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What a cruel and selfish thing is war.

battle of changsha wallace huo kong sheng

We shall not lightly talk about sacrifice until we are driven to the last extreme which makes sacrifice inevitable. Chiang Kai-Shek, 1939   oh! … flashback In 1944, nearing the end of the Second Sino-Japanese War, Japanese troops invaded the Chinese province of Hunan. Their plan was to establish land and rail corridors for Japanese occupied territories of Manchuria, Northern and Central China, Korea and …

Danger follows in his wake ….

love me if you dare close your eyes stay close to me wallace huo

He had to learn how not to let his eyes be bewildered by manifestations, and thereby learn to treat appearances as signs and codes of the interior Ben Okri, Dangerous Love oh! … brief In the aftermath of a near-death kidnapping encounter with a dangerous serial killer, criminal psychologist Bo Jin Yan returns to homeland China to recuperate.  During his recovery, he employs the services …

If the old never let go, when will the young ever get a chance?

The Grandmaster Wong Kar-wei Toney Leung Zhang Ziyi Ip Man

It is difficult for a student to pick a good teacher, but, it is more difficult for a teacher to pick a good student. Grandmaster Ip Man oh! … flashback For those who don’t know, and I’ll be very surprised if you don’t, Ip Man, also known as Yip Man, was a world renowned martial artist, teacher and grandmaster of Wing Chun. Bruce Lee, a …

This is not some silly game, this is life and death, angels and demons.

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Never trust a demon. He has a hundred motives for anything he does … Ninety-nine of them, at least, are malevolent Neil Gaiman, The Sandman Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes oh! … brief An army general (Wang Sheng) rescues a woman (Xiaowei) during an attack on a Xiaongnu camp and returns homes with her. His loving wife (Peirong) welcomes Xiaowei into her home but later …

Sometimes when things fall apart, they may actually, be falling into place!

starry starry night tom lin

The true way to soften one’s troubles is to solace those of others Madame de Maintenon oh! … brief This film is about the loss of innocence and childhood. Hsieh Xin-Mei is a lonely and deeply sad 13-year old girl whose only escape from the bitter reality of feeling being supplanted in the city after having spent years with her grandparents in a mountain village, …

In a single blinding moment I recognized the fragility of not just life, but the human experience itself…

flowers of war zhang yimou

War is where the young & stupid are tricked by the old & bitter into killing each other Niko Bellic oh! … flashback In 1937, Japan invaded China which marked the beginning of the Second Sino-Japanese War (a military conflict fought primarily between the Republic of China and the Empire of Japan from 1937 to 1945). China fought Japan, with some economic help from Germany, the Soviet Union and the United States. After the Japanese …