…is the best of the Condor Hero trilogy, I heart Julian (Chi lam) Cheung and Athena Chu as the lead characters Guo Jing and Huang Rong, respectively.
My Beloved Fictional Couple May 8, 2010
DRAMAS/PRIME TIME TELEVISION
1. Michael Scofield and Sara Tancredi – Prison Break (US)
Michael Scofield: You kept it.
Dr. Sara Tancredi: Kept what?
Michael Scofield: The flower.
Dr. Sara Tancredi: Well, I’m a packrat. I never throw anything out.
Michael Scofield: [looks around the spotless infirmary] Yeah, well this clutter. It’s… overwhelming.
Dr. Sara Tancredi: You should see my apartment.
Michael Scofield: Woah. We haven’t even had our first date yet and you’re already inviting me in. I thought you were a nice girl.
Dr. Sara Tancredi: Oh Michael, we all know nice girls finish last.
[motions for Michael to lift up his shirt]
Michael Scofield: So where do you finish?
Dr. Sara Tancredi: Depends on where I start. Deep breath.
Sara Tancredi: Scofield, I don’t know what you’re used to but anything short of a Filet Mingon isn’t gonna cut with me”
Michael Scofield: It’s a date.
Sara: What do you want from me Michael?
Michael: I need you to do something for me?
Michael: Wait for me…It won’t always be like this, this room, this place.
Sara: Untill then I can’t. We Can’t. I can’t and I’ve got to go…
2. Charles (Chuck) Bass and Blair Waldorf – Gossip Girl (US)
Chuck: I’m honoured to be playing even a small role in your deflowering.
Blair: You’re disgusting.
Chuck: Yes, I am, so why be shy?
Chuck: It’s a facility for the disturbed or addicted.
Blair: You must have your own wing.
Chuck: You don’t get nearly enough credit for your wit.
Blair: Chuck Bass, I do believe all your years of underage boozing and womanizing have finally paid off. Truly, I am proud.
Chuck: And you are my toughest critic.
Chuck: Victory party, here, tomorrow night.
Blair: I wouldn’t miss it.
Blair: Don’t be nervous, he’s gonna love it.
Blair: I do not believe this!
Chuck: How do you think I feel? I haven’t slept. I feel sick, like there’s something in my stomach. Fluttering.
Blair: Break a leg.
Chuck: I think I just did.
Chuck: I was in love with Blair and I’m sorry.
Chuck: Let’s take it slow this time. Do it right.
Blair: Chuck Bass is a romantic. Who knew?
Chuck: Well, now you do. That’s all that matters.
Chuck: You’re lying.
Blair: I am not!
Chuck: Your eyes are doing that thing where they don’t match your mouth.
Blair: I wasn’t aware that robots got jealous. Did they update your software while I was away?
Blair: You are disgusting. I hate you.
Chuck: Then why are you still holding my hand?
Blair: You here to gloat?
Chuck: Over what?
Blair: Well you won. Pop the champagne.
Chuck: I didn’t win.
Blair: Then why does it feel like I lost?
Chuck: The reason we can’t say those three words to each other, isn’t because they aren’t true.
Chuck: Look i’d rather wait. Maybe in the future…
Blair: I suppose there could be some excruciating pleasure in that.
Blair: Limos and virgins, your specialty!
Chuck: Just so you know, while there are few things I consider sacred, the back of the limo is one of them.
Blair: Chuck! Stop! Don’t go. Or if you have to leave, let me come with you.
Chuck: I appreciate the concern.
Blair: No. You don’t. You don’t appreciate anything today. But I don’t care. Whatever you’re going through, I want to be there for you.
Chuck: We talked about this. You are not my girlfriend.
Blair: But I am me. And you are you. We’re Chuck and Blair. Blair and Chuck. The worst thing you’ve ever done—the darkest thought you’ve ever had—I will stand by you through anything.
Chuck: And why would you do that?
Blair: Because I love you.
Chuck: Well that’s too bad.
Blair: You can’t run, you have to stay here and here it this time. Chuck Bass, I love you. I love you so much it consumes me. I love you and I know you love me too. Tell me you love me and everything we’ve done, all the gossip and the lies and the hurt will have been for something. Tell me it was for something.
Chuck: Maybe it was, but it’s not anymore.
Chuck: You were right. I was a coward running away again, but everywhere I went, you caught up with me. So I had to come back.
Blair: I want to believe you, but I can’t. You hurt me too many times.
Chuck: You can believe me this time.
Blair: Oh. That’s it?
Chuck: I love you too.
Blair: But can you say it twice? No i’m serious, say it twice!
Chuck: I love you, I love you, that’s three, four, I love you.
Chuck: I’m Chuck Bass. And I told you I love you. You’re saying I’m easier to win over than a bunch of pseudo-intellectual homesick malcontents. You’d really insult me like this?
Blair: That’s not how it is.
Chuck: That’s exactly how it is. So the next time you forget you’re Blair Waldorf, remember I’m Chuck Bass. And I love you.
Blair: Your real mother would never turn her back on a chance to know you.
Chuck: I don’t have a real mother Blair. I never will.
Blair: That doesn’t mean you’re alone. I love you Chuck, and I’ll always be your family.
GREEN SNAKE (1993) May 3, 2010
ANOTHER FABULOUS TSUI HARK FILM IS GREEN SNAKE (1993)
Similar to A Chinese Ghost Story, Green Snake was based on Chinese folk tale. Green Snake is a novel written by Lillian Lee, which is a variation of the folk tale Madame White Snake, where Lillian Lee tells the story from the perspective of Xiaoqing, the Green Snake, who normally plays a minor role behind the main character Bai Suzhen, the White Snake. As the title suggests, the movie also features Xiaoqing as the main character.
Two snake spirits have been training for many centuries to take human form and experience the love, freedom and wisdom that is supposedly only available to humans. White Snake (Joey Wong) is the more experienced one and proceeds to get engaged with local scholar Hsui Xien (Wu Hsing-Kuo), with whom she plans to have a child which would complete her passage into the mortal realm. Green Snake (Maggie Cheung) is the younger and more impulsive of the two sisters and she is not yet quite sure about the benefits of the human world. The two snakes move into their magically created house and start a successful medical practice in the town.
Their enemies are a buffoonish Taoist and an overzealous Buddhist monk (Vincent Zhao) who make various attempts to banish them from the human world. The monk thinks of himself as a keeper of the natural order of the world and is very prejudiced against spiritual beings seeking to improve themselves. He brings things to a head when he abducts White’s husband from the human/spirit mixed marriage into his religious reeducation camp–styled temple.
THE GOLDEN ERA OF HONG KONG CINEMA – A CHINESE GHOST STORY (1987)
A Chinese Ghost Story is a 1987 Hong Kong romantic-cross-horror film starring the forever gorgeous Leslie Cheung, the once stunning Joey Wong and the hilarious Wu Ma. The movie was directed by Ching Siu Tong and produced by the superbly talented Tsui Hark.
The movie was hugely successful and iconic, which spawned two sequels; but we all know, nothing beats the original. I remember watching the movie on late night SBS when I was very little, and the tree monster used to scare me so much that I could not sleep at night. In my mind, A Chinese Ghost Story was a HORROR film. And I don’t watch horror films.
In 2009, I came across the movie again, I gave the movie another try, for Leslie.
And I loved it.
I don’t know why the tree-monster used to scared me, because the ‘special’ effects were so fake. Granted, the movie is 23 years old so you don’t watch it for the stunning effects. However, I loved it because – this time I realised – it is a love story.
A love story between Ning Caichen (played by Leslie Cheung), the hapless poor debt collector and a beautiful and alluring ghost, Nie Xiaoqian (played by Joey Wong). As a debt collector, Ning travels between towns and he often seeks shelter in deserted rural areas when he is in-between towns.
The movie begins with Ning, arriving at a town but is forced to seek shelter in a deserted temple in the forest on the outskirts as the inns are fully occupied. That night in the temple, Ning meets a beautiful and alluring young maiden called Nie Xiaoqian and falls in love with her. However, when he later recalls last night’s events the next day, he becomes increasingly fearful and superstitious. That night, he returns to the temple to spend his night there and confirms his theory that Nie is actually a spirit.
Nie tells him her story of how she became eternally bound to the servitude of a sinister Tree Demon. She explains that as long as her remains are buried at the foot of the tree, her spirit will be forever bound to the Tree Demon. Ning attempts to free her from her suffering. He seeks the help of a powerful Taoist priest and master swordsman called Yan Chixia, whom he met earlier. Yan battles the Tree Demon and attempts to free Nie’s soul but fails. Nie’s soul is taken to the Underworld for betraying her master.
Ning is unwilling to give up on Nie and insists that Yan helps him. Yan manages to open a temporary portal to the Underworld. Ning and Yan enter the Underworld and attempt to free Nie’s soul from suffering once more. They are unable to find her in the midst of thousands of other spirits. Eventually, Ning and Nie are able to see each other briefly near dawn when sunlight shines on the urn containing Nie’s cremated remains. Nie tells Ning that the only way to save her soul is to place her remains to rest at another more auspicious burial site before she returns to the darkness. Ning follows her instructions and with Yan’s advice, Ning buries Nie’s remains near the crest of a hill. He burns a joss stick for her and prays for her soul while Yan watches solemnly behind him.