Kuro-obi (Black Belt) (2007)
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awesome movie. a bit slow at times but I really liked it. very different from modern MA flicks. To me its right up there with "fighter in the wind".
Great movie on the essence of Karate. A must for any martial artist. Top notch fight scenes with no hint of wires, mysticism of CGI.
Set in the early years of the Showa Era in Japan, the story revolves around three men who aspire to receive the "kuro-obi" that can go only to the rightful successor. In contrast to modern martial arts film where wires, CGI or stylized filmmaking techniques are used to dazzle audiences with stylized action scenes, the director has combined a character-driven story with the talents of real black belt karate masters/actors Akihito Yagi, Tatsuya Naka and Yuji Suzuki. The film makers have gone for style and substance over mindless entertainment and produce a very entertaining story of 3 students deciding their paths after their sensei has passed and the military has requisitioned the dojo. This is real karate, real fast, so be sure not to blink or you might miss something
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