Jidai geki movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant jidai geki movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, realistic, stylized, atmospheric, suspenseful and captivating films and TV shows about / with jidai geki, samurai, sword, martial arts, rivalry, heroes, sword fight, master warrior, betrayal and vengeance plots mostly in Drama, Action and History genres shot in Japan, UK, USA and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as jidai geki: Sword of Desperation (2010), Edo Porn (1981), Kwaidan (1964), Kagemusha (1980), After the Rain (1999), Unforgiven (2013), Sekigahara (2017), Blade of the Immortal (2017), The Scarlet Camellia (1964), The Wife of Seishu Hanaoka (1967).

List of jidai geki movies

Sword of Desperation (2010)
Genre: Action, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A talented but troubled Edo Period swordsman, Kanemi Sanzawmon. Three years earlier, Kanemi killed a woman, Renko, the corrupt mistress of the powerful daimyo Tabu Ukyou. Unexpectedly, Kanemi received a lenient sentence for his crime and is allowed ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, realistic, stylized, suspenseful ...
Plot: samurai, assassination plot, jidai geki, devotion, betrayal, intrigue, rivalry, master warrior, haunted by the past, under the surface, dedication, death of wife
Place: japan
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 6.7
 237
Edo Porn (1981)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 119 min.
Story: The world-famous woodblock artist Hokusai, a widower in need of a steady income, lives with his daughter Oei in the house of his friend Bakin.
Plot: japanese culture, nude model, jidai geki, single father, master apprentice relationship, manga, suicide, suicide by hanging, female nudity, father daughter relationship, obsession, spectacle ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s
Place: japan, mount fuji
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 8.0
 12K
Kwaidan (1964)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 183 min.
Story: Taking its title from an archaic Japanese word meaning "ghost story," this anthology adapts four folk tales. A penniless samurai marries for money with tragic results. A man stranded in a blizzard is saved by Yuki the Snow Maiden, but his ...
Style: atmospheric, stylized, bleak, serious, gloomy ...
Plot: samurai, ghost, snow, promise, spirit, anthology, tea, supernatural, monk, painting, storm, heroes ...
Time: 17th century, 19th century, middle ages, 1900s, 12th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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 8.0
 27K
Kagemusha (1980)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 180 min.
Story: When a warlord dies, a peasant thief is called upon to impersonate him, in order to protect his clan from appearing weak and vulnerable. But he finds himself haunted by the warlord’s spirit as well as his own ambitions.
Style: epic, stylized, realistic, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: samurai, battle, war, army, emperor, warlord, switching roles, mistaken identity, battles, dishonesty, heroes, military ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s, 18th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
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After the Rain (1999)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan, France
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A group of travelers is stranded in a small country inn when the river floods during heavy rains. As the bad weather continues, tensions rise amongst the travelers trapped at the inn. Ihei Misawa is a ronin, a samurai without a master, whose skills ...
Style: stylized, serious, atmospheric, captivating
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, ronin, lone wolves, gory, master warrior, heroes, social misfits, redemption, hopes, misfit, humble, social awkwardness ...
Time: 18th century
Place: japan, asia
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 7.2
 2K
Unforgiven (2013)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 135 min.
Story: Set in Hokkaido, Japan in the 1880s. Jubei Kamata (Ken Watanabe), who is on the side of the Edo shogunate government, kills many people. His name is infamous in Kyoto. When the battle at Goryoukaku is about to be finished, Jubei disappears. 10 years ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, realistic, captivating, tense ...
Plot: samurai, bounty hunter, lone wolves, shogun, redemption, misfit, anti heroes, aging, vengeance, human nature, isolation, tough heroes ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan
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 6.4
 405
Sekigahara (2017)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 150 min.
Story: In the year 1600, a battle determines the future ruler for Japan and the beginning of the rise of the Tokugawa shogunate.
Style: based on true events
Plot: samurai, spy, murder, betrayal, horse, servant, employer employee relationship, battle, jidai geki, master, employee, premarital sex ...
Place: japan
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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 ...
Plot: katana, blonde woman, samurai, soldier, blood, brunette, blonde, sacrifice, poison, gore, tea, leg ...
Place: japan
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The Scarlet Camellia (1964)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 163 min.
Story: In this Japanese drama, a young woman begins murdering all those responsible for her ailing father's condition. First she torches her parents' villa, and then slaughters all her lascivious mother's lovers. Because the girl is so ...
Plot: mother daughter relationship, adultery, revenge, set on fire, presumed dead, scissors, biological father, jidai geki, alias, attempted rape, suicide
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The Wife of Seishu Hanaoka (1967)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 99 min.
Story: The disturbing story of a physician who conducted the first operation with general anaesthetic, and the women in his life who are both so determined to win his love that they volunteer as subjects for his experiments
Plot: feud, rivalry, husband wife relationship, devotion, medical, loss of eyesight, jidai geki, cancer, mother son relationship, human experimentation
Time: 18th century, 1790s
Place: japan
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 6.1
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Band of Ninja (1967)
Genre: Animation, Action, History, War
Country: Japan
Duration: 123 min.
Story: A young boy joins a band of ninja during a peasant uprising, all depicted through an experimental form of filming pages from the original manga set to sound.
Plot: ninja, japanese new wave, class struggle, flashback, battle, massacre, deception, loss of father, disguise, violence, revenge, mutilation ...
Time: 16th century
Place: japan
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The Assassination of Ryoma (1974)
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 118 min.
Story: Story of the last three days in the life of Sakamoto Ryoma (1836-1867), imperial loyalist who tried to unite the Choshu and Satsuma clans and prepared the way for the Meiji Restoration (1868).
Plot: hara kiri, topless woman, geisha, jidai geki, manic laughter, cemetery, sex, prostitute, conspiracy, rain, female nudity, bare breasts
Time: 1860s
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Illusion of Blood (1965)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The ghost of a samurai's wife takes revenge on her husband.
Plot: revenge, murder, death, samurai, ghost story, face ripped off, ghost, spirit, skin ripping, ronin, jidai geki, husband murders wife
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The Oil-Hell Murder (1992)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 115 min.
Story: The indolent son of an oil vendor becomes a regular customer of a prostitute, racks up a mountain of debt, and is disowned by his parents.
Plot: prostitute, debt, fireworks, arranged marriage, unhappy wife, cuckolded husband, jidai geki, woman slaps man, river, womanizer, cheating wife, older woman younger man sex ...
Time: 18th century
Place: japan
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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 ...
Plot: shogun, battle, drugs, meteorite, ninja, assassin, martial arts, monkey, assassination, jidai geki
Time: 17th century
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Shadow Hunters 2: Echo of Destiny (1972)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime
Country: Japan
Duration: 89 min.
Story: The great Daimyo enlists the aid of the three Shadow Hunters in ensuring the delivery of an illegal cannon in this sequel to Toshio Masuda's bloody adaptation of the manga by Takao Saito. Despite the Shadow Hunters's remarkable skill, this ...
Plot: jidai geki, samurai warrior, katana sword, female ninja, manhunt, ninja, duel, samurai, gore, violence
Place: japan
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Torn Priestess (1977)
Genre: Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 69 min.
Story: A woman on the run is raped, rescued, then raped again. Escaping, she heads for the hills and finds safe haven at a convent. After becoming a postulant (trainee nun), she catches her fellow sisters engaging in lesbianism, fighting over nothing, ...
Style: sexploitation film
Plot: flesh eating, sexploitation, rape, cannibalism, female homosexuality, opium, simulated sex, cannibal, bite, jidai geki, japanese woman, eating human flesh ...
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 7.5
 327
Inn of Evil (1971)
Genre: Crime, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 121 min.
Story: The story takes place in feudal Japan, when any commerce with the rest of the world was strictly prohibited. An idealist suddenly appears in an isolated inn (the one that the title refers to), the head-quarters of a group of smugglers, with stolen ...
Plot: boat, smuggling, evil, bridge, swamp, money, father daughter relationship, drunkenness, servant, prostitute, criminal, boss ...
Place: japan
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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
Plot: samurai, betrayal, martial arts, ronin, lone wolves, master warrior, samurai sword, sword fight, bandit, ambush, katana sword, heroes ...
Place: asia, japan
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 6.3
 131K
47 Ronin (2013)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA, UK, Japan, Hungary
Duration: 119 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: epic, serious, exciting, stylized, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, battles, revenge, chosen one, shogun, ronin, master warrior, half breed, samurai sword, martial arts, adventure, heroes ...
Time: 18th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
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 7.6
 2K
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: serious, dark humor, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, ronin, betrayal, anti heroes, small town, gang, lone wolves, master warrior, vengeance, heroic mission, righting the wronged ...
Time: 60s, 1830s
Place: japan
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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, serious, realistic, stylized
Plot: prostitute, couple relations, romance, destructive relationship, impossible love, love triangle, tragic love, love and romance, society, unfulfillment, couples, power relations ...
Time: 18th century
Place: asia, japan
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Hanzo the Razor: Who's Got the Gold? (1974)
Genre: Action
Country: Japan
Duration: 84 min.
Story: Hanzo extracts a confession from a ghost using his assaulting methods, foils thieves, connects with Heisuke Takei a friend from his youth, offers protection to a forward-thinking physician Genan Sugino who has defamed his ruler, discovers a pleasure ...
Style: sexual, serious, atmospheric, realistic, offbeat ...
Plot: samurai, gory, strong sexual content, martial arts, sexploitation, investigation, spirit, crimes, dishonesty, heroes, anti heroes, master warrior ...
Time: middle ages
Place: asia, japan
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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, serious, realistic, offbeat, rough ...
Plot: samurai, strong sexual content, gory, anti heroes, martial arts, investigation, crimes, dishonesty, heroes, rivalry, master warrior, political corruption ...
Time: middle ages
Place: asia, japan
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 6.3
 575
Shogun's Ninja (1980)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 117 min.
Story: In the middle of the 16th century, Hideyoshi, a power hungry warlord sets out to destroy the Momochi clan. He sends his war commander in search of the clan's hidden gold only to find that two daggers are the key to the hiding place of the ...
Style: stylized, serious, realistic, suspenseful, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, ninja, adventure, samurai, uninhibited rivalry, political unrest, escapades, heroes, rivalry, gang, master warrior, treasure hunt ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s
Place: japan, asia
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 6.7
 3K
Ichi (2008)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Ichi is a blind entertainer that travels the countryside with her traditional Japanese guitar and walking stick. She’s in search for the kind man that brought her up as a child, but because of her beauty she encounters problems every step of the ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, epic, realistic, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, samurai, gory, village, good versus evil, danger, heroes, rivalry, gang, vengeance, crimes, deadly ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
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The Blind Swordsman: 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, stylized, atmospheric, humorous, semi serious ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, violence, revenge, blood, master warrior, village, geisha, sword, gory, good versus evil, vengeance ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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An Actor's Revenge (1963)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 113 min.
Story: While performing in a touring kabuki troupe, leading female impersonator Yukinojo comes across the three men who drove his parents to suicide twenty years earlier, and plans his revenge, firstly by seducing the daughter of one of them, secondly by ...
Style: atmospheric, stylized, serious, realistic, offbeat ...
Plot: obsession, revenge, samurai, sword fight, vengeance, katana sword, japanese culture, performance, suicide, gender bending, artists and showbiz, gender ...
Time: 19th century, 1930s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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 8.3
 92K
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: atmospheric, bleak, realistic, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, lone wolves, small town, betrayal, mercenary, ronin, bodyguard, revolver, duel, torture, escape, anti heroes ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, 18th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
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The Sea Is Watching (2002)
Genre: Romance, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 119 min.
Story: Based on Akira Kurosawa's final unproduced script, this Edo-period drama takes place almost entirely inside an ocean-village brothel. O-Shin is a young brothel worker who one night helps a young samurai escape from his pursuers. Against the ...
Style: serious, realistic, sentimental, gloomy
Plot: friendship, prostitute, samurai, romance, fall in love, village, love and romance, couples, social relations, friends, couple relations, looking for love ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: japan, asia
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