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Samurai Banners (1969)
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Samurai Banners (1969)
Original name: 風林火山
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 as a concubine. He then convinces the widow, Princess Yu, to accept this arrangement and to bear Takeda a son. He pledges them his life. He then spends years using treachery, poetic sensibility, military and political strategy to expand Takeda's realm, advance the claim of Yu's son as the heir, and prepare for an ultimate battle with the forces of Echigo. Has Kansuke overreached? Are his dreams, blinded by love, too big? Written by jhailey@hotmail.com
Style: serious, captivating, realistic, stylized, jidai geki
Plot: samurai, war, military, politics, betrayal, state affairs, power relations, heroes, master warrior, fall in love, intrigue, dishonesty, medieval, love triangle, graphic violence, love and romance, rivalry, ambition, warlord, warrior
Time: 16th century
Place: japan, asia

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, stylized and captivating films with plots about samurai, heroes, martial arts, rivalry, medieval, master warrior and sword fight mostly in Drama, Action and History genres. Some movies like Samurai Banners: Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo (1970), Shogun (1980), Samurai Rebellion (1967), Rikyu (1989), Samurai Assassin (1965). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo (1970)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 115 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, cult film
Plot: samurai, martial arts, sword fight, gold, spy, ninja, ancient, village, vengeance, redemption, parents and children, tough heroes ...
Place: japan, asia
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Shogun (1980)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 159 min.
Story: In the 16th Century, a Dutch ship sails the Pacific from the Americas in order to escape the Spanish. Blackthorn is the pilot of the ship and the first to realize the possibilities of Japan. Japan is a feudal society which has a strong presence of ...
Style: captivating, exciting, serious, realistic, saga
Plot: samurai, feudal japan, shogun, jesuit, ancient, battles, politics, emperor, betrayal, heroes, rivalry, master warrior ...
Time: 17th century, 16th century, middle ages
Place: japan, portugal
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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
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100%
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Rikyu (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Late in the 1500s, an aging tea master teaches the way of tea to a headstrong Shogun. Through force of will and courageous fighting, Hideyoshi becomes Japan's most powerful warlord, unifying the country. Rikyu, through the tea ceremony and ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, stylized, jidai geki ...
Plot: samurai, painter, art, medieval, tradition, tea, battles, politics, society, state affairs, clergy, war ...
Time: 16th century
Place: japan, asia, korea, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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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, 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 ⇓
57%
Heaven and Earth (1990)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Warlords Kagetora and Takeda each wish to prevent the other from gaining hegemony in feudal Japan. The two samurai leaders pursue one another across the countryside, engaging in massive battles of cavalry and infantry. Younger and less brutal, ...
Style: visually appealing, epic, psychotronic, realistic, serious ...
Plot: samurai, katana, medieval, japanese history, fight, ancient, legends and myths, strong violent content, battles, chaos, family relations, power relations ...
Time: 16th century
Place: japan, asia
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57%
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, medieval, betrayal, katana, martial arts, ronin, hotel, edo period, sword fight, samurai sword, ambush, bandit ...
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, stylized, rough, serious ...
Plot: samurai, ninja, martial arts, medieval, shogun, kung fu, rivalry, strong violent content, conspiracy, uninhibited rivalry, political unrest, dishonesty ...
Time: 17th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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Sword of Desperation (2010)
Genre: Action, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A talented but troubled Edo Period swordsman, Kanemi Sanzawmon. Three years earlier, Kanemi killed a woman, Renko, the corrupt mistress of the powerful daimyo Tabu Ukyou. Unexpectedly, Kanemi received a lenient sentence for his crime and is allowed ...
Style: captivating, suspenseful, atmospheric, tense, exciting ...
Plot: samurai, master warrior, loyalty, intrigue, rivalry, betrayal, haunted by the past, under the surface, assassination plot, death of wife, murder, medieval ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Shogun (1980)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 547 min.
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Story: An English navigator becomes both pawn and player in the deadly political games in feudal Japan.
Style: atmospheric, epic, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Plot: samurai, shogun, jesuit, martial arts, intrigue, leadership, interracial relations, historical event, white man asian woman relationship, ancient, battles, heroes ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, portugal, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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: realistic, serious, exciting, captivating, rough ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, ninja, medieval, adventure, betrayal, gangsters, rivalry, master warrior, fighting crime, crimes, society ...
Time: 18th century, 17th century
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Death of a Tea Master (1989)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Years after the death of legendary tea master Rikyu, his disciple Honkakubo attempts to resolve the mystery of the master's death.
Style: jidai geki
Plot: samurai, suicide, japanese history
Time: 16th century
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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: realistic, serious, captivating, exciting, suspenseful ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, medieval, ancient, ninja, murder, kidnapping, graphic violence, master warrior, gangsters, one man army, rivalry ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
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The Legend of Suriyothai (2001)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Thailand
Duration: 142 min.
Story: During the 16th century, as Thailand contends with both a civil war and Burmese invasion, a beautiful princess rises up to help protect the glory of the Kingdom of Ayothaya. Based on the life of Queen Suriyothai.
Style: epic, exciting, realistic, atmospheric, serious ...
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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: sexy, realistic, serious, captivating, stylized ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Revenge (1964)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 104 min.
Story: This tragic drama shows a young man fettered by Bushido, the way of the Samurai, who tried to escape the chains of his position, but was being forced to die. When the Tokugawa Shogunate ruled the land, Tatsuno castle in Wakisaka Clan's home of ...
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Iron & Blood: The Legend of Taras Bulba (2009)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: Russia
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Style: realistic, exciting, serious, epic, captivating ...
Plot: cossack, battles, rebelliousness, political unrest, society, parent child relationship, sword fight, state affairs, heroes, father son relationship, leadership, betrayal ...
Time: 16th century, 17th century
Place: poland, ukraine, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea (2007)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 136 min.
Story: A look at Genghis Khan's life, from his birth to conquests in Asia.
Style: exciting, captivating, serious, realistic, epic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: battles, conquering, adventure, heroes, ambition, leadership, medieval, haunted by the past, escapades, rise to the top, rivalry, betrayal ...
Time: middle ages, 13th century, 12th century
Place: mongolia, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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: serious, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, ninja, woman with a gun, battles, master warrior, escapades, adventure, heroes, state affairs, military, rivalry ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: japan, asia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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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
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13 Assassins (1963)
Genre: Adventure, Action
Country: Japan
Duration: 125 min.
Story: A group of assassins come together for a suicide mission to kill an evil lord.
Style: epic, captivating, exciting, serious, realistic ...
Plot: samurai, medieval, exploitation, fight, martial arts, graphic violence, rivalry, assassination, escapades, adventure, heroes, state affairs ...
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The Showdown (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama, History
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Duration: 111 min.
Story: In the 11th year of Kwang Hae-gun, Jo-seon soldiers go to war with China after an invasion. In the middle of Manchu, three people who have barely survived are being cornered by the Chinese forces, and begin a bloody battle not with their enemies but ...
Style: psychological, suspenseful, realistic, captivating, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: master warrior, battles, survival, military, martial arts, dishonesty, confined, rivalry, mexican standoff, isolation, medieval, crimes ...
Time: middle ages
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman's Pilgrimage (1966)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Our hero Zatoichi sails to one of the distant islands to begin a pilgrimage to a total of 88 Shinto shrines.
Style: exciting, captivating, realistic, serious, rough ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, ancient, yakuza, village, self defense, escapades, one man army, love and romance, hopes, adventure, master warrior ...
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Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon (2008)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: China, South Korea, Hong Kong
Duration: 102 min.
Story: The aging Zhao embarks on his final and greatest campaign, a road to adventure that will crown his name in glory for all time.
Style: realistic, exciting, serious, atmospheric, stylized ...
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Place: ancient china, china, asia
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41%
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Genre: Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 143 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, realistic, captivating, bleak, serious ...
Plot: samurai, japanese history, human spirit, political unrest, tragic hero, life is a bitch, emperor, state affairs, hopes, unfulfillment, martial arts, medieval ...
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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: exciting, captivating, realistic, serious, rough ...
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Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
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Zatoichi and the Fugitives (1968)
Genre: Drama, Action, Adventure
Country: Japan
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Zatoichi runs afoul of some evil fugitives, working for a corrupt law official.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, exciting, rough ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, snake, katana, ninja, ancient, vengeance, village, kidnapping, escapades, gangsters, fugitives ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
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40%
The Hidden Blade (2004)
Genre: 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: sentimental, stylized, serious, epic, romantic ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, caste system, love and romance, politics, family life, vengeance, medieval, winter, edo period, ninja, love ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
Zatoichi's Flashing Sword (1964)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Blind masseur Zatoichi is nursed back to health by a young woman after he is shot by a gang member. Zatoichi, who had come to the village to repay a debt, now feels further indebted. He commits himself to use his amazing sword skills to help the ...
Style: captivating, exciting, serious, realistic, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, graphic violence, rivalry, crimes, assassination attempt, one man army, confined, heroes, escapades, master warrior, gangsters ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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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, epic, captivating, suspense, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, heroes, rich and poor, social differences, betrayal, battles, rivalry, ninja, sword, revenge, robin hood ...
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