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The Sensei (2008)

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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.

Director:

Diana Lee Inosanto (as D. Lee Inosanto)

Writer:

Diana Lee Inosanto (as D. Lee Inosanto)
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3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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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 Anthony Griffin Mark Anthony Griffin ... 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
Ben Perkins ... Buck
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Storyline

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 »

Genres:

Action | Drama | Sport

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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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Color
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Trivia

ON SCREEN: "This film is dedicated to Gilbert L. Johnson and to the Family and Friends of The Sensei Cast and Crew who have been directly affected by the AIDS epidemic." See more »

Goofs

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

Rick Beard: Man, these queers, they got so many rights. More than you and me, I'll bet.
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References Kung Fu (1972) See more »

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Whisper Without Warning
Written & Performed by SANCTION
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Incredible movie
18 January 2010 | by abandndlightSee all my reviews

This movie was remarkable... it made me go through such a wide range of emotions. I loved the entire movie, because the emotion was palpable and Diana was a shining star.

You should really consider this film for you next movie night, because it will give you everything that you want out of a movie. This wasn't your typical "Gay" movie, because it went further than most movies do, it goes into the real story about what went down during this period in our history as LGBT people. This was a sad story that has the possibility of inspiring everyone that gives it the chance. Make sure that you think twice before moving past this one.


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