Movies like Kwaidan

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Kwaidan (1964)
 8.0
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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: stylized, atmospheric, bleak, scary, gloomy, serious, suspenseful, meditative, talky, melancholic ...
Plot: samurai, ghost, monk, storm, painting, snow, spirit, promise, tea, anthology, supernatural, heroes, tombs and skeletons, blind character, escapades, secret identity, materialism, storytelling, blindness, betrayal, love, vampire, horse, demon, village ...
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 death, storytelling, supernatural, brutality, vengeance, danger and blood mostly in Drama, Horror and Fantasy genres. Some movies like Kwaidan: The Black Cat (1968), Devil Woman (1964), Samurai Rebellion (1967), Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (1990), Enter the Void (2009). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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: gloomy, twists and turns, suspenseful, bleak, atmospheric ...
Plot: ghost, samurai, murder, vengeance, revenge, black cat, master warrior, escapades, danger, assassination, supernatural, rivalry ...
Time: middle ages
Place: japan, asia
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95%
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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, scary, serious ...
Plot: samurai, murder, survival, swamp, human nature, demon, vengeance, women, deadly, crimes, escapades, dangerous attraction ...
Time: 14th century, middle ages
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
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, talky, stylized, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: samurai, rebellion, ruler, injustice, rebelliousness, society, parents and children, master warrior, life is a bitch, family relations, fighting the system, heroes ...
Time: 18th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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, captivating, mind bending ...
Plot: painting, apocalypse, tunnel, legends and myths, artist, hopes, vestiges of humanity, objects come to life, rainy, wise man, chaos, nuclear ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: japan, asia, mount fuji, pacific ocean, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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Enter the Void (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: France, Germany, Italy, Canada, Japan
Duration: 161 min.
Story: This psychedelic tour of life after death is seen entirely from the point of view of Oscar (Nathaniel Brown), a young American drug dealer and addict living in Tokyo with his prostitute sister, Linda (Paz de la Huerta). When Oscar is killed by ...
Style: psychedelic, atmospheric, touching, serious, light ...
Plot: afterlife, surrealism, incest, stripper, strip club, hallucination, prostitute, drug trip, ghost, deadly, dealing with death, imaginary ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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, scary, atmospheric, suspenseful, suspense ...
Plot: ghost, haunted house, estate, gothic horror, isolation, supernatural, lawyer, curses spells and rituals, revenge, village, loss of son, tragic event ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1910s
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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, realistic, serious ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, nihilism, psychopath, master warrior, vengeance, rivalry, crimes, uninhibited rivalry, deadly, opponent, atrocity ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 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, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, suicide, revenge, poverty, seppuku, ronin, vengeance, down on your luck, life is a bitch, in-laws, hypocrisy, heroes ...
Time: 17th century
Place: asia, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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 6.2
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Spiral (2000)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In a small town in Japan, Kirie comes upon her boyfriend's father silently videotaping a snail. Later, the mans obsession with spirals becomes more and more bizarre, ending in his suicide in a washing machine which turn his body into a spiral. ...
Style: scary, atmospheric, stylized, suspenseful, offbeat ...
Audience: teens
Plot: obsession, small town, supernatural, death, school, woman in danger, danger, psychopath, journalism, destiny, mystery, curses spells and rituals ...
Place: medical school, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
 6.8
 240K
1408 (2007)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A man who specializes in debunking paranormal occurrences checks into the fabled room 1408 in the Dolphin Hotel. Soon after settling in, he confronts genuine terror.
Style: scary, psychological, suspenseful, suspense, twists and turns ...
Plot: haunted house, isolation, fear, ghost, survival, hotel, insanity, paranormal activity, trapped, paranoia, evil, supernatural ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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: exciting, stylized, atmospheric, bleak, serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: samurai, good versus evil, afterlife, martial arts, supernatural, undead, danger, vengeance, violence spree, master villain, escapades, master warrior ...
Time: 17th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.3
 134K
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: exciting, serious, stylized, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, battles, heroes, ronin, revenge, chosen one, master warrior, exile, martial arts, samurai sword, danger, vengeance ...
Time: 18th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 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, samurai, insanity, revenge, chaos, funeral, murder, rivalry, throne, arranged marriage ...
Time: 16th century, middle ages
Place: japan, feudal japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 6.5
 30K
Tideland (2005)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: UK, Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Because of the actions of her irresponsible parents, a young girl is left alone on a decrepit country estate and survives inside her fantastic imagination.
Style: atmospheric, surreal, disturbing, psychological, bleak ...
Plot: isolation, heroin, imagination, drug abuse, orphan, fear, sex, explosion, imaginary, addiction, figment, mentally challenged ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: usa, texas, denmark
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The Company of Wolves (1984)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: UK
Duration: 95 min.
Story: An adaptation of Angela Carter's fairy tales. Young Rosaleen dreams of a village in the dark woods, where Granny tells her cautionary tales in which innocent maidens are tempted by wolves who are hairy on the inside. As Rosaleen grows into ...
Style: fairy tale, gothic, surreal, stylized, atmospheric ...
Plot: werewolf, beast, coming of age, supernatural, escapades, legends and myths, curses spells and rituals, dangerous attraction, imaginary, deadly creature, youth, stalking ...
Time: 18th century, 1700s
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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: tense, atmospheric, suspenseful, serious, scary ...
Plot: supernatural, bully, ghost, orphan, child abuse, spanish civil war, revenge, murder, drowning, gold, radio, teacher ...
Time: 1930s, 40s, 20th century
Place: spain, europe, portugal
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 7.5
 5K
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, witch, danger, church, supernatural ability, escapades, evil dead, clergy, priest, supernatural power ...
Place: russia, ukraine, kiev ukraine
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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, murder, samurai, haunted house, love affair, adultery, witch, possession, deadly, gory, family problems, infidelity ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Dracula Untold (2014)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Horror, War
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Duration: 92 min.
Story: Vlad Tepes is a great hero, but when he learns the Sultan is preparing for battle and needs to form an army of 1,000 boys, including Vlad's son, he vows to find a way to protect his family. Vlad turns to dark forces in order to get the power to ...
Style: scary, gothic, exciting, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
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Time: 15th century, 19th century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Queen of the Damned (2002)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA, Australia
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Lestat de Lioncourt is awakened from his slumber. Bored with his existence, he has now become this generation's new Rock God. While in the course of time, another has arisen, Akasha, the Queen of the Vampires and the Dammed. He wants immortal ...
Style: gothic, sexy, suspenseful, atmospheric, bleak ...
Audience: teens
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Time: 2000s, 18th century, 1780s
Place: california, england, usa, europe, egypt ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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: stylized, emotional, atmospheric, serious, bleak ...
Plot: samurai, life is a bitch, loss of daughter, society, vengeance, rivalry, heroes, loss of son, down on your luck, in-laws, katana, one against many ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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, tense, scary
Plot: samurai, ghost, supernatural, murder, danger, showbiz, grudge, rivalry, destiny, vengeance, reincarnation, heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: feudal japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 6.7
 28K
Dark Water (2002)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A woman in the midst of an unpleasant divorce moves to an eerie apartment building with her young daughter. The ceiling of their apartment has a dark and active leak.
Style: atmospheric, psychological, scary, suspenseful, gloomy ...
Plot: ghost, missing child, drowning, child custody, water, supernatural, mystery, family problems, family relations, haunted by the past, custody, siblings relations ...
Time: contemporary
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⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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The Shining (1980)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 144 min.
Story: Jack Torrance accepts a caretaker job at the Overlook Hotel, where he, along with his wife Wendy and their son Danny, must live isolated from the rest of the world for the winter. But they aren't prepared for the madness that lurks within.
Style: psychological, atmospheric, scary, surreal, bleak ...
Plot: isolation, supernatural, insanity, danger, evil, hotel, ghost, psychic, trapped, nervous breakdown, losing-it hero, family in danger ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: colorado, usa, oregon, denver colorado, montana
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 6.5
 120K
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, suspenseful, atmospheric, twist ending, scary ...
Plot: haunted house, ghost, estate, supernatural, murder, greed, incest, supernatural romance, love, dark fantasy, ghosts, betrayal ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 1890s, 1800s, victorian era
Place: england, usa, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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, village, danger, supernatural, imaginary, deadly, rivalry, battles, gory, demon ...
Time: ancient history
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
 7.7
 9K
After Life (1998)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 118 min.
Story: After death, people have just one week to choose only a memory to keep for eternity.
Style: surreal, touching, stylized, psychological, offbeat ...
Plot: afterlife, memory, old man, eternity, disneyland, bell, heaven, teenage girl, airplane, cloud, destiny, supernatural ...
Time: 20th century
Place: kindergarten, tokyo, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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: exciting, stylized, serious, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: contemporary
Place: asia, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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: scary, disturbing, psychological, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: supernatural, psychopath, murder, gory, deadly, serial killer, haunted by the past, vampire, investigation, slasher, mind game, grudge ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.6
 4K
Maborosi (1995)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A young woman's husband apparently commits suicide without warning or reason, leaving behind his wife and infant. Yumiko remarries and moves from Osaka to a small fishing village, yet continues to search for meaning in a lonely world.
Style: atmospheric, psychological, realistic, serious, reflective ...
Plot: suicide, village, arranged marriage, self discovery, museum, hopes, babies and infants, crimes, dealing with death, village life, couple relations, love and romance ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, asia, europe, italy, venice ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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