17 Best Samurai Movies of all time

The samurai, originating from the warrior nobility of the mid-12th century, gradually saw their influence wane during the early modernization of Japan in 1876. These highly skilled warriors served as loyal vassals to powerful daimyo, who owned vast feudal estates and compensated their samurai for their protective services.

During the 1950s and beyond, the allure of samurai culture captured the imagination of numerous filmmakers. This fascination led many directors to draw upon the rich history of the samurai as a source of inspiration for their cinematic creations. Some of these films were inspired by fictional stories, while others were rooted in historical records.

Crazy Samurai Musashi (2020)

Movie Crazy Samurai Musashi
Crazy Samurai Musashi is a samurai movie inspired by Miyamoto Musashi. This movie is the latest to tell the story of Musashi. However, unlike the other Musashis, this movie presents Musashi’s actions against 400 enemies one by one.

Unforgiven (2013)

Movie Unforgiven (2013)

Unforgiven in Japanese is called Yurusarezaru Mono. This film is a remake of the film Clint Eastwood (1992). Unforgiven tells the story of Jubee Kamata (Ken Watanabe) living in the Bakumatsu era.

He is known as a samurai assassin greatly feared by Emperor Meiji. He also has the nickname Hitokiri Jubee which means Jubee the killer.

47 Ronin (2013)

Movie 47 Ronin (2013)

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47 Ronin tells the story of a group of derelict samurai under the patronage of Daimyo Asano Naganori in 18th century Japan. 47 samurai clash and avenge Naganori’s death by attacking his rival, Yoshinaka .

This movie is full of katana action starring Keanu Reeves as one of the samurai.

Rurouni Kenshin (2012-2021)

Movie Rurouni Kenshin

Rorouni Kenshin is a movie adapted from the manga of the same name. The manga is written by Nobuhiro Watsuki. Rorouni Kenshin tells the story of a wanderer named Himura Kenshin, who was formerly Hitokiri Battsai’s assassin.

This first series first appeared in 2012 and in 2021 two latest series about Rorouni Kenshin, namely Rorouni Kenshin: The Final aired in June 2021 and Rorouni Kenshin: The Beginning aired. broadcast at the end of July 2021.

Blade of the Immortal

Movie Blade of the Immortal

Blade of the Immortal was originally a manga series written and illustrated by Hiroaki Samurai. The film tells the story of the cursed samurai Manji during the Tokugawa shogunate period. In this movie, Manji has to kill 1,000 bad people to get his death back.

13 Assassins

Movie 13 Assassins

13 Assassins is a remake of Eiichi Kudoo’s Japanese television series that was released in 1963. It is set in 1834 at the end of the Edo era.

At that time, 12 samurai 1 sniper fought to overthrow the power of Lord Naritsugu.

The Hidden Blade (2004)

Movie The Hidden Blade (2004)

The Hidden Blade is a film based on a short story written by Shhei Fujisawa. The film tells the story of several samurai during Japan’s transitional period in the 1860s. At that time, the group of samurai learned Western weapon techniques that were considered by older clan members. often.

The Last Samurai (2003)

Movie The Last Samurai (2003)

The Last Samurai tells the story of the United States Captain of the 7th Cavalry Regiment, whose personal and emotional conflicts brought him into contact with samurai warriors after the Meiji Restoration in Japan. in the 19th century.

The film was inspired by the 1877 Satsuma Uprising led by Saig Takamori for the Westernization taking place in Japan. But in this film, the United States is portrayed as the main power.

The Twilight Samurai (2002)

Movie The Twilight Samurai (2002)

The Twilight Samurai tells the story of a samurai Iguchi Seibei (Sanada Hiroyuki). He lived in very poor conditions for three years before the Meiji Restoration.

When The Last Sword is Drawn (2002)

Movie When The Last Sword is Drawn (2002)

When the Last Sword Is Drawn is a movie based on the true story of a samurai. The film tells the story of two Shinsengumi samurai, Saito Hajime and Yoshimura Kanichiro. Saito Hajime is known as a ruthless assassin, while Yoshimura Kanichiro is known as a money-loving swordsman from the northern region known as Nambu Morioka.

Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai (1999)

Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai (1999)

Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai is a crime drama that tells the story of a mysterious assassin. The assassin is hired by a mafia according to the ancient rules of the samurai. This film combines the traditional world of Japan with the style of Western action movies in general.

Lone Wolf And Cub: Sword Of Vengeance (1972)

Lone Wolf And Cub: Sword Of Vengeance (1972)

Lone Wolf And Cub: Sword Of Vengeance is the first film in the Lone Wolf And Cub series. The film tells the story of Ogami Itt, an assassin who is accompanied by his young son, Daigoro. Every time he performs an action, Ogami carries his child everywhere.

Harakiri (1962)

Movie Harakiri (1962)

Harakiri is set between 1619 and 1630 during the Edo period and the reign of the Tokugawa shogunate. The film follows Hanshir Tsugumo, a masterless samurai who requests to perform Harakiri or seppuku in the palace grounds in hopes of receiving alms from the remaining rulers. This movie is considered to be one of the samurai movies ever made.

Sanjuro (1962)

Movie Sanjuro (1962)

Sanjuro is a film adaptation of the novel Hibi Heian by Shgor Yamamoto. The novel was later rewritten to include the main character of the film.

Yojimbo (1961)

Movie Yojimbo (1961)

Yojimbo tells the story of a ronin who arrives in an area where evil rulers compete with each other. The contest aims to determine who is the strongest of the evil rulers. The leaders of the two groups regarded the newcomers as mekera and one of them was Yojimbo who had just arrived in the village.

Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto (1954).

Movie Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto (1954).

Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto is a Japanese color film and the first in Inagaki’s Samurai Historical Adventures trilogy. In addition, the film is also adapted from the novel Musashi by Eiji Yoshikawa.

Seven Samurai

Seven Samurai

Even though it’s been more than 50 years since its release, Seven Samurai was able to win Best Foreign Language Film in the 2018 BBS International Critics’ Choice Awards. Also, at the time, it was most expensive film ever made in Japan and took 1 year to edit.

The film is set in the Sengoku period in 1586. In the story, 7 ronin are hired by a village to fight off bandits who will rob the farmers’ crops.


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