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Shaolin Mantis (1978)
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Shaolin Mantis (1978)
Original name: 螳螂
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 tries to unveil facts about a revolt. The grand daughter of the farmer community where his investigation takes him, sacrifices her life to save him in the end. Managing to escape unscathed, he promises to hunt down the girl's killer and therefore creates the effective technique of Shaolin Mantis.
Style: exciting, tense, touching, serious, realistic, surprise ending, cult film
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kung fu, adventure, heroes, graphic violence, fall in love, moral dilemma, master warrior, one man army, family in danger, political unrest, rivalry, state affairs, master villain, cons and scams, forced into action, romancing a suspect, marriage, fight, revolutionary, kung fu master, praying mantis, infiltration, qing dynasty, rite of passage ...
Place: china, asia

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, exciting, realistic and stylized films with plots about martial arts, heroes, rivalry, kung fu, master warrior, vengeance and graphic violence mostly in Action, Drama and Fantasy genres. Some movies like Shaolin Mantis: 5 Masters of Death (1974), The New One-Armed Swordsman (1971), Executioners from Shaolin (1977), The 8 Diagram Pole Fighter (1984), Clan of the White Lotus (1980). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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: exciting, tense, serious, realistic, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, fight, fistfight, martial arts training, shaolin kung fu, graphic violence, battles, mortal combat, tough heroes, evil empire, master warrior, rivalry ...
Place: asia, china
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100%
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: exciting, serious, realistic, stylized
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, graphic violence, disability, heroes, rivalry, master warrior, combat, kung fu, mayhem, innkeeper, fortress, wager ...
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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: serious, realistic, exciting, tense, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, battles, kung fu, shaolin, graphic violence, rivalry, heroes, master villain, one man army, master warrior, failed attempt, mortal combat ...
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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: realistic, serious, rough, stylized, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, confined, master warrior, rivalry, daring rescue, state affairs, escapades, rebellion, heroes, graphic violence, siblings relations, vengeance ...
Place: asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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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: exciting, realistic, serious, suspenseful, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, graphic violence, master warrior, escapades, rivalry, heroes, uninhibited rivalry, vengeance, revenge, qing dynasty, kung fu classic, shaolin ...
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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Shaolin (2011)
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. ...
Style: serious, stylized, bleak, exciting, captivating ...
Plot: monk, shaolin monk, shaolin, shaolin kung fu, martial arts, martial artist, monastery, wu shu, state affairs, dictatorship, conquering, refugee ...
Time: 1920s, 20th century
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Invincible Armour (1977)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong, Taiwan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Hwang Jang Lee is a corrupt Ming guard who frames John Liu for murder. A wanted fugitive, John hides out with a teen who is an expert in the infamous Iron Armor technique, a technique that means the expert can withstand anything. However, Hwang is ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kung fu, assassin, revenge, tough heroes, master warrior, protagonist as suspect, escapades, rivalry, heroes, one man army, track down ...
Place: hong kong, china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Crippled Avengers (1978)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Crippled Avengers is a 1978 Shaw Brothers kung fu film directed by Chang Cheh and starring four members of the Venom Mob. It has been released in North America as Mortal Combat and Return of the 5 Deadly Venoms. The film follows a group of martial ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, exciting, cult film
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kung fu, mute or deaf, adventure, rivalry, master warrior, military, misfit, heroes, disability, vengeance, siblings relations ...
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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The Deadly Duo (1971)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The plot involves patriots during the Sung Dynasty and their attempts to rescue a kidnapped prince from Ching troops who have invaded the north of China. The patriots are led by Ti Lung who recruits a mysterious but seemingly superhuman fighter ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, stylized, exciting
Plot: martial arts, friends, revolution, heroes, escapades, rebellion, master warrior, partners, buddies, daring rescue, heroic mission, river ...
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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: serious, realistic, exciting, stylized, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: master warrior, martial arts, shaolin monk, graphic violence, one man army, lone wolves, rivalry, escapades, heroes, vengeance, buddha, buddhist monk ...
Place: asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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: serious, exciting, stylized, captivating, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, master warrior, heroes, kung fu, adventure, coming of age, vengeance, renegade, tough heroes, monk, obsessive quest, heroic mission ...
Time: 7th century
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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: captivating, serious, realistic, emotional, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kung fu classic, kung fu, monk, disability, graphic violence, misfit, love and romance, rivalry, society, heroes, master warrior ...
Place: asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Duel of the Iron Fist (1971)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Tan Jen-chieh’s life spins out of control when he’s forced into exile to clear his name following the murder of his adopted father. He’s hunted in the streets. His lover, Butterfly, turns to prostitution. And his father’s likely killer – a ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kung fu, martial arts, graphic violence, vigilantism, vengeance, gangsters, criminal's revenge, one man army, heroes, rivalry, gang, master warrior ...
Time: 20th century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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 ...
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Time: 80s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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Fist of Legend (1994)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 103 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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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: exciting, realistic, serious, stylized
Audience: boys' night
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⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Challenge of the Masters (1976)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 97 min.
Story: The Wong family kung fu school gets smacked around by a rival school. Wong Fei-hong gets fed up with the abuse and goes to learn from his fathers master. After one of the rival schools members kills some of the towns people Wong Fei-hong becomes ...
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, stylized, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 20th century, 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Bandits, Prostitutes and Silver (1977)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 83 min.
Story: To free his girlfriend from her contract with a greedy madam, Shang Li (Don Wong) teams up with a cold-blooded thief called the Sparrow (Chiang-lung Wen) to hijack a large shipment of silver. But when the heist suddenly goes bad, Shang Li finds ...
Style: captivating, exciting, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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 1K
Warriors Two (1978)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 95 min.
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Style: realistic, serious, epic, stylized
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
The Kid with the Golden Arm (1979)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 75 min.
Story: Jin bei tong opens with a group of escort/guards preparing to move a shipment of gold from the local government to an area stricken by famine... one of the very few Venom films where all six Venom actors are present within a single film.
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Time: 70s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Dynamite Fighters (1987)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Michelle Yeoh stars in this rousing action adventure in the tradition of "Raiders of the Lost Ark." Michelle is a daredevil airplane pilot/spy who fights against the occupying Japanese forces in World War II China. Her latest, toughest ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, cult film
Audience: boys' night
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Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
New Fists of Fury (1976)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong, Taiwan
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A brother and sister escape from Japanese-occupied Shanghai to Japanese-occupied Taiwan, to stay with their grandfather who runs a Kung-Fu school there. However, the master of a Japanese Kung-Fu school in Taiwan has designs on bringing all other ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough, cult film
Audience: boys' night
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⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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 ...
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Time: 18th century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 5.2
 421
Shatter (1974)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: UK, Hong Kong
Duration: 90 min.
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Style: realistic, serious, exciting, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 70s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
The Brave Archer (1977)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 127 min.
Story: Guo Jing and Yang Kang are the sons of two rebels. The rebels are killed by imperial soldiers and the boys are rescued by six pugilists later. The pugilists agree to separate the two boys, tutor them separately in martial arts, and let them meet ...
Style: realistic, serious, epic, exciting, cult film
Audience: boys' night
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Place: asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Bangkok Assassins (2011)
Genre: Action
Country: Thailand
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Five kids fled from a mafia who abused them as beggars. They ended up meeting the great kung fu master who adopted them and taught them how to fight. Now, the kids are grownups and become the magnificent five kung fu fighters who have only one ...
Style: exciting, serious, captivating, tense, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, shaolin kung fu, kung fu, youth, crimes, vengeance, rivalry, kung fu master, master warrior, young heroes, heroes, teenage life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: thailand, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.6
 186
Brothers Five (1970)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The 5 Kao brothers, separated since childhood, are unaware that the master Teng Lung Manor, Lung Chen-feng has killed their father. All five, however, seek to defeat the vicious gangsters at the Manor.
Style: exciting, captivating, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
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Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Five Deadly Venoms (1978)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A kung-fu student is instructed by his dying teacher to track down five of the teacher's ex-students. Each of the five is equipped with a lethal martial arts skill, and the teacher fears this might be used for evil purposes. However, not only ...
Style: serious, exciting, stylized, suspenseful, cult film
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⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Kill the Shogun (1975)
Genre: Action, Drama
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Duration: 103 min.
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Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, realistic, tense ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 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
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Place: asia, hong kong, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%