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City War (1988)
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City War (1988)
Original name: 義膽紅唇
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: exciting, rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: revenge, gangsters, crimes, vengeance, friendship, hitman, friends, drug dealing, partners, crime, graphic violence, danger, urban, law enforcement, buddies, criminal heroes, deadly, rivalry, criminal's revenge, partners against crime, police, criminal, sex, martial arts, kung fu ...
Time: 80s
Place: hong kong, asia

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, suspenseful and rough films with plots about crimes, blood, violence, crime, gangsters, rivalry and gunfight mostly in Action, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like City War: A Better Tomorrow II (1987), Rich and Famous 2 (1987), A Better Tomorrow (1986), Long Arm of the Law: Part 2 (1987), Rich and Famous (1987). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, gang, gang war, restaurant, gory, siblings relations, chaos and mayhem, pregnancy, working undercover, vengeance ...
Time: 80s
Place: hong kong, new york, usa, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
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: rough, stylized, serious, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, betrayal, crime, partners, going straight, deadly, danger, criminal's revenge, buddies, heroes, rivalry, crimes ...
Time: 80s
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
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, gangsters, vengeance, police officer, prison, forgery, revenge, crimes, crime, police investigation, family relations ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: hong kong, asia, taiwan, taipei, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
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: serious, realistic, exciting, bleak, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hostage, chase, gangsters, betrayal, tough law enforcer, chases and races, confined, deadly, heroes, criminal heroes, police investigation, partners ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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Rich and Famous (1987)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 104 min.
Story: To pay off his debt as a gambler, a man drags his sister and step-brother into a life of crime and a violent war between rival gang lords.
Style: rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, betrayal, gang, wedding, crimes, danger, dishonesty, heroes, tragic hero, going straight, downfall, criminal heroes ...
Time: 80s
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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: rough, suspenseful, exciting, realistic, serious
Plot: gangsters, track down, working undercover, reluctant partners, crimes, crime gone awry, heist, store, cons and scams, gambling, chaos and mayhem, graphic violence ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: hong kong, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
Return to a Better Tomorrow (1994)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 103 min.
Story: An adventure that delves into the dark caverns of the underworld and tells the tale of three chivalrous gangsters who attempt to escape the powerful clutch of their gang leader.
Style: stylized, rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, undercover, tough law enforcer, crimes, gangsters, rivalry, betrayal, criminal heroes, danger, criminal's revenge, leadership, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 7.8
 45K
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: exciting, serious, suspenseful, realistic, emotional ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, friendship, redemption, one last job, mob boss, crimes, crime, going straight, accident, moral dilemma, innocence, partners ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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The Replacement Killers (1998)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Hired assassin John Lee is asked by Chinatown crime boss Terence Wei to murder the young son of policeman Stan Zedkov. Lee has the boy in his sights, but his conscience gets the better of him, and he spares the child's life. Afraid that Wei ...
Style: exciting, stylized, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, vengeance, chase, police detective, on the run, attempted murder, police raid, revenge, crime, crimes, criminal's revenge, gangsters ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: china, hong kong, asia, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Flaming Brothers (1987)
Genre: Action, Crime, Romance
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 99 min.
Story: An early movie of Chow Yun-Fat. The story is about two brothers going into opposite directions in life. One leaves the triads to become an honest citizen, the other stays triads member. But in the end both hold together. A typical HK movie storylin ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: siblings relations, partners against crime, gang, society, hitman, friends, leadership, buddies, gangsters, culture clash, working undercover, martial arts ...
Time: 80s
Place: hong kong, asia, macau, thailand
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 6.7
 622
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: gangsters, police corruption, frame up, martial arts, betrayal, partners, crimes, manhunt, chases and races, law enforcement, rivalry, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 6.5
 6K
Vengeance (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong, France
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A French chef swears revenge after a violent attack on his daughter's family in Hong Kong, during which her husband and her two children are murdered. To help him find the killers, he hires three local hit-men working for the mafia.
Style: stylized, realistic, serious, tense, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, revenge, crimes, danger, murder, vengeance, neo noir, deadly, gangsters, chef, heroic bloodshed, violence ...
Place: hong kong, asia, macau
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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, rough, suspenseful, exciting, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, vigilantism, hostages, chase, partners against crime, hostage, criminal heroes, fighting crime, rivalry, car chase, heist, tough law enforcer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 6.7
 841
Double Tap (2000)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Leslie Cheung plays Rick Pang, an IPSC champion who is also a gun expert who modifies his pistols to perfect his technique known as 'double tap', placing two shots in the same exact spot. In the 1996 IPSC Hong Kong shooting competition, ...
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, suspenseful, cult film
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, murder, police investigation, criminal's revenge, hitman, track down, vengeance, master criminal, rivalry, law enforcement, deadly, danger ...
Time: 90s
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 6.9
 605
The Big Heat (1988)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A cop (Waise Lee) is losing the control of his right hand and cannot pull the trigger on time anymore. Before any accident happens, he decides to resign. Meanwhile his friend and informer is brutally murdered in Malaysia. Before leaving the force, ...
Style: suspenseful, psychological, rough, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, wrongfully committed, vengeance, police corruption, partners, crimes, undercover, rivalry, tough law enforcer, crime, witnessing a crime, deadly ...
Time: 80s
Place: hong kong, malaysia, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.8
 46K
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, rough, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, friendship, mexican standoff, massacre, smuggling, mafia, heroes, undercover, arms smuggling, fighting crime, hitman, gory ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Tiger on Beat (1988)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A seasoned cop and his rookie partner are a pair of mismatched partners in this Hong Kong action-comedy in the style of 'Lethal Weapon'. The wacky twosome are up in arms as they try to solve the murder of a heroin trafficker.
Style: rough, humorous, suspenseful, semi serious, realistic
Plot: martial arts, friends, partners, nothing goes right, undercover, crimes, chases and races, down on your luck, farce, police corruption, deadly, law enforcement ...
Time: 80s
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 7.0
 827
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: realistic, serious, exciting, suspenseful, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, murder, crime, police detective, disorder, undercover, rivalry, mistaken identity, frame up, wooing, heist, wrongfully committed ...
Time: 80s
Place: hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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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, life is a bitch, confined, law enforcement, chases and races, rivalry, survival, violence spree, friendship ...
Time: 80s
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.1
 6K
City on Fire (1987)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 105 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 ...
Style: tense, captivating, serious, realistic, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, gangsters, betrayal, police detective, mexican standoff, friendship, undercover cop, law enforcement, chases and races, criminal heroes, crime, crime gone awry ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: hong kong, asia, hawaii
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 5.8
 994
Triad Wars (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 112 min.
Story: In the midst of a violent gang war, a series of misfortunes threaten the fate of a gang boss and his mob.
Style: rough, suspenseful, exciting, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: betrayal, kidnapping, martial arts, police investigation, gangsters, hitman, vengeance, vigilantism, criminal heroes, dishonesty, danger, deadly ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.1
 4K
Full Contact (1992)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, 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, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, betrayal, gangsters, heist, haunted by the past, crime, dishonesty, rivalry, femme fatale, gays and lesbians, rescue, master criminal ...
Time: 90s
Place: thailand, hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.0
 11K
SPL: Kill Zone (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong, Macao
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Chan, an articulate senior detective nearing the end of his career, is taking care of the daughter of a witness killed by ruthless crime lord Po. Martial arts expert Ma is set to take over as head of the crime unit, replacing Chan who wants an early ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, gangsters, police investigation, drug lord, vengeance, police corruption, dishonesty, rivalry, law enforcement, retirement, neo noir, crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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 5.7
 491
Black Ransom (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A powerful triad boss has been kidnapped, and the new police superintendent Koo (Fala Chen) decides to recruit the help of Mann (Simon Yam), a former supercop who has since been relegated to back-up duty. Mann has his work cut out for him when he ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, captivating, tense, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, crimes, police investigation, law enforcement, rivalry, danger, murder, vengeance, confined, blackmail, kidnapping, hostage ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.6
 683
Shanghai Grand (1996)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Gangsters abound in this lively, romantic crime drama that is set in Shanghai during WW II. The tale of Taiwanese patriot Hsu Wen-Chiang begins as he is washed up on a beach near Shanghai. He is taken in by Ting Lik, a kindly beggar who is ...
Style: realistic, serious, tense, stylized, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: world war two, gangsters, love triangle, friendship, betrayal, rivalry, romance, love and romance, deadly, unfulfillment, rise to the top, crime ...
Time: 30s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: taiwan, asia, china, shanghai
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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, crime, crimes, law enforcement, fall in love, uninhibited rivalry, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: hong kong, asia, japan, singapore, macau ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.1
 17K
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: chase, murder, gangsters, partners, law enforcement, police, chinatown, triad, gang war, crime, crimes, police investigation ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa, hong kong, san francisco, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.8
 6K
Once a Thief (1991)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 108 min.
Story: John Woo directs this action-packed comedy that stars Chow Yun-Fat, Leslie Cheung and Cherie Chung as a trio of art thieves who grew up together as orphans under the tutelage of a cruel crime boss named Chow (Kenneth Tsang). Although Red Bean ...
Style: stylized, humorous, realistic, semi serious, exciting ...
Plot: chase, martial arts, betrayal, friendship, cons and scams, vengeance, gangsters, heist, disorder, one last job, love triangle, friends ...
Time: 90s, year 1988
Place: hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.6
 419
Fighting Madam (1987)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong, Taiwan
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Yeung’s poppy fields are torched by a law enforcement task force, she retaliates by ordering police officials assassinated. The Angels break into Yeung’s corporate offices, eventually tracing her headquarters. After Alex Fong’s character is ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: danger, martial arts, master criminal, crimes, special agents, rivalry, criminal's revenge, drug dealing, law enforcement, heroes, police investigation, fighting crime ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: asia, hong kong, taiwan
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.7
 786
Big Bullet (1996)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Hotheaded cop Bill Zhu (Lau Ching-wan) gets relegated to the Emergency Unit after a dustup with his inept boss. When the mob kills Zhu's pal and ex-colleague (Francis Ng) during a turf-war hit, he rounds up his motley department cohorts and ...
Style: serious, realistic, tense, exciting, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, fighting crime, law enforcement, tough law enforcer, escapades, workplace, danger, crimes, murder, hijacking, vigilantism, vengeance ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: asia, hong kong, china, east asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%