This is a slow and patient film. It's fairly simple in execution. Split into two parts a little less than 2 hours a piece. The first half tell the story of a clans shaming and quest for revenge. We get to know many of the central characters and the people around them. The second half is all about the carrying out of said revenge. Mizoguchi takes his subject seriously, almost too much so in a way. Some scenes do feel long as a football field. Still what's here is a lot of quality in every technical aspect. The design, costumes, acting and cinematography are all great and precursor's to the director later styles. All in all this is for the die hard samurai fans only. Most others may find it dull.