The Foot Fist Way (2006)

R  |   |  Comedy  |  26 September 2008 (UK)
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An inept karate instructor struggles with marital troubles and an unhealthy obsession with fellow karate enthusiast Chuck "The Truck" Wallace.


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Small town Tae Kwon Do instructor Fred Simmons relishes the power that comes from being the king of a small kingdom. A former champion, Mr. Simmons fancies himself one in the same as his hero, Chuck "The Truck" Wallace, a B-movie Martial Arts film star. Mr. Simmons openly boasts about his self-proclaimed status as "king of the demo" [Tae Kwon Do demonstration], even though he can't nail one to save his life. His only vulnerability lies in his adoration of his wife Suzie - a weakness that comes bubbling to the surface when Mr. Simmons discovers Suzie has cheated on him with her new boss. When Suzie leaves him, Mr. Simmons finds himself slipping into a crushing downward spiral. He struggles to keep "the power" by abusing anyone who challenges him. After losing students and making a fool out of himself, he finds allies in Julio Chavez, his nine-year-old apprentice, and Henry Harrison, one of his students with an "obvious confidence problem." When his bizarre best friend Mike McAllister ... Written by Anonymous

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Rated R for strong language and some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 September 2008 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

A pancser harcművész  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$36,391 (USA) (30 May 2008)


$233,637 (USA) (8 August 2008)

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1.85 : 1
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The title is a literal English translation of Tae Kwon Do. See more »


Fred Simmons: Oh shit! We forgot to say grace.
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If you love tae kwon do and awkward comedy, watch this film.
26 January 2011 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

The Foot Fist Way, a literal English translation of tae kwon do, is a film about a passionate martial arts school instructor who takes his job very seriously.

When he encounters some personal problems, he starts to lose the self control and discipline that he is such an important aspect of his training. He puts himself in some awkward situations and tries to deal with the outcomes.

The humour is a bit strange at times but it is generally an amusing film with some bad language and adult themes at times. So not a film to watch with the family.

Often compared to Napolean Dynamite, it is perhaps a little lacking in the same impact but still along the same themes of entertainment.

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