Movies like The Sword of Doom

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The Sword of Doom (1966)
 7.9
 11K
The Sword of Doom (1966)
Original name: 大菩薩峠
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: cerebral, tense, bleak, stylized, light, atmospheric, thought provoking, macabre, enigmatic, breathtaking ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, ninja, medieval, fencing, vengeance, master warrior, sword fight, catastrophe, monster, twists and turns, revenge, time travel, kung fu, loneliness, hitman, assassin, art, maze, ancient, gunfight, tragedy, brutality, runaway, childhood ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia

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Most similar movies to The Sword of Doom

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, stylized, realistic and talky films with plots about vengeance, samurai, dialogue, storytelling, culture clash, martial arts and runaway mostly in Drama, Action and Adventure genres. Some movies like The Sword of Doom: 13 Assassins (2010), Harakiri (1962), Sanjuro (1962), Samurai Rebellion (1967), 47 Samurai (1962). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.5
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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: suspense, unusual plot structure, intense, visually appealing, harsh ...
Plot: samurai, samurai sword, sword fight, warrior, seppuku, violent, battles, martial arts, revenge, massacre, shogun, swordsman ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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100%
 8.6
 57K
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, disturbing, bleak, melancholic, enigmatic ...
Plot: samurai, suicide, poverty, revenge, sword fight, vengeance, seppuku, courage, life & death, tragedy, life is a bitch, rivalry ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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86%
 8.0
 39K
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, tense, witty, stylized, exciting ...
Plot: samurai, sword fight, corruption, betrayal, rescue, police investigation, martial arts, visceral, culture clash, transformation, small town, one against many ...
Time: 19th century, future
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
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: bloody, atmospheric, stylized, affectionate, unusual plot structure ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, master warrior, sword fight, ninja, fight, martial artist, female ninja, lone wolves, survival, dark hero, violence ...
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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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, emotional, stylized, sincere, atmospheric ...
Plot: samurai, rebellion, revenge, violence, martial arts, father son relationship, kidnapping, family relations, injustice, rebelliousness, master warrior, ruler ...
Time: 18th century, 70s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 7.6
 2K
47 Samurai (1962)
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 ...
Style: epic, harsh, bleak, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: samurai, vengeance, seppuku, brutality, justice, medieval, battles, martial arts, courage, society, redemption, dishonesty ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, middle ages
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
 8.2
 124K
Yojimbo (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: cynical, realistic, atmospheric, bleak, allegory ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, sword fight, small town, bodyguard, betrayal, martial arts, rivalry, gang war, tough guy, ronin, mercenary, gang ...
Time: 19th century, future, 1860s, 18th century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril (1972)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 81 min.
Story: In the fourth film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, Ogami Itto is hired to kill a tattooed female assassin and battles Retsudo, head of the Yagyu clan, and his son Gunbei.
Style: stylized, macabre, affectionate, unusual plot structure, thought provoking ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, assassin, hitman, kung fu, violence, sword fight, revenge, weapons, violent, visceral, catastrophe ...
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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 7.0
 16K
Ashes of Time (1994)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong, Taiwan
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The film is set in five parts, five seasons that are part of the Chinese almanac. The story takes place in the jianghu, the world of the martial arts. Ouyang Feng has lived in the western desert for some years. He left his home in White Camel ...
Style: art house, epic, atmospheric, stylized, sexy ...
Plot: martial arts, kung fu, desert, vengeance, sword fight, love triangle, medieval, loneliness, fight scenes, culture clash, solitude, destiny ...
Place: china, tokyo, hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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, sexy, surreal, melancholic ...
Plot: samurai, revenge, sword fight, obsession, betrayal, art, brutality, identity, loneliness, dark humor, runaway, mad scientist ...
Time: 1930s, 19th century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 8.2
 126K
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: visually appealing, atmospheric, cerebral, epic, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, greed, vengeance, feudal japan, shakespeare, medieval, castle, betrayal, war, insanity, cavalry, nihilism ...
Time: 16th century, middle ages
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 7.6
 2K
Goyokin (1969)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A guilt-haunted samurai warrior attempts to stop a massacre taking place.
Style: serious, realistic, tense, captivating, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, winter, medieval, exploitation, snow, kung fu, revenge, time travel, ninja, crimes, rivalry ...
Time: 19th century, 17th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: bloody, stylized, talky, affectionate, unusual plot structure ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kung fu, ninja, samurai, assassin, master warrior, cult, gunfight, violence, villain, martial artist, duel ...
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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, serious, bleak, rough ...
Plot: samurai, ronin, medieval, father, martial arts, sword fight, ancient, assassination, edo period, redemption, ruler, state affairs ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Master of the Flying Guillotine (1976)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Hong Kong, Taiwan
Duration: 81 min.
Story: A one-armed martial arts master is being stalked by an Imperial assassin, the master of two fighters (the Tibetan Lamas) who were killed in the previous film. When the One-Armed Boxer is invited to attend a martial arts tournament, his efforts to ...
Style: stylized, visually appealing, affectionate, sinister, allegory ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kung fu, martial arts, fight, exploitation, violent, violence, cult, samurai, medieval, revenge, gratuitous violence, video game ...
Time: 18th century
Place: japan, tokyo, hong kong, china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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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: bleak, enigmatic, tense, epic, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, war, warlord, japanese history, battles, heroes, doppelganger, medieval, death, feudal japan, culture clash ...
Time: 16th century, 18th century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance (1972)
Genre: Action, Adventure
Country: Japan
Duration: 84 min.
Story: In this first film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, adapted from the manga by Kazuo Koike, we are told the story of the Lone Wolf and Cub's origin. Ogami Itto, the official Shogunate executioner, has been framed for disloyalty to the Shogunate ...
Style: bloody, stylized, splatter, colourful, affectionate ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, ninja, revenge, breast feeding, assassin, cult, lone wolves, violence, vengeance, dark hero, murder ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, australia, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Sword of the Beast (1965)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Legendary swordplay filmmaker Hideo Gosha’s Sword of the Beast chronicles the flight of the low-level swordsman Gennosuke, who kills one of his ministers as part of a reform plot. His former comrades then turn on him, and this betrayal so shakes ...
Style: realistic, serious, exciting, rough, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, medieval, gambling, ancient, fencing, kung fu, ronin, betrayal, strangulation, reform, swordsman ...
Time: 19th century, 60s
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 116 min.
Story: The anti-Ching patriots, under the guidance of Ho Kuang-han, have secretly set up their base in Canton, disguised as school masters. During a brutal Manchu attack, Lui manages to escape, and devotes himself to learning the martial arts in order to ...
Style: stylized, thought provoking, inspirational, affectionate, visually appealing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: kung fu, martial arts, shaolin, fight, samurai, revenge, martial artist, kung fu classic, shaolin kung fu, vengeance, rebellion, medieval ...
Time: 18th century
Place: china, tokyo, japan, hong kong, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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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: intense, harsh, rough, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kung fu, fight, brutality, sword fight, violence, visceral, master warrior, kung fu classic, kung fu master, folk hero, humiliation ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s
Place: china, asia, hong kong, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 7.1
 12K
A Touch of Sin (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: China, Japan, France
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Four independent stories set in modern China about random acts of violence.
Style: bleak, melancholic, meditative, brutal, art house ...
Plot: violence, crimes, loneliness, working class, brutality, life philosophy, injustice, dehumanization, realism, society, social decay, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 2010s
Place: china, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 8.3
 19K
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: cerebral, realistic, emotional, sexy, heartbreaking ...
Plot: samurai, intern, medical profession, medieval, medical, doctor, doctors, poverty, social injustice, time travel, aging, philosophy ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
The Twilight Samurai (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
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, emotional, realistic, sincere, atmospheric ...
Plot: samurai, sword fight, poverty, love, friendship, single father, tragedy, character study, visceral, love story, assassination, samurai era ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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 7.2
 9K
The Yakuza (1974)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: Harry Kilmer returns to Japan after several years in order to rescue his friend George's kidnapped daughter - and ends up on the wrong side of the Yakuza, the notorious Japanese mafia...
Style: neo noir, tense, intense, harsh, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: yakuza, gangsters, crimes, kidnapping, friendship, culture clash, rescue, sword fight, organized crime, haunted by the past, rivalry, male female relationship ...
Time: 70s, 80s, 20th century, post world war two
Place: japan, tokyo, california, asia, kyoto japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 7.5
 22K
Sonatine (1993)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Kitano plays Murakawa, a Tokyo yakuza tiring of gangster life. Along with a few of his henchmen, he is sent by his boss to Okinawa to help end a gang war, supposedly to mediate between two warring clans. He finds that the dispute between the clans ...
Style: bloody, stylized, gloomy, ironic, splatter ...
Plot: yakuza, mafia, gang, organized crime, gunfight, dark humor, beach, crimes, samurai, revenge, medieval, gangsters ...
Time: 90s, 20th century
Place: japan, tokyo, hong kong, asia, okinawa japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 7.0
 10K
Woyzeck (1979)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Having fathered an illegitimate child with his lover, Marie, feckless soldier Franz Woyzeck takes odd jobs around his small town to provide some extra money for them. One of them is volunteering for experiments conducted by a local doctor, who puts ...
Style: psychological, disturbing, atmospheric, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: murder, military, loser, insanity, obsession, soldier, brutality, claustrophobia, twists and turns, melancholy, musician, assassination ...
Time: 1920s, 70s, 20th century
Place: germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.0
 4K
Tokyo Fist (1995)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A businessman, Tsuda, runs into a childhood friend, Tajuki, on the subway. Tajuki is working as a semiprofessional boxer. Tsuda soon begins to suspect that Tajuki might be having an affair with his fiance Hizuru. After an altercation, Tsuda begins ...
Style: disturbing, surreal, stylized, sexy, sexual ...
Plot: boxing, violent, dark humor, obsession, revenge, loneliness, surrealism, violence, life philosophy, multiple storylines, redemption, mentor ...
Time: 90s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Warriors of Heaven and Earth (2003)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A Chinese emissary is sent to the Gobi desert to execute a renegade soldier. When a caravan transporting a Buddhist monk and a valuable treasure is threatened by thieves, however, the two warriors might unite to protect the travelers.
Style: epic, breathtaking, exciting, serious, lyrical ...
Plot: martial arts, adventure, vengeance, desert, fight, sword fight, survival, escapades, rivalry, uninhibited rivalry, medieval, epic battle ...
Time: 8th century
Place: china, tokyo, japan, asia, ancient china
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.5
 50K
Zatoichi (2003)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Zatôichi is a 19th century blind nomad who makes his living as a gambler and masseur. However, behind this humble facade, he is a master swordsman gifted with a lightning-fast draw and breathtaking precision. While wandering, Zatôichi discovers a ...
Style: humorous, atmospheric, exciting, harsh, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, sword fight, master warrior, gang, vengeance, violence, good versus evil, blind character, protector, escapades, rivalry ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.4
 3K
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, serious, jidai geki, parody
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, medieval, ronin, exploitation, ancient, betrayal, gang, dishonesty, master warrior, hopes, rivalry ...
Time: 19th century, 60s, 1830s
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%