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Once Upon a Time in High School: The Spirit of Jeet Kune Do (2004)
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Once Upon a Time in High School: The Spirit of Jeet Kune Do (2004)
Original name: 말죽거리 잔혹사
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Country: South Korea
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A model student transfers to the notorious Jungmoon High School known for its severe corporal punishment by teachers and power struggles between school gangs.
Style: touching, serious, captivating, suspenseful, exciting, rough, realistic, biting, suspense
Plot: martial arts, bruce lee, mixed martial arts, martial artist, teenage life, rivalry, troublemaker, youth, love triangle, love and romance, high school life, buddies, high school, unfulfilled love, breaking point, hand to hand combat, fistfight, martial arts training, friends, life is a bitch, rebellion, fall in love, against the rules, fight back, society ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: asia, korea, seoul

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Friend (2001)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The film follows the lives of four childhood friends: Joon-seok, the leader, whose father is a powerful mob boss; Dong-su, whose father is an undertaker; class clown Jung-ho; and Sang-taek, an exemplary student. The story is the director's ...
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Place: korea, asia, busan, south korea
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A Frozen Flower (2008)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 133 min.
Story: A historical drama set in the Koryo dynasty and focused on the relationship between a king and his bodyguard. Under the dominance of Yuan Dynasty China, the king of Goryeo Dynasty Korea is pressured to produce a successor to the throne. Unable to ...
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Gangnam Blues (2015)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 135 min.
Story: A "gangster noir" set in the 1970s, when Gangnam, Seoul goes under development. Political powers and darker organizations collide as they seek to grab control of the influential and exclusive area.
Style: realistic, exciting, serious, suspense, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: korea, asia, seoul
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A Dirty Carnival (2006)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Byung-du is a 29-year-old career criminal, working for the middle-rank enforcer Sang-chul. Burdened with a terminally ill mother and taking care of younger siblings, Byung-du is feeling financial pressure as a substitute patriarch. When the big boss ...
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The Legend Is Born: Ip Man (2010)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History, Sport
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Featuring some of the most spectacular, innovative and explosive martial arts ever staged, The Legend Is Born is the remarkable true story of the early life of Ip Man, the formidable kung fu genius who would become Bruce Lee's mentor.Beginning ...
Style: serious, exciting, suspenseful, sentimental, realistic ...
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Time: 20s, 20th century, 1900s, 1910s, 1920s ...
Place: china, asia
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Muay Thai Fighter (2007)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Thailand
Duration: 116 min.
Story: After learning the art of muay thai fighting from skilled masters, small town friends Piak (Akara Amarttayakul) and Phao (Thawatchai Phanpakdee) move their passion to Bangkok, where they become active in underground activities that put what ...
Style: realistic, rough, suspenseful, exciting, serious
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Genre: Action, Drama, History
Country: China
Duration: 135 min.
Story: White Vengeance tells the story of two brothers contending for supremacy during the fall of the Qin Dynasty, which ruled Imperial China from 221 to 206 BC. As rebels rose, the nation fell into chaos. Liu Bang and Xiang Yu, became leaders of the ...
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Fighter in the Wind (2004)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: South Korea
Duration: 120 min.
Story: An account of karate competitor Choi Yeung-Eui who went to Japan after World War II to become a fighter pilot but found a very different path instead. He changed his name to Masutatsu Oyama and went across the country, defeating martial artists one ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious, exciting
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Duration: 139 min.
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Bruce Lee: A Dragon Story (1977)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
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Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious, exciting ...
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Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 88 min.
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Fury of the Shaolin Master (1978)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Taiwan, Hong Kong
Duration: 86 min.
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Style: exciting, realistic, serious, stylized, suspenseful ...
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Genre: Action, Drama, History
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Duration: 100 min.
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