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Assassination (1964)
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Assassination (1964)
Original name: 暗殺
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Assassination begins with the events of 1853 when "four black ships" anchored at Edo Bay, sparking civil unrest and the major political manoeuvring that saw the end of the Tokugawa Shogunate. At a time when assassination had become a disturbing political tool, Shinoda's film follows Hachiro Kiyokawa (Tetsuro Tamba), an ambitious, masterless samurai whose allegiances drift dangerously between the Shogunate and the Emperor.
Plot: japanese new wave, samurai, torture, emperor, honor, ronin, diary, revolt, isolation, assassination, hara kiri, flashback, selfishness, sword, samurai sword, rebel army, seppuku, scheming
Time: 1850s, 19th century
Place: japan

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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 samurai, rivalry, heroes, sword, martial arts, master warrior and crimes mostly in Drama, Action and Adventure genres. Some movies like Assassination: Harakiri (1962), Three Outlaw Samurai (1964), Sword of the Beast (1965), Revenge (1964), Killing (2018). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
 8.7
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Harakiri (1962)
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Peace in 17th-century Japan causes the Shogunate's breakup of warrior clans, throwing thousands of samurai out of work and into poverty. An honorable end to such fate under the samurai code is ritual suicide, or hara-kiri.
Style: bleak, talky, tense, atmospheric, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, suicide, revenge, poverty, seppuku, ronin, vengeance, in-laws, heroes, life is a bitch, down on your luck, hypocrisy ...
Time: 17th century
Place: asia, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
95%
Three Outlaw Samurai (1964)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 95 min.
Story: Shiba, a wandering ronin, encounters a band of peasants who have kidnapped the daughter of their dictatorial magistrate, in hopes of coercing from him a reduction in taxes. Shiba takes up their fight, joined by two renegades from the ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, rough, realistic
Plot: samurai, bribery, change of heart, betrayal, kidnapping, abduction, shame, peasant, katana, ronin, murder, rivalry ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
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: rough, exciting, realistic, serious, stylized ...
Plot: martial arts, strangulation, vengeance, reform, samurai, betrayal, gambling, shogun, ronin, crimes, uninhibited rivalry, hopes ...
Time: 60s, 19th century
Place: japan, feudal japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
84%
 7.6
 214
Revenge (1964)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 104 min.
Story: This tragic drama shows a young man fettered by Bushido, the way of the Samurai, who tried to escape the chains of his position, but was being forced to die. When the Tokugawa Shogunate ruled the land, Tatsuno castle in Wakisaka Clan's home of ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, exciting, realistic
Plot: samurai, vengeance, politics, rivalry, injustice, duel, revenge, jidai geki
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: japan, feudal japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
80%
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 6.6
 263
Killing (2018)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Set during the Edo period, the film follows the life of a ronin (Sosuke Ikematsu) and those around him.
Plot: samurai, swordsman, sword, katana, japanese girl, ronin, japanese woman, battle, brunette
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
77%
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: exciting, captivating, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: martial arts, one man army, deadly, dishonesty, heroes, gangsters, moral dilemma, homecoming, samurai, village, lone wolves, hopes ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
75%
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
Plot: betrayal, samurai, martial arts, ronin, dishonesty, crimes, master warrior, lone wolves, heroes, rivalry, gang, bandit ...
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
Rurouni Kenshin: 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: stylized, exciting, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, master warrior, good versus evil, heroes, samurai sword, one man army, state affairs, dojo, katana, flashback, violence, ronin ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
66%
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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: gloomy, rough, captivating, serious, bleak ...
Plot: samurai, assassination, sword fight, state affairs, hopes, lone wolves, deadly, ruler, tragic hero, redemption, ambition, flashback ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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, rough, epic ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, nihilism, psychopath, master warrior, vengeance, deadly, opponent, rivalry, uninhibited rivalry, crimes, atrocity ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
 7.1
 1K
Samurai Spy (1965)
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 ...
Style: realistic, stylized, serious, suspenseful, exciting
Plot: samurai, espionage, chases and races, adventure, secret agents, heroic mission, escapades, crimes, war, lone wolves, uninhibited rivalry, rivalry ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Geisha Assassin (2008)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 78 min.
Story: One rainy night in the Edo period, Kotono (a geisha) confronts samurais who killed her father. The samurais attack her one after another, but she fights hard against samurais with her sword. Kotono tries to chase the samurais who scramble to escape. ...
Plot: female ninja, female martial artist, sword fight, duel, sword, samurai, samurai sword, schlock, tongue in cheek, geisha, japanese woman, exploitation ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
Ninja 6: The Last Iga Spy (1965)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 89 min.
Story: [Period covered: 1637-1651] This is one of the most complicated plots of any of the Shinobi no Mono films! This film tells the story of Saizo’s son, Kirigakure Saisuke, who after seeing his father die at the Battle Of Shimabara, grows up to be an ...
Plot: ninja, samurai, samurai sword, japanese history, samurai era
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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, clever, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, blood, violence, drifter, kung fu, duel, sword fight, villain, yakuza, martial artist, decapitation ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
 7.6
 58K
13 Assassins (2010)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan, UK
Duration: 141 min.
Story: A bravado period action film set at the end of Japan's feudal era in which a group of unemployed samurai are enlisted to bring down a sadistic lord and prevent him from ascending to the throne and plunging the country into a war-torn future.
Style: stylized, epic, realistic, rough, suspenseful ...
Plot: samurai, warrior, massacre, suicide, mission, martial arts, swords and armor, assassination, violence, assassin, explosion, trap ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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 ⇓
54%
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
Plot: samurai, martial arts, sword fight, ronin, bet, escapades, crimes, master warrior, lone wolves, gang, drifter, gang war ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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 ⇓
54%
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 8.3
 95K
The Bodyguard (1961)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A nameless ronin, or samurai with no master, enters a small village in feudal Japan where two rival businessmen are struggling for control of the local gambling trade. Taking the name Sanjuro Kuwabatake, the ronin convinces both silk merchant ...
Style: bleak, atmospheric, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, mercenary, lone wolves, small town, betrayal, duel, torture, escape, bodyguard, revolver, ronin, rivalry ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, 18th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
When the Last Sword is Drawn (2002)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Kanichiro Yoshimura is a Samurai and Family man who can no longer support his wife and children on the the low pay he receives from his small town clan, he is forced by the love for his family to leave for the city in search of higher pay to support ...
Style: atmospheric, bleak, stylized, serious, realistic ...
Plot: samurai, political unrest, human spirit, heroes, tragic hero, society, state affairs, hopes, life is a bitch, changing lives, unfulfillment, duel ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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, rough, realistic, captivating ...
Plot: samurai, state affairs, rivalry, fighting the system, heroes, deadly, gory, dishonesty, strong sexual content, martial arts, investigation, master warrior ...
Time: middle ages
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
48%
Double Suicide (1969)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 142 min.
Story: Successful and married with children, paper-mill owner Jihei knows better than to contradict the strict social and moral codes of 18th-century Japan. But when he meets the lovely courtesan Koharu, he becomes a man obsessed. Koharu returns his love, ...
Style: emotional, stylized, serious, realistic
Plot: prostitute, couples, fighting the system, power relations, rich and poor, unfulfillment, couple relations, love and romance, destructive relationship, romance, society, social differences ...
Time: 18th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
 7.7
 2K
Goyokin (1969)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 124 min.
Story: A guilt-haunted samurai warrior attempts to stop a massacre taking place.
Style: stylized, serious, bleak, captivating, tense ...
Plot: samurai, lone wolves, deadly, heroes, vengeance, danger, martial arts, redemption, rivalry, haunted by the past, save the day, master warrior ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
46%
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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: serious, suspenseful, rough, exciting
Plot: assassination, samurai, religions or cults, battles, adventure, master warrior, escapades, crimes, state affairs, undercover, attic, martial arts ...
Time: 60s
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
45%
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, stylized, bleak, serious, captivating ...
Plot: samurai, political unrest, dishonesty, rivalry, betrayal, state affairs, uninhibited rivalry, assassination, shogun, martial arts, violence, blood ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
The Conspirator (1961)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 110 min.
Story: Young lord Saburo Nobuyasu struggles to find comfort in life. His arranged marriage to Tokuhime, daughter of one-time family enemy Oda Nobunaga, provides little happiness. His manipulative mother adds further complications through her constant ...
Plot: hate, childlessness, murder, samurai, suicide, hara kiri
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
The Challenge (1982)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 113 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: realistic, suspenseful, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, aikido, sword fight, righting the wronged, danger, redemption, heist, vigilantism, vengeance, supernatural ability, track down ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: japan, asia, usa
⇓ similarity ⇓
43%
Hunter in the Dark (1979)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Yataro Tanigawa, a one-eyed hired assassin, impresses yakuza boss Gomyo Kiyoemon with his skill. Gomyo hires Tanigawa as his bodyguard, or yojimbo, to protect him during an inter-clan conflict. Tanigawa quickly rises in stature in the clan, but ...
Style: serious, stylized, suspenseful, bleak, exciting ...
Plot: adventure, martial arts, heist, revolution, samurai, rivalry, betrayal, society, crimes, master warrior, dishonesty, religions or cults ...
Time: 17th century, 18th century
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
The Dry Blade (2012)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: In 1873, Emperor Meiji abolished the rights of the samurai in favor of a modern, westernized military. With intentions to launch a bloody crusade against the government, warrior Endo Tadaoki (Henry Lee) gathers his remaining men to prepare for one ...
Plot: knife, ninja, samurai, katana, brothel, temple, fight, sword fight, sword
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan, UK
Duration: 128 min.
Story: An tale of revenge, honor and disgrace, centering on a poverty-stricken samurai who discovers the fate of his ronin son-in-law, setting in motion a tense showdown of vengeance against the house of a feudal lord.
Style: realistic, talky, tense, gloomy, atmospheric ...
Plot: samurai, in-laws, life is a bitch, vengeance, loss of daughter, rivalry, heroes, loss of son, down on your luck, society, jidai geki, one against many ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
42%
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