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Shogun's Shadow (1989)
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Shogun's Shadow (1989)
Original name: 将軍家光の乱心 激突
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 114 min.
Story: Iemitsu, Tokugawa Shogun III, hates his eldest son Takechiyo; all his love is given to his younger son Tokumatsu. One day, he orders Takechiyo to an initiation rite in Yedo (today's Tokio). Takechiyo lives far away under the surveillance of Hotta Masamori, head of the Skura clan, where he was also raised. Hotta does suspect some kind of treachery, but he can not ignore the direct command of the Shogun. Therefore, he starts on his travel with Takechiyo and seven accompanying samurais. A large army under the command of Iba Shoemon, a vassal of the Shogun, attacks their night camp in the vicinity of a copper mine. Hotta dies in this first battle, but Takechiyo and the samurai manage to escape. They are chased by the army, and several skirmishes between the small force and the larger army follow.
Plot: samurai, martial arts, fight
Time: 17th century
Place: japan

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, stylized, realistic and exciting films with plots about samurai, martial arts, katana, heroes, sword fight, master warrior and katana sword mostly in Action, Drama and Adventure genres. Some movies like Shogun's Shadow: The Shogun's Samurai (1978), Zatoichi at Large (1972), Beach of the War Gods (1973), Zatoichi in Desperation (1972), Samurai Assassin (1965). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
The Shogun's Samurai (1978)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Following the death of the second Tokugawa shogun, it is revealed that he was poisoned by retainers of his son Iemitsu in hopes of gaining him the shogunate despite the stammer and birthmark which undermine his respect. Iemitsu and his brother ...
Style: epic, rough, stylized, bleak, realistic ...
Plot: samurai, rivalry, political unrest, orchestral, conspiracy, strong violent content, state affairs, assassination, betrayal, dishonesty, uninhibited rivalry, ninja ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Shinsengumi: Assassins of Honor (1969)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 122 min.
Story: Near the end of the nineteenth century, as the balance of power shifts from Shogunate towards the Emperor, Japan restlessly awaits the dawning of a new age. But not all are content...The Shinsengumi, a small army of samurai, farmers and peasants, ...
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Plot: samurai, japanese history, samurai warrior, katana sword, katana, samurai era, sword fight, warrior, japanese culture
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: kyoto japan, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
87%
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 ⇓
78%
Beach of the War Gods (1973)
Genre: Action
Country: Hong Kong, Taiwan
Duration: 100 min.
Story: A sort of re-telling of Kurosawa’s “Seven Samurai”. This time the protagonists are a group of Chinese villagers who must band together to recruit outside help to defend themselves against marauding Japanese pirates demanding protection money. ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, fencing, fight, pirate, sword fight, japanese occupation, war
Place: china, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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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 ⇓
74%
Samurai Assassin (1965)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 122 min.
Story: February 17 to March 3, 1860, inside Edo castle. A group of assassins wait by Sakurada Gate to kill the lord of the House of Ii, a powerful man in the Tokugawa government, which has ruled Japan for 300 years. They suspect a traitor in their midst, ...
Style: bleak, rough, gloomy, captivating, realistic ...
Plot: samurai, assassination, ronin, sword fight, ruler, state affairs, lone wolves, hopes, tragic hero, deadly, ambition, conspiracy ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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
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The Hidden Blade (2004)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Set in 19th Century Japan a young samurai who finds himself in love with a farm girl leaves his home to begin a new life. He has to take stock of his new life when he is put to the test and ordered to kill a traitor who just happens to be his ...
Style: serious, stylized, sentimental, gloomy, realistic ...
Plot: samurai, caste system, politics, love and romance, family life, vengeance, martial arts, revenge, sword fight, edo period, social class, honor ...
Time: 1860s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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Rurouni Kenshin Part I: Origins (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Former legendary assassin Kenshin Himura has now become a wandering samurai. Offering aid & protecting those in need as atonement for his past deeds. During this time Kenshin Himura comes across and aides Kaoru Kamiya (Emi Takei). Her father ...
Style: exciting, serious, realistic, stylized, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, master warrior, drifter, martial arts, heroes, swordsman, one man army, katana, drug lord, mercenary, massacre, shogun ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s, 1860s, 1870s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, kyoto japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Lone Wolf and Cub: White Heaven in Hell (1974)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 83 min.
Story: In the sixth and final film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, the final conflict between Ogami Itto and the Yagyu clan is carried out.
Style: serious, stylized, suspenseful, rough, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, supernatural, master warrior, strong violent content, gory, family relations, parents and children, uninhibited rivalry, deadly, heroes, lone wolves ...
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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 ⇓
64%
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 ⇓
63%
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 ⇓
63%
Rurouni Kenshin 3: The Legend Ends (2014)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Shishio has set sail in his ironclad ship to bring down the Meiji government and return Japan to chaos, carrying Kaoru with him. In order to stop him in time, Kenshin trains with his old master to learn his final technique.
Style: exciting, stylized, captivating, suspense, disturbing ...
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Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, kyoto japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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
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Journey of Honor (1991)
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Country: UK, Japan, USA
Duration: 107 min.
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Zatoichi the Fugitive (1963)
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Style: suspenseful, rough, stylized, exciting, captivating ...
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Time: 19th century
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Rurouni Kenshin Part II: Kyoto Inferno (2014)
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Country: Japan
Duration: 138 min.
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Style: exciting, suspenseful, intense, suspense, disturbing ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 19th century, 1870s
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Duration: 81 min.
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Duration: 83 min.
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Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
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Style: suspenseful, stylized, rough, serious, realistic ...
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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