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1. The Last Samurai(2003)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Action|War|History Release Date:
Countries: USA| New Zealand| Japan Languages:English | Japanese Rating:R
Description:An American military advisor embraces the Samurai culture he was hired to destroy after he is captured in battle.
Director: Edward Zwick
Stars: Ken Watanabe , Tom Cruise , William Atherton , Chad Lindberg
Tags: 1800S Violence Samurai Civil War U.S. Army Revenge Martial Arts Friendship Politics Compassion Voice Over Narration Japanese Blockbuster
7.70    66%    83%  

2. Seven Samurai(1954)

Original Title: Shichinin no samurai
Runtime: Genres:Action|Drama|Adventure Release Date:
Country: Japan Language:Japanese Rating:UR
Description:A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves.
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Stars: Toshirô Mifune , Takashi Shimura , Keiko Tsushima , Yukiko Shimazaki
Tags: Violence Tough Guy Samurai Action Hero Cult Film Revenge Martial Arts Friendship
8.70    100%    97%  

3. Rashomon(1950)

Original Title: Rashômon
Runtime: Genres:Drama|Mystery|Crime Release Date:
Country: Japan Language:Japanese Rating:UR
Description:In ancient Japan a crime take place as told from three different travelers who have experienced the crime: a man being killed and his wife being raped. Which if any of the stories is true? A Akira Kurosawa film about morals, truth, and communication.
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Stars: Toshirô Mifune , Machiko Kyô , Masayuki Mori , Takashi Shimura
Tags: Samurai Multiple Perspectives Martial Arts Japanese
8.30    98%    93%  

4. Ran(1985)

Runtime: Genres:Action|Drama|History Release Date:
Countries: Japan| France Language:Japanese Rating:R
Description:A story of greed, a lust for power, and ultimate revenge when an elderly lord abdicates to his three sons, and the two corrupt ones turn against him. 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.
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai , Akira Terao , Jinpachi Nezu , Daisuke Ryû
Tags: Samurai Based On Play Tragedy Revenge Betrayal Insanity Friendship Japanese
8.20    96%    95%  

5. Yojimbo(1961)

Original Title: Bodyguard
Runtime: Genres:Action|Drama|Comedy|Thriller Release Date:
Country: Japan Language:Japanese Rating:UR
Description:A crafty ronin comes to a town divided by two criminal gangs and decides to play them against each other to free the town.
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Stars: Toshirô Mifune , Tatsuya Nakadai , Yôko Tsukasa , Isuzu Yamada
Tags: Black Comedy Violence Samurai One Against Many Cult Film Dark Humor Based On Novel Black And White Black And White Film Martial Arts Betrayal Good Versus Evil Friendship Compassion
8.30    97%    96%  

6. 13 Assassins(2010)

Runtime: Genres:Drama|Action|Adventure Release Date:
Countries: Japan| UK Language:Japanese Rating:R
Description: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.
Director: Takashi Miike
Stars: Kôji Yakusho , Takayuki Yamada , Yûsuke Iseya , Ikki Sawamura
Tags: Violence Samurai Martial Arts
7.60    96%    88%  

7. The Blind Swordsman: Zatoichi(2003)

Original Title: Zatôichi
Runtime: Genres:Drama|Action|Comedy|Adventure|Crime Release Date:
Country: Japan Language:Japanese Rating:R
Description:The blind masseur/swordsman comes to a town in control of warring gangs, and while bunking with a farming family, he meets two women with their own agenda.
Director: Takeshi Kitano
Stars: Takeshi Kitano , Tadanobu Asano , Michiyo Ohkusu , Taka Guadalcanal
Tags: Violence Samurai One Against Many Cult Film Nonlinear Timeline Based On Novel Revenge Martial Arts Good Versus Evil Japanese
7.60    87%    88%  

8. Throne of Blood(1957)

Original Title: Kumonosu-jô
Runtime: Genres:Drama|History Release Date:
Country: Japan Language:Japanese Rating:UR
Description:A war-hardened general, egged on by his ambitious wife, works to fulfill a prophecy that he would become lord of Spider's Web Castle.
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Stars: Toshirô Mifune , Isuzu Yamada , Takashi Shimura , Akira Kubo
Tags: Violence Samurai Based On Play Tragedy Betrayal Insanity Friendship
8.10    98%    93%  

9. The Hidden Fortress(1958)

Original Title: Kakushi-toride no san-akunin
Runtime: Genres:Drama|Action|Comedy|Adventure Release Date:
Country: Japan Language:Japanese Rating:NR
Description:Lured by gold, two greedy peasants escort a man and woman across enemy lines. However, they do not realize that their companions are actually a princess and her general.
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Stars: Toshirô Mifune , Minoru Chiaki , Kamatari Fujiwara , Susumu Fujita
Tags: Violence Samurai Martial Arts
8.10    100%    93%  

10. Kagemusha(1980)

Runtime: Genres:Action|Drama|War|History Release Date:
Countries: Japan| USA Language:Japanese Rating:PG
Description:When a warlord dies, a peasant thief is called upon to impersonate him, in order to protect his clan from appearing weak and vulnerable. But he finds himself haunted by the warlord’s spirit as well as his own ambitions.
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai , Tsutomu Yamazaki , Ken'ichi Hagiwara , Jinpachi Nezu
Tags: Samurai Martial Arts
8.00    87%    92%  

11. Sanjuro(1962)

Original Title: Tsubaki Sanjûrô
Runtime: Genres:Drama|Action|Comedy|Thriller Release Date:
Country: Japan Language:Japanese Rating:UR
Description:A crafty ronin helps a young man and his fellow samurai save his uncle, their lord chamberlain Mutsuta, who has been framed and imprisoned by a corrupt local superintendent.
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Stars: Toshirô Mifune , Tatsuya Nakadai , Keiju Kobayashi , Yûzô Kayama
Tags: Violence Samurai One Against Many Cult Film Based On Novel Black And White Black And White Film Satire
8.20    100%    95%  

12. Harakiri(1962)

Original Title: Seppuku
Runtime: Genres:Action|Drama|History Release Date:
Country: Japan Language:Japanese Rating:NR
Description:Peace in 17th-century Japan causes the Shogunate's breakup of warrior clans, throwing thousands of samurai out of work and into poverty. An honorable end to such fate under the samurai code is ritual suicide, or hara-kiri.
Director: Masaki Kobayashi
Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai , Akira Ishihama , Shima Iwashita , Tetsurô Tanba
Tags: Samurai Based On Novel Revenge
8.70    100%    97%  

13. The Twilight Samurai(2002)

Original Title: Tasogare Seibei
Runtime: Genres:Action|Drama|Romance Release Date:
Country: Japan Language:Japanese Rating:NA
Description:A 19th-century samurai tries to protect a battered wife.
Director: Yôji Yamada
Stars: Hiroyuki Sanada , Rie Miyazawa , Nenji Kobayashi , Ren Ôsugi
Tags: Samurai Based On Novel
8.10    99%    94%  

14. Onibaba(1964)

Runtime: Genre:Horror Release Date:
Country: Japan Language:Japanese Rating:UR
Description:In medieval times, on a remote plain, a widow and her mother-in-law kill wandering samurai, put their bodies in a hole in the ground and sell their armour and valuables, until the daughter-in-law falls in love with one of their intended victims.
Director: Kaneto Shindô
Stars: Nobuko Otowa , Jitsuko Yoshimura , Kei Satô , Jûkichi Uno
Tags: Survival Samurai Revenge Martial Arts Medieval Times
8.00    83%    90%  

15. Kwaidan(1964)

Original Title: Kaidan
Runtime: Genres:Drama|Fantasy|Horror Release Date:
Country: Japan Language:Japanese Rating:NR
Description:This is the film adaptation of four stories from the book "Kwaidan: Stories and studies of strange things" by Lafcadio Hearn and is actually a collection of Japanese ghost stories, taken from various sources, some even stemming from China.
Director: Masaki Kobayashi
Stars: Michiyo Aratama , Misako Watanabe , Rentarô Mikuni , Kenjirô Ishiyama
Tags: Based On Book Samurai Family Relationships Betrayal Insanity Voice Over Narration Japanese
8.00    87%    89%  

16. Samurai Rebellion(1967)

Original Title: Jôi-uchi: Hairyô tsuma shimatsu
Runtime: Genres:Drama|History Release Date:
Country: Japan Language:Japanese Rating:NR
Description:The mother of a feudal lord's only heir is kidnapped away from her husband by the lord. The husband and his samurai father must decide whether to accept the unjust decision, or risk death to get her back.
Director: Masaki Kobayashi
Stars: Toshirô Mifune , Yôko Tsukasa , Gô Katô , Tatsuyoshi Ehara
Tags: Samurai Nonlinear Timeline Based On Novel
8.40    100%    93%  

17. Shogun Assassin(1980)

Runtime: Genres:Action|Adventure Release Date:
Countries: Japan| USA Language:English Rating:R
Description:A Shogun who grew paranoid as he became senile sent his ninjas to kill his samurai. They failed but did kill the samurai’s wife. The samurai swore to avenge the death of his wife and roams the countryside with his toddler son in search of vengeance.
Director: Robert Houston
Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama , Kayo Matsuo , Minoru Ôki , Shôgen Nitta
7.40    NA    87%  

18. The Sword of Doom(1966)

Runtime: Genres:Action|Drama Release Date:
Country: Japan Language:Japanese Rating:NR
Description:Through his unconscionable actions against others, a sociopath samurai builds a trail of vendettas that follow him closely.
Director: Kihachi Okamoto
Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai , Michiyo Aratama , Yûzô Kayama , Yôko Naitô
Tags: Violence Samurai Based On Novel Martial Arts
8.10    75%    90%  

19. Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto(1954)

Original Title: Miyamoto Musashi
Runtime: Genres:Drama|Action|Adventure|Biography Release Date:
Country: Japan Language:Japanese Rating:NR
Description:Struggling to elevate himself from his low caste in 17th century Japan, Mayamoto trains to become a mighty samurai warrior.
Director: Hiroshi Inagaki
Stars: Toshirô Mifune , Rentarô Mikuni , Kurôemon Onoe , Kaoru Yachigusa
Tags: Violence Samurai Based On Novel Based On Play Japanese
7.60    NA    85%  

20. Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance(1972)

Original Title: Kozure Ôkami: Ko wo kashi ude kashi tsukamatsuru
Runtime: Genres:Action|Drama Release Date:
Country: Japan Language:Japanese Rating:UR
Description:The story of a Ronin (i.e. a masterless samurai) who wanders the countryside of Japan with his small child, having various adventures.
Director: Kenji Misumi
Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama , Fumio Watanabe , Tomoko Mayama , Shigeru Tsuyuguchi
Tags: Violence Tough Guy Samurai Action Hero Revenge Martial Arts Good Versus Evil
7.90    80%    90%  

21. The Hidden Blade(2004)

Original Title: Kakushi Ken: Oni no Tsume
Runtime: Genres:Drama|Romance Release Date:
Country: Japan Language:Japanese Rating:R
Description: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.
Director: Yôji Yamada
Stars: Masatoshi Nagase , Takako Matsu , Hidetaka Yoshioka , Yukiyoshi Ozawa
Tags: Samurai Based On Novel Revenge
7.80    84%    84%  

22. Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple(1955)

Original Title: Zoku Miyamoto Musashi: Ichijôji no kettô
Runtime: Genres:Drama|Action|Adventure|Biography Release Date:
Country: Japan Language:Japanese Rating:NR
Description:Musashi Miyamoto returns to Kyoto after years of absence. After a series of fights against the Yoshioka School, he challenges its master to a duel.
Director: Hiroshi Inagaki
Stars: Toshirô Mifune , Kôji Tsuruta , Mariko Okada , Kaoru Yachigusa
Tags: Violence Samurai Based On Novel Based On Play Martial Arts
7.50    NA    86%  

23. Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island(1956)

Original Title: Miyamoto Musashi kanketsuhen: kettô Ganryûjima
Runtime: Genres:Romance|Drama|Adventure|Action|Biography|History Release Date:
Country: Japan Language:Japanese Rating:NR
Description:Musashi Miyamoto is challenged to a duel by a confident swordsman Sasaki Kojiro. He agrees to fight him in a year's time.
Director: Hiroshi Inagaki
Stars: Kôji Tsuruta , Toshirô Mifune , Kaoru Yachigusa , Michiko Saga
Tags: Samurai Based On Novel Based On Play
7.70    NA    88%  

24. When the Last Sword is Drawn(2002)

Original Title: Mibu gishi den
Runtime: Genres:Action|Drama|History Release Date:
Country: Japan Language:Japanese Rating:NA
Description: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.
Director: Yôjirô Takita
Stars: Kiichi Nakai , Kôichi Satô , Yui Natsukawa , Takehiro Murata
Tags: Samurai Based On Novel Japanese
7.60    NA    87%  

25. Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx(1972)

Original Title: Kozure Ôkami: Sanzu no kawa no ubaguruma
Runtime: Genres:Action|Drama Release Date:
Country: Japan Language:Japanese Rating:UR
Description:In the second film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, Ogami Itto battles a group of female ninja in the employ of the Yagyu clan and must assassinate a traitor who plans to sell his clan's secrets to the Shogunate.
Director: Kenji Misumi
Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama , Kayo Matsuo , Akiji Kobayashi , Minoru Ôki
Tags: Violence Samurai Action Hero Martial Arts Good Versus Evil
8.00    100%    92%  

26. The Tale of Zatoichi(1962)

Original Title: Zatôichi monogatari
Runtime: Genres:Action|Drama|Adventure Release Date:
Country: Japan Language:Japanese Rating:NR
Description:The adventures of a blind, gambling masseur and master swordsman. Zatoichi targets a yakuza-controlled village, because war with a neighbouring town's smaller gang is brewing.
Director: Kenji Misumi
Stars: Shintarô Katsu , Masayo Banri , Ryûzô Shimada , Hajime Mitamura
7.70    100%    86%  

27. Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades(1972)

Original Title: Kozure Ôkami: Shinikaze ni mukau ubaguruma
Runtime: Genres:Action|Drama Release Date:
Country: Japan Language:Japanese Rating:R
Description:In the third film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, Ogami Itto volunteers to be tortured by Yakuza to save a prostitute and is hired by their leader to kill an evil chamberlain.
Director: Kenji Misumi
Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama , Gô Katô , Yûko Hama , Isao Yamagata
Tags: Violence Tough Guy Samurai Action Hero Martial Arts Good Versus Evil Based On Comic Book
7.70    NA    88%  

28. After the Rain(1999)

Original Title: Ame Agaru
Runtime: Genres:Drama|Romance Release Date:
Countries: Japan| France Language:Japanese Rating:NA
Description:During a downpour, a generous ronin and his supporting wife are stranded at a country inn. The ronin comes to the attention of a lord who wants to hire him as an instructor for his men, who treat the ronin with disrespect.
Director: Takashi Koizumi
Stars: Akira Terao , Yoshiko Miyazaki , Shirô Mifune , Fumi Dan
Tags: Samurai Based On Novel
7.80    NA    86%  

29. Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril(1972)

Original Title: Kozure Ôkami: Oya no kokoro ko no kokoro
Runtime: Genre:Action Release Date:
Country: Japan Language:Japanese Rating:UR
Description:In the fourth film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, Ogami Itto is hired to kill a tattooed female assassin and battles Retsudo, head of the Yagyu clan, and his son Gunbei.
Director: Buichi Saitô
Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama , Yoichi Hayashi , Michi Azuma , Akihiro Tomikawa
Tags: Violence Samurai Martial Arts Good Versus Evil Based On Comic Book
7.70    NA    88%  

30. Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in the Land of Demons(1973)

Original Title: Kozure Ôkami: Meifumadô
Runtime: Genres:Action|Drama|Crime Release Date:
Country: Japan Language:Japanese Rating:UR
Description:In the fifth film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, Ogami Itto is challenged by five warriors, each has one fifth of Ogami's assassin fee and one fifth of the information he needs to complete his assassination.
Director: Kenji Misumi
Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama , Michiyo Ohkusu , Akihiro Tomikawa , Shingo Yamashiro
Tags: Violence Samurai Martial Arts Good Versus Evil
7.70    NA    88%  

31. Love and Honour(2006)

Original Title: Bushi no ichibun
Runtime: Genres:Drama|Romance Release Date:
Country: Japan Language:Japanese Rating:PG-13
Description: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.
Director: Yôji Yamada
Stars: Takuya Kimura , Rei Dan , Mitsugorô Bandô , Takashi Sasano
Tags: Samurai Based On Novel
7.80    80%    84%  

32. Samurai Fiction(1998)

Original Title: SF: Episode One
Runtime: Genres:Action|Comedy|Adventure Release Date:
Country: Japan Language:Japanese Rating:NA
Description:A noble young samurai searches for a thief who has stolen a precious treasure and killed one of his clansmen and meets an older samurai who tries to deter him from the violence of revenge.
Director: Hiroyuki Nakano
Stars: Morio Kazama , Mitsuru Fukikoshi , Tomoyasu Hotei , Tamaki Ogawa
7.30    NA    84%  

33. Lone Wolf and Cub: White Heaven in Hell(1974)

Original Title: Kozure Ôkami: Jigoku e ikuzo! Daigorô
Runtime: Genres:Action|Drama|Adventure Release Date:
Country: Japan Language:Japanese Rating:UR
Description:In the sixth and final film of the Lone Wolf and Cub series, the final conflict between Ogami Itto and the Yagyu clan is carried out.
Director: Yoshiyuki Kuroda
Stars: Tomisaburô Wakayama , Akihiro Tomikawa , Junko Hitomi , Gorô Mutsumi
7.50    NA    83%  

34. Kill!(1968)

Original Title: Kiru
Runtime: Genres:Action|Drama|Comedy Release Date:
Country: Japan Language:Japanese Rating:NR
Description:Two ronin - an ex-samurai and an ex-farmer - get caught up in a local official's complex game of murder and betrayal.
Director: Kihachi Okamoto
Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai , Etsushi Takahashi , Yuriko Hoshi , Tadao Nakamaru
7.60    NR    NR  

35. Sword of the Beast(1965)

Runtime: Genres:Action|Drama Release Date:
Country: Japan Language:Japanese Rating:NR
Description:After killing a counselor of his clan, a fugitive samurai befriends a couple poaching the shogun's gold in the mountains.
Director: Hideo Gosha
Stars: Mikijirô Hira , Gô Katô , Shima Iwashita , Toshie Kimura
7.70    NA    89%  

36. Goyokin(1969)

Original Title: Goyôkin
Runtime: Genres:Drama|Action|Adventure Release Date:
Country: Japan Language:Japanese Rating:PG
Description:A guilt-haunted samurai warrior attempts to stop a massacre taking place.
Director: Hideo Gosha
Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai , Tetsurô Tanba , Yôko Tsukasa , Ruriko Asaoka
7.80    NA    83%  

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