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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: atmospheric, epic, serious, realistic, melancholic, breathtaking, reflective, colourful, cerebral, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, revenge, martial arts, seppuku, lone wolves, vengeance, master warrior, redemption, heroic mission, military life, political unrest, royal family, battles, righting the wronged, heroes, hopes, rivalry, state affairs, human nature, introspection, curses spells and rituals, frame up, dishonesty, escapades, military ...
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 atmospheric films with plots about samurai, heroes, rivalry, sword fight, martial arts, master warrior and vengeance mostly in Drama, Action and History genres. Some movies like 47 Samurai: The Sword of Doom (1966), Harakiri (1962), Gojoe: Spirit War Chronicle (2000), The Hidden Blade (2004), Kagemusha (1980). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Sword of Doom (1966)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 119 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, serious ...
Plot: samurai, master warrior, martial arts, psychopath, nihilism, vengeance, crimes, deadly, rivalry, uninhibited rivalry, sword fight, opponent ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 8.7
 23K
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, talky, tense, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: samurai, suicide, revenge, poverty, seppuku, ronin, vengeance, life is a bitch, down on your luck, heroes, rivalry, society ...
Time: 17th century
Place: asia, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
94%
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: atmospheric, serious, stylized, surprise ending
Plot: samurai, lone wolves, adventure, martial arts, master warrior, supernatural ability, tragic hero, vengeance, curses spells and rituals, heroic mission, legends and myths, battles ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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: gloomy, serious, realistic, sentimental, stylized
Plot: samurai, martial arts, vengeance, friendship, family life, heroes, rivalry, lone wolves, family in crisis, revolution, politics, love and romance ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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 8.0
 27K
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, stylized, realistic, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: samurai, battle, doppelganger, war, warlord, army, emperor, switching roles, mistaken identity, battles, dishonesty, heroes ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s, 18th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
The Bushido Blade (1981)
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Country: USA, UK
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, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, master warrior, heist, adventure, military life, crime, political unrest, battles, heroes, military, state affairs, destiny ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: asia, japan, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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: epic, rough, serious, realistic, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, lone wolves, cult, gory, master warrior, assassin, countryside, parents and children, hitman, danger, deadly ...
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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: bleak, gloomy, serious, realistic, rough ...
Plot: samurai, sword fight, assassination, lone wolves, tragic hero, redemption, ambition, deadly, hopes, state affairs, ruler, scheming ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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The Twilight Samurai (2002)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Seibei Iguchi leads a difficult life as a low ranking samurai at the turn of the nineteenth century. A widower with a meager income, Seibei struggles to take care of his two daughters and senile mother. New prospects seem to open up when the ...
Style: atmospheric, realistic, serious, tense, emotional ...
Plot: samurai, sword fight, childhood sweetheart, widower, couple relations, poverty, duel, friendship, mission of murder, daughter, sword, teacher ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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: serious, realistic
Plot: samurai, betrayal, martial arts, ronin, lone wolves, master warrior, samurai sword, sword fight, bandit, ambush, katana sword, heroes ...
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 6.8
 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, serious, epic, captivating, stylized
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, master warrior, rich and poor, war, ninja, sword, katana, heroic mission, legends and myths, battles, heroes ...
Time: 15th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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, serious, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, sword fight, martial arts, lone wolves, master warrior, survival, blood, decapitation, female ninja, ronin, martial artist, blood splatter ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
The Tale of Zatoichi (1962)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The adventures of a blind, gambling masseur and master swordsman. Zatoichi targets a yakuza-controlled village, because war with a neighbouring town's smaller gang is brewing.
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: samurai, martial arts, ronin, sword fight, lone wolves, master warrior, criminal, heroes, rivalry, gang, crimes, escapades ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman (1989)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 116 min.
Story: This 26th film installment of the Zatoichi series sees Shintaro Katsu return to this classic role after a 10 year hiatus. The blind masseur Ichi gets caught between rival Yakuza clans.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, exciting, atmospheric ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, master warrior, adventure, gory, village, crime, swordsman, crimes, rivalry, gang, gangsters ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 7.6
 57K
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: epic, realistic, stylized, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: samurai, massacre, suicide, warrior, swords and armor, martial arts, violence, assassination, assassin, mission, seppuku, samurai sword ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Hanzo the Razor: The Snare (1973)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Against the backdrop of the Edo treasury devaluing currency and driving many into poverty, Hanzo Itami enforces the law without regard to status. He shows inadequate respect to the treasurer, who wants him dead.
Style: sexual, serious, realistic, offbeat, rough ...
Plot: samurai, strong sexual content, anti heroes, gory, martial arts, investigation, crimes, dishonesty, heroes, rivalry, master warrior, political corruption ...
Time: middle ages
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 8.2
 25K
Sanjuro (1962)
Genre: Action, Crime, 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, serious, realistic, exciting, tense ...
Plot: samurai, sword fight, corruption, small town, rescue, duel, anti heroes, betrayal, lone wolves, blood, temple, master warrior ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.8
 1K
Hana (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 127 min.
Story: In a poor district of Edo lives a young samurai named Soza. He has been sent by his clan to avenge the death of his father. He isn't an accomplished swordsman however, and he prefers sharing the life of the residents, teaching the kids how to ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, dark humor
Plot: samurai, revenge, martial arts, master warrior, village, vengeance, heroes, rivalry, dealing with death, introspection, moral dilemma, village life
Time: 18th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 6.3
 131K
47 Ronin (2013)
Genre: Action, Adventure, 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: serious, epic, exciting, stylized, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, battles, chosen one, master warrior, revenge, heroes, ronin, shogun, impossible love, half breed, suicide, samurai sword ...
Time: 18th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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: talky, realistic, emotional, tense, serious ...
Plot: samurai, rebellion, parents and children, kidnapping, injustice, society, family relations, master warrior, rebelliousness, fighting the system, heroes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 18th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, sword fight, aikido, adventure, gang, gangsters, master warrior, track down, vengeance, vigilantism, redemption ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: japan, asia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
The Last Samurai (2003)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, 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: serious, exciting, stylized, captivating, epic ...
Plot: samurai, self discovery, friendship, courage, battles, warrior, war, emperor, leader, master warrior, dignity, swords and armor ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1800s
Place: japan, asia, pacific ocean, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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: stylized, semi serious, realistic
Plot: samurai, martial arts, village, spy, gold, sword fight, crime, good versus evil, adventure, lone wolves, master warrior, vengeance ...
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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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, stylized, realistic, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, master warrior, japanese culture, heroes, one man army, escapades, drifter, mercenary, drug lord, japanese girl, japanese woman, garden ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Zatoichi in Desperation (1972)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Zatoichi tries to save a maiden in distress in this sequel to the popular series about a blind samurai swordsman who moonlights as a masseur. Always fighting for the underdog, noble Zatoichi sets out to keep a girl from becoming a prostitute. But he ...
Style: semi serious, atmospheric, scary
Plot: samurai, martial arts, katana, lone wolves, village, adventure, master warrior, heroic mission, righting the wronged, crimes, heroes, rivalry ...
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Rurouni Kenshin: 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: stylized, exciting, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, master warrior, heroes, rivalry, one man army, blind ambition, political unrest, good versus evil, ambition, state affairs, katana, ronin ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
When the Last Sword is Drawn (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Kanichiro Yoshimura is a Samurai and Family man who can no longer support his wife and children on the the low pay he receives from his small town clan, he is forced by the love for his family to leave for the city in search of higher pay to support ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: samurai, heroes, life is a bitch, tragic hero, human spirit, political unrest, hopes, society, state affairs, unfulfillment, changing lives, emperor ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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: bleak, talky, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: samurai, down on your luck, life is a bitch, vengeance, heroes, rivalry, society, loss of daughter, in-laws, loss of son, katana sword, seppuku ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 8.2
 95K
Revolt (1985)
Genre: Action, Drama
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: betrayal, greed, vengeance, revenge, chaos and mayhem, samurai, hopelessness, power, ruins, gun, blood, castle ...
Time: 16th century, middle ages
Place: japan, feudal japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 7.2
 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: atmospheric, serious, realistic, captivating, tense ...
Plot: samurai, bounty hunter, lone wolves, shogun, redemption, misfit, anti heroes, aging, vengeance, human nature, isolation, tough heroes ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%