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Protagonist (2007)

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Jessica Yu's documentary explores the relationship between human life and Euripidean dramatic structure by weaving together the stories of four men: German terrorist, a bank robber, an "ex-gay" evangelist, and a martial arts student.

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Jessica Yu

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Jessica Yu
1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Hans-Joachim Klein Hans-Joachim Klein ... Himself
Mark Salzman Mark Salzman ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chris Diamantopoulos ... Ancient Greek Narrator (voice)
Joe Loya Joe Loya ... Himself
Mark Pierpont Mark Pierpont ... Himself
Marina Sirtis ... Ancient Greek Narrator (voice)
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Jessica Yu's documentary explores the relationship between human life and Euripidean dramatic structure by weaving together the stories of four men: German terrorist, a bank robber, an "ex-gay" evangelist, and a martial arts student.

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Character is fate. See more »

Genres:

Documentary

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German | Greek

Release Date:

January 2007 (USA) See more »

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Budget:

$800,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,495, 2 December 2007, Limited Release
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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Connections

References The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975) See more »

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Fince Concept, Flawed Selections
26 July 2013 | by FrkPaulSee all my reviews

I thought about making the title of this review "One of the ain't' like the other one". The subjects of the interviews in this film are a terrorist who turned some of his co-conspirators in, a bank robber that tried to kill his father, a repressed homosexual who made a living convincing other people that they too can be straight, and....a guy that took some Kung Fu Lessons. And his first teacher was a jerk. I'm serious. That's his story. He was a bit of a nerd, so he got into martial arts and he wound up studying with a really intense guy that was...less than dependable? Prone to errant behavior? That's about as dramatic as it gets with him.

I gave this movie a 5 out of 10 because 2 out of the 4 subjects were interesting. The other two were not. The Kung Fu student probably didn't give them much to work with. But the gay televangelist might have been compelling if his story were not so predictable. But it is.

She should have found two more subjects to make a better movie. The production values were good and the narrative conceit of Greek tragedy told through puppets had great potential. But the impact of the movie is blunted by the inevitable reaction of "Why was the kung fu guy included in this?"


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