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This Is Not What I Expected – Movie Review

This Is Not What I Expected – Movie Review

I have just seen this Chinese film and I have to admit of thoroughly enjoying it.  The story itself is sweet and undemanding with really likeable leads.

It is about an exacting and rather dour CEO called Lu Jin (played by the gorgeous Takeshi Kaneshiro of the House of the Flying Daggers) who was on a mission to take over an ailing hotel.

Lu Jin was a foodie and while on a hotel reconnoitring mission, he met a sous chef, Gu Sheng Nan (Zhou Dongyu).  He took a liking to her cooking but not to her.  During their first few meetings, they tend to fight or have a misunderstanding.

But he liked her food, so much so that he practically moved in into her untidy and cluttered bijou apartment to eat her cooking and sleep as for some reason he can’t get a good kip (sleep) at the hotel room. He even liked her ageing dog.

They were beginning to get on  really well until Lu Jin suddenly disappeared.  Gu Sheng Nan went looking for him and found out that his personal chef is now back from her little holiday and therefore, Sheng Nan is a bit redundant.

She was really upset but in the end Lu Jin came back looking for her.  He doesn’t want her as a chef but to be someone special.

Their courtship, though not long enough was so sweet and romantic.  The ending is satisfying.

For some reason, this film reminds me of that 80s Hollywood blockbustre starring Julia Roberts and Richard Geer – Pretty Woman.

They have a real chemistry despite the rather large age gap between the actors.  Kanishiro is 44 years old while Dong yu is 25.

Special note:  This film provides you the perfect way to cook ramen (noodles in packet) 🙂

 

Once Upon A Time – Chinese Film

Yang yang & Liu Yifei

Once Upon A Time – Chinese Film

I have just finished watching this film.  It is a Chinese movie which made used a lot of CGI, comparable to any Hollywood blockbustre.  Imaginative and colourful.

It is a beautiful fantasy romance film, made more marvelous by the presence of the super gorgeous Yang yang.  He made such a fantastic looking crown prince Black Dragon.

The story is about… what was the story again.  The film is so fast paced and the English subtitles are so minute and sometimes transparent plus the fact the there are so many beautiful things to look at, that most of the times I have lost track of the story.

Thank goodness there are flashbacks of some sort.

Warning!!! Please do not read anymore if you are not after spoilers and precis of the story!

Anyway if I get this correctly some 90,000 years ago, Bai Qian (Liu Yifei) was a goddess and a disciple of a great warrior god, Mo Yuan (Yang yang).  Mo Yuan’ was able to defeat and seal in the demon lord , but by doing so he lost his soul and life.  Bai Qian encased his body in a block of ice to prevent it from decaying as she believes that he will come to live once again.

After so many thousands of years Bai Qian had to reseal the tomb of the demon lord.  This task meant that she has to undergo some training 🙂 to become a high goddess.  The training involved going to the lower region and becoming a mortal and face several trials.

As a mortal, she became Su Su (Liu Yifei) who lived alone in the mountainside.  One day she came upon a young man who had fainted from tiredness.

He was no ordinary man, he was Ye Hua, the crown prince black dragon, who had been fighting for 7 days non-stop and had collapsed from extreme fatigue..  Su su nursed him into good health.  The grateful Ye Hua asked Su Su what she wanted as a reward.  Su su, unaware that Ye Hua was a prince, innocently blurted out that she wanted him to marry her. After a few heartbeats, the gorgeous Ye Hua agreed.

After some romantic interludes, Su su got pregnant and also found out that Ye Hua was the crown prince and an immortal.

When Su su got into the upper realm and meet all the other deities, she also met a goddess who was the intended/betrothed to Ye Hua.  This resulted in jealousy, plotting and misunderstanding.

It was against the deities’ law for one of them to marry a mortal.  Ye Hua’s ex(goddess) plotted to separate Ye Hua and Susu by all means.  She lied and blamed Su su when she intentional fell but rescued by Ye Hua.  As a punishment from trying to hurt a goddess, Su su eyes were plucked out which Ye Hua as a crown prince, agreed to. But the spiteful goddess was not finished, she led the blind Su su, who was holding on to her new baby into the ninth platform.  She then told Su su that she was useless and Ye Hua wanted to be rid of her.  At the last minute, Ye Hua appeared and hug the sad and desperate Su su.  She held her baby to Ye hua and said to call him A Li, meaning parting and then she jumped to her ‘death’,

As she was falling into her death Su su, turned into a nine-tail fox.

She comes back as immortal again but not as Bai Qian but as Si Yin (Liu Yifei) who has no memories of the past as a mortal.  She drank from the magic fountain of lost memories :).

One day, 300 years later, at the heavenly realm, she went blindfolded to a deities gathering. She met a naughty little boy who stole her metallic fan aka weapon.  She run after the boy but the father turned up.  They had a brief ninja/sword fight.  It ended when her blindfold was removed.  The boy called her ‘mom’ and the man was Ye Hua who called her Su su, his wife.  Si Yin was completely dumbfounded.  She doesn’t know them.  She doesn’t have a family.

But everywhere she turned and went , Ye Hua and A Li were there.  They both came to live with her.  To cut the story short, they decided to get married.  But before they married, the ex was into mischief again.  She told Si Yin that as Su Su, being a mortal was nothing to Ye Hua.  He was now marrying her again because she has now some use being a goddess as well.

During the wedding ceremony Si Yin walked out.

She learnt that Su su soul/memory was in suspended vessel.  She asked Ye Hua for the vessel.  After so much angst and contemplation, she was given the vessel and she got her memory.  She remembered how Ye Hua saved his ex as she plunges from the ninth platform, she remembers how the crown prince allowed her eyes to be plucked out.  She remembers how the prince was always absent from her side.  She remember that she plunged alone.

She was very sad for Su Su and for herself.  She left the heavenly palace and the prince in despair.

But Ye Hua followed her and stayed watching her as she wallowed in self pity.

But sadly Ye Hua had to leave as the demon lord had been resurrected.

Si Yin’s  lady’s maid came to find her.  She told her that her memory was one sided.  Being a mortal Su su, she did not have any right against the deities.  When she was blamed by the ex, the crown prince did not have any choice but to grant the punishment of plucking her eyes, she then remembered that the prince whispered to her that he will be her eyes from then on.  He save the ex as she was a goddess and she can really make it difficult for Su su if she is not pacified.  And when she jumped from the ninth platform the prince did try to save her but he did not have much energy as he had been blasted by thunder and lighting, which zapped his strength as punishment for marrying a mortal.

The end was that Ye Hua defeated the demon lord and he had to seal in ice.  It also sealed him in a watery frozen grave much to the distress of Si Yin.

Many years later, when the ten miles peach blossoms bloomed once again, the ice case of Yo Muan started to break.

Next scene there amongst the blowing peach blossoms, Yo Muan/Ye Hua extended his hand and said “Sin Yin, come here!”

Awww

 

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