This is certainly the best karate film to have come out in recent years. Though the story is predictable and the script has its faults, the action scenes raise to must-see level for all fans of karate films. Partially this is due to the understatement of many of the fights. They last only a moment, much like some of the samurai duels in Kurosawa.
The lead actors, Akihito Yagi and Tatsuya Naka really are experts at karate, and often move with mind-boggling swiftness. Lets hope there are future films with these fellows. Tatsuya Naka I found particularly convincing in the role of the wayward Taikan.