Aaron アーロン’s review published on Letterboxd:
I wasn’t sure what I was getting into with this film. The film is very well directed and presented so I can easily see why it has become recognized as a classic. I’m not sure what to say about it. Some of the imagery is quite striking. The story is very entertaining and haunting. As soon as you get your footing with the film the runtime flies by. The soundtrack is so unique and unsettling. The characters seek pride and fortunes for the wrong reasons and also want to profit from war. They become so blinded by these vices that they neglect the things that are important to them. Ultimately that triggers the events of the story and it becomes a cautionary fable. You can tell that the stories this is adapting are worthy classic Japanese literature that delivers a powerful message along with a great story.
Great film. Highly recommend.