Japanese with English subtitles, but mostly drama and bursts of action without huge amounts of dialogue. One of the most compelling and beautifully filmed movies that I've seen for many months. Occasionally tricky to follow the non-linear plot, which has a few flashback scenes to past events in characters' lives, but it all makes sense eventually. Zatoichi is a famous blind Samurai character from Japanese movie history, although this film is a stand-alone and does not reference past releases which were all created a generation earlier - somewhat like the UK gets regular remakes of the Robin Hood or King Arthur legends every few years. The film's director also played the lead role and is a major star in his homeland, plus has made several appearances in Hollywood too. Highly recommended.