Movies like Kagemusha

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Kagemusha (1980)
 8.0
 28K
Kagemusha (1980)
Original name: 影武者
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 180 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, stylized, realistic, atmospheric, serious, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, battle, emperor, switching roles, war, mistaken identity, lookalikes, warlord, state affairs, disorder, dishonesty, army, heroes, military, ruler, martial arts, death, warrior, culture clash, courage, battles, tragedy, death sentence, petty criminal, respect ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s, 18th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo

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Most similar movies to Kagemusha

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, stylized and captivating films with plots about heroes, culture clash, military, betrayal, storytelling, mentor and brutality mostly in Drama, History and War genres. Some movies like Kagemusha: Rikyu (1989), The Last Samurai (2003), Harakiri (1962), 47 Samurai (1962), Revolt (1985). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 7.3
 525
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: serious, stylized, realistic, captivating
Plot: samurai, political unrest, politics, heroes, war, military, state affairs, clergy, rise to the top, battles, ambition, society ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s
Place: japan, asia, china, korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
The Last Samurai (2003)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, New Zealand, Japan
Duration: 154 min.
Story: Nathan Algren is an American hired to instruct the Japanese army in the ways of modern warfare, which finds him learning to respect the samurai and the honorable principles that rule them. Pressed to destroy the samurai's way of life in the ...
Style: exciting, captivating, serious, epic, inter cultural ...
Plot: samurai, self discovery, warrior, courage, friendship, battles, master warrior, war, dignity, pride and honor, swords and armor, leader ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1800s
Place: japan, asia, pacific ocean, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
 8.7
 24K
Harakiri (1962)
Genre: Action, Drama, History
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, talky, tense, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: samurai, suicide, revenge, poverty, ronin, seppuku, vengeance, life is a bitch, down on your luck, heroes, rivalry, society ...
Time: 17th century
Place: asia, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
 7.8
 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: atmospheric, epic, serious, realistic, melancholic ...
Plot: samurai, revenge, martial arts, seppuku, lone wolves, vengeance, master warrior, redemption, heroic mission, military life, political unrest, battles ...
Time: 18th century, middle ages, 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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 8.2
 98K
Revolt (1985)
Genre: Action, Drama
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: epic, atmospheric, captivating, stylized, emotional ...
Plot: betrayal, greed, vengeance, revenge, samurai, hopelessness, ruins, power, gun, blood, seppuku, castle ...
Time: 16th century, middle ages
Place: japan, feudal japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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, stylized, captivating, realistic
Plot: samurai, rivalry, state affairs, master warrior, betrayal, war, intrigue, love triangle, politics, fall in love, dishonesty, heroes ...
Time: 16th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
 7.9
 4K
Shogun (1980)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 125 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: serious, exciting, captivating, realistic
Plot: samurai, politics, master warrior, ship, uninhibited rivalry, interracial relations, adventure, culture clash, political unrest, war, royal family, battles ...
Time: 16th century, 17th century, middle ages, 1600s
Place: japan, portugal, feudal japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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, serious, epic ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, master warrior, psychopath, nihilism, vengeance, crimes, deadly, rivalry, uninhibited rivalry, sword fight, opponent ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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 8.3
 95K
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: atmospheric, bleak, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, lone wolves, small town, betrayal, mercenary, ronin, bodyguard, revolver, duel, torture, escape, anti heroes ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, 18th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
Red Cliff Part II (2009)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea
Duration: 142 min.
Story: The battle of Red Cliff continues and the alliance between Xu and East Wu is fracturing. With Cao Cao's massive forces on their doorstep, will the kingdoms of Xu and East Wu survive?
Style: epic, stylized, serious, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, master warrior, war, martial arts, tea, battle zone, battles, heroes, military, leadership, wartime life, danger ...
Time: ancient history
Place: china, asia, hong kong, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
The Twilight Samurai (2002)
Genre: Drama, History
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: atmospheric, realistic, serious, tense, emotional ...
Plot: samurai, sword fight, widower, poverty, duel, childhood sweetheart, couple relations, friendship, teacher, daughter, sword, mission of murder ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
 7.7
 24K
Gettysburg (1993)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 271 min.
Story: Summer 1863. The Confederacy pushes north into Pennsylvania. Union divisions converge to face them. The two great armies clash at Gettysburg, site of a theology school. For three days, through such legendary actions as Little Round Top and ...
Style: epic, realistic, serious, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: american civil war, civil war, slavery, soldier, military, battle, battles, war, idealism, friendship, leadership, union soldier ...
Time: 19th century
Place: pennsylvania, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 6.5
 12K
Emperor (2012)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: As the Japanese surrender at the end of WWII, Gen. Fellers is tasked with deciding if Emperor Hirohito will be hanged as a war criminal. Influencing his ruling is his quest to find Aya, an exchange student he met years earlier in the U.S.
Style: serious, talky, realistic, sincere, touching ...
Plot: emperor, investigation, atomic bomb, military, translator, war crime, occupation, politics, war, state affairs, soldier, moral dilemma ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, 40s, year 1945, 1930s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, russia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 7.7
 336K
Black Hawk Down (2001)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 144 min.
Story: When U.S. Rangers and an elite Delta Force team attempt to kidnap two underlings of a Somali warlord, their Black Hawk helicopters are shot down, and the Americans suffer heavy casualties, facing intense fighting from the militia on the ground.
Style: realistic, suspenseful, disturbing, rough, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: battles, tough heroes, war, sniper, courage, military, warrior, helicopter, army, survival, danger, chaos and mayhem ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, year 1993, 1990s, year 1992
Place: somalia, africa, arkansas, iraq
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 7.2
 10K
The Warrior (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: South Korea, China
Duration: 158 min.
Story: In 1375, China was in chaos between Yuan Dynasty and Ming Dynasty. Coryo (an ancient kingdom of Korea then) sent a delegation of many diplomats, soldiers and a silent slave to make peace with the new Chinese government. However, this delegation got ...
Style: epic, stylized, exciting, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, exile, desert, master warrior, battle, kidnapping, war, adventure, soldier, enemy, hostility, ambassador ...
Time: middle ages, 14th century
Place: china, korea, hong kong, asia, mongolia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
 8.1
 10K
Shogun (1980)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 60 min.
Story: An English navigator becomes both pawn and player in the deadly political games in feudal Japan.
Style: epic, serious, stylized, twists and turns, atmospheric ...
Plot: samurai, intrigue, interracial relations, battles, leadership, culture clash, adventure, escapades, society, adventurer, betrayal, social differences ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: asia, japan, portugal
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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: talky, realistic, emotional, tense, serious ...
Plot: samurai, rebellion, parents and children, kidnapping, injustice, society, family relations, master warrior, rebelliousness, fighting the system, heroes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 18th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 8.3
 14K
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, melancholic ...
Plot: clinic, intern, samurai, doctor, human nature, uniform, small town, psychiatrist, brothel, career, doctors and patients, parents and children ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer (1961)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 190 min.
Story: His ideals challenged by life as a conscript in war-time Japan's military, a pacifist faces ever greater tests in his fight for survival.
Style: serious, atmospheric, realistic, gloomy, bleak ...
Plot: soldier, survival, russian, japanese army, chinese, captivity, anti war, war, wartime life, estrangement, confined, military ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: china, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.6
 4K
MacArthur (1977)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: The film portrays MacArthur's (Gregory Peck) life from 1942, before the Battle of Bataan, to 1952, the time after he had been removed from his Korean War command by President Truman (Ed Flanders) for insubordination, and is recounted in ...
Style: serious, exciting, rough, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: soldier, military, war, island, politics, daring rescue, leadership, anti war, heroic mission, military life, political unrest, battles ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 50s, 1950s, 1940s
Place: japan, korea, asia, the philippines, usa ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 7.4
 41K
Red Cliff (2008)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea
Duration: 150 min.
Story: In 208 A.D., in the final days of the Han Dynasty, shrewd Prime Minster Cao convinced the fickle Emperor Han the only way to unite all of China was to declare war on the kingdoms of Xu in the west and East Wu in the south. Thus began a military ...
Style: epic, stylized, realistic, serious, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: war, martial arts, casualty of war, strategy, carrier pigeon, flaming arrow, battles, master warrior, soldier, adventure, tragic hero, heroic mission ...
Time: ancient history
Place: china, asia, ancient china, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 8.4
 881K
Braveheart (1995)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Ireland
Duration: 178 min.
Story: Enraged at the slaughter of Murron, his new bride and childhood love, Scottish warrior William Wallace slays a platoon of the local English lord's soldiers. This leads the village to revolt and, eventually, the entire country to rise up against ...
Style: rough, epic, exciting, factual, breathtaking ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: freedom, tragic hero, war, heroes, courage, battles, love story, warrior, leadership, vengeance, master warrior, idealism ...
Time: middle ages, 14th century
Place: scotland, england, scottish highlands, europe, edinburgh scotland
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 8.1
 27K
Sanjuro (1962)
Genre: Action, 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, serious, exciting, realistic, tense ...
Plot: samurai, corruption, sword fight, small town, rescue, duel, anti heroes, betrayal, lone wolves, temple, blood, master warrior ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 141 min.
Story: The story of the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspective of the Japanese who fought it.
Style: bleak, realistic, serious, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: survival, military, war, battles, anti war, cave, imperial japan, japanese army, jungle, suicide, chaos, letter ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1945, year 2005
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 169 min.
Story: As U.S. troops storm the beaches of Normandy, three brothers lie dead on the battlefield, with a fourth trapped behind enemy lines. Ranger captain John Miller and seven men are tasked with penetrating German-held territory and bringing the boy home.
Style: realistic, captivating, bleak, rough, sentimental ...
Plot: war, military, battles, sniper, army, heroic mission, courage, rescue, d day, self sacrifice, bravery, cowardice ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s, year 1944
Place: normandy, europe, france, poland, germany ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Iron & Blood: The Legend of Taras Bulba (2009)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: Russia, Ukraine, Poland
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Set in the 16th century, this is a story about Ukraine's Cossack warriors and their campaign to defend their lands from the advancing Polish armies.
Style: epic, serious, exciting, realistic, stylized ...
Plot: battles, rebelliousness, leadership, heroes, political unrest, cossack, parent child relationship, state affairs, father son relationship, battle, parents and children, betrayal ...
Time: 16th century
Place: ukraine, poland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
The Winter War (1989)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Finland
Duration: 199 min.
Story: Russia attacked Finland in late November 1939. This film tells the story of a Finnish platoon of reservists from the municipality of Kauhava in the province of Pohjanmaa/Ostrobothnia who leave their homes and go to war. The film focuses on the ...
Style: epic, realistic, bleak, serious, emotional ...
Plot: war, soldier, military, military life, politics, battle zone, heroes, state affairs, siblings relations, heroic mission, political unrest, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 30s, year 1939, 1940s, 1930s
Place: finland, europe, russia, soviet union, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.2
 446K
Troy (2004)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA, Malta, UK
Duration: 163 min.
Story: In year 1250 B.C. during the late Bronze age, two emerging nations begin to clash. Paris, the Trojan prince, convinces Helen, Queen of Sparta, to leave her husband Menelaus, and sail with him back to Troy. After Menelaus finds out that his wife was ...
Style: epic, exciting, rough, serious, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night, date night, teens
Plot: warrior, betrayal, tragic hero, courage, forbidden love, war, ancient, mythology, army, heroic, heroes, conquering ...
Time: ancient history, ancient world
Place: greece, ancient greece, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 188 min.
Story: Drawn from the same events that later inspired Gladiator, the film charts the power-hungry greed and father-son betrayal that led to Rome's collapse at the bloody hands of the Barbarians.
Style: epic, serious, exciting, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: roman empire, ancient rome, chariot, betrayal, tragic hero, downfall, leadership, barbarian, war, political unrest, royal family, battles ...
Time: ancient history
Place: europe, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan (2007)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Russia, Germany, Kazakhstan
Duration: 126 min.
Story: The story recounts the early life of Genghis Khan, a slave who went on to conquer half the world in the 11th century.
Style: epic, stylized, realistic, captivating, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: conquering, monk, battle, slavery, leadership, tribe, arranged marriage, king, escape, blind ambition, childhood, war ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century
Place: mongolia, asia, china, dungeon
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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