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Black Belt [DVD]

Akihito Yagi , Tatsuya Naka , Shunichi Nagasaki    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Akihito Yagi, Tatsuya Naka, Yuji Suzuki
  • Directors: Shunichi Nagasaki
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: MVM
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Aug 2011
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00525QI7C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,266 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

No wires, no CGI--just real martial arts: In 2005, Ong-Bak set the martial arts world on fire again, bringing REAL martial arts back to movies. Now Black Belt brings the real force of karate to the screen. No wires, No CG and acted by Japan's leading black belt karate experts, Black Belt is a real martial arts tour de force. The year is 1932 and the Japanese military is dismantling each Karate dojo across the country. Amidst this chaos, the master of one dojo dies before passing on the "Kuro-obi" (black belt) to a successor. Three men of the dojo compete to earn the Kuro-obi and must face the might of the Japanese army. This leads them on very different paths, pitting each man against the other, and ultimately thrusting them into a terrible encounter with fate.

Special Features:
  • Making of
  • Trailer
  • TV Spot

Customer Reviews

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It delivers 24 Oct 2011
By A. Thai
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Black Belt

I bought this dvd because it was supposed to be different from the run-of-the mill martial arts flicks, as the actors are supposed to be real karate experts.
Well, I am happy to say that it delivers what it promises.
The story is only so-so, with the military playing the role of the baddies here, sadistic or stubborn, or even rotten to the core. Interestingly, the karate master has not two, but three students, two brilliant ones - one who chooses the wrong path, looking for results only, that is to say, beating his opponents to prove his skills, the other follows his sensei's teachings (only defensive moves, no kicks, no matter what)- while the third one lacks the skills of his fellow-students and serves as a witness and a sort of everyman, and at the end, will help the viewer to understand the cryptic words of the Sensei. We might think the nice student is a bit too soft, too "nice", but he does show that a block can hurt as hell. We might regret that the film director has chosen symbol over sense at the end of the climactic showdown, with red flowers sprouting out of nowhere in a muddy field, because we can't help wondering what will happen to the poor girls (no spoiler here!) now that all the bad guys have come round to look at the heroes experiencing their epiphany.
What matters though is that the film delivers as far as fight sequences are concerned. The characters are played by real-life experts and they put on a very good show, and the good student is even kind of good-looking too. The film should come with a warning though : in real life, do not try to attack a guy with a drawn katana and punch him out of his senses, especially when you are several feet away. Even if you are a karate expert.
There is an interesting bonus featuring the shooting of some scenes and the reactions of the actors afterwards. All in all, a good purchase.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 23 Sep 2009
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This is the first every "karate" movie that is believeable and true to karate, no wire work or unrealistic fancy fight sequences.

I love this movie I am sad that it isn't availble in the UK as in my opinion this is a great movie, not just for fans of martial arts but for those who study karate it is a nice bonus because like I've said the fight scences are true to karate.

The soundtrack is also amazing as is the locations in the movie
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DON'T BE PUT OFF BY SUBTITLES!!! 4 Nov 2011
If, as I did, you're considering skipping this film due to having to read subtitles DON'T! Whether you're a fellow Karate practitioner or not this film will inspire you, sweep you away, captivate your imagination. If you're expecting wild CGI fight-scenes or over the top characters this film won't suit you, but if you're after real karate, gritty believable fighting and scenery and sets that are nothing but perfect then you can't miss this film...
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5.0 out of 5 stars great martial arts film 19 Sep 2013
By Ted
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As a martial artist it is great to purchase a film which is different from the normal type of martial arts film on the market I would highly recommend this film of its type it is a terrific film.
Also the buying experiance was great, prompt delivery great quality will use again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars At last a decent depiction of karate 18 Sep 2013
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I'm not going to spoil the film by giving away any of the plot!!

I am myself a blackbelt of the shotokan karate style and have been training very hard for more than a decade, thus I feel that I can comment knowledgeably on this type of film. As a karate-ka I appreciated that the fight/training sequences have been choreographed for cinematic effect, but it is hardly noticeable - the techniques are accurate, undoubtably done at speed and with excellent control as you would expect. It is worth noting that all three of the main characters are themselves blackbelt standard, only one of whom is an actor by profession.

Plot line and subtitles were, as normal, fairly weak although I cannot give an accurate appraisal of the dialogue since I speak only very little Japanese. As a westerner I find most oriental films very disorienting, I simply do not understand the symbology used in some of the screenplay: I know there is a deep significance, but I don't know what it is.

I enjoyed the film at a simple level as my interest is in all things karate and I felt that I learned a little more about my art than I knew previously. Frankly, I would not expect a non-karate practitioner to enjoy it as much, but if you practice shotokan or goju ryu karate then I have no doubt you will watch it hundreds of times.

For me a very good film, as expected, in non-typical Japanese style.
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2.0 out of 5 stars watered down karate do 27 Jun 2013
By matt
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if you are looking for a movie on the original karate [ryukyu kempo] this film is not it, this is japanese watered down silly unrealistic karate do, not the original karate jitsu
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5.0 out of 5 stars martial arts 3 Aug 2012
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A film recommended to me by a karate expert, but gripping stuff whether or not you do martial arts. Set in a recent history era, it would appeal to adults and older children. Yes, scenes of violence but nothing that would be unsuitable for kids in this day and age. So good I watched again following day!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than a movie... 13 Jun 2012
I practiced karate for 7 years and had to quit because of work. Recently I watched this movie, and I just couldn't contain my tears after seeing it. For the first time I could see the true karate spirit and it reminded me of how much I miss it. :)
I recommend it for true karatekas!
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