Movies like Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman

If you like "Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman" you are looking for exciting, tense and atmospheric movies about / with samurai, swordsman, martial arts, adventure, gangsters, crimes and village themes of Action and Drama genre shot in Japan.
Find your next favorite and similar movies in two steps: 1. Identify all themes of interest from this film (block below). 2. Look for them in the presented list.
Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman (1989)
 7.2
 2K
Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman (1989)
Original name: 座頭市
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: exciting, tense, atmospheric, rough, serious, captivating, realistic, suspenseful, stylized, cult film
Plot: samurai, swordsman, martial arts, adventure, gangsters, crimes, village, gang, heroes, crime, graphic violence, good versus evil, danger, master warrior, escapades, gory, deadly, lone wolves, rivalry, violence, female nudity, gambling, yakuza, sword, sword fight ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia

Movie in categories

samurai movies
495
swordsman movies
293
exciting movies
11096
adventure movies
7937
gangsters movies
5865
crimes movies
14253
tense movies
11318

Most similar movies to Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, stylized, captivating and exciting films with plots about heroes, samurai, martial arts, master warrior, escapades, lone wolves and adventure mostly in Action, Drama and Adventure genres. Some movies like Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi's Conspiracy (1973), Zatoichi's Flashing Sword (1964), Zatoichi the Fugitive (1963), Zatoichi's Cane-sword (1967), New Tale of Zatoichi (1963). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: conspiracy, martial arts, swordsman, master warrior, hopes, moral dilemma, village, homecoming, graphic violence, deadly, dishonesty, escapades ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
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: stylized, rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic ...
Plot: samurai, gangsters, assassination attempt, crimes, rivalry, confined, danger, master warrior, deadly, escapades, one man army, adventure ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
94%
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, exciting, captivating ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, sword, katana, on the run, fugitives, master warrior, heroes, contests and competitions, wrestling, village, vengeance ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
93%
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: stylized, rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Plot: samurai, gangsters, martial arts, village, adventure, one man army, crimes, lone wolves, master warrior, escapades, deadly, heroes ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
Movie in collections
village movies
2488
rough movies
8233
gang movies
3317
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, serious, realistic ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, kidnapping, murder, escapades, deadly, rivalry, heroes, love and romance, lone wolves, confined, one man army ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
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, cult film
Plot: samurai, martial arts, katana, ronin, rivalry, adventure, danger, imperialism, vengeance, gangsters, good versus evil, crimes ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
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, serious, realistic ...
Plot: samurai, friends, deadly, gangsters, one man army, escapades, master warrior, adventure, heroes, lone wolves, crimes, wisdom of life ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
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: rough, suspenseful, stylized, exciting, captivating ...
Plot: samurai, katana, sword, adventure, deadly, escapades, gangsters, undercover, martial arts, working undercover, village, last wish ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
Movie in collections
heroes movies
9665
japan movies
2176
captivating movies
17480
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, suspenseful, stylized, serious, realistic ...
Plot: samurai, village, sword, new year's eve, graphic violence, dishonesty, lone wolves, adventure, escapades, society, social differences, martial arts ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
86%
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: stylized, suspenseful, rough, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: yakuza, sword, lone wolves, danger, gangsters, samurai, heroes, life is a bitch, dishonesty, escapades, righting the wronged, coldhearted ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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, suspenseful, rough, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: samurai, chess, sword, adventure, deadly, heroes, hopes, master warrior, lone wolves, one man army, escapades, graphic violence ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
83%
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, serious, realistic ...
Plot: katana, snake, master warrior, one man army, dishonesty, crimes, samurai, gangsters, vengeance, village, kidnapping, martial arts ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
82%
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, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: samurai, village, graphic violence, self defense, one man army, heroes, deadly, lone wolves, destiny, self discovery, martial arts, introspection ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
81%
 6.7
 5K
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, suspense, tense, epic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, rich and poor, social differences, betrayal, heroes, battles, rivalry, katana, robin hood, revenge, treasure ...
Time: 15th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: stylized, rough, suspenseful, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: samurai, one man army, martial arts, sword fight, adventure, master warrior, lone wolves, deadly, heroes, dishonesty, hidden truth, escapades ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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, realistic ...
Plot: samurai, village, heist, corruption, yakuza, chases and races, crimes, lone wolves, master warrior, adventure, obsessive quest, dishonesty ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
79%
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, serious ...
Plot: samurai, murder, village, katana, dishonesty, danger, heroes, adventure, confined, escapades, deadly, crimes ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
78%
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, rough, stylized, realistic, serious ...
Plot: samurai, village, corruption, graphic violence, adventure, hopes, lone wolves, confined, life is a bitch, escape, wrongfully committed, martial arts ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
Movie in collections
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, exciting, captivating, tense ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, homecoming, adventure, deadly, forced into action, village, blind man, save the day, murder, protector, massacre ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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, deadly, chases and races, adventure, babies and infants, master warrior, motherhood, death of mother, prostitute, assassin, murderer ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
74%
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, gang war, heroes, martial arts, sword fight, bet, drifter, master warrior, rivalry, lone wolves, crimes ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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: scary, atmospheric, saga, semi serious, cult film
Plot: samurai, martial arts, katana, escapades, golden years, prostitute, rivalry, gangsters, gang, lone wolves, righting the wronged, crimes ...
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
71%
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: sexual, offbeat, stylized, rough, captivating ...
Plot: samurai, state affairs, anti heroes, crimes, investigation, dishonesty, rivalry, heroes, law enforcement, deadly, master warrior, fighting the system ...
Time: middle ages
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Movie in collections
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, martial arts, village, spy, gold, sword fight, heroes, crime, master warrior, lone wolves, crimes, adventure ...
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
Zatoichi the Outlaw (1967)
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, suspense, tense, semi serious ...
Plot: yakuza, samurai, gambling, jail, crimes, adventure, rivalry, small town, dishonesty, martial arts, village, blind character ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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, rivalry, escapades, gory, pregnancy, track down, crimes, heroes, lone wolves, adventure ...
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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: serious, realistic, exciting, captivating, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, drifter, hitman, heroes, one man army, assassin, family relations, gory, parents and children, countryside, cult ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
Rurouni Kenshin Part II: Kyoto Inferno (2014)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 138 min.
Story: Kenshin has settled into his new life with Kaoru and his other friends when he is approached with a request from the Meiji government. Makoto Shishio, a former assassin like Kenshin, was betrayed, set on fire and left for dead. He survived, and is ...
Style: exciting, suspenseful, intense, suspense, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, good versus evil, ambition, katana, rivalry, political unrest, master warrior, heroes, one man army, katana sword, survival, martial arts ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: japan, asia, kyoto japan, tokyo, hong kong
⇓ similarity ⇓
100%
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: martial arts, samurai, katana, yakuza, lone wolves, rescue, escapades, on the run, gangsters, clergy, danger, crimes ...
Place: asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx (1972)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 81 min.
Story: In the second film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, Ogami Itto battles a group of female ninja in the employ of the Yagyu clan and must assassinate a traitor who plans to sell his clan's secrets to the Shogunate.
Style: stylized, atmospheric, exciting, serious, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, master warrior, martial arts, sword fight, lone wolves, drifter, heroes, decapitation, blood splatter, female ninja, martial artist, ronin ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%