Movies like The Twilight Samurai

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The Twilight Samurai (2002)
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The Twilight Samurai (2002)
Original name: たそがれ清兵衛
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 beautiful Tomoe, a childhood friend, comes back into he and his daughters' life, but as the Japanese feudal system unravels, Seibei is still bound by the code of honor of the samurai and by his own sense of social precedence. How can he find a way to do what is best for those he loves?
Style: tense, emotional, realistic, atmospheric, sentimental, sincere, serious, lyrical, touching, talky ...
Plot: samurai, sword fight, poverty, friendship, duel, struggle, love and romance, social differences, selflessness, pride and honor, fall in love, couple relations, single father, samurai era, childhood sweetheart, character study, honor, widower, tragedy, love, visceral, love story, assassination, bittersweet, heroes ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo

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Most similar movies to The Twilight Samurai

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, emotional and melancholic films with plots about love and romance, storytelling, culture clash, mentor, romance, runaway and friendship mostly in Drama, Romance and History genres. Some movies like The Twilight Samurai: The Hidden Blade (2004), Love and Honour (2006), Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2011), The Sea Is Watching (2002), Mrs Brown (1997). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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: stylized, sentimental, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: samurai, caste system, politics, love and romance, family life, vengeance, martial arts, social class, sword fight, honor, edo period, revenge ...
Time: 1860s
Place: japan, asia
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100%
Love and Honour (2006)
Genre: Drama, 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: psychological, serious, epic, jidai geki
Plot: samurai, social differences, romance, hopes, rivalry, society, blind character, vengeance, political unrest, master warrior, feudal japan, poisoning ...
Place: japan, asia
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100%
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: tense, serious, bleak, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: samurai, vengeance, life is a bitch, society, rivalry, loss of son, down on your luck, revenge, hara kiri, ronin, code of honor, seppuku ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
18%
The Sea Is Watching (2002)
Genre: Romance, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Based on Akira Kurosawa's final unproduced script, this Edo-period drama takes place almost entirely inside an ocean-village brothel. O-Shin is a young brothel worker who one night helps a young samurai escape from his pursuers. Against the ...
Style: sentimental, serious, realistic, touching, captivating ...
Plot: friendship, samurai, prostitute, looking for love, couple relations, hopes, romance, village, fall in love, unfulfilled love, village life, couples ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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 7.2
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Mrs Brown (1997)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK, Ireland, USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Queen Victoria is deeply depressed after the death of her husband, disappearing from public. Her servant Brown, who adores her, through caress and admiration brings her back to life, but that relationship creates scandalous situation and is likely ...
Style: touching, sentimental, serious, sincere, emotional ...
Plot: queen victoria, friendship, politics, widow, queen, romance, state affairs, victorian england, platonic, assassination attempt, royalty, relationships ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era, 1860s, 1880s
Place: england, scotland, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 8.6
 48K
Harakiri (1962)
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 ...
Plot: samurai, suicide, revenge, poverty, vengeance, society, rivalry, life is a bitch, hara kiri, sword fight, one against many, japanese culture ...
Time: 17th century
Place: asia, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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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, dishonesty, danger, naivete, drifter, anti heroes, duel ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Picture Bride (1994)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Riyo, an orphaned 17-year old, sails from Yokohama to Hawaii in 1918 to marry Matsuji, a man she has never met. Hoping to escape a troubled past and start anew, Riyo is bitterly disappointed upon her arrival: her husband is twice her age. The ...
Style: touching, serious, melancholic, emotional, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: orphan, arranged marriage, self discovery, immigrants, fish out of water, social differences, older man younger woman relationship, love and romance, loveless marriage, existentialism, island, friendship ...
Time: year 1918, 19th century, 1920s
Place: hawaii, japan, usa, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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The Widow of Saint-Pierre (2000)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: France, Canada
Duration: 112 min.
Story: In 1850, on the isolated French island of Saint-Pierre, a murder shocks the natives. Two fishermen are arrested. One of them, Louis Ollivier, dies in custody. The other, Neel Auguste, is sentenced to death by the guillotine. The island is so small ...
Style: touching, sincere, emotional, compassionate, atmospheric ...
Plot: murder, redemption, prison, death sentence, tragic love, island, death row, introspection, romance, isolation, destiny, social differences ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s, 50s, 1950s
Place: france, europe, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.9
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Shadow Magic (2000)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: China, Germany, Taiwan, USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Beijing, 1902: an enterprising young portrait photographer named Liu Jinglun, keen on new technology, befriends a newly-arrived Englishman who's brought projector, camera, and Lumière-brothers' shorts to open the Shadow Magic theater. ...
Style: touching, realistic, serious, emotional, light ...
Plot: friendship, culture clash, romance, lifestyle, social differences, introspection, filmmaking, love and romance, society, human nature, unfulfilled love, couple relations ...
Time: 90s, 1900s, 20th century, 19th century, 1890s ...
Place: china, asia, california, australia
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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: samurai, obsession, revenge, sword fight, obsessive quest, crimes, actor's life, partners, dishonesty, artists and showbiz, hidden identity, fall in love ...
Time: 19th century, 1930s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 6.9
 33K
Love Story (1970)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Harvard Law student Oliver Barrett IV and music student Jennifer Cavilleri share a chemistry they cannot deny - and a love they cannot ignore. Despite their opposite backgrounds, the young couple put their hearts on the line for each other. When ...
Style: touching, emotional, sentimental, serious, sincere ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: tragic love, romance, young lovers, love, college, class differences, rich man poor woman, young love, terminal illness, unfulfillment, hopes, love and romance ...
Time: 60s, 20th century, 70s
Place: harvard university, boston, paris france, new york
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.6
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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, seppuku, martial arts, battles, vengeance, society, redemption, revenge, righting the wronged, rivalry, dishonesty, human nature ...
Time: middle ages, 18th century, 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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, rough ...
Plot: samurai, assassination, ronin, sword fight, deadly, tragic hero, hopes, lone wolves, state affairs, ambition, redemption, conspiracy ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.0
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One Day (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 107 min.
Story: A romantic comedy centered on Dexter and Emma, who first meet during their graduation in 1988 and proceed to keep in touch regularly. The film follows what they do on July 15 annually, usually doing something together.
Style: emotional, sentimental, romantic, touching, serious ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: love and romance, best friends in love, opposites attract, male female friendship, love, friendship, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, ambition, social differences, couples, friends, introspection ...
Time: 90s, 21st century, 20th century, contemporary, 80s ...
Place: london, paris france, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Heavenly Forest (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 116 min.
Story: The story begins with Makoto Segawa, a freshman at Meikei University. On the day of his university entrance ceremony, Makoto meets a fresh-faced, quirky girl named Shizuru. Makoto has a complex which causes him to shy away from contact with other ...
Style: serious, realistic, sincere, emotional, touching
Audience: date night
Plot: student life, love triangle, fall in love, university, couple relations, love and romance, young lovers, romance, youth, couples, death, photograph ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Lovers' Concerto (2002)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: South Korea
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Lee Ji-hwan receives photographs in the mail that reminds him of how he met two girls, Shim Su-in and Kim Gyeong-heui, one summer five years ago. He shares his memories with his friend Cheol-hyeon. He recalls initially being in love with Su-in, but ...
Style: sentimental, sincere, touching, captivating, romantic ...
Plot: love triangle, romance, friendship, couples, love and romance, friends, love story, couple relations, relationships, romantic relationship, love affair, best friends ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: korea, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.7
 60K
Like Crazy (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A British college student falls for an American student, only to be separated from him when she's banned from the U.S. after overstaying her visa.
Style: sincere, sentimental, realistic, affectionate, serious ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: forceful separation, long distance relationship, couple relations, parents, customs, romance, bittersweet, lovers apart, couples, love affair, fall in love, love and romance ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 70s
Place: usa, los angeles, england, london, california ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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Onegin (1999)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: In the opulent St. Petersburg of the Empire period, Eugene Onegin is a jaded but dashing aristocrat - a man often lacking in empathy, who suffers from restlessness, melancholy and, finally, regret. Through his best friend Lensky, Onegin is ...
Style: atmospheric, clever, realistic, contemplative, serious ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: forbidden love, fall in love, unfulfilled love, unfulfillment, love and romance, couple relations, obsession, tragic love, unrequited love, countryside, book, love affair ...
Time: 19th century, 1820s, victorian era, 18th century
Place: russia, st. petersburg russia, saint petersburg, london, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Cyrano de Bergerac (1990)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, History, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Embarrassed by his large nose, a romantic poet/soldier romances his cousin by proxy.
Style: touching, witty, captivating, realistic, sentimental ...
Audience: date night
Plot: poet, tragic love, friendship, duel, love triangle, romance, power of love, fall in love, disorder, love and romance, military, dishonesty ...
Time: 17th century, 18th century
Place: france, paris france, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.3
 84K
Jane Eyre (2011)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: After a bleak childhood, Jane Eyre goes out into the world to become a governess. As she lives happily in her new position at Thornfield Hall, she meet the dark, cold, and abrupt master of the house, Mr. Rochester. Jane and her employer grow close ...
Style: touching, gothic, captivating, atmospheric, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: unlikely couple, social differences, fall in love, forbidden love, power of love, romance, rich and poor, estate, love and romance, master and servant, young woman, society ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era, 1840s, 70s
Place: england, europe, yorkshire
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 6.1
 16K
Dying Young (1991)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: After she discovers that her boyfriend has betrayed her, Hilary O'Neil is looking for a new start and a new job. She begins to work as a private nurse for a young man suffering from blood cancer. Slowly, they fall in love, but they always know ...
Style: sentimental, romantic, touching, sad, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: romance, love story, cancer, life & death, leukemia, doctors, couple relations, fall in love, social differences, parents and children, human nature, unfulfillment ...
Time: 90s
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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, captivating, serious ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, psychopath, nihilism, master warrior, vengeance, uninhibited rivalry, graphic violence, atrocity, opponent, rivalry, deadly ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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A Tale of Samurai Cooking: A True Love Story (2013)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Set within the Kaga Domain in the Edo Period. Oharu is an excellent cook and recognized for her skills. Due to her cooking talents, she marries Yasunobu, who is an heir in the Funaki family. The Funaki family serves as the cook for the Kaga Domain. ...
Style: humorous, touching, sentimental, realistic, semi serious
Plot: samurai, cooking, couples, unsupportive spouse, society, couple relations, unfulfilled love, husband wife relationship, edo period, cooking and food, world, master and servant ...
Time: 18th century
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Camille Claudel (1988)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: France
Duration: 175 min.
Story: The life of Camille Claudel, a french scupltor who becomes the apprentice of Auguste Rodin and later his lover. Her passion for her art and Rodin drive her further away from reason and rationality.
Style: emotional, captivating, serious, disturbing, atmospheric ...
Plot: obsession, mental illness, sculptor, fall in love, love affair, couples, actor's life, love and romance, romance, destructive relationship, couple relations, female protagonist ...
Time: 19th century
Place: france, paris france
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 7.8
 13K
The Road Home (1999)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: China
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Prompted by the death of his father and the grief of his mother, a man recalls the story of how they met in flashback.
Style: sentimental, emotional, stylized, atmospheric, captivating ...
Plot: funeral, village, businessman, teacher, first love, death, fall in love, wooing, grief, coffin, burial, village life ...
Time: 50s, 20th century, 1950s
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
A Married Woman (2005)
Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance
Country: India
Duration: 130 min.
Story: They fall in love before they know its meaning, Lolita, orphaned at an early age & Shekhar, who reaches out & gives her the security she craves.They share joys & sorrows through childhood & adolescence,unknown to them ...
Style: sentimental, atmospheric, touching, captivating, realistic ...
Audience: date night
Plot: family relations, couples, couple relations, fall in love, friendship, bollywood, love triangle, romance, family problems, childhood sweetheart, social differences, parents and children ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s
Place: india, asia, kolkata
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
Falling in Love (1984)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: During shopping for Christmas, Frank and Molly run into each other. This fleeting short moment will start to change their lives, when they recognize each other months later in the train home and have a good time together. Although both are married ...
Style: sentimental, touching, semi serious, realistic, sincere ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: infidelity, romance, adultery, friendship, couple relations, fall in love, love affair, love and romance, husband wife relationship, extramarital affair, christmas, bittersweet ...
Time: 20th century, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, grand central station manhattan new york city, manhattan, new york city ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 124 min.
Story: In this story-within-a-story, Anna is an actress starring opposite Mike in a period piece about the forbidden love between their respective characters, Sarah and Charles. Both actors are involved in serious relationships, but the passionate nature ...
Style: stylized, atmospheric, emotional, scenic, clever ...
Plot: adultery, lieutenant, romance, love, love affair, tragedy, society, destructive relationship, infidelity, social differences, love triangle, film within a film ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, victorian, 20th century, 80s ...
Place: england, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%
 8.4
 18K
Red Beard (1965)
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, serious, compassionate, poignant ...
Plot: intern, clinic, samurai, doctor, countryside, brothel, family relations, generation gap, hopes, society, heroes, power relations ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
23%