Movies like Shield of Straw

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Shield of Straw (2013)
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Shield of Straw (2013)
Original name: 藁の楯 わらのたて
Genre: Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 117 min.
Story: Ninagawa is a powerful man in Japanese politics and with top economic connections.His granddaughter is then murdered. The suspect is Kunihide Kiyomaru (Tatsuya Fujiwara). Kunihide Kiyomaru has a prior conviction for assaulting and killing a girl 8 years ago. The police could never apprehend the suspect in the prior killing.
Style: rough, realistic, suspenseful, tense, serious, suspense, stylized
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, mole, protection, manhunt, danger, crimes, law enforcement, criminal heroes, murder, husband wife relationship, swat, crime, graphic violence, on the run, chases and races, deadly, rivalry, cross country, prison, maniac, killer, fight, police, on the road, truck ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, asia

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Most similar movies to Shield of Straw

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, suspenseful, realistic and tense films with plots about crimes, danger, deadly, murder, rivalry, vengeance and chases and races mostly in Thriller and Action genres. Some movies like Shield of Straw: Bad Karma (2012), Parallel Life (2010), Into the Sun (2005), This Is Not a Love Song (2002), Taped (2012). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Bad Karma (2012)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Ray Liotta stars as Jack Malloy, a hardcore career criminal until a near-death experience causes him to turn his world around. But when his former partner Drake is released from prison, he tracks Jack down to blackmail him into one last job. Jack is ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, dishonesty, frame up, going straight, criminal's revenge, criminal heroes, husband wife relationship, criminal, revenge, ex convict, murder, graphic violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia
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95%
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Parallel Life (2010)
Genre: Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Kin Suk-hyun is Korea’s youngest appointed criminal court head judge, very famous for his rational rulings. It is before his court that the case of distinguished mathematics professor Sohn Ki-chul’s murder of his wife is presented. While ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, captivating, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: psychopath, vengeance, danger, haunted by the past, crimes, law enforcement, judge, husband wife relationship, murder, threat to kill, graphic violence, criminal's revenge ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south korea, asia, korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
 4.5
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Into the Sun (2005)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 97 min.
Story: After the assassination of Tokyo's Governor by Yakuza members, the CIA bureau chief (William Atherton) for Tokyo puts out a call to an agent (Steven Seagal) that had been raised in Japan and trained by ex-Yakuza. Using his former ties, he ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: assassination, gangsters, fbi, one man army, vengeance, crimes, master criminal, undercover, law enforcement, race against time, danger, tough heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
This Is Not a Love Song (2002)
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The small time criminal Heaton is anxiously waiting for the release of his close friend Spike, after spending a couple of months in prison for being caught with 87g of marijuana. Heaton robs a truck, meets Spike outside the penitentiary and travels ...
Style: bleak, rough, tense, realistic, serious ...
Plot: chase, manhunt, vengeance, disorder, crime gone awry, deadly, on the run, crimes, crime, survival, countryside, chases and races ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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Taped (2012)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Johan and Saar make a final attempt to save their marriage by going on vacation to Buenos Aires. In keeping a promise to their daughter they will make a video of their activities there. When they accidentally witness (and videotape) a brutal murder ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, suspense, disturbing, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, on the run, danger, chases and races, dishonesty, mystery, husband wife relationship, accidental death, death, police, inadvertently, corrupt law enforcer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: argentina, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 4.4
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The Contract (1999)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Anna has a bad week. Her boss is a pain to her, as is the grocery store clerk. Her friend was bad to her, her husband couldn't take his eyes off a waitress, and her babysitter annoyed her. One night at the local pub, she tells a man about her ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, suspense, rough, scary ...
Plot: murder, vengeance, danger, deadly, mysterious character, crimes, contract killing, violence, brutality, fight, profanity, woman in danger ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 6.5
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The Serpent (2006)
Genre: Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A ruthless gang led by private detective Joseph Plender is extorting rich people and famous fashion photographer Vincent Mandel seems the next victim. He is married to Hélène, daughter of one of the richest people in Europe, but not quite happily. ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, suspense, realistic
Plot: vengeance, murder, rivalry, crimes, dishonesty, psychopath, obsession, deadly, blackmail, photographer, deaf, female nudity ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
The Devil's Dominoes (2008)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: On their way to a weekend hunting trip in the Ozarks, four friends get in to a car accident, killing the driver of the other car...
Style: tense, psychological, captivating, suspense, serious ...
Plot: vengeance, gangsters, crimes, rivalry, dishonesty, partners, murder, danger, car accident, deadly, devil, mafia
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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 6.7
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Nexus (2010)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 81 min.
Story: Holly is a struggling singer whose life is torn apart when she loses custody of her daughter, Chloe. When she travels to her soon to be ex-husbands estate in the country, for a weekend visit with Chloe, she is shocked to discover that he is missing. ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, tense, psychological ...
Plot: conspiracy, neo noir, false accusation, on the run, uncover truth, frame up, life turned upside down, betrayal, dishonesty, law enforcement, crimes, murder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 3.6
 612
Four Assassins (2011)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Hong Kong, USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Four assassins meet in a hotel suite to resolve unfinished business. A tense drama set in the cosmopolitan world of Hong Kong.
Style: suspenseful, serious, tense, captivating, suspense ...
Plot: hitman, rivalry, hotel, deadly, danger, murder, crimes, criminal heroes, urban, graphic violence, indoor, hit by a car ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hong kong, china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 5.4
 557
White Snow (2010)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Belgium, France
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Director Christophe Blanc delivers a fast-past thriller set to a background of Finland's stunning landscape. High-end car dealership owner Maxime is pursued by Finnish gangsters over unsatisfactory cars his dead partner sold them.
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, suspense, realistic ...
Plot: life turned upside down, danger, gangsters, vengeance, crimes, murder, loss of partner, family relations, family in danger, disorder, brother brother relationship, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: finland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 6.3
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Tough Luck (2003)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A tense and intricate web of deceit and betrayal entangles Archie, a wandering grifter who is hired by a traveling carnival owner to murder his beautiful wife.
Style: tense, realistic, suspenseful, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, manhunt, frame up, betrayal, crime gone awry, crimes, gangsters, law enforcement, femme fatale, protagonist as suspect, dishonesty, criminal heroes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new orleans, alabama
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 5.0
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The Heavy (2009)
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Sibling rivalry turned into betrayal between two brothers. One a prime candidate for Prime Minister, the other a henchman for a successful, yet shady businessman. Presented with an opportunity to take revenge against his brother, our anti-hero must ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: revenge, gangsters, betrayal, crimes, uninhibited rivalry, vengeance, dishonesty, sibling rivalry, violence, family relations, siblings relations, crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
The Devil's in the Details (2013)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: 7 minutes from now in Nogales, Arizona, Thomas Conrad's life will forever change when he gets caught up in a Mexican cartels poetic game of drug mule chess.
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, captivating, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crimes, drug dealing, race against time, drug cartel, danger, rivalry, strong violent content, chases and races, mexican
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: arizona, usa, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Sicarivs: The Night and the Silence (2015)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A hit man receives the assignment to kill a woman. But what seems as another job complicates when he is about to execute her, but does not. He will have to go after those who gave him the contract, for, in his profession, those who do not comply ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, tense, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder of a nude woman, hitman, race against time, danger, on the run, deadly, woman in danger, murder, chases and races, graphic violence, nudity (full frontal - brief), stripper ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
From the Inside (2010)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Alone in their isolated home where no cars pass and no one lives nearby, Vincent and Tally suffer together in a loveless marriage. But what they don't know is that they are not as alone as they think -- a criminal and his psychotic brother are ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, suspense, realistic
Plot: murder, dishonesty, danger, deadly, crimes, cons and scams, kidnapping, crime gone awry, rivalry, murderous pair, graphic violence, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Protection (2001)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A mobster moves to a new town as a protected witness and tries to start over, only to find he can't escape his old ways
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: going straight, hidden identity, starting over, criminal heroes, rivalry, dishonesty, crime gone awry, danger, gangsters, special agents, deadly, vengeance ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 5.0
 596
Natasha (2007)
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Terrified after having witnessed the cold-blooded murder of her boss and her cousin by vicious gangsters, an exotic dancer from Russia flees to England and assumes the identity of her dead relative only to discover that no matter how far you run, ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough, sexual ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: woman in danger, female detective, crimes, deadly, partners, reluctant partners, murder, village, hitman, danger, dishonesty, on the run ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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Endure (2010)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: After a shocking photo of a young woman is found inside the twisted metal of a fatal car crash, veteran detective Emory Lloyd must risk everything to identify and find the woman before it's too late.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, rough, serious
Plot: kidnapping, police detective, woman in danger, police investigation, partners, race against time, law enforcement, confined, danger, crimes, reluctant partners, deadly ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: florida, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 5.3
 267
Dirty Work (2006)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Bad City is the tangled story of three men's lives: Manning, a dirty, disillusioned cop; Julian, king of drugs, thugs and prostitution; and Frank, a ruthless politician who destroys everything in the way of his ambition.
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, realistic, tense
Plot: murder, prostitute, police investigation, police detective, gangsters, reluctant partners, gambling, danger, deadly, serial killer, criminal heroes, law enforcement ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: texas, chicago illinois
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Three Men to Destroy (1980)
Genre: Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A man helps the victim of an auto accident, not realizing that the man has actually been shot. The men who shot him are now after the man who helped him, in order to eliminate him as a potential witness. Soon they are killing everyone he even comes ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, tense, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: nudity (full frontal - brief), manhunt, chase, car chase, hitman, deadly, witnessing a crime, crimes, dishonesty, contests and competitions, police investigation, law enforcement ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
No Through Road (2008)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Australia
Duration: 85 min.
Story: The serenity of another quiet evening is shattered for an amateur photographer when a desperate woman takes refuge in his humble suburban home. Reluctantly, he is pulled into a cat and mouse game with her pursuers. Only dawn will reveal the ...
Style: serious, captivating, tense, suspense, suspenseful ...
Plot: chase, danger, on the run, suburbs, mysterious character, rivalry, revenge, murder, pursuit, woman in danger, suburban life, vengeance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
The Steam Experiment (2009)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: A deranged scientist locks 6 people in a steam room and threatens to turn up the heat if the local paper doesn't publish his story about global warming.
Style: rough, suspenseful, tense, realistic, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: global warming, hostage, mind game, human nature, confined, danger, psychopath, race against time, crimes, mad scientist, deadly, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, year 2012
Place: michigan
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Movie in collections
 3.7
 381
The Lost Angel (2005)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Slight off-balance police inspector Palmer (Alison Eastwood) works with Father Brian (Judd Nelson) to solve for a religion-based killer, while she deals with her teen-aged goth sister.
Style: psychological, rough, suspenseful, scary, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, crucifix, danger, law enforcement, investigation, dealing with death, crimes, mystery, deadly, murder, curses spells and rituals, religions or cults ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
King of the Hill (2007)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Quim drives around an isolated rural area through a maze of lanes. When he drives into the woods, he gets lost. Trying to find his direction, he suddenly gets shot from the hill. On his escape from gunshots, he meets Bea, an attractive young woman, ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, suspense, tense
Plot: murder, mountain, chase, manhunt, on the run, adventure, race against time, survival, crimes, danger, deadly, wilderness ...
Time: contemporary
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 4.0
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The Confidant (2010)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: The feature weaves an intricate tale about childhood best-friends that have an unusually strong bond and a more intriguing secret. Both young men are on the right path to promising futures, a first round NFL draft pick, and a talented art major on a ...
Style: bleak, suspenseful, serious, captivating, tense ...
Plot: neo noir, betrayal, rivalry, best friends, intrigue, murder, vengeance, gambling, dishonesty, ambition, crimes, obsession ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 4.6
 125
Ablations (2014)
Genre: Thriller
Country: France, Belgium
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Business trips are trapped by multiple temptations, such as a well stocked hotel bar. But this time salesman Pastor might have overdone it a bit. He wakes up in the middle of a field without any memory at all of how he got there. Even stranger is ...
Style: tense, captivating, psychological, suspense, realistic ...
Plot: memory loss, vengeance, track down, crimes, rivalry, escapades, surgeon, hospital, uncover truth, murder, danger, unfulfillment ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: belgium
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.3
 866
Favor (2013)
Genre: Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Kip's perfect life is put in jeopardy when the waitress with whom he's having a casual fling is accidentally killed in their motel room. Desperate, he turns to childhood friend and loser, Marvin, to help get rid of the body. Marvin agrees ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, tense, suspense, captivating ...
Plot: murder, crimes, friends, deadly, life turned upside down, dishonesty, disposing of a dead body, death, danger, graphic violence, disorder, buddies
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 5.8
 3K
The Guvnors (2014)
Genre: Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The Guvnors is a violent thriller set amongst the clans and firms of South East London, bringing two generations together in brutal conflict.
Style: tense, serious, realistic, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: rivalry, crimes, gang, criminal's revenge, ego clash, gangsters, violence, youth, graphic violence, danger, society, friendship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: london, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Ignorance of Blood (2014)
Genre: Thriller
Country: Spain
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Javier Falcón, Chief of the Sevilla Homicide Division, must solve two different cases in a short time. In the first case he is personally involved. An old friend of his infiltrated an Islamic terrorist cell and now the group is trying to recruit ...
Style: serious, captivating, tense, suspenseful, atmospheric ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kidnapping, police investigation, law enforcement, crimes, danger, terrorism, rescue, ransom, crime
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%