This movie was much better than I had expected, and have to say that it is one of the better movies that I've seen, and certainly one of the best of the samurai genre. Tatsuya Nakadai was excellent as the the samurai Ryunosuke, whose decent towards evil is the central focus of the story. Interwoven are several interesting subplots, making for a complex and engaging film. Mifune's role is minor, but far from insignificant. Cinematography was great and the action sequences were fantastic. If you are a fan of samurai films, or Japanese films in general, this is one that you must see.