We all know and love The Karate Kid. But, what if Mr. Miyagi was a women and the Ralph Macchio character was gay kid who was being tormented just like Lawrence King and all of the other kids who are teased, taunted and beaten for being gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgendered?
The Sensei is about a lonely gay teen named McClain Evans (Michael O'Laskey) growing up in a small town in Colorado during the dawn of the AIDS epidemic. Constantly the target of hate and bullying, after a near fatal beating by three school mates, he finds himself the secret student of a woman "sensei" named Karen Nakano - O'Neil (D. Lee Inosanto) who teaches him the martial ways to protect himself and the path to inner peace. But there are some lessons in life that don't come easy.
The film will have its world premiere the 24th Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. The details are below.