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Tomorrow's Joe (2011)
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Tomorrow's Joe (2011)
Original name: あしたのジョー
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Set in the 1960's, Joe Yabuki (Tomohisa Yamashita) lives in a run-down low income ara. There, alcholic ex-boxer Danpei Tange (Teruyuki Kagawa) notices Joe Yabuki's talents as a boxer. But then, Joe gets into trouble and is sentenced into the youth detention center. In the youth detention center, Joe gets into a brawl and then is knocked out by Toru Rikiishi (Yusuke Iseya) who is a champion caliber professional boxer. While incarcerated, Joe gets special training from Danpei Tange through letters. Upon Joe's release, he quickly becomes an elite boxer and famous for a devastating cross counter. Meanwhile, Toru Rikiishi is also released from prison and quickly resumes his boxing career. Toru finally gets his shot at the world championship belt, but before that, Toru wants a match with Joe Yabuki. The two men enter the ring ...
Style: tense, captivating, disturbing
Plot: boxer, prisoner, boxing training, prison, coach, orphan, japanese man, rivalry, street fighter, jail, boxing trainer, boxing match, prizefighter, suspense, sport, superhero, boxing, prizefight, live action, nickname

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out captivating, disturbing, tense and realistic films with plots about sport, athlete's life, boxing, rivalry, boxer, suspense and fight mostly in Drama, Sport and Comedy genres. Some movies like Tomorrow's Joe: Back in the Day (2016), Chihayafuru Part II (2016), The Challenger (2015), Kaiji 2: The Ultimate Gambler (2011), Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit (2008). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Back in the Day (2016)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A young boxer is taken under the wing of a mob boss after his mother dies and his father is run out of town for being an abusive alcoholic.
Style: captivating, psychological, disturbing, tense
Plot: boxing, mafia, mob boss, boxer, coping, rising to stardom, athlete's life, life is a bitch, direction and purpose, sport, unrequited love, unfulfilled love ...
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95%
Chihayafuru Part II (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 102 min.
Story: After successfully won the Tokyo qualifying tournament, Chihaya and her friends are set to go on to the nationals. As they prepare, Chihaya is faced with new personal issues as her childhood friend and inspiration, Arata, has announced that he has ...
Style: psychological, captivating, disturbing, anime, shoujo
Plot: japanese schoolgirl, japanese girl, sport, game, teenager, teenage life, rivalry, contest, championship, relationship problems, competitor, relationships ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Challenger (2015)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A legendary trainer comes out of retirement to help an underdog boxer fight his way to a better life.
Style: captivating, inspirational, realistic, tense
Plot: boxer, boxing, working class, determination, against the odds, fight, sparring, sport, rise to the top, rivalry, society, african american ...
Time: 2010s
Place: usa, bronx new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
Kaiji 2: The Ultimate Gambler (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 133 min.
Story: 3 years after the ultimate life-or-death game with Teiai Group, Kaiji was entrapped by Teiai and again back in the underground, forced to do hard labour. One day, Kaiji wins a bet to get out of the underground with 1 million yen, and promises the ...
Style: anime, captivating, tense, disturbing
Plot: debt, gambler, criminal, money problems, suspense, gambling, runaway, organized crime, bandit, gambling debt, financial problem, crime boss ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
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Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 133 min.
Story: In an attempt to spur citizens into taking more productive roles in society, the Japanese government issues death messages, or "ikigami", informing them that they have only 24 hours left to live. The film follows a young man tasked with ...
Style: disturbing, tense, philosophical
Plot: life & death, death sentence, law and order, summary execution, society, social problems, legal, murder, social relations, suspense, legislation, superhero ...
Time: near future
Place: japan
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76%
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Hammer (2016)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: Russia
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Victor aka Hammer is an MMA champion with the world title fight ahead. After running into the mobster Shark Hammer gets injured but is still determined to win. Victor doesn't know Shark will stick at nothing to make Victor lose.
Style: tense, disturbing, captivating
Plot: wrestler, professional wrestler, ambition, criminal, mafia, suspense, rivalry, battles, love affair, showdown, love story, athlete's life ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
A Fighting Man (2014)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: Canada
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Two men meet in the ring for a fight that will change their lives.
Style: realistic, serious, disturbing, sincere, touching ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: boxing, sport, athlete's life, human spirit, ambition, contests and competitions, rivalry, suspense, brutality, fight, martial arts, competition ...
Time: 21st century
Place: ireland, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
Sarpatta Parambarai (2021)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: India
Duration: 173 min.
Story: When Sarpatta Parambarai is challenged to a do-or-die match, Kabilan, a young labourer, must choose whether to put on the gloves himself and lead his clan to victory, or be dissuaded by his disapproving mother and dangerous politics.
Style: disturbing, captivating, tense
Plot: boxing, sport, politics, fight, crime family, gang war, organized crime, gang, athlete and trainer, boxer, showdown, fight for supremacy ...
Time: 70s
Place: india
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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Unbeatable (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Fai, once a world champion in boxing, escapes to Macau from the loan sharks and unexpectedly encounters Qi, a young chap who is determined to win a boxing match. Fai becomes Qi's mentor and rediscovers his passion to fight not only in the ring ...
Style: tense, exciting, realistic, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, fight, ambition, opponent, boxing, contests and competitions, rivalry, boxing match, loan shark, training, athlete and trainer, ambitious man ...
Time: 21st century
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
Liar Game: Reborn (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 131 min.
Story: To exact revenge, the Liar Game office is revived. The target is only one person: Shin'ichi Akiyama. Because of new heroine Shinomiya, Shin'ichi, who kept refusing to take part in the game, finds himself in the game. Along with Akiyama, ...
Style: disturbing, tense, captivating
Plot: game of death, mind game, game, deception, psychological manipulation, psychologist, lie, ruse, student, con trick, psychology, suspense ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 7.6
 12K
Saala Khadoos (2016)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: India
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The story of a former boxer who quits boxing following a fallout with the authorities over the underlying politics but goes on to coach a fisherwoman to fulfill his dream through her. Thisi is a simultaneously shot Hindi version of the Tamil film ...
Style: feel good, suspenseful, thought provoking, exciting, captivating ...
Plot: boxing, corruption, boxing trainer, sport, politics, ex boxer, temper, coach, gym, anger, game, feminist ...
Place: india
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 6.5
 7K
Chuck (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A drama inspired by the life of heavyweight boxer Chuck Wepner.
Style: disturbing, captivating, thought provoking
Plot: boxing, sport, boxer, husband wife relationship, waitress, boxing match, athlete's life, historical character, boxing champion, rising to stardom, changing lives, historical figure ...
Time: 60s, year 1954, year 1975, year 1974, 70s
Place: new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 7.0
 3K
Ping Pong (2002)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 114 min.
Story: As children, the introverted Smile was being bullied by a gang of kids until the brash Peco comes by and chases all of them them away. Peco then takes Smile under his wings and teaches him how to play the game of ping pong. From there a life long ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, touching, uplifting, disturbing ...
Audience: teens
Plot: sport, athlete's life, youth, follow your dream, ambition, lifestyle, human spirit, contests and competitions, rivalry, friendship, opponent, underdog ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
The Boxer and Death (1963)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: Czechoslovakia
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Concentration camp commander Kraft finds out that prisoner Kominek is a former professional boxer. Overnight, the prisoner is made Kraft's exercise partner and unwillingly rises to a privileged position at the camp. His anger over the death of ...
Plot: world war two, boxing, prisoner, escape, starvation, concentration camp, boxer, prizefight, nazi, sport
Place: eastern europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
March Comes in Like a Lion (2017)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Rei Kiriyama is a 17-years-old shogi (Japanese chess) player. He debuted as a professional shogi player when he was in middle school. He lives by himself in Tokyo, because his parents and younger sister died in an traffic accident when he was ...
Style: captivating, anime, entertaining
Plot: foster parent, sport, competition, foster child, athlete's life, changing lives, lifestyle change, friends, seductive girl, sibling relationship, sister sister relationship, christmas ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 6.9
 137
Fourth Place (2015)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: South Korea
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Joon-ho, a 11-year-old swimmer who hopes to become an Olympic medalist, has a problem; he always records 4th place at all the swimming contests that he participates in. His mom who is more enthusiastic than himself in winning is frustrated. Hearing ...
Style: captivating, disturbing, psychological
Plot: swimming, swimmer, violence, coach, athlete and trainer, athlete's life, professional sports, suspense, sport, professional athlete, insult, bullying ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 7.3
 10K
Fat City (1972)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Two men, working as professional boxers, come to blows when their careers each begin to take opposite momentum.
Style: realistic, atmospheric, neo noir, serious, captivating ...
Audience: manly
Plot: boxing, friendship, alcohol abuse, sport, boxer, comeback, boxing match, athlete's life, rivalry, ambition, introspection, unfulfillment ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: california, usa, northern california
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
The Champion of Auschwitz (2020)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Sport
Country: Poland
Duration: 91 min.
Story: It is 1940. The first transport of prisoners arrives at the newly created concentration camp Auschwitz. One of them is Tadeusz “Teddy” Pietrzykowski, pre-war boxing champion of Warsaw. The camp officers force him to fight in the ring for his and ...
Style: disturbing, tense, captivating
Plot: concentration camp, boxing champion, boxer, military camp, athlete's life, world war two, prizefighter, athlete and trainer, suspense, historical character, prisoner of war camp, camp ...
Place: poland
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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Heart of Champions (2021)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: During their last year at an Ivy League college in 1999, a group of friends and crew teammates' lives are changed forever when an army vet takes over as coach of their dysfunctional rowing team.
Style: captivating, disturbing, tense, inspirational
Plot: coach, direction and purpose, athlete and trainer, sport team, sport, unconventional method, athlete's life, competitor, ambition, friends, team, school ...
Time: year 1999
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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Journeyman (2017)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A boxer suffers a serious head injury during a fight, and must deal with the consequences.
Style: exciting, sentimental, rough, inspirational, art house ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: boxing, sport, athlete's life, rise and fall, transformation, rivalry, courage, rage, ambition, violence, girl on top, brain damage ...
Place: usa, england, britain, united kingdom
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Liar Game: The Final Stage (2010)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 133 min.
Story: In Liar game: Final Stage, Players are encouraged to trust each other to win the tournament. However, a mysterious player named X is secretly plotting to sabotage everyone of their chances to win the LGT.
Style: tense, suspenseful, disturbing, captivating, surreal
Plot: mind game, greed, deception, money, gambling, lie, rivals, betrayal, psychology, most dangerous game, game, con trick ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Tiger, Blood in the Mouth (2016)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: Argentina, Italy
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Boxing drama / romance.
Style: sincere, captivating, light, erotic, visually appealing
Plot: boxer, boxing, illicit affair, erotica, sex scene, unfaithful husband, oral sex, extramarital affair, love affair, boxing training, infidelity, master ...
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51%
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Hands of Stone (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: Panama, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: The legendary Roberto Duran and his equally legendary trainer Ray Arcel change each other's lives.
Style: captivating, realistic, exciting, tense, inspirational ...
Plot: boxing, sport, boxing match, boxer, sex scene, rivalry, fight, rags to riches, athlete's life, contests and competitions, ambition, athlete and trainer ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s, 60s, year 1980
Place: panama
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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 7.6
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Creed (2015)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 133 min.
Story: The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed.
Style: inspirational, brutal, emotional, touching, reflective ...
Audience: family outing, boys' night, teens
Plot: boxing, underdog, sport, fight, boxer, mentor, athlete and trainer, training, coach, legacy, boxing match, courage ...
Time: year 1998, 2010s, 90s, year 2015, 21st century
Place: philadelphia, usa, pennsylvania, mexico, los angeles ...
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49%
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The Fight (2018)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: UK
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Tina lives in a quiet seaside town but her life is anything but quiet - her mother is threatening to leave her father, her daughter is being bullied and she and her husband Mick are juggling full time jobs and three children. Determined to ditch the ...
Style: emotional, psychological, captivating, realistic
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⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Kaiji: The Ultimate Gambler (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Itou Kaiji is a bum who steals car emblems and slashes tires on what seems to be a regular basis. This routine changes one day when he is paid a visit by a man in a trench-coat. Once the two get talking, it seems that the visitor (Calling himself ...
Style: tense, anime, captivating, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: survival, social decay, contests and competitions, rivalry, rich and poor, risk, deathtrap, escapades, job seeking, lifestyle, society, gambling ...
Time: 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Dans les cordes (2007)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: France
Duration: 93 min.
Style: realistic, serious, touching
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Time: 21st century
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Chihayafuru Part I (2016)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 111 min.
Story: When Chihaya Ayase was in the 6th grade of elementary school, she met Arata Wataya. Arata Wataya transferred from Fukui Prefecture. Taichi Mashima was Chihaya Ayase's friend since they were little. Arata got close to Chihaya and Taichi from the ...
Style: humorous, captivating, entertaining, shoujo
Plot: tournament, school club, sport, japanese schoolgirl, high school sports, follow your dream, sister sister relationship, rivalry, ambition, high school friend, sisters, schoolgirl ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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Notorious Nick (2021)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Nick Newell, a one-armed MMA fighter gets a rare chance to fight for the lightweight championship. He strives to win for himself and all the other people in the world with physical challenges.
Style: captivating, disturbing, tense
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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 6.9
 56
Sukiyaki (2011)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Kenta Kurihara (Tasuku Nagaoka) is sent to prison for battery. In his cell he is referred to as the "newcomer." Meanwhile, Kenta is bummed out with simple meal offerred in prison. The four other prisoners in his jail cell have no problems ...
Style: captivating, satirical, entertaining, humorous, funny
Plot: jail cell, food, prison, prisoner, prison life, conversation, humour, prison sentence, jail, satire, superhero, memories ...
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