dangermousie: (Farscape: hair by syliasyliasylia)
I am watching the incredibly eye-popping historical battle epic Red Cliff, the Chinese movie dealing with the legendary Battle of Red Cliffs in 208 AD which led to the dissolution of the Han Dynasty and creation of the Three Kingdoms. It stars Tony Leung, Takeshi Kaneshiro etc, is directed by John Woo, and is one of the most gorgeously shot movies I have ever seen, with fluid, soaring battle scenes, poetic scenes of peaceful elegance and culture, and some really intelligent people doing battle tactics.

This is the first part of 2 (the second comes out in January). The two are going to be smushed together and cut severely for the Western market, but do watch it uncut, it's gorgeous.

If that is not enough to tempt ya? Well, the consider that in the middle of battle planning and men fighting with a baby tied to their back and tiger-hunting, and spears everywhere, we also get this:




And this, behind cut as potentially NSFW )

And these characters are married so I approve :)
dangermousie: (Farscape: hair by syliasyliasylia)
I am watching the incredibly eye-popping historical battle epic Red Cliff, the Chinese movie dealing with the legendary Battle of Red Cliffs in 208 AD which led to the dissolution of the Han Dynasty and creation of the Three Kingdoms. It stars Tony Leung, Takeshi Kaneshiro etc, is directed by John Woo, and is one of the most gorgeously shot movies I have ever seen, with fluid, soaring battle scenes, poetic scenes of peaceful elegance and culture, and some really intelligent people doing battle tactics.

This is the first part of 2 (the second comes out in January). The two are going to be smushed together and cut severely for the Western market, but do watch it uncut, it's gorgeous.

If that is not enough to tempt ya? Well, the consider that in the middle of battle planning and men fighting with a baby tied to their back and tiger-hunting, and spears everywhere, we also get this:




And this, behind cut as potentially NSFW )

And these characters are married so I approve :)
dangermousie: (Farscape: hair by syliasyliasylia)
I am watching the incredibly eye-popping historical battle epic Red Cliff, the Chinese movie dealing with the legendary Battle of Red Cliffs in 208 AD which led to the dissolution of the Han Dynasty and creation of the Three Kingdoms. It stars Tony Leung, Takeshi Kaneshiro etc, is directed by John Woo, and is one of the most gorgeously shot movies I have ever seen, with fluid, soaring battle scenes, poetic scenes of peaceful elegance and culture, and some really intelligent people doing battle tactics.

This is the first part of 2 (the second comes out in January). The two are going to be smushed together and cut severely for the Western market, but do watch it uncut, it's gorgeous.

If that is not enough to tempt ya? Well, the consider that in the middle of battle planning and men fighting with a baby tied to their back and tiger-hunting, and spears everywhere, we also get this:




And this, behind cut as potentially NSFW )

And these characters are married so I approve :)
dangermousie: (Default)
By Ching-Ching Ni, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
April 24, 2008

NANJING, CHINA -- The woman was still wearing her kitchen apron when Chen Si spotted her on the other side of the Nanjing Bridge.

By the time Chen raced across four lanes of screaming traffic that recent Sunday morning, the woman had already started climbing the narrow railing separating her from the surging waters below.

"After I yanked her back, all she did was cry," said Chen, who is all too familiar with such scenes: The burly 39-year-old has spent practically every weekend of the last four years patrolling this stretch of roadway above the mighty Yangtze River, looking for signs of human despair.

Chen is a self-appointed lifeguard on the so-called Chinese bridge of death. His record so far, he says: 144 lives saved.

Rest of the article )
dangermousie: (Default)
By Ching-Ching Ni, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
April 24, 2008

NANJING, CHINA -- The woman was still wearing her kitchen apron when Chen Si spotted her on the other side of the Nanjing Bridge.

By the time Chen raced across four lanes of screaming traffic that recent Sunday morning, the woman had already started climbing the narrow railing separating her from the surging waters below.

"After I yanked her back, all she did was cry," said Chen, who is all too familiar with such scenes: The burly 39-year-old has spent practically every weekend of the last four years patrolling this stretch of roadway above the mighty Yangtze River, looking for signs of human despair.

Chen is a self-appointed lifeguard on the so-called Chinese bridge of death. His record so far, he says: 144 lives saved.

Rest of the article )
dangermousie: (Default)
By Ching-Ching Ni, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
April 24, 2008

NANJING, CHINA -- The woman was still wearing her kitchen apron when Chen Si spotted her on the other side of the Nanjing Bridge.

By the time Chen raced across four lanes of screaming traffic that recent Sunday morning, the woman had already started climbing the narrow railing separating her from the surging waters below.

"After I yanked her back, all she did was cry," said Chen, who is all too familiar with such scenes: The burly 39-year-old has spent practically every weekend of the last four years patrolling this stretch of roadway above the mighty Yangtze River, looking for signs of human despair.

Chen is a self-appointed lifeguard on the so-called Chinese bridge of death. His record so far, he says: 144 lives saved.

Rest of the article )
dangermousie: (Default)
I am watching Hameshaa, the Bolly movie about reincarnated lovers that proves that bad hair, like love, lasts forever. Hamesha thoughts )

On the other end of the spectrum, there is Creezy, a seventies movie with the icy and gorgeous Alain Delon. It's the very opposite of Hameshaa. It's small and feels painstakingly and cooly real. It basically is a day in the life of a politician intercut with his memories of affair with a gorgeous model. It's quite romantic and I can't wait to watch more. It also makes me wonder if there has ever been a good adaptation of Stendhal's The Red and the Black? Because young Delon would have made a great protagonist.

Also watched more Chobits Chobits and FY and GK thoughts )

In completely unrelated news (my brain jumps around like a magpie), the book rec for the week is something I have no idea how hard it is to find. It's Erve Bazen's And the flames consume (I have no idea what the name in English (or the original French) would be. I read it in Russian). It's a French novel and I read it in Russian translation, but I have no idea if an English translation exists. It's worth seeking out though. The novel deals with the immediate aftermath of the Pinochet coup. It actually is tightly focused on two people, Miguel and Maria who, if I ever was compiling a literary OTP list, would be very highly placed on it. The book is passionate: politically passionate (about what people do to each other and how it outrages one's conscience) and romantically passionate, as well. Ramblings about the novel )

And in other star-crossed romantics news, I was rewatching "Destiny," my fave ep of Roswell. I've forgotten how amazing Max/Liz were. Any good Dreamer fanfic recs? Please? [livejournal.com profile] keepaofthecheez, where is your stuff archived? And also, does anyone have caps of that scene of them hiding in the oveturned truck? For some reason what really gets me is the way she kisses his eyes, and the way her voice dies away on the word 'ended' when she says that his life ended when he saved her. And the way Max, half out of his head, utterly exhausted, fresh off the torture table, tells her that's when his life began and that what kept him alive during it all was the thought of her (and I love that he can't talk about what they did to him, it's too horrifying to him and he is indirect and he has to pause before he mentions it even in that fashion). If a man can say that to you after all that's happened, whoa. And in a way, being in such extremity, he has no control over his emotions much any more and you can feel love just pour off him. Max/Liz have never been more R&Jish than in that scene. Oh, and the bit where Max and Liz are surrounded and they are on the bridge and they look down at the water and you can tell they are terrified and they kiss each other and you can tell they think it might be their last, and then they jump, holding hands? OMG. My OTP. Musings on OTPs )

In related non-loverly news, I did see the finale of Doctor Who and forgot to post about it. Thoughts on Finale, OTPs and OT3s and David Tennant's coolness or lack thereof )

Continuing this crazy, directionless ramble, the next item on the agenda is gorgeous pictures from The Banquet, a Chinese movie coming out in late 2006. The Banquet has been described as a loose adaptation of "Hamlet"; it is a tale of fate and revenge set in 10th century China. A new Emperor has usurped the throne through murder. Zhang Ziyi plays the widowed Empress, who marries the new Emperor (Ge You) only to protect herself, but also secretly plots his death with the help of the Crown Prince (Daniel Wu) and the Chief Minister (Ma Jingwu). Yet the Prince and Minister each have their own plans for the throne, and, of course, so does the Emperor. All these intrigues are brought to a climax when the Emperor calls for a lavish banquet, where the murderous plans are set in motion.

Stills beneath the cut )

And because it seems I cannot end a post without a Hayden Christensen picspam, here is the next batch:



More Hayden )

OK, I am all out of Hayden. Who should I picspam next? As long as they are reasonably attractive and someone I'd heard of, bring on the suggestions!

And thus ends the really long post. No wonder it took me days.
dangermousie: (Default)
I am watching Hameshaa, the Bolly movie about reincarnated lovers that proves that bad hair, like love, lasts forever. Hamesha thoughts )

On the other end of the spectrum, there is Creezy, a seventies movie with the icy and gorgeous Alain Delon. It's the very opposite of Hameshaa. It's small and feels painstakingly and cooly real. It basically is a day in the life of a politician intercut with his memories of affair with a gorgeous model. It's quite romantic and I can't wait to watch more. It also makes me wonder if there has ever been a good adaptation of Stendhal's The Red and the Black? Because young Delon would have made a great protagonist.

Also watched more Chobits Chobits and FY and GK thoughts )

In completely unrelated news (my brain jumps around like a magpie), the book rec for the week is something I have no idea how hard it is to find. It's Erve Bazen's And the flames consume (I have no idea what the name in English (or the original French) would be. I read it in Russian). It's a French novel and I read it in Russian translation, but I have no idea if an English translation exists. It's worth seeking out though. The novel deals with the immediate aftermath of the Pinochet coup. It actually is tightly focused on two people, Miguel and Maria who, if I ever was compiling a literary OTP list, would be very highly placed on it. The book is passionate: politically passionate (about what people do to each other and how it outrages one's conscience) and romantically passionate, as well. Ramblings about the novel )

And in other star-crossed romantics news, I was rewatching "Destiny," my fave ep of Roswell. I've forgotten how amazing Max/Liz were. Any good Dreamer fanfic recs? Please? [livejournal.com profile] keepaofthecheez, where is your stuff archived? And also, does anyone have caps of that scene of them hiding in the oveturned truck? For some reason what really gets me is the way she kisses his eyes, and the way her voice dies away on the word 'ended' when she says that his life ended when he saved her. And the way Max, half out of his head, utterly exhausted, fresh off the torture table, tells her that's when his life began and that what kept him alive during it all was the thought of her (and I love that he can't talk about what they did to him, it's too horrifying to him and he is indirect and he has to pause before he mentions it even in that fashion). If a man can say that to you after all that's happened, whoa. And in a way, being in such extremity, he has no control over his emotions much any more and you can feel love just pour off him. Max/Liz have never been more R&Jish than in that scene. Oh, and the bit where Max and Liz are surrounded and they are on the bridge and they look down at the water and you can tell they are terrified and they kiss each other and you can tell they think it might be their last, and then they jump, holding hands? OMG. My OTP. Musings on OTPs )

In related non-loverly news, I did see the finale of Doctor Who and forgot to post about it. Thoughts on Finale, OTPs and OT3s and David Tennant's coolness or lack thereof )

Continuing this crazy, directionless ramble, the next item on the agenda is gorgeous pictures from The Banquet, a Chinese movie coming out in late 2006. The Banquet has been described as a loose adaptation of "Hamlet"; it is a tale of fate and revenge set in 10th century China. A new Emperor has usurped the throne through murder. Zhang Ziyi plays the widowed Empress, who marries the new Emperor (Ge You) only to protect herself, but also secretly plots his death with the help of the Crown Prince (Daniel Wu) and the Chief Minister (Ma Jingwu). Yet the Prince and Minister each have their own plans for the throne, and, of course, so does the Emperor. All these intrigues are brought to a climax when the Emperor calls for a lavish banquet, where the murderous plans are set in motion.

Stills beneath the cut )

And because it seems I cannot end a post without a Hayden Christensen picspam, here is the next batch:



More Hayden )

OK, I am all out of Hayden. Who should I picspam next? As long as they are reasonably attractive and someone I'd heard of, bring on the suggestions!

And thus ends the really long post. No wonder it took me days.
dangermousie: (Default)
I am watching Hameshaa, the Bolly movie about reincarnated lovers that proves that bad hair, like love, lasts forever. Hamesha thoughts )

On the other end of the spectrum, there is Creezy, a seventies movie with the icy and gorgeous Alain Delon. It's the very opposite of Hameshaa. It's small and feels painstakingly and cooly real. It basically is a day in the life of a politician intercut with his memories of affair with a gorgeous model. It's quite romantic and I can't wait to watch more. It also makes me wonder if there has ever been a good adaptation of Stendhal's The Red and the Black? Because young Delon would have made a great protagonist.

Also watched more Chobits Chobits and FY and GK thoughts )

In completely unrelated news (my brain jumps around like a magpie), the book rec for the week is something I have no idea how hard it is to find. It's Erve Bazen's And the flames consume (I have no idea what the name in English (or the original French) would be. I read it in Russian). It's a French novel and I read it in Russian translation, but I have no idea if an English translation exists. It's worth seeking out though. The novel deals with the immediate aftermath of the Pinochet coup. It actually is tightly focused on two people, Miguel and Maria who, if I ever was compiling a literary OTP list, would be very highly placed on it. The book is passionate: politically passionate (about what people do to each other and how it outrages one's conscience) and romantically passionate, as well. Ramblings about the novel )

And in other star-crossed romantics news, I was rewatching "Destiny," my fave ep of Roswell. I've forgotten how amazing Max/Liz were. Any good Dreamer fanfic recs? Please? [livejournal.com profile] keepaofthecheez, where is your stuff archived? And also, does anyone have caps of that scene of them hiding in the oveturned truck? For some reason what really gets me is the way she kisses his eyes, and the way her voice dies away on the word 'ended' when she says that his life ended when he saved her. And the way Max, half out of his head, utterly exhausted, fresh off the torture table, tells her that's when his life began and that what kept him alive during it all was the thought of her (and I love that he can't talk about what they did to him, it's too horrifying to him and he is indirect and he has to pause before he mentions it even in that fashion). If a man can say that to you after all that's happened, whoa. And in a way, being in such extremity, he has no control over his emotions much any more and you can feel love just pour off him. Max/Liz have never been more R&Jish than in that scene. Oh, and the bit where Max and Liz are surrounded and they are on the bridge and they look down at the water and you can tell they are terrified and they kiss each other and you can tell they think it might be their last, and then they jump, holding hands? OMG. My OTP. Musings on OTPs )

In related non-loverly news, I did see the finale of Doctor Who and forgot to post about it. Thoughts on Finale, OTPs and OT3s and David Tennant's coolness or lack thereof )

Continuing this crazy, directionless ramble, the next item on the agenda is gorgeous pictures from The Banquet, a Chinese movie coming out in late 2006. The Banquet has been described as a loose adaptation of "Hamlet"; it is a tale of fate and revenge set in 10th century China. A new Emperor has usurped the throne through murder. Zhang Ziyi plays the widowed Empress, who marries the new Emperor (Ge You) only to protect herself, but also secretly plots his death with the help of the Crown Prince (Daniel Wu) and the Chief Minister (Ma Jingwu). Yet the Prince and Minister each have their own plans for the throne, and, of course, so does the Emperor. All these intrigues are brought to a climax when the Emperor calls for a lavish banquet, where the murderous plans are set in motion.

Stills beneath the cut )

And because it seems I cannot end a post without a Hayden Christensen picspam, here is the next batch:



More Hayden )

OK, I am all out of Hayden. Who should I picspam next? As long as they are reasonably attractive and someone I'd heard of, bring on the suggestions!

And thus ends the really long post. No wonder it took me days.
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: (BW: Zayed Amrita by bllywd_princess)
I have seen the light, [livejournal.com profile] koalathebear. And that light is Nicholas Tse. I am watching Tiramisu this weekend. And for now? Picspam. Lovely, attractive, hot picspam.



Nicholas Tse picspam )

Picspam from "Chinese Tall Story." Because not only does it sound insane (a monk hooking up with an alien), but it has Nicholas Tse playing the movie's equivalent of Sanzo, since the whole thing is yet another retelling of "Journey to the West." Hmm. Crack and eye candy? Not bad. Insanity picspam )

And because no picspam can be concluded without Takeshi Kaneshiro, Takeshi picspam )
dangermousie: (BW: Zayed Amrita by bllywd_princess)
I have seen the light, [livejournal.com profile] koalathebear. And that light is Nicholas Tse. I am watching Tiramisu this weekend. And for now? Picspam. Lovely, attractive, hot picspam.



Nicholas Tse picspam )

Picspam from "Chinese Tall Story." Because not only does it sound insane (a monk hooking up with an alien), but it has Nicholas Tse playing the movie's equivalent of Sanzo, since the whole thing is yet another retelling of "Journey to the West." Hmm. Crack and eye candy? Not bad. Insanity picspam )

And because no picspam can be concluded without Takeshi Kaneshiro, Takeshi picspam )

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