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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.

Director:

Diana Lee Inosanto (as D. Lee Inosanto)

Writer:

Diana Lee Inosanto (as D. Lee Inosanto)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Diana Lee Inosanto ... Karen O'Neil (as D. Lee Inosanto)
Keith David ... The Minister
Melissa Taylor Melissa Taylor ... Lorna
Shane Weingardt Shane Weingardt ... Attacker #1
Mark Anthony Griffin Mark Anthony Griffin ... Attacker #2 (as Mark Griffin)
Ryan J. Parker ... Attacker #3 (as Ryan Parker)
Michael O'Laskey II ... McClain Evans (as Mike O'Laskey)
Ayo Fadeyi Ayo Fadeyi ... Policeman #1 (as Ayodeji Fadeyi)
Curtis Magee-Ortiz Curtis Magee-Ortiz ... Policeman #2
Jeff Liu Jeff Liu ... Matthew
Danny Lopez Danny Lopez ... Picture of Tim
Kerry Knuppe ... Brenda
Jonathan Camp ... Craig Beard
John Campbell ... John
Ben Perkins ... 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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The Courage to Fight. The Strength to Win. See more »

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Action | Drama | Sport

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Not Rated
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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 2008 (USA) See more »

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Colorado, USA See more »

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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 »

Quotes

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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Hard hitting in more ways than one
4 February 2011 | by chekhov-2See all my reviews

This film doesn't pull any punches when it comes to calling its characters out on their prejudices. It's title applies to many concepts beyond the simple idea of a martial art mentor as in Karate Kid. The cast is strong and clearly committed to this project that had its challenges in getting completed because if its tenacious story. I have seen this movie at film festivals in New York and Dallas and saw many men and women be entertained, amused and deeply moved to tears as I was. It is sometimes hard to watch the truth on screen and I wouldn't bring a youngster to see it though teenagers are exactly the age that does need to be exposed to this subject. I also really enjoyed the extra features on the DVD because the cast speaks so honestly about why they did this project, about what it meant to them. Their feelings about the subject seem to have inspired their acting which required many of them to play ugly characters, when the interviews reveal they are the opposite in real life.


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