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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, fall in love, intrigue, master warrior, dishonesty, love triangle, graphic violence, love and romance, rivalry, warrior, ambition, warlord
Time: 16th century
Place: japan, asia

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Most similar movies to Samurai Banners

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, stylized and captivating films with plots about samurai, heroes, rivalry, master warrior, martial arts, state affairs and sword fight mostly in Drama, Action and Adventure genres. Some movies like Samurai Banners: Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo (1970), Shogun (1980), Rikyu (1989), Heaven and Earth (1990), The Shogun's Samurai (1978). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo (1970)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
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: semi serious, realistic, stylized, cult film
Plot: samurai, martial arts, village, spy, gold, sword fight, heroes, crime, master warrior, lone wolves, crimes, adventure ...
Place: asia, japan
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100%
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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: realistic, serious, captivating, exciting, saga
Plot: samurai, politics, battles, feudal japan, shogun, betrayal, society, master warrior, danger, state affairs, war, dishonesty ...
Time: 17th century, 16th century, middle ages, 1600s
Place: japan, portugal
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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Rikyu (1989)
Genre: 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: stylized, captivating, realistic, serious, contemplative ...
Plot: samurai, society, politics, state affairs, clergy, rise to the top, military, heroes, ambition, war, battles, political unrest ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s
Place: japan, asia, china, korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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: epic, cult film, exciting, captivating, rough ...
Plot: samurai, japanese history, katana, battles, chaos, strong violent content, chaos and mayhem, political unrest, siblings relations, political intrigue, uninhibited rivalry, family relations ...
Time: 16th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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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, rough, stylized, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: samurai, rivalry, conspiracy, strong violent content, uninhibited rivalry, political unrest, state affairs, assassination, betrayal, dishonesty, orchestral, ninja ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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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: epic, atmospheric, stylized, twists and turns, captivating ...
Plot: samurai, shogun, battles, intrigue, leadership, interracial relations, military, betrayal, adventure, danger, love and romance, state affairs ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: japan, asia, portugal
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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, serious, realistic, gloomy, rough ...
Plot: samurai, assassination, ronin, sword fight, deadly, tragic hero, hopes, lone wolves, state affairs, ambition, redemption, conspiracy ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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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: epic, captivating, bleak, enigmatic, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, battles, battle, japanese history, feudal japan, warlord, lookalikes, war, mistaken identity, state affairs, switching roles, disorder ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s, 18th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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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: betrayal, samurai, ronin, martial arts, katana, dishonesty, rivalry, heroes, gang, mountain, crimes, master warrior ...
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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, stylized ...
Plot: rivalry, betrayal, battles, royal family, queen, invasion, tragic hero, adventure, political unrest, escapades, intrigue, politics ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s
Place: burma, thailand, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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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: exciting, stylized, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: master warrior, martial arts, shogun, ninja, ninja master, heroes, state affairs, rivalry, deadly, adventure, samurai, escapades ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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, devotion, loyalty, master warrior, rivalry, intrigue, betrayal, haunted by the past, under the surface, assassination plot, death of wife, murder ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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, sentimental, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: samurai, caste system, politics, love and romance, family life, vengeance, martial arts, social class, sword fight, honor, edo period, revenge ...
Time: 1860s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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: suspenseful, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, battles, destiny, military life, political unrest, heist, crimes, military, heroes, state affairs, rivalry, adventure ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: japan, asia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Rurouni Kenshin 3: The Legend Ends (2014)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Shishio has set sail in his ironclad ship to bring down the Meiji government and return Japan to chaos, carrying Kaoru with him. In order to stop him in time, Kenshin trains with his old master to learn his final technique.
Style: stylized, exciting, captivating, suspense, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, heroes, good versus evil, master warrior, one man army, state affairs, samurai era, graphic violence, ronin, samurai sword, katana sword, violence ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: japan, asia, kyoto japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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, stylized, rough, realistic ...
Plot: samurai, society, gangsters, adventure, fighting crime, betrayal, crimes, dishonesty, master warrior, rivalry, graphic violence, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 17th century, 18th century
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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, deadly, rivalry, heroes, love and romance, lone wolves, gangsters, escapades, confined ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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, stylized, rough, sexy ...
Plot: samurai, state affairs, anti heroes, crimes, investigation, dishonesty, rivalry, heroes, law enforcement, deadly, master warrior, fighting the system ...
Time: middle ages
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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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: stylized, rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Plot: samurai, village, self defense, graphic violence, one man army, heroes, deadly, lone wolves, destiny, self discovery, martial arts, introspection ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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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 ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting, jidai geki
Plot: samurai, rivalry, politics, vengeance, injustice, feudal japan, duel, revenge
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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, injustice, family relations, rebelliousness, master warrior, kidnapping, ruler, heroes, fighting the system, parents and children, revenge ...
Time: 18th century, 70s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Shinobi: Heart Under Blade (2005)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Even though Gennosuke and Oboro are from rival ninja villages, they are secretly in love. At an annual conference with the Lord, it is dictated that a competition--a fight to the death--will take place between the five best shinobi from each ...
Style: exciting, captivating, stylized, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, master warrior, tragic love, love and romance, imaginary, state affairs, supernatural ability, uninhibited rivalry, battles, heroes, adventure, forbidden love ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: samurai, one man army, martial arts, sword fight, master warrior, lone wolves, deadly, heroes, dishonesty, protecting from truth, buried truth, adventure ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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Michael the Brave (1971)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Romania, France, Italy
Duration: 203 min.
Story: An epic fresco depicting the reign (1593-1601) of Mihai Pätrascu (better known as "Mihai Viteazul" / "Michael the Brave"), the famous prince who united the three provinces: Transalpine Vallachia, Transylvania and Moldavia, into ...
Style: epic, serious, realistic, captivating, exciting
Plot: battles, betrayal, graphic violence, political intrigue, political unrest, battle zone, politics, dishonesty, state affairs, rivalry, war, military ...
Time: 16th century, middle ages
Place: romania, transylvania
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Zatoichi and the Doomed Man (1965)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Blind swordsman Zatoichi, jailed briefly, is implored by another prisoner to aid him in proving his innocence of a crime for which he is sentenced to death. Zatoichi is reluctant to get involved, because he knows how often such involvement has led ...
Style: suspenseful, rough, stylized, realistic, serious ...
Plot: samurai, village, corruption, life is a bitch, dishonesty, one man army, heroes, master warrior, escapades, confined, lone wolves, hopes ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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, epic, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: battles, conquering, ambition, heroes, leadership, adventure, betrayal, escapades, rivalry, rise to the top, haunted by the past, master warrior ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century, 13th century
Place: mongolia, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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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, captivating, suspense, tense, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, betrayal, social differences, rich and poor, heroes, rivalry, battles, katana, revenge, robin hood, treasure ...
Time: 15th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Zatoichi's Cane-sword (1967)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Zatoichi comes upon the town of Tonda, overrun by gangsters. Using one of his favorite techniques, Zatoichi proceeds to win 8 ryo in a rigged gambling game. Of course, the local gangsters attempt to kill him, and the adventure begins. It turns out a ...
Style: stylized, rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Plot: samurai, gangsters, martial arts, village, adventure, one man army, crimes, lone wolves, master warrior, escapades, deadly, heroes ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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: exciting, realistic, serious, atmospheric, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: master warrior, female warrior, military, political unrest, uninhibited rivalry, war, soldier, state affairs, battles, heroic mission, ambition, elderly ...
Time: ancient history
Place: china, ancient china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 5.9
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Henri 4 (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: Germany, France, Austria, Spain
Duration: 155 min.
Story: A wide-ranging, energetic period piece tracing the rise of the Protestant Henry of Navarre as he goes from battlefield warrior to France's beloved King Henri IV. Director Jo Baier's epic is a classically entertaining adventure, albeit one ...
Style: tense, serious, captivating, psychological, suspenseful ...
Plot: political unrest, royal family, leadership, politics, battles, military, betrayal, head of state, war, love and romance, rivalry, monarchy ...
Time: 16th century
Place: france, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%