Imagine for a moment if Rob Zombie directed a classic Zatoichi movie, and you're getting warmer to the crazy that is this film. The plot doesn't seem to matter, but what does is imagery and tone - when it delves into the horror and the supernatural and the psychosexual, sometimes all at once, it wins.
Ishii's own brand of crazy combines to give us a horror/chambara/comedy combo with lovely Meiko Kaji in the lead role. The guy from "Horror of Malformed Men" is here too doing his thing...whatever that is. Could use more Meiko Kaji cutting people, still fun and strange.