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Samurai Spy (1965)
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Samurai Spy (1965)
Original name: 異聞猿飛佐助
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Years of warfare end in a Japan unified under the Tokugawa shogunate, and samurai spy Sasuke Sarutobi, tired of conflict, longs for peace. When a high-ranking spy named Tatewaki Koriyama defects from the shogun to a rival clan, however, the world of swordsmen is thrown into turmoil. After Sasuke is unwittingly drawn into the conflict, he tracks Tatewaki, while a mysterious, white-hooded figure seems to hunt them both. By tale’s end, no one is who they seemed to be, and the truth is far more personal than anyone suspected. Director Masahiro Shinoda’s Samurai Spy, filled with clan intrigue, ninja spies, and multiple double crosses, marks a bold stylistic departure from swordplay film convention.
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, suspenseful, stylized
Plot: espionage, samurai, war, adventure, crimes, gang, hitman, heroes, secret agents, track down, heroic mission, escapades, lone wolves, rivalry, assassination, uninhibited rivalry, ninja, female nudity, christianity, bible, deception, ronin, duel, clan, martyrdom ...
Place: japan

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, suspenseful, exciting and realistic films with plots about heroes, adventure, crimes, rivalry, escapades, danger and master warrior mostly in Action, Drama and Adventure genres. Some movies like Samurai Spy: Ninja, a Band of Assassins (1962), Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman (1989), Zatoichi's Vengeance (1966), Zatoichi's Flashing Sword (1964), Zatoichi: The Last (2010). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Ninja, a Band of Assassins (1962)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 104 min.
Story: [Period covered: 1575-1681] Fist film in the Shinobi series starring Raizo Ichikawa. Warlord Oda Nobunaga seeks to unite a fractured Japan, a young man trained in the arts of ninjitsu is manipulated by a ninja master into attempting to assassinate ...
Style: exciting, serious, rough, suspenseful, jidai geki
Plot: ninja, assassination, samurai, religions or cults, battles, crimes, adventure, heroes, prostitute, dishonesty, state affairs, undercover ...
Time: 60s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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: realistic, serious, exciting, tense, captivating ...
Plot: samurai, swordsman, martial arts, rivalry, good versus evil, master warrior, gang, heroes, crimes, adventure, lone wolves, gangsters ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
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, wise man, last wish, wisdom of life, friends, lone wolves, gangsters, master warrior, one man army, escapades, heroes, crimes ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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: serious, realistic, captivating, exciting, 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 ⇓
71%
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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, forced into action, adventure, village, blind man, save the day, protector, murder, rivalry, massacre ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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, lone wolves, master warrior, adventure, one man army, contests and competitions, gangsters, on the run, heroes ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
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El Gringo (2012)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: A man crossing into Mexico with a satchel of $2,000,000 – and a bloody past – suddenly finds himself under attack in the sleepy town of El Fronteras.
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, suspenseful, neo noir
Plot: small town, criminal, gang, track down, crimes, rivalry, lone wolves, violence, desert, gunfight, cowboy, heroes ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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, swordsman, graphic violence, heroes, master warrior, dishonesty, crimes, adventure, escapades, hopes, gangsters ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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Target of Opportunity (2005)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Bulgaria
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Jim Jacobs and Nick Carlton, childhood friends, are CIA operatives on a sting operation in Chechnya. The raid of a rebel militia group goes bad and the entire teams gets wiped out except for Jim and Nick, who manages to save them both. Five years ...
Style: realistic, exciting, serious, rough, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cia, espionage, friendship, rescue, adventure, dishonesty, escapades, political intrigue, crimes, working undercover, heroic mission, political conspiracy ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: bulgaria, chechnya, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Sleepy Eyes of Death: Sword of Fire (1965)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 83 min.
Story: Fifth film in the series. When Kyoshiro, in a moment of weakness, saves the life of a woman being attacked on the road, he quickly finds himself entangled in a conspiracy involving a corrupt chamberlain, a wily merchant, the survivors of a pirate ...
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough
Plot: pirate, samurai, heroes, rivalry, escapades, dishonesty, knife fight, biracial, violence, ronin, samurai sword, sword duel ...
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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, exciting ...
Plot: samurai, babies and infants, master warrior, adventure, death of mother, motherhood, prostitute, assassin, murderer, graphic violence, youth, escapades ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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: serious, exciting, atmospheric, suspenseful, cult film
Plot: samurai, martial arts, ronin, katana, vengeance, lone wolves, gangsters, crimes, master warrior, adventure, one man army, escapades ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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: serious, realistic, captivating, exciting, suspenseful ...
Plot: samurai, chess, sword, graphic violence, lone wolves, one man army, adventure, rivalry, hopes, master warrior, heroes, escapades ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Azumi 2: Death or Love (2005)
Genre: Action
Country: Japan
Duration: 108 min.
Story: Young assassins Azumi and Nagara continue their mission to prevent a civil war. In their hunt for Masayuki Sanada, who is protected by both an army and a dangerous clan, they meet Ginkaku, a person who shows a remarking resemblance with former ...
Style: suspenseful, stylized, serious, rough, exciting
Audience: boys' night
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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, confined, master warrior, one man army, gangsters, escapades, heroes, crimes, secret agents, hopes ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Road of No Return (2009)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Road of no Return follows the final nine days in the lives of four atypical hit men who are secretly brought together in a covert operation to fight the drug trafficking epidemic in the country.
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Audience: boys' night
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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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, manipulation, graphic violence, escapades, gangsters, fugitives, master warrior, rivalry, rescue, samurai, crimes ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Sukeban Deka The Movie (1987)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 93 min.
Story: After the events of the TV series, the 18 year old Yoko Godai has abandoned her special agent Saki Asamiya name to return to her normal life, and is now studying for college entrance exams. However, she accidentally bumps into a young man named ...
Style: exciting, serious, stylized, suspenseful, rough
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: undercover, society, crimes, high school, escapades, gang, battles, juvenile delinquency, terrorism, secret agents, soldier, siblings relations ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
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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: captivating, exciting, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: samurai, kidnapping, martial arts, murder, master warrior, gangsters, one man army, rivalry, lone wolves, confined, love and romance, crimes ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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: suspenseful, rough, stylized, exciting, realistic ...
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Time: 60s, 19th century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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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: realistic, serious, exciting, captivating, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, village, heist, yakuza, corruption, graphic violence, injustice, master warrior, life is a bitch, one man army, lone wolves, crimes ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
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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, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, master warrior, heroes, one man army, drifter, decapitation, kung fu, duel, sword, sword fight, yakuza ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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Genre: Action, Drama
Country: China, Haiti, Hong Kong
Duration: 112 min.
Story: During the Manchurian-ruled Qing Dynasty, Emperor Yong Zheng established a secret assassination squad known as the Guillotines to eliminate all who opposed him. Once heavily favored by the Emperor, the Guillotines are deemed expendable once Emperor ...
Style: exciting, realistic, suspenseful, serious, captivating
Audience: boys' night
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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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
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⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Like a Dragon (2007)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Japan, South Korea
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Former Yakuza underling Kiryu Kazuma, who has recently been released from prison after a lengthy incarceration, and is trying to piece his life together and distance himself from his Yakuza past. Unfortunately Kiryu's problems slowly escalate ...
Style: exciting, tense, suspense, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: yakuza, gang, crimes, vengeance, gangsters, bank, track down, rivalry, hitman, heist, graphic violence, heroes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Kamui (2009)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 120 min.
Story: KAMUI is a Ninja on the run from the world of Ninja bound by rules in search of true freedom. However, he is burdened with the fate, where it is not allowed to take the secret of their powers outside of the tribe -- if you are born as Ninja, you ...
Style: exciting, epic, stylized, rough, serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: ninja, martial arts, redemption, human spirit, heroes, rebellion, rivalry, tough heroes, rebelliousness, on the run, obsessive quest, survival ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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: exciting, captivating, realistic, serious, 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 ⇓
40%
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: suspenseful, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, sword fight, aikido, martial arts, samurai sword, vengeance, heroic mission, vigilantism, heist, redemption, against the odds, siblings relations ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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The Zone (1995)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Former Gulf War hero Rowdy Welles is framed for murder by unscrupulous CIA boss Dick Althorp. As his price of freedom, Welles is ordered to undertake a deadly mission to destroy a nuclear processing plant in a foreign nation, owned by dangerous ...
Style: serious, realistic, suspenseful
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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
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37%