Movies like Fireworks 1997

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Fireworks (1997)
 7.8
 29K
Fireworks (1997)
Original name: はなび
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, sentimental, serious, rough, emotional, lyrical, touching, stylized, disturbing, gloomy ...
Plot: dying, gangsters, loss, couple relations, life is a bitch, love and romance, loss of loved one, loss of partner, crimes, mafia, fighting illness, law enforcement, terminal illness, suicide, debt, painting, loan, yakuza, beach, visceral, character study, suicidal, romance, crime, violence spree ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, mount fuji

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Most similar movies to Fireworks

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, stylized, serious and melancholic films with plots about crimes, death, violence, gangsters, vengeance, brutality and dialogue mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like Fireworks: Sonatine (1993), Brother (2000), Violent Cop (1989), Beyond Outrage (2012), Dolls (2002). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.5
 20K
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, serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: beach, gang war, gangsters, yakuza, knife, criminal heroes, gang, dark humor, crime, deadly, crimes, rivalry ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, okinawa japan, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 7.1
 23K
Brother (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, 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: serious, rough, atmospheric, exciting, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: yakuza, mafia, culture clash, suicide, gangsters, family relations, sibling relationship, gang war, interracial relations, fish out of water, criminal heroes, siblings relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, japan, california, usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
 7.2
 11K
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, realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, vengeance, police, anti hero, kidnapping, anti heroes, police detective, drug dealer, police officer, police investigation, crimes, crime ...
Time: 80s
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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, realistic, serious, rough, surprise ending
Audience: boys' night
Plot: yakuza, gangsters, gang war, criminal heroes, law enforcement, crime, deadly, rivalry, crimes, danger, elimination, power struggle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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 7.6
 16K
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: sentimental, emotional, bleak, surreal, melancholic ...
Plot: regret, obsession, disfigurement, suicide attempt, love and romance, lovers reunited, mental illness, blind character, renewed love, romance, yakuza, elopement ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 6.8
 13K
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: serious, tense, rough, realistic, cynical
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang member, crime family, hanging, criminal heroes, crimes, gang war, danger, deadly, gang, rivalry, merciless, gory ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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: humorous, realistic, semi serious, exciting
Plot: gangsters, gas station, baseball, drinking, gun, revenge, car accident, interracial relations, yakuza, gore, drinking alcohol, tragic event ...
Time: 80s
Place: okinawa, asia, japan, okinawa japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.8
 19K
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: surreal, stylized, touching, uplifting, semi serious ...
Plot: child abuse, thief, running, innocence, on the road, travel, summer, bittersweet, road trip, irresponsible, disorder, grandparent and grandchild ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Movie in collections
 7.5
 48K
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: exciting, humorous, atmospheric, harsh, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, gang, master warrior, geisha, sword fight, good versus evil, vengeance, one man army, mob boss, blind character, protector ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.5
 14K
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: bleak, suspenseful, serious, tense, atmospheric ...
Plot: countryside, robbery, vengeance, redemption, obsession, couple relations, love and romance, unfulfillment, criminal's revenge, family problems, criminal heroes, unfulfilled love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, austria, vienna
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.3
 3K
Outrage Coda (2017)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Ôtomo gets involved with new Yakuza battles after he comes back the Yakuza society.
Style: tense, exciting, captivating, suspense, disturbing
Audience: boys' night
Plot: yakuza, organized crime, crime boss, gunfight, hitman, survival, murder, mafia, brutality, violence, danger, death threat ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 7.9
 216K
True Romance (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Clarence marries hooker Alabama, steals cocaine from her pimp, and tries to sell it in Hollywood, while the owners of the coke try to reclaim it.
Style: stylized, serious, suspenseful, bleak, neo noir ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cocaine, mafia, drug dealing, romance, lovers on the run, mexican standoff, crime, crimes, gangsters, gunfight, peril, organized crime ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, los angeles, detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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: exciting, rough, suspenseful, disturbing, harsh ...
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 ⇓
33%
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: serious, realistic, melancholic, touching, tricky ...
Plot: heist, terminal illness, memory loss, master criminal, romance, couples, couple relations, love affair, fall in love, love and romance, crimes, dangerous attraction ...
Time: contemporary
Place: paris france, france, morocco, europe, africa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.2
 104K
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, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, friendship, mafia, redemption, racial slur, crime, crimes, friends, urban ghetto life, organized crime, criminal heroes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.4
 20K
The Yards (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: In the rail yards of Queens, contractors repair and rebuild the city's subway cars. These contracts are lucrative, so graft and corruption are rife. When Leo Handler gets out of prison, he finds his aunt married to Frank Olchin, one of the big ...
Style: tense, bleak, realistic, rough, emotional ...
Plot: betrayal, corruption, murder, whistleblower, false accusation, crime, political corruption, crimes, injustice, moral dilemma, life is a bitch, gangsters ...
Time: 90s, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, brooklyn new york city, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.6
 230K
21 Grams (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 124 min.
Story: This is the story of three gentle persons: Paul Rivers an ailing mathematician lovelessly married to an English émigré, Christina Peck, an upper-middle-class suburban housewife, happily married and mother of two little girls, and Jack Jordan, an ...
Style: mind bending, gloomy, psychological, non-linear, bleak ...
Plot: life is a bitch, guilt, redemption, tragedy, suicide attempt, crimes, death in the family, loss, desperation, mathematics, hit and run, grief ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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: 20th century, 90s
Place: thailand, asia, tokyo, bangkok thailand
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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The American Friend (1977)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: West Germany, France
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Tom Ripley, who deals in forged art, suggests a picture framer he knows would make a good hit man.
Style: neo noir, suspenseful, disturbing, captivating, serious ...
Plot: hitman, friendship, assassination, murder, forgery, gangsters, race against time, life is a bitch, couple relations, danger, crime, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976
Place: paris france, hamburg germany, west germany, new york, germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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, gangsters, betrayal, police investigation, criminal's revenge, vigilantism, vengeance, lone wolves, gang, partners ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.6
 56K
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, realistic, sentimental, serious, tense ...
Plot: crimes, running from police, bank robbery, crime gone awry, heist gone wrong, dangerous attraction, disorder, gangsters, theft, young lovers, fall in love, ex convict ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: germany, berlin germany, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.1
 6K
Burnt Money (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Argentina, Spain, Uruguay
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Set in Argentina in 1965, the story follows the tumultuous relationship between two men who became lovers and ultimately ruthless bank robbers in a notoriously famous footnote in the annals of crime history. After a large-scale hold-up that turns ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, intense, touching ...
Plot: gay, betrayal, heist, couples, crimes, crime gone awry, disorder, gays and lesbians, deadly, chase, gay erotica, couple relations ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 90s, year 1965, 70s
Place: argentina, latin america, buenos aires argentina, brazil, uruguay ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 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: neo noir, tense, realistic, serious, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: yakuza, kidnapping, gangsters, mafia, crime, crimes, friendship, culture clash, rescue, haunted by the past, rivalry, danger ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, post world war two, 80s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, kyoto japan, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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 8.5
 1.2M
The Departed (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Hong Kong
Duration: 151 min.
Story: To take down South Boston's Irish Mafia, the police send in one of their own to infiltrate the underworld, not realizing the syndicate has done likewise. While an undercover cop curries favor with the mob kingpin, a career criminal rises ...
Style: captivating, twist ending, tense, surprise ending, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mafia, mole, crimes, police, working undercover, undercover cop, crime, mind game, undercover, organized crime, law enforcement ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: boston, usa, taiwan, china, harvard university
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
The Air I Breathe (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Mexico
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A drama based on an ancient Chinese proverb that breaks life down into four emotional cornerstones: happiness, pleasure, sorrow and love. A businessman bets his life on a horse race; a gangster sees the future; a pop star (Gellar) falls prey to a ...
Style: emotional, serious, captivating, realistic, non-linear ...
Plot: gangsters, gambling, destiny, doctors and patients, power relations, hitman, supernatural ability, dishonesty, crimes, horse race, manager, henchman ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Achilles and the Tortoise (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Machisu is a painter. He never had the success he thinks he is entitled to. Regardless of this, he always remains trying to be successful. His wife Sachiko keeps supporting him, despite all setbacks. Machisu, the only son of a rich collector, has a ...
Style: tragicomedy, emotional, thought provoking, philosophical, offbeat ...
Plot: obsession, dark humor, life turned upside down, unfulfillment, failed attempt, art, painter, painting, desire for fame, family relations, hopes, social misfits ...
Time: 80s, contemporary, 20th century, 90s, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Menace II Society (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Menace II Society is a coming of age tale detailing the summer after its protagonist Caine (Tyrin Turner) graduates from high school. This is Caine's story, which details real life in today's tough inner city.
Style: tense, realistic, rough, serious, bleak ...
Audience: teens, teen drama
Plot: urban ghetto life, african american, gunfight, street gang, police brutality, drug dealing, crime, crimes, hip hop, murder, friendship, organized crime ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, year 1993, 70s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, united states, north america
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.1
 41K
13 (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A naive young man assumes a dead man's identity and finds himself embroiled in an underground world of power, violence, and chance where men gamble behind closed doors on the lives of other men.
Style: bleak, psychological, tense, surprise ending, serious ...
Plot: russian roulette, greed, gambling, murder, revolver, drug overdose, police detective, crimes, life is a bitch, fish out of water, social decay, profanity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, ohio, grand central station manhattan new york city, delaware, midwest ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.7
 14K
Gangster No. 1 (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany, Ireland
Duration: 103 min.
Story: An old gangster is advised that Freddie Mays would leave jail after thirty years in prison. His mood changes and he recalls when he was a young punk, who joined Freddie Mays' gang, a man he both envied and ultimately betrayed.
Style: rough, tense, suspenseful, bleak, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rise and fall, gang, gangsters, gang war, crimes, crime, extortion, leadership, psychopath, rivalry, criminal heroes, betrayal ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1990s, 1960s, 80s ...
Place: london, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.5
 7K
Force (2011)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: India
Duration: 137 min.
Story: A vengeful drug-dealer/gangster targets and terrorizes an entire police unit and their families.
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: fighting crime, law enforcement, romance, tough heroes, love affair, crimes, tough law enforcer, rivalry, murder, good versus evil, brother brother relationship, threat ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%