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Kwaidan (1964)
Original name: 怪談
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 183 min.
Story: Taking its title from an archaic Japanese word meaning "ghost story," this anthology adapts four folk tales. A penniless samurai marries for money with tragic results. A man stranded in a blizzard is saved by Yuki the Snow Maiden, but his rescue comes at a cost. Blind musician Hoichi is forced to perform for an audience of ghosts. An author relates the story of a samurai who sees another warrior's reflection in his teacup.
Style: atmospheric, stylized, bleak, serious, gloomy, suspenseful, scary, meditative, talky, melancholic ...
Plot: samurai, ghost, spirit, anthology, snow, promise, tea, supernatural, monk, painting, storm, heroes, secret identity, escapades, storytelling, materialism, tombs and skeletons, blind character, blindness, betrayal, decomposed body, jidai geki, supernatural horror, buddhist, mother in law daughter in law relationship ...
Time: 17th century, 19th century, middle ages, 1900s, 12th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, stylized, atmospheric and suspenseful films with plots about samurai, heroes, vengeance, rivalry, death, violence and danger mostly in Drama, Action and Horror genres. Some movies like Kwaidan: The Black Cat (1968), Devil Woman (1964), Samurai Rebellion (1967), Harakiri (1962), Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Black Cat (1968)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 99 min.
Story: In the Sengoku period, a woman and her daughter are raped and murdered by soldiers during a time of civil war. Afterwards, a series of samurai returning from the war through that area are found mysteriously dead with their throats torn out. The ...
Style: atmospheric, twists and turns, serious, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: ghost, samurai, murder, black cat, revenge, vengeance, strong sexual content, master warrior, danger, heroes, supernatural, assassination ...
Time: middle ages
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
 8.0
 13K
Devil Woman (1964)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In medieval times, on a remote plain, a widow and her mother-in-law kill wandering samurai, put their bodies in a hole in the ground and sell their armour and valuables, until the daughter-in-law falls in love with one of their intended victims.
Style: atmospheric, stylized, surreal, serious, scary ...
Plot: murder, samurai, survival, demon, vengeance, human nature, women, swamp, jealousy, war, deserter, danger ...
Time: middle ages, 14th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
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 ⇓
71%
 8.7
 23K
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, seppuku, ronin, vengeance, life is a bitch, down on your luck, heroes, rivalry, society ...
Time: 17th century
Place: asia, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
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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: bleak, talky, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: samurai, down on your luck, life is a bitch, vengeance, heroes, rivalry, society, loss of daughter, in-laws, loss of son, katana sword, seppuku ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
Rurouni Kenshin: 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: stylized, exciting, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, master warrior, heroes, rivalry, one man army, blind ambition, political unrest, good versus evil, ambition, state affairs, katana, ronin ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
Samurai Reincarnation (1981)
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 122 min.
Story: After surviving the slaughter of many Christians 350 years ago, a samurai denounces God for ignoring the pleas of believers. He sells his soul to Satan and receives the power to resurrect the dead to join him in a murderous rampage.
Style: serious, suspenseful, exciting, atmospheric, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: samurai, martial arts, undead, afterlife, supernatural, good versus evil, master villain, adventure, master warrior, supernatural ability, vengeance, danger ...
Time: 17th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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, childhood sweetheart, widower, couple relations, poverty, duel, friendship, mission of murder, daughter, sword, teacher ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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The Sword of Doom (1966)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Through his unconscionable actions against others, a sociopathic samurai builds a trail of vendettas that follow him closely.
Style: bleak, stylized, tense, epic, serious ...
Plot: samurai, master warrior, martial arts, psychopath, nihilism, vengeance, crimes, deadly, rivalry, uninhibited rivalry, sword fight, opponent ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
When the Last Sword is Drawn (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 104 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, serious, realistic, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: samurai, heroes, life is a bitch, tragic hero, human spirit, political unrest, hopes, society, state affairs, unfulfillment, changing lives, emperor ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 6.3
 131K
47 Ronin (2013)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA, UK, Japan, Hungary
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Based on the original 1941 movie from Japan, and from ancient Japan’s most enduring tale, the epic 3D fantasy-adventure 47 Ronin is born. Keanu Reeves leads the cast as Kai, an outcast who joins Oishi (Hiroyuki Sanada), the leader of the 47 ...
Style: serious, epic, exciting, stylized, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, battles, chosen one, master warrior, revenge, heroes, ronin, shogun, impossible love, half breed, suicide, samurai sword ...
Time: 18th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
The House Where Evil Dwells (1982)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 88 min.
Story: At the prompting of his diplomat friend, Alex, writer Ted Fletcher takes his wife, Laura, and daughter, Amy, on an extended working holiday. Alex finds a house for them in Kyoto, Japan, and the Fletchers move in, laughing off rumors that the place ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, scary
Plot: ghost, haunted house, samurai, murder, possession, adultery, witch, love affair, gory, sex, affair, duel ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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: bleak, gloomy, serious, realistic, rough ...
Plot: samurai, sword fight, assassination, lone wolves, tragic hero, redemption, ambition, deadly, hopes, state affairs, ruler, scheming ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
J-Horror Theater Vol. 5 (2007)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Japan, 250 years ago. Soetsu is a moneylender who is killed by the cruel samurai Shinzaemon. His body is dumped in the Kasenega-Fuchi river. According to legend, all who drown in the river will never surface again. 20 Years later, Shinkichi, the ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, scary, tense
Plot: samurai, supernatural, ghost, murder, danger, supernatural ability, dealing with death, vengeance, curses spells and rituals, destiny, reincarnation, showbiz ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: feudal japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
Izo: The World Can Never Be Changed (2004)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Izo is an assassin in the service of a Tosa lord and Imperial supporter. After killing dozens of the Shogun's men, Izo is captured and crucified. Instead of being extinguished, his rage propels him through the space-time continuum to ...
Style: rough, serious, stylized, suspenseful, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, symbolism, violence, murder, sex, massacre, assassin, sword, afterlife, master warrior, gory, martial arts ...
Time: contemporary
Place: asia, tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Big Monster War (1968)
Genre: Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 79 min.
Story: When a Babylonian vampire comes to old Japan, an army of Japanese demons and ghosts gather and battle him.
Style: suspenseful, serious, scary
Plot: vampire, ghost, samurai, gory, village, danger, rivalry, supernatural, battles, deadly, imaginary, umbrella ...
Time: ancient history
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Woman in Black (2012)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: UK, Canada, Sweden
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The story follows a young lawyer, Arthur Kipps, who is ordered to travel to a remote village and sort out a recently deceased client’s papers. As he works alone in the client’s isolated house, Kipps begins to uncover tragic secrets, his unease ...
Style: gothic, atmospheric, scary, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: ghost, estate, haunted house, supernatural, lawyer, isolation, curses spells and rituals, revenge, afterlife, vengeance, gothic horror, dead child ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1910s
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Rurouni Kenshin: 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, realistic, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, master warrior, samurai sword, heroes, one man army, good versus evil, state affairs, dojo, ronin, flashback, violence, katana
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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 7.6
 57K
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: epic, realistic, stylized, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: samurai, massacre, suicide, warrior, swords and armor, martial arts, violence, assassination, assassin, mission, seppuku, samurai sword ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
After the Rain (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan, France
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A group of travelers is stranded in a small country inn when the river floods during heavy rains. As the bad weather continues, tensions rise amongst the travelers trapped at the inn. Ihei Misawa is a ronin, a samurai without a master, whose skills ...
Style: stylized, serious, atmospheric, captivating
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, ronin, master warrior, gory, lone wolves, heroes, social misfits, redemption, hopes, misfit, humble, social awkwardness ...
Time: 18th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 8.2
 25K
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, realistic, exciting, tense ...
Plot: samurai, sword fight, corruption, small town, rescue, duel, anti heroes, betrayal, lone wolves, blood, temple, master warrior ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The Stranger from Afar (2004)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A fear-obsessed freelance cameraman investigates an urban legend involving mysterious spirits that haunt the subways of Tokyo.
Style: serious, atmospheric, suspenseful, scary, disturbing ...
Plot: supernatural, murder, psychopath, gory, ghost, serial killer, surrealism, investigation, mind game, mystery, obsession, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary
Place: asia, tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 8.3
 92K
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, bodyguard, ronin, revolver, mercenary, duel, torture, escape, anti heroes ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, 18th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (1990)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: A collection of magical tales based upon the actual dreams of director Akira Kurosawa.
Style: atmospheric, surreal, serious, talky, captivating ...
Plot: legends and myths, nuclear power plant, apocalypse, artist, dreams, tunnel, painting, danger, hopes, child, volcano, chaos ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: japan, asia, mount fuji, pacific ocean, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.5
 4K
Viy (1967)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Soviet Union
Duration: 77 min.
Story: A young priest is ordered to preside over the wake of a witch in the church of a remote village. This means spending three nights alone with the corpse with only his faith to protect him.
Style: scary, suspenseful, serious, stylized, bleak
Plot: supernatural, curses spells and rituals, good versus evil, supernatural ability, danger, witch, church, clergy, evil dead, escapades, wizards and magicians, supernatural power ...
Place: ukraine, russia, kiev ukraine
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 6.5
 116K
Crimson Peak (2015)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds… and ...
Style: gothic, atmospheric, suspenseful, scary, serious ...
Plot: haunted house, ghost, estate, supernatural, murder, greed, love, brother sister incest, brother sister relationship, husband wife relationship, supernatural ability, incest ...
Time: 19th century, victorian
Place: england, europe, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Blind Swordsman: 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, stylized, atmospheric, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, master warrior, violence, revenge, blood, heroes, village, geisha, sword, gory, good versus evil ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Zatoichi at Large (1972)
Genre: Drama, Action, Adventure
Country: Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Blind masseur and master swordsman Zatoichi finds a robbed and fatally wounded pregnant woman, whose baby he delivers before she dies. He takes the baby in search of its father and finds the child's aunt, who is about to be forced into ...
Style: semi serious, atmospheric
Plot: samurai, martial arts, sword, lone wolves, adventure, gory, track down, escapades, heroes, rivalry, babies and infants, gangsters ...
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Ju-On: The Grudge 2 (2003)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 92 min.
Story: While driving, the pregnant horror-movie actress Kyôko Harase and her fiancé are in a car crash caused by the Toshio's friend. Kyôko loses her baby and her fiancé winds up in a coma. Kyôko was cursed together with a television crew when ...
Style: asian horror, suspenseful, serious, scary, atmospheric ...
Plot: ghost, haunted house, traffic accident, pregnancy, curses spells and rituals, curse, abandoned house, spirit, vengeful ghost, danger, deadly, supernatural ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Devil's Backbone (2001)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: Spain, Mexico
Duration: 106 min.
Story: After losing his father, 10-year-old Carlos arrives at the Santa Lucia School, which shelters orphans of the Republican militia and politicians, and is taken in by the steely headmistress, Carmen, and the kindly professor, Casares. Soon after his ...
Style: atmospheric, scary, suspenseful, tense, serious ...
Plot: supernatural, ghost, orphan, bully, spanish civil war, danger, revenge, murder, boarding school life, orphanage, fear, bomb ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 40s
Place: spain, europe, portugal
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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