Movies like The Twilight Samurai

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The Twilight Samurai
Original name: たそがれ清兵衛
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 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: atmospheric, realistic, tense, emotional, serious, melancholic, reflective, stylized, bleak, sentimental ...
Plot: samurai, friendship, poverty, sword fight, single father, childhood, storytelling, couple relations, character study, fight scenes, mentor, loneliness, social differences, visceral, relationships, culture clash, life & death, gunfight, love story, vengeance, family drama, tragedy, violence, sacrifice, life ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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Red Beard
Drama
Japan
185 min.
 8.3
Kagemusha
Drama, History, War
Japan, USA
180 min.
 8.0
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Most similar movies to The Twilight Samurai

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out melancholic, realistic, serious and enigmatic films with plots about storytelling, mentor, culture clash, childhood, dialogue, catastrophe and tragedy mostly in Drama, History and Romance genres. Some movies like The Twilight Samurai: Samurai Rebellion (1967), Harakiri (1962), Taboo (1999), 47 Samurai (1962), Kagemusha (1980). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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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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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 ...
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Taboo
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, psychological, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: samurai, homosexuality, gay, political unrest, sword fight, art, obsession, vengeance, gender, stylish, culture clash, violence ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, spain
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47 Samurai
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: 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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Kagemusha
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, stylized, realistic, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: samurai, war, tragedy, death, storytelling, culture clash, switching roles, dialogue, life & death, sacrifice, complex characters, doppelganger ...
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Place: japan, asia, tokyo, feudal japan
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The Emperor and the Assassin
Genre: Drama, History
Country: China, Japan, France
Duration: 162 min.
Story: In pre-unified China, the King of Qin sends his concubine to a rival kingdom to produce an assassin for a political plot, but as the king's cruelty mounts she finds her loyalty faltering.
Style: epic, captivating, serious, breathtaking, stylized ...
Plot: assassination, assassin, betrayal, sword fight, murder, revolution, period piece, blind ambition, fight scenes, dialogue, beautiful scenery, storytelling ...
Time: 18th century
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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
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    User:   65%
 
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Mrs Brown
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, dramatic, realistic ...
Plot: friendship, romance, politics, period piece, depression, love, unlikely friendships, british, love story, royal family, mentor, beautiful scenery ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian england, victorian era, 1880s ...
Place: england, scotland, europe, london
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    User:   56%
 
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The Leopard
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 186 min.
Story: As Garibaldi's troops begin the unification of Italy in the 1860s, an aristocratic Sicilian family grudgingly adapts to the sweeping social changes undermining their way of life. Proud but pragmatic Prince Don Fabrizio Salina allows his war ...
Style: epic, stylized, serious, reflective, scenic ...
Plot: revolution, ambition, aging, fascism, death, parents and children, palaces castles and temples, period piece, political unrest, culture clash, art, adaptation ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: italy, sicily, europe, palermo italy, sicily italy
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System:   50%
    User:   46%
 
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The Road Home
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: emotional, atmospheric, sentimental, stylized, serious ...
Plot: romance, death, teacher, village, love, young lovers, loneliness, memory, funeral, school, love story, beautiful scenery ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 1950s
Place: china, asia
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System:   49%
    User:   41%
 
The Widow of Saint-Pierre
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: emotional, serious, compassionate, enigmatic, gloomy ...
Plot: redemption, murder, island, prison, love, romance, human nature, death penalty, marriage, love story, death, beautiful scenery ...
Time: 19th century, 1950s, 1850s
Place: france, europe
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System:   47%
    User:   46%
 
 6.8
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Mr. Turner
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, France, Germany
Duration: 150 min.
Story: Eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner lives his last 25 years with gusto and secretly becomes involved with a seaside landlady, while his faithful housekeeper bears an unrequited love for him.
Style: clever, stylized, atmospheric, light, serious ...
Plot: artist, art, eccentricity, aging, obsession, storytelling, artists and showbiz, drinking, loneliness, life philosophy, dialogue, elderly ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, 18th century, 1820s, victorian era ...
Place: england, london, holland
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    User:   39%
 
Pelle the Conqueror
Genre: Drama
Country: Denmark, Sweden
Duration: 157 min.
Story: The end of the 19th century. A boat filled with Swedish emigrants comes to the Danish island of Bornholm. Among them are Lasse and his son Pelle who move to Denmark to find work. They find employment at a large farm, but are treated as the lowest ...
Style: emotional, atmospheric, stylized, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: immigrants, father son relationship, farm, island, male nudity, death, tragedy, love, parents and children, coming of age, down on your luck, loneliness ...
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Place: denmark, europe, seaport
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Not Yet
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 134 min.
Story: This film tells the story of professor Uehida Hyakken-sama (1889-1971), in Gotemba, around the forties. He was a university professor until an air raid, when he left to become a writer and has to live in a hut. His mood has hardly changed, not by ...
Style: emotional, serious, melancholic, reflective, meditative ...
Plot: samurai, teacher, death, family relations, fascism, golden years, mentor, life & death, loneliness, relationships, existentialism, life philosophy ...
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, hong kong
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Rhapsody in August
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The story centers on an elderly hibakusha, who lost her husband in the 1945 atomic bombing of Nagasaki, caring for her four grandchildren over the summer. She learns of a long-lost brother, Suzujiro, living in Hawaii who wants her to visit him ...
Style: talky, emotional, serious, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: samurai, memory, human nature, wartime, parents and children, siblings relations, childhood, culture clash, family gatherings, guilt, fascism, haunted by the past ...
Place: japan, hawaii, asia, tokyo, usa
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System:   43%
    User:   51%
 
Wuthering Heights
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Young orphan Heathcliff is adopted by the wealthy Earnshaw family and moves into their estate, Wuthering Heights. Soon, the new resident falls for his compassionate foster sister, Cathy. The two share a remarkable bond that seems unbreakable until ...
Style: atmospheric, emotional, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: romance, revenge, obsession, vengeance, betrayal, love, couple relations, book, adaptation, literature, destructive relationship, love story ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century
Place: england, europe
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    User:   47%
 
Picture Bride
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, realistic, scenic, harsh ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: immigrants, self discovery, friendship, culture clash, orphan, death, storytelling, couple relations, mentor, romance, forbidden love, life & death ...
Time: 19th century, 1920s
Place: hawaii, japan, asia, tokyo, usa
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    User:   48%
 
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Red Sorghum
Genre: Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: China
Duration: 91 min.
Story: An old leper who owned a remote sorghum winery dies. Jiu'er, the wife bought by the leper, and her lover, identified only as "my Grandpa" by the narrator, take over the winery and set up an idealized quasi-matriarchal community headed ...
Style: tense, epic, serious, captivating, sincere ...
Plot: wine, couple relations, political unrest, village, wartime life, brutality, war, childhood, political corruption, love and romance, culture clash, art ...
Time: 1930s, 20s, 20th century, 1920s
Place: china, asia, japan, tokyo
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System:   42%
    User:   48%
 
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An Actor's Revenge
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 113 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, serious, talky, offbeat ...
Plot: obsession, revenge, sword fight, vengeance, stylish, gender bending, runaway, samurai, artists and showbiz, brutality, gender, loneliness ...
Time: 19th century, 1930s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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System:   41%
    User:   35%
 
The Sword of Doom
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 119 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, serious ...
Plot: samurai, vengeance, sword fight, martial arts, master warrior, assassination, visceral, insanity, brutality, violent, crimes, gunfight ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
System:   40%
    User:   32%
 
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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:   37%
    User:   32%
 
The Long Walk Home
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Two women, black and white, in 1955 Montgomery Alabama, must decide what they are going to do in response to the famous bus boycott lead by Martin Luther King.
Style: touching, realistic, serious, sincere, dramatic ...
Plot: friendship, racism, segregation, human spirit, small town, bus, race issues, disability, women, prejudice, hopes, mentor ...
Time: 20th century, 1950s, 50s, year 1955
Place: alabama, usa, new jersey
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    User:   37%
 
A Cool, Dry Place
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: A single father balances his work as an attorney with the care of his five year old son and his work as a high school basketball coach in rural Kansas, where he moved after his wife abandoned him in Chicago. Just as he starts to develop a new ...
Style: touching, serious, realistic, sentimental, dramatic ...
Audience: kids
Plot: single father, small town, friendship, love triangle, single parent, father son relationship, divorce, parenthood, mentor, starting over, destiny, life & death ...
Time: 90s
Place: kansas, texas, usa
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Like Father, Like Son
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Ryota Nonomiya is a successful businessman driven by money. He learns that his biological son was switched with another child after birth. He must make a life-changing decision and choose his true son or the boy he raised as his own.
Style: realistic, emotional, touching, sincere, serious ...
Plot: childhood, children, father son relationship, lawyer, parents and children, relationships, family bonds, hospital, life turned upside down, mentor, family drama, kids and family ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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System:   35%
    User:   42%
 
Madame Butterfly
Genre: Drama, Music
Country: France, UK, Germany
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Cio-Cio-San, a young Japanese geisha, seeks to fulfill her dreams through marriage to an American naval officer. Her faith in their future is shattered by his empty vows and the loss she endures touches something deep within us all.
Style: emotional, stylized, sentimental, serious, dramatic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: opera, betrayal, marriage, suicide, innocence lost, interracial romance, romance, destructive relationship, catholicism, interracial relations, beautiful scenery, social differences ...
Time: 1900s, 18th century
Place: japan, asia, china, tokyo, canada
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System:   35%
    User:   41%
 
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Tully
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: Tully Jr. and Earl live on their father's Nebraska ranch, proud and independent to a fault. While the shy, reclusive Earl spends his free time watching movies, the cockier Tully works his way through a succession of short-term affairs and an ...
Style: realistic, serious, sincere, melancholic, touching ...
Plot: small town, coming of age, dysfunctional family, young lovers, single father, family drama, relationships, romance, crumbling marriage, drinking, loneliness, opposites attract ...
Place: england, nebraska, europe, usa
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System:   34%
    User:   38%
 
 7.1
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Ulee's Gold
Genre: Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: An elderly beekeeper and Vietnam vet must rescue his daughter-in-law and protect his grandchildren from killers.
Style: realistic, serious, gloomy, touching, intense ...
Plot: dysfunctional family, prison, parents and children, family drama, character study, storytelling, family, redemption, family relations, tragedy, violence, dialogue ...
Time: 90s
Place: florida, usa
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System:   33%
    User:   28%
 
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 4K
East/West
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: Russia, Ukraine, Bulgaria, France, Spain
Duration: 121 min.
Story: June 1946: Stalin invites Russian emigres to return to the motherland. It's a trap: when a ship-load from France arrives in Odessa, only a physician and his family are spared execution or prison. He and his French wife (her passport ripped up) ...
Style: realistic, emotional, touching, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: russian, french, love and romance, propaganda, sacrifice, cold war, idealism, couples, communism, brutality, beautiful scenery, actor's life ...
Time: 20th century, 40s, year 1946
Place: russia, france, europe, germany, bulgaria ...
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    User:   28%
 

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