It was hard for me to understand what the tone/theme of this was really supposed to be. From the title "Zatoichi" I was thinking it was trying to imitate the Oriental theme a lot. The beginning, however, made me think it was more about the Middle East and a desert themed thing. I also thought it could be a tribute to kung fu style stuff. The interlude at the middle was a pretty intersting touch as well. Anyway, this had a lot of stuff going for it and it worked out pretty well.