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Hunter in the Dark (1979)
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Hunter in the Dark (1979)
Original name: 闇の狩人
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 finds his boss's enemies almost overwhelming.
Style: exciting, rough, bleak, serious, captivating, realistic, suspenseful, stylized, jidai geki
Plot: adventure, martial arts, gangsters, samurai, crimes, heist, revolution, betrayal, religions or cults, graphic violence, master warrior, society, fighting crime, dishonesty, rivalry, profanity, nudity (full frontal - brief), rape, assassin, missing person, murder
Time: 18th century, 17th century
Place: japan

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Most similar movies to Hunter in the Dark

The list contains related movies ordered by similarity. Recommendation engine sorted out serious, realistic, rough and exciting films with plots about samurai, martial arts, heroes, master warrior, deadly, adventure and escapades mostly in Action, Drama and Adventure genres. Some movies like Hunter in the Dark: Bandit vs. Samurai Squad (1978), Goyokin (1969), Adventures of Zatoichi (1964), Zatoichi's Flashing Sword (1964), New Tale of Zatoichi (1963). The matching attributes are highlighted in bold.
Bandit vs. Samurai Squad (1978)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 163 min.
Story: Kumokiri Nizaemon, a former samurai warrior, has abandoned his class to become the leader of a gang of thieves. He leads his outlaws in an attempt to rob the castle of his former clan.
Style: exciting, realistic, serious, rough, bleak ...
Plot: crimes, heroes, dishonesty, betrayal, rivalry, adventure, samurai, law enforcement, criminal heroes, vengeance, martial arts, heist ...
Time: 20th century, 70s
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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: rough, bleak, stylized, realistic, serious ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, uninhibited rivalry, danger, master warrior, save the day, heroes, rivalry, deadly, escapades, crimes, lone wolves ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
76%
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, realistic, serious ...
Plot: samurai, village, sword, new year's eve, deadly, one man army, gangsters, escapades, lone wolves, master warrior, adventure, society ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
68%
Zatoichi's Flashing Sword (1964)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 82 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, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: samurai, heroes, escapades, rivalry, deadly, assassination attempt, crimes, adventure, gangsters, master warrior, confined, lone wolves ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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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, exciting, captivating ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, kidnapping, murder, graphic violence, deadly, lone wolves, adventure, heroes, rivalry, redemption, vengeance ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
65%
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, realistic, serious ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, sword, katana, rivalry, on the run, adventure, crimes, contests and competitions, deadly, gangsters, master warrior ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
64%
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, rescue, heroes, manipulations, rivalry, fugitives, danger, manipulation, graphic violence, vengeance, village ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
63%
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, psychopath, nihilism, master warrior, vengeance, uninhibited rivalry, atrocity, opponent, rivalry, deadly, crimes ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
62%
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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, exciting, captivating ...
Plot: samurai, graphic violence, heroes, lone wolves, adventure, master warrior, escapades, deadly, gangsters, one man army, crimes, friendship ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
61%
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, bleak, rough, stylized, serious ...
Plot: samurai, rivalry, conspiracy, strong violent content, political unrest, uninhibited rivalry, state affairs, dishonesty, assassination, betrayal, orchestral, ninja ...
Time: 17th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
60%
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, crimes, master warrior, state affairs, escapades, one man army, heroes, deadly, adventure ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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, sword, katana, gangsters, undercover, lone wolves, confined, master warrior, escapades, deadly, adventure, hostage ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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, exciting ...
Plot: samurai, village, heist, corruption, yakuza, one man army, life is a bitch, master warrior, chases and races, obsessive quest, adventure, escapades ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
58%
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, exciting, captivating ...
Plot: conspiracy, martial arts, adventure, gangsters, lone wolves, crimes, moral dilemma, homecoming, village, escapades, samurai, dishonesty ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
57%
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, captivating ...
Plot: samurai, murder, village, katana, dishonesty, life is a bitch, danger, escapades, deadly, crimes, confined, prostitute ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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: sword, yakuza, village, life is a bitch, master warrior, adventure, escapades, samurai, redemption, martial arts, woman in danger, injustice ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
56%
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, tense ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, swordsman, gang, rivalry, lone wolves, gangsters, good versus evil, crime, master warrior, escapades, danger ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
55%
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, rough, suspenseful, realistic, serious ...
Plot: samurai, chess, sword, vengeance, woman in danger, righting the wronged, self defense, friends, friendship, island, martial arts, graphic violence ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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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, adventure, one man army, hopes, master warrior, lone wolves, escapades, life is a bitch, heroes, deadly ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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, chases and races, deadly, babies and infants, master warrior, adventure, prostitute, motherhood, death of mother, assassin, murderer ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
54%
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, master warrior, dishonesty, village, mental illness, conspiracy, graphic violence, deadly, adventure ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
53%
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, rough, stylized, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: martial arts, reform, strangulation, betrayal, samurai, gambling, ronin, beast, vengeance, shogun, graphic violence, vigilantism ...
Time: 60s, 19th century
Place: japan, feudal japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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, self defense, graphic violence, one man army, heroes, deadly, lone wolves, destiny, self discovery, martial arts, introspection ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
52%
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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, heroes, anti heroes, master warrior, fighting the system, dishonesty, crimes, investigation, deadly, rivalry, law enforcement ...
Time: middle ages
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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13 Assassins (1963)
Genre: Adventure, Action
Country: Japan
Duration: 125 min.
Story: A group of assassins come together for a suicide mission to kill an evil lord.
Style: rough, suspenseful, epic, stylized, exciting ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, assassination, adventure, state affairs, deadly, escapades, rivalry, heroes, uninhibited rivalry, graphic violence, against the odds ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
⇓ similarity ⇓
51%
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, exciting, serious, cult film
Plot: samurai, martial arts, katana, ronin, danger, adventure, good versus evil, heroes, imperialism, one man army, master warrior, crimes ...
Time: 19th century
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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 ⇓
50%
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Kill! (1968)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 115 min.
Story: In this pitch-black action comedy by Kihachi Okamoto, a pair of down-on-their-luck swordsmen arrive in a dusty, windblown town, where they become involved in a local clan dispute. One, previously a farmer, longs to become a noble samurai. The other, ...
Style: realistic, serious, dark humor, jidai geki
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, betrayal, ronin, lone wolves, anti heroes, hopes, master warrior, leadership, heroes, gang, crimes ...
Time: 60s, 1830s
Place: japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
50%
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: suspenseful, rough, serious, exciting, jidai geki
Plot: ninja, assassination, samurai, dishonesty, rivalry, heroes, master warrior, crimes, state affairs, danger, deadly, undercover ...
Time: 60s
Place: asia, japan
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%
Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx (1972)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 82 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, realistic, serious, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, sword fight, master warrior, martial arts, lone wolves, blood, heroes, drifter, assassin, blood splatter, martial artist, female ninja ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
⇓ similarity ⇓
47%