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: atmospheric, realistic, serious, tense, emotional, sentimental, sincere, clever, gloomy, melancholic ...
Plot: samurai, sword fight, widower, poverty, duel, childhood sweetheart, couple relations, friendship, teacher, sword, daughter, mission of murder, social differences, heroes, romance, love and romance, society, couples, friends, fall in love, single father, goodhearted, selflessness, glory, reluctant ...
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 breathtaking films with plots about samurai, vengeance, storytelling, jidai geki, heroes, mentor and culture clash 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), Kagemusha (1980), 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: bleak, talky, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: samurai, down on your luck, life is a bitch, vengeance, heroes, rivalry, society, loss of daughter, in-laws, loss of son, seppuku, ronin ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.7
 23K
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, serious ...
Plot: samurai, suicide, revenge, poverty, ronin, seppuku, vengeance, life is a bitch, down on your luck, heroes, rivalry, society ...
Time: 17th century
Place: asia, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
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: talky, realistic, emotional, tense, serious ...
Plot: samurai, rebellion, parents and children, kidnapping, injustice, society, family relations, master warrior, rebelliousness, fighting the system, heroes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 18th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
 8.0
 27K
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, stylized, realistic, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: samurai, battle, war, army, emperor, warlord, switching roles, mistaken identity, battles, dishonesty, heroes, military ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s, 18th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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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, lone wolves, vengeance, master warrior, redemption, heroic mission, military life, political unrest, battles ...
Time: 18th century, middle ages, 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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: gloomy, serious, realistic, sentimental, stylized
Plot: samurai, martial arts, vengeance, friendship, family life, heroes, rivalry, lone wolves, family in crisis, revolution, politics, love and romance ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
 6.9
 6K
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, serious, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: homosexuality, gays and lesbians, samurai, emperor, recruit, gay slur, gay, political unrest, gender, friends, heroes, military ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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, serious, realistic, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: samurai, heroes, life is a bitch, tragic hero, human spirit, political unrest, hopes, society, state affairs, unfulfillment, changing lives, emperor ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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An Actor's Revenge (1963)
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: atmospheric, stylized, serious, realistic, offbeat ...
Plot: obsession, revenge, samurai, sword fight, vengeance, katana sword, japanese culture, performance, suicide, gender bending, artists and showbiz, gender ...
Time: 19th century, 1930s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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: bleak, gloomy, serious, realistic, rough ...
Plot: samurai, sword fight, assassination, lone wolves, tragic hero, redemption, ambition, deadly, hopes, state affairs, ruler, father ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
 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, human nature, small town, psychiatrist, brothel, uniform, career, doctors and patients, parents and children ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
The Sword of Doom (1966)
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, martial arts, master warrior, psychopath, nihilism, vengeance, crimes, deadly, rivalry, uninhibited rivalry, sword fight, opponent ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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: serious, epic, psychological
Plot: samurai, master warrior, social differences, romance, political unrest, heroes, master and servant, vengeance, hopes, rivalry, society, poisoning ...
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
 8.2
 25K
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, serious, realistic, exciting, tense ...
Plot: samurai, corruption, sword fight, small town, rescue, duel, anti heroes, betrayal, lone wolves, blood, temple, master warrior ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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: semi serious, touching, realistic, humorous, sentimental
Plot: samurai, cooking, world, unsupportive spouse, couple relations, cooking and food, couples, master and servant, unfulfilled love, society, unfulfillment, letter ...
Time: 18th century
Place: japan, feudal japan, cross country
⇓ 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: serious, emotional, realistic, touching, gloomy ...
Plot: samurai, family relations, golden years, writer's life, teachers and students, curses spells and rituals, reunion, unfulfillment, youth, teacher, death, cat ...
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, hong kong, germany
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
 8.3
 92K
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: atmospheric, bleak, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, lone wolves, small town, betrayal, mercenary, ronin, bodyguard, revolver, duel, torture, escape, anti heroes ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, 18th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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: talky, serious, emotional, realistic, atmospheric ...
Plot: anti war, samurai, human nature, parents and children, siblings relations, family gatherings, haunted by the past, family life, family relations, golden years, battles, society ...
Place: japan, hawaii, asia, usa, tokyo ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
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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: serious, suspenseful, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, master warrior, heist, adventure, military life, crime, political unrest, battles, heroes, military, state affairs, destiny ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: asia, japan, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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, serious, epic, inter cultural ...
Plot: samurai, self discovery, warrior, courage, friendship, battles, war, dignity, pride and honor, master warrior, swords and armor, leader ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1800s
Place: japan, asia, pacific ocean, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
 7.3
 505
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: serious, realistic, stylized, captivating
Plot: samurai, political unrest, politics, heroes, military, war, state affairs, clergy, rise to the top, battles, ambition, society ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s
Place: japan, asia, china, korea
⇓ similarity ⇓
36%
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, exciting, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, master warrior, heroes, rivalry, one man army, blind ambition, political unrest, good versus evil, ambition, state affairs, ronin, dojo ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
 7.6
 57K
13 Assassins (2010)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan, UK
Duration: 141 min.
Story: A bravado period action film set at the end of Japan's feudal era in which a group of unemployed samurai are enlisted to bring down a sadistic lord and prevent him from ascending to the throne and plunging the country into a war-torn future.
Style: epic, realistic, stylized, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: samurai, massacre, suicide, warrior, martial arts, violence, assassination, assassin, mission, swords and armor, seppuku, samurai sword ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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 7.2
 2K
Unforgiven (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Set in Hokkaido, Japan in the 1880s. Jubei Kamata (Ken Watanabe), who is on the side of the Edo shogunate government, kills many people. His name is infamous in Kyoto. When the battle at Goryoukaku is about to be finished, Jubei disappears. 10 years ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, captivating, tense ...
Plot: samurai, bounty hunter, lone wolves, shogun, redemption, misfit, anti heroes, aging, vengeance, human nature, isolation, tough heroes ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
The Emperor and the Assassin (1998)
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, realistic, breathtaking ...
Plot: assassination, assassin, emperor, betrayal, blind ambition, kingdom, rise to the top, love triangle, ambition, deadly, love and romance, politics ...
Time: 18th century
Place: china, asia, spain
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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: talky, stylized, serious, clever, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, blood, violence, villain, duel, sword, sword fight, kung fu, decapitation, martial artist, yakuza ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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, emotional, stylized, romantic ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: love and romance, royal family, fall in love, interracial relations, opposites attract, politics, forbidden love, royal court, culture clash, couple relations, parents and children, betrayal ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: thailand, asia, burma, southeast asia, england
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
 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: sentimental, touching, serious, realistic, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, widow, queen victoria, queen, royal family, politics, assassination attempt, romance, prince, assassination, love and romance, society ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian england, 1880s, victorian era ...
Place: england, scotland, europe, london
⇓ 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: atmospheric, emotional, serious, gloomy, realistic ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: forbidden love, revenge, family disapproval, love triangle, social differences, tragic love, love and romance, romance, haunted by the past, adoption, couple relations, destructive relationship ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century
Place: england, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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: serious, realistic, sentimental, gloomy
Plot: friendship, prostitute, samurai, romance, fall in love, village, love and romance, couples, social relations, friends, couple relations, looking for love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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