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, melancholic ...
Plot: samurai, revenge, martial arts, battles, seppuku, vengeance, society, redemption, human nature, heroic mission, dishonesty, rivalry, righting the wronged, suicide, battle, brutality, justice, courage, greed, military, heroes, hopes, frame up, master warrior, political unrest ...
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, rivalry, sword fight, martial arts and master warrior mostly in Drama, Action and History genres. Some movies like 47 Samurai: The Last Samurai (2003), Harakiri (1962), The Sword of Doom (1966), Gojoe: Spirit War Chronicle (2000), Goemon (2009). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Last Samurai (2003)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
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, self discovery, battles, pride and honor, human spirit, courage, friendship, master warrior, dignity, military life, war ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s, 1870s
Place: japan, asia, pacific ocean, san francisco, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.7
 34K
Harakiri (1962)
Genre: Action, Drama, History
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: bleak, tense, suspenseful, captivating, enigmatic ...
Plot: samurai, suicide, revenge, poverty, vengeance, society, life is a bitch, rivalry, hara kiri, sword fight, japanese culture, standoff ...
Time: 17th century
Place: asia, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
91%
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, epic, realistic ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, nihilism, psychopath, master warrior, vengeance, atrocity, graphic violence, deadly, rivalry, opponent, crimes ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
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, danger, supernatural, vengeance, good versus evil, military, battles, adventure, supernatural ability, imaginary, curses spells and rituals ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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 6.7
 5K
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, tense, suspense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, rich and poor, betrayal, social differences, heroes, rivalry, battles, robin hood, revenge, treasure, danger ...
Time: 15th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
 7.6
 60K
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: suspenseful, serious, stylized, intense, suspense ...
Plot: samurai, warrior, battles, massacre, duel, samurai sword, battle, martial arts, suicide, mission, violence, uninhibited rivalry ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 8.0
 31K
Kagemusha (1980)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 180 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, battle, battles, lookalikes, war, mistaken identity, disorder, state affairs, switching roles, emperor, ruler, military ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s, 18th century
Place: japan, feudal japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
The Hidden Blade (2004)
Genre: Action, 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: serious, stylized, sentimental, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: samurai, love and romance, vengeance, family life, politics, martial arts, caste system, state affairs, family in crisis, heroes, rivalry, friendship ...
Time: 1860s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx (1972)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 82 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, realistic, exciting, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, sword fight, martial arts, master warrior, lone wolves, blood, drifter, heroes, good versus evil, decapitation, blood splatter, martial artist ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 6.3
 142K
47 Ronin (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA, UK, Japan, Hungary
Duration: 119 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: epic, stylized, exciting, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, master warrior, battles, adventure, shogun, martial arts, heroes, exile, samurai sword, danger, ronin, imaginary ...
Time: 18th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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: suspenseful, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, adventure, battles, political unrest, military life, destiny, military, rivalry, heist, state affairs, escapades, master warrior ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: asia, japan, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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: tense, serious, bleak, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: samurai, vengeance, life is a bitch, society, down on your luck, loss of son, rivalry, hara kiri, revenge, one against many, graphic violence, loss of daughter ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 7.0
 1K
Black Belt (2007)
Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Country: Japan
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Set in 1932, amid the rise of militarism after the establishment of the Manchukuo colony in Northeast China, the story centers on a trio of karateka. Studying under their aging master in a small dojo in the woods of central Kyushu, Choei, Taikan and ...
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, captivating
Audience: boys' night
Plot: karate, martial arts, heroes, soldier, martial arts tournament, vengeance, rivalry, battles, uninhibited rivalry, military, betrayal, against the odds ...
Time: 1930s, 30s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 6.2
 38K
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, realistic, bleak, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: warrior, medieval, vengeance, sword fight, emperor, adventure, coup d'etat, corrupt, abuse of power, happy ending, sword and shield, master warrior ...
Time: middle ages, future, 18th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Incident at Blood Island (1970)
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: samurai, betrayal, ronin, martial arts, rivalry, crimes, master warrior, heroes, lone wolves, dishonesty, gang, mountain ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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, serious, rough, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, master warrior, blood, violence, drifter, heroes, one man army, sword fight, good versus evil, martial artist, gore ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 8.4
 16K
Red Beard (1965)
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, compassionate, poignant ...
Plot: clinic, intern, samurai, doctor, doctors and patients, heroes, parents and children, hopes, teenage life, generation gap, human nature, society ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
 6.3
 634
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: realistic, suspenseful, exciting, stylized, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, master warrior, shogun, ninja, ninja master, graphic violence, treasure hunt, danger, heroes, uninhibited rivalry, adventure, escapades ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Movie in collections
 7.1
 11K
The Warrior (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: South Korea, China
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: epic, exciting, rough, suspenseful, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: battles, master warrior, exile, martial arts, desert, battle, samurai, survival, heroic mission, war, adventure, love affair ...
Time: middle ages, 14th century
Place: china, korea, hong kong, asia, mongolia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 8.2
 106K
Revolt (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, betrayal, vengeance, samurai, insanity, destiny, throne, rivalry, suicide, siege, arranged marriage, chaos ...
Time: 16th century, middle ages
Place: japan, feudal japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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, captivating, stylized, realistic, jidai geki
Plot: samurai, war, state affairs, military, betrayal, politics, power relations, intrigue, master warrior, heroes, fall in love, dishonesty ...
Time: 16th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
The Challenge (1982)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 113 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: suspenseful, realistic, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, aikido, martial arts, sword fight, against the odds, master warrior, supernatural ability, gangsters, golden years, heroic mission, chases and races, siblings relations ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: japan, asia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 7.5
 2K
Kill! (1968)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 115 min.
Story: In this pitch-black action comedy by Kihachi Okamoto, a pair of down-on-their-luck swordsmen arrive in a dusty, windblown town, where they become involved in a local clan dispute. One, previously a farmer, longs to become a noble samurai. The other, ...
Style: dark humor, realistic, serious, jidai geki
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, betrayal, martial arts, ronin, anti hero, hopes, heroic mission, heroes, anti heroes, teachers and students, vengeance, righting the wronged ...
Time: 60s, 1830s
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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Samurai Assassin (1965)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 122 min.
Story: February 17 to March 3, 1860, inside Edo castle. A group of assassins wait by Sakurada Gate to kill the lord of the House of Ii, a powerful man in the Tokugawa government, which has ruled Japan for 300 years. They suspect a traitor in their midst, ...
Style: captivating, realistic, rough, serious, bleak ...
Plot: samurai, assassination, sword fight, ambition, conspiracy, deadly, graphic violence, tragic hero, redemption, ruler, lone wolves, hopes ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.1
 2K
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: psychological, tense, captivating, atmospheric, realistic ...
Plot: samurai, bounty hunter, lone wolves, tough heroes, redemption, human nature, hopes, vengeance, one last job, aging, isolation, anti hero ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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, injustice, rebelliousness, family relations, master warrior, kidnapping, fighting the system, parents and children, heroes, ruler, father son relationship ...
Time: 18th century, 70s
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Samurai Resurrection (2003)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, History, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Shiro Amasuka, dead leader of the Shimbara Revolt is resurrected from hell with the desire of overthrowing the shogunate for killing his companions. To do this , he resurrects an army od living dead swordsmen. Between him and his goal, only Yagyu ...
Style: exciting, scary, suspenseful, serious, epic ...
Plot: samurai, ghost, battles, curses spells and rituals, heroes, rivalry, deadly, vengeance, danger, zombie, supernatural, reincarnation ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo (1970)
Genre: Drama, Action, Adventure
Country: Japan
Duration: 79 min.
Story: With a price on his head, Ichi seeks tranquillity in a favorite village. Since his last visit, it has fallen prey to Boss Masagoro, the son of a merchant rumored to have stolen gold from the shogunate. The boss has hired Yojimbo as his hard-drinking ...
Style: semi serious, stylized, realistic, cult film
Plot: samurai, village, martial arts, gold, spy, sword fight, master warrior, parents and children, crime, hopes, adventure, chases and races ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The Heroic Ones (1970)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 117 min.
Story: A Mogul king decides to take stealthy action to help overpower his greatest rivals. He chooses nine out thirteen of his loyal generals (who he treats as sons) to embark on the mission. However, jealously amongst them sparks a treacherous family feud ...
Style: serious, epic, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, betrayal, vengeance, assassination, rebelliousness, leadership, political unrest, royal family, gory, track down, battles, gang ...
Place: hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Kenshin Samurai X (2012)
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Former legendary assassin Kenshin Himura has now become a wandering samurai. Offering aid & protecting those in need as atonement for his past deeds. During this time Kenshin Himura comes across and aides Kaoru Kamiya (Emi Takei). Her father ...
Style: serious, exciting, realistic, stylized
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, master warrior, martial arts, drifter, heroes, one man army, swordsman, mercenary, japanese culture, drug lord, katana, military ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s, 1860s, 1870s
Place: japan, asia, kyoto japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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