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: prison, sexual abuse, kickboxer, martial arts, prison life, life is a bitch, starting over, obsessive quest, gory, crimes, athlete's life, crime, murder, deadly, rivalry, matricide, gangsters, ex convict, bad attitude, patricide, gangster, prostitute, college, gang, heroes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hong kong

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, rough and suspenseful films with plots about crimes, rivalry, martial arts, gangsters, heroes, vengeance and murder mostly in Action, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like Shamo: Prisoner 701 Sasori (2008), Dragonwolf (2013), Max Havoc: Ring of Fire (2006), Sticks of Death (1986), Love Battlefield (2004). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Prisoner 701 Sasori (2008)
Genre: Action
Country: Japan, Hong Kong
Duration: 103 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: suspenseful, rough, serious, exciting, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: women's prison, revenge, life turned upside down, life is a bitch, rivalry, chases and races, fugitives, deadly, confined, crimes, prison life, martial arts ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
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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: rough, suspenseful, exciting, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, hitman, femme fatale, crimes, gangsters, siblings relations, chaos and mayhem, deadly, betrayal, dishonesty, rivalry, criminal heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: thailand
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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, resort, gangsters, gang, crimes, rivalry, tough heroes, kickboxing, criminal, heroes, showdown, fighting crime ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, seattle, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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: bleak, rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, dishonesty, crimes, deadly, contests and competitions, rivalry, cons and scams, vengeance, criminal heroes, gangsters, danger, heroes ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: confined, vigilantism, love affair, gang, crimes, master criminal, criminal heroes, rescue, missing child, kidnapping, vengeance, hostage ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hong kong, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 4.2
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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, suspenseful, exciting, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, ambition, heroic mission, rivalry, crimes, danger, heroes, master warrior, escapades, fighting crime, underdog, sport ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
China Strike Force (2000)
Genre: Action
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 103 min.
Story: A young Chinese Security Officer, Darren, is called for Team 808, which fights against the smuggling of drugs and corruption. Noriko, a Japanese Interpol officer, collaborates with Darren for the destruction of a large international drug cartel. At ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, revenge, murder, police investigation, gang, crimes, partners, partners against crime, gangsters, tough law enforcer, master criminal, secret agents ...
Time: 90s
Place: hong kong, new york, usa, china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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: rough, realistic, exciting, serious
Plot: martial arts, chase, heroes, crimes, danger, gangsters, rivalry, kickboxing, violence, hand to hand combat, fistfight, love interest ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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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, suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gambling, vengeance, gangsters, deadly, dishonesty, rivalry, crimes, murder, prison, violence, graphic violence, crime ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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, rough, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, vigilantism, vengeance, gangsters, rivalry, heroes, master warrior, one man army, crimes, graphic violence, forced into action, tough heroes ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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: exciting, realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, martial arts, hitman, marine, graphic violence, battles, tough heroes, gang, undercover, crime, criminal heroes, gangsters ...
Time: 90s
Place: england
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, danger, secret agents, undercover, working undercover, vengeance, deadly, starting over, heroes, government agency, hitman, murder ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, colombia, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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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, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, martial arts, jealousy, police investigation, crimes, gang, track down, vengeance, police detective, law enforcement, rivalry, reluctant partners ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hong kong, 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, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gangsters, rivalry, crimes, gang, society, going straight, family relations, urban ghetto, mexican american, murder, revenge, smuggling ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Gothic & Lolita Psycho (2010)
Genre: Action, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Yuki lives at home in peace until one day a unit of assassins breaks in and kill her mother. In order to revenge herself Yuki becomes a demon of vengeance by donning gothic lolita clothing, using a parasol as a deadly weapon, and executing the ...
Style: gothic, rough, suspenseful, semi serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, japanese woman, vengeance, crimes, danger, gory, tough heroes, murder, track down, deadly, rivalry, lolita ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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, gunfight, rivalry, partners, femme fatale, gang, police investigation, chases and races, on the run, life is a bitch, partners against crime, fighting crime ...
Time: 80s
Place: hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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, realistic, serious, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, criminal heroes, prison life, vengeance, vigilantism, prison, life is a bitch, law enforcement, confined, police investigation, dishonesty, deadly ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 4.2
 75
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
Plot: martial arts, rivalry, athlete's life, heroes, gangsters, crimes, master warrior, vengeance, missing person, working undercover, murder, revenge ...
Time: 70s
Place: thailand, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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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: rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: parents and children, hitman, disorder, family relations, master warrior, deadly, tough heroes, on the run, danger, martial arts, crimes, graphic violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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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: captivating, exciting, suspense, tense, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gang, martial arts, fighting crime, crimes, leadership, rivalry, vengeance, vigilantism, gangsters, tough heroes, society, danger ...
Time: future
Place: england, scotland, europe
⇓ 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: rough, suspenseful, exciting, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rivalry, race against time, undercover, adventure, terrorism, heroic mission, danger, chases and races, escapades, confined, heroes, crimes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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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: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting
Plot: criminal's revenge, amateur detective, deadly, dishonesty, drug dealing, rivalry, intrigue, journalism, gangsters, crimes, vengeance, murder ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: bulgaria
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Invisible Target (2007)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Three cops team up to bring down a criminal gang of seven, who have their own hidden agenda.
Style: serious, suspenseful, rough, exciting, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, vigilantism, partners against crime, chase, hostages, hostage, master criminal, gang, rivalry, car chase, heist, criminal heroes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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Animal (2005)
Genre: Drama, Action
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: His name: infamous. His reputation: ruthless. But when James "Animal"Allen is locked up in a maximum security prison, he meets a revolutionary who changes his life. Now a reformed man, James is released only to find that his own son has ...
Style: psychological, rough, realistic, serious, bleak
Plot: prison, prison life, criminal heroes, starting over, redemption, haunted by the past, society, social misfits, crimes, gangsters, murder, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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: rough, suspenseful, exciting, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: master warrior, danger, protagonist as suspect, martial arts, rivalry, tough heroes, motorcycle chase, escapades, daring rescue, heroes, chases and races, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: thailand
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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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: captivating, exciting, psychological, tense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, rivalry, redemption, crimes, prison, underground fighting, kickboxing, imprisonment, contests and competitions, danger, performer's life, hopes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: france
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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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: suspenseful, rough, serious, exciting, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, fighting crime, police investigation, rivalry, betrayal, gangsters, partners, undercover, partners against crime, fall in love, working undercover, police corruption ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 4.2
 155
On the Edge (2002)
Genre: Action
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Dakota Smith is an ex-cop and former private eye with a proclivity for community service. When a young basketball player entangles himself with drug dealers, he turns to Dak for help. Eventually goons are sent to kill the hoopster, but they hit the ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: tough heroes, hitman, vigilantism, deadly, partners against crime, rivalry, drug dealing, law enforcement, crimes, vengeance, urban ghetto, drug dealer ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 7.2
 9K
Exiled (2006)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A friendship is formed between an ex-gangster, and two groups of hitmen - those who want to protect him and those who were sent to kill him.
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, exciting, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, friendship, gangsters, starting over, leadership, crimes, dishonesty, danger, vengeance, frame up, babies and infants, crime boss ...
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Place: macau
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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 2K
Public Enemy (2002)
Genre: Action
Country: South Korea
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Ruthless cop Chul-joong and a merciless killer in raincoat run into each other in a small alleyway and form a fatal bond. A free-for-all fight occurs by coincidence on a rainy street. A week later, the dead bodies of an old couple are discovered ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, investigation, serial killer, psychopath, gangsters, deadly, crimes, vengeance, dishonesty, martial arts, police detective, law enforcement ...
Time: contemporary
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31%