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Innerself (2018)

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Naive Ed trying to prove to everyone he's a great Kung Fu Master while learning through life that it is never black and white when being bullied.


Johnny Wu


Johnny Wu, Kyle Znamenak (writter) (co-writer)



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jason L. Wang Jason L. Wang ... Ed
Mikhail Tot Mikhail Tot ... Sean
Stephen Haas ... Jr
Rosy Hong ... Mom
Donna Williams Donna Williams ... Sensei Birch
Kyle Znamenak Kyle Znamenak ... Dave
Terry Giancaterino ... Peter
Keith Collins II Keith Collins II ... Keith
Jerry Sur ... Jerry
Ember Burns ... Amber
Porche Robinson Porche Robinson ... Porche
Felicity White Felicity White ... Felicity
Laura Masi Cline ... Laura
Matt Kane Matt Kane ... Matt
John Maslowski ... Martial Arts Student / John


What happens when a young man who has been bullied becomes a bully himself? Innerself is a martial arts, musical, coming-of-age story. Ed, a naïve young man who has been bullied his entire life, finally decides to do something about it. He studies martials arts, develops into an expert fighter and begins fighting everyone - from his bullies to his sensei. Kicked out of the school for fighting unnecessarily, Ed struggles to become a better man. Meanwhile, his new sensei is attempting to take over his former school and using Ed to do it.

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23 July 2018 (USA) See more »

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Lyrics by Carson Parish and Aryavarta Kumar
Music by Aryavarta Kumar
Vocals by Jason Wang and Mikhail Tot
Recorded and Performed by Aryavarta Kumar
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23 November 2018 | by tatalovicSee all my reviews

"Innerself", a "martial-arts musical" is very refreshing and pleasant feature release from the veteran of Cleveland's indie film movement - Johnny Wu. Very entertaining arthouse take on classic martial arts cinema, with a good story and positive message. The main character's wardrobe (yellow shirt with a black stripe) pays tribute to the "man" himself - the godfather of martial arts subgenre, Bruce Lee (those of us who grew up watching his films will recognize this visual element). The low-budget film is well directed, featuring talented performers who deliver everything you need for this type of visual narrative: songs, dances, fights, stunts, and more! It's nice to see something slightly different in today's independent cinema and "Innerself" is one of those indie films.

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