Samurai sword movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant samurai sword movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, exciting, suspenseful, stylized, realistic and rough films and TV shows about / with samurai sword, samurai, sword fight, martial arts, heroes, rivalry, katana sword, violence, blood and vengeance plots mostly in Action, Drama and Adventure genres shot in Japan, USA, Hong Kong and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as samurai sword: 47 Ronin (2013), Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), Geisha Assassin (2008), The Master Gunfighter (1975), Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991), Little Big Soldier (2010), 13 Assassins (2010), Curdled (1996), Six-String Samurai (1998), Super Dark Times (2017).

List of samurai sword movies

 6.3
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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: serious, exciting, stylized, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, battles, chosen one, ronin, revenge, master warrior, heroes, martial arts, adventure, samurai sword, danger, vengeance ...
Time: 18th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
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Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 111 min.
Story: An assassin is shot at the altar by her ruthless employer, Bill and other members of their assassination circle – but 'The Bride' lives to plot her vengeance. Setting out for some payback, she makes a death list and hunts down those who ...
Style: dark humor, rough, exciting, tense, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, martial arts, danger, warrior, one man army, journey, master warrior, squad, peril, mentor, organized crime, massacre ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, 1990s, 20th century
Place: usa, japan, pasadena california, tokyo
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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. ...
Plot: tongue in cheek, geisha, female martial artist, sword fight, sword, samurai, samurai sword, duel, japanese woman, schlock, female ninja, revenge ...
Place: japan
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The Master Gunfighter (1975)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 121 min.
Story: Don Santiago (Richard Angarola) is a vicious man who helps provoke an Indian massacre that will allow him to steal the Indians' land and claim it as his own. However, his son-in-law, Finley (Tom Laughlin), is an expert hand with both guns and ...
Style: serious, exciting, realistic, rough
Audience: boys' night
Plot: old west, martial arts, samurai sword, outlaw gang, small western town, street shootout, one man army, lone wolves, samurai, vigilantism, righting the wronged, criminal heroes ...
Place: mexico
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Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 79 min.
Story: An American with a Japanese upbringing, Chris Kenner is a police officer assigned to the Little Tokyo section of Los Angeles. Kenner is partnered with Johnny Murata, a Japanese-American who isn't in touch with his roots. Despite their ...
Style: rough, serious, suspenseful, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, yakuza, samurai sword, samurai, rescue, vengeance, crime, gang, partners against crime, culture clash, tough law enforcer, gangsters ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 80s
Place: los angeles, tokyo, asia, usa, japan
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Little Big Soldier (2010)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, History, War
Country: China, Hong Kong
Duration: 96 min.
Story: The story of a farmer forced into conscription, who has been looking to get out of the army ever since. His great chance arrives when he stumbles upon a wounded general from an enemy state, and he kidnaps him, intending to claim credit for the ...
Style: stylized, humorous, semi serious, realistic, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, martial arts, escape, dark hero, adventure, survival, pow, rivalry, tragic hero, musician, samurai sword, slavery ...
Time: ancient history
Place: china, asia
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 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: epic, realistic, stylized, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: samurai, massacre, suicide, warrior, martial arts, violence, assassination, assassin, mission, swords and armor, seppuku, battle ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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 5.9
 5K
Curdled (1996)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: Gabriella, a Columbian immigrant, is obsessed with understanding violent crime. The current string of murders by "The Blue Blood Killer" of affluent Miami socialites provides her with fodder for her scrapbook of death. She lands a job with ...
Style: dark humor, disturbing, serious, suspenseful, realistic ...
Plot: serial killer, murder, blood, bakery, cleaning lady, samurai sword, decapitation, crime, dangerous attraction, psychopath, obsession, investigation ...
Time: 90s
Place: miami, colombia, florida, usa
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Six-String Samurai (1998)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Music, Sci-Fi
Country: USA
Duration: 91 min.
Story: In a post-apocalyptic world where the Russians have taken over a nuked USA and Elvis is king of Lost Vegas, Buddy is a '50s rocker and wandering warrior rolled into one, too-cool package. Armed with his six-string in one hand and his sword in ...
Style: stylized, surreal, semi serious, offbeat, humorous ...
Audience: kids
Plot: desert, martial arts, apocalypse, cult, cannibalism, on the road, survival, adventure, cult figure, samurai sword, child, samurai ...
Time: 20th century, 50s
Place: las vegas
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Super Dark Times (2017)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Teenagers Zach and Josh have been best friends their whole lives, but when a gruesome accident leads to a cover-up, the secret drives a wedge between them and propels them down a rabbit hole of escalating paranoia and violence.
Style: ambiguous ending
Plot: coming of age, murder, sword, high school, nightmare, marijuana, youth, adolescence, christmas, samurai sword, accidental killing, blood ...
Time: 1990s, year 1995, year 1996
Place: new york
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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, samurai era, japanese history
Place: japan
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Moon Over Tao: Makaraga (1997)
Genre: Action, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 96 min.
Story: A retired warrior comes to see his former lord and learns that someone is making indestructible swords from some unknown metal. He is sent together with a swordsman to investigate the source. Along the way they meet a young girl working as a ...
Plot: bandit, katana, samurai sword, martial arts, katana sword, buddhist monk, alien, meteor, samurai, sword fight, monster, sword and sorcery ...
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Hakuoki - Demon of the Fleeting Blossom – Wild Dance of Kyoto (2013)
Genre: Animation
Country: Japan
Story: When Chizuru Yukimura comes to Edo-period Kyoto searching for her missing father, she witnesses a bloody murder by crazed members of the Shinsengumi - the shogunate's secret police and supposed peacekeepers. Taken into custody after seeing ...
Plot: demon, japanese history, sword fight, mythology, vampire, samurai sword
Place: japan
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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: realistic, stylized, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, master warrior, samurai sword, heroes, good versus evil, one man army, state affairs, ronin, katana, violence, dojo, flashback ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: asia, japan
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Blind Woman's Curse (1970)
Genre: Action, Crime, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 85 min.
Story: Akemi is a dragon tattooed leader of the Tachibana Yakuza clan. In a duel with a rival gang Akemi slashes the eyes of an opponent and a black cat appears, to lap the blood from the gushing wound. The cat along with the eye-victim go on to pursue ...
Style: serious, suspenseful, scary, rough, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, sword fight, murder, black cat, yakuza, criminal's revenge, crime, gang, opium, torture, samurai sword, gangsters ...
Time: 20th century
Place: asia, japan
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Prisoner 701 Sasori (2008)
Genre: Action
Country: Japan, Hong Kong
Duration: 103 min.
Story: When a band of assassins invade the home of their target Hei Tai they find only his lovely, innocent, bride-to-be, Nami and force upon her a cruel dilemma: either she kills her fiancee’s sister or they kill her fiancee. Trapped, and unable to ...
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, bleak ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: revenge, women in prison, women's prison, vengeance, martial arts, crimes, sword fight, samurai sword, katana sword, women fight, prison, deadly ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: asia, 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, katana sword, bandit, sword fight, ambush, samurai sword, heroes ...
Place: asia, japan
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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: suspenseful, serious, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, sword fight, aikido, adventure, gang, gangsters, master warrior, samurai sword, track down, vengeance, vigilantism ...
Time: 40s, 1940s
Place: japan, asia, usa
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The Samurai (2014)
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Country: Germany
Duration: 79 min.
Story: A wolf strives through the woods around an isolated German village. Jakob the young local police officer is onto him, but scents something more in the darkness. What he finds is a man, it seems, wild eyed, of wiry build, in a dress. He carries a ...
Plot: erection, forest, blood, pubic hair, samurai, samurai sword, male nudity, surrealism, cannibal, homoerotic, police officer
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Night Of The Pumpkin (2010)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA
Duration: 88 min.
Story: At the beach, a pumpkin washes ashore and is promptly and cruelly destroyed by two young women frolicking on the sand. When they crush the pumpkin, their legs become covered in an inexplicable red liquid. Fast forward to mischief night when these ...
Plot: slasher, monster rape, sword, samurai sword, pumpkin, shower, female nudity, murder, rape, beach, gore, halloween ...
Place: new jersey
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 4.8
 11K
Arena (2011)
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: David Lord finds himself forced into the savage world of a modern gladiatorial arena, where men fight to the death for the entertainment of the online masses.
Style: serious, rough, realistic, suspenseful, exciting
Audience: boys' night
Plot: tough heroes, deadly, escapades, survival, violence spree, battles, firefighter, danger, blood, fight to the death, tough guy, kidnapping ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: paris france, seattle washington, sydney australia, hong kong, mexico
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 8.0
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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, captivating, bleak, enigmatic, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, battle, emperor, switching roles, war, mistaken identity, lookalikes, warlord, state affairs, disorder, dishonesty, army ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s, 18th century
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
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 4.7
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Elektra (2005)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: Canada, USA
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Elektra the warrior survives a near-death experience, becomes an assassin-for-hire, and tries to protect her two latest targets, a single father and his young daughter, from a group of supernatural assassins.
Style: atmospheric, serious, exciting, suspenseful, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: female assassin, martial arts, master warrior, superheroine, adventure, good versus evil, heroic mission, one man army, on the run, supernatural, uninhibited rivalry, parents and children ...
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Conan the Barbarian (1982)
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Country: USA, Spain, Mexico
Duration: 129 min.
Story: A film adaptation of the classic sword and sorcery hero, Conan the Barbarian. A horde of rampaging warriors massacre the parents of young Conan and enslave the young child for years on The Wheel of Pain. As the sole survivor of the childhood ...
Style: stylized, exciting, epic, futuristic, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: cult, gladiator, barbarian, good versus evil, slavery, escapades, sword and sorcery, obsessive quest, danger, heroic mission, sword fight, witch ...
Time: ancient history, prehistoric times, stone age, 80s
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Ready Player One (2018)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, India
Duration: 140 min.
Story: When the creator of a popular video game system dies, a virtual contest is created to compete for his fortune.
Style: exciting, captivating, atmospheric, stylized, entertaining ...
Plot: virtual reality, quest, video game, adventure, love, evil corporation, teenage protagonist, friendship, life, playing a video game, reward, fight ...
Time: future, 2040s, 80s, near future, 21st century
Place: empire state building manhattan new york city, manhattan new york city
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Afro Samurai: Resurrection (2009)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Afro Samurai avenged his father and found a life of peace. But the legendary master is forced back into the game by a beautiful and deadly woman from his past. The sparks of violence dropped along Afro’s bloody path now burn out of control – and ...
Style: futuristic, stylized, surreal, gloomy, serious ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: samurai, hip hop, vengeance, martial arts, criminal's revenge, adventure, lone wolves, master warrior, crimes, danger, escapades, rivalry ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia, feudal japan, tokyo
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The Castle of Cagliostro (1979)
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: Japan
Duration: 100 min.
Story: After a successful robbery leaves famed thief Lupin III and his partner Jigen with nothing but a large amount of fake money, the so called "Goat Bills", he decides to track down the counterfeiter responsible - and steal any other treasures ...
Style: humorous, stylized, futuristic, semi serious, exciting ...
Plot: treasure, castle, counterfeit money, chase, clock tower, casino, thief, adventure, palaces castles and temples, master villain, cons and scams, samurai ...
Place: japan, tokyo
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The House Where Evil Dwells (1982)
Genre: Horror
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 88 min.
Story: At the prompting of his diplomat friend, Alex, writer Ted Fletcher takes his wife, Laura, and daughter, Amy, on an extended working holiday. Alex finds a house for them in Kyoto, Japan, and the Fletchers move in, laughing off rumors that the place ...
Style: suspenseful, serious, scary
Plot: ghost, haunted house, samurai, murder, possession, adultery, witch, love affair, gory, duel, ghost story, sex ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s
Place: japan, asia
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A Boy and His Samurai (2010)
Genre: Comedy
Country: Japan
Duration: 108 min.
Story: A samurai from the Edo Period time travels to present day Japan where he meets a divorcee and her son. Soon, he discovers a passion for making pastries.
Plot: baking, samurai, short skirt, mini dress, barefoot woman, barefoot, missing child, shorts, apartment, dessert, buddha, traffic accident ...
Place: tokyo, kindergarten
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The Drifting Avenger (1968)
Genre: Drama, Western
Country: Japan
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Ken, son of a former samurai settles with his family in the west from Japan. Soon his family is killed in front of him by stagecoach robbers, making him aim to get revenge. Marvin an experienced gunman befriends Ken and becomes his mentor.
Plot: rifle, shot to death, doctor, drinking, horse riding, spit in face, falling from height, sheriff, dead horse, dragged by a horse, street shootout, revenge ...
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