Calligraphy movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant calligraphy movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, visually appealing, intense, stylized, realistic and talky films and TV shows about / with calligraphy, storytelling, mentor, death, blood, restaurant, family relations, destiny, father son relationship and fight plots mostly in Drama, Romance and Action genres shot in Hong Kong, China, Japan and other countries.
calligraphy movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as calligraphy: The Pillow Book (1996), Journey to the West (2013), Barakamon (2014), After the Storm (2016), Halfway (2009), What's Going On With My Sister (2014), Princess and the Scribe (2014), The Fastest Sword (1968), Heartbreak Library (2008), Better Life (2010).

List of calligraphy movies

The Pillow Book (1996)
Genre: Drama
Country: Netherlands, UK, France, Luxembourg, Austria
Duration: 126 min.
Story: As a young girl in Japan, Nagiko's father paints characters on her face, and her aunt reads to her from "The Pillow Book", the diary of a 10th-century lady-in-waiting. Nagiko grows up, obsessed with books, papers, and writing on ...
Style: erotic, art house, enigmatic, non-linear, artsy ...
Plot: writing, translator, model, nudity (full frontal - brief), book, calligraphy, body painting, publisher, skin, legends and myths, lovers, japanese girl ...
Time: middle ages, 10th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, hong kong, shanghai ...
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Journey to the West (2013)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 110 min.
Story: In a world plagued by demons who cause great human suffering, young demon hunter Xuan Zang risks his all to conquer a water demon, a pig demon and the demon of all demons, Sun Wukong.
Style: humorous, stylized, exciting, semi serious, talky ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, deadly creature, good versus evil, heroic mission, adventure, danger, legends and myths, battles, folk hero, save the day, imaginary, daring rescue ...
Place: china, japan
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Barakamon (2014)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
Story: After punching a famous curator in the face for criticizing his work as "textbook and lifeless," Handa Seishuu is sent to Gotō Island to calm his nerves and find new inspiration for his calligraphy. Growing up in the city all his life, ...
Style: light, touching, humorous, inspirational, sweet
Plot: slice of life, painter, re-education, intergenerational friendship, remote village, friendship, genius, calligraphy, everyday life, village life, art, drastic change of life ...
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After the Storm (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Ryota is an unpopular writer although he won a literary award 15 years ago. Now, Ryota works as a private detective. He is divorced from his ex-wife Kyoko and he has an 11-year-old son Shingo. His mother Yoshiko lives alone at her apartment. One ...
Style: semi serious, sincere, touching, thought provoking, melancholic
Plot: divorce, private detective, lottery ticket, storm, gambling, slice of life, father son relationship, lie, divorced father, bet, divorced parents, trust ...
Time: contemporary
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Halfway (2009)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 85 min.
Story: In this high school romance Hiro is dismayed to learn her new love Shu will be going away to college in Tokyo. She asks him not to go.
Plot: female director, falling asleep, short skirt, school nurse, waving goodbye, japanese schoolgirl, schoolgirl uniform, juice, vending machine, autumn, selfie, studying ...
Place: tokyo, east asia, asia
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What's Going On With My Sister (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Mitsuki (Tenka Hashimoto) and Yuya (Yukichi Kobayashi) become stepsister and stepbrother because of their parents' marriage. Mitsuki can't get along with her new family and Yuya doesn't know how to approach his new stepsister. One ...
Style: romanticism, sexy, psychological, humorous, captivating ...
Plot: japanese schoolgirl, stepbrother stepsister relationship, taboo, teenager, unrequited love, forbidden love, spirit, teenage sexuality, life after death, family relations, schoolgirl, incestuous relationship ...
Place: osaka japan, japan
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Cloistered Nun: Runa's Confession (1976)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 74 min.
Story: Sisterhood is powerful. Before leaving for a mission in Africa, Runa, a nun, visits her sister three years after entering the convent when her sister stole Runa's boyfriend. Runa comes to forgive and to help her sister make enough money buying ...
Plot: nun, ex lover, fondling, calligraphy, barn, ocean liner, deal, confrontation, coitus, breast suckling, misogynist, voyeur ...
Place: australia, africa
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Princess and the Scribe (2014)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
Country: Czech Republic
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Pranks and horseplay are what royal scribe Janek and princess Amálka amuse themselves with most of the time. Preparations for a grand party are in full swing at the castle, and everything appears to be bathing in sunshine. Until a dark cloud ...
Style: fairy tale, humorous, talky, enigmatic, intense ...
Plot: class differences, kingdom, missing person, mysterious man, group of friends, princess, missing child, father son reunion, wedding, father daughter relationship, coronation, kidnapping ...
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The Fastest Sword (1968)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: Taiwan, Hong Kong
Duration: 84 min.
Story: A great "swordfighter" learns humility after he is defeated by a master martial arts monk. But his reputation always precedes him, leading to danger, destruction, challenges, cruelty, kidnapping, and killing.
Plot: martial arts, arrogance, teacher student relationship, challenge, humility, duel, kung fu, calligraphy, martial art, violence, sculpture
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Heartbreak Library (2008)
Genre: Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Eun-soo, a librarian watches for book vandalism that currently happens in the library. One day, she catches Jun-oh tearing off certain page of books. Eun-soo accuses him of vandalism but soon discovers the complex story behind his actions. ...
Plot: epilepsy, chef, hiking, umbrella, crying, temple, bicycle, rice, car accident, library, calligraphy, train ...
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Better Life (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: China, UK
Duration: 55 min.
Story: Inspired by the drowning of 23 Chinese undocumented cockle pickers in Morecambe Bay (northwest England). Mazu, goddess of the sea, floats over the tragedy.
Plot: skyscraper, ghost, sea, repeated scene, calligraphy, very little dialogue, streetcar
Place: shanghai, china
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Hero (2002)
Genre: Action, Adventure, History
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 120 min.
Story: One man defeated three assassins who sought to murder the most powerful warlord in pre-unified China.
Style: serious, epic, atmospheric, exciting, enigmatic ...
Plot: master warrior, martial arts, ruler, sword fight, adventure, tragic hero, patriot, deception, heroic mission, fight for supremacy, power of love, courage ...
Time: ancient history
Place: ancient china, china, asia, hong kong
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Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: China, Japan, Hong Kong
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Takada, a Japanese fisherman has been estranged from his son for many years, but when the son is diagnosed with terminal cancer his daughter-in-law, Rie, summons him to the hospital. Through a series of obstacles and relationships, he is brought ...
Style: emotional, touching, stylized, realistic, serious
Plot: tour guide, terminal illness, friendship, redemption, village, family relations, father son relationship, parents and children, aging, unfulfillment, understanding, estrangement ...
Place: japan, china, tokyo
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Traitorous Prince (1994)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Guan Jian wants to report the murder of his father who died 10 years ago. The alleged murderer whom Guan Jian accuses of the crime is his own mother.
Style: psychological, tense, realistic, serious, disturbing ...
Plot: family relations, murder, dysfunctional family, crimes, police investigation, family problems, police detective, parent getting married, parents and children, haunted by the past, mystery, law enforcement ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1990s, 90s
Place: china, asia, tokyo, japan, new jersey ...
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The Wedding Banquet (1993)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Taiwan, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A Taiwanese-American man is happily settled in New York with his American boyfriend. He plans a marriage of convenience to a Chinese woman in order to keep his parents off his back and to get the woman a green card. Chaos follows when his parents ...
Style: humorous, touching, realistic, semi serious, emotional ...
Audience: date night
Plot: gay couple, wedding, immigrants, generation gap, family relations, gay, comedy of errors, sexuality, couple relations, romance, family, eccentric family ...
Time: 90s
Place: taiwan, new york, asia, usa, manhattan new york city ...
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The Puppetmaster (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: Taiwan
Duration: 142 min.
Story: In the first half of this century, young Li Tienlu joins a travelling puppet theatre and subsequently makes a career as one of Taiwan's leading puppeteers.
Style: serious, thought provoking, sincere, realistic, contemplative ...
Plot: puppet, puppeteer, world war two, human spirit, anti war, politics, wartime life, war, performer's life, village, brother brother relationship, father daughter relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 1900s, 1910s, 1940s, 1930s ...
Place: taiwan, taipei
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Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Taiwan, Hong Kong, USA, China
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Two warriors in pursuit of a stolen sword and a notorious fugitive are led to an impetuous, physically-skilled, teenage nobleman's daughter, who is at a crossroads in her life.
Style: atmospheric, stylized, exciting, serious, lyrical ...
Plot: martial arts, master warrior, vengeance, sword fight, love and romance, theft, mentor, warrior, adventure, mountain, sword, heroine ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century, 17th century
Place: china, asia, beijing china, hong kong, tokyo
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Three Days of the Condor (1975)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A bookish CIA researcher finds all his co-workers dead, and must outwit those responsible until he figures out who he can really trust.
Style: tense, suspenseful, suspense, exciting, atmospheric ...
Plot: cia, fighting the system, manhunt, uncover truth, political conspiracy, espionage, who to trust, off the grid, life turned upside down, conspiracy, on the run, state affairs ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, middle east, washington d.c., manhattan new york city ...
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The Name of the Rose (1986)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: West Germany, Italy, France
Duration: 130 min.
Story: 14th-century Franciscan monk William of Baskerville and his young novice arrive at a conference to find that several monks have been murdered under mysterious circumstances. To solve the crimes, William must rise up against the Church's ...
Style: intellectual, psychological, suspenseful, clever, gloomy ...
Plot: clergy, investigation, monastery, monk, uncover truth, riddles and clues, murder, god or devil, temptation, execution, danger, serial killer ...
Time: middle ages, 14th century
Place: europe, italy, southern france, france, south of france
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King of Beggars (1992)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The illiterate General of Canton, General So, advocates a lazy, happy lifestyle of sex and money. His spoiled and also illiterate son, Chan (Stephen Chow), is his most faithful disciple. For the love of a woman, Chan attends the national exams for ...
Style: humorous, semi serious
Plot: martial arts, down on your luck, wooing, ambition, contests and competitions, folk hero, rivalry, rise to the top, heroes, farce, beggar, riches to rags ...
Time: 90s
Place: hong kong, asia
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Curse of the Golden Flower (2006)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Romance
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 114 min.
Story: During China's Tang dynasty the emperor has taken the princess of a neighboring province as wife. She has borne him two sons and raised his eldest. Now his control over his dominion is complete, including the royal family itself.
Style: serious, captivating, sexy, epic, colourful ...
Plot: empress, martial arts, betrayal, royal family, forbidden love, power, punishment, execution, dysfunctional family, poison, emperor, infidelity ...
Time: 7th century, middle ages, 10th century, 1930s
Place: china, asia, tokyo
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Dragon Tiger Gate (2006)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Dragon Tiger Gate is a 2006 Hong Kong martial arts-action film directed by Wilson Yip and featuring fight choreography by Donnie Yen, who also stars in the film. The film is based on the popular Hong Kong manhua, Oriental Heroes, which bears the ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, tense, captivating
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: martial arts, kung fu, triad, adventure, heroic mission, siblings relations, danger, crimes, superhero, leadership, master villain, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary
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The Last Samurai (2003)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: USA, New Zealand, Japan
Duration: 154 min.
Story: Nathan Algren is an American hired to instruct the Japanese army in the ways of modern warfare, which finds him learning to respect the samurai and the honorable principles that rule them. Pressed to destroy the samurai's way of life in the ...
Style: exciting, captivating, serious, epic, stylized ...
Plot: warrior, samurai, self discovery, battles, pride and honor, human spirit, courage, friendship, master warrior, dignity, military life, war ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1800s
Place: japan, asia, pacific ocean, san francisco, tokyo
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Pan's Labyrinth (2006)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, War
Country: Mexico, Spain
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Living with her tyrannical stepfather in a new home with her pregnant mother, 10-year-old Ofelia feels alone until she explores a decaying labyrinth guarded by a mysterious faun who claims to know her destiny. If she wishes to return to her real ...
Style: atmospheric, fairy tale, stylized, gothic, serious ...
Plot: dark fantasy, creature, monster, imaginary, legends and myths, imaginary kingdom, fairy, fantasy world, good versus evil, young heroes, imagination, death ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1944
Place: spain, europe
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Kung Fu Panda (2008)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: When the Valley of Peace is threatened, lazy Po the panda discovers his destiny as the "chosen one" and trains to become a kung fu hero, but transforming the unsleek slacker into a brave warrior won't be easy. It's up to Master ...
Style: feel good, humorous, entertaining, intense, stylized ...
Audience: family outing, kids, pre-teens, preschoolers
Plot: mentor, chosen one, adventure, kung fu, talking animals, goofy hero, martial arts, warrior, master warrior, panda, transformation, training ...
Time: ancient history
Place: china, asia, ancient china
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Kwaidan (1964)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 183 min.
Story: Taking its title from an archaic Japanese word meaning "ghost story," this anthology adapts four folk tales. A penniless samurai marries for money with tragic results. A man stranded in a blizzard is saved by Yuki the Snow Maiden, but his ...
Style: anthology, atmospheric, bleak, scary, suspenseful ...
Plot: samurai, ghost, monk, spirit, supernatural, secret identity, heroes, escapades, materialism, betrayal, husband wife relationship, painting ...
Time: 19th century, 17th century, middle ages, 13th century, 11th century ...
Place: japan, asia, kyoto japan, tokyo
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Fearless (2006)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: China, Hong Kong, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Huo Yuan Jia became the most famous martial arts fighter in all of China at the turn of the 20th Century. Huo faced personal tragedy but ultimately fought his way out of darkness, defining the true spirit of martial arts and also inspiring his ...
Style: exciting, captivating, serious, intense, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, master warrior, kung fu, friendship, exile, martial arts tournament, hopes, patriotism, redemption, childhood, responsibility, warrior ...
Time: 1910s, 19th century, 20th century, turn of the century
Place: china, shanghai, asia, japan, shanghai china ...
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To Live (1994)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Fugui and Jiazhen endure tumultuous events in China as their personal fortunes move from wealthy landownership to peasantry.
Style: epic, touching, emotional, tense, serious ...
Plot: gambling, communism, politics, destiny, wedding, family relations, funeral, battles, hopes, cultural revolution, child abuse, poverty ...
Time: 50s, 60s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s ...
Place: china, asia, taiwan
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The Believer (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A hardcore American racist skinhead who, because of his intelligence, leads a gang dedicated to fighting the enemy: the supposed American-Jewish conspiracy for domination. However, he's hiding a secret: he's Jewish-born, a brilliant ...
Style: thought provoking, disturbing, bleak, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: skinhead, racism, anti semitism, identity crisis, bomb, nazism, anger, synagogue, gang, judaism, violence spree, introspection ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: new york, usa, israel, germany, argentina
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The Disappearance of Haruhi Suzumiya (2010)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Mystery, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 162 min.
Story: It is mid-december, and SOS Brigade chief Haruhi Suzumiya announces that the Brigade is going to hold a Christmas party in their clubroom, with Japanese hotpot for dinner. The brigade members Kyon, Yuki Nagato, Mikuru Asahina and Itsuki Koizumi ...
Style: exciting, stylized, humorous, semi serious, epic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: high school, christmas, time travel, danger, save the day, alternate dimension, adventure, youth, imaginary, rescue, teenage life, computer genius ...
Time: year 1999, 1990s, future, 2010s, 90s
Place: japan, asia
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