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: anthology, atmospheric, bleak, scary, serious, suspenseful, macabre, tense, disturbing, meditative ...
Plot: samurai, ghost, monk, spirit, supernatural, heroes, escapades, secret identity, materialism, betrayal, husband wife relationship, painting, father son relationship, governor, snow, tea, promise, visceral, life & death, tragedy, greed, brutality, sword fight, gory, self discovery ...
Time: 19th century, 17th century, middle ages, 1900s, year 1900, 12th century, 20th century ...
Place: japan, asia, kyoto japan, tokyo

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Most similar movies to Kwaidan

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, suspenseful, atmospheric and stylized films with plots about danger, death, supernatural, brutality, storytelling, vengeance and violence mostly in Drama, Horror and Fantasy genres. Some movies like Kwaidan: Devil Woman (1964), Harakiri (1962), The Shining (1980), Akira Kurosawa's Dreams (1990), The Witch (2015). 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, scary, serious ...
Plot: samurai, murder, survival, demon, human nature, swamp, deserter, vengeance, escapades, ghost, heroes, crimes ...
Time: 14th century, middle ages
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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100%
 8.6
 48K
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, japanese culture ...
Time: 17th century
Place: asia, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.4
 936K
The Shining (1980)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 146 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, bleak, suspense ...
Plot: isolation, insanity, supernatural, evil, ghost, danger, stephen king, hotel, nervous breakdown, psychic, psychopath, trapped ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s, 1920s
Place: colorado, usa, denver colorado, oregon, miami ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, contemplative, serious, captivating ...
Plot: tunnel, painting, apocalypse, contamination, rain, legends and myths, artist, life & death, wise man, nuclear holocaust, nuclear, chaos ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: japan, mount fuji, asia, pacific ocean, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 6.9
 221K
The Witch (2015)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: Canada, USA, UK
Duration: 92 min.
Story: In 1630s New England, William and Katherine lead a devout Christian life with five children, homesteading on the edge of an impassable wilderness, exiled from their settlement when William defies the local church. When their newborn son vanishes and ...
Style: dark, scary, atmospheric, suspenseful, gothic ...
Plot: witch, supernatural, witchcraft, wilderness, curses spells and rituals, family relations, parents and children, family in danger, imaginary, religion, black magic, guilt ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: new england, usa, new hampshire
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: suspenseful, bleak, atmospheric, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: ghost, murder, samurai, vengeance, curse, supernatural, deadly, danger, black cat, battles, trap, battle ...
Time: middle ages
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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, injustice, family relations, rebelliousness, master warrior, kidnapping, ruler, heroes, fighting the system, parents and children, revenge ...
Time: 18th century, 70s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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, serious ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, psychopath, nihilism, master warrior, vengeance, uninhibited rivalry, graphic violence, atrocity, opponent, rivalry, deadly ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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 6.2
 8K
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: psychological, suspenseful, scary, atmospheric, stylized ...
Audience: teens
Plot: obsession, small town, supernatural, curse, mystery, deadly, danger, curses spells and rituals, insanity, transformation, survival horror, vortex ...
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.1
 5K
Marebito (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: psychological, disturbing, atmospheric, suspenseful, scary ...
Plot: supernatural, psychopath, murder, obsession, vampire, investigation, mystery, deadly, danger, gory, haunted by the past, ghost ...
Time: contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 7.1
 11K
Black Sabbath (1963)
Genre: Horror
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Three short tales of supernatural horror. In “The Telephone,” a woman is plagued by threatening phone calls. In "The Wurdalak,” a family is preyed upon by vampiric monsters. In “The Drop of Water,” a deceased medium wreaks havoc on ...
Style: scary, serious, atmospheric, gothic, suspenseful ...
Plot: murder, ghost, vampire, family in danger, woman in danger, destiny, supernatural, afterlife, vengeance, good versus evil, strangulation, nurse ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: russia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.3
 153K
47 Ronin (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA, UK, Japan, Hungary
Duration: 128 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: stylized, epic, exciting, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, shogun, martial arts, battles, adventure, ronin, master warrior, exile, heroes, rivalry, chosen one, samurai sword ...
Time: 18th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 6.5
 137K
Crimson Peak (2015)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA, Mexico
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, gothic horror, dark fantasy, twist ending ...
Plot: ghost, haunted house, murder, psychopath, supernatural, incest, estate, supernatural romance, female protagonist, ghosts, brother sister incest, old mansion ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, victorian, 1890s, 1800s
Place: england, europe, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
The House Where Evil Dwells (1982)
Genre: Horror
Country: Japan, USA
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: suspenseful, scary, bleak, suspense, serious ...
Plot: ghost, haunted house, murder, samurai, love affair, adultery, family in danger, family problems, afterlife, infidelity, curse, evil spirit ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s
Place: japan, asia, kyoto japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
 5.7
 11K
The Keep (1983)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Nazis take over an ancient fortress that contains a mysterious entity that wreaks havoc and death upon them.
Style: atmospheric, scary, suspenseful, tense, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, world war two, demon, ss, mountain, village, national socialism, heroes, danger, cave, laser, palaces castles and temples ...
Time: year 1941, 80s
Place: germany, romania, berlin germany, greece, black sea ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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: stylized, atmospheric, bleak, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, supernatural, good versus evil, heroes, master warrior, undead, deal with the devil, strong violent content, escapades, deadly, master villain ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
Time of the Wolf (2003)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: France, Austria, Germany
Duration: 114 min.
Story: When Anna and her family arrive at their holiday home, they find it occupied by strangers. This confrontation is just the beginning of a painful learning process.
Style: bleak, disturbing, suspenseful, psychological, atmospheric ...
Plot: apocalypse, countryside, survival, chaos, danger, human nature, catastrophe, society, hopes, life is a bitch, social differences, family problems ...
Time: contemporary
Place: tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 7.2
 76K
Audition (1999)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: Japan
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Seven years after the death of his wife, company executive Aoyama is invited to sit in on auditions for an actress. Leafing through the resumés in advance, his eye is caught by Yamazaki Asami, a striking young woman with ballet training.
Style: scary, disturbing, tense, suspenseful, twists and turns ...
Plot: femme fatale, sadism, torture, psychopath, murder, ballet, mentally unstable, sadistic horror, gory, violence, perversion, obsession ...
Time: 90s, 20th century, 1990s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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 6.7
 31K
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, splatter ...
Plot: ghost, missing child, supernatural, mystery, haunted by the past, flooding, custody, parents and children, losing-it hero, danger, family problems, single parent ...
Time: contemporary, 2000s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: West Germany, France
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Ghoulish Count Dracula lures a naive estate agent, Jonathan Harker, to his decaying Transylvanian castle with the promise of easy money. But when he spies a portrait of the man's beautiful young wife Lucy, the vampire becomes obsessed and sets ...
Style: gothic, bleak, scary, atmospheric, enigmatic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: vampire, immortality, blood, small town, surrealism, deadly, supernatural, danger, hidden identity, deadly creature, plague, introspection ...
Time: 19th century, 20th century, 70s, 1920s
Place: romania, transylvania, bulgaria, europe, black sea ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 6.3
 1K
Rampo Noir (2005)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Mars Canal - Within absolute silence, a naked man wanders through a dark and depressing landscape recalling the excruciating details of his last encounter with his former lover. Mirror Hell - When a series of women are discovered with their faces ...
Style: anthology, serious, suspenseful, psychedelic, avant garde ...
Plot: fascism, obsession, supernatural, split personality, mental illness, deadly, danger, crimes, mysterious character, gory, gore, dangerous attraction ...
Time: 20th century
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ 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: twist ending, tense, suspenseful, atmospheric, suspense ...
Plot: child abuse, orphan, orphanage, ghost, spanish civil war, republican, boarding school life, danger, gold, disappearance, boarding school, supernatural ...
Time: 1930s, 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: spain, europe, andalusia, portugal, catalonia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 5.8
 6K
Audrey Rose (1977)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: A man is convinced that a young girl is the reincarnation of his own daughter Audrey Rose, who died in a fiery car accident, along with his wife, two minutes before the girl was born.
Style: psychological, scary, serious, tense, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens
Plot: afterlife, family relations, betrayal, obsession, nightmare, stranger, supernatural, reincarnation, love and romance, couple relations, loss of daughter, hypnosis ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
Place: india, new york, asia, usa, manhattan new york city
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Movie in collections
 7.1
 44K
Thirst (2009)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Romance
Country: South Korea, USA
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Sang-hyun (Song Kang-ho), a respected priest, volunteers for an experimental procedure that may lead to a cure for a deadly virus. He gets infected and dies, but a blood transfusion of unknown origin brings him back to life as a vampire. Now, ...
Style: scary, atmospheric, suspenseful, bleak, dark ...
Plot: vampire, priest, experiment gone awry, murder, doctor, infidelity, blood transfusion, supernatural, deadly virus, transformation, danger, character change ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: korea, asia, south korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.7
 28K
The Eye (2002)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong, Singapore
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A blind girl gets a cornea transplant so that she would be able to see again. However, she got more than what she bargained for when she realised she could even see ghosts. And some of these ghosts are down right unfriendly. So she embarks on a ...
Style: scary, tense, suspenseful, atmospheric, suspense ...
Plot: ghost, able to see the dead, woman in danger, transplant, hospital, supernatural ability, blind girl, blindness, afterlife, hanging, disfigurement, surgery ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: thailand, asia, hong kong, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 6.2
 66K
Krampus (2015)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: A horror comedy based on the ancient legend about a pagan creature who punishes children on Christmas.
Style: scary, dark fantasy, semi serious, suspenseful, psychotronic ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, christmas, legends and myths, demon, dark humor, danger, beast, monster, child in peril, creature, blizzard, power outage ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2010s
Place: usa, normandy, florida, alaska, hawaii ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Onmyoji: The Yin Yang Master (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 112 min.
Story: During a dark time in the Heian period, when evil forces threaten the kingdom, the emperor relies on the Onmyoji to keep the supernatural forces in line. But as political events become highly charged, friction within the order leads to betrayal. ...
Style: exciting, atmospheric, suspenseful, epic, offbeat ...
Plot: destiny, supernatural, danger, ghost, heroic mission, adventure, escapades, dishonesty, betrayal, battles, intrigue, legends and myths ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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, curses spells and rituals, reincarnation, danger, supernatural ability, deadly, rivalry, grudge, destiny ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 5.5
 34K
The Innkeepers (2011)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: During the final days at the Yankee Pedlar Inn, two employees determined to reveal the hotel's haunted past begin to experience disturbing events as old guests check in for a stay.
Style: suspenseful, scary, atmospheric, tense, serious ...
Audience: teens
Plot: supernatural, hotel, ghost, paranormal activity, workplace, whispering, amateur detective, survival, workplace situations, danger, partners, escapades ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: new england, usa, connecticut
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 6.3
 8K
Ghost Story (1981)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Four successful elderly gentlemen, members of the Chowder Society, share a gruesome, 50-year old secret. When one of Edward Wanderley's twin sons dies in a bizarre accident, the group begins to see a pattern of frightening events developing.
Style: scary, psychological, serious, exciting, suspenseful ...
Plot: ghost, small town, supernatural, ghost story, vengeance, friendship, haunted by the past, death, murder, father son relationship, secret, haunted house ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1930s
Place: new england, usa, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%