As good as it gets
Wish some of the characters got more exposition as now the narrative of the gambler is pretty weak
my eyes on fighting scene
This is my favorite Miike film. About 25 years ago, I had the chance to watch the original 1963 Eiichi Kudo's B&W film (that is the basis for this one) in a cinema, and Takashi Miike's version has nothing to envy from it, standing as its own as a wonderful jidaigeki film. It's far more graphic, violent and darker (both in action and cinematography), with great performances and very discrete VFX's. My only complain is the first DVD version I got was dubbed to English (dubbed Japanese films are AWFUL, please!), and had to wait a whole year for the Bluray, with Japanese audio and excellent English subtitles. If you like films like Shogun Assassin, 7 Samurai and Pulp Fiction, this movie is for you. By the way, Koji Endo's soundtrack for this film is awesome, don't miss it.