Kung fu & samurai movies

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1. Bushido (1963)

122 min | Action, Drama

7.3
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After a salary-man's fiancée attempts suicide, he remembers his gruesome family history, which sees his ancestors sacrificing themselves for the sake of their cruel lords, and realizes that he's about to repeat their mistakes.

Director: Tadashi Imai | Stars: Kinnosuke Nakamura, Eijirô Tôno, Kyôko Kishida, Masayuki Mori

Votes: 225

2. Chocolate (2008)

R | 110 min | Action, Drama

7.0
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An autistic girl with powerful martial art skills looks to settle her ailing mother's debts by seeking out the ruthless gangs that owe her family money.

Director: Prachya Pinkaew | Stars: JeeJa Yanin, Hiroshi Abe, Pongpat Wachirabunjong, Taphon Phopwandee

Votes: 15,884 | Gross: $0.01M

3. Clean (I) (2004)

R | 90 min | Drama, Music, Romance

6.9
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75 Metascore

London-based Emily Wang gained minor notoriety from her VJ-ing on cable television. She is now more renowned for being the longtime girlfriend and pseudo manager of rock musician Lee Hauser... See full summary »

Director: Olivier Assayas | Stars: Maggie Cheung, Nick Nolte, Béatrice Dalle, Jeanne Balibar

Votes: 4,133 | Gross: $0.14M

4. Zhui ma lao (2003)

R | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

6.0
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Director: Chia-Liang Liu | Stars: Jing Wu, Wing-Kin Lau, Shannon Yao, Chia-Liang Liu

Votes: 523

5. The Emperor and the Assassin (1998)

R | 162 min | Drama, History

7.3
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75 Metascore

In pre-unified China, the King of Qin sends his concubine to a rival kingdom to produce an assassin for a political plot, but as the king's cruelty mounts she finds her loyalty faltering.

Director: Kaige Chen | Stars: Li Gong, Fengyi Zhang, Zhou Sun, Xiaohe Lü

Votes: 5,455 | Gross: $1.33M

6. The Lover (1992)

R | 115 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.9
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In 1929 French Indochina, a French teenage girl embarks on a reckless and forbidden romance with a wealthy, older Chinese man, each knowing that knowledge of their affair will bring drastic consequences to each other.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud | Stars: Jane March, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Frédérique Meininger, Arnaud Giovaninetti

Votes: 16,264 | Gross: $4.90M

7. Master of the Flying Guillotine (1976)

R | 81 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy

7.6
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57 Metascore

After his students are killed by the One Armed Boxer, a vengeful and blind Kung Fu expert travels to a village where a martial arts contest is being held and vows to behead every one armed man he comes across.

Director: Yu Wang | Stars: Yu Wang, Tien Wu Chu, Kang Chin, Chung-Erh Lung

Votes: 3,565

8. Samurai Fiction (1998)

111 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

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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

Votes: 2,416

9. Tian di ying xiong (2003)

R | 120 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.4
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54 Metascore

A Chinese emissary is sent to the Gobi desert to execute a renegade soldier. When a caravan transporting a Buddhist monk and a valuable treasure is threatened by thieves, however, the two warriors might unite to protect the travelers.

Director: Ping He | Stars: Wen Jiang, Kiichi Nakai, Xueqi Wang, Wei Zhao

Votes: 3,868 | Gross: $0.08M

10. The Quiet Duel (1949)

95 min | Drama

7.5
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A surgeon gets syphilis from a patient when he cuts himself during an operation. The doctor's life is destroyed, but unlike the patient, he doesn't destroy others along with him.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Toshirô Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Miki Sanjô, Kenjirô Uemura

Votes: 2,217

11. Ikiru (1952)

Not Rated | 143 min | Drama

8.3
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A bureaucrat tries to find a meaning in his life after he discovers he has terminal cancer.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Takashi Shimura, Nobuo Kaneko, Shin'ichi Himori, Haruo Tanaka

Votes: 48,457 | Gross: $0.06M

12. Dreams (1990)

PG | 119 min | Drama, Fantasy

7.8
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A collection of tales based upon the actual dreams of director Akira Kurosawa.

Directors: Akira Kurosawa, Ishirô Honda | Stars: Akira Terao, Mitsuko Baishô, Toshie Negishi, Mieko Harada

Votes: 19,836 | Gross: $1.96M

13. Hachi-gatsu no rapusodî (1991)

PG | 98 min | Drama

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Three generations' responses to the atomic bombing of Nagasaki.

Director: Akira Kurosawa | Stars: Sachiko Murase, Richard Gere, Hisashi Igawa, Narumi Kayashima

Votes: 5,238 | Gross: $0.52M

14. Great Performances (1971– )
Episode: Kurosawa (2000)

100 min | Biography, Drama, Music

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Director: Adam Low | Stars: Akira Kurosawa, Sam Shepard, Paul Scofield, James Coburn

Votes: 356

15. The Big Boss (1971)

R | 99 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.1
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A young man sworn to an oath of non-violence works with his cousins in an ice factory where they mysteriously begin to disappear.

Directors: Wei Lo, Chia-Hsiang Wu | Stars: Bruce Lee, Maria Yi, James Tien, Marilyn Bautista

Votes: 20,326

16. The Chinese Connection (1972)

R | 107 min | Action, Drama, Romance

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A young man seeks vengence for the death of his teacher.

Director: Wei Lo | Stars: Bruce Lee, Nora Miao, James Tien, Maria Yi

Votes: 20,454

17. Return of the Dragon (1974)

110 min | Action, Comedy

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Tang Lung arrives in Rome to help save the family restaurant from a group of thugs who want the property for themselves.

Director: Celso Ad. Castillo | Stars: Ramon Zamora, Lotis Key, Leila Hermosa, Paquito Diaz

Votes: 90

18. Enter the Dragon (1973)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Drama

7.7
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A martial artist agrees to spy on a reclusive crime lord using his invitation to a tournament there as cover.

Director: Robert Clouse | Stars: Bruce Lee, John Saxon, Jim Kelly, Ahna Capri

Votes: 83,036 | Gross: $25.00M