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, psycho, ghost, army, loneliness, violence, military, winter, soldier, snow, train, ice, running, cold, boy, fear, insanity, memory, childhood, birds, adulthood, self hatred, tradition, childhood trauma ...
Place: japan

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out melancholic, atmospheric, stylized and serious films with plots about loneliness, storytelling, friendship, childhood, mentor, supernatural and fantasy world mostly in Animation, Drama and Fantasy genres. Some movies like Winter Spirits: The Day of the Crows (2012), When Marnie Was There (2014), A Monster Calls (2016), Your Name (2016), Colorful (2010). 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
Audience: family outing, preschoolers
Plot: ghost, village, disorder, misfit, in the woods, life turned upside down, family relations, isolation, single parent, fish out of water, coming of age, supernatural ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
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, emotional, sentimental, atmospheric, scenic ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: friendship, countryside, teenage life, loneliness, self discovery, young girl, dream, childhood, village, youth, estate, photograph ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
91%
A Monster Calls (2016)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Country: UK, Spain, USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A boy imagines a monster that helps him deal with his difficult life and see the world in a different way.
Style: touching, fairy tale, emotional, compassionate, cerebral ...
Audience: kids
Plot: terminal illness, dark fantasy, monster, childhood, imagination, family, nightmare, bullying, part animation, life & death, truth, boy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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: touching, romantic, captivating, scenic, emotional ...
Plot: school, body swapping, time travel, memory loss, destiny, death, race against time, supernatural, schoolgirl, star crossed lovers, romance, friendship ...
Place: tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
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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 ...
Plot: supernatural, slice of life, wanderer, village, illness, forest, nature, supernatural power, sun, sunlight, walking, eclipse ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion (1997)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 90 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, futuristic, twist ending, surreal, atmospheric ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: philosophy, mecha, insanity, loneliness, violence, youth, apocalypse, rebirth, space wars, teenage life, a.i., heroes ...
Time: 21st century, future, 2010s
Place: tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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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, inspirational, psychological, stylized, touching ...
Audience: teens
Plot: reincarnation, one more chance, dealing with death, school life, supernatural, suicide, memory loss, brother brother relationship, parents and children, everyday life, teenage life, suicidal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
Weathering with You (2019)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Hodaka, a high school boy who moves from his isolated island home to the city of Tokyo, who immediately becomes broke! After finally finding work at a shady occult magazine, the sky rains every day until amidst the hustle and bustle of the big city, ...
Plot: weather, magical power, male female relationship, magical girl, friendship, love, girl, global warming, falling in love, climate change, asthma, legs ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 163 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, biting ...
Audience: teens
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Time: 1990s, 2010s, future
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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: gloomy, emotional, suspenseful, serious, atmospheric ...
Plot: afterlife, society, healing power, romance, master and servant, love and romance, supernatural romance, ghost, supernatural, palaces castles and temples, religions or cults, battles ...
Time: middle ages
Place: china, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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...
Plot: spirit, supernatural, friendship, childhood, folklore, coming of age, slice of life, little girl, mask, forest
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 7.8
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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, clever, offbeat, surreal, talky ...
Plot: philosophy, existentialism, nightmare, dream, imagination, lifestyle, daydreamer, encounter, bohemian life, twentysomething life, hopes, imaginary ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: texas
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 7.7
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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: surreal, psychological, suspenseful, atmospheric, enigmatic ...
Plot: surveillance, investigation, villain, mental illness, deception, dreams, scientist, research, doctors and patients, psychiatrist, introspection, human nature ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 8.1
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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: atmospheric, heartbreaking, sweet, colourful, fairy tale ...
Audience: family outing
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Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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, touching, inspirational, motivational, colourful ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens
Plot: family, life philosophy, coming of age, childhood, disney, imaginary friend, dream, memory, friendship, happy ending, joy, anger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 2010s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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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, serious, offbeat, stylized, sinister
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⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
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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, regret, supernatural, life changing experience, elderly, dreams, human nature, rich and poor, greed ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian england, victorian era, future
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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: psychedelic
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Time: middle ages
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⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
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Duration: 83 min.
Story: Based on the novel Tottòi by Gianni Padoan. Sardinia is abundant in beautiful beaches and mysterious caves which are known as the habitat of a peculiar kind of seal on the verge of extinction. After moving to this island, Tottoi, fascinated by ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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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: frightening, student film
Plot: nature, film making, filmmaking, student, fear, artist, television, surrealism, mask, nightmare, art
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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: surreal, humorous, touching, gloomy, offbeat ...
Audience: teens
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Time: contemporary
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⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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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: realistic, bleak, psychological, rough, serious ...
Plot: on the run, motel, misfit, society, introspection, life is a bitch, social misfits, siblings relations, family problems, life turned upside down, family relations, working class ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: nevada, usa, hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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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, offbeat, atmospheric, stylized, exciting ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
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Plot: orphan, female writer, japanese girl, hot spring, grandparent grandchild relationship, childhood flashback, crying girl, shrine, illness, ghost child, flute, coming of age ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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Genre: Animation, Drama, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 89 min.
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Style: touching, heartbreaking, stylized, harsh, depressing ...
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Time: 40s, 20th century, 1940s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Millennium Actress (2001)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 87 min.
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Style: serious, touching, talky, emotional, atmospheric ...
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Time: 20th century, 1960s, 1940s, 1950s, 1930s ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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Genre: Animation, Drama, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 51 min.
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Plot: flashlight, gun, gunshot, murder, police, death, blood, snow, car
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%