Movies like Fireworks 1997

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Fireworks (1997)
 7.7
 31K
Fireworks (1997)
Original name: HANA-BI
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A police officer leaves the force in the face of harrowing personal and professional difficulties. Spiraling into a depression, he makes questionable decisions.
Style: bleak, bloody, emotional, lyrical, art house, touching, disturbing, sentimental, serious, rough ...
Plot: gangsters, yakuza, police, character study, dying, samurai, visceral, loss, love and romance, life is a bitch, loss of loved one, loss of partner, couple relations, crimes, law enforcement, fighting illness, disability, bank robbery, loneliness, illness, beach, loan, violence, art, death ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, mount fuji

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Most similar movies to Fireworks

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, enigmatic, serious and stylized films with plots about storytelling, brutality, loneliness, dialogue, runaway, violence and crimes mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like Fireworks: Sonatine (1993), Outrage (2010), Brother (2000), Violent Cop (1989), Dolls (2002). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.5
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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: bloody, stylized, gloomy, ironic, splatter ...
Plot: yakuza, mafia, gang, organized crime, gunfight, dark humor, beach, crimes, samurai, revenge, medieval, gangsters ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: japan, tokyo, hong kong, asia, okinawa japan
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 6.8
 14K
Outrage (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The story begins with Sekiuchi, boss of the Sannokai, a huge organized crime syndicate controlling the entire Kanto region, issuing a stern warning to his lieutenant Kato and right-hand man Ikemoto, head of the Ikemoto-gumi. Kato orders Ikemoto to ...
Style: tense, serious, cynical, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang member, yakuza, gang, gangsters, organized crime, hanging, criminal heroes, crimes, gang war, rivalry, merciless, criminal's revenge ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 23K
Brother (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, France, Japan
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A Japanese Yakuza gangster’s deadly existence in his homeland gets him exiled to Los Angeles, California, where he is taken in by his little brother and his brother’s gang. This is the first English film by Takeshi Kitano.
Style: harsh, intense, serious, rough, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: yakuza, mafia, culture clash, gangsters, gang, samurai, suicide, sibling relationship, family relations, fish out of water, siblings relations, interracial relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, japan, tokyo, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.1
 12K
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: bloody, neo noir, bleak, brutal, absurd ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police, police corruption, violence, hitman, drug dealer, yakuza, crimes, mafia, gangsters, vigilante, corrupt cop, crime boss ...
Time: 80s
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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Dolls (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Dolls takes puppeteering as its overriding motif -- specifically, the kind practiced in Bunraku doll theater performances -- opening each section of his film with a story provided by the puppets and their masters, which relates thematically to the ...
Style: surreal, bleak, emotional, lyrical, melancholic ...
Plot: obsession, regret, culture clash, philosophy, suicide attempt, disfigurement, love and romance, romance, renewed love, blind character, mental illness, love ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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46%
 7.7
 21K
Kikujiro (1999)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Country: Japan
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Brash, loudmouthed and opportunistic, Kikujiro is the unlikely companion for Masao who is determined to see the mother he has never met. The two begin a series of adventures which soon turns out to be a whimsical journey of laughter and tears with a ...
Style: road movie, sad, surreal, uplifting, touching ...
Plot: boy, on the road, summer, pervert, friendship, violence, road trip, bittersweet, youth, yakuza, surrealism, gangsters ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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42%
 7.5
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Zatoichi (2003)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Zatôichi is a 19th century blind nomad who makes his living as a gambler and masseur. However, behind this humble facade, he is a master swordsman gifted with a lightning-fast draw and breathtaking precision. While wandering, Zatôichi discovers a ...
Style: humorous, atmospheric, exciting, harsh, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, sword fight, master warrior, gang, vengeance, violence, good versus evil, blind character, protector, escapades, rivalry ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The City of Lost Souls (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 102 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: disturbing, atmospheric, harsh, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, gangsters, organized crime, love triangle, lovers on the run, hitman, crimes, rivalry, drug dealing, master criminal, chase, martial arts ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, tokyo, brazil, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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Beyond Outrage (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 110 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, noir ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: yakuza, gangsters, criminal heroes, rivalry, law enforcement, crimes, elimination, power struggle, organized crime, police, gang, police officer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Boiling Point (1990)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Masaki, a baseball player and gas-station attendant, gets into trouble with the local Yakuza and goes to Okinawa to get a gun to defend himself. There he meets Uehara, a tough gangster, who is in serious debt to the yakuza and planning revenge.
Style: bloody, neo noir, semi serious, realistic, exciting ...
Plot: yakuza, gangsters, tragic event, baseball, car accident, revenge, interracial relations, organized crime, mafia, empire, sex crime, gas station ...
Time: 80s
Place: japan, okinawa, asia, okinawa japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.5
 15K
Revanche (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Austria
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Ex-con Alex plans to flee to the South with his girl after a robbery. But something terrible happens and revenge seems inevitable.
Style: suspenseful, bleak, psychological, art house, tense ...
Plot: revenge, obsession, redemption, countryside, criminal's revenge, character study, culture clash, robbery, love and romance, couple relations, unfulfillment, criminal heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, austria, vienna
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.6
 59K
Victoria (2015)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 138 min.
Story: A young Spanish woman who has newly moved to Berlin finds her flirtation with a local guy turn potentially deadly as their night out with his friends reveals a dangerous secret.
Style: suspenseful, harsh, tense, realistic, disturbing ...
Plot: heist, bank robbery, running from police, crimes, gangsters, drug use, male nudity, crime gone awry, bullet wound, death of friend, theft, stolen money ...
Time: 2010s, 21st century, contemporary
Place: germany, berlin germany, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.9
 56K
3-Iron (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: South Korea, Japan
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A young man, whose only possession is a motorcycle, spends his time riding around the city looking for empty apartments. After finding one, he hangs out for a while, fixing himself something to eat, washing laundry or making small repairs in return. ...
Style: surreal, melancholic, philosophical, bleak, lyrical ...
Plot: golf, romance, drifter, relationships, loneliness, husband wife relationship, motorcycle, jealousy, love triangle, art, love story, destiny ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: korea, south korea, asia, seoul
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (2011)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Duration: 157 min.
Story: In the rural area around the Anatolian town of Keskin, the local prosecutor, police commissar, and doctor lead a search for a victim of a murder to whom a suspect named Kenan and his mentally challenged brother confessed. However, the search is ...
Style: atmospheric, meditative, art house, disturbing, lyrical ...
Plot: police investigation, murder, crimes, brutality, character study, twists and turns, isolation, road trip, forensics, law enforcement, introspection, everyday life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, turkey
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23%
Last Life in the Universe (2003)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Country: Thailand, Japan, Netherlands
Duration: 112 min.
Story: An obsessive-compulsive Japanese librarian living in Bangkok spends most of his days contemplating suicide in his lifeless apartment. His life changes when he witnesses the death of Nid, seconds before he was about to jump off a bridge. This brings ...
Style: surreal, atmospheric, lyrical, psychological, serious ...
Plot: suicide attempt, loneliness, suicide, friendship, self discovery, melancholy, perfectionist, destiny, relationships, opposites attract, couples, romance ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan, thailand, tokyo, bangkok thailand, asia ...
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23%
Cassandra's Dream (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The tale of two brothers with serious financial woes. When a third party proposes they turn to crime, things go bad and the two become enemies.
Style: suspense, tense, suspenseful, sexy, disturbing ...
Plot: murder, crimes, twists and turns, redemption, debt, investigation, loser, siblings relations, moral dilemma, gangsters, gambling, secrets ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england, brighton
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.6
 41K
Fallen Angels (1995)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 99 min.
Story: In this bifurcated crime narrative, a disillusioned hitman attempts to escape from his violent lifestyle against the wishes of his partner, who is infatuated with him, and an eccentric mute repeatedly encounters, then subsequently falls for, a ...
Style: atmospheric, surreal, art house, meditative, mysterious ...
Plot: couples, hitman, killer, criminal heroes, partners in crime, crimes, love affair, couple relations, existentialism, murderer, mute or deaf, love ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1995
Place: hong kong, china, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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: intense, tense, rough, suspenseful, bloody ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, gangsters, violence, fall in love, friendship, love affair, killer, mute or deaf, rivalry, assassination, one man army, mafia ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: thailand, tokyo, bangkok thailand, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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A Bittersweet Life (2005)
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 ...
Style: suspense, bleak, psychological, atmospheric, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, crimes, hitman, revenge, gunfight, betrayal, gang, character study, brutality, mafia, organized crime, rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south korea, korea, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
And Now... Ladies and Gentlemen... (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: France, UK
Duration: 133 min.
Story: A jazz singer and a British jewel thief are brought together by their mutual desire to forget the past.
Style: melancholic, touching, tricky, light, lyrical ...
Plot: romance, amnesia, memory loss, love story, justice, master criminal, love affair, fall in love, couple relations, couples, love and romance, crimes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: france, paris france, morocco, africa, europe ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Days of Being Wild (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The movie is set in Hong Kong and the Philippines in 1960. Yuddy, or 'York' in English, is a playboy in Hong Kong and is well-known for stealing girls' hearts and breaking them. His first victim is Li Zhen who suffered emotional and ...
Style: surreal, atmospheric, sexy, thought provoking, erotic ...
Plot: love, love triangle, obsession, adoption, romance, violence, hotel, friendship, radio, rain, unlikely friendships, dysfunctional family ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: hong kong, tokyo, china, the philippines, asia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.0
 26K
Heaven (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, France, Italy, Germany, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A woman takes the law into her own hands after police ignore her pleas to arrest the man responsible for her husband's death, and finds herself not only under arrest for murder but falling in love with an officer.
Style: emotional, meditative, atmospheric, sentimental, sincere ...
Plot: terrorist, redemption, bomb, fall in love, on the run, murder, police, translator, criminal heroes, crime gone awry, vigilantism, vengeance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: italy, europe, turin italy, tuscany
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Dead or Alive (1999)
Genre: Action, 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 ...
Style: disturbing, brutal, serious, suspenseful, surreal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, yakuza, massacre, drugs, brutality, gratuitous violence, violent, insanity, contests and competitions, mafia, stripper, violence ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, tokyo, taiwan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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The Twilight Samurai (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Seibei Iguchi leads a difficult life as a low ranking samurai at the turn of the nineteenth century. A widower with a meager income, Seibei struggles to take care of his two daughters and senile mother. New prospects seem to open up when the ...
Style: tense, emotional, realistic, sincere, atmospheric ...
Plot: samurai, sword fight, poverty, love, friendship, single father, tragedy, character study, visceral, love story, assassination, samurai era ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.2
 110K
Mean Streets (1973)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: A small-time hood must choose from among love, friendship and the chance to rise within the mob.
Style: tense, realistic, atmospheric, neo noir, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mafia, organized crime, crimes, friendship, urban ghetto life, character study, life philosophy, friends, street gang, exotic dancer, criminal heroes ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, new jersey, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 7.3
 18K
13 (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Sebastian, a young man, has decided to follow instructions intended for someone else, without knowing where they will take him. Something else he does not know is that Gerard Dorez, a cop on a knife-edge, is tailing him. When he reaches his ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, tense, atmospheric, bleak ...
Plot: overdose, crimes, murder, life is a bitch, visceral, depression, reward, contests and competitions, fish out of water, social decay, sacrifice, character study ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Woman in the Dunes (1964)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 147 min.
Story: An entomologist suffers extreme psychological and sexual torture after being taken captive by the residents of a poor seaside village.
Style: surreal, psychological, atmospheric, philosophical, sexual ...
Plot: existentialism, love affair, nudity (full frontal - brief), desert, trapped, isolation, surrealism, samurai, mental disorder, love and romance, redemption, identity ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 7.5
 80K
Lady Vengeance (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 115 min.
Story: After a 13-year imprisonment for the kidnap and murder of a 6 year old boy, beautiful Lee Guem-ja starts seeking revenge on the man that was really responsible for the boy's death. With the help of fellow inmates and reunited with her daughter, ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, dark, suspense, cerebral ...
Plot: revenge, vengeance, crimes, serial killer, prison, vigilantism, torture, female protagonist, violence, kidnapping, women's prison, justice ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south korea, korea, asia, australia, seoul
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Rolling Thunder (1977)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A Vietnam veteran, Charles Rane, returns home after years in a POW camp and is treated as a hero. When thugs invade his home to steal the silver coins he received for his service, they mangle his hand and leave him and his family for dead. Rane ...
Style: stylized, bleak, macabre, harsh, neo noir ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vigilante, vigilantism, murder, violence, crimes, gunfight, vietnam war, revenge, character study, complex characters, vietnam veteran, exploitation ...
Time: 70s, 80s
Place: texas, vietnam, asia, san antonio texas, el paso texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
All About Lily Chou-Chou (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music, Romance, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 146 min.
Story: Charts the troubled teenage years of students Yuichi Hasumi and Shusuke Hoshino, exploring the shifting and complex power dynamics of their relationship against the backdrop of Yuichi's love for the dreamy and abstract music of fictional pop ...
Style: atmospheric, meditative, intense, serious, psychological ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: coming of age, music, bullying, alienation, high school, friendship, internet, school, teenage life, youth, social misfits, mind game ...
Time: 21st century, 2000s, year 2001, year 2000, year 1999
Place: japan, tokyo, okinawa, asia, okinawa japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%