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
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I appreciate the thoughts behind this film. It makes points, if you can find them, that need to be seen and said and realized and remembered.
Following the story takes strong dedication as the numerous flashbacks injure the story and misdirect the message.
Diana Lee Inosanto and Michael O'Laskey II are good but not exactly convincing and they should be. Their fighting is more convincing than their acting.
Sab Shimono and Emily Kuroda delivered realistic performances but they were mostly in the background.
McClain's female friend needs acting lessons.
I admire the take on hate, ignorance, and discrimination.
This is definitely the opposite of a Hollywood movie, but that shouldn't kill it. Regardless of the flaws, it's worth watching two or three times to see what's happening. The ideas were worth making into a movie.
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