The final hour before the end of 2005. Perhaps it is a good chance for me to review my 2005.


The most unforgettable experience must be having fun on stage. On show from 1 January in Tuen Mun (High Education), through April (Beyond the Horizon) till 19 June in Tsim Sha Tsui (Time Out?! Time’s Up!), plus many roadshows (including that happened in Mongkok on 14 February: this event has convinced me the power of the Internet. More than 1000 blogs and hundreds of newsgroups and forums have quoted the same article and my friends oversea were asking me about what was going on) and show tours to different places. The experience of performing on stage as well as preparing for the production was great indeed, although I could not participate now. Wish all of you good show in January!


Indeed drama has occupied my first half year. So I did not really have personal time at that period. From July onwards, I left the circle of drama and tried to enjoy life in more different angles. For sure my tour to the twelve cities in UK would be the most inspiring one. After I came back to Hong Kong from mainland China in August, I understood that I should accompany my family more. I do not want to lose anyone again. Indeed when I attended the memorial ceremony for my Grandpa, I knew I have never overcome my grief and guilt. From September, I paid more time and effort in hostel life in Ming Hua Tang. Actually after the last Decemebr, I really participated too little in hostel. In these four months, I had great fun with all guys in the hostel, and I knew more and more friends here: Nam, Paul, Kut, Cuttlefish, Francis, Ray, Jeffery, Square, Huen, ET, etc. I was especially excited to dance on the stage of Chung Chi Tang in November!!! It would be my last Of course I knew more about my pals living together before too. Must thank Mr Po for tolerating me and sharing 313 with me! Haha!!!


 


Quotes of the Year [updated at 2:30 am, 3 Jan 2006]:



  1. 勁唔勁先? (Saint Paul)
  2. 真係架? (Saint Paul)
  3. 真係架咩? (Saint Paul)
  4. 我叻唔叻呀? (Saint Paul)
  5. 咁又有道理喎 (Saint Paul)
  6. 妖~~~ 個個都9既 (Saint Paul)
  7. (Derek: 駛唔駛整個愛情陷阱俾聖母呀?) 駛乜 jer? 佢都踩左落去啦! (Saint Paul)
  8. 如果守護神同現代神係「神交」,咁聖母同聖保祿就係「聖交」(Saint Paul)
  9. 我可唔可以扮701架? (Saint Paul)
  10. 我晚晚都攬住大頭訓 (Saint Paul)
     
  11. 屈機 (Penny)
  12. 你屈機 (Penny)
  13. 好屈機呀 (Penny)
  14. 我不嬲都唔屈機,係俾人屈機 (Penny)
  15. 有冇人話過你好屈機? (Penny)
  16. 點解你可以咁屈機? (Penny)
  17. 你覺唔覺得你好屈機? (Penny)
  18. 你真係好屈機 (Penny)
  19. 界女係我既天性,又係我既天職,屈機 (Penny)
  20. 我要做楊受成 (Penny)
  21. 你知唔知Derek個Subscription list subscribe左幾多個人?係300個 (note: with his facial expression and gesture) (Penny)
  22. 呢個世界…… 除左sex仲有o的咩野呀? (Penny)
  23. 我咁講係咪好屈機呀 (Penny)
     
  24. 我唔鍾意 lun 雞翼,不過我鍾意 lun 丸 (Huen)
  25. 我唔係裝,係光明正大咁「目及」 (Huen)
  26. 搞錯出我張相,係都打格仔先啦 (Huen)
  27. 咒你界死一世紙!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Huen)
  28. (Po: 唔驚俾人裝….最怕俾人光明正大咁「目及」; Kam Lung: 以後都係唔過黎沖涼了) 你地有屎野睇!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Huen)
  29. 下次影得靚d先好post, 影得靚sin post得ar~~~ 唔係打死你地~~~ 雖然我都知有D困難 (Huen)
  30. 最最最最最鍾意你啦李家麟先生!!! (Huen)
  31. ar灼粗瑩 (Huen)
  32. 情趣係要用錢買的 (Huen)
  33. 情趣用品係要用錢買的 (Huen)
  34. 我玩慣裸體 (Huen)
  35. 213係度假屋 (Huen)
     
  36. 我要學少碧的神韻 (Chiu)
     
  37. 我有胸!!! (Din)
  38. 我唔敢洗對辣椒襪,驚有隻辣椒跌出黎 (Din)
     
  39. 阿Din佢婷婷玉立,天生麗質 (Francis)
  40. 阿Din,你俾我啦!!! (Francis)
     
  41. (Paul: 都唔知關我乜撚野事……) 就係關你撚野事 (Po)
  42. 神鳳係阿萱阿媽的姊妹,即係佢阿姨;咁我即係阿萱個姨丈啦;咁阿萱即係我個姨甥女啦;咁阿麟即係我個姨甥女婿啦 (Po)
     
  43. 我係謝飛呀,不過我唔係姓謝叫飛 (Jeffery)
     
  44. 我不嬲以為你真係姓謝叫阿飛! (But)
     
  45. 咁唔通我姓「龍」叫「之單手」咩? (Kam Lung)
     
  46. 我其實係Eason女婿 (Lun)
     
  47. 唔好咁講啦~~~
    舍音盃係屬於大家gei~~而唔係宿生會gei~~~
    只要大家玩得開心~~~我地再辛苦d都無所謂ga~~~
    同埋真係好好玩~~~
    我都唔覺得辛苦~~~:p (Yvonne)
     
  48. Jack Jack復Jack Jack,明華有個Jack (Jack)
     
  49. (Kut:都唔知點解會既) 襯番你o的GPA囉 (Edwin)
     
  50. 阿吉叫我做野…… 如果我唔做…… 佢就話要”Quiz”我宿 (Cuttlefish)
     
  51. o個個阿吉呀,下年做堂主,我叫佢多D同D男仔落去食飯架啦,佢又成日掛住煮飯俾個女朋友食! (Madam Fun)
     
  52. 你地想四個人死唔到,定係三個人死哂? (Derek)
     
  53. 小域域,你幾時得閒食我o個餐呀? (Kut)
  54. 及早移動 (Kut)
     
  55. 我都有呢個慾望好耐ka la (Tracy)
  56. 手指尾都未掂過呀 (Tracy)
  57. (Kwan: 大家樂的芝士火鍋好似無點賣廣告 ,可能個D時段貴D,所以無賣掛) 39蚊一個火鍋都唔係好貴jer (Tracy)
  58. (Tracy: 仲有無野帶漏?; Kwan: 你個腦) 駛唔駛帶遮? (Tracy)
  59. 朱古力消化餅係唔係即係消化餅上面有朱古力? (Tracy)
  60. 朱古力消化餅係消化餅上面有朱古力,朱古力味消化餅係消化餅入面有朱古力 (Tracy)
  61. (Kwan pointed at 純朱古力消化餅 and asked Tracy: 呢個係咩?) 朱古力威化餅 (Tracy)
  62. Blublublublublu係英文,乜乜乜乜乜係日文 (Tracy)
  63. 你唔好以為咁樣就可以咁樣? (Tracy)
  64. 習慣自己的肇祐我管 (Tracy)

Any more???


 


 


Movies I watched in 2005:



 


2005 has been a wonderful year for me. Ya, full of laughter and full of tears. When I was younger, I did not think more about myself when reviewing the previous year. Indeed, after getting into university, many things happened and maybe I have changed a lot too. I would say 2003 and 2004 brought me quite a lot of sad experience in my life. In 2005, I have been working hard to overcome my problems on my pathway. Success and failure, at least at the end you are walking with me. Thank you! Love you…

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The day before yesterday (I mean 29 Novemeber) we got a joint-jong gathering!!! Yoyoyo!!! It was the gathering of 04 jong (膠莊, as almost all of us wear plastic-framed glasses), 05 jong (奶莊?!) and the coming 06 jong (盛莊, according to the meeting they held before the gathering). Really an exciting gathering!!!



04 jong: 1: Po; 2: Ivy; 3: Derek (me); 4: Lo; 5: Penny; 6: Phoenix; 7: Din
05 jong: 1: Dicky; 2: Yvonne; 3: Tracy; 4: Ying; 5: Henry; 6: Angel; 7: Chiu
06 jong: 1: Kut; 2: Edwin; 3: Jack; 4: Joey; 5: Wing; 6: Huen; 7: Alex

We visited Kut’s dad’s Daipaidon in Tsing Yi and we had a great meal there. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!! Dishes recommended included 辣酒煮花螺 (This dish first appeared in the menu just because of us! It was really extremely delicious and very hot indeed, yummy!!!), 醉雞煲 (Very very yummy indeed!!! The Chinese-medicine-wine smelled extremely great!), 炸三寶 (Including deep fried duck tongues, delicious!) and more and more!!! Of course the dessert was good too! Must appreciated Kut for his fried rice!!! Haha!!!




*** Funny episodes:

  1. As I went to Tsing Yi after watching Joyeux Noel in Palace IFC, I got on a train of Tung Chung Line of MTR. So if you refer to the MTR map below, you should realize that my journey would go from Hong Kong Station to Kowloon, Olympic, Nam Cheong, Lai King and finally Tsing Yi. It cost me $5.7 and approximately 14 minutes.

    When I was sitting on the train which was travelling to Lai King, I received the call of Po. He said he was coming with Phoenix in Airport Express in Hong Kong Station. Wow!!! Their journey would only stop at Kowloon and Tsing Yi, costing them $90 each person!!! That was really interesting!!! Well, it must have been a very comfortable journey…


     
  2. I was the only person who arrived at Hang Seng Bank of Tsing Yi Station at 6:30 p.m. (Oh is it really a funny episode? Not for me at least…)
     
  3. We got on a bus outside Tsing Yi Station. After turning out of the bus station, the bus suddnely stopped. The bus driver went to our seats (which were at the end of the ground floor) and said Phoenix had not yet paid for the bus fare. Po explained he helped her to pay already in coins of five dollars (the bus journey just cost three dollars something), and he paid his by Octopus.

    Po:   I have paid more than the bus fare she needs to pay.
    Me:  Ya… But that’s should be fine to you,
            ‘coz you have paid $90 for a journey which cost $5.
    Po:   &*#$!^!$%*#*%^$!%^&$#&*!
     
  4. When we were waiting for the late-comers in Tsing Yi Station, we knew that Ivy was coming with 05 jong (including Dicky, Yvonne, Ying, Henry, Tracy and Chiu). And they had arrived at Tsing Yi already. Kut told Chiu to get on a bus to the estate where the Daipaidon was located.

    But when we were sitting on the bus, we received their call that Chiu made them get on a correct bus but in the reverse direction!!! And they got off the bus in Tai Wo Hau!!! So they had to go to Tai Wo Hau MTR Station and take a train to Lai King and change to Tung Chung Line and go to Tsing Yi Station!!! The whole journey for them to get to the destination from CUHK cost two hours!! Wow!!! What a record!!!




    (Tour of Chiu and his fellow in Kwai Tsing District: 1: Got on bus in TY; 2: Crossed the bridge – they should realize there was something wrong; 3: Got off bus in TWH; 4: Went to TWH MTR; 5: TWO ?KH; 6: KH ?KF; 7: KF ?LK – they had to go two floors upper to change to TC Line; 8: LK ?TY; 9: Got on bus in TY again)
     
  5. Quotes of Huen #1: “Delights are to be bought.” (Exact wording:「情趣係要用錢買的。」Said after we knew that Po and Phoenix went to Tsing Yi by Airport Express.)
     
  6. Quotes of Huen #2: “Delight tools are to be bought.” (Exact wording:「情趣用品係要用錢買的。」)
     
  7. Quotes of Huen #3: “I get used to being naked.” (Exact wording:「我玩慣裸體。」)
     
  8. Quotes of Huen #4: “Room 213 is a holiday resort.” (Exact wording:「213係度假屋。」)
     
  9. Kut and Joey just could hardly escape from their public kiss. But what’s more interesting was that after their kiss, Kut led Joey to see his dad and it was said that Joey gave Kut’s dad a cup of tea!!! (Well, in Chinese tradition, a girl needs to give tea to her father-in-law. This cup of tea is also known as “Tea of Daughter-in-Law or 新抱茶 in Chinese.)
     
  10. Penny, Lo and I made Din play a game with us, in which we were not allowed to speak on the bus returning to Shatin. But Din just failed to do so, and she always made some little sound. Po often tried to make her talk, and Penny who was sitting my right-hand-side even dialled the mobile phone of Din who was sitting my left-hand-side with 133!!! XDDDDD
     
  11. Here we announce the four leagues of Ming Hua Tang – Premier League of Pik (碧超聯), Goblet of the Holy Mother (聖母盃), Shield of Yvonne (易芳盾), and League of Ivy (Ivy Leag.). (There would be participants in these leagues of course, but perhaps there is only one person who participates in all these four!!! XDDDDD)

Too many interesting episodes that night!!!!!

 

Later, Jing came to Ming Hua after getting off from work. Plus Tung and Amy, we all ten guys gathered again!!! Wow!!! So happy!!! Of course we took pictures!!!



Upper picture: Back row: Phoenix, Po, Lo, Derek, Ivy, Amy; Front row: Din, Tung, Jing, Penny

We have not gathered for so long!!!!! Love all of you!!! (And Dicky and his fellow jongmates just took sticker photos the day before. I realized that our jong had taken sticker photos when I was in Vancouver!!!!! When are we going to take sticker photos again with all of us present?)

Yo! Finally watched Perhaps Love!!!

 

          *** SPOILER WARNING: Plot or ending details ***         

Monty, a muse, appears in Shanghai with a mission: he yearns for a taste of genuine human emotions and puts himself out as a beacon for lost souls, drowning in the bitter sea of love.

Also arriving at the same time, in Shanghai, is actor, Lin Jian Dong, the star in a new musical helmed by renowned director, Nie Wen. Lin’s co-star, Sun Na, is an old flame from a decade ago. Sun is in a relationship with Nie, who made her a star.

The musical they are both acting in is about a love triangle: an amnesiac woman forgets everything, even her lover, to be saved from the streets by a generous circus owner. The two fall in love. Later when she recovers her memory, she finds herself torn between her past and present. The musical features the actors Lin and Sun in leading roles, with director Nie playing the role of the circus owner as the third part of the triangle. Nie is unaware of his two stars’ previous relationship, and the analogy reflected in the musical. As Lin and Sun spend more time with each other on the set, memories of their past begin to overwhelm them…

A decade earlier, Lin, a film student at the Beijing Film Academy, met Sun, who was performing at a local bar. He was a thrifty student, she a songstress down on her luck. The two lonely hearts found each other and fell in love until Sun’s ambition and desire for fame upset the relationship. Feeling held back, Sun left Lin for a man who would make her famous.

Now the hottest stars of their generation, the romance of their past is rekindled as the production of the musical progresses. With the trio in the throes of jealousy, hatred and passion, the muse steps in to stir the pot…

Can’t love be simple?

Perhaps love is like a resting place, A shelter from the storm
It exists to give you comfort, It’s there to keep you warm
And in those times of trouble, When you are most alone
The memory of love will bring you home

Perhaps love is like a window, Perhaps an open door
It invites you to come closer, It wants to show you more
And even if you lose yourself, And don’t know what to do
The memory of love will see you through

Oh! Love to some is like a cloud, To some as strong as steel
For some a way of living, For some a way to feel
And some say love is holding on, And some say letting go
And some say love is everything, Some say they don’t know

Perhaps love is like the ocean, Full of conflicts, full of pain
Like a fire when it’s cold outside, Thunder when it rains
If I should live forever, And all my dreams come true
My memories of love will be of you

 

p.s. The OST of the movie has been released!!! Wow!!! The final must-buy item in 2005 undoubtedly. Highly appreciate Ji Jin-hee, who speaks and sings very fluent Mandarin in the movie!!! I think he sings so well that can be compared with Jacky Cheung indeed!!! He dances nicely too.

p.p.s. I have seen four out of 91 candidates for the nomination of the Best Foreign Film in the coming Oscar!!! In addition to Perhaps Love (representing Hong Kong), I have also watched Joyeux Noel (representing France), the Promise (representing China), as well as the Wayward Cloud (representing Taiwan). Wow!!!

p.p.p.s. To reply Saisai, I have added some more comments about the film.

Sorry to make you disappointed… Haha!!! ‘Coz I was too tired to write anything longer last night…

Here I add more about my feeling to the film. Well, just leave the story to the last, the music is excellent as I have mentioned. But the set is great too! The whole film is so beautiful and full of colours. The artistic director should be appreciated really.

As for the story, I said “can’t love be simple?” and it is really my feeling to the film. Sun loves Lin and Sun loves Nie. Perhaps in the past Sun fell for Nie because he was a director and he could make her famous, I still believe in the film Sun loves Nie. Otherwise she would not cry for Nie when Nie falls from the air. (One might say the one who crys should be Xiaoyu instead of Sun, but I do not agree. The last sentence Nie says when she is catching his leg is “Sun Na, let go of me.” This clearly show that Nie has already fallen out of his role of circus owner. And in the same way, Sun should have fallen out of Xiaoyu too. The tears belong to Sun, not Xiaoyu.)

Lin loves Sun and he hurts Sun after they meet again. I really feel sorry about that. Revenge does not only hurt Sun. It definitely hurts Lin, too. But I believe Lin still loves Sun. Otherwise he would not return from the airport to find her.

Nie loves Sun, and love brings along jealousy. But after he cools down his anger and jealously for several days, he amends the script. Indeed the final scene of the musical in the film is the reflection of Nie, right? He tells Sun to let go of him. It can be interpreted as Nie wants to let go of himself too. But for sure he loves her, otherwise he does not need to let go of himself: he would go by himself anyway.

Monty is the role I love most. Most probably because Ji Jin-hee really did a good job in the film.

Hope you like my comments about the film, haha!!! Happy new year~

 

p.p.p.p.s. Thanks!!!

Continued my journey of moviesss. Today’s special would be Joyeux Noel (aka: Merry Christmas)!!! It is an inspiring film and is very touching.

 

          *** SPOILER WARNING: Plot or ending details ***         

Ce film est inspire d’une histoire vraie, qui s’est deroulee durant la Grande Guerre, le soir de Noel 1914, en de multiples endroits du front.

Lorsque la guerre surgit au creux de lete de 1914, elle surprend et emporte dans son tourbillon des millions d’hommes. Et puis arrive Noel, avec sa neige et son cortege de cadeaux des familles et des Etats Majors. Mais la surprise ne viendra pas des colis genereux qui jonchent les tranchees francaises, ecossaises et allemandes.

Ce soir-la, un evenement considerable va bouleverser a jamais le destin de 4 personnages: un pasteur ecossais, un lieutenant francais, un tenor allemand et une soprano danoise, “stars” de l’epoque qui, a la faveur de la nuit de Noel 1914, vont se retrouver au coeur d’une fraternisation sans precedent entre les soldats allemands, francais et britanniques.

Ils laisseront le fusil au fond de la tranchee pour aller voir celui d’en face, lui serrer la main, echanger avec lui une cigarette et du chocolat, lui souhaiter “Joyeux Noel!”…

 

This movie is inspired by a true story, which happened on Christmas Eve 1914 during World War I, in many different places of the frontline.

When war breaks out in the lull of summer 1914, it surprises and pulls millions of men in its wake. And Christmas arrives, with its snow and multitude of family and army bundles. But the surprise won’t come from inside the generous parcels which lie in the French, Scottish and German trenches.

That night, a momentous event will turn the destinies of four characters: a Scottish priest, a French lieutenant, an exceptional German tenor and the one he loves and sings with, a wonderful Danish soprano. They will find themselves at the heart of unprecedented fraternizations between German, British and French troops.

During that Christmas Eve, the unthinkable will happen: rifles will be left at the bottom of the trenches and steps will be taken towards those opposite, to shake their hands, exchange a cigarette or a piece of chocolate, to wish them “Merry Christmas!”…

 

This is another candidate of the Best Foreign Film of the coming Oscar. It is cold, yet it is warm. Christmas would not be merry anymore in the war, but music and love brought a short halt to the world on the Christmas Eve and soldiers of Germany, Scotland and France could sing together, share their story with each other, and have a Christmas mass together. It was so great to see them saying prayer and Amen together.

Of course such peaceful moments could not last long. After all, they were soldiers of their home countries. But the Christmas brought along peace and friendship and that was most important. That was why they told their families that they had made friends with each others and would like to visit them after the war.

It was unfortunate that those seniors were annoyed with these “betraying” behaviours. Soldiers were “punished” by being moved to another battle frontline. They might never see their Christmas friends again. Sigh. Those seniors just held parties for themselves but they never understood what actually was happening in the frontline of the war.

It can easily be understood the pains of different people in the story, no matter he was in the Scot side, the French side or the German side.

A great movie indeed, telling you a true story that most Europeans know but others rarely know. The most interesting thing is that this movie really involves actors coming from Scotland (and England), Germany and France. Click here to know more about the Christmas Truce in 1914.

 

It is humanity, it is love that continues the spirit of Christmas. We all hope to live in a peaceful world. No wars please.

 

 

p.s. I really cannot see the problem that the priest held a mass for all soldiers regardless of their nationalities. What the bishop said made me sick. He was promoting genocide!!! What the hell was he talking about killing all the German, old and young, good and bad???

p.p.s. The three kids (of three different nationalities) reciting their values in classrooms. Education is really very important, but it is evil to express such value of “nationalism” among children, right? How about the education system in Hong Kong?

Well, religion and education. They should never be misused as tools to justify wars.

Although I hate Nicholas Tse (I cannot think of a word stronger than hate, can anyone help me? I really damn hate Mr Nic Tse!!!), finally I went to watch the Promise.

 

          *** SPOILER WARNING: Plot or ending details ***         

 

 

A little girl escaped from a little boy’s hand and got back the food after playing a trick on him in the age of wars. But then she met Manshen, the Goddess (Chen Hong). Manshen told her that her mother had died, and asked her if she would like to get the treasure of the world and the love of all the men with a price that she could never get her true love. This girl agreed with the promise. Twenty years later, this girl grows up. Her name is Qingcheng, the Princess (Cecilia Cheung). She is the wife of Wang, the King.

Guangming, the General (Hiroyuki Sanada) is the most powerful general of the empire that he never loses in one battle. Kunlun, the Slave (Jang Dong-Kun) is his slave. When Guangming gets the news that Wuhuan, the Duke (Nicholas Tse) is threatening Wang to give him Qingcheng, he and Kunlun would like to save Wang. Guangming meets Manshen, and the Goddess promises that the owner of the Huajia (the Flowish Armor) will kill Wang. He is then attacked by Guilang, the Assassin (Liu Ye) who works for Wuhuan, and therefore he makes Kunlun wear his Huajia to save Wang.

Unfortunately, Kunlun does not know who Wang is and so he accidentally kills Wang and save Qingcheng instead. Qingcheng falls in love with the man in the armor, while both she and Wuhuan thinks he is Guangming. When Guangming knows the story about Qingcheng, he asks Kunlun to save Qingcheng from Wuhuan’s giant birdcage. Qingcheng believes Guangming is the one who kills Wang and saves her and tells her “to live but not to die,” and falls in love with him. But of course Wuhuan does not stop finding Guangming and Qingcheng. He knows that Kunlun is the one who actually kills Wang. He makes a trap for Guangming, but finally Kunlun saves him but he was trapped instead.

Guilang is asked to kill Kunlun, but he does not do so. In fact, they come from the same motherland, Xueguo (the Land of Snow). Guilang tells Kunlun about what Wuhuan did to the people of Xueguo, to Kunlun’s family and to Guilang himself.

Kunlun wants to save Guangming and asks him to save Qingcheng, but Guangming does not seem to be eager. Kunlun decides to get the Huajia and save Qingcheng. Guilang helps him to steal it from Wuhuan. But finally between choosing betraying Wuhuan his lord and betraying Kunlun, Guilang decides to give the Huajia to Kunlun and return his black feather gown to Wuhuan, which changes him into steam.

In the trial of Guangming, Qingcheng finally understands that the one who kills Wang and saves her is Kunlun instead of Guangming. Guangming, Kunlun and Wuhuan face their love Qingcheng and they kill each other. Only Kunlun survives as he wear the black feather gown. He leaves with Qingcheng and asks her to make a decision again when he is reversing the time. And that is the end of the story.

So you can see, the Promise is striving for nomination for the Best Foreign Film in the following Oscar. Thus the movie is being screened in different countries. You can find the Korean version of poster as well as the French version, the Japanese version, and the Hong Kong version. In fact, the multinational cast covering China, Hong Kong, Japan and South Korea have shown the director’s ambition to put the film to an international market.

Okay, back to the movie. This movie is better than my expectation. I have lower my expectation as many friends told me that the special effects of the film are too many that make you dizzy. But I think it is quite appropriate. I mean the amount. Haha!

This story is interesting. I think the director, Kaige Chen, is using some ancient stories in other civilizations as background. Qingcheng is such a beauty that every man in the movie falls for her. Perhaps the Chinese saying is applicable here, “beauty is the source of troubles.” Anyway, this reflects the Chinese point of view on females. Qingcheng attracts every man, but she needs to depend on a man ultimately. Perhaps that’s Wang, perhaps that’s Guangming, perhaps that’s Kunlun. Women still need to depend on men in Chinese context.

Jack has raised a question in his Xanga after he watched the Promise. He said he was more interested in knowing the results if Qingcheng did not agree with the promise made by Manshen. But I think in this movie, Kaige Chen is actually telling us the audience that fate decides all. Manshen the Goddess knows everything about the world. She decides everything. So she should have known that Qingcheng would agree with her promise. She should have known what would happen on Guangming and Kunlun. I think this ideology matches with the scene when Guilang brings Kunlun back to five years ago where Wuhuan was killing the residents of Xueguo. Guilang says that Kunlun cannot change what had happened even he reverses the time. Fate decides all.

(Therefore I hold a doubt on the end of the story. I think Kunlun means to bring Qingcheng to twenty years ago, but if fate decides all, she just could nothing about the promise at that time.)

The final scene about the three men killing each other is inspiring. They say they trust each other for one time, but they just cannot trust each other. Never.

 

 

And after all, Mr Nicholas Tse still fails to change my view on him. Poor acting, especially in the final scene when he cried. Damn poor! And when he told Qingcheng that he was the little boy twenty years ago and said “you make me fail to be a good person,” all the audience laughed. Mr Nic Tse, please dun let us laugh at you.

Although I am not quite interested in King Kong, finally I went to watch it. Well, I can hardly tell you why I was not interested in this movie before I watched, but after I watch it I must say it is not the genre that I love (is it an action film or a thriller?). Luckily, I like the cast of the film. I mean those human cast, not King Kong itself…

 

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It is 1933, and vaudeville actress Ann Darrow has found herself – like so many New Yorkers during the Great Depression – without the means to earn a living. Unwilling to compromise and allow herself to sink into a career in burlesque, she considers her limited options while aimlessly wandering the streets of Manhattan. When her hunger drives her to unsuccessfully try to steal an apple from a fruit vendor’s stall, she is rescued – literally – by filmmaker and multiple hyphenate Carl Denham.

It seems that the entrepreneur-raconteur-adventurer is no stranger to theft, having that day lifted the only existing print of his most recent and unfinished film from under his studio executives’ notes when they threatened to pull his completion funds. Carl has until the end of the day to get his crew onboard the Singapore-bound tramp steamer, the S. S. Venture, in hopes of completing his travelogue/action film. With that, the showman is certain he will finally achieve the personal greatness he knows awaits him around the corner… and although the crew believe that corner to be Singapore, Denham actually hopes to find and capture on film the mysterious place of legend: Skull Island.

Unfortunately for Carl, his headlining actress has pulled out of his project, but his research for a size-four leading lady (the costumes have all been made) has, fatefully, led him to Ann. The struggling actress is reluctant to sign on with Denham, until she learns that the up-and-coming, socially relevant playwright Jack Driscoll is penning the screenplay – the fees his friend Carl pays for potboiling adventure are a welcome supplement to Driscoll’s norminal income from his stage plays.

With his newly discovered star and coerced screenwriter reluctantly onboard, Denham’s “moving picture ship” heads out of New York Harbour… and towards a destiny that none aboard could possibly foresee.

 

It was an upset story, after all.

The crew of the filmmaker as well as the crew of the captain of S. S. Venture gets on Skull Island to have unforgettable experience of not only fighting against the barbarian islanders, but also various species of wild animals. It is a deadly experience indeed. How can you fight against dinosaurs when you could not believe they are just running to you? How can you fight against those different insects, bats, and all the unnamable creatures which are more than 1000 times larger than that you know in your common sense? And how can you fight against King Kong?

But finally King Kong falls into a trap of choroform, and is shipped to Broadway for a grand performance. Undoubtedly this great show makes Carl famous and rich. But it also causes a tradegy on its first show. In fact Carl makes the story of his crew and Ann on Skull Island on stage. But when King Kong sees the fake Ann, it “becomes crazy” and it just wants to find Ann.

And finally, as we all know, King Kong is shot and it falls from the very top of Empire State Building. And in front of Ann.

Well, I felt sad when I was watching this movie.

King Kong is about the interaction between human beings and the nature (including the ocean, the various giant creatures, and King Kong itself). So you can see, human beings have two attitudes towards the nature. We are anxious and even frightened to know more about our nature. We can truly understand human beings are so tiny in this nature. You can feel the helplessness the people facing on Skull Island when they are escaping from dinosaurs and other creatures. On the other hand, human beings would always like to conquer the nature. We always think that we are the superior species in this nature, so we conquer and conquer and conquer. We think we are taking control of the nature, but we are not. Perhaps we would regret only when the nature strikes back, just as Carl does when he sees the body of King Kong falling from Empire State Building.

Perhaps the most frightening species in the nature is Homo sapiens.

 

I really appreciate Naomi Watts (21 Grams) and Adrien Brody (The Pianist). They are really good actors!!! I love them after watching their previous work. It is a pity that I did not have the chance to watch Brody’s the Jacket as I was working on my papers and examinations. I am sure that would be an interesting film too! But another surprise in King Kong is the role of Jimmy. He is Jamie Bell. You might not remember his name, but if I tell you he was the leading actor Billy in the very famous movie Billy Elliot, you should have something in mind right? I really could not regonize him in King Kong. But he did a good job too! Looking forward to this new star in Hollywood!

Anyway, I did not enjoy watching this movie very much indeed. The fighting between those giant creatures was just not my cup of tea. Most parts of the film were either human escaping from those creatures or those creatures fighting with each other. Oh my God. Made me sick indeed.

 

p.s. Many parents went to the cinema with their children, and they laughed at some plots of the film. I just wanna say King Kong is definitely NOT a comedy. I just could not laugh when the Captain said the great footprint might belong to Himalayas Snowman (Yeti) which is taller than 25 feet. But please everybody don’t laugh at Himalayas Snowman and consider it as the same as a “normal” snowman. They are totally different!!! (Luckily I learned it from my primary school reader eleven years ago.)

So after the Merry Christmas Great Party at Ming Hua Tang, fifteen of us (Po, Phoenix, Dicky, Ying, Tracy, Yvonne, Henry, Lun, Huen, Francis, Nam, Kwan, Kam Lung, Jeffery and I) went out to Shatin to watch Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. Well, I have not been to cinema with such a large group of people for long. You know, I often see movies alone or with one or two friends only. Haha!!! When was my last time to go to cinema with so many people? It should be several years ago, when I went to AMC Festival Walk to watch Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets with my Venture Scout friends. Haha, it’s also Harry Potter and the blahblahblah, and it was Christmas time too!!!

Back to Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. It is the number four of the series. Actually I have not read the book yet (I am still reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban now, hopefully I will finish it before the New Year Eve). Never mind. Po and Phoenix have not watched any movie in the series, nor any book! Haha!!!

 

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Beset by nightmares, Harry Potter is all too happy to escape his disturbing dreams by attending the Quidditch World Cup. But something sinister ignites the skies at the Quidditch campsite – the Dark Mark, the sign of the evil Lord Voldemort. It is conjured by his followers, the Death Eaters, who have not dared to appear in public since Voldemort was last seen thirteen years ago – the night he murdered Harry’s parents.

Harry longs to get back inside the safe walls of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where Professor Dumbledore can protect him. But Dumbledore announces that Hogwarts will host the Triwizard Tournament, one of the most exciting and dangerous of the wizarding community’s magical competitions. One champion will be selected from each of the three most prestigious wizarding schools to compete in a series of life – threatening tasks in pursuit of winning the coveted Triwizard Cup. Ministry of Magic official Barty Crouch and Professor Dumbledore preside over a candlelit ceremony as the enchanted Goblet of Fire selects one student from each school to compete. Amidst a hail of sparks and flames, the cup names Durmstrang’s Institute’s Quidditch superstar Victor Krum, followed by Beauxbatons’ Academy exquisite Fleur Delacour and finally, Hogwarts’ popular all-around golden boy Cedric Diggory.

But then, inexplicably, the Goblet spits out one final name: Harry Potter. Suspecting that whoever entered Harry’s name wants to put him in grave danger, Dumbledore asks Alastor “Mad-Eye” Moody, the eccentric new Defense Against the Dark Arts professor, to keep his magical eye trained on the teenage wizard. Events take an ominous turn when someone is murdered on Hogwarts grounds. As they edge closer to the Triwizard Cup, Harry soon finds himself hurtling toward an encounter with true evil.


























I must say Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is an exciting film. But if it is compared with Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the new film has a quite different style (I have not yet watched Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, so cannot compare it with the new film). For audience like me who have watched almost all of the series, I will say Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is having a pretty fast pace in its story plots. The director just keeps some of the most appealing scenes in the movie, making the whole film more exciting. On the other hand, the director of the movie, Mike Newell, is the first Englishman to direct Harry Potter series. Thus there is a stronger English atmosphere in the film, which matches better with the English background of the original novel. The feeling of living in an English college is stronger, too. But the magical feeling is much weaker than the previous movies. In Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, you can see magic almost everywhere in Hogwarts. Moving pictures, moving stairs, spirits, ghosts everywhere. But in the new one, you might find Hogwarts “become more ordinary” and perhaps just a bit more magical than the college you are now studying in. After I watched the film, my immediate feeling was disappointment with the lack of magical scenes in Hogwarts. But after several thoughts, I am now no more disappointed, as I do think the dream Hogwarts School in my mind is more like the one in Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire than the ones in the previous films. Haha!!!

But there are still some scenes which make me disappointed. Before Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire gets on screen, it is said that several great scenes of the books would be selling points of the film. One is the Quidditch World Cup, one is the Yule Ball, and one is of course the Triwizard Cup. Although the whole story is exciting, these three scenes are not too exciting indeed.

Anyway, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire is itself an interesting story. Unlike the previous three films, this film does not really focus on the magical stuff, but puts more concern on Harry’s anxiety towards Voldemort as well as the psychosocial issues of the teenagers. In particular, I really appreciate the reflection of the anxiety of Harry, Ron and Hermione about the Yule Ball. When I was in secondary school, I was studying in a co-ed. So I did not have chance to go to those balls like students in DBS, King’s and QC. So perhaps guys studying in boys’ school (and of course girls studying in girls’ school as well) would have more consonant feelings when they are watching the scene of the Yule Ball. When I was watching Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, I did feel that Ron had some special feeling towards Hermione. This mystery was finally “resolved” in this new film as he is so jealous of Victor Krum who invites Hermione to attend the ball. On the other hand, Cho Chang finally appears in the movie which becomes the dream girl of Harry. Yes, Cho is really an attractive girl. She is so elegant!!! Looking forward to the romance of Cho and Harry in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix!!! (And looking forward to the romance of Hermione and Ron as well!)

Cho!!! Really beautiful…

When I first saw this picture after the result of casting was released in newspaper, I was really amazed by this girl… Wow!!! Katie comes from Hong Kong!!! This proves that there are really pretty girls in Hong Kong!!! Haha~

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