Eat your Enemy| 1hr : 22mins
Director: Eline Flipse | Producer: eliflifilm
Focus Years: 2004 | Country: Netherlands
Eat your Enemy is a documentary about the martial arts. About aggression. And about spirituality. About winning and losing, about effort and vanity. About East and West, muscular and mental strength. About the relationship between the master and pupil. A film full of paradoxes.
Martial arts are more than the bloody pictures we occasionally see on television - images we usually abhor, but may secretly also find exciting. Violence and its prevention is an important theme in our society. In the West, we have gradually become too civilised to fight - we battle with words, and if things occasionally go wrong, there's always a trauma team ready and waiting. Yet people continue to need fisticuffs. In modern civilization there is no place for aggression, we don't know what to do with it either. The fact that aggression is a natural emotion that largely shapes our urges and is even necessary is often forgotten. The question is not whether aggression is permissible but, how do we channel it or prevent it? One answer is: by fighting! All martial arts are aimed at mental and physical development in order to become a better human being. Where one person is able to turn aggression and rebellion into self-discipline and serenity, the other regards the martial arts as a drug and a form of mental masochism.