ByJerome Maida, writer at
Jerome Maida

"The Martial Arts Kid" is winning awards and building buzz as it gears toward it's highly anticipated release - and the film's writer/director, Michael Baumgarten, says he knows why.

"The film is resonating with audiences because it is a universal theme", says Baumgarten, who so far in his career is best known for his work on the film "Smitty". "I like to speak with audience members after each screening and I’m amazed by how many people met their spouse in a martial arts class or by how they were bullied and martial arts helped them with their confidence and self-defense skills."

"The Martial Arts Kid" tells the story of a troubled teen named Robbie, played by Jansen Panettiere, who then moves in with and is mentored by his aunt and uncle, played by martial arts/action-movie legends Cynthia Rothrock and Don "The Dragon" Wilson. Kathryn newton plays his love interest and Matthew Ziff plays the bully who torments him.

"The Martial Arts Kid" is scheduled for release this summer.


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