Movies like Empire of Passion

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Empire of Passion (1978)
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Empire of Passion (1978)
Original name: 愛の亡霊
Genre: Drama, Horror, Romance
Country: Japan, France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A young man has an affair with an older woman. He is very jealous of her husband and decides that they should kill him. One night, after the husband had plenty of sake to drink and was in bed, they strangle him and dump his body down a well. To avert any suspicions, she pretends her husband has gone off to Tokyo to work. For three years the wife and her lover secretly see each other. Finally, suspicions become very strong and people begin to gossip. To make matters worse, her husband's ghost begins to haunt her and the law arrives to investigate her husband's disappearance.
Style: atmospheric, serious, gloomy, realistic, sexual, suspenseful, psychological
Plot: ghost, village, murder, betrayal, vengeance, love, regret, revenge, sex, couple relations, infidelity, crimes, deadly, dishonesty, couples, crime gone awry, destiny, village life, fall in love, love and romance, nature, winter, female nudity, summer, adultery ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo

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Most similar movies to Empire of Passion

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, gloomy and atmospheric films with plots about couples, love and romance, romance, couple relations, adultery, murder and infidelity mostly in Drama, Romance and Horror genres. Some movies like Empire of Passion: In the Realm of the Senses (1976), Silk (2007), The Black Cat (1968), Darling (2007), The Eel (1997). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
In the Realm of the Senses (1976)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Horror, Romance, Thriller
Country: Japan, France
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Based on a true story set in pre-war Japan, a man and one of his servants begin a torrid affair. Their desire becomes a sexual obsession so strong that to intensify their ardor, they forsake all, even life itself.
Style: sexual, erotic, sexy, disturbing, serious ...
Plot: obsession, sexual relations, jealousy, passion, geisha, prostitute, tragic love, prostitution, gays and lesbians, master and servant, femme fatale, brothel ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s, pre world war two
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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Silk (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Canada, France, Italy, UK, Japan
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Based on the best-selling novel by Alessandro Baricco, this visually stunning film tells the story of a French trader who finds unexpected love far away from home.
Style: serious, realistic, sentimental, touching, melancholic ...
Plot: terminal illness, romance, fall in love, love and romance, couples, village, social relations, couple relations, infidelity, village life, dishonesty, forbidden love ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1860s, 1870s
Place: japan, france, asia, europe, tokyo
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The Black Cat (1968)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 99 min.
Story: In the Sengoku period, a woman and her daughter are raped and murdered by soldiers during a time of civil war. Afterwards, a series of samurai returning from the war through that area are found mysteriously dead with their throats torn out. The ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, twists and turns, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: ghost, samurai, murder, black cat, revenge, vengeance, strong sexual content, master warrior, danger, heroes, supernatural, assassination ...
Time: middle ages
Place: japan, asia
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Darling (2007)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Romance, Thriller
Country: India
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Wealthy executive Aditya Soman, married to Ashwini for several years, has an affair with his Secretary, Geeta Menon. When she gets pregnant, he tells her to abort the child as he has changed his mind about the divorce to his current wife. Angered, ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, sexual, realistic, psychological
Plot: ghost, supernatural, vengeance, accidental killing, extramarital affair, bollywood, curses spells and rituals, haunted by the past, romance, murder, deadly, couples ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india
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The Eel (1997)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 117 min.
Story: White-collar worker Yamashita finds out that his wife has a lover visiting her when he's away, suddenly returns home and kills her. After eight years in prison, he returns to live in a small village, opens a barber shop (he was trained as a ...
Style: serious, realistic, touching, atmospheric, gloomy ...
Plot: redemption, village, murder, infidelity, obsession, ufo, pets, haunted by the past, hopes, couples, starting over, human nature ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, new jersey
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The Sea Is Watching (2002)
Genre: Romance, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Based on Akira Kurosawa's final unproduced script, this Edo-period drama takes place almost entirely inside an ocean-village brothel. O-Shin is a young brothel worker who one night helps a young samurai escape from his pursuers. Against the ...
Style: serious, realistic, sentimental, gloomy
Plot: friendship, prostitute, samurai, fall in love, romance, village, love and romance, couples, social relations, friends, couple relations, looking for love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
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A Dangerous Woman (1993)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Martha Horgan is a withdrawn, mentally disabled woman who lives with her aunt, Frances. One of Martha's unusual traits is that she doesn't lie, a quality that leads to her getting fired from a dry-cleaning shop thanks to the actions of the ...
Style: emotional, serious, disturbing, realistic, psychological ...
Plot: aunt, repairman, betrayal, romance, infidelity, love triangle, murder, couple relations, dishonesty, love and romance, crimes, family relations ...
Time: 90s
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Forever Mine (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, Canada, USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A hotel cabana boy falls for the wife of a powerful politico. But when she confesses to the affair, her husband determines to end it forever.
Style: gloomy, serious, suspenseful, realistic, tense ...
Plot: betrayal, crime, vengeance, resort, obsession, romance, couple relations, infidelity, love affair, haunted by the past, murder, crimes ...
Time: 90s
Place: florida, usa, new york
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30%
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Dolls (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Dolls takes puppeteering as its overriding motif -- specifically, the kind practiced in Bunraku doll theater performances -- opening each section of his film with a story provided by the puppets and their masters, which relates thematically to the ...
Style: emotional, serious, bleak, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: obsession, yakuza, pop star, disfigurement, arranged marriage, lovers reunited, hopes, romance, broken engagement, suicide attempt, new love, murder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Happiness (1965)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 79 min.
Story: Though married to the good-natured, beautiful Thérèse, young husband and father François finds himself falling unquestioningly into an affair with an attractive postal worker.
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, gloomy, sentimental ...
Plot: infidelity, love affair, love triangle, romance, crumbling marriage, couple relations, new wave, love and romance, couples, fall in love, dishonesty, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: france, europe, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
The Whip and the Body (1963)
Genre: Horror, Romance
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 78 min.
Story: In the 19th century, a sadistic nobleman terrorizes the members of his family. He is found dead, but his ghost soon returns to haunt the residents of his castle.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, gothic, scary ...
Plot: ghost, village, gory, beach, mysterious character, palaces castles and temples, haunted by the past, murder, crimes, deadly, master and servant, investigation ...
Time: 19th century
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Nang-Nak (1999)
Genre: Horror, Romance, War
Country: Thailand
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In a rural village in Thailand, Mak (Winai Kraibutr) is sent to fight in a war and leaves his pregnant wife, Nak (Intira Jaroenpura). Mak is injured and barely survives. He returns home to his doting wife and child, or so he thinks.
Style: serious, gloomy, suspenseful, scary
Plot: ghost, supernatural romance, village, true love, romance, danger, love and romance, couples, social relations, supernatural, couple relations, legends and myths ...
Time: 19th century
Place: thailand, asia
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26%
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Lost Paradise (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 119 min.
Story: The tragic tale of two lovers whose passion burns so intensely it destroys them.
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, sexual, sentimental ...
Plot: midlife crisis, love affair, sex, extramarital affair, love and romance, romance, unfulfillment, couples, infidelity, tragic love, unfulfilled love, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s
Place: asia, japan
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Tess of the D'Urbervilles (1998)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 180 min.
Story: Thomas Hardy's classic epic remains one of the most popular novels, this TV adaptation vividly depicts the powerful tale of a peasant girl whose life is torn apart by the love and jealousy of two men. Justine Waddell stars as the hapless Child ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, realistic, emotional, gloomy
Plot: innocence lost, betrayal, intrigue, village, uninhibited rivalry, romance, couple relations, infidelity, rich and poor, social differences, tragic love, injustice ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian england, 1800s, victorian era
Place: england, europe
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Tess (1979)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, France
Duration: 186 min.
Story: This multiple-Oscar-winning film by Roman Polanski is an exquisite, richly layered adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles. A strong-willed peasant girl (Nastassja Kinski, in a gorgeous breakthrough) is sent by her father to the ...
Style: atmospheric, gloomy, serious, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: tragic love, marriage, farmer, nobility, rape, murder, love, revenge, peasant, stonehenge, innocence lost, betrayal ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1880s, victorian era, 18th century
Place: england, europe, brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Bright Future (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Two friends who work in the same oshibori laundry are lost in the drudgery of everyday life. They hang out together, barely functioning and barely communicating. Their middle-aged boss makes a desparate attempt to connect with them with disasterous ...
Style: serious, psychological, realistic, atmospheric, touching
Plot: gang, ghost, friendship, factory, crimes, hopes, society, power relations, friends, pets, rebelliousness, boss and employee ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Memento Mori (1999)
Genre: Horror, Romance, Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The film revolves around the relationship between two high school students, Yoo Shi-Eun and Min Hyo-Shin. As the two girls become romantically involved, their taboo friendship causes them to be marginalized by the other students. Unable to cope with ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, atmospheric, scary
Audience: teens
Plot: ghost, love, lesbian, telepathy, diary, high school, friendship, suicide, pregnancy, supernatural ability, bullying, paranormal ...
Time: 90s
Place: korea, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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Half Light (2006)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: Germany, UK, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Rachel Carson, a best-selling crime novelist, is devastated and filled with guilt over the accidental death of her son. Hoping that a change of scenery will help alleviate her suffering, she leaves her home in the city and moves into a vacant ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, suspenseful, scary, gloomy ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: ghost, supernatural, murder, village, lighthouse, lighthouse keeper, mystery, dealing with death, haunted by the past, family problems, uncover truth, death in the family ...
Time: contemporary
Place: scotland, london, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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Guilty of Romance (2011)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 144 min.
Story: A detective probes the brutal murder of a woman in a red light district while a housewife hides her double life as a prostitute from her husband.
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, sexual, suspenseful ...
Plot: strong sexual content, murder, prostitute, police investigation, model, neo noir, crimes, crime, danger, deadly, femme fatale, couple relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Ju Dou: Secret Love, Hidden Faces (1990)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: China, Japan
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A woman married to the brutal and infertile owner of a dye mill in rural China conceives a boy with her husband's nephew but is forced to raise her son as her husband's heir without revealing his parentage in this circular tragedy. Filmed ...
Style: realistic, serious, touching, biting, thought provoking ...
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A French Woman (1995)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, France, Germany
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Wed just as war breaks out, Jeanne hardly gets to know her military husband, Louis, before the debacle of 1940. While waiting for his return from a POW camp, Jeanne journeys through countless affairs with Louis' comrades- in-arms. Hoping to ...
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: infidelity, military, couple relations, strong sexual content, love affair, romance, unfulfilled love, dishonesty, love and romance, unfulfillment, couples, soldier ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, 1950s, 1940s ...
Place: europe, france, germany, paris france, algeria ...
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Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Sweden, Italy, Germany, Finland, Norway
Duration: 142 min.
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Style: serious, gloomy, psychological, realistic, clever ...
Plot: adultery, infidelity, betrayal, love affair, romance, parents and children, love and romance, island, couples, crumbling marriage, couple relations, destructive relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: denmark, france, sweden, paris france, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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Devil Woman (1964)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In medieval times, on a remote plain, a widow and her mother-in-law kill wandering samurai, put their bodies in a hole in the ground and sell their armour and valuables, until the daughter-in-law falls in love with one of their intended victims.
Style: atmospheric, stylized, surreal, serious, scary ...
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Time: middle ages, 14th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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Ju-On: The Grudge 2 (2003)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 92 min.
Story: While driving, the pregnant horror-movie actress Kyôko Harase and her fiancé are in a car crash caused by the Toshio's friend. Kyôko loses her baby and her fiancé winds up in a coma. Kyôko was cursed together with a television crew when ...
Style: asian horror, serious, suspenseful, scary, atmospheric ...
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The Woman Next Door (1981)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Madame Jouve, the narrator, tells the tragedy of Bernard and Mathilde. Bernard was living happily with his wife Arlette and his son Thomas. One day, a couple, Philippe and Mathilde Bauchard, moves into the next house. This is the accidental reunion ...
Style: serious, gloomy, realistic, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: obsession, neighbor, tragic love, romance, destructive relationship, infidelity, wife, love triangle, dishonesty, love and romance, adultery, couples ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 19th century, 1920s
Place: france, tokyo, middle east, rio de janeiro
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: West Germany, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: This remake of the 1946 movie of the same name accounts an affair between a seedy drifter and a seductive wife of a roadside cafe owner. This begins a chain of events that culminates in murder. Based on a novel by James M. Cain.
Style: sexual, suspense, serious, clever, realistic ...
Plot: murder, obsession, betrayal, sex, adultery, crime gone awry, neo noir, conspiracy, confession, infidelity, crime, neo-noir ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 1930s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Never Forever (2007)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: South Korea, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: When an American woman begins a dangerous relationship with an attractive immigrant worker, in order to save her marriage, she finds her true self.
Style: gloomy, serious, emotional, realistic, sexual ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: adultery, sex, infidelity, deportation, self discovery, romance, couple relations, love and romance, couples, immigrants, unsupportive spouse, social differences ...
Time: contemporary
Place: new york, usa, korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
An Actor's Revenge (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 115 min.
Story: While performing in a touring kabuki troupe, leading female impersonator Yukinojo comes across the three men who drove his parents to suicide twenty years earlier, and plans his revenge, firstly by seducing the daughter of one of them, secondly by ...
Style: atmospheric, stylized, serious, realistic, offbeat ...
Plot: obsession, revenge, samurai, sword fight, vengeance, suicide, performance, japanese culture, katana sword, gender bending, artists and showbiz, gender ...
Time: 19th century, 1930s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Anna Karenina (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Anna (Marceau) is a wife and mother who has an affair with the handsome Count Vronsky (Bean). Based on the novel by Tolstoy.
Style: atmospheric, emotional, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: infidelity, destructive relationship, love triangle, betrayal, tragic love, romance, crumbling marriage, couple relations, forbidden love, love affair, social differences, fall in love ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: russia, moscow russia, saint petersburg
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Temptress Moon (1996)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Set in the decadent 1920s, Temptress Moon tells the very complicated story of a wealthy family living on the outskirts of Shanghai. Their youngest daughter, Ruyi, is brought up as a servant to her opium-addicted father and brother. Meanwhile, her ...
Style: stylized, gloomy, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: parents and children, crimes, dishonesty, love and romance, romance, addiction, society, unfulfillment, couples, family relations, power relations, life is a bitch ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: china, asia, shanghai, tokyo, japan ...
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22%