"Death is merciless, but never dying is far worse."
The protagonist of this film racks up such an impressive body count in the first ten minutes that it's not too surprising the rest of the film can't measure up to it. It also feels like it could have easily been half an hour shorter, maybe even a full hour. One thing I wouldn't cut out, though, is Manji's encounter with the monk with the basket on his head. I love those guys.