Movies like Fireworks

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Fireworks (1997)
 7.8
 26K
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: gangsters, dying, 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, violence, death, brutality, gangsters, dialogue and vengeance mostly in Drama, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like Fireworks: Sonatine (1993), Brother (2000), Beyond Outrage (2012), Dolls (2002), Violent Cop (1989). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 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, serious ...
Plot: beach, gang war, gangsters, yakuza, knife, criminal heroes, gang, crimes, uninhibited rivalry, strong violent content, rivalry, suicidal ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, okinawa japan, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 7.2
 21K
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, exciting, atmospheric, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: yakuza, mafia, culture clash, suicide, gangsters, family relations, sibling relationship, fish out of water, criminal heroes, interracial relations, siblings relations, step siblings ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, california, usa, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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, rough, serious, realistic, surprise ending
Audience: boys' night
Plot: yakuza, gangsters, gang war, criminal heroes, danger, rivalry, crime, crimes, deadly, law enforcement, elimination, power struggle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 7.6
 15K
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: obsession, yakuza, disfigurement, suicide attempt, lovers reunited, love and romance, romance, renewed love, mental illness, blind character, regret, elopement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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 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, suspenseful, realistic, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, vengeance, police, police detective, anti heroes, anti hero, kidnapping, police officer, drug dealer, police investigation, crime, crimes ...
Time: 80s
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 6.8
 12K
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, rough, realistic, cynical
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang member, crime family, violence, hanging, evidence, crimes, criminal heroes, rivalry, gang war, deadly, danger, gang ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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: semi serious, exciting, humorous, realistic, dark humor
Plot: gas station, gangsters, interracial relations, drinking, baseball, tragic event, yakuza, revenge, car accident, gore, gun, athlete's life ...
Time: 80s
Place: japan, asia, okinawa japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.8
 18K
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, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: thief, innocence, running, on the road, child abuse, summer, travel, bittersweet, road trip, encounter, dishonesty, disorder ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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The Blind Swordsman: 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, one man army, violence, good versus evil, gang war, vengeance, geisha, mob boss, blind character, protector ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.9
 199K
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: bleak, stylized, realistic, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, cocaine, mexican standoff, gangsters, drug dealing, romance, gunfight, crimes, crime, peril, gun violence, organized crime ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, los angeles, detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 6.3
 2K
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: disturbing, tense, exciting, captivating, suspense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: yakuza, organized crime, crime boss, hitman, mafia, brutality, murder, violence, danger, survival, gunfight, death ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.5
 13K
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, psychological ...
Plot: countryside, robbery, vengeance, redemption, obsession, couple relations, love and romance, unfulfilled love, unfulfillment, criminal's revenge, family problems, criminal heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: austria, europe, vienna
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, gang, love triangle, lovers on the run, criminal's revenge, rivalry, drug dealing, danger, crimes, crime, chase, master criminal ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.3
 94K
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, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, redemption, friendship, mafia, racial slur, crimes, crime, friends, urban ghetto life, organized crime, life is a bitch, criminal heroes ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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, couple relations, fall in love, love affair, couples, crimes, love and romance, dangerous attraction ...
Time: contemporary
Place: paris france, france, morocco, europe, london ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.4
 19K
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, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 7.7
 220K
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: psychological, bleak, gloomy, emotional, captivating ...
Plot: life is a bitch, redemption, desperation, suicide attempt, tragedy, guilt, death in the family, cocaine, surgery, human nature, unfulfillment, loss of child ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, new mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
The American Friend (1977)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: West Germany, France
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Tom Ripley, who deals in forged art, suggests a picture framer he knows would make a good hit man.
Style: suspenseful, captivating, serious, disturbing, rough ...
Plot: hitman, friendship, assassination, murder, neo noir, forgery, gangsters, race against time, life is a bitch, couple relations, crime, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, year 1976
Place: paris france, hamburg germany, west germany, new york, texas ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Movie in collections
 7.6
 49K
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, serious, sentimental, tense ...
Plot: crimes, running from police, bank robbery, crime gone awry, disorder, dangerous attraction, gangsters, theft, young lovers, fall in love, stolen money, ex convict ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: germany, berlin germany, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.2
 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: serious, suspenseful, realistic, intense, touching ...
Plot: betrayal, heist, gay, couple relations, couples, crimes, crime gone awry, disorder, deadly, gays and lesbians, chase, obsession ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 90s, year 1965, 70s
Place: argentina, latin america, uruguay, new york, buenos aires argentina ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Ain't Them Bodies Saints (2013)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The tale of an outlaw who escapes from prison and sets out across the Texas hills to reunite with his wife and the daughter he has never met.
Style: melancholic, lyrical, bleak, tense, touching ...
Plot: family relations, fugitives, love triangle, police officer, outlaw, criminal, crimes, chase, couple relations, criminal heroes, escapades, romance ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: texas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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: rough, serious, stylized, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, danger, gangsters, betrayal, murder, police investigation, vigilantism, criminal's revenge, vengeance, deadly, partners, master criminal ...
Time: contemporary
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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, captivating, serious, realistic, non-linear ...
Plot: gambling, gangsters, horse race, destiny, hitman, dishonesty, supernatural ability, doctors and patients, crimes, power relations, manager, loss of loved one ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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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, bleak, realistic, stylized, rough ...
Audience: teens
Plot: urban ghetto life, african american, gunfight, friendship, crime, hip hop, coming of age, police brutality, social decay, graduation, overdose, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 70s, 1990s
Place: los angeles, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 8.5
 1.1M
The Departed (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
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: tense, captivating, serious, surprise ending, twist ending ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mafia, mole, crimes, working undercover, police, crime, undercover cop, mind game, undercover, neo noir, organized crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: boston, usa, harvard university, china, taiwan
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.2
 7K
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, rivalry ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, kyoto japan, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Road to Perdition (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Mike Sullivan works as a hit man for crime boss John Rooney. Sullivan views Rooney as a father figure, however after his son is witness to a killing, Mike Sullivan finds himself on the run in attempt to save the life of his son and at the same time ...
Style: bleak, tense, emotional, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: gangsters, vengeance, criminal's revenge, hitman, manhunt, mafia, betrayal, death, loss of son, bank robbery, crime, crimes ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: illinois, usa, chicago illinois, michigan
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
We Own the Night (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A New York nightclub manager tries to save his brother and father from Russian mafia hitmen.
Style: captivating, serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: organized crime, car chase, party, law enforcement, heroin, gangsters, nightclub, crimes, crime, mafia, parents and children, siblings relations ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, year 1988, 70s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ 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: dark humor, tragicomedy, philosophical, thought provoking, emotional ...
Plot: obsession, unfulfillment, life turned upside down, failed attempt, desire for fame, art, painter, painting, social misfits, hopes, family relations, husband wife relationship ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 90s, 80s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
My Life Without Me (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Spain, Canada
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A Pedro Almodovar production in which a fatally ill mother with only two months to live creates a list of things she wants to do before she dies with out telling her family of her illness.
Style: touching, sentimental, emotional, sincere, sad ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: terminal illness, infidelity, dealing with death, parents and children, couple relations, introspection, unfulfillment, responsibility, farewell, secret love, health situation, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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