"The Art of Self-Defense" is a 2019 black comedy martial arts film directed by Riley Stearns.
The starring cast includes Jesse Eisenberg as Casey Davies, Alessandro Nivola as Sensei, Imogen Poots as Anna, Steve Terada as Thomas, Phillip Andre Botello as Kennith, David Zellner as Henry, Hauke Bahr as Grant, Jason Burkey as Alex, Michael Brooks, C.J. Rush as Other Steve and others.

Here are "The Art of Self-Defense" movie trailer, plot summary, full cast and characters, release date, streaming services and everything we know so far.


Is there a trailer for The Art of Self-Defense movie?

Bleecker Street on Wednesday, May 22, 2019 released the trailer for "The Art of Self-Defense" you can watch here:
THE ART OF SELF DEFENSE | Official Trailer.

Plot summary

What is The Art of Self-Defense movie plot?

Here is a short review of "The Art of Self-Defense" movie plot summary.

Casey Davies (Jesse Eisenberg) is a timid and socially awkward accountant. One night on his way home from buying food for his dog, he is assaulted by a masked motorcycle gang who have been attacking people throughout the city. While recuperating, Casey decides to purchase a handgun for protection. He then finds a karate dōjō led by the charismatic and enigmatic "Sensei" (Alessandro Nivola). After a trial class, Casey decides to take regular classes instead of buying the gun.
At the dōjō, Casey meets Anna (Imogen Poots), a brown belt and the only female student of the dōjō group, and Henry (David Zellner), a friendly blue belt student. Henry explains that Sensei (Alessandro Nivola) teaches a special night class for select students. Casey's commitment to training impresses Sensei, who promotes him to a yellow belt. However, Anna is denied her promotion to black belt in favour of another student. At the ceremony, Sensei talks about the dōjō's now-dead grandmaster, who killed 3 other grandmasters via a secret technique of punching his index finger through their skulls.
Sensei encourages Casey to become more "masculine." Casey returns to his job much more aggressive, and he is fired after his alpha male attitude leads him to punch his boss in the throat. Sensei invites Casey, but not the eager Henry, to the dōjō's more brutal night classes. Henry attends uninvited, and Sensei breaks his elbow at the joint and expels him from the dōjō as punishment. During a sparring session, Anna brutally beats Thomas (Steve Terada), the newly promoted black belt student, aiming to prove her skill to Sensei despite her gender, which Sensei claims disqualifies her from earning a black belt.


Who plays who in the The Art of Self-Defense movie cast?

Here is the full cast and characters of "The Art of Self-Defense" movie. Actors and actresses are sorted mostly in credits order.

Jesse Eisenberg  as Casey Davies
Alessandro Nivola  as Sensei
Imogen Poots  as Anna
Steve Terada  as Thomas
Phillip Andre Botello  as Kennith
David Zellner  as Henry
Hauke Bahr  as Grant
Jason Burkey  as Alex
Mike Brooks  as Steve
C.J. Rush  as Other Steve (as CJ Rush)
Davey Johnson  as Gun Store Owner
Katherine Martin  as Bakery Woman
Cameron Murphy  as New White Belt (as Patrick Cameron Murphy)
Nicholas Hulstine  as Pickup Truck Driver
Lena Friedrich  as French Girl
Louis Robert Thompson  as Veterinarian
Dallas Edwards  as Manuel
Katherine Smith-Rodden  as Store Cashier
Frederic Spitz  as French Guy
Alex Haydon  as Man Wearing Pants
Mark Sawyer-Dailey  as Man Reading Newspaper
Leland Orser  as Detective McAllister
Josh Fadem  as Serial Killer
Scott Goodman  as Drunk Man
Justin Eaton  as Lone Man
Mocha the Dog  as Casey's Dog (as Mocha)
Roman  as Casey's Next Dog
Caroline Amiguet  as French Audio Instructor

Release date

When is The Art of Self-Defense movie release date?

"The Art of Self-Defense" movie release date was scheduled to be on March 10, 2019 (SXSW) and on July 12, 2019 (United States) distributing by Bleecker Street Media, Pacific Northwest Pictures, Umbrella Entertainment and Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.


What are The Art of Self-Defense filming details?

The duration of the film is 104 minutes. The film grossed over $2.4 million.

"The Art of Self-Defense" movie is rated "R", according to the MPAA film rating system.

Principal photography began on September 11, 2017, in Kentucky.


What are critics and audiences saying about The Art of Self-Defense movie?

"The Art of Self-Defense" movie got high rating from critics. IMDB rating is 6.6/10. Rotten Tomatoes rating is 84/100.

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