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Midnight Diner 2 (2016)
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Midnight Diner 2 (2016)
Original name: 続・深夜食堂
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 108 min.
Story: When people finish their day and hurry home, his day starts. His diner is open from midnight to seven in the morning. Pork, miso soup combo, beer, sake and shochu is all that he has on his menu. Nevertheless, he makes whatever his customers request as long as he has the ingredients for it.
Style: psychological, sincere, melancholic, anthology
Plot: chef, cooking, small business, restaurant, japanese food, diner, unrequited love, multiple storylines, haunted by the past, homelessness, storytelling, business manager, japanese police, food, night, cook, funeral, dinner
Place: tokyo

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out sincere, realistic, psychological and touching films with plots about cooking, friendship, family relations, food, restaurant, life philosophy and runaway mostly in Drama, Comedy and Romance genres. Some movies like Midnight Diner 2: Little Forest: Summer/Autumn (2014), Sweet Bean (2015), Ramen Shop (2018), Little Forest: Winter/Spring (2015), Little Forest (2018). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Midnight Diner (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Every night, Master (Kaoru Kobayashi) is busy with customers at the restaurant he runs. He has a worried face, looking at the funerary urn which someone left at his restaurant. His customers also talk about the funerary urn.
Plot: diner, restaurant, unrequited love, chef, cooking, small business, food, cook, police, urn, sleeping on the floor, salute ...
Place: tokyo
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Little Forest: Summer/Autumn (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Abandoned by her mother, young Ichiko leaves her life in the city to live off the land in Komori, a small town nestled among the mountains in rural Japan. Despite the void left by her mother’s disappearance, Ichiko comes to enjoy her independence ...
Style: psychological, melancholic, thought provoking, contemplative, visually appealing
Plot: food, farming, countryside, nature, japanese culture, solitude, farmer, abandoned by mother, botany, mother issues, japanese food, provincial life ...
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Sweet Bean (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan, France, Germany
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Sentaro runs a small bakery that serves dorayaki pastries filled with sweet red bean paste (“an”). When an old lady, Tokue, offers to help in the kitchen he reluctantly accepts. She will soon prove to have magic in her hands…
Style: sincere, thought provoking, melancholic, touching
Plot: meaning of life, cooking, chef, food, restaurant, employer employee relationship, life philosophy, tradition, old woman, disability, existentialism, small business ...
Place: japan
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Ramen Shop (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: Singapore, Japan, France
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Masato is a young ramen chef in the city of Takasaki in Japan. After the sudden death of his emotionally distant father, he chances upon a suitcase of memorabilia and a red notebook – filled with musings and old photos – left behind by his ...
Style: realistic, contemplative, emotional, captivating
Plot: restaurant, journey, family relations, chef, cooking, memory, memories, photograph, uncle, grandmother grandson relationship, self discovery, parents and children ...
Time: 21st century
Place: singapore, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Little Forest: Winter/Spring (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Ichiko (Ai Hashimoto) lived in a big city, but goes back to her small hometown Komori, located on a mountain in the Tohoku region. She is self-sufficient. Ichiko gains energy living among nature and eating foods she makes from seasonal ingredients.
Style: thought provoking, captivating, realistic, sincere
Plot: japanese culture, food, japanese girl, nature, farming, solitude, abandoned by mother, hut, countryside, isolation, society, village life ...
Place: japan
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Little Forest (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A young woman leaves the city to return to her hometown in the countryside. Seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, she becomes self-sufficient in a bid to reconnect with nature.
Style: captivating, psychological, disturbing, sincere
Audience: chick flick, teens
Plot: countryside, farming, cooking, friendship, young woman, female protagonist, mother daughter relationship, food, childhood friend, pet dog, winter, romance ...
Time: contemporary
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Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Coincidence and the aftermath of violence. A man's middle-school daughter has been murdered. His wife is already deceased. He tells a counselor he wants to live in anonymity, working with his hands. He moves away and gets a job in a factory. ...
Style: emotional, sincere, psychological, serious, realistic ...
Plot: murder, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, friendship, small town, loss of daughter, forgiveness, friends, deadly, starting over, dealing with death, interview ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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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, atmospheric, psychological ...
Plot: anti war, family relations, haunted by the past, human nature, battles, society, parents and children, siblings relations, memory, samurai, post war, atomic bomb ...
Time: 1990s, 90s
Place: japan, hawaii, asia, usa, tokyo ...
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Side Job (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Based on the novel "Kanojo no Jinsei wa Machigai ja Nai" (literal translation: Her life is not at fault) by Director Hiroki, it is a powerful story of survivors, who are all trying to find their own silver linings in life.
Plot: prostitute, based on a novel, earthquake, city hall, orphan, tsunami
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Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 125 min.
Story: A terminally ill single mother is determined to reconcile her splintered family.
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Kamome Diner (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Where are we welcome? On a quiet street in Helsinki, Sachie has opened a diner featuring rice balls. For a month she has no customers. Then, in short order, she has her first customer, meets Midori, a gangly Japanese tourist, and invites her to stay ...
Style: humorous, atmospheric, touching, sentimental, semi serious ...
Plot: diner, friendship, starting over, love and romance, hopes, cooking and food, small business, feminism, cafe, single woman, lifestyle, workplace situations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: finland, europe, helsinki finland
⇓ similarity ⇓
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 7.8
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Eureka (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan, France
Duration: 217 min.
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Style: psychological, bleak, sincere, enigmatic, lyrical ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Rob Haley (Dougray Scott), an up-and-coming chef and restaurateur in London, is grief-stricken when he loses his wife. With encouragement from his infamous friend and real life TV Chef Gordon Ramsay, Rob decides to spice up his life by turning a ...
Style: feel good, humorous, sentimental, touching, semi serious ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Moon and Thunder (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 120 min.
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Style: psychological, serious, melancholic, touching
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Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark
Duration: 103 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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20%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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Country: Japan
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⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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Style: thought provoking, emotional, road movie, melancholic, sincere
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⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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Genre: Drama
Country: Japan, Taiwan
Duration: 108 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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