Movies like Inside the Forbidden City

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Inside the Forbidden City (1965)
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Inside the Forbidden City (1965)
Original name: 宋宮秘史
Genre: Drama, Musical
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 103 min.
Story: It seems that Li Zhenfei was once an imperial concubine, who often found herself competing with her rival Madame Liu for the emperor's sole, undivided attention. When Li gives birth to the Emperor's child, the jealous Liu switches the boy with a cat and commands a servant named Kou Zhu to kill the baby. However, Kou Zhu ignores the order and gives the prince-to-be to the emperor's brother, a decision which eventually leads to the boy being adopted by the emperor himself! But as fate would have it, to go along with his new son, the emperor has a new wife as well - Madame Liu! As this strange new family unit is being constructed, poor Li Zhenfei has been confined to the forbidden palace, condemned to never see or speak to her son, the prince. But destiny reunites her with her son, but will this family reunion be a happy one? And will Madame Liu finally be punished for her treachery?
Plot: palace intrigue, betrayal, retribution, eunuch, switched at birth

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out captivating, realistic, stylized and serious films with plots about betrayal, concert, opera, murder, suicide, dancing and singing mostly in Drama, Musical and Romance genres. Some movies like Inside the Forbidden City: Stiffelio (2012), Baal (1982), Carmen in 3D (2011), Carmen: A Hip Hopera (2001), The Book of Esther (2013). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Stiffelio (2012)
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Country: Germany, Italy
Duration: 118 min.
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Baal (1982)
Genre: Drama, Musical
Country: UK
Duration: 64 min.
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Carmen in 3D (2011)
Genre: Drama, Musical
Country: UK
Duration: 170 min.
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Carmen: A Hip Hopera (2001)
Genre: Drama, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
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The Book of Esther (2013)
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Country: USA
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Black Starlet (1974)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
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Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance
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Duration: 95 min.
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The Rose King (1986)
Genre: Drama, Musical
Country: West Germany, Portugal, France, Netherlands
Duration: 106 min.
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Genre: Musical, Drama
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