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昨天晚上跟 Dear Dear 去看 Jacky 的表演。因为之前有事，所以有点赶。还好，虽然迟到了一点点，但并没有错过他的演出。之前的乐队还在表演的时候，Dear Dear 跟我到外面去，Dear Dear 还给我上了一堂“自拍”课！
我的自拍一向很烂，不是没有头，就是半张脸；要不就是两个人拍的时候，只拍到一张脸…咳… 这次Dear Dear 帮我把相机的角度摆好，终于……
OK! 呃… 这次旁边好像又太多空位了！
One shot! Nice!
反正以后要两个人合拍，就把相机交给 Dear Dear 好了！！（呃….其实以前，一向来都是…呵呵～～）
咳…上次 class gathering 的时候把相机弄坏了，没办法，只能用我比较不喜欢的那台来拍…后果就是…
action and low light 都蒙… : (
Thanks to omy.sg for the invite to the preview of 《花木兰》! I’m quite a movie addict so nothing beats a night out watching a great film!
Dear Dear went to the preview with me since omy.sg has generously provided a pair of tickets!
All right! On to the movie review… I didn’t take very long to decide on what to include in my little review, but I took really really long to decide on what language to write it in – English or Chinese.
《花木兰》 movie poster
Trailer of 《花木兰》
And be warn… spoilers ahead? Hehee….
Most of us know the Mulan story about how a girl goes to war in place of her old and weak father, and how she won battles and killed enemies for her country. It is a well-known story about filial piety and loyalty to the country, so one wonders, before watching the film, how this movie can be interesting, and provide us a story from a different angle.
The director successfully achieved it by re-telling the story with many elements of love and struggle. The story follows《木兰辞》closely but also led the audience to see the underlying struggles of Mulan (Vicki Zhao) as she leads a soldier’s life, the love that was developed between Mulan and Wentai (Chen Kun) and the brotherly love that was established among her men. The director has presented the story to us in a more human and personal manner, allowing us to see Mulan not just as a war hero, but also a human with feelings.
Anti-war sentiments were clear in this film as the brutality and cruelty of war were clearly depicted. Because of war, families were torn apart. The character Xiucai who painted his supposed wife on a piece of wood and the words he said before his death presented the pain of separation from close ones vehemently. Nobody wants war, not even the soldiers. Nobody wants to kill, quoting Mulan, who said to Wentai, “你不是害怕，不是不敢，你是不愿意。”The decision of going to war lies on the rulers, never the people, never the soldiers, which reminded me of the Tom Cruise movie “Valkyrie”. In this film, Mendu’s people have decided to retreat back to their land, but it was Mendu (Hu Jun) who could not take a lying down and decided to go on with the war. People yearns for peace, it’s the ambition of the rulers that kills so many in a war.
Wentai mentions to Mulan that he would do anything, even if it takes his life to have the war ended. He did what he could to stop the war eventually (I’ll try not to give away the story ending… ), placing country above self. Same for Mulan, who in the last scene encouraged Wentai to make the right decision.
Personally, I felt that the front parts of the movie were too fast paced and seemed to be focused just on story-telling and bringing the audience through the plot, not allowing any room for the intricate development of the story or the characters. Of course, I understand that the duration of the movie is not 987 hours so there are constrains, haha, but I still felt that it was a tad too fast. For example, one or two more scenes could have been given to Xiaohu (Fang Zu Ming) and Wu Gui ( Li Jiu Zhe) to show the change of their relationship from enemies to friends. This would make the scene where Wu Gui ignores Mulan’s orders and tried to save Xiaohu, much more powerful.
I like the little humors weaved into the film, especially by Xiaohu and Wugui, who were no doubt important characters in the film, but provided necessary comic relief at times. As for the part played by Vitas, initially I thought that it seemed more like a role tailored just to include him in the movie. With or without him, there wouldn’t be much of a difference, though I still went, “Hey! That’s Vitas!” But on closer look, perhaps the character serves to contrast Mendu’s father’s character with Mendu, and also, the character plays a part in the final assassination as well Oh, and the young Mulan, if you look closely, you would realized that it was played by the girl who played Stephen Chow’s son in CJ7!
Actually, my favourite was the whole part where Xiaohu sacrificed himself. I would label it very much the climax of the whole movie. The whole portrayal of that scene, together with the war song that the Wei soldiers were singing brings out really strong emotions and ties up all the themes of love, sacrifice and war.
I love the end of the year rainy and cool weather, or i should say its my favourite time of the year! I never liked the blazing hot sun… Its raining today and the breeze is cooling and i’ve got nothing to do at home… its paradise isn’t it? Dear just left home for work so its just Kele and me at home and with so much time on my hands…here i am…blogging! heheh… and its just some backdated events and photos!
Reanne and Xiuping’s Birthday
Its been near 10 years since our JC days and i’m so glad that this group of us are still meeting up once in every few months. And, not all of us are from the same JC… we met when we were in our first 3 months where all of us were in CJC. Our short 3 months of schooling life together bounded us together for the next ten years,and more to come.
All these gatherings and meetings wouldn’t have been possible without Liqing, who was the one who organizes all our little meetings and birthday celebrations. Our university days were easier for her but once everyone stepped into the working life, it has been very tough to find a common day for us to meet but Liqing will always try her best and pre-book us at least one month in advance for our meet-ups. Thanks Qing! Without you i’m sure we wouldn’t be so close!
Liqing and Gang (short of a few…)
Of course we must name our gang after Liqing because she’s our 灵魂人物！
Ah Beng and Yiwen
Over these 10 years, there have been many additions to our gang. People getting attached, people getting married and their other halves joining us too! There’s a young member that I’ve yet to meet though… that’s Jason’s little son! So yes… we are all at that age… the teenager of yesteryears is now a father.
Omigod this durian chendol taste totally awesome..
Liqing’s gifts for all the girls…Ain’t she nice!
Went late for Ivy’s birthday celebration as i went to meet Liqing and gang. She rented a service apartment and had a little party there. I never knew we could rent service apartments! I always thought chalets and hotels were the only options if we needed a getaway! The place was beautifully furnished and looked very much like a hotel suite!
We played games that came from the variety show 天才冲冲冲. It was like charades, but the person doing the actions had to listen to a song he or she chose, and do the actions of the lyrics…in the same tempo as the song. Tough job, not as easy as it sounds! We were split into 2 teams and every time one team guesses correctly, the other team had to down beer. If the team didn’t get the correct answer, they had to down the beer themselves. So poor dear dear had to drink 2 shares of beer when our team lost. Why? He was drinking for me. I can’t take alcohol. Hahaha…
Birthday girl on my right side!
group photo in the room
(photo from Ivy!)
Kele’s such a good boy!
He sat outside papa’s studio patiently, waiting for papa to finish work and come out to play with him! So cute!
Minyu said that Kele looked like he’s smiling in this photo!
Kele looked really blur and silly in here…
Woo! So cute!
I love my Kele!
Mark Gor Gor 教唱时间！
Dear Dear 原本以为需要大概三个小时录三首歌。谁知道Kellie那么厉害，三首歌，一个小时就搞定了，而且还唱得很好喔！！
I remember the Christmas play I performed in when I was in primary school and it was about Ebenezer Scrooge too! I played a little fairy showing Scrooge what Christmas should be about and how he should learn to share… That was such a long time ago but this movie is certainly going to bring back fond memories! This Christmas season, let’s re-visit this classic tale in 3D!
This time, Jim Carrey will be taking up the challenge of playing 4 characters in this movie,
1) Ebenezer Scrooge
2) Ghost of Christmas Past
3) Ghost of Christmas Present
4) Ghost of Christmas Future
I’m looking forward to watch the rubber-face man’s amazing performance again!
Watch the trailer below to find out more!
“A CHRISTMAS CAROL” OPENS IN SINGAPORE CINEMAS 19 November 2009!
Dear Dear 很体贴地帮我买饭，
主题曲《难能可贵》和插曲《体会》都是 Dear Dear 写的喔！
企鹅爸爸主题曲 － 《难能可贵》
Dear Dear打了电话给 Sugie 打听了地址，