88/100 (Ne denilebilir ki. Böyle usta eserler gördükçe çok ama çok mutlu oluyorum. Son 15-20 dakikada aksiyon namına heba edilen saçma sahneleri çıkarınca gelmiş geçmiş en iyi filmlerden biri. Direnmenin, gelenekçiliğe karşı savaşın, otoritenin baskılarının, sefaletin destanı. 17. yy'da olan şey 21. yy'da da devam ediyor. Sanırım hepimiz Tatsuya'nın başroldeki karakteri gibi "direnen harakiri" yapmaya sürükleniyoruz)
Why in the world would you remake this film? It's almost perfect, aside from the tentativeness that Tatsuya Nakadai had from using real swords. A practice that was later banned. The lighting is masterful, and the suspense just built and built. We got to see him be more than just an avenging angel. He was a bit like Columbo with those, "And another thing .."
Rarely is a film so meticulously crafted and perfected on all it's fronts in the way this is: cinematically, artistically, politically, emotionally, and in sheer entertainment. This is masterwork that with great style and mastery of the craft paints a picture of a hypocritical society and of great human suffering.No punches are pulled here, not emotionally and certainly not viscerally.
With its amazing cinematography,crazy plot,tense dialogue,simple soundtrack but it will make you feels more about the situation,and thats the reason why this film is the best,most realistic,and the most amazing jidaigeki film that i've ever seen. 9.5/10 Thumbs up for masaki kobayashi's best work and for tatsuya nakadai's best act.