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.
"A SINISTER DARK COMEDY"
"F@#&ING HILARIOUS. AN INSTANT OFFBEAT COMEDY CLASSIC"
- Birth. Movies. Death.
"ONCE YOU'VE DISCOVERED THE ART OF SELF-DEFENSE.. YOU WON'T BE THE SAME."
Directed by Riley Stearns
Written by Riley Stearns
Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola, Imogen Poots
Runtime: 1h 44min
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Sport
Language: English and French & German with English subtitles
Rated: 14A: violence