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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.

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Diana Lee Inosanto (as D. Lee Inosanto)

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Diana Lee Inosanto (as D. Lee Inosanto)
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Cast

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 Griffin Jr. ... 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 Campbell ... John
Ben Perkins ... Buck
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 2008 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Colorado, USA See more »

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Budget:

$2,200,000 (estimated)
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ON SCREEN: "Of the 1,185,000 Americans living with HIV/AIDS, 24-27% are unaware of their HIV infection. More than one quarter of the 44,000 new infections each year are women, as the disease today is transmitted primarily through heterosexual sex." 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

Karen O'Neil: [visiting McClain's hospital bed] We need to talk.
McClain Evans: Wow. We need to talk, huh? Are you sure you're at a safe-enough distance?
Karen O'Neil: McClain, I...
McClain Evans: Was... Was I just a poor, like, charity case for you, Karen? I mean, let's-save-the-homo type thing? I mean, I know my mom asked you to teach me...
Karen O'Neil: McClain...
McClain Evans: ...but, hey...
Karen O'Neil: Wait-wait, please...
McClain Evans: ...let's, let's, let's not get too close, okay, because YOU just might catch something, right?
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References Kung Fu (1972) See more »

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Whisper Without Warning
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definitely worth watching
16 March 2011 | by yinka_ayinlaSee all my reviews

I found this movie surprisingly good,Some unexpected twists, rich story line, good acting. This is not a martial art movie, this is a good movie set in a martial art background. Its difficult to decide which is better diana lee's acting or her martial arts both are top grade. Louis Mandylor is quite touching with his role. Generally good acting from everyone. The fight scenes are the most realistic i have seen in a very long time. None of the one person beating up 20 people that has become tiresome this days in martial art movies.It also shows the rich character and morale fiber which is what the martial arts is about not just hammering people to a pulp like MMA tries to portray.


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