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To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own …

My squad is my family, my gun is my provider, and protector, and my rule is to kill or be killed. Ishmael Beah, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier oh! … background Masashi Sada a Japanese singer, lyricist, composer, novelist, actor and film producer, wrote a song titled “Kaze ni Tatsu raion” that became popularised in 1987. The song was inspired by …

Strike the head and the body will fall.

the warlords jet li andy lau takeshi kaneshiro

In a sea of human beings, it is difficult, at times even impossible, to see the human as being Aysha Taryam oh! … brief A horrific battle between loyalists and rebels during the Taiping Rebellion (China 1860’s) has one sole survivor, General Qingyun. Wandering the barren land, as a man who has lost face after losing all his men in battle, he stops in a …

The love we cannot have is the one that lasts the longest, hurts the deepest and feels the strongest.

a frozen flower ssanghwajeom jo in-sung ju jin-mo song ji-hyo

We were hooked when we woke. We had arms for each other. But I yearned to resume, My dreams of another Roman Payne oh! … flashback A Frozen Flower is a historical film set during the Goryeo Dynasty  and is based on the reign of Gongmin of Goryeo (1330–1374), but does not adhere strictly to historical fact. King Gongmin was the second son of King Chungsuk. He …

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 …

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 …

The patriot and the white elephant war

suriyothai

 The ultimate test of man’s conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations who words of thanks will not be heard. Gaylord Nelson oh! … flashback A number of years ago, I watched this masterpiece directed by Chatrichalerm Yukol. The film portrayed the life (mostly invented rather than factual) of a historical figure in Thailand’s history – Queen Suriyothai. Before I get …