Budo: The Art of Killing

From The Grindhouse Cinema Database

Budo: The Art of Killing (1982, Japan) is a Martial Arts film directed by Masayoshi Nemoto.


Main Details

  • Released in 1982 | Color
  • Running Time: 90 Min.
  • Production Co: The Arthur Davis Company
  • Distribution Co: Crown International Pictures (1982) (USA) (theatrical) (dubbed) | Ambassador Film Distributors (1982) (Canada) (theatrical) (dubbed)
  • Directed by Masayoshi Nemoto
  • Produced by Hisao Masuda
  • Written by Masayoshi Nemoto
  • Narrated by Harry J. Quini
  • Music by Stomu Yamashta
  • Cinematography by Ryo Yano, Yoshiaki Kato
  • Edited by Koichi Atsumi


An award winning 1978 Japanese martial arts documentary created and produced by Hisao Masuda and financed by The Arthur Davis Company. Considered a cult classic, the film is a compilation of various Japanese martial art demonstrations by several famous Japanese instructors such as Gozo Shioda, Taizaburo Nakamura and Teruo Hayashi. Martial arts featured in the film include: Karate, Aikido, Kendo, Sumo, and Judo among others. The only modern Japanese martial art not featured in the film is Kyudo. Hisao Masuda had no luck trying to find financing for Budo: Art of Killing in his native Japan until he came across Arthur Davis, an American film exhibitor who ran a distribution company in Tokyo. Davis stated he funded the film out of the respect and gratitude he felt towards Japan. The Art of Killing won first prize at the 1978 Miami International Film Festival, but did not find an American distribution deal until 1981, when it was acquired by Crown International Pictures and received a limited release in 1982 under the title Budo. (Wikipedia)

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