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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

 

Southeast Asian Choice Films

Southeast Asian Choice Films

Bokura no Gohan wa Ashita de Matteru (Our Meal for Tomorrow)

I have just seen this Japanese film and I have to say, it was pretty good. I love it. It is a love story between a rather melancholic young man and a feisty, confident young woman.

The girl or woman, Koharu, turned a loner into a more confident guy.  Koharu discouraged maudlin thoughts and talks over sad isubject, thereby ignoring it!

Back story was that Ryota’s young brother died of prolonged illness due to cancer and he felt a bit guilty thinking that it was rather a relief in the end.

There were some really cute, sweet moments between these two that you really wanted them to have a happy ending.  They talked about having a large family of two boys and a girl.

But this is a Japanese film, where it will wring your emotion like a soggy sponge. 🙂

They were engagingly loved up but  then one day the Koharu said they had to break up.  She was resolute.

Ryota (the guy) did not have a choice but to accept the break-up.  After three weeks, he found himself another girlfriend, who was slightly obsessing with his previous relationship with the Koharu.  As much as Ryota wanted to forget Koharu, he thought of her all the time and compared current girlfriend with her.

He broke up with current girl-friend and went back to Koharu, who still would not take him back.  But found out that Koharu was ill and her ovaries had to be taken out due to cancerous cells.  This was the reason Koharu broke up with Ryota.  She can’t have children with him.

Anyway the effigy of Colonel Saunders of KFC helped them to have a more lasting relationship.  Ryota loved Koharu that he married her anyway!  Ahhhh


Suddenly Seventeen

This is an engaging Chinese film. It is about a couple who have been together for ten years.  Liang Xia is now 28 years old and really wanted to get married with her boyfriend who she had been living with for 5 years.

But her boyfriend, Mao Liang, is so focused with his job and seemed to be cooling off from their relationship.

Heartbroken, Liang Xia wandered the street. She met a mysterious man who gave her a box of chocolate.  Upon eating one, she suddenly turned into her old 17 years old self.  Someone who was feisty, confident, artistic and carefree.  It was a new life for old life.

The chocolate has at least six hours effect and then she goes back to normal.

As she started eating more of the magic chocolate, she started to change, more confident and she also fell in love with a young boy.

This turn of event puzzled her old boyfriend.  She is no longer the clingy rather neurotic girl.

When all the chocolate had gone her transformation was complete, she is now a confident independent woman, who does not rely or expect marriage from the boyfriend, who she broke up with.

The movie ends with her gorgeous ex boyfriend running around town buck naked to get her attention.  Ahhhhh


Missing (2016)

Missing is a South Korean film starring Gong Hyo Jin as a Chinese Korean nanny hired by a workaholic divorcee to look after her 12 month old baby daughter.  The mother is so busy with her job that she hardly spend any time with her baby or at home and to top it all, she was also in a custody battle with her doctor ex-husband.

One day she came home after another busy day at work only to find the nanny and her baby gone.  She search everywhere and found out her nanny has a very mysterious past.

This film is not at all predictable though it does have some similarities to Hollywood’s blockbustre ‘The Hand the Rock The Cradle”.  Gong Hyo Jin’s character is more complex.  You feel sympathy for her.  You wanted to forgive her because she had such a sad life.  She was a bride brought from China by an abusive husband and an intolerant mother-in-law.  She managed to get away from the family but she was already pregnant.  She had to rely on the kindness of strangers but even that is not enough as the baby got seriously ill.

This drama not only tackle prostitution, it also deals with the underworld selling of human organs.

Totally recommend this film.


Train to Busan

This film is a Gong Yoo starrer.  It is a very watchable movie with lots of actions.

If you like zombie, this is the film.  Edge of seat scenes are aplenty.

Gong Yoo was very athletic in this film.  Lots of running round, lots of fighting against humans and the rabid zombies.  There are also scenes which show why humans are their own worst enemy.

This film was a box-office success and this says it all.

There have been rumours that a sequel is going to be made.  I hope Gong Yoo would reprise his role but, without giving too much away, I don’t really know how?!!!

Anyway this film is a standalone and will be enjoyed by anyone over the age of 12.


Clover

Clover is a Japanese movie starring Emi Takei who plays an inexperienced hotel employee working under an elite boss played by Tadayoshi Okura, who was rather exacting and strict.

After another mistake committed by Saya (Takei) she was asked to see her boss, Susumo Tsuge, outside.  Saya begged her boss to not beat around the bush with his castigation as she is a simple stupid girl.

The boss looked at her and said “I would like you to go out with me”

This was totally unexpected that Saya wanted confirmation what was just said.  And here is where the rather sedate romance begins.

This is a Japanese film so it is not a straight forward sweet romance.  Both leads were put through the ringers after all William Shakespeare did put it “The course of true love never did run smooth.”  LOL

There was a lot of misunderstanding.  But there is a happy ending.

As background, Saya when just 14 years old eloped with a boyfriend who was about to emigrate to the US with his parents.  The young couple was found in a field of clover trying to look for the lucky four-leaf clover.  Unfortunately they were found by their family before the can find the four-leaf.

Apparently the one who found the lucky clover has to be the one to make the wish for it to come true.

Near the end of the film, Saya found a clover in a bunch of flowers.  She lost the clover, which went under a table.  She searched only to find that Susumu Tsuge (boss/boyfriend) has found it.

And they got married and lived happily ever after.  🙂


Kimi Ni Todoke (Reaching you/From Me To You)

This Japanese film starring Mikako Tabe and Haruma Miura is a beautiful drama based on a manga.

Mikako plays the character, Sawako Kuronuma, who with her long black hair, is feared by everyone, young and old.  They thought that she looked so much as the scary girl Sadako in The Ring.  Rumours were abound that she brings bad luck, thus she was turned into a lonesome  girl.

But Sawako is a pure, innocent and kind girl who believes in doing good things each day.

One day she noticed a boy who was looking lost.  Though she was shy, she told the boy where the school was.

The boy is Shota Kazehaya, played by Miura.  He was a very good-looking boy and quite gregarious.  He immediately noticed how lonely Kuronuma was and how industrious she was.  He made it his mission to include her into his ‘world’ more.

Eventually Sawako did develop friendships but it was a long road.

It was a lovely film, funny at times especially when the actress was made to look like Sadaka of the Ring.

Totally recommend as a feel good film.


One Week Friends

Just finished watching this Japanese movie, which stars the super kawaii Yamazaki Kento and Kawaguchi Haruna. It is a youth romance.

Haruna plays Kaori, a girl so traumatised with previous events in her life that she developed a dissociative amnesia, where she has to restart her memory every Monday.  Thus it was hard to make friends and in the end she gave up and people around her as well.

Kento plays Yuki, a rather innocent boy who is rather obsessed in drawing and manga.

Their first meeting was rather eventful.  Yuki found Kaori’s ID/library card in the library.  He thought she was pretty and in the process of smelling the card rather like a perv when Kaori found him.

It was the start of 2nd year when they found themselves being in the same class.  Yuki tried to make friends with Kaori but she would just decline.

But Yuki is persistent and had the brilliant idea of presenting her with a couple’s diary so she has a reference of who he was and what they had done over the weeks.  This helped a great deal and eventually they did become friends.

But before their friendship really deepens, Kaori’s past started to catch up.  The boy, Hajime, she liked during middle school transferred to her school and into her class.  He was the source of her trauma.  Their backstory was that Hajime was a popular boy and all the girls loved him. They found out Hajime was into Kaori and they started to shun her.  She was ignored and being talked about at the same time.

She was meeting Hajime one night when a group of girls prevented her.  Kaori run into a car and woke up with amnesia.

Kaori and Hajime did reunite but she has flashes of her friendship with Yuki.  In the end she chooses to be friends with him.

It was a lovely movie, it has a lot of heart.  Kento is adorable as Yuki and Haruna looks beautifully lost, sad and alone as Kaori.  Highly recommend.


My Love Story!! (Ore Monogatari!!)

This is a Japanese film.  It is some sort of ‘beauty and the beast’ love story.

It is just the cutest, sweetest and unexpected story.  A kawaii girl fell in love with boy who could double for Shrek.  Actually he is much handsomer than Shrek.

He is Takeo, he has thick eyebrows, massive physique and extremely helpful.

He has a best-friend, Suna, who is gorgeous and popular with girls.

During high school graduation, Takeo resolved to confess his love to a girl but found her confessing to Suna.  Takeo was heartbroken.

When Takeo and Suna were in college, they saw a girl being harassed by a boy.  Takeo intervened. The girl was Rinko, a cute girl.

Rinko instantly fell in love him and he with her.  But there was a misunderstanding.  Because all the girls always go for Suna, he thought Rinko liked Suna rather than him.  And Rinko got upset because Takeo pushes her towards Suna all the time.

It took Suna to finally get the two together.  It is such a lovely, kilig, cute story


 Three Lives Three Worlds, Ten Miles of Peach Blossoms, ONCE UPON A TIME

A truly visually wonderful Chinese drama.  Click for review here.


77 Heartbreaks

A romantic drama from Hong Kong starring Charlene Choi as Eve and Pakho Chau as Adam.  Please click here for the review!

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