This well-shot period drama follows the style laid out in other recent Fujisawa Shuuhei adaptations, such as Yamada Yoji's 'Twilight Samurai' et al. The appearance of Kikuchi Rinko raises the quality of the entire film, despite her not appearing until the final 30 minutes. It doesn't outstay its welcome (running only 93 mins.), and delivers a satisfying climax. Competent drama which doesn't aim to be revolutionary.