Kala’s review published on Letterboxd:
I think all directors need to start out in Black & White, before making the switch to color. If they did, I feel that they could be more like Kurosawa in Ran. Kurosawa chooses to shoot in these places where the color is so vivid. The green of the fields and mountains, the color of the soldiers' armor, the red of fire, the gray of the mist. It's like Kurosawa filmed this film with a paintbrush. He knows this too, because he shows off so many landscape shots as opposed to his other films.
The battles in this film are some of the best action sequences I've ever seen. When I see those flaming arrows fly into the castle, let alone the room that Nakadai is sitting in, I'm in shock. These are heart pounding sequences that leave you in awe.
There are so many twists and turns to the story, that you're glued to the screen. You can't wait to see what happens after each moment in the film.