Seppuku movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant seppuku movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, realistic, stylized, suspenseful, bleak and atmospheric films and TV shows about / with seppuku, samurai, suicide, death, katana, vengeance, decapitation, violence, martial arts and revenge plots mostly in Drama, Action and Comedy genres shot in Japan, USA, UK and other countries.
seppuku movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as seppuku: 13 Assassins (2010), The Last Samurai (2003), 47 Samurai (1962), Harakiri (1962), The Man in the High Castle (2015), 47 Ronin (2013), Scabbard Samurai (2010), Ran (1985), Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2011), The Suicide Shop (2012).

List of seppuku movies

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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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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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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The Man in the High Castle (2015)
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, Canada
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Based on Philip K. Dick's award-winning novel, The Man in the High Castle explores what it would be like if the Allied Powers had lost WWII, and Japan and Germany ruled the United States.
Style: serious, suspenseful, captivating, tense, intellectual ...
Plot: alternate reality, espionage, betrayal, fascism, resistance, assassination, political intrigue, multiverse, spy, freedom fighter, seppuku, rivalry ...
Time: 60s, post world war two, 20th century, year 1962
Place: japan, usa, berlin germany, cuba, san francisco ...
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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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Scabbard Samurai (2010)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 103 min.
Story: Nomi Kanjuro (Takaaki Nomi) is a master less samurai on the run after throwing away his sword for good. He has with him his headstrong 9-year-old daughter Tae (Sea Kumada). A bounty is soon placed on Nomi Kanjuro and 3 assassins go after the score. ...
Style: feel good, sentimental, touching, semi serious, jidai geki ...
Plot: samurai, obsessive quest, captivity, goofy hero, confined, heroes, hopes, escapades, youth, one last chance, redemption, human spirit ...
Place: asia, japan
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Princess Sakura: Forbidden Pleasures (2013)
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 95 min.
Story: One evening, Princess Sakura (Kyoko Hinami) is attacked by a man. At that time, the Princess could not see his face. and only sees a tattoo on his body. Because of that that night, Princess Sakura falls in love with the man. In order to find the man ...
Style: captivating, disturbing, psychological, erotic
Plot: brothel, vengeance, prostitute, princess, sexual fantasy, tattoo, sex scene, secret identity, secret love, mystery, gang member, gang ...
Place: japan
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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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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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The Suicide Shop (2012)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Musical
Country: France, Canada, Belgium
Duration: 79 min.
Story: A city where suicide is the only growing business. A shop where you can get everything to cater this urge. In the hand of one family for centuries.. till they get a happy baby. And he has to power to make all around him happy as well.
Style: adult animation, humorous, realistic, semi serious, bleak ...
Audience: teens
Plot: suicide attempt, family business, dark humor, changing lives, family problems, life turned upside down, depression, family relations, suicidal thoughts, dysfunctional family, workplace, hopes ...
Place: france
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Rising Sun (1993)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 129 min.
Story: When a prostitute is found dead in a Los Angeles skyscraper occupied by a large Japanese corporation, detectives John Conner and Web Smith are called in to investigate. Although Conner has previous experience working in Japan, cultural differences ...
Style: suspense, exciting, intense, serious, suspenseful ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: murder, crimes, police investigation, surveillance, corruption, mystery, police, murder mystery, partners, playboy, society, buddy cop ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: japan, los angeles, usa, tokyo, san francisco
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Will Your Heart Beat Faster? (1980)
Genre: Comedy, Musical
Country: Philippines
Duration: 104 min.
Story: In a spoof on the contemporary sacred cons, two yuppy couples get entangled with warring smugglers of dope that include fake priests and nuns as well as Japanese and Chinese agents.
Style: psychedelic
Plot: illegal drugs, secret passageway, police station, defeat, seppuku, couples, marriage, dancing, police, airplane, fake priest, customs ...
Time: 80s
Place: the philippines, manila philippines
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The Cowra Breakout (1984)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: Australia
Duration: 50 min.
TV show
Story: In August 1944, 1104 Japanese prisoners of war at the Australian POW camp at Cowra stage a mass breakout. Four guards are killed in the escape, and 231 prisoners die by wounds sustained or suicide, while 334 prisoners are recaptured over the ...
Plot: world war two, prison, cave, drawing, escape attempt, escape, farm, massacre, suicide, diary, hanging, seppuku ...
Place: australia
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My Way (2011)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: South Korea
Duration: 137 min.
Story: Jun-shik, who works for Tatsuo’s grandfather’s farm while Korea is colonized by Japan, dreams about participating in the Tokyo Olympics as a marathon runner. Tatsuo also aims to become a marathon runner, so the two become rivals. But the war ...
Style: tense, serious, rough, captivating, epic ...
Plot: world war two, war, military, military life, life is a bitch, battles, captivity, occupation, recruit, soldier, rivalry, confined ...
Time: 1940s, year 1944, 1930s, 20th century
Place: asia, korea, south korea, france, russia ...
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Samurai Rauni (2016)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Country: Finland
Duration: 80 min.
Story: Villagers are afraid of Samurai Rauni Reposaarelainen, who keeps them on their toes every day. When someone places a bounty on Rauni's head, he goes after this mysterious person.
Style: tragicomedy
Plot: surrealism, samurai, a vision, violent behavior, murder, fistfight, burial, hara kiri, arson, dance performance, ninja master, seppuku ...
Place: finland
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Assassination (1964)
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Country: Japan
Duration: 104 min.
Story: Assassination begins with the events of 1853 when "four black ships" anchored at Edo Bay, sparking civil unrest and the major political manoeuvring that saw the end of the Tokugawa Shogunate. At a time when assassination had become a ...
Plot: samurai, flashback, rebel army, scheming, assassination, diary, revolt, emperor, hara kiri, isolation, selfishness, honor ...
Time: 1850s, 19th century
Place: japan
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7-Man Army (1976)
Genre: Action, Drama, War
Country: Hong Kong, Taiwan
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In 1933, 20,000 Japanese soldiers and 50 tanks invaded the Pa Tou Lou Tzu, a strategic key point of the Great Wall. With only seven men stationing, these heroes took on the entire army for five days before succumbing. Director Chang Cheh recreated ...
Plot: soldier, kung fu, tank, japanese army, fight, martial arts, fortress, japanese soldier, battlefield, seppuku, sino japanese war, flashback sequence ...
Time: 1930s
Place: china
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Sakurada Gate Incident (2010)
Genre: History
Country: Japan
Duration: 137 min.
Story: A film about the assination of Ii Naosuke at the gate of Edo castle in 1860 by ronin from the mito domain.
Plot: medieval, samurai, japanese history, seppuku, sword fight, government official, katana, point of view, xenophobia, ronin, assassination, historical event ...
Time: 1860s
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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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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: serious, realistic, exciting, rough, sexy ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: martial arts, yakuza, gang, crimes, rescue, redemption, one man army, organized crime, buddy cop, samurai, interracial relations, machismo ...
Time: 80s, 90s
Place: los angeles, tokyo, asia, japan, usa
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Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters (1985)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A fictional account of the life of Japanese author Yukio Mishima told in four parts. The first three parts relate events in three of his novels: The temple of the Golden Pavilion, Kyoko's House, and Runaway Horses. The last part depicts the ...
Style: surreal, serious, atmospheric, psychedelic, cerebral ...
Plot: suicide, art, friendship, rebellion, nationalism, radical, emperor, writers, political unrest, tragic hero, state affairs, writer's life ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, post world war two
Place: japan, mount fuji, tokyo, kyoto japan
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Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence (1983)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, New Zealand, Japan
Duration: 123 min.
Story: In 1942, British soldier Jack Celliers comes to a japanese prison camp. The camp is run by Yonoi, who has a firm belief in discipline, honour and glory. In his view, the allied prisoners are cowards when they chose to surrender instead of commiting ...
Style: disturbing, bleak, psychological, realistic, dramatic ...
Plot: world war two, pow, war crime, prison, anti war, christmas, war, samurai, japanese occupation, imperial japan, prisoner of war camp, british ...
Time: 1940s, 80s, 70s, 20th century, year 1936 ...
Place: asia, tokyo, japan, australia, indonesia
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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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Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky (1991)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: Hong Kong
Duration: 91 min.
Story: Hard man Ricky is incarcerated in a futuristic prison where ultra-violence is his only means of survival in the corrupt, sadistic system. He must battle his way quite literally 'through' the feared 'gang of four', and undergo ...
Style: bloody, disturbing, surreal, funny, experimental ...
Plot: martial arts, exploitation, violent, kung fu, torture, prison, fighting the system, society, heroes, violence, superhero, beer ...
Time: future, 21st century, 2000s
Place: china, asia
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Kichiku: Banquet of the Beasts (1997)
Genre: Drama, Horror
Country: Japan
Duration: 100 min.
Story: While the leader is in jail, his leftist group is controlled by his girlfriend, but her leadership lacks conviction and perspective. When the leader commits suicide in prison, despair and confusion rule the group and revenge and violence erupts in ...
Style: disturbing, serious, realistic, suspenseful, controversial ...
Plot: violent, female psychopath, graphic violence, violence spree, vengeance, prison, political unrest, sexual relations, prison life, crimes, rivalry, politics ...
Time: 70s, 20th century
Place: japan
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Brother (2000)
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Country: UK, France, Japan
Duration: 114 min.
Story: A Japanese Yakuza gangster’s deadly existence in his homeland gets him exiled to Los Angeles, California, where he is taken in by his little brother and his brother’s gang. This is the first English film by Takeshi Kitano.
Style: harsh, intense, serious, rough, exciting ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: yakuza, mafia, culture clash, gangsters, gang, samurai, suicide, sibling relationship, family relations, fish out of water, siblings relations, interracial relations ...
Time: 20th century, 90s
Place: los angeles, japan, tokyo, usa, california
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Return of the Chinese Boxer (1977)
Genre: Action, Adventure
Country: Taiwan, Hong Kong
Duration: 100 min.
Story: In wake of the First Sino-Japanese War (1894-1895), a group of Japanese warlords calculate that the best way to prepare an invasion of the rest of China from their southern Manchuria staging ground.
Style: serious, exciting, stylized, rough, suspenseful ...
Audience: teens, boys' night
Plot: martial arts, samurai, fight, supernatural, kung fu, master criminal, track down, gang, escapades, one man army, master warrior, heroes ...
Time: 70s
Place: japan, china
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The ABCs of Death (2012)
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Country: USA, New Zealand
Duration: 129 min.
Story: An ambitious anthology film featuring segments directed by over two dozen of the world's leading talents in contemporary genre film. Inspired by children's educational ABC books, the motion picture is comprised of 26 individual chapters, ...
Style: disturbing, psychological, suspense, scary, stylized ...
Plot: murder, survival, brutality, nightmare, zombie, violence, insanity, animal cruelty, adaptation, runaway, violent, strong violent content ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century
Place: usa, japan, mexico city, vancouver
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The Wolverine (2013)
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Country: USA, UK, 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: tense, exciting, intense, serious, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night, teens, kids
Plot: superhero, immortality, superhuman powers, supernatural ability, mutant, chase, immortal, transformation, good versus evil, fistfight, healing power, sword fight ...
Time: future, year 1945, 2010s
Place: japan, tokyo, asia, canada
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