Movies like Sonatine

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Sonatine (1993)
 7.5
 18K
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, gang war, gangsters, yakuza, knife, criminal heroes, gang, dark humor, crimes, crime, strong violent content, deadly, rivalry, uninhibited rivalry, take over, sumo, gun violence, bullet wound, gangster, violence, organized crime, mafia, gunfight, gun, betrayal ...
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, violence, crimes, rivalry, crime, gangster and vengeance mostly in Crime, Drama and Thriller genres. Some movies like Sonatine: Boiling Point (1990), Violent Cop (1989), Brother (2000), Fireworks (1997), Beyond Outrage (2012). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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: humorous, exciting, realistic, semi serious
Plot: gas station, gangsters, gore, yakuza, tragic event, baseball, interracial relations, revenge, drinking, gun, car accident, drinking alcohol ...
Time: 80s
Place: okinawa, asia, japan, okinawa japan, tokyo
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 7.2
 11K
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, realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police corruption, vengeance, police, police detective, anti heroes, kidnapping, anti hero, police officer, drug dealer, police investigation, crimes, crime ...
Time: 80s
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.1
 22K
Brother (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, 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, atmospheric, exciting, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: yakuza, mafia, culture clash, suicide, gangsters, family relations, sibling relationship, interracial relations, fish out of water, siblings relations, criminal heroes, gang war ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, japan, california, usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
 7.8
 28K
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, sentimental, serious, rough, emotional ...
Plot: dying, gangsters, loss, couple relations, loss of loved one, loss of partner, love and romance, life is a bitch, law enforcement, crimes, fighting illness, mafia ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, 1990s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, mount fuji
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
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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, realistic, serious, rough, surprise ending
Audience: boys' night
Plot: yakuza, gangsters, gang war, criminal heroes, law enforcement, crime, deadly, rivalry, crimes, danger, elimination, power struggle ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
 6.8
 13K
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: serious, tense, rough, realistic, cynical
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang member, violence, crime family, hanging, criminal heroes, crimes, danger, deadly, gang, rivalry, gang war, gory ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
The Blind Swordsman: 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, geisha, sword fight, violence, good versus evil, master warrior, vengeance, one man army, mob boss, protector ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Ichi the Killer (2001)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Horror, Thriller
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, banned film ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: massacre, gang, danger, rage, sadism, psychopath, gory, gangsters, violence, mafia, hitman, vengeance ...
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
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Time: 90s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
The City of Lost Souls (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 103 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, rough, suspenseful, disturbing, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, gang, love triangle, lovers on the run, criminal's revenge, master criminal, rivalry, crimes, chase, drug dealing, crime, danger ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 7.2
 8K
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, mafia, crime, crimes, friendship, culture clash, rescue, haunted by the past, danger, rivalry ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, post world war two, 80s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, kyoto japan, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.3
 2K
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: disturbing, suspense, captivating, exciting, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: yakuza, crime boss, organized crime, survival, hitman, gunfight, murder, mafia, brutality, violence, danger, death threat ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 7.8
 19K
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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 ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Bangkok Dangerous (2000)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
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Duration: 105 min.
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Style: tense, rough, suspenseful, intense, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: thailand, asia, bangkok thailand, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
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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
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: south korea, korea, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
The Streetfighter (1974)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 87 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, realistic, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kidnapping, anti heroes, anti hero, kung fu, heroes, betrayal, master warrior, karate, street fighter, yakuza, vengeance ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, 80s
Place: hong kong, japan, asia, china, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 7.2
 21K
State of Grace (1990)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Terry Noonan returns home to New York's Hells Kitchen after a ten year absence. He soon hooks up with childhood pal Jackie who is involved in the Irish mob run by his brother Frankie. Terry also rekindles an old flame with Jackie's sister ...
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, captivating, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, betrayal, irish, undercover, gangsters, crime, crimes, working undercover, undercover agent, organized crime, reunion, dishonesty ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, grand central station manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city, boston ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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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: rough, tense, suspenseful, bleak, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 60s, 20th century, 80s, 90s, 70s ...
Place: london, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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, danger, murder, gangsters, betrayal, police investigation, criminal's revenge, vigilantism, vengeance, lone wolves, gang, partners ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic, surreal
Audience: boys' night
Plot: school, murder, martial arts, yakuza, teenage life, high school life, dark humor, heroes, crime, rivalry, gang, crimes ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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: rough, serious, realistic, bleak
Plot: yakuza, deadly, life is a bitch, drug abuse, addiction, criminal heroes, gang, crimes, crime, criminal's revenge, gangsters, rivalry ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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, uninhibited rivalry, deadly ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hong kong, japan, asia, macau, singapore ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, suspense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, gambling, yakuza, criminal heroes, intrigue, gangsters, dishonesty, crimes, heroes, chases and races, criminal's revenge, rivalry ...
Time: 70s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Last Man Standing (1996)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: John Smith is a mysterious stranger who is drawn into a vicious war between two Prohibition-era gangs. In a dangerous game, he switches allegiances from one to another, offering his services to the highest bidder. As the death toll mounts, Smith ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, stylized, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: mafia, small town, gangsters, betrayal, gang war, duel, rivalry, tommy gun, hitman, lone wolves, danger, crime ...
Time: 20th century, 1920s, 20s, 1930s, year 1932
Place: texas, usa, mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 7.9
 210K
True Romance (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Clarence marries hooker Alabama, steals cocaine from her pimp, and tries to sell it in Hollywood, while the owners of the coke try to reclaim it.
Style: stylized, serious, suspenseful, bleak, neo noir ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cocaine, mafia, gangsters, drug dealing, romance, lovers on the run, mexican standoff, crimes, crime, gunfight, peril, organized crime ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, los angeles, detroit
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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: realistic, suspenseful, serious, rough, gloomy ...
Plot: gangsters, prison, yakuza, crimes, down on your luck, deadly, criminal's revenge, addiction, sexual content, strong violent content, life is a bitch, drug abuse ...
Time: 1940s, 50s, 40s, 20th century
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 8.0
 15K
Company (2002)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: India
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Mallik is a henchman of Aslam Bhai, a Mumbai underworld kingpin. He inducts local hothead Chandu into the gang, and the two of them soon form a formidable faction within the gang, eventually displacing Aslam. As the empire grows, however, the two of ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: gang war, organized crime, rivalry, gang, gangsters, criminal underworld, love and romance, criminal heroes, deadly, crimes, crime, vengeance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: india, hong kong, switzerland, mumbai india, asia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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: bleak, rough, suspenseful, exciting, cynical ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heroes, martial arts, mafia, undercover agent, yakuza, organized crime, espionage, gang, tough law enforcer, chases and races, special agents, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.1
 8K
Crows Zero (2007)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Country: Japan
Duration: 130 min.
Story: The students of Suzuran High compete for the King of School title. An ex-graduate yakuza is sent to kill the son of a criminal group, but he can't make himself to do it as he reminds him of his youth.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, captivating, semi serious, rough ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: gang war, gang, rivalry, high school, youth, crimes, gangsters, crime, teenage life, friendship, high school life, father son relationship ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%