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Expect the Unexpected (1998)
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Expect the Unexpected (1998)
Original name: 非常突然
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 87 min.
Story: In this "cops and robbers" film, a raid on a jewelry store staged by a band of amateur hold-up artists goes horribly wrong, leading to a shoot-out. The elite Organized Crime Bureau team, headed by Captain Ching King Gen, is poised to go into action at a moment's notice. Working as a unit, they bring law and order to Hong Kong streets, where they must rely on their courage and skills to survive.
Style: exciting, rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, surprise ending
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, crimes, heist, crime, store, law enforcement, criminal heroes, disorder, rivalry, crime gone awry, wooing, rape, police, hostage, hospital, restaurant, policewoman, car theft, taxi, elevator, gunfight, police station, police officer killed, armed robbery, secret police ...
Time: 90s
Place: hong kong, asia

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Most similar movies to Expect the Unexpected

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out suspenseful, realistic, serious and rough films with plots about crimes, crime, rivalry, law enforcement, gangsters, dishonesty and gunfight mostly in Action, Crime and Drama genres. Some movies like Expect the Unexpected: Running Out of Time (1999), Full Alert (1997), Motorway (2012), Tiger Cage (1988), Big Bullet (1996). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Running Out of Time (1999)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Police inspector and excellent hostage negotiator Ho Sheung-Sang finds himself in over his head when he is pulled into a 72 hour game by a cancer suffering criminal out for vengeance on Hong Kong's organized crime syndicates.
Style: suspenseful, stylized, rough, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terminal illness, chase, race against time, cross dressing, revenge, perfect crime, negotiation, crime, rivalry, heist, mind game, criminal heroes ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Tactical Unit - Comrades in Arms (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Two tactical unit leaders are forced to put aside their differences to help catch a group of robbers.
Style: serious, exciting, rough, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: on the run, rivalry, law enforcement, partners, master criminal, crimes, police investigation, gang, tough law enforcer, heist, track down, chases and races ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
 6.8
 974
Full Alert (1997)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Police Inspector Pao is trying to catch Mak Kwan, a gang member who is first arrested, but then escapes from the prison. By chance, Pao realizes that the target of Kwan's gang is the H.K. Jockey Club
Style: suspenseful, rough, exciting, realistic, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crimes, chases and races, on the run, gang, deadly, rivalry, law enforcement, heist, battles, confined, partners, danger ...
Time: 90s
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 5.9
 2K
Motorway (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Two police pursuit drivers, a hothead rookie and his long-suffering, almost-retired mentor, face off against an escape car driver from the latter's past.
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: car chase, police detective, police investigation, law enforcement, crimes, crime, uninhibited rivalry, heist, law enforcer killer, police chase, gunfight, police shootout ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hong kong, asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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Tiger Cage (1988)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Something fishy is going on in the anti-Drug Trafficking Unit of the HK Police, and only a few honest cops know that the corruption goes all the way to the top. However, they must prove their case quickly, and by unconventional means, after they are ...
Style: bleak, suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: betrayal, martial arts, frame up, police corruption, gangsters, law enforcement, life is a bitch, rivalry, chases and races, dishonesty, crime, criminal heroes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 6.8
 811
Big Bullet (1996)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Hotheaded cop Bill Zhu (Lau Ching-wan) gets relegated to the Emergency Unit after a dustup with his inept boss. When the mob kills Zhu's pal and ex-colleague (Francis Ng) during a turf-war hit, he rounds up his motley department cohorts and ...
Style: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, tough law enforcer, crimes, law enforcement, heroes, fighting crime, workplace, chases and races, murder, hijacking, vengeance, vigilantism ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: asia, hong kong, china, east asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
The Longest Nite (1998)
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Two triad leaders vie for the right to manage a string of casinos in Macau which sparks an exhausting battle. A twist of fate brings the two gangster bosses together in collaboration, but rumors have it otherwise. A murderous plot unfolds.
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, suspenseful, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: conspiracy, criminal's revenge, law enforcement, chases and races, crimes, gangsters, gang, hidden identity, undercover, corrupt law enforcer, restaurant, frame up ...
Time: 90s
Place: asia, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
A Hero Never Dies (1998)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Jack and Martin are members of rival Chinese triads in the middle of a gang war. Both of their gang leaders like to get advice from a fortune teller living in Thailand. On one such trip, Martin's gang ambushes Jack's at a Thai hotel. There ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, stylized, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heroes, prostitute, tough law enforcer, anti hero, vengeance, destiny, martial arts, gory, friends, hitman, battles, criminal heroes ...
Time: 90s
Place: asia, hong kong, thailand
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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Triad Wars (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 112 min.
Story: In the midst of a violent gang war, a series of misfortunes threaten the fate of a gang boss and his mob.
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, exciting, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: betrayal, kidnapping, martial arts, police investigation, gangsters, hitman, police corruption, vengeance, criminal heroes, danger, deadly, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Original Gangsters (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Mexico, Spain, Argentina
Duration: 91 min.
Story: La historia comienza con un robo que se realiza en la Ciudad de México. La banda formada por Carlos, Leonardo, Mónica y Leserio habían pactado viajar a Argentina para lavar el dinero. Al llegar a Buenos Aires se encuentran en una guerra de mafias ...
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: crime gone awry, heist, crime, dishonesty, crimes, disorder, criminal heroes, bank robbery, violence, escape, graphic violence, gangsters ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: argentina, mexico, latin america, buenos aires argentina
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Bullets Over Summer (1999)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Plainclothes policemen Brian and Mike use an elderly woman's apartment for surveillance, hoping to catch a fugitive gangster. They develop a warm relationship with their hostess, whom they call "granny." Meanwhile, each man develops a ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, stylized
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: pregnancy, gangsters, surveillance, master criminal, crimes, single parent, friends, golden years, partners, wrongfully committed, friendship, partners against crime ...
Time: 90s
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Century of the Dragon (1999)
Genre: Action, Crime
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Rookie policeman Shing (Louis Koo) grapples with right and wrong in this action-packed story about Hong Kong gangsters. Assigned to go undercover, Shing is so successful in playing the part of a gang member that he becomes right-hand man to gang ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: undercover, master criminal, police investigation, crime, hidden identity, crimes, law enforcement, special agents, dishonesty, gang, partners, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Breaking News (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 90 min.
Story: When an ambulatory TV news unit live broadcasts the embarrassing defeat of a police battalion by five bank robbers in a ballistic showdown, the credibility of the police force drops to a nadir. While on a separate investigation in a run-down ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, exciting, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: media, chase, hostage, police, tough law enforcer, on the run, police investigation, siege, law enforcement, master criminal, hostages, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Full Contact (1992)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong, Thailand
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In an effort to get his buddy out of a gambling debt, Jeff agrees to join forces with Judge in a weapons heist. The job goes bad and Judge betrays Jeff. Jeff plots the ultimate revenge on Judge and his followers and it is a question of whether he ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, stylized, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, gangsters, betrayal, heist, haunted by the past, femme fatale, danger, rehabilitation, gays and lesbians, criminal's revenge, crime, criminal heroes ...
Time: 90s
Place: thailand, hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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Black Ransom (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A powerful triad boss has been kidnapped, and the new police superintendent Koo (Fala Chen) decides to recruit the help of Mann (Simon Yam), a former supercop who has since been relegated to back-up duty. Mann has his work cut out for him when he ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, captivating, tense, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, police investigation, crimes, danger, rivalry, law enforcement, murder, vengeance, confined, blackmail, kidnapping, police brutality ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 7.3
 51
Two Coyotes (2001)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: A drug runner takes over a lucrative drug business only to find his new found empire crumble when a deal goes bad.
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic, surprise ending
Audience: boys' night
Plot: betrayal, rivalry, hitman, criminal's revenge, gangsters, addiction, life is a bitch, crime gone awry, drug dealing, crimes, drug abuse, working undercover ...
Time: 90s
Place: mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 4.4
 21K
Setup (2011)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A group of friends plan out a detailed heist that turns deadly when one betrays the other by taking off with the goods. Taking matters into his own hands, Sonny seeks out his revenge teaming up with the most dangerous mob boss in town to get back ...
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, gangsters, danger, crimes, crime gone awry, chases and races, dishonesty, criminal heroes, betrayal, crime, prisoner, partners ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: detroit, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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High Voltage (1997)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: After unknowingly robbing a money laundering operation the heist crew must avoid mobsters.
Style: suspenseful, rough, exciting, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: criminal heroes, disorder, chases and races, crimes, danger, gangsters, deadly, good versus evil, bank, law enforcement, crime gone awry, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Turning Point (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Laughing (MICHAEL TSE) is formally a police undercover. However due to a drug trafficking case, Inspector Pan (FELIX WONG) is hot on his trails. Before Laughing becomes a police undercover, he works under triad leader Yi (ANTHONY WONG). Yi treats ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious, exciting
Plot: car chase, working undercover, rivalry, hidden identity, fighting crime, espionage, police investigation, secret agents, dishonesty, gang, master criminal, fall in love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Life Without Principle (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A criminal, a bank clerk and a police officer find their destinies entwined when a loan shark gets assaulted after having withdrawn $10 million from the bank in the midst of the world financial crisis.
Style: rough, suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, bank clerk, human nature, danger, life is a bitch, crimes, honest law enforcer, disorder, moral dilemma, police, husband wife relationship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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The Tigers (1991)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Cops find their careers and their lives in jeopardy when they spend a gangster's bribe money after releasing him from custody during a drug bust.
Style: realistic, serious, bleak, suspenseful, psychological
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, martial arts, police detective, crimes, dishonesty, deadly, disorder, gangsters, tough law enforcer, vengeance, murder, drug dealing ...
Time: 90s
Place: hong kong, asia, singapore
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Decisions (2011)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: When a group of friends decide to pull a bank heist to get out from underneath their money troubles. They quickly discover that things can unravel in a hurry! A compromised LAPD Detective (Corey Haim) on the take with a crime syndicate figure want ...
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: crimes, crime gone awry, police corruption, disorder, urban ghetto, law enforcement, friendship, danger, rivalry, profanity, sexual content, drugs/alcohol ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.4
 101
The First Shot (1993)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 100 min.
Story: During a period of widespread police corruption, Ti Lung is a stubborn cop who takes on both the mob and the political establishment.
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: law enforcement, police corruption, friendship, police detective, gays and lesbians, rebellion, politics, undercover, crimes, state affairs, betrayal, dishonesty ...
Time: 70s
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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Run and Kill (1993)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A man (Fatty) returns home to find his wife with another man. He goes to a bar and begins to drink, waking up the next day to find that he owes a mafioso money for killing his wife. Not wanting to pay the money, he enlists a malitia organization ...
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, rough, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, murder, life is a bitch, chases and races, rivalry, crimes, dishonesty, infidelity, sexual relations, vigilantism, violence spree, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: hong kong, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Invisible Target (2007)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Three cops team up to bring down a criminal gang of seven, who have their own hidden agenda.
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, exciting, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, vigilantism, partners against crime, chase, hostages, hostage, fighting crime, criminal heroes, rivalry, heist, car chase, master criminal ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.0
 11K
SPL: Kill Zone (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong, Macao
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Chan, an articulate senior detective nearing the end of his career, is taking care of the daughter of a witness killed by ruthless crime lord Po. Martial arts expert Ma is set to take over as head of the crime unit, replacing Chan who wants an early ...
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, gangsters, police investigation, drug lord, police corruption, vengeance, law enforcement, rivalry, dishonesty, retirement, neo noir, crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The Big Swindle (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime
Country: South Korea
Duration: 116 min.
Story: After being convicted for fraud, one month has passed since CHOI Chang-Hyuk's release from jail. But this time around he's got and elaborate plan cooked up. It's the biggest bank heist in history that'll make any thief have a wet ...
Style: stylized, exciting, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crime gone awry, heist, law enforcement, cons and scams, disorder, dishonesty, betrayal, bank robbery, rivalry, chases and races, crimes, crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: asia, korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Return to a Better Tomorrow (1994)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 103 min.
Story: An adventure that delves into the dark caverns of the underworld and tells the tale of three chivalrous gangsters who attempt to escape the powerful clutch of their gang leader.
Style: stylized, rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, fighting crime, leadership, criminal's revenge, betrayal, life is a bitch, dishonesty, tough law enforcer, law enforcement, crime, gangsters, rivalry ...
Time: 90s
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Cop on a Mission (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Mike, a cop who is becoming increasingly frustrated with his tiresome job with little benefits, whilst the criminals live a life of luxury. He is offered a undercover job to infiltrate a Triad gang led by Boss Tin. Mike slowly becomes engrossed in ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gambling, undercover, law enforcement, crimes, police investigation, heist, disorder, dishonesty, partners, chases and races, partners against crime, gang ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Lethal Lady (1990)
Genre: Action, Crime
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 87 min.
Story: The only son (Tony Leung Ka Fai) in a family of police officers marries Mina, an ambitious `half-breed' colleague (played by Joyce Godenzi), incurring the resentment of his four sisters, all policewomen, especially the eldest, Ling (Carina ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, policewoman, police officer killed, law enforcement, master criminal, partners against crime, crime, deadly, gangsters, crimes, gang, police investigation ...
Time: 80s
Place: asia, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%