Well, the old Stephen Seagal jerk thread went kind of ragged. I continue to believe that it's a serious offense to "use" aikido to make yourself rich by pumping images of glorious gory violence into the public mind, but I recently completed my own first screenplay, which does use a good bit of aikido/jujutsu technique in some action scenes and I've been thinking a lot about what would be a good aikido movie to make.
In my screenplay, a former soldier uses aiki/jujutsu skills to take down several men who are attacking a young woman who is mentally incompetent. The aiki man uses stuff like you might see in this clip:
He is attacked by two and takes them down in a pile, then adds another and another, piling them on top of one another and holding them down with his foot. One man pulls a pistol on him and he takes that and smashes him in the face with it and drops him on top of the others before they can get up. He then holds the pistol on the last guy and makes him get on top of the others. He breaks the one guy's nose, but then pops it back in place. There is no glorification of violence but it presents him controlling these attackers without doing more damage than necessary to control them.
I mention this just as an example of the philosophy behind the script. A bad guy in a similar situation kills three and takes two others captive, then gratuitously kills one of those, illustrating a person with a ruthless heart.
The screenplay has some gore but does not glorify one-on-one violence and the heroes are never depicted as enjoying the violence or revelling in it.
I'm also working on another screenplay about Alex Marshall, a man here in Birmingham who used to train the police in defensive tactics. He was a real master of jujutsu and aikido and the police used to send him into areas where thugs were terrorizing old people and he would take down two or three big SOBs at a time with judo and jujutsu. This would include a lot of graphic fighting scenes, but it would not portray a good man enjoying or revelling in violence. Mr. Marshall was always very humble and the fight scenes in this movie would portray the valor of a very small man taking on some very big and very bad characters and winning through endurance and creativity as well as serious training over many decades.
So my question here is, what kind of movie would best exemplify the values of aikido and judo/jujutsu for the modern world?
Recently, I watched Mamet's "Red Belt" and was rather disappointed that it perpetuates some of the ridiculous misconceptions that spread through the networks of "amateur professionals" with their bizarre lineages and symbologies and one-off local dojo cultures with their intricate homemade rituals and customs. And the old master "the professor" and how he handled 'the red belt'. It kind of creeped me out.
So what would better exempify aikido/judo/jujutsu values for the modern world? Can we come up with scenarios here that show realistic applications of martial arts, yet communicate the positive values we (some of us) believe these arts embody?
Best to all.