The Art of Self-Defense Movie

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Who's Involved:

Jesse Eisenberg, Alessandro Nivola, Imogen Poots, Riley Stearns

Release Date:

Friday, July 12, 2019 (Limited)

Rating: R

Runtime: 1 hr, 44 m

Plot: What's the story about?

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.

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A look at the The Art of Self-Defense behind-the-scenes crew and production team. The film's director Riley Stearns last directed Faults. The film's writer Riley Stearns last wrote Faults.


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Filming Timeline

On or about March 16, 2018, the film was in Completed status.

The Art of Self-Defense Release Date: When was it released?

The Art of Self-Defense was released in 2019 on Friday, July 12, 2019 (Limited release). There were 13 other movies released on the same date, including Crawl, Stuber and Lying And Stealing.

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