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Hard Way to Die (1979)
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Hard Way to Die (1979)
Original name: Zhu zai xie lei
Genre: Action, Drama, Western
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Sung Shao Chong (Billy Chong) traverses the Arizona desert, helping those in need on the way to meet his old friend Kum (Lam Hak-Ming) in a small western town. Once there, he runs into a group of men who terrorize the town and extort the local businesses. Meanwhile, a trio of three bank robbers need a place to hide until the heat dies down from a recent heist. They pick the home of a black farming family and subsequently kill them, leaving only the severly injured eldest son Tommy (Carl Scott) to escape. Tommy is found by Chong and Kum and is brought to the home of Doctor Ko (Leung Siu-Chung), who heals his injuries. Eventually Tommy learns kung fu from Ko, and sets out for payback. Luckily for Tommy, Chong is also bent on revenge after the bandits hire the local troublemakers and some Japanese samurai to kill him.
Style: exciting, rough, bleak, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kung fu, adventure, gangsters, crimes, vengeance, heroes, danger, heroic mission, chases and races, escapades, criminal heroes, rivalry, revenge, fight, cowboy, violence, criminal, hand to hand combat, martial artist, brawl, master warrior, kung fu master, kung fu classic, gang of outlaws ...
Time: 70s

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, exciting, suspenseful and realistic films with plots about rivalry, heroes, martial arts, kung fu, master warrior, vengeance and crimes mostly in Action, Drama and Western genres. Some movies like Hard Way to Die: Crippled Masters (1979), Way of the Dragon 2 (1979), Fury of the Shaolin Master (1978), New Fists of Fury (1976), In Eagle Dragon Fist (1979). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Crippled Masters (1979)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Taiwan, Hong Kong
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Two men skilled in the arts of Kung-Fu are betrayed by their master and crippled for life, one left with no arms and the other with no legs. Despite their obvious disadvantages, they learn to combine their martial arts skills and seek revenge ...
Style: suspenseful, bleak, rough, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, heroes, cripple, disability, danger, adventure, rivalry, master criminal, escapades, confined, crimes, misfit ...
Time: 70s
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Way of the Dragon 2 (1979)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 88 min.
Story: A classic tribute to a legendary Kung-Fu master. The high-powered action and deadly fistfights don’t let up for a moment. When all the chips are down, the Dragon Master will prevail!
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heroes, martial arts, discrimination, vengeance, interracial relations, tough heroes, righting the wronged, rivalry, society, adventure, chinaman, asian man ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
Fury of the Shaolin Master (1978)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Taiwan, Hong Kong
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A government law officer is dispatched to bring his brother's killers to justice. On his bloody mission, untold assassins are thrown at him, but to no avail. One by one they are done away with in a most militant style.
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, stylized, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: master warrior, martial arts, shaolin monk, one man army, lone wolves, rivalry, danger, heroes, escapades, graphic violence, vengeance, buddha ...
Place: asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
New Fists of Fury (1976)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong, Taiwan
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A brother and sister escape from Japanese-occupied Shanghai to Japanese-occupied Taiwan, to stay with their grandfather who runs a Kung-Fu school there. However, the master of a Japanese Kung-Fu school in Taiwan has designs on bringing all other ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough, cult film
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, heroes, master warrior, fight, kung fu, wartime life, vengeance, master villain, rivalry, crimes, gang, escapades ...
Place: taiwan, asia, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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Bandits, Prostitutes and Silver (1977)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 83 min.
Story: To free his girlfriend from her contract with a greedy madam, Shang Li (Don Wong) teams up with a cold-blooded thief called the Sparrow (Chiang-lung Wen) to hijack a large shipment of silver. But when the heist suddenly goes bad, Shang Li finds ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, captivating, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, heist, prostitute, kung fu, gang, adventure, master criminal, rivalry, master warrior, dishonesty, heroes, escapades ...
Time: 70s
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In Eagle Dragon Fist (1979)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong, Taiwan
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A dishonored student of the Dragon Fist Sect seeks revenge for the death of his teacher.
Style: stylized, realistic, serious, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: master warrior, heroes, martial arts, graphic violence, antidote, violence spree, village, vengeance, danger, rivalry, kung fu master, chinaman ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: china, asia
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Clan of the White Lotus (1980)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Shaolin practitioners and brothers Wu and Hung kill the merciless Pai Mei. However, Pai Mei's even more merciless brother White Lotus takes revenge; killing most of the Shaolin disciples, including Wu and Hung's girlfriend, leaving only ...
Style: offbeat, stylized, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, master warrior, heroes, graphic violence, uninhibited rivalry, vengeance, danger, rivalry, escapades, revenge, shaolin, qing dynasty ...
Place: asia, china
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Two Champions of Shaolin (1980)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Shaolin warrior Tung Chien-chen is injured in battle against the hated Wu Tang clan, and nursed back to health by a knife-throwing master. As he recovers, Tung learns this deadly art, and also falls in love with his teacher's daughter. But when ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, master warrior, righting the wronged, tough heroes, uninhibited rivalry, siblings relations, chaos and mayhem, vigilantism, heroic mission, track down, wedding, crimes ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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Small Tiger (1973)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Ho Mei Fong is a young woman in trouble, running from a gang of criminals with something of importance hidden in her purse. She dies in Chien Chen's taxi while trying to escape, but not before hiding the purse. Chien Chen is now involved ...
Style: serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, heroes, gangsters, tough heroes, partners against crime, crimes, gang, rivalry, race against time, law enforcement, fighting crime, chases and races ...
Time: 70s
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Challenge of the Masters (1976)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The Wong family kung fu school gets smacked around by a rival school. Wong Fei-hong gets fed up with the abuse and goes to learn from his fathers master. After one of the rival schools members kills some of the towns people Wong Fei-hong becomes ...
Style: suspenseful, stylized, rough, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kung fu, ambition, hopes, good versus evil, heroes, best friends, deadly, rivalry, crimes, battles, injustice ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Executioner (1974)
Genre: Action
Country: Japan
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Three street toughs are hired to take down a Tokyo drug dealer in this hard-hitting Toei karate action film.
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, gangsters, heroes, hitman, vengeance, tough heroes, stoners, danger, law enforcement, crime, drug dealing, rivalry ...
Time: 70s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Kid with the Golden Arm (1979)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Jin bei tong opens with a group of escort/guards preparing to move a shipment of gold from the local government to an area stricken by famine... one of the very few Venom films where all six Venom actors are present within a single film.
Style: stylized, exciting, realistic, serious, cult film
Plot: martial arts, kung fu, contests and competitions, special agents, intrigue, adventure, master warrior, danger, rivalry, gory, tough heroes, battles ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Bruce Lee: A Dragon Story (1977)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Bruce Li plays a young kung fu expert (and waiter) who is trying to live peacefully in San Francisco with his marital arts-challenged friend. But they run afoul of some American thugs, and the fight is on...right!
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, master warrior, heroes, righting the wronged, tough heroes, adventure, rivalry, crimes, philosopher, black belt, movie star, fighting style ...
Time: 70s
Place: usa, california, san francisco
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Angry Tiger (1973)
Genre: Action
Country: Hong Kong, Thailand
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Chang Chen-Wai, a martial arts expert who runs a jade-importing business, follows his missing brother to Thailand and learns he has been murdered. Chang vows revenge.
Style: rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious, exciting
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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To Kill with Intrigue (1977)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong, South Korea
Duration: 106 min.
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Style: serious, realistic, surreal
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Action, Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 103 min.
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Hate Thy Neighbor (1968)
Genre: Action, Drama, Western
Country: Italy
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Fearless Hyena 2 (1983)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 94 min.
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Style: stylized, serious, exciting
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⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Crippled Avengers (1978)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 104 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Shaolin Temple (1982)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The Tang emperor is betrayed by one of his generals, who installs himself as emperor in the East Capital. The son of one of his slave workers escapes to the Shaolin Temple, learns kung fu, and sets out to kill the traitor who killed his father. ...
Style: exciting, serious, stylized, captivating, touching ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Five Deadly Venoms (1978)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A kung-fu student is instructed by his dying teacher to track down five of the teacher's ex-students. Each of the five is equipped with a lethal martial arts skill, and the teacher fears this might be used for evil purposes. However, not only ...
Style: suspenseful, stylized, serious, exciting, cult film
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⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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Brothers Five (1970)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 109 min.
Story: The 5 Kao brothers, separated since childhood, are unaware that the master Teng Lung Manor, Lung Chen-feng has killed their father. All five, however, seek to defeat the vicious gangsters at the Manor.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful, stylized ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 94 min.
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37%
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Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong, Taiwan
Duration: 90 min.
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Audience: boys' night
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Action, Adventure, History, Western
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 102 min.
Story: So goes to the U.S. to open a martial arts school. Around this time, many Chinese people were sold off to U.S. railroad companies, and were brutally treated by the Americans under the harsh working conditions. Thus, the American workers' hatred ...
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Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Taiwan
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Style: humorous, stylized, suspenseful, exciting, semi serious
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⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Legend of the Wolf (1997)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Wolf (Donnie Yen) is a war veteran who recounts the tale of his legendary youth to a young upstart killer (Edmond Leung). Flashback to a post-World War 2 time when the young Wolf (Yen) is wandering the Chinese countryside in search of his missing ...
Style: serious, realistic, stylized, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
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⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Sticks of Death (1986)
Genre: Action
Country: Philippines
Duration: 98 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Shao Lin men (1976)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 95 min.
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Style: serious, psychotronic
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Bounty Tracker (1993)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Germany, USA
Duration: 86 min.
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Style: realistic, serious, exciting, rough, suspenseful
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