Master Sensei

The world-famous elite soldier Master Sensei decides to blow himself up after a series of public scandals have destroyed his career. However, his plan is put on hold when he meets the young boy scout "Piggy", who is in desperate need of help. Piggy is harassed by the excentric bully and influencer, Lanky Lenny, who has stolen Piggy's braces in an attempt to shake him down. Master Sensei must now go on one last mission, so he can help Piggy retrieve his braces and stand up against the evil tormentor Lanky Lenny.

  • Magnus Porsmose Petersen
    Bolobrain, Go Fish
  • Theis Gavnbo Holmstrup
  • Jes Bergholt Bach
    Salamiboy, The Wheel of Satan, Toka Bamba: a Tale of Love and Fire
  • Simon Edelberg Jensen
    Director of Photography
  • Lars Bjarke
    Key Cast
    "Master Sensei"
  • Noah Storm Otto
    Key Cast
    "Piggy / Grisling"
    Ulven Kommer (Cry Wolf), Krummerne - Det er svært at være 11 år, Krysantemum
  • Kasper Stensgaard
    Key Cast
    "Lanky Lenny / Lange Laurits"
  • Toke Lars Bjarke
    Key Cast
    "Young Master Sensei / Unge Master Sensei"
    Hævnen (In a Better World)
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    Master Sensei
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    Comedy, Action
  • Runtime:
    19 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 11, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 USD
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Director Biography - Theis Gavnbo Holmstrup

Theis Gavnbo Holmstrup is a Danish up-and-coming director with a flair for creating uniquely humorous stories with an emotional core. Theis graduated from the Danish film school VIA Film & Transmedia, and is now the co-owner of Styrvolt, a small independent production company.

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Director Statement

Master Sensei is an absurd and pitch-black comedy in the style of cult-classics like "Napoleon Dynamite" and "Bad Santa". Like these films, "Master Sensei" takes place in a recognizable universe closely aligned with our own, but where things can take a turn into the absurd at any moment. It's a world with a coarse tone and over-the-top antics, but where the characters' inner struggles and feelings of inadequacy make the story relatable.

Master Sensei is a character who has been brewing in my mind for a long time and is the type of character you'd find intriguing to eavesdrop on but wouldn't want to engage in conversation with yourself. His methods are hasty and rarely thought through, but no doubt effective, and if you squint your eyes, they may even appear logical. He is a character that is able to channel all our bad impulses and instincts - a character who, on the one hand, is grotesque and humorous but who beneath his rough exterior hides fragility and insecurity.

Humor and tragedy often go hand in hand, and my intention is to deliver a cinematic experience that will make you feel joy, discomfort, empathy, and contempt all at once.