Movies and TV shows like Shogun

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Shogun (1980)
 8.1
 13K
Shogun (1980)
Original name: Shōgun
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 547 min.
TV show
Story: An English navigator becomes both pawn and player in the deadly political games in feudal Japan.
Style: atmospheric, epic, twists and turns, serious, captivating, realistic, stylized, surprise ending, saga, baroque ...
Plot: samurai, shogun, jesuit, battles, intrigue, interracial relations, leadership, martial arts, ancient, historical event, white man asian woman relationship, adventure, heroes, military, betrayal, graphic violence, emperor, love and romance, fall in love, adventurer, escapades, rivalry, social differences, society, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: japan, asia, portugal

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Most similar movies to Shogun

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, captivating and stylized films and TV series with plots about heroes, rivalry, medieval, sword fight, samurai, state affairs and battles mostly in Drama, History and Adventure genres. Some movies like Shogun: Marco Polo (2014), Vikings (2013), Samurai Banners (1969), Kagemusha (1980), The Bushido Blade (1981). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Shogun (1980)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 159 min.
Story: In the 16th Century, a Dutch ship sails the Pacific from the Americas in order to escape the Spanish. Blackthorn is the pilot of the ship and the first to realize the possibilities of Japan. Japan is a feudal society which has a strong presence of ...
Style: exciting, captivating, serious, realistic, saga
Plot: samurai, feudal japan, shogun, jesuit, ancient, battles, politics, emperor, betrayal, heroes, rivalry, master warrior ...
Time: 17th century, 16th century, middle ages
Place: japan, portugal
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.0
 72K
Marco Polo (2014)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: An epic adventure that follows the early years of the famous explorer as he travels the exotic Silk Road to the great Kublai Khan’s court. But Marco soon finds that navigating the Khan’s world of greed, betrayal, sexual intrigue and rivalry will ...
Style: exciting, captivating, epic, atmospheric, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: intrigue, culture clash, rivalry, kung fu master, adventure hero, palace, medieval, escapades, forbidden love, barbarian, strong violent content, adventure ...
Time: middle ages, 13th century
Place: mongolia, asia, venice, china, beijing china
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
 8.5
 518K
Vikings (2013)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: Ireland, Canada
Duration: 44 min.
TV show
Story: Vikings follows the adventures of Ragnar Lothbrok, the greatest hero of his age. The series tells the sagas of Ragnar's band of Viking brothers and his family, as he rises to become King of the Viking tribes. As well as being a fearless ...
Style: atmospheric, heroic, captivating, exciting, breathtaking ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: warrior, viking, king, adventure, battles, norse mythology, legends and myths, historical character, heroes, sword and shield, tough heroes, leader ...
Time: middle ages, 7th century, 9th century, 8th century
Place: scandinavia, europe, iceland
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Samurai Banners (1969)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 165 min.
Story: Feudal Japan, 1543 to 1562. Kansuke Yamamoto is a samurai who dreams of a country united, peaceful from sea to sea. He enters the service of Takeda, the lord of Kai domain. He convinces Takeda to kill the lord of neighboring Suwa and take his wife ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, stylized, jidai geki
Plot: samurai, war, military, betrayal, politics, state affairs, power relations, dishonesty, intrigue, heroes, master warrior, fall in love ...
Time: 16th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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 7.9
 36K
Kagemusha (1980)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 162 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, enigmatic, bleak, tense, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, japanese history, war, martial arts, warlord, feudal japan, battles, doppelganger, medieval, death, warrior, culture clash ...
Time: 16th century, 18th century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
The Bushido Blade (1981)
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: A steel samurai blade that was to be given to the American ambassador by the Emperor of Japan is stolen. American sailors and Japanese samurai are sent to find it.
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, ninja, martial arts, woman with a gun, battles, master warrior, escapades, adventure, heroes, state affairs, military, rivalry ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: japan, asia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 6.8
 8K
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, tense, psychological, realistic ...
Plot: gay, samurai, gays and lesbians, murder mystery, secrets, sword fight, emperor, lgbt, life philosophy, wartime, state affairs, gender ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, spain, tokyo, asia, kyoto japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
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, tense, bleak, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: samurai, revenge, feudal japan, life is a bitch, society, vengeance, rivalry, loss of son, down on your luck, winter, hara kiri, medieval ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Heaven and Earth (1990)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Warlords Kagetora and Takeda each wish to prevent the other from gaining hegemony in feudal Japan. The two samurai leaders pursue one another across the countryside, engaging in massive battles of cavalry and infantry. Younger and less brutal, ...
Style: psychotronic, visually appealing, epic, realistic, serious ...
Plot: samurai, japanese history, katana, medieval, legends and myths, fight, ancient, strong violent content, power relations, family relations, battles, chaos ...
Time: 16th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
When the Last Sword is Drawn (2002)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 143 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 ...
Style: atmospheric, realistic, captivating, bleak, serious ...
Plot: samurai, japanese history, human spirit, political unrest, tragic hero, life is a bitch, emperor, state affairs, hopes, unfulfillment, suicide, historical event ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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, realistic, serious, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: samurai, ronin, medieval, father, sword fight, ancient, assassination, edo period, redemption, ruler, state affairs, lone wolves ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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, rough, stylized, serious ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, ninja, shogun, medieval, kung fu, rivalry, strong violent content, conspiracy, uninhibited rivalry, political unrest, dishonesty ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.7
 1K
Marco Polo (1982)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Italy, USA, Japan, China
Duration: 504 min.
TV show
Story: The life and experiences of the 13th-century explorer, who sought to connect the civilizations of China and Europe through trade.
Style: epic, exciting, captivating, serious, realistic ...
Plot: medieval, explorer, white man asian woman relationship, islam, historical event, ancient, battles, escapades, ambition, society, adventure, heroes ...
Time: middle ages, 13th century
Place: persia, venice, mongolia, tibet, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
The Hidden Blade (2004)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Set in 19th Century Japan a young samurai who finds himself in love with a farm girl leaves his home to begin a new life. He has to take stock of his new life when he is put to the test and ordered to kill a traitor who just happens to be his ...
Style: stylized, sentimental, serious, romantic, epic ...
Plot: samurai, caste system, love and romance, politics, family life, vengeance, martial arts, medieval, ninja, love, edo period, winter ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 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, atmospheric, harsh, bleak, serious ...
Plot: samurai, vengeance, seppuku, revenge, brutality, medieval, justice, battles, martial arts, courage, society, redemption ...
Time: middle ages, 18th century, 19th century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
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, revenge, father son relationship, violence, kidnapping, injustice, family relations, rebelliousness, master warrior, martial arts, ruler ...
Time: 18th century, 70s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Sharpe's Eagle (1993)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 100 min.
TV show
Story: Sharpe is a Captain saddled with the South Essex, a battalion run by incompetents and filled with soldiers who have never been in battle. When the South Essex loses its colours (its regimental flag), Sharpe vows to save the honor of the regiment by ...
Style: exciting, captivating, realistic, serious, factual ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: adventure, napoleonic wars, military, battles, war, escapades, state affairs, soldier, heroes, rebellion, military life, royal court ...
Time: 19th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea (2007)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 136 min.
Story: A look at Genghis Khan's life, from his birth to conquests in Asia.
Style: exciting, captivating, serious, realistic, epic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: battles, conquering, adventure, heroes, ambition, leadership, haunted by the past, escapades, rise to the top, rivalry, betrayal, medieval ...
Time: middle ages, 13th century, 12th century
Place: mongolia, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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 7.1
 742
Rikyu (1989)
Genre: Biography, 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, captivating, stylized, jidai geki ...
Plot: samurai, painter, medieval, tradition, tea, battles, politics, society, state affairs, clergy, war, ambition ...
Time: 16th century
Place: japan, china, korea, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 8.0
 321
Ryōmaden (2010)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Ryōmaden is the 49th NHK Taiga drama. It was shown on NHK from January 3 to November 28, 2010 spanning 48 episodes. The story centers on the life of 19th-century Japanese historical figures Iwasaki Yatarō and Sakamoto Ryōma. It has been announced ...
Style: suspense, tense, disturbing, captivating
Plot: samurai era, samurai, competitor, political intrigue, historical character, historical figure, life philosophy, fight, intrigue, power struggle, shogun, edo period ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 6.6
 5K
Goemon (2009)
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Follow the infamous ninja bandit named Ishikawa Goemon (Yosuke Eguchi) in an epic story. One night while looting treasure from Nanban (Southern Barbarians), Goemon finds a mysterious box hidden inside a secret grave. A forgotten relic from the past ...
Style: exciting, epic, captivating, suspense, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, ninja, betrayal, rich and poor, social differences, rivalry, battles, sword, revenge, robin hood, treasure ...
Time: 15th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
 5.9
 1K
Marco Polo (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 165 min.
Story: Assigned to accompany two priests on a mission to convert the court of Kublai Khan to Christianity, Marco Polo is abandoned in the mountains when the priests, doubting the very existence of China, turn back. Polo eventually pushes bravely forth ...
Style: captivating, exciting, epic, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: adventurer, heroes, heroic mission, dishonesty, hopes, rivalry, leadership, political unrest, culture clash, society, priest, survival ...
Time: 13th century, middle ages
Place: asia, china, venice
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
Rurouni Kenshin Part I: Origins (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Former legendary assassin Kenshin Himura has now become a wandering samurai. Offering aid & protecting those in need as atonement for his past deeds. During this time Kenshin Himura comes across and aides Kaoru Kamiya (Emi Takei). Her father ...
Style: exciting, serious, stylized, realistic, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, master warrior, katana, heroes, drifter, swordsman, one man army, massacre, drug lord, shogun, mercenary ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1860s
Place: japan, asia, ancient china, kyoto japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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Love and Honor (2006)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 122 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, psychological, epic, romantic, jidai geki
Plot: samurai, blind character, social differences, vengeance, political unrest, romance, society, hopes, rivalry, master warrior, blindness, feudal japan ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Sharpe's Peril (2008)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: UK
Duration: 69 min.
TV show
Story: Our story begins at the end of Sharpe's Challenge. Sharpe and Harper are en route to Madras when they encounter a baggage train from the East India Company traveling through hostile territory. Chitu, a legendary bandit leader in control of the ...
Style: serious, exciting, captivating, disturbing, realistic
Plot: napoleonic wars, military, battles, heroes, adventure, heroic mission, military life, escapades, british soldier, violence, battlefield, war hero ...
Time: 19th century
Place: india
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
55 Days at Peking (1963)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 154 min.
Story: Diplomats, soldiers and other representatives of a dozen nations fend off the siege of the International Compound in Peking during the 1900 Boxer Rebellion. The disparate interests unite for survival despite competing factions, overwhelming odds, ...
Style: serious, exciting, realistic, epic, tense ...
Plot: battles, imperialism, british empire, siege, politics, military, political unrest, state affairs, rivalry, against the odds, colonialism, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, year 1900, turn of the century, victorian era
Place: china, england, france, beijing china, asia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
1612: Chronicles of the Dark Time (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: Russia
Duration: 144 min.
Story: The czar of Russia has died and a power vacuum has developed. This period in the late 16th and early 17th century has been called "The Time of Troubles." There are many impostors who claim to the right to rule, but there's only one ...
Style: captivating, serious, tense, epic, baroque
Plot: conquering, battles, war, politics, state affairs, wartime life, military, heroes, political unrest, sword fight, medieval, siege ...
Time: 17th century
Place: russia, poland, europe, moscow russia
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo (1970)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 115 min.
Story: With a price on his head, Ichi seeks tranquillity in a favorite village. Since his last visit, it has fallen prey to Boss Masagoro, the son of a merchant rumored to have stolen gold from the shogunate. The boss has hired Yojimbo as his hard-drinking ...
Style: stylized, semi serious, realistic, cult film
Plot: samurai, martial arts, sword fight, gold, spy, ninja, ancient, village, parents and children, redemption, vengeance, righting the wronged ...
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
The Mahabharata (1989)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: Belgium, Australia, USA, Sweden, Portugal, Norway, Netherlands, Japan, Ireland, Iceland, Finland, Denmark, UK, France, Luxembourg
Duration: 318 min.
TV show
Story: One of the great masterpieces of world literature comes to vivid life in an elaborate production from acclaimed theater and film innovator Peter Brook. This collection of ancient Sanskrit stories (composed into the longest book ever written) ...
Style: epic, atmospheric, stylized, serious, realistic ...
Plot: legends and myths, ancient history, battles, religion, open relationship, religious, polygamy, afterlife, polyamory, conspiracy, mythology, dysfunctional family ...
Place: asia, india
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 8.0
 38K
Sanjuro (1962)
Genre: Action, 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, tense, witty, stylized, exciting ...
Plot: samurai, sword fight, corruption, rescue, betrayal, police investigation, one against many, visceral, culture clash, transformation, small town, martial arts ...
Time: 19th century, future
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%