A restrained samurai film that takes it's time to build up to the climatic ending. With more story and depth than action, this film has some hauntingly beautiful cinematography, using backstory to fill in gaps.
Fine direction by Takashi Miike, and a charismatic performance by Hanshiro Tsugumo. This based upon the story by Yasuhiko Takiguchi, 'Ibun Ronin Ki.'
Special feature has a less than 2 minute recap.