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The Burmese Harp (1985)
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The Burmese Harp (1985)
Original name: ビルマの竪琴
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 133 min.
Story: In the War's closing days, when a conscience-driven Japanese soldier fails to get his countrymen to surrender to overwhelming force, he adopts the lifestyle of a Buddhist monk.
Plot: world war two, soldier, buddhism, british army, japanese army
Time: 1940s
Place: japan, burma

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, bleak and captivating films with plots about world war two, soldier, military, japanese army, war, anti war and japanese soldier mostly in Drama, War and History genres. Some movies like The Burmese Harp: The Sea and Poison (1986), Fall of the Eagles (1989), Japan's Longest Day (1967), Return from the River Kwai (1989), Tombstone of the Fireflies (2008). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Sea and Poison (1986)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Downed American fliers in WW II are vivisected by Japanese surgeons in medical experiments.
Plot: world war two, bomber, torture, vivisection, air force
Time: 1940s, year 1945
Place: japan
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100%
Fall of the Eagles (1989)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 85 min.
Story: No overview found.
Plot: german soldier, deathbed, soldier, explosion, death of loved one, train, singer, nazi, father daughter relationship, jewish, male protagonist, wounded soldier ...
Time: 1940s
Place: germany
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100%
Japan's Longest Day (1967)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 157 min.
Story: Following the detonation of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Japanese military and the government clash over the demand from the Allies for unconditional surrender. Minister of the Army Anami leads the military officers who propose to ...
Plot: japanese army, world war two, japanese soldier, funeral, british empire, emperor, gore, atomic bomb, soldier, general, japanese history, officer ...
Time: 1940s
Place: china, japan, usa, tokyo
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75%
Return from the River Kwai (1989)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A group of war prisoners has spilt blood, sweat and tears to construct a bridge over the river Kwai in Thailand. Just when the bridge is ready, an American bomber arrives and destroys it. Camp commander Tanaka wants to set an example and orders that ...
Plot: train, world war two, british empire, british soldier, british, submarine, japanese army, decapitation, pow, imperial japan
Time: 1940s
Place: burma, asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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Tombstone of the Fireflies (2008)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Set during World War II, the film follows a young brother and sister as they attempt to survive the aftermath of the firebombing of Kobe City.
Style: touching, suspense, rough, psychological
Plot: world war two, sibling relationship, bombing, firefly, little girl, brother sister relationship, war, brother brother relationship, molotov cocktail, underwear, flashback, firebomb
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
The Battle of Okinawa (1971)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 149 min.
Story: The Americans are swiftly closing on Okinawa, an island just south of the Japanese mainland. The Imperial command sends top generals and several army divisions to defend it at all costs. The mission quickly degenerates as vital resources and troops ...
Plot: japanese army, u.s. navy, world war two, brutality, japanese navy, young soldier, u.s. army, japanese soldier, japanese history
Time: 1940s
Place: usa, okinawa japan, tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer (1961)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 190 min.
Story: His ideals challenged by life as a conscript in war-time Japan's military, a pacifist faces ever greater tests in his fight for survival.
Style: atmospheric, bleak, gloomy, realistic, serious ...
Plot: world war two, soldier, survival, japanese army, chinese, captivity, unfulfilled love, prison life, imperialism, escape attempt, estrangement, hapless soldier ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: china, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Weekend at Dunkirk (1964)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France, Italy
Duration: 119 min.
Story: In June 1940, during the Dunkirk evacuation of Allied troops to England, French sergeant Julien Maillat and his men debate whether to evacuate to Britain or stay and fight the German troops that are closing-in from all directions. - from IMDB
Plot: world war two, french army, french soldier, shore, beach, soldier, steel helmet, french military, uniform, sand, car accident
Time: year 1940
Place: flanders
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Jungle Fighters (1961)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Based on a play by Willis Hall. A troop of British soldiers are out in the jungle to record jungle noises and troop noises in the jungle so that the recordings can be played back by other troops to divert the enemy to their whereabouts. As they ...
Style: suspense
Plot: world war two, british army, anti war, soldier, jungle, army, shot to death, machine gun, british soldier, cigarette smoking, fistfight, explosion ...
Time: year 1942
Place: burma, southeast asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Everlasting Glory (1976)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Taiwan
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A Chinese national policy film
Plot: world war two, japanese army, sino japanese war, tank, japanese soldier, flag, chinese army
Time: 1930s, 1940s
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Story of a Prostitute (1965)
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Disappointed by the marriage of her lover to a woman he does not love, prostitute Harumi drifts from the city to a remote Japanese outpost in Manchuria to work in a "comfort house," or brothel, during the Sino-Japanese war. The commanding ...
Style: erotic, realistic, serious, rough, bleak ...
Plot: prostitute, soldier, tragic love, sino japanese war, hand grenade, prostitution, colonialism, misogyny, desertion, buddhism, desert, battles ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 1940s
Place: china, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Black Birds (1967)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Yugoslavia
Duration: 85 min.
Story: WW2 story about group of prisoners who are trying to escape the death camp, run by local pro-Nazi militia.
Plot: world war two, nazi concentration camp, nazi, prison, concentration camp, nazis
Time: 1940s
Place: croatia
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
The Imperial Japanese Empire (1982)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 180 min.
Story: Story of three people, a barber, a Christian and a graduate of the Tokyo Military Academy during the 2nd World War.
Plot: hairdresser, husband wife relationship, chance meeting, beach, military, father son relationship, christian, japanese army, world war two, japanese occupation, mother son relationship
Time: 1940s
Place: usa, japan, okinawa japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, New Zealand, Japan
Duration: 123 min.
Story: In 1942, British soldier Jack Celliers comes to a japanese prison camp. The camp is run by Yonoi, who has a firm belief in discipline, honour and glory. In his view, the allied prisoners are cowards when they chose to surrender instead of commiting ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, realistic, bleak, serious ...
Plot: world war two, pow, soldier, war, prisoner of war camp, war crime, captivity, anti war, escape attempt, undisciplined, atrocity, strong violent content ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1936, year 1942 ...
Place: japan, asia, australia, indonesia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
No Man is an Island (1962)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: The true story of George Tweed, an American sailor who became the only serviceman on the island of Guam to avoid capture by the Japanese during the early years of World War II.
Plot: behind enemy lines, scorpion, priest, u.s. navy, world war two
Place: pacific ocean, pearl harbor, japan, minneapolis minnesota
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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The Heroes (1989)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Australia
Duration: 208 min.
Story: Based on a true story, The Heroes follows one of the most extraordinary and heroic exploits of World War II. After months of rigorous training in the north of Australia, a team of 14 men, most barely out of their teens, set sail from Cairns on ...
Plot: male objectification, male nudity, shared shower, canoe, group shower, butt naked, male in shower, world war two, shower, heroism, australian, behind enemy lines ...
Time: year 1943, 1940s
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Road to Berlin (2015)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 82 min.
Story: A story about two young men during the last days of WWII.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, rough, captivating
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war two, male bonding, male friendship, soldier, military, friendship, society, deadly, fascism, friendship between men, violence, great patriotic war ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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Glory Sky (1962)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Greece
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Two stories set in northern Greece during World War II.
Plot: soldier, solitude, military, world war two, german occupation, retreat, wartime
Time: 1940s
Place: greece
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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The Battle of the Last Panzer (1969)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Spain, Italy
Duration: 91 min.
Story: The film looks through the eyes of the German offense during World War II, specifically a German tank crew who, after losing a battle, struggle to get home.
Plot: world war two, tank, u.s. army, bombing, german soldier
Time: 1940s
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Under the Flag of the Rising Sun (1972)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A war widow determined to clear the name of her disgraced husband, who was court-martialed for desertion and executed. Official records have been destroyed, and the ministry that distributes benefits continues to deny her a pension. Twenty-six years ...
Style: disturbing, thought provoking, serious, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: world war two, military, life is a bitch, heroic mission, haunted by the past, survival, danger, dealing with death, obsessive quest, truth, japanese army, soldier ...
Time: 70s, 1940s, 40s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Back Door to Hell (1964)
Genre: War, Drama
Country: Philippines, USA
Duration: 75 min.
Story: During WWII, a three-man commando team places its trust in the hands of a band of Filipino resistors, as they try to knock out a Japenese communication center.
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, tense, suspenseful ...
Plot: world war two, espionage, danger, war, anti war, escapades, mission, soldier, battles, reconnaissance, liberation, captivity ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: the philippines, japan, asia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
From Hell to Victory (1979)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Italy, France, Spain
Duration: 103 min.
Story: From Hell To Victory follows the relationship of six friends throughout the Second World War. They meet in a cafe in Paris on 24th August 1939 and agree to meet there on the same day every year. The war however takes them on their own individual ...
Plot: world war two, childhood, french soldier, german soldier, soldier, war violence, commando, rifle, battle, nazi, combat, commando unit ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s
Place: france, paris france, amsterdam
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Evening Bells (1986)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Yugoslavia
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Trials and tribulations of a Croatian Communist intellectual in the turbulent years before, during and after WW2.
Plot: world war two, fascism, communist, legs, stockings
Place: former yugoslavia, yugoslavia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Hiroshima (1995)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Canada, Japan
Duration: 185 min.
Story: Hiroshima is a 1995 Japanese / Canadian film directed by Koreyoshi Kurahara and Roger Spottiswoode about the decision-making processes that led to the dropping of the atomic bombs by the United States on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic
Plot: world war two, politics, nuclear, atomic bomb, office, against humanity, danger, society, war, head of state, heroes, wartime life ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1945
Place: hiroshima japan, asia, usa, japan, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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The Victors (1963)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 175 min.
Story: Intercutting dramatic vignettes with newsreel footage, the story follows the characters from an infantry squad as they make their way from Sicily to Germany during the end of World War II.
Style: tragic ending, epic
Plot: world war two, post war germany, army, infantry, american in europe, american abroad, military uniform, u.s. military, german woman, soldier, tragedy, execution ...
Time: 1940s
Place: berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The 25th Hour (1967)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: France, Italy, Yugoslavia
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A Romanian peasant fights to get back to his family after he's imprisoned by the Nazis.The picture is based on real events. It includes Hungary's government in collaboration with the Nazis, the encroachment of Romania by Stalin's ...
Plot: world war two, jew persecution, peasant, recruit, volunteer, mix up, nazi concentration camp, gendarme, jewish, ss, concentration camp, holocaust ...
Time: 1940s
Place: hungary, romania
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Camp de Thiaroye (1988)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Senegal, Algeria, Tunisia
Duration: 157 min.
Story: A historical drama based on the Thiaroye transit camp massacre, Camp de Thiaroye dismantles the myth of colonial assimilation to expose ingrained social and cultural mechanisms of racism, exploitation, and privilege. In 1944, the French army ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, serious, bleak, disturbing
Plot: world war two, interracial relations, racism, soldier, society, against humanity, life is a bitch, state affairs, military, culture clash, wartime life, injustice ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: africa, senegal, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The Long Day's Dying (1968)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Three British soldiers and their German captive trek through the European countryside.
Style: realistic, serious, cult film
Plot: soldier, world war two, confined, prison, military life, survival, anti war, captivity, basic training, gory, battles, escapades ...
Time: 1940s
Place: england, germany, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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The Cavern (1964)
Genre: War, Drama, Adventure
Country: Italy, West Germany
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Adventure drama during WW2 in Italy where a mixed group of people get trapped inside a cave after a bomb raid. But can they co-operate? And will they survive?
Plot: world war two, underground, trapped, soldier, cave, general
Time: 1940s
Place: italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.0
 35
Elysium (1987)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Hungary
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Film about the Holocaust. A Jewish family is allowed to keep the flat they have always lived in and to live a relatively normal life. One day their 10-year old son disappears. He has been sent to a deportation camp which seems like paradise except ...
Plot: world war two, female director, jewish, boy, death of child, nazi, children, concentration camp, medical experiment
Place: hungary
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%