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.