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Iron & Silk (1990)
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Iron & Silk (1990)
Original name: Iron And Silk
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Iron and Silk is a 1990 movie based on the eponymous book by American writer Mark Salzman. It details his journey to China after college to study Chinese wu shu, better known in the west as kung fu, and to teach English. Though not trained as an actor, Salzman starred as himself, as did Pan Qingfu, who claimed no one else could portray him on film. Salzman's experiences occurred in Changsha, Hunan, though the film was shot in Hangzhou, Zhejiang. (Wikipedia)
Style: realistic, semi serious, cult film
Plot: martial arts, kung fu, college, youth, forbidden love, romance, politics, misfit, teachers and students, love and romance, fall in love, hopes, high school life, society, urban, high school, opposites attract, introspection, city life, idealism, disorder, fish out of water, culture clash, college graduate, power relations ...
Time: 80s
Place: china, asia

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, semi serious, humorous and touching films with plots about society, love and romance, youth, misfit, power relations, hopes and culture clash mostly in Comedy, Drama and Romance genres. Some movies like Iron & Silk: The Great Wall Is a Great Wall (1986), Foreign Letters (2012), Shanghai Calling (2012), Pushing Hands (1991), The Breakfast Club (1985). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: USA, China
Duration: 97 min.
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Plot: culture clash, family relations, disorder, fish out of water, family life, road not taken, immigrants, misfit, society, asian american, chinese american
Time: 80s
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Foreign Letters (2012)
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Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
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Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
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Duration: 100 min.
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Style: humorous, feel good, semi serious, realistic
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Country: Taiwan, USA
Duration: 105 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Duration: 83 min.
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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45%
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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