Samurai movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant samurai movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out stylized, serious, melancholic, breathtaking, talky and atmospheric films and TV shows about / with samurai, storytelling, vengeance, heroes, mentor, culture clash, brutality, fight scenes, sword fight and rivalry plots mostly in Action, Drama and Adventure genres shot in Japan, USA, UK and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as samurai: Samurai Champloo (2004), Silver Soul (2005), Kubo and the Two Strings (2016), 13 Assassins (2010), The Last Samurai (2003), Kwaidan (1964), The Twilight Samurai (2002), Harakiri (1962), Samurai Rebellion (1967), The Bodyguard (1961).
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Kubo and the Two Strings
Animation, Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
USA
101 min.
 7.8
Harakiri
Action, Drama, History
Japan
133 min.
 8.7
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Killing
Action, Drama
Japan
80 min.
 6.8
Isle of Dogs
Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Germany, USA
101 min.
 8.0

List of samurai movies

Samurai Champloo
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
Story: Mugen is a ferocious, animalistic warrior with a fighting style inspired by break-dancing. Jin is a ronin samurai who wanders the countryside alone. They may not be friends, but their paths continually cross. And when ditzy waitress Fuu gets ...
Style: exciting, atmospheric, thought provoking, captivating, ethnic humor ...
Plot: samurai, adventure, martial arts, on the road, road trip, danger, friendship, search for father, pride and honor, obsessive quest, master warrior, redemption ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: japan, feudal japan
Is relevant ?
 8.7
 4K
Silver Soul
Genre: Animation, Action, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan
Story: The Amanto, aliens from outer space, have invaded Earth and taken over feudal Japan. As a result, a prohibition on swords has been established, and the samurai of Japan are treated with disregard as a consequence. However one man, Gintoki Sakata, ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, exciting, absurd, entertaining ...
Plot: samurai, adventure, resistance, heroes, rebelliousness, imaginary, rebellion, parody, alien invasion, fight scenes, financial problem, culture clash ...
Place: japan
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Kubo and the Two Strings
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: Kubo mesmerizes the people in his village with his magical gift for spinning wild tales with origami. When he accidentally summons an evil spirit seeking vengeance, Kubo is forced to go on a quest to solve the mystery of his fallen samurai father ...
Style: fairy tale, stylized, atmospheric, breathtaking, touching ...
Audience: kids
Plot: magic, adventure, storytelling, samurai, friendship, imagination, destiny, creativity, talking animals, plot twist, fight scenes, mythology ...
Place: japan
Is relevant ?
 7.6
 57K
13 Assassins
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, martial arts, assassination, violence, gory, assassin, death, sword fight, blood, massacre, suicide, warrior ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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The Last Samurai
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
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: realistic, epic, stylized, serious, dramatic ...
Plot: samurai, war, culture clash, friendship, courage, sacrifice, sword fight, rebellion, destiny, civil war, redemption, politics ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s, 1800s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, pacific ocean
Is relevant ?
 8.0
 12K
Kwaidan
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, meditative, serious ...
Plot: samurai, supernatural, ghost, storytelling, blindness, betrayal, ghosts, heroes, life & death, art, spirit, anthology ...
Time: 17th century, 19th century, middle ages, 1900s, 12th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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The Twilight Samurai
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 129 min.
Story: Seibei Iguchi leads a difficult life as a low ranking samurai at the turn of the nineteenth century. A widower with a meager income, Seibei struggles to take care of his two daughters and senile mother. New prospects seem to open up when the ...
Style: atmospheric, realistic, tense, emotional, serious ...
Plot: samurai, friendship, poverty, sword fight, single father, childhood, storytelling, couple relations, character study, fight scenes, mentor, loneliness ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
Is relevant ?
 8.7
 23K
Harakiri
Genre: Action, Drama, History
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, talky, tense, atmospheric, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, vengeance, suicide, revenge, poverty, storytelling, death, life is a bitch, visceral, life & death, mentor, tragedy ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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Samurai Rebellion
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 128 min.
Story: The mother of a feudal lord's only heir is kidnapped away from her husband by the lord. The husband and his samurai father must decide whether to accept the unjust decision, or risk death to get her back.
Style: talky, realistic, tense, emotional, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, rebellion, tragedy, sword fight, family drama, parents and children, mentor, sacrifice, culture clash, relationships, storytelling, injustice ...
Time: 18th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, feudal japan
Is relevant ?
 8.3
 92K
The Bodyguard
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, dark humor, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, small town, betrayal, sword fight, gunfight, violence, anti heroes, gang, storytelling, village, gangs, crime ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century, 1860s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, feudal japan
Is relevant ?
 8.0
 27K
Kagemusha
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, war, tragedy, death, storytelling, culture clash, switching roles, dialogue, life & death, sacrifice, complex characters, doppelganger ...
Time: 16th century, 18th century, 1500s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, feudal japan
Is relevant ?
The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi
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: stylized, atmospheric, humorous, semi serious, exciting ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, gory, vengeance, violence, revenge, blood, sword fight, blindness, brutality, cross dressing, dance ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance
Genre: Action, Adventure
Country: Japan
Duration: 83 min.
Story: In this first film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, adapted from the manga by Kazuo Koike, we are told the story of the Lone Wolf and Cub's origin. Ogami Itto, the official Shogunate executioner, has been framed for disloyalty to the Shogunate ...
Style: stylized, rough, serious, bloody, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, gory, martial arts, cult, assassin, vengeance, sword fight, revenge, violence, blood, splatter, lone wolves ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, australia
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Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx
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, rough, serious, bloody ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, gory, blood, assassin, sword fight, violence, brutality, ninja, adventure, lone wolves, cult ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
Is relevant ?
 8.2
 25K
Sanjuro
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 96 min.
Story: Toshiro Mifune swaggers and snarls to brilliant comic effect in Kurosawa's tightly paced, beautifully composed "Sanjuro." In this companion piece and sequel to "Yojimbo," jaded samurai Sanjuro helps an idealistic group of ...
Style: atmospheric, serious, tense, enigmatic, reflective ...
Plot: samurai, corruption, betrayal, sword fight, violence, brutality, anti heroes, storytelling, lone wolves, visceral, gunfight, small town ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
Is relevant ?
 6.3
 131K
47 Ronin
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, stylized, serious, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, adventure, revenge, vengeance, magic, sword fight, witch, mentor, master warrior, mythology, fight scenes ...
Time: 18th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, feudal japan
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The Sword of Doom
Genre: Action, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 119 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, serious ...
Plot: samurai, vengeance, sword fight, martial arts, master warrior, assassination, visceral, insanity, brutality, violent, crimes, gunfight ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
Is relevant ?
Samurai Fiction
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Country: Japan
Duration: 111 min.
Story: Three centuries ago, a precious sword has been stolen by Kazamatsuri -- the sword, which historic and symbolic value is priceless for the clan (Shogun Tokugawa donated it to clan 80 years before that, at the same time that he established them as the ...
Style: stylized, offbeat, semi serious, exciting, colourful ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, vengeance, sword fight, revenge, adventure, lone wolves, ninja, stylish, hip hop, music, storytelling ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
Is relevant ?
 7.8
 2K
47 Samurai
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 207 min.
Story: The story tells of a group of samurai who were left leaderless (becoming ronin) after their daimyo (feudal lord) was forced to commit seppuku (ritual suicide) for assaulting a court official named Kira Yoshinaka, whose title was Kōzuke no suke. The ...
Style: atmospheric, epic, serious, realistic, melancholic ...
Plot: samurai, revenge, vengeance, sword fight, martial arts, lone wolves, master warrior, storytelling, sacrifice, childhood, wartime, bollywood ...
Time: 18th century, middle ages, 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades
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, clever, bloody ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, gory, cult, assassin, blood, violence, lone wolves, father son relationship, stylish, vengeance, ninja ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
Is relevant ?
 6.9
 6K
Taboo
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Japan, France, UK
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Set during Japan's Shogun era, this film looks at life in a samurai compound where young warriors are trained in swordfighting. A number of interpersonal conflicts are brewing in the training room, all centering around a handsome young samurai ...
Style: stylized, atmospheric, psychological, serious, melancholic ...
Plot: samurai, homosexuality, gay, political unrest, sword fight, art, obsession, vengeance, gender, stylish, culture clash, violence ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, spain
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Afro Samurai: Resurrection
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, serious, gloomy ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: samurai, hip hop, vengeance, violence, revenge, blood, brutality, gore, sword fight, martial arts, chase, betrayal ...
Time: future
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, feudal japan
Is relevant ?
Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril
Genre: Action, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 81 min.
Story: In the fourth film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, Ogami Itto is hired to kill a tattooed female assassin and battles Retsudo, head of the Yagyu clan, and his son Gunbei.
Style: stylized, serious, bloody, breathtaking, realistic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, vengeance, assassin, hitman, sword fight, violence, father son relationship, cult, gory, lone wolves, adventure ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
Is relevant ?
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Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno
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: stylized, exciting, serious, realistic, brutal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, master warrior, martial arts, ninja, sword fight, fight scenes, kung fu, police investigation, brutality, mentor, gunfight, vigilante ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, hong kong
Is relevant ?
 7.9
 30K
Ninja Scroll
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 94 min.
Story: Jubei is a masterless ninja who travels the land alone, hiring his services to those with gold... or a worthy cause. His fearsome abilities have served him well, but a hideous plot to overthrow the government threatens to end his wandering ways and ...
Style: stylized, bloody, epic, serious, surreal ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: martial arts, samurai, ninja, violence, vengeance, supernatural, violent, dark hero, firefly, blood, sword fight, revenge ...
Time: middle ages
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, feudal japan
Is relevant ?
 8.0
 13K
Devil Woman
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 103 min.
Story: In medieval times, on a remote plain, a widow and her mother-in-law kill wandering samurai, put their bodies in a hole in the ground and sell their armour and valuables, until the daughter-in-law falls in love with one of their intended victims.
Style: atmospheric, stylized, surreal, scary, serious ...
Plot: samurai, murder, vengeance, women, survival, sexuality, visceral, brutality, wartime, tragedy, demons, danger ...
Time: middle ages, 14th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, feudal japan
Is relevant ?
Shogun Assassin
Genre: Action, Adventure
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 85 min.
Story: A Shogun who grew paranoid as he became senile sent his ninjas to kill his samurai. They failed but did kill the samurai’s wife. The samurai swore to avenge the death of his wife and roams the countryside with his toddler son in search of ...
Style: stylized, atmospheric, rough, serious, bloody ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: gory, martial arts, samurai, ninja, vengeance, revenge, cult, violence, sword fight, blood, assassin, kung fu ...
Time: 1500s, 15th century, 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, feudal japan
Is relevant ?
 6.7
 384K
The Wolverine
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Country: USA, UK, Australia, Japan
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Wolverine faces his ultimate nemesis - and tests of his physical, emotional, and mortal limits - in a life-changing voyage to modern-day Japan.
Style: exciting, serious, gloomy, stylized, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: superhero, samurai, immortality, martial arts, chase, ninja, mutant, transformation, sword fight, dark hero, revenge, betrayal ...
Time: future, year 1945, 2010s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, canada
Is relevant ?
 7.7
 10K
Lady Snowblood
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Yuki's family is nearly wiped out before she is born due to the machinations of a band of criminals. These criminals kidnap and brutalize her mother but leave her alive. Later her mother ends up in prison with only revenge to keep her alive. ...
Style: stylized, suspenseful, rough, serious, bloody ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: vengeance, revenge, gory, murder, samurai, assassination, vigilantism, violence, blood, rape, prison, martial arts ...
Time: 19th century, 1890s, 1870s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
Is relevant ?
 7.4
 4K
Not Yet
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 134 min.
Story: This film tells the story of professor Uehida Hyakken-sama (1889-1971), in Gotemba, around the forties. He was a university professor until an air raid, when he left to become a writer and has to live in a hut. His mood has hardly changed, not by ...
Style: emotional, serious, melancholic, reflective, meditative ...
Plot: samurai, teacher, death, family relations, fascism, golden years, mentor, life & death, loneliness, relationships, existentialism, life philosophy ...
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, hong kong
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