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Protégé (2007)
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Protégé (2007)
Original name: 門徒
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Undercover officer Nick had spent the last seven years penetrating into the core of a drug ring working his way up from a street dealer post to the managerial position handling cargo deliveries for Kwan - the biggest player in the local heroin market. When the ailing Kwan makes Nick his protégé, Nick could not but sway before money and power and starts to perform his role like a real drug trafficker. This, together with his affair with heroin-addict Jane, causes Nick to becomes more and more confused about his true identity, and eventually leads to a disastrous end.
Style: rough, bleak, serious, realistic, suspenseful, bloody
Plot: crimes, drug dealing, mole, undercover, working undercover, life is a bitch, drug abuse, law enforcement, dishonesty, moral dilemma, tragic hero, undercover agent, organized crime, undercover police officer, addiction, graphic violence, heroin, overdose, gangsters, drug traffic, heroin addict, drug overdose, protege, drugs/alcohol, crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hong kong, asia

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Most similar movies to Protégé

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, suspenseful and rough films with plots about crimes, law enforcement, undercover, dishonesty, working undercover, gangsters and drug dealing mostly in Crime, Drama and Thriller genres. Some movies like Protégé: Drug War (2012), Infernal Affairs III (2003), Overheard (2009), Infernal Affairs (2002), How It All Went Down (2003). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Drug War (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The taciturn police commander Zhang leads an undercover drugs team and in his continuous battle against the ubiquitous drug barons, takes up arms against his arch enemy, Timmy Choi. When he gets hold of Choi, he makes a deal with him: in exchange ...
Style: serious, rough, tense, exciting, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug cartel, crimes, war on drugs, mole, criminal heroes, betrayal, law enforcement, recruit, whistleblower, dishonesty, undercover, drug dealing ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: china, asia
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95%
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: tense, captivating, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, mob boss, police, gang war, working undercover, mole, police detective, hidden identity, crimes, police investigation, law enforcement, mind game ...
Time: contemporary, 20th century, 21st century, 90s, 2000s
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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Overheard (2009)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong, Singapore, China
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The story revolves around three members of a police surveillance squad conducting an investigation into a financial investment group involved in criminal fraud. The focus of the plot, however, is actually on the three officers themselves who stumble ...
Style: realistic, tense, captivating, psychological, neo noir ...
Plot: police investigation, corporate crime, corporate crimes, partners, undercover, dishonesty, crimes, secretly observing, rivalry, mafia, economics, honest law enforcer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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, suspense, suspenseful, tense, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, crimes, organized crime, mole, police, betrayal, undercover, working undercover, double life, mind game, undercover cop, spy ...
Time: future, contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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How It All Went Down (2003)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A struggling filmmaker finds himself involved in a dark world of guns, drugs and prostitution.
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, bleak, gloomy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prostitute, tough heroes, life is a bitch, crimes, drug dealing, femme fatale, filmmaking, drug abuse, addiction, strip club, strong female presence, school ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 7.3
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Election 2 (2006)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 93 min.
Story: As election time nears, current Triad chairman Lok (Simon Yam) faces competition from his godsons. At the same time, Jimmy (Louis Koo) looks to increase his business relations with mainland China.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, captivating, tense ...
Plot: gangsters, organized crime, crimes, election, ambition, rivalry, henchman, dishonesty, rules and policies, criminal heroes, crime boss, mafia ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 5.5
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Shooters (2002)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Netherlands, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Gilly comes out of prison after serving a six year stretch and decides that he will now turn his life around and go straight. But when he returns to his South London home and visits his old colleague J, in hope of obtaining his share of the proceeds ...
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, tense, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, cons and scams, going straight, addiction, drug dealing, life is a bitch, criminal's revenge, law enforcement, criminal heroes, drug abuse, dishonesty, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary
Place: london
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 4.8
 906
Vice (2008)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Michael Madsen stars as Max Walker, a down-and-out cop who becomes the target of a bloodthirsty drug cartel after he leads a narcotics bust to intercept a large shipment of heroin. When someone starts picking off his team members -- and the drugs ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: partners, police investigation, police corruption, crime gone awry, partners against crime, undercover, dishonesty, law enforcement, drug dealing, working undercover, drug abuse, tough law enforcer ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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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, suspenseful, exciting, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: betrayal, working undercover, law enforcement, undercover, police detective, dishonesty, estrangement, gangsters, fighting crime, crimes, spy, undercover police officer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Cop on a Mission (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Mike, a cop who is becoming increasingly frustrated with his tiresome job with little benefits, whilst the criminals live a life of luxury. He is offered a undercover job to infiltrate a Triad gang led by Boss Tin. Mike slowly becomes engrossed in ...
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gambling, undercover, law enforcement, police investigation, crimes, disorder, heist, dishonesty, gangsters, partners, gang, partners against crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Colour of the Truth (2003)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A man becomes a cop in order to take down the police superintendent who may have killed his father, and that of a vengeful Triad boss.
Style: exciting, suspense, captivating, tense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, crimes, rivalry, police corruption, snitch, undercover, law enforcement, dishonesty, spy, police shootout, investigation, revenge ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
The Shield and the Sword (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 105 min.
Story: During a patrol, Julie and Simon, two police constables, injure a wealthy man who pointlessly killed their partner. This wealthy man in question turns out to be the son of a politician. This is why the two police constables are accused of brutality ...
Style: realistic, rough, suspenseful, serious
Plot: investigation, dishonesty, crimes, law enforcement, working undercover, drugs, police, chase, politician, duty, criminal, cocaine ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 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: neo noir, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, police investigation, crimes, undercover, law enforcement, dishonesty, gangsters, partners, partners against crime, heroes, police corruption, hitman ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 5.8
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Go Fast (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Marek, a crime squad officer, sets out to avenge the death of his partner and best friend, who was killed by drug traffickers. He asks for a posting to a new undercover unit created to infiltrate a drug gang that imports hashish from Morocco using ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, realistic, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: undercover, vengeance, drug dealing, law enforcement, rivalry, gang, working undercover, marijuana, crimes, loss of partner, car chase, drug cartel ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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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: serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful, bleak
Audience: boys' night
Plot: undercover, police detective, criminal heroes, police investigation, gangsters, gang, juvenile delinquency, police corruption, urban ghetto life, working undercover, crimes, tough law enforcer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Streets of Blood (2009)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A police officer's partner has died during Hurricane Katrina, but he later discovers that his partner may have been murdered. An investigation follows, taking the officer and his new partner into the depths of the criminal underworld.
Style: serious, realistic, rough, bleak, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, investigation, police detective, law enforcement, undercover, chaos and mayhem, crimes, gunfight, ghetto, police, gangsters, hurricane katrina ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, new orleans
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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Triple Tap (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Champion competitive marksman Ken comes across an armored van robbery. He sees a policeman held hostage and shoots and kills four of the robbers. One of the robbers escapes and the policeman survives. The case is handled by Jerry Chang, whom Ken ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, realistic, tense, sincere
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crimes, master warrior, police investigation, law enforcement, mind game, law enforcer killer, tough law enforcer, armored car, security guard, fight, police officer, heroes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 5.8
 3K
Thumper (2017)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: In a town of low-income and fractured families, a group of teens are lured into working for a dangerous drug dealer. A new girl arrives who hides a dangerous secret that will impact everybody and change their lives forever.
Style: psychological, thought provoking, tense, serious, realistic ...
Plot: crimes, government agency, tough law enforcer, secret agents, social differences, urban ghetto, fighting crime, working undercover, law enforcement, meth lab, addiction, undercover cop ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: california
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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 7.1
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Election (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A drama-thriller centered on a democratic election within an organized crime society.
Style: suspense, captivating, suspenseful, rough, bloody ...
Plot: election, organized crime, crimes, gangsters, ego clash, rise to the top, rivalry, ambition, rules and policies, uninhibited rivalry, temperamental, elimination ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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The Line (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Mexico, USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The story centers around veteran assassin Mark Shields as he tracks down, Pelon, the elusive head of the Salazar Crime Cartel. Through twists of fate, Shields ends up with a local woman, Olivia who is also fighting her own demons for the sake of her ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, exciting, realistic, rough ...
Plot: gangsters, drug dealing, drug abuse, track down, hitman, crimes, master criminal, law enforcement, criminal heroes, mentally unstable, spy, empire ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico, tijuana mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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The Limit (2004)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 83 min.
Story: An elderly woman turns the tables on her kidnapper.
Style: serious, rough, psychological, mind bending, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, police investigation, love affair, mystery, dishonesty, frame up, undercover, life is a bitch, couples, mysterious character, witnessing a crime, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Blue Hill Avenue (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: A child of a middle class home with solid moral values is lured into a world of crime and corruption.
Style: rough, realistic, bleak, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: friends, drug dealing, betrayal, police investigation, gang, urban ghetto life, juvenile delinquency, fighting crime, police corruption, working undercover, city life, going straight ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, boston
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Informant (2013)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: France, Canada
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A story centered on a man who works as an informant for the French border patrol.
Style: realistic, tense, serious, suspenseful, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crimes, intrigue, drug dealing, undercover, informant, border patrol, working undercover, gangsters, customs, snitch, dishonesty, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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 6.2
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Bloody Tie (2006)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In this uncompromising vision of the gritty Korean underworld, a crystal meth dealer with a tragic past is forced to team up with a renegade cop to take down a powerful crime lord. Reminiscent of the Hong Kong action films of the 80’s but full of ...
Style: rough, serious, exciting, suspenseful, bloody ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, police corruption, snitch, criminal's revenge, undercover, drug abuse, law enforcement, drug dealing, criminal heroes, crimes, dealer, dishonesty ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: busan, asia, korea, south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.2
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Firestorm (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 118 min.
Story: A crew of seasoned criminals led by the notorious Nam, armed with high-powered weapons, pulls off another smooth and violent armored car heist in broad daylight in a crowded street. Whoever tries to get in their way, they will show no mercy. This ...
Style: exciting, serious, rough, suspenseful, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crimes, against the rules, police investigation, undercover, master criminal, gain trust, chase, law enforcement, rivalry, working undercover, tough law enforcer, heist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Century of the Dragon (1999)
Genre: Action, Crime
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Rookie policeman Shing (Louis Koo) grapples with right and wrong in this action-packed story about Hong Kong gangsters. Assigned to go undercover, Shing is so successful in playing the part of a gang member that he becomes right-hand man to gang ...
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: undercover police officer, undercover agent, right hand man, friendship, moral dilemma, working undercover, police investigation, gangsters, master criminal, crimes, dishonesty, law enforcement ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.2
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Two Coyotes (2001)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: A drug runner takes over a lucrative drug business only to find his new found empire crumble when a deal goes bad.
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough, surprise ending
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, rivalry, betrayal, criminal's revenge, gangsters, drug dealing, crime gone awry, life is a bitch, addiction, crimes, law enforcement, going straight ...
Time: 90s
Place: mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 3.8
 2K
Ambushed (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In the frenetic underbelly of Los Angeles, Agent Maxwell closes in on an international cocaine smuggling operation run by criminal mastermind Vincent Camastra. When Agent Beverly Royce goes undercover with the drug dealers and finds herself deeper ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, rough, serious, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug dealing, corrupt cop, crimes, rivalry, law enforcement, lapd, police corruption, working undercover, special agents, swat team, tough law enforcer, strip club ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: los angeles, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 4.3
 469
Face of Terror (2004)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A police officer searching for his missing sister in Spain uncovers a terrorist cell.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, tense, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, missing person, drug dealing, confined, undercover, police investigation, secret agents, kidnapping, addiction, working undercover, drug abuse, crimes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: spain, europe, los angeles, usa, barcelona
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 5.9
 1K
Sugarhouse (2007)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Tom is a middle-class city boy whose life has reached breaking point. he thinks D - a young desperate drug addict can give him what he needs. But what D’s offering comes with more than just a price tag…. Tom is completely out of his depth when ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, suspense, realistic
Plot: gangsters, hitman, crimes, criminal heroes, master criminal, life is a bitch, drug dealing, psychopath, love affair, drug abuse, collision, addiction ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: london, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%