The SenseiClosed Captioning
Diana Lee Inosanto
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After a gay teenager is severely beaten at school, a martial arts Sensei secretly trains him to defend himself against his bullies. When the small conservative town discovers their secret, a series of events unfolds.
Not Your Typical Martial Arts Movie
This Independent movie was made in 2008 and I'm only hearing about it now. Being a Martial Artist myself I naturally became intrigued by this movie. And after seeing it was written, directed, and produced by Diana Lee Inosanto, daughter of Actor/Martial Artist Dan Inosanto (who collaborated often with the Late Bruce Lee) I became even more interested. All I have to say is WOW! What an incredible Movie!
It was amazing to see the talent that Ms. Inosanto demonstrated in making this film. Incredible direction; fantastic acting; wonderful storytelling; everything a great movie needs AND which most Martial Arts movies lack (IMHO)! Ms. Inosanto put together a story like no other that deals with prejudice and hate on multiple levels and the drive to fight for acceptance. The movie's tagline is the most powerful I've seen; "You have the right to defend yourself from hatred... and self-hatred!"
After only seeing it once it became an instant favorite of mine, one I will be seeing over and over again.
INCREDIBLE Story Line
This film, set in the 1980's, touches on many issues including ones that students in our schools still face to this day. Although there are some slow moments in the film, the director manages to tell a heartfelt story of a boy, a few families, and a town dealing with hatred and discrimination.
I never write anything about any of the movies that I watch, But I wanted everyone to know that this movie to me and my family was an incredible ,emotional, Intense Story. At first I felt excited, do to the fact that it reminded me about the "Karate Kid" the movie, But as the movie played on It became much more than a "Wax on, Wax Off" feature film. It became a real inspirational ,Heartfelt, passionate Story. It also brought back alot of memories, Of when I grew up in the 80's, at HS. Glad those days are long gone and how we evolved from the "AIDS" fear. I can go on about life in the 80's, But the real focus is this realy good, no great movie. Surprised it never made it to the big screan. It sure deserved it. And much more.