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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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(as D. Lee Inosanto)

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

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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 ...
Picture of Tim
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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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Action | Drama | Sport

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Not Rated
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$2,200,000 (estimated)
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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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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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References Kung Fu (1972) See more »

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Whisper Without Warning
Written & Performed by SANCTION
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Great Film
25 October 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I highly recommend The Sensei. I was afraid at first that it would be a cheesy Karate Kid with a gay kid as the lead, but it was so much more than that. The movie dealt with many levels of prejudice, including sexual orientation, race, gender, religion, and HIV. It was touching while sending a powerful message. The depiction of the victimization endured by the lead character was realistic and horrific. Some parts of the film weren't quite as polished and smooth as a major production movie, but it is an independent film. For anyone who has dealt with any sort of prejudice or hatred, this is a movie that will make you feel strong and hopeful. For anyone who doesn't understand what GLBT youth have endured, be it 20 years ago or today, this is a movie that will open your eyes.


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