Movies like Shaolin

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Shaolin (2011)
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Shaolin (2011)
Original name: 新少林寺
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 131 min.
Story: China is plunged into strife as feuding warlords try to expand their power by warring over neighboring lands. Fuelled by his success on the battlefield, young and arrogant Hao Jie sneers at Shaolin's masters when he beats one of them in a duel. But the pride comes before a fall. When his own family is wiped out by a rival warlord, Hao is forced to take refuge with the monks. As the civil unrest spreads and the people suffer, Hao and the Shaolin masters are forced to take a fiery stand against the evil warlords. They launch a daring plan or rescue and escape.
Style: serious, stylized, exciting, bleak, captivating, realistic, epic
Plot: monk, shaolin, shaolin kung fu, martial arts, martial artist, shaolin monk, monastery, wu shu, state affairs, refugee, dictatorship, conquering, duel, regret, warlord, hopes, political unrest, master warrior, palaces castles and temples, fictional war, parkour, kung fu, mixed martial arts, violence, religions or cults ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century, 20s
Place: china, asia

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Most similar movies to Shaolin

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, exciting, realistic and stylized films with plots about rivalry, martial arts, master warrior, kung fu, heroes, violence and vengeance mostly in Action, Drama and History genres. Some movies like Shaolin: Ip Man (2008), Kung Fu League (2018), Fearless (2006), The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter (1984), Fist of Legend (1994). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Martial Arts of Shaolin (1986)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Jet Li weasels out of the north Shaolin temple to assassinate a despotic ruler at the ruler's extravagant public birthday celebration. Two other men from the south Shaolin temple also set out to assassinate the ruler, but all three fail and are ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting, cult film
Audience: boys' night
Plot: shaolin, martial arts, shaolin monk, kung fu, master warrior, shaolin kung fu, heroes, soldier, kung fu master, buddha, one against many, vengeance ...
Time: 80s
Place: asia, china, beijing china
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 8.0
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Ip Man (2008)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A semi-biographical account of Yip Man, the first martial arts master to teach the Chinese martial art of Wing Chun. The film focuses on events surrounding Ip that took place in the city of Foshan between the 1930s to 1940s during the Second ...
Style: heroic, exciting, tense, uplifting, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, master warrior, human spirit, fist fighting, courage, warrior, wing chun, kung fu, sino japanese war, bravery, invasion, training ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 30s, 20th century, 40s ...
Place: china, asia, hong kong, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Shaolin Temple (1982)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The Tang emperor is betrayed by one of his generals, who installs himself as emperor in the East Capital. The son of one of his slave workers escapes to the Shaolin Temple, learns kung fu, and sets out to kill the traitor who killed his father. ...
Style: exciting, serious, stylized, captivating, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, master warrior, heroes, kung fu, vengeance, coming of age, adventure, obsessive quest, monk, tough heroes, renegade, heroic mission ...
Time: 7th century
Place: china, asia
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41%
 5.0
 512
Kung Fu League (2018)
Genre: Action
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 102 min.
Story: A poor comic book artist summons four legendary Kung Fu masters to learn the highest level of martial arts and help him get his girl.
Style: exciting, intense, serious, stylized, semi serious ...
Audience: boys' night, family outing, teens
Plot: master warrior, shaolin, hand to hand combat, shaolin monk, shaolin kung fu, adventure, friendship, martial arts, good versus evil, kung fu, mentor, fistfight ...
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Fearless (2006)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama
Country: China, Hong Kong, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Huo Yuan Jia became the most famous martial arts fighter in all of China at the turn of the 20th Century. Huo faced personal tragedy but ultimately fought his way out of darkness, defining the true spirit of martial arts and also inspiring his ...
Style: captivating, exciting, serious, intense, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, master warrior, kung fu, friendship, exile, martial arts tournament, hopes, patriotism, redemption, childhood, warrior, duel ...
Time: 19th century, 20th century, 1910s, turn of the century
Place: china, shanghai, asia, japan, shanghai china ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.8
 596
Shaolin Mantis (1978)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Skilled martial arts director Lau Ka Leung offers you another Kung Fu treat! this Asian classic introduces viewers to the Shaolin Mantis way of fighting! The tale takes you back to the Qing dynasty & Wei Feng, the son of a Qing official who ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, tense, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kung fu, cons and scams, fall in love, one man army, master villain, rivalry, danger, adventure, master warrior, heroes, state affairs ...
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter (1984)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The Yangs are betrayed by a government official conspiring with the Mongols. All of the Yang family males except the 4th, 5th, and 6th brothers are killed. Fu Sheng loses his mind after the death of his family, while the other brother, takes refuge ...
Style: rough, stylized, serious, realistic, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, danger, state affairs, daring rescue, rebellion, escapades, master warrior, confined, heroes, rivalry, graphic violence, power relations ...
Place: asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
 7.5
 23K
Fist of Legend (1994)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Chen Zhen, a Chinese engineering student in Kyoto, who braves the insults and abuse of his Japanse fellow students for his local love Mitsuko Yamada, daughter of the director, returns in 1937 to his native Shangai, under Japanse protectorate -in ...
Style: realistic, tense, rough, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, master warrior, vengeance, kung fu classic, folk hero, humiliation, good versus evil, duel, occupation, rage, uninhibited rivalry, kung fu ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 30s
Place: china, asia, japan, hong kong, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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The Wrath of Vajra (2013)
Genre: Action, Fantasy
Country: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan
Duration: 111 min.
Story: In the 1930s , a Japanese cult called The Temple of Hades was ordered to cooperate with the Japanese military to destroy China. They buy so many young children from poor family , who will be trained as a lethal killing machine and serve the Empire ...
Style: stylized, exciting, serious, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: shaolin, martial arts, mortal combat, vengeance, danger, imaginary, good versus evil, superhuman powers, contests and competitions, escapades, master warrior, chinese man ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s
Place: china
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.4
 9K
True Legend (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Country: China
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Su Qi-Er, a wealthy man living during the Qing Dynasty who loses his fortune and reputation as a result of a conspiracy against him. After being forced out onto the streets, Su dedicates his life to martial arts and reemerges as a patriotic hero ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, stylized, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, fight, army, good versus evil, vengeance, uninhibited rivalry, family in danger, family relations, family feud, rivalry, rescue, escapades ...
Time: 20th century, 1900s
Place: china, asia, ancient china
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 116 min.
Story: The anti-Ching patriots, under the guidance of Ho Kuang-han, have secretly set up their base in Canton, disguised as school masters. During a brutal Manchu attack, Lui manages to escape, and devotes himself to learning the martial arts in order to ...
Style: stylized, exciting, mad, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: shaolin, kung fu, martial arts, shaolin kung fu, monk, patriotism, master warrior, martial artist, vengeance, rebellion, murder, heroic mission ...
Time: 18th century
Place: china, asia, hong kong, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
5 Masters of Death (1974)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong, Taiwan
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Hu Te et al. escape the burning Shaolin temple after the Qing soldiers destroyed it in Shaolin Temple. The group of 5 decide to develop secret codes to identify fellow patriots, enlist those patriots and eventually meet up again to escape to the ...
Style: serious, realistic, rough, tense, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, fight, martial arts training, fistfight, shaolin kung fu, palaces castles and temples, graphic violence, master warrior, rescue, danger, heroes, rivalry ...
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Executioners from Shaolin (1977)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A couple unite - she is fluent in the crane style of kung fu, he in tiger style. They have a son, but the boy's father is killed by the evil eunuch Pai Mei. Disguised as a girl, his mom trains him in crane style while he secretly learns tiger ...
Style: rough, exciting, tense, realistic, serious
Audience: boys' night
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⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Once Upon a Time in China II (1992)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, History, Romance
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 113 min.
Story: In the sequel to the Tsui Hark classic, Wong Fei-Hung faces The White Lotus society, a fanatical cult seeking to drive the Europeans out of China through violence, even attacking Chinese who follow Western ways. Wong must also defend Dr. Sun Yat ...
Style: stylized, epic, enigmatic, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
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⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 7.2
 10K
Tai-Chi Master (1993)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Falsely accused for cheating in a martial arts competition, two boyhood friends are banished from their Shaolin Temple and go their separate ways. As adults, they join opposing sides in a civil war. When one betrays the other, they settle their ...
Style: stylized, exciting, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, monk, betrayal, heroes, kung fu, army, rebel, contests and competitions, cheating, righting the wronged, rivalry, clergy ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.1
 2K
Shao Lin men (1976)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A survivor of an attack on a rebel group opposing the Manchu invasion of China creates the Goose Fist fighting technique and tries for revenge on a traitor.
Style: serious, psychotronic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, master warrior, palaces castles and temples, heroic mission, school, legends and myths, vengeance, wooing, working undercover, track down, culture clash, vigilantism ...
Time: middle ages
Place: china, hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Fury of the Shaolin Master (1978)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Taiwan, Hong Kong
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A government law officer is dispatched to bring his brother's killers to justice. On his bloody mission, untold assassins are thrown at him, but to no avail. One by one they are done away with in a most militant style.
Style: stylized, rough, suspenseful, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: master warrior, martial arts, shaolin monk, graphic violence, vengeance, lone wolves, one man army, rivalry, danger, heroes, escapades, monk ...
Place: asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.1
 38K
Man of Tai Chi (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA, China, Hong Kong
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In Beijing, a young martial artist's skill places him in position to experience opportunities and sacrifices.
Style: serious, suspenseful, exciting, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, master warrior, tai chi, one on one, martial arts tournament, mortal combat, graphic violence, contests and competitions, tough heroes, opponent, ambition, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: china, hong kong, beijing china, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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 11K
The Warrior (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: South Korea, China
Duration: 158 min.
Story: In 1375, China was in chaos between Yuan Dynasty and Ming Dynasty. Coryo (an ancient kingdom of Korea then) sent a delegation of many diplomats, soldiers and a silent slave to make peace with the new Chinese government. However, this delegation got ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, rough, epic, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: battles, martial arts, master warrior, exile, desert, battle, samurai, survival, heroic mission, war, tragic hero, adventure ...
Time: middle ages, 14th century
Place: china, korea, hong kong, asia, mongolia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
 6.8
 784
Hapkido (1972)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong, South Korea
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Korea, 1934. During the Japanese occupation, there is open warfare between rival martial arts schools. There is a fight in the marketplace, and three Chinese students can't stand the unfair way of students that side up with the invasors, when ...
Style: stylized, realistic, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, master warrior, heroes, rivalry, kung fu, uninhibited rivalry, culture clash, against the odds, ambition, hopes, society, crimes ...
Time: 1930s, 30s
Place: china, korea, asia, hong kong, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Clan of the White Lotus (1980)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Shaolin practitioners and brothers Wu and Hung kill the merciless Pai Mei. However, Pai Mei's even more merciless brother White Lotus takes revenge; killing most of the Shaolin disciples, including Wu and Hung's girlfriend, leaving only ...
Style: serious, realistic, offbeat, stylized, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, danger, master warrior, graphic violence, uninhibited rivalry, vengeance, escapades, rivalry, heroes, kung fu, shaolin, revenge ...
Place: asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Seven years after the apparent death of Chen Zhen, who was shot after discovering who was responsible for his teacher's death (Huo Yuanjia) in Japanese-occupied Shanghai. A mysterious stranger arrives from overseas and befriends a local mafia ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, rough, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, resistance, undercover, master warrior, assassination, dishonesty, state affairs, vengeance, one man army, danger, rivalry, vigilantism ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 30s, 1930s, 1940s ...
Place: china, asia, shanghai
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
The New One-Armed Swordsman (1971)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Lei Li lost his right-arm in a sword duel with the master of a martial arts school, long ago. Now, he is able to defend himself well with just his left arm, and kung fu techniques. That he proves with just the help of his friend Chung-Chieng, when ...
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, stylized
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, disability, gory, graphic violence, danger, master warrior, heroes, rivalry, combat, mayhem, kung fu, revenge ...
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Movie in collections
 7.5
 16K
Iron Monkey (1993)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Iron Monkey is a Hong Kong variation of Robin Hood. Corrupt officials of a Chinese village are robbed by a masked bandit known as "Iron Monkey", named after a benevolent deity. When all else fails, the Governor forces a traveling physician ...
Style: stylized, exciting, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: secret identity, martial arts, kung fu, heroes, master warrior, monk, robin hood, state affairs, folk hero, family relations, righting the wronged, graphic violence ...
Time: 18th century
Place: china, asia, hong kong, tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Bodyguards and Assassins (2009)
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 139 min.
Story: In 1905, revolutionist Sun Yat-Sen visits Hong Kong to discuss plans with Tongmenghui members to overthrow the Qing dynasty. But when they find out that assassins have been sent to kill him, they assemble a group of protectors to prevent any attacks.
Style: captivating, exciting, stylized, emotional, suspenseful ...
Plot: martial arts, giant, revolution, politics, chinese history, danger, patriotism, hopes, empress, occupation, political unrest, idealism ...
Time: 20th century, 1900s
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Battle of the Warriors (2006)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: China, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong
Duration: 133 min.
Story: In 370 B.C, China was separated as seven nations and several other small tribes, one of these being the city state of Liang. The nation of Zhao is led by the terrifying Xiang Yangzhong who orders his troops to conquer the small city. Leaping to the ...
Style: stylized, rough, exciting, epic, serious ...
Plot: conquering, military, battles, siege, against the odds, heroic mission, heroes, leadership, fight for supremacy, ruler, intrigue, war ...
Time: ancient history
Place: ancient china, asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt (1989)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA, Canada, South Africa
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Jackson is back, and now he has a new partner, karate champion Sean, as they must face a deadly terrorist known as "The Cobra", who has infected Sean with a virus. Sean and Jackson have no choice but to fight the Cobra and his bands of ...
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: ninja, martial arts, heroes, good versus evil, master warrior, terrorism, mortal combat, tough heroes, one man army, fight, acrobat, battles ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: caribbean, usa, asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
One-Armed Swordsman (1967)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 115 min.
Story: An evil gang attacks the Chi school of Golden Sword Kung Fu. One student sacrifices his life to save his teacher and his school, his dying wish is that his son be taken in as a student. Young Fang Kang grows up in the school and treasures his ...
Style: emotional, stylized, offbeat, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
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Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Shaolin Temple (1976)
Genre: Action
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 126 min.
Story: There is no place more hallowed in the martial art world than China's Shaolin Temple. This special place deserves a special epic, which is what the martial arts maestro delivers in this battle between a brave brand of Chinese boxers and ...
Style: realistic, serious, exciting
Plot: martial arts, shaolin kung fu, master warrior, heroes, betrayal, rivalry, dishonesty, palaces castles and temples, vengeance, kung fu, cult, shaolin ...
Time: 18th century
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
In Eagle Dragon Fist (1979)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong, Taiwan
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A dishonored student of the Dragon Fist Sect seeks revenge for the death of his teacher.
Style: stylized, realistic, serious, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: master warrior, heroes, martial arts, graphic violence, antidote, village, vengeance, violence spree, danger, rivalry, kung fu master, chinaman ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%