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When the Last Sword is Drawn (2002)
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When the Last Sword is Drawn (2002)
Original name: 壬生義士伝
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Kanichiro Yoshimura is a Samurai and Family man who can no longer support his wife and children on the the low pay he receives from his small town clan, he is forced by the love for his family to leave for the city in search of higher pay to support them.
Style: atmospheric, serious, bleak, realistic, gloomy, stylized, captivating
Plot: samurai, heroes, life is a bitch, tragic hero, human spirit, political unrest, hopes, society, state affairs, unfulfillment, changing lives, emperor, duel, suicide, doctor, honor, self sacrifice, greed, loss of father, sword fight, decapitation, historical event, rival, jidai geki, seppuku ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, stylized and bleak films with plots about samurai, heroes, society, hopes, vengeance, life is a bitch and jidai geki mostly in Drama, Action and History genres. Some movies like When the Last Sword is Drawn: After the Rain (1999), Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2011), Samurai Rebellion (1967), Taboo (1999), Harakiri (1962). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
After the Rain (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan, France
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A group of travelers is stranded in a small country inn when the river floods during heavy rains. As the bad weather continues, tensions rise amongst the travelers trapped at the inn. Ihei Misawa is a ronin, a samurai without a master, whose skills ...
Style: stylized, serious, atmospheric, captivating
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, ronin, lone wolves, gory, master warrior, heroes, social misfits, redemption, hopes, misfit, humble, social awkwardness ...
Time: 18th century
Place: japan, asia
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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: bleak, talky, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: samurai, down on your luck, life is a bitch, vengeance, heroes, rivalry, society, loss of daughter, in-laws, loss of son, seppuku, ronin ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: japan, asia
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88%
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
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68%
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Taboo (1999)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Japan, France, UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Set during Japan's Shogun era, this film looks at life in a samurai compound where young warriors are trained in swordfighting. A number of interpersonal conflicts are brewing in the training room, all centering around a handsome young samurai ...
Style: stylized, atmospheric, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: homosexuality, gays and lesbians, samurai, emperor, recruit, gay slur, gay, political unrest, gender, friends, heroes, military ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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
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Samurai Assassin (1965)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 122 min.
Story: February 17 to March 3, 1860, inside Edo castle. A group of assassins wait by Sakurada Gate to kill the lord of the House of Ii, a powerful man in the Tokugawa government, which has ruled Japan for 300 years. They suspect a traitor in their midst, ...
Style: bleak, gloomy, serious, realistic, rough ...
Plot: samurai, sword fight, assassination, lone wolves, tragic hero, redemption, ambition, deadly, hopes, state affairs, ruler, father ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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Red Beard (1965)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 185 min.
Story: Aspiring to an easy job as personal physician to a wealthy family, Noboru Yasumoto is disappointed when his first post after medical school takes him to a small country clinic under the gruff doctor Red Beard. Yasumoto rebels in numerous ways, but ...
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, compassionate, melancholic ...
Plot: clinic, intern, samurai, doctor, human nature, small town, psychiatrist, brothel, uniform, career, doctors and patients, parents and children ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
The Twilight Samurai (2002)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 129 min.
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 ...
Plot: samurai, sword fight, widower, poverty, duel, childhood sweetheart, couple relations, friendship, mission of murder, daughter, sword, teacher ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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Why Not? (1981)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 151 min.
Story: The film depicts carnivalesque atmosphere summed up by the cry "Ee ja nai ka" ("Why not?") in Japan in 1867 and 1868 in the days leading to the Meiji Restoration. It examines the effects of the political and social upheaval of ...
Style: clever, serious, dark humor, realistic, cynical ...
Plot: prostitute, rich and poor, culture clash, society, state affairs, samurai, fish out of water, heroes, ship, bridge, arrest, police ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
Almayer's Folly (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Belgium, France
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A tale of an occidental merchant, Kaspar Almayer, whose dreams of riches for his beloved daughter, Nina, collapse under the weight of his own greed and prejudice.
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, bleak, emotional
Plot: tragic hero, parents and children, heroes, unfulfillment, family relations, obsession, racism, ambition, hopes, society, life is a bitch, rifle ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
Place: asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
 7.3
 505
Rikyu (1989)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Late in the 1500s, an aging tea master teaches the way of tea to a headstrong Shogun. Through force of will and courageous fighting, Hideyoshi becomes Japan's most powerful warlord, unifying the country. Rikyu, through the tea ceremony and ...
Style: serious, realistic, stylized, captivating
Plot: samurai, political unrest, politics, heroes, military, war, state affairs, clergy, rise to the top, battles, ambition, society ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s
Place: japan, asia, china, korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
An Actor's Revenge (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 113 min.
Story: While performing in a touring kabuki troupe, leading female impersonator Yukinojo comes across the three men who drove his parents to suicide twenty years earlier, and plans his revenge, firstly by seducing the daughter of one of them, secondly by ...
Style: atmospheric, stylized, serious, realistic, offbeat ...
Plot: obsession, revenge, samurai, sword fight, vengeance, katana sword, japanese culture, performance, suicide, gender bending, artists and showbiz, gender ...
Time: 19th century, 1930s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 115 min.
Story: When the women of her time had their feet bound to please men, Qiu Jin was already questioning the sexual inequality of feudal traditions. Free-spirited and well-educated, she grew up practicing martial arts and was as well versed in poetry as she ...
Style: serious, exciting, realistic, emotional, rough ...
Plot: fighting the system, martial arts, feminism, adventure, human spirit, ambition, gender, heroes, hopes, rebellion, rivalry, society ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
11.25: The Day He Chose His Own Fate (2012)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 119 min.
Story: On November 25th 1970, a man committed ritual suicide inside the Tokyo headquarters of the Japanese Ministry of Defence, leaving behind a legacy of masterpieces and a controversy that echoes to this day. The man was Yukio Mishima, one of ...
Style: serious, realistic, emotional, offbeat
Plot: tragic hero, downfall, idealism, rebelliousness, political unrest, rebellion, society, state affairs, writer's life, leadership, heroes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1970
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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47 Samurai (1962)
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 207 min.
Story: The story tells of a group of samurai who were left leaderless (becoming ronin) after their daimyo (feudal lord) was forced to commit seppuku (ritual suicide) for assaulting a court official named Kira Yoshinaka, whose title was Kōzuke no suke. The ...
Style: atmospheric, epic, serious, realistic, melancholic ...
Plot: samurai, revenge, martial arts, seppuku, lone wolves, vengeance, master warrior, redemption, heroic mission, military life, political unrest, battles ...
Time: 18th century, middle ages, 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
The Sword of Doom (1966)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Through his unconscionable actions against others, a sociopathic samurai builds a trail of vendettas that follow him closely.
Style: bleak, stylized, tense, epic, serious ...
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 ⇓
34%
 6.8
 428
Bashing (2005)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Yuko is a Japanese girl who was taken hostage in Iraq while volunteering there as an aid worker. Finally released and back in her hometown, Yuko finds herself ostracized as a national disgrace by society that sees her helping a country other than ...
Style: gloomy, serious, realistic, bleak, psychological ...
Plot: journalism, volunteer, social misfits, estrangement, propaganda, misfit, society, life is a bitch, hostages, homecoming, confined, hopes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: iraq, asia, middle east, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Zatoichi: The Last (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan, France
Story: A blind master swordsman attempts to lead a quiet life with his wife but he is provoked back into battle.
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, gloomy, rough ...
Plot: master warrior, martial arts, samurai, homecoming, village, adventure, heroes, lone wolves, deadly, escapades, forced into action, humble ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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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, realistic, captivating
Plot: samurai, martial arts, ronin, sword fight, lone wolves, master warrior, criminal, heroes, rivalry, gang, crimes, escapades ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
The Ballad of Narayama (1983)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 130 min.
Story: In a small village in a valley everyone who reaches the age of 70 must leave the village and go to a certain mountain top to die. If anyone should refuse he/she would disgrace their family. Old Orin is 69. This winter it is her turn to go to the ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, gloomy, meditative ...
Plot: village, golden years, human nature, parents and children, down on your luck, family relations, aging, village life, family life, elderly, society, life is a bitch ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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, realistic, exciting, atmospheric ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, master warrior, adventure, gory, village, crime, swordsman, crimes, rivalry, gang, gangsters ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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Max Havelaar (1976)
Genre: Drama
Country: Indonesia, Netherlands
Duration: 170 min.
Story: An idealistic Dutch colonial officer posted to Indonesia in the 19th century is convinced that he can make the kinds of changes that will actually help the local people he is in charge of, but circumstances soon make him realize just how out of ...
Style: bleak, serious, realistic, rough, captivating ...
Plot: society, idealism, danger, escapades, heroes, hopes, state affairs, repression, brother brother relationship, father son relationship, public humiliation, poison ...
Time: 19th century
Place: indonesia, asia, europe, holland
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Journey from the Fall (2006)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Thirteen years after the end of the Vietnam War, a family who was tragically affected by the war are forced to emigrate to America.
Style: serious, bleak, realistic, sincere
Plot: vietnam war, immigrants, soldier, war, tragic hero, survival, human nature, human spirit, parents and children, anti war, political unrest, battles ...
Time: 20th century, 70s, 80s
Place: vietnam, asia, california, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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Love and Honour (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 121 min.
Story: A look at the relationship between a young blind samurai (Kimura) and his wife, who will make a sacrifice in order to defend her husband's honor.
Style: serious, epic, psychological
Plot: samurai, master warrior, social differences, romance, political unrest, heroes, master and servant, vengeance, hopes, rivalry, society, poisoning ...
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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Melancholia (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Philippines
Duration: 450 min.
Story: A story about victims of summary executions. Three people start a strange therapy to escape their agonies.
Style: serious, psychological, atmospheric, stylized, bleak ...
Plot: wilderness, future dystopia, chaos, dealing with death, obsessive quest, survival, friendship, apocalypse, haunted by the past, political unrest, danger, escapades ...
Time: future
Place: asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Rhapsody in August (1991)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The story centers on an elderly hibakusha, who lost her husband in the 1945 atomic bombing of Nagasaki, caring for her four grandchildren over the summer. She learns of a long-lost brother, Suzujiro, living in Hawaii who wants her to visit him ...
Style: talky, serious, emotional, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: anti war, samurai, human nature, parents and children, siblings relations, family gatherings, haunted by the past, family life, family relations, golden years, battles, society ...
Place: japan, hawaii, asia, usa, tokyo ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Be Sure to Share (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 109 min.
Story: Shiro’s struggle with his father’s cancer and impending death leads to a realization that he must communicate his love and admiration for him before it’s too late. A series of flashbacks reveals their relationship over time, and the trouble ...
Style: serious, touching, realistic, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: dealing with death, redemption, parents and children, family in crisis, terminal illness, hopes, life is a bitch, family problems, family relations, estrangement, unfulfillment, coping ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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 ⇓
29%
The Shogun's Samurai (1978)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Following the death of the second Tokugawa shogun, it is revealed that he was poisoned by retainers of his son Iemitsu in hopes of gaining him the shogunate despite the stammer and birthmark which undermine his respect. Iemitsu and his brother ...
Style: epic, bleak, serious, realistic, rough ...
Plot: samurai, uninhibited rivalry, political unrest, rivalry, assassination, betrayal, dishonesty, state affairs, blood, violence, sword, eye patch ...
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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Dance Town (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 94 min.
Story: A North Korean refugee, Jung-Nim, is trying to find a new life in South Korea, with people suspecting that she is a spy.
Style: serious, realistic, gloomy, bleak, sincere ...
Plot: social differences, hopes, life is a bitch, misfit, society, social misfits, starting over, human nature, couple relations, political corruption, injustice, dishonesty ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea, asia, south korea, north korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%