Movies like The Sword of Doom

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The Sword of Doom (1966)
 8.0
 10K
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: bleak, stylized, tense, rough, epic, serious, captivating, realistic, jidai geki, melancholic ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, psychopath, nihilism, master warrior, vengeance, crimes, graphic violence, atrocity, deadly, rivalry, uninhibited rivalry, opponent, fencing, sword fight, anti hero, anti heroes, violence, death, sword, duel, samurai sword, kendo, katana, sword duel ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo

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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, realistic, stylized and captivating films with plots about samurai, heroes, master warrior, martial arts, rivalry, sword fight and katana mostly in Action, Drama and Adventure genres. Some movies like The Sword of Doom: Harakiri (1962), Samurai Assassin (1965), Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman (1989), Sword of the Beast (1965), 47 Samurai (1962). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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: bleak, tense, captivating, suspenseful, enigmatic ...
Plot: samurai, suicide, revenge, poverty, vengeance, society, life is a bitch, rivalry, hara kiri, sword fight, standoff, japanese culture ...
Time: 17th century
Place: asia, japan, feudal japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
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, bleak, serious, realistic ...
Plot: samurai, assassination, sword fight, deadly, lone wolves, ruler, redemption, conspiracy, hopes, tragic hero, ambition, state affairs ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
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: atmospheric, rough, suspenseful, stylized, tense ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, swordsman, escapades, master warrior, gang, rivalry, lone wolves, gangsters, danger, deadly, crimes ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
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: exciting, rough, stylized, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: martial arts, strangulation, reform, betrayal, samurai, ronin, gambling, beast, vengeance, shogun, crimes, society ...
Time: 60s, 19th century
Place: japan, feudal japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.6
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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, serious, atmospheric, bleak, harsh ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, battles, seppuku, vengeance, society, redemption, revenge, righting the wronged, heroic mission, human nature, dishonesty ...
Time: middle ages, 18th century, 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 8.2
 110K
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, exciting, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, ronin, mercenary, sword fight, gang, lone wolves, anti hero, anti heroes, small town, betrayal, torture, duel ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, 18th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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, serious, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, sword fight, master warrior, martial arts, lone wolves, blood, heroes, drifter, female ninja, blood splatter, decapitation, martial artist ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
Zatoichi the Fugitive (1963)
Genre: Drama, Adventure, Action
Country: Japan
Duration: 86 min.
Story: After arriving in the town of Shimonita, Ichi finds that a price has been put on his head by a local yakuza boss. He's drawn into a trap, but after hearing of the slaying of a former love, Ichi furiously fights his way through the entire clan ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, stylized, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, sword, katana, on the run, adventure, crimes, contests and competitions, deadly, gangsters, wrestling, rivalry ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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Zatoichi: The Last (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan, France
Duration: 132 min.
Story: A blind master swordsman attempts to lead a quiet life with his wife but he is provoked back into battle.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, exciting, tense ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, homecoming, adventure, deadly, forced into action, village, blind man, save the day, murder, protector, massacre ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 8.1
 33K
Sanjuro (1962)
Genre: Action, Comedy, 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, serious, realistic, tense ...
Plot: samurai, sword fight, corruption, rescue, small town, betrayal, dishonesty, danger, drifter, naivete, anti heroes, anti hero ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 7.5
 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, dark humor, jidai geki
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, betrayal, ronin, lone wolves, anti heroes, hopes, master warrior, leadership, heroes, gang, crimes ...
Time: 60s, 1830s
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Hunter in the Dark (1979)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Yataro Tanigawa, a one-eyed hired assassin, impresses yakuza boss Gomyo Kiyoemon with his skill. Gomyo hires Tanigawa as his bodyguard, or yojimbo, to protect him during an inter-clan conflict. Tanigawa quickly rises in stature in the clan, but ...
Style: suspenseful, bleak, rough, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: crimes, dishonesty, master warrior, religions or cults, revolution, martial arts, heist, graphic violence, nudity (full frontal - brief), betrayal, fighting crime, rivalry ...
Time: 18th century, 17th century
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
New Tale of Zatoichi (1963)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Wishing to find peace, Zatoichi travels to his old village but only finds trouble when he ends up in a love triangle and finds old scores have followed him home.
Style: suspenseful, stylized, rough, serious, realistic ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, kidnapping, murder, rivalry, one man army, love and romance, crimes, master warrior, escapades, heroes, adventure ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 7.7
 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: rough, bleak, stylized, captivating, tense ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, uninhibited rivalry, danger, master warrior, save the day, heroes, rivalry, deadly, escapades, crimes, lone wolves ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 7.6
 62K
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, massacre, battles, duel, samurai sword, sword fight, battle, martial arts, suicide, mission, violence ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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: stylized, offbeat, rough, sexual, serious ...
Plot: samurai, state affairs, heroes, anti heroes, master warrior, fighting the system, dishonesty, crimes, investigation, deadly, rivalry, law enforcement ...
Time: middle ages
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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, bleak, rough, stylized, serious ...
Plot: samurai, rivalry, uninhibited rivalry, strong violent content, conspiracy, orchestral, state affairs, dishonesty, assassination, betrayal, political unrest, ninja ...
Time: 17th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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, heroes, fighting the system, ruler, parents and children, revenge ...
Time: 18th century, 70s
Place: japan, feudal japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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Zatoichi's Vengeance (1966)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Zatoichi comes upon a dying man who asks him to give a bag of money to "Taichi". Zatoichi has no idea who this is but when he comes upon a small town harassed by gangsters, he finds that "Taichi" was the man's young son. ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, stylized, realistic, serious ...
Plot: samurai, wisdom of life, heroes, lone wolves, adventure, master warrior, escapades, deadly, gangsters, one man army, crimes, wise man ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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, contemplative, serious, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, female killer, hitman, assassin, master warrior, deadly, crimes, lone wolves, strong violent content, rivalry, adventure ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Zatoichi and the Chess Expert (1965)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Zatoichi makes friends with a dangerous chess player, while fending off angry yakuza and bloodthirsty relatives out for revenge, and trying to save a sick child. Meanwhile, his luck with dice is turning.
Style: stylized, rough, suspenseful, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: samurai, chess, sword, heroes, one man army, escapades, master warrior, danger, hopes, lone wolves, adventure, graphic violence ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
 7.5
 22K
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, realistic, rough, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, vengeance, master warrior, kung fu classic, folk hero, humiliation, good versus evil, rage, occupation, duel, uninhibited rivalry, sword fight ...
Time: 20th century, 1930s, 30s
Place: china, asia, japan, hong kong, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Zatoichi's Revenge (1965)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Itinerant masseur and master swordsman, the blind Zatoichi, is near the village of his teacher, Hikonoichi, so he decides to visit. He learns of Hikonoichi's recent robbery and murder and the imprisonment of his virginal daughter, Osayo, in a ...
Style: suspenseful, disturbing, stylized, rough, captivating ...
Plot: samurai, murder, village, katana, life is a bitch, danger, escapades, deadly, crimes, confined, lone wolves, dishonesty ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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Zatoichi's Conspiracy (1973)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Zatoichi, the famed blind swordsman, returns to his home village for the first time in many years. He is befriended by Omiyo, who had the same wet-nurse as Zatoichi. He also encounters a boyhood friend, Shinbei, who now is wealthy and appears not to ...
Style: stylized, suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious ...
Plot: conspiracy, martial arts, gangsters, lone wolves, crimes, graphic violence, moral dilemma, homecoming, village, adventure, escapades, samurai ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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, captivating, realistic, serious, cult film
Plot: samurai, ronin, heroes, gang war, martial arts, sword fight, master warrior, crimes, rivalry, escapades, bet, drifter ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Zatoichi's Spurting Blood Road (1967)
Genre: Drama, Adventure, Action
Country: Japan
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Ichi is staying at an inn when a woman dies. Her dying wish is that Ichi take her son to his father, an artist living in a nearby town. After arriving in the town, Ichi finds out that the father has been forced by a local boss to create illegal ...
Style: rough, suspenseful, stylized, realistic, serious ...
Plot: samurai, sword, katana, gangsters, undercover, lone wolves, confined, master warrior, escapades, deadly, adventure, hostage ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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, jidai geki
Plot: samurai, betrayal, ronin, martial arts, mountain, dishonesty, gang, heroes, rivalry, crimes, lone wolves, master warrior ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 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, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, rich and poor, betrayal, social differences, heroes, rivalry, battles, revenge, robin hood, treasure, murder ...
Time: 15th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
The Return of Masseur Ichi (1962)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 72 min.
Story: Returning to the village where a year before he had killed Hirate, a much-admired opponent, Zatoichi encounters another swordsman and former rival in love: his own brother. He must face in combat not only the pursuing retainers but his own ...
Style: stylized, rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Plot: samurai, one man army, martial arts, sword fight, lone wolves, heroes, adventure, deadly, master warrior, dishonesty, graphic violence, escapades ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.6
 4K
Ichi (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Ichi is a blind entertainer that travels the countryside with her traditional Japanese guitar and walking stick. She’s in search for the kind man that brought her up as a child, but because of her beauty she encounters problems every step of the ...
Style: epic, suspenseful, rough, exciting, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, samurai, ninja, crimes, heroes, danger, escapades, rivalry, vengeance, deadly, good versus evil, village ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%