At first i didn't like it, then i didn't care for it, then i gave it another chance, and now i love it. Some might argue Miike contradicts himself with his critique of cinematic violence by going over the top with it, but i think that's exactly the point. There's also a bunch of fantastic sequences, so even if you don't quite like the concept, it's hard to hate a movie with vampires, samurais, yakuzas among others.
A sort of fantasia on Japan's obsession with graphic violence and samurai culture; the film tries to critique how the image of violence is manipulated in the service of cynical interests, not least those of the entertainment industry. To me, it's a mess, not least because it wallows in the violence it seems to condemn. But the biggest compliment I can pay is that perhaps only a Syberberg could have got away with it.
A film which actually earns the adjective "insane". Miike's grand experiment (or perhaps jest), where he throws everything out there in an attempt to capture atrocity and hatred itself. Is this Miike's reflection on the 20th century? Either way, the violence transcending time, the endless cycle, leads to perhaps his most philosophically dense film. Essential 21st century cinema.