Movies like 47 Samurai

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47 Samurai (1962)
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47 Samurai (1962)
Original name: 忠臣蔵 花の巻・雪の巻
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 207 min.
Story: The story tells of a group of samurai who were left leaderless (becoming ronin) after their daimyo (feudal lord) was forced to commit seppuku (ritual suicide) for assaulting a court official named Kira Yoshinaka, whose title was Kōzuke no suke. The ronin avenged their master's honor after patiently waiting and planning for over a year to kill Kira. In turn, the ronin were themselves forced to commit seppuku for committing the crime of murder.
Style: epic, serious, atmospheric, bleak, harsh, intense, emotional, realistic, jidai geki, sexy ...
Plot: samurai, seppuku, martial arts, battles, vengeance, society, redemption, revenge, rivalry, human nature, dishonesty, heroic mission, righting the wronged, suicide, brutality, justice, courage, greed, heroes, military, master warrior, frame up, escapades, introspection, lone wolves ...
Time: middle ages, 18th century, 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo

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Most similar movies to 47 Samurai

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, stylized and jidai geki films with plots about samurai, heroes, vengeance, sword fight, rivalry, master warrior and revenge mostly in Drama, Action and History genres. Some movies like 47 Samurai: The Sword of Doom (1966), Gojoe: Spirit War Chronicle (2000), The Last Samurai (2003), Harakiri (1962), Last Knights (2015). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Sword of Doom (1966)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Through his unconscionable actions against others, a sociopathic samurai builds a trail of vendettas that follow him closely.
Style: bleak, stylized, tense, captivating, serious ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, psychopath, nihilism, master warrior, vengeance, opponent, uninhibited rivalry, atrocity, crimes, rivalry, graphic violence ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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95%
Gojoe: Spirit War Chronicle (2000)
Genre: Action, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Benkei, a master fighter and killer, vows never to take another life after his conversion to Buddhism. His faith in pacifism, however, is shaken and ultimately broken by the attacks from a trio of fighters known only as "the demons". ...
Style: stylized, atmospheric, serious, surprise ending
Plot: samurai, martial arts, battles, military, supernatural ability, adventure, good versus evil, escapades, supernatural, vengeance, curses spells and rituals, heroic mission ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
The Last Samurai (2003)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA, New Zealand, Japan
Duration: 154 min.
Story: Nathan Algren is an American hired to instruct the Japanese army in the ways of modern warfare, which finds him learning to respect the samurai and the honorable principles that rule them. Pressed to destroy the samurai's way of life in the ...
Style: captivating, exciting, serious, epic, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, warrior, battles, self discovery, human spirit, pride and honor, courage, katana, honor, loyalty, emperor, war ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: japan, asia, san francisco, pacific ocean, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Harakiri (1962)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Peace in 17th-century Japan causes the Shogunate's breakup of warrior clans, throwing thousands of samurai out of work and into poverty. An honorable end to such fate under the samurai code is ritual suicide, or hara-kiri.
Style: tense, bleak, captivating, suspenseful, enigmatic ...
Plot: samurai, suicide, revenge, poverty, vengeance, life is a bitch, rivalry, society, hara kiri, sword fight, japanese culture, duel ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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Last Knights (2015)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, USA, South Korea, Czech Republic
Duration: 115 min.
Story: When an evil emperor executes their leader, his band of knights – bound by duty and honour – embarks on a journey of vengeance that will not come to an end until they've destroyed their mortal foe.
Style: serious, exciting, stylized, realistic, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: medieval, sword fight, warrior, knight, vengeance, honor, king arthur, master warrior, emperor, adventure, coup d'etat, heroes ...
Time: middle ages, future, 18th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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Goemon (2009)
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Follow the infamous ninja bandit named Ishikawa Goemon (Yosuke Eguchi) in an epic story. One night while looting treasure from Nanban (Southern Barbarians), Goemon finds a mysterious box hidden inside a secret grave. A forgotten relic from the past ...
Style: exciting, captivating, suspense, tense, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, rich and poor, social differences, betrayal, heroes, battles, rivalry, katana, ninja, revenge, robin hood ...
Time: 15th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
The Bushido Blade (1981)
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A steel samurai blade that was to be given to the American ambassador by the Emperor of Japan is stolen. American sailors and Japanese samurai are sent to find it.
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, battles, master warrior, escapades, adventure, heroes, state affairs, military, rivalry, crimes, heist, military life ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: japan, asia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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13 Assassins (2010)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan, UK
Duration: 141 min.
Story: A bravado period action film set at the end of Japan's feudal era in which a group of unemployed samurai are enlisted to bring down a sadistic lord and prevent him from ascending to the throne and plunging the country into a war-torn future.
Style: serious, suspenseful, stylized, intense, unusual plot structure ...
Plot: samurai, warrior, samurai sword, massacre, battles, swordsman, sword fight, duel, martial arts, suicide, mission, uninhibited rivalry ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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Kagemusha (1980)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 162 min.
Story: When a warlord dies, a peasant thief is called upon to impersonate him, in order to protect his clan from appearing weak and vulnerable. But he finds himself haunted by the warlord’s spirit as well as his own ambitions.
Style: epic, captivating, bleak, enigmatic, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, battles, warlord, japanese history, lookalikes, war, feudal japan, disorder, switching roles, state affairs, mistaken identity, emperor ...
Time: 16th century, 18th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan, UK
Duration: 128 min.
Story: An tale of revenge, honor and disgrace, centering on a poverty-stricken samurai who discovers the fate of his ronin son-in-law, setting in motion a tense showdown of vengeance against the house of a feudal lord.
Style: serious, tense, bleak, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: samurai, life is a bitch, society, vengeance, rivalry, down on your luck, loss of son, feudal japan, hara kiri, revenge, ronin, seppuku ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 6.2
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47 Ronin (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA, UK, Japan, Hungary
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Based on the original 1941 movie from Japan, and from ancient Japan’s most enduring tale, the epic 3D fantasy-adventure 47 Ronin is born. Keanu Reeves leads the cast as Kai, an outcast who joins Oishi (Hiroyuki Sanada), the leader of the 47 ...
Style: exciting, stylized, epic, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, shogun, battles, adventure, ronin, master warrior, exile, heroes, samurai sword, rivalry, half breed ...
Time: 18th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx (1972)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 81 min.
Story: In the second film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, Ogami Itto battles a group of female ninja in the employ of the Yagyu clan and must assassinate a traitor who plans to sell his clan's secrets to the Shogunate.
Style: stylized, atmospheric, suspenseful, rough, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, master warrior, martial arts, sword fight, lone wolves, martial artist, drifter, heroes, decapitation, female ninja, ronin, survival ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades (1972)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In the third film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, Ogami Itto volunteers to be tortured by Yakuza to save a prostitute and is hired by their leader to kill an evil chamberlain.
Style: stylized, talky, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, master warrior, drifter, heroes, one man army, decapitation, kung fu, duel, sword, sword fight, yakuza ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Sanjuro (1962)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Toshiro Mifune swaggers and snarls to brilliant comic effect in Kurosawa's tightly paced, beautifully composed "Sanjuro." In this companion piece and sequel to "Yojimbo," jaded samurai Sanjuro helps an idealistic group of ...
Style: atmospheric, realistic, serious, exciting, tense ...
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Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
The Hidden Blade (2004)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Set in 19th Century Japan a young samurai who finds himself in love with a farm girl leaves his home to begin a new life. He has to take stock of his new life when he is put to the test and ordered to kill a traitor who just happens to be his ...
Style: stylized, sentimental, serious, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: samurai, caste system, love and romance, politics, family life, vengeance, martial arts, social class, edo period, sword fight, revenge, honor ...
Time: 1860s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 185 min.
Story: Aspiring to an easy job as personal physician to a wealthy family, Noboru Yasumoto is disappointed when his first post after medical school takes him to a small country clinic under the gruff doctor Red Beard. Yasumoto rebels in numerous ways, but ...
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, sexy, compassionate ...
Plot: intern, clinic, samurai, countryside, doctor, brothel, society, hopes, heroes, generation gap, family relations, power relations ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
The Challenge (1982)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Rick, a down-and-out American boxer, is hired to transport a sword to Japan, unaware that the whole thing is a set up in a bitter blood-feud between two brothers, one who follows the traditional path of the samurai and the other a businessman. At ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, sword fight, aikido, martial arts, samurai sword, battles, righting the wronged, track down, supernatural ability, contests and competitions, hopes, gang ...
Time: 1940s
Place: japan, asia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Love and Honor (2006)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 122 min.
Story: A look at the relationship between a young blind samurai (Kimura) and his wife, who will make a sacrifice in order to defend her husband's honor.
Style: serious, psychological, epic, jidai geki
Plot: blind character, samurai, social differences, vengeance, political unrest, romance, society, hopes, rivalry, master warrior, feudal japan, heroes ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 95 min.
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Style: serious, realistic, exciting, captivating
Audience: boys' night
Plot: karate, martial arts tournament, martial arts, soldier, heroes, battles, vengeance, rivalry, tough heroes, self defense, instructor, uninhibited rivalry ...
Time: 1930s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Samurai Banners (1969)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 165 min.
Story: Feudal Japan, 1543 to 1562. Kansuke Yamamoto is a samurai who dreams of a country united, peaceful from sea to sea. He enters the service of Takeda, the lord of Kai domain. He convinces Takeda to kill the lord of neighboring Suwa and take his wife ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, stylized, jidai geki
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Time: 16th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In the Edo period, a nameless ronin accepts an assignment to go to a mountain pass and wait. Near the pass he stops at an inn where a collection of characters gather, including a gang set on stealing shogunate gold that's soon to come over the ...
Style: realistic, serious, jidai geki
Plot: ronin, samurai, betrayal, martial arts, katana, rivalry, mountain, gang, heroes, dishonesty, lone wolves, master warrior ...
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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Unforgiven (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Set in Hokkaido, Japan in the 1880s. Jubei Kamata (Ken Watanabe), who is on the side of the Edo shogunate government, kills many people. His name is infamous in Kyoto. When the battle at Goryoukaku is about to be finished, Jubei disappears. 10 years ...
Style: tense, psychological, atmospheric, captivating, serious ...
Plot: samurai, lone wolves, bounty hunter, hopes, redemption, one last job, human nature, vengeance, aging, isolation, tough heroes, graphic violence ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, hokkaido
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Shogun's Ninja (1980)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In the middle of the 16th century, Hideyoshi, a power hungry warlord sets out to destroy the Momochi clan. He sends his war commander in search of the clan's hidden gold only to find that two daggers are the key to the hiding place of the ...
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, stylized, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: master warrior, martial arts, shogun, ninja, ninja master, battles, graphic violence, military, gang, state affairs, rivalry, treasure hunt ...
Time: 16th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
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Duration: 158 min.
Story: In 1375, China was in chaos between Yuan Dynasty and Ming Dynasty. Coryo (an ancient kingdom of Korea then) sent a delegation of many diplomats, soldiers and a silent slave to make peace with the new Chinese government. However, this delegation got ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, rough, epic, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: battles, martial arts, master warrior, exile, desert, samurai, survival, heroic mission, war, love affair, tragic hero, adventure ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Ran (1985)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: Japan, France
Duration: 162 min.
Story: In Medieval Japan, an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how their new-found power will corrupt them.
Style: epic, atmospheric, captivating, stylized, emotional ...
Plot: greed, feudal japan, betrayal, vengeance, samurai, seppuku, insanity, rivalry, hunting, destiny, murder, arranged marriage ...
Time: 16th century, middle ages
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Samurai Rebellion (1967)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The mother of a feudal lord's only heir is kidnapped away from her husband by the lord. The husband and his samurai father must decide whether to accept the unjust decision, or risk death to get her back.
Style: tense, stylized, emotional, sincere, atmospheric ...
Plot: samurai, rebellion, rebelliousness, injustice, family relations, master warrior, kidnapping, parents and children, ruler, fighting the system, heroes, revenge ...
Time: 18th century, 70s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Rurouni Kenshin Part II: Kyoto Inferno (2014)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Kenshin has settled into his new life with Kaoru and his other friends when he is approached with a request from the Meiji government. Makoto Shishio, a former assassin like Kenshin, was betrayed, set on fire and left for dead. He survived, and is ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, intense, suspense, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, katana, ambition, good versus evil, rivalry, political unrest, master warrior, heroes, one man army, samurai era, survival, martial arts ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: japan, asia, kyoto japan, tokyo, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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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: tense, suspenseful, rough, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, master warrior, kung fu, vengeance, kung fu classic, humiliation, folk hero, good versus evil, rage, occupation, uninhibited rivalry, sword fight ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s
Place: china, asia, japan, hong kong, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in the Land of Demons (1973)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In the fifth film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, Ogami Itto is challenged by five warriors, each has one fifth of Ogami's assassin fee and one fifth of the information he needs to complete his assassination.
Style: captivating, exciting, realistic, serious, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, drifter, hitman, heroes, one man army, assassin, family relations, lone wolves, rivalry, dishonesty, escapades ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
An Actor's Revenge (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 115 min.
Story: While performing in a touring kabuki troupe, leading female impersonator Yukinojo comes across the three men who drove his parents to suicide twenty years earlier, and plans his revenge, firstly by seducing the daughter of one of them, secondly by ...
Style: stylized, atmospheric, suspenseful, psychological, serious ...
Plot: samurai, obsession, revenge, sword fight, uninhibited rivalry, parents and children, haunted by the past, friendship, fall in love, gender bending, vengeance, actor's life ...
Time: 19th century, 1930s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%