The Art of Self-Defense

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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... read more
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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. Audacious and offbeat, The Art of Self-Defense is an original dark comedy that takes toxic masculinity to absurd extremes.

Original Release

07/12/2019

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Cast

Directors

Riley Stearns

Writers

Riley Stearns

Cast

Jesse Eisenberg Casey
Alessandro Nivola Sensei
Imogen Poots Anna
Phillip Andre Botello Kennith
Steve Terada Thomas
Jason Burkey Alex
Justin Eaton Lone Man
Katherine Smith-Rodden Store Cashier
Nicholas Hulstine Pickup Truck Driver
Dallas Edwards Manny / Manuel
Alex Haydon Man Wearing Pants
Apollo Bacala Karate Day Class Student
C.J. Rush Other Steve
Matthew T. Schneider Son in Car
Gina Fountain Schneider Mom in Car
David Zellner Henry
Leland Orser Detective McCallister / Detective McAllister
Josh Fadem Serial Killer
Katherine Martin Bakery Woman
Scott Goodman Drunk Man

Producers

David Zellner Executive Producer
Nathan Zellner Executive Producer
Andrew Karpen Executive Producer
Munika Lay Executive Producer
Kent Sanderson Executive Producer
Andrew Kortschak Producer
Walter Kortschak Producer
Cody Ryder Producer
Stephanie Whonsetler Producer
Lisa Ciuffetti Producer
Camille Bertrand Producer

Editors

Sarah Beth Shapiro

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