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Sword in the Moon (2003)
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Sword in the Moon (2003)
Original name: 청풍명월
Genre: Action, Drama, Adventure
Country: South Korea
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A series of high-ranking officials are being systematically eliminated by a sleek assassin and his female assistant, and arrogant master swordsman General Choi (Jo Jae-Hyeon) is charged with putting an end to the carnage. During a previous time of political upheaval, the Clear Wind, Shining Moon martial arts school was caught in the middle and its members ruthlessly slaughtered. Top student Choi swore allegiance to the usurpers and was spared; now, his former friend, Yun (Choi Min-Soo) is exacting vengeance on behalf of the victims.
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, bleak, realistic
Plot: martial arts, adventure, vengeance, vigilantism, lone wolves, danger, betrayal, political unrest, redemption, deadly, rivalry, friendship between men, usurper, male friendship, coup d'etat, crimes, distopia, heroes, moon, chases and races, dishonesty, state affairs, assassination, rebellion, assassination attempt ...
Time: 17th century, 16th century, 1600s
Place: asia, korea

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Iris: The Movie (2010)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
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New Tale of Zatoichi (1963)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Zatoichi and the Fugitives (1968)
Genre: Drama, Action, Adventure
Country: Japan
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Zatoichi runs afoul of some evil fugitives, working for a corrupt law official.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Fatal Encounter (2014)
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Country: South Korea
Duration: 135 min.
Story: In 1777, one year since he had taken reign, King Jeong-jo bears a perilous palace life with his dedicated court servant, Gap-soo, amidst opposition and threats from those around with political ambitions. Meanwhile, Eul-soo, a member of a secret ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Zatoichi the Fugitive (1963)
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Duration: 86 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
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Duration: 120 min.
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Style: exciting, serious, epic, breathtaking, lyrical ...
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Style: suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Zatoichi and the Chess Expert (1965)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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