Before World War II, three disciples, Taikan, Choei, and Giryu, were taught by karate master Eiken Shibara in a remote mountain dojo. When the Japanese military police attempt to seize the training hall, the three disciples resist and soundly defeat them, though Choei receives a crippling injury. Afterwards, on his deathbed, their master bids his pupils to focus their skills inward and decide who is worthy of being his successor and inheriting his black belt. Taikan and Giryu, as the only two viable candidates, follow different paths on their journey to discovering the meaning behind their master's last words.
Taking place during Japans military period in 1932, the Imperial Army attempts to conquer a karate dojo named Shibahara Dojo. The dojo is headed by Eiken Shibahara(Yosuke Natsuki) and his three well trained students Taiken(Tatsuya Naka), Giryu(Akihito Yagi), and Choei(Yuji Suzuki). When Choei is injured by the unit captain, Taiken is angered and he challenges the soldiers inside the dojo. After the soldiers are defeated, Eiken becomes ill and relinquishes his cherished black … more
Whether it be Karate, Kung Fu, Tae Kwon Do or Jiu-Jitsu; ALL forms of Martial Arts is a way of Self Expression. The fantastic Japanese Martial Arts melodrama, "BLACK BELT" (aka. Kuro Obi, 2007) explores the character of Karate itself and is loosely based on a true story. The film effectively balances the YIN and the YANG using the tumultuous military period in a 1930s Japan as its backdrop. It delves into the face of violent confrontation and the reflection on moral responsibility. … more