The Art Of Self-Defense

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.
- Synopsis provided by Internet Video Archive

Credits

Director:

  • Riley Stearns

Cast:

  • Jesse Eisenberg
  • Alessandro Nivola
  • Imogen Poots
  • Steve Terada
  • Phillip Andre Botello
  • Caroline Amiguet
  • Apollo Bacala
  • Hauke Bahr
  • Jason Burkey
  • Justin Eaton
  • Dallas J. Edwards
  • Will Ellis Jr.
  • Josh Fadem
  • John French
  • Darren Gaebel
  • Scott Goodman
  • Alex Haydon
  • Elizabeth Howlett
  • Nicholas Hulstine
  • Davey Johnson

Writer:

  • Riley Stearns

Producers:

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

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