Movies like Yojimbo

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Yojimbo (1961)
 8.2
 121K
Yojimbo (1961)
Original name: 用心棒
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 Tazaemon and sake merchant Tokuemon to hire him as a personal bodyguard, then artfully sets in motion a full-scale gang war between the two ambitious and unscrupulous men.
Style: bleak, atmospheric, realistic, exciting, serious, suspenseful, jidai geki, tense, enigmatic, gloomy ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, mercenary, sword fight, ronin, gang, lone wolves, small town, betrayal, village, escape, torture, deception, massacre, rivalry, gambling, fight, bodyguard, edo period, duel, heroes, crimes, graphic violence, master warrior, security guard, drifter ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, 18th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo

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Most similar movies to Yojimbo

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out realistic, serious, stylized and suspenseful films with plots about samurai, heroes, sword fight, rivalry, martial arts, master warrior and violence mostly in Drama, Action and Thriller genres. Some movies like Yojimbo: Sanjuro (1962), The Tale of Zatoichi (1962), Ichi (2008), Zatoichi (2003), Three Outlaw Samurai (1964). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.0
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Sanjuro (1962)
Genre: Action, 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, realistic, serious, exciting, tense ...
Plot: samurai, sword fight, corruption, rescue, small town, betrayal, dishonesty, naivete, drifter, duel, one against many, police investigation ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, master warrior, drifter, heroes, one man army, decapitation, kung fu, duel, sword, sword fight, yakuza ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
The Tale of Zatoichi (1962)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 95 min.
Story: The adventures of a blind, gambling masseur and master swordsman. Zatoichi targets a yakuza-controlled village, because war with a neighbouring town's smaller gang is brewing.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, atmospheric, cult film
Plot: samurai, ronin, heroes, martial arts, gang war, sword fight, escapades, crimes, gang, lone wolves, rivalry, master warrior ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 6.5
 4K
Ichi (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Ichi is a blind entertainer that travels the countryside with her traditional Japanese guitar and walking stick. She’s in search for the kind man that brought her up as a child, but because of her beauty she encounters problems every step of the ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, rough, epic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: ninja, martial arts, blind woman, samurai, rivalry, heroes, crimes, escapades, vengeance, good versus evil, gang, female killer ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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 7.5
 49K
Zatoichi (2003)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Zatôichi is a 19th century blind nomad who makes his living as a gambler and masseur. However, behind this humble facade, he is a master swordsman gifted with a lightning-fast draw and breathtaking precision. While wandering, Zatôichi discovers a ...
Style: exciting, humorous, atmospheric, harsh, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, gang, master warrior, sword fight, geisha, good versus evil, vengeance, one man army, mob boss, protector, blind character ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
Three Outlaw Samurai (1964)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Shiba, a wandering ronin, encounters a band of peasants who have kidnapped the daughter of their dictatorial magistrate, in hopes of coercing from him a reduction in taxes. Shiba takes up their fight, joined by two renegades from the ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough, jidai geki
Plot: katana, betrayal, samurai, change of heart, bribery, kidnapping, abduction, hostage, infamy, ronin, shame, peasant ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
 8.2
 123K
Ran (1985)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: Japan, France
Duration: 162 min.
Story: In Medieval Japan, an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how their new-found power will corrupt them.
Style: epic, atmospheric, captivating, stylized, emotional ...
Plot: greed, feudal japan, betrayal, vengeance, samurai, seppuku, insanity, rivalry, hunting, destiny, murder, arranged marriage ...
Time: 16th century, middle ages
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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, opponent, uninhibited rivalry, atrocity, crimes, rivalry, graphic violence ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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Incident at Blood Island (1970)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In the Edo period, a nameless ronin accepts an assignment to go to a mountain pass and wait. Near the pass he stops at an inn where a collection of characters gather, including a gang set on stealing shogunate gold that's soon to come over the ...
Style: realistic, serious, jidai geki
Plot: ronin, samurai, betrayal, martial arts, katana, rivalry, mountain, gang, heroes, dishonesty, lone wolves, master warrior ...
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
 7.4
 3K
Kill! (1968)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 115 min.
Story: In this pitch-black action comedy by Kihachi Okamoto, a pair of down-on-their-luck swordsmen arrive in a dusty, windblown town, where they become involved in a local clan dispute. One, previously a farmer, longs to become a noble samurai. The other, ...
Style: realistic, serious, jidai geki, parody
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, betrayal, martial arts, ronin, gang, dishonesty, master warrior, hopes, rivalry, leadership, heroes, crimes ...
Time: 60s, 1830s
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
Last Man Standing (1996)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: John Smith is a mysterious stranger who is drawn into a vicious war between two Prohibition-era gangs. In a dangerous game, he switches allegiances from one to another, offering his services to the highest bidder. As the death toll mounts, Smith ...
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, stylized, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: duel, mafia, small town, gangsters, betrayal, lone wolves, gang war, rivalry, hitman, crimes, gunfight, corruption ...
Time: 20th century, 1920s, 1930s, year 1932
Place: texas, usa, mexico, latin america
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
The Challenge (1982)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Rick, a down-and-out American boxer, is hired to transport a sword to Japan, unaware that the whole thing is a set up in a bitter blood-feud between two brothers, one who follows the traditional path of the samurai and the other a businessman. At ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, sword fight, aikido, martial arts, samurai sword, battles, righting the wronged, track down, supernatural ability, contests and competitions, hopes, gang ...
Time: 1940s
Place: japan, asia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman (1989)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 116 min.
Story: This 26th film installment of the Zatoichi series sees Shintaro Katsu return to this classic role after a 10 year hiatus. The blind masseur Ichi gets caught between rival Yakuza clans.
Style: realistic, serious, exciting, tense, captivating ...
Plot: samurai, swordsman, martial arts, graphic violence, village, rivalry, good versus evil, master warrior, gang, heroes, crimes, adventure ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx (1972)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 81 min.
Story: In the second film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, Ogami Itto battles a group of female ninja in the employ of the Yagyu clan and must assassinate a traitor who plans to sell his clan's secrets to the Shogunate.
Style: stylized, atmospheric, suspenseful, rough, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, master warrior, martial arts, sword fight, lone wolves, martial artist, drifter, heroes, decapitation, female ninja, ronin, survival ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in the Land of Demons (1973)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 89 min.
Story: In the fifth film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, Ogami Itto is challenged by five warriors, each has one fifth of Ogami's assassin fee and one fifth of the information he needs to complete his assassination.
Style: captivating, exciting, realistic, serious, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, drifter, hitman, heroes, one man army, assassin, family relations, lone wolves, rivalry, dishonesty, escapades ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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, realistic, serious, bleak, gloomy ...
Plot: samurai, ronin, assassination, sword fight, conspiracy, graphic violence, redemption, ruler, state affairs, lone wolves, ambition, tragic hero ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
 5.9
 5K
The Hunted (1995)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A businessman on a trip to Tokyo ends up in the middle of a centuries old feud between a criminal Ninja cult and a Samurai when he witnesses a assassination performed by the Ninja-cult leader.
Style: exciting, serious, suspenseful, rough, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: ninja, martial arts, samurai, good versus evil, murder, master warrior, hitman, vengeance, crimes, dishonesty, mysterious character, violence ...
Time: 90s, 80s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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, stylized, emotional, sincere, atmospheric ...
Plot: samurai, rebellion, rebelliousness, injustice, family relations, master warrior, kidnapping, parents and children, ruler, fighting the system, heroes, revenge ...
Time: 18th century, 70s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril (1972)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 81 min.
Story: In the fourth film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, Ogami Itto is hired to kill a tattooed female assassin and battles Retsudo, head of the Yagyu clan, and his son Gunbei.
Style: stylized, exciting, captivating, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, female killer, hitman, assassin, disgraced, drifter, family relations, rivalry, lone wolves, escapades, heroes ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 7.6
 14K
Lady Snowblood (1973)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Yuki's family is nearly wiped out before she is born due to the machinations of a band of criminals. These criminals kidnap and brutalize her mother but leave her alive. Later her mother ends up in prison with only revenge to keep her alive. ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, rough, melancholic, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: female assassin, murder, female killer, vengeance, martial arts, childbirth, vigilantism, samurai, track down, assassination, rape, prison ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1890s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo (1970)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 115 min.
Story: With a price on his head, Ichi seeks tranquillity in a favorite village. Since his last visit, it has fallen prey to Boss Masagoro, the son of a merchant rumored to have stolen gold from the shogunate. The boss has hired Yojimbo as his hard-drinking ...
Style: stylized, semi serious, realistic, cult film
Plot: samurai, village, martial arts, spy, sword fight, gold, righting the wronged, tough heroes, parents and children, redemption, vengeance, heroes ...
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 8.4
 43K
High and Low (1963)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 143 min.
Story: An executive of a shoe company becomes a victim of extortion when his chauffeur's son is kidnapped and held for ransom.
Style: suspenseful, bleak, captivating, serious, realistic ...
Plot: ransom, kidnapping, police, psychopath, mistaken identity, chauffeur, crimes, rescue, missing person, disorder, dishonesty, chase ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
 7.5
 65K
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: serious, suspenseful, stylized, intense, unusual plot structure ...
Plot: samurai, warrior, samurai sword, massacre, battles, swordsman, sword fight, duel, martial arts, suicide, mission, uninhibited rivalry ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
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 8.3
 19K
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, sexy, compassionate ...
Plot: intern, clinic, samurai, countryside, doctor, brothel, society, hopes, heroes, generation gap, family relations, power relations ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
A Fistful of Dollars (1964)
Genre: Action, Drama, Western
Country: Italy, Spain, West Germany
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The Man With No Name enters the Mexican village of San Miguel in the midst of a power struggle among the three Rojo brothers and sheriff John Baxter. When a regiment of Mexican soldiers bearing gold intended to pay for new weapons is waylaid by the ...
Style: atmospheric, stylized, serious, exciting, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: old west, small town, gang war, sheriff, gold, greed, vengeance, massacre, deal, gang, cons and scams, dishonesty ...
Time: 19th century
Place: mexico, latin america, new mexico, arizona, sonora ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
25%
Sword of the Beast (1965)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Legendary swordplay filmmaker Hideo Gosha’s Sword of the Beast chronicles the flight of the low-level swordsman Gennosuke, who kills one of his ministers as part of a reform plot. His former comrades then turn on him, and this betrayal so shakes ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, rough, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: reform, strangulation, samurai, betrayal, martial arts, gambling, ronin, shogun, beast, vengeance, graphic violence, hitman ...
Time: 60s, 19th century
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
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: serious, realistic, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, battles, master warrior, escapades, adventure, heroes, state affairs, military, rivalry, crimes, heist, military life ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: japan, asia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
Zatoichi: The Last (2010)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan, France
Duration: 132 min.
Story: A blind master swordsman attempts to lead a quiet life with his wife but he is provoked back into battle.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, exciting, tense ...
Plot: samurai, homecoming, martial arts, adventure, forced into action, village, blind man, save the day, murder, protector, rivalry, massacre ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
The Return of Masseur Ichi (1962)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 72 min.
Story: Returning to the village where a year before he had killed Hirate, a much-admired opponent, Zatoichi encounters another swordsman and former rival in love: his own brother. He must face in combat not only the pursuing retainers but his own ...
Style: realistic, serious, exciting, captivating, suspenseful ...
Plot: samurai, one man army, martial arts, sword fight, dishonesty, escapades, lone wolves, adventure, master warrior, heroes, hidden truth, graphic violence ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%
 7.9
 35K
Kagemusha (1980)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 162 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, warlord, japanese history, lookalikes, war, feudal japan, disorder, switching roles, state affairs, mistaken identity, emperor ...
Time: 16th century, 18th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
24%