One of Zimmer's better works, and considering his unequivocal position as the best and most prolific composer of our time, that clearly says something. The easy blend of traditional, Japanese and electronic instruments makes for interesting listening. 'Way of the Sword' is undoubtedly one of the better tracks, opening with heartpounding, yet irresolutely sad, action music, moving on to emotional machine-gun sequence and closing with the quiet beauty of Katsumoto's seppuku. Other highlights include 'Spectres in the Fog,' which contains the first iteration of the Samurai's theme, a heroic yet grief-laden melody (consigned to the horns on this track), 'Red Warrior,' most famous for its much-criticised, yet strangely effective, shouting people, and 'A Small Measure of Peace.' Having said that however, nothing on this CD could qualify as a low point. It's beauty is utterly staggering, and the absence of a nomination from Oscar is inexplicable, far better as it was than Newman's 'Finding Nemo' and even Elfman's 'Big Fish.'