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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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Akihito Yagi ...
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Tatsuya Naka ...
Taikan
Yûji Suzuki ...
Choei
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Kenji Anan
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Kenta
Hakuryû ...
Police Captain Kiichi Tanihara
Rei Hanaoka
Atsushi Hida
Yû Kamio
Takayasu Komiya ...
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Tatsuya Mori
Atsuko Nakamura
Yôsuke Natsuki ...
Eiken Shibahara
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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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Karate... real and pure!
17 June 2008 | by (Chile) – See all my reviews

It was a pleasure to see on screen the true soul of one of the more traditional martial art. The story is great and the masters who play the lead characters do a great job, but for me, what the film was all about is simple as one word: Karate, the soul of the art, the realism of the fights, the Kata, just everything in the movie looks so real and pure. I think in some ways this film reminds me the works of Yoyi Yamada (the hidden blade - the twilight samurai) who also show the realism of the samurai warrior in his last days. For all of you who has practice some kind of martial art, this is a must! but like another comment said, don't expect tony jaa kind of fights, but the simplicity an power of the karate art. great film


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