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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.

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Karen O'Neil (as D. Lee Inosanto)
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The Minister
Melissa Taylor ...
Lorna
Shane Weingardt ...
Attacker #1
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Attacker #3 (as Ryan Parker)
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McClain Evans (as Mike O'Laskey)
Ayo Fadeyi ...
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Curtis Magee-Ortiz ...
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Jeff Liu ...
Matthew
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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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ON SCREEN: "This film is dedicated to Gilbert L. Johnson and to the Family and Friends of The Sensei Cast and Crew who have been directly affected by the AIDS epidemic." 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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Mark Corey: I swear I'm no fag, okay? You gotta know this. I'm no homo, okay?
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Both my husband and I saw "The Sensei" in Seattle, WA on 10/24/08. We were touched by the emotion in the film and think the casting was excellent. We appreciated that there were parts of the story that were NOT shown and left to the viewers imagination - that doesn't happen very often anymore. We are bombarded with gore and detail - not in this film. The ending was beautifully done and could have even been a bit longer.We also enjoyed the art in the film - especially "Karen's" art. The only downside to this film was that there were several parts that were just too dark to be able to really see what was going on. Some of the outdoor night scenes were especially tough to decipher.

Congratulations for a job well done. We will watch for it on DVD.


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