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Kuro-obi (2007)

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
Takeshi Bito ... Punk
Arashi Fukasawa ... Kenta
Hakuryû ... Police Captain Kiichi Tanihara
Rei Hanaoka
Atsushi Hida
Yû Kamio
... Ohmoji
Tatsuya Mori
Atsuko Nakamura
Yôsuke Natsuki ... Eiken Shibahara
Shin'ya Ohwada ... Gouda Hidehisa (as Shin'ya Ôwada)
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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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13 October 2007 (Japan)  »

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Black Belt  »

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The styles of karate used by the characters are all different: Taikan trains Shotokan style. Giryu trains Goju-Ryu style. Choei trains Kyokushinkai style See more »

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Awesome Movie

Awesome flick. I have nothing to add to the other reviewers comments, except that with 40 years of studying Goju Ryu Karate (the martial art depicted in the film) - I LOVE IT! No, the ending fight scene isn't the most realistic, but I think we're dealing here with an artistic representation. This I a piece of cinema, not MMA. Kuroobi joined After the Rain as one of my favorite Japanese films, and favorite films, overall. Great spirit in the film and it poses a number of philosophical questions that we, as karateka, daily struggle with as we try to make karate an integral part of our lives. Karate is life, life is karate. This is part of the struggle depicted in the film. While this definitely isn't a kid's night movie (the themes are a bit too mature for that), it does lend itself to peer discussion or use as a teaching tool with adult students.


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