Movies like When the Last Sword is Drawn

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When the Last Sword is Drawn (2002)
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When the Last Sword is Drawn
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, japanese history, hara kiri, seppuku, jidai geki, greed, honor, rival, historical event, decapitation, sword fight, suicide, self sacrifice ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
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Red Beard
Drama
Japan
185 min.
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Harakiri
Action, Drama, History
Japan
133 min.
 8.7
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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, gloomy and bleak films with plots about society, life is a bitch, heroes, hopes, 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), Samurai Rebellion (1967), Journey from the Fall (2006), Red Beard (1965), Almayer's Folly (2011). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai
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.
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Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: asia, japan
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Samurai Rebellion
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, tense, emotional, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, rebellion, tragedy, sword fight, family drama, parents and children, mentor, sacrifice, culture clash, relationships, storytelling, injustice ...
Time: 18th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, feudal japan
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Journey from the Fall
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: bleak, serious, realistic, sincere
Plot: immigrants, soldier, war, vietnam 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
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Red Beard
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, compassionate, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: clinic, intern, samurai, mentor, childhood, hospital, human nature, storytelling, loneliness, redemption, gunfight, culture clash ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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Almayer's Folly
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, little girl ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
Place: asia
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After the Rain
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: serious, stylized, atmospheric, captivating
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, lone wolves, gory, master warrior, ronin, heroes, social misfits, redemption, hopes, misfit, humble, social awkwardness ...
Time: 18th century
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Tony Takitani
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 ...
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Why Not?
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: serious, clever, dark humor, realistic, cynical ...
Plot: rich and poor, culture clash, society, prostitute, state affairs, samurai, fish out of water, heroes, ship, arrest, bridge, police ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
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    User:   36%
 
Distant Lights
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: serious, atmospheric, realistic, gloomy, captivating ...
Plot: immigrants, taxi driver, architect, human spirit, rock, rebelliousness, redemption, injustice, against the odds, border, hopes, society ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: europe, poland, germany, ukraine
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System:   45%
    User:   49%
 
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Melancholia
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: atmospheric, serious, psychological, stylized, bleak ...
Plot: future dystopia, wilderness, chaos, dealing with death, obsessive quest, survival, friendship, apocalypse, haunted by the past, political unrest, danger, escapades ...
Time: future
Place: asia
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System:   45%
    User:   48%
 
The Ballad of Narayama
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, meditative, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: golden years, human nature, brutality, village, life philosophy, existentialism, pornography, parents and children, loneliness, death, solitude, life & death ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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System:   44%
    User:   52%
 
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Dance Town
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: asia, korea, south korea, north korea
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System:   43%
    User:   39%
 
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Max Havelaar
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: society, idealism, danger, escapades, heroes, hopes, state affairs, repression, public humiliation, brother brother relationship, undressing, fire ...
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Bashing
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: serious, gloomy, realistic, bleak, psychological ...
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47 Samurai
Genre: Action, Drama, History
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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, vengeance, sword fight, martial arts, lone wolves, master warrior, storytelling, sacrifice, childhood, wartime, bollywood ...
Time: 18th century, middle ages, 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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Delta
Genre: Drama
Country: Hungary, Germany
Duration: 92 min.
Story: A man comes home to meet his mother and sister after many years away. He finds his mother living with a new boyfriend, and his sister to be grown-up. He begins to settle down in this new place by building a new home for himself on the delta. But ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, realistic, bleak, emotional ...
Plot: forbidden love, village, siblings relations, lake or river, dysfunctional family, homecoming, family relations, incest, human nature, obsession, parents and children, village life ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: hungary, europe
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System:   42%
    User:   39%
 
 7.5
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Dodes'ka-den
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 140 min.
Story: By turns tragic and transcendent, Akira Kurosawa’s film follows the daily lives of a group of people barely scraping by in a slum on the outskirts of Tokyo. Yet as desperate as their circumstances are, each of them—the homeless father and son ...
Style: semi serious, gloomy, reflective, sincere, melancholic ...
Plot: poverty, redemption, mentally challenged, childhood, samurai, human nature, life philosophy, human spirit, dreams, loneliness, homeless, fantasy world ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
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System:   42%
    User:   45%
 
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Hamlet
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 242 min.
Story: Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, returns home to find his father murdered and his mother remarrying the murderer, his uncle. Meanwhile, war is brewing.
Style: atmospheric, stylized, serious, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: betrayal, shakespeare, murder, tragedy, ghost, insanity, prince, revenge, literature, adaptation, tragic hero, royal court ...
Time: 19th century, middle ages, 18th century, 1800s
Place: denmark, europe, england
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Hamlet
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, Japan, USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: David Tennant stars in a film of the Royal Shakespeare Company's award-winning production of Shakespeare's great play. Director Gregory Doran's modern-dress production was hailed by the critics as thrilling, fast-moving and, in parts, ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, emotional, gloomy ...
Plot: tragic hero, betrayal, royal court, vengeance, palaces castles and temples, royal family, deadly, heroes, revenge, rivalry, murder, state affairs ...
Time: middle ages
Place: denmark, europe
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Rikyu
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: asia, china, korea, japan
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Distance
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: serious, realistic, atmospheric, bleak, emotional ...
Plot: afterlife, death in the family, ocean or sea, dealing with death, terrorism, destiny, forest, grief, lake, haunted by the past, teenage life, estrangement ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, tokyo
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System:   37%
    User:   44%
 
11.25: The Day He Chose His Own Fate
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
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System:   37%
    User:   42%
 
Princess Kaiulani
Genre: Drama
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Lush scenery and gorgeous photography highlight this bio of Princess Ka'iulani (Q'Orianka Kilcher), a 19th-century Hawaiian princess raised in England but determined to maintain her people's independence from aggressive American ...
Style: epic, sincere, serious, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: head of state, leadership, politics, rebelliousness, redemption, fall in love, princess, destiny, political unrest, campaign, heroes, hopes ...
Time: 19th century, victorian
Place: hawaii, usa
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The Blue Kite
Genre: Drama
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 140 min.
Story: The lives of a Beijing family throughout the 1950s and 1960s, as they experience the impact of the Hundred Flowers Campaign, the Great Leap Forward, and the Cultural Revolution.
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, reflective, talky ...
Plot: politics, revolution, political, tragedy, courage, parents and children, runaway, childhood, culture clash, character study, political unrest, ethnic conflict ...
Time: 1950s
Place: china, asia, california, tokyo
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System:   36%
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Manila
Genre: Drama
Country: Philippines
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A tribute to filmmakers and National Artists Lino Brocka and Ishmael Bernal. In the "Day" segment, Piolo Pacual portrays the role of William, a drug addict who tries to rebuild his sense of self and reconnect with the people around him. ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, realistic, captivating, bleak ...
Plot: losing-it hero, on the run, human nature, urban, neo noir, addiction, drug abuse, life is a bitch, power relations, disorder, gang, downfall ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, the philippines, manila philippines
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System:   36%
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Great Expectations
Genre: Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 60 min.
Story: 'Great Expectations' opens with Pip as a boy (played as an young man by newcomer Douglas Booth, 'The Pillars of the Earth') on the marshes near his home, where he encounters the desperate escapee Magwitch (Winstone). Pip is ...
Style: serious, emotional, twists and turns, realistic, stylized ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: orphan, obsession, social differences, romance, unfulfilled love, hopes, love and romance, rags to riches, society, unfulfillment, redemption, destiny ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian england, victorian era, 1820s
Place: england
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System:   35%
    User:   35%
 
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Truman
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Biographical account of America's President for the latter part of WWII. Shows Truman's rise from small-town nobody to leader of the USA, his decision to use the Atomic Bomb against Japan, and subsequent election as the US' post-war ...
Style: serious, sincere, realistic, captivating, political drama
Plot: head of state, soldier, rise and fall, human spirit, idealism, political corruption, presidential election, political unrest, politics, injustice, campaign, fighting the system ...
Time: 1950s
Place: asia, missouri, usa, japan
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System:   35%
    User:   33%
 
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Harakiri
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, vengeance, suicide, revenge, poverty, storytelling, death, life is a bitch, visceral, life & death, mentor, tragedy ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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System:   35%
    User:   31%
 

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On the Path
Genre: Drama
Country: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, Germany, Croatia
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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 ...
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Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: bosnia
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The Twilight Samurai
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, tense, emotional, serious ...
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Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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System:   34%
    User:   41%
 
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