The Sensei 1905 PG-13

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(25) IMDb 6.8/10
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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.

Starring:
Diana Lee Inosanto, Keith David
Runtime:
1 hour, 36 minutes

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The martial arts action is great, acting is wonderful and the movie is beautifully shot and scripted.
Cherie Cornmesser
Rather than escaping life into fantasy, this film takes us into the heart of all our lives...because we are all part bully and part victim.
Donald Armstrong
I would recommend it to older adults as well who know young adults who are faced with these delimmas.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Bushido Anomaly on April 20, 2010
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First, I am a straight, male martial arts instructor. I waited for two years for this movie to come out. I knew the subject matter would be moving; I did not foresee the twist. Oh, Diana... Thank you for this. I was literally moved to tears. The world needs more voices like yours to bring stories and analogies like this to our world. If more people expressed themselves this way, there is no doubt in my mind the world would be a more loving place. I can't thank you enough. I am truly moved, and this is something that will stay with me for the rest of my life and something I can share with my students.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Donald Armstrong on May 18, 2010
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In these days it is the independent film, not plagued by the gratuitous formulaic requirements of populous blockbusters, that really is able to convey the message of the filmmaker...the message of The Sensei is powerful and important. Instead of simple thoughts or cheap agenda laden shots, this film connects with all of us on both sides of the equation of prejudice, isolation, and defensive displacement.

An examination of the human condition in both its most repugnant and its most attractive aspects is delivered in a compelling combination of action, drama, mystery, and intrigue. There is something to hook the most undiscerning person and cause self-examination, repentance, and amendment of life.

I can still feel this film in my heart...it is filmed simply to draw the viewer in rather than hit them with shock and awe. Rather than escaping life into fantasy, this film takes us into the heart of all our lives...because we are all part bully and part victim.

When people go into film to make a difference, this is one film maker who has accomplished their dream.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cherie Cornmesser on September 12, 2011
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This is just a beautifully told story that has some really good lessons about bullying and assumptions. I have viewed this many times since I bought it and it moves me every single time. The martial arts action is great, acting is wonderful and the movie is beautifully shot and scripted. This movie is a real gem and not to be overlooked. Make sure you have a full box of tissues though you will need them.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Fightergirl on March 5, 2010
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The film is laced with optimistic influence to change hate and prejudice. It is truly an amazing and touching film - with a twist. The film sketches strength and displays many angles of life challenges from: hate to love; false accusations to the truth; discord to concord; dishonor to honor; fear to fearless; from hostilities to peace, and... life and death. The message that this film radiates will propel limitless victories.

- Dayne
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Aron on July 24, 2011
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This movie may not have all the latest "bells and whistles", but it's messages are loud and clear.
We all have a place here, and there is always more to the story.
This is a movie everyone should watch. To open minds and hearts.
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The story is many faceted, and explores issues of human nature in honest terms. The style and crafting of the story are not as slick as in a bigger budget Hollywood release, and overall we should probably be glad for that. But there has been a lot said already of the content of Sensei. I just wish to weigh in on the quality of this dvd issue.

During my first viewing I was put off a number of times about the visual quality, and puzzled that it seemed inconsistent with the otherwise nice production qualities. I am not the only one in reviews to note unusually dark scenes and also less clarity at times than are customary. I now realize that this dvd is simply not a good rendering of the original film If you watch the special features of this film you will see excerpts that make it quite evident that the original image quality is alright and not the same as we see in this dvd.

It is ONLY for the dvd quality that I reduced 1 star, and quite frankly I should have removed 2 stars for the quality issue, but the film is very much worth seeing. It is not the Karate Kid or other films that I grew up with, but one that is more likely to relate with and engage a young audience as well as others. The image quality is not really a deal breaker, but the film deserves better treatment and so does the customer.
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I really liked the compassion and courage of the sensei. Also I was appreciative of her family's backing her up.
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By Marc T. Hicks on June 26, 2014
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Hard to see when it's dark out ( film quality was lacking ). And pacing could lag at points. But the idea and spirit of the film was unique and had a good message. This film was not just about martial arts, but about being human.
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