Nowadays I’m certain my old sensei is still somewhere in my neck of the woods doing what he does, as maybe a few of my old classmates. Moreover, Karate is still something I can relate to as a sport, and even as a watchable style in action cinema; Two of the most fun examples of this, aside from the Karate Kid trilogy, obviously, are several titles that took up a great portion of my time since I began immersing myself in Asian cinema a bit more around 2002: Yang Yun-Ho’s Fighter In The Wind, and Nagasaki Shunichi’s 2007 cult hit, Kuro Obi.
The problem is that there’s no mood to make in this film with its simple plot nor at any time does the protagonist feel that time was of the essense. It showed more of Kenji silently walking from destination to another to serve as the film’s only idea of scene transition. Seriously, there was more walking than fighting in this film. That’s another sign of lazy filmmaking.
You don’t have to take my word for it when it comes to Mitsutake Kurando’s new movie, Karate Kill…however, I sincerely hope you do. Or that of any other critic for that matter while our dear director, with only a small raft of films to his credit, continues to perform nothing short of impressively behind the lens.