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Start-Up (2019)
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Start-Up (2019)
Original name: 시동
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Taek-il recklessly leaves home, defying his mother who asks him to go to college. In the unfamiliar neighborhood, he happens to get a job as a delivery man for a Chinese restaurant. And he mingles with new people such as Geo-seok, a chef, and Kyung-ju, a boxer. Meanwhile, Sang-pil, a friend of Taek-il, enters the private loan business to make money. At first, it seems easy to make a big fortune, but soon he finds himself in pain as he faces unexpected things.
Style: rough, suspense, tense, suspenseful, disturbing
Audience: teen drama
Plot: loan shark, chinese restaurant, brutality, teenage protagonist, teenager, crimes, friendship, teenage boy, rebellious teenager, teenage girl, happy ending, delivery man, boy

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Bleak Night (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 116 min.
Story: There were three friends. Someone became the assailant and someone became the victim. Another swings his fists in anger at their broken friendship. Through the director’s creation of young actors and looking into the life of high school boys, the ...
Style: non-linear, rough, disturbing, psychological, suspense
Plot: friendship, high school, death, high school student, violence, student, father, loss of son, brutality, teen suicide, apology, korean ...
Place: korea
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Semper Fi (2019)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Cal is a dedicated cop who also serves as a sergeant in the Marine Corps Reserve. When his reckless half brother lands in jail for accidentally killing a man, Cal and his buddies hatch a plan to break him out of prison -- no matter what the cost.
Style: psychological, captivating, suspense, disturbing, tense
Audience: boys' night
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Time: contemporary
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Guns & Talks (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, Comedy
Country: South Korea
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Guns & Talks is a South Korean film released in 2001. Directed by Jang Jin, it is a comedy about two brothers and their two friends. These four form a group of assassins, who have attracted the attention of a couple of pesky detectives, ...
Style: suspenseful, witty, humorous, cynical, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: friendship, hitman, buddies, forbidden love, crimes, wooing, rivalry, gangsters, deadly, dishonesty, friends, gory ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
I Declare War (2012)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama
Country: Canada
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Summer war games between the neighborhood kids turns deadly serious when jealousy and betrayal enter the mix, in this alternately hilarious and horrifying black comedy that mixes equal parts Lord of the Flies and Roald Dahl.
Style: humorous, disturbing, exciting, semi serious, realistic ...
Plot: friendship, betrayal, buddies, weakness, contests and competitions, rivalry, young heroes, youth, human nature, teenager, teenage life, showdown ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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 27
Bopem (2015)
Genre: Drama
Country: Kazakhstan
Duration: 78 min.
Story: Teenager Ruslan is a half-orphan who lives by the dried Aral Sea. When he learns that due to serious illness he has no more than 3 months to live, Ruslan decides to punish those responsible for the death of his beloved mother.
Style: psychological, tense, suspenseful, unusual plot structure, suspense ...
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Time: 21st century
Place: kazakhstan
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Tuff Turf (1985)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 112 min.
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Style: serious, realistic, exciting, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: teens, girls' night, kids
Plot: gang, high school, dancing, dance, heist, youth, crimes, love and romance, high school life, vengeance, teenage life, down on your luck ...
Time: 80s
Place: california, usa, los angeles
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63%
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Couch Potatoes (2017)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Italy
Duration: 120 min.
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Style: sincere, psychological, disturbing, humorous, captivating ...
Audience: teens
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Auto Recovery (2008)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A heart warming story about three young men who specialize in recovering high end, expensive and well protected autos that are hard to retrieve due to lack of payments.
Style: captivating, suspense, exciting, semi serious, serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: crimes, heist, car chase, buddies, partners, dishonesty, car, rivalry, friendship, auto repair, danger, chase ...
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Place: usa, los angeles
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53%
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The Alien Girl (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Russia, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: 1990s. Gangster Kiev. A team of four men is assigned to deliver a girl from Prague, nicknamed "The Stranger." As the sister of a recently arrested criminal called Babai, her testimony could damage some important people.
Style: serious, rough, exciting, tense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: ukraine, russia, czech republic, europe, eastern europe ...
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Hyena Road (2015)
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Duration: 120 min.
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Style: disturbing, rough, brutal, tense, suspenseful ...
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Place: middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Riders of Justice (2020)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden, Finland
Duration: 116 min.
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Style: suspense, captivating, twists and turns, suspenseful, disturbing ...
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Sickos (2014)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Netherlands
Duration: 93 min.
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Style: humorous, feel good, unusual plot structure, light
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49%
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 7
Your Lover (2019)
Genre: Drama
Country: Mexico
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Lucio and Enedina are a happily married young Teenek couple that lives in the Huasteca Potosina's jungle with their three children. They love each other and share everything, nevertheless, everything crumbles when the construction of a highway, ...
Style: suspense, tense, suspenseful, bleak, rough
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Place: latin america
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Marco W. - 247 Tage im türkischen Gefängnis (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 110 min.
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Double Parked (2000)
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Country: South Korea
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 568
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⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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Duration: 96 min.
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Place: iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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56 So Far (2004)
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Style: tense, disturbing, suspenseful, rough, realistic ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Kissing Candice (2017)
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42%
 6.8
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Sugar Sand (2017)
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Country: Germany
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Style: suspense, tense, suspenseful, contemplative, unusual plot structure
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 8.4
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Pithamagan (2003)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: India
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Seoul Raiders (2005)
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Duration: 81 min.
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Style: suspenseful, tense, captivating, disturbing, suspense
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Time: contemporary
Place: london
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Gangs from Rosario (2001)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Argentina
Duration: 90 min.
Story: City of Rosario. After three decades in prison together in the same cell, Tito and Castor are released. Outside the youth's friends await, as well as mines, tango, nights of drunkenness and a suitcase full of money hidden in the Parana River. ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious, exciting
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Time: 21st century, contemporary
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⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Soo: Revenge for a Twisted Fate (2007)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: South Korea
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Tae-soo tries to steal from a gang. The gang catches Tae-Soo's brother, Tae-Jin, instead. The incident causes the brothers to separate. Tae-Soo becomes a mob fixer and an assassin. Tae-Jin becomes a police detective. When a call brings the ...
Style: exciting, tense, captivating, suspense, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hidden identity, revenge, haunted by the past, murder, escapades, crimes, gang, rivalry, manhunt, track down, police officer, identical twins ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: south korea, korea, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Set the Thames on Fire (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
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Duration: 83 min.
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Style: unusual plot structure, disturbing, contemplative, humorous, suspense
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⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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Duration: 90 min.
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