Last night we watched Samurai Fiction. We've had the movie for almost a year but just haven't watched it. It was so incredibly well done. Funny as hell, beautifully shot, and done in a way that lets you really really care about the people involved... even the bad guy. It was just impressive.
Also, while the name is a nod at Quentin Tarantino, I'm pretty sure that Quentin nodded right back by lifting certain bits/pieces/looks from this for his first installment of Kill Bill. (and the man who played Kazamatsuri, Tomoyasu Hotei, was actually the composer for this film AND did some of the music for Kill Bill Vol. 1 along with the RZA. During the movie we'd decided that Tomoyasu looked like a strange combination of (the great) Anthony Wong and Donny Yen. He's also really tall.)
Ignore the idiots calling this a "rock based film". There was rock in it. There was also electro, country, and a guy playing a saw. These people are annoyed that they went looking for Sword of Doom and got this instead.
(also: this isn't Sword of Doom)
Oh, and don't listen to a reviewer who can't be bothered to learn the main character's names just becuase they're in a foreign language... but who has no issue taking the time to type up and display his opinion for the Internets. And don't read the message boards for the film. They're filled with people who don't know timelines, Japanese film history, actual history, culture, or conventions. People there actually say "this is a japanese animation, or "anime" as they are called."