The Art of Self-Defense

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Release Date: July 19, 2019 (limited)

On DVD/VOD: October 15, 2019

1h 44m | Comedy, Drama


Casey (Jesse Eisenberg), a meek and timid man, is attacked at random on the street. He subsequently enrolls at a local dojo led by a charismatic and mysterious sensei (Alessandro Nivola), in an effort to learn how to defend himself.

What he uncovers is a sinister world of fraternity, violence and hypermasculinity and a woman (Imogen Poots) fighting for her place in it. Casey undertakes a journey, both frightening and darkly funny, that will place him squarely in the sights of his enigmatic new mentor.

Director: Riley Stearns
Studio: Pacific Northwest Pictures
Producer(s): Andrew Kortschak, Cody Ryder, Stephanie Whonsetler, Walter Kortschak
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola, Imogen Poots
Writer(s): Riley Stearns
Official Site: why-karate.com


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