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, danger, vigilantism, master warrior, heroic mission, chases and races, redemption, siblings relations ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
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 rivalry, martial arts, heroes, crimes, master warrior, samurai and vengeance mostly in Action, Drama and Adventure genres. Some movies like The Challenge: Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo (1970), Incident at Blood Island (1970), The Bushido Blade (1981), Logan's War: Bound by Honor (1998), Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman (1989). 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: stylized, realistic, semi serious
Plot: samurai, martial arts, village, sword fight, gold, spy, chases and races, escapades, crimes, lone wolves, vengeance, redemption ...
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
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: realistic, serious
Plot: betrayal, samurai, martial arts, ronin, heroes, gang, rivalry, dishonesty, crimes, master warrior, lone wolves, ambush ...
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
94%
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: serious, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, escapades, adventure, crime, master warrior, crimes, military life, political unrest, state affairs, heroes, heist, battles ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: asia, japan, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
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: serious, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, vigilantism, murder, hitman, one man army, revenge, good versus evil, vengeance, dishonesty, crimes, gangsters, danger ...
Time: 90s
Place: chicago illinois, panama, illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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, serious, rough, realistic, tense ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, deadly, master warrior, gangsters, adventure, crimes, escapades, gory, rivalry, village, gang ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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, clever, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, blood, violence, drifter, sword fight, duel, gore, blood splatter, villain, martial artist, kung fu ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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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: exciting, suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, bounty hunter, murder, revenge, vigilante, one man army, police protection, righting the wronged, pregnancy, investigation, rivalry, siblings relations ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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: exciting, stylized, captivating, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, sword, katana, wrestling, one man army, deadly, on the run, vengeance, village, adventure, gangsters ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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: scary, atmospheric, semi serious
Plot: samurai, martial arts, katana, crimes, heroes, gangsters, righting the wronged, rivalry, village, gang, master warrior, hopes ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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: serious, realistic, suspenseful, stylized
Plot: samurai, martial arts, rivalry, wiretap, kidnapping, betrayal, heroes, crimes, heroic mission, contests and competitions, danger, kung fu classic ...
Time: middle ages
Place: hong kong, china, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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, exciting, captivating, serious ...
Plot: samurai, kidnapping, martial arts, murder, gangsters, lone wolves, master warrior, love and romance, crimes, confined, escapades, vengeance ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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: rough, serious, suspenseful, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: martial arts, ninja, good versus evil, terrorism, manhunt, vengeance, island, crimes, master warrior, adventure, master villain, tough heroes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: japan, caribbean, asia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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: suspenseful, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, secret agents, heroic mission, siblings relations, crimes, adventure, chaos and mayhem, rivalry, friendship, vigilantism, gang, legends and myths ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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: exciting, suspenseful, stylized, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kung fu, best friends, battles, tough heroes, righting the wronged, track down, vigilantism, one man army, vengeance, good versus evil, murder ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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: realistic, exciting, stylized, serious
Plot: martial arts, kung fu, gory, government agency, culture clash, danger, intrigue, heist, vengeance, battles, tough heroes, gang ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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: rough, serious, realistic, captivating, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, chess, sword, deadly, martial arts, one man army, island, danger, woman in danger, friendship, rivalry, self defense ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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: realistic, suspenseful, stylized, exciting, serious ...
Plot: martial arts, vengeance, strangulation, betrayal, samurai, reform, ronin, gambling, shogun, master warrior, uninhibited rivalry, on the run ...
Time: 60s, 19th century
Place: japan, feudal japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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: rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kung fu, fight, master villain, master warrior, heroes, anti heroes, tough heroes, rivalry, school, murder, vengeance ...
Place: taiwan, hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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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, exciting, atmospheric, serious
Plot: samurai, martial arts, katana, ronin, rivalry, danger, one man army, imperialism, gangsters, crimes, adventure, good versus evil ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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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: suspenseful, exciting, stylized, realistic, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, ninja, shogun, vengeance, danger, heroes, adventure, state affairs, master warrior, uninhibited rivalry, battles, rivalry ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Pray for Death (1985)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Akira Saito, a Japanese businessman lives in Tokyo with his Japanese-American wife Aiko and their children, Takeshi and Tomoya. When the family has a chance to move to the United States so that Aiko can teach the children about their American ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, realistic, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kidnapping, chainsaw, mafia, kicked in the head, violence, kung fu, sword, arrow in chest, ninja, rescue, heroes ...
Time: 80s
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
The Sword of Doom (1966)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Through his unconscionable actions against others, a sociopathic samurai builds a trail of vendettas that follow him closely.
Style: bleak, stylized, tense, serious, rough ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, nihilism, psychopath, master warrior, vengeance, deadly, uninhibited rivalry, crimes, opponent, rivalry, atrocity ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Kill! (1968)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 115 min.
Story: In this pitch-black action comedy by Kihachi Okamoto, a pair of down-on-their-luck swordsmen arrive in a dusty, windblown town, where they become involved in a local clan dispute. One, previously a farmer, longs to become a noble samurai. The other, ...
Style: realistic, serious, dark humor
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, betrayal, ronin, teachers and students, lone wolves, vengeance, gang, righting the wronged, rivalry, dishonesty, small town life ...
Time: 60s, 1830s
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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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, exciting, serious, rough, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, martial arts, gang, frame up, rivalry, family life, deadly, betrayal, vengeance, false accusation, crime, gangsters ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Zatoichi Meets the One-Armed Swordsman (1971)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan, Hong Kong
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Zatoichi is a blind massage therapist and swordsman who finds out that something troubling is taking place on the outskirts of town. After discovering who the guilty parties are -- an accomplished Chinese martial artist named Wang Kang and his ...
Style: serious
Plot: samurai, martial arts, yakuza, katana, daring rescue, heroes, master warrior, heroic mission, lone wolves, crimes, chases and races, escapades ...
Place: asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Zatoichi's Conspiracy (1973)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Zatoichi, the famed blind swordsman, returns to his home village for the first time in many years. He is befriended by Omiyo, who had the same wet-nurse as Zatoichi. He also encounters a boyhood friend, Shinbei, who now is wealthy and appears not to ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, stylized, suspenseful ...
Plot: martial arts, one man army, dishonesty, deadly, samurai, village, moral dilemma, hopes, crimes, master warrior, adventure, homecoming ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sword fight, samurai, martial arts, blood, drifter, ronin, decapitation, female ninja, blood splatter, martial artist, lone wolves, master warrior ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Zatoichi at Large (1972)
Genre: Drama, Action, Adventure
Country: Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Blind masseur and master swordsman Zatoichi finds a robbed and fatally wounded pregnant woman, whose baby he delivers before she dies. He takes the baby in search of its father and finds the child's aunt, who is about to be forced into ...
Style: atmospheric, semi serious
Plot: samurai, martial arts, sword, babies and infants, track down, gory, rivalry, pregnancy, crimes, lone wolves, adventure, gangsters ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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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, serious, exciting, tense, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: one man army, gang, martial arts, street gang, violence spree, heroes, master warrior, lone wolves, crime, rivalry, family in danger, danger ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Zatoichi's Flashing Sword (1964)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Blind masseur Zatoichi is nursed back to health by a young woman after he is shot by a gang member. Zatoichi, who had come to the village to repay a debt, now feels further indebted. He commits himself to use his amazing sword skills to help the ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, captivating, stylized, serious ...
Plot: samurai, assassination attempt, deadly, kidnapping, rivalry, danger, family in danger, one man army, martial arts, village, crimes, escapades ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%