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Looking for Mr. Miyagi (2014)

A middle aged man tries to earn his black belt in karate before turning fifty.


David Liban


David Liban


Credited cast:
Joseph Cardillo Joseph Cardillo
Amal Easton Amal Easton
Nick Edwards Nick Edwards
Hannah Fergesen Hannah Fergesen
Bruce Green Bruce Green
Kris Haight Kris Haight
David Jones David Jones
David Liban
Forrest E. Morgan Forrest E. Morgan
Teruyuki Okazaki Teruyuki Okazaki
Lance Patskin Lance Patskin
Inigo San Millan Inigo San Millan
Angela Stavropoulos Angela Stavropoulos
Gary Swain Gary Swain
Kris Wilder Kris Wilder




Inspiring documentary proving it's NEVER too late for radical change. Think "Super-Size Me" meets Martial Arts. David is having a mid-life crisis. His weight is up, his energy is down. At 46 he takes up karate. His mission: become a Black Belt by age 50. Written by David Liban

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It is never too late to get that black belt... have family... job...


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Like a Ralph Macchio crane kick to the face, this documentary will leave a mark!
27 April 2014 | by jsabotSee all my reviews

David Liban's film of self exploration during a mid-life crisis reveals much more than a man driven to fulfill his lifelong dream of getting his black belt. This is a film which explores the journey of the everyman searching for meaning in his life. Even though he was a husband and father in a wonderful family, something was missing. That missing piece was karate.

We've seen personal journeys before but Liban's film sets itself apart, much in the same way Morgan Spurlock's Super Size Me did. Not to sound too cheesy, but David doesn't pull his punches while documenting his shape, the stress he puts on his family and the mental strain he puts himself through all while chasing a dream he had from long ago. And all of this while carefully balancing humor and honesty to document his transformation.

Along with the content, Looking for Mr. Miyagi also highlights Liban's skill as a filmmaker, storyteller and editor. I have seen David's other films and this one definitely shows that he has come into his own.

If you are a fan of documentary films, then this is a must see. If you are like me, you will leave this film wanting to sign up for martial arts!

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