Movies about samurai

The list of the best movies about samurai according to visitors: Samurai Marathon, Blade of the Immortal, Sekigahara, Drifters, Kubo and the Two Strings, Suicide Squad, Our Lovers, Little Boy, Ryuzo and the Seven Henchmen, The Empire of Corpses
In the top there are new films of 2019, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.
Samurai Marathon (2019)
Markimdb: 6.2
CharactersSamurai, Archers, Spy
PlotRivalry, Missing people, Chase
Time19th century
StyleAction, Exciting, Tense, Fascinating

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.

Blade of the Immortal (2017)
Mark6 (imdb: 6.8)
Genreaction, fantasy, drama
CountryJapan, United Kingdom, South Korea
CharactersSamurai, Demons, Soldier, Orphans, Brothers, Bodyguards, Girlfriends, Archers
PlotRevenge, Martial Arts, Hunger
PlaceJapan, Ships

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.

Sekigahara (2017)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CharactersSamurai, Spy, Horses, Ninja

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.

Drifters (2016)
Markimdb: 7.7
Genreaction, cartoon, history
CharactersSamurai, Emperors
PlaceParallel worlds

Shimazu Toyohisa is a real-life samurai who fought in the pivotal Battle of Sekigahara. In his dying moments, Shimazu is transported to a world of magic with other famous warriors throughout history. These warriors are forced to fight each other in an endless battle.

Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)
Mark8.8 (imdb: 7.8)
Genrefantasy, adventure, family, cartoon
CharactersSamurai, Strong women, Family, Birds, Monkeys, Whale, Beetles
PlotAdventure, Fate
PlaceJapan, Sea, Beach, Moon, Lake, Village
StyleAtmospheric, Touching

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 and his mystical weaponry, as well as discover his own magical powers.

Suicide Squad (2016)
Mark8.4 (imdb: 6)
Genrefantastic, action, thriller, fantasy, adventure, crime
CountryUSA, Canada
CharactersPartners, Criminals, Superhero, Killers, Scammers, Doctors, Samurai, Snipers, Bodyguards, Witch, Psychopath
PlotWar, Adventure, Martial Arts, Survival, Love, Superpowers
PlaceHospitals, USA, Prison
TimeNew Year
StyleBy comics

From DC Comics comes the Suicide Squad, an antihero team of incarcerated supervillains who act as deniable assets for the United States government, undertaking high-risk black ops missions in exchange for commuted prison sentences.

Our Lovers (2016)
Mark6 (imdb: 6.7)
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CharactersSamurai, Writers

Carlos is a man who goes to a coffee shop-library to take a cup, where Irene is reading a book. Not a reason for it, Irene close to Carlos and talks with him, starting a friendship with a little rules: no pasts, no birth names, no modern ways to contact between them (as Internet or similar), and finally not falling in love each other. Calling themselves Hada Chalada ('Crazy Fairy') and Duende Chiflado ('Mad Goblin'), both pass the days walking around the city engaged with magic, surrealist and funnies conversations about life, love and themselves, at the same time that Carlos tries to end his new script with his friend Cristóbal, and eccentric writer obsessed with Japan.

Little Boy (2015)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, military, history
CountryMexico, USA
CharactersSamurai, Doctors, Priests, Family
PlotFuneral, War
PlaceJapan, Village, Small cities
TimeWorld War II
StyleTo cry, Touching, Unexpected ending

An eight-year-old boy is willing to do whatever it takes to end World War II so he can bring his father home. The story reveals the indescribable love a father has for his little boy and the love a son has for his father.

Ryuzo and the Seven Henchmen (2015)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genreaction, comedy
CharactersGay, Samurai, Mafia, Yakuza, Criminals
PlotRevenge, Money, Weapon, Racing
PlaceJapan, Office

Ryuzo and his 7 former henchmen are all retired yakuza, but they now live as regular old men. One day, Ryuzo becomes the victim of a phishing fraud. He calls his 7 men together to reform their society.

The Empire of Corpses (2015)
Mark6 (imdb: 6)
Genrefantastic, cartoon
CharactersZombie, Samurai, Scientists
StyleSteampunk, Gothic

The story of The Empire of Corpses takes place in 19th century Europe, and revolves around John Watson. He is scouted by the government to become a secret agent- However, Watson lives in a world where "Frankensteins"- human corpses that are re-purposed with a false soul in order to use them as laborers- are used to improve industrial development.

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Rurouni Kenshin Part II: Kyoto Inferno (2014)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genreaction, drama, adventure
CharactersSamurai, Heroes, Ninja
PlotRivalry, Martial Arts
PlaceJapan, Asia
StyleExciting, For men, Disturbing

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 now in Kyoto, plotting with his gathered warriors to overthrow the new government. Against Kaoru's wishes, Kenshin reluctantly agrees to go to Kyoto and help keep his country from falling back into civil war.

Rurouni Kenshin Part III: The Legend Ends (2014)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genreaction, drama, adventure
CharactersSamurai, Heroes
PlaceJapan, Asia
StyleExciting, For men

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.

Over Your Dead Body (2014)
Mark10 (imdb: 6.1)
CountryJapan, France, China

An actor named Kosuke plays the role of Iemon in a stage version of Yotsuya Kaiden and his new lover Miyuki plays Oiwa. However, as they delve deeper into their respective performances, the line between fantasy and reality becomes obscured until the murderous, vengeful themes of the play bleed into their own relationship.

The Samurai (2014)
Mark2 (imdb: 5.7)
Genrehorror, thriller, fantasy
CharactersSamurai, Cannibals
PlotSupernatural, Death

A wolf strives through the woods around an isolated German village. Jakob the young local police officer is onto him, but scents something more in the darkness. What he finds is a man, it seems, wild eyed, of wiry build, in a dress. He carries a katana, a Samurai sword. When the Samurai invites Jakob to follow him on his crusade towards the village, it becomes Jakob's mission to pursue the lunatic to end this wanton destruction. At the end of the night Jakob has experienced too much, is too far from whom he once was. Something hidden has been unleashed to meet the first rays of daylight.

The Admiral: Roaring Currents (2014)
Mark10 (imdb: 7.1)
Genreadventure, military, biography
CountrySouth Korea
CharactersMilitary, Heroes, Samurai
PlotWar, On real events
PlaceShips, Korea
Time16th century
StyleExciting, Action, Disturbing

The film mainly follows the famous 1597 Battle of Myeongryang during the Japanese invasion of Korea (1592-1598), where the iconic Joseon admiral Yi Sun-sin managed to destroy a total of 133 Japanese warships with only 13 ships remaining in his command. The battle, which took place in the Myeongryang Strait off the southwest coast of the Korean Peninsula, is considered one of the greatest victories of Yi.

Unforgiven (2013)
Markimdb: 7.1
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime, history
CharactersSamurai, Losers, Hunters
StyleAction, Atmospheric, Fascinating

Set in Hokkaido, Japan in the 1880s. Jubei Kamata (Ken Watanabe), who is on the side of the Edo shogunate government, kills many people. His name is infamous in Kyoto. When the battle at Goryoukaku is about to be finished, Jubei disappears. 10 years later, Jubei lives with his kid in relative peace. He is barely able to make a living. Protecting his dead wife's grave, Jubei has decided to never pick up a sword again, but due to poverty he has no choice but to pick the sword again. Jubei becomes a bounty hunter.

The Wolverine (2013)
Mark6.8 (imdb: 6.7)
Genrefantastic, action, thriller, adventure
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, Australia, Japan
CharactersSuperhero, Samurai, Heroes, Mutant
PlotSupernatural, Martial Arts, Dreams, Superpowers, Chase
StyleMarvel, Action, Exciting, Depressive, For men, Gloomy

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

47 Ronin (2013)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 6.3)
Genreaction, fantasy, drama, adventure
CharactersSamurai, Heroes, Witch
PlotAdventure, Rivalry, Martial Arts, Chase
PlaceJapan, Asia

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.

Short Peace (2013)
Markimdb: 6.9
CharactersSoldier, Heroes, Samurai, Demons, Bears
PlotApocalypse, Weapon, Rivalry, Death, Ghosts
StyleExciting, Atmospheric, Fancy, Depressive, Disturbing

A traveler is confronted by spirits in an abandoned shrine; a story of honor and firefighting in ancient Japan; a white bear defends the royal family from a monstrous red demon; ragtag soldiers battle a robotic force in futuristic Japan.

Rurouni Kenshin Part I: Origins (2012)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genreaction, drama, history
CharactersSamurai, Heroes, Soldier, Military, Orphans, Rabbits
PlotMartial Arts, Cheating
PlaceJapan, Mansions, Office, Asia
StyleExciting, 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...

Warrior (2011)
Mark9 (imdb: 8.2)
Genredrama, sport
CharactersWarriors, Dragons, Samurai, Heroes
PlotBoxing, Martial Arts, Adventure, Rivalry, Fate
StyleFor men, Exciting, Disturbing

The youngest son of an alcoholic former boxer returns home, where he's trained by his father for competition in a mixed martial arts tournament - a path that puts the fighter on a collision course with his estranged, older brother, an ex-marine with a tragic past.

Rurouni Kenshin: New Kyoto Arc: Cage of Flames (2011)
Markimdb: 8
Genreaction, adventure, cartoon
CharactersSamurai, Heroes
PlotRivalry, Adventure

Although she's only sixteen and looks even younger, Misao Makimachi is already a skilled and competent member of the Oniwabanshu ninja clan. That's fortunate for Misao, because her onimitsu talents may be all that keeps her alive when a journey in search of the leader of the clan, Aoshi Shinomori, leads her instead into a face-to-face encounter with an even more dangerous man and a plot to overthrow the Meiji government! Quickly enmeshed in the affairs of the legendary assassin Hitokiri Battosai, now known as Kenshin Himura, wielder of the reverse-blade sword, Misao finds herself pulled into the middle of a deadly intrigue against Makoto Shishio, who is orchestrating the conquest of all Japan - beginning with Kyoto!

The Warrior's Way (2010)
Mark9 (imdb: 6.3)
Genreaction, fantasy, western
CountryUSA, South Korea, New Zealand
CharactersSamurai, Heroes, Ninja, Warriors
PlotMartial Arts, Rivalry, Cheating
PlaceDeserts, Small cities
StyleExciting, Light, 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.

Bunraku (2010)
Mark6.6 (imdb: 6.2)
Genreaction, thriller, drama
CharactersSamurai, Cowboys, Bartenders, Heroes, Partners
PlotRevenge, Martial Arts
StyleExciting, Disturbing, Fancy

In a world with no guns, a mysterious drifter, a bartender and a young samurai plot revenge against a ruthless leader and his army of thugs, headed by nine diverse and deadly assassins.

The Samurai of Ayothaya (2010)
Markimdb: 6
Genreaction, drama, history
CharactersSamurai, Military, Heroes, Soldier, Losers
PlotRevenge, Rivalry, Martial Arts
PlaceAsia, Village
Time16th century
StyleExciting, Heavy, For men

Based on a true historic figure, Yamada Nagamasa, a Japanese adventurer who went to Ayothaya in the 16th century and became a soldier in King Naresuan's army. After the war in Burma it's restless in Ayothaya, because of a mysterious group of men that terrorizes and plunders the city. Yamada goes after them and discovers that the men are rebelious Japanese samurai. Now he has to fight his own countrymen.

Riverworld (2010)
Mark1 (imdb: 4.9)
Genrefantasy, adventure
CountryUSA, Canada
CharactersSamurai, Heroes
PlotSurvival, Adventure, Supernatural, Life after death, Slavery
StyleExciting, Atmospheric, Depressive, Disturbing

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.

Afro Samurai: Resurrection (2009)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genrefantastic, action, fantasy, drama, adventure, cartoon
CountryUSA, Japan
CharactersSamurai, Heroes
PlotRevenge, Hip Hop, Martial Arts, Adventure, Supernatural
PlaceJapan, Asia
StyleHeavy, Exciting, Depressive, Disturbing, For men, Gloomy

Afro Samurai avenged his father and found a life of peace. But the legendary master is forced back into the game by a beautiful and deadly woman from his past. The sparks of violence dropped along Afro’s bloody path now burn out of control – and nowhere are the flames of hatred more intense than in the eyes of Sio.

Goemon (2009)
Mark2 (imdb: 6.7)
Genreaction, drama
CharactersSamurai, Heroes
PlotMartial Arts, Treasures, War, Rivalry, Betrayal
PlaceJapan, Asia
StyleExciting, For men, Fascinating

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.

Scooby-Doo! and the Samurai Sword (2009)
Markimdb: 6.5
CharactersHeroes, Friends, Samurai, Family, Monsters, Partners, Ninja, Dragons
PlotAdventure, Rivalry, Supernatural, Martial Arts, Chase
PlaceJapan, Asia

The gang of Mystery Inc. take a trip to Japan and find themselves circling Asia and the Pacific in a treasure hunt, racing against the vengeful Black Samurai and his Ninja warriors to find the legendary Sword of Fate, an ancient blade fabled to possess extraordinary supernatural powers.

ICHI (2008)
Mark4.4 (imdb: 6.6)
CharactersSamurai, Heroes
PlotMartial Arts, Revenge, Rivalry
PlaceJapan, Village, Asia
StyleExciting, Atmospheric, Heavy, Disturbing, For men

Ichi is a blind entertainer that travels the countryside with her traditional Japanese guitar and walking stick. She’s in search for the kind man that brought her up as a child, but because of her beauty she encounters problems every step of the way. Fortunately for Ichi, she is also a gifted swordswoman and carries a lethal blade within her walking stick.

Ong Bak 2 (2008)
Mark2 (imdb: 6.2)
CharactersTeens, Military, Samurai, Heroes
PlotAdventure, War, Martial Arts, Fate, Revenge, Boxing, Obsession, Slavery
StyleHeavy, Exciting, Soulful, Fascinating, For men, To cry

Moments from death a young man is rescued by a renowned warrior. Realizing unsurpassed physical potential in the young boy he trains him into the most dangerous man alive. As he becomes a young man he goes on a lone mission of vengeance against the vicious slave traders who enslaved him as a youth and the treacherous warlord who killed his father.

Chocolate (2008)
Mark5.6 (imdb: 6.9)
Genreaction, drama
CharactersYakuza, Autistic, Gangsters, Hired assassins, Samurai
PlotMartial Arts, Revenge, Survival, Justice
StyleHeavy, Exciting, For men

An autistic woman with powerful martial art skills looks to settle her ailing mother's debts by seeking out the ruthless gangs that owe her family money.

Sword of the Stranger (2007)
Mark6 (imdb: 7.8)
Genreaction, adventure, cartoon
CharactersOrphans, Samurai, Emperors, Heroes, Dogs, Spy
PlotAdventure, Political
StyleExciting, Fascinating, Touching, Disturbing

Pursued by formidable Chinese assassins, young Kotaro and his dog run into No Name, a mysterious stranger who gets pulled into the chase. The unlikely companions form a bond over saving the dog from a poison attack, but chaos erupts when the assassins find Kotaro, and No Name must face his past before a horrible fate is met again.

Highlander: The Search for Vengeance (2007)
Markimdb: 6.8
Genrefantastic, action, fantasy, cartoon
CharactersSamurai, Heroes
PlotRevenge, Supernatural, Chase, Ghosts
StyleExciting, Touching, For men

Colin MacLeod hunts for the man responsible for the death of his love. He chases the immortal Marcus Octavius across centuries as his quest threatens to take over his life and heart. In his quest, he meets a woman who reminds him of his slain beauty. But it's his final battle with Marcus that will decide not only his fate, but also the fate of everyone in the world.

Sukiyaki Western Django (2007)
Mark8.6 (imdb: 6.2)
Genreaction, western
CharactersSamurai, Heroes, Snake
PlotRivalry, Treasures
PlaceJapan, Asia, Small cities
TimeMiddle Ages
StyleExciting, Heavy, Disturbing, For men

Several hundred years after the Battle of Dannoura, the Genji and Heike clans face off again in a poor mountain town with a buried treasure legend. A revolver-wielding stranger, a lone gunman, burdened with emotional scars and blessed with incredible skill, drifts into town and crosses paths with two warring clans who are both on the hunt for a hidden treasure in a remote western town. Knowing his services are valuable to either side, he offers himself to the clan who will offer up the largest share of the wealth. Yoshitsune commands his Genji gang in white while Kiyomori leads his Heike gang in red. Expectations collide as the key players wonder which gang the gunman will join. Dirty tricks, betrayal, desire and finally, love, get jumbled together, as the situation erupts into a showdown.

Sakuran (2007)
Mark6.6 (imdb: 6.9)
Genredrama, history
CharactersHeroes, Samurai, Courtesans
PlotRivalry, Uprising
PlaceJapan, Village

A young girl is sold into the red-light district Yoshiwara and is put under the care of the oiran (lead prostitute) of the Tamakiku house. The girl is rebellious, but the more experienced people in the household begin to think that she will be one day a great oiran, since an oiran needs not only beauty and talent, but she should also have the tenacity to maintain the position.

Love and Honor (2006)
Mark10 (imdb: 7.7)
Genremelodrama, drama
CharactersSamurai, Warriors, Heroes, Fish, Blind
PlotRevenge, Rivalry
PlaceJapan, Asia
StyleRomantic, By books

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.

Gintama (2006)
Markimdb: 8.6
Genrefantastic, comedy, adventure, cartoon
CharactersSamurai, Aliens, Heroes, Mafia
PlotAdventure, Uprising
StyleExciting, Fancy

In an era where aliens have invaded and taken over feudal Tokyo, an unemployed samurai finds work however he can.

Hellboy Animated: Sword of Storms (2006)
Markimdb: 6.5
Genrehorror, fantastic, action, fantasy, adventure, cartoon
CharactersSuperhero, Heroes, Samurai
PlotAdventure, Rivalry, Supernatural, Superpowers, Ghosts, Intrigue
PlaceParallel worlds
StyleExciting, Fascinating

A folklore professor becomes unwittingly possessed by the ancient Japanese demons of Thunder and Lightning. But when The Bureau of Paranormal Research & Defense dispatches a team of agents to investigate, a cursed samurai sword sends Hellboy to a supernatural dimension of ghosts, monsters, and feudal mayhem. Now while pyrokinetic Liz Sherman and fishboy Abe Sapien battle one very pissed-off dragon, a lost and cranky Hellboy must find his way home.

Air (2005)
Mark6 (imdb: 7.2)
Genrefantasy, comedy, melodrama, drama, cartoon

Yukito Kunisaki is on a journey in search of the Winged Maiden who was bound to the sky centuries ago, after hearing an old childhood tale from his mother. As Yukito shows his puppet show to people in an attempt to make some money, he finds himself in a small town in which he did not expect to stay very long. However, when he meets an unusual girl named Misuzu, things take a drastic turn as he is invited to stay with her. By staying in the quaint town, Yukito soon becomes friends with the locals. As he gets to know them better, he learns of their problems and decides to help, putting his search for the Winged Maiden on hold. With his search on hold, and his growing attachment to Misuzu and the small town, will Yukito ever find the Winged Maiden, or is she closer than he thought? [Written by MAL Rewrite]

Air (2005)
Mark10 (imdb: 6.9)
Genremelodrama, drama, cartoon
CharactersSamurai, Teens
PlaceJapan, Asia, Small cities
StyleSoulful, Touching, Gloomy

Yukito Kunisaki is on a journey in search of the Winged Maiden who was bound to the sky centuries ago, after hearing an old childhood tale from his mother. As Yukito shows his puppet show to people in an attempt to make some money, he finds himself in a small town in which he did not expect to stay very long. However, when he meets an unusual girl named Misuzu, things take a drastic turn as he is invited to stay with her. By staying in the quaint town, Yukito soon becomes friends with the locals. As he gets to know them better, he learns of their problems and decides to help, putting his search for the Winged Maiden on hold. With his search on hold, and his growing attachment to Misuzu and the small town, will Yukito ever find the Winged Maiden, or is she closer than he thought? [Written by MAL Rewrite]

Death Trance (2005)
Markimdb: 5.8
Genreaction, fantasy, adventure
CountryJapan, USA
CharactersZombie, Vampire, Samurai, Heroes, Ninja, Priests, Angels, Monsters
PlotMartial Arts, Adventure, Rivalry, Supernatural, Fate
PlaceJapan, Asia

In an unknown place and unknown time, a lone Samurai known only as Grave thirsts for the ultimate battle.

The Crow: Wicked Prayer (2005)
Markimdb: 3
Genrehorror, action, thriller, fantasy, comedy, adventure
CharactersSuperhero, Heroes, Samurai
PlotSupernatural, Revenge, Life after death, Superpowers, Pads
StyleAtmospheric, Heavy, For men

Jimmy Cuervo is a down-on-his-luck ex-con living in a polluted mining town on a reservation that would run him out of town if not for the remainder of his probation. With his time nearly finished, he plans to start a new life with his girlfriend Lily , and leave the town for good. But Luc Crash and Lola Byrne head up a local gang of local Satanists who murder Jimmy and Lily in a brutal ritual.

The Hidden Blade (2004)
Markimdb: 7.7
Genremelodrama, drama
CharactersSamurai, Heroes
PlotMartial Arts, Revenge, Revolution, Weapon, Rivalry, Divorce, Political
PlaceJapan, Asia
StyleTo cry, Gloomy

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 dearest friend.

Izo (2004)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genrehorror, fantastic, action, thriller, fantasy, drama, military
CharactersSamurai, Heroes
PlotMartial Arts, Revenge, Supernatural, Life after death
PlaceJapan, Asia
StyleExciting, Heavy, Disturbing, For men

Izo is an assassin in the service of a Tosa lord and Imperial supporter. After killing dozens of the Shogun's men, Izo is captured and crucified. Instead of being extinguished, his rage propels him through the space-time continuum to present-day Tokyo. Here Izo transforms himself into a new, improved killing machine.

Zatoichi (2003)
Mark8.2 (imdb: 7.5)
Genreaction, comedy, drama, crime, music
CharactersSamurai, Blind

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.

The Last Samurai (2003)
Mark8.8 (imdb: 7.7)
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountryUSA, New Zealand, Japan
CharactersSamurai, Warriors, Military
PlotMartial Arts, War
StyleExciting, Fascinating

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.

When the Last Sword Is Drawn (2003)
Markimdb: 7.5
CharactersSamurai, Heroes, Emperors
PlaceJapan, Asia
StyleAtmospheric, Depressive, Fascinating, Gloomy

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 them.

The Twilight Samurai (2002)
Mark6.8 (imdb: 8.1)
Genremelodrama, drama

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 beautiful Tomoe, a childhood friend, comes back into he and his daughters' life, but as the Japanese feudal system unravels, Seibei is still bound by the code of honor of the samurai and by his own sense of social precedence. How can he find a way to do what is best for those he loves?

Wasabi (2001)
Mark10 (imdb: 6.7)
Genreaction, thriller, comedy, drama, crime
CountryFrance, Japan
CharactersTeens, Hired assassins, Samurai
PlotInvestigation, Adventure, Shopping
StyleExciting, For men

Hubert is a French policeman with very sharp methods. After being forced to take 2 months off by his boss, who doesn't share his view on working methods, he goes back to Japan, where he used to work 19 years ago, to settle the probate of his girlfriend who left him shortly after marriage without a trace.