Kuro-obi (Black Belt) Reviews

  • Jan 17, 2020

    This is a real Karate movie! No fantasy, no acrobatic fights. A very plausible plot, very good fighting scenes, and a glorious final! Must see.

    This is a real Karate movie! No fantasy, no acrobatic fights. A very plausible plot, very good fighting scenes, and a glorious final! Must see.

  • Dec 05, 2012

    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".

    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".

  • Jan 28, 2012

    an interesting film about the perfection of martial art. the plot is simple and straight forward. there may be certain things left hanging and unanswered at the end of the film. i find that the sudden change in style towards the ending, disconnects the flow of the film, which i believe to be deliberate.

    an interesting film about the perfection of martial art. the plot is simple and straight forward. there may be certain things left hanging and unanswered at the end of the film. i find that the sudden change in style towards the ending, disconnects the flow of the film, which i believe to be deliberate.

  • Dec 26, 2011

    Following the demise of a karate master three brothers have to share his trophy - the old black belt, but can't choose who's best of them. The eldest one, joined by the wounded second brother, steps over his honour and integrity and joins army recruiters who search for warriers in other karate clans to gather warriers to fight for Manchuria. The third brother stays in a village and continues to perfect his defense skills, as his teacher had advised him, 'for himself'. In the final battle the brothers fight, and the one who stayed true to his promise to the teacher to use karate only for defense, wins and kills his elder brother. Before dying he admits that his brother's karate is better and he deserved to become the leader of the clan. The story is strong, but predictable. Importantly, fights are few. Overall impression - could be better.

    Following the demise of a karate master three brothers have to share his trophy - the old black belt, but can't choose who's best of them. The eldest one, joined by the wounded second brother, steps over his honour and integrity and joins army recruiters who search for warriers in other karate clans to gather warriers to fight for Manchuria. The third brother stays in a village and continues to perfect his defense skills, as his teacher had advised him, 'for himself'. In the final battle the brothers fight, and the one who stayed true to his promise to the teacher to use karate only for defense, wins and kills his elder brother. Before dying he admits that his brother's karate is better and he deserved to become the leader of the clan. The story is strong, but predictable. Importantly, fights are few. Overall impression - could be better.

  • scott g Super Reviewer
    Oct 12, 2011

    A story about corruption and family feuding getting between it all, a good story at its heart, the film doesent fully flow great, and at times a very tiny bit dull but overall a good watch and does get going when it wants to

    A story about corruption and family feuding getting between it all, a good story at its heart, the film doesent fully flow great, and at times a very tiny bit dull but overall a good watch and does get going when it wants to

  • May 12, 2011

    Some of the best Karate every captured on film.

    Some of the best Karate every captured on film.

  • Jun 23, 2010

    karate! me gusto el ritmo de la movie y el como se van desarrollando los personajes rivales por el camino de vida que eligieron, hasta te dan ganas te ir al dojo !

    karate! me gusto el ritmo de la movie y el como se van desarrollando los personajes rivales por el camino de vida que eligieron, hasta te dan ganas te ir al dojo !

  • Apr 28, 2010

    A must see for every Karateka who is doing traditional Karate. It is no action movie with explosions and wires. It's about the real Karate and the basic philosophy of ikken hissatsu (一拳必殺) - how to kill your enemy with one blow. A pleasant counterpart to all the high-tech fighting movies in the last few years and an inspiring source to think a little bit more about Karate and it's philosophy.

    A must see for every Karateka who is doing traditional Karate. It is no action movie with explosions and wires. It's about the real Karate and the basic philosophy of ikken hissatsu (一拳必殺) - how to kill your enemy with one blow. A pleasant counterpart to all the high-tech fighting movies in the last few years and an inspiring source to think a little bit more about Karate and it's philosophy.

  • Mar 23, 2010

    05 ربيع الثاني Black Belt Every true Karateka must watch this film! Its about three dedicated Karate disciples, Taiken Giryo and Choei, who train with master Shibara. During one of their training sessions, they are visited by the military police attempting to take control of their dojo. The 3 Karate students refuse to give away their dojo and instead resist the police. They defeat those who challenged them and severly hurt them. On his deathbed, Mast Shibara gives them some final words on the real meaning of Karate and talks about who should be worthy of inheriting his black belt. Taiken and Giryo discover the meaning of their master's words through different paths, actually opposing paths leading to their master's black belt. Wonderful Karate film! Its the first Karate movie that truly illustrates the power of traditional Karate, and specifically the power of the Kata. Most of the techniques used in the fight scenes are taken from the traditional Karate Kata. The fight scenes were simply breath taking.

    05 ربيع الثاني Black Belt Every true Karateka must watch this film! Its about three dedicated Karate disciples, Taiken Giryo and Choei, who train with master Shibara. During one of their training sessions, they are visited by the military police attempting to take control of their dojo. The 3 Karate students refuse to give away their dojo and instead resist the police. They defeat those who challenged them and severly hurt them. On his deathbed, Mast Shibara gives them some final words on the real meaning of Karate and talks about who should be worthy of inheriting his black belt. Taiken and Giryo discover the meaning of their master's words through different paths, actually opposing paths leading to their master's black belt. Wonderful Karate film! Its the first Karate movie that truly illustrates the power of traditional Karate, and specifically the power of the Kata. Most of the techniques used in the fight scenes are taken from the traditional Karate Kata. The fight scenes were simply breath taking.

  • Feb 22, 2010

    Mungkin beginilah karate yang sebenarnya. Cepat dan mematikan.

    Mungkin beginilah karate yang sebenarnya. Cepat dan mematikan.