Movies like Shamo

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Shamo (2007)
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Shamo (2007)
Genre: Action
Country: Hong Kong, Japan
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Based on the Japanese Manga about Ryo Narushima, a talented, college-bound student who murders both of his parents in cold blood. He is sent to a reformatory where he trains in karate under Kenji Kurokawa, a man imprisoned after trying to assassinate the Japanese Prime Minister. Two years after his conviction, Ryo is released and begins a new life as an ultra-violent professional fighter.
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, psychological, exciting, bleak, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kickboxer, prison, life is a bitch, prison life, starting over, obsessive quest, murder, crimes, rivalry, athlete's life, sexual abuse, matricide, gangsters, ex convict, bad attitude, patricide, prostitute, heroes, gang, college, confined, track down, wrongfully committed, maniac ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hong kong

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Most similar movies to Shamo

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, rough and suspenseful films with plots about rivalry, crimes, martial arts, heroes, gangsters, vengeance and deadly mostly in Action, Thriller and Crime genres. Some movies like Shamo: Female Convict Scorpion (2008), Rebellion (2009), Vigilante (2008), Dragonwolf (2013), Max Havoc - Ring of Fire (2006). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Female Convict Scorpion (2008)
Genre: Action
Country: Japan, Hong Kong
Duration: 101 min.
Story: When a band of assassins invade the home of their target Hei Tai they find only his lovely, innocent, bride-to-be, Nami and force upon her a cruel dilemma: either she kills her fiancee’s sister or they kill her fiancee. Trapped, and unable to ...
Style: exciting, serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: women's prison, revenge, life turned upside down, rivalry, crimes, fugitives, criminal heroes, confined, life is a bitch, prison life, martial arts, murder ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
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95%
 6.0
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Rebellion (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In a district within Hong Kong five gangs have an uneasy truce as they all work within the area. Chaos then ensues when triad leader Jimmy is shot. Jimmy's wife Cheung Wah then appoints his bodyguard Po as the temporary leader of the gang over ...
Style: exciting, serious, tense, captivating, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, rivalry, gang, crimes, tough heroes, assassination attempt, save the day, murder, contests and competitions, car chase, criminal heroes, couple relations ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 2.6
 476
Vigilante (2008)
Genre: Action
Country: Australia
Duration: 90 min.
Story: When Luke is viciously attacked and his fiancée is raped and murdered, he pledges to train himself in deadly hand to hand combat and use it against any wrong doers who dare to cross his path.
Style: exciting, rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: martial arts, assassination, vengeance, murder, rivalry, police corruption, track down, dishonesty, frame up, vigilantism, crimes, good versus evil ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 2.9
 534
Dragonwolf (2013)
Genre: Action
Country: Thailand
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The Devil's Cauldron, a city where depravity and violence has forged a society in which only the lethal and callous can survive, two young men who possess the intellect and ferocity to flourish, carve a name for themselves as the most efficient ...
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, hitman, femme fatale, crimes, chaos and mayhem, siblings relations, criminal heroes, dishonesty, gangsters, rivalry, betrayal, violence ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: thailand
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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Max Havoc - Ring of Fire (2006)
Genre: Action
Country: USA, Canada, Germany
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Max, having forsaken his life as a former world kick-boxing champion to redefine himself as a world class photographer, is on his way to photograph top tennis star and athlete Suzy Blaine. While on assignment, Max uncovers a crime ring and relies on ...
Style: exciting, serious, tense, suspense, realistic ...
Plot: martial arts, gangsters, resort, crimes, gang, tough heroes, rivalry, kickboxing, criminal, showdown, fighting crime, heroes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, seattle, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Sticks of Death (1986)
Genre: Action
Country: Philippines
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A man masters the ancient art of arnis with the help of his grandfather to get revenge on a group of crooks who attempted to beat him to death.
Style: realistic, serious, exciting, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, dishonesty, heroes, rivalry, criminal heroes, crimes, gangsters, contests and competitions, adventure, cons and scams, vengeance, helicopter ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 4.2
 584
Underground (2007)
Genre: Action
Country: UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In the UK suburbs, an underground tournament is set to challenge twelve fighters from different backgrounds to compete for the price of £500,000. They have been handpicked for a no-holds barred competition that will push each fighter to their ...
Style: rough, exciting, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, ambition, heroic mission, crimes, master warrior, escapades, fighting crime, rivalry, heroes, underdog, sport, battles ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Max Havoc: Curse of the Dragon (2004)
Genre: Action
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Ex-kickboxing champion turned sports photographer Max Havoc again finds himself in Guam on a publicity photo shoot. Max's helpful ways land him in the lives of the vacationing sisters Jane and Christy Goody who have acquired a rare jade dragon, ...
Style: realistic, exciting, rough, serious
Plot: martial arts, chase, heroes, crimes, rivalry, gangsters, kickboxing, violence, warrior, love interest, fistfight, martial artist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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The Shadow Boxer (1974)
Genre: Action
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Chen Wo-Fu plays construction worker Ku Ting, whose skill at "tai chi" (shadow boxing) is as great as his pacifism. But when his girlfriend is raped by vicious gangsters, he shows everyone the true power and beauty of tai chi.
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kung fu, tai chi, graphic violence, gangsters, heroes, crimes, one man army, master warrior, rivalry, tough heroes, forced into action, vengeance ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Love Battlefield (2004)
Genre: Action, Romance
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The story of a couple (Niki Chow and Eason Chan) who break up one morning and proceed to find their love tested in unexpected and violent ways.
Style: serious, suspenseful, exciting, realistic, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: confined, love affair, vigilantism, gang, vengeance, kidnapping, missing child, rescue, master criminal, criminal heroes, crimes, hostage ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hong kong, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Yakuza-Busting Girls: Duel in Hell (2010)
Genre: Action
Country: Japan
Duration: 73 min.
Story: Asami returns exhausted after three years of intense training to become a yakuza hunter. She decides to visit her old master, Inokuma, who runs a bar. However, she finds his place in ruins and nothing is as it was when she left. As it turns out, the ...
Style: stylized, exciting, suspenseful, tense, rough ...
Plot: hitman, one man army, homecoming, heroes, rivalry, samurai, dishonesty, psychopath, mortal combat, gang, gambling, monster ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Protector 2 (2013)
Genre: Action
Country: Thailand
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Kham is the last in long line of guards who once watched over the King of Thailand's war elephants. Traditionally, only the perfect elephants could successfully help defend the throne, after his harrowing quest to retrieve the elephants, Kham ...
Style: exciting, rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, master warrior, rivalry, motorcycle chase, crimes, escapades, daring rescue, heroes, fight, protagonist as suspect, medieval, on the run ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: thailand
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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The Purifiers (2004)
Genre: Action
Country: UK
Duration: 85 min.
Story: The story of martial arts clubs who have created their own city infrastructure after tiring of government initiatives. Responding to the greed and corruption creeping into the other clubs, headed by capitalist-wannabe Moses, The Purifiers battle to ...
Style: exciting, captivating, tense, suspense, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, gang, fighting crime, vengeance, rivalry, leadership, crimes, society, tough heroes, gangsters, vigilantism, murder ...
Time: future
Place: england, scotland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Doing Hard Time (2004)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A father's eight year old son is murdered in a gangland shooting. The father (Boris Kodjoe) gets himself thrown into prison to avenge his son's death.
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: prison, murder, vigilantism, prison life, criminal heroes, vengeance, dishonesty, law enforcement, life is a bitch, confined, police investigation, redemption ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 4.3
 89
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: exciting, realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough ...
Plot: martial arts, master warrior, heroes, athlete's life, gangsters, crimes, rivalry, vengeance, working undercover, missing person, kung fu, fistfight ...
Time: 70s
Place: asia, thailand
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Dragon from Russia (1990)
Genre: Action
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A former member of a band of criminals known as the 'Eight-Hundred Dragons' is living in fear in Manchuria as the clan does not allow people to leave alive. However, he is eventually tracked down, and kidnapped along with a young ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, stylized
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, superhero, murder, on the run, vengeance, gang, kidnapping, rivalry, partners against crime, best friends, fighting crime, heroes ...
Time: 80s
Place: hong kong, russia, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Mexican Gangster (2008)
Genre: Action
Country: USA
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Johnny Sun is a Mexican American with a white mother and Mexican dad. He witnesses his parents murder and gets his revenge years later, leading to a hard life as a gangster in drugs and smuggling. He tries to keep his borther from the life and finds ...
Style: exciting, captivating, suspense, tense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, rivalry, crimes, gang, going straight, society, family relations, urban ghetto, murder, revenge, smuggling, brother brother relationship ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Angel Terminators (1992)
Genre: Action
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Two Hong Kong policewomen (Ida and Hon) take on a Japanese boss who has returned from a seven-year exile to retake his old turf.
Style: realistic, serious, exciting, suspenseful, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, women, gunfight, fight, strong female lead, police officer, undercover, femme fatale, rivalry, on the run, police investigation, heroes ...
Time: 80s
Place: hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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Outside the Law (2002)
Genre: Action
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Secret agent Julie Cosgrove is walking into her most dangerous mission yet.
Style: serious, suspenseful, realistic, tense, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, secret agents, undercover, working undercover, vengeance, crimes, heroes, starting over, government agency, murder, hitman, female agent ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, colombia, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Assassin's Game (2015)
Genre: Action
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Legendary hitman Vet Jones never expected to accept another mission. But when his son fails to assassinate an important target, and a powerful crime boss gives Jones an ultimatum - finish the job or his son dies - Jones has no choice but to accept. ...
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, family relations, disorder, parents and children, graphic violence, master warrior, crimes, martial arts, on the run, heroes, tough heroes, sniper ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 3.7
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City of Fear (2000)
Genre: Action
Country: Canada, UK, Bulgaria, USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: When reporter Steve Roberts acts on a call from his good friend, Charlie, urging him to report on a hot scientific story in Bulgaria, he ends up in a world of disappearance, death and deception.
Style: serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful, exciting
Plot: amateur detective, crimes, gangsters, journalism, rivalry, intrigue, dishonesty, drug dealing, murder, vengeance, organized crime, martial arts ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: bulgaria
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Frogmen Operation Stormbringer (2002)
Genre: Action
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Captain Rick Jeffries is the head of a group of elite soldiers who swim into action, doing the dirty jobs no else can or wants to do. They are in pursuit of a world traveling terrorist known only as Casper, and have the difficult job of bringing him ...
Style: exciting, serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: undercover, terrorism, adventure, rivalry, race against time, heroic mission, heroes, crimes, confined, escapades, hijacking, bomb ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Hawk's Vengeance (1996)
Genre: Action
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Eric Hawke a British Marine, attends the funeral of his policeman brother who he discovers has been attempting to investigate the mysterious kidnappings and murders of a local Asian street gang. The clues seem to point to a rival Nazi white ...
Style: realistic, serious, exciting, suspenseful, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, martial arts, marine, hitman, vigilante, tough heroes, battles, gangsters, heroes, criminal heroes, rivalry, undercover ...
Time: 90s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Pit Fighter (2005)
Genre: Action
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Jack Severino has no memory, all he knows is the brutal sport of Pit Fighting. When his past catches him up, he realizes he is not who he thought he was. For some men must fight for redemption.
Style: serious, realistic, rough, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kickboxer, haunted by the past, vengeance, memory loss, rivalry, martial arts, wrestler, murder, heroes, tough heroes, hopes, mixed martial arts ...
Time: contemporary
Place: latin america, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
The Hard Corps (2006)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: UK, Germany, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: An Army veteran assembles a team of bodyguards to protect a former boxer. Complications arise when the boxer suspects his sister may be romantically involved with the bodyguard.
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, one man army, heroes, crimes, athlete's life, rivalry, gang, vengeance, corrupt cop, violence, gunfight, rapper ...
Time: contemporary
Place: british columbia, afghanistan, middle east, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
Shootfighter II (1996)
Genre: Action
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: In this martial-arts actioner, Miami mobsters find themselves in mortal danger after an angry police chief hires the world's most vicious fighters and uses them to launch a city-wide vendetta
Style: realistic, serious, exciting, suspenseful, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, heroes, vengeance, working undercover, rivalry, ambition, contests and competitions, crimes, master warrior, law enforcement, graphic violence, sex scene ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: miami, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Divine Move (2014)
Genre: Action, Crime
Country: South Korea
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Professional baduk (go) player Tae-seok loses a high-stakes game to infamous underground gambler Sal-soo, and ends up framed for the murder of his own brother and locked up in prison. He vows revenge and trains ferociously. After serving his ...
Style: exciting, serious, rough, suspenseful, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: crimes, vengeance, gangsters, murder, rivalry, dishonesty, prison, violence, gambling, board game, casino, monster ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.2
 266
Moving Targets (2004)
Genre: Action
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Kit comes from a very fortunate family, with an outstanding police officer father When the family starts to break up, Man impulsively shot Kit's mother. After Kit's parents divorced, Kit viewed Man his father as an enemy. As an adult, he ...
Style: exciting, serious, rough, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, fighting crime, police investigation, rivalry, working undercover, police corruption, fall in love, partners, gangsters, partners against crime, crimes, betrayal ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 5.4
 767
Scorpion (2007)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: France
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Featuring a mix of Thai Boxing and Ultimate Fighting, SCORPION has been dubbed The French Fight Club. It stars Jerome Le Banner, who is also known as Hyper Battle Cyborg and The Bulldog of Paris, a true kickboxer, famous for his aggressive style - ...
Style: exciting, captivating, tense, psychological, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kickboxing, rivalry, crimes, redemption, underground fighting, imprisonment, contests and competitions, empire, performer's life, athlete's life, heroes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 5.0
 368
Playboy Cops (2008)
Genre: Action, Romance, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Two off-the-wall detectives go in search for a killer, while vying for the affections of a young woman.
Style: exciting, captivating, tense, suspense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, martial arts, jealousy, police investigation, vengeance, police detective, track down, gang, crimes, rivalry, law enforcement, reluctant partners ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%