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Budo: The Art of Killing

4.8 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews

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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

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

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

Product Details

  • 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: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006SSQNE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,731 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Budo: The Art of Killing" on IMDb

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By S J Buck on 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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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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This is one of the older and better documentaries on the subject. I first saw it when the VHS format first came out. The training sequences, believe me, you would be sued if you taught this. No one could take it. What has happened to American dojos? This film proves the original training is the best. You can punch and kick and roll all day. But conditioning was and still is key. If you are a slacker with a glass jaw, go watch cartoons and avoid this film.
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This DVD, Budo: The Art of Killing, is not as bloodthirsty as it sounds. There is definitely an emphasis on "art" rather than "killing" and it serves as a quite good demonstration of Japanese martial arts.

The DVD is quite dated - probably from the late sixties or seventies - but it has a certain charm to it. The demonstrations take place, for the most part, in the beautiful natural settings of Japan. Those demonstrations that take place indoors are usually in the surroundings of picturesque dojos. It has a certain charm and it brings out the art of the martial arts practiced in Japan.

The martial arts presented are: the sword, traditional martial arts weapons like tonfa, nunchaku, sai, kama, bo, and the naginata glaive. Unarmed arts included Aikido, Karate, Judo and Sumo. Each of these had a master-level practitioner who demonstrated the techniques of that art. This video has a very formal feel to it and there are none of the more flamboyant demonstrations we often see today. Frankly, it thought it was a welcome change and there was a certain purity of form in the demonstrations of techniques.

It is a bit dated and the soundtrack definitely has a '70's feel to it but, on the whole, it's a good video. I recommend this DVD with four stars.
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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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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. Also gives some insight of the mind of the Japanese practitioner. This video can be view by the general audience and is a great tool of understanding the unique Japanese Culture.
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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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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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