Jules Neuman’s review published on Letterboxd:
A bold film. Samurai Spy is imposing with its visual style. Standing over top the action, Shinoda’s use of the frame conditions the narrative intrigue. It’s a twisting spy movie, with lots of politics, names, and my misremembering of those names.
The white wanderer, Sakon Takatani (played by Tesuro Tanba), is one of the cooler foes I’ve come across in the genre. It’s a north of camp performance, played straight, and it works, because he is a bad ass, even in the presence of folklore figure, Sasuke Sarutobi.