Movies like Pale Flower

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Pale Flower (1964)
 7.7
 3K
Pale Flower (1964)
Original name: 乾いた花
Genre: Action, Crime
Country: Japan
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Muraki, a hardboiled Yakuza gangster, has just been released from prison after serving a sentence for murder. Revisiting his old gambling haunts, he meets Saeko, a striking young upper-class woman who is out seeking thrills, and whose presence adds spice to the staid masculine underworld rituals. Muraki becomes her mentor while simultaneously coping with the shifts of power that have affected the gangs while he was interred. When he notices a rogue, drug-addicted young punk hanging around the gambling dens, he realizes that Saeko's insatiable lust for intense pleasures may be leading her to self-destruction.
Style: neo noir, tense, atmospheric, offbeat, serious, realistic, suspenseful, stylized, noir
Plot: gambling, yakuza, gambler, ex convict, gangsters, crimes, casino, crime, life is a bitch, dull life, ambition, destructive relationship, dishonesty, nightlife, city life, unfulfillment, character on the edge, gambling house, japanese new wave, dog, prison, fight, con artists, death, car race ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, suspenseful and rough films with plots about crimes, crime, rivalry, gangsters, yakuza, dishonesty and gang mostly in Crime, Action and Drama genres. Some movies like Pale Flower: Tokyo Drifter (1966), The Woman Sharper (1963), Graveyard of Honor (1975), The Divine Move (2014), If You Were Young: Rage (1970). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Tokyo Drifter (1966)
Genre: Action, Crime
Country: Japan
Duration: 82 min.
Story: After yakuza boss Kurata dissolves his own criminal empire, a rival kingpin offers a position to Kurata's top operative, Tetsuya "Phoenix Tetsu" Hondo. When the fiercely loyal Tetsu declines, Otsuka taps unstoppable Tatsuzo the ...
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Plot: bar fight, gangsters, betrayal, nightclub, hitman, yakuza, heroes, criminal heroes, rivalry, crimes, going straight, crime ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
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The Woman Sharper (1963)
Genre: Action, Crime
Country: Japan
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Handsome young Katsuta tries to follow the yakuza code, but even his boss doesn't believe in it. Diamond Fuyu is less ethical, and allows the idiotic Tetsu to trick a schoolgirl he fancies, Hanako, into a type of bonded prostitution. Because of ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, offbeat, stylized
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Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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 ...
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Time: 1940s, 20th century, 50s, 40s
Place: tokyo, asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Divine Move (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime
Country: South Korea
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Professional baduk (go) player Tae-seok loses a high-stakes game to infamous underground gambler Sal-soo, and ends up framed for the murder of his own brother and locked up in prison. He vows revenge and trains ferociously. After serving his ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gambling, gangsters, vengeance, dishonesty, rivalry, deadly, crimes, murder, prison, violence, graphic violence, crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: asia, korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
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If You Were Young: Rage (1970)
Genre: Action, Crime
Country: Japan
Duration: 89 min.
Story: If You Were Young: Rage highlights the other side of post-war Japanese prosperity, focusing on the throngs of young people who missed out on the boom. We follow a group of young men that can't seem to get ahead, despite their willingness to ...
Style: serious, realistic, disturbing, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: family relations, unemployment, social differences, life is a bitch, kids in trouble, hopes, society, youth, gang, crimes, city life, innocence lost ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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Street Mobster (1972)
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Country: Japan
Duration: 88 min.
Story: The Japanese yakuza films certainly have a well-earned reputation of being violent and chaotic. Some are more frenetic than others and Street Mobster is unbelievable high on savagery and energy. It dawned the re-birth of the genre, telling the story ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
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Detective Bureau 2-3: Go to Hell Bastards (1963)
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Country: Japan
Duration: 88 min.
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Style: exciting, captivating, stylized, humorous, realistic ...
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Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Detective Doberman (1977)
Genre: Action, Crime
Country: Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The burned remains of a young woman discovered in Shinjuku, Tokyo. The police comes to the conclusion that its the work of a pyromaniacal serial murderer. The murder victim is identified as Mayumi Tamaki, a native of Ishigaki, Okinawa. As the ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Action, Crime
Country: Japan
Duration: 84 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Audience: boys' night
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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 7.2
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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 ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Duration: 110 min.
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Style: exciting, captivating, suspense, tense, realistic ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
25%