Movies like Return to a Better Tomorrow

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Return to a Better Tomorrow (1994)
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Return to a Better Tomorrow (1994)
Original name: 新英雄本色
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 103 min.
Story: An adventure that delves into the dark caverns of the underworld and tells the tale of three chivalrous gangsters who attempt to escape the powerful clutch of their gang leader.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, stylized
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, gangsters, crimes, vengeance, gang, friendship, hitman, heroes, friends, betrayal, life is a bitch, addiction, working undercover, fighting crime, dishonesty, law enforcement, criminal heroes, rivalry, undercover, leadership, wooing, criminal's revenge, tough law enforcer, rape, violence ...
Time: 90s
Place: hong kong, asia

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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, rivalry, gangsters, law enforcement, blood, violence and deadly mostly in Action, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like Return to a Better Tomorrow: Big Bullet (1996), Beyond Hypothermia (1996), Heroic Duo (2003), A Hero Never Dies (1998), Born to Be King (2000). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Big Bullet (1996)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Hotheaded cop Bill Zhu (Lau Ching-wan) gets relegated to the Emergency Unit after a dustup with his inept boss. When the mob kills Zhu's pal and ex-colleague (Francis Ng) during a turf-war hit, he rounds up his motley department cohorts and ...
Style: tense, exciting, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heist, loss of partner, interpol, cop as target, murder, hijacking, vengeance, vigilantism, law enforcement, tough law enforcer, crimes, escapades ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: hong kong, asia, china, united kingdom, east asia
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95%
Beyond Hypothermia (1996)
Genre: Action, Romance, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong, South Korea
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A mysterious and highly successful hitwoman in Hong Kong is paid to assassinate top-level crime bosses. After beginning a relationship with a noodle vendor, she decides to travel to South Korea to complete one last job. Unfortunately, the dead ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, stylized, neo noir
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chase, assassination, hitman, track down, gang, survival, betrayal, crimes, vengeance, criminal heroes, undercover, dishonesty ...
Time: 90s
Place: hong kong, korea, asia, cambodia, seoul
⇓ similarity ⇓
94%
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Heroic Duo (2003)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Tough cop Ken Li (Cheng) is at the top of his game, but he's going to need some help to solve a grisly crime that the offender, a respected police officer, doesn't even remember committing. He seeks out Jack Lai (Lai), a former ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough, stylized
Audience: boys' night
Plot: chase, murder, investigation, hypnosis, dishonesty, police investigation, crimes, undercover, law enforcement, master criminal, rivalry, heroes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: china, asia, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
A Hero Never Dies (1998)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Jack and Martin are members of rival Chinese triads in the middle of a gang war. Both of their gang leaders like to get advice from a fortune teller living in Thailand. On one such trip, Martin's gang ambushes Jack's at a Thai hotel. There ...
Style: serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heroes, prostitute, friends, hitman, battles, destiny, martial arts, vengeance, rivalry, police investigation, partners, crimes ...
Time: 90s
Place: hong kong, asia, thailand
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
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Born to Be King (2000)
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Triad member Chicken is designated by Taiwan's San Luen Gang to marry Nanako, the daughter of the fifth generation leader of the Yamada Gang in Japan. Later, the leader of the triad group gets murdered. Actually, all the San Luen Gang members ...
Style: exciting, rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: criminal heroes, criminal's revenge, gangsters, gang, master criminal, crimes, rivalry, vengeance, friends, heroes, disagreement, lone wolves ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: japan, hong kong, taiwan, china
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The Last Blood (1990)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Tam is Lui Tai, an Interpol agent assigned to protect a famous religious leader, the Daka Lama, who's targeted for death by the militant Japanese terrorist group, the Red Army. Lui Tai hooks up with the Daka Lama in Singapore, but a Red Army ...
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, rough, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 90s
Place: singapore, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Longest Nite (1998)
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Two triad leaders vie for the right to manage a string of casinos in Macau which sparks an exhausting battle. A twist of fate brings the two gangster bosses together in collaboration, but rumors have it otherwise. A murderous plot unfolds.
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, stylized, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 90s
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
Century of the Dragon (1999)
Genre: Action, Crime
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Rookie policeman Shing (Louis Koo) grapples with right and wrong in this action-packed story about Hong Kong gangsters. Assigned to go undercover, Shing is so successful in playing the part of a gang member that he becomes right-hand man to gang ...
Style: realistic, serious, exciting, suspenseful, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: friendship, moral dilemma, working undercover, police investigation, gangsters, master criminal, crimes, dishonesty, law enforcement, unlikely partners, special agents, undercover ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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City War (1988)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Two cops--both partners and best friends--find their friendship and their lives at stake when they try to take down a ruthless drug dealer.
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 80s
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 104 min.
Story: An undercover cop struggling to provide for his son and ailing wife, must infiltrate a ruthless gang. But things turn sour when another cop blows his cover and he quickly finds himself battling for his life and the lives of his family.
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 90s
Place: asia, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
Flaming Brothers (1987)
Genre: Action, Crime, Romance
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 99 min.
Story: An early movie of Chow Yun-Fat. The story is about two brothers going into opposite directions in life. One leaves the triads to become an honest citizen, the other stays triads member. But in the end both hold together. A typical HK movie storylin ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 80s
Place: asia, hong kong, thailand, macau
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
Young and Dangerous (1996)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Nam opens a bar in Wanchai and continues his rise in Hong Kong's Hung Hing gang. His best friend, Chicken, needs to lie low, so he's sent to Taiwan to work for Lui, leader of the San Luen gang; there, he falls for the aging Lui's ...
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: taiwan, hong kong, asia, macau
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Long Arm of the Law: Part 2 (1987)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 88 min.
Story: This sequel to the critically-acclaimed box-office winner Long Arm of the Law maintains the same stark realism of the original. In Saga Two, the Royal Hong Kong Police put into operation a new plan to counteract the problem of increasing violent ...
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Duration: 110 min.
Story: Ruthlessly realistic, and vivid and unremitting in its uncompromising brutality and honesty, Beast Cops is a visceral and hard-hitting exploration of the dichotomous existence of two cops charged with upholding the law, while balancing on a moral ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Style: serious, exciting, suspenseful, rough, realistic
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Story: A cop (Waise Lee) is losing the control of his right hand and cannot pull the trigger on time anymore. Before any accident happens, he decides to resign. Meanwhile his friend and informer is brutally murdered in Malaysia. Before leaving the force, ...
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, psychological, rough ...
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Flash Point (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Detective Sergeant Ma Jun, known for dispensing his own brand of justice during arrests, teams up with an undercover cop, Wilson, to try and bring down three merciless Vietnamese brothers running a smuggling ring in the months before mainland ...
Style: exciting, captivating, tense, suspense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
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⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
Colour of the Truth (2003)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A man becomes a cop in order to take down the police superintendent who may have killed his father, and that of a vengeful Triad boss.
Style: exciting, suspense, captivating, tense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
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⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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Style: rough, tense, captivating, suspense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
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⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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Tiger Cage (1988)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Something fishy is going on in the anti-Drug Trafficking Unit of the HK Police, and only a few honest cops know that the corruption goes all the way to the top. However, they must prove their case quickly, and by unconventional means, after they are ...
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, bleak, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
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Place: hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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Black Ransom (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A powerful triad boss has been kidnapped, and the new police superintendent Koo (Fala Chen) decides to recruit the help of Mann (Simon Yam), a former supercop who has since been relegated to back-up duty. Mann has his work cut out for him when he ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, captivating, tense, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
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⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
A Better Tomorrow II (1987)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 105 min.
Story: A restaurant owner his ex-con brother and a policeman team up to avenge the murder of his old friends daughter by the Triad.
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 80s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 6.0
 2K
Naked Killer (1992)
Genre: Action, Crime, Romance, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 89 min.
Story: A young woman is trained by a martial arts specialist to become a professional assassin.
Style: erotic, realistic, suspenseful, serious, sexy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, hitman, murder, femme fatale, one woman army, police investigation, investigation, dishonesty, crimes, law enforcement, serial killer, criminal's revenge ...
Time: 90s
Place: hong kong, china, asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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 6.1
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Moving Targets (2004)
Genre: Action
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Kit comes from a very fortunate family, with an outstanding police officer father When the family starts to break up, Man impulsively shot Kit's mother. After Kit's parents divorced, Kit viewed Man his father as an enemy. As an adult, he ...
Style: serious, exciting, rough, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 6.8
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Full Alert (1997)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Police Inspector Pao is trying to catch Mak Kwan, a gang member who is first arrested, but then escapes from the prison. By chance, Pao realizes that the target of Kwan's gang is the H.K. Jockey Club
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: battles, gang, rivalry, crimes, on the run, confined, law enforcement, partners, heist, heroic bloodshed, prison escape, revenge ...
Time: 90s
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Legacy of Rage (1986)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Brandon plays Brandon Ma, a regular working Joe who holds down two jobs, so he can support his girlfriend May and his dream of owning a motorcycle. Brandon's best friend is Michael, an ambitious and murderous dope peddler. Michael covets May ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, cult film
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, heroes, revenge, murder, friendship, vengeance, prison life, frame up, wrongfully committed, kidnapping, law enforcement, rivalry ...
Time: 80s
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 7.1
 4K
Full Contact (1992)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong, Thailand
Duration: 96 min.
Story: In an effort to get his buddy out of a gambling debt, Jeff agrees to join forces with Judge in a weapons heist. The job goes bad and Judge betrays Jeff. Jeff plots the ultimate revenge on Judge and his followers and it is a question of whether he ...
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, stylized, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, heist, gang, betrayal, gangsters, martial arts, haunted by the past, love triangle, sleazy, loan, rivalry, rehabilitation ...
Time: 90s
Place: thailand, asia, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 6.7
 563
Run and Kill (1993)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A man (Fatty) returns home to find his wife with another man. He goes to a bar and begins to drink, waking up the next day to find that he owes a mafioso money for killing his wife. Not wanting to pay the money, he enlists a malitia organization ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, murder, psychopath, tough heroes, gangsters, criminal's revenge, life is a bitch, lone wolves, gang, police investigation, crimes, rivalry ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: hong kong, vietnam
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 6.4
 517
Golgo 13 (1977)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Japan, Hong Kong
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Duke Togo (codename: Golgo 13) is a ruthless assassin who's accepted a tricky assignment from an American drug syndicate. His mission is to "rub out" Hong Kong's underworld kingpin. His main obstacle is the relentless Detective ...
Style: rough, stylized, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: assassination, hitman, martial arts, female assassin, sniper, karate, assassin, superhero, law enforcement, heroes, gangsters, government agency ...
Time: 70s, year 1977
Place: asia, hong kong, kyoto japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 6.7
 935
Double Tap (2000)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Leslie Cheung plays Rick Pang, an IPSC champion who is also a gun expert who modifies his pistols to perfect his technique known as 'double tap', placing two shots in the same exact spot. In the 1996 IPSC Hong Kong shooting competition, ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, suspenseful, cult film
Audience: boys' night
Plot: police detective, murder, hitman, criminal's revenge, police investigation, vengeance, master criminal, track down, rivalry, law enforcement, contests and competitions, tough heroes ...
Time: 90s
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%