Movies like Taboo 1999

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Taboo (1999)
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Taboo (1999)
Original name: 御法度
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Japan, France, UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Set during Japan's Shogun era, this film looks at life in a samurai compound where young warriors are trained in swordfighting. A number of interpersonal conflicts are brewing in the training room, all centering around a handsome young samurai named Sozaburo Kano. The school's stern master can choose to intervene, or to let Kano decide his own path.
Style: stylized, atmospheric, realistic, disturbing, serious, captivating, psychological, tense, jidai geki, melancholic ...
Plot: gay, gays and lesbians, samurai, emperor, murder mystery, gender, state affairs, heroes, political unrest, secrets, sword fight, wartime, life philosophy, gay slur, recruit, male homosexuality, homosexuality, friendship, military, friends, military life, prostitute, jealousy, brothel, honor ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s
Place: japan, asia, kyoto japan, tokyo, spain

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Most similar movies to Taboo

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, stylized and atmospheric films with plots about samurai, storytelling, brutality, society, heroes, vengeance and rivalry mostly in Drama, History and Action genres. Some movies like Taboo: When the Last Sword is Drawn (2002), Rikyu (1989), Samurai Rebellion (1967), Shogun (1980), Sanjuro (1962). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
When the Last Sword is Drawn (2002)
Genre: Drama
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, bleak, captivating, realistic, serious ...
Plot: samurai, japanese history, political unrest, human spirit, life is a bitch, tragic hero, emperor, duel, hopes, unfulfillment, state affairs, suicide ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.1
 655
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, contemplative, realistic, serious ...
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 ⇓
91%
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, ruler, heroes, fighting the system, parents and children, revenge ...
Time: 18th century, 70s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
 8.1
 12K
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, realistic ...
Plot: samurai, shogun, battles, intrigue, leadership, interracial relations, profanity, society, military, betrayal, adventure, danger ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: japan, asia, portugal
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Movie in collections
 8.1
 34K
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, naivete, drifter, anti heroes, duel ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
Woman in the Dunes (1964)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 147 min.
Story: An entomologist suffers extreme psychological and sexual torture after being taken captive by the residents of a poor seaside village.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, sexual, captivating, surreal ...
Plot: love affair, isolation, nudity (full frontal - brief), desert, sand dune, love and romance, entomologist, oppression, confined, hopes, trap, couples ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
 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, serious, atmospheric, bleak, harsh ...
Plot: samurai, battles, martial arts, seppuku, vengeance, society, redemption, revenge, righting the wronged, human nature, heroic mission, rivalry ...
Time: middle ages, 18th century, 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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, captivating, epic ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, psychopath, nihilism, master warrior, vengeance, uninhibited rivalry, opponent, atrocity, rivalry, deadly, crimes ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan, UK
Duration: 128 min.
Story: An tale of revenge, honor and disgrace, centering on a poverty-stricken samurai who discovers the fate of his ronin son-in-law, setting in motion a tense showdown of vengeance against the house of a feudal lord.
Style: tense, serious, bleak, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: samurai, vengeance, life is a bitch, society, loss of son, rivalry, down on your luck, revenge, hara kiri, ronin, code of honor, seppuku ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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, gloomy, rough, bleak, serious ...
Plot: samurai, assassination, sword fight, ronin, tragic hero, hopes, lone wolves, state affairs, redemption, deadly, ambition, conspiracy ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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: serious, realistic, captivating, stylized, jidai geki
Plot: samurai, power relations, politics, war, betrayal, state affairs, military, fall in love, heroes, intrigue, dishonesty, master warrior ...
Time: 16th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
 7.1
 20K
Titus (1999)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: UK, Italy, USA
Duration: 162 min.
Story: Titus Andronicus returns from the wars and sees his sons and daughters taken from him, one by one. Shakespeare's goriest and earliest tragedy.
Style: rough, serious, captivating, harsh, stylized ...
Plot: sacrifice, head of state, state affairs, war, violence spree, life is a bitch, society, goth, brutality, betrayal, nudity (full frontal - brief), queen ...
Time: ancient history, 1930s
Place: rome italy, europe, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 8.2
 114K
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: bleak, atmospheric, realistic, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, ronin, mercenary, sword fight, gang, lone wolves, anti heroes, small town, betrayal, village, escape, deception ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, 18th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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: serious, sentimental, stylized, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: samurai, caste system, politics, love and romance, family life, vengeance, martial arts, social class, honor, revenge, sword fight, edo period ...
Time: 1860s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 7.5
 48K
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: exciting, humorous, atmospheric, harsh, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, gang, master warrior, geisha, sword fight, good versus evil, vengeance, one man army, mob boss, blind character, protector ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 6.1
 852
O Jerusalem (2006)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: France, UK, Italy, Greece, Israel, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A tale of friendship between two men, one Jewish and the other Arab, as the state of Israel is being created.
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, disturbing
Plot: rebellion, military, friendship, political unrest, rebelliousness, wartime life, battles, politics, danger, state affairs, rivalry, uninhibited rivalry ...
Time: 1940s, 40s
Place: israel, holy land, jerusalem, palestine
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
The Secret Agent (1996)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: London of the late 19th century is a haven for political exiles of all sorts - refugees, partisans, anarchists. Verloc has made his living spying for the Russian goverment, an agent provacateur of sorts, while simultaneously providing information to ...
Style: psychological, realistic, suspenseful, tense, serious ...
Plot: espionage, terrorism, secret agents, bomb, police inspector, politics, state affairs, undercover, mentally challenged, dishonesty, danger, crimes ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, victorian, 1880s, 1930s ...
Place: london, england, europe, scotland, russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 6.7
 6K
Querelle (1982)
Genre: Drama
Country: West Germany, France
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Here is the story of a beautiful, proud and tough loner, a sailor named Querelle, whose commanding officer Seblon worships and desires him from afar. Querelle turns on his drugs-smuggling partner and murders him. He then goes to a notorious brothel ...
Style: sexual, sexy, stylized, offbeat, atmospheric ...
Plot: gays and lesbians, murder, betrayal, gay, nudity (full frontal - brief), crimes, love and romance, dishonesty, gang, drug dealing, gangsters, gender ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: europe, france
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
Movie in collections
 7.7
 36K
Confessions (2010)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 106 min.
Story: A psychological thriller of a grieving mother turned cold-blooded avenger with a twisty master plan to pay back those who were responsible for her daughter's death.
Style: psychological, disturbing, bleak, atmospheric, twists and turns ...
Audience: teens
Plot: vengeance, teachers and students, mystery, grief, bullying, unlikely criminals, social decay, child murder, crime and punishment, deadly, mentally unstable, juvenile delinquency ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 7.3
 3K
The Sun (2005)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Russia, Italy, Switzerland, France
Duration: 110 min.
Story: The Sun (Russian: Сóлнце, Solntse) is a 2005 Russian biographical film depicting Japanese Emperor Shōwa (Hirohito) during the final days of World War II. The film is the third drama in director Aleksandr Sokurov's trilogy, which included ...
Style: thought provoking, disturbing, captivating, serious, realistic
Plot: world war two, emperor, wartime life, military, leadership, politics, state affairs, society, head of state, war, totalitarianism, downfall ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1945
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
 8.4
 17K
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, poignant ...
Plot: intern, clinic, samurai, countryside, doctor, brothel, heroes, teenage life, parents and children, human nature, doctors and patients, society ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
 5.1
 337
Falling Star (2014)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Spain
Duration: 105 min.
Story: This colourful feature debut from experienced producer Luis Miñarro offers an almost hallucinatory look at the world of Amadeo of Savoy, who was king of an ungovernable Spain for two years around 1870. This intriguing episode is transformed into a ...
Style: stylized, realistic, serious, captivating
Plot: royal family, political unrest, royal court, society, state affairs, master and servant, gay interest, nudity (full frontal - brief), art, isolation, palaces castles and temples, unfulfillment ...
Time: 19th century
Place: spain, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 8.6
 46K
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, rivalry, life is a bitch, hara kiri, sword fight, one against many, standoff ...
Time: 17th century
Place: asia, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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The Twilight Samurai (2002)
Genre: Drama, History, 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, atmospheric, sentimental ...
Plot: samurai, sword fight, poverty, friendship, duel, social differences, love and romance, selflessness, struggle, fall in love, pride and honor, couple relations ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Rurouni Kenshin Part II: 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: exciting, suspenseful, intense, suspense, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, ambition, good versus evil, katana, political unrest, rivalry, one man army, katana sword, survival, graphic violence, master warrior, blind ambition ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: japan, asia, kyoto japan, tokyo, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
The Comfort of Strangers (1990)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA, Italy, UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: An Italian diplomat's son follows and seduces English lovers in Venice.
Style: psychological, erotic, suspenseful, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: obsession, seduction, danger, couples, couple relations, love and romance, culture clash, swingers, investigation, murder, stranger, lover ...
Time: 80s
Place: venice, italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
Stranger by the Lake (2013)
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Summertime. A cruising spot for men, tucked away on the shores of a lake. Franck falls in love with Michel, an attractive, potent and lethally dangerous man. Franck knows this, but wants to live out his passion anyway.
Style: erotic, sexy, talky, unusual plot structure, lyrical ...
Plot: gay sex, male homosexuality, male nudity, deviant sex, loneliness, gay, gays and lesbians, investigation, sexual desire, love, gender, love and romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 80s
Place: france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 6.4
 342
The Viceroys (2007)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Italy, Spain, Germany, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: No overview found.
Style: captivating, psychological, atmospheric, epic, serious ...
Plot: family relations, politics, political unrest, intrigue, rivalry, society, dishonesty, revolution, family life, royal family, parents and children, downfall ...
Time: 19th century
Place: sicily, italy, europe, sicily italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Brotherhood of Blades II: The Infernal Battlefield (2017)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: China
Duration: 120 min.
Story: An imperial guard searches for the truth behind a conspiracy that framed him and his partners. The proof of his innocence lies with a wanted woman named Bei Zhai... but will she reveal what she knows? In this intense prequel to BROTHERHOOD OF ...
Style: stylized, disturbing, tense, suspenseful, psychological ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: master warrior, state affairs, violence, martial arts, rivalry, society, political unrest, dishonesty, conspiracy, heroes, political intrigue, vengeance ...
Time: 17th century
Place: asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
The Face Reader (2013)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: South Korea
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Nae-kyung, the most skillful face reader in Joseon dynasty, was living in seclusion when he was offered a lucrative partnership by Yeon-hong, a Korean geisha. Nae-kyung accepts the proposal to read the faces of Yeon-hong’s guests only to get ...
Style: realistic, captivating, atmospheric, psychological, tense ...
Plot: joseon dynasty, political intrigue, royal court, coup, betrayal, head of state, society, dishonesty, politics, political unrest, korean history
Time: 15th century
Place: korea, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%