Movies like Harakiri

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Harakiri (1962)
 8.6
 39K
Harakiri (1962)
Original name: 切腹
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery
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, tense, captivating, suspenseful, enigmatic, melancholic, disturbing, talky, atmospheric, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, suicide, revenge, poverty, vengeance, life is a bitch, society, rivalry, hara kiri, sword fight, japanese culture, showdown, one against many, standoff, life & death, ronin, seppuku, tragedy, courage, death of son, heroes, graphic violence, duel, loss of son, hypocrisy ...
Time: 17th century
Place: asia, japan, tokyo

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Most similar movies to Harakiri

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, stylized and bleak films with plots about samurai, heroes, rivalry, vengeance, sword fight, martial arts and betrayal mostly in Drama, Action and Adventure genres. Some movies like Harakiri: Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2011), The Sword of Doom (1966), The Twilight Samurai (2002), Samurai Rebellion (1967), Revolt (1985). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, hara kiri, revenge, ronin, seppuku, code of honor ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, epic, rough ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, nihilism, psychopath, master warrior, vengeance, uninhibited rivalry, graphic violence, atrocity, opponent, rivalry, deadly ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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 ⇓
100%
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, sincere, atmospheric ...
Plot: samurai, rebellion, master warrior, rebelliousness, family relations, injustice, kidnapping, heroes, fighting the system, parents and children, ruler, father son relationship ...
Time: 18th century, 70s
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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 8.2
 110K
Revolt (1985)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: Japan, France
Duration: 162 min.
Story: In Medieval Japan, an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how their new-found power will corrupt them.
Style: epic, atmospheric, captivating, stylized, emotional ...
Plot: greed, betrayal, vengeance, samurai, seppuku, insanity, hunting, throne, suicide, loyalty, siege, arranged marriage ...
Time: 16th century, middle ages
Place: japan, feudal japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.1
 32K
Sanjuro (1962)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Toshiro Mifune swaggers and snarls to brilliant comic effect in Kurosawa's tightly paced, beautifully composed "Sanjuro." In this companion piece and sequel to "Yojimbo," jaded samurai Sanjuro helps an idealistic group of ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, exciting, tense ...
Plot: samurai, sword fight, corruption, rescue, small town, betrayal, danger, dishonesty, drifter, naivete, anti heroes, anti hero ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 7.6
 2K
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: epic, serious, atmospheric, bleak, harsh ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, battles, seppuku, vengeance, society, redemption, revenge, righting the wronged, heroic mission, human nature, rivalry ...
Time: middle ages, 18th century, 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 8.2
 109K
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, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, mercenary, ronin, sword fight, gang, lone wolves, anti hero, anti heroes, small town, betrayal, village, escape ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, 18th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Movie in collections
 7.6
 61K
13 Assassins (2010)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan, UK
Duration: 141 min.
Story: A bravado period action film set at the end of Japan's feudal era in which a group of unemployed samurai are enlisted to bring down a sadistic lord and prevent him from ascending to the throne and plunging the country into a war-torn future.
Style: suspenseful, serious, stylized, intense, suspense ...
Plot: samurai, warrior, battles, massacre, duel, samurai sword, battle, martial arts, suicide, mission, violence, uninhibited rivalry ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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, serious, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, master warrior, blood, violence, one man army, heroes, drifter, sword fight, duel, blood splatter, yakuza ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx (1972)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 82 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, serious, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, sword fight, master warrior, martial arts, lone wolves, blood, heroes, drifter, female ninja, blood splatter, decapitation, martial artist ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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: exciting, realistic, serious, rough, bleak ...
Plot: crimes, heroes, dishonesty, betrayal, rivalry, adventure, samurai, law enforcement, criminal heroes, vengeance, martial arts, heist ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 8.0
 32K
Kagemusha (1980)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: When a warlord dies, a peasant thief is called upon to impersonate him, in order to protect his clan from appearing weak and vulnerable. But he finds himself haunted by the warlord’s spirit as well as his own ambitions.
Style: epic, captivating, bleak, enigmatic, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, battles, battle, lookalikes, war, switching roles, mistaken identity, disorder, state affairs, emperor, dishonesty, ruler ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s, 18th century
Place: japan, feudal japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Sword of the Beast (1965)
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 ...
Style: stylized, suspenseful, rough, exciting, realistic ...
Plot: martial arts, strangulation, reform, betrayal, samurai, gambling, ronin, vengeance, shogun, vigilantism, hitman, righting the wronged ...
Time: 60s, 19th century
Place: japan, feudal japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 7.4
 249
Revenge (1964)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 104 min.
Story: This tragic drama shows a young man fettered by Bushido, the way of the Samurai, who tried to escape the chains of his position, but was being forced to die. When the Tokugawa Shogunate ruled the land, Tatsuno castle in Wakisaka Clan's home of ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting, jidai geki
Plot: samurai, rivalry, politics, injustice, vengeance, revenge, duel
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: japan, feudal japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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: suspenseful, bleak, rough, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: samurai, adventure, fighting crime, betrayal, crimes, dishonesty, master warrior, graphic violence, nudity (full frontal - brief), gangsters, society, religions or cults ...
Time: 18th century, 17th century
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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: atmospheric, rough, suspenseful, stylized, serious ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, swordsman, crime, gang, deadly, escapades, danger, lone wolves, rivalry, good versus evil, gangsters ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 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: stylized, rough, bleak, realistic, serious ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, haunted by the past, danger, master warrior, save the day, heroes, rivalry, deadly, escapades, crimes, lone wolves ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Movie in collections
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: captivating, serious, realistic, gloomy, bleak ...
Plot: samurai, assassination, sword fight, state affairs, deadly, tragic hero, conspiracy, graphic violence, hopes, ambition, lone wolves, redemption ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
 6.3
 144K
47 Ronin (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA, UK, Japan, Hungary
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Based on the original 1941 movie from Japan, and from ancient Japan’s most enduring tale, the epic 3D fantasy-adventure 47 Ronin is born. Keanu Reeves leads the cast as Kai, an outcast who joins Oishi (Hiroyuki Sanada), the leader of the 47 ...
Style: stylized, epic, exciting, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, shogun, battles, master warrior, adventure, martial arts, exile, heroes, samurai sword, rivalry, chosen one, escapades ...
Time: 18th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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, serious, realistic, atmospheric, cult film
Plot: samurai, ronin, martial arts, heroes, gang war, sword fight, crimes, gang, master warrior, escapades, rivalry, lone wolves ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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, hidden identity, obsessive quest, gender, rivalry, love and romance, crimes, artists and showbiz, fall in love ...
Time: 19th century, 1930s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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: exciting, suspenseful, intense, suspense, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, good versus evil, ambition, rivalry, political unrest, one man army, katana sword, survival, graphic violence, master warrior, blind ambition, state affairs ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: japan, asia, kyoto japan, tokyo, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Movie in collections
 7.5
 2K
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: dark humor, realistic, serious, jidai geki
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, betrayal, ronin, vengeance, heroic mission, lone wolves, leadership, hopes, dishonesty, small town, small town life ...
Time: 60s, 1830s
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 6.4
 718
Killing (2018)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Set during the Edo period, the film follows the life of a ronin (Sosuke Ikematsu) and those around him.
Style: tense, captivating, psychological, exciting
Plot: samurai, ronin, swordsman, revenge, gang, massacre, village, bandit, murder, political unrest, edo period, war ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
 8.0
 15K
Kwaidan (1964)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 183 min.
Story: Taking its title from an archaic Japanese word meaning "ghost story," this anthology adapts four folk tales. A penniless samurai marries for money with tragic results. A man stranded in a blizzard is saved by Yuki the Snow Maiden, but his ...
Style: anthology, atmospheric, bleak, scary, suspenseful ...
Plot: samurai, ghost, monk, spirit, supernatural, escapades, heroes, secret identity, materialism, betrayal, husband wife relationship, painting ...
Time: 19th century, 17th century, middle ages, 13th century, 11th century ...
Place: japan, asia, kyoto japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in the Land of Demons (1973)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: In the fifth film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, Ogami Itto is challenged by five warriors, each has one fifth of Ogami's assassin fee and one fifth of the information he needs to complete his assassination.
Style: captivating, epic, suspenseful, atmospheric, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, one man army, heroes, hitman, drifter, assassin, dishonesty, danger, escapades, lone wolves, crimes ...
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Zatoichi: The Last (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan, France
Duration: 132 min.
Story: A blind master swordsman attempts to lead a quiet life with his wife but he is provoked back into battle.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, exciting, tense ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, homecoming, deadly, adventure, forced into action, village, blind man, save the day, murder, protector, rivalry ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril (1972)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 81 min.
Story: In the fourth film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, Ogami Itto is hired to kill a tattooed female assassin and battles Retsudo, head of the Yagyu clan, and his son Gunbei.
Style: stylized, realistic, serious, exciting, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, female killer, hitman, assassin, master warrior, disgraced, cult, parents and children, strong violent content, family relations, drifter ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Zatoichi's Revenge (1965)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Itinerant masseur and master swordsman, the blind Zatoichi, is near the village of his teacher, Hikonoichi, so he decides to visit. He learns of Hikonoichi's recent robbery and murder and the imprisonment of his virginal daughter, Osayo, in a ...
Style: suspenseful, disturbing, stylized, rough, captivating ...
Plot: samurai, murder, village, katana, master warrior, prostitute, danger, confined, adventure, one man army, deadly, dishonesty ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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