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The Prodigal Son (1981)
 7.5
 3K
The Prodigal Son (1981)
Original name: 敗家仔
Genre: Action, Comedy
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A rich man's son (Yuen Biao) believes himself to be the best kung fu fighter in Canton. Unfortunately, his father, anxious for his son's safety, bribes all his opponents to lose. After a humiliating defeat at the hands of an actor in a traveling theatre company, the son resolves to find a better teacher. Furious kung fu battles and slapstick comedy.
Style: serious, cult film
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, hand to hand combat, fistfight, kung fu, adventure, vengeance, gang, heroes, teachers and students, contests and competitions, parents and children, ambition, anti hero, track down, master warrior, fighting crime, buddies, rebelliousness, coming of age, siblings relations, rivalry, anti heroes, power relations, tough heroes, wing chun ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: china, hong kong, asia

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out humorous, semi serious, exciting and realistic films with plots about martial arts, rivalry, kung fu, heroes, master warrior, crimes and fistfight mostly in Action, Comedy and Drama genres. Some movies like The Prodigal Son: Winners & Sinners (1983), The Master (1980), Choyleefut: Speed of Light (2011), Project A (1983), Magnificent Butcher (1979). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Winners & Sinners (1983)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Five friends are released from prison and do their best to stay out trouble. While trying to mind their own business (and run their 5-Star Cleaning Service), they are caught up in a war between rival Triad gangs fighting for control of the ...
Style: humorous, exciting, semi serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, gang, gangsters, forgery, rivalry, partners against crime, hitman, invisibility, friends, disorder, down on your luck, heist ...
Time: 80s
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 6.9
 383
The Master (1980)
Genre: Action, Comedy
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Gao Jian is a lazy and arrogant student of the martial arts school ran by vain Si Fu Shi Chen-chung. One night after his punishment in his school a wounded man reaches his house. He is Jin Tien-yun, a legendary warrior fleeing from a fight in which ...
Style: serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, orphan, kung fu, one man army, danger, chases and races, daring rescue, tough heroes, vigilantism, siblings relations, legends and myths, heroic mission ...
Time: 70s
Place: asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
Choyleefut: Speed of Light (2011)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Having taken his father's advice, one man decides to return home in pursuit of a fresh start. While training at his father's martial arts school, he learns that his father has given consent to sell the school to a rival martial arts school.
Style: rough, serious, exciting, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kung fu, parents and children, family relations, love and romance, contests and competitions, siblings relations, athlete and trainer, uninhibited rivalry, love affair, rivalry, unlikely couple ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
 7.4
 15K
Project A (1983)
Genre: Action, Comedy
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 105 min.
Story: In late 19th Century Hong Kong the British may rule the land, but the pirates rule the waters. One Coast Guard officer is Dragon Ma, who is determined that his beloved Coast Guard will not be made a fool of.
Style: semi serious, realistic, exciting, feel good, humorous ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: martial arts, pirate, chase, heroes, smuggling, sea, police, rivalry, partners against crime, heroic mission, against the odds, corrupt officer ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
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Magnificent Butcher (1979)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A plump butcher student of 'Wong Fei Hung', Lam Sai-Wing (Sammo) gets into trouble with a rival kung-fu school known as 'Five Dragons'. He is accused of raping the Head of that school's goddaughter and killing his son. Now ...
Style: stylized, humorous, semi serious
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kidnapping, master warrior, kung fu, rivalry, hopes, master criminal, teachers and students, legends and myths, missing person, vengeance, vigilantism ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
Shanghai Express (1986)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Western
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 98 min.
Story: What happens when a glamorous express, with high government officials, wealthy merchants, concubines and a gang of brigands on board, speeds towards the small town of Hanshui, where escaping bank robbers, corrupt officials, and gamblers await? Well, ...
Style: stylized, humorous, semi serious, realistic, parody
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: train, martial arts, farce, unlikely hero, master criminal, crimes, heroes, rivalry, cons and scams, heist, save the day, chase ...
Time: 80s
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
Shaolin Challenges Ninja (1978)
Genre: Action, Comedy
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Gordon Liu stars as a Chinese martial arts student struggling to relate to his new Japanese wife. When a series of martial misunderstandings spirals into an international incident, he's forced to take on seven of Japan's most powerful ...
Style: realistic, serious, exciting, stylized
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, ninjitsu, master warrior, kung fu, ambition, one man army, contests and competitions, heroes, rivalry, uninhibited rivalry, ninja, fight ...
Time: 1930s
Place: china, asia, shanghai
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
Snake in the Eagle's Shadow (1978)
Genre: Action, Comedy
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 93 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, exciting, realistic, breathtaking ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, heroes, vengeance, kung fu, master warrior, beggar, fistfight, orphan, hand to hand combat, graphic violence, master villain, rivalry ...
Place: china, asia, hong kong, tokyo, japan ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
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My Lucky Stars (1985)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Two Hong-Kong cops are sent to Tokyo to catch an ex-cop who stole a large amount of money in diamonds. After one is captured by the Ninja-gang protecting the rogue cop, the other one gets his old Orphanage gang, dubbed the "Five Lucky ...
Style: rough, humorous, exciting, realistic, semi serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kidnapping, police, mafia, chases and races, chase, partners, gang, escapades, tough law enforcer, law enforcement, crimes ...
Time: 80s
Place: tokyo, asia, japan, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 7.4
 690
Dreadnaught (1988)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Horror
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A short-tempered, violent criminal named "White Tiger" is on the run from the police and joins a theater troupe for disguise, killing anyone who angers him or who suspects his identity. One person he unsuccessfully tries to kill several ...
Style: serious, exciting, scary, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kung fu, farce, deadly, crimes, chases and races, gang, confined, serial killer, rivalry, undercover, on the run ...
Time: 80s
Place: asia, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
 7.3
 1K
Knockabout (1979)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Yuen Baio and Ka-Yan Leung play brothers Yipao and Taipao, lovable rogues who convince a martial arts expert to take them on as students. When Yipao discovers that their teacher is actually a wanted criminal, Silver Fox (Chia Yung Liu), he is ...
Style: semi serious, humorous
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, revenge, friends, siblings relations, vengeance, cons and scams, dishonesty, fighting crime, buddies, hidden identity, heroes, partners ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
Return to the 36th Chamber (1980)
Genre: Action, Comedy
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The workers of a dye factory have their pay cut by 20% when the factory owner brings in some Manchu thugs to try and increase production. Desperate to reclaim their full wages, the workers hire an actor to impersonate a priest and kung-fu expert ...
Style: exciting, semi serious, realistic, humorous
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, righting the wronged, power relations, graphic violence, redemption, teaching the ways of the world, vengeance, self discovery, injustice, heroes, rivalry, good versus evil ...
Time: 18th century
Place: asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
The Fearless Hyena (1979)
Genre: Comedy, Action
Country: Hong Kong, South Korea
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Jackie Chan is a youngster, living in a remote vllage with his grandfather who teaches him Kong-Fu (naturally). He keeps getting into fights, even though his grandfather warns him not to show their Kong-Fu to others. Jackie, though, is tempted by ...
Style: serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: school, martial arts, kung fu, heroes, vengeance, murder, village life, village, crimes, adventure, leadership, rivalry ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
Dance of the Drunken Mantis (1979)
Genre: Action, Comedy
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A year after training young Jackie Chan in the Drunken Fist, Sam the Seed discovers he has a son, Foggy. He tries to train Foggy but to no avail. Foggy is then trained in Drunken Fist from his uncle as he must face his father's rival, Rubber ...
Style: suspenseful, offbeat, humorous, semi serious, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, farce, rivalry, master warrior, adventure, heroes, ambition, parents and children, tough heroes, wooing, adopted son, drunk ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Half a Loaf of Kung Fu (1978)
Genre: Action, Comedy
Country: Taiwan, Hong Kong
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A young daydreamer assumes the identity of a dead martial arts hero and quickly finds himself caught up in a plot by several clans to steal famous martial arts artifacts being transported by an escort company.
Style: semi serious, humorous, stylized
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: martial arts, one man army, chases and races, crimes, heroes, tough heroes, righting the wronged, vigilantism, heroic mission, track down, working undercover, vengeance ...
Time: 70s
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Heart of a Dragon (1985)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong, Japan
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Story of a cop who forsakes his dreams of sailing around the world so that he can care for his mentally retarded brother. Innocently caught up in a gangland fight, the brother is kidnapped to force the cop to turn over a police informant.
Style: humorous, semi serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, mentally challenged, gang, tough law enforcer, crimes, rivalry, law enforcement, fighting crime, swat, family relations, siblings relations, love affair ...
Time: 80s
Place: hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
The Young Master (1980)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Youthful martial arts master Lung is searching for his missing brother, when he is mistaken for a criminal on the run. He must prove his innocence by solving the case himself, while local lawmen and merciless mercenaries are hot on his trail.
Style: humorous, exciting, semi serious, stylized, light ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kung fu, on the run, chase, adventure, mistaken identity, orphan, contests and competitions, down on your luck, school, nothing goes right, one against many ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: china, hong kong, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Dragons Forever (1988)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Romance
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Jackie Chan stars as a hot-shot lawyer hired by a Hong Kong chemical plant to dispose of opposition to their polluting ways. But when he falls for a beautiful woman out to stop the plant, Jackie is torn in a conflict of interest and asks his trusty ...
Style: exciting, neurotic, humorous, semi serious, cult film
Plot: martial arts, kung fu, factory, art, fight, lawyer, dishonesty, cons and scams, gangsters, courtroom, gangster, fistfight ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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My Lucky Stars 2: Twinkle Twinkle Lucky Stars (1985)
Genre: Action, Comedy
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The third installment in the Lucky Stars series, following Winners and Sinners (1983) and My Lucky Stars (1985)... The team are released from prison to play detective in order to stop a ruthless gang from ruining their reputations, taking their ...
Style: humorous, suspenseful, exciting, realistic, semi serious
Plot: martial arts, farce, crimes, nothing goes right, undercover, law enforcement, partners, chases and races, rivalry, disorder, down on your luck, gang ...
Time: 80s
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 7.3
 1K
Warriors Two (1978)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 95 min.
Story: In an attempt to save his village from being taken over by brutes, Wah is beaten to a pulp and his mother brutally murdered. Determined to take revenge, Wah learns the art of Wing Chun and enters into a showdown with the nasty villains.
Style: serious, realistic, stylized, epic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kung fu, vengeance, rivalry, good versus evil, golden years, heroes, ambition, contests and competitions, dishonesty, gang, womanizer ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Battle Creek Brawl (1980)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Country: USA, Hong Kong
Duration: 95 min.
Story: A young Asian American martial artist is forced to participate in a brutal formal street-fight competition.
Style: humorous, exciting, semi serious, realistic, entertaining ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: martial arts, gangsters, heroes, gang, vengeance, fighting crime, ambition, righting the wronged, tough heroes, uninhibited rivalry, vigilantism, rivalry ...
Time: 1930s, 1920s, 30s, 20s, 80s ...
Place: chicago illinois, texas, usa, hong kong, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Blind Fists of Bruce (1979)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 94 min.
Story: The incomparable martial arts expert, Bruce Li, stars as a wealthy hero who defends his village from the assaults of ill-wishers.
Style: serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kung fu, adventure, gangsters, rivalry, heroes, crimes, gang, village, village life, heroic mission, fighting style ...
Time: 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Shaolin Temple 2: Kids from Shaolin (1984)
Genre: Action, Comedy
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Two rivaling families live on opposite sides of a river. One of them practices Shaolin kung fu and has only sons, while the other has only daughters and practices the Wu-Tang sword. The father of the Wu-Tang family is so paranoid about the Shaolin ...
Style: realistic, semi serious, stylized, humorous, cult film
Audience: boys' night
Plot: master warrior, heroes, martial arts, village, shaolin monk, escapades, gang, leadership, crimes, danger, tough heroes, palaces castles and temples ...
Time: 80s
Place: asia, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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Crippled Avengers (1978)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Crippled Avengers is a 1978 Shaw Brothers kung fu film directed by Chang Cheh and starring four members of the Venom Mob. It has been released in North America as Mortal Combat and Return of the 5 Deadly Venoms. The film follows a group of martial ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, serious, cult film
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, mute or deaf, heroes, misfit, military, adventure, rivalry, master warrior, vengeance, disability, siblings relations, kung fu ...
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.8
 728
Hapkido (1972)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong, South Korea
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Korea, 1934. During the Japanese occupation, there is open warfare between rival martial arts schools. There is a fight in the marketplace, and three Chinese students can't stand the unfair way of students that side up with the invasors, when ...
Style: stylized, realistic, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, master warrior, heroes, rivalry, kung fu, teachers and students, human spirit, vigilantism, ambition, hopes, society, crimes ...
Time: 1930s, 30s
Place: china, korea, asia, hong kong, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 7.5
 37K
Drunken Master (1978)
Genre: Action, Comedy
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Jackie Chan stars as Wong Fei-Hung, whose mischievous antics land him in hot water. Having tolerated enough of his son's mishaps, Fei-Hung's dad enlists his sadistic uncle, who specializes in drunken-style kung fu, to teach the lad some ...
Style: humorous, exciting, funny, entertaining, realistic ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: kung fu, martial arts, fighting style, master, alcoholic, discipline, undisciplined, rivalry, farce, drinking, drinking alcohol, battles ...
Time: 19th century, 20th century
Place: asia, china, hong kong, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Dragon Strike (1982)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Sport
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Dragon and his madcap pal Cowboy spend their days getting into mischief, frustrating the elders, chasing girls, and competing in the village sport. When Dragon overhears a fiendish plot by smugglers to sell China's national treasures overseas, ...
Style: semi serious, touching, tense, captivating, humorous
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, stylized violence, cons and scams, against the odds, righting the wronged, partners, rivalry, crimes, dishonesty, buddies, heroic mission, martial artist ...
Time: 80s
Place: asia, china, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Nutty Kickbox Cops (1990)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 100 min.
Story: King-sized martial arts hero Sammo Hung stars in this wild and wacky blend of action and comedy. Skinny (Karl Maka) and Fatty (Sammo Hung) are a pair of police detectives who soon find themselves on the outs with their boss when they accidentally ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, realistic, buddy comedy
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, daring rescue, rivalry, gangsters, odd couple, crimes, undercover, wedding, hitman, police detective, friends, kidnapping ...
Time: 80s
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
The Legend of Drunken Master (1994)
Genre: Action, Comedy
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Returning home with his father after a shopping expedition, Wong Fei-Hong is unwittingly caught up in the battle between foreigners who wish to export ancient Chinese artifacts and loyalists who don't want the pieces to leave the country. ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, entertaining, funny, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, fist fighting, fistfight, farce, martial artist, kung fu, heroes, good versus evil, showdown, goofy hero, boxing, cult ...
Time: 1920s, 20s, 20th century
Place: hong kong, china, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Million Dollar Heiress (1984)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Romance
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Cousins Thomas and David, owners of a mobile restaurant, team up with their friend Moby, a bumbling private detective, to save the beautiful Sylvia, a pickpocket.
Style: exciting, humorous, stylized, tense, suspense ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: chase, martial arts, kung fu fighting, chinese, van, adventure, private detective, buddies, buddy cop, woman in danger, femme fatale, escapades ...
Time: 80s
Place: italy, spain, rome italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%