Movies about samurai

Movies about samurai
The list of the best movies about samurai according to visitors: Rurouni Kenshin Part I: Origins, Rashomon, Kagemusha, Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, Blade of the Immortal, Sekigahara, 47 Ronin, Showdown in Little Tokyo, 13 Assassins, The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail.

In the top there are new films of 2021, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

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Country
Markimdb: 7.5
Genreaction, melodrama, drama
CountryJapan
Duration02:14
CharactersSamurai, Rabbits, Heroes, Military, Soldier
PlotMartial Arts, Cheating
PlaceJapan, Mansions, Office, Asia
Time19th century
StyleExciting, Serious, For men

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 opened the Kamiya Kasshin-ryu, a kendo school located in Tokyo and Kaoru is now an instructor there. Kaoru then invites Kenshin to stay at her dojo. Their relationship develops further, but Kenshin is still haunted by his violent past...

Duration01:28
CharactersSamurai
PlaceJapan
StyleBlack and White

Brimming with action while incisively examining the nature of truth, "Rashomon" is perhaps the finest film ever to investigate the philosophy of justice. Through an ingenious use of camera and flashbacks, Kurosawa reveals the complexities of human nature as four people recount different versions of the story of a man's murder and the rape of his wife.

Markimdb: 8
Genredrama, military, history
CountryJapan, USA
Duration03:00
CharactersSamurai, Heroes, Military, Warriors, Doubles
PlotWar, Martial Arts, Death
PlaceJapan
Time16th century
StyleAction, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Epic, Depressive

Akira Kurosawa's lauded feudal epic presents the tale of a petty thief who is recruited to impersonate Shingen, an aging warlord, in order to avoid attacks by competing clans. When Shingen dies, his generals reluctantly agree to have the impostor take over as the powerful ruler. He soon begins to appreciate life as Shingen, but his commitment to the role is tested when he must lead his troops into battle against the forces of a rival warlord.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryFrance, Germany, USA, Japan
Duration01:56
CharactersDogs, Samurai, Mafia, Hired assassins, Killers
PlotFriendship, Loneliness, Hip Hop
StyleAction, Philosophical, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Fancy

An African-American Mafia hit man who models himself after the samurai of old finds himself targeted for death by the mob.

Markimdb: 6.8
Genreaction, fantasy, drama
CountryJapan, United Kingdom, South Korea
Duration01:33
CharactersSamurai, Demons, Blonde girls, Immortals, Bodyguards
PlotKung Fu, Martial Arts, Revenge, Water, Hunger
PlaceShips, Forest, Japan, Cemetery
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Tense

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 parents, who were killed by a group of master swordsmen led by ruthless warrior Anotsu. The mission will change Manji in ways he could never imagine.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountryJapan
CharactersHorses, Samurai, Spy, Ninja, Slaves
PlotOn real events, Slavery
PlaceJapan
StyleExciting, Action, To cry, Fascinating, Makes me think

The background to and depiction of a watershed battle in Japanese history, at Sekigahara in 1600, when Tokugawa Ieyasu's Army of the East defeated the Army of the West of Ishida Mitsunari. The story includes the intrigues and shifting loyalties of the various retainers, family members, and samurai.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genreaction, fantasy, drama
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, Japan, Hungary
Duration01:59
CharactersWitch, Samurai, Heroes
PlotAdventure, Martial Arts, Chase, Sword Battles, Rivalry
PlaceJapan, Asia
StyleExciting, Epic, Serious, Numbers in the title

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 outcast samurai. Together they seek vengeance upon the treacherous overlord who killed their master and banished their kind. To restore honor to their homeland, the warriors embark upon a quest that challenges them with a series of trials that would destroy ordinary warriors.

Markimdb: 6.1
Genreaction, thriller, comedy, crime
CountryUSA
Duration01:19
CharactersSamurai, Gangsters, Heroes, Police, Yakuza
PlotMartial Arts, Revenge, Martial Arts
PlaceLos Angeles
StyleExciting, Heavy, Serious, For men

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 differences, both men excel at martial arts, and utilize their formidable skills when they go up against Yoshida, a vicious yakuza drug dealer with ties to Kenner's past.

Markimdb: 7.6
Genreaction, drama, adventure
CountryJapan, United Kingdom
Duration02:21
CharactersSamurai, Warriors
PlotMartial Arts, Martial Arts, Power
PlaceJapan

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.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genrethriller, drama, adventure
CountryJapan
CharactersSamurai, Military
PlotAdventure, Friendship
PlaceForest, Japan
StyleExciting

Yoshitsune Minamoto, disguised with his retinue as monks, must make do with a comical porter as their guide through hostile territory en route to safety.

Markimdb: 6.3
Genreaction, fantasy, western
CountryUSA, South Korea, New Zealand
Duration01:40
CharactersSamurai, Ninja, Heroes, Warriors
PlotMartial Arts, Cheating, Rivalry
PlaceForest, Deserts, Cemetery, Small cities
Time19th century
StyleExciting, Light, Epic, Serious, For men

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.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genreaction, drama
CountryUSA, New Zealand, Japan
Duration02:34
CharactersSamurai, Military, Warriors
PlotWar, Martial Arts, Friendship, Sword Battles, Self-sacrifice
PlaceJapan
StyleExciting, Fascinating, Epic, Serious

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 name of modernization and open trade, Algren decides to become an ultimate warrior himself and to fight for their right to exist.

Markimdb: 8.6
Genreaction, drama, history
CountryJapan
Duration02:13
CharactersSamurai, Poor
PlotRevenge
PlaceJapan, Asia
StyleAction, Depressive

An unusual request for ritual suicide on a feudal lord's property leads to the unwinding of a greater mystery that challenges the clan's integrity.

Markimdb: 6.2
Genredrama, history
CountryJapan, United Kingdom
CharactersSamurai, Spy, Archers
PlotChase, Missing people, Rivalry
PlaceJapan
Time19th century
StyleExciting, Action, Fascinating, Tense

When feudal lord Itakura Katsuakira decides to prepare his samurai troops for the onslaught of modernization by having them compete in a marathon, his independent-minded daughter Yuki secretly joins the race.

Markimdb: 7.9
Genreaction, melodrama, drama, adventure
CountryTaiwan, Hong Kong, USA, China
Duration02:00
CharactersNinja, Heroes, Warriors
PlotAdventure, Travel, Martial Arts, Revenge, Fight
PlaceMountains, China
Time18th century
StyleExciting, Atmospheric, Epic, Serious

Two warriors in pursuit of a stolen sword and a notorious fugitive are led to an impetuous, physically-skilled, teenage nobleman's daughter, who is at a crossroads in her life.

Markimdb: 6
Genredrama, biography, history
CountryJapan, Hong Kong
PlotTsunami, Earthquake
PlaceJapan

Workers at the Fukushima Daiichi facility in Japan risk their lives and stay at the nuclear power plant to prevent total destruction after the region is devastated by an earthquake an tsunami in 2011.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama, history
CountryJapan
Duration03:43

In 1701, Lord Takuminokami Asano has a feud with Lord Kira and he tries to kill Kira in the corridors of the Shogun's palace. The Shogun sentences Lord Asano to commit suppuku and deprives the palace and lands from his clan, but does not punish Lord Kira. Lord Asano's vassals leave the land and his samurais become ronin and want to seek revenge against the dishonor of their Lord. But their leader Kuranosuke Oishi asks the Shogun to restore the Asano clan with his brother Daigaku Asano. One year later, the Shogun refuses his request and Oishi and forty-six ronin revenge their Lord.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genreaction, drama, history
CountryJapan
Duration02:08
CharactersSamurai, Heroes
PlotWar, Martial Arts, Betrayal, Treasures, Rivalry
PlaceJapan, Asia
StyleExciting, Fascinating, Epic, Serious, For men

Follow the infamous ninja bandit named Ishikawa Goemon (Yosuke Eguchi) in an epic story. One night while looting treasure from Nanban (Southern Barbarians), Goemon finds a mysterious box hidden inside a secret grave. A forgotten relic from the past containing untold powers.

Markimdb: 6.7
Genrefantastic, action, adventure
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, Japan
Duration02:06
CharactersSuperhero, Samurai, Mutant, Heroes, Immortals
PlotMartial Arts, Superpowers, Supernatural, Chase, Dreams
PlaceJapan, Asia
StyleMarvel, Exciting, Action, Gloomy, Depressive

Wolverine faces his ultimate nemesis - and tests of his physical, emotional, and mortal limits - in a life-changing voyage to modern-day Japan.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genreaction, thriller, comedy, drama, crime
CountryJapan
Duration01:56
CharactersSamurai, Blind
PlotMartial Arts, Martial Arts
PlaceJapan

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 remote mountain village at the mercy of Ginzo, a ruthless gang-leader. Ginzo disposes of anyone who gets in his way, especially after hiring the mighty samurai ronin, Hattori, as a bodyguard. After a raucous night of gambling in town, Zatôichi encounters a pair of geishas--as dangerous as they are beautiful--who've come to avenge their parents' murder. As the paths of these and other colorful characters intertwine, Ginzo's henchmen are soon after Zatôichi. With his legendary cane sword at his side, the stage is set for a riveting showdown.

Markimdb: 6
Genredrama
CountryJapan
Duration01:59
CharactersHeroes, Writers
PlotOn real events

On November 25th 1970, a man committed ritual suicide inside the Tokyo headquarters of the Japanese Ministry of Defence, leaving behind a legacy of masterpieces and a controversy that echoes to this day. The man was Yukio Mishima, one of Japan's greatest and most celebrated novelists. With four members of his own private army - the Tatenokai - Mishima had taken the commandant hostage and called upon the assembled military outside the Ministry to overthrow their society and restore the powers of the Emperor. When the soldiers mocked and jeered Mishima, he cut short his speech and withdrew to the commandant's office where he committed seppuku - the samurai warrior's death - tearing open his belly with a ceremonial knife before being beheaded by one of his colleagues. What was Mishima truly trying to express through his actions? And what did he witness during his final moments?

Duration03:22
CharactersSamurai, Heroes
PlotMartial Arts, Martial Arts, Fear
PlaceVillage, Japan
Time16th century
StyleEpic, Serious

A samurai answers a village's request for protection after he falls on hard times. The town needs protection from bandits, so the samurai gathers six others to help him teach the people how to defend themselves, and the villagers provide the soldiers with food. A giant battle occurs when 40 bandits attack the village.

Markimdb: 7.7
Genremelodrama, drama, history
CountryJapan
Duration02:01
CharactersSamurai, Heroes, Blind, Warriors, Fish
PlotRevenge, Rivalry
PlaceJapan, Asia
StyleRomantic, Psychological problems, By books, Epic, Serious

A look at the relationship between a young blind samurai (Kimura) and his wife, who will make a sacrifice in order to defend her husband's honor.

Markimdb: 6.9
Genreaction, western
CountryFrance, Italy, Spain
Duration01:52
CharactersSamurai, Indians
PlotMartial Arts
Time19th century

An ancient Japanese sword is robbed by gangsters from the Japanese ambassador while he is traveling through west America. The embassador's bodyguard, a samurai, goes after them with the help of one of the gang leaders who was betrayed by his fellows.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama
CountryJapan, United Kingdom
Duration02:08
CharactersSamurai

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.

Markimdb: 8.1
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryJapan
Duration01:36
CharactersSamurai

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 young warriors weed out their clan's evil influences, and in the process turns their image of a proper samurai on its ear.

Markimdb: 7.3
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom, France, USA
Duration02:02
CharactersSnipers, Samurai, Mafia, CIA, Spy
PlotCars, Fight, Chase
PlaceFrance
StyleExciting, Heavy, Disturbing

A briefcase with undisclosed contents – sought by Irish terrorists and the Russian mob – makes its way into criminals' hands. An Irish liaison assembles a squad of mercenaries, or 'ronin', and gives them the thorny task of recovering the case.

Markimdb: 7.2
Genredrama, history
CountryJapan
Duration01:26
CharactersSamurai, Heroes
PlotLove, On real events, Revolution, Love triangle, Jealousy
PlaceJapan, Asia
TimeMiddle Ages
StyleSerious

A samurai performs a heroic act by rescuing the lovely Kesa during a violent uprising. The warrior falls in love with her, but becomes distraught when he finds out that she is already married.

Markimdb: 5.3
Genrehorror, action, thriller, fantasy
CountryHong Kong, France, China
Duration01:31
CharactersVampire, Samurai, Demons, Heroes
PlotMartial Arts, Revenge, Superpowers, Supernatural, Pursuit
PlaceJapan, Asia
StyleAtmospheric, Serious, For men

On the surface, Saya is a stunning 16-year-old, but that youthful exterior hides the tormented soul of a 400-year-old "halfling." Born to a human father and a vampire mother, she has for centuries been a loner obsessed with using her samurai skills to rid the world of vampires, all the while knowing that she herself can survive only on blood like those she hunts.

Markimdb: 7.5
Genreaction, drama, adventure, biography, history
CountryJapan
Duration01:33
CharactersSamurai

Struggling to elevate himself from his low caste in 17th century Japan, Miyamoto trains to become a mighty samurai warrior.





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