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, exciting, realistic, jidai geki and atmospheric films and TV shows about / with samurai, heroes, katana, violence, rivalry, sword fight, katana sword, martial arts, vengeance and master warrior 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: The Last Samurai (2003), 13 Assassins (2010), 47 Ronin (2013), Zatoichi (2003), The Twilight Samurai (2002), Sanjuro (1962), The Hidden Blade (2004), Samurai Champloo (2004), Kagemusha (1980), Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2011).

List of samurai movies

The Last Samurai (2003)
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, war, friendship, honor, loyalty, japanese history ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s, 1870s
Place: japan, asia, san francisco, pacific ocean, tokyo
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 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, massacre, samurai sword, battles, duel, sword fight, battle, swordsman, martial arts, suicide, mission ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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 6.3
 153K
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: stylized, epic, exciting, suspenseful, rough ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, shogun, martial arts, battles, adventure, ronin, master warrior, exile, heroes, rivalry, chosen one, samurai sword ...
Time: 18th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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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
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, master warrior, martial arts, drifter, heroes, one man army, swordsman, katana, drug lord, mercenary, massacre, shogun ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s, 1860s, 1870s
Place: japan, asia, kyoto japan, tokyo
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 7.5
 48K
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
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Rurouni Kenshin Part II: Kyoto Inferno (2014)
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, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, ambition, good versus evil, katana, political unrest, rivalry, one man army, katana sword, survival, master warrior, blind ambition, state affairs ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: japan, asia, kyoto japan, tokyo, hong kong
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The Twilight Samurai (2002)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
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: tense, emotional, realistic, atmospheric, sentimental ...
Plot: samurai, sword fight, poverty, friendship, duel, social differences, love and romance, selflessness, struggle, fall in love, pride and honor, couple relations ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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 8.1
 36K
Sanjuro (1962)
Genre: Action, Comedy, 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, realistic, exciting, tense ...
Plot: samurai, sword fight, corruption, rescue, small town, betrayal, dishonesty, danger, naivete, drifter, anti heroes, duel ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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The Hidden Blade (2004)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Set in 19th Century Japan a young samurai who finds himself in love with a farm girl leaves his home to begin a new life. He has to take stock of his new life when he is put to the test and ordered to kill a traitor who just happens to be his ...
Style: stylized, sentimental, serious, realistic, gloomy ...
Plot: samurai, caste system, politics, love and romance, family life, vengeance, martial arts, social class, sword fight, honor, edo period, revenge ...
Time: 1860s
Place: japan, asia
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Samurai Champloo (2004)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
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, thought provoking, captivating, atmospheric, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, adventure, martial arts, danger, pride and honor, katana, friendship, master warrior, obsessive quest, hip hop, on the road, journey ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: japan, okinawa japan
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 8.0
 33K
Kagemusha (1980)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 162 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, battles, battle, japanese history, feudal japan, warlord, lookalikes, war, mistaken identity, state affairs, switching roles, disorder ...
Time: 16th century, 1500s, 18th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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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: stylized, exciting, captivating, suspense, realistic
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, heroes, good versus evil, master warrior, one man army, state affairs, samurai era, graphic violence, ronin, samurai sword, katana sword, violence ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: japan, asia, kyoto japan, tokyo
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Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2011)
Genre: Drama
Country: Japan, UK
Duration: 128 min.
Story: An tale of revenge, honor and disgrace, centering on a poverty-stricken samurai who discovers the fate of his ronin son-in-law, setting in motion a tense showdown of vengeance against the house of a feudal lord.
Style: tense, serious, bleak, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: samurai, vengeance, life is a bitch, society, rivalry, loss of son, down on your luck, revenge, hara kiri, ronin, code of honor, seppuku ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: japan, asia
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Rurouni Kenshin: Wandering Samurai (1996)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Japan
Duration: 24 min.
TV show
Story: The Meiji Era was one of great renewal for Japan, where swords and killing were outlawed. However, many survivors from the time of Revolution still live, lurking in the shadows and waiting for a chance to use their killing blades again. Only Kenshin ...
Style: exciting, serious, stylized
Plot: samurai, master warrior, martial arts, sword fight, battles, innocence, heroes, glory, reconciliation, bully, escapades, betrayal ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, asia
Is relevant ?
 8.6
 48K
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: bleak, tense, captivating, suspenseful, enigmatic ...
Plot: samurai, suicide, revenge, poverty, vengeance, society, rivalry, life is a bitch, hara kiri, sword fight, one against many, japanese culture ...
Time: 17th century
Place: asia, japan, tokyo
Is relevant ?
 8.4
 9K
Dororo (2019)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 30 min.
TV show
Story: A samurai lord has bartered away his newborn son's organs to forty-eight demons in exchange for dominance on the battlefield. Yet, the abandoned infant survives thanks to a medicine man who equips him with primitive prosthetics—lethal ones ...
Style: captivating, exciting, disturbing, suspense, suspenseful ...
Plot: samurai, demon, ronin, curse, friendship, adventure, violence, supernatural, danger, losing-it hero, uncover truth, swordsman ...
Is relevant ?
 7.6
 4K
Samurai 7 (2004)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Country: Japan, USA
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: Samurai 7 is a 2004 anime TV series, produced by Gonzo and based on Akira Kurosawa's highly regarded 1954 movie Seven Samurai. The series was directed by Toshifumi Takizawa and its music was composed by Kaoru Wada and Eitetsu Hayashi. There are ...
Style: futuristic, serious, epic, stylized, adult animation
Plot: samurai, master warrior, martial arts, rescue, adventure, righting the wronged, heroic mission, danger, society, good versus evil, future dystopia, hopes ...
Place: japan, asia
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The Warrior's Way (2010)
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Western
Country: New Zealand, South Korea
Duration: 100 min.
Story: An Asian assassin (Dong-gun Jang) is forced to hide in a small town in the American Badlands. Also starring Kate Bosworth, Danny Huston, Tony Cox and Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush.
Style: stylized, serious, exciting, surreal, light ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, ninja, good versus evil, forest, martial arts, small town, desert, heroes, deception, assassin, warrior, revenge ...
Time: 19th century
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 8.1
 12K
Shogun (1980)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 547 min.
TV show
Story: An English navigator becomes both pawn and player in the deadly political games in feudal Japan.
Style: epic, atmospheric, stylized, twists and turns, captivating ...
Plot: samurai, shogun, battles, intrigue, leadership, interracial relations, military, betrayal, adventure, danger, love and romance, state affairs ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: japan, asia, portugal
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Blade of the Immortal (2019)
Genre: Animation, Action, Fantasy
Country: Japan
TV show
Story: A young girl named Rin seeks to avenge her parents, who were ruthlessly killed by a group of master swordsmen, with the help of cursed samurai Manji, who is seemingly immortal.
Style: bloody, brutal, breathtaking, melancholic, philosophical ...
Plot: samurai, revenge, immortality, murderer, search, love, partners, redemption, journey, oath, battles, martial arts ...
Place: japan
Is relevant ?
 8.0
 16K
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: anthology, atmospheric, bleak, scary, suspenseful ...
Plot: samurai, ghost, monk, spirit, supernatural, escapades, secret identity, heroes, materialism, betrayal, husband wife relationship, painting ...
Time: 19th century, 17th century, middle ages, 12th century, 1900s ...
Place: japan, asia, kyoto japan, tokyo
Is relevant ?
 8.2
 116K
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, village, escape, deception ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, 18th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
Is relevant ?
 8.5
 48K
Samurai Jack (2001)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 25 min.
TV show
Story: Made by Genndy Tartakovsky, this animated series tells the story of a great warrior displaced to the distant future by the evil shape-shifting wizard Aku. The world has become a bleak place under the rule of Aku, segregated into fantastic tribes and ...
Style: semi serious, captivating, exciting, humorous, stylized ...
Audience: kids, teens, pre-teens
Plot: samurai, master warrior, time travel, sword fight, good versus evil, martial arts, warrior, villain, ancient, danger, adventure, heroic mission ...
Time: future
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 6.4
 895
Killing (2018)
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: captivating, tense, psychological, exciting
Plot: samurai, ronin, revenge, swordsman, gang, recruitment, battles, fight, bandit, village, massacre, murder ...
Place: japan
Is relevant ?
 7.7
 16K
Afro Samurai (2007)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 26 min.
TV show
Story: A Black samurai goes on a mission to avenge the wrongful death of his father in a futuristic feudal Japan.In the Afro Samurai world there are many headbands and they signify the best fighters in the world. If a person should hold number 1, they are ...
Style: suspenseful, futuristic, serious, exciting, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, death, danger, african american, vengeance, deadly, adventure, killings, master warrior, escapades, imaginary, martial arts ...
Time: future
Place: japan
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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, serious, realistic, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, master warrior, martial arts, sword fight, lone wolves, drifter, heroes, ronin, martial artist, female ninja, decapitation, blood splatter ...
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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Samurai Marathon (2019)
Genre: Action, Adventure, History
Country: Japan, UK
Duration: 103 min.
Story: The American imperialists are at the door and intruding on Japan. To assess and train his troops the lord of the land announces a marathon through the land crisscrossing shores, forests and the mountain. The shogunate in Edo was not approving and ...
Style: suspense, tense, intense, captivating, exciting ...
Plot: samurai, marathon, cheating, swordsman, princess, edo period, identification, murder, rivalry, government, betrayal, japanese woman ...
Time: 19th century, 1850s
Place: japan, asia
Is relevant ?
 7.9
 36K
Ninja Scroll (1993)
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: exciting, epic, serious, stylized, bloody ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, ninja, martial arts, master warrior, heroes, graphic violence, duel, supernatural, demon, good versus evil, monster, vengeance ...
Time: middle ages, ancient times
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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Shinobi: Heart Under Blade (2005)
Genre: Action, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Country: Japan
Duration: 107 min.
Story: Even though Gennosuke and Oboro are from rival ninja villages, they are secretly in love. At an annual conference with the Lord, it is dictated that a competition--a fight to the death--will take place between the five best shinobi from each ...
Style: exciting, captivating, stylized, serious
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, master warrior, tragic love, love and romance, imaginary, state affairs, supernatural ability, uninhibited rivalry, battles, heroes, adventure, forbidden love ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, asia
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Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)
Genre: Animation, Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Country: USA, Japan
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: breathtaking, stylized, atmospheric, touching, twists and turns ...
Audience: kids
Plot: samurai, talking animals, creativity, magic, sword, storytelling, origami, adventure, strong female character, friendship, imagination, destiny ...
Time: 2010s
Place: japan
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