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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: 100 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, danger, heroic mission, chases and races, escapades, deadly, lone wolves, rivalry, assassination, uninhibited rivalry, ninja, christianity, bible, deception, ronin, duel ...
Place: japan

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, exciting, suspenseful and realistic films with plots about heroes, deadly, samurai, crimes, master warrior, martial arts and rivalry 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: rough, suspenseful, exciting, serious, jidai geki
Plot: assassination, ninja, samurai, dishonesty, state affairs, adventure, espionage, rivalry, gang, heroes, undercover, prostitute ...
Time: 60s
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
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: atmospheric, rough, suspenseful, stylized, tense ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, swordsman, rivalry, crime, gang, deadly, escapades, danger, good versus evil, gangsters, crimes ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
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, suspenseful, stylized, realistic, serious ...
Plot: samurai, graphic violence, gangsters, crimes, deadly, adventure, lone wolves, master warrior, one man army, escapades, heroes, wisdom of life ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
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: stylized, rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Plot: samurai, deadly, escapades, adventure, lone wolves, one man army, gangsters, assassination attempt, rivalry, master warrior, crimes, confined ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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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, martial arts, homecoming, deadly, adventure, forced into action, village, blind man, save the day, murder, protector, rivalry ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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: suspenseful, rough, stylized, serious, realistic ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, sword, katana, chases and races, deadly, gangsters, crimes, lone wolves, adventure, wrestling, contests and competitions ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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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
Plot: small town, outlaw, criminal, violence, gang, track down, deadly, danger, crime, crimes, rivalry, lone wolves ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: mexico
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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: stylized, suspenseful, rough, realistic, serious ...
Plot: conspiracy, martial arts, gangsters, master warrior, hopes, graphic violence, moral dilemma, homecoming, village, deadly, dishonesty, escapades ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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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: suspenseful, rough, serious, realistic, exciting
Plot: pirate, samurai, escapades, rivalry, dishonesty, heroes, danger, samurai warrior, ronin, violence, swordsman, drifter ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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: suspenseful, atmospheric, serious, exciting, cult film
Plot: samurai, martial arts, katana, ronin, one man army, escapades, imperialism, vengeance, master warrior, good versus evil, danger, gangsters ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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: exciting, realistic, serious, rough, suspenseful
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cia, espionage, friendship, rescue, adventure, dishonesty, escapades, political intrigue, crimes, danger, heroic mission, working undercover ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: bulgaria, chechnya, europe
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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: emotional, rough, suspenseful, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: samurai, danger, master warrior, chases and races, adventure, babies and infants, deadly, prostitute, motherhood, death of mother, assassin, murderer ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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: stylized, rough, suspenseful, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: samurai, chess, sword, danger, escapades, hopes, master warrior, deadly, one man army, adventure, heroes, graphic violence ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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: stylized, suspenseful, exciting, serious, rough
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: siblings relations, gang, deadly, daring rescue, escapades, teenage life, crimes, danger, fighting crime, soldier, society, high school life ...
Time: 80s, 20th century
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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: stylized, rough, suspenseful, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: samurai, sword, katana, escapades, gangsters, undercover, lone wolves, confined, deadly, adventure, village, working undercover ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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.
Style: tense, serious, suspenseful, rough, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, covert operation, adventure, undercover, danger, deadly, race against time, track down, introspection, politics, law enforcement, drug traffic ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
The Guillotines (2012)
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, suspenseful, realistic, serious, captivating
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, political unrest, danger, assassination, soldier, deadly, military, save the day, strong violent content, rivalry, heroes, crimes ...
Time: 18th century
Place: china, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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: suspenseful, stylized, rough, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: katana, snake, manipulations, rivalry, escapades, dishonesty, confined, samurai, fugitives, danger, crimes, rescue ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
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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: suspenseful, rough, stylized, emotional, exciting ...
Plot: samurai, village, heist, yakuza, corruption, lone wolves, heroes, deadly, dishonesty, obsessive quest, adventure, chases and races ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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: suspenseful, stylized, rough, realistic, serious ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, kidnapping, murder, adventure, master warrior, one man army, heroes, deadly, escapades, lone wolves, love and romance ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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: serious, realistic, exciting, stylized, suspenseful ...
Plot: martial arts, betrayal, samurai, strangulation, reform, ronin, gambling, vengeance, shogun, on the run, heroes, danger ...
Time: 60s, 19th century
Place: japan, feudal japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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, captivating, suspense, tense, realistic ...
Plot: yakuza, crimes, gang, vengeance, danger, gangsters, hitman, bank, track down, rivalry, heist, graphic violence ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: tokyo, japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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: serious, realistic, jidai geki
Plot: samurai, betrayal, ronin, martial arts, mountain, dishonesty, gang, heroes, rivalry, crimes, master warrior, lone wolves ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
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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, rough, clever, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, master warrior, blood, violence, one man army, heroes, drifter, duel, kung fu, blood splatter, villain ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ 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: stylized, rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Plot: samurai, village, graphic violence, self defense, deadly, master warrior, escapades, lone wolves, destiny, self discovery, martial arts, introspection ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
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Goemon (2009)
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Follow the infamous ninja bandit named Ishikawa Goemon (Yosuke Eguchi) in an epic story. One night while looting treasure from Nanban (Southern Barbarians), Goemon finds a mysterious box hidden inside a secret grave. A forgotten relic from the past ...
Style: exciting, captivating, tense, suspense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, rich and poor, betrayal, social differences, heroes, rivalry, battles, revenge, robin hood, treasure, murder ...
Time: 15th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
40%
 6.3
 642
Shogun's Ninja (1980)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In the middle of the 16th century, Hideyoshi, a power hungry warlord sets out to destroy the Momochi clan. He sends his war commander in search of the clan's hidden gold only to find that two daggers are the key to the hiding place of the ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, stylized, realistic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: master warrior, martial arts, ninja, shogun, ninja master, state affairs, heroes, adventure, gang, rivalry, escapades, samurai ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
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: suspenseful, disturbing, stylized, rough, captivating ...
Plot: samurai, murder, village, katana, prostitute, danger, confined, adventure, one man army, deadly, escapades, master warrior ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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, epic, rough ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, nihilism, psychopath, master warrior, vengeance, uninhibited rivalry, atrocity, opponent, graphic violence, rivalry, deadly ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in the Land of Demons (1973)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 90 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, suspenseful, atmospheric, rough, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, conspiracy, strong violent content, crimes, deadly, master warrior, heroes, hitman, drifter, family relations, gory ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
37%
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