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Zatoichi and the Chess Expert (1965)
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Zatoichi and the Chess Expert (1965)
Original name: 座頭市地獄旅
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: exciting, rough, serious, captivating, realistic, suspenseful, stylized
Plot: samurai, chess, sword, adventure, martial arts, vengeance, island, friendship, heroes, friends, hopes, danger, master warrior, one man army, self defense, escapades, deadly, lone wolves, rivalry, woman in danger, righting the wronged, yakuza, sword fight, fight, katana sword
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, stylized and suspenseful films with plots about heroes, samurai, martial arts, escapades, master warrior, lone wolves and adventure mostly in Action, Drama and Adventure genres. Some movies like Zatoichi and the Chess Expert: Zatoichi's Vengeance (1966), Zatoichi the Fugitive (1963), The Blind Swordsman Samaritan (1968), Zatoichi's Spurting Blood Road (1967), New Tale of Zatoichi (1963). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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: serious, suspenseful, stylized, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: samurai, gangsters, deadly, heroes, vengeance, wise man, moral dilemma, introspection, martial arts, one man army, village, last wish ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
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: rough, serious, stylized, suspenseful, exciting ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, sword, katana, one man army, deadly, heroes, gangsters, rivalry, village, wrestling, vengeance ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
94%
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: rough, captivating, exciting, stylized, suspenseful ...
Plot: samurai, village, introspection, love and romance, hopes, escapades, adventure, martial arts, destiny, one man army, self defense, self discovery ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
93%
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: suspenseful, serious, stylized, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: samurai, village, corruption, wrongfully committed, life is a bitch, lone wolves, adventure, false accusation, righting the wronged, one man army, martial arts, master warrior ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
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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: rough, exciting, captivating, realistic, serious ...
Plot: yakuza, sword, dishonesty, deadly, martial arts, redemption, lone wolves, gangsters, heroes, injustice, woman in danger, danger ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
91%
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, stylized, suspenseful, rough, realistic ...
Plot: samurai, katana, sword, gangsters, undercover, martial arts, one man army, lone wolves, deadly, last wish, heroes, village ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
91%
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, stylized, suspenseful, exciting ...
Plot: samurai, kidnapping, martial arts, murder, master warrior, escapades, love and romance, adventure, vengeance, heroes, crimes, lone wolves ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
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: exciting, captivating, rough, serious, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, village, political unrest, friendship, master warrior, friends, crimes, state affairs, lone wolves, gangsters, heroes ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
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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, suspenseful, stylized, serious, exciting ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, protecting from truth, master warrior, escapades, mental illness, one man army, lone wolves, adventure, buried truth, village, deadly ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
85%
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: atmospheric, suspenseful, serious, exciting
Plot: samurai, martial arts, katana, ronin, crimes, adventure, master warrior, danger, lone wolves, escapades, one man army, rivalry ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ 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: captivating, exciting, rough, suspenseful, stylized ...
Plot: snake, katana, village, samurai, rescue, danger, confined, heroes, gangsters, dishonesty, deadly, martial arts ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
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: rough, disturbing, exciting, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: samurai, murder, village, katana, vengeance, deadly, dishonesty, heroes, woman in danger, danger, captivity, political corruption ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
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: exciting, captivating, realistic, suspenseful, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, village, new year's eve, sword, deadly, gangsters, dishonesty, heroes, escapades, missing person, murder, martial arts ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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 ...
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Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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, emotional, stylized, suspenseful, serious ...
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Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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: serious, atmospheric, realistic, captivating
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Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ 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 ...
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Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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, exciting, captivating, tense, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, crimes, master warrior, escapades, adventure, crime, lone wolves, rivalry, gory, heroes, gangsters ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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Zatoichi Meets Yojimbo (1970)
Genre: Drama, Action, Adventure
Country: Japan
Duration: 79 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 ...
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Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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.
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Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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: semi serious, atmospheric, scary
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Place: asia, japan
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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
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56%
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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: semi serious, atmospheric
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⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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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
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Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 81 min.
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Country: Japan
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Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 89 min.
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Style: sexual, offbeat, rough, realistic, captivating ...
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