Movies like Sonatine

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Sonatine (1993)
 7.5
 21K
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 is insignificant and whilst wondering why he was sent to Okinawa at all, Murakawa's headquarters are bombed and he and his gang are ambushed in a bar.
Style: stylized, rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, meditative, bloody, melancholic, bleak, reflective ...
Plot: beach, yakuza, gang war, gangsters, criminal heroes, gang, dark humor, crimes, rivalry, strong violent content, uninhibited rivalry, sumo, bullet wound, violence, organized crime, mafia, gunfight, betrayal, death, suicidal, sex, dancing, gambling, drugs, bandit ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, okinawa japan, hong kong

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Most similar movies to Sonatine

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, rough and suspenseful films with plots about gangsters, rivalry, crimes, violence, yakuza, deadly and gang mostly in Crime, Drama and Action genres. Some movies like Sonatine: Fireworks (1997), Outrage (2010), Violent Cop (1989), Boiling Point (1990), Beyond Outrage (2012). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Fireworks (1997)
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, serious, sentimental, rough, emotional ...
Plot: dying, gangsters, loss, couple relations, life is a bitch, love and romance, loss of loved one, loss of partner, law enforcement, crimes, fighting illness, terminal illness ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, mount fuji
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 6.8
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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, realistic, rough, cynical
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang member, hanging, criminal heroes, crimes, gang war, gang, rivalry, merciless, criminal's revenge, violence spree, organized crime, crime boss ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 12K
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, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, vengeance, police, police detective, kidnapping, police officer, drug dealer, police investigation, crimes, law enforcement, dishonesty, tough law enforcer ...
Time: 80s
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: exciting, semi serious, realistic, humorous
Plot: gas station, gangsters, car accident, revenge, interracial relations, baseball, tragic event, yakuza, foreigner in japan, breaking point, sport team, disorder ...
Time: 80s
Place: japan, okinawa, asia, okinawa japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Beyond Outrage (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 110 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, serious, realistic, rough, surprise ending
Audience: boys' night
Plot: yakuza, gangsters, criminal heroes, rivalry, law enforcement, crimes, elimination, power struggle, gang war, police, organized crime, criminal's revenge ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 7.1
 23K
Brother (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, France, 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, gang war, criminal heroes, siblings relations, interracial relations, fish out of water ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, japan, california, usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 7.5
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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, master warrior, sword fight, geisha, good versus evil, vengeance, one man army, mob boss, protector, blind character ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
Ichi the Killer (2001)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 129 min.
Story: As sadomasochistic yakuza enforcer Kakihara searches for his missing boss he comes across Ichi, a repressed and psychotic killer who may be able to inflict levels of pain that Kakihara has only dreamed of.
Style: disturbing, rough, suspenseful, stylized, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: sadism, massacre, violence, gang, rage, psychopath, yakuza, perversion, hitman, mob boss, crimes, gangsters ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Dead or Alive (1999)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Ryūichi and his small gang of Triad vie for control of the Japanese underworld in a crime-ridden Shinjuku quarter while Detective Jojima tries to bring it down. Jojima attempts to start a gang war between the Triad and yakuza. Ryūichi and Jojima ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, brutal, disturbing, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: massacre, gangsters, contests and competitions, stripper, vengeance, brutality, bully, yakuza, drugs, gratuitous violence, violent, insanity ...
Time: 90s
Place: taiwan, japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.2
 9K
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: neo noir, tense, realistic, serious, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: yakuza, kidnapping, gangsters, crimes, friendship, culture clash, rescue, mafia, haunted by the past, rivalry, male female relationship, war veteran ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, post world war two, 80s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, kyoto japan, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.7
 20K
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, running, innocence, child abuse, on the road, travel, summer, pervert, bittersweet, road trip, obsessive quest, odd couple ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.4
 3K
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: suspense, tense, disturbing, captivating, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: yakuza, organized crime, crime boss, mafia, gunfight, survival, murder, brutality, violence, hitman, death, death threat ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The City of Lost Souls (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 102 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, suspenseful, rough, disturbing, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: criminal's revenge, gangsters, gang, lovers on the run, love triangle, crimes, rivalry, drug dealing, master criminal, chase, hitman, martial arts ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Dead or Alive 2 (2000)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Two contract killers cross paths in the middle of the same job and realize they are childhood friends. Together they take a break from killing and visit the small island they once called home. After reflecting on their past lives they decided to ...
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, rough, contemplative
Audience: boys' night
Plot: friendship, hitman, yakuza, drug dealing, buddies, gangsters, crimes, criminal heroes, friends, orphan, dark humor, massacre ...
Time: 90s
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Bangkok Dangerous (2000)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Thailand
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The movie is about a deaf-mute hitman and his partner. Trouble begins when he starts a relationship with a young woman.
Style: tense, rough, suspenseful, intense, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, fall in love, friendship, gangsters, love affair, mute or deaf, rivalry, killer, assassination, vengeance, one man army, violence ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: thailand, asia, bangkok thailand, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
The Streetfighter (1974)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Terry is a tough mercenary and a master of martial arts. When an important business magnate dies, leaving billions to his daughter, the Mafia and Yakuza try to hire Terry to kidnap the daughter. When they refuse to meet his exorbitant price, then ...
Style: stylized, exciting, rough, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kidnapping, karate, kung fu, master warrior, heroes, betrayal, yakuza, street fighter, vengeance, tough heroes, rivalry ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: japan, hong kong, asia, china, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Graveyard of Honor (2002)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 131 min.
Story: A barkeeper saves a Yakuza boss' life and thus makes his way up in the organization. However, his fear of nothing soon causes problems.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, bleak
Plot: yakuza, life is a bitch, rivalry, criminal heroes, gangsters, crimes, gang, criminal's revenge, drug abuse, addiction, attempted murder, psychopath ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
A Bittersweet Life (2005)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Kim Sun-woo is an enforcer and manager for a hotel owned by a cold, calculative crime boss, Kang who assigns Sun-Woo to a simple errand while he is away on a business trip; to shadow his young mistress, Heesoo, for fear that she may be cheating on ...
Style: bleak, serious, exciting, psychological, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, revenge, mafia, crimes, rivalry, gunfight, hitman, hotel, bandit, tragic hero, tough heroes, one man army ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south korea, asia, korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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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: serious, rough, suspenseful, stylized, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, murder, betrayal, gangsters, vigilantism, criminal's revenge, police investigation, vengeance, partners, master criminal, gang, chase ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Fudoh: The New Generation (1996)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 98 min.
Story: In order to settle a business dispute, a mob leader murders one of his own teenage sons. The surviving son vows to avenge his brother's death, and organizes his own gang of teenage killers to destroy his father's organization.
Style: surreal, serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, martial arts, school, yakuza, dark humor, high school, teenage life, vengeance, high school life, criminal's revenge, rivalry, gangsters ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Story of a Wild Elder Sister: Widespread Lynch Law (1973)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Ocho is accidentally captured by a drug trafficking cartel who use Chinese women to smuggle drugs into Japan by hiding it in their vaginas. She is tortured, and manages to escape, fighting both the male yakuzas and a gang of female thieves.
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, suspense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, gambling, yakuza, tough heroes, heist, vengeance, rivalry, criminal's revenge, criminal heroes, dishonesty, crimes, heroes ...
Time: 70s
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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, exciting, suspenseful, harsh, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, dark hero, police detective, rivalry, criminal heroes, crimes, law enforcement, fall in love, uninhibited rivalry, love triangle, violence, killer ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hong kong, japan, asia, singapore, malaysia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.6
 54K
Black Rain (1989)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Two New York cops get involved in a gang war between members of the Yakuza, the Japanese Mafia. They arrest one of their killers and are ordered to escort him back to Japan. In Japan, however, he manages to escape. As they try to track him down, ...
Style: suspense, serious, exciting, realistic, neo noir ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: organized crime, fish out of water, police investigation, partners, police, gang war, culture clash, gunfight, crimes, track down, yakuza, rivalry ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: japan, new york, asia, usa, osaka japan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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 7.2
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The Wolves (1971)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 131 min.
Story: After going to prison for killing the boss of the Kanno gang, Seji Iwahashi (Tatsuya Nakadai) gets released early -- only to find that his former gang has merged with the Kannos. But with bitter resentments lingering on both sides, how long will it ...
Style: atmospheric, rough, suspenseful, stylized, serious ...
Plot: gangsters, gang, yakuza, conspiracy, graphic violence, tough heroes, criminal heroes, crimes, heroes, rivalry, dishonesty, society ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.7
 14K
Gangster No. 1 (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany, Ireland
Duration: 103 min.
Story: An old gangster is advised that Freddie Mays would leave jail after thirty years in prison. His mood changes and he recalls when he was a young punk, who joined Freddie Mays' gang, a man he both envied and ultimately betrayed.
Style: tense, rough, suspenseful, bleak, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rise and fall, gang, gangsters, gang war, crimes, extortion, leadership, psychopath, rivalry, criminal heroes, betrayal, revenge ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 80s, 70s, 90s
Place: london, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Graveyard of Honor (1975)
Genre: Action, Crime
Country: Japan
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A look at the life of renegade yakuza, Rikio Ishikawa, particularly the years from 1946 to 1950 when his violent antics get him in trouble with his own clan, Kawada, and then with the clan of his protector, Kozaburo Imai. In these years, he can rely ...
Style: bleak, stylized, suspenseful, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: gangsters, yakuza, prison, down on your luck, criminal heroes, lone wolves, life is a bitch, criminal's revenge, crimes, drug abuse, vengeance, addiction ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 20th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
American Yakuza (1993)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: When Nick Davis leaves prison after one year in solitaire, he is hired to operate forklift in a warehouse in the harbor owned by the Japanese Yakuza patriarch Isshin Tendo. The place is assaulted by the Italian Mafia leaded by Dino Campanela and ...
Style: exciting, cynical, realistic, serious, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heroes, mafia, organized crime, yakuza, undercover agent, martial arts, hitman, tough heroes, gangsters, criminal's revenge, dishonesty, special agents ...
Time: 90s
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Like a Dragon (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Japan, South Korea
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Former Yakuza underling Kiryu Kazuma, who has recently been released from prison after a lengthy incarceration, and is trying to piece his life together and distance himself from his Yakuza past. Unfortunately Kiryu's problems slowly escalate ...
Style: exciting, tense, suspense, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: yakuza, gang, crimes, gangsters, vengeance, hitman, track down, rivalry, bank, heist, heroes, law enforcement ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: An American with a Japanese upbringing, Chris Kenner is a police officer assigned to the Little Tokyo section of Los Angeles. Kenner is partnered with Johnny Murata, a Japanese-American who isn't in touch with his roots. Despite their ...
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: martial arts, rescue, samurai, interracial relations, yakuza, gang, partners against crime, partners, tough law enforcer, crimes, law enforcement, organized crime ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: los angeles, tokyo, usa, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Battles Without Honor and Humanity (1973)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 99 min.
Story: In the teeming black markets of postwar Japan, Shozo Hirono and his buddies find themselves in a new war between factious and ambitious yakuza...
Style: suspenseful, rough, stylized, exciting, captivating ...
Plot: betrayal, prison, gang, graphic violence, prison life, chaos and mayhem, criminal's revenge, gangsters, rivalry, crimes, going straight, ambition ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, post world war two
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, hiroshima japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%