Movies like Kwaidan

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Kwaidan (1964)
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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, snow, spirit, promise, anthology, tea, supernatural, monk, painting, storm, heroes, secret identity, escapades, storytelling, materialism, tombs and skeletons, blind character, blindness, betrayal, love, demon, suicide, monastery, insanity ...
Time: 17th century, 19th century, middle ages, 1900s, 12th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo

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Most similar movies to Kwaidan

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, atmospheric, stylized and suspenseful films with plots about death, storytelling, vengeance, brutality, supernatural, runaway and loneliness mostly in Drama, Horror and Fantasy genres. Some movies like Kwaidan: Devil Woman (1964), The Black Cat (1968), Samurai Rebellion (1967), Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (1990), The Sword of Doom (1966). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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, serious, scary ...
Plot: murder, samurai, survival, demon, vengeance, human nature, women, swamp, deserter, war, jealousy, danger ...
Time: middle ages, 14th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
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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: serious, atmospheric, twists and turns, 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 ⇓
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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 ⇓
64%
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: apocalypse, legends and myths, artist, tunnel, painting, hopes, volcano, child, chaos, dreams, surrealism, wise man ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: japan, asia, pacific ocean, mount fuji, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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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 ⇓
57%
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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 ⇓
57%
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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, serious, touching, cerebral ...
Plot: afterlife, surrealism, incest, strip club, hallucination, prostitute, drug trip, stripper, ghost, siblings relations, unsimulated sex, drug dealing ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, future
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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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: atmospheric, scary, suspenseful, serious, stylized ...
Audience: teens
Plot: obsession, small town, death, school, supernatural ability, supernatural, laundromat, village, small town life, mystery, woman in danger, psychopath ...
Place: medical school, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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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, estate, haunted house, isolation, gothic horror, supernatural, lawyer, curses spells and rituals, revenge, dead child, secret, village ...
Time: 1900s, 20th century, 1910s
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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: suspenseful, serious, exciting, atmospheric, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: samurai, martial arts, undead, afterlife, supernatural, good versus evil, adventure, master villain, master warrior, supernatural ability, vengeance, danger ...
Time: 17th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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: talky, bleak, serious, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: samurai, down on your luck, life is a bitch, vengeance, heroes, rivalry, society, loss of daughter, in-laws, loss of son, katana, seppuku ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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, suspenseful, tense, serious, scary ...
Plot: supernatural, ghost, orphan, bully, spanish civil war, revenge, murder, orphanage, dormitory, bomb, fear, explosion ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 40s
Place: spain, europe, portugal
⇓ 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, atmospheric, surreal, stylized ...
Plot: werewolf, coming of age, beast, dangerous animal, deadly creature, grandparent grandchild relationship, vampire, supernatural, dangerous attraction, legends and myths, danger, deadly ...
Time: 18th century, 1700s
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.3
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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 ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 6.8
 240K
1408 (2007)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
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41%
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Tideland (2005)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
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Style: atmospheric, surreal, psychological, disturbing, bleak ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Twilight Samurai (2002)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Japan
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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 ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.7
 28K
Dark Water (2002)
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Duration: 101 min.
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Style: atmospheric, suspenseful, scary, psychological, serious ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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39%
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39%
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37%
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37%
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37%
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37%
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36%
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36%
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Country: UK, USA
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⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
J-Horror Theater Vol. 5 (2007)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Romance
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Duration: 115 min.
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36%