Movies like Bright Future

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Bright Future (2002)
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Bright Future (2002)
Original name: アカルイミライ
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 consequences. Their future is far from bright.
Style: psychological, touching, atmospheric, serious, realistic, contemplative
Plot: gang, friendship, crimes, rebelliousness, resentment, estrangement, ghost, father son relationship, friends, destiny, pets, hopes, factory, society, boss and employee, power relations, dream, assault, jellyfish, employer employee relationship, arcade
Time: contemporary
Place: japan, asia

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Most similar movies to Bright Future

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, psychological and touching films with plots about society, hopes, friendship, life is a bitch, family relations, friends and youth mostly in Drama genres. Some movies like Bright Future: Blue Spring (2001), Be Sure to Share (2009), Café Lumière (2003), Distance (2001), Dealer (2004). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Blue Spring (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Soon after being named the new leader of his high school's gang system, Kujo grows bored with the violence and hatred that surround him. He wants desperately to abandon his post… but his once-enviable position of power has a strange way of ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, realistic, serious
Plot: high school, rivalry, gang, crimes, juvenile delinquency, teenage life, youth, friendship, society, life is a bitch, high school life, leadership ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Be Sure to Share (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Shiro’s struggle with his father’s cancer and impending death leads to a realization that he must communicate his love and admiration for him before it’s too late. A series of flashbacks reveals their relationship over time, and the trouble ...
Style: touching, realistic, contemplative, emotional, sentimental ...
Plot: family relations, terminal illness, redemption, coping, parents and children, family in crisis, unfulfillment, estrangement, father son relationship, hopes, dealing with death, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
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82%
Café Lumière (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan, Taiwan
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Making her way through life by forming superficial relationships, Yoko (Japanese pop idol Yo Hitoto) keeps everyone at arm's length, whether it's her father (Nanji Kobayashi) and stepmother (Kimiko Yo) or Hajime (Tadanobu Asano), the owner ...
Style: psychological, sincere, realistic, serious, contemplative
Plot: train, pregnancy, love and romance, family life, friendship, lifestyle, youth, writer's life, family relations, single mother, cafe, unfulfillment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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Distance (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 132 min.
Story: On the eighth anniversary of a cult's failed chemical attack on Tokyo and their subsequent mass suicide, family members of those affected gather at the cult's former base on the shores of a lake to observe the anniversary of their loved ...
Style: psychological, bleak, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: danger, life is a bitch, supernatural, estrangement, terrorism, destiny, deadly, religions or cults, dealing with death, death in the family, afterlife, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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Dealer (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hungary
Duration: 130 min.
Story: In an impressive follow up to his debut film Forest, Benedek Fliegauf tells the uncompromising story of a day in the life of a drug dealer. His clients include the leader of a religious sect, a friend who needs a final fix, a former lover who has ...
Style: psychological, stylized, serious, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: life is a bitch, addiction, drug abuse, misfit, crimes, drug dealing, estrangement, social misfits, society, overdose, criminal heroes, urban ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: hungary, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
The Kirishima Thing (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A story about the disappearance of Kirishima, a star athlete of the volleyball club, and how his disappearance affects every person in school.
Style: atmospheric, realistic, semi serious, touching, psychological ...
Plot: high school, disappearance, friendship, society, volleyball, youth, social relations, high school student, rivalry, student life, teenage life, social differences ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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Bashing (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Yuko is a Japanese girl who was taken hostage in Iraq while volunteering there as an aid worker. Finally released and back in her hometown, Yuko finds herself ostracized as a national disgrace by society that sees her helping a country other than ...
Style: realistic, psychological, bleak, serious, propaganda film ...
Plot: journalism, confined, homecoming, estrangement, misfit, hopes, volunteer, pursuit, hostage, hostages, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iraq, japan, middle east, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 6.0
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The Rebirth (2007)
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, deadly, starting over, dealing with death, friends, very little dialogue ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Snow in August (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In a world filled with hatred, their only hope was magic. Believe and anything can happen.
Style: touching, sentimental, atmospheric, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: culture clash, friendship, racism, injustice, gang, human spirit, rabbi, youth, vengeance, life is a bitch, haunted by the past, society ...
Place: czech republic, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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X/Y (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: As Mark, Jen, Sylvia, and Jake navigate through their emotionally-arrested states, X/Y reveals the honest and wanton desire we all have to connect with someone and what is at stake when that connection fades.
Style: realistic, captivating, psychological, atmospheric, sincere ...
Plot: friends, city life, friendship, understanding, society, family relations, urban, twentysomething life, best friends, friend, sex
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
A Beautiful Secret (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico
Duration: 130 min.
Story: The beloved screen legend Katy Jurado, the lights one last time in the history of a special friendship that develops between a lonely old woman and Jorge, a rebellious teenager in Mexico City in 1984. Through the use flashbacks, Jorge, now an adult, ...
Style: serious, emotional, sentimental, touching, contemplative ...
Plot: friendship, human nature, rebellion, rebelliousness, teenage life, teaching the ways of the world, youth, hopes, elderly, golden years, coming of age, bittersweet ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 20th century, 80s
Place: latin america, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.4
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Jess + Moss (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Jess, age 18, and Moss, age 12 are second cousins in the dark-fire tobacco fields of rural Western Kentucky. Without immediate families that they can relate to, and lacking friends their own age, they only have each other. Over the course of a ...
Style: realistic, contemplative, atmospheric, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: farm, coming of age, friendship, teenage life, self discovery, youth, love and romance, society, hopes, tobacco, cigarette smoking, tape recorder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, kentucky
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.1
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Manila (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Philippines
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A tribute to filmmakers and National Artists Lino Brocka and Ishmael Bernal. In the "Day" segment, Piolo Pacual portrays the role of William, a drug addict who tries to rebuild his sense of self and reconnect with the people around him. ...
Style: atmospheric, touching, tense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: downfall, losing-it hero, on the run, addiction, boss and employee, nothing goes right, crimes, gang, life is a bitch, human nature, drug abuse, chases and races ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: the philippines, asia, manila philippines
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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All Around Us (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Kanao, a courtroom portrait artist, observes crimes, scandals and the decline of Japanese values without passing judgement. As he and his wife endure the tragedy of their first child’s death, hope slowly unfolds and their love story flickers to ...
Style: realistic, emotional, touching, psychological, gloomy ...
Plot: couple relations, estrangement, family problems, death in the family, pregnancy, social decay, society, dysfunctional family, love and romance, unfulfillment, sexual content, family relations ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, contemporary
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Firelight (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Incarcerated women join a band of volunteers who battle forest fires and assist during natural disasters.
Style: realistic, emotional, sincere, touching, serious ...
Plot: redemption, youth, human spirit, reach out, power relations, juvenile delinquency, hopes, society, friendship, fire brigade, rivalry, female director
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.4
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Cafe Seoul (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan, South Korea
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Jun, a Japanese freelance reporter, discovers hidden gem of Korean traditional bakery "Moran-dang" by chance in the middle of the city of Seoul, while covering stories of the city. Moran-dang takes him back to his memory of childhood and ...
Style: realistic, touching, captivating, sentimental, psychological ...
Plot: friendship, family relations, family business, restaurant, crimes, cooking and food, friends, training, lawsuit, crime boss, save the day, urban ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: seoul, south korea, asia, korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Summer (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Germany
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Shaun and Daz are vibrant kids, wasted by their experience of education. All they have is friendship and Shaun's first love Katy. From the moment Shaun steps into our world he is bound to lose. Labeled as a violent bully he destroys himself and ...
Style: serious, emotional, touching, atmospheric, realistic
Plot: friendship, introspection, adolescence vs adulthood, self discovery, haunted by the past, misfit, hopes, disability, friends, father son relationship, nudity (full frontal - brief), redemption ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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Sworn Virgin (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Albania, Kosovo, France
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Years after declaring her eternal virginity and opting to live life as a man in the mountains of Albania, Hana looks to return to living as a woman as she settles into a new existence in modern-day Milan.
Style: touching, atmospheric, psychological, serious, realistic ...
Plot: hidden identity, starting over, introspection, disorder, hopes, sexuality, gender, strong female presence, discrimination, society, unfulfillment, mountain ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: italy, albania, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Liverpool (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Argentina, France, Netherlands, Germany, Spain
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A sailor takes a short leave to visit his hometown and see if his mother is still alive.
Style: realistic, atmospheric, psychological, captivating, contemplative ...
Plot: sailor, homecoming, estrangement, family relations, parents and children, south, alcoholic, society, hopes, life is a bitch, unfulfillment, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: argentina, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Blood and Bones (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 140 min.
Story: In 1923, the young Kim Shun-Pei moves from Cheju Island (South Korea), to Osaka (Japan). Through the years, he becomes a cruel, greedy and violent man and builds a factory of kamaboko (processed seafood products) in his poor Korean-Japanese ...
Style: rough, psychological, realistic, serious, bleak
Plot: violence, dysfunctional family, ambition, gang, crimes, danger, life is a bitch, family relations, family problems, obsession, family in crisis, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 80s, 50s, 1950s
Place: japan, asia
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38%
Quill: The Life of a Guide Dog (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 100 min.
Story: As a Labrador puppy, Quill is sent to live with a couple, Isamu and Mitsuko Nii, who work as volunteers, training guide dogs (seeing eye dogs). When he grows to an adult dog, he is taken to a guide dog school, by a friendly, yet firm trainer Satoru ...
Style: sentimental, uplifting, touching, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: friendship, elderly, pets, disability, optimism, animal training, mistrust, animal life, temperamental, instructor, puppy, kindness ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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Life Support (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: The true-life story of a mother who overcame an addiction to crack and became a positive role model and an AIDS activist in the black community.
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, touching
Plot: aids, drug abuse, going straight, lifestyle, friendship, addiction, life is a bitch, rehabilitation, hopes, society, estrangement, infected ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new york
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37%
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Maborosi (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A young woman's husband apparently commits suicide without warning or reason, leaving behind his wife and infant. Yumiko remarries and moves from Osaka to a small fishing village, yet continues to search for meaning in a lonely world.
Style: atmospheric, psychological, serious, realistic, contemplative ...
Plot: suicide, village, hopes, arranged marriage, self discovery, dealing with death, love and romance, youth, babies and infants, investigation, couples, social relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, asia, europe, italy, venice ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Movie in collections
 6.9
 634
Kings (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Ireland, UK
Duration: 88 min.
Story: In the mid 1970s a group of young men leave the Connemara Gaeltacht, bound for London and filled with ambition for a better life. After thirty years, they meet again at the funeral of their youngest friend, Jackie. The film intersperses flashbacks ...
Style: psychological, touching, serious, realistic, gloomy
Plot: alcohol abuse, society, friends, introspection, friendship, bar, reunion, buddies, dealing with death, death, drunkenness, friend ...
Time: contemporary, 70s
Place: ireland
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 4.4
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Sous X (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: France
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Jean-Jacques spent 9 years in prison for robbery. When he comes out, he finds the neighborhood where he grew up but things have changed ... The country is in crisis, the young people are holding the business and his old friends are urging him to ...
Style: serious, tense, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: starting over, going straight, hopes, crimes, life is a bitch, gang, urban ghetto, father son relationship, danger, crime, graphic violence, gangsters ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.0
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Homeland (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 118 min.
Story: When Jiro Sawada was a sophomore in high school he was framed for something he did not do. Afterwards, he left his hometown in a small village in Fukushima Prefecture. After the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, Jiro Sawada goes back to his ...
Style: touching, serious, atmospheric, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: family problems, youth, dishonesty, family relations, village life, high school life, frame up, village, tsunami, hometown, natural disaster, falsely accused ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Red Like the Sky (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A nearly sightless boy is sent to a school for blind children, where he secretly discovers the possibilities of the recorded sound.
Style: uplifting, touching, realistic, serious, contemplative ...
Plot: blind character, against the odds, friendship, human spirit, ambition, follow your dream, rebellion, fighting the system, youth, disability, rebelliousness, society ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: italy, europe, tuscany
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Sensation of Sight (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: This off-beat drama about man's search for meaning amidst the ache of despair chronicles Finn, an introspective English teacher entering a mid-life crisis impelled by a recent tragedy, as he sets afoot selling encyclopedias to the town locals.
Style: serious, psychological, sincere, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: family relations, self discovery, small town life, human nature, estrangement, single parent, hopes, haunted by the past, family business, unfulfillment, small town, dealing with death ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Tokyo Tower: Mom and Me, and Sometimes Dad (2007)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Adapted from the bestselling Japanese autobiography of the same title, this gentle coming-of-age drama concerns an adolescent boy, Boku - Masaya, torn between the inherited recklessness of his father Oton and the inherited responsibility, wisdom and ...
Style: serious, emotional, touching, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: family life, aging, life is a bitch, family relations, parents and children, terminal illness, parents separation, single parent, dedication, supportive parent, golden years, hospital ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 5.7
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Helen (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Ireland
Duration: 79 min.
Story: An 18 year old girl called Joy has gone missing. Another girl called Helen is a few weeks away from leaving her care home. Helen is asked to 'play' Joy in a police reconstruction that will retrace Joy's last known movements. Joy had ...
Style: psychological, realistic, atmospheric, touching, serious ...
Plot: kidnapping, hidden identity, crimes, society, obsession, haunted by the past, mental illness, missing girl, police investigation, impersonation, teenager, social misfits ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%