Felix’s review published on Letterboxd :
To say a Gosha film is well directed is almost pointless at this point. Each of his works have been a visual delight. What often lets him down is the writing, sometimes its too simplistic and at others nonsensical.
Happily Onimasa is a step away from this, chronically the life of the titular gangster and his adopted daughter over thirty years. Here relationships are given the time to be explored, giving greater impact to how they turn out whilst the scope allows one to feel like they gone across the great journey with the characters.
Backed up by a masterful soundtrack and a slightly comical but still effective performance by Nakadai, this is the most impressive of Gosha's work that I've seen since Three Outlaw Samurai.
P.S. That dog fight was quite uncomfortable to watch.