war Tag Archives

The warrior’s intention should be simply to grasp his sword and to die!

Warriors should suffer their pain silently Erin Hunter, Into the Wild oh! … background Hua Mulan was a legendary woman warrior from the Southern and Northern Dynasties period (420–589) of Chinese history and was originally described in a ballad known as the Ballad of Mulan. In the ballad, Hua Mulan takes her aged father’s place in the army. She was a beautiful woman who was very strong and was known for practising martial arts such …

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 …

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 …

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 …

oh! … the genre

For the purposes of my blog, I use the following genre descriptors to choose the genre and/or subgenre of the films and dramas I review. Action Typically includes a protagonist that will be involved in dangerous situations, like explosions, fight scenes, daring escapes. Typically Hong Kong action drama and film revolves around stylised sequences and dramatic themes like a brotherhood, duty, honour, redemption and violence.  …