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The Thundering Mantis (1980)
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The Thundering Mantis (1980)
Original name: 癲螳螂
Genre: Action, Comedy
Country: Hong Kong, Taiwan
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Ah Chi (Ka-Yan Leung) is obsessed with the martial arts and, more often than not, his kung-fu clowning gets him into trouble. Ending up facing Hsia (Eddie Ko) of the notorious Jade Brotherhood is inevitable. As a result, Hsia forces Chi's martial arts master to expel him. Masterless and working for a fish vendor, Chi meets a crafty kid (Yat Lung Wong), whose uncle Chow Tung (Chin Yuet Sang) is a master of the Insane Mantis style. The Jade Brotherhood aims for control of the small town but Chi is training with a new Master and will not accept bullies in the neighbourhood.
Plot: martial arts, orphan, gang, praying mantis, kung fu, torture, camp, child murderess, insanity, murder, farce, blood, child murder, child murders an adult, grandfather grandson relationship, diarrhea, revenge, stabbed in the stomach, protection money

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out humorous, exciting, semi serious and stylized films with plots about kung fu, martial arts, rivalry, farce, heroes, master warrior and fight mostly in Action, Comedy and Horror genres. Some movies like The Thundering Mantis: The Master (1980), The Miracle Fighters (1982), Dreadnaught (1988), Knockabout (1979), Deadly Life of a Ninja (1983). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Master (1980)
Genre: Action, Comedy
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Duration: 92 min.
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Time: 70s
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The Miracle Fighters (1982)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 100 min.
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Dreadnaught (1988)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Horror
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A short-tempered, violent criminal named "White Tiger" is on the run from the police and joins a theater troupe for disguise, killing anyone who angers him or who suspects his identity. One person he unsuccessfully tries to kill several ...
Style: stylized, rough, suspenseful, scary, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kung fu, farce, vengeance, on the run, undercover, rivalry, serial killer, wooing, captivity, working undercover, psychopath ...
Time: 80s
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Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Yuen Baio and Ka-Yan Leung play brothers Yipao and Taipao, lovable rogues who convince a martial arts expert to take them on as students. When Yipao discovers that their teacher is actually a wanted criminal, Silver Fox (Chia Yung Liu), he is ...
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Duration: 88 min.
Story: A businessman and his sister-in-law are targeted for assassination by a band of evil ninjas and their vicious leader (Yasuaki Kurata). The ninjas are committing bizarre murders all over the city, and the police can't seem to pick up their trail ...
Style: stylized, humorous, suspenseful, semi serious, exciting
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Time: 80s
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Duration: 101 min.
Story: A group of police women keep the city safe. A normal day day includes everything from battling robbers to going undercover to break up a arms deal that threatens the city.
Plot: martial arts training, explosion, tragedy, nerd, policewoman, martial arts, judo, violence against women, kung fu, female police officer, police, farce ...
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Style: humorous, exciting, semi serious, realistic
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Duration: 105 min.
Story: The third installment in the Lucky Stars series, following Winners and Sinners (1983) and My Lucky Stars (1985)... The team are released from prison to play detective in order to stop a ruthless gang from ruining their reputations, taking their ...
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Genre: Action, Comedy
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Duration: 88 min.
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Lucky Seven (1986)
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Duration: 80 min.
Story: Seven child martial arts experts try to return a stolen diamond to its rightful owner.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Style: suspenseful, offbeat, humorous, semi serious, exciting ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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