, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: werewolf, family relations, parents and children, wolf, childhood, human becomes animal, single mother, social relations, supernatural, school, love, imaginary ...
Place: japan, tokyo
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Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part III: Rebellion (2013)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Following Madoka's rewriting of the universe, sacrificing herself and her happy normal days to save all magical girls from the cruel fate that awaited them by wiping witches out of existence, the despair still manifest into creatures known as ...
Style: stylized, twists and turns, emotional, bleak, serious ...
Plot: magical girl, surrealism, strong female presence, wizards and magicians, deal with the devil, wish come true, haunted by the past, imaginary kingdom, coming of age, supernatural, young heroes, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
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Waking Life (2001)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Waking Life is about a young man in a persistent lucid dream-like state. The film follows its protagonist as he initially observes and later participates in philosophical discussions that weave together issues like reality, free will, our ...
Style: stylized, surreal, captivating, contemplative, philosophical ...
Plot: existentialism, philosophy, lifestyle, human nature, bohemian life, imaginary, daydreamer, computer animation, nightmare, satire, life after death, reincarnation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas
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A Christmas Carol (2009)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Miser Ebenezer Scrooge is awakened on Christmas Eve by spirits who reveal to him his own miserable existence, what opportunities he wasted in his youth, his current cruelties, and the dire fate that awaits him if he does not change his ways. Scrooge ...
Style: feel good, sentimental, exciting, humorous, colourful ...
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: christmas, ghost, holiday, redemption, life changing experience, snow, regret, disney, rich and poor, human nature, greed, coldhearted ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian england, victorian era, future
Place: england, europe, london
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Inside Out (2015)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. ...
Style: emotional, motivational, touching, inspirational, colourful ...
Audience: kids, family outing, pre-teens
Plot: family, life philosophy, disney, childhood, happy ending, family relations, coming of age, memory, imaginary, joy, creativity, dream ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s, 2000s
Place: san francisco, california, usa, minnesota
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Belladonna of Sadness (1973)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A peasant woman is banished from her village and makes a deal with the devil to gain magical powers.
Style: adult animation, cult film, art house, psychedelic
Plot: loss of innocence, exile, surrealism, village, plague, beauty, demon, rape, crying, bare breasts, love, female protagonist ...
Time: middle ages
Place: feudal japan
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Angel's Egg (1985)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 71 min.
Story: A mysterious young girl wanders a desolate, otherworldly landscape, carrying a large egg.
Style: gothic, avant garde, adult animation, enigmatic, silent film ...
Plot: girl, city, fossil, minimal dialogue, loner, spacecraft, very little dialogue, myth, metamorphosis, mistrust, glass, darkness ...
Place: japan, europe
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Paprika (2006)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: When a machine that allows therapists to enter their patient's dreams is stolen, all hell breaks loose. Only a young female therapist can stop it: Paprika.
Style: atmospheric, surreal, twists and turns, psychological, suspenseful ...
Plot: surveillance, investigation, villain, mental illness, deception, fairy, dreams, scientist, research, psychiatrist, introspection, doctors and patients ...
Time: future
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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The Motel Life (2012)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A pair of working-class brothers flee their Reno Motel after getting involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident.
Style: psychological, realistic, serious, rough, road movie ...
Plot: on the run, introspection, working class, siblings relations, family relations, life turned upside down, hit and run, family problems, life is a bitch, social misfits, sibling relationship, brother brother relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: nevada, usa, hawaii
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The Boy and the Beast (2015)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Kyuta, a boy living in Shibuya, and Kumatetsu, a lonesome beast from Jutengai, an imaginary world. One day, Kyuta forays into the imaginary world and, as he's looking for his way back, meets Kumatetsu who becomes his spirit guide. That ...
Style: breathtaking, touching, interesting, stylized, intense ...
Plot: training, beast, mentor, destiny, friendship, orphan, good versus evil, martial arts, father son relationship, transformation, loneliness, fantasy world ...
Place: japan, tokyo
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Spirited Away (2001)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 125 min.
Story: A young girl, Chihiro, becomes trapped in a strange new world of spirits. When her parents undergo a mysterious transformation, she must call upon the courage she never knew she had to free her family.
Style: surreal, atmospheric, stylized, offbeat, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens
Plot: parallel world, fantasy world, ghost, witch, imaginary, adventure, rescue, dragon, supernatural, friendship, curses spells and rituals, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya (2010)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 162 min.
Story: It is mid-december, and SOS Brigade chief Haruhi Suzumiya announces that the Brigade is going to hold a Christmas party in their clubroom, with Japanese hotpot for dinner. The brigade members Kyon, Yuki Nagato, Mikuru Asahina and Itsuki Koizumi ...
Style: exciting, stylized, humorous, semi serious, epic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, christmas, time travel, danger, save the day, alternate dimension, adventure, youth, imaginary, rescue, teenage life, computer genius ...
Time: year 1999, 1990s, future, 2010s, 90s
Place: japan, asia
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Okko's Inn (2018)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 94 min.
Story: 12-year-old Oriko Seki, who lost her parents in a car accident, ended up living in her grandmother's Onsen Ryokan "Haru no Ya." With the ghost "Uribou" cohabitating with her and all the other odds, she ended up training to ...
Style: exciting, feel good, captivating, light, thought provoking
Audience: family outing
Plot: orphan, ghost, dream, grandmother granddaughter relationship, festival, school, teacher, spirit, innkeeper, childhood flashback, little girl, fortune teller ...
Place: japan
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Monster of Frankenstein (1981)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The film centers around the life of Victor Frankenstein. After creating the monster together with his partner Zuckel, the monster attacks the assistant and falls from a cliff. Assuming the monster is dead, Victor returns to his wife Elizabeth and ...
Audience: horror for children
Plot: monster, mob, torch, orphan, blanket, stream, cross, hat, wine, wound, secret, laboratory ...
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The Garden (2017)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Country: UK
Duration: 55 min.
Story: After a silent, masked individual encounters a man with a television for an arm; horror, euphoria and madness ensue.
Style: experimental, scary, frightening
Audience: student film
Plot: filmmaking, surrealism, mask, nightmare, nature, art, student, artist, fear, television, film making
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Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade (1999)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A member of an elite paramilitary counter-terrorism unit becomes traumatized after witnessing the suicide bombing of a young girl and is forced to undergo retraining. However, unbeknownst to him, he becomes a key player in a dispute between rival ...
Style: bleak, stylized, serious, exciting, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: conspiracy, world war two, distopia, swat team, little red riding hood, terrorism, suicide, politics, deadly, life is a bitch, society, intrigue ...
Place: japan, tokyo, poland, germany
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Coco (2017)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy, Music, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Despite his family’s baffling generations-old ban on music, Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol, Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead ...
Style: touching, atmospheric, colourful, feel good, captivating ...
Plot: disney, life after death, boy, childhood, fantasy world, musician, life & death, child protagonist, singer, music, family, ghost ...
Time: year 2017
Place: mexico
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Black★Rock Shooter (2010)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 52 min.
Story: The story of two girls bound in friendship, as well as Black Rock Star's struggle unfolding in another world. But when the two worlds come together... what will happen?
Style: seinen
Plot: parallel world, depression, violence, high school, isolation, friendship, loneliness, teenager, girls with guns
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Louise by the Shore (2016)
Genre: Animation, Drama
Country: France, Canada, Belgium
Duration: 75 min.
Story: On the last day of summer, Louise, an old woman realizes that the last train has departed without her. She finds herself alone in a small seaside resort town, abandoned by everyone. The weather quickly turns for the worse followed by the seasonal ...
Plot: loneliness, beach, memory, elderly, cemetery, seaside town, phone booth, flying, flashback, dog, talking dog, power outage ...
Time: 2000s, 1940s
Place: brittany
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