a very enjoyable revenge-narrative that, surprisingly, still holds up well today.
“Sakaguchi reveals that what truly stirs the imagination of the spectator is not shining special effects, but true skill and physicality of the actor’s presence.”
“A powerful subjective statement against the prowling nature of the Japanese police.”
A deep and detailed exploration of the beginning of cinema in Japan.
“Nakajima’s movie delivers everything that one expects from an jidai-geki narrative.”
“While it does not offer anything new to the jidai-geki genre, it still is a pleasing narrative that touches upon less well-known aspects of Edo-society.”
“A somewhat atypically packaged jidai-geki, that provides everything one should expect of a contemporary mainstream jidai-geki.”
“One of the Tsukamoto’s most accomplished narratives.”
For those who are looking for a well-crafted ride with thrills and twists, finished off with some subtle melodrama, this narrative fits the bill.
“Add the Kenshin-tension to the mix and you have a narrative that will keep you on the edge of your seat.”
“Those who are able to visually scrutinize the (…) detailed historical narrative space will (…) enjoy the narrative’s atmosphere and appreciate the pacifistic message about tradition and craftsmanship that this atmospheric narrative formulates.”
“Everything one can and should expect from a samurai narrative [ is present]. A true classic that has stood the test time.”