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The Sensei (2008)

Not Rated | | 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.


(as D. Lee Inosanto)


(as D. Lee Inosanto)
3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Karen O'Neil (as D. Lee Inosanto)
The Minister
Melissa Taylor ...
Shane Weingardt ...
Attacker #1
Mark Anthony Griffin ...
Attacker #2 (as Mark Griffin)
Attacker #3 (as Ryan Parker)
McClain Evans (as Mike O'Laskey)
Ayo Fadeyi ...
Policeman #1 (as Ayodeji Fadeyi)
Curtis Magee-Ortiz ...
Policeman #2
Jeff Liu ...
Danny Lopez ...
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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 »


Action | Drama | Sport


Not Rated


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4 May 2008 (USA)  »

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$2,200,000 (estimated)

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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 »


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


Mark Corey: I swear I'm no fag, okay? You gotta know this. I'm no homo, okay?
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References Kung Fu (1972) See more »


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Incredible movie
18 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie was remarkable... it made me go through such a wide range of emotions. I loved the entire movie, because the emotion was palpable and Diana was a shining star.

You should really consider this film for you next movie night, because it will give you everything that you want out of a movie. This wasn't your typical "Gay" movie, because it went further than most movies do, it goes into the real story about what went down during this period in our history as LGBT people. This was a sad story that has the possibility of inspiring everyone that gives it the chance. Make sure that you think twice before moving past this one.

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