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1. 47 Ronin (2013)

PG-13 | 128 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

6.3
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28 Metascore

A band of samurai set out to avenge the death and dishonor of their master at the hands of a ruthless shogun.

Director: Carl Rinsch | Stars: Keanu Reeves, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ko Shibasaki, Tadanobu Asano

Votes: 142,141 | Gross: $38.36M

2. 13 Assassins (2010)

R | 141 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.6
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84 Metascore

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

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Kôji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada, Yûsuke Iseya, Ikki Sawamura

Votes: 60,179 | Gross: $0.80M

3. The Twilight Samurai (2002)

129 min | Drama, History, Romance

8.1
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82 Metascore

As the feudal Japan era draws to a close, a widower samurai experiences difficulty balancing clan loyalties, 2 young daughters, an aged mother, and the sudden reappearance of his childhood sweetheart.

Director: Yôji Yamada | Stars: Hiroyuki Sanada, Rie Miyazawa, Nenji Kobayashi, Ren Osugi

Votes: 21,542

4. Rurouni Kenshin: Trust and Betrayal (1999– )

Not Rated | 118 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

8.6
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In the era of Japan's Meiji Restoration, an assassin regains his humanity.

Stars: Mayo Suzukaze, Junko Iwao, Nozomu Sasaki, Masami Suzuki

Votes: 12,622

5. Orgies of Edo (1969)

Not Rated | 89 min | Drama, Horror

6.1
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A collection of stories dealing with punishment towards women.

Director: Teruo Ishii | Stars: Teruo Yoshida, Toyozô Yamamoto, Masumi Tachibana, Michiko Ai

Votes: 251

6. Izo (2004)

Not Rated | 128 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

6.2
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An executed samurai takes an existential journey throughout time, space and eternity in search of bloody vengeance.

Director: Takashi Miike | Stars: Kazuya Nakayama, Kaori Momoi, Ryûhei Matsuda, Ryôsuke Miki

Votes: 4,305

7. 13 Assassins (1963)

Not Rated | 125 min | Adventure, Action

7.5
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A group of samurai plan to assassinate a sadistic feudal lord.

Director: Eiichi Kudô | Stars: Takayuki Akutagawa, Chiezô Kataoka, Kôtarô Satomi, Ryôhei Uchida

Votes: 772

8. Ryômaden (2010– )

Drama, History

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1880's Meiji Japan. It is almost twenty years since the end of the Samurai Era in Japan, one time Tosa Clansman, successful business industrialist, mogul, & founder of Mitsubishi ... See full summary »

Stars: Masaharu Fukuyama, Masaomi Kondô, Munetaka Aoki, Teruyuki Kagawa

Votes: 150

9. Ninja, a Band of Assassins (1962)

Not Rated | 104 min | Action, Drama

7.0
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Ishikawa Goemon (Ichikawa Raizo), a talented young ninja, becomes ensnared in a twisted scheme to assassinate Oda Nobunaga, an evil warlord bent on ruling feudal Japan with an iron fist. ... See full summary »

Director: Satsuo Yamamoto | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Shiho Fujimura, Yûnosuke Itô, Katsuhiko Kobayashi

Votes: 721

10. Shinsengumi: Assassins of Honor (1969)

122 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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Feudal Japan. Kamo Serizawa and Isami Kondo turn a collection of student fencers into a band of assassins known as the Shinsen Group, devoted to the Tokugawa shogunate and to an elegant ... See full summary »

Director: Tadashi Sawashima | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Keiju Kobayashi, Kin'ya Kitaôji, Rentarô Mikuni

Votes: 306

11. A Tale of Samurai Cooking: A True Love Story (2013)

122 min | Drama, History

6.8
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During the Edo Period of Japan, an excellent cook marries the heir to a renowned cooking family. However, her husband is a terrible chef. With the help of her new mother-in-law, she begins to teach him the ways of the culinary arts.

Director: Yûzô Asahara | Stars: Aya Ueto, Kengo Kôra, Kimiko Yo, Riko Narumi

Votes: 386

12. Shinobi No Mono 2: Vengeance (1963)

Not Rated | 93 min | Action, Drama

6.9
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Confident that he has destroyed the Iga Ninja, the evil Oda Nobunaga continues his quest to conquer Japan. Meanwhile, Ishikawa Goemon (Ichikawa Raizo) has settled down with his wife and ... See full summary »

Director: Satsuo Yamamoto | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Sô Yamamura, Shiho Fujimura, Mikiko Tsubouchi

Votes: 281

13. Shinsho: shinobi no mono (1966)

91 min | Action, Drama

7.8
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It is the 1570's in Japan. Ninja Kasumi Kanbey specializes in making gunpowder. He lives with his young son Kojiro, who witnesses his assassination by five skilled ninjas. Kanbey manages to... See full synopsis »

Director: Kazuo Ikehiro | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Manami Fuji, Michiyo Yasuda, Yûnosuke Itô

Votes: 86

14. The Great Killing (1964)

Not Rated | 118 min | Action, Drama

7.4
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A Shogunate Elder connives to rule Japan by making his puppet, the Shogun's brother Tsunashige, the next Shogun. The best strategist in Japan, Yamaga, leads a plot to stop the Elder, but ... See full summary »

Director: Eiichi Kudô | Stars: Takayuki Akutagawa, Kôtarô Satomi, Chôichirô Kawarasaki, Mikijirô Hira

Votes: 281

15. Muhomatsu no issho (1943)

80 min | Action, Adventure

7.3
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Matsugoro is a poor rickshaw driver whose animated spirit and optimistic demeanor make him a favorite of the town. Matsu helps an injured boy, Toshio, and is hired by the boy's parents.

Director: Hiroshi Inagaki | Stars: Tsumasaburô Bandô, Ryûnosuke Tsukigata, Keiko Sonoi, Kyôji Sugi

Votes: 62

16. Shinobi No Mono 3: Resurrection (1963)

Not Rated | 86 min | Drama, Crime, Action

6.8
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When we last saw the intrepid ninja Ishikawa Goemon (Raizo Ichikawa), he was about to be boiled alive. But a good ninja is both hard to find, and even harder to kill. With the help of the ... See full summary »

Director: Kazuo Mori | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Ayako Wakao, Saburô Date, Chikako Hosokawa

Votes: 176

17. The Betrayal (1966)

87 min | Action, Drama

7.1
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A naively honorable samurai comes to the bitter realization that his devotion to moral samurai principles makes him an oddity among his peers and a very vulnerable oddity in consequence.

Director: Tokuzô Tanaka | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Kaoru Yachigusa, Shiho Fujimura, Ichirô Nakatani

Votes: 187

18. Shinobi No Mono 4: Siege (1964)

Not Rated | 87 min | Drama

6.7
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Tokugawa Ieyasu is the ruler of all Japan. But one last loose thread must be tied up before his domination is complete -- the destruction of the Toyotomi clan, now beseiged in Osaka castle.... See full summary »

Director: Tokuzô Tanaka | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Saburô Date, Midori Isomura, Ganjirô Nakamura

Votes: 183

19. The Invisible Swordsman (1970)

78 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

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Director: Yoshiyuki Kuroda | Stars: Hachirô Oka, Yasushi Yokoyama, Kiyoshi Nishikawa

20. Shinobi no shu (1970)

79 min | Action, Drama

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A band of shinobi are tasked with infiltrating the Iron Castle to kidnap the Lady within, without injuring her.

Director: Kazuo Mori | Stars: Shiho Fujimura, Kôjirô Hongô, Hiroki Matsukata, Yôko Namikawa

Votes: 38

21. Capricious Young Man (1936)

77 min | Drama

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Akanishi Kakita moved from the countryside to a big city. Although he comes from the samurai class, he now lives in poverty among the common people in times of rebellion, but the failed Kakita is not skilled in martial arts.

Director: Mansaku Itami | Stars: Chiezô Kataoka, Shôsaku Sugiyama, Sôjin Kamiyama, Yôko Umemura

Votes: 76

22. Shinobi no mono: Shin kirigakure Saizô (1966)

87 min | Action, Drama

7.6
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The dream of Tokugawa Ieyasu has come true: together with his son Hidetada he rules all over Japan.

Director: Kazuo Mori | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Shiho Fujimura, Yûko Kusunoki, Takahiro Tamura

Votes: 90

23. Shinobi no mono: Zoku Kirigakure Saizô (1964)

91 min | Action, Drama

6.8
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In part five of the 8-part Shinobi No Mono Ninja film series the heroic ninja Kirigakure Saizo (Raizo Ichikawa, of Sleepy Eyes of Death fame) serves the daimyo Sanada, played by Lone Wolf ... See full synopsis »

Director: Kazuo Ikehiro | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Yukiko Fuji, Shiho Fujimura, Saburô Date

Votes: 103

24. Jirochô sangokushi daiichibu (1963)

102 min | Action, Drama

6.4
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The tale of real-life Yakuza boss Shimizu Jirocho is told from his earliest beginnings as a gambler on the road as he forms his gang and sets out on the path to fame and fortune. One of the... See full summary »

Director: Masahiro Makino | Stars: Kôji Tsuruta, Yoshiko Sakuma, Shingo Yamashiro, Hiroki Matsukata

Votes: 31

25. The Blazing Sword (1966)

91 min | Action

6.4
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Set during the last days of the Tokugawa (Edo) Period, Moeyo-ken tells the story of Hijikata Toshizo and the Shinsengumi. Hijikata Toshizo is a samurai eager to test his skills and sword ... See full summary »

Director: Hirokazu Ichimura | Stars: Tetsuko Kobayashi, Asahi Kurizuka, Shun'ya Wazaki

Votes: 29

26. Shinobi no mono: Iga-yashiki (1965)

89 min | Action, Drama

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The story of Saizo's son, Kirigakure Saisuke, who after seeing his father die at the Battle Of Shimabara, grows up to be an expert ninja.

Director: Kazuo Mori | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Kaoru Yachigusa, Isao Yamagata, Kenji Imai

Votes: 89

27. Fencing Master (1962)

87 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.9
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The remake of a Akira Kurosawa script is based on the story of the actual figure Ichikawa Danpei who was a tateshi, or fencing instructor and choreographer, in Japan in the Taisho era at ... See full summary »

Director: Shunkai Mizuho | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Ganjirô Nakamura, Kinuyo Tanaka, Miwa Takada

Votes: 76

28. Rônin-gai (1957)

110 min | Action, Adventure

6.8
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A group of poverty-stricken samurai eke out their existence on the outskirts of Edo.

Director: Masahiro Makino | Stars: Jûshirô Konoe, Seizaburô Kawazu, Susumu Fujita, Yataro Kitagami

Votes: 41

29. Gyakushu orochimaru (1955)

71 min | Action, Fantasy

7.4
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Director: Tai Katô | Stars: Tomoemon Otani, Jun Tazaki, Harue Tone, Tomisaburô Wakayama

Votes: 7

31. Mito komon umi o wataru (1961)

79 min

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Pirates attack a ship and kills everybody and steal a map of the northern Ezo province. This takes an old man and two samurai on a journey where they encounter tribal people and treachery.

Director: Kunio Watanabe | Stars: Kazuo Hasegawa, Raizô Ichikawa, Shintarô Katsu, Hitomi Nozoe

Votes: 11

32. Tekiya no Ishimatsu (1976)

91 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

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An itinerant merchant becomes an unlikely hero.

Director: Shigehiro Ozawa | Stars: Hiroki Matsukata, Linda Yamamoto, Bunsaku Han, Asao Koike

33. Jiraiya (1937)

56 min | Action, Drama

6.6
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Director: Masahiro Makino | Stars: Chiezô Kataoka, Reiko Hoshi, Gorô Kawabe, Ryôsuke Kagawa

Votes: 9

35. Suke-san Kaku-san oabare (1961)

91 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

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Director: Tadashi Sawashima | Stars: Kin'ya Kitaôji, Hiroki Matsukata, Haruo Tanaka, Mari Watanabe

36. Samurai Vagabond (1960)

84 min | Action

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Director: Tadashi Sawashima | Stars: Kinnosuke Nakamura, Katsuo Nakamura, Hibari Misora, Denjirô Ôkôchi

Votes: 8

37. Jirochô sangokushi: Jirochô to Ishimatsu (1953)

87 min | Action, Drama

3.6
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Director: Masahiro Makino | Stars: Akio Kobori, Hisaya Morishige, Setsuko Wakayama, Asami Kuji

Votes: 19

38. Jirochô sangokushi: seizoroi Shimizu Minato (1953)

80 min | Action, Drama

6.5
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Director: Masahiro Makino | Stars: Akio Kobori, Hisaya Morishige, Seizaburô Kawazu, Jun Tazaki

Votes: 13

39. Jirochô sangokushi daisanbu (1964)

94 min | Action, Drama

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Director: Masahiro Makino | Stars: Kôji Tsuruta, Yoshiko Sakuma, Eitarô Shindô, Masahiko Tsugawa

40. Zoku Jirocho Fuji (1960)

108 min | Action, Drama

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Jirocho is also this time the target of "evil" yakuza gangs that plan against him and his men.

Director: Kazuo Mori | Stars: Kazuo Hasegawa, Raizô Ichikawa, Shintarô Katsu, Kôjirô Hongô

Votes: 15

41. Disorder of the Kuroda Clan (1956)

109 min | Action

6.6
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Director: Tomu Uchida | Stars: Chiezô Kataoka, Chiaki Tsukioka, Ryûtarô Ôtomo, Mitsuko Miura

Votes: 8

42. Jirochô kesshôki: Akiba no taiketsu (1960)

76 min | Action

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Director: Eiichi Kudô | Stars: Yatarô Kurokawa, Ryûji Shinagawa, Shinobu Chihara, Kusuo Abe

43. Jirochô sangokushi dainibu (1963)

89 min | Action, Drama

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Director: Masahiro Makino | Stars: Kôji Tsuruta, Yoshiko Sakuma, Shingo Yamashiro, Masahiko Tsugawa

44. Tokugawa ichizoku no houkai (1980)

139 min | Drama, History, War

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Director: Kôsaku Yamashita | Stars: Kinnosuke Nakamura, Hiroki Matsukata, Mikijirô Hira, Isao Bitô

46. Kanpaku sengen (1979)

86 min | Drama, Romance

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Director: Shûe Matsubayashi | Stars: Shigeri Sada, Yûko Natori, Yasuhiro Arai, Ako

47. Yagyû renyasai: hidentsuki kageshô (1956)

83 min | Action, Drama

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Increased competition between two samurai brothers, threatening to tear their clan apart, eventually leads them to a duel to the death in the early Edo Period. One of them is trained in the... See full summary »

Director: Katsuhiko Tasaka | Stars: Raizô Ichikawa, Shintarô Katsu, Yatarô Kurokawa, Ryôsuke Kagawa

Votes: 20

48. Samurai Nippon (1957)

105 min

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Director: Tatsuo Ôsone | Stars: Takahiro Tamura, Hizuru Takachiho, Kôshirô Matsumoto, Isuzu Yamada

49. Jirochô sangokushi: kôshûji nagurikomi (1965)

90 min | Action, Drama

5.7
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Director: Masahiro Makino | Stars: Kôji Tsuruta, Minoru Ôki, Shingo Yamashiro, Yoshiko Sakuma

Votes: 7

50. The Traveling Ruffian (1958)

98 min | Action, Drama

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Director: Masahiro Makino | Stars: Kinnosuke Nakamura, Hitomi Nakahara, Yumiko Hasegawa



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