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Back to 1942 (2012)
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Back to 1942 (2012)
Original name: 一九四二
Genre: Drama
Country: China
Duration: 145 min.
Story: In 1942, Henan Province was devastated by the most tragic famine in modern Chinese history, resulting in the deaths of at least three million men, women and children. Although the primary cause of the famine was a severe drought, it was exacerbated by locusts, windstorms, earthquakes, epidemic disease and the corruption of the ruling Kuomintang government.
Style: rough, serious, captivating, bleak, realistic
Plot: drought, world war two, survival, life is a bitch, danger, chaos, on the road, on the run, family problems, family in danger, wartime life, escapades, against humanity, sino japanese war, war, family relations, starvation, society, chaos and mayhem, hunger, japanese occupation of china, japanese occupation
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1942
Place: china, asia

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Genre: Drama
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Duration: 93 min.
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Cow (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: China
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A Chinese peasant is given the responsibility of protecting his village's special dairy cow during a particularly harsh winter in 1940.
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Sounds of Sand (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France
Duration: 96 min.
Story: On the one hand, there's the desert eating away at the land. The endless dry season, the lack of water. On the other there's the threat of war. The village well has run dry. The livestock is dying. Trusting their instinct, most of the ...
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House with a Turret (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ukraine
Duration: 80 min.
Story: During the final winter of WWII, as displaced persons return to their former homes in the Soviet Union, an 8-year-old boy is left alone when his mother dies en route.
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Place: ukraine
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The Message (2009)
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Country: China
Duration: 118 min.
Story: 1942, Nanjing (Nanking). Following a series of assassination attempts on officials of the Japanese-controlled puppet government, the Japanese spy chief gathers a group of suspects in a mansion house for questioning. A tense game of "cat and ...
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Plot: japanese occupation, espionage, code breaking, world war two, resistance, assassination, wartime life, undercover, spy, rivalry, danger, occupation ...
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Place: china, asia
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The Ditch (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hong Kong, France, Belgium
Duration: 112 min.
Story: The film focuses on the suffering of Chinese who were imprisoned in a forced labor camp called Jiabiangou in the Gobi Desert in winter 1960 under Mao Zedong on the grounds that they were "rightist elements". The film tells of the harsh ...
Style: serious, rough, disturbing, bleak, captivating ...
Plot: prison life, captivity, life is a bitch, confined, against humanity, politics, starvation, re-education, society, state affairs, worker, death ...
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
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Tsili (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Israel, France, Italy
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Tsili is a young girl caught in the middle of World War II. After her family is taken to a concentration camp, Tsili hides in the forest, free from hatred and men, until the arrival of Marek, a stranger who speaks to her in Yiddish.
Style: serious, realistic, bleak, disturbing, tense
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Genre: Drama, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 87 min.
Story: In the final days of World War II, occupying Japanese forces in the Philippines face resistance from the local population and the American offensive. The dwindling Japanese soldiers attempt to survive through the horrors of war.
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Plot: survival, war, danger, military life, isolation, confined, escapades, japanese soldier, rivalry, world war two, wartime life, losing-it hero ...
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Leningrad (2009)
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Duration: 110 min.
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Duration: 108 min.
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Genre: Drama, History
Country: Estonia
Duration: 90 min.
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Genre: Drama, History, War
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