This movie is awesome. I love the style. The feel. The artistry. I loved the action, but wished that there was a lot more, especially at the beginning of the movie... some of the fighting was too short... but, not that I didn't like them. The acting was decent, but not bad. It was good. The movie has a very different feel to it than what I think some people were expecting. It seems kind of cheesy at first, but when you understand it more (or at least from my experience) you come to realize that its not cheesy after-all. The story was really interesting. The whole Ninja plot is not the most interesting plot-line in the story - the ninjas are after him to kill him for his betrayal.
Anyways... It was a great movie... lots of fun. But I will say that it is simply a sit down and enjoy movie with some popcorn and a snack.
I only have a few complaints though, two in fact.First, the effects in general were really good, but... what I had a problem with was some of the proportions... for instance. When the drunken man was up in the farris wheel sniping the bad guys... when you get an angle from the top looking down... it gives you the perspective that the farris wheel is really high (because many of the large tents and objects on the ground seem really small and far away from the top of the farris wheel) - this bugs me because in other scenes, you are given the perspective that the farris wheel is no more than a 200 feet tall. This really bugged me!!!
The second thing was, if you go back and watch the trailer for the movie, you will notice that there are a few short clips where the hero is in this room with dark wooden floors, it looks like he's slicing his sword through the flooring or something, and another clip in the same setting two ninjas pop out of the ground. These parts were not in the movie. It looked like some more cool fight scenes that should have been left in the movie but taken out for some reason... I don't like it when they put something in the commercial you really want to see, but don't actually put it in the theactrical release. I hope that someday there will be and uncut release (most unlikely... which is saddening) or that there are some deleted scenes and extras on the DVD that contain this missing action scene.