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Dead or Alive (1999)
 6.8
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Dead or Alive (1999)
Original name: DEAD OR ALIVE 犯罪者
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Ryūichi and his small gang of Triad vie for control of the Japanese underworld in a crime-ridden Shinjuku quarter while Detective Jojima tries to bring it down. Jojima attempts to start a gang war between the Triad and yakuza. Ryūichi and Jojima meet.
Style: serious, suspenseful, brutal, disturbing, stylized, psychological, atmospheric, rough, futuristic, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: massacre, gangsters, contests and competitions, danger, stripper, vengeance, brutality, yakuza, drugs, gratuitous violence, violent, insanity, hitman, gory, crimes, crime, prostitute, gang, drug dealing, surgery, chases and races, law enforcement, gays and lesbians, deadly, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
Place: taiwan, japan, asia, tokyo

Most similar movies to Dead or Alive

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, suspenseful, realistic and rough films with plots about crimes, violence, gangsters, crime, rivalry, vengeance and deadly mostly in Crime, Drama and Thriller genres. Some movies like Dead or Alive: Ichi the Killer (2001), The City of Lost Souls (2000), Deadly Outlaw: Rekka (2002), Sonatine (1993), Gozu (2003). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Ichi the Killer (2001)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 129 min.
Story: As sadomasochistic yakuza enforcer Kakihara searches for his missing boss he comes across Ichi, a repressed and psychotic killer who may be able to inflict levels of pain that Kakihara has only dreamed of.
Style: disturbing, rough, suspenseful, dark humor, banned film ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: massacre, masochist, hitman, gang, danger, rage, sadism, psychopath, gory, gangsters, violence, mafia ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The City of Lost Souls (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Brazilian-Japanese gangster Mario rescues his Chinese girlfriend Kei as she's about to be deported from Japan. Desperate to escape, he hides in Tokyo's booming Japanese-Portuguese community and seeks passage from the country from a Russian ...
Style: exciting, rough, suspenseful, disturbing, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, gang, love triangle, lovers on the run, criminal's revenge, master criminal, rivalry, crimes, chase, drug dealing, crime, danger ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
Dead or Alive 2 (2000)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Two contract killers cross paths in the middle of the same job and realize they are childhood friends. Together they take a break from killing and visit the small island they once called home. After reflecting on their past lives they decided to ...
Style: dark humor, realistic, serious, rough, contemplative ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: friendship, yakuza, massacre, violence, cigar smoking, death, sunglasses, childhood friend, shooting, buddies, crimes, orphan ...
Time: 90s
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
Deadly Outlaw: Rekka (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 96 min.
Story: After Kunisada's Yakuza leader and father figure is brutally murdered, he and his best friend go on a two-man mission to avenge his death, killing other Yakuza leaders leading to a final confrontation by the old man's killers..
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, stylized, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, danger, murder, betrayal, gangsters, criminal's revenge, police investigation, vigilantism, vengeance, lone wolves, deadly, partners ...
Time: contemporary
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
Movie in collections
 7.5
 17K
Sonatine (1993)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Kitano plays Murakawa, a Tokyo yakuza tiring of gangster life. Along with a few of his henchmen, he is sent by his boss to Okinawa to help end a gang war, supposedly to mediate between two warring clans. He finds that the dispute between the clans ...
Style: stylized, dark humor, suspenseful, rough, realistic ...
Plot: beach, gang war, gangsters, yakuza, knife, criminal heroes, gang, strong violent content, take over, suicidal, uninhibited rivalry, rivalry ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, okinawa japan, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.0
 11K
Gozu (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Minami mistakenly kills a gangster associate of his named Brother. Almost as soon as the murder takes place, the body of the deceased man is gone, prompting Minami to conduct a search. While looking, he finds a mysterious isolated hotel where he ...
Style: atmospheric, surreal, suspenseful, serious, scary ...
Plot: gangsters, murder, obsession, hitman, yakuza, mental illness, deadly, danger, mission of murder, hotel, restaurant, transvestism ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.1
 2K
Rainy Dog (1997)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A Japanese assassin stranded in Taiwan must take work from a local crime boss to make ends meet when suddenly a woman from his past delivers a son to him.
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, prostitute, gang, parents and children, introspection, vengeance, family relations, mute or deaf, crime, deadly, crimes, gangsters ...
Time: 90s
Place: taiwan, asia, taipei
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.2
 10K
Violent Cop (1989)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Detective Azuma is a Dirty-Harry style rogue cop who often uses violence and unethical methods to get results.
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, vengeance, police, police detective, anti heroes, kidnapping, anti hero, drug dealer, police officer, police investigation, crime, crimes ...
Time: 80s
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Movie in collections
 6.6
 17K
Doberman (1997)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 103 min.
Story: The charismatic criminal Dobermann, who got his first gun when he was christened, leads a gang of brutal robbers. After a complex and brutal bank robbery, they are being hunted by the Paris police. The hunt is led by the sadistic cop Christini, who ...
Style: stylized, realistic, serious, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, heist, crimes, crime, chase, gang, police corruption, weapons, obsessive quest, criminal heroes, partners, strong violent content ...
Time: 90s
Place: paris france, france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Like a Dragon (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Japan, South Korea
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Former Yakuza underling Kiryu Kazuma, who has recently been released from prison after a lengthy incarceration, and is trying to piece his life together and distance himself from his Yakuza past. Unfortunately Kiryu's problems slowly escalate ...
Style: exciting, captivating, suspense, tense, realistic ...
Plot: yakuza, crimes, gang, vengeance, danger, gangsters, hitman, bank, track down, rivalry, heist, graphic violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.2
 8K
The Yakuza (1974)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Harry Kilmer returns to Japan after several years in order to rescue his friend George's kidnapped daughter - and ends up on the wrong side of the Yakuza, the notorious Japanese mafia...
Style: tense, realistic, serious, intense, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: yakuza, kidnapping, gangsters, mafia, neo noir, crime, crimes, friendship, culture clash, rescue, haunted by the past, danger ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, kyoto japan, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 5.4
 3K
Fatal Beauty (1987)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Rita Rizzoli is a narcotics cop with a plethora of disguises. When a drug shipment is hijacked, the thieves don't know that the drug is unusually pure and packs of 'Fatal Beauty' begin turning up next to too many dead bodies. Mike ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful, romantic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: police investigation, gangsters, murder, hitman, drug dealing, undercover, police, drug abuse, gang, partners against crime, crime, chases and races ...
Time: 80s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, beverly hills
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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 ⇓
35%
Time and Tide (2000)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Tyler is a restless, streetwise 21-year-old Hong Kong native who's had trouble gaining the trust of others all his life. He secretly fantasizes about living the good life in South America. After a while, he is forced to deal with the reality of ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, serious, rough, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: assassination, gangsters, criminal's revenge, gang war, working undercover, danger, drug dealing, race against time, deadly, friendship, fight, pregnancy ...
Time: 90s, 1930s
Place: hong kong, japan, latin america, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Beyond Outrage (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 112 min.
Story: As the police launch a full-scale crackdown on organized crime, it ignites a national yakuza struggle between the Sanno of the East and Hanabishi of the West. What started as an internal strife in Outrage has now become a nationwide war in Outrage ...
Style: tense, serious, realistic, rough, surprise ending
Audience: boys' night
Plot: yakuza, gangsters, gang war, criminal heroes, crime, law enforcement, rivalry, deadly, danger, crimes, elimination, power struggle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.6
 3K
Ichi (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Ichi is a blind entertainer that travels the countryside with her traditional Japanese guitar and walking stick. She’s in search for the kind man that brought her up as a child, but because of her beauty she encounters problems every step of the ...
Style: rough, epic, suspenseful, exciting, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, samurai, ninja, rivalry, crimes, heroes, danger, escapades, vengeance, good versus evil, deadly, village ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Dead or Alive: Final (2002)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Set in a post apocalyptic Yokohama where the population is kept under rigid control by a homosexual megalomaniac mayor. The citizens are administered drugs to suppress heterosexual urges. Officer Takeshi Honda (Riki Takeuchi) is a hard boiled cop ...
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, rough, stylized ...
Plot: martial arts, betrayal, pregnancy, blood, cyborgs, violence, gun, post apocalypse, sunglasses, robot, drug overdose, children ...
Time: contemporary, future
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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 ⇓
30%
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The Five (1995)
Genre: Action, Drama, Crime
Country: Japan
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Five men plot to steal a large sum of money from the local yakuza, but everything does not go as planned and the men find themselves hunted down by contract killers
Style: rough, suspenseful, stylized, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, hitman, murder, gang, tough heroes, disorder, chases and races, criminal's revenge, deadly, partners, cons and scams, uninhibited rivalry ...
Time: 90s
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 4.7
 1K
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 ⇓
28%
 6.8
 68K
Death Sentence (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Nick Hume is a mild-mannered executive with a perfect life, until one gruesome night he witnesses something that changes him forever. Transformed by grief, Hume eventually comes to the disturbing conclusion that no length is too great when ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, rough, harsh, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, gang, vigilantism, violence, murder, tragic event, justice, crimes, character change, haunted by the past, loss of son, brutality ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.1
 17K
The Corruptor (1999)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Danny is a young cop partnered with Nick, a seasoned but ethically tainted veteran. As the two try to stop a gang war in Chinatown, Danny relies on Nick but grows increasingly uncomfortable with the way Nick gets things done.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, rough, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chase, murder, gangsters, partners, law enforcement, police, chinatown, triad, gang war, crime, crimes, police investigation ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, hong kong, san francisco, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 7.3
 18K
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
Plot: violence, illegal immigrant, murder, on the run, gangsters, survival, stabbing, life is a bitch, crimes, crime, chases and races, danger ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea, asia, seoul, south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Movie in collections
 5.9
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Kiss of Death (1995)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Jimmy Kilmartin is an ex-con living in Astoria in the New York City borough of Queens, trying to stay clean and raising a family with his wife Bev. But when his cousin Ronnie causes him to take a fall for driving an illegal transport of stolen cars, ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, tense, serious, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: betrayal, gangsters, murder, crime, crimes, political corruption, master criminal, partners against crime, law enforcement, against the odds, vengeance, danger ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Out for Justice (1991)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Gino Felino (Steven Seagal) is an NYPD detective from Brooklyn who knows everyone and everything in his neighborhood. Killing his Partner was someone's mistake, because he's now Out For Justice.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, murder, chase, martial arts, car chase, psychopath, police investigation, brooklyn new york city, vengeance, crimes, crime, gang ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
The Exterminator (1980)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A man's best friend is killed on the streets of New York. The man (Robert Ginty) then transforms into a violent killer, turning New York into a great war zone and Christopher George is the only one to stop him.
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, suspense, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: vigilantism, vigilante, violence, chase, murder, police investigation, revenge, vengeance, gory, crimes, deadly, fighting the system ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: vietnam, new york, asia, usa, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
The Streetfighter (1974)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Terry is a tough mercenary and a master of martial arts. When an important business magnate dies, leaving billions to his daughter, the Mafia and Yakuza try to hire Terry to kidnap the daughter. When they refuse to meet his exorbitant price, then ...
Style: stylized, realistic, serious, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kidnapping, anti heroes, anti hero, heroes, betrayal, master warrior, street fighter, karate, yakuza, vengeance, danger ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: hong kong, japan, asia, china, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Story of a Wild Elder Sister: Widespread Lynch Law (1973)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Ocho is accidentally captured by a drug trafficking cartel who use Chinese women to smuggle drugs into Japan by hiding it in their vaginas. She is tortured, and manages to escape, fighting both the male yakuzas and a gang of female thieves.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, suspense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, gambling, yakuza, heroes, dishonesty, crime, rivalry, criminal's revenge, chases and races, vengeance, heist, criminal heroes ...
Time: 70s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.1
 44K
A Man Apart (2003)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 109 min.
Story: When Vetter's wife is killed in a botched hit organized by Diablo, he seeks revenge against those responsible. But in the process, Vetter and Hicks have to fight their way up the chain to get to Diablo but it's easier said than done when ...
Style: serious, exciting, rough, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, crimes, tough law enforcer, cocaine, vigilantism, organized crime, drug cartel, fighting crime, tough heroes, crime, danger, graphic violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico, los angeles, usa, latin america, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.9
 1K
Ley Lines (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The story follows a trio of Japanese youths of Chinese descent who escape their semi-rural upbringing and relocate to Shinjuku, Tokyo, where they befriend a troubled Shanghai prostitute and fall foul of a local crime syndicate. Like many of ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic, dark humor
Audience: boys' night
Plot: friendship, gang, prostitute, gangsters, drug dealing, juvenile delinquency, intrigue, crime, down on your luck, urban ghetto life, heist, suburbs ...
Time: 90s
Place: asia, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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