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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: orphan, human spirit, athlete and trainer, follow your dream, rivalry, ambition, supportive spouse, contests and competitions, underdog, against the odds, downfall, going straight, hopes, athlete's life, urban ghetto life, urban ghetto, teenager, boxing, violence, criminal, tournament, delinquent
Time: year 1980
Place: japan, tokyo

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Most similar movies to Champion Joe

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out captivating, exciting, humorous and serious films with plots about rivalry, contests and competitions, ambition, sport, friendship, hopes and youth mostly in Animation, Sport and Comedy genres. Some movies like Champion Joe: Fighting Spirit (2000), Moondance Alexander (2007), Kuroko's Basketball: Last Game (2017), Haikyu!! (2014), VeggieTales: Sumo of the Opera (2004). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Fighting Spirit (2000)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 20 min.
TV show
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, realistic, semi serious, humorous, exciting ...
Audience: teens
Plot: boxing, athlete's life, sport, ambition, follow your dream, athlete and trainer, youth, rivalry, lifestyle, rise to the top, championship, tournament ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Moondance Alexander (2007)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The curiously named, Moondance Alexander is a spirited teen living with her eccentric mother. She is faced with another uneventful summer until she discovers a lost pinto pony named Checkers who has jumped out of his paddock. Although Moondance ...
Style: serious, realistic, feel good, sincere
Audience: teens, pre-teens
Plot: horse riding, horse, girl horse relationship, friendship, human spirit, against the odds, young heroes, obsessive quest, ambition, follow your dream, athlete and trainer, eccentric family ...
Time: contemporary
Place: colorado
⇓ similarity ⇓
91%
Kuroko's Basketball: Last Game (2017)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Shortly after the Inter-High of Kagami and Kuroko's second-year, a street basketball team from the USA called Team Jabberwock came to Japan to play a friendly match against a Japanese college-level street basketball team, Team Strky. Despite ...
Style: uplifting, light, captivating, tense
Plot: basketball, contests and competitions, sport, teenager, friendship, dishonesty, final showdown, youth, lifestyle, hopes, family relations, adventure ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
High☆Speed!: Free! Starting Days (2015)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A prequel to the 2013 Kyoto Animation series Free! which is an adaptation of light novel High☆Speed!
Style: inspirational, captivating, psychological, emotional
Audience: teens
Plot: swimming, school, sport, contests and competitions, sport team, youth, friendship, follow your dream, rivalry, tournament, ambition, stubbornness ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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Haikyu!! (2014)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Shōyō Hinata began playing volleyball after seeing the "small giants" who played the sport when he was in elementary school. He suffers a crushing defeat in his first and last tournament in middle school at the hands of his rival Tobio ...
Style: exciting, captivating, disturbing, realistic, humorous ...
Audience: teens
Plot: volleyball, friends, sport, friendship, prodigy, stubbornness, rivalry, follow your dream, sport team, youth, against the odds, high school ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
VeggieTales: Sumo of the Opera (2004)
Genre: Musical, Animation, Comedy, Family
Country: USA
Duration: 50 min.
Story: When Larry goes out of town during production to help some needy kids, he runs into trouble. Frustrated, he calls Bob to say that he's giving up and coming home. Bob and "Lutfi" (a small cucumber sock puppet performed by Khalil the ...
Style: semi serious, humorous, feel good, parody, captivating ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: rivalry, against the odds, friendship, buddies, contests and competitions, ambition, hopes, wrestling, athlete and trainer, wrestler, family, charity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
La Corda d'Oro: Primo Passo (2006)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Hino goes to a school that specialises in music and has two streams: the normal stream and the music stream, where the music students are regarded as the more elite. She was running late for her class one day when she saw a tiny fairy, who seemed ...
Style: serious, captivating, humorous, exciting
Audience: teens
Plot: teenage life, ambition, musician's life, youth, hopes, rivalry, contests and competitions, friendship, high school, underdog, music, friends ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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Big Windup! (2007)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
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: semi serious, realistic, humorous, feel good
Plot: baseball team, baseball, prodigy, ambition, rivalry, youth, lifestyle, sport, contests and competitions, sport team, against the odds, high school ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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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: exciting, captivating, suspense, tense, serious ...
Audience: teens, kids
Plot: holy grail, contests and competitions, magic, rivalry, ambition, young heroes, mortal combat, supernatural, escapades, wizards and magicians, epic battle, adventure ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
Pororo: The Racing Adventure (2013)
Genre: Animation, Family, Sport
Country: South Korea, China, Hong Kong, USA
Duration: 78 min.
Story: Curious little penguin Pororo and his friends accidentally cause an airplane to make an emergency landing in their home of Pororo Village. On the airplane are some turtles being shipped to Northpia to deliver ice sleds, or racing ice cars. ...
Style: humorous, feel good, exciting, captivating, tense ...
Audience: family outing, kids
Plot: contests and competitions, friendship, family, rivalry, follow your dream, young heroes, hopes, social relations, ambition, airplane, penguins, youth ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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Redline (2009)
Genre: Animation, Action, Sci-Fi, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The most dangerous and exciting car race in the universe is held only once every five years. And that's tonight. The competitors are lined up at the starting block. In his vehicle, JP, the most daredevil driver on the circuit, is ready for the ...
Style: exciting, stylized, serious, captivating, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: race, car chase, ambition, mafia, fight, creature, contests and competitions, rivalry, uninhibited rivalry, escapades, driving, trippy ...
Time: future
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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: stylized, suspenseful, exciting, serious, bleak ...
Plot: terrorism, rivalry, intrigue, mystery, dishonesty, state affairs, heroes, deadly, danger
Place: washington d.c., japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple (2006)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: Kenichi is always getting picked on and needs motivation if he hopes to graduate, Miu’s the perfect motivation.
Style: entertaining, exciting, inspirational, captivating, feel good ...
Plot: martial arts, motivation, master warrior, athlete and trainer, sport, training, adventure, friendship, human spirit, contests and competitions, fistfight, fight scenes ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Air Gear (2006)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Sport
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: Air Gear is a shōnen manga written and illustrated by Ito "Oh Great" Ōgure. Air Gear revolves around the life of Itsuki Minami "Ikki or Crow", also known as "Baby Face", "Lil Crow", and his friends. The ...
Style: exciting, humorous, serious, scenic, ecchi
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: gang, adventure, ambition, family secret, extreme sport, contests and competitions, rivalry, youth, escapades, orphan, skating, streetwise ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Kuroko no Basket Movie 3: Winter Cup Soushuuhen - Tobira no Mukou (2016)
Genre: Animation
Country: Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The third of three Kuroko no Basket compilation films.
Style: captivating, entertaining
Plot: athlete's life, basketball team, basketball, basketball player, athlete and trainer, competitor, sport, basketball coach, contests and competitions, sport team, professional rivalry, rivalry ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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, stylized, suspenseful, serious, bleak ...
Plot: heroes, vengeance, rivalry, escapades, battles, curses spells and rituals, destruction, demon, chaos, gangsters, custody, surrealism ...
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Haikyuu!! The Movie: The End and the Beginning (2015)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 89 min.
Story: First Haikyuu!! recap movie.
Style: entertaining, humorous, captivating
Plot: volleyball, school, sport, rivalry, team, sport team, ambition, teamwork, professional sports, professional rivalry, showdown, athlete's life ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Captain Tsubasa (1983)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
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: captivating, exciting, serious, retro
Audience: kids, teens, pre-teens, family outing
Plot: soccer, football, sport team, friends, follow your dream, contests and competitions, sport, ambition, rivalry, friendship, opponent, leadership ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Haikyuu!! Movie 3: Genius and Sense (2017)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Recap film focusing primarily on the match against Aoba Jouhsai from the second season.
Style: captivating, humorous, disturbing
Plot: volleyball, competition, training, sport team, contests and competitions, high school life, rivalry, school, athlete and trainer, sport, teamwork, aspiration ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Kuroko's Basketball (2012)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: In the story, Kagami Taiga has just enrolled into Seirin High School when he meets Kuroko Tetsuya of the school's basketball team. Kuroko happens to be the shadowy sixth member of the legendary Generation of Miracles basketball team. Together, ...
Style: captivating, exciting, uplifting, tense, light
Audience: teens, pre-teens
Plot: basketball, youth, contests and competitions, friendship, rivalry, teenager, hopes, sport, ambition, lifestyle, adventure, sport competition ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Kuroko no Basket Movie 1: Winter Cup Soushuuhen - Kage to Hikari (2016)
Genre: Animation, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: First of three compilation films of Kuroko no Basket.
Style: captivating, entertaining
Plot: basketball, rivalry, basketball player, contests and competitions, athlete's life, competitor, sport, showdown, basketball team, professional rivalry, rivals, basketball coach ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Everyone's Hero (2006)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Sport
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A boy begins a grand journey to return Babe Ruth's baseball bat before the deciding game of the 1932 World Series comes to a close.
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, road movie
Audience: kids, family outing, preschoolers
Plot: baseball, friendship, young heroes, obsessive quest, against the odds, ambition, parents and children, sport, hopes, human spirit, family relations, rivalry ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century
Place: usa, new york, bronx new york city, new york yankees
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Fighting Spirit: Champion Road (2003)
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Makunouchi Ippo is the new Featherweight champion of Japan and is now ready for his first title defense. His opponent, the former Jr. Featherweight champion and a medical student, Sanada Kazuki. In addition to this feud, Sanada is being coached by ...
Style: entertaining, captivating, humorous
Plot: boxing, rivalry, boxing champion, boxer, competitor, athlete's life, fight, battles, athlete and trainer, contests and competitions, professional rivalry, champion ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Hoop Days (2003)
Genre: Animation, Drama, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: A defunct high school basketball team finds a new student and things may start looking up for them.
Style: captivating, inspirational, light, entertaining, exciting
Audience: teens
Plot: basketball, basketball team, teenage boy, basketball player, friendship, high school, teamwork, contests and competitions, rivalry, sport, hopes, against the odds ...
Time: 21st century
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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Undefeated (2003)
Genre: Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Lex 'El Animal' Vargas is a promising Portorican boxer in Queens, but lacks ambition to aim for the big career. That changes after his brother Paulie is accidentally shot dead by a teenager in an amateur hold-up on their late dad's ...
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, suspense
Plot: athlete's life, human spirit, lifestyle, social differences, against the odds, tough heroes, rivalry, contests and competitions, ambition, follow your dream, sport, rise to the top ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Haikyuu!! Movie 2: Winners and Losers (2015)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Second Haikyuu!! recap movie.
Style: humorous, entertaining, captivating
Plot: volleyball, sport team, professional sports, contests and competitions, rivalry, teamwork, school club, rivals, schoolboy, athlete's life, sport, ambition
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.8
 3K
Oldman Z (1991)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 80 min.
Story: An old man is being treated specially by the Department of Health under the so-called Project Z, a special nursing bed with a 6th generation computer on board. When the pain and loneliness of the old man reaches his ex-private nurse, she decides to ...
Style: manga, mecha, exciting, serious, rough ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: cyberpunk, medical, satire, hacker, chaos, nursing, disorder, man versus machine, heroes, rivalry, mad scientist, life is a bitch ...
Time: 21st century
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.0
 141
Tiger Mask W (2016)
Genre: Animation, Action, Drama, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 23 min.
TV show
Story: Two young wrestlers face each other in a recently revived underground wrestling organization, the Tiger's Lair, which destroyed the wrestling dojo they grew up in. One took over the training facilities of Naoto Date at the foot of Mount Fuji, ...
Style: intense, exciting, inspirational, uplifting, captivating
Plot: fight, follow your dream, ambition, rivalry, pride and honor, sport, rivals, contests and competitions, human spirit, championship, character study, tough guy ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.4
 584
Beyblade Burst (2016)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Japan, South Korea, Spain
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: Elementary-school student Valt Aoi is crazy about Beyblade and is best friends with Shu Kurenai, who is a prodigy at the game and has been named to the national Beyblade tournament's final four. Inspired by his friend's accomplishment, ...
Style: captivating, entertaining, tense, humorous, suspense
Audience: kids, teens
Plot: contests and competitions, rivalry, friendship, teenager, battles, ambition, hopes, friend, surrealism, stadium
Time: contemporary
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Bleach: Memories of Nobody (2006)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 87 min.
Story: In Karakura Town, unidentifiable spirits begin appearing en mases. While attempting to deal with these strange souls, Ichigo Kurosaki and Rukia Kuchiki meet Senna, a mysterious shinigami who wipes out most of them. Senna refuses to answer any ...
Style: atmospheric, suspenseful, exciting, scary, serious ...
Plot: escapades, adventure, vengeance, mystery, supernatural ability, samurai, rivalry, ghost, supernatural, kidnapping, superhero, heroes ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%