Movies like Ichi

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Ichi (2008)
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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 way. Fortunately for Ichi, she is also a gifted swordswoman and carries a lethal blade within her walking stick.
Style: epic, atmospheric, serious, rough, realistic, stylized, suspenseful, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, samurai, master warrior, gory, village, good versus evil, danger, heroes, rivalry, gang, vengeance, crimes, deadly, escapades, humble, female killer, opponent, bloody spray, japanese woman, blind girl, blindness, blind woman, body mutilation, kimono, ronin ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, exciting and suspenseful films with plots about heroes, master warrior, martial arts, samurai, crimes, deadly and escapades mostly in Action, Drama and Adventure genres. Some movies like Ichi: The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi (2003), Zatoichi and the Fugitives (1968), Azumi (2003), Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman (1989), Lady Snowblood (1973). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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The Blind Swordsman: 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, stylized, atmospheric, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, master warrior, violence, revenge, blood, heroes, village, geisha, sword, gory, good versus evil ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: rough, serious, realistic, exciting, stylized ...
Plot: katana, snake, fugitives, adventure, martial arts, village, gangsters, master warrior, samurai, rescue, kidnapping, confined ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: epic, rough, serious, realistic, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, lone wolves, cult, gory, master warrior, assassin, countryside, parents and children, hitman, danger, deadly ...
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 6.9
 14K
Azumi (2003)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 128 min.
Story: In war-torn Japan, the Tokugawa Shogun, desperate to restore peace to his people, orders the assassination of the hostile warlords. A beautiful young woman is raised from birth with nine other orphans, to become an assassin. Her name is Azumi, the ...
Style: stylized, epic, exciting, serious, rough ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: assassination, martial arts, assassin, samurai, good versus evil, vengeance, master warrior, adventure, mass murder, katana, mission of murder, village ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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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: rough, serious, realistic, exciting, atmospheric ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, master warrior, adventure, gory, village, crime, swordsman, crimes, rivalry, gang, gangsters ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
41%
 7.7
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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: stylized, suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: revenge, vengeance, murder, samurai, assassination, martial arts, gory, good versus evil, hanging, female killer, vigilantism, master warrior ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s, 1870s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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, serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, assassin, female killer, vengeance, gory, adventure, lone wolves, cult, master warrior, hitman, crimes ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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: serious, rough, realistic, exciting, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, katana, sword, fugitives, adventure, village, gangsters, master warrior, vengeance, chases and races, crimes ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
32%
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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: rough, serious, realistic, exciting, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, murder, kidnapping, gangsters, adventure, village, master warrior, vengeance, confined, crimes, deadly ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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, master warrior, martial arts, psychopath, nihilism, vengeance, crimes, deadly, rivalry, uninhibited rivalry, sword fight, opponent ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
31%
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
Plot: samurai, martial arts, ronin, katana, master warrior, one man army, adventure, good versus evil, heroes, rivalry, gangsters, lone wolves ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
30%
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: rough, serious, realistic, exciting, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, adventure, gangsters, martial arts, village, master warrior, introspection, moral dilemma, friendship, crimes, heroes, friends ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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: rough, serious, realistic, exciting, stylized ...
Plot: martial arts, adventure, gangsters, village, master warrior, conspiracy, corruption, swordsman, samurai, moral dilemma, homecoming, crimes ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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: rough, serious, realistic, exciting, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, sword, chess, master warrior, adventure, martial arts, friendship, island, woman in danger, righting the wronged, danger, deadly ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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: serious, rough, realistic, exciting, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, master warrior, adventure, village, criminal, sword fight, dishonesty, heroes, lone wolves, one man army, mental illness ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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: disturbing, serious, realistic, rough, exciting ...
Plot: samurai, village, katana, murder, martial arts, master warrior, adventure, sword, uncover truth, vengeance, captivity, woman in danger ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
Lady Snowblood 2: Love Song of Vengeance (1974)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 89 min.
Story: Lady Snowblood is caught by the police and sentenced to death for her crimes. As she is sent to the gallows she is rescued by the secret police who offer her a deal to assassinate some revolutionaries.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, rough, stylized
Audience: boys' night
Plot: assassination, good versus evil, martial arts, master warrior, gory, imperialism, corrupt official, assassin, vengeance, vigilantism, righting the wronged, deadly ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
29%
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: serious, rough, realistic, exciting, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, village, master warrior, martial arts, adventure, island, introspection, self discovery, fall in love, destiny, heroes, hopes ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
28%
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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: rough, serious, realistic, exciting, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, village, new year's eve, sword, adventure, gangsters, martial arts, master warrior, missing person, crimes, deadly, dishonesty ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
The Tale of Zatoichi (1962)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 96 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: atmospheric, serious, realistic, captivating
Plot: samurai, martial arts, ronin, sword fight, lone wolves, master warrior, criminal, heroes, rivalry, gang, crimes, escapades ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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, martial artist, yakuza, decapitation, kung fu, duel, villain, sword, sword fight ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Dragon (2011)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong, China
Duration: 115 min.
Story: A sinful martial arts expert wants to start a new tranquil life, only to be hunted by a determined detective and his former master.
Style: stylized, epic, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, investigation, village, master warrior, haunted by the past, heroes, starting over, uninhibited rivalry, crimes, danger, hopes, law enforcement ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, year 1917
Place: china, asia, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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: rough, serious, realistic, exciting, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, village, adventure, gangsters, martial arts, master warrior, political intrigue, political unrest, crimes, heroes, state affairs, lone wolves ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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Story of a Wild Elder Sister: Widespread Lynch Law (1973)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 86 min.
Story: Ocho is accidentally captured by a drug trafficking cartel who use Chinese women to smuggle drugs into Japan by hiding it in their vaginas. She is tortured, and manages to escape, fighting both the male yakuzas and a gang of female thieves.
Style: suspenseful, serious, realistic, suspense
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, yakuza, gambling, gory, criminal heroes, crime, criminal's revenge, eroticism, samurai, gang, gangsters, drug dealing ...
Time: 70s
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
27%
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: rough, serious, realistic, exciting, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, village, corruption, master warrior, adventure, martial arts, wrongfully committed, righting the wronged, dishonesty, heroes, hopes, life is a bitch ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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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, bodyguard, ronin, revolver, mercenary, duel, torture, escape, anti heroes ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, 18th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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, rough, realistic, exciting, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, sword, katana, adventure, gangsters, martial arts, village, hostages, master warrior, getting home, working undercover, confined ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
Zatoichi's Flashing Sword (1964)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 82 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: serious, rough, realistic, exciting, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, gangsters, adventure, martial arts, village, master warrior, family in danger, kidnapping, confined, crimes, danger, deadly ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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Ninja (2009)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 86 min.
Story: A westerner named Casey, studying Ninjutsu in Japan, is asked by the Sensei to return to New York to protect the legendary Yoroi Bitsu, an armored chest that contains the weapons of the last Koga Ninja.
Style: suspenseful, serious, exciting, bleak, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, ninja, master warrior, uninhibited rivalry, tough heroes, danger, heroes, urban, rivalry, gang, master villain, haunted by the past ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, usa, japan, new york, russia ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
 8.2
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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, sword fight, corruption, small town, rescue, duel, anti heroes, betrayal, lone wolves, blood, temple, master warrior ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
26%
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