Takashi Miike, may for as long as you live and remain a film maker, shall you make a never ending list of insanely over the top Samurai movies that have more blood than the human body has atoms.
There's a certain elegance the way this film leads up to the finale in it's stride and pacing that it feels like that, when all is over and done, it might be waste of time. But holy fucking hell it is not. The time this film spends building up the story and the characters, with what relatively little we know about them, does not waste a single minute in hindsight.
I'll continue to come back to this film, and recommend it highly for first timers to Takashi Miike or people who want Samurai films. An absolute masterpiece, and a timeless one at that, even if there is a stampede of exploding bulls.