Movies about samurai

The list of the best movies about samurai according to visitors: Zatoichi, Sanjuro, Shogun, Red Sun, Mifune, Six-String Samurai, Ninja Scroll, The Warrior's Way, The Twilight Samurai, ICHI.

In the top there are new films of 2019, a plot description and trailers for films that have already been released.

Zatoichi (2003)
Mark8.2 (imdb: 7.5)
Genreaction, comedy, drama, crime, music
CountryJapan
Duration01:56
CharactersSamurai, Blind
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.

Sanjuro (1962)
Mark7.6 (imdb: 8.1)
Genreaction, thriller, drama
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.

Shogun (1980)
Mark10 (imdb: 8.1)
Genredrama, adventure, military, history
CountryUSA, Japan
Duration01:00
CharactersSamurai, Emperors
PlotIntrigue, War, Survival, Adventures, Politics
PlaceJapan, Ships
StyleSpectacular, Fascinating

A English navigator becomes both a player and pawn in the complex political games in feudal Japan.

Red Sun (1971)
Mark7.4 (imdb: 6.9)
Genreaction, western
CountryFrance, Italy, Spain
Duration01:52
CharactersSamurai

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.

Mifune (1999)
Mark7 (imdb: 7.1)
Genrecomedy, melodrama, drama
CountryDenmark, Sweden
Duration01:38
CharactersSamurai

Kresten, newly wed, is on the threshold of a great career success in his father-in-law´s company. But when the death of his own father takes him back to his poverty-stricken childhood home, far out in the country, his career plans fall apart. For one thing he has to deal with his loveable, backward brother, who is now all alone; for another, he meets a stunning woman who comes to the farm as a housekeeper, in disguise of her real profession as a call-girl.

Six-String Samurai (1998)
Mark3.6 (imdb: 6.7)
Genrefantastic, action, comedy, drama, adventure, music
CountryUSA
Duration01:31
CharactersSamurai, Orphans, Heroes, Cannibals
PlotApocalypse, Martial Arts, Survival, Adventure, Death, Music
PlaceDeserts
TimeCold War
StyleFancy

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.

Ninja Scroll (1993)
Mark6 (imdb: 7.9)
Genreaction, thriller, fantasy, adventure, cartoon
CountryJapan
Duration01:34
CharactersSamurai, Ninja, Demons, Heroes, Blind, Monsters
PlotMartial Arts, Revenge, Adventure, Supernatural, Ghosts
PlaceJapan, Village
TimeMiddle Ages
StyleExciting, For men

Jubei is a masterless ninja who travels the land alone, hiring his services to those with gold... or a worthy cause. His fearsome abilities have served him well, but a hideous plot to overthrow the government threatens to end his wandering ways and possibly his life.

The Warrior's Way (2010)
Mark9 (imdb: 6.3)
Genreaction, fantasy, western
CountryUSA, South Korea, New Zealand
Duration01:40
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.

The Twilight Samurai (2002)
Mark6.8 (imdb: 8.1)
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryJapan
Duration02:09
CharactersSamurai

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?

ICHI (2008)
Mark4.4 (imdb: 6.6)
Genreaction
CountryJapan
Duration02:00
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.

The Thirteen Assassins (1963)
Mark8.4 (imdb: 7.5)
Genreaction, adventure
CountryJapan
Duration02:05
CharactersSamurai

A group of assassins come together for a suicide mission to kill an evil lord.

The Last Samurai (2003)
Mark8.8 (imdb: 7.7)
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CountryUSA, New Zealand, Japan
Duration02:34
CharactersSamurai, Warriors, Military
PlotMartial Arts, War
PlaceJapan
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.

Yojimbo (1961)
Mark7
Genreaction, drama
CountryJapan
Duration01:50
CharactersSamurai, Heroes, Bodyguards
PlotCheating
PlaceJapan, Village, Small cities
StyleAtmospheric, Exciting, Depressive, For men

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 Tazaemon and sake merchant Tokuemon to hire him as a personal bodyguard, then artfully sets in motion a full-scale gang war between the two ambitious and unscrupulous men.

Love and Honor (2006)
Mark10 (imdb: 7.7)
Genremelodrama, drama
CountryJapan
Duration02:01
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.

Blade of the Immortal (2017)
Mark6 (imdb: 6.8)
Genreaction, fantasy, drama
CountryJapan, United Kingdom, South Korea
Duration01:33
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.

Drifters (2016)
Markimdb: 7.7
Genreaction, cartoon, history
CountryJapan
Duration02:22
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.

Little Boy (2015)
Markimdb: 7.4
Genredrama, military, history
CountryMexico, USA
Duration02:16
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.

Air (2005)
Mark6 (imdb: 7.2)
Genrefantasy, comedy, melodrama, drama, cartoon
CountryJapan
Duration00:24
CharactersSamurai

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
CountryJapan
Duration01:31
CharactersSamurai, Teens
PlotSupernatural
PlaceJapan, Asia, Small cities
TimeSummer
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]

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

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




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