Movies like Killing

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Killing (2018)
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Killing (2018)
Original name: 斬、
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, revenge, swordsman, gang, bandit, village, fight, battles, massacre, recruitment, murder, political unrest, edo period, war, warrior, male female relationship, conspiracy, relationships, danger, coup, rivalry, assassination plot, evil plot, ladybug ...
Place: japan

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Most similar movies to Killing

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, exciting, realistic and stylized films with plots about samurai, heroes, katana, rivalry, martial arts, katana sword and sword fight mostly in Action, Drama and Adventure genres. Some movies like Killing: Three Outlaw Samurai (1964), Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman (1989), Yojimbo (1961), Blade of the Immortal (2017), Sword of the Beast (1965). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
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: serious, realistic, rough, suspenseful, jidai geki
Plot: betrayal, samurai, change of heart, bribery, katana, abduction, hostage, kidnapping, murder, peasant, ronin, shame ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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, exciting ...
Plot: samurai, swordsman, martial arts, gangsters, good versus evil, escapades, gang, heroes, danger, master warrior, rivalry, adventure ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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 ⇓
53%
 8.2
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Yojimbo (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, exciting, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, ronin, mercenary, sword fight, gang, lone wolves, anti heroes, small town, betrayal, duel, torture, escape ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, 18th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Blade of the Immortal (2017)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy
Country: Japan, UK, South Korea
Duration: 140 min.
Story: Manji, a highly skilled samurai, becomes cursed with immortality after a legendary battle. Haunted by the brutal murder of his sister, Manji knows that only fighting evil will regain his soul. He promises to help a young girl named Rin avenge her ...
Style: captivating, exciting, tense, suspense, jidai geki ...
Plot: samurai, shogun, immortality, ronin, katana, killer, revenge, hand to hand combat, martial arts, fistfight, one man army, soldier ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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: exciting, stylized, suspenseful, rough, serious ...
Plot: strangulation, martial arts, samurai, betrayal, reform, gambling, ronin, vengeance, shogun, religions or cults, hitman, righting the wronged ...
Time: 60s, 19th century
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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: betrayal, samurai, ronin, martial arts, katana, dishonesty, rivalry, heroes, gang, mountain, lone wolves, master warrior ...
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
44%
 7.6
 64K
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, unusual plot structure ...
Plot: samurai, warrior, samurai sword, massacre, battles, duel, swordsman, sword fight, battle, martial arts, suicide, mission ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
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47 Ronin (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA, UK, Japan, Hungary
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Based on the original 1941 movie from Japan, and from ancient Japan’s most enduring tale, the epic 3D fantasy-adventure 47 Ronin is born. Keanu Reeves leads the cast as Kai, an outcast who joins Oishi (Hiroyuki Sanada), the leader of the 47 ...
Style: exciting, stylized, epic, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, shogun, battles, adventure, ronin, master warrior, exile, heroes, rivalry, escapades, chosen one ...
Time: 18th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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, rough, clever, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, master warrior, drifter, heroes, one man army, duel, gore, sword, blood splatter, decapitation, martial artist ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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: tense, bleak, suspenseful, captivating, enigmatic ...
Plot: samurai, suicide, revenge, poverty, vengeance, society, rivalry, life is a bitch, hara kiri, sword fight, japanese culture, standoff ...
Time: 17th century
Place: asia, japan, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
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Rurouni Kenshin: The Final (2021)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 138 min.
Story: In 1879, Kenshin and his allies face their strongest enemy yet: his former brother-in-law Enishi Yukishiro and his minions, who've vowed their revenge.
Style: tense, captivating, exciting
Plot: swordsman, master warrior, destruction, combat, fight, confronting the past, changing lives, warrior, haunted by the past, lifestyle change, showdown, escapades ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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
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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
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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 ...
Audience: boys' night
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Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, kyoto japan
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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
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⇓ similarity ⇓
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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: realistic, serious, tense, captivating, bleak ...
Plot: samurai, uninhibited rivalry, vengeance, danger, master warrior, save the day, heroes, rivalry, deadly, escapades, crimes, lone wolves ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
39%
The Dry Blade (2012)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 90 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 ...
Style: captivating
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Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
38%
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Genre: Action, Drama
Country: USA, New Zealand, Japan
Duration: 154 min.
Story: Nathan Algren is an American hired to instruct the Japanese army in the ways of modern warfare, which finds him learning to respect the samurai and the honorable principles that rule them. Pressed to destroy the samurai's way of life in the ...
Style: exciting, captivating, serious, stylized, epic ...
Plot: warrior, samurai, battles, self discovery, pride and honor, human spirit, courage, loyalty, emperor, honor, war, friendship ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s, 1870s
Place: japan, asia, pacific ocean, san francisco, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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: rough, suspenseful, serious, realistic, exciting
Plot: samurai, pirate, rivalry, escapades, heroes, dishonesty, danger, drifter, swordsman, katana, katana sword, sword duel ...
Time: 60s, 20th century
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
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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, captivating, suspenseful, exciting, psychotronic
Plot: female ninja, sword fight, geisha, female martial artist, japanese woman, revenge, samurai, duel, exploitation, female protagonist, parent child relationship, ninja ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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Zatoichi (2003)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Zatôichi is a 19th century blind nomad who makes his living as a gambler and masseur. However, behind this humble facade, he is a master swordsman gifted with a lightning-fast draw and breathtaking precision. While wandering, Zatôichi discovers a ...
Style: exciting, humorous, atmospheric, harsh, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, gang, master warrior, geisha, sword fight, good versus evil, vengeance, one man army, mob boss, blind character, protector ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
35%
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 ⇓
34%
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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 ⇓
34%
 7.1
 3K
Tokyo Fist (1995)
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 87 min.
Story: A businessman, Tsuda, runs into a childhood friend, Tajuki, on the subway. Tajuki is working as a semiprofessional boxer. Tsuda soon begins to suspect that Tajuki might be having an affair with his fiance Hizuru. After an altercation, Tsuda begins ...
Style: surreal, disturbing, stylized, biting, atmospheric ...
Plot: obsession, dark humor, athlete's life, rivalry, destructive relationship, love triangle, satire, couples, gory, violence, vengeance, loneliness ...
Time: 90s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
34%
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 ⇓
33%
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 ⇓
33%
 7.0
 2K
Samurai Spy (1965)
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 99 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, stylized, suspenseful, exciting
Plot: espionage, samurai, rivalry, escapades, chases and races, deadly, crimes, lone wolves, war, assassination, gang, secret agents ...
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning (2021)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Kenshin Himura goes up against mysterious weapons dealer Enishi. He controls the underworld of China. The secret of Kenshin Himura’s "Jujishou" is also revealed.
Style: tense, captivating
Plot: samurai, secret, crime boss, fight for supremacy, gang, organized crime, criminal gang, showdown, smuggling, outlaw gang, fight, warrior ...
Place: china
⇓ similarity ⇓
33%
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 ⇓
33%