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Rashomon (1950)
Crime, Drama, Mystery

Rashomon (1950)

A priest, a woodcutter and another man are taking refuge from a rainstorm in the shell of a former gatehouse called Rashomon. The priest and the woodcutter are recounting the story of a murdered samurai whose body the woodcutter discovered three days earlier in a forest grove. Both were summoned to testify at the murder trial, the priest who ran into the samurai and his wife traveling through the forest just before the murder occurred. Three other people who testified at the trial are supposedly the only direct witnesses: a notorious bandit named Tajomaru, who allegedly murdered the samurai and raped his wife; the white veil cloaked wife of the samurai; and the samurai himself who testifies through the use of a medium. The three tell a similarly structured story - that Tajomaru kidnapped and bound the samurai so that he could rape the wife - but which ultimately contradict each other, the motivations and the actual killing being what differ. The woodcutter reveals at Rashomon that he knows more than he let on at the trial, thus bringing into question his own actions. But another discovery at Rashomon and the resulting actions from the discovery bring back into focus the woodcutter's own humanity or lack thereof. (Read More)

Themes:suicide
Locations:forest,  japan,  woods
Characters:woodcutter,  priest,  japanese,  baby
Story:story,  bandit,  samurai,  katana sword,  medium,  truth,  eye witness,  based on short story,  feudal japan,  trial,  abandoned baby,  sword fight,  heavy rain,  unreliable flashback,  black and white film,  contradictory accounts,  unreliable narration,  downpour,  12th century,  dishonesty,  murder victim,  wounded,  jidai geki,  ruin,  humanism,  multiple perspectives,  multiple endings,  honesty,  rape,  gate,  katana,  dagger,  existentialism,  black and white,  literature,  couple,  psychic,  witness,  court,  duel,  dead body,  lie,  sword,  horse,  rain,  corpse,  ghost,  knife,  martial arts,  murder,  one word title,  flashback

The Last Samurai (2003)
Action, Drama, History, War

The Last Samurai (2003)

In the 1870s, Captain Nathan Algren, a cynical veteran of the American Civil war who will work for anyone, is hired by Americans who want lucrative contracts with the Emperor of Japan to train the peasant conscripts for the first standing imperial army in modern warfare using firearms. The imperial Omura cabinet's first priority is to repress a rebellion of traditionalist Samurai -hereditary warriors- who remain devoted to the sacred dynasty but reject the Westernizing policy and even refuse firearms. Yet when his ill-prepared superior force sets out too soon, their panic allows the sword-wielding samurai to crush them. Badly wounded Algren's courageous stand makes the samurai leader Katsumoto spare his life; once nursed to health he learns to know and respect the old Japanese way, and participates as advisor in Katsumoto's failed attempt to save the Bushido tradition, but Omura gets repressive laws enacted- he must now choose to honor his loyalty to one of the embittered sides when the conflict returns to the battlefield... (Read More)

Themes:suicide
Locations:japan,  woods,  forest
Characters:japanese
Story:samurai,  katana sword,  sword fight,  wounded,  jidai geki,  story,  katana,  sword,  horse,  rain,  knife,  martial arts,  flashback,  murder

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47 Ronin (2013)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

47 Ronin (2013)

While hunting in the forest, Lord Asano of Ako and his samurai find a young half-breed and take him with them to live in the castle. Several years later, Lord Asano holds a tournament to welcome the Shogun to Ako. The night after the tournament, Lord Asano is bewitched into hurting Lord Kira of Nagato, and is punished into committing seppuku by the Shogun. Realizing that it was a Lord Kira's evil plot, the samurais and the half-breed sets out for revenge against the Shogun's order. (Read More)

Themes:suicide
Locations:japan,  forest,  woods
Story:samurai,  feudal japan,  sword fight,  heavy rain,  jidai geki,  story,  sword,  horse,  corpse,  ghost,  knife,  murder,  flashback

Ran (1985)
Action, Drama

Ran (1985)

Japanese warlord Hidetori Ichimonji decides the time has come to retire and divide his fiefdom among his three sons. His eldest and middle sons - Taro and Jiro - agree with his decision and promise to support him for his remaining days. The youngest son Saburo disagrees with all of them arguing that there is little likelihood the three brothers will remain united. Insulted by his son's brashness, the warlord banishes Saburo. As the warlord begins his retirement, he quickly realizes that his two eldest sons selfish and have no intention of keeping their promises. It leads to war and only banished Saburo can possibly save him. (Read More)

Themes:suicide
Locations:japan,  woods,  forest
Characters:japanese
Story:feudal japan,  jidai geki,  story,  gate,  dagger,  samurai,  witness,  lie,  sword,  horse,  rape,  one word title,  murder

Jusan-nin No Shikaku (2010) is one of the best movies like Rashomon (1950)
Action, Adventure, Drama

Jusan-nin No Shikaku (2010)

In 1844, the peace of Feudal Japan is threatened by cruel Lord Naritsugu Matsudaira, who is politically rising and getting closer to his half-brother, the shogun. After the harakiri of the Namiya clan leader, samurai Shinzaemon Shimada is summoned by the shogun's advisor Sir Doi of the Akashi Clan to listen to the tragedy of Makino Uneme, whose son and daughter-in-law have been murdered by Naritsugu. Then Sir Doi shows a woman with arms, legs and tongue severed by Naritsugu and she writes with her forearm a request to Shinza to slaughter Naritsugu and his samurai. Shinza promises to kill Naritsugu and he gathers eleven other samurais and plots a plan to attack Naritsugu in his trip back to the Akashi land. But the cunning samurai Hanbei Kitou that is responsible for the security of his master foresees Shinza's intent. Shinza decides to go with his samurai through the mountain, where they find the hunter Koyata that guides them off the mountain and joins the group. Now the thirteen men prepare an ambush to Naritsugu and his army of two hundred samurai in a suicide mission to stop evil. (Read More)

Themes:suicide
Locations:japan
Story:katana sword,  feudal japan,  sword fight,  jidai geki,  katana,  samurai,  duel,  martial arts

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Yojinbo (1961)
Action, Drama, Thriller

Yojinbo (1961)

Sanjuro, a wandering samurai enters a rural town in nineteenth century Japan. After learning from the innkeeper that the town is divided between two gangsters, he plays one side off against the other. His efforts are complicated by the arrival of the wily Unosuke, the son of one of the gangsters, who owns a revolver. Unosuke has Sanjuro beaten after he reunites an abducted woman with her husband and son, then massacres his father's opponents. During the slaughter, the samurai escapes with the help of the innkeeper; but while recuperating at a nearby temple, he learns of innkeeper's abduction by Unosuke, and returns to the town to confront him. This is why Yojinbo (1961) is one of the best movies like Rashomon (1950). (Read More)

Locations:japan
Story:samurai,  katana sword,  sword fight,  black and white film,  jidai geki,  black and white,  duel,  martial arts,  one word title,  murder

Shichinin No Samurai (1954)
Adventure, Drama

Shichinin No Samurai (1954)

Themes:suicide
Locations:japan,  forest
Story:samurai,  sword fight,  jidai geki,  story,  katana,  bandit,  duel,  sword,  horse,  rain,  martial arts

Zatoichi (2003)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Drama, Music

Zatoichi (2003)

Blind Zatoichi makes his living by gambling and giving massages. But behind his humble facade, Zatoichi is a master swordsman, gifted with lightning-fast draw and strokes of breathtaking precision. Zatoichi wanders into a town run by sinister gangs and a powerful samurai. He's destined for violent showdowns when he stumbles on two beautiful geishas avenging their parents' murder... Duels, wit and a touch of zen! Cult anti-hero Zatoichi is back in a sword-fighting adventure written, directed and starring Takeshi Kitano. (Read More)

Themes:suicide
Locations:japan
Story:samurai,  katana sword,  sword fight,  heavy rain,  sword,  jidai geki,  rain,  corpse,  martial arts,  murder,  one word title,  flashback

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Rising Sun (1993) is one of the best movies like Rashomon (1950)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Rising Sun (1993)

At the offices of a Japanese corporation, during a party, a woman, who's evidently a professional mistress, is found dead, apparently after some rough sex. A police detective, Web Smith is called in to investigate but before getting there, he gets a call from someone who instructs him to pick up John Connor, a former police Captain and expert on Japanese affairs. When they arrive there Web thinks that everything is obvious but Connor tells him that there's a lot more going on. (Read More)

Themes:suicide
Locations:japan
Characters:japanese
Story:katana sword,  heavy rain,  katana,  sword,  corpse,  martial arts,  murder

The Exorcism Of Emily Rose (2005)
Drama, Horror, Thriller

The Exorcism Of Emily Rose (2005)

When a younger girl called Emily Rose dies, everyone puts blame on the exorcism which was performed on her by Father Moore prior to her death. The priest is arrested on suspicion of murder. The trail begins with lawyer Erin Bruner representing Moore, but it is not going to be easy, as no one wants to believe what Father Moore says is true. (Read More)

Characters:priest
Story:story,  couple,  witness,  court,  trial,  horse,  rain,  knife,  flashback,  murder

Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003)

The lead character, called 'The Bride,' was a member of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad, led by her lover 'Bill.' Upon realizing she was pregnant with Bill's child, 'The Bride' decided to escape her life as a killer. She fled to Texas, met a young man, who, on the day of their wedding rehearsal was gunned down by an angry and jealous Bill (with the assistance of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad). Four years later, 'The Bride' wakes from a coma, and discovers her baby is gone. She, then, decides to seek revenge upon the five people who destroyed her life and killed her baby. The saga of Kill Bill Volume I begins. This is why Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) is one of the best movies like Rashomon (1950). (Read More)

Locations:japan
Characters:baby,  japanese
Story:katana sword,  sword fight,  sword,  ruin,  story,  samurai,  duel,  corpse,  rape,  knife,  martial arts,  flashback,  murder

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Jin Ling Shi San Chai (2011)
Drama, History, Romance, War

Jin Ling Shi San Chai (2011)

In 1937 China, during the second Sino-Japanese war, a mortician, John ('Christian Bale' (qv)) arrives at a Catholic church in Nanjing to prepare a priest for burial. Upon arrival he finds himself the lone adult among a group of convent girl students and prostitutes from a nearby brothel. When he finds himself in the unwanted position of protector of both groups from the horrors of the invading Japanese army, he discovers the meaning of sacrifice and honor. (Read More)

Characters:japanese,  priest
Story:gate,  katana,  dead body,  lie,  sword,  horse,  rain,  corpse,  rape,  flashback,  murder

Shi Mian Mai Fu (2004) is one of the best movies like Rashomon (1950)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance

Shi Mian Mai Fu (2004)

During the reign of the Tang dynasty in China, a secret organization called "The House of the Flying Daggers" rises and opposes the government. A police officer called Leo sends officer Jin to investigate a young dancer named Mei, claiming that she has ties to the "Flying Daggers". Leo arrests Mei, only to have Jin breaking her free in a plot to gain her trust and lead the police to the new leader of the secret organization. But things are far more complicated than they seem... (Read More)

Locations:woods,  forest
Story:katana sword,  sword fight,  dagger,  duel,  sword,  horse,  rape,  martial arts,  murder

Kakushi-toride No San-akunin (1958)
Adventure, Drama

Kakushi-toride No San-akunin (1958)

The story follows two greedy peasants in feudal Japan, Tahei and Matashichi, who are returning home from a failed attempt to profit from a war between neighboring clans. En Route they encounter the remnants of the defeated tribe that consists, most notably, of a famous General and a Princess who are hiding out in a fortress in the mountains. General Rokurota Makabe and Princess Yuki need to escape into allied territory with their large supply of gold so that they can rebuild their shattered clan. To do this the Peasants are tricked into helping them, with the promise that they will receive a large share of the gold when the destination is reached. Along the way, the General's prowess is put to the test as he must guide the 4, and later 5 with the inclusion of a freed slave, through close encounters with the pursuing enemy, and out of difficult situations the bumbling peasants manage to get them into. (Read More)

Locations:japan
Characters:japanese
Story:katana sword,  feudal japan,  jidai geki,  humanism,  story,  samurai,  duel,  sword,  martial arts

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Kagemusha (1980)
Drama, History, War

Kagemusha (1980)

When a powerful warlord in medieval Japan dies, a poor thief recruited to impersonate him finds difficulty living up to his role and clashes with the spirit of the warlord during turbulent times in the kingdom.

Locations:japan
Story:wounded,  jidai geki,  samurai,  sword,  horse,  martial arts,  one word title

Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai (1999)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai (1999)

A hitman who lives by the code of the samurai, works for the mafia and finds himself in their crosshairs when his recent job doesn't go according to plan. Now he must find a way to defend himself and his honor while retaining the code he lives by. This is why Ghost Dog: The Way Of The Samurai (1999) is one of the best movies like Rashomon (1950). (Read More)

Locations:japan
Story:katana sword,  samurai,  sword,  rain,  ghost,  martial arts,  murder,  flashback

Black Rain (1989) is one of the best movies like Rashomon (1950)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Black Rain (1989)

Two New York cops get involved in a gang war between members of the Yakuza, the Japanese Mafia. They arrest one of their killers and are ordered to escort him back to Japan. In Japan, however, he manages to escape. As they try to track him down, they get deeper and deeper into the Japanese Mafia scene and they have to learn that they can only win by playing the game the Japanese way. (Read More)

Locations:japan
Characters:japanese
Story:katana sword,  sword fight,  rain,  martial arts,  murder

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Contratiempo (2016)
Crime, Mystery, Thriller

Contratiempo (2016)

Adrian Doria, a wealthy businessman named Man of the Year due to his high-tech company and his trade agreements with the Asian market, meets Virginia Goodman, a veteran lawyer expert in witness preparation and judicial declaration, recommended by Adrian's lawyer Felix Leiva in order to create a credible defense. Arrested by the police in a mountain hotel room with the corpse of his lover at his side, photographer Laura Vidal, Adrian talks Virginia about the crime and his relationship with Laura, revealing that both suffered a car crash where a man called Daniel Garrido died, and how Laura manipulated Adrian to avoid the jail by Daniel's death. At the same time that Felix is looking for a clue that it could change the course of the events, Virginia and Adrian keep talking about the case but her, unconvinced of the Adrian's testimony, forces him to clear the dark points of his history, in a puzzle where the truth and the lie are easily exchangeable. (Read More)

Locations:forest
Story:witness,  story,  truth,  trial,  dead body,  lie,  corpse,  flashback,  murder

Cold Mountain (2003)
Adventure, Drama, History, Romance, War

Cold Mountain (2003)

This Civil War saga addresses romance, friendship, and the ravages of war--both in the field and on the home front. Captures the horrors of war for both those fighting it, and for those left behind. This is a tale of hope, longing, redemption, second chances, and faith.

Locations:woods,  forest
Characters:baby
Story:wounded,  story,  bandit,  dead body,  horse,  rain,  corpse,  rape,  knife,  flashback,  murder

Conviction (2010)
Biography, Drama

Conviction (2010)

Betty Anne Waters (Swank) is a high school dropout who spent nearly two decades working as a single mother while putting herself through law school, tirelessly trying to beat the system and overturn her brother's (Rockwell) unjust murder conviction.

Themes:suicide
Characters:baby
Story:court,  trial,  dead body,  lie,  corpse,  rape,  knife,  one word title,  flashback,  murder

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Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) is one of the best movies like Rashomon (1950)
Action, Crime, Thriller

Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004)

The murderous Bride is back and she is still continuing her vengeance quest against her ex-boss, Bill, and taking aim at Bill's younger brother Budd and Elle Driver, the only survivors from the squad of assassins who betrayed her four years earlier. It's all leading up to the ultimate confrontation with Bill, the Bride's former master and the man who ordered her execution! This is why Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004) is one of the best movies like Rashomon (1950). (Read More)

Characters:priest,  baby
Story:katana sword,  sword fight,  story,  truth,  katana,  samurai,  court,  dead body,  sword,  corpse,  martial arts,  flashback,  murder

Shutter (2008)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Shutter (2008)

A newlywed couple Ben and Jane move to Japan for a promising job opportunity - a fashion shoot in Tokyo. During their trip on a dark forest road they experience a tragic car accident, leading to the death of a young local girl. Upon regaining consciousness, they find no trace of her body. A bit distraught the couple arrives in Tokyo to begin their new life. Meanwhile Ben begins noticing strange white blurs in many of his fashion shoot photographs. Jane believes that the blurs are actually spirit photography of the dead girl who they hit on the road, and that she may be seeking vengeance. (Read More)

Themes:suicide
Locations:japan,  forest
Characters:japanese
Story:couple,  truth,  corpse,  ghost,  rape,  one word title,  flashback

The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

The Huntsman: Winter's War (2016)

Locations:woods,  forest
Characters:baby
Story:sword fight,  heavy rain,  sword,  horse,  corpse,  knife,  martial arts,  murder,  flashback

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Le Samourai (1967)
Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Le Samourai (1967)

Hitman Jef Costello is a perfectionist who always carefully plans his murders and who never gets caught. One night however, after killing a night-club owner, he's seen by witnesses. His efforts to provide himself with an alibi fail and more and more he gets driven into a corner.

Characters:japanese
Story:eye witness,  samurai,  downpour,  witness,  dead body,  lie,  rain,  martial arts,  murder

Rush Hour 3 (2007) is one of the best movies like Rashomon (1950)
Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller

Rush Hour 3 (2007)

After an attempted assassination on Ambassador Han, Inspector Lee and Detective Carter are back in action as they head to Paris to protect a French woman with knowledge of the Triads' secret leaders. Lee also holds secret meetings with a United Nations authority, but his personal struggles with a Chinese criminal mastermind named Kenji, which reveals that it's Lee's long-lost...brother. But their race will take them across the city, from the depths of the Paris underground to the breathtaking heights of the Eiffel Tower, as they fight to outrun the world's most deadly criminals and save the day. (Read More)

Themes:suicide
Characters:japanese
Story:katana sword,  sword fight,  katana,  duel,  sword,  knife,  martial arts,  murder

The Gift (2000)
Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

The Gift (2000)

When Jessica King goes missing, all eyes turn to Annabelle Wilson. Not as a murder suspect, but as a clairvoyant. Many of the towns folk go to Annabelle for help, and Jessica's fiancee, Wayne Collins, turns to Annabelle for possible guidance. Annabelle feels that she can't help, but this doesn't stop her from constantly getting visions of Jessica's fate. This is why The Gift (2000) is one of the best movies like Rashomon (1950). (Read More)

Themes:suicide
Locations:woods
Story:psychic,  witness,  court,  trial,  dead body,  lie,  rain,  corpse,  ghost,  flashback,  murder

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Kumonosu-jo (1957)
Drama

Kumonosu-jo (1957)

After securing a major victory on the battlefield, Taketoti Washizu and one of his commanders, Yoshiaki Miki, find themselves lost in the maze-like Spider's Web forest. They come across a spirit-like seer who tells them of their future: both have been promoted because of their victory that day; Washizu will someday be the Great Lord of the Spider's Web castle while Miki's son will someday rule as Great Lord as well. When they arrive at the castle, they learn that the first part of the prophecy is correct. Washizu has no desire to become Great Lord but his ambitious wife urges him to reconsider. When the current Great Lord makes a surprise visit to his garrison outpost, Washizu is again promoted to commander of his vanguard but his wife reminds him of the danger that comes with the position. As pressure mounts, Wahizu takes action leading to its inevitable conclusion. (Read More)

Locations:japan,  forest
Story:jidai geki,  katana,  existentialism,  samurai,  sword,  horse,  ghost,  murder

Troy (2004)
Drama, History, Romance

Troy (2004)

As the Greeks fall, they decided to head back home. King Priam decides to have one last battle with the Greeks to leave Troy for good. It was a night battle so the Greeks didn't knew, raining them down with flaming arrows and lighting huge balls of dry branches and rolling them down at the beach. It was a battle that Achilles wasn't in, but his cousin Patroclus pretended to be him by wearing his armor, his sword, his helmet, and his moves. Hector finally had a battle with Achilles not knowing it wasn't him. Patroclus was fast but Hector was faster, causing him to cut Patroclus's neck and finishing him with a sword to the heart. (Read More)

Characters:priest,  baby
Story:sword fight,  gate,  dagger,  duel,  sword,  corpse,  rape,  knife,  martial arts

The Condemned (2007) is one of the best movies like Rashomon (1950)
Action, Crime, Thriller

The Condemned (2007)

The story of Jack Conrad, who is awaiting the death penalty in a corrupt Central American prison. He is "purchased" by a wealthy television producer and taken to a desolate island where he must fight to the death against nine other condemned killers from all corners of the world, with freedom going to the sole survivor. (Read More)

Themes:suicide
Story:story,  duel,  horse,  rain,  corpse,  rape,  knife,  martial arts,  murder

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The Conspirator (2010)
Crime, Drama, History

The Conspirator (2010)

In the wake of Abraham Lincoln's assassination, seven men and one woman are arrested and charged with conspiring to kill the President, the Vice-President, and the Secretary of State. The lone woman charged, Mary Surratt, 42, owns a boarding house where John Wilkes Booth and others met and planned the simultaneous attacks. Against the ominous back-drop of post-Civil War Washington, newly-minted lawyer, Frederick Aiken, a 28-year-old Union war-hero, reluctantly agrees to defend Surratt before a military tribunal. As the trial unfolds, Aiken realizes his client may be innocent and that she is being used as bait and hostage in order to capture the only conspirator to have escaped a massive manhunt, her own son. (Read More)

Characters:priest
Story:story,  truth,  trial,  lie,  murder,  flashback

Andrey Rublev (1966)
Biography, Drama, History

Andrey Rublev (1966)

Andreiv Rublev charts the life of the great icon painter through a turbulent period of 15th Century Russian history, a period marked by endless fighting between rival Princes and by Tatar invasions. This is why Andrey Rublev (1966) is one of the best movies like Rashomon (1950).

Locations:woods,  forest
Characters:priest
Story:dead body,  lie,  sword,  horse,  rain,  ghost,  rape,  knife,  murder,  flashback

The Crow (1994)
Action, Drama, Fantasy

The Crow (1994)

A poetic guitarist Eric Draven is brought back to life by a crow a year after he and his fiancee are murdered. The crow guides him through the land of the living, and leads him to his killers: knife thrower Tin-tin, drugetic Funboy, car buff T-Bird, and the unsophisticated Skank. One by one, Eric gives these thugs a taste of their own medicine. However their leader Top-Dollar, a world-class crime lord who will dispatch his enemies with a Japanese sword and joke about it later, will soon learn the legend of the crow and the secret to the vigilante's invincibility. (Read More)

Characters:japanese
Story:katana sword,  sword fight,  duel,  sword,  rain,  corpse,  rape,  knife,  martial arts,  murder,  flashback

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Tristan + Isolde (2006) is one of the best movies like Rashomon (1950)
Drama, Romance

Tristan + Isolde (2006)

An affair between the second in line to Britain's throne and the princess of the feuding Irish spells doom for the young lovers.

Locations:woods,  forest
Characters:priest
Story:sword fight,  ruin,  dagger,  lie,  sword,  horse,  rain,  rape,  murder

Equilibrium (2002)
Action, Drama, Sci-fi, Thriller

Equilibrium (2002)

In a futuristic world, a strict regime has eliminated war by suppressing emotions: books, art and music are strictly forbidden and feeling is a crime punishable by death. Cleric John Preston (Bale) is a top ranking government agent responsible for destroying those who resist the rules. When he misses a dose of Prozium, a mind-altering drug that hinders emotion, Preston, who has been trained to enforce the strict laws of the new regime, suddenly becomes the only person capable of overthrowing it. (Read More)

Story:katana sword,  sword fight,  katana,  existentialism,  literature,  dead body,  sword,  rain,  corpse,  martial arts,  one word title,  flashback,  murder

Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)
Drama, History, War

Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)

The island of Iwo Jima stands between the American military force and the home islands of Japan. Therefore the Imperial Japanese Army is desperate to prevent it from falling into American hands and providing a launching point for an invasion of Japan. General Tadamichi Kuribayashi is given command of the forces on the island and sets out to prepare for the imminent attack. General Kuribayashi, however, does not favor the rigid traditional approach recommended by his subordinates, and resentment and resistance fester among his staff. In the lower echelons, a young soldier, Saigo, a poor baker in civilian life, strives with his friends to survive the harsh regime of the Japanese army itself, all the while knowing that a fierce battle looms. When the American invasion begins, both Kuribayashi and Saigo find strength, honor, courage, and horrors beyond imagination. (Read More)

Themes:suicide
Locations:japan
Characters:japanese
Story:katana sword,  sword,  horse,  rain,  knife,  murder,  flashback

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Basic (2003)
Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Basic (2003)

Tom Hardy, an ex-Army Ranger turned DEA agent, is drawn into an ever-widening mystery surrounding the disappearance of the feared and often hated Sgt. Nathan West, as well as several of his elite Special Forces trainees on what appears, at first, to have been a routine training exercise during a hurricane in the jungles of Panama. Only two survivors are found, Dunbar, and a badly wounded Kendall, the son of a high-profile Joint Chiefs of Staff official. Neither is willing to cooperate with Capt. Julia Osborne's investigation. So base commander Col. Bill Styles calls in ex-Ranger Hardy, an old friend and a persuasive interrogator. Osborne disapproves of Hardy who is on leave from the D.E.A. after having come under suspicion of accepting bribes from local drug traffickers. She is also uneasy when she learns that Hardy once trained under West and hates him almost as passionately as his current recruits. With time running out, Hardy and Osborne call a temporary, if uneasy, truce. Hardy cajoles a confession out of Dunbar, who claims that Sgt. West and the missing Rangers have been murdered and their bodies blown away by the hurricane. When they later interview Kendall, he confirms that the other Rangers and West are dead. But, in almost every other way, his story contradicts Dunbar's. What happened to West and his Ranger team? And what were they really doing out there in the jungle? As each layer reveals more lies and greater deceptions, Hardy and Osborne inch towards the horrible truth about the fate of the missing Rangers. This is why Basic (2003) is one of the best movies like Rashomon (1950). (Read More)

Story:wounded,  story,  heavy rain,  contradictory accounts,  multiple perspectives,  truth,  rain,  murder,  flashback

Ben-hur (2016) is one of the best movies like Rashomon (1950)
Action, Adventure, Drama, History

Ben-hur (2016)

Story:sword fight,  heavy rain,  dagger,  sword,  horse,  corpse,  knife,  flashback,  murder

Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves (1991)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Romance

Robin Hood: Prince Of Thieves (1991)

After being captured by Turks during the Crusades, Robin of Locksley and a Moor, Azeem, escape back to England, where Azeem vows to remain until he repays Robin for saving his life. Meanwhile, Robin's father, a nobleman loyal to King Richard the Lionhearted, has been murdered by the brutal Sheriff of Nottingham, who helped install Richard's treacherous brother, Prince John, as king while Richard is overseas fighting the Crusades. When Robin returns home, he vows to avenge his father's death and restore Richard to the throne. Even though Maid Marian, his childhood friend, cannot help him, he escapes to the Forest of Sherwood where he joins a band of exiled villagers and becomes their leader. With their help he attempts to cleanse the land of the evil that the Sheriff has spread. (Read More)

Locations:forest
Characters:priest,  baby
Story:sword fight,  12th century,  dagger,  duel,  sword,  horse,  knife,  murder

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Hannibal Rising (2007)
Crime, Drama, Thriller

Hannibal Rising (2007)

Mischa and Hannibal, baby brother and sister, are inseparable; it is their love for each other that ties their bond. Their companionship is forever binding, until, with their family, while hiding from the Nazi war machine a twisted set of circumstance sets the pace for a most vicious attack on the future of one Hannibal Lecter for the sworn vengeance for the brutal killing of his baby sister. Years later, we find Hannibal, the teenager, setting up in Paris, and living with his aunt Lady Murasaki Shikibu and studying at medical school here he finds his forte. Still searching for his sister's murderers, still bitter and still ever hopeful of satisfying his desire for retribution. This chance arrives, and soon we are to learn that for a pound of flesh lost a pound of flesh must be repaid. This is the horrific tale of justice and honor, a young man's growing pains that will have the guilty paying with more than just flesh and bone. This is the up and rising tale of the young Hannibal, prey you do not meet him, for meat you shall be to him. Taste his wroth. (Read More)

Locations:woods,  forest
Characters:japanese,  baby
Story:katana sword,  story,  sword,  horse,  martial arts,  murder,  flashback

Seraphim Falls (2006)
Action, Drama, Thriller, War, Western

Seraphim Falls (2006)

In the 1860s, five men have been tracking a sixth across Nevada for more than two weeks. They shoot and wound him, but he gets away. They pursue, led by the dour Carver, who will pay them each $1 a day once he's captured. The hunted is Gideon, resourceful, skilled with a knife. Gideon's flight and Carver's hunt require horses, water, and bullets. The course takes them past lone settlers, a wagon train, a rail crew, settlements, and an Indian philosopher. What is the reason for the hunt; what connects Gideon and Carver? What happened at Seraphim Falls? (Read More)

Locations:woods,  forest
Characters:baby
Story:duel,  dead body,  horse,  rain,  corpse,  knife,  flashback,  murder

Appaloosa (2008) is one of the best movies like Rashomon (1950)
Crime, Drama, Romance, Western

Appaloosa (2008)

1882, New Mexico Territory. Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch are itinerant lawmen, hired by desperate towns as marshal and deputy. The city fathers of Appaloosa hire them after Randall Bragg, a newly-arrived rancher with money and a gang of thugs, disrupts commerce and kills three local lawmen. Cole and Hitch contrive to arrest Bragg and bring him to trial, but hanging him proves difficult. Meanwhile, a widow has arrived in town, Allison French, pretty, refined, and good-natured. Virgil falls hard, and it seems mutual, but there may be more to Allie than meets the eye. Can friendship and skill with a gun overcome a pernicious villain and green-eyed jealousy? This is why Appaloosa (2008) is one of the best movies like Rashomon (1950). (Read More)

Story:eye witness,  witness,  court,  duel,  trial,  horse,  rape,  one word title,  murder

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Janghwa, Hongryeon (2003)
Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Janghwa, Hongryeon (2003)

Two sisters who, after spending time in a mental institution, return to the home of their father and cruel stepmother. Once there, in addition to dealing with their stepmother's obsessive and unbalanced ways, an interfering ghost also affects their recovery.

Themes:suicide
Story:existentialism,  dead body,  lie,  horse,  rain,  ghost,  flashback

From Hell (2001)
Horror, Mystery, Thriller

From Hell (2001)

It is 1888 in London, and the unfortunate poor lead horrifying lives in the city's deadliest slum, Whitechapel. Harassed by gangs and forced to walk the streets for a living, Mary Kelly and her small group of companions trudge on through this daily misery, their only consolation being that things can't get any worse. Yet things somehow do when their friend Ann is kidnapped and they are drawn into a conspiracy with links higher up than they could possibly imagine. The kidnapping is soon followed by the gruesome murder of another woman, Polly, and it becomes apparent that they are being hunted down, one by one. Sinister even by Whitechapel standards, the murder grabs the attention of Inspector Fred Abberline, a brilliant yet troubled man whose police work is often aided by his psychic abilities. Abberline becomes deeply involved with the case, which takes on personal meaning to him when he and Mary begin to fall in love. But as he gets closer to the truth Whitechapel becomes more and more dangerous for Abberline, Mary, and the other girls. Whoever is responsible for the grisly acts is not going to give up his secret without a fight....will they be able to survive the avenging force that has been sent after them from hell? (Read More)

Characters:baby
Story:eye witness,  psychic,  truth,  witness,  dead body,  horse,  rain,  corpse,  rape,  knife,  flashback,  murder

16 Blocks (2006)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

16 Blocks (2006)

Jack Mosley, a burnt-out detective, is assigned the unenviable task of transporting a fast-talking convict from jail to a courthouse 16 blocks away. However, along the way he learns that the man is supposed to testify against Mosley's colleagues, and the entire NYPD wants him dead. Mosley must choose between loyalty to his colleagues and protecting the witness, and never has such a short distance seemed so long... (Read More)

Story:eye witness,  witness,  court,  dead body,  lie,  corpse,  flashback,  murder

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Tom Yum Goong (2005) is one of the best movies like Rashomon (1950)
Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Tom Yum Goong (2005)

In Bangkok, the young Kham was raised by his father in the jungle with elephants as members of their family. When his old elephant and the baby Kern are stolen by criminals, Kham finds that the animals were sent to Sidney. He travels to Australia, where he locates the baby elephant in a restaurant owned by the evil Madame Rose, the leader of an international Thai mafia. With the support of the efficient Thai sergeant Mark, who was involved in a conspiracy, Kham fights to rescue the animal from the mobsters. (Read More)

Characters:baby
Story:katana sword,  sword fight,  duel,  sword,  martial arts,  murder,  flashback

One Night At Mccool's (2001)
Comedy, Crime

One Night At Mccool's (2001)

After another hard night at McCool's, bartender Randy runs into Jewel. The seductive lady seems to have evaded a rape pretty closely, and when the man comes back, she puts a bullet in his head. After all these events (and others), Randy takes Jewel home, and the two become a couple. Yet Jewel begins to develop into a very demanding girlfriend and drives Randy into committing crimes for her and her elaborate lifestyle. Randy's cousin Carl is driven crazy by Randy's incredibly sexy girl as well as the investigating officer, Detective Dehling. This is why One Night At Mccool's (2001) is one of the best movies like Rashomon (1950). (Read More)

Characters:priest
Story:couple,  contradictory accounts,  multiple perspectives,  psychic,  lie,  rain,  rape,  murder,  flashback

Exodus: Gods And Kings (2014)
Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Exodus: Gods And Kings (2014)

Epic adventure Exodus: Gods and Kings is the story of one man's daring courage to take on the might of an empire. Using state of the art visual effects and 3D immersion, Scott brings new life to the story of the defiant leader Moses as he rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues. (Read More)

Story:sword fight,  heavy rain,  story,  honesty,  dagger,  lie,  sword,  horse,  rain,  corpse,  knife,  murder

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The Prestige (2006)
Drama, Mystery, Sci-fi, Thriller

The Prestige (2006)

In the end of the Nineteenth Century, in London, Robert Angier, his beloved wife Julia McCullough and Alfred Borden are friends and assistants of a magician. When Julia accidentally dies during a performance, Robert blames Alfred for her death and they become enemies. Both become famous and rival magicians, sabotaging the performance of the other on the stage. When Alfred performs a successful trick, Robert becomes obsessed trying to disclose the secret of his competitor with tragic consequences. (Read More)

Themes:suicide
Locations:woods,  forest
Characters:baby
Story:ruin,  story,  gate,  court,  trial,  dead body,  horse,  rain,  corpse,  murder,  flashback

Dead Man Walking (1995) is one of the best movies like Rashomon (1950)
Crime, Drama

Dead Man Walking (1995)

A convicted murderer on Death Row and the nun who befriends him. Through the portrayal of finely drawn characters and their interactions as the days, hours, and minutes tick down to the condemned man's execution, powerful emotions are unleashed. While Matthew Poncelet and Sister Prejean desperately try to gain a stay of execution from the governor or the courts, scenes are intercut from the brutal crime, gradually revealing the truth about the events that transpired. In addition to her temporal help, the nun also tries to reach out spiritually and assist as a guide to salvation. (Read More)

Locations:woods,  forest
Characters:priest
Story:truth,  witness,  court,  corpse,  rape,  knife,  murder,  flashback

Winter's Bone (2010)
Drama

Winter's Bone (2010)

With an absent father and a withdrawn and depressed mother, 17 year-old Ree Dolly keeps her family together in a dirt poor rural area. She's taken aback however when the local Sheriff tells her that her father put up their house as collateral for his bail and unless he shows up for his trial in a week's time, they will lose it all. She knows her father is involved in the local drug trade and manufactures crystal meth, but everywhere she goes the message is the same: stay out of it and stop poking your nose in other people's business. She refuses to listen, even after her father's brother, Teardrop, tells her he's probably been killed. She pushes on, putting her own life in danger, for the sake of her family until the truth, or enough of it, is revealed. (Read More)

Locations:woods,  forest
Characters:baby
Story:truth,  court,  trial,  dead body,  lie,  horse,  corpse,  murder

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