Movies like The Challenge 1982

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The Challenge (1982)
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The Challenge (1982)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Rick, a down-and-out American boxer, is hired to transport a sword to Japan, unaware that the whole thing is a set up in a bitter blood-feud between two brothers, one who follows the traditional path of the samurai and the other a businessman. At the behest of the businessman, Rick undertakes samurai training from the other brother, but joins his cause. He also becomes romantically involved with the samurai's daughter.
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, aikido, martial arts, sword fight, adventure, gangsters, crimes, heist, vengeance, gang, heroes, battles, contests and competitions, supernatural ability, against the odds, track down, adventurer, hopes, vigilantism, danger, master warrior, heroic mission, chases and races, redemption, siblings relations ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: japan, asia, usa

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, suspenseful and exciting films with plots about heroes, rivalry, martial arts, master warrior, crimes, samurai and sword fight mostly in Action, Drama and Adventure genres. Some movies like The Challenge: Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo (1970), Logan's War: Bound by Honor (1998), Incident at Blood Island (1970), The Bushido Blade (1981), Two Champions of Shaolin (1980). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo (1970)
Genre: Drama, Action, Adventure
Country: Japan
Duration: 79 min.
Story: With a price on his head, Ichi seeks tranquillity in a favorite village. Since his last visit, it has fallen prey to Boss Masagoro, the son of a merchant rumored to have stolen gold from the shogunate. The boss has hired Yojimbo as his hard-drinking ...
Style: semi serious, realistic, stylized, cult film
Plot: samurai, village, martial arts, sword fight, gold, spy, hopes, chases and races, adventure, escapades, lone wolves, rivalry ...
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Logan's War: Bound by Honor (1998)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Chuck Norris stars as martial arts extraordinaire Jake Fallon, who, after the death of his brother and sister-in-law, adopts (and trains) his orphaned nephew. Logan (Eddie Cibrian, TV's Invasion). After fifteen years of careful instruction, ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, hitman, one man army, gangsters, heroes, murder, vigilantism, revenge, crimes, tough heroes, righting the wronged, vengeance ...
Time: 90s
Place: chicago illinois, panama, illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Incident at Blood Island (1970)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In the Edo period, a nameless ronin accepts an assignment to go to a mountain pass and wait. Near the pass he stops at an inn where a collection of characters gather, including a gang set on stealing shogunate gold that's soon to come over the ...
Style: serious, realistic, jidai geki
Plot: samurai, betrayal, ronin, martial arts, mountain, dishonesty, gang, heroes, rivalry, crimes, master warrior, lone wolves ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades (1972)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In the third film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, Ogami Itto volunteers to be tortured by Yakuza to save a prostitute and is hired by their leader to kill an evil chamberlain.
Style: stylized, talky, rough, clever, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, master warrior, blood, violence, one man army, heroes, drifter, duel, kung fu, blood splatter, villain ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
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The Bushido Blade (1981)
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A steel samurai blade that was to be given to the American ambassador by the Emperor of Japan is stolen. American sailors and Japanese samurai are sent to find it.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, military, master warrior, crime, escapades, adventure, rivalry, state affairs, heroes, crimes, destiny, battles ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: japan, asia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
Two Champions of Shaolin (1980)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Shaolin warrior Tung Chien-chen is injured in battle against the hated Wu Tang clan, and nursed back to health by a knife-throwing master. As he recovers, Tung learns this deadly art, and also falls in love with his teacher's daughter. But when ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: master warrior, martial arts, track down, siblings relations, kidnapping, righting the wronged, tough heroes, wedding, dealing with death, rivalry, vigilantism, uninhibited rivalry ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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Bounty Tracker (1993)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Almost the whole staff of a tax consultant office is slayed by a team of professional killers, only Paul Damone can escape. He didn't know that his partner used to wash gangster Louis Sarazin's money and had to testify as chief witness ...
Style: realistic, serious, exciting, suspenseful, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, bounty hunter, master warrior, heroes, gangsters, murder, police officer, one man army, police protection, revenge, vigilante, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman (1989)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 116 min.
Story: This 26th film installment of the Zatoichi series sees Shintaro Katsu return to this classic role after a 10 year hiatus. The blind masseur Ichi gets caught between rival Yakuza clans.
Style: atmospheric, rough, suspenseful, stylized, tense ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, swordsman, rivalry, crime, gang, deadly, escapades, danger, good versus evil, gangsters, crimes ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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Duel to Death (1983)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 86 min.
Story: One of the last of the Old School Hong Kong martial arts flicks, this one deals with a legendary competition in swordplay and fighting that ends up being fought between two great warriors, a Chinese man and a Japanese man, who, over the course of ...
Style: suspenseful, stylized, realistic, serious, cult film
Plot: samurai, martial arts, kidnapping, heroic mission, rivalry, crimes, heroes, danger, betrayal, contests and competitions, wiretap, ninja ...
Time: middle ages
Place: japan, hong kong, china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt (1989)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA, Canada, South Africa
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Jackson is back, and now he has a new partner, karate champion Sean, as they must face a deadly terrorist known as "The Cobra", who has infected Sean with a virus. Sean and Jackson have no choice but to fight the Cobra and his bands of ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, exciting, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: ninja, martial arts, good versus evil, heroes, master warrior, terrorism, manhunt, vengeance, island, escapades, master villain, rivalry ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: japan, usa, asia, caribbean
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
Zatoichi the Fugitive (1963)
Genre: Drama, Adventure, Action
Country: Japan
Duration: 86 min.
Story: After arriving in the town of Shimonita, Ichi finds that a price has been put on his head by a local yakuza boss. He's drawn into a trap, but after hearing of the slaying of a former love, Ichi furiously fights his way through the entire clan ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, stylized, serious, realistic ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, sword, katana, chases and races, deadly, gangsters, crimes, lone wolves, adventure, wrestling, contests and competitions ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
New Tale of Zatoichi (1963)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Wishing to find peace, Zatoichi travels to his old village but only finds trouble when he ends up in a love triangle and finds old scores have followed him home.
Style: suspenseful, stylized, rough, realistic, serious ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, kidnapping, murder, adventure, master warrior, one man army, heroes, deadly, escapades, lone wolves, love and romance ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
New Fists of Fury (1976)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong, Taiwan
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A brother and sister escape from Japanese-occupied Shanghai to Japanese-occupied Taiwan, to stay with their grandfather who runs a Kung-Fu school there. However, the master of a Japanese Kung-Fu school in Taiwan has designs on bringing all other ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough, cult film
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, heroes, master warrior, fight, kung fu, wartime life, vengeance, gang, anti heroes, rivalry, master villain, escapades ...
Place: taiwan, asia, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Zatoichi in Desperation (1972)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Zatoichi tries to save a maiden in distress in this sequel to the popular series about a blind samurai swordsman who moonlights as a masseur. Always fighting for the underdog, noble Zatoichi sets out to keep a girl from becoming a prostitute. But he ...
Style: semi serious, scary, saga, atmospheric, cult film
Plot: samurai, martial arts, katana, adventure, golden years, prostitute, gangsters, crimes, lone wolves, gang, master warrior, hopes ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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The Bodyguard (1961)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A nameless ronin, or samurai with no master, enters a small village in feudal Japan where two rival businessmen are struggling for control of the local gambling trade. Taking the name Sanjuro Kuwabatake, the ronin convinces both silk merchant ...
Style: bleak, atmospheric, realistic, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, mercenary, ronin, sword fight, gang, lone wolves, anti hero, anti heroes, small town, betrayal, village, escape ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, 18th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Challenge of the Masters (1976)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The Wong family kung fu school gets smacked around by a rival school. Wong Fei-hong gets fed up with the abuse and goes to learn from his fathers master. After one of the rival schools members kills some of the towns people Wong Fei-hong becomes ...
Style: suspenseful, stylized, rough, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kung fu, one man army, heroes, crimes, hopes, deadly, best friends, ambition, contests and competitions, righting the wronged, battles ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx (1972)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 82 min.
Story: In the second film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, Ogami Itto battles a group of female ninja in the employ of the Yagyu clan and must assassinate a traitor who plans to sell his clan's secrets to the Shogunate.
Style: stylized, atmospheric, exciting, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, sword fight, master warrior, martial arts, lone wolves, blood, heroes, drifter, decapitation, good versus evil, female ninja, martial artist ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
American Samurai (1992)
Genre: Action
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When a father passes on the traditional family sword to one of his two adopted sons, the other--in a fit of jealous rage--joins a yakuza drug smuggling mob. When the other son decides to find him and set things straight, things don't seem to go ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, rough, exciting, serious ...
Plot: samurai, master warrior, martial arts, vengeance, culture clash, uninhibited rivalry, gory, adventure, gangsters, deadly, contests and competitions, siblings relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, asia, turkey, istanbul turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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The Kid with the Golden Arm (1979)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Jin bei tong opens with a group of escort/guards preparing to move a shipment of gold from the local government to an area stricken by famine... one of the very few Venom films where all six Venom actors are present within a single film.
Style: stylized, realistic, serious, exciting, cult film
Plot: martial arts, kung fu, danger, government agency, adventure, rivalry, master warrior, contests and competitions, crimes, heroes, special agents, gang ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Zatoichi and the Chess Expert (1965)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Zatoichi makes friends with a dangerous chess player, while fending off angry yakuza and bloodthirsty relatives out for revenge, and trying to save a sick child. Meanwhile, his luck with dice is turning.
Style: stylized, rough, suspenseful, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: samurai, chess, sword, danger, escapades, hopes, master warrior, deadly, one man army, adventure, heroes, graphic violence ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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Angel Town (1990)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A graduate student and martial-arts expert rents a room in a house owned by a single mother who lives there with her son. A local street gang is trying to recruit the son, but the new tenant tries to help the boy's mother keep him out of the ...
Style: rough, exciting, tense, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: one man army, gang, master warrior, heroes, martial arts, street gang, family in danger, violence spree, crime, danger, rivalry, crimes ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, california, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The Tale of Zatoichi (1962)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The adventures of a blind, gambling masseur and master swordsman. Zatoichi targets a yakuza-controlled village, because war with a neighbouring town's smaller gang is brewing.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, atmospheric, cult film
Plot: samurai, ronin, heroes, martial arts, gang war, sword fight, graphic violence, crimes, gang, master warrior, escapades, rivalry ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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 390
The Bodyguard (1973)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Karate master and anti-drug vigilante Chiba returns to his home in Japan, where he holds a press conference announcing his intention to wipe out the nation's drug industry. He also offers his services as a bodyguard to anyone who is willing to ...
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, heroes, gangsters, one man army, showdown, karate, gunfight, abduction, dishonesty, crime, danger, chases and races ...
Time: 70s
Place: asia, usa, new york, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Zatoichi on the Road (1963)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Zatoichi is sworn to protect the life of a young girl and without any real allies finds himself in the middle of a bloody turf war.
Style: saga, serious, cult film
Plot: martial arts, murder, gang war, sword, master and servant, adventure, rescue, kidnapping, heroic mission, rivalry, daring rescue, danger ...
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Sword of the Beast (1965)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Legendary swordplay filmmaker Hideo Gosha’s Sword of the Beast chronicles the flight of the low-level swordsman Gennosuke, who kills one of his ministers as part of a reform plot. His former comrades then turn on him, and this betrayal so shakes ...
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, stylized, suspenseful ...
Plot: martial arts, betrayal, samurai, strangulation, reform, ronin, gambling, vengeance, shogun, on the run, heroes, danger ...
Time: 60s, 19th century
Place: japan, feudal japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Fist of Honor (1993)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: As two rival Godfathers view to take control of the city, a hot-tempered family member kills two relatives of the opposing family, breaking the "Truce of Honor". Now the war begins! As a young boxer seeks revenge for his fiancée's ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, heroes, gangsters, murder, righting the wronged, frame up, vengeance, family life, dishonesty, rivalry, law enforcement, crime ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Zatoichi Goes to the Fire Festival (1970)
Genre: Drama, Adventure, Action
Country: Japan
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Zatoichi is mentored by the blind leader of a secret organization as he contends with both the Yakuza and a jealous husband.
Style: suspenseful, atmospheric, serious, exciting, cult film
Plot: samurai, martial arts, katana, ronin, one man army, escapades, imperialism, vengeance, master warrior, good versus evil, danger, gangsters ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Rage of Honor (1987)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Argentina, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A Japanese cop, Shiro, and his partner Ray are after a bunch of drug dealers. But they are betrayed by an insider and Ray is killed. Shiro follows the murderer, a sadistic drug lord, up to Singapore.
Style: suspenseful, rough, exciting, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, drug lord, chases and races, crime, dishonesty, partners, rivalry, undercover, drug dealing, betrayal, danger, deadly ...
Time: 80s
Place: singapore, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Shogun's Ninja (1980)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In the middle of the 16th century, Hideyoshi, a power hungry warlord sets out to destroy the Momochi clan. He sends his war commander in search of the clan's hidden gold only to find that two daggers are the key to the hiding place of the ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, stylized, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: master warrior, martial arts, ninja, shogun, ninja master, state affairs, heroes, adventure, gang, rivalry, escapades, samurai ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
The Return of Masseur Ichi (1962)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 72 min.
Story: Returning to the village where a year before he had killed Hirate, a much-admired opponent, Zatoichi encounters another swordsman and former rival in love: his own brother. He must face in combat not only the pursuing retainers but his own ...
Style: captivating, exciting, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, one man army, sword fight, lone wolves, adventure, dishonesty, heroes, escapades, master warrior, deadly, protecting from truth ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%