7.0/10
1,208
14 user 11 critic

Black Belt (2007)

Kuro-obi (original title)
A Karate masters three students compete for to be the new master against events of historical events.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Video

ON DISC
2 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A young Korean man arrives in Japan near the end of World War II with hopes of being a fighter pilot, but ends up on the streets battling racism, organized crime, occupying American ... See full summary »

Director: Yun-ho Yang
Stars: Dong-kun Yang, Aya Hirayama, Masaya Katô
Karate Girl (2011)
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

A mysterious group kidnap a girl's sister. Years later, the group reappears and she is determined to get her sister back.

Director: Yoshikatsu Kimura
Stars: Rina Takeda, Hina Tobimatsu, Tatsuya Naka
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

Young girl Kei Tsuchiya(played by Rina Takeda)is a very talented karate pupil, trained by her sensei Yoshiaki Matsumura(played by Tatsuya Naka). But Kei Tsuchiya is very arrogant and spends... See full summary »

Director: Fuyuhiko Nishi
Stars: Rina Takeda, Tatsuya Naka, Ryûki Takahashi
The Rebel (2007)
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

1920s. Vietnam under colonial French ruling. Anti-French rebellions emerge all over the country to disrupt the foreign occupiers. In respond, the colonialist employed units of Vietnamese ... See full summary »

Director: Charlie Nguyen
Stars: Johnny Nguyen, Veronica Ngo, Dustin Nguyen
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A disgraced former Kung Fu expert makes a living as a merchant with the help of a hot headed friend. When the men are harassed by gangsters, the merchant decided to teach his friend monkey boxing so they can defend their business.

Director: Chia-Liang Liu
Stars: Chia-Liang Liu, Ho Hsiao, Kara Hui
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Tae-su, a detective fighting organized crime, returns to his hometown for his high school friend Wang-jae's funeral. At the funeral, he meets his old friends Pil-ho, Dong-hwan and Seok-hwan... See full summary »

Director: Seung-wan Ryoo
Stars: Jae-mo Ahn, Kil-kang Ahn, Richard Epcar
Arahan (2004)
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

As a dorky cop falls in with five Tao masters who admire his c'hi, an ancient foe comes looking for them all.

Director: Seung-wan Ryoo
Stars: Seung-beom Ryu, So-yi Yoon, Sung-kee Ahn
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Shaolin Temple becomes suspect when several clan leaders are robbed and killed by the deadly Shaolin Palm technique.

Director: Chia Tang
Stars: Tung-Shing Yee, Jason Pai Piao, Phillip Ko
The Master (1992)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Uncle Tak, the old martial-arts master and medicine in normal life has severe problems with his former student Jonny, who wants nothing more than to kill his old master to show everyone who... See full summary »

Director: Hark Tsui
Stars: Jet Li, Wah Yuen, Crystal Kwok
Flash Point (2007)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A hot-headed inspector takes on a small but powerful Vietnamese-Chinese gang, after a series of crimes and murder attempts committed and putting an undercover cop and his girlfriend in great danger.

Director: Wilson Yip
Stars: Donnie Yen, Louis Koo, Ray Lui
Gorgeous (1999)
Action | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A romantic girl travels to Hong Kong in search of certain love but instead meets a kind-hearted professional fighter with whom she begins to fall for instead.

Director: Vincent Kok
Stars: Jackie Chan, Qi Shu, Tony Chiu Wai Leung
Azumi (2003)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Raised to deal in cold blooded death, the teenage assassin girl Azumi must defeat three evil warlords while also battling her own heart.

Director: Ryûhei Kitamura
Stars: Aya Ueto, Kenji Kohashi, Hiroki Narimiya
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Akihito Yagi ...
Giryu
Tatsuya Naka ...
Taikan
Yûji Suzuki ...
Choei
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kenji Anan
Takeshi Bito ...
Punk
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
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Real Fight, Real Karate, Real Japan.

Genres:

Action | Drama | Sport

Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

13 October 2007 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Black Belt  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Poetic and powerful
17 July 2008 | by (Vancouver) – See all my reviews

Disregard kobushi's review. His years of experience practicing karate have apparently clouded his judgment considerably. No one save perhaps himself and a handful of others cares a hoot about the true to life mechanics of real-world karate. Suffice to say his approach to the film is laughable in its narrow-mindedness.

The film presents a deceptively simple and elegantly told martial arts fable, set against a backdrop of an increasingly militarized japan. The fight scenes , tho admirably staged and completely credible (and shocking in their immediacy), are merely the seasoning on a powerful tale of good vs. evil. The stylistic flourishes and acrobatic excesses which plague most other martial arts movies are completely absent, and that is a welcome and long overdue development. The script seamlessly fuses the protagonists' journeys of self-discovery with the setting in which the story unfolds. The director's calm, measured approach is refreshing in its economy, a rare thing in a martial arts film. There is a charming honesty about the whole project that makes it difficult to resist..

As the two protagonists wrestle with their own diametrically opposed natures and strive to discover the secret of their training, the inevitable standoff between them is subdued but satisfying, like the film itself. The supporting characters (and I'm thinking mainly of the evil army general), though two-dimensional, are well-written and performed. The acting is uniformly excellent, a laudable accomplishment since apparently many of the martial artists are non-actors..

More than likely the film will be derided by the ADD generation, but i thought it was a welcome return to the style of old Japanese classic films (Reminiscent also of early Bruce Lee movies, in content as well as in spirit). It isn't pretentious or abstruse enough to be labelled an art film, and it shuns the spectacle of mainstream schlock. Kuro-Obi is a humble, poetic film both funny and moving.. and is adorned with a beautiful musical score.

a resounding 8/10


32 of 38 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Kyokushin? Or Shotokan? Thecesar-1
Great movie. platothelapdog
Need help !! valleyboy12
Soundtrack itrentlee
Discuss Black Belt (2007) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?