Movies like The Twilight Samurai

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The Twilight Samurai (2002)
 8.1
 20K
The Twilight Samurai (2002)
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: tense, realistic, atmospheric, emotional, sincere, sentimental, clever, gloomy, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: samurai, poverty, duel, sword fight, childhood sweetheart, widower, friendship, heroes, friends, struggle, pride and honor, love and romance, fall in love, lost, social differences, society, couples, goodhearted, glory, widow widower, reluctant, selflessness, grief, romance, couple relations ...
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 serious, realistic, stylized and atmospheric films with plots about samurai, heroes, vengeance, storytelling, jidai geki, mentor and runaway mostly in Drama, History and Action genres. Some movies like The Twilight Samurai: Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2011), Harakiri (1962), Samurai Rebellion (1967), The Hidden Blade (2004), 47 Samurai (1962). 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: realistic, talky, tense, gloomy, atmospheric ...
Plot: samurai, in-laws, life is a bitch, vengeance, loss of daughter, rivalry, heroes, loss of son, down on your luck, society, jidai geki, one against many ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: japan, asia
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100%
 8.7
 24K
Harakiri (1962)
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, suicide, revenge, poverty, seppuku, ronin, vengeance, in-laws, heroes, life is a bitch, down on your luck, hypocrisy ...
Time: 17th century
Place: asia, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
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, talky, stylized, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: samurai, rebellion, injustice, ruler, rebelliousness, society, heroes, fighting the system, family relations, life is a bitch, master warrior, parents and children ...
Time: 18th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
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, serious, sentimental, gloomy, realistic
Plot: samurai, state affairs, vengeance, heroes, family life, family in crisis, love and romance, lone wolves, politics, martial arts, friendship, rivalry ...
Time: 1860s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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 7.8
 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: atmospheric, epic, serious, realistic, melancholic ...
Plot: samurai, revenge, martial arts, seppuku, vengeance, curses spells and rituals, state affairs, master warrior, escapades, lone wolves, heroic mission, hopes ...
Time: middle ages, 18th century, 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
 6.9
 7K
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, captivating, realistic, disturbing ...
Plot: homosexuality, gays and lesbians, gay, samurai, gay slur, recruit, emperor, military, friendship, political unrest, military life, heroes ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
When the Last Sword is Drawn (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 104 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, bleak, stylized, serious, realistic ...
Plot: samurai, political unrest, human spirit, heroes, tragic hero, society, state affairs, hopes, life is a bitch, changing lives, unfulfillment, duel ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
 8.0
 28K
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, battle, lookalikes, war, switching roles, state affairs, disorder, mistaken identity, emperor, military, dishonesty, heroes ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s, 18th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Movie in collections
 8.3
 14K
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, melancholic ...
Plot: clinic, intern, samurai, doctor, teenage life, heroes, power relations, society, human nature, generation gap, doctors and patients, hopes ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
Love and Honour (2006)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 121 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
Plot: samurai, blind character, glory, heroes, social differences, society, poisoning, fish, political unrest, rivalry, hopes, master and servant ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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: gloomy, rough, captivating, serious, bleak ...
Plot: samurai, assassination, sword fight, state affairs, hopes, lone wolves, deadly, ruler, tragic hero, redemption, ambition, flashback ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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, realistic, offbeat, psychological ...
Plot: obsession, revenge, samurai, actor's life, friends, rivalry, friendship, vengeance, hidden identity, gender, loss of fortune, haunted by the past ...
Time: 19th century, 1930s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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: realistic, touching, sentimental, humorous, semi serious
Plot: samurai, cooking, world, couple relations, unfulfilled love, unfulfillment, master and servant, cooking and food, unsupportive spouse, couples, society, bathing ...
Time: 18th century
Place: japan, feudal japan, cross country
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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, rough, epic ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, nihilism, psychopath, master warrior, vengeance, deadly, opponent, rivalry, uninhibited rivalry, crimes, atrocity ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 7.4
 4K
Not Yet (1993)
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, touching, psychological, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: samurai, unfulfillment, writer's life, golden years, teachers and students, curses spells and rituals, family relations, reunion, youth, teacher, death, elderly ...
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, hong kong, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
 8.1
 27K
Sanjuro (1962)
Genre: Action, 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, exciting, realistic, serious, tense ...
Plot: samurai, corruption, rescue, duel, small town, sword fight, betrayal, master warrior, small town life, dishonesty, heroes, running ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 8.3
 95K
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, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, mercenary, lone wolves, small town, betrayal, duel, torture, escape, bodyguard, revolver, ronin, rivalry ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, 18th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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, gloomy, realistic, serious
Plot: samurai, prostitute, friendship, love and romance, couple relations, looking for love, couples, fall in love, society, social relations, village, romance ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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The Bushido Blade (1981)
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Country: USA, UK
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: realistic, serious, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, crime, escapades, master warrior, crimes, adventure, rivalry, military, state affairs, heroes, military life, heist ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: asia, japan, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
The Last Samurai (2003)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, New Zealand, Japan
Duration: 154 min.
Story: Nathan Algren is an American hired to instruct the Japanese army in the ways of modern warfare, which finds him learning to respect the samurai and the honorable principles that rule them. Pressed to destroy the samurai's way of life in the ...
Style: exciting, captivating, epic, serious, inter cultural ...
Plot: samurai, warrior, self discovery, courage, master warrior, friendship, battles, swords and armor, human spirit, military life, war, pride and honor ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s, 1870s
Place: japan, asia, pacific ocean, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
 7.3
 525
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: realistic, serious, stylized, captivating
Plot: rise to the top, samurai, clergy, society, military, political unrest, heroes, state affairs, war, battles, politics, ambition ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s
Place: japan, korea, asia, china
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
 7.3
 12K
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: friendship, queen victoria, politics, queen, widow, romance, state affairs, assassination attempt, british royal family, unlikely friendships, relationships, love story ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian england, 1880s, victorian era ...
Place: england, scotland, europe, london
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
Rhapsody in August (1991)
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: emotional, psychological, serious, sincere, atmospheric ...
Plot: anti war, human nature, haunted by the past, siblings relations, family relations, parents and children, society, battles, memory, post war, grandmother, war crime ...
Place: japan, hawaii, asia, usa, tokyo ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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Anna and the King (1999)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 148 min.
Story: The story of the romance between the King of Siam (now Thailand) and the widowed British school teacher Anna Leonowens during the 1860s. Anna teaches the children and becomes romanced by the King. She convinces him that a man can be loved by just ...
Style: serious, captivating, stylized, emotional, romantic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: love and romance, royal family, fall in love, interracial relations, opposites attract, culture clash, politics, forbidden love, royal court, parents and children, couple relations, betrayal ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: thailand, asia, burma, southeast asia, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
Wuthering Heights (1992)
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: emotional, atmospheric, gloomy, serious, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: forbidden love, family disapproval, haunted by the past, adoption, revenge, social differences, tragic love, love and romance, love triangle, romance, obsession, betrayal ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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: stylized, suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, rivalry, heroes, political unrest, good versus evil, one man army, blind ambition, master warrior, state affairs, ambition, ronin, katana ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
After the Rain (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan, France
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A group of travelers is stranded in a small country inn when the river floods during heavy rains. As the bad weather continues, tensions rise amongst the travelers trapped at the inn. Ihei Misawa is a ronin, a samurai without a master, whose skills ...
Style: captivating, serious, stylized, atmospheric
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, ronin, redemption, mercenary, social misfits, rainy, hopes, lone wolves, social awkwardness, misfit, humble, heroes ...
Time: 18th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 6.8
 1K
Hana (2006)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 127 min.
Story: In a poor district of Edo lives a young samurai named Soza. He has been sent by his clan to avenge the death of his father. He isn't an accomplished swordsman however, and he prefers sharing the life of the residents, teaching the kids how to ...
Style: dark humor, serious, atmospheric
Plot: samurai, revenge, moral dilemma, introspection, heroes, village, vengeance, dealing with death, village life, master warrior, martial arts, rivalry
Time: 18th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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, clever, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, blood, violence, drifter, kung fu, duel, sword fight, villain, yakuza, martial artist, decapitation ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Tony Takitani (2004)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 105 min.
Story: Tony Takitani had a solitary childhood. Being alone was normal since his mother died young and his father was always away with his jazz band. At school he studied art, but while his sketches are accurate and detailed they lack feeling. Used to being ...
Style: realistic, psychological, gloomy, stylized, atmospheric ...
Plot: obsession, shopping, jazz, solitude, clothes, couples, emotionless, isolation, human nature, fall in love, dealing with death, life is a bitch ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%