But Feng Sheo Feng and Liu Yi Fei are basically unreal as Xiang Yu and Yu Ji. They just might be my favorite versions. Has anyone ever made a series about those two, btw? There are a bunch of Han-Chu contest for the empire series which obviously include them, but their love story is (understandably) secondary to politics and I want more angsty mush…
Here’s a masterlist of #140 actors of Chinese, Taiwanese, and Hong Kong descent. They’re all pretty popular where they’re from, so I can guarantee that each FC on here has tons of material to make resources from. (How accessible or HQ that material is, I’m not so sure.) Also included are each actor’s gender and nationality.
Note: Since the HTML on this list was too long, it looks like the links are broken, so this masterlist isn’t much use. However, you can check out the separate lists under my “mystuff” tag!
I personally dislike making fictional characters into playable ones, like Zhuo Cang. Surely there are more worthy people such as Ma Liang, Wang Ping or Wu Yi. Would you add any of these guys to DW?
I would add literally anyone before a fictional man like Zhou Cang or Guan Suo.
Just a few better options, in no particular order: Zhuge Zhan, Mi Fang, Jian Yong, Ma Liang, Ma Su, Dong Yun, Chen Zhi, Liu Feng, Li Yan, Yang Yi, Huo Jun, HuoYi, Luo Xian, Xiang Lang, Chen Dao, Ma Zhong, Wang Ping, Zhang Ni, Fei Yi, Deng Zhi, Zhang Yi, Liao Hua, virtually any women at all.
Shu had a number of very talented and accomplished ministers. And some who weren’t as talented but would really help to expand on the current characters.
Not only is Zhou Cang not accomplished (because he isn’t real) he’s often used to steal credit from Liao Hua. And he doesn’t expand on the existing cast in any meaningful way, since his whole role is to massage Guan Yu’s ego and he’s already got 4 children for that.
The way things are going, we’ll probably get Hu Jinding as well. Which…honestly might be better than Zhou Cang but still…
The Flying Guillotine (Xue di zi) (Ho Meng-Hua, 1975)
I was speaking with a friend today and he asked about what kung-fu movies I’d enjoyed recently. The Flying Guillotine, the most recent and best I’ve seen, immediately came to mind, and mentioned to him how much I liked it. Why, he asked. A perfectly reasonable questions, and a perfectly answerable one, and yet I had a hard time answering it. I was vague and stammering. The power of language seemed to evade me.
There are many distinct, tangible reasons to recommend The Flying Guillotine. For a kung-fu movie, it’s very narratively driven, and does so with a story and style that recalls not only classic westerns, but also to a certain degree of the man-on-the-run Hitchcock movies like North by Northwest. These influences are apparent in the narrative, about a warrior who escapes his job of emperor’s elite assassin to live a simple life as a farmer with a kind, resourceful woman he meets while on the run, yet is drawn back into the martial world by the paranoia and backhandness of his former associations. They’re also apparent stylistically, in the orchestral score and suspenseful chase sequences, as well as the ur-Hitchcockian sequence where the hero’s future wife hides the sounds of his nearby battle with his pursuers from an oncoming crowd by distracting them with a funny song. Here, the action cuts between the girl playing the crowd, and the hero, battling and ultimately slaughtering his opponents. It’s a strong, smartly composed sequence.
The Flying Guillotine has supreme exploitation value as well, as its titular weapon is exactly what it sounds like- a mechanical blade on a chain that, when thrown around an opponent’s head, slices his cranium off at the neck and delivers it back to the wielder’s hands in a collapsible basket. Decapitations occur frequently throughout the film, and they’re no less impressive each time we see one. The movie does itself a service by not overemphasizing the gore, despite the high level of violence, maintaining a non-gratuitious tone in line with the Western and Hitchcock influences.
I mumbled through these things briefly to my friend, without really explaining much to him, and without really getting at the heart of what I enjoyed about The Flying Guillotine, and why it makes sense that this was one of the more popular Shaw Brothers films in America. Some of that is the film’s focus- some of the Shaw movies, even the best ones, are all over the place, where this is deliberately plotted and laser focused on the narrative. Some of it is the tone, which falls somewhere between the hyper-serious (and brilliant) 8 Diagram Pole FIghter and the tawdrier (but also brilliant) Intimate Confessions of a Chinese Courtesan, instead calling to mind a violent but good-natured 70′s neo-Western, something like a more violent Pocket Money (with Lee Marvin and Paul Newman) or Rancho Deluxe (with Jeff Bridges and Sam Watterston).
Still, I think what I love about this film, and many Shaw Brothers movies, is something more ephemeral, something I don’t have a name for yet, but it’s a place where unbound imagination, market reality exploitation and passionate, engaged filmmaking converge, although I suppose such a place could simply be called Shaw Studios.
(thanks to dashshaw for actually getting me to think about how I felt about this movie, even if what I actually said at lunch today amounted to “it was cool”)
On the day of the Mr Six Beijing premiere, less than three hours before the red carpet began, Kris Wu Yi Fan was watching a show in one of the rooms of a hotel near Dongzhimen. The cameras were rolling, and Kris Wu just sat there silently for ten seconds, after which he suddenly let out “Uncle Li is very mad, the consequences will be severe!” (line from Feng Xiaogang’s <A World Without Thieves>) Ok, taking a look at Kris Wu’s face and then at Ge You (actor who played Uncle Li), we have nothing more to say. The next shot was the entertainment program director presenting a phrase. Kris Wu glanced at it and said with eyes full of confusion to the person beside him, “What does this mean, “In the name of the moon, I will punish you”.“ What? He doesn’t know of <Sailor Moon>? Gosh, Mr Wu, you must really not be from this world.
How my Chinese teacher and I spent an hour describing how beautiful Tom Hiddleston is!
So today I attended Chinese class and upon reading my teacher my homework of “Describe A Friend”, she spent the first 2 mins straight up laughing at the nature of the story of how I answered a fellow Hiddlestoner’s fangirl cry on Tumblr leading to us becoming friends and spamming each other full of Tom related stuff daily! (As you do lol).
Then, after she finished wiping the tears from her eyes and taking a bunch of pictures of my work (most likely to show her friends how crazy I am) she told me the last 4 characters of the last sentence, “Pin Mao Jun Qiao” actually means young pretty boys, like Japanese or Korean Popstars (and not even close to verging on sexy perfect charming Tom).
So as she tried to think of the perfect word to describe him, we managed to get through ALL the entire possibilities PLUS her taking the time to explain all of them to me with relevant examples, which took over an hour before we could come to a conclusion! THAT and probably because I had managed to show her every GODDAMN pic of Tom possible on the internet! (leading to myself giggling like a 5 yr old and her getting a stitch in her stomach).
Finally we went with, “Feng Liu Ti Tang” (an intelligent, charming man who isn’t afraid to think outside the box and because of his charming nature has probably dated/has a bunch of people constantly interested in him) - Rather fitting I would say ♡