Asian historical period drama films

Historical period drama is a film genre in which stories are based on historical events and famous persons. Some historical dramas attempt to accurately portray a historical event or biography, to the degree that the available historical research will allow. Other historical dramas are fictionalised tales that are based on an actual person and their deeds.

Due to the sheer volume of films included in this genre and in the interest of continuity, this list is primarily focused on films pertaining to the history of East Asia, Central Asia, and India. For films pertaining to the history of Near Eastern and Western civilisation, please refer to list of historical period drama films.

The films on this page are divided into regions, and within each region the films are listed chronologically by subject matter.

Central Asia

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Title Release date Time period Setting Notes
Mongol 2007 1161-1227 Mongolia based on the early life of Genghis Khan
The Conqueror 1956 1161-1227 Mongolia universally panned as a terrible film, this English-language film starred John Wayne as Genghis Khan
Genghis Khan 1965 1161-1227 Mongolia the life and conquests of the Mongol emperor
Genghis Khan 1950 1161-1227 Philippines Life of the Mongol Emperor and the Succession of his throne.
Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea 2007 1161-1227 Mongolia Japanese-Mongolian film about the life of Genghis Khan
The Golden Horde 1951 1220 Uzbekistan English-language film about an English knight who leads the defense of Samarkand against Genghis Khan
The itim Rose 1950 1220 China English-language film about an English Saxon who travels China and meet a Mongol warlord
Tsogt Taij 1945 1634-1637 Mongolia Mongolian language film about the patriotic struggle of Prince Tsogt Taij (1581-1637).
Queen Mandukhai the Wise 1988 1449-1510 Mongolia Mongolian language film about the life of Queen Mandukhai (1449-1510) who reunited the Mongols.
Nomad 2006 early 1700s Kazakhstan about the early years of Ablai Khan (early 18th century), a Kazakh khan in part of what is now Kazakhstan.
Kundun 1997 1950 Tibet an American film depicting the early life of the 14th Dalai Lama and the 1950 invasion of Tibet and subsequent events
The Beast 1988 1981 Afghanistan during the Soviet war in Afghanistan
Kandahar 2001 2000 Afghanistan Afghanistan during the Taliban regime

South Asia

Indian subcontinent history

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Title Release date Time period Notes on setting
Veer Savarkar 2001 1897 - 1947 AD about life and times of great revolutionary Swatantryaveer Vinayak Damodar Savarkar
Siddhartha 1972 c. 563-483 BC about the life of a boy and his search for a meaningful way of life
Gautama Buddha 2007 c. 563-483 BC about the life of Gautama Buddha
Amrapali 1966 c. 500 BC based on the life of Ambapali in India
Sikandar 1941 326 BC Indian-made film set in 326 BC, after Alexander the Great has conquered Persia and pertains to his conquest of the kingdoms of Pauravas (in modern Pakistan and northwest India).
Asoka 2001 273-232 BC fictionalized account of the reign of Ashoka (r. ), of the Mauryan Empire in India
St. Thomas 1975 52 - 72 missionary work of Thomas the Apostle in India
Mayura 1975 345 - 365 Kannada film based on the Kadamba Dynasty's King Mayurasharma set in India
Ambikapathy 1937 1083 a love story set in India in 1083
Urumi 2011 1497-1502 the Santosh Sivan film is based on a fictional story about a young Indian who tried to kill Vasco da Gama.
Mughal-e-Azam 1960 1569-1605 a fictional story about the Mughal era depicting conflict between King Akbar and his son Crown Prince Salim over Anarkali.
Jodha-Akbar 2008 1556-1605 during the reign of Moghul Emperor Akbar (r. 1556-1605), depicts his marriage to a Hindu princess Jodhaa Bai. Directed by Ashutosh Gowariker and stars Hrithik Roshan and Aishwarya Rai in leroles.
Taj Mahal: An Eternal Love Story 2005 1627-58 Directed by Akbar Khan. This movie entails the story of Shah Jahan (r. 1627-58) and his Queen Mumtaz Mahal (1593–1631). Mumtaz was the love of Shah Jahan's life, and the monument this Mughal emperor built to honour his deceased love was the Taj Mahal (constructed from 1632 to 1653).
The Deceivers 1988 1825 about Thugees in India in 1825
Veer 2010 1825 set during the 1825 Pindari movement of Rajasthan, when India was ruled by the British. Directed by Anil Sharma stars Salman Khan in lerole.
Shatranj Ke Khiladi 1977 1856 (The Chess Players, 1977) entailing the East India Company's annexation of the kingdom of Oudh (Awadh) from Wajid Ali Shah in 1856 on the eve of the Sepoy Mutiny.
Junoon 1978 1857 about a love story between one of the Rebels of 1857 in Rohilkhand and an Anglo-Indian woman that he has held hostage (along with her mother and grandmother).
Mangal Pandey: The Rising 2005 1857 about Mangal Pandey and the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857.
Lagaan 2001 1893 a fictional account of a cricket game between the villagers of Champaner in what is now Gujarat and the local British cantonment played in an effort to cancel the "lagaan" (grain tax levied by the British Raj in India).
Gandhi 1982 1869-1948 Academy Award winning film by Sir Richard Attenborough about the life of Mohandas K. Gandhi
Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose: The Forgotten Hero 2005 1897-1945 Sachin Khedekar stars as Indian freedom fighter Subhas Chandra Bose (1897-1945)
Dharmputra 1961 1947 about the violence that marked the Partition of India in 1947. Set in Delhi, the movie focuses on two fictional families: that of the Hindu Gulshan Rai and Muslim Nawab Badruddin. Dilip (played by Shashi Kapoor is the illegitimate son of the nawab's daughter Husn Bano, but he is unaware of it. Dilip grows up to become a Hindu fundamentalist that participates in the communal violence during partition. Will Husn Bano and her Hindu son learn to live with one another in an atmosphere such intense sectarian hatred?
1947 Earth 1998 1947 A partition film, directed by Deepa Mehta
Gadar: Ek Prem Katha 2001 1947 Another movie featuring the 1947 partition starring Sunny Deol and Amisha Patel in a Sikh-Muslim love story.
Pinjar 2003 1947 with regards to the partition of Punjab. This film is based on the Amrita Pritam story of the same name.
Hey Ram 2000 1947-1948 A period drama told in flashback, the semi-fictional plot centres around India's Partition and the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi
Partition 2007 1947 one of the more recent films on the Indian partition.
Zubeidaa 2001 1940s and 50s a semi-biographical account of writer Khalid Mohamed's mother, the actress Zubeida Begum that is set in the late 1940s and the 1950s.
Border 1997 1971 about the Battle of Longewala in the Indo-Pakistani war
1971 (film) 2007 1971 based on the plight of Indian prisoners of war in the aftermath of 1971 war between India and Pakistan.
Pazhassiraja (2009 malayalam) 2009 1795 - 1805 based on the life of king Pazhassiraja who faught against British rulers. Mammootty played main role
Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar 2000 1890s - 1950s Biopic of the first Law Minister and Chairman of the Indian Constitution Drafting Committee. Mammootty played Dr B R Ambedkar.
Sardar 1993 1870s - 1950s Paresh Rawal played the title role of India's first Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister in this biopic of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.
Alluri Sita Rama Raju 1974 1897 - 1924 Historical Telugu language film based on the life of Indian freedom fighter Alluri Sita Rama Raju.
 There are many more Indian historical movies which are not on the list, especially if movies concerning what may be called mythological movies, are hundreds.

Sri Lankan history

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Title Release date Time period Notes on setting
Wijaya-Kuweni 2012 543-505 BC based on the historical tale of Wijaya-Kuveni
Siri Parakum 2013 1153A.C-1186A.C based on the historical legend of King Parakramabahu I
Aba 2008 437–367 BC based on the historical legend of King Pandukabhaya
Mahindagamanaya 2011 250 BC based on arrival of Buddhism to Sri Lanka
Siri Dalada Gamanaya 2012 300s based on venerated of Tooth relic to Sri Lanka
The God King 1974 473 based on the historical clash between brothers Kasyapa and Moggalana on Sigiriya Rock
Kivulegedara Mohottala 1987 1817–1818 based on freedom fighter Kivulegedara Mohottala and Great Rebellion of 1817–1818
Vera Puran Appu 1979 1812-1848 based on freedom fighter Puran Appu

East Asia

Chinese and Taiwanese history

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Title Release date Time period Notes on setting
The Last Woman of Shang 1964 1075-1046 BC a Hong Kong film about Daji, a concubine of King Zhou of Shang
Sacrifice 2010 607-581 BC based on the play The Orphan of Zhao, set in the Jin state during the Spring and Autumn Period
Confucius 1940 551-479 BC thought to be a lost film, but was rediscovered in 2001 and restored
Confucius 2010 505-479 BC starring Chow Yun-fat as Confucius
Little Big Soldier 2010 475-221 BC an action-comedy film set in the Warring States period, about a war between the Liang and Wey states
A Battle of Wits 2006 375-369 BC set in the reign of King Lie of Zhou
An Empress and the Warriors 2008 475-221 BC set in the Yan state during the Warring States period
The Warring States 2011 ca. 316 BC set in the Warring States period (475-221 BC), loosely based on the rivalry between Sun Bin (d. 316 BC) and Pang Juan (d. 342 BC)
The Emperor's Shadow 1996 259-210 BC about a troubled friendship between Qin Shi Huang and the musician Gao Jianli
Wheat 2009 260 BC the story of women left behind when their husbands went to war during the Battle of Changping
The Emperor and the Assassin 1998 227 BC based on the assassination attempt by Jing Ke on Qin Shi Huang
The Great Conqueror's Concubine 1994 206-202 BC a Hong Kong film set in the Chu–Han Contention
White Vengeance 2011 206-202 BC loosely based on the Feast at Hong Gate and events in the Chu–Han Contention
The Last Supper 2012 206-202 BC based on events in the Chu–Han Contention
Red Cliff 2008 winter of 208-209 epic war film based on the Battle of Red Cliffs
The Lost Bladesman 2011 219 a Hong Kong film loosely based on the story of Guan Yu (d. 219) in the novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms
Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon 2008 229 a Hong Kong film about Zhao Yun, loosely based on parts of the novel Romance of Three Kingdoms
Mulan Joins the Army 1939 ca. 567-571 based on the legend of Hua Mulan
Mulan 2009 ca. 386-534 based on the legend of Hua Mulan
Shaolin Temple 1982 619-621 starring Jet Li, based on the story of Shaolin Temple help Li Shimin
The Empress Wu Tse-tien 1939 650-705 based on the story of Wu Zetian
Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame 2010 684-690 a Hong Kong film based on a fictional account of Di Renjie, set in the reign of Wu Zetian
Warriors of Heaven and Earth 2003 700 an action-adventure film set in Xinjiang
Trilogy of Swordsmanship (Part 2: The Tigress) 1972 860s a Hong Kong film (only Part 2) set during Pang Xun's rebellion
General Stone 1976 880s a Hong Kong film about Li Cunxiao
The Heroic Ones 1970 880s a Hong Kong film about Li Keyong's generals
All the King's Men 1983 950s a Taiwanese film about Chai Rong's last days
Great Liao's Empress Dowager 1995 969–982 a Chinese film about Empress Xiao Yanyan
Saving General Yang 2013 980s a Hong Kong film about the Generals of the Yang Family legends
The Eight Diagram Pole Fighter 1983 980s a Hong Kong film about the Generals of the Yang Family legends
The Eight Diagram Cudgel Fighter 1985 980s a Hong Kong film about the Generals of the Yang Family legends
Generals of the Yang Family 1984 980s a Chinese film about the Generals of the Yang Family legends
The Silk Road 1988 1026 a Japanese film about Western Xia
The 14 Amazons 1972 1030s a Hong Kong film about the Genearals of the Yang Family legends
Legendary Amazons 2011 1030s a Chinese film about the Genearals of the Yang Family legends
The Journey to Xixia Empire 1997 1087 a Chinese film about Western Xia (Xixia)
Marco Polo 1982 1254-1324 an American-Italian television miniseries about the Venetian explorer who traveled to China and served in the court of Kublai Khan
The Sino-Dutch War 1661 2000 1645-1662 based on the story of Koxinga (1624-1662), with the focus on the Siege of Fort Zeelandia
The Opium War 1997 1839-42 historical epic film about the First Opium War, told through the eyes of Lin Zexu and Charles Elliot
The Warlords 2007 1850–1864 set in the Qing Dynasty during the Taiping Rebellion
The Empress Dowager 1975 1835-1908 a Hong Kong film about Empress Dowager Cixi
Li Lianying: The Imperial Eunuch 1991 1848-1911 the Qing Dynasty eunuch Li Lianying
Fearless 2006 1868–1910 a biographical film about late Qing Dynasty martial artist Huo Yuanjia
55 Days at Peking 1963 1900 an American film starring Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner and David Niven and set during the Boxer Rebellion
Empire of Silver 2009 1899-1901 a Hong Kong film set in the Qing Dynasty during the Boxer Rebellion
Red River Valley 1997 1903-1904 about the British expedition to Tibet
The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake 2011 1875-1907 a biographical film about revolutionary Qiu Jin
Road to Dawn 2007 1910 about Sun Yat-sen's life in Penang from July to December 1910
Magnificent 72 1980 1911 about Lin Juemin and the Second Guangzhou Uprising, with a brief scene of Qiu Jin's arrest in 1907
Bodyguards and Assassins 2009 1911 a Hong Kong film set in British colonial Hong Kong near the end of the Qing Dynasty. The events in the film led to the Wuchang Uprising
1911 2011 1911 about the Xinhai Revolution
The Founding of a Party 2011 1921 about the formation of the Communist Party of China in 1921
Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale 2011 1930 Film depicting the plight of Taiwanese aborigines of the Seediq tribe during the period of Taiwan under Japanese rule, and their role in the Wushe Incident.
7 Man Army 1976 1933 a Hong Kong film depicting the Defense of the Great Wall
Black Sun: The Nanking Massacre 1994 1937 a Hong Kong film about the Nanking Massacre
Don't Cry, Nanking 1995 1937 the Nanking Massacre
City of Life and Death 2009 1937 dealing with the Battle of Nanjing and its aftermath, the Nanking Massacre
John Rabe 2009 1937 a biographical film about John Rabe and his experiences in the Nanking Massacre
The Flowers of War 2011 1937 about a group of escapees caught up in the 1937 Battle of Nanking
The Spring River Flows East 1947 1937-1945 the trials and tribulations of a Chinese family through the Second Sino-Japanese War
On the Mountain of Tai Hang 2005 1937-1945 about the Eighth Route Army, set in the Second Sino-Japanese War
The Children of Huang Shi 2008 1938 about George Hogg leading 60 orphans across China in an effort to save them from conscription during the Second Sino-Japanese War
Bridge 1949 1927–1950 the Chinese Civil War
Yangtse Incident 1957 1927-1950 a British film about the British frigate HMS Amethyst getting caught up in the Chinese Civil War
Tunnel War 1965 1937-1945 about a small town defending itself by use of a network of tunnels during the Second Sino-Japanese War
Hong Kong 1941 1983 1941-1945 a Hong Kong film set in Japanese-occupied Hong Kong during World War II
Men Behind the Sun 1988 1937-1945 a Hong Kong film depicting war atrocities committed by the Japanese Unit 731 during World War II
The Last Emperor 1987 1906–1967 an Academy Award winning film about China's last emperor Puyi
Assembly 2007 1927–1950 epic war film set in the Chinese Civil War
The Soong Sisters 1997 1911-1949 about the Soong sisters
A City of Sadness 1989 1947 Taiwanese historical drama film sets immediately after WWII in the late 1940s. The film was the first to depict the 228 Incident of 1947, an anti-government uprising that was quelled.
Decisive Engagement(zh) 1991 1949 about Liaoshen Campaign, Huaihai Campaign and Pingjin Campaign
The Founding of a Republic 2009 1949 about the founding of the People's Republic of China
24 City 2008 1958-1980 A docudrama film about the generations of people who worked in state factories during the industrialization and were demolished during the modernization of China.
Forever Enthralled 2008 1894–1961 biographical film about Peking opera artist Mei Lanfang
Tokyo Trial 2006 1904-1973 presenting the Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal from the point of view of Mei Ju-ao
Aftershock 2010 1976 the aftermath of the 1976 Tangshan earthquake

Japanese history

Samurai cinema and jidaigeki films

Jidaigeki|時代劇 is a genre of film, television, and theatre in Japan. Literally "period dramas", they are most often set during the Edo period of Japanese history, from 1603 to 1868. Some, however, are set much earlier—Portrait of Hell, for example, is set during the late Heian period—and the early Meiji era is also a popular setting. Jidaigeki show the lives of the samurai, farmers, craftsmen, and merchants of their time. Jidaigeki films are sometimes referred to as chambara movies, a word meaning "sword fight", though chambara is more accurately a sub-genre of jidaigeki, which equates to historical period drama.. In Japan, the term chanbara (チャンバラ), also commonly spelled "chambara", meaning "sword fighting" movies,[1] denotes the genre called samurai cinema in English, and is roughly equivalent to western cowboy and swashbuckler films. Jidaigeki may refer to a story set in an historical period, though not necessarily dealing with a samurai character or depicting swordplay. Jidaigeki rely on an established set of dramatic conventions including the use of makeup, language, catchphrases, and plotlines.

Title Director Notable cast Released Notes
Kōchiyama to Nao-zamurai Ichitarō Kataoka, Matsunosuke Onoe, Kijaku ōtani 1916 Based on the play of the same name.
Nao-zamurai Jiro Yoshino Shirogoro Sawamura 1922 Based on the play of the same name.
A Diary of Chuji's Travels Daisuke Itō Denjirō Ōkōchi 1927 Awards: 1 Kinema Junpo Award
Sword of Penitence Yasujirō Ozu Saburo Azuma, Kunimatsu Ogawa, Kanji Kawahara, Shoichi Nodera 1927
Jobless Samurai Masahiro Makino Kōmei Minami, Tōichirō Negishi, Tsuyako Okajima 1928 Awards: 1 Kinema Junpo Award
Jirokichi the Rat Daisuke Itō Denjirō Ōkōchi, Naoe Fushimi, Nobuko Fushimi 1931
Chûshingura - Zempen: Akahokyō no maki Teinosuke Kinugasa Tomio Aoki, Juzaburo Bando, Kōtarō Bandō 1932
Chûshingura - Ninjō-hen; Fukushû-hen Daisuke Itō Shinpachirō Asaka, Satoko Date, Sannosuke Fujikawa 1934
The Million Ryo Pot Sadao Yamanaka Denjirō Ōkōchi, Kiyozo, Kunitarō Sawamura 1935
Daibosatsu tōge: dai-ippen - Kōgen itto-ryû no maki Hiroshi Inagaki Fujiko Fukamizu, Ranko Hanai, Takako Irie 1935
The Avenging Ghost of Yokinojo, Parts 1 and 2 Teinosuke Kinugasa Kazuo Hasegawa, Tokusaburo Arashi, Akiko Chihaya 1935
The Avenging Ghost of Yukinojo, Part 3 Teinosuke Kinugasa Kazuo Hasegawa, Tokusaburo Arashi, Akiko Chihaya 1936
Daibosatsu tōge: Suzuka-yama no maki - Mibu Shimabara no maki Hiroshi Inagaki Fujiko Fukamizu, Kobunji Ichikawa, Momonosuke Ichikawa 1936
Humanity and Paper Balloons Sadao Yamanaka Chojuro Kawarazaki, Kanemon Nakamura, Shizue Yamagishi 1937
Chikemuri Takadanobaba Hiroshi Inagaki, Masahiro Makino Tsumasaburō Bandō, Tokuma Dan, Komako Hara 1937
Chushingura, Part One Kajirō Yamamoto Denjirō Ōkōchi, Kazuo Hasegawa, Yatarō Kurokawa 1939
Chushingura, Part Two Kajirō Yamamoto Denjirō Ōkōchi, Kazuo Hasegawa, Yatarō Kurokawa 1939
Singing Lovebirds Masahiro Makino Chiezō Kataoka, Takashi Shimura 1939
The Color Print of Edo: Hatamoto to Machiyakko Kazuo Mori Shinpachirō Asaka, Utaemon Ichikawa, Yaeko Kumoi 1939
The 47 Ronin Kenji Mizoguchi Chojuro Kawarasaki, Kanemon Nakamura, Kunitaro Kawarazaki, Yoshizaburo Arashi, Daisuke Katō 1941
Kikuchi sembon-yari: Shidonî tokubetsu kōgeki-tai Tomiyasu Ikeda, Sentarō Shirai Kanzo Yoshii, Utaemon Ichikawa, Kusuo Abe 1944
A Tale of Archery at the Sanjusangendo Mikio Naruse Kazuo Hasegawa, Kinuyo Tanaka, Sensho Ichikawa 1945
Utamaro and His Five Women Kenji Mizoguchi Minosuke Bandō, Kinuyo Tanaka, Kōtarō Bandō 1946
Surōnin makaritōru Daisuke Itō Tsumasaburō Bandō, Ryūtarō Ōtomo, Kusuo Abe 1947
Waga Koi wa Moenu Kenji Mizoguchi Kinuyo Tanaka, Mitsuko Mito, Kuniko Miyake 1949
Ore wa yojinbo Hiroshi Inagaki Chiezō Kataoka, Ryūnosuke Tsukigata, Achako Hanabishi 1950
Senritu Hideo Sekigawa Utaemon Ichikawa, Haruyo Ichikawa 1950
Wakasama samurai torimonochō: nazo no nōmen yashiki Nobuo Nakagawa Yatarō Kurokawa, Denjirō Ōkōchi, Seizaburō Kawazu 1950
Rashomon Akira Kurosawa Toshiro Mifune, Masayuki Mori, Machiko Kyō, Takashi Shimura 1950
Kanketsu Sasaki Kojirō: Ganryû-jima kettō Hiroshi Inagaki Tomoemon Otani, Toshiro Mifune, Hisako Yamane 1951
Five Men of Edo Daisuke Itō Tsumasaburō Bandō, Utaemon Ichikawa, Isuzu Yamada 1951
Vendetta of a Samurai Kazuo Mori Toshirō Mifune, Yuriko Hamada, Takashi Shimura 1952 Awards: 1 Blue Ribbon Award, 1 Mainichi Film Concours
The Life of Oharu Kenji Mizoguchi Kinuyo Tanaka, Tsukie Matsuura, Ichirō Sugai, Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura 1952
The Men Who Tread on the Tiger's Tail Akira Kurosawa Denjirō Ōkōchi, Susumu Fujita, Kenichi Enomoto 1952
Sword for Hire Hiroshi Inagaki Rentarō Mikuni, Danshirō Ichikawa, Shirley Yamaguchi 1952
Tsukigata Hanpeita Kokichi Uchide Hiroshi Aoyama, Masao Aoyama, Michiyo Azuma 1952
Ugetsu Monogatari Kenji Mizoguchi Masayuki Mori, Machiko Kyō, Kinuyo Tanaka 1953 Based on the novel of the same name.
Gate of Hell Teinosuke Kinugasa Kazuo Hasegawa, Machiko Kyō 1953 Awards: 2 Academy Awards, 1 Golden Leopard, 1 New York Film Critics Circle Award, Palme d'Or,
Sansho the Bailiff Kenji Mizoguchi Kinuyo Tanaka, Yoshiaki Hanayagi, Kyōko Kagawa, Eitarō Shindō 1954 Awards: 1 Silver Lion
Seven Samurai Akira Kurosawa Takashi Shimura, Toshiro Mifune 1954 Awards: 2 Jussi Awards, 1 Mainichi Film Award, 1 Silver Lion
Akō gishi Ryohei Arai Yatarō Kurokawa 1954
Samurai I: Musashi Miyamoto Hiroshi Inagaki Toshiro Mifune, Rentarō Mikuni 1954 Awards: 1 Academy Award
The Crucified Lovers Kenji Mizoguchi Kazuo Hasegawa, Kyōko Kagawa, Eitarō Shindō 1954 Awards: 1 Blue Ribbon Award
The Playful Fox and the Thousand Cherry Trees Torajiro Saito Takashi Wada, Yumiko Hasegawa 1954
Bloody Spear at Mount Fuji Tomu Uchida Chiezo Kataoka, Ryûnosuke Tsukigata, Chizuru Kitagawa 1955 Awards: 1 Blue Ribbon Award
Samurai II: Duel at Ichijoji Temple Hiroshi Inagaki Toshiro Mifune, Kōji Tsuruta 1955
The Lone Journey Hiroshi Inagaki Ryō Ikebe, Mariko Okada, Akihiko Hirata 1955
Tales of the Taira Clan Kenji Mizoguchi Narutoshi Hayashi, Raizō Ichikawa, Tatsuya Ishiguro 1955 Awards: 1 Mainichi Film Concours
Samurai III: Duel at Ganryu Island Hiroshi Inagaki Toshiro Mifune, Kōji Tsuruta 1956
Akō Rōshi: Ten no Maki, Chi no Maki Sadatsugu Matsuda Harue Akagi, Ryûtarō Aoyagi, Ushio Akashi 1956
Yagyū Ren'yasai: Hidentsuki Kageshō Katsuhiko Tasaka Raizo Ichikawa, Shintaro Katsu, Yataro Kurokawa, Ryosuke Kagawa 1956
Ghost of Hanging in Utusunomiya Nobuo Nakagawa Hiroshi Ogasawara, Akemi Tsukushi, Tetsurō Tanba 1956
Dandy Sashichi Detective Story: Six Famous Beauties Nobuo Nakagawa Tomisaburō Wakayama, Keiko Hibino, Misako Uji 1956
Throne of Blood Akira Kurosawa Toshiro Mifune, Isuzu Yamada, Takashi Shimura 1957
Yagyu Secret Scrolls Hiroshi Inagaki Toshirō Mifune, Kōji Tsuruta, Yoshiko Kuga, Mariko Okada, Denjiro Okochi, Kyoko Kagawa 1957
The Idle Vassal: House of the Snake Princess Yasushi Sasaki Utaemon Ichikawa 1957
Adauchi sōzenji baba Masahiro Makino Ryūtarō Ōtomo 1957
Sword in the Moonlight Tomu Uchida Chiezo Kataoka, Kinnosuke Nakamura, Yumiko Hasegawa 1957 Awards: 1 Mainichi Film Concours
Sun in the Last Days of the Shogunate Yuzo Kawashima Frankie Sakai, Yōko Minamida, Sachiko Hidari, Yujiro Ishihara 1957 Awards: 1 Blue Ribbon Award, 1 Kinema Junpo Award, 1 Mainichi Film Concours
A Matter of Valor Tatsuyasu Osone Ineko Arima, Junzaburō Ban, Minosuke Bandō 1957
The Prodigal Son Hiromichi Horikawa Senjaku Nakamura, Ganjirō Nakamura, Eiko Miyoshi 1957
Momotarō-zamurai Kenji Misumi Raizō Ichikawa, Yōko Uraji, Seizaburō Kawazu 1957 Based on the novel of the same name.
Ohtori-jo hanayome Sadatsugu Matsuda Harue Akagi, Ushio Akashi, Hideo Azuma 1957
Akadō Suzunosuke: Tsukiyo no kaijin Bin Kado Masaji Umeiwa, Narutoshi Hayashi, Tamao Nakamura 1957
Akadō Suzunosuke: Shingetsu-to no yōki Bin Kado Masaji Umeiwa, Narutoshi Hayashi, Tamao Nakamura 1957
Yagyu Secret Scrolls, Part II Hiroshi Inagaki Toshirō Mifune, Kōji Tsuruta, Yoshiko Kuga, Mariko Okada, Nobuko Otowa, Eijirō Tōno 1957
Emperor Meiji and the Great Russo-Japanese War Kunio Watanabe Kanjûrō Arashi, Kusuo Abe, Minoru Takada 1958
The Loyal 47 Ronin Kunio Watanabe Kazuo Hasegawa, Shintaro Katsu, Kōji Tsuruta, Raizō Ichikawa, Machiko Kyō 1958
The Ballad of Narayama Keisuke Kinoshita Kinuyo Tanaka, Teiji Takahashi, Yuuko Mochizuki 1958 Awards: 3 Kinema Junpo Awards, 3 Mainichi Film Concours
The 7th Secret Courier for Edo Kazuo Mori Raizo Ichikawa, Michiko Ai, Tokiko Mita 1958
The Hidden Fortress Akira Kurosawa Toshiro Mifune, Misa Uehara, Minoru Chiaki, Kamatari Fujiwara 1958 Awards: 1 Silver Bear Award
Akadō Suzunosuke: Mitsume no chōjin Kazuo Mori Masaji Umeiwa, Narutoshi Hayashi, Yatarō Kurokawa 1958
Hibari torimonocho: Kanzashi koban Tadashi Sawashima Hibari Misora, Kōtarō Satomi, Chiyonosuke Azuma 1958
Doku-ganryu Masamune Toshikazu Kōno Kinnosuke Nakamura, Keiko Ogawa, Yoshiko Sakuma 1959
Life of an Expert Swordsman Hiroshi Inagaki Toshiro Mifune, Yoko Tsukasa 1959
The Ghost of Yotsuya Nobuo Nakagawa Shigeru Amachi, Noriko Kitazawa, Katsuko Wakasugi 1959
Kagero ezu Teinosuke Kinugasa Raizō Ichikawa, Fujiko Yamamoto, Osamu Takizawa 1959
Shoretsu shinsengumi - bakumatsu no doran Ko Sasaki Chiezo Kataoka, Tomisaburō Wakayama, Yatarō Kurokawa 1960
The Story of Osaka Castle Hiroshi Inagaki Toshiro Mifune, Kyōko Kagawa, Akihiko Hirata 1961
Akō Rōshi Sadatsugu Matsuda Kusuo Abe, Kyōko Aoyama, Chiyonosuke Azuma 1961
Yojimbo Akira Kurosawa Toshiro Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, Yoko Tsukasa, Isuzu Yamada 1961
Miyamoto Musashi Tomu Uchida Kinnosuke Nakamura, Akiko Kazami, Wakaba Irie 1961
Hangyakuji Daisuke Itō Kinnosuke Nakamura, Haruko Sugimura, Chiyonosuke Azuma 1961 Awards: 1 Blue Ribbon Award, 1 Mainichi Film Concours
Hatamoto kenka taka Nobuo Nakagawa Utaemon Ichikawa, Ryûji Shinagawa, Atsushi Watanabe 1961
Sanjuro Akira Kurosawa Toshiro Mifune, Tatsuya Nakadai, Keiju Kobayashi, Yuzo Kayama 1962 Sequel to the 1961 film Yojimbo.
In Search of Mother Tai Katō Kinnosuke Nakamura, Hiroki Matsukata, Michiyo Kogure 1962
The Tale of Zatoichi Kenji Misumi Shintaro Katsu, Masayo Banri, Ryuzo Shimada, Hajime Mitamura, Shigeru Amachi 1962
Harakiri Masaki Kobayashi Tatsuya Nakadai, Rentarō Mikuni, Shima Iwashita, Akira Ishihama 1962
The Tale of Zatoichi Continues Kazuo Mori Shintarō Katsu, Yoshie Mizutani, Masayo Banri, Tomisaburō Wakayama 1962
Chushingura Hiroshi Inagaki Matsumoto Hakuō I, Yūzō Kayama, Toshiro Mifune, Chūsha Ichikawa, Akira Kubo 1962
Miyamoto Musashi: Showdown at Hannyazaka Heights Tomu Uchida Kinnosuke Nakamura, Wakaba Irie, Isao Kimura 1962
Shiro Amakusa, the Christian Rebel Nagisa Oshima Hashizō Ohkawa, Ryūtarō Ōtomo, Satomi Oka 1962
Shinobi no Mono Satsuo Yamamoto Raizō Ichikawa, Yûnosuke Itō, Shiho Fujimura 1962 Based on the novel of the same name.
Sen-hime to Hideyori Masahiro Makino Hibari Misora, Kinnosuke Nakamura, Ken Takakura 1962
Shinsengumi Chronicles Kenji Misumi Shigeru Amachi, San'emon Arashi, Saburō Date 1963
An Actor's Revenge Kon Ichikawa Kazuo Hasegawa, Fujiko Yamamoto 1963 Remake of the 1935 film "An Actor's Revenge".
The New Tale of Zatoichi Tokuzo Tanaka Shintaro Katsu, Mikiko Tsubouchi 1963
Escape from Hell Kazuo Inoue Keiji Sada, Mariko Okada, Takahiro Tamura 1963
Sengoku Yaro Kihachi Okamoto Yûzō Kayama, Yuriko Hoshi, Makoto Satō 1963
Seventeen Ninja Yasuto Hasegawa Kōtarō Satomi, Jûshirō Konoe, Yuriko Mishima 1963
Bushido Tadashi Imai Kinnosuke Nakamura, Eijirō Tōno, Kyōko Kishida 1963
Brave Records of the Sanada Clan Tai Kato Kinnosuke Nakamura, Misako Watanabe 1963
Zatoichi the Fugitive Tokuzo Tanaka Shintaro Katsu, Miwa Takada, Sachiko Murase 1963
Shinobi no Mono 2: Vengeance Satsuo Yamamoto Raizō Ichikawa, Shiho Fujimura 1963 Based on the novel of the same name.
Miyamoto Musashi: The Duel Against Yagyu Tomu Uchida Kinnosuke Nakamura, Wakaba Irie, Isao Kimura 1963
Zatoichi on the Road Kimiyoshi Yasuda Shintarō Katsu, Shiho Fujimura, Ryûzō Shimada 1963
The Lost World of Sinbad Senkichi Taniguchi Toshirō Mifune, Tadao Nakamaru, Mie Hama 1963
Sleepy Eyes of Death: The Chinese Jade Tokuzō Tanaka Raizō Ichikawa, Tamao Nakamura, Shinobu Araki 1963
13 Assassins Eiichi Kudo Chiezo Kataoka, Kō Nishimura, Ryōhei Uchida 1963
Bloody Record of the Shinsengumi Shigehiro Ozawa Utaemon Ichikawa, Takeshi Katō, Kei Satō 1963
Shinobi no Mono 3: Resurrection Kazuo Mori Raizō Ichikawa, Ayako Wakao, Saburō Date 1963
Castle of Owls Eiichi Kudō Ryūtarō Ōtomo, Minoru Ōki, Hizuru Takachiho 1963
Sleepy Eyes of Death: Sword of Adventure Kenji Misumi Raizō Ichikawa, Kōichi Aihara, San'emon Arashi 1964
Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold Kazuo Ikehiro Shintarō Katsu, Shōgo Shimada, Mikiko Tsubouchi 1964
Three Outlaw Samurai Hideo Gosha Tetsuro Tamba, Isamu Nagato, Mikijiro Hira, Yoshiko Kayama 1964
Sleepy Eyes of Death: Full Circle Killing Kimiyoshi Yasuda Raizō Ichikawa, Kyooko Azuma, Ryonosuke Azuma 1964
Assassination Masahiro Shinoda Tetsuro Tamba, Shima Iwashita 1964
Shinobi no Mono 4: Siege Tokuzo Tanaka Raizō Ichikawa, Saburō Date, Midori Isomura 1964
Sleepy Eyes of Death: Sword of Seduction Kazuo Ikehiro Raizō Ichikawa, Michiko Ai, Akira Amemiya 1964
Fight, Zatoichi, Fight Kenji Misumi Shintarō Katsu, Nobuo Kaneko, Gen Kimura 1964
Adauchi Tadashi Imai Kinnosuke Nakamura, Takahiro Tamura, Tetsurō Tanba 1964
Onibaba Kaneto Shindo Nobuko Otowa, Jitsuko Yoshimura, Kei Satō 1964
Kwaidan Masaki Kobayashi Rentarō Mikuni, Keiko Kishi, Michiyo Aratama, Misako Watanabe, Tatsuya Nakadai 1964
Adventures of Zatoichi Kimiyoshi Yasuda Shintarō Katsu, Miwa Takada, Eiko Taki 1964
Bakumatsu zankoku monogatari Tai Katō Sumiko Fuji, Chōichirō Kawarasaki, Isao Kimura 1964 Awards: 1 Blue Ribbon Award
Miyamoto Musashi: The Duel at Ichijoji Tomu Uchida Kinnosuke Nakamura, Wakaba Irie, Isao Kimura 1964
Shinobi no Mono 5: zoku kirigakure Saizo Kazuo Ikehiro Raizō Ichikawa, Yukiko Fuji, Shiho Fujimura 1964
Warrior of the Wind Tai Katō Hashizō Ohkawa, Hiroko Sakuramachi, Naoko Kubo 1964
Samurai Assassin Kihachi Okamoto Toshiro Mifune, Koshiro Matsumoto, Yunosuke Ito, Michiyo Aratama 1965
Sleepy Eyes of Death: Sword of Fire Kenji Misumi Raizō Ichikawa, Tamao Nakamura, Sanae Nakahara 1965
The Scarlet Camellia Yoshitarō Nomura Shima Iwashita, Yoshi Katō, Sachiko Hidari 1965 Awards: 1 Blue Ribbon Award
Red Beard Akira Kurosawa Toshiro Mifune, Yūzō Kayama 1965
Zatoichi's Revenge Akira Inoue Shintarō Katsu, Norihei Miki, Mikiko Tsubouchi 1965
Sleepy Eyes of Death: Sword of Satan Kimiyoshi Yasuda Raizō Ichikawa, Michiko Saga, Machiko Hasegawa 1965
Shinobi no Mono 6: Iga Mansion Kazuo Mori Raizō Ichikawa, Kaoru Yachigusa, Isao Yamagata 1965
Muhomatsu no issho Kenji Misumi Shintarō Katsu, Ineko Arima, Ken Utsui 1965
Yotsuya Kaidan Shirō Toyoda Tatsuya Nakadai, Mariko Okada, Junko Ikeuchi 1965
Sword of the Beast Hideo Gosha Mikijiro Hira, Go Kato 1965
Miyamoto Musashi: Musashi vs. Kojiro Tomu Uchida Kinnosuke Nakamura, Ken Takakura, Wakaba Irie 1965
Akuto Kyoko Kishida Kaneto Shindo 1965
Zatoichi and the Doomed Man Kazuo Mori Shintarō Katsu, Kanbi Fujiyama, Eiko Taki 1965
Zatoichi and the Chess Expert Kenji Misumi Shintarō Katsu, Mikio Narita, Chizu Hayashi 1965
Samurai Spy Masahiro Shinoda Kōji Takahashi 1965
Shinobi no Mono 7: shin kirigakure Saizo Kazuo Mori Raizō Ichikawa, Shiho Fujimura, Yûko Kusunoki 1966
The Sword of Doom Kihachi Okamoto Tatsuya Nakadai, Yūzō Kayama, Michiyo Aratama, Toshiro Mifune 1966 Based on the novel of the same name.
The Magic Serpent Tetsuya Yamauchi Hiroki Matsukata, Tomoko Ogawa, Ryūtarō Ōtomo 1966
Sleepy Eyes of Death: The Mask of the Princess Akira Inoue Raizō Ichikawa, Yaeko Mizutani, Ichirō Nakatani 1966
Daimajin Kimiyoshi Yasuda Miwa Takada, Yoshihiko Aoyama, Jun Fujimaki 1966
Zatoichi's Vengeance Tokuzō Tanaka Shintarō Katsu, Shigeru Amachi, Jun Hamamura 1966
Zatoichi's Pilgrimage Kazuo Ikehiro Shintarō Katsu, Michiyo ōkusu, Kunie Tanaka 1966
Sleepy Eyes of Death: Sword of Villainy Kenji Misumi Raizō Ichikawa, Shigeru Amachi, Shiho Fujimura 1966
Samurai Wolf Hideo Gosha Isao Natsuyagi, Ryōhei Uchida, Junko Miyazono 1966
Shinobi no Mono 8: A New Beginning Kazuo Ikehiro Raizō Ichikawa, Manami Fuji, Michiyo ōkusu 1966
The Blazing Sword Hirokazu Ichimura Tetsuko Kobayashi, Asahi Kurizuka, Shun'ya Wazaki 1966
Kutsukake Tokijiro: Yukyo Ippiki Tai Katō Kinnosuke Nakamura, Kiyoshi Atsumi, Junko Ikeuchi 1966
Zenigata Heiji Tetsuya Yamauchi Kazuo Funaki, Asao Koike, Akitake Kōno 1966
Band of Ninja Nagisa Oshima Yoshiyuki Fukuda, Toshirō Hayano, Hikaru Hayashi 1967
Samurai Wolf II Hideo Gosha Isao Natsuyagi, Ichirō Nakatani, Bin Amatsu 1967
Samurai Rebellion Masaki Kobayashi Toshiro Mifune, Yoko Tsukasa 1967
Sleepy Eyes of Death: A Trail of Traps Kazuo Ikehiro Raizō Ichikawa, Nobuo Kaneko, Toshio Kimura 1967
Zatoichi the Outlaw Satsuo Yamamoto Shintarō Katsu, Rentarō Mikuni, Kō Nishimura 1967
The Wife of Seishu Hanaoka Yasuzō Masumura Raizō Ichikawa, Ayako Wakao, Hideko Takamine 1967 Based on the novel of the same name.
Eleven Samurai Eiichi Kudo Isao Natsuyagi, Kōtarō Satomi, Kōji Nanbara 1967
Bakumatsu: Tenamonya daizōdō Kengo Furusawa Makoto Fujita, Minoru Shiraki, Kei Tani 1967
Zatoichi Challenged Kenji Misumi Shintarō Katsu, Jûshirō Konoe, Miwa Takada 1967
Sleepy Eyes of Death: Hell Is a Woman Tokuzō Tanaka Raizō Ichikawa, Miwa Takada, Yaeko Mizutani 1968
Kuroneko Kaneto Shindō Kichiemon Nakamura, Nobuko Otowa, Kei Satō 1968 Awards: 2 Mainichi Film Concours
Sleepy Eyes of Death: In the Spider's Lair Kimiyoshi Yasuda Raizō Ichikawa, Mako Midori, Maka Sarijo 1968
Botan Dōrō Satsuo Yamamoto Miyoko Akaza, Kōjirō Hongō, Hajime Koshikawa 1968 Based on the short story of the same name.
Kill! Kihachi Okamoto Tatsuya Nakadai, Etsushi Takahashi, Naoko Kubo, Shigeru Kōyama 1968
The Silent Stranger Luigi Vanzi Tony Anthony, Kenji Ohara, Rita Mura, Lloyd Battista 1968
Sleepy Eyes of Death: Castle Menagerie Kazuo Ikehiro Raizō Ichikawa, Naoko Kubo, Shiho Fujimura 1969
Samurai Banners Hiroshi Inagaki Toshiro Mifune, Yorozuya Kinnosuke, Akihiko Hirata 1969
Bakuto Ichidai Chimatsuri Fudo Kimiyoshi Yasuda Saburō Date, Tatsuo Endō, Takeshi Hamada 1969
Crimson Bat, the Blind Swordswoman Sadatsugu Matsuda Yōko Matsuyama, Chizuko Arai, Jun Tatara 1969
Goyokin Hideo Gosha Tatsuya Nakadai, Kinnosuke Nakamura, Tetsuro Tanba 1969 Awards: 2 Mainichi Film Concours
Double Suicide Masahiro Shinoda Kichiemon Nakamura, Shima Iwashita 1969 Based on the play of the same name.
Devil's Temple Kenji Misumi Shintarō Katsu, Hideko Takamine, Michiyo Aratama 1969
Hitokiri Hideo Gosha Shintaro Katsu, Tatsuya Nakadai, Yukio Mishima 1969
Retsuden shumei tobaku Keiichi Ozawa Chieko Matsubara, Tatsuya Fuji, Meiko Kaji 1969
Red Lion Kihachi Okamoto Toshirō Mifune, Shima Iwashita 1969
Portrait of Hell Shirō Toyoda Hideyo Amamoto, Yōko Naitō, Tatsuya Nakadai 1969
Tengu-to Satsuo Yamamoto Tatsuya Nakadai, Ayako Wakao, Gō Katō 1969
Shinsengumi Tadashi Sawashima Toshiro Mifune, Keiju Kobayashi, Kinya Kitaoji, Rentarō Mikuni, Yoko Tsukasa 1969
The Fort of Death Eiichi Kudō Kanjûrō Arashi, Hideo Fujimoto, Teruo Fujinaga 1969
Zatoichi meets Yojimbo Kihachi Okamoto Toshirō Mifune, Shintarō Katsu, Ayako Wakao 1970
The Ambush: Incident at Blood Pass Hiroshi Inagaki Toshirō Mifune, Yûjirō Ishihara, Ruriko Asaoka 1970
Zatoichi Goes to the Fire Festival Kenji Misumi Shintarō Katsu, Reiko ōhara, Pîtâ 1970
Bakumatsu Daisuke Itō Kinnosuke Nakamura, Toshirō Mifune, Keiju Kobayashi 1970
Onna jigoku uta: Shakuhachi benten Mamoru Watanabe Tamaki Katori, Noriko Tatsumi, Rima Aoyama 1970
Zatoichi Meets the One-Armed Swordsman Kimiyoshi Yasuda Shintarō Katsu, Yu Wang, Watako Hamaki 1971 Awards: 1 Mainichi Film Concours
Miyamoto Musashi VI Tomu Uchida Kinnosuke Nakamura, Rentarō Mikuni, Teruo Matsuyama 1971 Awards: 1 Golden Charybdis
En toiu onna Tadashi Imai Shinjirō Ehara, Shima Iwashita, Yoshi Katō 1971
Inochi bō ni furō (Inn of Evil) Masaki Kobayashi Tatsuya Nakadai, Komaki Kurihara, Wakako Sakai 1971 Awards: 5 Mainichi Film Concours, 1 Taormina International Film Festival Award
Zatoichi at Large Kazuo Mori Shintarō Katsu, Rentarō Mikuni, Hisaya Morishige 1972 Awards: 1 Mainichi Film Concours
Lone Wolf and Cub: Sword of Vengeance Kenji Misumi Tomisaburō Wakayama, Fumio Watanabe, Tomoko Mayama 1972
Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart at the River Styx Kenji Misumi Tomisaburō Wakayama, Kayo Matsuo, Akiji Kobayashi 1972
Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart to Hades Kenji Misumi Tomisaburō Wakayama, Gō Katō, Yûko Hama 1972
Shadow Hunters Toshio Masuda Yûjirō Ishihara, Ruriko Asaoka, Ryōhei Uchida 1972 Based on the manga series of the same name.
Zatoichi in Desperation Shintarō Katsu Shintarō Katsu, Kiwako Taichi, Kyoko Yoshizawa 1972
Shadow Hunters 2: Echo of Destiny Toshio Masuda Yûjirō Ishihara, Ryōhei Uchida, Mikio Narita 1972 Based on the manga series of the same name.
Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in Peril Takeichi Saitō Tomisaburō Wakayama, Yoichi Hayashi, Michi Azuma 1972
Kogarashi Monjirō Sadao Nakajima Bunta Sugawara, Gorō Ibuki, Takayuki Akutagawa 1972
Kogarashi Monjirō: kakawari gozansen Sadao Nakajima Bunta Sugawara, Etsuko Ichihara, Kunie Tanaka 1972
Hanzo the Razor: Sword of Justice Kenji Misumi Shintaro Katsu 1972
Hanzo the Razor: The Snare Yasuzo Masumura Shintaro Katsu 1973
Lone Wolf and Cub: Baby Cart in the Land of Demons Kenji Misumi Tomisaburō Wakayama, Michiyo ōkusu, Akihiro Tomikawa 1973
Lady Snowblood Toshiya Fujita Meiko Kaji 1973 Based on the manga series of the same name.
Hanzo the Razor: Who's Got the Gold? Yoshio Inoue Shintaro Katsu 1974
Lone Wolf and Cub: White Heaven in Hell Yoshiyuki Kuroda Tomisaburō Wakayama, Akihiro Tomikawa, Junko Hitomi 1974
Ryoma Ansatsu Kazuo Kuroki Yoshio Harada, Yūsaku Matsuda, Renji Ishibashi, Kaori Momoi 1974
The Love Suicides at Sonezaki Yasuzo Masumura Ryudo Uzaki, Meiko Kaji 1978 Based on the play of the same name.
Bandits vs. Samurai Squadron Hideo Gosha Tatsuya Nakadai, Junko Miyashita 1978
Shogun's Samurai Kinji Fukasaku Kinnosuke Yorozuya, Shinichi Chiba, Hiroki Matsukata 1978
Hunter in the Dark Hideo Gosha Tatsuya Nakadai, Tetsurō Tanba, Yoshio Harada 1979 Awards: 1 Japanese Academy Award
The Shogun Assassins Sadao Nakajima Hiroki Matsukata, Kinnosuke Nakamura, Ichirō Ogura 1979 Awards: 1 Japanese Academy Award
Swords of Vengeance Kinji Fukasaku Kinnosuke Yorozuya, Sonny Chiba, Hiroki Matsukata, Tetsuro Tamba, Toshirō Mifune 1978
G.I. Samurai Kōsei Saitō Sonny Chiba 1979
Kagemusha Akira Kurosawa Tatsuya Nakadai 1980 Awards: 2 BAFTA Awards, 1 César Award, 2 David di Donatello Awards, 1 Palme d'Or
Tokugawa ichizoku no houkai Kōsaku Yamashita Kinnosuke Nakamura, Hiroki Matsukata, Mikijirō Hira 1980
Shogun Assassin Robert Houston Tomisaburo Wakayama 1980
Shogun's Ninja Noribumi Suzuki Hiroyuki Sanada, Shin'ichi Chiba, Etsuko Shihomi 1980
Sekigahara Shin'ichi Kamoshita, Ichiro Takahashi Hisaya Morishige, Gō Katō, Rentarō Mikuni, Toshirō Mifune 1981 Television film
Kazunomiya sama otome Kenji Sawai Shinobu ōtake, Mitsuko Mori, Kimiko Ikegami 1981 Television film
Eijanaika Shohei Imamura Kaori Momoi, Shigeru Izumiya, Ken Ogata 1981
Shikake-nin Baian Yasuo Furuhata Katsuo Nakamura 1981
Samurai Reincarnation Kinji Fukasaku Sonny Chiba, Kenji Sawada 1981
Edo Porn Kaneto Shindō Ken Ogata, Toshiyuki Nishida, Yûko Tanaka 1981 Awards: 1 Blue Ribbon Award, 1 Hochi Film Award, 2 Japanese Academy Awards, 1 Yokohama Film Festival Award
The Bushido Blade Tom Kotani Sonny Chiba, Frank Converse, Mako Iwamatsu, Laura Gemser James Earl Jones, Toshiro Mifune 1981
The Ninja Wars Kōsei Saitō Hiroyuki Sanada, Noriko Watanabe, Jun Miho 1982 Awards: 3 Japanese Academy Awards
The Ballad of Narayama Shōhei Imamura Ken Ogata, Sumiko Sakamoto, Tonpei Hidari 1983 Awards: 1 Blue Ribbon Award, 1 Hochi Film Award, 3 Japanese Academy Awards, 2 Mainichi Film Concours, 1 Palme d'Or
Legend of the Eight Samurai Kinji Fukasaku Hiroko Yakushimaru, Hiroyuki Sanada, Sonny Chiba 1983
Hissatsu! Masahisa Sadanaga Makoto Fujita, Kunihiko Mitamura, Izumi Ayukawa 1984 Based on the television series of the same name.
Onna goroshi abura no jigoku Ben Wada Yûsaku Matsuda, Tomoko Ogawa, Jiro Sakagami 1984 Television film
Ran Akira Kurosawa Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu, Daisuke Ryu, Mieko Harada 1985 Awards: 2 BAFTA Awards
Gonza the Spearman Masahiro Shinoda Hiromi Go, Shohei Hino, Shima Iwashita 1986 Awards: 1 Silver Bear
Bakumatsu seishun graffiti: Ronin Sakamoto Ryoma Yoshitaka Kawai Tetsuya Takeda, Toshio Shiba, Takuro Yoshida 1986 Awards: 1 Hochi Film Award
Rikyu Hiroshi Teshigahara Rentarō Mikuni, Tsutomu Yamazaki 1989
Shōgun Iemitsu no ranshin - Gekitotsu Yasuo Furuhata Ken Ogata, Norihito Arai, Toshihiro Asari 1989
Death of a Tea Master Kei Kumai Eiji Okuda, Toshirō Mifune, Kinnosuke Nakamura 1989 Awards: 1 Japanese Academy Award, 1 Kinema Junpo Award, 1 Nikkan Sports Film Award, 1 Silver Hugo, 1 Silver Lion
Heaven and Earth Haruki Kadokawa Enoki Takaaki, Tsugawa Masahiko, Asano Atsuko, Zaizen Naomi, Nomura Hironobu 1990
Sengoku Ransei no Abarenbo Saito Dosan Doto no Tenka Tori Eiichi Kudō Kumiko Akiyoshi, Shin'ichi Chiba, Ken Matsudaira 1991 Television film
Journey of Honor Gordon Hessler Sho Kosugi, David Essex, Kane Kosugi 1991
Bakumatsu jyunjyoden Mitsuyuki Yakushiji Ken Watanabe, Riho Makise, Tetta Sugimoto 1991
Mangetsu: Mr. Moonlight Kazuki Ohmori Saburō Tokitō, Bin Amatsu, Leo Morimoto 1991
Gō-hime Hiroshi Teshigahara Rie Miyazawa, Tatsuya Nakadai, Toshiya Nagasawa 1992 Awards: 2 Japanese Academy Awards
The Oil-Hell Murder Hideo Gosha Kanako Higuchi, Shin'ichi Tsutsumi 1992
Ihen kaidō Kōsei Saitō Ikkō Furuya, Mariko Fuji, Shōhei Hino 1993 Television film
Kaettekite Kogarashi Monjiro Kon Ichikawa Atsuo Nakamura, Ryōko Sakaguchi, Ittoku Kishibe 1993
Crest of Betrayal Kinji Fukasaku Kōichi Satō, Saki Takaoka, Keiko Oginome, Tsunehiko Watase, Eriko Watanabe 1994
47 Ronin Kon Ichikawa Ken Takakura, Kiichi Nakai 1994
Sharaku Masahiro Shinoda Hiroyuki Sanada, Frankie Sakai, Shima Iwashita, Tsurutarō Kataoka 1995
Bungo torimono ezu - Harikomi Keiichi Ozawa Hashinosuke Nakamura, Kinnosuke Nakamura, Sayuri Kokushō 1996 Television film
Reborn From Hell: Samurai Armageddon Kazumasa Shirai Hiroyuki Watanabe, Tomorowo Taguchi, Yûko Moriyama 1996 Remake of the 1981 film "Samurai Reincarnation".
Legend of the Devil Masaru Tsushima Masaki Kyōmoto, Atsuo Nakamura, Daisuke Ryû 1996
Samurai Fiction: Episode One Hiroyuki Nakano Morio Kazama, Mitsuru Fukikoshi, Tomoyasu Hotei 1998 Awards: 1 Mainichi Film Concours, 1 Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival Award, 2 Sitges Awards
Kunoichi ninpō-chō: Yagyû gaiden, Edo-bana jigoku-hen Hitoshi Ozawa Ryûshi Mizukami, Yûko Moriyama, Hitoshi Ozawa 1998
After the Rain Takashi Koizumi Akira Terao, Yoshiko Miyazaki, Shiro Mifune, Mieko Harada, Tatsuya Nakadai 1999
Owls' Castle Masahiro Shinoda Kiichi Nakai, Mayu Tsuruta, Riona Hazuki 1999 Based on the novel under the same name.
Gohatto Nagisa Oshima Ryuhei Matsuda, Takeshi Kitano, Tadanobu Asano 1999
Dora-Heita Kon Ichikawa Kōji Yakusho, Yûko Asano, Tsurutarō Kataoka 2000
Gojoe Sogo Ishii Tadanobu Asano, Masatoshi Nagase, Daisuke Ryu, Jun Kunimura 2000 Awards: 1 Hochi Film Award
Kewaishi Mitsutoshi Tanaka Kippei Shîna, Miho Kanno, Chizuru Ikewaki 2001 Awards: 1 Tokyo International Film Festival Award
Onmyoji Yōjirō Takita Mansai Nomura, Hideaki Ito, Hiroyuki Sanada 2001
Chūshingura 1/47 Shunsaku Kawamo Takuya Kimura, Kōichi Satō 2001 Television film. Remake of the 1932 film Chûshingura - Zempen: Akahokyō no maki.
Kikuchi-jō monogatari - sakimori-tachi no uta Takashi Miike Tōru Emori, Renji Ishibashi, Jinpachi Nezu 2001
Zuiketsu gensō - Tonkararin yume densetsu Takashi Miike Mikijirō Hira 2001
Onna kunishuu ikki Takashi Miike Mihoko Abe, Noriko Aota, Ayumi Asakura 2002
Sabu Takashi Miike Tatsuya Fujiwara, Satoshi Tsumabuki 2002 Television film
The Sea Is Watching Kei Kumai Misa Shimizu, Nagiko Tōno, Masatoshi Nagase 2002
Ryoma's Wife, Her Husband and Her Lover Jun Ichikawa Noritake Kinashi, Kiichi Nakai, Kyōka Suzuki 2002 Awards: 1 Nikkan Sports Film Award
The Twilight Samurai Yoji Yamada Hiroyuki Sanada, Rie Miyazawa 2002 Awards: 12 Japanese Academy Awards
When the Last Sword Is Drawn Yōjirō Takita Kiichi Nakai, Kōichi Satō, Yui Natsukawa, Takehiro Murata 2003
Aragami Ryuhei Kitamura Takao Osawa, Masaya Kato, Kanae Uotani, Tak Sakaguchi, Hideo Sakaki 2003 Awards: 1 Silver Raven
Makai tenshō Hideyuki Hirayama Yōsuke Kubozuka, Kumiko Asō, Tetta Sugimoto 2003
Azumi Ryuhei Kitamura Aya Ueto 2003 Based on the manga series of the same name.
Zatōichi Takeshi Kitano Beat Takeshi, Tadanobu Asano, Yui Natsukawa 2003
Onmyoji 2 Yōjirō Takita Mansai Nomura, Hideaki Itō, Eriko Imai, Kyoko Fukada, Hayato Ichihara 2003
Warau Iemon Yukio Ninagawa Toshiaki Karasawa, Koyuki, Teruyuki Kagawa, Hiroyuki Ikeuchi 2004 Awards: 2 Asia-Pacific Film Festival Awards, 1 Nikkan Sports Film Award
Werewolf Warrior Tomo'o Haraguchi Ryûji Harada, Nozomi Andō, Tatsuo Higashida 2004
Izo Takashi Miike Kazuya Nakayama, Takeshi Kitano, Bob Sapp 2004
The Hidden Blade Yoji Yamada Masatoshi Nagase, Takako Matsu, Yukiyoshi Ozawa 2004
Azumi 2: Death or Love Shusuke Kaneko Aya Ueto 2005 Based on the manga series of the same name.
Ashura Yōjirō Takita Somegorō Ichikawa, Rie Miyazawa, Kanako Higuchi 2005 Awards: 1 Hochi Film Award, 1 Kinema Junpo Award, 1 Nikkan Sports Film Award, 1 Yokohama Film Festival Award
Samurai Commando: Mission 1549 Masaaki Tezuka Yōsuke Eguchi, Kyōka Suzuki, Haruka Ayase 2005 Awards: 1 Asia-Pacific Film Festival Award
Hana Hirokazu Koreeda Jun'ichi Okada, Rie Miyazawa, Arata Furuta 2006 Awards: 1 Nikkan Sports Film Award
Love and Honor Yoji Yamada Kimura Takuya, Dan Rei, Takashi Sasano 2006
Kaidan Hideo Nakata Kumiko Asō, Takaaki Enoki, Reona Hirota 2007 Awards: 1 Yokohama Film Festival Award
Sukiyaki Western Django Takashi Miike Hideaki Ito, Kōichi Satō, Yusuke Iseya 2007
Chacha Hajime Hashimoto Ryōko Gi, Mieko Harada, Takehiro Hira 2007
Yamazakura Tetsuo Shinohara Rena Tanaka, Noriyuki Higashiyama, Tetsuya Chiba 2008
Geisha Assassin Gō Ohara Minami Tsukui, Shigeru Kanai, Nao Nagasawa 2008
Ichi Fumihiko Sori Takao Osawa, Haruka Ayase, Shido Nakamura, Yosuke Kubozuka 2008
Samurai Avenger: The Blind Wolf Kurando Mitsutake Kurando Mitsutake, Jeffrey James Lippold, Domiziano Arcangeli 2009
Ballad: Na mo naki koi no uta Takashi Yamazaki Tsuyoshi Kusanagi, Yui Aragaki, Akashi Takei 2009
Castle Under Fiery Skies Mitsutoshi Tanaka Toshiyuki Nishida, Shōzō Endō, Saki Fukuda 2009
Sword of Desperation Hideyuki Hirayama Etsushi Toyokawa, Chizuru Ikewaki, Koji Kikkawa 2010
13 Assassins Takashi Miike Kōji Yakusho, Takayuki Yamada, Yūsuke Iseya, Goro Inagaki, Masachika Ichimura, Mikijirō Hira 2010 Remake of the 1963 film "13 Assassins".
Ōoku Fuminori Kaneko Ko Shibasaki, Kazunari Ninomiya, Hiroshi Tamaki 2010 Based on the manga series of the same name.
Sakurada Gate Incident Junya Sato Takao Ohsawa, Kyoko Hasegawa, Minosuke Bandō 2010
Abacus and Sword Yoshimitsu Morita Masato Sakai, Yukie Nakama, Kimimaro Ayanokōji 2010
Scabbard Samurai Hitoshi Matsumoto Masatō Ibu, Jun Kunimura, Itsuji Itao 2010
Yamada: The Samurai of Ayothaya Nopporn Watin Seigi Ozeki, Kanokkorn Jaicheun, Sorapong Chatree 2010 Awards: 1 Thailand National Film Association Award
The Winter Butterfly Marcus Tozini Sam Aoyama, Ikuma Isaac Fryman, Sharon Gee 2010
At River's Edge Tetsuo Shinohara Noriyuki Higashiyama, Rinko Kikuchi 2011
Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai Takashi Miike Ichikawa Ebizō XI, Eita, Kōji Yakusho 2011 Remake of the 1962 film Harakiri.
Shinobido Toshiyuki Morioka Aimi Satsukawa, Ryōichi Yuki, Ayaka Kikuchi 2012
Rurouni Kenshin Keishi Ōtomo Takeru Sato, Emi Takei 2012 Based on the manga series of the same name.
The Dry Blade Michael Fredianelli Michael Nosé, Henry Lee, Carl Schreiber 2012
Unforgiven Lee Sang-il Ken Watanabe, Kōichi Satō, Akira Emoto 2013 Based on the 1992 American western of the same name.
Masterless Craig Shimahara Adam LaVorgna 2014
Mission Impossible: Samurai Katsuhide Motoki Kuranosuke Sasaki, Kyoko Fukada, Tsuyoshi Ihara 2014 [2]

Other adaptations

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Shōgun 1980 1600 American mini-series based on the novel by James Clavell, loosely based on William Adams, the English navigator who served as a key advisor to Tokugawa Ieyasu beginning in 1600.
The 47 Ronin 1941 1701-1703 released just before the attack on Pearl Harbor and depicting the famous actions of the Forty-seven Ronin in 1701-1703.
Chushingura: Hana no Maki, Yuki no Maki 1962 1701–1703 another film about the Forty-seven Ronin
Bushido Blade 1981 1854 about the forced opening of Japan in 1854.
The Last Samurai 2003 1877 fictional story based around the Satsuma Rebellion
Tora! Tora! Tora! 1970 1941 detailing the events leading up to and including the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.
Midway 1976 1942 about the Battle of Midway between Japan and the United States in 1942.
The Bridge on the River Kwai 1957 1942-1945 about allied prisoners of war forced to work on the Burma Railway during World War II.
Letters from Iwo Jima 2006 1945 Japanese-language film directed by Clint Eastwood about the Battle of Iwo Jima in 1945.
Hiroshima 1995 1945 docu-drama about the events leading up to the use of the first atomic weapons in 1945.

Korean and South Korean history

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Once Upon a Time in a Battlefield 2003 660 set during the Battle of Hwangsanbeol
A Frozen Flower 2008 1330–1374 set during the late Goryeo Dynasty.
The Divine Weapon 2008 1418–1450 set during the reign of Sejong the Great.
The King and the Clown 2005 1494–1506 set during the reign of Yeonsangun of Joseon.
Musa (film) 2001 1375 story about diplomatic mission from the Goryeo travels to Ming China.
Blades of Blood 2010 1500s set during the 16th century.
Sword in the Moon 2003 ca. 1600 set during the beginning of the 17th century.
War of the Arrows 2011 1636-7 set during the second Manchu invasion of Korea.
Shadows in the Palace 2007 1600s set during the 17th century.
Chi-hwa-seon 2002 1843 - 1897 about the life of Korean painter Oh-won.
The Sword with No Name 2009 1800s set during the 19th century.
Taegukgi 2004 1950–1953 set during the Korean War
Welcome to Dongmakgol 2005 1950–1953 set during the Korean War
71: Into the Fire 2010 1950–1953 set during the Korean War
The Front Line 2011 1953 during the Korean War ceasefire.
Silmido 2003 1970s based on a military uprising on Silmido island
The Good, the Bad, the Weird 2008 1920-1930 loosely based on the seizure of 150,000 won in Manchuria.
The Admiral: Roaring Currents 2014 1597 Battle of Myeongnyang: naval battle between Japan and Korea

Southeast Asia

Philippine History

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Title Release date Time period Setting Notes
Banaue:Stairway to the Sky 1974 c. 500 BC. Philippines The film depicting the Prehistory of the Philippines, and the construction of the Banaue Rice Terraces.
Amaya 2010 1400-1521 Philippines The film depicting the Philippines During the Classical Period.
Lapu-Lapu 1955 & 2002 1491–1542 Philippines The life of the first hero of Philippines, and death of Magellan.
Indio 2011 1601-1677 Philippines An Epic Historical-fiction story about the Spanish Conquest and Philippine revolts against Spain.
Ganito Kami Noon, Paano Kayo Ngayon? 1970 1870-1895 Philippines The Film Depicts the Hispinized Society of the Philippines during the Spanish Period.
José Rizal 1998 1861-1896 Philippines The life of the Philippine National Hero, José Rizal.
Bayani (Hero) 1992 1863-1897 Philippines The life of Andres Bonifacio.
Ang Paglilitis ni Andres Bonifacio (The Trial of Andres Bonifacio) 2010 1863-1897 Philippines The life of Andres Bonifacio.
El Presidente 2012 1886-1962 Philippines The life of the first president of the Philippines Emilio Aguinaldo.
Baler 2008 1898 Philippines During the Siege of Baler.
Aguila 1980 1989-1940's Philippines Philippine History
Tirad Pass: The Story of Gen. Gregorio del Pilar 1997 December 2, 1899 Philippines About the Battle of Tirad Pass, Philippine Campaign Against Americans leby General Gregorio Del Pilar .
Rosario 2010 1920s Philippines The life of Rosario, a girl during the American Occupation Period. She was Manuel V. Pangilinan's grandmother.
Aishite Imasu 1941: Mahal Kita 2004 1941–1945 Philippines About the Japanese Occupation of the Philippines in World War II.
Tatlong Taong Walang Diyos 1972 1942-1945 Philippines Philippines during World war II
Santiago! 1965 1941-1945 Philippines Depicting the Philippine Campaign during World War II
Dekada '70 2002 1970s Philippines Based on the novel of the same name by Lualhati Bautista. The setting is period of Martial law.

Mainland and Maritime Southeast Asia


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Title Release date Time period Setting Notes
Blood Letter 2011 c. 1442 Vietnam About the retaliation of Tran Nguyen Vu (Nguyen Trai's grandchild) for his grandfather death in 1442. The movie was based on Bui Anh Tan's bestselling of the same name.
King Naresuan (film) 2007 1555-1592 Thailand (Siam) The film is set after event in The Legend of Suriyothai about Naresuan, the King of Siam who was executes the plotters and ceremoniously declares Ayutthaya free and sovereign from Hanthawadi
Krakatoa, East of Java 1969 1883 Indonesia Nominated for Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, featured the 1883 eruption of the volcano on the island of Krakatoa.
The Rebel 2007 1920s Vietnam (French Indochina) Set in Vietnam in 1920s, under colonial French rule.
Indochine (film) 1992 1930s Vietnam (French Indochina) French film set in the twilight of colonial French Indochina during the 1930s.
Paradise Road 1997 1939-1945 Indonesia About the event of World War II on the island of Sumatra.
Leftenan Adnan 2000 1940s Malaysia About the experiences of Adnan bin Saidi as a soldier during World War II.
The Merdeka Trilogy: Merah Putih 2009 1947 Indonesia About the struggles of the Indonesians throughout the Indonesian National Revolution.
The Merdeka Trilogy: Darah Garuda 2010 1947 Indonesia About the struggles of the Indonesians throughout the Indonesian National Revolution.
The Scent of Green Papaya 1993 1950s Vietnam Set in 1950s Saigon.
The Quiet American 2002 1952 Vietnam Set in Vietnam in 1952, and pertaining to emerging violent factions in the area and early CIA involvement.
The Year of Living Dangerously 1982 1960s Indonesia Directed by Peter Weir, about the Transition to the New Order or vivere pericolosamente.
The White Silk Dress 2006 1968 Vietnam Directed by Luu Huynh. It is about a tragedy in Vietnam War.
The Killing Fields 1984 1973 Cambodia About the Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia. The film begins in 1973.

See also


  1. ^ Hill (2002).
  2. ^ 超高速!参勤交代(2014). allcinema (in Japanese). Stingray. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
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