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City on Fire (1987)
 7.1
 6K
City on Fire (1987)
Original name: 龍虎風雲
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Ko Chow is an undercover cop who is under pressure from all sides. His boss, Inspector Lau, wants him to infiltrate a gang of ruthless jewel thieves; in order to do this he must obtain some handguns; his girlfriend wants him to commit to marriage or she will leave Hong Kong with another lover; and he is being pursued by other cops who are unaware that he is a colleague.What is more Chow would rather quit the force. He feels guilty about having to betray people who have become his friends, even if they do happen to be killers, drug dealers, loan sharks and protection racketeers: "I do my job, but I betray my friends."To add to his problems, he begins to bond with Fu, a member of the gang.
Style: tense, rough, serious, captivating, realistic, suspenseful, stylized, neo noir, cult film
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, gang, friendship, betrayal, police detective, mexican standoff, undercover cop, crimes, heist, partners, crime, working undercover, chases and races, dishonesty, strong violent content, law enforcement, criminal heroes, disorder, deadly, rivalry, crime gone awry, undercover, tough heroes, dedication event, love ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: hong kong, asia, hawaii

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, suspenseful and rough films with plots about crimes, crime, gangsters, rivalry, violence, law enforcement and blood mostly in Crime, Action and Thriller genres. Some movies like City on Fire: The Killer (1989), Infernal Affairs II (2003), A Better Tomorrow II (1987), Rich and Famous 2 (1987), Full Contact (1992). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Killer (1989)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Mob assassin Jeffrey is no ordinary hired gun; the best in his business, he views his chosen profession as a calling rather than simply a job. So, when beautiful nightclub chanteuse Jennie is blinded in the crossfire of his most recent hit, Jeffrey ...
Style: serious, exciting, suspenseful, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, friendship, redemption, mob boss, one last job, crime, crimes, going straight, accident, moral dilemma, innocence, on the run ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: hong kong, asia
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100%
Infernal Affairs II (2003)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong, Singapore, China
Duration: 119 min.
Story: In this prequel to Mou gaan dou (2002), Chan Wing Yan has just become an undercover cop in the triads while Lau Kin Ming joins the police force. Both the triads and the police find an enemy in a rival crime boss.
Style: rough, suspenseful, twists and turns, exciting, tense ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: chinese mafia, gangsters, undercover, police, crimes, vengeance, gang war, rivalry, hidden identity, mind game, recruit, police detective ...
Time: 90s, 21st century, 20th century, contemporary, year 1991 ...
Place: hong kong, asia, thailand
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
A Better Tomorrow II (1987)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A restaurant owner his ex-con brother and a policeman team up to avenge the murder of his old friends daughter by the Triad.
Style: suspenseful, stylized, rough, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hospital, gangsters, undercover, leadership, restaurant, gang war, gory, siblings relations, chaos and mayhem, pregnancy, working undercover, vengeance ...
Time: 80s
Place: hong kong, new york, usa, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Rich and Famous 2 (1987)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 97 min.
Story: After being released from prison, Tang Kat-Yung exacts revenge on Li Ah Chai, in this sequel to Rich and Famous.
Style: stylized, rough, realistic, serious, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: betrayal, gangsters, ambition, crimes, rivalry, deadly, buddies, hopes, crime, gang, going straight, tragic hero ...
Time: 80s
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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Full Contact (1992)
Genre: Action, Crime, 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, gang, heist, haunted by the past, master criminal, danger, dishonesty, crime gone awry, gays and lesbians, rehabilitation ...
Time: 90s
Place: thailand, hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Last Tycoon (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Set in Shanghais Gangster era of the early 1900s, THE LAST TYCOON tells the tale of CHENG (Chow Yun-Fat), a young man who is set up by the chief of police (Sammo Hung) and must leave the life he knows and QIU (Monica Mok), the woman he loves, to ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, exciting, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, rivalry, mafia, crimes, dishonesty, betrayal, chinese mafia, danger, love triangle, criminal heroes, gang, crime ...
Time: 20th century, 20s, 30s, 1930s, 1920s ...
Place: china, asia, shanghai
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Infernal Affairs III (2003)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Infernal Affairs III is a 2003 Hong Kong crime thriller film directed by Andrew Lau and Alan Mak. It is the third installment in the Infernal Affairs film series, and is both a sequel and a semi-prequel to the original film, as it intercuts events ...
Style: captivating, tense, rough, twists and turns, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, gang war, mole, police detective, crimes, police investigation, mind game, hidden identity, law enforcement, gang, working undercover, undercover ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 90s, 21st century, 2000s
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Prison on Fire (1987)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Ching and Yiu and problems they face with Mickey, a fellow inmate and "Assassin", a prison guard. Yiu is sentenced to three years for manslaughter. In a fight for his father, he pushed a man and was run over by a bus. Ching was sent to ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: favoritism, prison, prison life, wrongfully committed, rivalry, unlikely criminals, tough law enforcer, life is a bitch, chases and races, survival, violence spree, vengeance ...
Time: 80s
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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 6.7
 674
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, partners, crime, life is a bitch, crimes, rivalry, criminal heroes, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
A Better Tomorrow (1986)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A reforming ex-gangster tries to reconcile with his estranged policeman brother, but the ties to his former gang are difficult to break.
Style: stylized, exciting, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: betrayal, friendship, vengeance, gangsters, forgery, prison, police officer, revenge, crime, crimes, police investigation, graphic violence ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: hong kong, asia, taiwan, taipei, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Long Arm of the Law: Part 2 (1987)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 88 min.
Story: This sequel to the critically-acclaimed box-office winner Long Arm of the Law maintains the same stark realism of the original. In Saga Two, the Royal Hong Kong Police put into operation a new plan to counteract the problem of increasing violent ...
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, bleak, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hostage, betrayal, chase, gangsters, social misfits, master criminal, partners against crime, law enforcement, immigrants, partners, danger, hostages ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.8
 48K
Hard Boiled (1992)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A cop who loses his partner in a shoot-out with gun smugglers goes on a mission to catch them. In order to get closer to the leaders of the ring he joins forces with an undercover cop who's working as a gangster hitman. They use all means of ...
Style: stylized, realistic, exciting, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, friendship, arms dealer, mafia, smuggling, massacre, loss of partner, mexican standoff, heroes, undercover, arms smuggling, fighting crime ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 6.4
 400
City War (1988)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Two cops--both partners and best friends--find their friendship and their lives at stake when they try to take down a ruthless drug dealer.
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: revenge, criminal heroes, criminal's revenge, crime, gangsters, vengeance, urban, friendship, graphic violence, hitman, friends, crimes ...
Time: 80s
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.0
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Tiger Cage 2 (1990)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Donnie Yen Chi-Tan, a hair-trigger cop, goes on the lam with Rosamund Kwan Chi-Lum, a prim lawyer, after they witness a botched robbery attempt. The police think they're the perpetrators, while the real crooks (including Mortal Kombat star ...
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, suspenseful, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, murder, good versus evil, crime, deadly, dishonesty, chases and races, mistaken identity, frame up, wooing, heist, wrongfully committed ...
Time: 80s
Place: hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Snitch'd (2003)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: When the South Side Gang and the Cut Throat Mafia start a drug war at a local high school in Santa Ana, CA, detective McClure goes undercover to investigate the brutal murder of a young Latina student. The gang members are the key suspects but ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic, bleak
Audience: boys' night
Plot: undercover, police detective, gangsters, juvenile delinquency, police investigation, gang, criminal heroes, police corruption, tough law enforcer, society, drug dealing, deadly ...
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Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
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 6.1
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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: chinatown, chase, murder, gangsters, partners, law enforcement, police, triad, gang war, crime, crimes, police investigation ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, hong kong, san francisco, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Infernal Affairs (2002)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Chan Wing Yan, a young police officer, has been sent undercover as a mole in the local mafia. Lau Kin Ming, a young mafia member, infiltrates the police force. Years later, their older counterparts, Chen Wing Yan and Inspector Lau Kin Ming, ...
Style: psychological, tense, suspenseful, serious, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: undercover, working undercover, organized crime, gangsters, betrayal, mind game, psychologist, mob boss, tragic event, mole, crime, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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New World (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 135 min.
Story: An undercover cop has his loyalties tested when the boss of the corporate gang he's spent years infiltrating dies.
Style: captivating, serious, tense, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, criminal gang, undercover cop, working undercover, gang war, moral dilemma, crimes, mafia, mind game, police chief, group of criminals, mole ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
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29%
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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, master criminal, gang, rivalry, heist, car chase, criminal heroes ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Long Arm of the Law (1984)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 100 min.
Story: An ultra-violent and ultra-gritty tale of desperate Chinese would-be jewel thieves hoping to make a quick, effortless score in Hong Kong. Naturally, things go afoul, and the gang must hide out until the heat dies down, besmirched with the blood of ...
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, suspenseful, rough
Plot: gangsters, master criminal, crimes, unlikely partners, working undercover, track down, heist, store, cons and scams, gambling, chaos and mayhem, graphic violence ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: hong kong, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 6.7
 538
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: murder, hitman, rivalry, police investigation, deadly, crime, criminal's revenge, dishonesty, crimes, danger, lone wolves, one man army ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: vietnam, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
 5.9
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Divergence (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A cop, a lawyer, and an assassin cross paths after the murder of a federal witness and the kidnapping of a famous pop star.
Style: serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful, neo noir
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, crimes, undercover, police investigation, police corruption, hitman, police detective, partners against crime, heroes, partners, dishonesty, law enforcement ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Eye in the Sky (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The head of an elite Hong Kong surveillance unit (Simon Yam) keeps one eye on his rookie apprentice (Kate Tsui) and the other on a notorious criminal (Tony Leung Ka Fai) he suspects of masterminding a recent jewel heist in this tense thriller from ...
Style: tense, exciting, serious, captivating, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: master criminal, undercover, fighting crime, gang, police investigation, heist, police detective, track down, crimes, law enforcement, rivalry, working undercover ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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The Crew (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Hoping to raise enough capital to finance a legitimate business and leave behind his life of crime, Liverpool underworld boss Ged Brennan sends his brother Ratter and a crew to pull a daring final heist. But when Ratter kills a drug kingpin during ...
Style: realistic, rough, suspenseful, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: betrayal, survival, criminal heroes, crime gone awry, dishonesty, deadly, gangsters, gang, heist, brother brother relationship, one last job, siblings relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
The Stool Pigeon (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Living in the guilt of sacrificing his informant in a previous operation, Criminal Intelligence Inspector Don Lee is wary when his superior orders him to send another informant to spy on the criminal operations of Barbarian, a vicious gangster ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: betrayal, working undercover, law enforcement, danger, undercover, gangsters, estrangement, dishonesty, fighting crime, police detective, graphic violence, redemption ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.1
 213
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: martial arts, police detective, police corruption, dishonesty, deadly, vengeance, murder, crimes, gangsters, disorder, drug dealing, gang ...
Time: 90s
Place: hong kong, asia, singapore
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Fulltime Killer (2001)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Professional assassin O has resided in an isolated world of killing and loneliness. But his life begins to change once he meets the innocent Chin; hired to clean O's apartment. However, soon the flamboyent and reckless Tok enters Chin's ...
Style: tense, suspenseful, exciting, harsh, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, dark hero, police detective, danger, rivalry, criminal heroes, crimes, crime, law enforcement, fall in love, love triangle, uninhibited rivalry ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hong kong, japan, asia, malaysia, macau ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
PTU: Police Tactical Unit (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Over the course of one night, a team of cops frantically search for their colleague's missing gun.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting, neo noir
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police investigation, goofy hero, rivalry, investigation, partners against crime, gang, police detective, murder, track down, master criminal, dishonesty, deadly ...
Time: contemporary
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 4.4
 576
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, realistic, serious, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: criminal heroes, disorder, chases and races, crimes, danger, gangsters, rivalry, law enforcement, bank, good versus evil, crime gone awry, deadly ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.3
 2K
Almost Human (1974)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Italy
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A psychotic small-time criminal realizes that the everyday robberies, rapes and murders he commits aren't profitable enough, so he figures to hit the big time by kidnapping the daughter of a rich man.
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, tense, slasher ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: serial rapist, kidnapping, murder, psychopath, serial killer, hostage, rape, danger, confined, hostages, child in peril, violence ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%