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Once Upon a Time in Shanghai (2014)
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Once Upon a Time in Shanghai (2014)
Original name: 惡戰
Genre: Action, Crime
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A laborer moves to Shanghai in the hope of becoming rich. But ends up using his kung fu skills to survive. Remake of The Boxer From Shantung.
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, captivating, tense, suspense, rough, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, crimes, gang, rivalry, kung fu, danger, society, heroes, crime, graphic violence, master warrior, hopes
Time: 1900s
Place: china, shanghai, asia

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out exciting, realistic, serious and suspenseful films with plots about rivalry, crimes, martial arts, danger, vengeance, heroes and gang mostly in Action, Crime and Drama genres. Some movies like Once Upon a Time in Shanghai: Naked Soldier (2012), The Last Tycoon (2012), Rise of the Legend (2014), Special ID (2013), The Sword Identity (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Naked Soldier (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A gorgeous lethal killer, brainwashed by the villain, makes a startling discovery in a mission to eliminate a person she can in no way imagine.
Style: exciting, rough, tense, suspense, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hong kong, china, asia
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The Last Tycoon (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Drama
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Set in Shanghais Gangster era of the early 1900s, THE LAST TYCOON tells the tale of CHENG (Chow Yun-Fat), a young man who is set up by the chief of police (Sammo Hung) and must leave the life he knows and QIU (Monica Mok), the woman he loves, to ...
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Audience: boys' night
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Place: china, asia, shanghai
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Rise of the Legend (2014)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 131 min.
Story: In 1868 during the late Qing Dynasty, rampant corruption on the Imperial Court inflicts much suffering in people's lives. For years, the Black Tiger’s fearsome boss Lei Gong has been trying to get rid of the leader of the Northern Sea. One of ...
Style: exciting, captivating, tense, psychological
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Special ID (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime
Country: China
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A cop and his team of comrades go undercover in one of China's most ruthless underworld organizations to stop a gang leader, only to put themselves in great danger after being exposed one by one.
Style: exciting, rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
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The Sword Identity (2011)
Genre: Action
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Duration: 108 min.
Story: During the Ming Dynasty one man will request a competition when his weapon is rejected. After a series of fights he is determined to prove his sword is invincible.
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, tense, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
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The Return of the Sister Street Fighter (1975)
Genre: Action, Crime
Country: Japan
Duration: 77 min.
Story: She returns for more street fighting.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, karate, master warrior, crimes, heroes, rescue, danger, rivalry, yakuza, street fighter, violence
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Place: asia, japan, hong kong
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Kung Fu Killer (2014)
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Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A martial arts instructor working at a police academy gets imprisoned after killing a man by accident. But when a vicious killer starts targeting martial arts masters, the instructor offers to help the police in return for his freedom.
Style: exciting, rough, suspenseful, stylized, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, kids
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Twins Mission (2007)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Twins Mission is a 2007 Hong Kong martial arts-action-comedy film directed by action choreographer Kong Tao-Hoi and staring Gillian Chung, Charlene Choi and Sammo Hung among others. The film is a bit of a spoof of the popularity and success of the ...
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hong kong, china
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Bangkok Assassins (2011)
Genre: Action
Country: Thailand
Duration: 104 min.
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Style: exciting, serious, captivating, tense, realistic
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
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Ten Dead Men (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: You can’t outrun your past. That is the extremely painful lesson that Ryan (Brendan Carr)is learning right now, as spectres of his past life of crime have returned to haunt him, destroying the only person he holds dear, and nearly killing him in ...
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Black Ransom (2010)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 93 min.
Story: A powerful triad boss has been kidnapped, and the new police superintendent Koo (Fala Chen) decides to recruit the help of Mann (Simon Yam), a former supercop who has since been relegated to back-up duty. Mann has his work cut out for him when he ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, captivating, tense, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
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Genre: Action, Crime, Fantasy
Country: China
Duration: 118 min.
Story: An undercover agent is assigned by his corrupt chief to infiltrate a rival department and sabotage their investigation of counterfeit currency. What he discovers is the counterfeiter's real plan. To overthrow the capital. Not by flooding it ...
Style: suspenseful, exciting, tense, captivating, suspense ...
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Place: china, asia, ancient china
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The Purifiers (2004)
Genre: Action
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Duration: 85 min.
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Style: exciting, captivating, tense, suspense, stylized ...
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Shaolin Temple (1976)
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Lethal Lady (1990)
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Clan of the White Lotus (1980)
Genre: Action, Drama
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Duration: 95 min.
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Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
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Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 104 min.
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Style: exciting, suspense, captivating, tense, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
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Kung Fu Killer (2008)
Genre: Action
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 176 min.
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Style: exciting, serious, captivating, tense, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
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⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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Antikiller (2002)
Genre: Action, Crime
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
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Duration: 89 min.
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Style: suspenseful, rough, exciting, serious, realistic
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⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Century of the Dragon (1999)
Genre: Action, Crime
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Rookie policeman Shing (Louis Koo) grapples with right and wrong in this action-packed story about Hong Kong gangsters. Assigned to go undercover, Shing is so successful in playing the part of a gang member that he becomes right-hand man to gang ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious, exciting
Audience: boys' night
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Place: hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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Dragon (2011)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 115 min.
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Style: stylized, serious, enigmatic, melancholic, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1917
Place: china, asia, hong kong
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