Period Dramas-Tokugawa shogunate 1603 – 1868

This is a list of movies or/and mini series set in Tokogawa shogunate period of Japan 1603-1868.

"The Edo period (江戸時代 Edo jidai?), or Tokugawa period (徳川時代 Tokugawa jidai?), is a division of Japanese history which was ruled by the shoguns of the Tokugawa family, running from 1603 to 1868. The political entity of this period was the Tokugawa shogunate." Wikipedia.

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1.
13 Assassins (2010)
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A group of assassins come together for a suicide mission to kill an evil lord. (141 mins.)
Director: Takashi Miike
 
2.
Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto (1954)
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Depicts the early life of the legendary warrior Musashi Miyamoto; his years as an aspiring warrior, an outlaw and finally a true samurai. (93 mins.)
Director: Hiroshi Inagaki
 
3.
Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple (1955)
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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. (104 mins.)
Director: Hiroshi Inagaki
 
4.
Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island (1956)
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Musashi Miyamoto is challenged to a duel by a confident swordsman Sasaki Kojiro. He agrees to fight him in a year's time. (105 mins.)
Director: Hiroshi Inagaki
 
5.
Seven Samurai (1954)
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A poor village under attack by bandits recruits seven unemployed samurai to help them defend themselves. (207 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
6.
Yojimbo (1961)
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A crafty ronin comes to a town divided by two criminal gangs and decides to play them against each other to free the town. (110 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
7.
Ran (1985)
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In Medieval Japan, an elderly warlord retires, handing over his empire to his three sons. However, he vastly underestimates how the new-found power will corrupt them and cause them to turn on each other...and him. (162 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
8.
Lady Snowblood (1973)
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A young girl is born and raised to be an instrument of revenge. (97 mins.)
Director: Toshiya Fujita
 
9.
The Hidden Fortress (1958)
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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. (139 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
10.
Hanzo the Razor: Sword of Justice (1972)
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Hanzo Itami is an incorruptible Edo officer who learns that an infamous killer has fled from his island prison. Hanzo begins tracking him down using his unorthodox interrogation techniques. (94 mins.)
Director: Kenji Misumi
 
11.
Gate of Hell (1953)
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A samurai pursues a married lady-in-waiting. (89 mins.)
“ Date set:1159 ” - eliza_gaskell
 
12.
The Hidden Fortress (1958)
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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. (139 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
13.
Ugetsu (1953)
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A tale of ambition, family, love, and war set in the midst of the Japanese Civil Wars of the sixteenth century. (96 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
14.
Throne of Blood (1957)
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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. (110 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
15.
Ninja, a Band of Assassins (1962)
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Ishikawa Goemon (Ichikawa Raizo), a talented young ninja, becomes ensnared in a twisted scheme to assassinate Oda Nobunaga... (104 mins.)
Director: Satsuo Yamamoto
 
16.
Shôgun Iemitsu no ranshin - Gekitotsu (1989)
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Iemitsu, Tokugawa Shogun III, hates his eldest son Takechiyo; all his love is given to his younger son Tokumatsu... (114 mins.)
Director: Yasuo Furuhata
 
17.
Onibaba (1964)
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Two women kill samurai and sell their belongings for a living. While one of them is having an affair with their neighbor, the other woman meets a mysterious samurai wearing a bizarre mask. (103 mins.)
Director: Kaneto Shindô
 
18.
Samurai Wolf (1966)
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A charismatic ronin gets snared into a conflict between officials at a waystation, and gains the enmity of a group of thugs. (75 mins.)
Director: Hideo Gosha
 
19.
Sansho the Bailiff (1954)
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In medieval Japan, a compassionate governor is sent into exile. His wife and children try to join him, but are separated, and the children grow up amid suffering and oppression. (124 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
20.
Rashomon (1950)
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A heinous crime and its aftermath are recalled from differing points of view. (88 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
21.
Kagemusha (1980)
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A petty thief with an utter resemblance to a samurai warlord is hired as the lord's double. When the warlord later dies the thief is forced to take up arms in his place. (180 mins.)
Director: Akira Kurosawa
 
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“ Date set:1716 ” - eliza_gaskell
 
23.
After the Flowers (2010)
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(107 mins.)
Director: Kenji Nakanishi
 
24.
Sakurada Gate Incident (2010)
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The Sakurada Gate Incident recounts the story of Mito Domain Samurai coming off house arrest named Seki Tetsunosuke (played by Osawa Takao)... (137 mins.)
Director: Jun'ya Satô
 
25.
Zatoichi (2003)
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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. (116 mins.)
Director: Takeshi Kitano
 
26.
Inochi bô ni furô (1971)
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The story takes place in feudal Japan, when any commerce with the rest of the world was strictly prohibited... (121 mins.)
 
27.
The Ghost of Yotsuya (1959)
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The ghost of a samurai's wife takes revenge on her husband. (76 mins.)
Director: Nobuo Nakagawa
 
28.
Nishikie edosugata hatamoto to machiyakko (1939)
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A cheerful period drama, sprinkled with comical scenes tells the story of a loyal and handsome Edo servant who fights to help his older brother marry the woman he loves. (65 mins.)
Director: Kazuo Mori
 
29.
Goyokin (1969)
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A guilt-haunted samurai warrior attempts to stop a massacre taking place. (124 mins.)
Director: Hideo Gosha
 
30.
Shogun (1980 Mini-Series)
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A English navigator becomes both a player and pawn in the complex political games in feudal Japan. (60 mins.)
Director: Jerry London
 
31.
The Life of Oharu (1952)
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Follows a woman's fight and survival amid the vicissitudes of life and the cruelty of the society. (148 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
32.
Samurai Reincarnation (1981)
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The villain is called Amakusa SHIRO Tokaisada. He is actually based on a real christian samurai. The movie was one of the inspirations for the game called 'Samurai Shodown' (actual spelling) (122 mins.)
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
“ Date set:1637-1638 ” - eliza_gaskell
 
33.
Assassination (1964)
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In 1863, when Americans warships approach Japan, a enigmatic ronin becomes a important figure in a complex game of power between the Shogunate and the empire. (104 mins.)
“ Date set:1853 ” - eliza_gaskell
 
34.
Shinsengumi: Assassins of Honor (1969)
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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... (122 mins.)
 
35.
Sekigahara (1981 TV Movie)
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(420 mins.)
 
36.
Harakiri (1962)
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An elder ronin samurai arrives at a feudal lord's home and requests an honorable place to commit suicide. But when the ronin inquires about a younger samurai who arrived before him things take an unexpected turn. (133 mins.)
 
37.
Akô-jô danzetsu (1978)
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(159 mins.)
Director: Kinji Fukasaku
 
38.
Silence (1971)
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Two Jesuit priests encounter persecution when they travel to Japan in the 17th century to spread Christianity and to locate their mentor. (129 mins.)
 
39.
The Last Samurai (2003)
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An American military advisor embraces the Samurai culture he was hired to destroy after he is captured in battle. (154 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
 
40.
Why Not? (1981)
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Near the turbulent end of the Edo era, a man returning to Japan after exile in America searches for his wife and becomes swept up in the current of revolution in this incisive period drama from the great Shohei Imamura. (151 mins.)
Director: Shôhei Imamura
 
41.
Hitokiri (1969)
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A destitute ronin allies himself with an established clan, but its ruthless leader tries to turn him into a mindless killer. (140 mins.)
Director: Hideo Gosha
 
42.
Sword of the Beast (1965)
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After killing a counselor of his clan, a fugitive samurai befriends a couple poaching the shogun's gold in the mountains. (85 mins.)
Director: Hideo Gosha
 
43.
The Last Samurai (1974)
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Toranosuke Sugi, a brave and loyal Samurai, fights to practice and preserve his master's teachings amid a civil war. With friends on both side will he cave to temptation, or stand on principle and for freedom? (159 mins.)
Director: Kenji Misumi
 
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45.
The Twilight Samurai (2002)
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A 19th-century samurai tries to protect a battered wife. (129 mins.)
Director: Yôji Yamada
 
46.
The Hidden Blade (2004)
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During the time of change of the mid-19th Century, Yaichiro is bid farewell by his fellow samurai friends... (132 mins.)
Director: Yôji Yamada
 
47.
Love and Honor (2006)
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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. (121 mins.)
Director: Yôji Yamada
 
48.
When the Last Sword is Drawn (2002)
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Kanichiro Yoshimura is a Samurai and Family man who can no longer support his wife and children on the... (143 mins.)
Director: Yôjirô Takita
 
49.
The Barbarian and the Geisha (1958)
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Townsend Harris is sent by President Pierce to Japan to serve as the first U.S. Consul-General to that country... (105 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
50.
The Bushido Blade (1981)
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A steel samurai blade that was to be given to the American ambassador by the Emperor of Japan is stolen. American sailors and Japanese samurai are sent to find it. (104 mins.)
Director: Tom Kotani