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also known as The Art of Killing


  • 4.3
Filmed entirely in Japan, BUDO: THE ART OF KILLING is a highly acclaimed documentary and a favorite of martial arts practitioners and fans alike. Highlighting the various techniques of “Budo” (Karate, Judo, Aikido and so forth), this action-packed film is a visual feast exploring the spiritual and historical traditions, training and techniques of this specialized form of martial arts.

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The ultimate point is that one must see clearly the possibility of death at any moment,

in order to fully value life. The swordsman hopes above all else, that he will never

use his sword. He is trained to believe that his adversary is at the least his equal, thus

death is but an instant away. There is perhaps a direct correlation between fear of death,

and fear of life.

excellent showing of japanese martial art forms.

Good overview of martial arts in Japan. However, the love of the melodramatic common to the Japanese people (remember the host of Iron Chef?) seems to permeate the film. You could come away from this thinking every single person in Japan has a black belt in something and that they only make cars, stereos and cell phones on the weekends when they are not in the dojo. Still, it was fun to watch.


This is a very nice documentary of Budo.

Good documentary on Japanese martial arts, in the traditional vein. Classical representation of the various disciplines.