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Zatoichi the Outlaw (1967)
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Zatoichi the Outlaw (1967)
Original name: 座頭市牢破り
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 96 min.
Story: When a local gambling house kidnaps some peasants because they failed to pay their debts, a rival gambling house pays their debts and sets them free.
Style: exciting, captivating, tense, suspense, semi serious, cult film
Plot: yakuza, samurai, gambling, jail, adventure, crimes, rivalry, small town, dishonesty, martial arts, village, murder, mob boss, blind character, gang, violence, massacre, protector, escapades, vengeance, gang war, gangsters, heroes, contests and competitions, lone wolves ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan

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Most similar movies to Zatoichi the Outlaw

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, cult film, realistic and stylized films with plots about samurai, martial arts, heroes, master warrior, escapades, adventure and lone wolves mostly in Action, Drama and Adventure genres. Some movies like Zatoichi the Outlaw: Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman (1989), Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo (1970), Zatoichi at Large (1972), New Tale of Zatoichi (1963), Adventures of Zatoichi (1964). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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 ⇓
95%
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 ⇓
94%
Zatoichi at Large (1972)
Genre: Drama, Action, Adventure
Country: Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Blind masseur and master swordsman Zatoichi finds a robbed and fatally wounded pregnant woman, whose baby he delivers before she dies. He takes the baby in search of its father and finds the child's aunt, who is about to be forced into ...
Style: atmospheric, saga, semi serious, cult film
Plot: samurai, martial arts, sword, pregnancy, babies and infants, track down, adventure, rivalry, gangsters, crimes, hopes, escapades ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
New Tale of Zatoichi (1963)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Wishing to find peace, Zatoichi travels to his old village but only finds trouble when he ends up in a love triangle and finds old scores have followed him home.
Style: captivating, exciting, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: samurai, kidnapping, martial arts, murder, graphic violence, master warrior, gangsters, one man army, rivalry, lone wolves, confined, love and romance ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
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Adventures of Zatoichi (1964)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Blind swordsman/masseuse Zatoichi befriends a young woman looking for her father, a village leader who has disappeared. As he helps her investigate the disappearance, Zatoichi also becomes involved with another young woman who is trying to help her ...
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, captivating, rough ...
Plot: samurai, village, new year's eve, sword, gangsters, master warrior, lone wolves, dishonesty, crimes, heroes, one man army, adventure ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
90%
Zatoichi's Revenge (1965)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Itinerant masseur and master swordsman, the blind Zatoichi, is near the village of his teacher, Hikonoichi, so he decides to visit. He learns of Hikonoichi's recent robbery and murder and the imprisonment of his virginal daughter, Osayo, in a ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, exciting, rough ...
Plot: samurai, murder, village, katana, heroes, crimes, dishonesty, one man army, life is a bitch, lone wolves, escapades, prostitute ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
The Blind Swordsman Samaritan (1968)
Genre: Drama, Action, Adventure
Country: Japan
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Zatoichi is forced to kill a young man who owes a debt to a yakuza boss. Moments later, his sister Osode arrives with the money she earned (prostituting herself) to pay his debts. The bosses true motives are revealed and he attempts to steal Osode ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, exciting, rough ...
Plot: yakuza, sword, graphic violence, coldhearted, injustice, righting the wronged, gangsters, lone wolves, dishonesty, master warrior, samurai, escapades ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
Zatoichi the Fugitive (1963)
Genre: Drama, Adventure, Action
Country: Japan
Duration: 86 min.
Story: After arriving in the town of Shimonita, Ichi finds that a price has been put on his head by a local yakuza boss. He's drawn into a trap, but after hearing of the slaying of a former love, Ichi furiously fights his way through the entire clan ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, exciting, suspenseful ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, katana, sword, wrestling, lone wolves, master warrior, adventure, one man army, contests and competitions, gangsters, on the run ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
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Zatoichi in Desperation (1972)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Zatoichi tries to save a maiden in distress in this sequel to the popular series about a blind samurai swordsman who moonlights as a masseur. Always fighting for the underdog, noble Zatoichi sets out to keep a girl from becoming a prostitute. But he ...
Style: saga, semi serious, atmospheric, scary, cult film
Plot: samurai, martial arts, katana, righting the wronged, prostitute, crimes, gang, heroes, escapades, adventure, lone wolves, rivalry ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
Zatoichi's Flashing Sword (1964)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 90 min.
Story: Blind masseur Zatoichi is nursed back to health by a young woman after he is shot by a gang member. Zatoichi, who had come to the village to repay a debt, now feels further indebted. He commits himself to use his amazing sword skills to help the ...
Style: captivating, exciting, serious, realistic, rough ...
Plot: samurai, graphic violence, rivalry, crimes, assassination attempt, one man army, confined, heroes, escapades, master warrior, gangsters, adventure ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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 ⇓
82%
Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold (1964)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Ichi travels to the village of Itakura to pay his respects at the grave of Kichizo, a man he killed two years ago. When some tax money is stolen while in transit to the governor he is accused and sets out to find the money and clear his name.
Style: exciting, captivating, realistic, serious, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, village, heist, corruption, yakuza, injustice, master warrior, life is a bitch, one man army, lone wolves, crimes, dishonesty ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
Zatoichi and the Fugitives (1968)
Genre: Drama, Action, Adventure
Country: Japan
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Zatoichi runs afoul of some evil fugitives, working for a corrupt law official.
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, exciting, suspenseful ...
Plot: snake, katana, escapades, gangsters, fugitives, master warrior, rivalry, rescue, samurai, crimes, dishonesty, confined ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
Zatoichi Goes to the Fire Festival (1970)
Genre: Drama, Adventure, Action
Country: Japan
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Zatoichi is mentored by the blind leader of a secret organization as he contends with both the Yakuza and a jealous husband.
Style: exciting, serious, atmospheric, suspenseful, cult film
Plot: samurai, martial arts, katana, ronin, imperialism, vengeance, lone wolves, gangsters, crimes, master warrior, adventure, one man army ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
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 ⇓
76%
Zatoichi's Vengeance (1966)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Zatoichi comes upon a dying man who asks him to give a bag of money to "Taichi". Zatoichi has no idea who this is but when he comes upon a small town harassed by gangsters, he finds that "Taichi" was the man's young son. ...
Style: captivating, exciting, serious, realistic, rough ...
Plot: samurai, lone wolves, gangsters, master warrior, one man army, escapades, heroes, crimes, adventure, graphic violence, wise man, last wish ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
Zatoichi and the Chess Expert (1965)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Zatoichi makes friends with a dangerous chess player, while fending off angry yakuza and bloodthirsty relatives out for revenge, and trying to save a sick child. Meanwhile, his luck with dice is turning.
Style: captivating, exciting, serious, realistic, suspenseful ...
Plot: samurai, chess, sword, self defense, righting the wronged, friends, lone wolves, one man army, adventure, rivalry, hopes, master warrior ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
Zatoichi and the Doomed Man (1965)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Blind swordsman Zatoichi, jailed briefly, is implored by another prisoner to aid him in proving his innocence of a crime for which he is sentenced to death. Zatoichi is reluctant to get involved, because he knows how often such involvement has led ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, exciting, suspenseful ...
Plot: samurai, village, corruption, heroes, confined, escapades, master warrior, lone wolves, dishonesty, life is a bitch, adventure, one man army ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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Zatoichi's Cane-sword (1967)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 93 min.
Story: Zatoichi comes upon the town of Tonda, overrun by gangsters. Using one of his favorite techniques, Zatoichi proceeds to win 8 ryo in a rigged gambling game. Of course, the local gangsters attempt to kill him, and the adventure begins. It turns out a ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, exciting, suspenseful ...
Plot: samurai, gangsters, martial arts, village, graphic violence, heroes, master warrior, one man army, adventure, escapades, state affairs, lone wolves ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
Zatoichi's Spurting Blood Road (1967)
Genre: Drama, Adventure, Action
Country: Japan
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Ichi is staying at an inn when a woman dies. Her dying wish is that Ichi take her son to his father, an artist living in a nearby town. After arriving in the town, Ichi finds out that the father has been forced by a local boss to create illegal ...
Style: serious, realistic, exciting, captivating, rough ...
Plot: samurai, katana, sword, village, working undercover, martial arts, confined, master warrior, one man army, gangsters, escapades, heroes ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman's Pilgrimage (1966)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 82 min.
Story: Our hero Zatoichi sails to one of the distant islands to begin a pilgrimage to a total of 88 Shinto shrines.
Style: realistic, serious, exciting, captivating, rough ...
Plot: samurai, village, self defense, escapades, one man army, love and romance, hopes, adventure, master warrior, lone wolves, heroes, martial arts ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
67%
Zatoichi Meets the One-Armed Swordsman (1971)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan, Hong Kong
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Zatoichi is a blind massage therapist and swordsman who finds out that something troubling is taking place on the outskirts of town. After discovering who the guilty parties are -- an accomplished Chinese martial artist named Wang Kang and his ...
Style: serious, cult film
Plot: samurai, martial arts, katana, yakuza, escapades, rivalry, adventure, lone wolves, master warrior, clergy, track down, rescue ...
Place: asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
Tajomaru: Avenging Blade (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 126 min.
Story: TAJOMARU is the famous 'bandit' of the forest from RASHOMON. Whoever kills Tajomaru inherits his name, status and sword. A royal brother leaves his kingdom to protect the princess he loves, only to find a series of harrowing adventures ...
Style: exciting, serious, captivating, tense, suspense ...
Plot: save the kingdom, crimes, rivalry, escapades, adventure, martial arts, heroes, bandit, revenge, love and romance, betrayal, murder ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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 ⇓
64%
Zatoichi's Conspiracy (1973)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Zatoichi, the famed blind swordsman, returns to his home village for the first time in many years. He is befriended by Omiyo, who had the same wet-nurse as Zatoichi. He also encounters a boyhood friend, Shinbei, who now is wealthy and appears not to ...
Style: serious, realistic, captivating, exciting, suspenseful ...
Plot: conspiracy, martial arts, samurai, swordsman, heroes, master warrior, dishonesty, crimes, adventure, escapades, hopes, gangsters ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Zatoichi on the Road (1963)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Zatoichi is sworn to protect the life of a young girl and without any real allies finds himself in the middle of a bloody turf war.
Style: serious, saga, cult film
Plot: martial arts, sword, gang war, murder, rivalry, rescue, heroes, daring rescue, escapades, master and servant, samurai, master warrior ...
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
Fight, Zatoichi, Fight (1964)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 87 min.
Story: Blind swordsman/masseuse Zatoichi befriends a young woman returning home with her baby. When gangsters mistake her for Zatoichi and kill her, Zatoichi determines to escort the baby to its father. He gains the reluctant help of a young pick pocket ...
Style: captivating, suspenseful, rough, emotional, serious ...
Plot: samurai, babies and infants, master warrior, adventure, prostitute, death of mother, motherhood, assassin, murderer, youth, escapades, heroes ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
Hunter in the Dark (1979)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Yataro Tanigawa, a one-eyed hired assassin, impresses yakuza boss Gomyo Kiyoemon with his skill. Gomyo hires Tanigawa as his bodyguard, or yojimbo, to protect him during an inter-clan conflict. Tanigawa quickly rises in stature in the clan, but ...
Style: exciting, captivating, realistic, serious, bleak ...
Plot: samurai, adventure, betrayal, gangsters, rivalry, master warrior, fighting crime, crimes, society, dishonesty, revolution, religions or cults ...
Time: 17th century, 18th century
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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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 ⇓
39%
Hanzo the Razor: The Snare (1973)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Against the backdrop of the Edo treasury devaluing currency and driving many into poverty, Hanzo Itami enforces the law without regard to status. He shows inadequate respect to the treasurer, who wants him dead.
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, sexy, sexual ...
Plot: samurai, graphic violence, rivalry, master warrior, dishonesty, heroes, fighting the system, crimes, law enforcement, investigation, state affairs, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: middle ages
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%