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: family relations, communism, poverty, boy, father son relationship, nationalism, countryside
Time: 50s, 1950s
Place: china, taiwan

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, touching, serious and contemplative films with plots about family relations, countryside, father son relationship, poverty, boy, coming of age and parents and children mostly in Drama, Romance and Family genres. Some movies like A Borrowed Life: Dust in the Wind (1986), Shiba (1993), What the Sun Has Seen (2006), My Sweet Orange Tree (2012), The Blue Kite (1993). 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
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Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: taiwan, asia, china
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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 ...
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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.
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My Sweet Orange Tree (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Brazil
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Zezé is an 8 year old boy who, although a naughty boy, has a good heart. He leads a very modest life, due to the fact that his father has been unemployed for a long time, and has the habit of having long conversations with a sweet orange tree which ...
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Plot: family relations, friendship, family life, friends, mischievous children, youth, father son relationship, boy, poverty, tree, book, school ...
Time: 20th century
Place: brazil, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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, sincere, contemplative, thought provoking ...
Plot: prisoner of war camp, revolution, politics, labor camp, innocence lost, parents and children, family life, political unrest, rebelliousness, society, family relations, reform ...
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The Buffalo Boy (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Vietnam, Belgium, France
Duration: 102 min.
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Style: touching, contemplative, serious, realistic
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Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: vietnam, asia, indochina
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57%
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Duration: 109 min.
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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 ...
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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.
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Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
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Gregorio (1984)
Genre: Drama
Country: Peru
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Gregorio, a boy from the impoverished countryside of Peru emigrates to Lima, the capital city. Experiencing a cultural shock due to the chaotic nature of the city, he must challenge himself to learn Spanish, since his native tongue is Quechua, and ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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A Thousand Months (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium, Morocco, Germany
Duration: 124 min.
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43%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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35%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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34%
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32%
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31%
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The March (1990)
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30%
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Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: new zealand
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30%