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American Yakuza (1993)
 5.7
 3K
American Yakuza (1993)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: When Nick Davis leaves prison after one year in solitaire, he is hired to operate forklift in a warehouse in the harbor owned by the Japanese Yakuza patriarch Isshin Tendo. The place is assaulted by the Italian Mafia leaded by Dino Campanela and Nick rescues and saves the life of Shuji Sawamoto, who is the representative of Yakuza interests in America. Shuji hires Nick to work for Yakuza and becomes his godfather in the family after his oath to join Yakuza. However, Nick is a lonely FBI undercover agent assigned to penetrate in the criminal organization. When the FBI discovers that Campanela is organizing a massive attack to destroy the Yakuza, Nick's boss Littman calls off the operation to leave the dirty work to the Italian Mafia. But the connection of Nick with Shuji and his goddaughter Yuko forces him to help his Japanese family.
Style: exciting, rough, bleak, serious, realistic, cynical, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heroes, martial arts, mafia, yakuza, undercover agent, organized crime, gangsters, espionage, crimes, special agents, gang, hitman, crime, secret agents, adoption, working undercover, police corruption, moral dilemma, danger, one man army, chases and races, dishonesty, master criminal, law enforcement, deadly ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, asia

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, suspenseful, realistic and rough films with plots about rivalry, crimes, chases and races, law enforcement, martial arts, gangsters and violence mostly in Action, Crime and Thriller genres. Some movies like American Yakuza: Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991), Best of the Best II (1993), Back to Back (1996), My Father is a Hero (1995), Rapid Fire (1992). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: An American with a Japanese upbringing, Chris Kenner is a police officer assigned to the Little Tokyo section of Los Angeles. Kenner is partnered with Johnny Murata, a Japanese-American who isn't in touch with his roots. Despite their ...
Style: serious, exciting, rough, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: martial arts, rescue, samurai, interracial relations, yakuza, gang, crime, crimes, tough law enforcer, partners, partners against crime, chases and races ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: los angeles, tokyo, asia, usa, japan
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Best of the Best II (1993)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: In an underground fight club, blackbelt Travis Brickley is killed after losing to the evil martial arts master Brakus. Travis' death is witnessed by Walter Grady, the son of his best friend Alex Grady. Alex and his partner, Tommy Lee, vow to ...
Style: serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful, buddy movie ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: master warrior, martial arts, heroes, murder, friends, crime, rivalry, contests and competitions, vengeance, haunted by the past, heroic mission, uninhibited rivalry ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s, 80s
Place: las vegas, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Back to Back (1996)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: An ex-cop finds himself caught up in a battle between Japanese mobsters and local gangland thugs and discovers that he was framed for wrong-doings by a corrupt cop.
Style: serious, suspenseful, twists and turns, rough, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, hitman, gangsters, heroes, yakuza, robbery, fight, gunfight, mafia, buddy cop, tough law enforcer, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
My Father is a Hero (1995)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 104 min.
Story: An undercover cop struggling to provide for his son and ailing wife, must infiltrate a ruthless gang. But things turn sour when another cop blows his cover and he quickly finds himself battling for his life and the lives of his family.
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, gangsters, heroes, undercover, wu shu, gang, dishonesty, crimes, fighting crime, police investigation, vengeance, track down ...
Time: 90s
Place: asia, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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Rapid Fire (1992)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: College student Jake Lo is pursued by smugglers, mobsters and crooked federal agents after he witnesses a murder by a Mafia kingpin.
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, intense, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: martial arts, police corruption, gangsters, police investigation, fighting crime, danger, tough law enforcer, machismo, murder, undercover, gang war, male female relationship ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Bodyguard (1973)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Karate master and anti-drug vigilante Chiba returns to his home in Japan, where he holds a press conference announcing his intention to wipe out the nation's drug industry. He also offers his services as a bodyguard to anyone who is willing to ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, gangsters, one man army, heroes, showdown, karate, gunfight, abduction, crimes, fighting crime, chases and races, crime ...
Time: 70s
Place: new york, asia, japan, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 4.7
 1K
Rain Fall (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: A hit man looks to protect the daughter of one of his victims against CIA assassins.
Style: rough, bleak, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, police officer, law enforcement, crimes, danger, dishonesty, rivalry, chases and races, deadly, tough heroes, chase, police ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, new york, asia, usa, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Beyond the Law (1993)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Dan Saxon is an undercover cop who infiltrates a biker gang to nail the scum behind a drug-smuggling operation. In order to maintain the trust of the gang's leader, he must commit ever more dangerous and heinous crimes. Just how far ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, special agents, undercover, police corruption, working undercover, gang, drug dealing, dishonesty, police investigation, dangerous attraction, haunted by the past, danger ...
Time: 90s
Place: arizona
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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The Hitman (1991)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 95 min.
Story: After surviving an attempt on his life by his former partner, officer Cliff Garrett (Norris) exacts revenge on those who wronged him by going undercover as a hit man. He works to gain the reputation and trust needed in order to be accepted by the ...
Style: realistic, exciting, rough, suspenseful, serious
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: usa, seattle, seattle washington
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.0
 8K
Stone Cold (1991)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Joe Huff (Brian Bosworth) is a tough, loner cop with a flair for infiltrating dangerous biker gangs. The FBI blackmail Joe into an undercover operation that entails infiltrating "The Brotherhood" - a powerful Mississippi biker gang linked ...
Style: bleak, rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: biker, undercover, fbi, drug dealing, tough law enforcer, law enforcement, investigation, gang, working undercover, vigilantism, tough heroes, partners ...
Time: 90s, 1990s
Place: new orleans, alabama, mississippi
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 4.7
 270
The Tracker (2001)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: USA, Canada
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Spears, a private detective working in L.A. receives word from an old friend that the friend's sister (and Spears' ex-girlfriend), Kim, has been kidnapped by a criminal gang. At first, Spears doesn't want to get involved, especially ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, tense, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: russian mafia, martial arts, gangsters, gunfight, hand to hand combat, kung fu, fistfight, crimes, criminal's revenge, rivalry, danger, law enforcement ...
Time: 90s
Place: usa, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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No Way Back (1995)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: When F.B.I. Agent Zack Grant's partner is killed during a blown-up operation, he attempts to find the person responsible. Mafiaso Frank Serlano believes Zack is responsible for his only sons death in the same operation and kidnaps Zacks son to ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious, exciting
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
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 5.6
 33K
Raw Deal (1986)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA, Netherlands
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Mark Kaminsky is kicked out of the FBI for his rough treatment of a suspect. He winds up as the sheriff of a small town in North Carolina. FBI Chief Harry Shannon, whose son has been killed by a mobster named Patrovina, enlists Kaminsky in a ...
Style: realistic, rough, suspenseful, serious, exciting ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Zero Tolerance (1994)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: After surviving a sneak attack on himself and fellow agents Jimmy and Gene as they were transporting drug kingpin Raymond Manta out of a Mexican jail, FBI agent Jeff Douglas becomes an uwitting pawn of the White Hand drug cartel. Mistakenly told ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Walking Tall: Lone Justice (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Fist of the Warrior (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: First-class assassin Lee Choe (Pak) has spent years working for the mob. When his handler turns on him by killing his girlfriend and framing him for the murder, Lee stops at nothing to seek revenge. He fights back with a vengeance and violently ...
Style: serious, dark, bleak, suspense, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Road House 2: Last Call (2006)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Shane Tanner, the son of a legendary cooler named Dalton, learns that his uncle Nate got beat up by a group of men because he doesn't want to sell his bar, The Black Pelican, to a bunch of drug dealers. To help out his uncle, Shane teams up ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, rough
Audience: boys' night
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Style: rough, suspenseful, exciting, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
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⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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Icarus (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Canada
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Trained KGB assassin, EDWARD GENN (code name ICARUS), worked years ago as a sleeper agent in America. But when the Soviet Union collapsed, he quickly found himself in a foreign country with no one to trust. Determined to escape his muddled ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, exciting, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
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⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Island of Fire (1990)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Taiwan
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Someone in a prison run by a corrupt warden fakes the deaths of convicts to later use them as expendable assassins. A police officer is sent into the prison to gather evidence of the corruption.
Style: suspenseful, bleak, rough, realistic, serious ...
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Overkill (1996)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: American Police officer Jack Hazard heads for South America after being ordered to take time off by his boss after a raid goes bad. Once there, however, he finds himself caught up with a stranger wanted by the government, and soon ends up in prison. ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, exciting, serious, realistic ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Black Moon Rising (1986)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: An FBI free-lancer stashes a stolen Las Vegas-crime tape in a high-tech car stolen by someone else.
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, exciting, twists and turns ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 80s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Substitute: Failure Is Not an Option (2001)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A former mercenary joins a military academy as a teacher. He soon discovers a neo-Nazi group, code-named Werewolves, formed among the cadets. He also quickly finds that they have military leadership among the officers at the Academy.
Style: exciting, suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
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Duration: 91 min.
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Style: exciting, realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 90s, year 1997, near future
Place: hong kong, china, asia, europe, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Return of the Street Fighter (1974)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Martial artist Takuma Tsurugi returns to take on a Yakuza family that may be embezzling money from charities to finance their own operations. Both the police and the Yakuza find themselves battling Tsurugi, but Tsurugi's fight ultimately is ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic, psychotronic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, gangsters, hitman, chases and races, gang, law enforcement, crimes, partners against crime, tough law enforcer, adventure, on the run, criminal's revenge ...
Time: 70s
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Under Lock and Key (1995)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 92 min.
Story: An FBI agent goes undercover in a women's prison to find evidence hidden by a drug dealer's ex-girlfriend. After she is taken off the case, she finds that the drug dealer has kidnapped her daughter. She enlists the help of one of her ...
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, rough, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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Moving Target (1996)
Genre: Action, Thriller, Drama
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A bounty hunter with a pregnant wife who is urging him to get a regular job gets framed for murder and trapped in a war between Russian gangsters.
Style: suspenseful, serious, intense, realistic, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: bounty hunter, chase, heroes, deadly, murder, track down, on the run, fugitives, gangsters, dishonesty, criminal's revenge, chases and races ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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 6K
Dragon Eyes (2012)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: In St. Jude, drug dealers and corrupt cops have destroyed an urban neighborhood. But newcomer, Hong, has the fighting skills and moral vision to save this town from itself.
Style: serious, tense, rough, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: rivalry, vigilantism, small town, police corruption, gang, master warrior, fight, one man army, righting the wronged, crime, crimes, tough heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new orleans, louisiana, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 2.4
 488
Death Toll (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 90 min.
Story: New Orleans has the No. 1 per capita murder rating in the nation. A decade earlier the city was dubbed the "Murder Capital of the Country." Drugs and violence controlled the streets, taking a toll on the city's law enforcement, ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful, exciting, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, street gang, undercover, police corruption, track down, law enforcement, dishonesty, partners against crime, partners, danger, master criminal, deadly ...
Time: contemporary
Place: usa, new orleans, louisiana
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
The City of Lost Souls (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Brazilian-Japanese gangster Mario rescues his Chinese girlfriend Kei as she's about to be deported from Japan. Desperate to escape, he hides in Tokyo's booming Japanese-Portuguese community and seeks passage from the country from a Russian ...
Style: exciting, rough, suspenseful, disturbing, harsh ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: criminal's revenge, gangsters, gang, love triangle, lovers on the run, rivalry, crime, drug dealing, danger, hitman, chase, master criminal ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, brazil
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%