David Tao, “Blessings”

陶喆《祝福》

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My mom used to have a tape with an old Chinese singer crooning this, and my dad later bought a CD in the mid-2000s with a cover.

I destroyed the tape from rewinding constantly just to hear this song, and later on scratched my dad’s CD from dragging it along with me everywhere.

This song has always been the backdrop to the moody days I’d spend in childhood and has always held a soft spot in my heart.

David Tao always knows how to sing it with the perfect combination of soft and strength in his voice. Love this cover.

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(合音:朋友我永遠祝福你 朋友我永遠祝福你
   啊~~~~    朋友我永遠祝福你)

Chorus: Friend, I will always give you blessings, Oh friend, I will always give you blessings. Ahhh~ Friend, I will always give you blessings


不要問 不要說 一切盡在不言中
Do not ask, Do not say it, Not everything exists in the realm of words
這一刻 偎著燭光 讓我們靜靜的渡過
In this moment, aglow in candle light, let us quietly pass this time
莫揮手 莫回頭 當我唱起這首歌 怕只怕 淚水輕輕的滑落
Don’t wave your hand, Don’t turn back, when I sing this song, be scared if you must, tears will lightly flow away
願心中 永遠留著我的笑容 伴你走過每一個春夏秋冬
Just hope that in your heart, you will forever keep my smiling face, accompanying you through every season

幾許愁 幾許憂 人生難免苦與痛
A measure of sorrow, a measure of anxiety, it is unavoidable in life to have some form of harsh pain
失去過 才能真正懂得去珍惜和擁有
once having lost, does one truly understand how to cherish and to have
情難捨 人難留 今朝一別各西東 冷和熱 點點滴滴在心頭
love is hard to let go, people are hard to hold on to, today we separate and go our separate ways, cold and hot, trickling into our hearts
願心中永遠留著我的笑容 伴你走過每一個春夏秋冬
Just hope that in your heart, you will forever keep my smiling face, accompanying you through every season

傷離別 離別雖然在眼前 說再見 再見不會太遙遠
hurt leaves us, though parting is right in front of my eyes, to say goodbye, goodbyes won’t be too far away
若有緣 有緣就能期待明天 你和我重逢在燦爛的季節
If we are bound by fate, if we are fated then hope for tomorrow, you and I can reunite in a splendid season.

@1 month ago with 39 plays
#陶喆 #david tao #chinese #music #live #song 

《我愿意》 曾静雯

Jingwen Zeng’s cover of “I Am Willing” (original by 陶喆 David Tao)

@2 months ago with 20 plays
#我愿意 #陶喆 #david tao #chinese #music #ballad #piano #曾静雯 

江蕙 《落雨声》

Jiang, Hui: “The Sound of Falling Rain”

sung in Minnan dialect 闽南话

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作詞:方文山
作曲:周杰倫

落雨聲 哪親像一條歌
誰知影 阮越頭嘸敢聽
異鄉的我 一個人起畏寒 寂寞的雨聲 捶阮心肝

人孤單 像斷翅的鳥隻
飛袂行 咁講是阮的命
故鄉的山 永遠攏站置遐 阮的心晟只有講乎山來聽

來到故鄉的海岸 景色猶原攏總無變化
當初離開是為啥 你若問阮阮心肝就疼

你若欲友孝世大嘸免等好額 世間有阿母惜的囝仔尚好命
嘸通等成功欲來接阿母住 阿母啊 已經無置遐

人孤單 像斷翅的鳥隻
飛袂行 咁講是阮的命
故鄉的山 永遠攏站置遐 阮的心晟只有講乎山來聽

來到故鄉的海岸 景色猶原攏總無變化
當初離開是為啥 你若問阮阮心肝就疼

你若欲友孝世大嘸免等好額 世間有阿母惜的囝仔尚好命
出社會走闖塊甲人拼輸贏 為著啥 家己嘸知影
你若欲友孝世大嘸免等好額 世間有阿母惜的囝仔尚好命
嘸通等成功欲來接阿母住 阿母啊 已經無置遐 哭出聲 無人惜命

@2 months ago with 7 note and 70 play
#江蕙 #chinese #ballad #song #falling rain #落雨声 #music 

七朵组合 《桂花香》

@3 months ago with 20 plays
#chinese #ballad #music #song 

The Legend of Hua Mulan: When a Drama is Written Badly

Before launching into my new interest in 《巾帼大将军》, the ZJTV (浙江电视台 - Zhejiang Broadcast Station) Summer 2013 offering to the Mulan legend, I think it means a little extra to talk about the other alternative that came out just before: CCTV’s own 2013 The Legend of Mulan 《花木兰传奇》.

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A friend highly recommended to me that I watch the Legend of Hua Mulan 《花木兰传奇》 starring Dylan Kuo and Huo Mengyao. Since I am already a biased fan of the folktale (and memorized its poem since childhood), it was a given that I’d check it out. 

But the sad fact of the matter is, that when a plot is badly written, I begin to grow increasingly frustrated — and ultimately start to nitpick on everything.

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Unfortunately, I have never really liked Dylan Kuo as an actor. Nor do I think he was correctly typecast into a period drama. This much was exacerbated by the fact that he’s given loose-fitting hair to echo his modern-day hairstyles and that Huo Mengyao (who is absolutely gorgeous), was given a hack by the same hair and makeup management (dat Chinese caption just gives my own thoughts allllll away). 

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Now I’m all for creative licensing and artistic renderings of lesser-known dynasties (records not as historically full as the Ming/Qing era) and their respective hairstyles, dress, etc — but there is only so much I can take before I remove myself from a watch.

Not only was I completely bothered by the ineptitude of the dub-over (expected of all Mainland dramas/movies — some are better than others), but I could not seriously commit (even on a fantasy level) to the atrocious hairstyle Mulan had. Not to mention the fashion. Are you trying to convince me, that a general commonperson like Mulan/Mulan’s family is able to keep this clean/makeup intact/beautiful clothing and all? Bring me back my dirt and grit! Take away hair ribbons! I can understand beautification, but at this level? My inner not-so-historian screams for mercy (and re-evaluation — who exactly was the historical consultant?).

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Also, what is up with the intense amount of eyeliner going on? Mulan looks like she’s going on a fashion runway every morning with the amount of makeup she’s got caked on her skin. Again, fine with creative licensing, but really… historical fiction can only go so far. Not only is it unrealistic, but even from a filming point of view where makeup is basic expected minimal to maintain color issues: it’s really too much makeup when the final viewable result makes you squeamish.

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And there’s only so much wig I can take, before I completely lose focus on the actual plot.

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Which, speaking of…

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…is completely hard for me to swallow.

Now, I concede, the legends surrounding Mulan herself are very limited and scarce. There is hardly any information on her historically besides the legendary poem written some decades after her purported life. And so I don’t blame the writers of 花木兰传奇 in their attempt to write in a fuller background by penning Mulan as some genius skilled weaver/embroiderer (based on the first line of the historical poem — which speaks of her weaving at the loom).

But again, I can only accept a certain amount of historical fiction mumbo-jumbo before I jump ship (and take a few with me for good measure). Good fiction weaves together what information is given and offers an alternative space for the missing information as a neat bridge. But good fiction goes bad fast when it plays too long on something that really… probably didn’t exist in its day and age, all things considered.

I had skimmed through about 3 episodes of The Legend of Mulan at that point (all the while squirming and getting increasingly annoyed), and becoming increasingly frustrated that there was hardly any lead into her war adventures. And so when they introduced the “weaving/embroidery” competition where she somehow separates threads faster than others, cuts thread quicker than the rest and embroiders the best snarkfest in town (sorry, excuse the French), I guffawed out loud and began the ultimate shutdown towards the show. I was so very  much looking forward to her war adventures (so much plot material to work with!) and yet, found nothing but a very perfect, no-flaws Mulan who was the epitome of womanhood in her time and place. 

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I think this probably frustrated me most. 

Now while I understand that again, there is no information on Mulan’s pre-war behavior besides her weaving at the loom (which, by the way, most females were expected to do at that timeframe, anyhow), I was under the impression that Mulan wasn’t some 苗条淑女 either. In the poem, she is written about in the third person, and seems to be a very simplistic person, with no theatrics about her (although perhaps that is attributable to the author of the poem rather than the person herself).

So fine, let me concede: let’s say that Mulan was indeed some sort of elegant lady. But she definitely had an agricultural background as well that stemmed into her ability to work her way up the ranks. When she returns home from war, her little brother is said to run to the yard to slice up a pig/sheep or two for dinner (a la: 小弟闻姊来 磨刀霍霍向猪羊). Not to mention, Mulan is given an honor/court to the emperor himself to be honored for her hard work as a soldier for 12 years (and implied to be of high rank). Maybe she wasn’t a tomboy, but she definitely wasn’t some fancy elegant, “can’t touch dirt” kind of gal either. At least, she had incredible skill and nature enough to warrant rank-rising ability to be recognized by the leader of the land.

Which strikes me as odd, that the drama would portray her as some rich family girl-child. And really, I’m sad that this drama could make me stay away from a drama that even has Liu Dekai as a supporting actor (dreamy swoony male lead from Qiong Yao’s drama adaptation 一帘幽梦 - the 90’s version of course)!

And it really was disappointing, since I was so looking forward to the gorgeous war scenes (and Huo Mengyao looked spectacularly gorgeous in that armor - albeit incredibly feminine-looking and not realistic… ahh yes, don’t let rumor tell you otherwise, a female warrior can definitely tack on that eyeliner and lip gloss any day on the battlefield — but gorgeous nonetheless)

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All critique aside, I’m glad at least that an adaptation has come out (which also leads me to the adaptation I’m much more interested in) and has become another drama by which I can watch my favorite childhood heroine appear on screen all over again. 

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Too bad this one really let me down too fast in the early part. At least I have 巾帼大将军 for that though (Review coming up).

@3 months ago with 3 notes
#chinese #drama #mulan #legend #花木兰传奇 #dylan kuo #huo mengyao #cctv 

何曼婷 《明明说好不哭》

ManTing He, “Promised Not to Cry”

@2 months ago with 1 notes and 30 play
#chinese #pop #music #何曼婷 #明明说好不哭 #song 

邓紫棋《泡沫》

Ziqi Deng “Bubbles”

邓紫棋(G.E.M.) - 泡沫

阳光下的泡沫 是彩色的 就像被骗的我 是幸福的
追究什么对错 你的谎言 其余你还爱我
美丽的泡沫 虽然一下花火 你所有承诺 虽然都太脆弱
但爱上泡沫 如果能够看破 有什么难过

早该知道泡沫 一触就破 就像你伤的心 无声折磨
也不是谁的错 谎言再多 其余你还爱我
美丽的泡沫 虽然一下花火 你所有承诺 虽然都太脆弱
爱本是泡沫 如果能够看破 有什么难过

再美的花朵 盛开不就淍落 再养眼的星 一闪过就坠落
爱本是泡沫 如果能够看破 有什么难过
为什么难过 有什么难过 为什么难过

全都是泡沫 是一下的花火 你所有承诺 全部都太脆弱
而你的轮廓 怪我那又看破 才如此难过
相爱的把我 眼如何再搜索 相拥却寂寞 难道就不寂寞
爱能是泡沫 怪我那又看破 才如此难过

再一下的泡沫 一触就破 当初炽热的心 早以沉默
说什么你爱我 如果骗我 我宁愿你折磨

@2 months ago with 1 notes and 89 play
#邓紫棋 #deng ziqi #chinese #music #song #violin 

周迅 《爱恨恢恢》

Zhou, Xun “Love is Dusty”

@3 months ago with 2 note and 256 play
#Zhou xun #love #chinese #music #ballad 

杨千嬅 《圆缺》

Yang Qianhua “Waning [of the Moon]”

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愛你我不後悔 心痛我無所謂
There are no regrets in loving you, I’ve long accepted this heartbreak
就讓一切都隨風飄隨
Just let all of this flow away with the breeze
總有人注定要獨自傷悲
In the end, there are always those who are fated to live alone and in sorrow

愛是讓我憔悴 但我都無所謂
Love is what causes me to be fragile, but even so, I accept it
有你我的生命才完美
Having you lets me complete this life
我願意一生一世去跟隨
I am willing to spend a lifetime, a world’s time following you

夜再黑 也遮不住月亮它陰晴圓缺
No matter the darkness of the night, it can never hide the ever-changing phases of the moon
水再靜 我也看不見那湖面上是誰
No matter the stillness of the water, I will still not be able to see who is on the surface of the lake
風把淚 輕輕從我臉頰往你心裡吹
The wind has taken my tears, and lightly blown them from my face into your heart
我把誰 不知不覺 小心翼翼 往心裡推
Who is it, that I have unwittingly, carefully, placed inside my heart?

愛是讓我憔悴 但我都無所謂
Love is what causes me to be fragile, but even so, I accept it
有你我的生命才完美
Having you lets me complete this life
我願意一生一世去跟隨
I am willing to spend a lifetime, a world’s time following you

夜再黑 也遮不住月亮它陰晴圓缺
No matter the darkness of the night, it can never hide the ever-changing phases of the moon
水再靜 我也看不見那湖面上是誰
No matter the stillness of the water, I will still not be able to see who is on the surface of the lake
風把淚 輕輕從我臉頰往你心裡吹
The wind has taken my tears, and lightly blown them from my face into your heart
我把誰 不知不覺 小心翼翼 往心裡推
Who is it, that I have unwittingly, carefully, placed inside my heart?

夜再黑 也遮不住月亮它陰晴圓缺
No matter the darkness of the night, it can never hide the ever-changing phases of the moon
水再靜 我也看不見那湖面上是誰
No matter the stillness of the water, I will still not be able to see who is on the surface of the lake
風把淚 輕輕從我臉頰往你心裡吹
The wind has taken my tears, and lightly blown them from my face into your heart
我把誰 不知不覺 小心翼翼 往心裡推
Who is it, that I have unwittingly, carefully, placed inside my heart?

@3 months ago with 1 notes and 59 play
#chinese #song #ballad #yang qianhua #music #moon 

纪如璟《值得一辈子去爱》

Ji Rujing “[Someone] Worth Loving for a Lifetime”

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作詞:李小龍
作曲:小柯
編曲:小柯

我需要一個屬於自己寬敝的房間
What I need is a spacious room belonging just to me
裝滿陽光靜靜感受溫暖
Completely filled with bright sunlight, quietly embracing its warmth
委屈時淚水讓它一顆一顆掉下來
When aggrieved, I can let the tears fall one drop at a time
就算是過分也無需收歛
Even if it was unjust, there is no need to hold back the tears
我總是獨自打開天窗面對著藍天
Ever and again do I open the window, facing the blue sky by myself
看不懂逃避寂寞的表演
Can’t seem to understand the theatrics of running away from one’s loneliness
今夜我站在記憶已經模糊的海邊
Tonight, I stand in the already-blurry sea of memories in my mind
輕撫水面是你不變的臉
Caressing the surface of that sea is your never-changing face
誰是你值得一輩子去愛的女人
Who is the one woman worthy of your lifetime of love?
無論多久從不散去的溫存
This warmth that will never dissipate, no matter the length in time
誰是你值得一輩子去愛的女人
Who is the one woman worthy of your lifetime of love?
醒來身邊望著你的清晨
The one who will wake up next to you every dawn
誰是你值得一輩子去愛的女人
Who is the one woman worthy of your lifetime of love?
是你說過還是我天真
It was you who once told me that I was the most naive
誰是你值得一輩子去愛的女人
Who is the one woman worthy of your lifetime of love?
來世今生最想要回的人
The one in both this life and the next with whom you want to return

@3 months ago with 1 notes and 50 play
#love song #chinese #ballad #mandarin #music 

David Tao, “Blessings”

陶喆《祝福》

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My mom used to have a tape with an old Chinese singer crooning this, and my dad later bought a CD in the mid-2000s with a cover.

I destroyed the tape from rewinding constantly just to hear this song, and later on scratched my dad’s CD from dragging it along with me everywhere.

This song has always been the backdrop to the moody days I’d spend in childhood and has always held a soft spot in my heart.

David Tao always knows how to sing it with the perfect combination of soft and strength in his voice. Love this cover.

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(合音:朋友我永遠祝福你 朋友我永遠祝福你
   啊~~~~    朋友我永遠祝福你)

Chorus: Friend, I will always give you blessings, Oh friend, I will always give you blessings. Ahhh~ Friend, I will always give you blessings


不要問 不要說 一切盡在不言中
Do not ask, Do not say it, Not everything exists in the realm of words
這一刻 偎著燭光 讓我們靜靜的渡過
In this moment, aglow in candle light, let us quietly pass this time
莫揮手 莫回頭 當我唱起這首歌 怕只怕 淚水輕輕的滑落
Don’t wave your hand, Don’t turn back, when I sing this song, be scared if you must, tears will lightly flow away
願心中 永遠留著我的笑容 伴你走過每一個春夏秋冬
Just hope that in your heart, you will forever keep my smiling face, accompanying you through every season

幾許愁 幾許憂 人生難免苦與痛
A measure of sorrow, a measure of anxiety, it is unavoidable in life to have some form of harsh pain
失去過 才能真正懂得去珍惜和擁有
once having lost, does one truly understand how to cherish and to have
情難捨 人難留 今朝一別各西東 冷和熱 點點滴滴在心頭
love is hard to let go, people are hard to hold on to, today we separate and go our separate ways, cold and hot, trickling into our hearts
願心中永遠留著我的笑容 伴你走過每一個春夏秋冬
Just hope that in your heart, you will forever keep my smiling face, accompanying you through every season

傷離別 離別雖然在眼前 說再見 再見不會太遙遠
hurt leaves us, though parting is right in front of my eyes, to say goodbye, goodbyes won’t be too far away
若有緣 有緣就能期待明天 你和我重逢在燦爛的季節
If we are bound by fate, if we are fated then hope for tomorrow, you and I can reunite in a splendid season.

1 month ago
#陶喆 #david tao #chinese #music #live #song 

何曼婷 《明明说好不哭》

ManTing He, “Promised Not to Cry”

2 months ago
#chinese #pop #music #何曼婷 #明明说好不哭 #song 

《我愿意》 曾静雯

Jingwen Zeng’s cover of “I Am Willing” (original by 陶喆 David Tao)

2 months ago
#我愿意 #陶喆 #david tao #chinese #music #ballad #piano #曾静雯 

邓紫棋《泡沫》

Ziqi Deng “Bubbles”

邓紫棋(G.E.M.) - 泡沫

阳光下的泡沫 是彩色的 就像被骗的我 是幸福的
追究什么对错 你的谎言 其余你还爱我
美丽的泡沫 虽然一下花火 你所有承诺 虽然都太脆弱
但爱上泡沫 如果能够看破 有什么难过

早该知道泡沫 一触就破 就像你伤的心 无声折磨
也不是谁的错 谎言再多 其余你还爱我
美丽的泡沫 虽然一下花火 你所有承诺 虽然都太脆弱
爱本是泡沫 如果能够看破 有什么难过

再美的花朵 盛开不就淍落 再养眼的星 一闪过就坠落
爱本是泡沫 如果能够看破 有什么难过
为什么难过 有什么难过 为什么难过

全都是泡沫 是一下的花火 你所有承诺 全部都太脆弱
而你的轮廓 怪我那又看破 才如此难过
相爱的把我 眼如何再搜索 相拥却寂寞 难道就不寂寞
爱能是泡沫 怪我那又看破 才如此难过

再一下的泡沫 一触就破 当初炽热的心 早以沉默
说什么你爱我 如果骗我 我宁愿你折磨

2 months ago
#邓紫棋 #deng ziqi #chinese #music #song #violin 

江蕙 《落雨声》

Jiang, Hui: “The Sound of Falling Rain”

sung in Minnan dialect 闽南话

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作詞:方文山
作曲:周杰倫

落雨聲 哪親像一條歌
誰知影 阮越頭嘸敢聽
異鄉的我 一個人起畏寒 寂寞的雨聲 捶阮心肝

人孤單 像斷翅的鳥隻
飛袂行 咁講是阮的命
故鄉的山 永遠攏站置遐 阮的心晟只有講乎山來聽

來到故鄉的海岸 景色猶原攏總無變化
當初離開是為啥 你若問阮阮心肝就疼

你若欲友孝世大嘸免等好額 世間有阿母惜的囝仔尚好命
嘸通等成功欲來接阿母住 阿母啊 已經無置遐

人孤單 像斷翅的鳥隻
飛袂行 咁講是阮的命
故鄉的山 永遠攏站置遐 阮的心晟只有講乎山來聽

來到故鄉的海岸 景色猶原攏總無變化
當初離開是為啥 你若問阮阮心肝就疼

你若欲友孝世大嘸免等好額 世間有阿母惜的囝仔尚好命
出社會走闖塊甲人拼輸贏 為著啥 家己嘸知影
你若欲友孝世大嘸免等好額 世間有阿母惜的囝仔尚好命
嘸通等成功欲來接阿母住 阿母啊 已經無置遐 哭出聲 無人惜命

2 months ago
#江蕙 #chinese #ballad #song #falling rain #落雨声 #music 

周迅 《爱恨恢恢》

Zhou, Xun “Love is Dusty”

3 months ago
#Zhou xun #love #chinese #music #ballad 

七朵组合 《桂花香》

3 months ago
#chinese #ballad #music #song 

杨千嬅 《圆缺》

Yang Qianhua “Waning [of the Moon]”

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愛你我不後悔 心痛我無所謂
There are no regrets in loving you, I’ve long accepted this heartbreak
就讓一切都隨風飄隨
Just let all of this flow away with the breeze
總有人注定要獨自傷悲
In the end, there are always those who are fated to live alone and in sorrow

愛是讓我憔悴 但我都無所謂
Love is what causes me to be fragile, but even so, I accept it
有你我的生命才完美
Having you lets me complete this life
我願意一生一世去跟隨
I am willing to spend a lifetime, a world’s time following you

夜再黑 也遮不住月亮它陰晴圓缺
No matter the darkness of the night, it can never hide the ever-changing phases of the moon
水再靜 我也看不見那湖面上是誰
No matter the stillness of the water, I will still not be able to see who is on the surface of the lake
風把淚 輕輕從我臉頰往你心裡吹
The wind has taken my tears, and lightly blown them from my face into your heart
我把誰 不知不覺 小心翼翼 往心裡推
Who is it, that I have unwittingly, carefully, placed inside my heart?

愛是讓我憔悴 但我都無所謂
Love is what causes me to be fragile, but even so, I accept it
有你我的生命才完美
Having you lets me complete this life
我願意一生一世去跟隨
I am willing to spend a lifetime, a world’s time following you

夜再黑 也遮不住月亮它陰晴圓缺
No matter the darkness of the night, it can never hide the ever-changing phases of the moon
水再靜 我也看不見那湖面上是誰
No matter the stillness of the water, I will still not be able to see who is on the surface of the lake
風把淚 輕輕從我臉頰往你心裡吹
The wind has taken my tears, and lightly blown them from my face into your heart
我把誰 不知不覺 小心翼翼 往心裡推
Who is it, that I have unwittingly, carefully, placed inside my heart?

夜再黑 也遮不住月亮它陰晴圓缺
No matter the darkness of the night, it can never hide the ever-changing phases of the moon
水再靜 我也看不見那湖面上是誰
No matter the stillness of the water, I will still not be able to see who is on the surface of the lake
風把淚 輕輕從我臉頰往你心裡吹
The wind has taken my tears, and lightly blown them from my face into your heart
我把誰 不知不覺 小心翼翼 往心裡推
Who is it, that I have unwittingly, carefully, placed inside my heart?

3 months ago
#chinese #song #ballad #yang qianhua #music #moon 
The Legend of Hua Mulan: When a Drama is Written Badly

Before launching into my new interest in 《巾帼大将军》, the ZJTV (浙江电视台 - Zhejiang Broadcast Station) Summer 2013 offering to the Mulan legend, I think it means a little extra to talk about the other alternative that came out just before: CCTV’s own 2013 The Legend of Mulan 《花木兰传奇》.

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A friend highly recommended to me that I watch the Legend of Hua Mulan 《花木兰传奇》 starring Dylan Kuo and Huo Mengyao. Since I am already a biased fan of the folktale (and memorized its poem since childhood), it was a given that I’d check it out. 

But the sad fact of the matter is, that when a plot is badly written, I begin to grow increasingly frustrated — and ultimately start to nitpick on everything.

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Unfortunately, I have never really liked Dylan Kuo as an actor. Nor do I think he was correctly typecast into a period drama. This much was exacerbated by the fact that he’s given loose-fitting hair to echo his modern-day hairstyles and that Huo Mengyao (who is absolutely gorgeous), was given a hack by the same hair and makeup management (dat Chinese caption just gives my own thoughts allllll away). 

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Now I’m all for creative licensing and artistic renderings of lesser-known dynasties (records not as historically full as the Ming/Qing era) and their respective hairstyles, dress, etc — but there is only so much I can take before I remove myself from a watch.

Not only was I completely bothered by the ineptitude of the dub-over (expected of all Mainland dramas/movies — some are better than others), but I could not seriously commit (even on a fantasy level) to the atrocious hairstyle Mulan had. Not to mention the fashion. Are you trying to convince me, that a general commonperson like Mulan/Mulan’s family is able to keep this clean/makeup intact/beautiful clothing and all? Bring me back my dirt and grit! Take away hair ribbons! I can understand beautification, but at this level? My inner not-so-historian screams for mercy (and re-evaluation — who exactly was the historical consultant?).

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Also, what is up with the intense amount of eyeliner going on? Mulan looks like she’s going on a fashion runway every morning with the amount of makeup she’s got caked on her skin. Again, fine with creative licensing, but really… historical fiction can only go so far. Not only is it unrealistic, but even from a filming point of view where makeup is basic expected minimal to maintain color issues: it’s really too much makeup when the final viewable result makes you squeamish.

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And there’s only so much wig I can take, before I completely lose focus on the actual plot.

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Which, speaking of…

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…is completely hard for me to swallow.

Now, I concede, the legends surrounding Mulan herself are very limited and scarce. There is hardly any information on her historically besides the legendary poem written some decades after her purported life. And so I don’t blame the writers of 花木兰传奇 in their attempt to write in a fuller background by penning Mulan as some genius skilled weaver/embroiderer (based on the first line of the historical poem — which speaks of her weaving at the loom).

But again, I can only accept a certain amount of historical fiction mumbo-jumbo before I jump ship (and take a few with me for good measure). Good fiction weaves together what information is given and offers an alternative space for the missing information as a neat bridge. But good fiction goes bad fast when it plays too long on something that really… probably didn’t exist in its day and age, all things considered.

I had skimmed through about 3 episodes of The Legend of Mulan at that point (all the while squirming and getting increasingly annoyed), and becoming increasingly frustrated that there was hardly any lead into her war adventures. And so when they introduced the “weaving/embroidery” competition where she somehow separates threads faster than others, cuts thread quicker than the rest and embroiders the best snarkfest in town (sorry, excuse the French), I guffawed out loud and began the ultimate shutdown towards the show. I was so very  much looking forward to her war adventures (so much plot material to work with!) and yet, found nothing but a very perfect, no-flaws Mulan who was the epitome of womanhood in her time and place. 

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I think this probably frustrated me most. 

Now while I understand that again, there is no information on Mulan’s pre-war behavior besides her weaving at the loom (which, by the way, most females were expected to do at that timeframe, anyhow), I was under the impression that Mulan wasn’t some 苗条淑女 either. In the poem, she is written about in the third person, and seems to be a very simplistic person, with no theatrics about her (although perhaps that is attributable to the author of the poem rather than the person herself).

So fine, let me concede: let’s say that Mulan was indeed some sort of elegant lady. But she definitely had an agricultural background as well that stemmed into her ability to work her way up the ranks. When she returns home from war, her little brother is said to run to the yard to slice up a pig/sheep or two for dinner (a la: 小弟闻姊来 磨刀霍霍向猪羊). Not to mention, Mulan is given an honor/court to the emperor himself to be honored for her hard work as a soldier for 12 years (and implied to be of high rank). Maybe she wasn’t a tomboy, but she definitely wasn’t some fancy elegant, “can’t touch dirt” kind of gal either. At least, she had incredible skill and nature enough to warrant rank-rising ability to be recognized by the leader of the land.

Which strikes me as odd, that the drama would portray her as some rich family girl-child. And really, I’m sad that this drama could make me stay away from a drama that even has Liu Dekai as a supporting actor (dreamy swoony male lead from Qiong Yao’s drama adaptation 一帘幽梦 - the 90’s version of course)!

And it really was disappointing, since I was so looking forward to the gorgeous war scenes (and Huo Mengyao looked spectacularly gorgeous in that armor - albeit incredibly feminine-looking and not realistic… ahh yes, don’t let rumor tell you otherwise, a female warrior can definitely tack on that eyeliner and lip gloss any day on the battlefield — but gorgeous nonetheless)

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All critique aside, I’m glad at least that an adaptation has come out (which also leads me to the adaptation I’m much more interested in) and has become another drama by which I can watch my favorite childhood heroine appear on screen all over again. 

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Too bad this one really let me down too fast in the early part. At least I have 巾帼大将军 for that though (Review coming up).

3 months ago
#chinese #drama #mulan #legend #花木兰传奇 #dylan kuo #huo mengyao #cctv 

纪如璟《值得一辈子去爱》

Ji Rujing “[Someone] Worth Loving for a Lifetime”

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作詞:李小龍
作曲:小柯
編曲:小柯

我需要一個屬於自己寬敝的房間
What I need is a spacious room belonging just to me
裝滿陽光靜靜感受溫暖
Completely filled with bright sunlight, quietly embracing its warmth
委屈時淚水讓它一顆一顆掉下來
When aggrieved, I can let the tears fall one drop at a time
就算是過分也無需收歛
Even if it was unjust, there is no need to hold back the tears
我總是獨自打開天窗面對著藍天
Ever and again do I open the window, facing the blue sky by myself
看不懂逃避寂寞的表演
Can’t seem to understand the theatrics of running away from one’s loneliness
今夜我站在記憶已經模糊的海邊
Tonight, I stand in the already-blurry sea of memories in my mind
輕撫水面是你不變的臉
Caressing the surface of that sea is your never-changing face
誰是你值得一輩子去愛的女人
Who is the one woman worthy of your lifetime of love?
無論多久從不散去的溫存
This warmth that will never dissipate, no matter the length in time
誰是你值得一輩子去愛的女人
Who is the one woman worthy of your lifetime of love?
醒來身邊望著你的清晨
The one who will wake up next to you every dawn
誰是你值得一輩子去愛的女人
Who is the one woman worthy of your lifetime of love?
是你說過還是我天真
It was you who once told me that I was the most naive
誰是你值得一輩子去愛的女人
Who is the one woman worthy of your lifetime of love?
來世今生最想要回的人
The one in both this life and the next with whom you want to return

3 months ago
#love song #chinese #ballad #mandarin #music