If you haven’t seen Hero, first off, you should really put it on your “watch this” list. It’s such a well-done and visually stunning work of art. Its plot is based around a series of historical events that took place around the unification of China as a single nation. So… yeah, not quite the right country for this fandom, but it does have taiko drumming.
Super-abridged summary: there are gorgeous and highly metaphorical combat scenes, a single well-developed and realistic (if tragic) relationship in which the partners have major differences, and the story is told from three sides—each side having a specific color theme and style, with white being the ultimate truth. There’s minimal sex and violence, and nothing explicit in either case. I watched it when I was eight and had to skip only two scenes.
The movie is in fact on Netflix, so if you have a couple hours and good taste… well, you should see how you feel about it. I find that it works wonders for inspiration, even though the movie itself makes me cry every time.
Speaking of which, even if you don’t watch it, I’m putting this link on this blog because if you write or create—in general, but particularly for Hakuōki due to similar plot elements—this soundtrack is heavenly to work with. There are few things more inspiring to me personally than this particular music, especially if you’re dealing with heavier subjects. My absolute favorite isn’t on the official album release, unfortunately, but my next favorites (”Love in Distance” and “Gone with Leaves”) are.
One of my favorite classics. I love the composition of this song and the way it reminds me of scenes in the movie. I can picture so much. The bamboo forest, the running river, the calm desert, the romance, and the whistling wind. It’s absolutely beautiful :)
Love this man’s music. He combines the western classical tradition with Chinese classical music as well as folk traditions and things like pouring water and tearing paper. It’s so unlike anything else out there right now.
2. have you ever found a writer who thinks just like you? if so, who?
@shinewithalltheuntold is the other half of my brain. She’s the angst-ridden half and I’m the fluffy half. Other than that, we think very very similarly with writing. When I tell her an idea she gets it and makes it better.
@holdouttrout also just hangs out with me and talks fic in a wonderful way that’s amazing, so Fish gets a hug for being awesome.
8. what musical artists have you most felt connected to over your lifetime?
Vivaldi, because his music has some musical chaos and a lot of precision. Presto from Summer is my favorite when I have to do something difficult. Sara Barailles, as Uncharted is just…my life in song form. Smetana has this piece, Ma Vlast around there’s a bit around 5 minutes in that I just love. Tan Dun, especially the Hero soundtrack, is another thing I listen to when I’m lost, because it makes me feel grounded.
To celebrate the arrival of the Tiffany Diamond, the most famous yellow diamond on earth, in Beijing, Tiffany presented a spectacular exhibition and an original music piece by world-renowned composer Tan Dun.