Legend of the Fist : The Return of Chen Zhen (2010 film)
Legend of the Fist : The Return of Chen Zhen is a 2010 Hong Kong martial arts action film directed by Andrew Lau. The film is a continuation of the 1995 television series Fist of Fury, with Donnie Yen reprising his role as Chen Zhen, a role made famous by Bruce Lee in the 1972 film Fist of Fury. Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen is set during the Second Sino-Japanese War in Japanese-occupied Shanghai, seven years after the events of the series.
翡翠明珠 / The Jade and the Pearl (2010 film)
The Jade and the Pearl is a 2010 Hong Kong film co-produced by Shaw Brothers Studio, Television Broadcasts Limited and Emperor Motion Pictures. It stars Hong Kong rising stars - Joey Yung, Raymond Lam, Charlene Choi & Wong Cho-lam (left to right from poster-picture)
Faster is an upcoming American action thriller drama film, directed by George Tillman, Jr. and written by brothers Tony Gayton and Joe Gayton.
It stars Dwayne Johnson (The Rock!), Billy Bob Thornton, Carla Gugino, Moon Bloodgood, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, and Maggie Grace
Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame
Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame, is an upcoming epic mystery film that is a fictional account of Di Renjie, one of the most celebrated officials of the Tang Dynasty.
A co-production between China and Hong Kong, the film was directed by Tsui Hark from a screenplay written by Chen Kuofu.
The film is an adaptation of the book, Detective Dee and the Mystery of the Phantom Flame, authored by Lin Qianyu.
The film stars Andy Lau as the lead role, and features art direction and fight choreography by Sammo Hung.
The film's supporting cast includes Carina Lau, Li Bingbing, Deng Chao and Tony Leung Ka-fai.
Also known as The New Shaolin Temple is an upcoming 2010 Hong Kong martial arts action film.
It is to be an updated version of Jet Li's movie debut, The Shaolin Temple.
Filming started in October 2009 with a jubilant ceremony held inside the Shaolin Temple.
News first spread of the project when the films co-star Jackie Chan announced on his official website that he was involved with the project but wasn't able to talk about it due to contract restrictions.
Jackie Chan and his crew built their own "Shaolin Temple" in Zhejiang Province that cost 10 million yuan (US$1.47 million) to avoid damaging the actual temple.
The cast members shaved their heads bald for filming, whereas Chan, who wore a hat, shaved around his head where his hair was sticking out.
Well, in fact, my mid-autumn festival ever since don't know how many centuries ago already turned out like this.
This year's especially suck, besides having no mooncake, no moon-watching, no lanterns, no candles to play with, shits happened.
Has got nothing to do with academic, love & money.
So readers should have gotten it, right?
The hint is clear..
Teenager like me and you probably, won't have much things to worry about, no jobs, no economic crisis, no unemployment etc.
Only School, Family, Relationships & Money.
Yes... though it has got nothing to do with me (actually it does),
I'm still gonna care a little bit.
But I have no rights, no say, no nothing.
So am just gonna dwell over it & affect my mood.
Back to term 4 week 2.
New timetable and I think I love it a lot.
Morning runs (as in really jogging) on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
Leading a healthy lifestyle is very important for us teenagers, especially when we have to spend hours sitting down to revise our work. Exercising helps us to think clearer. So I find it meaningful, though I don't appreciate it at all. (I find it difficult to run now and I don't know why)
Social studies is really tough for me -.-
Having English as my second language, I find it rather hard in Inference Question..
I think it's mainly because my inference skills sucks.
& I have no chapters which I'm comfortable with -.-
Miss Foong's teaching method really differs from my learning style (though I'm suppose to be adaptable)
Sciences are cool, I love my physics class (it's Band 3)
As I really suck in sciences, now that I'm in a smaller class, I can get more attention ^^
PS : I would have failed PSLE Science if it's not because of those general knowledge.
Chemistry's remedial class is better than during normal lessons... :O
Mathematics is okay...
Besides being slower in terms of solving speed, I think I'm okay with this subject.
I hate every question that has got something to do with shapes anyway. :@
Geography is the subject I love most, prior to Mother Tongue Chinese which is already over.
I love nature and I find this subject rather comfortable to deal with, though my results flashed in red every time. -.-"
Now that there's an online assignment weekly for us to do, I find it even cooler.
Typing the answers out is awesome, cos I will never get 'please write legibly' anymore
F&N.. okay, forget about it.
For English, yes, needless to say, I'm in the intensive remedial class.
Hopefully I can get at least a C6 for O's :
Besides worrying that I may ended up in ITE (most probably) I'll still give my best shot, putting in my 90% for this remaining 30 days.
If I really made it to Poly, I'll most probably be in Republic.
Not bad also right... see how, lah.
Take note that I said see 'how' not 'fate', cos only I can decide my own fate. ^^
Ending my rantings here and hereby wishing you all a Happy Mooncake Festival!
Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋节), or Moon Festival, and also commonly known by people nowadays as Mooncake Festival is a popular harvest festival celebrated by Chinese and Vietnamese people, dating back over 3,000 years to moon worship in China's Shang Dynasty (618-907).
It is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar, which is usually around late September or early October in the Gregorian calendar. It is a date that parallels the autumnal equinox of the solar calendar, when the moon is supposedly at its fullest and roundest. The traditional food of this festival is the mooncake, of which there are many different varieties.
Mooncakes are traditionally eaten during Mid-Autumn Festival, for lunar worship and moon-watching.
It is regarded as an indispensable delicacy on this occasion and often offered to family and friends whom are celebrating this occasion together.
Typical mooncakes are round or rectangular pastries, measuring about 10 cm in diameter and 4-5 cm thick. A thick filling usually made from lotus seed paste is surrounded by a relatively thin (2-3 mm) crust and may contain yolks from salted duck eggs. Mooncakes are usually eaten in small wedges accompanied by Chinese tea.
Mooncakes consist of a thin tender skin enveloping a sweet, dense filling. The mooncake may contain one or more whole salted egg yolks in its centre to symbolise the full moon. Very rarely, mooncakes are also served steamed or fried.
Traditional mooncakes have an imprint on top consisting of the Chinese characters for "longevity" or "harmony" as well as the name of the bakery and the filling in the moon cake. Imprints of the moon, the Chang'e woman on the moon, flowers, vines, or a rabbit (symbol of the moon) may surround the characters for additional decoration
Story behind Mooncake
A legend goes that mooncakes were first made in the 14th Century, when people exchanged pancakes that were stuck with slips of paper reading "Kill the Mongols on the 15th day of the eighth month". It was said to be a secret message from rebel leader Zhu Yuanzhang calling on the Chinese to overthrow the Mongolian rulers of the Yuan Dynasty (1279-1368). Conceived by Zhu Yuanzhang (朱元璋) and his advisor Liu Bowen (劉伯溫), who circulated a rumor that a deadly plague was spreading and the only way to prevent it was to eat special mooncakes. This prompted the quick distribution of mooncakes, which were used to hide a secret message coordinating the Han Chinese revolt on the 15th day of the eighth lunar month.
Another method of hiding the message was printed in the surface of mooncakes as a simple puzzle or mosaic. In order to read the encrypted message, each of the four mooncakes packaged together must be cut into four parts each. The 16 pieces of mooncake, must then be pieced together in such a fashion that the secret messages can be read. The pieces of mooncake are then eaten to destroy the message
Stories of Hou Yi and Chang'e
It is said that long ago there used to be 10 suns in the sky. Each day, one of the suns would travel around the sky on a carriage driven by Xihe, the mother of the suns. One day, unexpectedly, all 10 suns simultaneously appeared in the sky, which instantly dried the crops and caused disaster to the people on earth.
Hou Yi, a local archer, had great sympathy for people's sufferings from the blistering weather and decided to help them out. Houyi climbed up to the summit of Kunlun Mountains and shot down the suns leaving only one to benefit people. After he shot down the sun, Hou Yi became a hero who was revered by local people.
Later, Hou Yi married a beautiful girl—Chang'e. The young couple lived a happy and sweet life.
Hou Yi was so famous for his perfect archery skills that he had a lot of apprentices, including the unrighteous Peng Meng. One day when Hou Yi was on the way to visit his friend, the Queen Mother of the West gave him an elixir of immortality as a reward for his heroic undertaking. Meanwhile, he warned Hou Yi "Do not swallow this pill before preparing yourself with prayer and fasting for a year". Hou Yi gave the elixir to Chang'e for safekeeping and she took it as a treasure and hid it in her jewelry box. Unfortunately, Peng Meng found this secret and made a plan to steal it. Several days later, when Hou Yi and other apprentices went out for hunting, Peng pretended to fall ill and stayed at home. After they left, Peng forced Chang'e to give him the elixir. Chang'e, knowing that she could not defeat Peng, swallowed the elixir herself, and mmediately she felt herself floating up and flied to the sky. With deep love to her husband, Chang'e chose to be an immortal on the moon, closest to the earth; then she could see her husband every day.
In late afternoon, Hou Yi came back and was told what had happened. Heart-stricken, Hou Yi went to the back garden and called his wife's name ceaselessly. Surprisingly, he found that the moon was extremely
clean and bright that night; and that there was a moving figure like Chang'e in the moon. Hou Yi desperately tried to catch up with the moon, but he could not do it. Hou Yi then asked servants to set a table in his back garden and with his wife's favorite snacks and fruits on it. In a short time, more and more people heard about the news that Chang'e had become an immortal, and they also put tables under the moon to pray to Chang'e for good fortune and safety. From then on, the custom of worshipping the moon on the Mid-Autumn Festival began to spread in China.
According to legend, Chang'e and her husband Houyi were immortals living in heaven. One day, the ten sons of the Jade Emperor transformed into ten suns, causing the earth to scorch. Having failed to order his sons to stop ruining the earth, the Jade Emperor summoned Houyi for help. Houyi, using his legendary archery skills, shot down nine of the sons, but spared one son to be the sun. The Jade Emperor was obviously not pleased with Houyi's solution to save the earth: nine of his sons were dead. As punishment, the Jade Emperor banished Houyi and Chang'e to live as mere mortals on earth.
Seeing that Chang'e felt extremely miserable over her loss of immortality, Houyi decided to journey on a long, perilous quest to find the pill of immortality so that the couple could be immortals again. At the end of his quest he met the Queen Mother of the West who agreed to give him the pill, but warned him that each person would only need half the pill to become immortal.
Houyi brought the pill home and stored it in a case. He warned Chang'e not to open the case and then left home for a while. Like Pandora in Greek mythology, Chang'e became too curious: she opened up the case and found the pill just as Houyi was returning home. Nervous that Houyi would catch her discovering the contents of the case, she accidentally swallowed the entire pill. She started to float into the sky because of the overdose. Although Houyi wanted to shoot her in order to prevent her from floating further, he could not bear to aim the arrow at her. Chang'e kept on floating until she landed on the moon.
While she became lonely on the moon without her husband, she did have company. A jade rabbit, who manufactured elixirs, also lived on the moon. The mythologies of Japan and Korea also feature references about rabbits living on the moon.
Another companion is the woodcutter Wu Gang. The woodcutter offended the gods in his attempt to achieve immortality and was therefore banished on the moon. Wu Gang was allowed to leave the moon if he could cut down a tree that grew there. The problem was that each time he chopped the tree, the tree would instantly grow back, effectively condemning him to live on the moon for eternity.
Chang'e was a beautiful young girl working in the Jade Emperor's palace in heaven, where immortals, good people and fairies lived. One day, she accidentally broke a precious porcelain jar. Angered, the Jade Emperor banished her to live on earth, where ordinary people lived. She could return to the Heaven, if she contributed a valuable service on earth.
Chang'e was transformed into a member of a rich farming family. When she was 18, a young hunter named Houyi from another village spotted her, now a beautiful young woman. They became friends.
One day, a strange phenomenon occurred—10 suns arose in the sky instead of one, blazing the earth. Houyi, an expert archer, stepped forward to try to save the earth. He successfully shot down nine of the suns, becoming an instant hero. He eventually became king and married Chang'e.
But Houyi grew to become greedy and selfish. He sought immortality by ordering an elixir be created to prolong his life. The elixir in the form of a single pill was almost ready when Chang'e came upon it. She either accidentally or purposely swallowed the pill. This angered King Houyi, who went after his wife. Trying to flee, she jumped out the window of a chamber at the top of palace—and, instead of falling, she floated into the sky toward the moon. King Houyi tried unsuccessfully to shoot her down with arrows.
In contrast to the first version, her companion, a rabbit, does not create elixir of life. Aside from the rabbit, the moon is also inhabited by a woodcutter who tries to cut down the cassia tree, giver of life. But as fast as he cuts into the tree, it heals itself, and he never makes any progress. The Chinese use this image of the cassia tree to explain mortal life on earth—the limbs are constantly being cut away by death, but new buds continually appear.
Meanwhile, King Houyi ascended to the sun and built a palace. So Chang'e and Houyi came to represent the yin and yang, the moon and the sun.
Taking a break off the F&N revision, so here I am blogging! Don't feel like blogging about life so let me blog about something random. Hmmm... FIBA's over & NBA season has yet to start.. so.... basketball's out. Ain't watching any new drama series now.. so... review's out. How about One Million Star/超级星光大道?
One Million Star VII Top 44 - Huang Ru Qi/黄如琦
This 25 year-old lady caught my attention. Though with ordinary features, her appearance were outstanding. She carries a backpack as she sings and she said that it's because of the sense of security it gives to her.
And I totally agree with this phrase which I saw somewhere.
It is mentioned that Huang Ru Qi is a potential star, shadowing after many successful Taiwanese singers. We're able to see Cheer Chen/陈绮贞's impurity, Lala Shu/徐佳莹's spirituality and the combination of Pets Ceng/曾沛慈's elemental control and Queen Wei/魏如昀's intelligence in composing.
Let her performances prove to you her awesomeness okay.
Huang Ru Qi 黄如琦 singing her composed song 为什么/Why in Top44 Qualifying Round of One Million Star VII
Okay.. before I turn in for the day, I have something to say!
My 'plan' was carried out, so what is it exactly? I managed to spend 1 full hour on revision. How I wish I could extend that period of time -.-" I just can't sit still on my seat and do my work.. That's how you describe someone who is hyperactive. Well, at least I managed to control my time on PPS.
6 is the number of weeks away from 'O' Level first written paper. 36 is the number of days away from " " " " ". I'll try not to get myself involved in any sports activities for 36 days, and spend all my extra time on revision. Hoping that I'll be able to do it.. 'Do it', as in able to do my best... and not let myself down & regret in the future. Oh well, my Prelims II results are horrendous by the way.
So, will not be joining my classmates for football tomorrow. I'll go home straight after school & start on my Geography. I started work at 7.30pm today and ended off with only 1/8 work done. 3 hours on 1/8... so I think I need a day for my Geography... Hah... -.-"
Before I end off, DID YOU GUYS KNOW ABOUT THIS?! USA won Turkey in the 2010 FIBA Championship! It's their first gold EVER SINCE 1994. This 'TEAM B' created history, and proved the people who doubted them wrong! They would most probably be representing the US in basketball in the 2012 Olympics. So people, keep a lookout on them alright. And yes, 2012 Olympics will come, and we will laugh at the film 2012 in year 2013. -.- I still wish that people focused more on what the film 2012 is trying to convey, which is, the Earth's sinking due to global warming. In other words, the message is : Save our Earth! Whatever..
Well I managed to upload a game anyway, at a pretty low speed with my Moroccan connection. This is not the best game of the semi finals (the other one is probably the best, most intense game of the tourney) but the links of that game are in the shoutbox already so I decided to upload this one.
Nei ho! (Hi in Cantonese/Ni Hao in Mandarin) I had just tidied up my 'Exits', removed those broken links & deleted blogs. Can't believe that almost 30% of my links were led to nowhere. This is what you'll get for not blog-hopping for ages.
My first written paper is scheduled on 25th October. Knowing that it's drawing near, and to be within a month time soon, I'm starting to feel it. So I actually planned to stop my PPS-spree, and do some work. I'd came up with my own timetable. My time for PPS will only be on Saturday 2-5pm and 5-6pm on a weekday. I think this is the least I could do with. My life revolves around entertainment-tv (kind of no life, hah!)
Well, tomorrow morning will be 2010 FIBA World Championship Finals. My favourite team, USA will fight against undefeated finalist & host-nation, Turkey. For those who think that Turkey ain't that strong, think again. Turkey not only has players which are in NBA as well, they also gain the advantage for being at home. Every time the Americans got their hands on the ball, the audience will blow their vuvuzela like never before, it causes more than disruptions & distractions to the players. But what's more than their desires for Golds? The Americans never had one ever since 1994.
Alright.. let's hope that things go well & better after today! Cheerios! Zoi gin! (Good-bye in Cantonese)
More about FIBA World Championship Similar to FIFA World Cup, the international football competition, FIBA World Championship is an international basketball competition.
The International Basketball Federation (French: Fédération Internationale de Basket-ball), more commonly known by the French acronym FIBA. Originally known as the Fédération Internationale de Basketball Amateur (hence FIBA). In 1989 it dropped the Amateur from its official name but retained the initialism, because of the first two letters of the word basketball.
A total of 214 national federations are now members, organized since 1989 into five zones or "commissions": Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, and Oceania.
2010 FIBA World Championship The 2010 FIBA World Championship is hosted by Turkey. The tournament runs from August 28 to September 12, 2010. It is co-organized by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), Turkish Basketball Federation and the 2010 Organizing Committee. It is considered as prestigious a competition as the Olympic Basketball Tournament.
For the third time (after the 1986 and 2006 tournaments), the World Championship will have 24 competing nations. As a result, the group stage games will be played in four different cities, and the knockout round will be hosted by Istanbul*.
Istanbul* - The largest city in Turkey and 5th largest city proper in the world with a population of 12.8 million In its long history, the city has served as the capital city of the Roman Empire (330–395), the Eastern Roman Empire (395–1204 and 1261–1453), the Latin Empire (1204–1261), and the Ottoman Empire (1453–1922). The city was chosen as joint European Capital of Culture for 2010.
The draw for the Championship took place on December 15, 2009 in Istanbul. Teams were drawn into four preliminary round groups of six teams each. Teams will first play a round robin schedule, with the top sixteen teams advancing to the knockout stage.
Groupings Group A (Kayseri) Serbia Argentina Australia Angola Germany Jordan Group B (Istanbul) USA Slovenia Brazil Croatia Iran Tunisia Group C (Ankara) Turkey Russia Greece China Puerto Rico Côte d'Ivoire Group D (Izmir) Lithuania Spain New Zealand France Lebanon Canada
Team USA 6th September, Team USA defeated Angola in the Round of 16 with a score of 121-66. 9th September, in the Quarter-finals, Team USA defeated Russia, 89-79, and made their way to the Semi-finals. On 11th September, USA will face undefeated* Lithuania for the placing in Finals.
undefeated* - USA, Lithuania and Turkey made their ways here, to the Semi-finals being undefeated of 7-0. The last semi-finalist team of Serbia, lost one of their matches in the Round of 24.
Well, before the match starts, I already knew something. Which is, Team USA will win Lithuania again*.
why again*? - The two teams already met in an exhibition game in Madrid, Spain on Aug. 21. Surviving a horrendous start to the game, the US made just 3-of-21 shot attempts to start the game and scored just seven points in the first quarter, the Americans battled back and captured a 77-61 victory.
Coaches: Coach Krzyzewski(right) and Coach Boeheim(left) have coached USA teams in three FIBA World Championships.
More about Coach Kryzewski Michael William "Mike" Krzyzewski (born in February 13, 1947) is the men's college basketball coach of the Duke Blue Devils (A college basketball team representing an University). He is also the coach of the United States men's national basketball team, whom he led to a gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Nicknamed "Coach K", Krzyzewski has led the Blue Devils to 4 NCAA (A basketball tournament) Championships, 11 Final Fours (tied for second most in history), 12 ACC (Atlantic Coast Conference) regular season titles, and 12 ACC championships over 30 seasons at Duke. Krzyzewski has amassed an NCAA-record 77 NCAA tournament victories, while averaging more than 25 wins per season. On March 1, 2008, Krzyzewski became the sixth men's basketball coach in NCAA history to reach the 800-win plateau. He was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame following the 2001 season.
More about Coach Boeheim James Arthur "Jim" Boeheim (born November 17, 1944) is the head coach of the men's basketball team at Syracuse University. Boeheim has guided the Orange (A college basketball team representing an University) to eight Big East regular season championships, five Big East Tournament championships, and 27 NCAA Tournament appearances, including three appearances in the national title game.
Boeheim has served as an assistant coach, under head coach Krzyzewski, for the United States men's national basketball team at the 1990 FIBA World Championship, the 2006 FIBA World Championship, and the 2008 Summer Olympics, where the team won the gold medal. He will continue to serve in the same capacity at the 2010 FIBA World Championship and the 2012 Summer Olympics, also under Krzyzewski. In addition, Boeheim currently serves as the chairman of the USA Basketball 2009-12 Men's Junior National Committee, has served as the 2007-08 President of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), and currently sits on its Board of Directors. For his accomplishments, Boeheim was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in September 2005.
Team USA of 2010 FIBA Guards: Chauncey Billups (Denver Nuggets) Stephen Curry (Golden State Warriors) Eric Gordon (Los Angeles Clippers) Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls) Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) Rajon Rondo (Boston Celtics)(Withdrawn due to personal issues)
Forwards: Kevin Durant (Oklahoma City Thunder) Rudy Gay (Memphis Grizzlies) Danny Granger (Indiana Pacers) Andre Iguodala (Philadelphia 76ers)
Centers: Tyson Chandler (Dallas Mavericks) Kevin Love (Minnesota Timberwolves) Lamar Odom (Los Angeles Lakers)
Some other facts of Team USA The 12 members of the USA World Championship Team, by the end of the FIBA World Championship, average out to be 24.66 years old. The roster features six players 22 years old or younger - four players who are just 21 years old (Durant, Rose, Gordon, Westbrook) and two who are 22 years old (Curry, Love). The oldest player on the USA roster is Chauncey Billups, who is 33 years old.
The 2010 USA World Championship squad averages 5.0 seasons of NBA experience, with one player having one season (Curry), four players (Gordon, Love, Rose, Westbrook) possessing two seasons, one with three (Durant), one (Gay) with four, one with five (Granger), one with six (Iguodala),one with nine (Chandler), one with 11 (Odom) and one with 13 seasons (Billups).
Guys, I'm affraid this is the last game I can upload. I'm indeed out of the country now (in Morocco) for a week and don't have a good enough connection to upload games. Sorry about that but, I think you'll be able to download the games anyway thanks to the links guys post in the cbox or on Davka. I'll post some games when I return, next weekend. Untill then, enjoy the rest of the tournament.
Argentina's Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring the first goal at 10th minute during the friendly match against Spain in Buenos Aires.
Argentina put their World Cup blues behind them yesterday by thrashing luckless world champions Spain 4-1 in a high-profile friendly. The match Argentina vs Spain was an International friendlies played yesterday, September 7th 2010, where Spain loses this match by 4-1 against Argentina.
Unbeatable Spain have never beaten Argentina in Bueons Aires. In fact, not many teams win in the Argentine capital; they are unbeaten in their last 39 matches in the capital. Spain's yesterday defeat would just add on to the number.
Process The match was held in Buenos Aires which featured many of the top players from around the world. The opening goal was from Messi on a quick counterattack in the 10th minute. Higuain added the second goal in the 13th minute, after getting a through ball and dribbling around the goalkeeper. The third goal, which came from Carlos Tevez in the 34th minute, was a result of a slip from Spanish goalkeeper Pepe Reina after receiving a back pass.
There would be two more goals in the match, both in the second half, but Argentina held onto their three goal lead by the final whistle. The other goals were from Spain’s Fernando Llorente in the 84th minute and Sergio Aguero in the 90th minute.
Argentina: Sergio Romero; Javier Zanetti, Martin Demichelis, Gaby Milito, Gabriel Heinze; Javier Mascherano, Ever Banega, Esteban Cambiasso; Carlos Tévez , Lionel Messi, Gonzalo Higuaín. Coach: Sergio Batista.
Spain: Pepe Reina; Alvaro Arbeloa, Gerard Pique, Carlos Marchena, Monreal; Sergio Busquets, Xabi Alonso, Cesc Fábregas, Andrés Iniesta, David Silva; David Villa. Coach: Vicente Del Bosque.
Highlights of all goals in Argentina vs. Spain [4-1] match:
English title: Love In Disguise Directed by: Lee-hom Wang Running time: 99 minutes Starring: Lee-hom Wang / 王力宏 Liu Yifei / 刘亦菲 Joan Chen / 陈冲 Chen Han Dian / 陈汉典 Synopsis: Superstar Wang Lee Hom who despite seeming to be very successful in his entertainment career and having a smooth life, yet he feels empty and regret deep in his heart. Once, his nanny van (保姆车) hit a folk music student Crystal Liu Yifei, and the strange action of Liu Yifei not checking on her injuries first, but playing her guzheng, combined with the music flowing from the guzheng, caught the curiosity and favour of Wang Lee Hom. Immediately, he decided to slip into the conservatory with his good friend-cum-band partner Chen Han Dian, searching for Liu Yifei’s “overtones” (弦外之音). Trailer:
Review: A simple story-line film, though I'm no fan of Wang Lee-hom, I still find him okay in this film. I like this film a lot all thanks to the presence of Chen Han Dian/陈汉典. As I'm a regular viewer of Taiwanese Variety Show, Kang Xi Lai Le/康熙来了 (Hosted by 小S & 蔡康永), I like the presence of Han Dian bringing humour to the show. There was this episode whereby they invited Wang Lee-hom as special guest. Han Dian was teased by the 2 hosts for being a friend of a 'star', leaving him blushing & speechless. The entertainment value was high for that episode. Back to the film, Wang Lee-hom is drawing himself nearer to Jay Chou. They now shares more similarity, besides being a Mandarin-pop star, they had proven their abilities to direct & act in films. Let's hope the 2 of them will bring to us more awesome products! ^_^ Now that I had my URL changed, I can't find myself in the search engine; Google, anymore. I have to work my way up to the top again.. Meanwhile, I'll enjoy the diversions! Cheers!
English title: Can't Buy Me Love Producer: Miu Siu Ching (梅小青) Genre: Costume, Romance & Comedy Number of Episode: 32
Starring: Charmaine Sheh / 佘诗曼 Moses Chan / 陈豪 Linda Chung / 钟嘉欣 Fala Chen /陈法拉 Raymond Wong / 黃浩然 Kenneth Ma /马国明 Susanna Kwan /关菊英 Lee Heung Kam / 李香琴 Louis Yuen / 阮兆祥 Selena Li / 李诗韵 Susan Tse / 谢雪心 Sharon Chan / 陈敏之 Other cast: Kara Hui / 惠英红
Synopsis: Set during the Tang Dynasty of China, it tells the story of the Third Princess, Princess Zhao Yang/昭陽公主 (Charmaine Sheh), of the Tang Emperor (Samuel Kwok), who is beautiful but very unreasonable, and, as such, no one wants to marry her. The Jin family/金家 is the largest gold manufacturer in the grand capital Chang'An, but because they are deceived, the business runs into troubles. The second son of the Jin family Jin Duo Lu/金多祿 (Moses Chan) has to marry the Third Princess to save the family business, because then they will have the right to manufacture gold pieces for the Tang Palace, the Third Princess only agreeing to the marriage because otherwise she would be married off to the Tibetan royal family, as schemed by the evil Concubine Wei/韦贵妃 (Kara Hui).
The Princess brings lots of servants to the Jin family after marrying Jin Duo Lu, and constantly comes into conflict with the members of the Jin family (Lee Heung Kam/金太夫人, Susanna Kwan/丁来喜, Selena Li/阮小玉, Louis Yuen/金多福, Raymond Wong/金多寿). The Princess brings Situ YinPin/司徒银屏 (Fala Chen), with her to the Jin family, who has been awarded "Best Servant" by the Concubine Dowager Chui/崔太妃 (Susan Tse). The Princess originally decides to leave the house, but when she misunderstands that the Jin family speaks negatively of her, she stubbornly stays. Later, she and Jin Duo Lu fall in love. When the Jin family is convicted of a capital offence, she divorces Jin Duo Lu to secretly save the Jin family.
Review: Okay, it's yet another unruly-princess-turns-good-storyline. But nonetheless, it never bores me with this same old plot. I've watched several drama series with the similar storyline, a rich lady or princess(usually the main female lead) meets a guy (the male main lead,duh) and they fell in love. Before falling in love, male either don't know that female is from a rich family or female is unruly stubborn and thinks that money can do everything, until the male does all sorts of things that touched her, then she changed her thinking and they fell in love.
Well, this drama series gives me a lot of flashbacks upon watching; Firstly, the Jin Family/金家 reminds me of Virtues of Harmony/皆大欢喜 where they also used the 金 as their family name. (金年/月/日). Not just that, the family is filled with family warmth, and focuses a lot on Family Unity. In this series, the grandma often comes up with 'Daily Jin Family spirit/'金家精神 followed by a sequel of 'spirit clap' that consists of 11 claps. (The typical cheer-clapping) Secondly, the costumes worn by the characters are similar to Beyond the Realm of Conscience/宫心计. Well, it is mentioned that this drama series is an indirect sequel of the previously mentioned drama. They both shares a similar lavish costumes and sets, cast members, and close time period (both set during the Tang Dynasty of China.) Most importantly, they shares the same producer, Miu Siu Ching. Lastly, it's the name of the characters! in Beyond the Realm of Conscience they have Liu San Hao/刘三好 (Charmaine Sheh) in this Can't Buy Me Love, we have Wu Si De/吴四德 (Linda Chung) 三好 refers to 说好话，做好事，存好心. 四德 refers to the 德，容，言，工 in 三从四德
I'm currently at episode 11 only! 21 more episodes, release soon soon ah! :@ Cheers!
Chinese title: 蒲松龄 English title: Ghost Writer Producer: Leung Choi Yuen (梁材遠) Genre: Period & Romance Number of episodes: 25 Starring: Steven Ma / 马浚伟 Linda Chung / 钟嘉欣 Fala Chen / 陈法拉 Sunny Chan / 陈锦鸿
Synopsis: Po Chung Ling (Steven Ma) was born in Jinan to a family who runs a printing business. His father, Po Poon has high hopes for Po Chung Ling as he is smart and bright. Po Poon hopes that Po Chung Ling can carry on the family business. Due to some misunderstanding, Po Chung Ling thinks that Po Poon is in a bad collaboration with some corrupt officials. As such, he refuses to listen to his father and totally disregard his advises. Po Chung Ling's good friend, Ko Jit (Sunny Chan) is a police constable. Both good friends share the same hatred for corrupt officials. There's a rumour that a fox spirit is stirring troubles in Jinan. Po Chung Ling and Ko Jit decide to investigate the matter. Unfortunately, Po Chung Ling was almost killed during the investigation. Luckily for Po Chung Ling, a mysterious lady, Ling Wu Siu-Chui (Fala Chen), comes to his rescue in time. However, it was later revealled that Ling Wu Siu-Chui is indeed the fox spirit. She decides to save Po Chung Ling to pay back a past favour from him. As the two spend more time together, Ling Wu Siu-Chui begin to develop feelings for Po Chung Ling. The Po family managed to secure a large order of printing for New Year. They need many workers and Lau Sam Yu (Linda Chung) is one of those who applied for job with the Po family. Lau Sam Yu has an ulterior motive, which is to hunt for the man who was unfaithful to her sister. What she isn't prepared for is to be caught in a love triangle with Po Chung Ling and Ling Wu Siu-Chui.
Summary: Pu Song Ling/蒲松齡 (Steven Ma) and Gao Zhe/高喆 or Shuang Ji/双吉 (Sunny Chan) are good friends, a Young Master of a printing business which is in charge of the whole of China, which includes Capital Palace, and a righteous town-hero police constable respectively. Song Ling's dad, Pu Pan is a businessman, therefore he always 'bribe' capital officials, so as to get things done easier. Song Ling is aware of it, and on an occasion, he misunderstood his dad for being the mastermind of some crime. A high-rank official ordered his dad to get rid of villagers from Niu village, as the land is to be rebuilt into a prosperous port, but Head of Magistrate's police force, Wei Chong hired a man to act as the fox demon to scare off the villagers even before Pu Pan has the chance to persuade. Things gotten worst and someone is scared to death. Song Ling and Shuang Ji set an ambush and went to pursue the 'fox demon' as soon as they found out that it is human's act. During the pursuit, Song Ling was almost killed but luckily Linghu Xiao Cui/令狐小翠 (Fala Chen) comes to his rescue in the nick of time. Xiao Cui happens to be the fox that Pu Pan had set free many years ago, when he were facing a major problem in business. He mentioned this: 'I set this fox free today, but who would free me from all these?' To repay his benefactor, Xiao Cui did the Pu Family a great favour. When Song Ling was born, he couldn't cry, it was all thanks to Xiao Cui's doing by smashing the roof clays to create a sharp noise that causes this baby to be 'normal'. It is fate, that Xiao Cui actually get to meet Song Ling again after so many years. Xiao Cui just attained human form after 500 years of cultivation. She couldn't speak proper language and on the first meet-up with Song Ling, she actually fell for him. Xiao Cui's grandfather soon came to bring her back to their home, knowing that the Human's world is too tough for the naive-her. The Po family has secured a large order of New Year printing, to ensure work to be done and submitted on time, they have to hire a large number of workers. Liu Xin Ru/柳心如 (Linda Chung) applies for the job, with a real intention of finding out the whereabouts of her sister, Liu Xin Yan/柳心妍 (Elaine Yiu). It is later found out that her sister is dead, and the murderer is actually a high rank official, father of her lover. Xin Yan, actually appeared in ghost form due to heavy grievance to point out her 'murderer', accusing Song Ling's cousin, as she thought that the real murderer is her lover, not knowing that that accident actually didn't killed her, but the official suffocated her after she passed out. Xin Ru went through hard & toughs with both Song Ling & Shuang Ji, and eventually they fell into a love triangle. Shuang Ji fell for Xin Ru and he made it clear to people, not wanting to hurt their good friend, Xin Ru & Song Ling kept their relationship underground. Shuang Ji asked for marriage from Xin Ru, and not wanting to disappoint him, Xin Ru accepted it. However, just 1 day before the day of marriage, Shuang Ji found out about the relationships between Song Ling & Xin Ru, and from then on, he seems to suffered from a split personality disorder. Shuang Ji behaved strangely as he turned into a villain of the show. He got rid of all the corrupted officials & gained high authority. He was eventually killed by the 'good self' in the last episode. Xin Ru was killed by Shuang Ji in Episode 24, whereby she appeared in ghost form. Song Ling couldn't see her as they were separated, so Xiao Cui helped them by lending her body to Xin Ru. Xiao Cui initially didn't want to help Xin Ru, but knowing how much their love really is, she chose to give them their blessings. All she wanted was to stay by the side of Song Ling. As Song Ling was also killed in the last episode, Xiao Cui gave up her 500 years of immortality to keep him alive. Xiao Cui, after saying her last words, was turned back into a fox. Xin Ru gave up the chance to reincarnate, willingly stayed by the side of Pu Song Ling, who still is a human. Years passed after years, Pu Song Ling aged while Xin Ru the ghost and Xiao Cui the fox remained the same, stayed by his side as he writes 《聊斋》.
History: The series is inspired by the famous cycle of Chinese love folktales "聊斋" (Ghost Story), with the protagonist in the series being the author of the stories, who would be later inspired to write them based on his own encounters with the supernatural. There is plenty of '聊斋' drama series made, revolving around a love triangle of a human, ghost & fox spirit.
The third time Linda Chung & Steven Ma collaborated in a drama series as a couple! Those I could remember is Watchdog's Tales/老友狗狗 & A Journey Called Life/金石良缘. Also, it's one of the 5 collaborations of Linda Chung & Fala Chen! 1st being Heart of Greed/溏心风暴 2nd is A Journey Called Life/金石良缘 3rd is Moonlight Resonance/溏心风暴之家好月园 4th is Ghost Writer/蒲松龄 & the most recent; Can't Buy Me Love/公主嫁到 Okay, that's cool, eh? Well, Fala Chen's cast as the cute lil fox spirit is really awesome! I'm now trying to catch all those nice shows I'd both watched & missed. Some of them are Heart Of Greed & Rosy Business. Mainly due to the reason that Fala Chen is in the cast. If you're wondering why Rosy Business when Fala Chen isn't in it, then I would tell you this: 'Fala Chen will be acting as supporting role in No Regrets; the sequel of Rosy Business' Meanwhile, I'm catching Can't Buy Me Love daily as it's uploaded. Can't Buy Me Love review will be up soon. 恋爱通告 / Love In Disguise will be followed behind. Heart of Greed & Moonlight Resonance should be after the above. Well, stay tune, peeps!