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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, captivating, realistic, serious, gloomy, stylized, jidai geki
Plot: samurai, japanese history, life is a bitch, emperor, human spirit, duel, political unrest, tragic hero, hopes, state affairs, unfulfillment, suicide, sword fight, honor, historical event, self sacrifice, rivals, rival, heroes, graphic violence, society, changing lives, gun, hunger, doctor ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, captivating and bleak films with plots about society, life is a bitch, hopes, heroes, state affairs, samurai and political unrest mostly in Drama, History and Action genres. Some movies like When the Last Sword is Drawn: Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2011), After the Rain (1999), Taboo (1999), Journey from the Fall (2006), The Sword of Doom (1966). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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: emotional, realistic, serious, exciting, suspense ...
Plot: state affairs, tragic hero, political unrest, rebelliousness, idealism, downfall, life is a bitch, writer's life, heroes, rebellion, leadership, society ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, year 1970
Place: japan
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95%
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: serious, bleak, tense, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: samurai, vengeance, life is a bitch, society, loss of son, rivalry, down on your luck, revenge, hara kiri, code of honor, seppuku, ronin ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan
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48%
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: atmospheric, stylized, serious, captivating, jidai geki
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, rain, ronin, rainy, social awkwardness, gory, duel, humble, redemption, mercenary, hopes, lone wolves ...
Time: 18th century
Place: japan, asia
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50%
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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, realistic, disturbing, captivating ...
Plot: gay, gays and lesbians, samurai, emperor, state affairs, gender, political unrest, heroes, secrets, sword fight, murder mystery, life philosophy ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s
Place: japan, asia, kyoto japan, tokyo, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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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: sincere, serious, bleak, realistic
Plot: vietnam war, fighting the system, human spirit, political unrest, danger, society, hopes, military, immigrants, life is a bitch, tragic hero, parents and children ...
Time: 80s, 70s, 20th century
Place: vietnam, asia, california, usa
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84%
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, psychopath, nihilism, master warrior, vengeance, uninhibited rivalry, atrocity, opponent, rivalry, deadly, crimes ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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74%
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, atmospheric, sincere ...
Plot: samurai, rebellion, injustice, family relations, rebelliousness, master warrior, kidnapping, heroes, fighting the system, parents and children, ruler, revenge ...
Time: 18th century, 70s
Place: japan, feudal japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
Anton Chekhov's The Duel (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Set in a seaside resort in the Caucasus, the story centers on n'er do well, Laevsky (Andrew Scott) and his illicit relationship with his mistress Nadya (Fiona Glascott). Laevsky has convinced Nadya to leave her husband for him, but now wants to ...
Style: atmospheric, captivating, realistic, psychological, stylized ...
Plot: love triangle, couples, tragic hero, rivalry, uninhibited rivalry, human nature, couple relations, downfall, infidelity, countryside, dishonesty, unfulfillment ...
Time: 19th century
Place: russia, caucasus, black sea
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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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: realistic, psychological, bleak, serious, propaganda film ...
Plot: journalism, confined, homecoming, estrangement, misfit, hopes, volunteer, pursuit, hostage, hostages, life is a bitch, society ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: iraq, japan, middle east, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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, suspenseful, offbeat, psychological ...
Plot: obsession, revenge, samurai, sword fight, family relations, disorder, loss of fortune, friends, haunted by the past, vengeance, uninhibited rivalry, obsessive quest ...
Time: 19th century, 1930s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
Tony Takitani (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Tony Takitani had a solitary childhood. Being alone was normal since his mother died young and his father was always away with his jazz band. At school he studied art, but while his sketches are accurate and detailed they lack feeling. Used to being ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, captivating, psychological, sincere ...
Plot: solitude, obsession, jazz, life is a bitch, shopping, love and romance, alone, hopes, couples, fall in love, human nature, addiction ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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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, contemplative ...
Plot: battles, ambition, heroes, war, samurai, politics, rise to the top, military, society, clergy, state affairs, political unrest ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s
Place: japan, asia, china, korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
 6.9
 75
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: realistic, serious, captivating, touching, contemplative ...
Plot: starting over, social differences, injustice, couples, life is a bitch, society, state affairs, dishonesty, forceful separation, political corruption, human nature, couple relations ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea, asia, south korea, north korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
The Light Shines Only There (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A man has thrown away love and a woman has given up on love. The two souls meet in a brief summer in the northern city of Hakodate.
Style: realistic, serious, rough, touching, bleak
Plot: prostitute, dysfunctional family, social decay, fall in love, life is a bitch, family problems, friends, love and romance, society, friendship, haunted by the past, sexual content ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 2013
Place: japan, hokkaido
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
Distant Lights (2003)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Lichter is an episodic tale from Hans-Christian Schmid about the life on the boarder between Germany and Poland. The film sheds light on the everyday stories of escape and desperateness.
Style: contemplative, serious, captivating, atmospheric, sincere ...
Plot: taxi driver, border, immigrants, politics, danger, couples, human spirit, political unrest, architect, violence, injustice, redemption ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: poland, europe, germany, ukraine
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
Son of Babylon (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Iraq, UK, France, Netherlands, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Palestine
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A willful young boy follows his just as obstinate grandmother in a journey across Iraq, determined to discover the fate of her missing son, Ahmed's father, who never returned from war.
Style: captivating, touching, emotional, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: human spirit, hopes, adolescence vs adulthood, youth, family relations, political unrest, escapades, desert, state affairs, obsessive quest, family in crisis, elderly ...
Time: 21st century
Place: iraq, middle east
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
The Twilight Samurai (2002)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
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, emotional, realistic, atmospheric, sentimental ...
Plot: samurai, sword fight, poverty, friendship, duel, social differences, love and romance, selflessness, struggle, fall in love, pride and honor, couple relations ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
 6.9
 527
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: witty, clever, cynical, dark humor, serious ...
Plot: prostitute, fish out of water, rich and poor, culture clash, satire, state affairs, society, heroes, samurai, edo period, police, prison ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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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, stylized, exciting, rough, captivating ...
Plot: rebellion, idealism, fighting the system, ambition, hopes, master warrior, discrimination, adventure, martial arts, human spirit, rivalry, society ...
Time: 19th century
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
The Last Samurai (2003)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA, New Zealand, Japan
Duration: 154 min.
Story: Nathan Algren is an American hired to instruct the Japanese army in the ways of modern warfare, which finds him learning to respect the samurai and the honorable principles that rule them. Pressed to destroy the samurai's way of life in the ...
Style: exciting, captivating, serious, stylized, epic ...
Plot: samurai, warrior, battles, self discovery, pride and honor, human spirit, courage, friendship, loyalty, master warrior, army, dignity ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s, 1870s
Place: japan, asia, san francisco, pacific ocean, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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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: psychological, bleak, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: danger, life is a bitch, supernatural, estrangement, terrorism, destiny, deadly, religions or cults, dealing with death, death in the family, afterlife, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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, mountain, elderly, golden years, life is a bitch, society, family relations, left to die, human nature, family life, down on your luck, village life ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 7.0
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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: rough, bleak, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: repression, idealism, society, hopes, escapades, danger, state affairs, heroes, father son relationship, brother brother relationship, fire, public humiliation ...
Time: 19th century
Place: indonesia, asia, europe, holland
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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8000 Miles (2009)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Ikku, Mighty and Tomu live in Saitama, not exactly the coolest places to get involved in a wanna-be rap star lifestyle. But try they do with their freestyle rap band Sho-Gung. Yu Irie, who gained the Grand Prize at Yubari Fantastic Film Festival ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, stylized
Plot: hip hop, buddies, music band, youth, hopes, dull life, suburbs
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Kabei: Our Mother (2008)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Set in Tokyo in 1940, the peaceful life of the Nogami Family suddenly changes when the father, Shigeru, is arrested and accused of being a Communist. His wife Kayo works frantically from morning to night to maintain the household and bring up her ...
Style: sincere, serious, touching, emotional, realistic
Plot: life is a bitch, world war two, parents and children, family relations, wartime life, political unrest, unsupportive parent, state affairs, single parent, death in the family, nationalism, mother son relationship ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
Future Lasts Forever (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Germany, France, Turkey
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A woman struggles with love and personal loss against the backdrop of a land torn by civil war in this drama from filmmaker Ozcan Alper. Sumru (Gaye Gursel) is a Turkish woman who studies ethnic music at a college in Istanbul and frequently makes ...
Style: atmospheric, emotional, realistic, contemplative, captivating ...
Plot: unfulfillment, on the road, tragic love, haunted by the past, life is a bitch, ethnic conflict, journey, self discovery, thesis, society, wartime life, world ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: middle east, kurdistan, turkey
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
About Her Brother (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Ginko’s younger brother Tetsuro, a failed comedian, is the oddball of the family. Embarrassing, loud and plain inappropriate at times causes Ginko to disown him. The two reunite when she discovers Tetsuro is terminally ill. Tetsuro’s impending ...
Style: realistic, emotional, psychological, captivating, serious ...
Plot: reunion, family relations, family problems, human nature, unfulfillment, family feud, redemption, bittersweet, siblings relations, terminal illness, hopes, family in crisis ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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: realistic, atmospheric, captivating, psychological, serious ...
Plot: parents and children, obsession, family relations, society, tragic hero, unfulfillment, life is a bitch, hopes, ambition, racism, rivalry, heroes ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
Place: asia
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32%
A Screaming Man (2010)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Belgium, Chad
Duration: 92 min.
Story: Present-day Chad. Adam, sixty something, a former swimming champion, is pool attendant at a smart N'Djamena hotel. When the hotel gets taken over by new Chinese owners, he is forced to give up his job to his son Abdel. Terribly resentful, he ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, thought provoking, contemplative ...
Plot: hotel, political unrest, life is a bitch, military, ex athlete, parents and children, anti war, moral dilemma, dishonesty, soldier, introspection, fired from the job ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s
Place: africa
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63%
The Bridges of Sarajevo (2014)
Genre: Drama
Country: France, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, Bulgaria, Germany
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Thirteen European directors explore the theme of Sarajevo; what this city has represented in European history over the past hundred years, and what Sarajevo stands for today in Europe. These eminent filmmakers of different generations and origins ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, disturbing, serious, bleak ...
Plot: life is a bitch, haunted by the past, wartime life, politics, political unrest, society, state affairs, anti war, archive footage, world war one, female director
Time: 20th century
Place: bosnia
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63%