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A Bittersweet Life (2005)
 7.6
 35K
A Bittersweet Life (2005)
Original name: 달콤한 인생
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Kim Sun-woo is an enforcer and manager for a hotel owned by a cold, calculative crime boss, Kang who assigns Sun-Woo to a simple errand while he is away on a business trip; to shadow his young mistress, Heesoo, for fear that she may be cheating on him with another, younger man, with the mandate that he must kill them both if he discovers their affair.
Style: bleak, exciting, serious, psychological, tense, suspense, atmospheric, thought provoking, stylized, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, gangsters, revenge, crimes, crime, rivalry, gunfight, hitman, hotel, tragic hero, tough heroes, one man army, mob boss, stabbing, betrayal, buried alive, brutality, character study, fall in love, runaway, henchman, heroes, violence spree, dying, strong violent content ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south korea, asia, korea

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, suspenseful and rough films with plots about crimes, rivalry, gangsters, violence, betrayal, crime and murder mostly in Crime, Thriller and Drama genres. Some movies like A Bittersweet Life: The Man from Nowhere (2010), I Saw the Devil (2010), New World (2013), Gangs of Wasseypur (2012), Dead Man Down (2013). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Man from Nowhere (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 119 min.
Story: His only friend called him 'the man from nowhere'... Taesik, a former special agent becomes a loner after losing his wife in a miserable accident and lives a bitter life running a pawnshop. He only has a few customers and a friend named ...
Style: serious, brutal, emotional, rough, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night, teens
Plot: one man army, martial arts, lone hero, fist fighting, protection, kidnapping, heroes, fight scenes, gang, drug lord, master warrior, assassin ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: korea, asia, seoul, south korea
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100%
 7.8
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I Saw the Devil (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 144 min.
Story: Kyung-chul is a dangerous psychopath who kills for pleasure. He has committed infernal serial murders in diabolic ways that one cannot even imagine and his victims range from young women to even children. The police have chased him for a long time, ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, psychological, serious, bleak ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, violence, revenge, vengeance, psychopath, extreme violence, cat and mouse, torture, loss of spouse, mercilessness, crime and punishment ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, korea, south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.6
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New World (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 135 min.
Story: An undercover cop has his loyalties tested when the boss of the corporate gang he's spent years infiltrating dies.
Style: captivating, tense, suspenseful, brutal, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, criminal gang, undercover cop, working undercover, moral dilemma, crimes, mafia, mind game, police chief, rivalry, group of criminals, betrayal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south korea, asia, korea, seoul
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Gangs of Wasseypur (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: India
Duration: 321 min.
Story: Shahid Khan is exiled after impersonating the legendary Sultana Daku in order to rob British trains. Now outcast, Shahid becomes a worker at Ramadhir Singh's colliery, only to spur a revenge battle that passes on to generations. At the turn of ...
Style: tense, realistic, suspenseful, rough, serious ...
Plot: gang, mafia, gangsters, vengeance, crime, crimes, criminal heroes, organized crime, killings, dishonesty, rivalry, uninhibited rivalry ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Soo: Revenge for a Twisted Fate (2007)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Tae-soo tries to steal from a gang. The gang catches Tae-Soo's brother, Tae-Jin, instead. The incident causes the brothers to separate. Tae-Soo becomes a mob fixer and an assassin. Tae-Jin becomes a police detective. When a call brings the ...
Style: exciting, tense, suspense, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south korea, korea, asia
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Dead Man Down (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: In New York City, a crime lord's right-hand man is seduced by a woman seeking retribution.
Style: suspenseful, exciting, twists and turns, rough, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2012
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
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Fulltime Killer (2001)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Professional assassin O has resided in an isolated world of killing and loneliness. But his life begins to change once he meets the innocent Chin; hired to clean O's apartment. However, soon the flamboyent and reckless Tok enters Chin's ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, exciting, harsh, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
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Bangkok Dangerous (2000)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Thailand
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The movie is about a deaf-mute hitman and his partner. Trouble begins when he starts a relationship with a young woman.
Style: tense, rough, suspenseful, intense, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, fall in love, friendship, gangsters, love affair, mute or deaf, danger, deadly, rivalry, killer, assassination, vengeance ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: thailand, asia, bangkok thailand, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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Wild Card (2015)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: When a Las Vegas bodyguard with lethal skills and a gambling problem gets in trouble with the mob, he has one last play… and it's all or nothing.
Style: tense, suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
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Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: After being double-crossed and left for dead, a mysterious man named Walker single-mindedly tries to retrieve the rather inconsequential sum of money that was stolen from him.
Style: surreal, suspenseful, rough, exciting, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
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The Yellow Sea (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea, USA, Hong Kong
Duration: 157 min.
Story: The region where the borders of North Korea, China, and Russia come together, forms a sort of modern day wild west, where more than half of the population relies on illegal activity in order to survive. In Yanbian, on the Chinese side of the border, ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, bleak, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
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Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A debt collector for the mob (Academy Award(R)-winner Cuba Gooding, Jr.) finds his fate taking a series of treacherous turns after his powerful boss and mentor (Miguel Ferrer) is caught in a dangerous double cross with the most dangerous drug dealer ...
Style: realistic, rough, suspenseful, serious, exciting
Audience: boys' night
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Place: usa
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Country: USA, Hong Kong, Romania
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Brazil is a contract killer, willing to take any job if the price is right. Flint left the assassin game when a ruthless drug dealer’s brutal attack left his wife in a coma. When a contract is put out on the same coldblooded drug dealer, both ...
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Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 101 min.
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Style: realistic, suspenseful, exciting, serious
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⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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Style: stylized, exciting, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
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Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
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Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, tense, intense ...
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Duration: 105 min.
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Style: suspenseful, tense, rough, harsh, psychological ...
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Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
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Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
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Duration: 103 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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Faster (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Driver (Dwayne Johnson) has spent the last 10 years in prison planning revenge for the murder of his brother. Now that Driver is free to carry out his deadly plan only two men stand in his way- Billy Bob Thornton plays a veteran cop and Oliver ...
Style: twists and turns, rough, serious, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
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⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
A Better Tomorrow (1986)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A reforming ex-gangster tries to reconcile with his estranged policeman brother, but the ties to his former gang are difficult to break.
Style: stylized, realistic, serious, exciting, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
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⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
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Style: psychological, serious, suspense, realistic, captivating ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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Rain Fall (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A hit man looks to protect the daughter of one of his victims against CIA assassins.
Style: bleak, suspenseful, rough, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, law enforcement, crimes, chases and races, danger, dishonesty, deadly, rivalry, police officer, tough heroes, foot chase, police ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, asia, usa, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 7.4
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Running Scared (2006)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: After a drug-op gone bad, Joey Gazelle is put in charge of disposing the gun that shot a dirty cop. But things goes wrong for Joey after the neighbor kid stole the gun and used it to shoot his abusive father. Now Joey has to find the kid and the gun ...
Style: twists and turns, rough, suspenseful, bleak, bloody ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gunfight, police investigation, pedophile, mafia, mob boss, police corruption, child abuse, faked death, crimes, crime, racism, gangsters ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 7.1
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Blue Ruin (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The quiet life of a beach bum is upended by dreadful news. He sets off for his childhood home to carry out an act of vengeance but proves an inept assassin and finds himself in a brutal fight to protect his estranged family.
Style: atmospheric, tense, suspenseful, bleak, rough ...
Plot: vengeance, violence, homeless, death, revenge, crimes, vigilantism, haunted by the past, deadly, vigilante, life turned upside down, disorder ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: virginia, usa, delaware
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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