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12-05-2014, 11:58 AM
Posted 2014-12-05 10:04:42 by Adrian Gallucci
News URL: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4190342/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2

In 2015 a brand new, full-length feature film that centers around the art of Aikido will be released in theatres. More info to come. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4190342/?ref_=fn_al_tt_2

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OutsideTheBox
12-05-2014, 01:58 PM
Here is a link to an article written by Examiner.com in regards to our film and company. Since the article, we have secured a co-producer/distributor and hope to begin filming within the next few months. -

It is our vision, to produce a unifying film that links all Aikidoka no matter their style. The film is based on the premise of non-violence and compassion toward an attacker which are core foundations within the art and our film.

http://www.examiner.com/article/the-way-feature-film-initiative-seeks-to-highlight-peace-through-art-of-aikido

OutsideTheBox
12-06-2014, 04:23 PM
What are your thoughts? Though we can't go into specifics, it would be great to hear others thoughts and feelings on this matter, as it is dear to our hearts and other Aikidoka.

fatebass21
12-06-2014, 05:09 PM
Looks interesting. Is this simply going to be a history on the art of Aikido?

OutsideTheBox
12-06-2014, 06:58 PM
It will be a Hollywood feel full-length action/adventure with a modern story-line. It will take an in-depth look at the art but not its creation.

lifestylemanoz
12-07-2014, 12:47 AM
Tease

Carsten Möllering
12-07-2014, 04:07 AM
What are your thoughts? ...All the best to your venture!
I like your idea very much!!!

So please try to read my following thoughts not a as fundamtal critique, but only as a footnote, just the murmur of the constant complainer ... :

When I read your statement about "a unifying film that links all Aikidoka ... based on the premise of non-violence and compassion toward an attacker", it was my first thought, that if your movie really aims to unify all aikidôka, it should be accepted that your premise is actually not shared by all aikidôka.
I think the "martial" and the "pacifistic" fraction of aikidô finally accepting each other would really be unifying.

Also, when I read the article you linked I realized that your understanding of aikidô is different from my image and most of the people I practice with.
aikidô, as a Japanese budô, is clearly not different from other budô in an essential way. It just uses a certain method called aiki, to deal with an attacker. aiki is just a kind of tool, and other budô use other tools. Plus: aikidô by far is not the only budô that uses aiki.
I think understanding aikidô as not being unique but only one of the countless members of the Japanese budô family would really be unifying. And would help to see all the existing links and connections ...

Furthermore, the premise of aikidô is not "to blend with the force of any given attack and find the most peaceful resolution." Maybe this is true for some lines of tradition. And maybe when these expressions are understood as a very abstracting way of describing some underlying principles of spirituality they may work in a certain sense. But they clearly don't match the actual teaching and practice in a whole lot of dôjô around the world.
I think expressing that there are different oppinions of what aiki means, and that there is an understanding of aiki that does not mean blending with the attackers force would really be unif

(Ironically the German students of Yoshinkai I know, most clearly express that their way of doing the techniques explicetly aims to destroy the joints of an attacker. While we think it may do so, but don't necessarily has to, they say, that they aim for it. So that an attacker changes his intention and won't attack again, because he can't use his limbs anymore ...
So, you don't have to go outside your own line of tradtion. As long as it is not that uncommon in aikidô classes even of your own ryű that the practioners are taught how destroy a certain joint using a certain technique, your premises are simply not the premises of all aikidôka. )

All that said ...

... I'm really looking forward to a movie featering aikidô!
Even if it does not unify all of us. ;)

Btw.:
A befriended Czech aikidôka and stuntman did this videoclip " AIKIDO - Street Story" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVDV_4xDh4o).
And also the "Making of" (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fedBJBIsYmE), which I find veeeery interesting!
I think, you know this film. Like it - or not?

OutsideTheBox
12-07-2014, 08:30 AM
Thank you for the posts. We truly do appreciate it though we regrettably can not go into much detail.

The film is meant to unify because we feel it is in-line with O-Sensei' original message of peace; a method of finding peace within oneself through the art. Aikido is a symbol of hope in a troubled world.

A quote from O-Sensei: "Rely on peace to activate your manifold powers; Pacify you environment and create a beautiful world"

Thank you for supporting.

LIFE-LOVE-AIKIDO

Carsten Möllering
12-07-2014, 09:24 AM
A quote from O-Sensei: "Rely on peace to activate your manifold powers; Pacify you environment and create a beautiful world"In Ueshiba's language, "peace" refers to a certain hexagram which is build from the trigrams of earth/true yin over heaven/true yang. And it refers to a certain way of internal practice within the student that creates this.
His way of using the word peace should not be mixed up with our understanding.

But I think, Ueshiba's understanding of internal alchemy and of aiki more and more get's lost today ...

OutsideTheBox
12-07-2014, 01:21 PM
Tease

;)

PeterR
12-07-2014, 02:12 PM
When I read your statement about "a unifying film that links all Aikidoka ... based on the premise of non-violence and compassion toward an attacker", it was my first thought, that if your movie really aims to unify all aikidôka, it should be accepted that your premise is actually not shared by all aikidôka.
This was my thought also - I could not help but thinking of the old adage. Unify but on our terms.

Still - good luck with the movie.

OutsideTheBox
12-08-2014, 05:01 AM
As it stands right now, I feel a great division within Aikidoka. Whether because of lineage, style or philosophy. It is a film that centers around Aikido, not a specific style. We want people to know Aikido by name and chose to represent it through peace not violence as others have attempted in the past.

On another note, the theme of the film is larger than Aikido or any specific Aikidoka or even the film itself. It is about hope, choice, destiny and moving towards the light - THANK YOU, EVERYONE!

fatebass21
12-11-2014, 06:45 AM
Good luck Adriano!

OutsideTheBox
12-11-2014, 04:31 PM
Good luck Adriano!

Thank you! That truly means a lot to all of our staff!

Dan Richards
12-18-2014, 06:31 AM
So far, from the images and article presented, it looks very Yoshinkan-centric.

We just had a seminar in which four different styles of Aikido, plus Systema, and a koryu sword school with Karate Shihan came together.

How do you see Aikido as a symbol of hope in a troubled world when you see a great division within Aikidoka?

dps
12-18-2014, 06:03 PM
The film is based on the premise of non-violence and compassion toward an attacker which are core foundations within the art ....

Non-violence and compassion toward your attacker is a good way to get yourself killed or seriously injured.

The peace of Aikido is an inner peace of the individual that comes from learning the martial ability of Aikido.

Also pacify according to; Merriam-Webster dictionary, http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pacify

1
a : to allay the anger or agitation of : soothe
b : appease, propitiate
2
a : to restore to a tranquil state : settle
b : to reduce to a submissive state : subdue

Tomiki style Aikido has competition.

Good luck on the movie.

dps