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: exciting, rough, serious, realistic, suspenseful, stylized
Plot: martial arts, samurai, vengeance, betrayal, strangulation, reform, gambling, ronin, shogun, crimes, beast, gang, hitman, heroes, tragic love, religions or cults, on the run, hopes, vigilantism, danger, master warrior, society, criminal heroes, rivalry, innocence lost ...
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 rough films with plots about samurai, heroes, crimes, martial arts, master warrior, rivalry and lone wolves mostly in Action, Drama and Adventure genres. Some movies like Sword of the Beast: The Sword of Doom (1966), Three Outlaw Samurai (1964), Bandit vs. Samurai Squad (1978), Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman (1989), 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, 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
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100%
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: realistic, rough, suspenseful, serious
Plot: change of heart, samurai, bribery, abduction, betrayal, kidnapping, murder, shame, ronin, peasant, katana, heroes ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
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: stylized, talky, rough, suspenseful, clever ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, blood, violence, drifter, duel, yakuza, villain, blood splatter, gore, martial artist, decapitation ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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: realistic, bleak, suspenseful, serious, rough ...
Plot: vengeance, rivalry, dishonesty, law enforcement, heroes, cons and scams, adventure, crimes, criminal heroes, heist, martial arts, samurai ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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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: realistic, tense, captivating, exciting, serious ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, adventure, crime, lone wolves, gory, heroes, deadly, gangsters, escapades, crimes, master warrior ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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, rivalry, master warrior, lone wolves, crimes, heroes, dishonesty, gang, bandit ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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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: realistic, dark humor, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, betrayal, ronin, rivalry, gang, righting the wronged, vengeance, small town, leadership, small town life, dishonesty ...
Time: 60s, 1830s
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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: captivating, exciting, serious, suspenseful, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, sword, katana, master warrior, gangsters, chases and races, contests and competitions, rivalry, village, lone wolves, escapades ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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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: serious, stylized, suspenseful, rough, captivating ...
Plot: samurai, chess, sword, martial arts, one man army, escapades, adventure, hopes, master warrior, lone wolves, self defense, rivalry ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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: captivating, exciting, serious, bleak, stylized ...
Plot: religions or cults, heist, martial arts, samurai, revolution, betrayal, rivalry, society, dishonesty, fighting crime, gangsters, adventure ...
Time: 18th century, 17th century
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 7.7
 2K
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: captivating, tense, rough, bleak, serious ...
Plot: samurai, vengeance, rivalry, escapades, uninhibited rivalry, crimes, master warrior, save the day, lone wolves, haunted by the past, deadly, heroes ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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: exciting, atmospheric, serious, suspenseful
Plot: samurai, martial arts, katana, ronin, lone wolves, adventure, crimes, imperialism, escapades, gangsters, master warrior, one man army ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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: serious, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, aikido, sword fight, against the odds, vengeance, supernatural ability, track down, heroes, vigilantism, redemption, heist ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: japan, asia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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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: exciting, serious, suspenseful, stylized, realistic
Plot: espionage, samurai, crimes, heroic mission, lone wolves, escapades, uninhibited rivalry, war, secret agents, gang, rivalry, assassination ...
Place: japan
⇓ 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, stylized, suspenseful, captivating ...
Plot: martial arts, lone wolves, gangsters, escapades, master warrior, crimes, hopes, one man army, adventure, homecoming, village, deadly ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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: serious, stylized, suspenseful, rough, captivating ...
Plot: samurai, kidnapping, martial arts, murder, adventure, love and romance, confined, master warrior, crimes, heroes, gangsters, fall in love ...
Time: 19th century
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: suspenseful, serious, atmospheric, stylized, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, samurai, female killer, gang, village, deadly, heroes, gory, opponent, humble, rivalry, escapades ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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: realistic, serious, stylized, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, kung fu, good versus evil, vengeance, one man army, vigilantism, best friends, crimes, contests and competitions, siblings relations, hopes, master warrior ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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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: bleak, atmospheric, realistic, suspenseful, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, mercenary, lone wolves, small town, betrayal, duel, torture, escape, revolver, bodyguard, ronin, stranger ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, 18th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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, suspenseful, rough, exciting
Plot: assassination, samurai, state affairs, adventure, crimes, religions or cults, battles, rivalry, danger, master warrior, escapades, deadly ...
Time: 60s
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo (1970)
Genre: Drama, Action, Adventure
Country: Japan
Duration: 79 min.
Story: With a price on his head, Ichi seeks tranquillity in a favorite village. Since his last visit, it has fallen prey to Boss Masagoro, the son of a merchant rumored to have stolen gold from the shogunate. The boss has hired Yojimbo as his hard-drinking ...
Style: semi serious, stylized, realistic
Plot: samurai, martial arts, village, spy, gold, sword fight, crime, escapades, lone wolves, parents and children, crimes, chases and races ...
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: captivating, realistic, atmospheric, serious
Plot: samurai, martial arts, sword fight, ronin, rivalry, gang war, drifter, bet, heroes, gang, crimes, escapades ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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: serious, stylized, suspenseful, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: katana, snake, master warrior, escapades, manipulations, adventure, confined, martial arts, one man army, danger, rescue, samurai ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
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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: captivating, exciting, rough, stylized, suspenseful ...
Plot: samurai, lone wolves, crimes, master warrior, adventure, gangsters, escapades, heroes, deadly, last wish, village, vengeance ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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: realistic, exciting, captivating, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: samurai, crimes, gangsters, lone wolves, martial arts, one man army, danger, family in danger, kidnapping, village, confined, master warrior ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
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42%
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: exciting, captivating, rough, realistic, serious ...
Plot: samurai, katana, sword, deadly, getting home, confined, crimes, master warrior, heroes, last wish, undercover, village ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.7
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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, realistic, rough, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: female killer, vengeance, samurai, assassination, murder, revenge, hanging, martial arts, good versus evil, gory, vigilantism, danger ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1890s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx (1972)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 81 min.
Story: In the second film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, Ogami Itto battles a group of female ninja in the employ of the Yagyu clan and must assassinate a traitor who plans to sell his clan's secrets to the Shogunate.
Style: stylized, atmospheric, rough, exciting, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, sword fight, martial arts, blood, drifter, decapitation, blood splatter, female ninja, ronin, martial artist, master warrior, lone wolves ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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: suspenseful, serious, stylized, realistic, rough ...
Plot: samurai, village, corruption, martial arts, false accusation, righting the wronged, escapades, adventure, one man army, heroes, dishonesty, deadly ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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: captivating, exciting, rough, stylized, serious ...
Plot: samurai, village, new year's eve, sword, adventure, lone wolves, gangsters, corporate crimes, escapades, crimes, master warrior, martial arts ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%