It's the typical Japanese film. They take their time. Ichi doesn't talk much, more so she is blind. There's no element of surprise, nothing really stands out. I have to say, it's still a little over-the-top when it comes to villains. You can't even 'science' the stupidity of its characters' actions. I think audiences are tired of seeing that. Regardless, it's always fascinating to see a samurai film once in a while.