Welcome to the website of '4th Dan'.
This year we have a new project in the works, an international feature film about kendo.
By purchasing the DVD of '4th Dan' you can support us in developing our feature project. Click the drop-down menu below to change the quantity of DVDs. Ordering a box significantly reduces the price per DVD due to postage costs. You can read more about the DVD edition of the film under 'THE DVD' tab.
Postage costs included.
Subtitles in 15 languages: English, Hungarian, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Slovak, Croatian, Lithuanian, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean
Deleted Scenes Etc. (compilation of deleted scenes, rehearsals and tests)
Scene Selection, Trailer, Filmmaker Profiles
ORDERING THE DVD:
To order the DVD, all you need is your credit card. Note that shipping costs are included in this drop-down list. You will then be taken to the PayPal page, where you have two options of payment: by using your credit card, or by logging in to your PayPal account if you have one. To pay by credit card, click 'Continue' where it says: 'Don't have a Paypal account?'. At the end of the checkout you will be given the option of creating a PayPal account, but this you can ignore. The DVD(s) will be posted within 24 hours of receiving your payment, using first class international mail. You will then receive an e-mail confirming that your package is on its way. The invoice will be inside the package, our company name is Oxbridge Studio. Delivery should take 3-5 days within the EU, 5-10 days to the rest of the world. If you have any questions, you can write to or get in touch on Skype by searching for the user name: george.perrin
PLAYING THE DVD:
When playing the disc on a PC, we recommend you use good quality DVD player software. Subtitles will not work in Windows Media Player! A list of top 10 players can be found here. For accurate colour reproduction, switch off hardware acceleration in your DVD software's options. The DVD is PAL standard. For a list of countries that use this standard, see this map. If you live in a different territory, you might have problems playing the DVD on a standard DVD player connected to a TV. Some DVD players have an internal switch to choose the country code. However, playing the disc on a PC will work anywhere in the world regardless of the TV standard.
Please download the latest Flash Player 11 to maximise video quality. If you have a powerful PC and a fast internet connection, you might like to experiment with the playback quality by setting it to 720p or 1080p and watching it full-screen. Note that the resolution options will only appear after you press the play button.
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'4th Dan' is one of the very first fictional films about kendo.
There are many documentaries and excerpts, but as far as we know, our film is among the first fictional films about kendo itself.
'4th Dan' is about a kendo student who is training for his promotional exam. He is determined to succeed and prove his worthiness to his father. However, as the exam approaches, he must confront his own darker self and must come to terms with his own weaknesses.
The film was made in close collaboration with the Budapest Fonix Kendo and Iaido Club, with experienced kendo exponents playing the roles of the main characters.
It is the third independent and low-budget production by director/cinematographer George Perrin.
Started kendo in 1997 in Salgótarján, Hungary. His university studies brought him to Budapest, and in 1999 he joined the Budapest Főnix Kendo and Iaido Club. In 2005 he received a one-year scholarship to the Kokushikan University, where he studied kendo and budo. Since 2002 he has been part of the Hungarian national kendo team and in 2006 won the men's championship title in Hungary. Currently he holds the rank of 4 dan.
Zsolt Vadadi has been involved with kendo at the Budapest Főnix Kendo and Iaido Club since 1985. He has travelled to Japan many times to further his kendo. In 1990 he received a one-year scholarship to study kendo, iaido, kyudo and jodo in Japan. He is a two-time Hungarian champion, won the European championship in team in 2002 and has been in the Hungarian national team many times. In 2007 he passed the 6th dan exam, and is currently the president of the Hungarian Kendo Federation.
Started kendo in 2001 in Karlsruhe, Germany. After his university studies he moved home to Budapest, and has been a member of the Budapest Főnix Kendo and Iaido Club since 2002. In 2008 he passed the 3rd dan exam, and has taught at the club since January 2009.
Tamás R. Révi is a retired transportation engineer and a trained opera singer, who played many leads as a tenor in the 60's. To this day he appears in operettas, short films and other theatrical roles. He is also an accomplished painter and often has his paintings displayed at exhibitions.
George Perrin is an English-Hungarian filmmaker, born in 1981 and raised in Budapest, Hungary. Emanating from a childhood interest in photography he has been making short films and documentaries since 2003.
His most notable films are:
Laura Ittzés is an online specialist who helps individuals, small businesses and non-profits to create an authoritative online presence.
She has an MA in English Language and Literature (1999, ELTE, Budapest) and an MA in Visual and Media Arts (2003, Emerson College, Boston, US).
Her work includes building a customized system that is a combination of social media and online marketing - tailored specifically to her clients' needs.
She is currently the division manager of Cerntech Multimedia.
In her wild days, she hitchiked, wild camped and was a real globetrotter. She has two kids, Klára and Dorka.
An expert in pyrotechnics, firearms and special effects, Norby is an explosive addition to our crew. His credits as a pyrotechnician include a number of Hollywood productions and Emmy-winning TV series: Season of the Witch (2010), 100 Feet (2008), John Adams (2008), Good (2007), Robin Hood (2007) and Children of Glory (2006).
Having a background in creating laser shows as well as being a trained mountaineer and scuba diver, Gergely is responsible for the technical aspects of the shoot. From setting up wire effects to creating giant flagging to block out sunlight, we like to call him our 'visual engineer'.
Special thanks to:
George Perrin first approached the Budapest Fonix Kendo and Iaido Club in February 2008 with the intention of making a short fiction film involving the Japanese martial art, kendo.
The Club's sensei and president, Tibor Bárány (6 dan kendo) welcomed the idea, and introduced him to the students. Over a period of eight months after many hours of study the concept of the film gradually evolved.
The story was written in close collaboration with Szabolcs Gasparin, a 4th dan student, who plays the lead character in the film.
We could not have found a better candidate for the role of the Sensei than Zsolt Vadadi, president of the Hungarian Kendo Federation. He was also a charismatic advisor through the process of making the film.
Being a low-budget, completely independent film, everyone who worked on '4th Dan' did so out of enthusiasm for filmmaking or kendo, or both.
We are happy to announce that we have found a great sponsor for our film, e-mudo.com, the best kendo, iaido and martial arts equipment online store! The remaining option to advertise with us:
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