Movies about samurai

Movies about samurai
The list of the best movies about samurai according to visitors: Sekigahara, 47 Ronin, 13 Assassins, Rurouni Kenshin Part I: Origins, Kagemusha, Goemon, Zatoichi, Blade of the Immortal, Red Sun, Love and Honor.

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

Genre
Country
Sekigahara (2017)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountryJapan

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.

47 Ronin (2013)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genreaction, fantasy, drama
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, Japan, Hungary
Duration01:59

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.

13 Assassins (2010)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genreaction, drama, adventure
CountryJapan, United Kingdom
Duration02:21

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.

Rurouni Kenshin Part I: Origins (2012)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genreaction, drama
CountryJapan
Duration02:14

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...

Kagemusha (1980)
Markimdb: 8
Genredrama, military, history
CountryJapan, USA
Duration03:00

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.

Goemon (2009)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genreaction, drama, history
CountryJapan
Duration02:08

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.

Zatoichi (2003)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genreaction, thriller, comedy, drama, crime
CountryJapan
Duration01:56

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.

Blade of the Immortal (2017)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genreaction, fantasy, drama
CountryJapan, United Kingdom, South Korea
Duration01:33

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.

Red Sun (1971)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genreaction, western
CountryFrance, Italy, Spain
Duration01:52

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.

Love and Honor (2006)
Markimdb: 7.7
Genremelodrama, drama, history
CountryJapan
Duration02:01

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.

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Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryFrance, Germany, USA, Japan
Duration01:56

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

Sanjuro (1962)
Markimdb: 8.1
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime
CountryJapan
Duration01:36

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.

The Last Samurai (2003)
Markimdb: 7.7
Genreaction, drama
CountryUSA, New Zealand, Japan
Duration02:34

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.

The Warrior's Way (2010)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genreaction, fantasy, western
CountryUSA, South Korea, New Zealand
Duration01:40

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.

Blood: The Last Vampire (2009)
Markimdb: 5.3
Genrehorror, action, thriller, fantasy
CountryHong Kong, France, China
Duration01:31

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.

The Wolverine (2013)
Markimdb: 6.7
Genrefantastic, action, adventure
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, Japan
Duration02:06

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

Ronin (1998)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CountryUnited Kingdom, France, USA
Duration02:02

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.

Rashomon (1950)
Duration01:28

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.

Le Samouraï (1967)
Markimdb: 8.1
Genrethriller, drama, crime, detective
CountryFrance, Italy
Duration01:45

Hitman Jef Costello is a perfectionist who always carefully plans his murders and who never gets caught.

Seven Samurai (1954)
Duration03:22

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.

Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto (1954)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genreaction, drama, adventure, biography, history
CountryJapan
Duration01:33

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

Ran (1985)
Duration02:41

With Ran, legendary director Akira Kurosawa reimagines Shakespeare's King Lear as a singular historical epic set in sixteenth-century Japan. Majestic in scope, the film is Kurosawa's late-life masterpiece, a profound examination of the folly of war and the crumbling of one family under the weight of betrayal, greed, and the insatiable thirst for power.

Taboo (1999)
Markimdb: 6.9
Genrethriller, drama, history
CountryJapan, France, United Kingdom

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 named Sozaburo Kano. The school's stern master can choose to intervene, or to let Kano decide his own path.

The Hidden Fortress (1958)
Markimdb: 8.1
Genredrama, adventure
CountryJapan
Duration01:50

Japanese peasants Matashichi and Tahei try and fail to make a profit from a tribal war. They find a man and woman whom they believe are simple tribe members hiding in a fortress. Although the peasants don't know that Rokurota is a general and Yuki is a princess, the peasants agree to accompany the pair to safety in return for gold. Along the way, the general must prove his expertise in battle while also hiding his identity.

Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai (2011)
Markimdb: 7.3
Genredrama
CountryJapan, United Kingdom
Duration02:08

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.

Six-String Samurai (1998)
Markimdb: 6.6
Genrefantastic, action, fantasy, comedy, drama, adventure, music
CountryUSA
Duration01:31

In a post-apocalyptic world where the Russians have taken over a nuked USA and Elvis is king of Lost Vegas, Buddy is a '50s rocker and wandering warrior rolled into one, too-cool package. Armed with his six-string in one hand and his sword in the other, Buddy is on his way to Vegas to succeed Elvis as King. Along the way, he saves an orphan who decides to tag along.

Throne of Blood (1957)
Markimdb: 8.1
Genredrama, history
CountryJapan
Duration01:50

Returning to their lord's castle, samurai warriors Washizu and Miki are waylaid by a spirit who predicts their futures. When the first part of the spirit's prophecy comes true, Washizu's scheming wife, Asaji, presses him to speed up the rest of the spirit's prophecy by murdering his lord and usurping his place. Director Akira Kurosawa's resetting of William Shakespeare's "Macbeth" in feudal Japan is one of his most acclaimed films.

Harakiri (1962)
Markimdb: 8.6
Genreaction, drama, history
CountryJapan
Duration02:13

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.

Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance (2015)
Markimdb: 4.4
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CountryUSA

25 years later after the events of Samurai Cop (1991), Detective Frank Washington is forced to team up with his long estranged partner Joe Marshall to solve a series of assassinations being committed by a secret group of female vigilante killers.

Riverworld (2010)
Markimdb: 4.9
Genrefantasy, adventure
CountryUSA, Canada
Duration02:51

Welcome to Riverworld, a place of strange, watery beauty and the current abode of a fascinating cast of the recently (and not-so-recently) dead. It certainly isn't Heaven, but it just might be Hell.




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