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  • Actors: Harry J. Quini
  • Directors: Masayoshi Nemoto
  • Producers: Hisao Masuda
  • Format: Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Original recording remastered, NTSC
  • Language: Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG
  • Studio: eOne Films
  • Release Date: Feb. 1 2005
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006SSQNE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #65,149 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Feb. 15 2005
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Budo: The Art of Killing is a documentary that contains no frills or flash, just a lot of information about many of the modern forms of Japanese martial arts (aikido, judo, kendo, karate as well as some naginata and iaido). While it's not the most entertaining video for the non-practitioner, it is a must have for any serious practitioner of martial arts.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Classic documentary Oct. 5 2007
By S J Buck - Published on
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.
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
one of the best martial arts documentaries I've ever seen July 21 2003
By Haseeb - Published on
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).
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
GREAT-EXCELLENT Investment Jan. 25 2011
By Scott E. Doerr - Published on
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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
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A Must See for any Martial Artist Nov. 3 2006
By Chris - Published on
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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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Get a flavor of Japanese martial arts Nov. 21 2007
By Jack L. Amsell - Published on
Format: DVD
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.