Movies like A Borrowed Life

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A Borrowed Life (1994)
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A Borrowed Life (1994)
Original name: 多桑
Genre: Drama
Country: Taiwan
Duration: 167 min.
Story: Sega's children, born into post-war Chinese rule, can't relate to their father's love for Japanese culture, having grown up under Japanese rule before WWII.
Style: family saga
Plot: boy, family relations, poverty, communism, nationalism, father son relationship, countryside
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: china, taiwan

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, contemplative, touching and serious films with plots about family relations, father son relationship, countryside, boy, coming of age, poverty and parents and children mostly in Drama, Romance and Biography genres. Some movies like A Borrowed Life: Dust in the Wind (1986), Shiba (1993), What the Sun Has Seen (2006), The Blue Kite (1993), The Buffalo Boy (2004). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Dust in the Wind (1986)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Taiwan
Duration: 109 min.
Story: A-yuan and A-yun are both from the small mining town of Jio-fen. In the city, A-yuan is an apprentice by day and goes to night school, and A-yun works as a helper at a tailors. Everyone thinks they are meant for each other, so do they. They fail to ...
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Audience: teens
Plot: family relations, delivery, love affair, parents and children, down on your luck, innocence lost, apprentice, working class, city life, tragic love, teenage life, coming of age ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: taiwan, china, asia
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Shiba (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: Taiwan
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A multi-lingual tour guide who owns multiple passports one day drives his wife and daughter to a desolate seashore town and checks in a secluded, spacious, ruins-like hotel. From that moment on, he throws himself into gambling, tossing the dice with ...
Plot: murder, gambling, seaside, brother sister relationship, cultural difference, violence, village, chinese, dice, sex, family relations, taiwanese ...
Place: taiwan
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What the Sun Has Seen (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Poland
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Three strangers living in Silesia - a 12-year-old half-orphan, a musically talented girl and a middle-aged unemployed ex-miner - are all desperate to get money to make their small dreams come true.
Plot: poverty, street vendor, singer, boy, husband wife relationship, father son relationship, single father, escape, small town, unemployment, fat man, female nudity ...
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The Blue Kite (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 140 min.
Story: The lives of a Beijing family throughout the 1950s and 1960s, as they experience the impact of the Hundred Flowers Campaign, the Great Leap Forward, and the Cultural Revolution.
Style: gloomy, realistic, thought provoking, serious, sincere ...
Plot: prisoner of war camp, revolution, politics, labor camp, reform, family relations, society, rebellion, life is a bitch, state affairs, unfulfillment, parents and children ...
Time: 50s, 70s
Place: china, asia, california, tokyo, japan
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The Buffalo Boy (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Vietnam, Belgium, France
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Set along the southern coast of Vietnam during the French occupation in the 1940s, water is everywhere, giving life and bringing decay and rot. Kim is 15; his father and step-mother have two buffalo, their lifeline as subsistence rice farmers. ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, contemplative
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Time: 1940s, 20th century
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A Time in Quchi (2013)
Genre: Drama
Country: Taiwan
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Bao stays with his grandfather for the summer and is shocked to see there are no modern appliances.
Style: realistic, touching, atmospheric, captivating, serious
Plot: friendship, coming of age, parents and children, family relations, friends, family problems, elderly, youth, village, countryside, school, siblings relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: asia, taiwan
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Song of the Exile (1990)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hong Kong, Taiwan
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Set in the early 1970s, it tells the story of a Chinese-Japanese student who returns to her native Hong Kong after graduating from a university in London. Once she arrives back home, she and her family begins to fight, largely due to cultural and ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, touching, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: family relations, couples, life is a bitch, love and romance, unfulfillment, society, student life, university, human nature, parents and children, family life, college ...
Time: 80s
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The Migrants (1974)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A look at the lives of migratory farm workers, focusing on one family.
Plot: poverty, family conflict, hardship, farm hand, countryside, mother daughter relationship, brother sister relationship, factory worker, migrant worker, working class, farm, childbirth ...
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A Time to Live, a Time to Die (1985)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Taiwan
Duration: 138 min.
Story: The semi-autobiographical film on director Hou Hsiao-Hsien's childhood and adolescence, when he was growing up in Taiwan, living through the deaths of his father, mother and grandmother.
Style: thought provoking, realistic, serious, touching, contemplative
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Place: taiwan, asia
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The Dull-Ice Flower (1989)
Genre: Family, Drama
Country: Taiwan
Duration: 99 min.
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Generational Sins (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A dying mother, Sarah, tells her last wish to her eldest son, Drew, that he take his younger brother, Will, to the place they were born. Despite tragic family history, hope gives promise to the future.
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Genre: Drama
Country: Switzerland, Belgium
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Summer '76, there's a heatwave and the Swiss countryside is drying out at top speed. In this stifling environment, Gus who is thirteen years old and son of a farmer, sees both his family environment and his innocence relentlessly breaking. ...
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Two Kinds Of Love (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
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Gregorio (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: Peru
Duration: 87 min.
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Plot: countryside, boy, death of father, children, child labor, city
Place: peru, latin america
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Chinese Wine (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: China
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The relationship of two maotai liquor-producing families, between 1915, when the drink first won international fame, and the end of the Chinese civil war, after which it was named China's official national liquor.
Style: suspense, suspenseful, unusual plot structure, contemplative
Plot: family relations, historical event, soldier, father son relationship, arranged marriage, brother brother relationship, chinese, fiance fiancee relationship, self sacrifice, ambush, civil war, alcohol ...
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Place: china
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Duration: 91 min.
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Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium, Morocco, Germany
Duration: 124 min.
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The Silly Age (2006)
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When Father Was Away on Business (1985)
Genre: Drama
Country: Yugoslavia
Duration: 136 min.
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Place: former yugoslavia, europe, bosnia
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Duration: 90 min.
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Country: USA
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