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Strife for Mastery (1978)
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Strife for Mastery (1978)
Original name: Shui yue men
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A feudal lord from China sends his son off to kill a criminal who has murdered thirteen of his men and has stolen a large sum of gold. The son, played by David Chiang, abandons his duty (without the will to live an assassin's life anymore) and leaves the Criminal with his life in exchange for his daughter to wed. David Chiang runs off with the criminal's daughter, and is then faced with rising conflict and more destruction to his family after he had abandoned his post. David Chiang must pull himself together and fight for his life.
Style: surprise ending
Plot: martial arts, killer, fight, thief, kung fu, avenger, assassin, death, criminal, betrayal, theft, sword fight, good versus evil, honor, asian, greed, blood, surprise, priest, poison, execution, antidote, cut, impalement, blade

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, exciting and stylized films with plots about kung fu, martial arts, fight, violence, master warrior, revenge and heroes mostly in Action, Drama and War genres. Some movies like Strife for Mastery: The Deadly Duo (1971), Martial Club (1981), Chinese Vengeance (1973), Duel of the Iron Fist (1971), Shaolin Mantis (1978). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Deadly Duo (1971)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The plot involves patriots during the Sung Dynasty and their attempts to rescue a kidnapped prince from Ching troops who have invaded the north of China. The patriots are led by Ti Lung who recruits a mysterious but seemingly superhuman fighter ...
Style: suspenseful, stylized, exciting, serious, realistic
Plot: martial arts, friends, revolution, master warrior, daring rescue, deadly, heroes, partners, rebellion, danger, buddies, escapades ...
Place: asia, china
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One Armed Swordsman Against Nine Killers (1976)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Taiwan
Duration: 76 min.
Story: Watch WANG YU as a one-armed savior battling the local goons in this martial arts classic. He has some rather amazing moves up his sleeve.
Plot: revenge, martial arts, kung fu, sword fight, fight, art, blood, falling from height, violence, temple, brothel, impalement ...
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Martial Club (1981)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Wong Fei Hung (Gordon Liu) and his friend are constantly having contests to see who has the better martial arts skill. After getting in trouble with their fathers, Wong Fei Hung settles down and starts to train seriously, while his friend still ...
Plot: kung fu, martial arts, revenge, roundhouse kick, alley fight, kung fu master, fistfight, fight, martial art, master warrior, kung fu fighting, martial artist ...
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Chinese Vengeance (1973)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Set in the waning years of the Ching Dyansty, this dramatic, tragic, romantic, blood-soaked martial arts tale of betrayal and revenge explores one of the most sensational scandals in Chinese history and marked the true ascension of its director and ...
Plot: ambition, fight, bandit, kung fu, martial arts
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Duel of the Iron Fist (1971)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Tan Jen-chieh’s life spins out of control when he’s forced into exile to clear his name following the murder of his adopted father. He’s hunted in the streets. His lover, Butterfly, turns to prostitution. And his father’s likely killer – a ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kung fu, martial arts, master warrior, rivalry, self defense, tough heroes, righting the wronged, vigilantism, vengeance, one man army, gangsters, criminal's revenge ...
Time: 20th century, 1900s
Place: asia
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Shaolin Mantis (1978)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Skilled martial arts director Lau Ka Leung offers you another Kung Fu treat! this Asian classic introduces viewers to the Shaolin Mantis way of fighting! The tale takes you back to the Qing dynasty & Wei Feng, the son of a Qing official who ...
Style: touching, tense, exciting, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kung fu, master villain, rivalry, danger, adventure, master warrior, heroes, state affairs, romancing a suspect, forced into action, graphic violence ...
Place: china, asia
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The Savage Five (1974)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A pacifist village is beset by bandits in this martial arts thriller. "Savage Five" hands-down rivals the ornateness of "Kid With The Golden Arm" and the twist-heavy "Five Deadly Venoms". The always great David Chiang ...
Plot: kung fu, martial arts, oppression, village, heroism, bandit, sacrifice, kung fu classic, chivalry, fight
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Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Everyday when General Xiao and his men ride through the Imperial City, inhabitants have to scatter around in order to keep out of their path. One day when Lei plans to assassinate Xiao but gets hurt, another three fighters He, Jiao and Feng come out ...
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Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 108 min.
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Style: anthology
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67%
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Four Riders (1972)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 109 min.
Story: This prime example of director/co-writer Chang Cheh's mastery takes place in Seoul right after the Korean War, as a kung-fu master, combat instructor, explosives expert, and missile specialist must take on a venal drug smuggling gang. ...
Plot: martial arts, drug smuggling, corruption, nightclub, military, kung fu, gym, smoking, pantyhose, loose woman, drinking alcohol, female stockinged legs ...
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The Brutal Boxer (1972)
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Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 87 min.
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Country: Taiwan, South Korea
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Country: Hong Kong
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Plot: kung fu, martial arts, murder mystery, masked killer, revenge, impalement, massacre, gore, fight, mask
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Genre: Action, Drama, War
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Duration: 95 min.
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Plot: revenge, martial arts, shaolin monk, shaolin, honor, gold, friend, staff, mixed martial arts, violence, training, death of father ...
Place: china
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Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Taiwan, Hong Kong
Duration: 92 min.
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49%
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