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Budo: The Art of Killing (1982)

Harry J. Quini , Masayoshi Nemoto  |  PG |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Harry J. Quini
  • Directors: Masayoshi Nemoto
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006SSQNE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,225 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Budo: The Art of Killing" on IMDb

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  • 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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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


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

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic documentary October 5, 2007
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 20 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 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must See for any Martial Artist November 3, 2006
By Emily
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Get a flavor of Japanese martial arts November 21, 2007
This video is a surprise. The subtitle is completely misleading. The video is an interesting mix of martial arts techniques, the Japanese culture and the relationship to nature. More than any video that I have ever seen, this one capture how much that nature and culture inspired the implementation of Japanese martial arts.

The video gives a broad stroke coverage of most of the best known Japanese martial arts such as Kendo, Karate, Kobudo, Judo, Aikido and Sumo, however it also endeavors to explain how apparently different styles do find a level of integration. This video is definately not a "how to" type of presentation. Instead, it opts to broaden the viewer's understanding of how tightly integrated the Japanese martial arts are to the Japanese cultural mindset. This includes men, women and even children.

I showed this video to my martial arts class, and I asked them to study it, take notes and we then discussed it at the end of the showing. My students, also men, women and children, got it right away. They all saw the connection between mental training and physical discpline. They were both awed and inspired by the physical skills demonstrated. Finally, they immediately understood what it means to be committed to the training.

I should mention that the one sequence that got to everyone, including me when I first saw the video, was the one that includes the locomotive. To explain further would rob the viewer of an amazing visual experience.

All in all, I highly recommend this video to anyone interested in a deeper understanding of not only Japanese martial arts, but of all martial arts. The only weak area that I saw was in some of the flow. It seems a bit jumbled at times. Nevertheless, we can probably consider the video as moving on the road to perfection, but not yet achieving it--just like the subject matter.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie for anyone interested in the martial arts August 18, 2011
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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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT-EXCELLENT Investment January 25, 2011
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Budo - The Art of Killing (Need to Purchase)

This video is not about murder, assassination techniques, nor is it about becoming an elite saboteur. The content of this video are well worth the purchase. One thing it does is it exposes a variety of approaches to the idea of budo. It provides some historical content while stimulating curiosity. It is a great video for new students in budo to see samples of martial disciplines practiced as they stemmed from Japan, or even how they may be practiced now. There is some good swordsmanship in this video. It does a good job setting the tone of commitment and fortitude as being necessary attributes if one is to embrace or pursue budo as a lifestyle. This video is not meant to be a "How To..." instructional video. It is purely informative.
I highly recommend this for anyone wanting to enlarge their exposure to Budo on a larger scale.

Scott Doerr - Sensei - Shisei Ryu Aiki Budo Kai
Seishin Budokan
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Traditional Martial Arts July 9, 2006
This DVD covers, the asian culture of Japan and talks about the type of martials arts they study. Aikido, Judo, Karate, Kendo, Sumo Wrestling and the ways of the great Samuri Warrior are the topics here. I would have liked to see something on the art Ninjitsu. However, the movie has a very clear picture for being filmed in 1982. I gave it five stars. This is one of the best martial arts documentaries out there. I enjoyed this DVD very much.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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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Published 6 months ago by JAG 2.0
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be required viewing for students of the Martial Arts.
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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 12 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.
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