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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, vengeance, military, heroes, battles, frame up, hopes, master warrior, society, human nature, heroic mission, dishonesty, political unrest, curses spells and rituals, redemption, introspection, military life, escapades, lone wolves, rivalry, state affairs, unfulfillment ...
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, master warrior, martial arts and vengeance mostly in Drama, Action and History genres. Some movies like 47 Samurai: The Last Samurai (2003), The Sword of Doom (1966), Harakiri (1962), Gojoe: Spirit War Chronicle (2000), The Bushido Blade (1981). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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: exciting, captivating, epic, serious, inter cultural ...
Plot: samurai, warrior, self discovery, courage, master warrior, friendship, battles, swords and armor, human spirit, military life, war, pride and honor ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s, 1870s
Place: japan, asia, pacific ocean, tokyo
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100%
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, rough, epic ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, nihilism, psychopath, master warrior, vengeance, deadly, opponent, rivalry, uninhibited rivalry, crimes, atrocity ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
 8.7
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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, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, suicide, revenge, poverty, seppuku, ronin, vengeance, in-laws, heroes, life is a bitch, down on your luck, hypocrisy ...
Time: 17th century
Place: asia, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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, tragic hero, clergy, soldier, military, rivalry, anti war, good versus evil, vengeance, supernatural, martial arts, danger ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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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: realistic, serious, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, crime, escapades, master warrior, crimes, adventure, rivalry, military, state affairs, heroes, military life, heist ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: asia, japan, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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: stylized, serious, sentimental, gloomy, realistic
Plot: samurai, state affairs, vengeance, heroes, family life, family in crisis, love and romance, lone wolves, politics, martial arts, friendship, rivalry ...
Time: 1860s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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: betrayal, samurai, martial arts, ronin, dishonesty, crimes, master warrior, lone wolves, heroes, rivalry, gang, bandit ...
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 8.0
 28K
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, lookalikes, war, switching roles, state affairs, disorder, mistaken identity, emperor, military, dishonesty, heroes ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s, 18th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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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, rough, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, sword fight, blood, drifter, decapitation, female ninja, blood splatter, ronin, martial artist, master warrior, lone wolves ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.3
 594
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, exciting, serious, suspenseful, stylized
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, ninja, shogun, deadly, heroes, political unrest, treasure hunt, danger, vengeance, samurai, battles, rivalry ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 7.6
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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: stylized, epic, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: samurai, warrior, massacre, suicide, mission, martial arts, swords and armor, assassination, violence, assassin, explosion, trap ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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: gloomy, rough, captivating, serious, bleak ...
Plot: samurai, assassination, sword fight, state affairs, hopes, lone wolves, deadly, ruler, tragic hero, redemption, ambition, flashback ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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, clever, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, blood, violence, drifter, kung fu, duel, sword fight, villain, yakuza, martial artist, decapitation ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 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: serious, stylized, epic, exciting, captivating
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, samurai, society, treasure, betrayal, assassination, homeless, heroes, deadly, rivalry, treason, social differences ...
Time: 15th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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: tense, realistic, atmospheric, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: samurai, poverty, duel, sword fight, childhood sweetheart, widower, friendship, couples, reluctant, heroes, glory, fall in love ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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44%
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, realistic, captivating, exciting, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, heroes, dishonesty, cult, rivalry, escapades, lone wolves, deadly, gory, danger, drifter ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.6
 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: realistic, dark humor, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, betrayal, martial arts, ronin, crimes, vengeance, righting the wronged, small town, gang, heroes, leadership, dishonesty ...
Time: 60s, 1830s
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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: serious, atmospheric, realistic, captivating
Plot: samurai, martial arts, sword fight, ronin, bet, escapades, crimes, master warrior, lone wolves, gang, drifter, gang war ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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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: captivating, realistic, stylized, serious
Plot: samurai, betrayal, politics, heroes, fall in love, dishonesty, military, rivalry, intrigue, love and romance, war, power relations ...
Time: 16th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ 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: stylized, semi serious, realistic
Plot: samurai, martial arts, village, sword fight, gold, spy, lone wolves, adventure, parents and children, hopes, escapades, tough heroes ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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, offbeat, rough, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: samurai, state affairs, rivalry, fighting the system, heroes, deadly, gory, dishonesty, strong sexual content, martial arts, investigation, master warrior ...
Time: middle ages
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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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, melancholic ...
Plot: clinic, intern, samurai, doctor, teenage life, heroes, power relations, society, human nature, generation gap, doctors and patients, hopes ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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, exciting, captivating, tense, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, crimes, master warrior, escapades, adventure, crime, lone wolves, rivalry, gory, heroes, gangsters ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 8.1
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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, exciting, realistic, serious, tense ...
Plot: samurai, corruption, rescue, duel, small town, sword fight, betrayal, master warrior, small town life, dishonesty, heroes, running ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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, adventure, golden years, lone wolves, rivalry, righting the wronged, village, gang, master warrior, village life ...
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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The Bodyguard (1961)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A nameless ronin, or samurai with no master, enters a small village in feudal Japan where two rival businessmen are struggling for control of the local gambling trade. Taking the name Sanjuro Kuwabatake, the ronin convinces both silk merchant ...
Style: bleak, atmospheric, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, mercenary, lone wolves, small town, betrayal, duel, torture, escape, bodyguard, revolver, ronin, rivalry ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, 18th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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: realistic, suspenseful, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, aikido, sword fight, righting the wronged, danger, redemption, heist, vigilantism, vengeance, supernatural ability, track down ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: japan, asia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Shogun's Samurai (1978)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Following the death of the second Tokugawa shogun, it is revealed that he was poisoned by retainers of his son Iemitsu in hopes of gaining him the shogunate despite the stammer and birthmark which undermine his respect. Iemitsu and his brother ...
Style: epic, stylized, bleak, serious, captivating ...
Plot: samurai, political unrest, dishonesty, rivalry, betrayal, state affairs, uninhibited rivalry, assassination, shogun, martial arts, violence, blood ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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, suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, rivalry, heroes, political unrest, good versus evil, one man army, blind ambition, master warrior, state affairs, ambition, ronin, katana ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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, talky, stylized, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: samurai, rebellion, injustice, ruler, rebelliousness, society, heroes, fighting the system, family relations, life is a bitch, master warrior, parents and children ...
Time: 18th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%