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Budo: The Art of Killing (1982)

Harry J. Quini , Masayoshi Nemoto  |  PG |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Harry J. Quini
  • Directors: Masayoshi Nemoto
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Original recording remastered
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Synapse Films
  • DVD Release Date: January 25, 2005
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006SSQNE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,201 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Budo: The Art of Killing" on IMDb

Special Features

  • New Windowboxed Digital Transfer from Archival Vault Materials in the Original Filmed Aspect Ratio of 1.33:1
  • Original Press Kit Still Gallery
  • Liner Notes

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A tribute to mastery over both the mind and body… Immensely entertaining! -The Miami Herald --The Miami Herald

Product Description

Product Description Filmed entirely in Japan, BUDO:THE ART OF KILLING is a highly acclaimed docu-drama and a favorite of martial arts practitioners and fans alike. Highlighting the various techniques of 'Budo' (Karate, Judo, Aikido, etc.), this action-packed film is a visual feast exploring the spiritual and historical traditions, training and techniques of this specialized form of martial arts. Synapse is proud to present this critically acclaimed film in a newly re-mastered version transferred from original vault materials. A must-see even for fans of Japanese history, BUDO:THE ART OF KILLING is 'powerful and frequently amazing… stuns the beholder.' (VARIETY) Bonus Features include: - New Windowboxed Digital Transfer from Archival Vault Materials in the Original Filmed Aspect Ratio of 1.33:1 - Original Theatrical Trailer - Original Press Kit Still Gallery - Liner Notes - Eye-Catching Foil Cover Artwork

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic documentary October 5, 2007
Format:DVD
This documentary was filmed in the late 1970's, in Japan, and shows off most Japanese martial arts. Many well known martial arts masters are featured including:

Gozo Shioda (Aikido)
Takamiyama (Sumo)
Taizaburo Nakamura (Iaido)
Sadaharu Fujimoto (Karate)
Teruo Hayashi (Okinawa Kobudo)

There are also many other Judo, Kendo, Naginata and Samarai sword masters featured. The film takes place in Dojos and outdoors and shows off some of Japan's natural beauty very well. The film also covers some historical areas and a certain amount of the philosophy behind martial arts. What it shows best of all is the dedication and skill required to become skillful in any of these arts. This is an essential purchase for the enthusiatic martial arts student.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
By Haseeb
Format:VHS Tape
The traditional Jappanese martial arts are discussed in this film. Karate, Judo, Kendo, Naginata, Aikido, Sumo as well as the traditional weapons are featured such as the sword, the nunchaku, the staff, the three section staff and the sai. The sound track and filmography are excellent. I was particularly impressed at how the slow motion footage showed some of the most dynamic throws of Judo.
Athough the traditional Jappanese martial arts are given fair treatment, it focuses on the ideals and philosophy of the Samurai Warrior (Budo).
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must See for any Martial Artist November 3, 2006
By Emily
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is a classic movie from Japan that my martial arts instructor has hauled out on a yearly basis to show his students. After many repetitions, the VHS tape was very worn, so I was really pleased to see this finally available on DVD.

It is rivetting from beginning to end. Beautiful scenery, and video of several true masters of the martial arts in Japan.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I really enjoyed "Budo: The Art of Killing." I usually watch and review instructional videos, and it was a nice change to watch this documentary on the martial arts of Japan. One thing that really stands out is the beauty of Japan that is shown throughout the film. Seeing some of the scenic settings reminded me of places I visited while living in Japan, and how there are so many beautiful and peaceful places in the land of the rising sun. It's not a fast paced DVD, with some scenes in slow motion with slower music, but that added to the beauty of the film.

Peace and beauty in a film about the art of killing? Yes, and I found the relationship between the two to be calming and reflected on some of my own training. Seeing some of the masters train with Mt. Fuji in the background, on beaches, or in other aesthetically pleasing places (most dojos are simple elegance) or the scenes in fields or forests, made me think of how often it is my training in martial arts that calms me and becomes the most serene time of the day. Meditation and physical training go together.

The training scenes in the film are not instructional. You are not going to learn how to do the things you see from this film. Nor does the film elaborate on the training that got the people in the film to that point other than saying it takes a long time and much dedication. However, watching this can motivate one to pursue their training to reach the higher levels.

For those interested in the various martial arts of Japan, this DVD serves as a nice introduction. You get to see people training in Judo, Karate, Sumo, Aikido, and more. The section with women training with the naginata will be interesting for females to see the samurai art practiced by women of all ages.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT!!! May 21, 2008
Format:DVD
This dvd was exactly what I thought it would be, a comprehensive view of all of the major martial arts of Japan: karate, kendo, iaido, judo, sumo, Okinawa kobudo,and yabusame(archery on horseback). Anyone serious of martial arts should have a copy of this dvd.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a nice doco on Judo & Karate January 7, 2008
Format:DVD
If you are into MMA & the fighting arts of Japan. Then This DVD is for you! Everything about this film documentary is top notch. I mean EVERYTHING! Buy this. It's about the best I've seen & at a very decent price!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a classic October 17, 2007
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Although a little dated and occasionally slow paced, this is
a wonderful overview of Japanese martial arts and the martial spirit.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I've loved this movie ever since it came out June 7, 2007
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This documentary is in the top 5 of all time. I watch it almost ceremoniously once a month because it's so enjoyable. (I usually FF past the festival part near the end, but the rest is pure gold.)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be required viewing for students of the Martial Arts.
This is a concise and beautiful insight into the mind-set of Budo. Any student wanting to grow in any of the Japanese martial arts would be well-served to spend an evening with... Read more
Published 7 days ago by J. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Good documentary.
I saw this movie long ago on VHS and wanted another copy because it shows some great workouts of different disciplines and great demonstrations of sword use and especially at the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by J. Mead
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for every martial art practitioner
If you are in to Martial arts, I would really recommend this DVD, this is A must for every martial art practitioner.
Published 8 months ago by james Landman
5.0 out of 5 stars Most detailed and truthful view of Japanese Martial Arts around the...
This is a most excellent documentary that shows the precision and dedication of true practitioners of their arts, including Karate-do, Kendo, Aikido, Judo, Sumo, Naginata-do. Read more
Published 10 months ago by David Schleifer
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Budo Film
For those of us who are practitioners of the classical martial arts traditions, it is a great film to see. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Alex Shurin
4.0 out of 5 stars Intense Martial Artists Only
Are you deep into martial arts? Want a more holistic view? Want to see what intensity looks like? A good sister video to this one is Fighting Black Kings -- if you can find it.
Published 16 months ago by R. L. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie for anyone interested in the martial arts
This movie gives a real view of the martial and budo traditions of Japan. For the student of such traditions it is a great overview and inspiring documentary.
Published on August 18, 2011 by J. TEETERS
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT-EXCELLENT Investment
Budo - The Art of Killing (Need to Purchase)

This video is not about murder, assassination techniques, nor is it about becoming an elite saboteur. Read more
Published on January 25, 2011 by Scott E. Doerr
4.0 out of 5 stars NOT CLOSED CAPTIONED BUT GOOD DVD
This DVD has no closed caption or subtitles, with that said ... This is a very nice movie and yes the title is misleading. It goes into the history of the martial arts. Read more
Published on November 27, 2010 by Martial Art Book Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars great dvd
I have always loved martial arts,from a young age.This dvd captures the essence of martial arts,very realistic. Read more
Published on February 9, 2010 by healthandbeautyconnection
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