Movies like Sword of the Beast

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Sword of the Beast (1965)
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Sword of the Beast (1965)
Original name: 獣の剣
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Legendary swordplay filmmaker Hideo Gosha’s Sword of the Beast chronicles the flight of the low-level swordsman Gennosuke, who kills one of his ministers as part of a reform plot. His former comrades then turn on him, and this betrayal so shakes his sense of honor that he decides to live in the wild, like an animal. There he joins up with a motley group who are illegally mining the shogun’s gold, and, with the aid of another swordsman, gets a chance not just at survival but to recover his name and honor.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, stylized, suspenseful, exciting
Plot: martial arts, gambling, ronin, shogun, vengeance, samurai, betrayal, reform, strangulation, gang, master warrior, uninhibited rivalry, righting the wronged, crimes, heroes, rivalry, on the run, vigilantism, innocence lost, tragic love, religions or cults, hitman, criminal heroes, danger, hopes ...
Time: 60s, 19th century
Place: japan, feudal japan

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Most similar movies to Sword of the Beast

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, suspenseful and exciting films with plots about samurai, martial arts, heroes, master warrior, crimes, rivalry and lone wolves mostly in Drama, Action and Adventure genres. Some movies like Sword of the Beast: The Sword of Doom (1966), Three Outlaw Samurai (1964), Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman (1989), Bandit vs. Samurai Squad (1978), Incident at Blood Island (1970). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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
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Three Outlaw Samurai (1964)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Shiba, a wandering ronin, encounters a band of peasants who have kidnapped the daughter of their dictatorial magistrate, in hopes of coercing from him a reduction in taxes. Shiba takes up their fight, joined by two renegades from the ...
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic
Plot: samurai, change of heart, bribery, kidnapping, shame, peasant, murder, ronin, katana, betrayal, abduction, crimes ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman (1989)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 116 min.
Story: This 26th film installment of the Zatoichi series sees Shintaro Katsu return to this classic role after a 10 year hiatus. The blind masseur Ichi gets caught between rival Yakuza clans.
Style: serious, rough, exciting, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, gory, master warrior, adventure, village, crime, swordsman, crimes, rivalry, gang, gangsters ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades (1972)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In the third film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, Ogami Itto volunteers to be tortured by Yakuza to save a prostitute and is hired by their leader to kill an evil chamberlain.
Style: talky, stylized, clever, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, blood, violence, gore, yakuza, sword fight, sword, kung fu, duel, decapitation, blood splatter ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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Bandit vs. Samurai Squad (1978)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 163 min.
Story: Kumokiri Nizaemon, a former samurai warrior, has abandoned his class to become the leader of a gang of thieves. He leads his outlaws in an attempt to rob the castle of his former clan.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, exciting ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, adventure, crimes, dishonesty, rivalry, criminal heroes, betrayal, vengeance, cons and scams, heist, religions or cults ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
70%
Incident at Blood Island (1970)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In the Edo period, a nameless ronin accepts an assignment to go to a mountain pass and wait. Near the pass he stops at an inn where a collection of characters gather, including a gang set on stealing shogunate gold that's soon to come over the ...
Style: serious, realistic
Plot: samurai, betrayal, martial arts, ronin, lone wolves, master warrior, katana sword, bandit, sword fight, ambush, samurai sword, heroes ...
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
Zatoichi and the Chess Expert (1965)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Zatoichi makes friends with a dangerous chess player, while fending off angry yakuza and bloodthirsty relatives out for revenge, and trying to save a sick child. Meanwhile, his luck with dice is turning.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, exciting, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, sword, chess, adventure, master warrior, martial arts, friendship, island, woman in danger, righting the wronged, danger, deadly ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Zatoichi the Fugitive (1963)
Genre: Drama, Adventure, Action
Country: Japan
Duration: 86 min.
Story: After arriving in the town of Shimonita, Ichi finds that a price has been put on his head by a local yakuza boss. He's drawn into a trap, but after hearing of the slaying of a former love, Ichi furiously fights his way through the entire clan ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, exciting, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, sword, katana, fugitives, adventure, village, gangsters, master warrior, vengeance, chases and races, crimes ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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Hunter in the Dark (1979)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Yataro Tanigawa, a one-eyed hired assassin, impresses yakuza boss Gomyo Kiyoemon with his skill. Gomyo hires Tanigawa as his bodyguard, or yojimbo, to protect him during an inter-clan conflict. Tanigawa quickly rises in stature in the clan, but ...
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting ...
Plot: gangsters, martial arts, master warrior, adventure, samurai, crimes, rivalry, betrayal, fighting crime, heist, revolution, religions or cults ...
Time: 17th century, 18th century
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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Kill! (1968)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 115 min.
Story: In this pitch-black action comedy by Kihachi Okamoto, a pair of down-on-their-luck swordsmen arrive in a dusty, windblown town, where they become involved in a local clan dispute. One, previously a farmer, longs to become a noble samurai. The other, ...
Style: dark humor, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, ronin, betrayal, anti heroes, small town, gang, lone wolves, master warrior, vengeance, heroic mission, righting the wronged ...
Time: 60s, 1830s
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
Zatoichi Goes to the Fire Festival (1970)
Genre: Drama, Adventure, Action
Country: Japan
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Zatoichi is mentored by the blind leader of a secret organization as he contends with both the Yakuza and a jealous husband.
Style: serious, exciting, atmospheric, suspenseful
Plot: samurai, martial arts, katana, ronin, master warrior, one man army, adventure, good versus evil, heroes, rivalry, gangsters, lone wolves ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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Goyokin (1969)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A guilt-haunted samurai warrior attempts to stop a massacre taking place.
Style: serious, bleak, stylized, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: samurai, lone wolves, martial arts, save the day, uninhibited rivalry, redemption, haunted by the past, crimes, danger, deadly, heroes, rivalry ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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Samurai Spy (1965)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Years of warfare end in a Japan unified under the Tokugawa shogunate, and samurai spy Sasuke Sarutobi, tired of conflict, longs for peace. When a high-ranking spy named Tatewaki Koriyama defects from the shogun to a rival clan, however, the world of ...
Style: stylized, serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting
Plot: samurai, espionage, adventure, uninhibited rivalry, heroic mission, crimes, danger, war, heroes, rivalry, gang, lone wolves ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
The Challenge (1982)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 113 min.
Story: Rick, a down-and-out American boxer, is hired to transport a sword to Japan, unaware that the whole thing is a set up in a bitter blood-feud between two brothers, one who follows the traditional path of the samurai and the other a businessman. At ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, sword fight, aikido, adventure, gang, gangsters, master warrior, samurai sword, track down, vengeance, vigilantism ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: japan, asia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
Zatoichi's Conspiracy (1973)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Zatoichi, the famed blind swordsman, returns to his home village for the first time in many years. He is befriended by Omiyo, who had the same wet-nurse as Zatoichi. He also encounters a boyhood friend, Shinbei, who now is wealthy and appears not to ...
Style: rough, serious, exciting, realistic, stylized ...
Plot: martial arts, adventure, gangsters, village, master warrior, conspiracy, swordsman, corruption, samurai, moral dilemma, homecoming, crimes ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
New Tale of Zatoichi (1963)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Wishing to find peace, Zatoichi travels to his old village but only finds trouble when he ends up in a love triangle and finds old scores have followed him home.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, exciting, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, murder, kidnapping, gangsters, adventure, master warrior, village, vengeance, confined, crimes, deadly ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
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49%
Ninja, a Band of Assassins (1962)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 104 min.
Story: [Period covered: 1575-1681] Fist film in the Shinobi series starring Raizo Ichikawa. Warlord Oda Nobunaga seeks to unite a fractured Japan, a young man trained in the arts of ninjitsu is manipulated by a ninja master into attempting to assassinate ...
Style: serious, rough, suspenseful, exciting
Plot: samurai, assassination, adventure, master warrior, martial arts, crimes, danger, deadly, heroes, rivalry, gang, prostitute ...
Time: 60s
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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Ichi (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Ichi is a blind entertainer that travels the countryside with her traditional Japanese guitar and walking stick. She’s in search for the kind man that brought her up as a child, but because of her beauty she encounters problems every step of the ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, epic, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, samurai, village, gory, good versus evil, danger, heroes, rivalry, gang, vengeance, crimes, deadly ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Challenge of the Masters (1976)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The Wong family kung fu school gets smacked around by a rival school. Wong Fei-hong gets fed up with the abuse and goes to learn from his fathers master. After one of the rival schools members kills some of the towns people Wong Fei-hong becomes ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kung fu, school, master warrior, one man army, track down, vengeance, vigilantism, murder, righting the wronged, tough heroes, crimes ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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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 ⇓
44%
Zatoichi's Vengeance (1966)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Zatoichi comes upon a dying man who asks him to give a bag of money to "Taichi". Zatoichi has no idea who this is but when he comes upon a small town harassed by gangsters, he finds that "Taichi" was the man's young son. ...
Style: rough, serious, exciting, realistic, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, adventure, martial arts, gangsters, village, master warrior, introspection, moral dilemma, friendship, crimes, heroes, friends ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
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44%
Zatoichi's Flashing Sword (1964)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Blind masseur Zatoichi is nursed back to health by a young woman after he is shot by a gang member. Zatoichi, who had come to the village to repay a debt, now feels further indebted. He commits himself to use his amazing sword skills to help the ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, exciting, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, adventure, gangsters, martial arts, village, master warrior, family in danger, kidnapping, confined, crimes, danger, deadly ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Tale of Zatoichi (1962)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The adventures of a blind, gambling masseur and master swordsman. Zatoichi targets a yakuza-controlled village, because war with a neighbouring town's smaller gang is brewing.
Style: atmospheric, serious, captivating, realistic
Plot: samurai, martial arts, sword fight, ronin, lone wolves, master warrior, criminal, heroes, rivalry, gang, crimes, escapades ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Zatoichi and the Fugitives (1968)
Genre: Drama, Action, Adventure
Country: Japan
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Zatoichi runs afoul of some evil fugitives, working for a corrupt law official.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, exciting, stylized ...
Plot: katana, snake, martial arts, fugitives, adventure, gangsters, village, master warrior, samurai, rescue, kidnapping, confined ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Zatoichi's Spurting Blood Road (1967)
Genre: Drama, Adventure, Action
Country: Japan
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Ichi is staying at an inn when a woman dies. Her dying wish is that Ichi take her son to his father, an artist living in a nearby town. After arriving in the town, Ichi finds out that the father has been forced by a local boss to create illegal ...
Style: serious, rough, exciting, realistic, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, katana, sword, gangsters, adventure, martial arts, hostages, village, master warrior, getting home, working undercover, confined ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
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43%
Zatoichi and the Doomed Man (1965)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Blind swordsman Zatoichi, jailed briefly, is implored by another prisoner to aid him in proving his innocence of a crime for which he is sentenced to death. Zatoichi is reluctant to get involved, because he knows how often such involvement has led ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, exciting, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, village, corruption, master warrior, adventure, martial arts, wrongfully committed, righting the wronged, dishonesty, heroes, hopes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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Lady Snowblood (1973)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Yuki's family is nearly wiped out before she is born due to the machinations of a band of criminals. These criminals kidnap and brutalize her mother but leave her alive. Later her mother ends up in prison with only revenge to keep her alive. ...
Style: stylized, suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: revenge, vengeance, murder, assassination, samurai, martial arts, gory, good versus evil, female killer, hanging, vigilantism, master warrior ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1890s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman's Pilgrimage (1966)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Our hero Zatoichi sails to one of the distant islands to begin a pilgrimage to a total of 88 Shinto shrines.
Style: rough, serious, realistic, exciting, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, village, martial arts, master warrior, adventure, island, introspection, self discovery, fall in love, destiny, heroes, hopes ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
Adventures of Zatoichi (1964)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Blind swordsman/masseuse Zatoichi befriends a young woman looking for her father, a village leader who has disappeared. As he helps her investigate the disappearance, Zatoichi also becomes involved with another young woman who is trying to help her ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, exciting, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, village, new year's eve, sword, gangsters, adventure, martial arts, master warrior, missing person, crimes, deadly, dishonesty ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
The Blind Swordsman Samaritan (1968)
Genre: Drama, Action, Adventure
Country: Japan
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Zatoichi is forced to kill a young man who owes a debt to a yakuza boss. Moments later, his sister Osode arrives with the money she earned (prostituting herself) to pay his debts. The bosses true motives are revealed and he attempts to steal Osode ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, stylized, suspenseful ...
Plot: yakuza, sword, martial arts, master warrior, adventure, village, samurai, redemption, woman in danger, injustice, righting the wronged, danger ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%