R  |  1 hour 44 minutes • Archived

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Movie poster image for THE ART OF SELF-DEFENSE


A dark comedy set in the world of karate. The film centers on Casey (Jesse Eisenberg), who is attacked at random on the street and enlists in 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.

Directed By

Riley Stearns

Written By

Riley Stearns


Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola, Imogen Poots

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