dangermousie: (Default)
OMG. I thought I couldn’t be more excited about Return of the Condor Heroes. I was wrong. I dug around for a little bit of the plot (though please don’t spoil me, it’s one of rare things I want to watch unspoiled) and OMG, the love story is forbidden because she is his martial arts teacher. And she is four years older. Oh MAN.

YES. It's like Forbidden Love with swords :P Though I hope they wait a couple years to fall in love as he is 14 at the start.

I have also discovered that netflix has the 2001 version starring Ekin Cheng. Now I am torn. I already bought the 2006 version but it isn’t here yet. I can wait a week or so for it (since that is the one whose visuals I went mad for and people say it’s the best), but OTOH the other one I can get on Thursday and I adore Ekin Cheng. What to do, what to do…OK, hold out for the 2006 version, watch the EC one later.

And also, in other wuxia drama news, I just read that there is a planned remake of Romance of the Three Kingdoms. And it's going to star Nicholas Tse and Takeshi Kaneshiro. If it's true? Nicholas and Takeshi in the same drama? I am going to die. Cecilia Cheung (whom I liked in The Promise) is the female lead. Please, please, please let it be true!

Though even if not, I can console myself with the thought of the upcoming
Da Ren Wu
(Big Figure) with Nicholas Tse. It's a lighthearted wuxia story and it's coming in October and there is already a subbing group for it.

Plot: To avenge his love, a fearless young swordsman challenges a powerful gang of robbers again and again, despite suffering numerous defeats, ultimately succeeds in defeating them single-handedly. His story inspires countless youth, with young men all taking to wearing red scarves like their hero, and young women dreaming of a suitor just like him. One of these young women is the daughter of an influential nobleman, who has led a sheltered life, until she decides to go out into the world to meet the heroes of her dreams. Little did she expect that real life can be so very different from what she has learned in picturesque stories.

Trailer here )

Pics behind cut )

Generally, the more I get into the stuff, the more I wish I understood Chinese. I have such a list of dramas I want to watch but can't as they are unsubbed. First on that list is Sword Stained with Royal Blood (see pic below) I agree with [livejournal.com profile] meganbmoore. I would LOVE subs for this. Because her father killed his but they travel and fall in love and aaangst:



[livejournal.com profile] meganbmoore, do not watch the MV because it's only going to make you crave it:

MV for the drama in question )

And also behind another cut (because I am nice) is the rest of my 'wanna' list. To sum it up it's a 'I wish I spoke Chinese and/had a time machine/or had power to pull dramas from limbo' list. Aka dramas I'd love to see but can't because they are not subbed or because they seem to be in limbo, release-wise. And some are just upcoming but I don't know if a subs group picked them up yet.

List here, with illustrations )

Amd last but not least, browsing I came across the following comment in a review of the Chinese wuxia epic movie Seven Swords: “inspired by Dostojevsky's Brothers Karamazov's ideology about the human self-realization and finding of the peace and comprehension.” OK, I like Seven Swords. Make it I really like Seven Swords (OMG, the final climactic duel with Donnie Yen and the Baddie General is awesome) but whaaaaa? Bwah? *boggle boggle boggle* It has people with some issues slashing other people who are eviler and uglier. It’s a totally fun flick about honor and love and lotsa killing and Donnie Yen being uber hot with long hair, but Dostoyevsky? You gotta be kidding me.
dangermousie: (Default)
OMG. I thought I couldn’t be more excited about Return of the Condor Heroes. I was wrong. I dug around for a little bit of the plot (though please don’t spoil me, it’s one of rare things I want to watch unspoiled) and OMG, the love story is forbidden because she is his martial arts teacher. And she is four years older. Oh MAN.

YES. It's like Forbidden Love with swords :P Though I hope they wait a couple years to fall in love as he is 14 at the start.

I have also discovered that netflix has the 2001 version starring Ekin Cheng. Now I am torn. I already bought the 2006 version but it isn’t here yet. I can wait a week or so for it (since that is the one whose visuals I went mad for and people say it’s the best), but OTOH the other one I can get on Thursday and I adore Ekin Cheng. What to do, what to do…OK, hold out for the 2006 version, watch the EC one later.

And also, in other wuxia drama news, I just read that there is a planned remake of Romance of the Three Kingdoms. And it's going to star Nicholas Tse and Takeshi Kaneshiro. If it's true? Nicholas and Takeshi in the same drama? I am going to die. Cecilia Cheung (whom I liked in The Promise) is the female lead. Please, please, please let it be true!

Though even if not, I can console myself with the thought of the upcoming
Da Ren Wu
(Big Figure) with Nicholas Tse. It's a lighthearted wuxia story and it's coming in October and there is already a subbing group for it.

Plot: To avenge his love, a fearless young swordsman challenges a powerful gang of robbers again and again, despite suffering numerous defeats, ultimately succeeds in defeating them single-handedly. His story inspires countless youth, with young men all taking to wearing red scarves like their hero, and young women dreaming of a suitor just like him. One of these young women is the daughter of an influential nobleman, who has led a sheltered life, until she decides to go out into the world to meet the heroes of her dreams. Little did she expect that real life can be so very different from what she has learned in picturesque stories.

Trailer here )

Pics behind cut )

Generally, the more I get into the stuff, the more I wish I understood Chinese. I have such a list of dramas I want to watch but can't as they are unsubbed. First on that list is Sword Stained with Royal Blood (see pic below) I agree with [livejournal.com profile] meganbmoore. I would LOVE subs for this. Because her father killed his but they travel and fall in love and aaangst:



[livejournal.com profile] meganbmoore, do not watch the MV because it's only going to make you crave it:

MV for the drama in question )

And also behind another cut (because I am nice) is the rest of my 'wanna' list. To sum it up it's a 'I wish I spoke Chinese and/had a time machine/or had power to pull dramas from limbo' list. Aka dramas I'd love to see but can't because they are not subbed or because they seem to be in limbo, release-wise. And some are just upcoming but I don't know if a subs group picked them up yet.

List here, with illustrations )

Amd last but not least, browsing I came across the following comment in a review of the Chinese wuxia epic movie Seven Swords: “inspired by Dostojevsky's Brothers Karamazov's ideology about the human self-realization and finding of the peace and comprehension.” OK, I like Seven Swords. Make it I really like Seven Swords (OMG, the final climactic duel with Donnie Yen and the Baddie General is awesome) but whaaaaa? Bwah? *boggle boggle boggle* It has people with some issues slashing other people who are eviler and uglier. It’s a totally fun flick about honor and love and lotsa killing and Donnie Yen being uber hot with long hair, but Dostoyevsky? You gotta be kidding me.
dangermousie: (Default)
OMG. I thought I couldn’t be more excited about Return of the Condor Heroes. I was wrong. I dug around for a little bit of the plot (though please don’t spoil me, it’s one of rare things I want to watch unspoiled) and OMG, the love story is forbidden because she is his martial arts teacher. And she is four years older. Oh MAN.

YES. It's like Forbidden Love with swords :P Though I hope they wait a couple years to fall in love as he is 14 at the start.

I have also discovered that netflix has the 2001 version starring Ekin Cheng. Now I am torn. I already bought the 2006 version but it isn’t here yet. I can wait a week or so for it (since that is the one whose visuals I went mad for and people say it’s the best), but OTOH the other one I can get on Thursday and I adore Ekin Cheng. What to do, what to do…OK, hold out for the 2006 version, watch the EC one later.

And also, in other wuxia drama news, I just read that there is a planned remake of Romance of the Three Kingdoms. And it's going to star Nicholas Tse and Takeshi Kaneshiro. If it's true? Nicholas and Takeshi in the same drama? I am going to die. Cecilia Cheung (whom I liked in The Promise) is the female lead. Please, please, please let it be true!

Though even if not, I can console myself with the thought of the upcoming
Da Ren Wu
(Big Figure) with Nicholas Tse. It's a lighthearted wuxia story and it's coming in October and there is already a subbing group for it.

Plot: To avenge his love, a fearless young swordsman challenges a powerful gang of robbers again and again, despite suffering numerous defeats, ultimately succeeds in defeating them single-handedly. His story inspires countless youth, with young men all taking to wearing red scarves like their hero, and young women dreaming of a suitor just like him. One of these young women is the daughter of an influential nobleman, who has led a sheltered life, until she decides to go out into the world to meet the heroes of her dreams. Little did she expect that real life can be so very different from what she has learned in picturesque stories.

Trailer here )

Pics behind cut )

Generally, the more I get into the stuff, the more I wish I understood Chinese. I have such a list of dramas I want to watch but can't as they are unsubbed. First on that list is Sword Stained with Royal Blood (see pic below) I agree with [livejournal.com profile] meganbmoore. I would LOVE subs for this. Because her father killed his but they travel and fall in love and aaangst:



[livejournal.com profile] meganbmoore, do not watch the MV because it's only going to make you crave it:

MV for the drama in question )

And also behind another cut (because I am nice) is the rest of my 'wanna' list. To sum it up it's a 'I wish I spoke Chinese and/had a time machine/or had power to pull dramas from limbo' list. Aka dramas I'd love to see but can't because they are not subbed or because they seem to be in limbo, release-wise. And some are just upcoming but I don't know if a subs group picked them up yet.

List here, with illustrations )

Amd last but not least, browsing I came across the following comment in a review of the Chinese wuxia epic movie Seven Swords: “inspired by Dostojevsky's Brothers Karamazov's ideology about the human self-realization and finding of the peace and comprehension.” OK, I like Seven Swords. Make it I really like Seven Swords (OMG, the final climactic duel with Donnie Yen and the Baddie General is awesome) but whaaaaa? Bwah? *boggle boggle boggle* It has people with some issues slashing other people who are eviler and uglier. It’s a totally fun flick about honor and love and lotsa killing and Donnie Yen being uber hot with long hair, but Dostoyevsky? You gotta be kidding me.
dangermousie: (Kenshin: b&w kiss by roninhonor)
Watched more GetBackers (the episodes where Ban and Ginji are sent to recover the Arms of Venus). So gooooood.

Random notes:

Ginji is sweet but really too dense to exist. I guess he was always so powerful, he never needed to learn guile.

I adore Akabane. For someone who wears a cross between a suit and an evening dress and whose hat is a bastard offspring of a fedora and a sombrero, he is amazingly cool. He warns Ginji, but the thing that I find really interesting is that Ban is the one he fixates on, rightly. Ginji might be very powerful, but Ban is the one with the killer instinct. And Ban beat Lightning Emperor at full power, peobably because his attacks are non-corporeal. I love Akabane giving exhausted Ban cigaretted because Ban's are wet and saying he won't fight him now, all wounded but will have Ban's promise to fight when Ban is fully recovered. Now Akabane is certainly a man with incredible job satisfaction.

Oh, and Ban who lost his sunglasses and whose hair is wet so is down instead of up? Totally hot. I wish he'd get wet more often.

I've also finished Seven Swords, which was good the whole way through. I do think the first hour was better: it had all this set-up which kinda didn't get borne out later, and was more complex. I don't think it's the director's fault, as I know the initial cut was four hours and he had to hack it down to two and a half. I do wish I could have seen the long version though, because some subplots (the love quadrangle) became a bit too sudden otherwise, and some would have had more weight with more there.

But it was still excellent. The fight between Chu and the General on walls was amazing and something I am going to rewatch many a time. And I found the love story between Chu and Green Pearl totally sad and rather moving. I am a sucker for this sort of thing. It really struck me in their sex scene that this is probably the first time ever that she actually has consensual sex. How horrible is that fact? No wonder she is kinda falling apart: she is actually with someone she loves and is attracted to and of her own free will. I love the scene earlier when she tells him she wasn't afraid to die and now she is scared because now she has something to lose and she never wants to lose his trust. Yum. And the fact that while they have this conversation about trust and loss and her freaking out, they are (almost unconsciously) undressing each other? Hot.

Of course, this being a martial arts movie, we need tons of angst, so of course they get captured and the General is all "she is my spy blah blah blah" which is untrue and Chu won't believe it and he tells her he trusts her in Chinese and she is so devastated (because of course she doesn't speak anything but Korean) and she is stuttering towards him "don't you trust me?" and then he tells her in Korean "I trust you" and gleeeeee except not because the General lunges at him with a sword and Green Pearl jumps in front of the General and wrestles him to protect her lover, who actually manages unexpectedly to grab a sword and he slices at the General and it's automatic and he can't stop his stroke as it's too late, and Green Pearl is dead and he's killed her and he only sees it after the sword has hit her and I am not describing it very well, but ouch...
dangermousie: (Kenshin: b&w kiss by roninhonor)
Watched more GetBackers (the episodes where Ban and Ginji are sent to recover the Arms of Venus). So gooooood.

Random notes:

Ginji is sweet but really too dense to exist. I guess he was always so powerful, he never needed to learn guile.

I adore Akabane. For someone who wears a cross between a suit and an evening dress and whose hat is a bastard offspring of a fedora and a sombrero, he is amazingly cool. He warns Ginji, but the thing that I find really interesting is that Ban is the one he fixates on, rightly. Ginji might be very powerful, but Ban is the one with the killer instinct. And Ban beat Lightning Emperor at full power, peobably because his attacks are non-corporeal. I love Akabane giving exhausted Ban cigaretted because Ban's are wet and saying he won't fight him now, all wounded but will have Ban's promise to fight when Ban is fully recovered. Now Akabane is certainly a man with incredible job satisfaction.

Oh, and Ban who lost his sunglasses and whose hair is wet so is down instead of up? Totally hot. I wish he'd get wet more often.

I've also finished Seven Swords, which was good the whole way through. I do think the first hour was better: it had all this set-up which kinda didn't get borne out later, and was more complex. I don't think it's the director's fault, as I know the initial cut was four hours and he had to hack it down to two and a half. I do wish I could have seen the long version though, because some subplots (the love quadrangle) became a bit too sudden otherwise, and some would have had more weight with more there.

But it was still excellent. The fight between Chu and the General on walls was amazing and something I am going to rewatch many a time. And I found the love story between Chu and Green Pearl totally sad and rather moving. I am a sucker for this sort of thing. It really struck me in their sex scene that this is probably the first time ever that she actually has consensual sex. How horrible is that fact? No wonder she is kinda falling apart: she is actually with someone she loves and is attracted to and of her own free will. I love the scene earlier when she tells him she wasn't afraid to die and now she is scared because now she has something to lose and she never wants to lose his trust. Yum. And the fact that while they have this conversation about trust and loss and her freaking out, they are (almost unconsciously) undressing each other? Hot.

Of course, this being a martial arts movie, we need tons of angst, so of course they get captured and the General is all "she is my spy blah blah blah" which is untrue and Chu won't believe it and he tells her he trusts her in Chinese and she is so devastated (because of course she doesn't speak anything but Korean) and she is stuttering towards him "don't you trust me?" and then he tells her in Korean "I trust you" and gleeeeee except not because the General lunges at him with a sword and Green Pearl jumps in front of the General and wrestles him to protect her lover, who actually manages unexpectedly to grab a sword and he slices at the General and it's automatic and he can't stop his stroke as it's too late, and Green Pearl is dead and he's killed her and he only sees it after the sword has hit her and I am not describing it very well, but ouch...
dangermousie: (Kenshin: b&w kiss by roninhonor)
Watched more GetBackers (the episodes where Ban and Ginji are sent to recover the Arms of Venus). So gooooood.

Random notes:

Ginji is sweet but really too dense to exist. I guess he was always so powerful, he never needed to learn guile.

I adore Akabane. For someone who wears a cross between a suit and an evening dress and whose hat is a bastard offspring of a fedora and a sombrero, he is amazingly cool. He warns Ginji, but the thing that I find really interesting is that Ban is the one he fixates on, rightly. Ginji might be very powerful, but Ban is the one with the killer instinct. And Ban beat Lightning Emperor at full power, peobably because his attacks are non-corporeal. I love Akabane giving exhausted Ban cigaretted because Ban's are wet and saying he won't fight him now, all wounded but will have Ban's promise to fight when Ban is fully recovered. Now Akabane is certainly a man with incredible job satisfaction.

Oh, and Ban who lost his sunglasses and whose hair is wet so is down instead of up? Totally hot. I wish he'd get wet more often.

I've also finished Seven Swords, which was good the whole way through. I do think the first hour was better: it had all this set-up which kinda didn't get borne out later, and was more complex. I don't think it's the director's fault, as I know the initial cut was four hours and he had to hack it down to two and a half. I do wish I could have seen the long version though, because some subplots (the love quadrangle) became a bit too sudden otherwise, and some would have had more weight with more there.

But it was still excellent. The fight between Chu and the General on walls was amazing and something I am going to rewatch many a time. And I found the love story between Chu and Green Pearl totally sad and rather moving. I am a sucker for this sort of thing. It really struck me in their sex scene that this is probably the first time ever that she actually has consensual sex. How horrible is that fact? No wonder she is kinda falling apart: she is actually with someone she loves and is attracted to and of her own free will. I love the scene earlier when she tells him she wasn't afraid to die and now she is scared because now she has something to lose and she never wants to lose his trust. Yum. And the fact that while they have this conversation about trust and loss and her freaking out, they are (almost unconsciously) undressing each other? Hot.

Of course, this being a martial arts movie, we need tons of angst, so of course they get captured and the General is all "she is my spy blah blah blah" which is untrue and Chu won't believe it and he tells her he trusts her in Chinese and she is so devastated (because of course she doesn't speak anything but Korean) and she is stuttering towards him "don't you trust me?" and then he tells her in Korean "I trust you" and gleeeeee except not because the General lunges at him with a sword and Green Pearl jumps in front of the General and wrestles him to protect her lover, who actually manages unexpectedly to grab a sword and he slices at the General and it's automatic and he can't stop his stroke as it's too late, and Green Pearl is dead and he's killed her and he only sees it after the sword has hit her and I am not describing it very well, but ouch...
dangermousie: (HofD: sword by winterspel)
Because I am having such a good time watching Seven Swords, here is more picspam. Next after this? Musa the Warrior and Tiramisu.









Oh, and here is a fun review of Seven Swords:

http://www.dreamlogic.net/archives/seven-swords-review

And I am getting seriously hooked on wuxia. Bloody fights and angsty love? What more can one want?

I need more wuxia movie icons.
dangermousie: (HofD: sword by winterspel)
Because I am having such a good time watching Seven Swords, here is more picspam. Next after this? Musa the Warrior and Tiramisu.









Oh, and here is a fun review of Seven Swords:

http://www.dreamlogic.net/archives/seven-swords-review

And I am getting seriously hooked on wuxia. Bloody fights and angsty love? What more can one want?

I need more wuxia movie icons.
dangermousie: (HofD: sword by winterspel)
Because I am having such a good time watching Seven Swords, here is more picspam. Next after this? Musa the Warrior and Tiramisu.









Oh, and here is a fun review of Seven Swords:

http://www.dreamlogic.net/archives/seven-swords-review

And I am getting seriously hooked on wuxia. Bloody fights and angsty love? What more can one want?

I need more wuxia movie icons.
dangermousie: (HofD:Mei/Jin by mtrlgicons)
I am in the middle of watching Chinese Martial Arts Epic Seven swords. (I did a humongous picspam of it here). The story is set in the 1600s. The government imposed a Martial Arts Ban, forbidding the practice of martial arts altogether in order to gain control and order. Wind Fire, an unscrupulous military official, sees this as an opportunity to make a fortune for himself by helping to execute the new law. Greedy, cruel, and immoral, Wind Fire ravages the North-western China, and his next goal is to attack the final frontier, Martial Village. Seven Swords are the seven martial artists who band together to prevent this from happening.

I am a bit less than an hour in (have to do RL stuff etc) but I love it. I really recommend. I have to warn you that it’s very violent though, and has some other pretty disturbing stuff (rape implications) which I was fine with, but YMMV.

What do I like about it? A lot of things. But what really struck me (and very pleasantly) were the women characters.

Thoughts on strong women. And cool men )

In other news, I am rereading Ivan Yefremov’s “Hour of the Bull.” It’s a scifi novel about future people landing on a planet thousands of years below in development and I loved it when I was 13. It’s still enjoyable though a bit too polemic and socialist for my tastes. People don’t talk, they declaim.
dangermousie: (HofD:Mei/Jin by mtrlgicons)
I am in the middle of watching Chinese Martial Arts Epic Seven swords. (I did a humongous picspam of it here). The story is set in the 1600s. The government imposed a Martial Arts Ban, forbidding the practice of martial arts altogether in order to gain control and order. Wind Fire, an unscrupulous military official, sees this as an opportunity to make a fortune for himself by helping to execute the new law. Greedy, cruel, and immoral, Wind Fire ravages the North-western China, and his next goal is to attack the final frontier, Martial Village. Seven Swords are the seven martial artists who band together to prevent this from happening.

I am a bit less than an hour in (have to do RL stuff etc) but I love it. I really recommend. I have to warn you that it’s very violent though, and has some other pretty disturbing stuff (rape implications) which I was fine with, but YMMV.

What do I like about it? A lot of things. But what really struck me (and very pleasantly) were the women characters.

Thoughts on strong women. And cool men )

In other news, I am rereading Ivan Yefremov’s “Hour of the Bull.” It’s a scifi novel about future people landing on a planet thousands of years below in development and I loved it when I was 13. It’s still enjoyable though a bit too polemic and socialist for my tastes. People don’t talk, they declaim.
dangermousie: (HofD:Mei/Jin by mtrlgicons)
I am in the middle of watching Chinese Martial Arts Epic Seven swords. (I did a humongous picspam of it here). The story is set in the 1600s. The government imposed a Martial Arts Ban, forbidding the practice of martial arts altogether in order to gain control and order. Wind Fire, an unscrupulous military official, sees this as an opportunity to make a fortune for himself by helping to execute the new law. Greedy, cruel, and immoral, Wind Fire ravages the North-western China, and his next goal is to attack the final frontier, Martial Village. Seven Swords are the seven martial artists who band together to prevent this from happening.

I am a bit less than an hour in (have to do RL stuff etc) but I love it. I really recommend. I have to warn you that it’s very violent though, and has some other pretty disturbing stuff (rape implications) which I was fine with, but YMMV.

What do I like about it? A lot of things. But what really struck me (and very pleasantly) were the women characters.

Thoughts on strong women. And cool men )

In other news, I am rereading Ivan Yefremov’s “Hour of the Bull.” It’s a scifi novel about future people landing on a planet thousands of years below in development and I loved it when I was 13. It’s still enjoyable though a bit too polemic and socialist for my tastes. People don’t talk, they declaim.
dangermousie: (HofD:Mei/Jin by mtrlgicons)
This seems to be a movie day. But none of my new anime arrived yet. Not that this has, either.

Recently bought on e-bay and am looking forward to watching Seven Swords, yet another martial arts drama from China.

If nothing else, it promises to be very pretty.

See proof.



See more proof.

Rest of Proof behind cut. Pictures of the Movie )
dangermousie: (HofD:Mei/Jin by mtrlgicons)
This seems to be a movie day. But none of my new anime arrived yet. Not that this has, either.

Recently bought on e-bay and am looking forward to watching Seven Swords, yet another martial arts drama from China.

If nothing else, it promises to be very pretty.

See proof.



See more proof.

Rest of Proof behind cut. Pictures of the Movie )
dangermousie: (HofD:Mei/Jin by mtrlgicons)
This seems to be a movie day. But none of my new anime arrived yet. Not that this has, either.

Recently bought on e-bay and am looking forward to watching Seven Swords, yet another martial arts drama from China.

If nothing else, it promises to be very pretty.

See proof.



See more proof.

Rest of Proof behind cut. Pictures of the Movie )

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