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 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.

Director: Riley Stearns
Writer: Riley Stearns
Production: Bleecker Street
Year: 2019
MetaScore: 65/100
ImdbRating: 6.7
BoxOffice: N/A
Released: 19 Jul 2019
Awards: N/A


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Thomas - Steve Terada
Steve - Mike Brooks
Other Steve - C.J. Rush
Gun Store Owner - Davey Johnson
Grant - Hauke Bahr
Bakery Woman - Katherine Martin
New White Belt (as Patrick Cameron Murphy) - Cameron Murphy
Pickup Truck Driver - Nicholas Hulstine
French Girl - Lena Friedrich
Veterinarian - Louis Robert Thompson
Store Cashier - Katherine Smith-Rodden
French Guy - Frederic Spitz
Man Wearing Pants - Alex Haydon
Man Reading Newspaper - Mark Sawyer-Dailey
Detective McAllister - Leland Orser
Serial Killer - Josh Fadem
Drunk Man - Scott Goodman
Lone Man - Justin Eaton
Casey's Dog (as Mocha) - Mocha the Dog
Casey's Next Dog - Roman
French Audio Instructor (voice) - Caroline Amiguet
Karate Day Class Student - Apollo Bacala
Night Class Student - Will Ellis Jr.
Office Worker - John French
Martial Arts Student - Kinsley Ramey
Daughter in Car - Molly E. Schneider
Answering Machine - Sarah Beth Shapiro
Karate Class Day Student - Daniel H. Shoemaker