My sons finagled me into renting this, and I was pleasantly surprised. I expected yet another mediocre martial arts film, and found instead a solid story (or rather, two interwoven) combined with ethereal photography and hauntingly beautiful music. The acting performances are solid. We saw the dubbed English version, but the dubbing was so well done that it was practically seamless -- the words matched the mouths most of the time, and the inflections were natural. All in all, this is one of the best pictures I have seen in a long while, and I consider the time (a little over two hours) well spent.