Movies like Winter Spirits

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Winter Spirits (2016)
Winter Spirits
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: debut, self hatred, return, sadness, birds, adulthood, cold, journey, winter, psycho, hate, army, loneliness, insanity, child, darkness, childhood, dream, village, memory, travel, ghost, ice, running, childhood trauma ...
Place: japan
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Grave of the Fireflies
Animation, Drama, War
Japan
89 min.
 8.5
Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion
Animation, Action, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Japan
90 min.
 8.3
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, stylized, melancholic and touching films with plots about friendship, loneliness, crying, death, fear, storytelling and friend mostly in Drama, Animation and Fantasy genres. Some movies like Winter Spirits: Your Name (2016), Summer Vacation 1999 (1988), Grave of the Fireflies (1988), Naruto Shippuden (2007), The Plague Dogs (1982). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Your Name
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
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Duration: 106 min.
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Place: japan, tokyo
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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 ...
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Audience: teens
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Time: 2010s, future, 1990s
Place: japan, asia
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Summer Vacation 1999
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Teenage friends spending the summer at boarding school become entangled in love triangles after one commits suicide.
Plot: double suicide, death of father, rain, death, crying, telephone call, father son relationship, record player, school, student, kiss, painter ...
Time: future, 1990s
Place: japan
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Grave of the Fireflies
Genre: Animation, Drama, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 89 min.
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Style: bleak, emotional, touching, realistic, atmospheric ...
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Neon Genesis Evangelion: The End of Evangelion
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, atmospheric, stylized, surreal, serious ...
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Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
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Duration: 24 min.
Story: Naruto Shippuuden is the continuation of the original animated TV series Naruto.The story revolves around an older and slightly more matured Uzumaki Naruto and his quest to save his friend Uchiha Sasuke from the grips of the snake-like Shinobi, ...
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Audience: teens, pre-teens, kids
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
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Genre: Animation, Adventure, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: The Plague Dogs is a 1982 animated film based on the 1977 novel of the same name by Richard Adams. The story is centred on two dogs named Rowf and Snitter, who escape from a research laboratory in Great Britain. In the process of telling the story, ...
Style: stylized, serious, realistic, disturbing, suspenseful
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Loving Vincent
Genre: Animation, Biography, Crime, Drama, Mystery
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Story: The film brings the paintings of Vincent van Gogh to life to tell his remarkable story. Every one of the 65,000 frames of the film is an oil-painting hand-painted by 125 professional oil-painters who travelled from all across the world to the Loving ...
Style: based on true events
Plot: painter, artist, famous painting, painting, torment, train, guilt, suicide, obsession, death, doctor, anguish ...
Time: 19th century, year 1990
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The Motel Life
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: bleak, serious, realistic, rough, psychological ...
Plot: on the run, siblings relations, life turned upside down, life is a bitch, society, motel, social misfits, introspection, working class, misfit, family problems, sibling relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: nevada, usa, hawaii
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Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
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Story: Hell Girl, also known as Jigoku Shōjo: Girl from Hell, is an anime series produced by Aniplex and Studio Deen. It focuses on the existence of a supernatural system that allows people to take revenge by having other people sent to Hell via the ...
Style: serious, stylized, suspenseful, scary, exciting
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Place: asia, japan
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School Days
Genre: Animation, Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Story: A rumor states that if you take a photo of someone you like with your cellphone and keep it hidden, they'll fall for you. Will Makoto win his love by taking a picture of Kotonoha without anyone knowing?
Plot: school, high school, love affair, romance, harem, high school friends, cheating, teenager, love triangle, classroom, high school student, classmate ...
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System:   54%
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Spirited Away
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: fairy tale, colourful, surreal, atmospheric, stylized ...
Audience: family outing, pre-teens
Plot: magic, human becomes animal, greed, adventure, fantasy world, ghost town, good versus evil, surrealism, friendship, rescue, family, philosophy ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
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Duration: 100 min.
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Style: surreal, dark, gothic, bleak, colourful ...
Audience: kids, preschoolers, family outing
Plot: parallel world, adventure, family, dark fantasy, young heroes, imagination, save the day, children, parents and children, distopia, danger, magic ...
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Place: oregon, usa, michigan, texas
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Persepolis
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama, War
Country: France, USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In 1970s Iran, Marjane 'Marji' Statrapi watches events through her young eyes and her idealistic family of a long dream being fulfilled of the hated Shah's defeat in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. However as Marji grows up, she ...
Style: clever, serious, melancholic, gloomy, surreal ...
Plot: revolution, coming of age, idealism, childhood, depression, freedom, punk, islam, politics, storytelling, friendship, political unrest ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, 90s, year 1986 ...
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Enter the Void
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: France, Germany, Italy, Canada
Duration: 161 min.
Story: This psychedelic tour of life after death is seen entirely from the point of view of Oscar (Nathaniel Brown), a young American drug dealer and addict living in Tokyo with his prostitute sister, Linda (Paz de la Huerta). When Oscar is killed by ...
Style: psychedelic, atmospheric, serious, art house, light ...
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Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: tokyo, asia, japan
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System:   50%
    User:   45%
 
The Girl Who Leapt Through Time
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 98 min.
Story: When 17-year-old Makoto Konno gains the ability to, quite literally, "leap" backwards through time, she immediately sets about improving her grades and preventing personal mishaps. However, she soon realises that changing the past ...
Style: touching, humorous, twists and turns, semi serious, feel good ...
Audience: teens
Plot: time travel, friendship, coming of age, high school, school, supernatural ability, student, changing the past or future, storytelling, childhood, coming-of-age, fantasy world ...
Time: future, contemporary, 21st century
Place: tokyo, asia, japan
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Terror in Resonance
Genre: Animation, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 23 min.
Story: In an alternate version of the present, Tokyo has been decimated by a shocking terrorist attack, and the only hint to the identity of the culprit is a bizarre video uploaded to the internet. The police, baffled by this cryptic clue, are powerless to ...
Style: tragic ending
Plot: police department, terrorist bombing, locker, coming out of retirement, main character shot, power line, sociopath, terrorist plot, tragic hero, gas grenade, falling into water, manipulation ...
Place: tokyo, japan
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The Day of the Crows
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: touching, serious, sentimental
Audience: preschoolers, family outing
Plot: village, parents and children, coming of age, in the woods, fish out of water, family, youth, ghost, family relations, single parent, isolation, life turned upside down ...
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A Christmas Carol
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: exciting, semi serious, feel good, humorous, sentimental ...
Audience: family outing, preschoolers, kids
Plot: christmas, redemption, family, ghost, holiday, supernatural, greed, chase, ghosts, death, human nature, happy ending ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, future, victorian england, victorian era
Place: england, europe, london
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Landscape in the Mist
Genre: Drama
Country: Greece, France, Italy
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Road movie about two children searching for their father who is supposed to live in Germany. Their obsession for this father figure will take them to the boundaries between childhood and adolescence.
Style: serious, realistic, touching, rough
Plot: on the road, human nature, bus, life is a bitch, youth, soldier, family relations, sexual abuse, siblings relations, greek, seagull, hiding ...
Time: 80s
Place: europe, germany
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System:   38%
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When Marnie Was There
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, atmospheric, emotional, sentimental, stylized ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: friendship, imaginary friend, coming of age, supernatural, loneliness, unlikely friendships, secrets, relationships, fantasy world, haunted by the past, village, magic realism ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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System:   37%
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Mysterious Skin
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA, Netherlands
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A teenage hustler and a young man obsessed with alien abductions cross paths, together discovering a horrible, liberating truth.
Style: psychological, emotional, disturbing, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: sexual abuse, child abuse, small town, friendship, coming of age, prostitution, homosexuality, adolescence, obsession, sexuality, rape, male nudity ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s, year 1983, year 1987 ...
Place: usa, kansas, new york
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Millennium Actress
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Documentary filmmaker Genya Tachibana has tracked down the legendary actress Chiyoko Fujiwara, who mysteriously vanished at the height of her career. When he presents her with a key she had lost and thought was gone forever, the filmmaker could not ...
Style: stylized, serious, realistic, melancholic, surreal ...
Plot: actor's life, haunted by the past, life, chase, love story, loneliness, childhood, storytelling, artists and showbiz, love, art, life & death ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1950s, 1930s, 1960s ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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System:   37%
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Death Parade
Genre: Animation, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
Story: There is a place after death that’s neither heaven nor hell. A bar that serves you one chance to win. You cannot leave until the game is over, and when it is, your life may be too. From Studio Madhouse (Death Note, Black Lagoon) comes a thrilling ...
Style: psychological
Plot: game, stabbing, marital infidelity, depression, brother sister relationship, childhood, regret, unhappiness, afterlife, desperation, bruise, spitting blood ...
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System:   36%
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A Monster Calls
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: emotional, touching, heartbreaking, melancholic, reflective ...
Audience: kids
Plot: terminal illness, monster, bullying, cancer, imagination, school, coming of age, storytelling, dark fantasy, childhood, monsters, adolescence ...
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System:   36%
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Wolf Children
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: sentimental, offbeat, semi serious, stylized, heartbreaking ...
Plot: children, coming of age, wilderness, love, school, parents and children, childhood, storytelling, loneliness, imagination, supernatural romance, small town ...
Place: japan, tokyo
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System:   36%
    User:   43%
 
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Adama
Genre: Animation, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 82 min.
Story: 12 year-­old Adama lives in a remote village in West Africa, sheltered by the Cliffs. Out, beyond, lies "the land of breaths", the kingdom of wicked spirits hungry for war. When Samba, his elder brother, suddenly vanishes from the ...
Plot: boy, ceremony, snow, soldier, nurse, train, frontline, journey, wounded, world war one, boat, grave ...
Time: 1910s
Place: paris france, africa
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System:   36%
    User:   41%
 
Natsume's Book of Friends
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Country: Japan
Story: Natsume Takashi has the ability to see spirits, which he has long kept secret. However, once he inherits a strange book that belonged to his deceased grandmother, Reiko, he discovers the reason why spirits surround him.
Plot: supernatural, orphan, ghost, slice of life, healing, japanese culture, human animal relationship, transformation, monk, search, cat, festival ...
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System:   34%
    User:   37%
 

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Girls Bravo
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
Story: Small for his age, Yukinari has been bullied and abused by girls all his life. Now in high school, he has developed a rare condition: whenever girls touch him, or even come close, he breaks out in hives. Imagine his surprise, when he is suddenly ...
Style: sexual, semi serious, sexy, erotic, feel good ...
Plot: friendship, parallel world, teenage life, fish out of water, imaginary, misfit, youth, social relations, friends, high school life, love and romance, disorder ...
Place: asia, japan
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System:   34%
    User:   32%
 
Urotsukidôji II: Legend of the Demon Womb
Genre: Animation, Adult, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 88 min.
Story: In this sequel to Urotsukidoji: Legend of the Overfiend, the unbelievable sexual violence of the Overfiend and his cohorts from Hell continues to wreak havoc on the earth. Who can stop this relentless onslaught?
Style: macabre, biting
Plot: demon, trousers, hentai, monster rape, demon rape, ritual sacrifice, parallel worlds, friend, airplane, friendship, flashback, fear ...
Time: 1940s, 1990s
Place: berlin germany
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System:   34%
    User:   32%
 
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