Redbelt

Redbelt

DVD - 2008
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A jujitsu master becomes corrupted by the glitz and glamour of Hollywood. When a respected jujitsu master eschews a lucrative prizefighting career in favor of opening a self-defense dojo, it appears that he has chosen a peaceful path in life. The dedicated master's fate takes an unanticipated turn, however, when he is manipulated into participating in ultimate fighting championships by a group of unscrupulous actors and fight promoters. Later, as the master is being relentlessly beaten in a dirty street fight, he connects with a high-profile action star with serious marital problems. Realizing that the only way to regain his honor is to step into the ring, he reluctantly prepares for the fight of his life.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, ©2008.
Edition: Widescreen.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (99 min.) :,sound, color ;,12 cm
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Alternative Title: Red belt [dvd].

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MichelleinBallard
Jun 23, 2019

***spoiler below***

I recently started reading John F. Kennedy's 1957 "Profiles in Courage". Regardless of what one might have to say about Kennedy or his book, it reminded me that there's nothing new about living in a time and place where many people are, at best, oblivious to ethics and principles. Most of the people profiled in Kennedy's book paid a significant price for their refusal to go with the flow. It's easy to take a principled stand when it's popular but to buck the crowd when there are adverse consequences requires courage.

Which brings me to "Redbelt". In an earlier comment below, Reading_Right claims the film is unrealistic. Reading_Right has a point but aren't most dramatic films unrealistic as they compress time and events and raise stakes to make a larger point? Frankly, I did not find the film terribly unrealistic.

In the case of "Redbelt" I think Mamet's point is well-taken--virtue is not accidental, often tested, and frequently punished. In "Redbelt" the main character, Mike Terry, stands his ground and despite arduous circumstances is, eventually, rewarded for his efforts. In this sense it is a kind of a fantasy film. Still, it is good sometimes to think about these issues and to be reminded that the virtuous do sometimes win. What are required, first and foremost, are discernment and commitment.

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GRendina
Nov 25, 2018

Playwright and Director David Mamet takes an unexpected turn in terms of theme in this 2008 film. Redbelt is an action movie centered around the jujitsu community of Los Angeles. Mamet, known mostly for tight dialog and conspiratorial plot-lines, delivers the themes of betrayal, masculinity, and money that fans expect. But what makes this a hidden gem is watching Mamet (notoriously cerebral, dialog-driven) attempt to capture the kinetic activity of martial arts. Some may find this to be a failure as an action movie. Nevertheless, it is a masterful exercise in re-imagining a genre which traditionally has a very conventional visual language.

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Reading_Right
Aug 16, 2017

If you look under "UNREALISTIC" in Webster's Dictionary, it will say to refer to THIS movie.
(Good acting, but what a waste! And what a horribly Dark Script. This is one of those that not only supposes that 99.9% of the world is completely corrupt <from the mundane everyday little things, to the biggest things imaginable>, but that murder, conspiracy, attempted murder, theft, cheating, adultery, lying & back-stabbing, are all normal everyday behavior, and that you must be from another planet, if you don't think so. Yeah. Right... I felt like I needed to take a long shower after this film, to get the filth off.) Oh, and the plot with the Cop character was so unrealistic, it defies description.

If you're looking for a fight picture that casts a keen eye on our present lost state, then you'll want to see David Mamet's REDBELT. The hero is jujitsu school owner Mike Terry played by Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 YEARS A SLAVE). The movie is an exploration of whether a good man can remain incorruptible in a completely venal society where everyone is running some sort of scam. This is a tremendous film that, like wabookman testifies below, will reduce one to tears.

wayne19711012 Dec 14, 2011

it is ok but the ending wasnt commerical enough

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wabookman
Dec 06, 2010

I had tears in my eyes at the end of this film. :)

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joseph
Dec 19, 2008

Skip It - Slow meandering plot with difficult to figure out reasons for why things are happening. I couldn't wait for this one to end.

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