Genre: Action, Drama, Sport
Director: Shunichi Nagasaki
Cast: Akihito Yagi, Tatsuya Naka, Yuji Suzuki
.: Plot :.
Intense and minimalist, Kuru-Obi follows the physical and
spiritual journeys of three karate journeymen in militaristic
1930s Japan. With the non-professional leads being black belts
in real life, the film's martial art sequences are as strong
and straightforward as they come, but equally important is the
philosophy behind the moves, and the internal and external
conflicts brought about by violence. Kuru-Obi is also notably
forthcoming about the historical background of the time,
clearly setting up the militaristic atmosphere and corrupting
forces surrounding the characters.
Giryu (Yagi Akihito), Taikan (Naka Tatsuya), and Choei (Suzuki
Yuji) study karate at a reclusive dojo in 1932 Kyushu under
master Shibahara (Owada Shinya). When the military come to take
over their dojo, the students resist and peace-loving Giryu
easily fends off military commander Tanahara (Hakuryu) in a duel.
Shamed by his loss, Tanahara commits seppuku, and his wife and
daughter come looking for revenge. Hoping to put an end to the
violence, Giryu allows himself to be stabbed and incurs near
mortal wounds. Taikan, meanwhile, can only submit to orders when
the military return with guns. Joining the army as an instructor,
Taikan becomes increasingly aggressive and brutal as he seeks
higher opponents. His downward spiral paves the way to a showdown
with former comrade Giryu who must.
Rating: 7.0/10 (21 votes)