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The Art of Self-Defense ()


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After being attacked on the street, a young man enlists at a local dojo, led by a charismatic and mysterious sensei, in an effort to learn how to defend himself from future threats.

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Casey
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Sensei
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Anna
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Thomas
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Henry
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Kennith
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Alex
Mike Brooks ...
Steve
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Other Steve (as CJ Rush)
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Gun Store Owner
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Grant
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Bakery Woman
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New White Belt (as Patrick Cameron Murphy)
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Pickup Truck Driver
Lena Friedrich ...
French Girl
Louis Robert Thompson ...
Veterinarian
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Manuel
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Store Cashier
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French Guy
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Man Wearing Pants
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Man Reading Newspaper
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Detective McAllister
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Serial Killer
Scott Goodman ...
Drunk Man
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Lone Man
Mocha the Dog ...
Casey's Dog (as Mocha)
Roman ...
Casey's Next Dog
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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French Audio Instructor (voice)
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Karate Day Class Student (uncredited)
Will Ellis Jr. ...
Night Class Student (uncredited)
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Office Worker (uncredited)
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Girl in Hospital Room (uncredited)
Kinsley Ramey ...
Martial Arts Student (uncredited)
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Mom in Car (uncredited)
Matthew T. Schneider ...
Son in Car (uncredited)
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Daughter in Car (uncredited)
Sarah Beth Shapiro ...
Answering Machine (uncredited)
Daniel H. Shoemaker ...
Karate Class Day Student (uncredited)

Directed by

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Riley Stearns

Written by

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Riley Stearns ... (written by)

Produced by

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Camille Bertrand ... co-producer
Lisa Ciuffetti ... co-producer
Andrew Karpen ... executive producer
Andrew Kortschak ... producer
Walter Kortschak ... producer
Munika Lay ... executive producer
Cody Ryder ... producer
Kent Sanderson ... executive producer
Stephanie Whonsetler ... producer
David Zellner ... executive producer
Nathan Zellner ... executive producer

Music by

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Heather McIntosh

Cinematography by

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Michael Ragen

Film Editing by

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Sarah Beth Shapiro

Editorial Department

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Jim Chaliz ... assistant editor
Casey Curtiss ... assistant editor
Byron Filler ... on-line editor
Darin Wooldridge ... colorist

Production Design by

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Charlotte Royer

Art Direction by

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Chad Blevins

Set Decoration by

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Emily Blevins

Costume Design by

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Jami Villers

Makeup Department

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Amy L. Forsythe ... makeup department head (as Amy Forsythe) / special makeup effects designer (as Amy Forsythe)
Elissa Ruminer ... hair department head / key makeup artist: additional unit, Los Angeles
Toby Sells ... prosthetics designer: Toby Sells Creature Makeup FX Shop / special makeup effects artist
Aaron Worman ... special makeup effects artist

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Stephanie Adams ... second assistant director
Siena Brown ... first assistant director
Diletta Di Nicolantonio ... assistant director

Art Department

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Matthew Killinder ... special construction consultant
J. Ryan McCleney ... construction coordinator
Becca Morrin ... set dresser
Johnny Spanish ... art department coordinator
John Travisano ... carpenter

Sound Department

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Tash Ann ... boom operator
Lorita de la Cerna ... foley artist
Rob Embrey ... post sound coordinator
Demetri Evdoxiadis ... re-recording mixer / supervising sound editor
Zack Goldsborough ... sound recordist
Jackie Johnson ... dialogue editor
Alexander Jongbloed ... foley editor
Jacob Ortiz ... ADR Mixer
Raymond Park ... sound effects editor
Chris Polczinski ... sound mixer
Jason Stare ... boom operator: additional unit / sound mixer: additional unit
Michael Toji ... VP: Post Production Services
Brian S.M. Wroth ... dialogue editor

Special Effects by

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Wayne Beauchamp ... special effects coordinator

Visual Effects by

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May Satsuki Asai ... visual effects artist

Stunts

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Heather Bonomo ... stunts
Nick DeKay ... stunts: motorcycle
Justin Eaton ... utility stunts
Josh Fried ... stunt double: Jesse Eisenberg and Allesandro Nivola
Mindy Kelly ... action designer / fight choreography / martial arts trainer / stunt coordinator
Ross Kohnstam ... stunts
Dan Mast ... stunt driver
T. Ryan Mooney ... Jesse Eisenberg / stunt double: Jesse Eisenberg
John Ross ... stunt rigger
Nikki Stanley ... stunt double: Imogen Poots

Camera and Electrical Department

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Eliot Brown ... best boy electric
Tyler Buchholz ... key grip
Derrick Cohan ... Digital Image Technician: los angeles unit
Zachary Erwin ... electrician
Howard Fox ... dolly grip
Howard Fox ... grip
Brandt Hackney ... electrician
Jared Hardy ... digital imaging technician
Isaac Harrison ... still photographer
David Lowe ... dolly grip (as David Sherman Lowe Jr.)
Geoff Storts ... first assistant camera
Matt Ware ... gaffer
Daniel Williamson ... best boy grip

Casting Department

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Chad Broskey ... location casting

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Tora Eff ... assistant costume designer
Hannabelle Farrell ... key costumer

Location Management

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Max Fogle ... location production assistant
Melody Peace ... location assistant
Adam Snyder ... location scout
Jane Streeter ... location manager

Music Department

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Mary Lattimore ... musician: harp
Heather McIntosh ... musician: cello, bass & electronics
Leah Paul ... musician: flute, clarinet
Dylan Ryan ... musician: percussion
Sasha Smith ... musician: keyboards
Genevieve Vincent ... Technical Music Assistant

Script and Continuity Department

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Brett Durbin ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

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Carlos Beguiristain ... driver
Todd Martinez ... transportation captain
Kevin Sieve ... transportation coordinator

Other crew

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Cristina Arteaga ... assistant production coordinator
Kathlene Ashcraft ... production assistant
Rachel Bomkamp ... office production assistant
Chenney Chen ... production coordinator
Stacie Conard ... Set Medic
Jennifer Day ... production assistant
Josephine Dongbang ... production legal
Hallie Eisenberg ... assistant to the producers
Kasey Faye ... first assistant accountant
Isaac Harrison ... production assistant
Sarah Turner Holland ... stand-in: Anna
Graham Lawyer ... Key Set Production Assistant
C.J. Rush ... Studio Teacher
Bill Wingate ... production accountant

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

After he's attacked on the street at night by a roving motorcycle gang, timid bookkeeper Casey (Jesse Eisenberg) joins a neighborhood karate studio to learn how to protect himself. Under the watchful eye of a charismatic instructor, Sensei (Alessandro Nivola), and hardcore brown belt Anna (Imogen Poots), Casey gains a newfound sense of confidence for the first time in his life. But when he attends Sensei's mysterious night classes, he discovers a sinister world of fraternity, brutality and hyper-masculinity, presenting a journey that places him squarely in the sights of his enigmatic new mentor. Written by Bleecker Street

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Also Known As
  • L'art de l'autodéfense (France)
  • La mejor defensa es un ataque (Spain)
  • W obronie wlasnej (Poland)
  • Искусство самообороны (Russia)
  • L'art de l'autodéfense (Canada, French title)
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Runtime
  • 104 min
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Box Office

Opening Weekend United States $114,374, 14 Jul 2019

Did You Know?

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Trivia Writer and director Riley Stearns trains and teaches Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. See more »
Soundtracks Can You Hear Me Now? See more »
Crazy Credits At the beginning of the end credits, the show's "title logo" is shown in a "black metal" font, mirroring the front cover of the CD Casey buys (albeit in yellow). See more »
Quotes Sensei: I realize now that her being a woman will prevent her from ever becoming a man.
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