This is a beautifully crafted battle movie in the times of the Samurais. Think Tarantino, Peckinpah, Kurosawa but revised and updated. Whirlwind action, great battle scenes, a credible (bad-bad) villain, intelligent dialogues (a debate on the duty of a samurai: to stay loyal to and defend his lord however bad he behaves or to defend his oppressed subjects?), including comic relief punctuating the action in the person of a irreverent dilettante drifter who joins the 12 rebels and proves to be a gem.
Very entertaining and beautifully shot.