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, epic, jidai geki, realistic and exciting films and TV shows about / with samurai, heroes, martial arts, medieval, sword fight, katana, rivalry, battles, vengeance and warrior plots mostly in Drama, Action and Adventure genres shot in Japan, UK, USA and other countries.
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TOP 10 movies tagged as samurai: 13 Assassins (2010), The Last Samurai (2003), Sanjuro (1962), The Twilight Samurai (2002), Zatoichi (2003), 47 Ronin (2013), The Hidden Blade (2004), Harakiri (1962), Kagemusha (1980), Yojimbo (1961).

List of samurai movies

 7.5
 66K
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: suspense, unusual plot structure, intense, visually appealing, harsh ...
Plot: samurai, samurai sword, sword fight, warrior, seppuku, violent, battles, martial arts, revenge, massacre, shogun, swordsman ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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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: epic, captivating, serious, exciting, intense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: samurai, sword fight, war, courage, warrior, human spirit, pride and honor, katana, self discovery, martial arts, military, dignity ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1870s
Place: japan, asia, pacific ocean, san francisco, tokyo
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 8.0
 39K
Sanjuro (1962)
Genre: Action, 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, tense, witty, stylized, exciting ...
Plot: samurai, sword fight, corruption, betrayal, rescue, police investigation, martial arts, visceral, culture clash, transformation, small town, one against many ...
Time: 19th century, future
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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The Twilight Samurai (2002)
Genre: Drama, 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, sincere, atmospheric ...
Plot: samurai, sword fight, poverty, love, friendship, single father, tragedy, character study, visceral, love story, assassination, samurai era ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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 7.5
 50K
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: humorous, atmospheric, exciting, harsh, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, sword fight, master warrior, gang, vengeance, violence, good versus evil, blind character, protector, escapades, rivalry ...
Time: 19th century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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Rurouni Kenshin Part I: Origins (2012)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, War
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, captivating, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, master warrior, heroes, drifter, katana, japanese culture, massacre, swordsman, shogun, one man army, fight ...
Time: 1870s, 1860s, 19th century
Place: japan, asia, ancient china, kyoto japan, tokyo
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 6.2
 161K
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, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, adventure, ronin, shogun, medieval, battles, beast, exile, rivalry, heroes, master warrior ...
Time: 18th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, ancient china
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The Hidden Blade (2004)
Genre: 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: sentimental, stylized, serious, epic, romantic ...
Plot: samurai, martial arts, caste system, love and romance, politics, family life, vengeance, medieval, winter, edo period, ninja, love ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: japan, asia
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 8.6
 57K
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: tense, disturbing, bleak, melancholic, enigmatic ...
Plot: samurai, suicide, poverty, revenge, sword fight, vengeance, seppuku, courage, life & death, tragedy, life is a bitch, rivalry ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
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 7.9
 36K
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: bleak, enigmatic, tense, epic, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, war, warlord, japanese history, battles, heroes, doppelganger, medieval, death, feudal japan, culture clash ...
Time: 16th century, 18th century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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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: stylized, suspense, intense, exciting, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, katana, sword fight, survival, martial arts, assassin, redemption, ambition, good versus evil, rivalry, political unrest, master warrior ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: japan, hong kong, tokyo, asia, kyoto japan
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 8.2
 124K
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: cynical, realistic, atmospheric, bleak, allegory ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, sword fight, small town, bodyguard, betrayal, martial arts, rivalry, gang war, tough guy, ronin, mercenary, gang ...
Time: 19th century, future, 1860s, 18th century
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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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, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, samurai era, fight, martial arts, good versus evil, heroes, master warrior, medieval, battles, hitman, showdown, assassination ...
Time: 19th century, 1870s
Place: japan, asia, tokyo, kyoto japan
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 8.1
 13K
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: atmospheric, epic, realistic, serious, captivating ...
Plot: samurai, shogun, jesuit, martial arts, intrigue, leadership, interracial relations, historical event, white man asian woman relationship, ancient, battles, heroes ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, portugal, asia
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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: serious, tense, bleak, realistic, emotional ...
Plot: samurai, feudal japan, revenge, life is a bitch, society, vengeance, rivalry, loss of son, down on your luck, winter, medieval, hara kiri ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, asia
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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 ...
Style: captivating, tense, suspense, exciting, epic ...
Plot: samurai, shogun, revenge, ronin, martial arts, sword fight, one man army, katana, massacre, swordsman, soldier, orphan ...
Place: japan
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When the Last Sword is Drawn (2002)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Japan
Duration: 143 min.
Story: Kanichiro Yoshimura is a Samurai and Family man who can no longer support his wife and children on the the low pay he receives from his small town clan, he is forced by the love for his family to leave for the city in search of higher pay to support ...
Style: atmospheric, realistic, captivating, bleak, serious ...
Plot: samurai, japanese history, human spirit, political unrest, tragic hero, life is a bitch, emperor, state affairs, hopes, unfulfillment, martial arts, medieval ...
Time: 19th century
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, captivating, thought provoking, atmospheric, adult animation ...
Audience: kids
Plot: samurai, adventure, pride and honor, martial arts, master warrior, friendship, katana, heroes, sword fight, on the road, feudal japan, journey ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, okinawa japan
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 7.9
 18K
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: scary, atmospheric, macabre, disturbing, suspense ...
Plot: samurai, ghost, supernatural, snow, spirit, naval battle, surrealism, betrayal, visceral, brutality, life & death, greed ...
Time: 19th century, 17th century, 13th century, 11th century, 12th century ...
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, kyoto japan
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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, absurd, serious, surreal, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: ninja, samurai, martial arts, good versus evil, kung fu, assassin, forest, sword fight, desert, fight, violence, heroes ...
Time: 19th century
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Rurouni Kenshin: The Beginning (2021)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Kenshin Himura goes up against mysterious weapons dealer Enishi. He controls the underworld of China. The secret of Kenshin Himura’s "Jujishou" is also revealed.
Style: captivating, tense, epic
Plot: samurai, one man army, fight, crime boss, secret, medieval, fight for supremacy, battles, gang leader, crimes, smuggling, outlaw gang ...
Time: 1860s
Place: japan, kyoto japan, china
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 8.3
 14K
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: exciting, captivating, disturbing, suspense, suspenseful ...
Plot: samurai, friendship, losing-it hero, japanese mythology, demon, adventure, society, uncover truth, violence, supernatural, poverty, fencing ...
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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: captivating, exciting, stylized, serious, inspirational ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, ninja, master warrior, tragic love, martial arts, state affairs, supernatural ability, forbidden love, battles, heroes, uninhibited rivalry, dishonesty ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, ancient china, asia
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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: captivating, suspenseful, atmospheric, tense, exciting ...
Plot: samurai, master warrior, loyalty, intrigue, rivalry, betrayal, haunted by the past, under the surface, assassination plot, death of wife, murder, medieval ...
Place: japan
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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: spiritual, captivating, serious, atmospheric, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, ronin, rain, river, medieval, revolution, katana, husband wife relationship, humble, duel, social awkwardness, mercenary ...
Time: 18th century
Place: japan, asia
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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: bloody, atmospheric, stylized, affectionate, unusual plot structure ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: samurai, martial arts, master warrior, sword fight, ninja, fight, martial artist, female ninja, lone wolves, survival, dark hero, violence ...
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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 8.2
 126K
Ran (1985)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: Japan, France
Duration: 162 min.
Story: In Medieval Japan, an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how their new-found power will corrupt them.
Style: visually appealing, atmospheric, cerebral, epic, stylized ...
Plot: samurai, greed, vengeance, feudal japan, shakespeare, medieval, castle, betrayal, war, insanity, cavalry, nihilism ...
Time: 16th century, middle ages
Place: japan, tokyo, 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, manga, serious, stylized
Audience: kids
Plot: samurai, master warrior, martial arts, swordsman, bully, superhero, sword fight, innocence, battles, mercy, romance, escapades ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: japan, asia
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 7.6
 2K
47 Samurai (1962)
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: epic, harsh, bleak, atmospheric, serious ...
Plot: samurai, vengeance, seppuku, brutality, justice, medieval, battles, martial arts, courage, society, redemption, dishonesty ...
Time: 18th century, 19th century, middle ages
Place: japan, tokyo, asia
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 6.5
 1K
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: tense, captivating, psychological, exciting
Plot: samurai, ronin, revenge, swordsman, gang, fight, massacre, village, battles, murder, edo period, political unrest ...
Place: japan
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