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Champion Joe (1980)
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Champion Joe (1980)
Original name: あしたのジョー 劇場版
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 153 min.
Story: An abridged remake of the first Ashita no Joe TV series, released in 1980 to provide back-story for the second TV series to new fans who were not familiar with the first TV series or the manga.
Style: exciting, serious, realistic
Plot: athlete's life, underdog, contests and competitions, urban ghetto, follow your dream, going straight, human spirit, athlete and trainer, against the odds, urban ghetto life, ambition, hopes, rivalry, orphan, supportive spouse, downfall, boxing, violence, teenager, delinquent, tournament
Time: year 1980
Place: japan, tokyo

Most similar movies to Champion Joe

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, exciting, stylized and suspenseful films with plots about rivalry, heroes, danger, escapades, imaginary, adventure and battles mostly in Animation, Drama and Action genres. Some movies like Champion Joe: Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (2009), Karas: The Revelation (2007), Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (2007), Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (2012), Death Frenzy (2007). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Fate/Stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works (2010)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Shirou Emiya finds himself an unwilling participant in a deadly competition where seven Mages summon heroic spirits as servants to duel each other to the death. They compete for the chance to make a wish from the Holy Grail, which has the power to ...
Style: serious, stylized, exciting
Audience: teens
Plot: holy grail, contests and competitions, good versus evil, magic, battle, wizards and magicians, danger, escapades, imaginary, rivalry, supernatural, master and servant ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Eden of the East the Movie II: Paradise Lost (2010)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Accused of terrorism and feeling the heat, Saki's high-tech crew is in the crosshairs. Meanwhile, the shroud of mystery covering Takizawa is lifted as he and his fellow Selecao make their final moves. Every game must come to an end. For those ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting, bleak ...
Plot: intrigue, terrorism, mystery, danger, deadly, dishonesty, heroes, rivalry, state affairs
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
Evangelion: 2.0 You Can (2009)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Under constant attack by monstrous creatures called Angels that seek to eradicate humankind, U.N. Special Agency NERV introduces two new EVA pilots to help defend the city of Tokyo-3: the mysterious Makinami Mari Illustrous and the intense Asuka ...
Style: atmospheric, stylized, futuristic, serious, exciting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: mecha, man versus machine, future dystopia, heroic mission, danger, adventure, heroes, imaginary, rivalry, evil alien, apocalypse, technology gone awry ...
Time: future, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
Karas: The Revelation (2007)
Genre: Animation, Action, Fantasy
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: In the city of Shinjuku, a conflict between a rouge Karas by the name of Eko and the "will of the city" rage in a conflict for dominance. A Karas brought about to fight the rouge has fallen, leaving the city and its inhabitants ...
Style: exciting, epic, serious, bleak, stylized ...
Plot: imaginary, rivalry, gangsters, vengeance, curses spells and rituals, custody, battles, danger, escapades, heroes, chaos, demon ...
Place: asia, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
Evangelion: 1.0 You Are (2007)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 98 min.
Story: After the Second Impact, Tokyo-3 is being attacked by giant creatures called Angels that seek to eradicate humankind. The child Shinji's objective is to fight the Angels by piloting one of the mysterious Evangelion mecha units. A remake of the ...
Style: atmospheric, stylized, exciting, serious, surprise ending ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: androids and robots, space travel, chaos, angel, pilot, a.i., adventure, parent child relationship, man versus machine, save the world, alien encounter, future dystopia ...
Time: near future
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa (2005)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Munich, Germany, 1923. Two years have passed since Edward Elric was dragged from his own world to ours, leaving behind his country, his friends and his younger brother, Alphonse. Stripped of his alchemical powers, he has been all this time ...
Style: exciting, serious, surprise ending, suspense, interesting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: alchemy, tornado, master villain, adventure, heroic mission, danger, escapades, heroes, imaginary, siblings relations, curses spells and rituals, rivalry ...
Time: future
Place: munich germany, germany, japan, tokyo, new jersey
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (2012)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 96 min.
Story: 14 years after third impact, Ikari Shinji awakens to a world he does not remember. He hasn't aged. Much of Earth is laid in ruins, Nerv has been dismantled, and people who he once protected have turned against him. Befriending the enigmatic ...
Style: surreal, futuristic, atmospheric, bleak, serious ...
Plot: space travel, androids and robots, apocalypse, young heroes, save the world, future dystopia, heroic mission, danger, escapades, heroes, imaginary, rivalry ...
Time: future
Place: asia, japan, battleship, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Mardock Scramble: The First Compression (2010)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 69 min.
Story: Rune Ballot is a down-and-out teen prostitute in Mardock City. One day, she's picked up by an ambitious casino manager named Shell who gives her everything she could want. Renewed by a false innocence, a false past, and now the false life Shell ...
Style: futuristic, suspenseful, serious, exciting, bleak ...
Plot: prostitute, androids and robots, artificial intelligence, cyberpunk, girls with guns, starting over, vengeance, woman in danger, crimes, deadly, dishonesty, heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
Movie in collections
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Death Frenzy (2007)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Story: Shigurui is a manga series written by Norio Nanjo and illustrated by Takayuki Yamaguchi, based on the first chapter of the novel Suruga-jō Gozen Jiai by Norio Nanjō. An animated television adaptation, based on the first 32 chapters of the manga, ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, rough, stylized ...
Plot: martial arts, samurai, gory, master warrior, contests and competitions, haunted by the past, heroes, rivalry, uninhibited rivalry, disability, ambition, matchmaking ...
Time: 17th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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Big Windup! (2007)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
Story: Follows Ren Mihashi, who had previously excelled as his middle school baseball team's ace pitcher, due to his grandfather's connections as its manager. As he graduates to high school, whose baseball team his grandfather does not manage, he ...
Style: feel good, semi serious, humorous, realistic
Plot: self discovery, sport team, sport, high school, ambition, hopes, rivalry, youth, power relations, prodigy, underdog, contests and competitions ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Mardock Scramble: The Third Exhaust (2012)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 66 min.
Story: Third film of the Mardock Scramble series. Rune Balot goes to a casino connected to the October corporation to try to wrap up her case once and for all.
Style: humorous, serious, suspenseful, exciting, bleak ...
Plot: gambling, casino, crimes, cyberpunk, artificial intelligence, girls with guns, memory, card game, testimony, female nudity, gangster, crime
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Mobile Suit Gundam III: Encounters in Space (1982)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 144 min.
Story: Amuro Ray and the rest of the White Base crew, now denominated the 13th Autonomous Corps, return to outer space to support the rest of the Earth Federation forces for the decisive battle against the Duchy of Zeon's forces.
Style: futuristic, serious, exciting, bleak, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: heroes, space and aliens, space wars, battles, danger, adventure, escapades, imaginary, rivalry, chaos, space colony, space war ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Fighting Spirit (2000)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 20 min.
Story: Ippo, the son of a fishing boat tour owner, takes up boxing to increase his confidence. Through intense training and willpower Ippo claims the Japanese featherweight title.
Style: captivating, semi serious, humorous, realistic, exciting
Audience: teens
Plot: boxing, sport, athlete's life, follow your dream, championship, tournament, rags to riches, rise to the top, high school, ambition, youth, social misfits ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Rurouni Kenshin: Requiem for the Ishin Patriots (1997)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Fantasy, History, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The war against the Tokugawa Shogunate ended years ago. But there are some who are not happy with the outcome. Shigure Takimi watched his friends and family get slashed down in the name of freedom and prosperity. Now he and a band of desparate ...
Style: exciting, serious, stylized
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, lone wolves, martial arts, adventure, master warrior, pacifism, superhero, fighting crime, vengeance, heroic mission, political unrest, good versus evil ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam A New Translation III: Love is the Pulse of the Stars (2006)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Universal Century 0087, Char Aznable has now become the leader of the AEUG. Scirocco, the man from Jupiter, schemes to seize control of the Titans. Haman, the Axis leader, is attempting to restore the Zabi family. Through politics and strategy, ...
Style: serious, stylized, futuristic, exciting, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: battle zone, androids and robots, outer space, political unrest, space wars, battles, adventure, good versus evil, heroes, imaginary, rivalry, space and aliens ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Death of a Superhero (2011)
Genre: Animation, Drama
Country: Germany, Ireland
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A dying 15-year-old boy draws stories of an invincible superhero as he struggles with his mortality.
Style: touching, emotional, serious, sincere, realistic
Plot: terminal illness, youth, dealing with death, human spirit, family problems, life is a bitch, child illness, family in crisis, coming of age, hopes, superhero, hair loss ...
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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 5K
The Legend (2014)
Genre: Animation, Action
Country: India
Duration: 124 min.
Story: The Story of a powerful king Kochadaiiyaan, and so does his Kingdom. But on a fateful day, one of his close friends plots against him and acquires his kingdom, while he was driven away. Kochadaiiyaan gets a baby boy Rana, who grows up to become a ...
Style: serious, stylized, epic, exciting, realistic
Plot: princess, head of state, adventure, leadership, uninhibited rivalry, battles, heroes, rivalry, state affairs, master warrior, parents and children, royal family ...
Time: ancient history
Place: asia, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Captain Tsubasa (1983)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
Story: Tsubasa Ozora moves to the town Nankatsu to increase his skills as a soccer player. He is challanged by the Super Goalkeeper Genzo Wakabayashi. He then agree to compete and see who was the best soccer player there.
Style: serious, exciting, captivating
Audience: family outing, pre-teens, teens, kids
Plot: soccer, athlete's life, sport, contests and competitions, sport team, ambition, rivalry, friends, follow your dream, leadership, opponent, lifestyle ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Movie in collections
Mobile Suit Gundam I (1981)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 137 min.
Story: In the year Universal Century 0079, humans have colonized the area of space lying in between the Earth and the moon. However the ambitious Zabi family, rulers of the Duchy of Zeon (the grouping of colonies furthest from the earth) has sparked a war.
Style: exciting, serious, stylized, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: androids and robots, adventure, lone wolves, master villain, superhero, man versus machine, future dystopia, heroic mission, space travel, space wars, good versus evil, danger ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Bleach: Fade to Black (2008)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A mysterious reiatsu (spiritual particle) explosion occurs in the center of Seireitei in Soul Society, causing it to be destroyed. At the exact same time, a major change overwhelms Kuchiki Rukia, which leaves her losing something important inside. ...
Style: serious, exciting
Plot: heroic mission, adventure, danger, heroes, imaginary, daring rescue, investigation, on the run, curses spells and rituals, memory loss, chases and races, escapades ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Mobile Suit Gundam II: Soldiers of Sorrow (1981)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 139 min.
Story: After managing to survive attacks by Zeon's Char Aznable and Garma Zabi, the crew of Federation warship White Base and its mobile suits must battle Zeon forces through Asia, Europe, and the Atlantic Ocean if they are to reach Earth ...
Style: futuristic, stylized, serious, exciting, bleak
Audience: teens
Plot: spacecraft, battle zone, androids and robots, outer space, superhero, heroic mission, space wars, heroes, adventure, imaginary, rivalry, space and aliens ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
The Great Adventure of Horus, Prince of the Sun (1968)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Horus, a kid living in a unnamed Scandinavian/Eastern Europe culture of the Iron Age, recovers the Sword of the Sun from the rock giant Moog and learns from his dying father that he must returns to his ancestral territory. In the process, he defends ...
Style: exciting, serious
Audience: family outing
Plot: young, adventure, young heroes, obsessive quest, good versus evil, escapades, heroes, family, imaginary, odd couple, friendship, curses spells and rituals ...
Time: ancient history
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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 3K
The Prophet (2014)
Genre: Animation, Drama
Country: USA, France, Canada, Lebanon, Qatar
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Exiled artist and poet Mustafa embarks on a journey home with his housekeeper and her daughter; together the trio must evade the authorities who fear that the truth in Mustafa's words will incite rebellion.
Style: serious, realistic, offbeat, stylized
Plot: cause and meaning, introspection, hopes, wise man, wisdom of life
Time: 20s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Movie in collections
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Macross Zero  (2002)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Taking place one year before the events of the original Macross series, Macross Zero chronicles the final days of the war between the U.N. Spacy and anti-U.N. factions. After being shot down by the anti-U.N.'s newest fighter plane, ace pilot ...
Style: futuristic, serious, stylized, exciting, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: military, space wars, alien technology, airplane, island, battle zone, spacecraft, battles, air force, priestess, romance, mecha ...
Time: year 2008
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Prince of Tennis (2001)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 22 min.
Story: Prince of Tennis follows the story of a 12 year old boy Ryoma Echizen who won four consecutive titles in the American Junior Tennis tournaments. He's an amazing tennis player and is considered a prodigy. He moved from America to Japan and ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, stylized, realistic, exciting
Audience: teens
Plot: tennis, athlete's life, prodigy, high school, sport, high school life, teenage life, school, youth, power relations, friends, superhuman powers ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Beyblade: The Movie - Fierce Battle (2004)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Animation
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 74 min.
Story: Immediately after winning the National Championships, Tyson is challenged by a mysterious boy named Daichi, who is determined to become the next Beyblading champion. But when they battle, their Beyblades awaken ancient dark forces that take human ...
Style: exciting, semi serious
Audience: pre-teens, kids
Plot: young heroes, prison, ship, daring rescue, tournament, adventure, heroic mission, danger, escapades, heroes, rivalry, dangerous animal ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Patlabor 2: The Movie (1993)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A Japanese police unit who use giant anthropomorphic robots (called Labors) is caught up in a political struggle between the civilian authorities and the military when a terrorist act is blamed on an Air Force jet. With the aid of a government ...
Style: futuristic, serious, bleak, stylized, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: partners against crime, special agents, chaos and mayhem, urban, heroic mission, political unrest, heroes, law enforcement, partners, state affairs, chaos, androids and robots ...
Time: 21st century, future
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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Tatsumi (2011)
Genre: Animation, Biography, Drama
Country: Singapore
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Animated film based on the life and stories of Manga writer Yoshihiro Tatsumi who revolutionised the art form with darker, more adult stories. The film animates several of his stories
Style: stylized, serious, realistic, touching
Plot: artists and showbiz, prodigy, writer's life, rise to the top, ambition, lifestyle, manga
Time: 20th century, 50s
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Space Battleship Yamato (1977)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 135 min.
Story: When vile aliens known as the Gamilons wreak nuclear havoc on Earth, a group of survivors refit the Japanese battleship Yamato for intergalactic travel and set off on a mission to retrieve a neutralizer that will eradicate the radiation from ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, futuristic, emotional, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: outer space, save the world, spacecraft, spirit, galaxy, adventure, human spirit, future dystopia, heroic mission, space travel, danger, heroes ...
Time: future, 22nd century
Place: battleship, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Kite Liberator (2007)
Genre: Animation, Action, Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 58 min.
Story: Years after the events that transpired in Kite, Sawa's whereabouts are a mystery. During this time, rumors of a new killer have begun to circulate the city. They call her the Angel of Death, an unfeeling assassin who eliminates her targets with ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, exciting, psychological
Plot: girls with guns, high school, crimes, deadly, teenager, violence, crime, dealing with death, vengeance, haunted by the past, teenage life, tough heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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