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Seven Years In Tibet (1997)
Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, War

Seven Years In Tibet (1997)

After the death of 11 climbers, Austrian Heinrich Harrer (Brad Pitt) decides to add glory to his country and to the Austrian pride by climbing Nanga Parbat in British India, and leaves his expectant wife behind. An egoist and a loner, he does not get along with others on his team - but must bend to their wishes after bad weather threatens them. Then WWII breaks out, they are arrested and lodged in Dehra Dun's P.O.W. Camp. He attempts to break out several times in vain, but finally does succeed along with Peter Aufschnaiter (David Thewlis), and they end up in the holy city of Lhasa - a place banned to foreigners. They are provided food and shelter, and Peter ends up marrying a tailor, Pema Lhaki, while Heinrich befriends the Dalai Lama. They meet regularly; while he satiates the child's curiosity about the world, including Jack the Ripper and 'yellow hair'; he is exposed to the teachings of Lord Buddha, He even constructs a movie theater, while getting news of the end of the war, his divorce, and his son's refusal to communicate. But nothing will prepare him for the devastation about to descend when Communist China decides to attack, leading to the deaths of over 1 million Tibetans, the destruction of over 6000 monasteries, and betrayal from their very own people. (Read More)

Themes:communism,  divorce,  escape,  politics,  religion,  friendship
Locations:china
Characters:chinese
Period:1930s
Story:communist china,  mountain climbing,  communist terror,  communist oppression,  chinese military,  mountainous landscape,  number 7 in title,  mandala,  reference to mao tse tung,  ethnic cleansing,  non violence,  himalaya,  militarism,  llama,  mountaineer,  food poisoning,  bonding,  dalai lama,  himalayas,  egoism,  based on autobiography,  prison camp,  buddha,  avalanche,  tibet,  climbing,  austria,  foreigner,  treason,  buddhism,  prisoner of war,  ice skating,  adventurer,  buddhist,  culture clash,  communist,  country name in title,  teacher student relationship,  four word title,  massacre,  mountain,  based on book,  world war two,  father son relationship,  number in title,  violence

The Last Emperor (1987)
Biography, Drama, History

The Last Emperor (1987)

This sweeping account of the life of Pu-Yi, the last emperor of China, follows the leader's tumultuous reign. After being captured by the Red Army as a war criminal in 1950, Pu-Yi recalls his childhood from prison. He remembers his lavish youth in the Forbidden City, where he was afforded every luxury but unfortunately sheltered from the outside world and complex political situation surrounding him. As revolution sweeps through China, the world Pu-Yi knew is dramatically upended. (Read More)

Themes:communism,  divorce
Locations:china
Period:1930s
Story:reference to mao tse tung,  based on autobiography,  treason,  buddhism,  world war two

The Way Back (2010)
Adventure, Drama, History

The Way Back (2010)

In 1941, three men attempt to flee communist Russia, escaping a Siberian gulag. The film tells their story and that of four others who escaped with them and a teenage girl who joins them in flight. The group's natural leader is Janusz, a Pole condemned by accusations secured by torturing his wife, spent much of his youth outdoors, and knows how to live in the wild. They escape under cover of a snowstorm: a cynical American, a Russian thug, a comedic accountant, a pastry chef who draws, a priest, and a Pole with night blindness. They face freezing nights, lack of food and water, mosquitoes, an endless desert, the Himalayas, as well as many moral and ethical dilemmas throughout the journey towards freedom. (Read More)

Themes:communism,  escape
Locations:china
Story:himalayas,  prison camp,  tibet,  communist,  world war two

Touching The Void (2003)
Adventure, Documentary, Drama, Sport

Touching The Void (2003)

In the mid-80's two young climbers attempted to reach the summit of Siula Grande in Peru; a feat that had previously been attempted but never achieved. With an extra man looking after base camp, Simon and Joe set off to scale the mount in one long push over several days. The peak is reached within three days, however on the descent Joe falls and breaks his leg. Despite what it means, the two continue with Simon letting Joe out on a rope for 300 meters, then descending to join him and so on. However when Joe goes out over an overhang with no way of climbing back up, Simon makes the decision to cut the rope. Joe falls into a crevasse and Simon, assuming him dead, continues back down. Joe however survives the fall and was lucky to hit a ledge in the crevasse. This is the story of how he got back down. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Story:mountain climbing,  mountaineer,  climbing,  adventurer,  mountain,  based on book

Everest (2015) is one of the best movies like Seven Years In Tibet (1997)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Everest (2015)

On the morning of May 10, 1996, climbers from two commercial expeditions start their final ascent toward the summit of Mount Everest, the highest point on Earth. With little warning, a violent storm strikes the mountain, engulfing the adventurers in one of the fiercest blizzards ever encountered by man. Challenged by the harshest conditions imaginable, the teams must endure blistering winds and freezing temperatures in an epic battle to survive against nearly impossible odds. (Read More)

Themes:escape
Story:mountain climbing,  mountaineer,  himalayas,  avalanche,  mountain

Red Cliff (2008)
Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War

Red Cliff (2008)

In 208 A.D., in the final days of the Han Dynasty, shrewd Prime Minster Cao Cao convinced the fickle Emperor Han the only way to unite all of China was to declare war on the kingdoms of Xu in the west and East Wu in the south. Thus began a military campaign of unprecedented scale, led by the Prime Minister, himself. Left with no other hope for survival, the kingdoms of Xu and East Wu formed an unlikely alliance. Numerous battles of strength and wit ensued, both on land and on water, eventually culminating in the battle of Red Cliff. During the battle, two thousand ships were burned, and the course of Chinese history was changed forever. (Read More)

Locations:china
Characters:chinese
Story:chinese military

Vertical Limit (2000)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Vertical Limit (2000)

A high-adrenaline tale of young climber Peter Garrett, who must launch a treacherous and extraordinary rescue effort up K2, the world's second highest peak. Confronting both his own limitations and the awesome power of nature's uncontrollable elements, Peter risks his life to save his sister, Annie, and her summit team in a race against time. The team is trapped in an icy grave at 26,000 feet - a death zone above the vertical limit of endurance where the human body cannot survive for long. Every second counts as Peter enlists the help of a crew of fellow climbers, including eccentric, reclusive mountain man Montgomery Wick, to ascend the chilling might of the world's most feared peak to save her. (Read More)

Themes:religion
Story:mountain climbing,  mountaineer,  himalayas,  avalanche,  mountain

Yip Man (2008)
Action, Biography, Drama, Sport

Yip Man (2008)

In 1935 in Foshan, south China, there are martial arts schools on every street corner. Ip Man is the undisputed martial arts champion, yet he has not devoted himself to teaching. Despite this, it seems that all the kung fu masters of the city are eager to fight him to improve their reputation.

Themes:friendship
Locations:china
Characters:chinese
Period:1930s
Story:foreigner,  culture clash,  world war two,  father son relationship,  violence

Farewell My Concubine (1993) is one of the best movies like Seven Years In Tibet (1997)
Drama, Music, Romance

Farewell My Concubine (1993)

"Farewell, My Concubine" is a movie with two parallel, intertwined stories. It is the story of two performers in the Beijing Opera, stage brothers, and the woman who comes between them. At the same time, it attempts to do no less than squeeze the entire political history of China in the twentieth century into a three-hour time-frame. (Read More)

Themes:communism,  politics,  friendship
Locations:china
Period:1930s
Story:communist,  teacher student relationship,  world war two

Alive (1993)
Adventure, Biography, Drama, Thriller

Alive (1993)

In 1972, the Uruguayan rugby team is flying to Chile to play a game. However, the plane from the Uruguayan Air Force with 45 people crashes on the Andes Mountains and after the search party, they are considered dead. Two months after the crash, the sixteen survivors are finally rescued. Along the days, the starved survivors decide to eat flesh from the bodies of their comrades to survive. (Read More)

Themes:escape
Story:mountain climbing,  avalanche,  climbing,  mountain

Big Trouble In Little China (1986)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

Big Trouble In Little China (1986)

Truck driver Jack Burton arrives in Chinatown, San Francisco, and goes to the airport with his Chinese friend Wang Chi to welcome his green-eyed fiancee Miao Yin who is arriving from China. However she is kidnapped on the arrival by a Chinese street gang and Jack and Wang chase the group. Soon they learn that the powerful evil sorcerer called David Lo Pan, who has been cursed more than two thousand years ago to exist without physical body, needs to marry a woman with green eyes to retrieve his physical body and Miao is the chosen one. Jack and Wang team-up with the lawyer Gracie Law, the bus driver and sorcerer apprentice Egg Shen and their friends and embark in a great adventure in the underground of Chinatown, where they face a world of magicians and magic, monsters and martial arts fighters. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  friendship
Locations:china
Characters:chinese
Story:buddha,  culture clash,  country name in title

The Great Escape (1963)
Adventure, Drama, History, Thriller, War

The Great Escape (1963)

Based on a true story, a group of allied escape artist-type prisoners-of-war (POWs) are all put in an 'escape proof' camp. Their leader decides to try to take out several hundred all at once. The first half of the film is played for comedy as the prisoners mostly outwit their jailers to dig the escape tunnel. The second half is high adventure as they use boats and trains and planes to get out of occupied Europe. (Read More)

Themes:escape
Story:prison camp,  prisoner of war,  world war two

Around The World In 80 Days (2004) is one of the best movies like Seven Years In Tibet (1997)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family

Around The World In 80 Days (2004)

Set in 1890, the story focuses on Passepartout, a Chinese thief who steals a valuable jade Buddha and then seeks refuge in the traveling companionship of an eccentric London inventor and adventurer, Phileas Fogg, who has taken on a bet with members of his gentlemen's club that he can make it around the world in a mere 80 days, using a variety of means of transportation, like boats, trains, balloons, elephants, etc. Along the way, Passepartout uses his amazing martial arts abilities to defend Fogg from the many dangers they face.. One major threat to their adventure is a detective that's following them. Why? Just as Fogg and Passeportout left London, a major bank was robbed, with Fogg suspected of using the "around the world" trip as an excuse to escape.. Their path from London and back includes stops in Paris, Turkey, India, China and USA. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  friendship
Locations:china
Characters:chinese
Story:buddha,  adventurer,  number in title,  violence

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Romance

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)

In 19th century Qing Dynasty China, a warrior gives his sword, Green Destiny, to his lover to deliver to safe keeping, but it is stolen, and the chase is on to find it. The search leads to the House of Yu where the story takes on a whole different level.

Themes:escape,  politics
Locations:china
Characters:chinese
Story:teacher student relationship,  four word title,  mountain,  violence

The Mirror (1975)
Biography, Drama

The Mirror (1975)

Tarkovsky mixes flash-backs, historical footage and original poetry to illustrate the reminiscences of a dying man about his childhood during World War II, adolescence, and a painful divorce in his family. The story interweaves reflections about Russian history and society.

Themes:divorce
Characters:chinese
Period:1930s
Story:reference to mao tse tung,  world war two,  father son relationship

Good Night, And Good Luck. (2005)
Biography, Drama, History

Good Night, And Good Luck. (2005)

In the early 1950's, the threat of Communism created an air of paranoia in the United States and exploiting those fears was Senator 'Joseph McCarthy (II)' (qv) of Wisconsin. However, CBS reporter 'Edward R. Murrow' (qv) and his producer 'Fred W. Friendly' (qv) decided to take a stand and challenge McCarthy and expose him for the fear monger he was. However, their actions took a great personal toll on both men, but they stood by their convictions and helped to bring down one of the most controversial senators in American history. (Read More)

Themes:communism,  divorce,  politics,  friendship
Story:reference to mao tse tung,  treason,  communist,  father son relationship

Anna And The King (1999) is one of the best movies like Seven Years In Tibet (1997)
Drama, History, Romance

Anna And The King (1999)

This is the story of Anna Leonowens, the English schoolteacher who came to Siam in the 1860s to teach the children of King Mongkut. She becomes involved in his affairs, from the tragic plight of a young concubine to trying to forge an alliance with Britain to a war with Burma that is orchestrated by Britain. In the meantime, a subtle romance develops between them. (Read More)

Story:treason,  buddhism,  culture clash,  four word title,  massacre,  father son relationship

The Pianist (2002)
Biography, Drama, Music, War

The Pianist (2002)

In this adaptation of the autobiography "The Pianist: The Extraordinary True Story of One Man's Survival in Warsaw, 1939-1945," 'Wladyslaw Szpilman' (qv), a Polish Jewish radio station pianist, sees Warsaw change gradually as World War II begins. Szpilman is forced into the Warsaw Ghetto, but is later separated from his family during Operation Reinhard. From this time until the concentration camp prisoners are released, Szpilman hides in various locations among the ruins of Warsaw. (Read More)

Period:1930s
Story:based on autobiography,  prisoner of war,  massacre,  world war two,  violence

Aguirre, The Wrath Of God (1972)
Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Action

Aguirre, The Wrath Of God (1972)

A few decades after the destruction of the Inca empire, a Spanish expedition leaves the mountains of Peru and goes down the Amazon river in search of gold and wealth. Soon, they come across great difficulties and Don Aguirres, a ruthless man who cares only about riches, becomes their leader. But will his quest lead them to "the golden city", or to certain destruction? (Read More)

Story:mountain climbing,  llama,  treason,  mountain,  violence

2012 (2009)
Action, Adventure, Sci-fi

2012 (2009)

Dr. Adrian Helmsley, part of a worldwide geophysical team investigating the effect on the earth of radiation from unprecedented solar storms, learns that the earth's core is heating up. He warns U.S. President Thomas Wilson that the crust of the earth is becoming unstable and that without proper preparations for saving a fraction of the world's population, the entire race is doomed. Meanwhile, writer Jackson Curtis stumbles on the same information. While the world's leaders race to build "arks" to escape the impending cataclysm, Curtis struggles to find a way to save his family. Meanwhile, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes of unprecedented strength wreak havoc around the world. (Read More)

Themes:escape
Locations:china
Characters:chinese
Story:chinese military,  himalayas,  avalanche,  tibet,  mountain,  father son relationship

127 Hours (2010) is one of the best movies like Seven Years In Tibet (1997)
Adventure, Biography, Drama, Thriller

127 Hours (2010)

127 Hours is the true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston's remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah. Over the next five days Ralston examines his life and survives the elements to finally discover he has the courage and the wherewithal to extricate himself by any means necessary, scale a 65 foot wall and hike over eight miles before he can be rescued. Throughout his journey, Ralston recalls friends, lovers, family, and the two hikers he met before his accident. Will they be the last two people he ever had the chance to meet? (Read More)

Themes:escape
Story:based on autobiography,  climbing,  adventurer,  mountain,  father son relationship,  number in title

Empire Of The Sun (1987)
Drama, History, War

Empire Of The Sun (1987)

Based on J. G. Ballard's autobiographical novel, tells the story of a boy, James Graham, whose privileged life is upturned by the Japanese invasion of Shanghai, December 8, 1941. Separated from his parents, he is eventually captured, and taken to Soo Chow confinement camp, next to a captured Chinese airfield. Amidst the sickness and food shortages in the camp, Jim attempts to reconstruct his former life, all the while bringing spirit and dignity to those around him. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  friendship
Locations:china
Characters:chinese
Story:prisoner of war,  culture clash,  world war two,  father son relationship

The Warlords (2007)
Action, Drama, History, Romance, War, Adventure

The Warlords (2007)

It's a heroic tale of three blood brothers and their struggle in the midst of war and political upheaval. It is based on "The Assassination of Ma," a Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) story about the killing of general Ma Xinyi. The story was filmed by Zhang Che in 1973 as The Blood Brothers.

Locations:china
Characters:chinese
Story:prisoner of war,  massacre,  violence

Chaplin (1992)
Biography, Comedy, Drama

Chaplin (1992)

The biography of Charlie Chaplin, filmmaker extraordinaire. From his formative years in England to his highest successes in America, Charlie's life, work, and loves are followed. While his screen characters were extremely hilarious, the man behind "The Little Tramp" was constantly haunted by a sense of loss. (Read More)

Themes:communism,  divorce
Period:1930s
Story:based on autobiography,  communist

Out Of Africa (1985) is one of the best movies like Seven Years In Tibet (1997)
Biography, Drama, Romance

Out Of Africa (1985)

Follows the life of 'Karen Blixen' (qv), who establishes a plantation in Africa. Her life is Complicated by a husband of convenience (Bror Blixen), a true love (Denys), troubles on the plantation, schooling of the natives, war, and catching VD from her husband.

Themes:divorce,  friendship
Period:1930s
Story:adventurer,  culture clash,  based on book

The Bucket List (2007)
Adventure, Comedy, Drama

The Bucket List (2007)

Corporate billionaire Edward Cole and working class mechanic Carter Chambers have nothing in common except for their terminal illnesses. While sharing a hospital room together, they decide to leave it and do all the things they have ever wanted to do before they die according to their bucket list. In the process, both of them heal each other, become unlikely friends, and ultimately find joy in life. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Story:mountain climbing,  himalayas,  tibet,  mountain,  father son relationship

The Holy Mountain (1973)
Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

The Holy Mountain (1973)

A Christlike figure wanders through bizarre, grotesque scenarios filled with religious and sacrilegious imagery. He meets a mystical guide who introduces him to seven wealthy and powerful people, each representing a planet in the Solar system. These seven, along with the protagonist, the guide and the guide's assistant, divest themselves of their worldly goods and form a group of nine who will seek the Holy Mountain, in order to displace the gods who live there and become immortal. (Read More)

Themes:religion
Story:mountain climbing,  buddha,  mountain,  massacre,  father son relationship,  violence

Cliffhanger (1993)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

Cliffhanger (1993)

Whilst crossing a ledge, 4000 feet above the earth, Gabe's friend's equipment fails to work and she slips out of his hand, falling to the ground. Almost a year later, Gabe is asked to go back to the same mountain range and rescue a group of 'stranded' people. The only catch is that these so called 'stranded' people are in fact looking for three boxes filled with $100,000,000 and they need a mountain ranger to lead them to them!! (Read More)

Story:mountain climbing,  climbing,  mountain,  violence

The Guns Of Navarone (1961) is one of the best movies like Seven Years In Tibet (1997)
Action, Adventure, Drama, War

The Guns Of Navarone (1961)

Two powerful German guns control the seas past the Greek island of Navarone making the evacuation of endangered British troops on a neighboring island impossible. Air attack is useless so a team of six Allied and Greek soldiers is put ashore to meet up with partisans to try and dynamite the guns. The mission is perilous enough anyway but are the Germans on the island getting further help too?. (Read More)

Story:mountain climbing,  mountaineer,  mountain,  world war two,  violence

Fist Of Fury (1972)
Action, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Fist Of Fury (1972)

Returning to Shanghai to marry his fiancee, Chen Zhen (Bruce Lee) a student of renowned martial arts teacher Huo Yuanjia, discovers his sifu has died. During the funeral, members of a local Japanese dojo show up and insult the Chinese students. The bullying continues, with Chen fighting back, but when he discovers the truth - that his teacher was poisoned on the orders of the dojo's master - he sets off on a doomed mission of revenge. (Read More)

Locations:china
Characters:chinese
Story:teacher student relationship,  massacre,  violence

Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)
Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, War

Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)

Due to his knowledge of the native Bedouin tribes, British Lieutenant 'T.E. Lawrence' (qv) is sent to Arabia to find Prince Faisal and serve as a liaison between the Arabs and the British in their fight against the Turks. With the aid of native Sherif Ali, Lawrence rebels against the orders of his superior officer and strikes out on a daring camel journey across the harsh desert to attack a well-guarded Turkish port. (Read More)

Themes:politics
Period:1930s
Story:based on autobiography,  country name in title,  massacre,  mountain,  father son relationship,  violence

The Great Wall (2016)
Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller

The Great Wall (2016)

When a mercenary warrior (Matt Damon) is imprisoned within the Great Wall, he discovers the mystery behind one of the greatest wonders of the world. As wave after wave of marauding beasts besiege the massive structure, his quest for fortune turns into a journey toward heroism as he joins a huge army of elite warriors to confront the unimaginable and seemingly unstoppable force. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  friendship
Locations:china
Characters:chinese
Story:culture clash,  massacre,  mountain,  violence

The Flowers Of War (2011) is one of the best movies like Seven Years In Tibet (1997)
Drama, History, Romance, War

The Flowers Of War (2011)

In 1937 China, during the second Sino-Japanese war, a mortician, John ('Christian Bale' (qv)) arrives at a Catholic church in Nanjing to prepare a priest for burial. Upon arrival he finds himself the lone adult among a group of convent girl students and prostitutes from a nearby brothel. When he finds himself in the unwanted position of protector of both groups from the horrors of the invading Japanese army, he discovers the meaning of sacrifice and honor. (Read More)

Themes:escape
Locations:china
Characters:chinese
Story:massacre,  world war two,  father son relationship

Mulan (1998)
Adventure, Animation, Family, Fantasy, Musical, War

Mulan (1998)

This retelling of the old Chinese folktale is about the story of a young Chinese maiden who learns that her weakened and lame father is to be called up into the army in order to fight the invading Huns. Knowing that he would never survive the rigours of war in his state, she decides to disguise herself and join in his place. Unknown to her, her ancestors are aware of this and to prevent it, they order a tiny disgraced dragon, Mushu to join her in order to force her to abandon her plan. He agrees, but when he meets Mulan, he learns that she cannot be dissuaded and so decides to help her in the perilous times ahead. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:china
Characters:chinese
Story:avalanche,  mountain,  violence

Red Dawn (1984)
Action, Drama

Red Dawn (1984)

From out of the sky, Soviet, Nicaraguan, and Cuban troops begin landing on the football field of a Colorado high school. In seconds, the paratroopers have attacked the school and sent a group of teenagers fleeing into the mountains. Armed only with hunting rifles, pistols, and bows and arrows, the teens struggle to survive the bitter winter and the Soviet KGB patrols hunting for them. Eventually, trouble arises when they kill a group of Soviet soldiers on patrol in the highlands. Soon they will wage their own guerrilla warfare against the invading Soviet troops-under the banner of 'Wolverines!' (Read More)

Themes:communism,  politics
Story:communist,  mountain,  massacre,  father son relationship,  violence

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

War For The Planet Of The Apes (2017)

Caesar and his apes are forced into a deadly conflict with an army of humans led by a ruthless Colonel. After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind. As the journey finally brings them face to face, Caesar and the Colonel are pitted against each other in an epic battle that will determine the fate of both their species and the future of the planet. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  friendship
Story:avalanche,  climbing,  prisoner of war,  massacre,  mountain,  father son relationship,  violence

The Manchurian Candidate (1962) is one of the best movies like Seven Years In Tibet (1997)
Drama, Thriller

The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

Major Ben Marco ('Frank Sinatra' (qv)) is an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army. He served valiantly as a captain in the Korean war and his Sergeant, Raymond Shaw ('Laurence Harvey (I)' (qv)), even won the Medal of Honor. Marco has a major problem however: he has a recurring nightmare, one where two members of his squad are killed by Shaw. He's put on indefinite sick leave and visits Shaw in New York. Shaw for his part has established himself well, despite the misgivings of his domineering mother, Mrs. Eleanor Shaw Iselin ('Angela Lansbury' (qv)). She is a red-baiter, accusing anyone who disagrees with her right-wing reactionary views of being a Communist. Raymond hates her, not only for how she's treated him but equally because of his step-father, the ineffectual U.S. Senator John Iselin ('James Gregory (I)' (qv)), who is intent on seeking higher office. When Marco learns that others in his Korean War unit have nightmares similar to his own, he realizes that something happened to all of them in Korea and that Raymond Shaw is the focal point. (Read More)

Themes:communism,  politics
Locations:china
Story:communist china,  communist,  violence

Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001)
Drama, Music, Romance, War

Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001)

In 1941, Italy allies with Germany and ruthlessly conquers the much weaker country of Greece. On a remote Greek island, an Italian artillery garrison is established to maintain order. One Italian officer, Captain Corelli, adopts an attitude of mutual co-existence with the Greeks and engages in such activities as music festivals and courting the daughter of a local doctor. In 1943, however, after Italy surrenders to the Allies and changes sides in the war, Captain Corelli must defend the Greek island against a German invasion. (Read More)

Themes:politics,  religion
Story:prisoner of war,  massacre,  based on book,  world war two

Youth (2015)
Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance

Youth (2015)

Fred and Mick, two old friends, are on vacation in an elegant hotel at the foot of the Alps. Fred, a composer and conductor, is now retired. Mick, a film director, is still working. They look with curiosity and tenderness on their children's confused lives, Mick's enthusiastic young writers, and the other hotel guests. While Mick scrambles to finish the screenplay for what he imagines will be his last important film, Fred has no intention of resuming his musical career. But someone wants at all costs to hear him conduct again. (Read More)

Themes:divorce,  friendship
Story:mountain climbing,  mountaineer,  buddhist,  mountain,  father son relationship

A Man For All Seasons (1966)
Biography, Drama, History

A Man For All Seasons (1966)

The story takes place in 16th century England. But men like Sir Thomas More, who love life yet have the moral fiber to lay down their lives for their principles, are found in every century. Concentrating on the last seven years of English chancellor's life, the struggle between More and his King, Henry VIII, hinges on Henry's determination to break with Rome so he can divorce his current wife and wed again, and good Catholic More's inability to go along with such heresy. More resigns as chancellor, hoping to be able to live out his life as a private citizen. But Henry will settle for nothing less than that the much respected More give public approval to his headstrong course. (Read More)

Themes:divorce,  politics,  religion,  friendship
Story:treason

The Karate Kid (2010) is one of the best movies like Seven Years In Tibet (1997)
Action, Drama, Family, Romance, Sport

The Karate Kid (2010)

After his mother (Henson) accepts a job in China, preteen Dre Park (played by Jaden Smith) is forced to move to the new country. He attempts to befriend others, but loses all of them except for Mei Ying (Han), his new girlfriend, after getting attacked by a bully (Cheng). After almost being killed, he is rescued by his maintenance man, Mr. Han (Jackie Chan), who does much more than maintenance. When Dre is forced to fight his bully, Cheng, in the upcoming tournament; Mr. Han steps in and teaches him Kung-Fu, and now Dre has to take matters into his own hands. (Read More)

Themes:friendship
Locations:china
Characters:chinese
Story:teacher student relationship,  mountain,  violence

For Your Eyes Only (1981)
Action, Adventure, Thriller

For Your Eyes Only (1981)

After disposing of a familiar looking face, Bond is sent to recover a communication device, known as an ATAC, which went down with a British Spy ship as it sunk. Bond must hurry though, as the Russians are also out for this device. On his travels, he also meets Melina Havelock, whose parents were brutally murdered. Bond also encounters both Aristotle Kristatos and Milos Colombo. Each of them are accusing the other of having links with with the Russian's. Bond must team up with Melina, solve who the true ally is and find the ATAC before it's too late. (Read More)

Story:mountain climbing,  ice skating,  four word title,  mountain,  violence

Michael Collins (1996)
Biography, Drama, Thriller, War

Michael Collins (1996)

Neil Jordan's depiction of the controversial life and death of 'Michael Collins (XIV)' (qv), the "Lion of Ireland", who led the IRA against the UK and helped found the Irish Free State in 1922.

Themes:escape,  politics,  religion
Story:treason,  massacre,  violence

Frida (2002)
Biography, Drama, Romance

Frida (2002)

"Frida" chronicles the life Frida Kahlo shared unflinchingly and openly with Diego Rivera, as the young couple took the art world by storm. From her complex and enduring relationship with her mentor and husband to her illicit and controversial affair with Leon Trotsky, to her provocative and romantic entanglements with women, Frida Kahlo lived a bold and uncompromising life as a political, artistic, and sexual revolutionary. (Read More)

Themes:communism,  divorce,  politics,  friendship
Period:1930s
Story:based on book

Elizabeth (1998) is one of the best movies like Seven Years In Tibet (1997)
Biography, Drama, History

Elizabeth (1998)

This film details the ascension to the throne and the early reign of Queen Elizabeth the First, as played by Cate Blanchett. The main focus is the endless attempts by her council to marry her off, the Catholic hatred of her and her romance with Lord Robert Dudley.

Themes:divorce,  politics,  religion
Story:foreigner,  treason,  father son relationship

Cold Mountain (2003)
Adventure, Drama, History, Romance, War

Cold Mountain (2003)

This Civil War saga addresses romance, friendship, and the ravages of war--both in the field and on the home front. Captures the horrors of war for both those fighting it, and for those left behind. This is a tale of hope, longing, redemption, second chances, and faith.

Themes:friendship
Story:treason,  mountain,  massacre,  father son relationship

The Killing Fields (1984)
Biography, Drama, History, War

The Killing Fields (1984)

'Sydney Schanberg' (qv) is a New York Times journalist covering the civil war in Cambodia. Together with the local journalist 'Dith Pran' (qv), they cover some of the tragedy and madness of the war. When the American forces leave, Dith Pran sends his family with them, but stays behind himself to help Schanberg cover the event. As an American, Schanberg won't have any trouble leaving the country, but the situation is different for Pran; he's a local, and the Khmer Rouge are moving in. (Read More)

Themes:communism
Story:prison camp,  communist,  violence

Ran (1985)
Action, Drama

Ran (1985)

Japanese warlord Hidetori Ichimonji decides the time has come to retire and divide his fiefdom among his three sons. His eldest and middle sons - Taro and Jiro - agree with his decision and promise to support him for his remaining days. The youngest son Saburo disagrees with all of them arguing that there is little likelihood the three brothers will remain united. Insulted by his son's brashness, the warlord banishes Saburo. As the warlord begins his retirement, he quickly realizes that his two eldest sons selfish and have no intention of keeping their promises. It leads to war and only banished Saburo can possibly save him. (Read More)

Themes:divorce,  friendship
Story:buddha,  treason,  buddhism,  mountain,  father son relationship

The Golden Child (1986) is one of the best movies like Seven Years In Tibet (1997)
Action, Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy, Mystery

The Golden Child (1986)

Eddie Murphy plays a detective with a speciality of finding lost children. He is told he is the 'Chosen one' who will find and protect the Golden Child, a Bhuddist mystic who was kidnapped by an evil sorcerer. Murphy disbelieves the mysticism but finds more and more evidence of demon worship as he investigates. (Read More)

Themes:religion
Story:tibet,  buddhism,  culture clash,  massacre

Defiance (2008)
Action, Drama, History, Thriller, War

Defiance (2008)

On the run and hiding in the deep forests of the then German-occupied Poland and Belorussia (World War II), the four Bielski brothers find the impossible task of foraging for food and weapons for their survival. They live, not only with the fear of discovery, contending with neighboring Soviet partisans and knowing whom to trust but also take the responsibility of looking after a large mass of fleeing Polish Jews from the German war machine. Women, men, children, the elderly and the young alike are all hiding in makeshift homes in the dark, cold and unforgiving forests in the darkest times of German-occupied Eastern Europe. (Read More)

Themes:escape,  friendship
Story:communist,  teacher student relationship,  based on book,  world war two,  violence

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