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The Sensei (2008)

 -  Action | Drama | Sport  -  4 May 2008 (USA)
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In 1985 Colorado, a long-absent woman, proficient as a black belt in martial arts, returns home where she agrees, secretly, to train a bullied gay teen.

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Karen O'Neil (as D. Lee Inosanto)
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The Minister
Melissa Taylor ...
Lorna
Shane Weingardt ...
Attacker #1
Mark Anthony Griffin ...
Attacker #2 (as Mark Griffin)
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Attacker #3 (as Ryan Parker)
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McClain Evans (as Mike O'Laskey)
Ayo Fadeyi ...
Policeman #1 (as Ayodeji Fadeyi)
Curtis Magee-Ortiz ...
Policeman #2
Jeff Liu ...
Matthew
Danny Lopez ...
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Brenda
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Craig Beard
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John
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Buck
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After punks at school hand him multiple savage beatings, gay teen McClain Evans, discreetly begins martial arts training with Karen O'Neil, a mysterious woman who had her own cross to bear with the prejudiced and bigoted small town community. As McClain learns to defend himself from hatred and bigotry, the student and his teacher expose several raw nerves in their rural Colorado community. Written by trivwhiz

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You have the right to defend yourself against hatred, and self hatred! See more »

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ON SCREEN: "Civil Rights organizations today, like "The Matthew Shepard Foundation" lead the way in forming educational programs enacting legislation to address the persuasive problem of bullying and violence against gay youths and adults." See more »

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BNSF locomotives are seen in a sequence set in 1985. This railroad was formed by a merger that took place in 1996. See more »

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Jean Beard: Where were you two? You're late.
Craig Beard: I had to use the can.
Jean Beard: Shh. We're in church.
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Finally -- A relevant martial arts film I can show to my students
2 February 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am a martial arts instructor in Boston, MA. I just watched this movie with a group of my adult students. I was very pleased with the film, it's ambition, and Ms. Innosanto's vision to make a martial arts movie that represented the best the martial arts have to offer. The film gracefully takes on some very tough subjects: racism, social phobias, bullying, the challenges of family dynamics, and more. Well written and beautifully shot, this is a great film for anyone looking for a martial-arts-themed movie that goes beyond its genre of "punching and kicking" to get at the "battles" of real life. I loved this movie, and strongly recommend it to anyone interested in martial arts, community activism, and social change. Remarkable effort -- I would strongly recommend this film be used as a tool for teaching respect and tolerance in martial arts clubs, religious organizations, social groups, and even schools!


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