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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, bleak, gloomy, serious, captivating, realistic, stylized
Plot: samurai, heroes, life is a bitch, emperor, human spirit, hopes, duel, society, political unrest, tragic hero, state affairs, unfulfillment, changing lives, suicide, doctor, honor, historical event, self sacrifice, greed, japanese history, loss of father, hara kiri, sword fight, decapitation, rival ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia

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Most similar movies to When the Last Sword is Drawn

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, stylized and bleak films with plots about society, samurai, heroes, life is a bitch, hopes, state affairs and rivalry 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), Rikyu (1989), Why Not? (1981), The Twilight Samurai (2002). 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: captivating, serious, stylized, atmospheric
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, ronin, redemption, mercenary, social misfits, rainy, hopes, lone wolves, social awkwardness, misfit, humble, heroes ...
Time: 18th century
Place: japan, asia
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50%
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: realistic, talky, tense, gloomy, atmospheric ...
Plot: samurai, in-laws, life is a bitch, vengeance, loss of daughter, rivalry, heroes, loss of son, down on your luck, society, jidai geki, one against many ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: japan, asia
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45%
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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: realistic, serious, stylized, captivating
Plot: rise to the top, samurai, clergy, society, military, political unrest, heroes, state affairs, war, battles, politics, ambition ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s
Place: japan, korea, asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
 7.0
 476
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: dark humor, realistic, witty, serious, clever ...
Plot: prostitute, samurai, state affairs, rich and poor, culture clash, heroes, fish out of water, society, ship, arrest, bridge, rally ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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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: tense, realistic, atmospheric, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: samurai, poverty, duel, sword fight, childhood sweetheart, widower, friendship, couples, reluctant, heroes, glory, fall in love ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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: realistic, rough, captivating, exciting, stylized ...
Plot: underdog, rivalry, gender bending, human spirit, heroes, fighting the system, gender, feminism, society, ambition, one man army, martial arts ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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, emotional, offbeat, realistic
Plot: rebellion, downfall, leadership, heroes, political unrest, idealism, tragic hero, militant, writer's life, life is a bitch, state affairs, society ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1970
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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, talky, stylized, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: samurai, rebellion, injustice, ruler, rebelliousness, society, heroes, fighting the system, family relations, life is a bitch, master warrior, parents and children ...
Time: 18th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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An Actor's Revenge (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 115 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: stylized, atmospheric, realistic, offbeat, psychological ...
Plot: obsession, revenge, samurai, actor's life, friends, rivalry, friendship, vengeance, hidden identity, gender, loss of fortune, haunted by the past ...
Time: 19th century, 1930s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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 431
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: psychological, gloomy, bleak, serious, realistic ...
Plot: journalism, volunteer, misfit, society, homecoming, estrangement, hostages, social misfits, life is a bitch, confined, hopes, propaganda ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iraq, asia, japan, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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: realistic, sincere, bleak, serious
Plot: vietnam war, war, re-education, heroes, human spirit, political unrest, fighting the system, military, soldier, tragic hero, post war, hopes ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 70s
Place: vietnam, asia, usa, california
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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: sincere, emotional, serious, realistic, touching ...
Plot: hopes, life is a bitch, family relations, parents and children, coping, family problems, terminal illness, estrangement, redemption, unfulfillment, family in crisis, dealing with death ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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, rough, epic ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, nihilism, psychopath, master warrior, vengeance, deadly, opponent, rivalry, uninhibited rivalry, crimes, atrocity ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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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, captivating, realistic, disturbing ...
Plot: homosexuality, gays and lesbians, gay, samurai, gay slur, recruit, emperor, military, friendship, political unrest, military life, heroes ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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 299
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: bleak, stylized, atmospheric, serious, psychological ...
Plot: survival, political unrest, obsessive quest, society, dealing with death, vestiges of humanity, state affairs, life is a bitch, future dystopia, escapades, friends, haunted by the past ...
Time: future
Place: asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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: rough, exciting, captivating, tense, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, crimes, master warrior, escapades, adventure, crime, lone wolves, rivalry, gory, heroes, gangsters ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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, gloomy, realistic, serious, meditative ...
Plot: village, aging, elderly, left to die, family life, life is a bitch, down on your luck, village life, family relations, golden years, parents and children, human nature ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
Hanzo the Razor: The Snare (1973)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Against the backdrop of the Edo treasury devaluing currency and driving many into poverty, Hanzo Itami enforces the law without regard to status. He shows inadequate respect to the treasurer, who wants him dead.
Style: sexual, offbeat, rough, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: samurai, state affairs, rivalry, fighting the system, heroes, deadly, gory, dishonesty, strong sexual content, martial arts, investigation, master warrior ...
Time: middle ages
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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 4K
Not Yet (1993)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 134 min.
Story: This film tells the story of professor Uehida Hyakken-sama (1889-1971), in Gotemba, around the forties. He was a university professor until an air raid, when he left to become a writer and has to live in a hut. His mood has hardly changed, not by ...
Style: emotional, touching, psychological, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: samurai, unfulfillment, writer's life, golden years, teachers and students, curses spells and rituals, family relations, reunion, youth, teacher, death, elderly ...
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, hong kong, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: samurai, village, corruption, wrongfully committed, life is a bitch, lone wolves, adventure, false accusation, righting the wronged, one man army, martial arts, master warrior ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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 787
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: serious, bleak, realistic, rough, captivating ...
Plot: escapades, hopes, state affairs, danger, heroes, repression, idealism, society, sword, whip, dinner, snake ...
Time: 19th century
Place: indonesia, asia, holland, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 6.8
 76
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: gloomy, sincere, serious, bleak, captivating ...
Plot: starting over, misfit, social differences, society, political corruption, human nature, couples, dishonesty, injustice, forceful separation, state affairs, social misfits ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: korea, asia, south korea, north korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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: realistic, rough, gloomy, stylized, serious ...
Plot: humble, deadly, heroes, samurai, village, homecoming, escapades, adventure, martial arts, lone wolves, master warrior, forced into action ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno (2014)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Kenshin has settled into his new life with Kaoru and his other friends when he is approached with a request from the Meiji government. Makoto Shishio, a former assassin like Kenshin, was betrayed, set on fire and left for dead. He survived, and is ...
Style: stylized, suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, rivalry, heroes, political unrest, good versus evil, one man army, blind ambition, master warrior, state affairs, ambition, ronin, katana ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
Same Same But Different (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Based on the true story of Benjamin Prufer and Sreykeo Solvan. The unexpected and uncertain love story of Sreykeo, a 21 year old bar girl in Phnom Penh and Ben, a young German student traveling to Cambodia on a post graduation summer trip. When Ben ...
Style: sentimental, gloomy, offbeat, touching, captivating ...
Plot: hopes, life is a bitch, interracial relations, unlikely couple, love affair, couples, fall in love, terminal illness, unfulfillment, love and romance, culture clash, youth ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: germany, asia, europe, cambodia
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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: serious, atmospheric, realistic, captivating
Plot: samurai, martial arts, sword fight, ronin, bet, escapades, crimes, master warrior, lone wolves, gang, drifter, gang war ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 7.0
 2K
On the Path (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, Germany, Croatia
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Loving young couple Luna and Amar try their best to overcome unexpected obstacles that threaten their relationship. After Amar's dramatic change in a fundamentalist community, Luna tears herself apart searching if love is truly enough to keep ...
Style: captivating, gloomy, realistic, sincere, serious ...
Plot: life is a bitch, hopes, couple relations, state affairs, religions or cults, political unrest, couples, redemption, addiction, self discovery, stewardess, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: bosnia
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
 7.1
 973
Distance (2001)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 132 min.
Story: On the eighth anniversary of a cult's failed chemical attack on Tokyo and their subsequent mass suicide, family members of those affected gather at the cult's former base on the shores of a lake to observe the anniversary of their loved ...
Style: realistic, atmospheric, emotional, bleak, serious ...
Plot: forest, lake, grief, life is a bitch, estrangement, afterlife, youth, danger, teenage life, deadly, family problems, death in the family ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 7.7
 592
All Around Us (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Kanao, a courtroom portrait artist, observes crimes, scandals and the decline of Japanese values without passing judgement. As he and his wife endure the tragedy of their first child’s death, hope slowly unfolds and their love story flickers to ...
Style: serious, emotional, realistic, touching, gloomy
Plot: parents and children, love and romance, unfulfillment, family relations, dull life, petty job, couple relations, life is a bitch, estrangement, death in the family, dysfunctional family, pregnancy ...
Time: 20th century, 90s, contemporary
Place: asia, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
 8.7
 24K
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, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, suicide, revenge, poverty, seppuku, ronin, vengeance, in-laws, heroes, life is a bitch, down on your luck, hypocrisy ...
Time: 17th century
Place: asia, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%