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Lanterns on Blue Waters (1983)
Lanterns on Blue Waters (1983)
Original name: Nami no bon
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 112 min.
Story: The story of a Japanese man who as a 16-year-old went to Maui to work in the sugar cane fields in order to support his family back in Japan. Now 89 and still living in Hawaii he is visited by his granddaughter who brings him a letter from his disinherited and recently dead son. This brings back memories of his life with his wife and family following the attack on Pearl Harbor, in particular of his son who had gone off to join the war for the Americans.
Style: bilingual
Plot: world war two, island, fishing, loyalty, emigration, letter, family conflict, grandson, flashback, national identity
Place: hawaii, hiroshima japan, pearl harbor

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, atmospheric and psychological films with plots about world war two, island, family relations, jewish, fishing, flashback and doctor mostly in Drama, History and War genres. Some movies like Lanterns on Blue Waters: Farewell, Kuro (2003), Cefalonia (2005), When the Last Sword is Drawn (2002), Station (1981), From Here to Eternity (1979). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Farewell, Kuro (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Based on a true story set in Matsumoto city, Nagano, during 1960s. A stray dog wanders into a high school's grounds. The dog, named Kuro, stays at the school and becomes a special friend to everyone.
Plot: loyalty, dog
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 6.9
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Cefalonia (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 136 min.
Story: Cefalonia tells the real story about what happened in September 1943 on the Greek island of Kefalonia (Cefalonia in Italian), when the 12,000 men in the Italian 33rd Acqui Infantry Division, following Italy's surrender to the Allied, refused to ...
Plot: world war two, german occupation, island, mass murder, soldier, bravery, italian history, nazi, italian army, surrender, truce
Place: greece
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80%
When the Last Sword is Drawn (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Kanichiro Yoshimura is a Samurai and Family man who can no longer support his wife and children on the the low pay he receives from his small town clan, he is forced by the love for his family to leave for the city in search of higher pay to support ...
Style: atmospheric, bleak, realistic, captivating, serious ...
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Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
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 6.8
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Station (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 132 min.
Story: A detective goes out of his way to crack the case of a serial killer who specialises in murdering police officers.
Plot: snow, olympics, shooting, train station, divorce, suicide note, salute, suicide, police officer
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Place: hokkaido
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: China, Japan, Hong Kong
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Takada, a Japanese fisherman has been estranged from his son for many years, but when the son is diagnosed with terminal cancer his daughter-in-law, Rie, summons him to the hospital. Through a series of obstacles and relationships, he is brought ...
Style: emotional, touching, stylized, realistic, serious
Plot: tour guide, terminal illness, friendship, redemption, village, family relations, father son relationship, aging, parents and children, understanding, estrangement, unfulfillment ...
Place: tokyo, japan, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
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From Here to Eternity (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 360 min.
TV show
Story: Soapy look at events of Pearl Harbor just previous to the Japanese attack.
Plot: world war two, cheating, u.s. army, military base, military
Time: 1940s
Place: hawaii, pearl harbor
⇓ similarity ⇓
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 7.9
 3K
Black Rain (1989)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 123 min.
Story: The story of the aftermath of the Hiroshima bombing, based on Masuji Ibuse's novel.
Style: serious, realistic, psychological, gloomy, sincere ...
Plot: survival, world war two, radiation sickness, atomic bomb, nuclear war, village life, parents and children, village, terminal illness, couple relations, innocence lost, war ...
Place: asia, japan, hiroshima japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Profound Desires of the Gods (1968)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 173 min.
Story: Tokyo engineer Kariya arrives on a primitive tropical island, where he interacts with the Futori clan, to drill a well to power a sugar mill.
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Genre: Drama
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Duration: 93 min.
Story: Jacques Perrin was awarded Best Actor at the 1966 Venice Film Festival for his gripping portrayal of a young writer's descent into madness. Alienated, neurotic, and plagued by guilt, Perrin retreats from reality, loses interest in work, and ...
Plot: brother brother relationship, flashback, neurosis, hunting, world war two, psychoanalysis, house, hiding place, mother son relationship
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Islands in the Stream (1977)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: An isolated sculptor is visited by his three sons just before the start of WWII.
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: world war two, island, sculptor, fishing, father son relationship, hopes, confined, artists and showbiz, unsupportive spouse, writer's life, family relations, bittersweet ...
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Place: bahamas
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Red Dirt Rising (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Based on a true story, this film shares with us a decade in the lives of Jimmie Lewallen and his wife Carrie as they experience the joys of love and marriage alongside the tragedies of war and poverty (1939-1949).
Plot: world war two, race car, race, nascar, racing, car racing, automobile racing
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The Shadow Within (1970)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 97 min.
Story: When a married man begins an affair with a woman from his past, he comes to suspect her young son intends to murder him.
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Letter from the Mountain (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 127 min.
Story: As the film begins, Takao (Akira Terao) and Michiko (Kanako Higuchi) have already pulled up their Tokyo roots and moved to a village that is Takao's ancestral home. They visit a thatched cottage that serves as a memorial shrine (amidado) for ...
Plot: clinic, farmer, senior citizen, terminal illness, choreography, fishing, tumor, doctor, mute, miscarriage, flashback, ritual ...
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Rhapsody in August (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The story centers on an elderly hibakusha, who lost her husband in the 1945 atomic bombing of Nagasaki, caring for her four grandchildren over the summer. She learns of a long-lost brother, Suzujiro, living in Hawaii who wants her to visit him ...
Style: emotional, serious, sincere, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: anti war, family relations, haunted by the past, human nature, battles, society, siblings relations, parents and children, memory, post war, atomic bomb, elderly ...
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Spirits' Homecoming (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Two Korean girls, Jung-Min (14) and Young-hee (15) are kidnapped by the Japanese Imperial Army and taken to a 'Comfort Station' in China. There, they join other kidnapped girls in serving Japanese soldiers as sexual slaves known as ...
Plot: world war two, japanese occupation of korea, rape, female nudity, occupation, kidnapping, slavery
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57%
Signs of Life (1968)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 95 min.
Story: During World War II, three German soldiers are withdrawn from combat when one of them, Stroszek, is wounded. They are assigned to a small coastal community on the Greek island of Kos while Stroszek recuperates. The men become increasingly stir crazy ...
Style: serious, realistic, tense, atmospheric, psychological
Plot: world war two, soldier, island, german soldier, dull life, military base, isolation, village, greek, confined, unfulfillment, military ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
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Genre: Drama
Country: India
Duration: 112 min.
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Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany, Yugoslavia
Duration: 80 min.
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Duration: 115 min.
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Genre: Drama
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Genre: Drama
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Duration: 89 min.
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Place: armenia, caucasus, eastern europe, soviet union
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Genre: Drama
Country: Austria, West Germany, Switzerland
Duration: 127 min.
Story: In the conclusion of Axel Corti's trilogy (following God Does Not Believe In Us Anymore and Santa Fe) Freddy, a Viennese Jew who emigrated to New York after Hitler's invasion, and Adler, a left-wing intellectual originally from Berlin, ...
Style: bilingual
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43%
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Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
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Style: experimental, serious, realistic
Plot: world war two, nudity (full frontal - brief), infidelity, wartime life, sexual relations, gays and lesbians, against the rules, code breaking, ocean or sea, ocean, island, church ...
Time: 1940s
Place: san francisco, california, usa, asia, japan
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43%
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.
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Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 111 min.
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Genre: Drama
Country: Greece
Duration: 75 min.
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Genre: Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 227 min.
Story: The lives of the average Quebecois Plouffe family during the final years of the depression and through World War II.
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41%