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The Face Reader (2013)
 6.8
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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: political intrigue, royal court, coup, betrayal, head of state, joseon dynasty, society, politics, dishonesty, political unrest
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, society, politics, dishonesty, rivalry, head of state and political intrigue mostly in Drama, History and Biography genres. Some movies like The Face Reader: Masquerade (2012), Mary Queen of Scots (2013), The Throne (2015), A Frozen Flower (2008), Tsar (2009). 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, stylized, captivating, realistic, serious
Plot: royal court, king, hidden identity, lookalikes, throne, ruler, political intrigue, save the kingdom, forced into action, danger, treason, state affairs ...
Time: 17th century
Place: korea, asia, south korea
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95%
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, captivating, realistic, serious
Plot: royal family, political intrigue, head of state, royal court, betrayal, political unrest, state affairs, palaces castles and temples, queen, monarchy, strong female presence, british royal family ...
Time: 16th century
Place: scotland, england, europe
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84%
 7.0
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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, serious, psychological
Plot: father son relationship, crown prince, royal family, king, family conflict, joseon dynasty, royalty, teaching the ways of the world, rivalry, palace intrigue, politics, hallucination ...
Time: 18th century
Place: korea, south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
A Frozen Flower (2008)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 143 min.
Story: A historical drama set in the Koryo dynasty and focused on the relationship between a king and his bodyguard. Under the dominance of Yuan Dynasty China, the king of Goryeo Dynasty Korea is pressured to produce a successor to the throne. Unable to ...
Style: sexual, touching, atmospheric, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: love triangle, gays and lesbians, adultery, royal court, love affair, love and romance, politics, royal family, unrequited love, intrigue, political unrest, political intrigue ...
Time: middle ages, 13th century, 14th century
Place: asia, korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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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: atmospheric, epic, bleak, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: clergy, leadership, head of state, political unrest, political corruption, dishonesty, corrupted ruler, royal court, rebelliousness, russian history, unfulfillment, state affairs ...
Time: 16th century
Place: russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 6.6
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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: serious, captivating, stylized, realistic, bleak
Plot: politics, head of state, investigation, political intrigue, political unrest, political conspiracy, downfall, dishonesty, assassination attempt, life is a bitch, state affairs, society ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
Place: brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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: realistic, serious, captivating, factual
Plot: politics, revolution, head of state, state affairs, society, social differences, rebellion, communist party, patriotism, rivalry, republican era china, chinese history ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s, 1910s
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
The King and the Clown (2005)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: South Korea
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Set in the late 15th century during the reign of King Yeonsan, two male street clowns and tightrope walkers, Jangsaeng (Gam Wu-seong) and Gong-gil (Lee Joon-gi), are part of an entertainer troupe. Their manager prostitutes the beautiful Gong-gil to ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, touching, sincere, cynical ...
Plot: king, jester, against the rules, rebellion, fighting the system, royal court, lifestyle, love affair, state affairs, rich and poor, treason, society ...
Time: 16th century
Place: seoul, asia, korea, south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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 7.0
 571
King Naresuan (2007)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Thailand
Duration: 163 min.
Story: The film concerns the life of King Naresuan, who liberated the Siamese from the control of Burma. Born in 1555, he was taken to Burma as a child hostage; there he became acquainted with sword fighting and became a threat to the Burmese empire.
Style: emotional, serious, epic, captivating, realistic
Plot: heroes, teaching the ways of the world, rise to the top, young heroes, rivalry, friendship, ambition, youth, state affairs, politics, royal family, royal court ...
Time: 16th century
Place: burma, thailand, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 7.1
 594
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: realistic, contemplative, stylized, captivating, serious ...
Plot: military, war, rise to the top, state affairs, heroes, samurai, politics, ambition, society, clergy, political unrest, battles ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s
Place: japan, korea, asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 6.2
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Sacrifice (2010)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: China
Duration: 122 min.
Story: For generations the Zhao family has wielded power, until their mortal enemy TU’AN GU slaughters the entire clan, determined to wipe out their influence forever. But one Zhao baby survives hidden by CHENG YING the doctor who delivered him. When ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, exciting, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: orphan, vengeance, betrayal, master warrior, uninhibited rivalry, disorder, hidden identity, haunted by the past, murder, graphic violence, rivalry, dishonesty ...
Time: ancient history
Place: ancient china, china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
The Guarantee (2014)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Ireland
Duration: 76 min.
Story: On the night of September 29, 2008, the Irish government decided to guarantee the entire domestic banking system.'The Guarantee' tells the story of that night, and what led to it.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, talky, tense ...
Plot: politics, corporate crimes, legal, political intrigue, uncover truth, state affairs, rivalry, dishonesty, finance, head of state, human nature, manipulations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
The Hollow Crown (2012)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 150 min.
Story: The Hollow Crown is a series of British television films featuring William Shakespeare's History Plays. The first Season is an adaptation of Shakespeare's second historical tetralogy, the Henriad: Richard II, Henry IV, Part I and Henry ...
Style: serious, captivating, epic, stylized, harsh ...
Plot: royal family, king, prince, battles, power struggle, political intrigue, betrayal, queen, rivalry, politics, historical character, dishonesty ...
Time: 15th century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 5.1
 328
Falling Star (2014)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Spain
Duration: 105 min.
Story: This colourful feature debut from experienced producer Luis Miñarro offers an almost hallucinatory look at the world of Amadeo of Savoy, who was king of an ungovernable Spain for two years around 1870. This intriguing episode is transformed into a ...
Style: serious, realistic, stylized, captivating
Plot: royal family, political unrest, society, royal court, state affairs, master and servant, gay interest, nudity (full frontal - brief), art, palaces castles and temples, unfulfillment, isolation ...
Time: 19th century
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
The President's Last Bang (2005)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 102 min.
Story: On October 26, 1979, President Park Chung-hee, who had ruled South Korea since 1961, was assassinated by his director of intelligence. The film depicts the events of that night…
Style: realistic, dark humor, serious, captivating, biting ...
Plot: assassination, politics, president, undercover, political intrigue, assassination attempt, state affairs, terrorism, deadly, political corruption, political conspiracy, revolution ...
Time: 70s
Place: seoul, south korea, korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
The Assassins (2012)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: China
Duration: 107 min.
Story: In the year 198 BC, Cao Cao (Chow Yun Fat), Prime Minister of the Han Dynasty, ventured to the east and defeated China's greatest warrior Lu Bu, terrifying every ambitious warlord across the country. Several years later, after taking the Han ...
Style: exciting, serious, epic, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: adventure, political conspiracy, rivalry, assassination attempt, head of state, assassin, battles, military, hidden identity, family relations, love and romance, danger ...
Time: ancient history
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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 526
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.
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, thought provoking
Plot: journalism, media, political unrest, politics, realism, society, workplace, crimes, rivalry, state affairs, uncover truth, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: turkey, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Operation Sunflower (2014)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Israel, France
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: realistic, serious, suspenseful, captivating, tense
Plot: undercover, politics, danger, political intrigue, government agency, race against time, government facility, state affairs, international crisis, nuclear, manipulations, manipulation ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: israel, middle east, paris france, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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 7.2
 879
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, captivating, realistic, serious, bleak ...
Plot: christianity, society, human nature, danger, clergy, culture clash, fish out of water, religions or cults, life is a bitch, disorder, religious persecution, loss of faith ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Untold Scandal (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 124 min.
Story: Based on the novel 'Les Liaisons Dangereuses,' this film is set in aristocratic 18th-century Korea at the end of the Chosun Dynasty. The irresistible temptress Lady Cho asks her cad of a younger cousin, Jo-won, to deflower the innocent ...
Style: sexual, sexy, psychological, captivating, stylized ...
Plot: seduction, loss of virginity, defloration, eroticism, virgin, virginity, dishonesty, couples, couple relations, love and romance, sexual relations, dangerous attraction ...
Time: 18th century
Place: korea, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.1
 1K
Little Rose (2010)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: Poland
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Pressured by his superiors to disgrace public intellectual Warczewski, a professor and respected writer whom they believe to be a "camouflaged Zionist," rough security-services colonel Rozek enlists his sexy but naive girlfriend, Kamila, ...
Style: tense, captivating, atmospheric, psychological, sexy ...
Plot: forbidden love, love triangle, anti semitism, espionage, romance, undercover, political intrigue, gain trust, society, betrayal, dishonesty, working undercover ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: poland, warsaw poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.4
 308
Majesty (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 100 min.
Story: One hour before the State Opening of Parliament, something very unusual happens. The Prime Minister appears and demands an adjustment to the Queen's speech. The speech concerns aid to Africa. Even with all the pressure around the State Opening, ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: politics, royal family, political intrigue, head of state, couples, parents and children, love and romance, forbidden love, royal court, disagreement, society, family relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: holland, europe, netherlands, london, south africa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.2
 392
Margaret (2009)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A detailed and compelling portrait of one of the most formidable characters in British politics as she faces her final days in power. The year is 1990 and Margaret Thatcher's support within the government is wavering - her hold on the ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, sincere, suspenseful ...
Plot: prime minister, politics, leadership, female politician, state affairs, life is a bitch, head of state, british politics, downfall, british prime minister, king of england
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 90s, 1990s
Place: britain, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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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 ...
Style: serious, emotional, atmospheric, tense, psychological ...
Plot: infidelity, dishonesty, immigrants, love and romance, couple relations, performer's life, couples, society, clergy, betrayal, missing person, love triangle ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: europe, spain, massachusetts
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Soong Sisters (1997)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: Hong Kong, Japan, China
Duration: 145 min.
Story: The Soong family was a political dynasty in China that reached the highest levels of power. This film follows the lives of the three Soong daughters, who were educated in America and returned to China. Ai-ling (the oldest) married a wealthy and ...
Style: epic, serious, atmospheric, realistic, stylized ...
Plot: family relations, politics, tragic love, strong female presence, ambition, political unrest, society, death wish, love and romance, romance, rich and poor, siblings relations ...
Time: 20th century
Place: china, asia, ancient china
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.1
 1K
The Borgia (2006)
Genre: Biography, History
Country: Spain
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A portrait of the bloody dynasty that spawned a pope, Alexander VI, as well as the role model for Machiavelli's "The Prince," his son Cesare Borgia, and a legend of femme duplicity, daughter Lucrezia Borgia.
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, disturbing
Plot: betrayal, leadership, rivalry, society, dishonesty, state affairs, uninhibited rivalry, downfall, family relations, royal family, religions or cults, ambition ...
Time: 15th century, 16th century
Place: rome italy, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.3
 3K
The Sun (2005)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Russia, Italy, Switzerland, France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The Sun (Russian: Сóлнце, Solntse) is a 2005 Russian biographical film depicting Japanese Emperor Shōwa (Hirohito) during the final days of World War II. The film is the third drama in director Aleksandr Sokurov's trilogy, which included ...
Style: thought provoking, disturbing, serious, captivating, realistic
Plot: emperor, leadership, military, politics, wartime life, totalitarianism, society, war, state affairs, head of state, downfall, world war two ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1945
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 5.1
 772
Raspoutine (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Russia, France
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A group of Russian noblemen want to maintain the monarchy and plan to kill Rasputin.
Style: serious, realistic, stylized, atmospheric, non-linear
Plot: empress, ambition, rise to the top, rise and fall, society, political intrigue, state affairs, royal court, clergy, battles, conspiracy, battle ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 19th century
Place: russia, europe, st. petersburg russia, saint petersburg
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.8
 76
Dance Town (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A North Korean refugee, Jung-Nim, is trying to find a new life in South Korea, with people suspecting that she is a spy.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: starting over, social differences, state affairs, dishonesty, political corruption, couples, society, human nature, life is a bitch, couple relations, injustice, forceful separation ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea, asia, south korea, north korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Tree With Deep Roots (2011)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: South Korea
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, political conspiracy, secret organization, king, revenge, palace, rivalry, injury ...
Time: 15th century, 1400s
Place: korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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