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American Shaolin (1991)
 5.8
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American Shaolin (1991)
Genre: Action
Country: USA, Hong Kong
Duration: 106 min.
Story: After being humiliated in the ring by a dirty kickboxer who pulled down his shorts and then hit him, a martial arts master decides to travel to China and enter a monastery where he may learn the Shaolin form of fighting. The film then veers into "Karate Kid" territory where the novice humiliates himself at every turn, is tolerated as a foreigner, and still comes out a champion. The monastery teaches non-violence, but everyone knows that sooner or later the student will catch up with the bad guy.
Style: exciting, rough, realistic, tense, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kickboxer, fight, master warrior, misfit, escapades, vengeance, contests and competitions, rivalry, fish out of water, uninhibited rivalry, teaching the ways of the world, tough heroes, kung fu, humiliation, art, brutality, fistfight, kickboxing, shaolin monk, mixed martial arts, heroes, tough guy, sport, ambition ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: usa, china, asia, beijing china

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Most similar movies to American Shaolin

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, exciting, realistic and rough films with plots about martial arts, master warrior, rivalry, violence, heroes, fistfight and kung fu mostly in Action, Sport and Drama genres. Some movies like American Shaolin: Kickboxer (1989), American Kickboxer (1991), Martial Arts of Shaolin (1986), Ong Bak 2 (2008), Kickboxer 2: The Road Back (1991). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Kickboxer (1989)
Genre: Action, Sport, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: If your enemy refuses to be humbled... Destroy him. Accompanied by his brother Kurt (Van Damme), American kickboxing champion Eric Sloane (Dennis Alexio), arrives in Thailand to defeat the Eastern warriors at their own sport. His opponent: ruthless ...
Style: feel good, harsh, inspirational, serious, realistic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: martial arts, fight, martial arts tournament, muay thai, revenge, sport, vengeance, violence, mentor, tough guy, master warrior, heroes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: thailand, bangkok thailand, asia
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86%
American Kickboxer (1991)
Genre: Action, Sport
Country: USA, South Africa
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Kickboxing champion B.J. is jailed for an accidental murder thanks to the testimony of his arch-nemesis Denard. A year later, B.J. is released and then challenged by Denard for $100,000. Will B.J. accept and get even with Denard?
Style: realistic, suspenseful, rough, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kickboxing, master warrior, heroes, rivalry, contests and competitions, uninhibited rivalry, ambition, beefcake martial arts, vengeance, wrestler, alcohol abuse ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Martial Arts of Shaolin (1986)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Jet Li weasels out of the north Shaolin temple to assassinate a despotic ruler at the ruler's extravagant public birthday celebration. Two other men from the south Shaolin temple also set out to assassinate the ruler, but all three fail and are ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, exciting, cult film
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, shaolin, kung fu, shaolin monk, master warrior, kung fu master, buddha, one against many, heroes, soldier, shaolin kung fu, vengeance ...
Time: 80s
Place: asia, china, beijing china
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
No Retreat, No Surrender 3: Blood Brothers (1990)
Genre: Action
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Two feuding brothers (one a policeman, the other a martial arts expert) of different political views, join forces to avenge the death of their father, a retired agent, killed by the mafia.
Style: realistic, serious, intense, suspense
Plot: kickboxing, martial arts, karate, kickboxer, vengeance, kung fu, martial artist, fistfight, dojo, master warrior, fight, buddy cop ...
Time: 80s
Place: florida, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Ong Bak 2 (2008)
Genre: Action
Country: Thailand
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Moments from death a young man is rescued by a renowned warrior. Realizing unsurpassed physical potential in the young boy he trains him into the most dangerous man alive. As he becomes a young man he goes on a lone mission of vengeance against the ...
Style: stylized, serious, harsh, melancholic, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, fight, kung fu, betrayal, destiny, vengeance, violence, master warrior, revenge, human spirit, obsessive quest, rivalry ...
Time: 15th century, middle ages
Place: thailand, china, hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Kickboxer 2: The Road Back (1991)
Genre: Action, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In this rousing sequel to Kickboxer, Tong Po broods about his defeat at the hands of Kurt Sloan. Po and his managers resort to drastic measures to goad Kurt into the ring for a rematch.
Style: feel good, rough, serious, humorous, thought provoking ...
Audience: teens, boys' night, girls' night
Plot: martial arts, revenge, fight, vengeance, kickboxer, mentor, fight scenes, master warrior, tough heroes, underdog, contests and competitions, athlete and trainer ...
Time: 80s, 90s
Place: egypt
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Fist 2 Fist (2011)
Genre: Action
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Still haunted by his failure to prevent the murder of a young couple years earlier, a mixed martial arts teacher must confront the skeleton in his closet when the boy who was orphaned by the killing shows up at his door.
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heroes, fight, master warrior, haunted by the past, redemption, ambition, rivalry, crimes, moral dilemma, martial arts, tough guy, martial arts training ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 4.9
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Kung Fu Killer (2008)
Genre: Action
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 176 min.
Story: China is in unrest, as the Republic falls prey to Warlords like Kahn Xin, who holds an entire province hostage to the opium trade—and destroys all who oppose him. Only the revered Wudang monks dare stand in Kahn’s way in order to protect the ...
Style: exciting, serious, captivating, tense, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kung fu, revenge, escapades, track down, tough heroes, race against time, rivalry, crimes, chase, love, village ...
Time: 20th century, 1920s
Place: asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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Fist of Legend (1994)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Chen Zhen, a Chinese engineering student in Kyoto, who braves the insults and abuse of his Japanse fellow students for his local love Mitsuko Yamada, daughter of the director, returns in 1937 to his native Shangai, under Japanse protectorate -in ...
Style: intense, harsh, suspenseful, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kung fu, kung fu classic, fight, vengeance, sword fight, violence, brutality, visceral, kung fu master, master warrior, fight scenes ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s
Place: china, asia, japan, tokyo, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Forced to Fight (2011)
Genre: Action
Country: Canada
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Once a legend in the brutal world of illicit underground fighting, Shane Slavin (Daniels) decides to turn his life around, promising his wife and young son he's fought his last battle. But when his younger brother betrays a ruthless crime boss ...
Style: exciting, realistic, rough, suspense, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, martial arts tournament, parents and children, master warrior, contests and competitions, siblings relations, family relations, heroes, ambition, mixed martial arts, fight, violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 4.3
 1K
Pit Fighter (2005)
Genre: Action
Country: USA
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Jack Severino has no memory, all he knows is the brutal sport of Pit Fighting. When his past catches him up, he realizes he is not who he thought he was. For some men must fight for redemption.
Style: serious, realistic, rough, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kickboxer, haunted by the past, redemption, tough heroes, rivalry, vengeance, memory loss, wrestler, murder, heroes, martial arts tournament, hopes ...
Time: contemporary
Place: latin america, mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 4.4
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To Be the Best (1993)
Genre: Action
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Eric Kulhane, a member of the U.S. Kickboxing Team, lets his quick temper and obsessive love for beautiful Cheryl make him the perfect target for blackmail. In order to stop ruthless gambler from rigging the World Championship and killing Cheryl, ...
Style: realistic, serious, exciting, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kung fu, kickboxing, criminal heroes, betrayal, crimes, contests and competitions, master warrior, rivalry, ambition, heroes, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: las vegas
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Sword Identity (2011)
Genre: Action
Country: China
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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⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Shaolin Temple (1982)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The Tang emperor is betrayed by one of his generals, who installs himself as emperor in the East Capital. The son of one of his slave workers escapes to the Shaolin Temple, learns kung fu, and sets out to kill the traitor who killed his father. ...
Style: serious, exciting, stylized, captivating, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 7th century
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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, gangsters, resort, crimes, gang, tough heroes, rivalry, criminal, kickboxing, showdown, fighting crime, heroes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, seattle, washington d.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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Showdown (1993)
Genre: Action
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Ken has just moved from Kansas with his mother. He talks to a girl named Julie, not knowing that her boyfriend Tom is very possessive of her. Tom is learning karate from Lee, a sensei whose brother was killed by a rookie cop named Billy. Billy has ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kickboxer, youth, contests and competitions, good versus evil, rivalry, crimes, police detective, school, teenage life, bully comeuppance, final showdown ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Shaolin Temple (1976)
Genre: Action
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 126 min.
Story: There is no place more hallowed in the martial art world than China's Shaolin Temple. This special place deserves a special epic, which is what the martial arts maestro delivers in this battle between a brave brand of Chinese boxers and ...
Style: realistic, serious, exciting, cult film
Plot: martial arts, kung fu, shaolin kung fu, master warrior, rivalry, betrayal, heroes, dishonesty, vengeance, shaolin, cult, medieval ...
Time: 18th century
Place: asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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Ong Bak 3 (2010)
Genre: Action
Country: Thailand
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Ong Bak 3 picks up where Ong Bak 2 had left off. Tien is captured and almost beaten to death before he is saved and brought back to the Kana Khone villagers. There he is taught meditation and how to deal with his Karma, but very soon his arch rival ...
Style: serious, exciting, captivating, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, master warrior, martial artist, heroes, one man army, supernatural, rivalry, human spirit, vengeance, mixed martial arts, muay thai, warrior ...
Time: 15th century
Place: thailand, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Shootfighter II (1996)
Genre: Action
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: In this martial-arts actioner, Miami mobsters find themselves in mortal danger after an angry police chief hires the world's most vicious fighters and uses them to launch a city-wide vendetta
Style: realistic, serious, exciting, rough, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, heroes, working undercover, vengeance, rivalry, ambition, contests and competitions, crimes, master warrior, law enforcement, graphic violence, undercover ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: miami, florida
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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Deadly Bet (1992)
Genre: Action
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Jeff Wincott plays a gambler who puts his life on the line to buy his way out of the clutches of a mobster.
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, rough, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, gangsters, crimes, contests and competitions, ambition, rivalry, sport, gang, tough heroes, gambling, alcohol abuse, obsession ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, las vegas
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31%
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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, exciting, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, ambition, heroic mission, crimes, master warrior, escapades, fighting crime, rivalry, heroes, underdog, sport, ultimatum ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 4.4
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Street Warrior (2008)
Genre: Action
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: An Iraqi war vet returns home to find that his brother is in a coma from participating in an illegal underground fight club.
Style: serious, exciting, captivating, tense, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, gladiator, vengeance, contests and competitions, rivalry, vigilantism, crimes, tough heroes, deathtrap, underground fighting, underground tournament, cage fighting ...
Time: contemporary
Place: california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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 1K
Tiger Claws (1991)
Genre: Action
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: The police does not know what to do. They have to deal with a serial killer who aims at martial arts masters. One after another is killed in the same brutal way. This may be a chance for detective Linda Masterson to work on her first murder case. ...
Style: serious, exciting, rough, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, serial killer, crimes, murder, medieval, woman with a gun, rivalry, law enforcement, master warrior, master criminal, police investigation, police detective ...
Time: 90s
Place: new york, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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Kickboxer: Retaliation (2018)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: One year after the events of "Kickboxer: Vengeance", Kurt Sloan has vowed never to return to Thailand. However, while gearing up for a MMA title shot, he finds himself sedated and forced back into Thailand, this time in prison. He is there ...
Style: brutal, suspenseful, feel good, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kickboxing, muscleman, martial arts, muay thai, torture, fight, master warrior, brutality, violence, kickboxer, vengeance, mentor ...
Place: thailand
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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: realistic, exciting, rough, serious
Plot: martial arts, chase, heroes, crimes, rivalry, gangsters, kickboxing, violence, fistfight, love interest, warrior, martial artist ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
5 Masters of Death (1974)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong, Taiwan
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Hu Te et al. escape the burning Shaolin temple after the Qing soldiers destroyed it in Shaolin Temple. The group of 5 decide to develop secret codes to identify fellow patriots, enlist those patriots and eventually meet up again to escape to the ...
Style: serious, realistic, rough, exciting, tense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kung fu, fight, medieval, kung fu classic, fistfight, martial arts training, shaolin kung fu, graphic violence, battles, mortal combat, tough heroes ...
Place: asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
The Avenging Quartet (1993)
Genre: Action
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A female Chinese cop teams up with a lady kung-fu master to stop two female Japanese gangsters from stealing a valuable painting.
Style: serious, realistic, tense, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kung fu, painting, love and romance, obsessive quest, dishonesty, escapades, life is a bitch, master warrior, heroes, forgery, violence spree ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: asia, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
Snake in the Eagle's Shadow (1978)
Genre: Action, Comedy
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Everyone abuses and humiliates a downtrodden orphan (Chan) until he befriends an old man, who turns out to be the last master of the "snake fist" fighting style. Jackie becomes the old man's student and finds himself in battle with ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, stylized, entertaining, breathtaking ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kung fu, fight, vengeance, heroes, beggar, master warrior, samurai, fistfight, orphan, medieval, betrayal ...
Place: china, japan, tokyo, hong kong, asia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Kickboxer 4: The Aggressor (1994)
Genre: Action, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Sasha Mitchell ("Kickboxer 2&3") triumphanty returns to the ring as David Sloan, fighting not just for his survival, but for his beautiful wife, who has become the sexual captive of the despicable world champion, Tong Po. Framed, ...
Style: semi serious, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, rape, kickboxer, threesome, revenge, one man army, master warrior, heroes, kidnapping, prison, showdown, fight ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Bloodsport III (1996)
Genre: Action, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Bloodsport III brings us back to the world of Alex Cardo. This time he must battle in a fight to end all fights - The Kumite, the most vicious warrior alive - Beast. He must not only battle for his own honor, but also avenge the death of Sun, his ...
Style: semi serious, suspenseful, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kickboxing, tournament, mixed martial arts, heroes, vengeance, rivalry, ambition, underground tournament, tai chi, martial artist, violence ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%