From classic masterpieces to modern interpretations, the genre continues to evolve, offering audiences a rich tapestry of storytelling and cinematic excellence. Here are 10 of the best samurai movies from recent years that every film enthusiast should watch. 


Blade of the Immortal

A skilled samurai who becomes cursed with immortality after a tragic encounter. He embarks on a quest for redemption, battling countless enemies along the way. 


The Swordsman

A retired swordsman who must come out of hiding to rescue his kidnapped daughter. As he confronts his past and battles formidable foes, he discovers the true meaning of honor and sacrifice. 


The Fortress

Set during the 17th century, as the Joseon dynasty faces invasion from the Qing dynasty. The film follows the struggle of a loyal subject torn between duty to his king and the safety of his people. 


Samurai Marathon

Inspired by the true story of a group of samurai who participated in a marathon as part of their training. The film combines historical drama with thrilling action as the samurai face internal and external challenges. 


Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai

A remake of Masaki Kobayashi’s classic film “Harakiri.” The story follows a ronin who seeks to avenge the death of his son-in-law, leading to a confrontation with a powerful samurai clan. 


13 Assassin

A group of samurai who are tasked with assassinating a sadistic lord in feudal Japan. The film culminates in an epic battle sequence that is both brutal and visually stunning. 


The Twilight Samurai

Low-ranking samurai who struggles to provide for his family in the waning days of the samurai era. As he navigates the challenges of his personal and professional life, he finds unexpected strength and courage. 


The Hidden Blade

The story of a low-ranking samurai who struggles to navigate the rigid social hierarchy of feudal Japan. As he grapples with love and duty, he is forced to confront the injustices of his society. 

2012 - 2014

Rurouni Kenshin Trilogy

The journey of a former assassin who becomes a wandering swordsman seeking redemption. Set in the Meiji era, the films combine thrilling action with a compelling narrative of honor, justice, and forgiveness.