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Shanghai Triad (1995)
 7.1
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Shanghai Triad (1995)
Original name: 摇啊摇,摇到外婆桥
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Romance, Thriller
Country: France, China
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A provincial boy related to a Shanghai crime family is recruited by his uncle into cosmopolitan Shanghai in the 1930s to be a servant to a ganglord's mistress.
Style: stylized, atmospheric, clever, tense, serious, captivating, realistic, suspenseful, twists and turns, visually appealing ...
Plot: coming of age, gangsters, murder, island, mistress, triad, master and servant, vengeance, gang, crimes, crime, youth, couple relations, battles, love and romance, artists and showbiz, society, couples, deadly, rivalry, criminal's revenge, power relations, drug lord, chinese mafia, criminal underworld ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: china, shanghai, asia, tokyo

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Most similar movies to Shanghai Triad

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, melancholic and stylized films with plots about runaway, storytelling, brutality, betrayal, dialogue, murder and violence mostly in Drama, Romance and Thriller genres. Some movies like Shanghai Triad: Raise the Red Lantern (1991), Temptress Moon (1996), Red Sorghum (1988), The Emperor and the Assassin (1998), Lust, Caution (2007). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Raise the Red Lantern (1991)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: China, Hong Kong, Taiwan
Duration: 125 min.
Story: China in the 1920s. After her father's death, 19 year old Songlian is forced to marry the much older lord of a powerful family. With three wives already, each living in a separate house within the great castle, there is fierce competition for ...
Style: atmospheric, realistic, serious, stylized, intense ...
Plot: mistress, feminism, jealousy, intrigue, insanity, wealth, tragic event, dignity, love triangle, resentment, arranged marriage, young woman ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s
Place: china, asia
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100%
Temptress Moon (1996)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Set in the decadent 1920s, Temptress Moon tells the very complicated story of a wealthy family living on the outskirts of Shanghai. Their youngest daughter, Ruyi, is brought up as a servant to her opium-addicted father and brother. Meanwhile, her ...
Style: stylized, serious, realistic, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: gangsters, family relations, blackmail, opium, addiction, power relations, couples, rise and fall, dishonesty, romance, unfulfillment, love and romance ...
Time: 1910s, 1920s, 20th century
Place: china, shanghai, asia, tokyo, japan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Ju Dou: Secret Love, Hidden Faces (1990)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: China, Japan
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A woman married to the brutal and infertile owner of a dye mill in rural China conceives a boy with her husband's nephew but is forced to raise her son as her husband's heir without revealing his parentage in this circular tragedy. Filmed ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, biting, suspense, contemplative ...
Plot: adultery, murder, infidelity, patricide, abuse, sadism, drowning, spouse abuse, marital abuse, family problems, power relations, couples ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.4
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Red Sorghum (1988)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: China
Duration: 91 min.
Story: An old leper who owned a remote sorghum winery dies. Jiu'er, the wife bought by the leper, and her lover, identified only as "my Grandpa" by the narrator, take over the winery and set up an idealized quasi-matriarchal community headed ...
Style: tense, serious, realistic, sincere, epic ...
Plot: sino japanese war, world war two, village, village life, wartime life, love affair, couple relations, political unrest, society, state affairs, love and romance, war ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s, 1940s, 1930s
Place: china, asia, japan, tokyo, berlin germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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The Emperor and the Assassin (1998)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: China, Japan, France
Duration: 162 min.
Story: In pre-unified China, the King of Qin sends his concubine to a rival kingdom to produce an assassin for a political plot, but as the king's cruelty mounts she finds her loyalty faltering.
Style: epic, captivating, realistic, serious, visually appealing ...
Plot: assassination, emperor, kingdom, mistress, bow and arrow, betrayal, assassin, ambition, rise to the top, fall in love, love triangle, save the kingdom ...
Time: 18th century
Place: china, ancient china, asia, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 7.5
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Lust, Caution (2007)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, Thriller, War
Country: Taiwan, USA, Hong Kong, China
Duration: 157 min.
Story: During World War II a secret agent must seduce, then assassinate an official who works for the Japanese puppet government in Shanghai. Her mission becomes clouded when she finds herself falling in love with the man she is assigned to kill.
Style: sexual, disturbing, clever, serious, captivating ...
Plot: lust, explicit sex, sexual relations, mistress, extramarital affair, resistance, seduction, strong sexual content, adultery, dangerous attraction, femme fatale, world war two ...
Time: 1940s, 30s, 20th century, 40s, 1930s
Place: china, asia, japan, shanghai, hong kong ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
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 5.9
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Billy Bathgate (1991)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: In the year 1935, a teen named Billy Bathgate finds first love while becoming the protégé of fledgling gangster Dutch Schultz.
Style: stylized, serious, realistic, suspenseful, gloomy ...
Plot: gangsters, jury, crimes, crime, coming of age, bribery, couples, wanted, graphic violence, rise to the top, love and romance, rivalry ...
Time: 1930s, 30s, 20th century
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 6.4
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Shanghai (2010)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: China, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: An American man returns to a corrupt, Japanese-occupied Shanghai four months before Pearl Harbor and discovers his friend has been killed. While he unravels the mysteries of the death, he falls in love and discovers a much larger secret that his own ...
Style: captivating, stylized, suspenseful, suspense, serious ...
Plot: murder, uncover truth, investigation, mystery, deadly, dishonesty, fall in love, political conspiracy, life is a bitch, love and romance, dark secret, mafia ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century, year 1941
Place: china, asia, shanghai china, shanghai
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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Road to Perdition (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Mike Sullivan works as a hit man for crime boss John Rooney. Sullivan views Rooney as a father figure, however after his son is witness to a killing, Mike Sullivan finds himself on the run in attempt to save the life of his son and at the same time ...
Style: harsh, bleak, tense, emotional, serious ...
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Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: illinois, usa, chicago illinois, michigan
⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Postman Always Rings Twice (1981)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: West Germany, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: This remake of the 1946 movie of the same name accounts an affair between a seedy drifter and a seductive wife of a roadside cafe owner. This begins a chain of events that culminates in murder. Based on a novel by James M. Cain.
Style: serious, sexy, suspense, atmospheric, captivating ...
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Time: 20th century, 1930s, 30s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Miller's Crossing (1990)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Set in 1929, a political boss and his advisor have a parting of the ways when they both fall for the same woman.
Style: atmospheric, stylized, tense, cynical, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Monument Ave. (1998)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Bobby O'Grady a low level member of a Boston Irish gang run by Jackie O'Hara. Jackie demands absolute, total loyalty to him. When Jackie kills one of Bobby's buddies, Teddy, Bobby and others have to keep it an absolute secret, even ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, dark, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, betrayal, gangsters, crimes, crime, vengeance, gang, investigation, best friends, life is a bitch, juvenile delinquency, deadly ...
Time: 90s
Place: boston, ireland, europe, usa, new jersey ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Country: France, Spain, Belgium, Panama
Duration: 120 min.
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Genre: Action, Drama, History, Romance
Country: China, Hong Kong
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Style: sexy, captivating, serious, epic, colourful ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Cassandra's Dream (2007)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, France
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The tale of two brothers with serious financial woes. When a third party proposes they turn to crime, things go bad and the two become enemies.
Style: twists and turns, tense, realistic, suspenseful, serious ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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State of Grace (1990)
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Country: UK, USA
Duration: 134 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Assassination Tango (2002)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA, Argentina
Duration: 114 min.
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Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, intense, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
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Place: argentina, new york, latin america, usa, buenos aires argentina ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Gangster No. 1 (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany, Ireland
Duration: 103 min.
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Style: rough, tense, suspenseful, bleak, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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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 ...
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Place: japan, asia, tokyo, okinawa japan, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Yards (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: In the rail yards of Queens, contractors repair and rebuild the city's subway cars. These contracts are lucrative, so graft and corruption are rife. When Leo Handler gets out of prison, he finds his aunt married to Frank Olchin, one of the big ...
Style: tense, bleak, realistic, rough, emotional ...
Plot: betrayal, corruption, murder, whistleblower, false accusation, crime, political corruption, crimes, injustice, moral dilemma, life is a bitch, gangsters ...
Time: 90s, 2000s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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Kansas City (1996)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music, Thriller
Country: France, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Robert Altman's story is a riff on race, class, and power cross-cuts between the two kidnappings and the background of corrupt politics and virtuoso jazz music. It all takes place in Kansas City in 1934.
Style: atmospheric, talky, offbeat, realistic, serious ...
Plot: kidnapping, gangsters, jazz, nightclub, gambling, politician, election, crime, crimes, politics, missing person, hostage ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: usa, kansas city, kansas, missouri
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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Chinese Box (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: France, Japan, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The story of Hong Kong, from New Year's Day to June 30th, 1997, when the British left their colony and turned it over to the People's Republic of China.
Style: atmospheric, contemplative, realistic, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: politics, romance, couple relations, urban, terminal illness, love and romance, society, unfulfillment, couples, profanity, bittersweet, city life ...
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Place: hong kong, asia, china, beijing china, north korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 7.1
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Burnt Money (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Argentina, Spain, Uruguay
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Set in Argentina in 1965, the story follows the tumultuous relationship between two men who became lovers and ultimately ruthless bank robbers in a notoriously famous footnote in the annals of crime history. After a large-scale hold-up that turns ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, intense, touching ...
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Time: 1960s, 60s, 90s, year 1965, 70s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
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King of New York (1990)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: Italy, USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A former drug lord returns from prison determined to wipe out all his competition and distribute the profits of his operations to New York's poor and lower classes in this stylish and ultra violent modern twist on Robin Hood.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, atmospheric, intense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: drug lord, gangsters, gang, cocaine, violence, crimes, crime, rivalry, mafia, organized crime, neo noir, gunfight ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 1990s, 90s
Place: new york, usa, bronx new york city, manhattan new york city, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 7.3
 13K
Read My Lips (2001)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 115 min.
Story: She is almost deaf and she lip-reads. He is an ex-convict. She wants to help him. He thinks no one can help except himself.
Style: tense, suspenseful, atmospheric, touching, serious ...
Plot: mute or deaf, opposites attract, warden, parole officer, workplace, crimes, crime, looking for love, mentally unstable, unlikely partners, criminal heroes, partners ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2000s
Place: europe, paris france, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
The City of Lost Souls (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 103 min.
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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 ⇓
18%
Farewell My Concubine (1993)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 171 min.
Story: Abandoned by his prostitute mother in 1920, Douzi was raised by a theater troupe. There he meets Shitou and over the following years the two develop an act entitled, "Farewell My Concubine," that brings them fame and fortune. When Shitou ...
Style: stylized, emotional, atmospheric, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: gays and lesbians, gender bending, love triangle, homosexual, friendship, prostitute, marriage, suicide, communism, teacher, actor, opera ...
Time: 1920s, 60s, 70s, 1940s, 1930s ...
Place: china, beijing china, asia, japan, taiwan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
 6.7
 36K
Summer of Sam (1999)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Spike Lee's take on the "Son of Sam" murders in New York City during the summer of 1977 centering on the residents of an Italian-American South Bronx neighborhood who live in fear and distrust of one another.
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, atmospheric, tense ...
Plot: serial killer, crime, infidelity, crimes, danger, psychopath, lust, murder, punk, heat wave, intolerance, bigotry ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, bronx new york city, new york yankees, harlem manhattan new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
Separate Lies (2005)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A cyclist is killed, swiped by a Range Rover in a village lane. James and Anne Manning become involved because the victim is the husband of their cleaner, Maggie. James, a solicitor in the city, soon comes to suspect William Bule, a millionaire ...
Style: psychological, suspense, emotional, twists and turns, realistic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: infidelity, family problems, murder, investigation, introspection, society, crumbling marriage, love and romance, twists & turns, depression, drinking, drinking alcohol ...
Time: contemporary
Place: london, england, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
 7.8
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The Road Home (1999)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: China
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Prompted by the death of his father and the grief of his mother, a man recalls the story of how they met in flashback.
Style: sentimental, emotional, stylized, atmospheric, captivating ...
Plot: funeral, village, businessman, teacher, death, fall in love, wooing, grief, burial, coffin, village life, romance ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: china, asia
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