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Black Belt (2007)

Kuro-obi (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Sport | 13 October 2007 (Japan)
A Karate masters three students compete for to be the new master against events of historical events.

Director:

Shunichi Nagasaki

Writer:

Jôji Iida
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Cast

Credited cast:
Akihito Yagi Akihito Yagi ... Giryu
Tatsuya Naka Tatsuya Naka ... Taikan
Yûji Suzuki Yûji Suzuki ... Choei
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kenji Anan Kenji Anan
Takeshi Bito Takeshi Bito ... Punk
Arashi Fukasawa Arashi Fukasawa ... Kenta
Hakuryû ... Police Captain Kiichi Tanihara
Rei Hanaoka Rei Hanaoka
Atsushi Hida Atsushi Hida
Yû Kamio Yû Kamio
Takayasu Komiya ... Ohmoji
Tatsuya Mori Tatsuya Mori
Atsuko Nakamura Atsuko Nakamura
Yôsuke Natsuki Yôsuke Natsuki ... Eiken Shibahara
Shin'ya Ohwada Shin'ya Ohwada ... Gouda Hidehisa (as Shin'ya Ôwada)
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The events take place in 1932 in Japanese-occupied Manchuria, in which the corrupt leaders of the Japanese army are trying to take over all the Karate dojos for their own personal benefit. Amidst these circumstances the master of one of these dojos dies before passing on the Kuroobi to his successor, leaving three of his pupils the task of deciding amongst themselves who deserves it most. After they bury their master, they are forced to leave the dojo and join the Japanese army. At this point, their journey leads them on rather different paths both in life and in the understanding of their master's teachings of martial arts, only to reunite them at the end. Written by johanvos

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Taglines:

Real Fight, Real Karate, Real Japan.

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Action | Drama | Sport

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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

Japan

Language:

Japanese

Release Date:

13 October 2007 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Belt See more »

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The styles of karate used by the characters are all different: Taikan trains Shotokan style. Giryu trains Goju-Ryu style. Choei trains Kyokushinkai style See more »

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one of the best from Japan
26 August 2016 | by A_Different_DrummerSee all my reviews

Have a friend who is a MA buff.

He has strong views.

He says that Chinese film makers often get confused between the pure fighting and the costume budget. Sometimes they emphasize one when they should emphasize the other.

He is also harsh with the Japanese studios, saying that over the years they have given in to the exploitation market by doing films about hi--kicking karate girls, karate sisters, karate high school students, etc.

So this one is a jewel. Amazingly pure to the original notion of what MA are supposed to be, a simple yet powerful script, great acting and direction.

Almost the Asian equivalent of SHANE.


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