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Empire of Lust (2015)
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Empire of Lust (2015)
Original name: 순수의 시대
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Set in 1398. Kim Min-Jae (Shin Ha-Kyun) is the supreme commander of the Joseon Dynasty. He falls in love for the first time and for that woman he takes risks. Yi Bang-Won (Jang Hyuk) is the King’s son. He helped his father setup the Joseon Dynasty era, but he was not picked as the Crown Prince. He still holds ambitions of becoming the King one day. Jin (Kang Ha-Neul) is Kim Min-Jae’s son and the King’s son-in-law. Due to his position as the King's son-in-law, he is unable to take part in politics and only seeks out pleasure.
Style: captivating, suspense, exciting, tense, disturbing
Plot: joseon dynasty, mistress, japanese history, revenge, sex scene, suicide attempt, rescue from drowning, love and romance, general, crimes, political intrigue, protector, danger, forbidden love, warrior, unrequited love, political conspiracy, dynasty, intrigue, royal court, society, couples, political unrest, rivalry, palace intrigue ...
Time: 14th century, 15th century, 1400s
Place: korea

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out captivating, tense, exciting and realistic films with plots about rivalry, danger, love and romance, romance, society, crimes and joseon dynasty mostly in Drama, Action and Romance genres. Some movies like Empire of Lust: My Country: The New Age (2019), The Concubine (2012), The Slave Hunters (2010), Poongsan (2011), The Swordsman (2020). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
My Country: The New Age (2019)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 80 min.
TV show
Story: Set during the turbulent time of the fall of Goryeo and the founding of Joseon, two former friends face-off against one another over a woman and the future shape of the nation.
Style: disturbing, exciting, tense, sincere
Plot: joseon dynasty, murder, power struggle, warlord, friendship, rivalry, danger, society, culture clash, destiny, deadly, violence ...
Time: 14th century
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The Concubine (2012)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Set during the early Joseon Dynasty, the film begins with the queen mother and former concubine (Park Ji-young) in a precarious position of having no blood ties to the childless king (Jung Chan). She schemes to replace him on the throne with his ...
Style: captivating, touching, disturbing, romantic, sexy ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: oral sex, royalty, palace, female full frontal nudity, fatal attraction, mistress, love, revenge, eunuch, sexual attraction, korean, sex scene ...
Time: 15th century
Place: korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Slave Hunters (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Country: South Korea
TV show
Story: The Slave Hunters is a 2010 South Korean action historical drama set in the Joseon Dynasty about a slave hunter who is tracking down a general-turned-runaway slave as well as searching for the woman he loves. It aired on KBS2 from January 6 to March ...
Style: tense, captivating, exciting, psychological
Plot: slave, joseon dynasty, bounty hunter, slavery, conspiracy, tragic hero, political intrigue, love triangle, chase, deception, false accusation, rivalry ...
Time: 17th century
Place: korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Poongsan (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Poongsan has the unenviable - and death-defying - job of delivering messages across the North and South Korean border to separated families. When South Korean government agents ask him to smuggle in In-ok, the lover of a high-ranking North Korean ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, realistic, captivating, tense ...
Plot: romance, espionage, fall in love, rescue, rivalry, on the run, danger, undercover, life is a bitch, government agency, chases and races, profanity ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea, asia, north korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Swordsman (2020)
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Country: South Korea
Duration: 100 min.
Story: After being blinded in a coup against the king, Joseon’s greatest swordsman (Jang Hyuk) goes into hiding, far removed from his city’s anguish. But when traffickers kidnap his daughter, he has no choice but to unsheathe his sword once more.
Style: tense, captivating, exciting, suspenseful, suspense
Plot: sword fight, joseon dynasty, qing dynasty, blindness, slave, violence, fight, power struggle, fight for supremacy, warrior, empire, emperor ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
The Fatal Encounter (2014)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 135 min.
Story: In 1777, one year since he had taken reign, King Jeong-jo bears a perilous palace life with his dedicated court servant, Gap-soo, amidst opposition and threats from those around with political ambitions. Meanwhile, Eul-soo, a member of a secret ...
Style: exciting, captivating, serious, suspenseful, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: archery, joseon dynasty, rivalry, hitman, master warrior, danger, assassination attempt, deadly, political unrest, palaces castles and temples, royal court, murder ...
Time: 18th century
Place: asia
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A Copy of My Mind (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: Indonesia, South Korea
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A female cheap salon worker and a pirated DVDs subtitle maker fall in love during the turbulent presidential election in Indonesia.
Style: suspense, psychological, captivating, disturbing, tense
Plot: mistress, relationship problems, star crossed lovers, society, presidential election, fall in love, political unrest, love and romance, love affair, couples, social problems, politics ...
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The Face Reader (2013)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: South Korea
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Nae-kyung, the most skillful face reader in Joseon dynasty, was living in seclusion when he was offered a lucrative partnership by Yeon-hong, a Korean geisha. Nae-kyung accepts the proposal to read the faces of Yeon-hong’s guests only to get ...
Style: captivating, realistic, atmospheric, psychological, tense ...
Plot: joseon dynasty, political intrigue, royal court, coup, head of state, betrayal, society, politics, dishonesty, political unrest, korean history
Time: 15th century
Place: korea, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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Misbehavior (2016)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Two female teachers and a male student hit with the inevitable disturbance of a coming whirlpool.
Style: sincere, captivating, suspense, tense, psychological ...
Audience: girls' night, teens
Plot: teenage sex, deception, high school, infidelity, revenge, murder, jealousy, rivalry, teacher student sex, youth, society, disorder ...
Time: contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Octane (2007)
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 112 min.
Story: High-octane romance set in the recognizable - and sometimes gritty - world of Brighton's homegrown youth, as Boy Racer gangs uneasily coexist with the Indie scene.
Style: realistic, suspense, disturbing, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: gang, teenage love, dangerous attraction, contests and competitions, crimes, rivalry, race, racing, coming of age, car race, lifestyle, adventure ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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High Society (2018)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The story of the journey of married couple up the social latter. The husband is professor at Seoul National University who is running for the National Assembly, and his wife is a painter.
Style: exciting, captivating, tense, disturbing
Audience: boys' night, chick flick
Plot: society, relationships, family relations, love and romance, youth, cuckolded husband, money, rivalry, friendship, contests and competitions, escapades, couples ...
Time: contemporary
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⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Carmen (2003)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Russia
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A young and handsome prison guard falls in love with a beautiful lady-prisoner. She makes him hooked on sex and manipulates him into becoming a gang member. He kills and steals under her control.
Style: rough, suspense, touching, tense, disturbing ...
Plot: women in prison, honor, sex scene, gypsy, danger, fall in love, rivalry, romance, power relations, crimes, love and romance, life is a bitch ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
A Frozen Flower (2008)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 133 min.
Story: A historical drama set in the Koryo dynasty and focused on the relationship between a king and his bodyguard. Under the dominance of Yuan Dynasty China, the king of Goryeo Dynasty Korea is pressured to produce a successor to the throne. Unable to ...
Style: sexual, touching, atmospheric, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: gays and lesbians, adultery, love triangle, unrequited love, love affair, love and romance, royal family, sword fight, gay relationship, gay, rivalry, intrigue ...
Time: middle ages, 14th century, 13th century
Place: asia, korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Born to Hate... Destined to Love (2012)
Genre: Action, Drama, Romance
Country: India
Duration: 120 min.
Story: While fighting for the political supremacy of their respective families, a Hindu man and a Muslim woman share a forbidden romance.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, tense, captivating ...
Plot: village, family relations, romance, forbidden love, rivalry, vengeance, bollywood, hopes, destiny, clan, family feud, friendship ...
Place: india, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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Duration: 90 min.
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Plot: gang, immigrants, life is a bitch, coming of age, society, teenage life, urban ghetto life, parents and children, family relations, crimes, love and romance, couples ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Iris: The Movie (2010)
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⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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Audience: boys' night, teens
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⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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Rampant (2018)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Horror, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Ancient Korea, 17th century. While the paranoid King Lee Jo of Joseon, vassal of the Qing dynasty, feels surrounded by conspirators and rebels, a dark evil emerges from the bowels of a merchant ship and the exiled Prince Lee Cheung returns to the ...
Style: suspense, captivating, tense, exciting
Audience: boys' night, teens
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Time: 17th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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The Legend of Evil Lake (2003)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A thousand years ago, an evil spirit was kept imprisoned in a lake by the first emperor of the Chilla empire. Now unleashed, it possesses the body of Ja Woon-bi, the wife of general Biharang, with the aim to bring down the very dynasty that ...
Style: exciting, captivating, stylized, atmospheric, serious
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Place: korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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 3K
Semper Fi (2019)
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Duration: 99 min.
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Style: disturbing, suspense, captivating, tense, psychological
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⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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Country: South Korea
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Style: exciting, captivating, serious, tense, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 16th century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Goddess of Mercy (2003)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Yang Rui falls in love for the cleaning woman who works in a taekwando gym, only to later discover she's an undercover cop named An Xin. An is in hiding from drug smugglers who have a score to settle with her - a raid she led resulted in the ...
Style: captivating, exciting, tense, suspense, suspenseful ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Moon Embracing the Sun (2012)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: South Korea
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Story: Moon Embracing the Sun is a 2012 South Korean historical television drama series, starring Kim Soo-hyun, Han Ga-in, Jung Il-woo and Kim Min-seo. It aired on Munhwa Broadcasting Corporation from January 4 to March 15, 2012 on Wednesdays and Thursdays ...
Style: serious, captivating, stylized, emotional, epic
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38%
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38%
The Other Boleyn Girl (2003)
Genre: Romance, Drama
Country: UK
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Story: Based on the controversial novel by Philippa Gregory, "The Other Boleyn Girl" is a fictionalised account of the life of Lady Mary Boleyn (Natascha McElhone) who becomes mistress to England's king, Henry VIII (Jared Harris), before ...
Style: captivating, serious, realistic, stylized, sexy
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Country: South Korea
Duration: 104 min.
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Style: exciting, twists and turns, captivating, tense, psychotronic ...
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38%
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Guns & Talks (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, Comedy
Country: South Korea
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Style: suspenseful, humorous, witty, cynical, realistic ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Raid (2014)
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Country: Brazil
Duration: 112 min.
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