Worst takes on this entire site
It's a crime against cinema to waste Grillo & Mel so Carnahan should be sentenced to movie jail.
The Historical Feel Bad Epic isn't exactly my favorite genre but this one is pretty damn good. It's bleak and depressing as this story should be but Kobayashi's humanist touches and the beautiful performances (Tatsuya Nakadai, what an actor) and writing give the movie much needed heart so it's not just making you feel like shit for 3 hours. Kobayashi is the master of making long movies that really don't feel that long.