Movies about samurai

Movies about samurai
The list of the best movies about samurai according to visitors: Boy Eats Girl, Last Embrace, Hester Street, The Nanny, Sekigahara, Mumon: The Land of Stealth, Unforgiven, Ryuzo and the Seven Henchmen, Suicide Squad, Samurai Marathon.

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

Boy Eats Girl (2005)
Markimdb: 5
Genrehorror, fantasy, comedy
CountryRepublic of Ireland, United Kingdom
CharactersZombie, Vampire, Teens, Cannibals, Friends
PlotSurvival, Friendship, Supernatural, Viruses, Chase
StyleFancy, Disturbing

A boy declares his love for his girlfriend, only to die the same night. He is brought back to life by his mother as a flesh-craving zombie, who sires more teen undead while trying to control his, er, appetite for his beloved.

Last Embrace (1979)
Markimdb: 6.1
Genrethriller, melodrama, detective
CharactersSpy, Heroes, Special agents
PlotObsession, Conspiracies
PlaceNew York
StyleAction, Serious, Disturbing

Secret agent Harry Hannan suffers a mental breakdown when a botched mission in Mexico results in the death of his wife. He is sent to a mental asylum, after which he eventually returns to work. But, once again, he begins to doubt his sanity when he receives a bizarre death threat written in Hebrew. Not knowing which of his colleagues wants to kill him, Hannan teams up with pretty young college student Ellie Fabian to attempt to unravel the mystery.

Hester Street (1975)
Markimdb: 7
Genremelodrama, drama

Steven Keats plays a Russian emigre who prides himself on the way he's molded himself into a real Yankee in the USA, though the world he lives in, New York's Lower East Side in the late 19th century, is almost exclusively populated by other Jewish immigrants. When his wife (Carol Kane) finally arrives in the New World, however, she has a lot of assimilating to do. This causes the tension which drives the movie along, though it maintains a fairly light atmosphere most of the time.

The Nanny (1998)
Markimdb: 6.5
StyleSoulful, By books, Touching

Rome, early 20th century: a wealthy psychiatrist, who runs an asylum for women and lacks imagination in his practice, must find a wet nurse for his infant when his wife panics after childbirth. He brings a peasant, Annette, to Rome, forcing her to leave her own baby behind. To the consternation and increasing anger of the wife, the nanny immediately bonds with the couple's infant son - Annette's a natural. Against a backdrop of leftist demonstrations, Annette, who's lover is a teacher jailed for subversion, asks the doctor to teach her to read and write. Her nature and curiosity, the doctor's bland ideas, he and his wife's problems, and the two infants bring the story to a head.

Sekigahara (2017)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genreaction, drama, military, history
CharactersHorses, Samurai, Spy, Ninja, Slaves
PlotOn real events, Slavery
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.

Mumon: The Land of Stealth (2017)
Markimdb: 7
Genreaction, melodrama
CharactersSamurai, Ninja
PlotLove, Death, Sword Battles

Raised suckling poison arrows among the sparring Iga ninja factions, Mumon (Satoshi Ohno, of idol group Arashi) is a carefree 16th-century mercenary. When the ninja council makes a power play to defeat the young Nobukatsu Oda struggling to step into his father’s warlord shoes as they expand rule across the country, Mumon jumps into the fray to satisfy his new bride Okuni’s (Satomi Ishihara of Shin Godzilla, Attack on Titan) demand that he make good on his promises of wealth. Yet Mumon soon finds what is worth fighting for beyond money or nation. A longtime JAPAN CUTS favorite known for his offbeat dramas, Yoshihiro Nakamura (Fish Story, Golden Slumber) takes on the jidaigeki epic with his signature sense of play featuring a jazzy soundtrack and fantastical ninja tricks. -JAPAN CUTS: Festival of New Japanese Film

Unforgiven (2013)
Markimdb: 7
Genreaction, thriller, drama, crime, history
CharactersSamurai, Losers, Hunters
Time19th century
StylePsychological problems, Action, Atmospheric, Fascinating, Serious

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.

Ryuzo and the Seven Henchmen (2015)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genrecomedy, crime
CharactersGay, Samurai, Mafia, Yakuza, Criminals
PlotRacing, Revenge, Money, Weapon
PlaceJapan, Office
TimeDark ones
StyleExciting, Fascinating, Vital signs, Tense

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.

Suicide Squad (2016)
Markimdb: 5.9
Genrefantastic, action, fantasy, adventure
CharactersSuperhero, Witch, Snipers, Samurai, Batman
PlotLove, War, Survival, Adventure, Martial Arts
PlacePrison, Hospitals, USA
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.

Samurai Marathon (2019)
Markimdb: 6.2
Genredrama, history
CountryJapan, United Kingdom
CharactersSamurai, Spy, Archers
PlotChase, Missing people, Rivalry
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.

10 more movies
Why Don't You Play in Hell? (2013)
Markimdb: 7.2
Genreaction, comedy
CharactersSamurai, Gangsters, Yakuza
PlotRevenge, Rivalry
StyleExciting, Heavy, Fancy, Black humor, For men

In Japan, gonzo filmmakers hatch a three-pronged plan to save an actress's career, end a yakuza war and make a hit movie.

47 Ronin (2013)
Markimdb: 6.3
Genreaction, fantasy, drama
CountryUSA, United Kingdom, Japan, Hungary
CharactersWitch, Samurai, Heroes
PlotAdventure, Martial Arts, Chase, Sword Battles, Rivalry
PlaceJapan, Asia
StyleExciting, Epic, Serious

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.

Big Tits Zombie (2010)
Markimdb: 4.4
Genrehorror, action, thriller, comedy
CharactersZombie, Samurai, Dragons, Ninja, Demons
PlotApocalypse, Martial Arts, Gambling

A medieval Book of the Dead is discovered in the catacombs that run under a small town strip club. When one of the desperate strippers raises an army of the undead, the rest of the strippers must kick some zombie ass to save the world.

Rurouni Kenshin Part I: Origins (2012)
Markimdb: 7.5
Genreaction, drama
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...

Over Your Dead Body (2014)
Markimdb: 6.1
CountryJapan, France, China
CharactersSamurai, Scammers

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.

Riverworld (2010)
Markimdb: 4.9
Genrefantasy, adventure
CountryUSA, Canada
CharactersSamurai, Heroes, Cossacks
PlotSurvival, Adventure, Slavery, Supernatural, Life after death
StyleExciting, Atmospheric, Depressive, Serious, 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.

Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance (2015)
Markimdb: 4.4
Genreaction, thriller, crime
CharactersSamurai, Gangsters, Heroes, Womanizers, Partners
PlotMartial Arts, Fight, Friendship, Death, Weapon
PlaceLos Angeles
StyleExciting, Heavy, Explicit scenes, For men, Disturbing

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.

The Samurai (2014)
Markimdb: 5.7
Genrehorror, thriller, fantasy
CharactersSamurai, Cannibals
PlotDeath, Supernatural, Chase
PlaceVillage, Forest, Germany
StyleTense, Serious, Disturbing

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 Samurai of Ayothaya (2010)
Markimdb: 5.9
Genreaction, drama, history
CharactersSamurai, Heroes, Military, Losers, Soldier
PlotMartial Arts, Revenge, Rivalry
PlaceVillage, Asia
Time16th century
StyleExciting, Heavy, Serious, 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.

47 Ronin (1962)
Markimdb: 7.6
Genreaction, drama, history
CharactersSamurai, Heroes, Military
PlotMartial Arts, Revenge, Pads
PlaceJapan, Asia
TimeMiddle Ages, 18th century
StyleAtmospheric, Epic, Serious

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 ronin avenged their master's honor after patiently waiting and planning for over a year to kill Kira. In turn, the ronin were themselves forced to commit seppuku for committing the crime of murder.