like what do these people think that you can go to Shanghai and there’s no malls or ads or anything commercial and instead everyone is dressed like a wuxia movie and no one watches television they just have traditional dancing performances every day
When I was in high school I was obsessed with French and British culture. Like it was everything to me. I was consuming loads of European period dramas and reading classic French and English literature. I was certain that this “romance” will last forever.
I was pretty much skeptical about Bollywood, rarely watched Chinese wuxia movies and when I heard people talking about kpop I was going “srsly?”. I knew that all these countries have very reach and ancient cultures that I always respected. However, I felt no spiritual connection and wasn’t really interested in them. What a fool.
Everything changed when Indian culture and Bollywood came to my life, like everything came to the right place. It kinda erased all prejudices and stereotypes that I had, made me more accepting and curious about other cultures. I learned so many fascinating things about Indian culture. History, traditions, music, costumes and etc. this experience can’t be compared with anything. Because every single time when you “discover” a country, it feels like your life becomes brighter and worlds seems bigger.
India paved the way for my current Chinese and Korean obsession. It cause the effect that whenever my parents see on tv something about India/China/Korea they call me. Or my acquaintances tell me that I/C/K mentions make them think about me.
Now I can’t imagine my life without being exited about Indian, Chinese and Korean cultures. Also, I’m looking forward to get obsessed and learn more about another countries and their rich cultures.
Maybe I’m not that into India and Bollywood now as I used to be but for sure it holds a special place in my heart bc this was the turning point in my life when I escaped western centered mindset and opened my life to the whole new life.
And I can’t feel more comfortable right now with my own variety of interests.
P.S. I still love British and French culture and esp literature, I just don’t act like these are the only things in the world lol
What are some of your favorite shows aside form Tokyo Mew Mew?
For anime, I like all sorts of stuff such as Digimon, Rurouni Kenshin, & Fushigi Yuugi, just to name a few. For stuff outside of anime, I mainly like superhero and sci-fi stuff. I also like Kaiju, Wuxia & cheesy horror movies.
As a wuxia fan (mainly movies, my series knowledge is low) I’m fascinated by how people unfamiliar with wuxia are interpreting The Widow and the “villains” in general.
The Widow isn’t supposed to be a villain. She’s not the heroine either. If you identify with her because she’s awesome, the narrative wants you to identify with her. If you’re a little scared of her because you realize her particular brand of post-apocalyptic feminism has a deeply self-serving strain and she wouldn’t hesitate a second to kill any woman who challenged her, the narrative wants you to be scared of her too.
To draw a wuxia parallel, if you haven’t seen the movie Hero, I have to spoil it for you now. Jet Li’s character spends much of Hero trying to kill the emperor. The emperor is a ruthless tyrant who’s devastated entire cultures, but Jet Li decides not to kill him at the end in order to accomplish the greater purpose of unifying China, fully conscious that his refusal to kill a bad person means his own death. Many wuxia narratives have no villains at all. This isn’t moral relativism, this isn’t a “Game of Thrones” ripoff (hahahaha) it’s just the different way conflicts are set up.
Ultimately, Quinn isn’t the villain either. He’s a deeply evil and disgusting person, but he also represents stability and order. I do think we’re going to see him get his just deserts, either this season or the next—but he’s not the “Big Bad” in the sense of a typical US season action show arc. The overarching conflict of Into the Badlands isn’t Baron versus Baron, it’s involvement versus detachment. Sunny and Veil long passionately for escape, for detachment in a Buddhist sense, but they’re constantly becoming involved in earthly power struggles, much against their will.
I don’t think Into the Badlands is going to have a bummer of an ending like Hero, though. Gough and Millar must have an eye to what US audiences need and want from this kind of narrative. Since this is such a hybrid concept of a show, I have no idea how it’s going to end. Perhaps Sunny gets to the verge of killing Quinn, but pulls back in order to accomplish some other goal. People will die, but I can’t predict who.
I wish I had seen this before “The Twin Swords”, but I didn’t know at the time that this was the first in the series. I realize now that in my review of “The Twin Swords”, I erroneously stated that Wang Yu and Chin Ping eloped making the Jin Family angry with them. After watching this, I now know they were already married and the family was angry at them for leaving The Jin Castle at all. There is an ancient family rule that Jins can not leave the castle so that their secrets are never discovered. Of course, there is a caveat, you can leave but only after fighting all of the family members, one at a time on your way out. There’s a lot more to the plot than that, but it is how the two movies are tied together. The twists and turns are easy to follow as well as suspenseful. I really liked this and Wang Yu is clearly the star, even more so than in “The Twin Swords”. His eagerness to be a really good actor is apparent. It’s a well-done wuxia movie that will remain timeless. Just as a side note for Chang Cheh fans out there, he was credited with “Planning”.