Japanese Film Night

Friday, July 27, 7:30 PM.

“Black Belt” takes place in 1932 in Japanese-occupied Manchuria, in which the corrupt leaders of the Japanese army are trying to take over all of the Karate dojos for their own benefit.  The master of one of these dojos dies before passing on the black belt to his successor.  Three of his pupils: Taikan, Giryu  and Choei, have the task of deciding among themselves who deserves it most.  After they bury their master, they are forced to leave the dojo and join the Japanese army. At this point, their journeys lead them on different paths both in life and in the understanding of their master’s teachings of martial arts. They are reunited in the end, to battle together against corruption and uphold tradition.  The film was made in 2007 and directed by Shunichi Nagasaki.  The film is free and open to the public.

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