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Black Belt (2007)
"Kuro-obi" (original title)

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A Karate masters three students compete for to be the new master against events of historical events.

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Credited cast:
Akihito Yagi ...
Giryu
Tatsuya Naka ...
Taikan
Yûji Suzuki ...
Choei
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kenji Anan
Arashi Fukasawa ...
Kenta
Hakuryû ...
Police Captain Kiichi Tanihara
Rei Hanaoka
Atsushi Hida
Yû Kamio
Takayasu Komiya ...
Ohmoji
Tatsuya Mori
Atsuko Nakamura
Yôsuke Natsuki ...
Eiken Shibahara
Shin'ya Ohwada ...
Gouda Hidehisa
Hideyuki Satô
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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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Real Fight, Real Karate, Real Japan.

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Awesome film!
10 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is truly a great film. Original and refreshing in its presentation. Sure, the plot can be easily deduced, but the environment, film direction, pure beauty of clean karate used appropriately makes this movie a real winner.

The picture is beautiful, cinematography excellent. You develop a real connection with the characters as well. The movie is also suspenseful and engaging. The fighting scenes are spectacular. It also captures the historic period of 1930's Japan very well too.

You can even learn something by watching this movie. There are lessons of life to be learned and you can come away feeling very satisfied that your time was well spent.

This is one of those movies where after watching it you say, "Wow."


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