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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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Storyline

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: "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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Rick Beard: Man, these queers, they got so many rights. More than you and me, I'll bet.
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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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a strong message
18 May 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

this martial arts film is also a film about about prejudice,hypocrisy,intolerance and violence.those are some weighty issues.and the film doesn't shy away from them.in fact,it wades right into them head-on.there is one scenes that depicts someone being savagely beaten.the worst of it isn't shown,but is is implied and you do hear it off camera.this is no fluff piece bu any stretch of the imagination.it's well done and doesn't sugar coat anything.but you get to see some touching moments as well.it would be wrong to compare this to The Karate Kid.they do both have similarities but this one has a much stronger message whereas in my opinion The karate Kid was more focused on the entertainment aspect.when you go into his film,expect to be jarred.for me,The Sensei is an 8/10


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