#Character Transformations

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Week 3: Character That Changed The Most (one year challenge)

A little interesting subject from the challenge, which character changed the most?

I think there are many major transformations in this whole genre, most extreme being the ones that “begin as good guys” and end up as “bad guys”. Before you read further this whole subject must go with A MAJOR SPOILER ALERT! So that said, let’s look at one of my most extreme character transformations, here with Have Liu Jing as Zhou Zhi Ruo in Heavenly sword and dragon Saber, perfectly innocent looking right?

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Now I don’t know if she was ever really innocent but in a while she went to this …..scary looking woman.

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wooo yeah this is one of the characters I feel changed! But here comes the thing, she sort of changed later again for the better, it’s a multi-changeable character! It’s confusing yes, oO life is like that.

Here is another one, I think The Demon Lord from Chinese Paladin 3 is very transformational (is that even a word) also. He went from hell yeah evil to sort of “I don’t know what I must do in life give me another glass of wine” person. And even asking questions like, “what is love?” hahaha! I Wasn’t really shocked by it though, surprised definitely : D

I think In Xuan Yuan Sword, Yuwen Tuo is really a changable character because he willingly transformed himself into a good guy! An extremely good guy I might add because all his evil parts were sort of removed, it’s difficult to explain a fantasy RPG haha.

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Hu Ge as Good Guy Jian Chi and Bad Guy Yuwen Tuo in Xuan Yuan Sword.
Near the end Jianchi changes back into Yuwen Tuo, everything together I think this character is terribly difficult to identify as evil or not evil. He’s both ? Anyway, Definitely a changeable transformational character.

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Ariel Lin as Huang Rong in The Legend of The Condor Heroes 2008

So finally to the ultimate number one, Huang Rong, and this is sort of a difficult subject because Huang Rong is in both The Legend of The Condor Heroes and The Return of The Condor Heroes. And since both series are separate things, there has never been one actress (to my knowledge) that has portrayed the character in Both series. So yeah I guess that could be called a major transformation. Also, I feel like the character changed a lot. Huang Rong was sweet (a bit mischievous yes I know) in The Legend of The Condor Heroes but in The Return of The Condor Heroes she keeps making things terribly difficult for Yang Guo and Xiaolongnü, it totally freaks me out!!! The characters are so different I prefer to see them as two different characters. So yes, this definitely the character that for me changed the most!!

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Kong Lin as Huang Rong in The Return of The Condor Heroes 2006

#Favorite Movie (THE MYTH 2005)

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Second question from the ONE YEAR challenge (this blog is doing the same challenge, read it at http://plumblossomspetals.wordpress.com/) . Favorite movie! This question is difficult!!
A lot of my favorite movies have been reviewed by me already, a movie I haven’t talked about jet though is “The Myth”. And since I’m currently watching the series that is based on the same story (Produced by Jackie Chan and with Hu Ge), I think this movie is a good choice.

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Plot:
It has two story-lines, one takes place in the Qin Dynasty and the other one takes place in the present day.

In the story that takes place in the Qin Dyanasty, it follows the life of General Meng Yi (Jackie Chan). He has to escort the Korean princess Ok-soo (Kim-Hee sun) back to China. Unexpectedly the Korean general Choi and his army are there to bring her to her ” rightful home”.  The armies clash and the carriage from the princess balances on the edge of a cliff. General Meng Yi tries to save the princess but while fighting he and the Princess fall of a cliff into the water. More warriors try fight him and although he defeats them all  he is badly wounded. The Princess treats his injuries and she starts to have feelings for him. But the general cannot go against his duty…

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In the Second story line,  Jack (Jackie Chan) is an archaeologist. He is the reincarnation of Meng Yi, and in his dreams he sees his previous life. On a mission to find a treasure, he finds a painting of a princess. The princess that he saw in his dreams. He and his friend William (Tony Leung Ka-fai) however steal another treasure, this results in a lot of trouble. luckily Jack gets help from an Indian girl called Samantha (Mallika Sherawat).

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The story continues with Jack trying to uncover the secrets of his previous life.

Personal Opinion:
Now, I am a big fan of Jackie, this is the guy that made me a wuxia freak. And this movie is for me one of his best ones (yes, I’ve seen every single movie from Jackie).  The story of this movie made me feel especially sentimental. And I find the exploration of different lives one of the very best subjects for a movie. Not often do we get to see how our previous lives influence our present, but this movie did and it made it feel “real”. Above that, this movie is so full of action that you will fully go into the story. I got fully into it, the ending left a special scar on me as well.

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Now to the action. The choreography is, as with any movie from Jackie, Phenomenal.
One of the most amazing things is the ending scene, because most of it takes place in the air in anti-gravity. Now flying is not a new thing in wuxia movies but anti gravity is quite something new. It’s sort of rediscovering the art of Wire fu. A bit scary perhaps, because in the anti-gravity space you can actually get stuck and never come out. Weird, this movie is even science fiction.
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Kim Hee-Sun flying and look at that guy stuck in anti-gravity space.

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Other than anti-gravity we also have extremely-sticky. This is the kind of thing only Jackie could come up with, a scene where Jackie fights people on a conveyor belt that is like one big super glue thing.

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So yeah other than being a dramatic story it is also full of comedy.
Another thing that was original/unexpected about this was that other than being filmed it Hong Kong and China it was also filmed in Hampi, India.

Acting? Yes for me both Jackie and Kim Hee-Sun did a wonderful job. Mallika Sherawat was a very amusing actress and Tony Leung Ka-fai  was alright also. I don’t have anything bad to say about this movie just highly recommended don’t forget about the ending dude.

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#Favorite opening song


Yes, a new challenge has started!! For the first question I’m going to choose this Opening Song from Qin’s moon. That is for various reasons. One being the fact that it’s an amazing song and second for the fact that I have not blogged about it as much as I should. So enjoy, I got the lyrics with Pinyin and everything
And I even got a karaoke version of the song here below so…. give it a try haha.

Anson Hu , 月光  yuè guāng * Moonlight

月光色 女子香
Yuèguāng sè nǚzǐ xiāng
The color of moonligth, the fragrance of woman

泪断剑 情多长
Lèi duàn jiàn qíng duō zhǎng
sword broken by tears, how long tihs love would last

有多痛 无字想
Yǒu duō tòng wú zì xiǎng
ho wit hurts, there´s no words to describe my pain

忘了你
Wàngle nǐ
forgetting you

孤单魂 随风荡
Gūdān hún suí fēng dàng
My lonely spirit, ways with the wind

谁去想 痴情郎
Shuí qù xiǎng chīqíng lang
who laughs at this sentimental lover

这红尘的战场
Zhè hóngchén de zhànchǎng
in the battle field of this mortal world

千军万马 有谁能称王
Qiān jūn wàn mǎ yǒu shuí néng chēng wang
among thousand of mighty men, who can be declared as king

过情关 谁敢闯
Guò qíng guān shuí gǎn chuǎng
the Gates of love, who dares to charge trough them

望明月 心悲凉
Wàng míngyuè xīn bēiliáng
Gazing at the moon, my heart is desolate

千古恨 轮回尝
Qiāngǔ hèn lúnhuí cháng
eternal cycle of regrets

眼一闭 谁最狂
Yǎn yī bì shuí zuì kuáng
once the eyes have closed, who is the victor
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这世道的无常
Zhè shìdào de wúcháng
the uncertainty of this world and time

注定敢爱的人一生伤
Zhùdìng gǎn ài de rén yīshēng shāng
who dares to love is doomed to be always hurt

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过情关 谁敢闯
Guò qíng guān shuí gǎn chuǎng
the Gates of love, who dares to charage trough them

望明月 心悲凉
Wàng míngyuè xīn bēiliáng
Gazing at the moon, my heart is desolate

千古恨 轮回尝
Qiāngǔ hèn lúnhuí cháng
eternal cycle of regrets

眼一闭 谁最狂
Yǎn yī bì shuí zuì kuáng
once the eyes have closed, who is the victor
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这世道的无常
Zhè shìdào de wúcháng
the uncertainty of this world and time

注定敢爱的人一生伤
Zhùdìng gǎn ài de rén yīshēng shāng
who dares to love is doomed to be always hurt