Movies like Assassination 1964

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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, sword, emperor, honor, ronin, diary, samurai sword, revolt, isolation, seppuku, scheming, selfishness, assassination, rebel army, hara kiri, flashback, decapitated head, decapitation
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: japan

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The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, exciting and stylized films with plots about samurai, rivalry, heroes, ronin, martial arts, katana sword and master warrior mostly in Drama, Action and Adventure genres. Some movies like Assassination: Harakiri (1962), Samurai Spy (1965), Sword of the Beast (1965), Three Outlaw Samurai (1964), Revenge (1964). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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Harakiri (1962)
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery
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, tense, captivating, suspenseful, enigmatic ...
Plot: samurai, suicide, revenge, poverty, vengeance, rivalry, life is a bitch, society, hara kiri, sword fight, japanese culture, standoff ...
Time: 17th century
Place: asia, japan, tokyo
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95%
 7.0
 2K
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: serious, realistic, suspenseful, stylized, exciting
Plot: espionage, samurai, adventure, gang, crimes, chases and races, secret agents, heroes, assassination, lone wolves, escapades, deadly ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
92%
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: stylized, suspenseful, rough, exciting, realistic ...
Plot: martial arts, strangulation, reform, betrayal, samurai, gambling, ronin, vengeance, shogun, vigilantism, hitman, righting the wronged ...
Time: 60s, 19th century
Place: japan, feudal japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
91%
Three Outlaw Samurai (1964)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 94 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: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic, jidai geki
Plot: change of heart, bribery, betrayal, samurai, katana, kidnapping, abduction, hostage, infamy, murder, peasant, ronin ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
89%
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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, realistic, exciting, jidai geki
Plot: samurai, rivalry, politics, injustice, vengeance, revenge, duel
Time: 20th century, 60s
Place: japan, feudal japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
88%
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 ⇓
81%
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, master warrior, lone wolves, crimes ...
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
73%
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, graphic violence, atrocity, opponent, rivalry, deadly ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
72%
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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: captivating, serious, realistic, gloomy, bleak ...
Plot: samurai, assassination, sword fight, state affairs, deadly, tragic hero, conspiracy, graphic violence, hopes, ambition, lone wolves, redemption ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
69%
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She and He (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 110 min.
Story: As her husband Eiichi becomes more entangled in his life as businessman, Naoko looks for ways to expand her own life even as her husband's life shrinks in scope and intimacy. She finds new interests, new love, and a greater sense of her place ...
Plot: japanese new wave, bourgeoisie, japanese woman, compassion, poverty, husband wife relationship, japanese wife, empathy, japanese man, self discovery
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
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, realistic, serious, exciting
Plot: samurai, pirate, heroes, escapades, rivalry, danger, dishonesty, samurai warrior, ronin, violence, moral dilemma, knife fight ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
 6.4
 718
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.
Style: tense, captivating, psychological, exciting
Plot: samurai, ronin, swordsman, revenge, gang, massacre, village, bandit, murder, political unrest, edo period, war ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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: childlessness, suicide, samurai, hara kiri, hate, murder, mistress
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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, serious, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, master warrior, blood, violence, one man army, heroes, drifter, sword fight, duel, blood splatter, yakuza ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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 ⇓
60%
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, serious ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, swordsman, crime, gang, deadly, escapades, danger, lone wolves, rivalry, good versus evil, gangsters ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
59%
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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: suspenseful, serious, stylized, intense, suspense ...
Plot: samurai, warrior, battles, massacre, duel, samurai sword, battle, martial arts, suicide, mission, violence, uninhibited rivalry ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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. ...
Style: suspense, exciting, captivating, suspenseful, psychotronic
Plot: female ninja, geisha, sword fight, duel, samurai, revenge, japanese woman, exploitation, female protagonist, parent child relationship, ninja, vengeance ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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 8.2
 109K
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, suspenseful, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, mercenary, ronin, sword fight, gang, lone wolves, anti hero, anti heroes, small town, betrayal, village, escape ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, 18th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
⇓ 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, good versus evil, master warrior, one man army, escapades, danger, heroes, adventure, vengeance ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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, serious, exciting, jidai geki
Plot: assassination, ninja, samurai, dishonesty, state affairs, adventure, deadly, rivalry, gang, heroes, undercover, prostitute ...
Time: 60s
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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: serious, bleak, tense, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: samurai, vengeance, life is a bitch, society, loss of son, rivalry, down on your luck, hara kiri, revenge, ronin, seppuku, code of honor ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
The Shogun Assassins (1979)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 148 min.
Story: This is a film about a real person. Sanada Yukimura fought a war against Tokugawa Ieyeasu. In the beginning the film shows Yukimura fighting to defend the Osaka Castle. He used very unconventional methods, wich were not approved by the other ...
Style: jidai geki
Plot: ninja, martial arts, battle, assassination, drugs, monkey, assassin, meteorite, shogun, battles, ronin, magic ...
Time: 17th century
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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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, realistic, captivating, serious ...
Plot: samurai, japanese history, human spirit, political unrest, tragic hero, life is a bitch, emperor, duel, hopes, unfulfillment, state affairs, suicide ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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: stylized, emotional, serious, realistic, jidai geki
Plot: prostitute, love triangle, romance, unfulfillment, fighting the system, love and romance, society, rebellion, power relations, couples, bittersweet, destructive relationship ...
Time: 18th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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: suspenseful, bleak, rough, stylized, realistic ...
Plot: samurai, adventure, fighting crime, betrayal, crimes, dishonesty, master warrior, graphic violence, nudity (full frontal - brief), gangsters, society, religions or cults ...
Time: 18th century, 17th century
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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: captivating, serious, realistic, atmospheric, cult film
Plot: samurai, ronin, martial arts, heroes, gang war, sword fight, crimes, gang, master warrior, escapades, rivalry, lone wolves ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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, suspense, captivating, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, heroes, good versus evil, master warrior, one man army, state affairs, samurai era, graphic violence, ronin, samurai sword, dojo, katana ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, kyoto japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
A Story Written with Water (1965)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Struggling with his true emotions, dreams, memories of the past and the reality Shizuo is about to marry, but is torn between his wife-to-be and the love to his mother.
Plot: japanese new wave, mother son relationship, geisha, lake, loss of father, dream, surrealism, spa, extramarital affair, water, loss of mother, car accident ...
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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 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, rough, bleak, realistic, serious ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, haunted by the past, danger, master warrior, save the day, heroes, rivalry, deadly, escapades, crimes, lone wolves ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
49%
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