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The Face Reader (2013)
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The Face Reader (2013)
Original name: 관상
Genre: Drama, History
Country: South Korea
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Nae-kyung, the most skillful face reader in Joseon dynasty, was living in seclusion when he was offered a lucrative partnership by Yeon-hong, a Korean geisha. Nae-kyung accepts the proposal to read the faces of Yeon-hong’s guests only to get involved in a murder case. With his face reading skills, Nae-kyung successfully identifies the murderer and his skills are soon acknowledged by King Moonjong who orders him to identify the potential traitors who threaten his reign. However after the unexpected death of Moonjong, Nae-kyung is courted by Grand Prince Sooyang who yearns to become King himself by killing the young successor Danjong. Nae-kyung decides to keep his loyalty to the late King and help KIM Jong-seo protect the young King which forces him into the biggest power struggle in the history of the Joseon dynasty.
Style: captivating, realistic, atmospheric, psychological, tense, serious, stylized
Plot: joseon dynasty, political intrigue, royal court, coup, betrayal, head of state, society, politics, dishonesty, political unrest, korean history
Time: 15th century
Place: korea, asia

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, captivating and stylized films with plots about state affairs, politics, society, political unrest, rivalry, political intrigue and dishonesty mostly in Drama, History and Thriller genres. Some movies like The Face Reader: Masquerade (2012), The Throne (2015), Six Flying Dragons (2015), Mary Queen of Scots (2013), Tree With Deep Roots (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Masquerade (2012)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: South Korea
Duration: 131 min.
Story: During the confusing and conspiratorial Joseon Dynasty King Gwang-hae orders his councilor, HEO Kyun, to find him a double in order to avoid the constant threat of assassination. HEO Kyun finds Ha-sun, a jester who looks remarkably like the king, ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, captivating, stylized, mad ...
Plot: royal court, hidden identity, treason, throne, king, joseon dynasty, ruler, save the kingdom, political intrigue, forced into action, head of state, dishonesty ...
Time: 17th century
Place: korea, asia, south korea
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The Throne (2015)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: South Korea
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Ancient Korea, July 4, 1762. The Crown Prince Hyojang, posthumously named Sado, son of King Yeongjo of Joseon, is accused of treason. Thus, the king asks him to commit suicide, but his closest vassals prevent it, so the king orders the prince to get ...
Style: captivating, atmospheric, psychological, serious
Plot: joseon dynasty, father son relationship, royal family, crown prince, family conflict, korean history, king, royalty, teaching the ways of the world, rivalry, politics, punishment ...
Time: 18th century
Place: korea, south korea
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Six Flying Dragons (2015)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: South Korea
TV show
Story: “Six Flying Dragons” is a Period drama depicts the ambitions and success stories of 6 people around Prince Lee Bang Won. This drama also depicts the ideological and political conflict between Prince Lee Bang Won and Jung Do Jeon who is the man ...
Style: enigmatic, exciting, tense, disturbing, suspense ...
Plot: martial arts, joseon dynasty, tragedy, betrayal, ambition, political conspiracy, treason, palace intrigue, husband wife relationship, political unrest, political corruption, political repression ...
Time: 14th century
Place: korea
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Mary Queen of Scots (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Switzerland, France
Duration: 119 min.
Story: The life and death of the Scottish monarch.
Style: stylized, realistic, captivating, serious
Plot: royal court, royal family, political intrigue, betrayal, political unrest, head of state, state affairs, palaces castles and temples, queen, monarchy, strong female presence, king of france ...
Time: 16th century, renaissance
Place: scotland, england, europe
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Tree With Deep Roots (2011)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: South Korea
TV show
Story: Deep Rooted Tree is a 2011 South Korean television series starring Jang Hyuk, Shin Se-kyung and Han Suk-kyu. Based on the novel of the same title by Lee Jeong-myeong, it aired on SBS from October 5 to December 22, 2011 on Wednesdays and Thursdays at ...
Style: captivating, psychological, factual, tense
Plot: joseon dynasty, murder investigation, murder, power struggle, palace intrigue, secret organization, political conspiracy, palace, king, revenge, rivalry, royalty ...
Time: 15th century, 1400s
Place: korea
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Tsar (2009)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Russia
Duration: 116 min.
Story: In 16th-century Russia in the grip of chaos, Ivan the Terrible strongly believes he is vested with a holy mission. Believing he can understand and interpret the signs, he sees the Last Judgment approaching. He establishes absolute power, cruelly ...
Style: epic, atmospheric, bleak, stylized, contemplative ...
Plot: clergy, leadership, russian history, head of state, political unrest, corrupted ruler, ambition, dishonesty, royal court, rebelliousness, political corruption, society ...
Time: 16th century
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King Sejong the Great (2008)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: South Korea
TV show
Story: "The Great King, Sejong" is a full-scale political drama describing how King Sejong and his loyal retainers cooperate and contrive to make his dynasty a better place. While King Sejong was on the throne, the Joseon Dynasty enjoyed ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, stylized, political, realistic
Plot: historical figure, king, prince, royalty, joseon dynasty, faithfulness, family relations, ruler, crown prince, government, politics, political intrigue ...
Time: 15th century
Place: korea
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Getulio (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Brazil, Portugal
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The movie depicts the political crisis that led to the suicide of president Getúlio Vargas, in the 19 days that preceded August 24, 1954. The crisis began with the attempted assassination of journalist and politician Carlos Lacerda in August 5, ...
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, stylized, bleak
Plot: politics, investigation, head of state, society, political unrest, political conspiracy, journalism, dishonesty, political intrigue, assassination attempt, life is a bitch, state affairs ...
Time: 50s, 20th century
Place: brazil
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51%
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Beginning of the Great Revival (2011)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: China
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A chronicle of the events that led to the founding of the Chinese Communist Party.
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, factual
Plot: politics, revolution, head of state, state affairs, society, social differences, rebellion, communist party, patriotism, rivalry, chinese history, military uniform ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 1910s, 20s
Place: china, asia
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Rikyu (1989)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Late in the 1500s, an aging tea master teaches the way of tea to a headstrong Shogun. Through force of will and courageous fighting, Hideyoshi becomes Japan's most powerful warlord, unifying the country. Rikyu, through the tea ceremony and ...
Style: captivating, contemplative, stylized, realistic, serious ...
Plot: samurai, society, politics, state affairs, clergy, rise to the top, military, heroes, ambition, war, battles, political unrest ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s
Place: japan, asia, china, korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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 638
King Naresuan (2007)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Thailand
Duration: 163 min.
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Style: serious, epic, emotional, captivating, realistic
Plot: rise to the top, young heroes, heroes, ambition, friendship, rivalry, teaching the ways of the world, political intrigue, head of state, state affairs, royal family, political unrest ...
Time: 16th century
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The Viceroys (2007)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Italy, Spain, Germany, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: No overview found.
Style: captivating, psychological, atmospheric, epic, saga ...
Plot: family relations, politics, political unrest, rivalry, intrigue, society, dishonesty, revolution, family life, royal family, parents and children, unfulfillment ...
Time: 19th century
Place: sicily, italy, europe, sicily italy
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Sacrifice (2010)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: China
Duration: 122 min.
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Style: atmospheric, serious, suspenseful, exciting, captivating ...
Plot: orphan, disorder, betrayal, master warrior, vengeance, uninhibited rivalry, haunted by the past, hidden identity, murder, dishonesty, family relations, graphic violence ...
Time: ancient history
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48%
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The Guarantee (2014)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
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Duration: 76 min.
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The President's Last Bang (2005)
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Duration: 102 min.
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Falling Star (2014)
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Untold Scandal (2003)
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The Assassins (2012)
Genre: Drama, History
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Duration: 107 min.
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Style: exciting, serious, epic, realistic, captivating ...
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The King and the Clown (2005)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: South Korea
Duration: 119 min.
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Press (2010)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Turkey
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The story of a Kurdish newspaper whose journalists are under the constant threat of being abducted and killed by the state security forces.
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The Divine Weapon (2008)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 134 min.
Story: During the reign of King Sejong in the 15th century, the Joseon Dynasty was the embodiment of the perfect state. To the Ming China, the aspiring imperial power, Joseon presented an obstacle to territorial expansion. To protect themselves from war, ...
Style: epic, captivating, suspense, tense, realistic ...
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41%
Operation Sunflower (2014)
Genre: Drama, History
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Duration: 105 min.
Story: Through the eyes of the scientist in charge of the operation, we see the events leading to Israel developing her nuclear option in the 1960's.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, captivating, tense
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Time: 60s, 20th century, 50s, 1960s
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Silence (1971)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Two Jesuit priests encounter persecution when they travel to Japan in the 17th century to spread Christianity and search for their mentor.
Style: stylized, bleak, atmospheric, captivating, realistic ...
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The Treacherous (2015)
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Country: South Korea
Duration: 133 min.
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Style: tense, suspense, psychological, captivating
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Majesty (2010)
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Style: serious, realistic, touching, captivating
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
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May 18 (2007)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: South Korea
Duration: 120 min.
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The Scarlet Letter (1973)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: West Germany, Spain
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In 17th-century Salem, Hester Prynne must wear a scarlet A because she is an adulteress, with a child out of wedlock. For seven years, she has refused to name the father. A vigorous older stranger arrives, recognized by Hester but unknown to others ...
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40%
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Little Rose (2010)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
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Margaret (2009)
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The Soong Sisters (1997)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: Hong Kong, Japan, China
Duration: 145 min.
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Style: epic, atmospheric, stylized, captivating, serious ...
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