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Friday, November 30, 2012

The VHS Archives: Masayoshi Nemoto's BUDO: THE ART OF KILLING (1978)


Masayoshi Nemoto's Budo (1978)

The VHS Archives Factsheet
Label: Prism Entertainment Corp.
Catalog: 1752
Box Type: Clamshell
Year of Release: 1985
Runtime: 89:38
Print: 1.33:1 / English / No subs
Extras: None

About the Film
Director: Masayoshi Nemoto
Year of Release: 1978
Country of Origin: Japan
Stars: The Grand Masters of the Martial Arts
AKAs: The Art of Killing, Budo: Self-Defense Skills

Verbatim Box Synopsis
The techniques of budo -- kendo, karate, aikido, judo -- are explored in an astonishing look at the oriental "art of killing." Everything you see in Budo is real: the amazing action is performed by the master practitioners of these spiritual and physical skills.
In ancient Japan, the sword of the samurai knight ruled the land. The average citizen was not allowed to be armed, so the art of hand-to-hand fighting -- BUDO -- was invented to combat the sword.
This fascinating one-of-a-kind history penetrates the martial arts' deep roots in Eastern philosophy, the religious thought that animates the master's fearless self-confidence, and the eternal spirit of fighting protection. The myths and legends surrounding the warring arts are finally dispelled in a definitive picture of the truth about life and death in battle.

U.S. Prism Entertainment sleeve!

Dutch Video Media sleeve, originally scanned by "petcor80"!

Great montage, uploaded by "JJOhanzee"! The real trailer is tacked on the beginning of Prism's Legend of the Eight Samurai tape; someone should post it -- it's not even on the DVD!

Looking for Budo on VHS? It's available on Amazon here. A better choice is the great-looking DVD release from Synapse Films. 

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