Movies like Shogun 1980

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Shogun (1980)
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Shogun (1980)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 125 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 the Portugese. A struggle is in the final stages for who will be the Shogun, the leader who, under the emperor, governs the land. Toranaga sees in Blackthorn things he can use to at least survive the struggle to come, and if both play their hands correctly, become Shogun.
Style: exciting, serious, captivating, realistic, saga
Plot: samurai, politics, battles, shogun, war, survival, adventure, ship, military, heroes, betrayal, interracial relations, emperor, royal family, danger, master warrior, society, heroic mission, dishonesty, political unrest, escapades, rivalry, culture clash, state affairs, uninhibited rivalry ...
Time: 16th century, 17th century, middle ages, 1600s
Place: japan, feudal japan, portugal

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Most similar movies to Shogun

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, exciting and epic films with plots about heroes, battles, state affairs, rivalry, adventure, military and escapades mostly in Drama, History and Adventure genres. Some movies like Shogun: Samurai Banners (1969), Kagemusha (1980), The Last Valley (1971), The Bushido Blade (1981), The 14 Amazons (1972). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Shogun (1980)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 547 min.
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Story: An English navigator becomes both pawn and player in the deadly political games in feudal Japan.
Style: epic, twists and turns, atmospheric, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: samurai, battles, intrigue, shogun, leadership, interracial relations, betrayal, heroes, military, danger, dignity, sea disaster ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: japan, asia, portugal
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100%
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, power relations, politics, war, betrayal, state affairs, military, fall in love, heroes, intrigue, dishonesty, master warrior ...
Time: 16th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
 8.0
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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 ⇓
26%
The Last Valley (1971)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 125 min.
Story: People in a small German village in the last valley to remain untouched by the devastating Thirty Years' War try to exist in peace with a group of soldiers occupying the valley.
Style: suspenseful, serious, exciting, captivating, suspense ...
Plot: war, village, battles, adventure, anti war, village life, rescue, heroes, chaos, danger, military, society ...
Time: 17th century
Place: germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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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: suspenseful, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, military, master warrior, crime, escapades, adventure, rivalry, state affairs, heroes, crimes, battles, military life ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: japan, asia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 6.5
 401
The 14 Amazons (1972)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 112 min.
Story: The Yang family, men and women, have served their country loyally for generations. During the war General Yang is ambushed and killed. His widow and the entire family set out to avenge his death and defend the country.
Style: realistic, serious, exciting, captivating
Plot: war, battles, martial arts, female warrior, state affairs, hopes, adventure, vengeance, heroic mission, strong female presence, win over, religions or cults ...
Time: middle ages
Place: hong kong, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Constantine and the Cross (1961)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: Italy, Yugoslavia
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Constantin is fighting against Barbarians with his father when he is called to Rome. In his way to Rome, he falls in an ambush planned by Maxence, who wants to become emperor.
Style: epic, serious, realistic, saga, christian film
Plot: battles, emperor, christianity, ancient rome, rivalry, rise to the top, society, espionage, betrayal, intrigue, adventure, leadership ...
Time: ancient history
Place: rome italy, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
The Legend of Suriyothai (2001)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: Thailand
Duration: 185 min.
Story: During the 16th century, as Thailand contends with both a civil war and Burmese invasion, a beautiful princess rises up to help protect the glory of the Kingdom of Ayothaya. Based on the life of Queen Suriyothai.
Style: epic, exciting, realistic, atmospheric, stylized ...
Plot: royal family, rivalry, betrayal, battles, queen, invasion, tragic hero, adventure, political unrest, intrigue, dishonesty, politics ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s
Place: burma, thailand, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
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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: stylized, captivating, realistic, serious, contemplative ...
Plot: battles, political unrest, society, politics, rise to the top, clergy, samurai, state affairs, war, heroes, military, ambition ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s
Place: japan, china, asia, korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Heaven and Earth (1990)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 104 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: epic, cult film, serious, realistic, rough ...
Plot: samurai, japanese history, katana, leadership, escapades, rivalry, blind ambition, state affairs, ambition, adventure, ego clash, war ...
Time: 16th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
22%
Shinobi: Heart Under Blade (2005)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Even though Gennosuke and Oboro are from rival ninja villages, they are secretly in love. At an annual conference with the Lord, it is dictated that a competition--a fight to the death--will take place between the five best shinobi from each ...
Style: exciting, captivating, stylized, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: master warrior, samurai, tragic love, love and romance, imaginary, supernatural ability, state affairs, battles, uninhibited rivalry, heroes, adventure, forbidden love ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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, realistic ...
Plot: samurai, rivalry, uninhibited rivalry, conspiracy, strong violent content, orchestral, assassination, betrayal, state affairs, dishonesty, political unrest, ninja ...
Time: 17th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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Shogun's Ninja (1980)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In the middle of the 16th century, Hideyoshi, a power hungry warlord sets out to destroy the Momochi clan. He sends his war commander in search of the clan's hidden gold only to find that two daggers are the key to the hiding place of the ...
Style: exciting, stylized, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: master warrior, martial arts, shogun, ninja, ninja master, treasure hunt, political unrest, heroic mission, vengeance, uninhibited rivalry, graphic violence, rivalry ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
The 300 Spartans (1962)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Essentially true story of how Spartan king Leonidas led an extremely small army of Greek Soldiers (300 of his personal body guards from Sparta) to hold off an invading Persian army now thought to have numbered 250,000.
Style: epic, serious, exciting, rough, talky ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: heroes, soldier, battles, heroic mission, adventure, warrior, master warrior, chaos, chaos and mayhem, against the odds, danger, leadership ...
Time: 19th century, 60s, 1960s, 18th century
Place: greece, ancient greece, europe, rome italy, egypt
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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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, captivating, tense, suspense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, rich and poor, betrayal, social differences, heroes, rivalry, battles, revenge, robin hood, treasure, murder ...
Time: 15th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
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The Warrior (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: South Korea, China
Duration: 158 min.
Story: In 1375, China was in chaos between Yuan Dynasty and Ming Dynasty. Coryo (an ancient kingdom of Korea then) sent a delegation of many diplomats, soldiers and a silent slave to make peace with the new Chinese government. However, this delegation got ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, rough, epic, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: battles, martial arts, master warrior, exile, desert, battle, samurai, survival, heroic mission, war, tragic hero, adventure ...
Time: middle ages, 14th century
Place: china, korea, hong kong, asia, mongolia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
21%
 6.4
 4K
Taras Bulba (1962)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: Yugoslavia, USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: The Cossacks of Eastern Europe join the Poles to rid the Turks from the Steps of Europe. In return for their aid, the Poles agree to give control of the Steps to the Cossacks. After the battle, however, the Poles back out of their agreement and ...
Style: epic, touching, atmospheric, gloomy, exciting ...
Plot: cossack, battles, heroes, forbidden love, brother brother relationship, father son relationship, parents and children, rebelliousness, rebellion, tragic hero, adventure, tragic love ...
Time: 16th century
Place: ukraine, poland, europe, russia, kiev ukraine ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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 ⇓
20%
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 6.0
 1K
Marco Polo (2007)
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 131 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: atmospheric, epic, exciting, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: adventurer, heroic mission, heroes, dishonesty, rivalry, danger, leadership, hopes, culture clash, political unrest, society, priest ...
Time: 13th century, middle ages
Place: asia, china, venice
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 2.7
 5K
The Gaul (2001)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: France, Belgium, Canada
Duration: 120 min.
Story: In the year 60 B.C. a group of Druids, including the arch-druid Guttuart (Max von Sydow), witness the passing of a comet and interpret it as the sign of the coming of a king for their country Gaul, which has not had a king for a long time. Guttuart ...
Style: rough, exciting, serious, epic, realistic ...
Plot: battles, heroes, roman empire, destiny, heroic mission, adventure, rise to the top, leadership, betrayal, state affairs, julius caesar, military ...
Time: 1st century b.c.
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
The Hidden Blade (2004)
Genre: Action, 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: sentimental, stylized, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: samurai, family life, vengeance, love and romance, politics, martial arts, caste system, rivalry, heroes, bittersweet, friendship, family in crisis ...
Time: 1860s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 6.5
 2K
Yamato (2005)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 145 min.
Story: Directed by Junya Sato and based on a book by Jun Henmi, "Yamato" has a framing story set in the present day and uses flashbacks to tell the story of the crew of the World War II Japanese battleship Yamato. The film was never released in ...
Style: realistic, captivating, exciting, serious
Plot: navy, world war two, battleship, japanese history, war, battles, survival, ship, danger, heroes, military, first love ...
Time: 1940s, year 1945
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 188 min.
Story: Drawn from the same events that later inspired Gladiator, the film charts the power-hungry greed and father-son betrayal that led to Rome's collapse at the bloody hands of the Barbarians.
Style: epic, captivating, exciting, serious, stylized ...
Plot: roman empire, betrayal, tragic hero, battles, ancient rome, political unrest, politics, war, rivalry, state affairs, adventure, military ...
Time: ancient history
Place: rome italy, europe, italy
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
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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: serious, exciting, captivating, epic, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: battles, conquering, leadership, ambition, heroes, adventure, betrayal, rise to the top, escapades, haunted by the past, rivalry, master warrior ...
Time: middle ages, 13th century, 12th century
Place: mongolia, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Flight from Ashiya (1964)
Genre: Adventure, Romance, Drama, War
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Featuring an all-star cast and on-location shooting in Japan, where the story is set, three US Air Force rescue pilots must overcome their personal problems and differences to embark upon a dangerous mission to save raft-bound Japanese survivors ...
Style: serious, realistic, sentimental, suspenseful, exciting ...
Plot: danger, heroes, adventure, escapades, daring rescue, race against time, catastrophe, airplane, ocean or sea, ship, heroic mission, isolation ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 1960s
Place: japan, the philippines
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Hell in the Pacific (1968)
Genre: Adventure, War
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: During World War II, a shot-down American pilot and a marooned Japanese navy captain find themselves stranded on the same small uninhabited island in the Pacific Ocean. Following war logic, each time the crafty Japanese devises something useful, he ...
Style: suspenseful, tense, serious, realistic, rough ...
Plot: war, world war two, island, pilot, survival, adventure, military life, human spirit, friendship, soldier, military, danger ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, 1940s
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
Captain Alatriste: The Spanish Musketeer (2006)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, Romance, Thriller, War
Country: Spain
Duration: 145 min.
Story: In 17th century Spain Diego Alatriste, a brave and heroic soldier, is fighting in his King's army in the Flandes region. His best mate, Balboa, falls in a trap and, near to death, asks Diego to look after his son and teach him to be a soldier.
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, epic, rough
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: adventure, battles, intrigue, soldier, heroes, european history, dishonesty, tough heroes, righting the wronged, hopes, deathtrap, last wish ...
Time: 17th century
Place: spain, madrid, napoli italy, flanders
⇓ similarity ⇓
20%
 7.4
 43K
Red Cliff (2008)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, USA
Duration: 288 min.
Story: In 208 A.D., in the final days of the Han Dynasty, shrewd Prime Minster Cao convinced the fickle Emperor Han the only way to unite all of China was to declare war on the kingdoms of Xu in the west and East Wu in the south. Thus began a military ...
Style: epic, realistic, exciting, serious, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: battles, war, strategy, martial arts, war hero, siblings relations, state affairs, adventure, heroes, danger, tragic hero, heroic mission ...
Time: ancient history
Place: china, ancient china, asia, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
Nomad: The Warrior (2005)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Kazakhstan, France, USA
Duration: 112 min.
Story: The Nomad is a historical epic set in 18th-century Kazakhstan. The film is a fictionalised account of the youth and coming-of-age of Ablai Khan, as he grows and fights to defend the fortress at Hazrat-e Turkestan from Dzungar invaders.
Style: exciting, serious, rough, epic
Plot: nomad, battles, leadership, heroic mission, folk hero, tragic hero, rivalry, ambition, rise and fall, political unrest, state affairs, danger ...
Time: 18th century, 1800s
Place: kazakhstan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%
A Viking Saga: Son of Thor (2008)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: Denmark, USA
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Drama set in the viking age, Helgi witnesses the destruction of his village and narrowly escapes to his uncle Rurik who raises him like his son. Many years later he meets the people responsible for his parents death and someone he never expected to ...
Style: saga, captivating, exciting, serious, tense ...
Plot: viking, battles, vengeance, adventure, rivalry, uninhibited rivalry, escapades, love and romance, murder, paganism, danger, graphic violence ...
Time: middle ages
Place: europe, denmark, scandinavia
⇓ similarity ⇓
19%