April 27, 2008

Distress

Posted in My Life, Mind & Heart at 8:33 pm by ryushin

Yay… my world took a sharp dive. I dunno what I’m doing anymore… A culmination of factors brought together at the most inopportune of time, when I will face battles with many level99 exam papers the coming week. The final straw came at the weekend, the stupid referee and the stupid linesman… Yes, it proved to be the catalyst for my implosion… Boohoo.

What is it that I want, what is it that I’ve been gunning for… Lost… in the clouds of mist. I need someone to bestow the gift of clairvoyance on me… to find my path.

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April 23, 2008

《大旗英雄传》 (2007)

Posted in Drama, Entertainment at 1:43 am by ryushin

Finished watching this drama recently. Not too shabby, a strong cast overall. All right! Let me try something truly lame for this post, which includes my own phony power rankings (which must be a fluke coz influenced by my own idea, hahaha). This should be a very very long post considering the number of characters in the show… many spoilers ahead, long post.

人物介绍在此, 也包含故事内容…

铁中棠:男
武功指数:初期 **** / 中期 ******* / 后期 **********
铁血大旗门第四代弟子,初始武功并非卓越,但机智无双,侠骨仁心,更加上坚忍不拔的决心,希望有朝一日能化解与五福联盟的仇恨。在一场战役中不幸跌落山崖,侥幸没死。在深谷中遇见水灵光,两人一见钟情。无意中发现了大旗门的宝藏,包括“大旗十二式”剑法,武功上有了一定的增进。后来误认水灵光为堂妹,开始逃避这份感情。凭着他绝顶的人格,在江湖上结识许多好汉。在一次巧遇下,碰见了雷鞭,但水灵光却被朱藻劫走。过后与艾天蝠结为兄弟,然而也练成“天耳通”,武功再次提高。他一心想救回水灵光,破了朱藻设的阵后却发现许多武林人士都来声讨朱藻。在这般奇遇下,他身负重伤碰见夜帝夫人。夜帝夫人在为他疗伤时也把毕生修得的“嫁衣神功”内力传给他。他的武功顿时突飞猛进,在江湖上也稍有名气。他也与朱藻结为兄弟,一心想撮合朱藻与水灵光。有一次被云铮打落悬崖后遇见夜帝。这时才发现水灵光是夜帝的女儿。夜帝也将毕生的武功精髓传授给他。过后与水灵光爱情复燃。最后他化解了大旗门与五福联盟的恩怨,共同对抗武林危机,食毒教,成为武林的传奇人物,堪称一代枭雄。

云铮:男
武功指数:初期 **** / 中期 ****** / 后期 *********
铁血大旗门第四代弟子,云翼次子。他一向鲁莽行事,但勇武过人,激情飞扬。他一直认定铁中棠是大旗门的叛徒,处处为敌,还差点害死铁中棠。他与温黛黛有着一段艰辛的爱情故事,过后娶她为妻。一次得罪艾天蝠,被打重伤。温黛黛送他到少林寺得以解救。过后到常春岛发现日后竟然是家母,得到母亲真传,武功猛进。从那刻看出他开始长大了,误以为亲手杀死了铁中棠,下定决心完成铁中棠的宿愿,化解与五福联盟的恩怨。过后兄弟相逢,联手对抗食毒教。以高尚品德说服群雄,风九幽将毕生内功传给他。最后担任大旗门第四代掌门。

水灵光:女
武功指数:初期 * / 中期 ** / 后期 ***
水柔颂之女,生长在深谷十八年,与母亲相依为命,根本不知道外面的花花世界。是个似水冰心的隔世女子。一天巧遇铁中棠,一见钟情,两人共同经历磨难。在洛阳战役,九子鬼母见她好是喜欢,有心收她为徒,却被拒绝了。原以为盛存孝是生父,后以为铁青笺是生父,却执意喜欢铁中棠。拜入九子鬼母门下一阵子,过后被花霜双误认为是女儿,巧之习练“漫天花雨”。最后知道夜帝是生父,满是欢喜,与铁中棠重逢。

温黛黛:女
武功指数:**
一个如火风骚的风尘美女,原本为司徒笑办事,贪图一生享用锦衣美食。后来真情萌芽,爱上云铮,更为他多次牺牲。过程中被雷鞭缠上,好不容易才得以解脱,与云铮两人有情人终成眷属。

云翼:男
武功指数:*****
铁血大旗门第三代掌门。固执到极点,牛脾气非常人能忍。到最后经过多次劝阻,终于脑袋开窍,化解与五福联盟的恩怨,不再认为女人会消弱男人的斗志。

云九霄:男
武功指数:****
铁血大旗门第三代掌刑者,云翼之弟。比起来脑袋通明的多。

铁青笺:男
武功指数:**
铁血大旗门第三代弟子,铁中棠生父铁毅之弟。大旗门的叛徒,想私吞宝藏残害铁毅。最后与水柔颂同归于尽。

幺叔:男
武功指数:****
铁血大旗门第三代掌旗手。被风九幽的“摄魂大法”迷惑了心智,成为座下神斧力士,最后被解救。

云铿:男
武功指数:****
铁血大旗门第四代弟子,云翼长子。因爱上仇家被判五马分尸之刑,铁中棠暗中放走。多年隐居在外,最后救妻冷青霜壮烈牺牲。

铁中树:男
武功指数:***
铁血大旗门第四代弟子,铁毅次子。多年追随掌门,忠心不二,武艺平平。

冷一枫:男
武功指数:初期 **** / 中期 ******* / 后期 **********
寒风堡堡主,五福联盟之一。一心要铲除大旗门,更要称霸武林,不惜拜入飧毒大师门下。过后成为毒神,武功盖世,但丧失理智,最后家破人亡。

冷青霜:女
武功指数:**
冷一枫长女,爱上云铿。多年隐居在外,好不容易夫妻团聚,最后被毒神杀死,与云铿同赴黄泉。

冷青萍:女
武功指数:**
冷一枫次女,喜欢铁中棠,却只是一厢情愿。最后中毒过深,导致神智不清,人间惨剧。

司徒笑:男
武功指数:****
落日牧场场主,五福联盟之一。号称五福的军师,足智多谋,但过于小心眼。他野心勃勃,想要得到大旗门宝藏,屡次与大旗门发生冲突。

小包子:男
武功指数:**
司徒笑徒弟,为助师父达成宏图丧失性命。

盛大娘:女
武功指数:****
盛家庄园庄主,五福联盟之一。顽劣固执。早年丧夫,接管庄园,与大旗门为敌。

盛存孝:男
武功指数:****
盛大娘之子,绰号紫心剑客,五彩剑客之首。正气凛然,沉默寡言。最后死于迷失心智的云铮刀下。

易挺:男
武功指数:****
绰号红鹰剑客,五彩剑客之一。为人正直,忠肝义胆。与云铿结生死之交,仰慕大旗门的铁血男儿。最后被飧毒大师害死。

易明:女
武功指数:****
绰号翠燕剑客,五彩剑客之一,是易挺之妹。娇俏可爱,思绪敏锐。与云铿结生死之交,仰慕大旗门的铁血男儿。最后被飧毒大师害死。

钱大河:男
武功指数:****
绰号黄冠剑客,五彩剑客之一。好胜心强,猜疑心重。孙小娇之夫。

孙小娇:女
武功指数:****
绰号碧月剑客,五彩剑客之一。火辣风骚,目中无人。钱大河之妻。

水柔颂:女
武功指数:***
盛存孝的第三妻。先后跟铁青笺和夜帝发生关系,后怀孕,被盛大娘打下悬崖。在深谷产下水灵光,苦度十八年。最后与铁青笺同归于尽。

黑星天:男
武功指数:****
天武镖局总镖头,五福联盟之一。脾气暴躁。跟随司徒笑想拥有大旗门宝藏。

白星武:男
武功指数:****
天武镖局副镖头,五福联盟之一。黑星天之弟,对兄言听计从。

沈杏白:男
武功指数:***
黑星天之徒弟。诡计多端,阴险狡猾的武林败类。过后拜入冷一枫门下,日子不好过,又拜入花霜双门下。最后又追随风九幽。

霹雳火:男
武功指数:****
霹雳堂堂主,五福联盟之一。个性豪爽,大方直率。他对多年的仇恨产生怀疑,过后与铁中棠和云铮结为好友,化解仇恨。

海大少:男
武功指数:****
外号侠盗,专门劫富济贫。与霹雳火性格相近,结为好友。

雷鞭:男
武功指数:********
武林四圣之一,尽得少林真传,身怀绝技,过后亦然还俗。脾气古怪,荒唐之极,头脑简单。对阴嫔有所好感。被毒神杀死。

雷小雕:男
武功指数:******
雷鞭之子,潇洒少年,对感情专一,一心爱着花灵铃。得父亲武学真传,算得上一条好汉。结识云铮两人成好友,但被父亲逼着娶温黛黛。过后略施小计成全云铮和温黛黛。最后遇见花灵铃,有情人终成眷属。

花霜双:女
武功指数:*******
武林四圣之一,一套“漫天花雨”独步江湖。有一段时期遗失女儿,错认水灵光为女儿,最后才母女团聚。

花灵铃:女
武功指数:****
花霜双之女,年少时对雷小雕一往情深,过后被仇家追杀,母女分散,失去记忆。最后遇上雷小雕,恢复记忆,旧情复发,母女团聚。

卓三娘:女
武功指数:*******
武林四圣之一。贪图武林禅宗“嫁衣神功”。最后对抗毒神时不幸送命。

风九幽:男
武功指数:*******
武林四圣之一。贪财,疑心重。在大旗门和五福之间的仇恨扮演重要角色。用“摄魂大法”先后迷住幺叔和云铮。最后夺得“嫁衣神功”,修炼后自食其果,把所有功力传给云铮,然而自尽。

田苏:男
武功指数:*****
风九幽之徒弟。武功不错,样貌和行踪有如鬼魅,令人不寒而栗。最后在卓三娘与风九幽战斗中被师父狠心杀死。

朱藻:男
武功指数:*******
夜帝之子,相貌堂堂,一表人才,文武双全。可惜是个花花公子,风流成性。初遇水灵光时一见钟情,后来发现他们竟是兄妹。阴嫔死后立誓终生不娶,隐居度世。

夜帝:男
武功指数:**********
一代武林至尊,无人能胜。但风流成性,结下冤孽。过后隐居许久,将毕生武功精华传授铁中棠。

夜帝夫人:女
武功指数:*********
武功极高,花了十年修炼“嫁衣神功”,但容貌丑化,下身瘫痪。过后医治铁中棠,将所有功力传授铁中棠,才得知“嫁衣神功”的秘密。她恢复容貌,双足也能行动自如,却油尽灯枯。

日后:女
武功指数:*********
云翼之妻,产下双子后被逐出大旗门,投靠常春岛,继承岛主之位,武功超群。过后与云铮母子相认,传授武艺。

阴仪:女
武功指数:********
绰号九子鬼母,凡是接到她的夺魂朱都九死一生。威名显赫,但其实为人善良,收许多残疾人士为徒。武功高深莫测。

艾天蝠:男
武功指数:******
九子鬼母之首席弟子,武侠世界里的蝙蝠侠。因看过阴嫔容貌,被挖双明。研习一套“天耳通”,与云铮对打前未曾被打在脸上过,可算武艺非凡。

梅兰竹菊:女
武功指数:****
九子鬼母座下四大魔女,现只有三个。易冰竹被潘乘风玷污后自尽。

破足童子:男
武功指数:****
九子鬼母小徒,古灵精怪。活泼贪玩,想当大英雄。

阴嫔:女
武功指数:******
九子鬼母的妹妹。绝世美女,凡看过她容貌的人都会被挖去双目。对朱藻死心塌地,后被雷鞭软禁。过后妒嫉朱藻其他女人,想要报复。最后为救朱藻甘愿挡了雷鞭一掌,然而毙命。

李洛阳:男
武功指数:****
在洛阳经营家传的珠宝生意,待人诚恳。

李剑白:男
武功指数:***
李洛阳之子,忠厚老实,但年少无知,武艺平平。

潘乘风:男
武功指数:***
风流倜傥,但为人卑鄙。计算铁中棠反被计算,最后九子鬼母魔女剑下,以为姐妹报仇。

赵奇刚:男
武功指数:***
寒风堡刀手,曾受铁毅恩惠,因而帮助铁中棠和云铮。花灵铃失去记忆后被收为义女。

无色大师:男
武功指数:*******
少林方丈,雷鞭的师侄。武艺高深,曾替云铮辽伤。

飧毒大师:男
武功指数:********
食毒教唯一幸免者,用毒高手。一心创造毒神,用冷一枫作为躯体,以便称霸武林。结果不能完全控制,被毒神杀死。

在最深沉的一面,这不是复仇的故事,不是寻宝的故事,不是称霸武林的故事。这是一个单纯,艰辛,震撼的爱情故事。问世间情为何物。。。

April 22, 2008

The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)

Posted in Entertainment, Movie at 2:16 pm by ryushin

Definitely one of the most anticipated films of the year. You know, like how the main lead looks forward to Chinese kungfu. While it ain’t exactly a bad show, I guess the humongous expectations on this took too much out of it. What do you expect when Jet & Jackie appears on the same screen together? However, there is but only one truly impressive sequence in the show, the square-off between the 2 masters themselves. The disappointment was that it occurred so early on in the film that it diminished any impact of anticipation.

Now moving on to the characters themselves. Jason Tripitikas (Michael Angarano). Why does the main lead have this name? Do not ask me my friend. He seems nothing like the revered monk to share his name. But do not ask me. If there is but 1 resemblance, he doesn’t know how to fight at all (at least initially), which brings me to a point of contention in the show I don’t quite agree with. Do you really think learning martial arts is so easy, that Jason can become a semi-pro in just weeks or months? While the opposition soldiers and lowly grunts are well… grunts, they are probably heavenly soldiers who have trained for years or decades. But no, Jason can fight them effortlessly at the end. If watching loads of Chinese kungfu show helps, I must have been on the path to greatness if I had a master now.

Next! Lu Yan (Jackie Chan). Well, I liked how he introduced himself to Jason. The drunken immortal himself is at times a scholar, at times a poet, but often a beggar I guess. Anyway, this “immortal” relies greatly on liquor to maintain his immortality, so well… its some kind of a semi-weakness. By the way, his name should be some kind of a mistake, or perhaps an effort not to confuse the bulk of audiences who do not know Chinese. It should have been Lü Yan, the given name of one of the deity in the classical [Eight Immortals], Lü Dong Bin. Jackie is also casted as the owner of this pawn shop (which also actually sell videos), known to Jason as Old Hop. For some reason, Jason fail to draw a connection between the name of this shop to someone he met later on (or earlier on, depending on how you view time vortex). Interestingly, Old Hop seems to think Crouching Tiger, Spanking Monkey is fabulous. What a pun, but not so amusing to me.

Next! We have the Silent Monk (Jet Li). The only thing being that he is the not-so-silent silent monk. The only time he really kept quiet was during the impressive fight scene against Lu Yan. At other times, he may have appeared to be quite mischievous (like when he decided to urinate on Lu Yan), which is well… reasonable when you watch till the end! But on the same note, what happened to his hair? In addition, Jet Li as Monkey King looks rather unnatural. He just doesn’t have the aura or style to portray such a bubbly character I guess. Please let him stick to the silent, cold, deep-thinking protagonist.

Next! We have Golden Sparrow (Liu Yifei). She looks good, and frankly, is one of the reason that prompted me to watch. Something bugging me is the way she refers to herself as a third person, perhaps due to a traumatic childhood when she loses all sense of self. Another thing bugging me is… why the hell does she have something of a jade hairpin that can somewhat kill the antagonist when other things can’t. Why is the hairpin so powerful that the Divine Cudgel isn’t?

Next! We have the White-Haired Demoness Bride, Ni Chang (Li Bing Bing). She actually looks very good in this show. Fits her to a dot, so endearing to me. But oh, lets not forget she is on the opposition side, so I shall not get carried away. Being a not so major character, she played her role well with maximum usage of screen time. Kudos.

Finally, we have the Jade Warlord (Collin Chou), the guy you will grow to hate, the guy you wonder how he will die… blah blah blah. He has some pretty impressive skills, but then again, is cheating coz of his superior chi, which he uses quite alot.

Overall, a pretty decent film if not for the massive reputation of the cast. It has its cool fighting sequences, comedic moments, but ultimately, is a story about growing up and maturing (albeit too fast given the duration of a movie).

April 20, 2008

Listed at Million Blog List

Posted in Blog at 12:38 am by ryushin

Read this at Ken’s and jh’s entry. I’m now listed at the million blog list.

I’m #666, a rather significant number going well with the context of my blog name. Hurhur…

April 19, 2008

“Secret” Celebration

Posted in General at 12:20 pm by ryushin

Tadadum, we celebrated Joy’s birthday together with her yesterday (though it seemed like she spent quite a bomb on it…) Anyway… before I forget, here’s reminding myself of who turned up.
Gary aka the guy who always get bullied by everyone else, hurhurhur… Sorry dude YOU are the sandbag.
Joy’s beloved HR committee – auntie Susan, Kah Hwee, Ke Wei, Alan, Chao Wei
Hong Chang aka the advisory to HR i think.
Shiaw Yan the really corny FoC (Full of Crap) guy.
Oh and this guy is important!! Susan’s BB aka Wei Le aka Xiao Hong (hahahahahahahahaha) Omg this is becoming such a puny joke. 小红脸红
Then there’s 2 of her SCGS’ “girls”, Junnie & Liying if my ears serve me right. Also happens to be our bizader seniors, you know, the ones from the older batch 😀 whoops. Crappy… double major sounds so scary already and I still think of minoring 1 more…
Then there is one more guy. Didn’t quite catch his name or anything. (if it was mentioned) Dunno which bunch he belongs to, but he plays the trombone i think.

Ok anyway we first met up for dinner at Secret Garden. Small lil’ place hiding in the midst of tall buildings… Haha, never been there before. Food looks abit ex, but I should have ordered the roast chicken as recommended!!! ARGH… it appeared to be the largest serving. You know… I’m perpetually hungry, but somehow I went for smoked salmon steak anyway… Right I think I have had enough of chicken?

After dinner Joy’s older bunch of friends left, and Hong Chang had some terrible level3 finance test today. So he left early to mug too. Rest of us went to Kbox. Xiao Hong can sing hahaha, and he can sing many many duets with auntie Susan. Omg actually I forgot who started calling her auntie. We are NOT that far off age-wise. But the best part of it is Chao Wei singing in female voice! omg, hahahaha… He can sing a duet by himself in 2 voices (distinct). But can hear him running out of breath at all the tails. Super difficult to gek the voice out and I’m surprised he can actually do it. Seriously, if we can only hear, we might have thought which cute girl was that, lol… The entire room went bursting out in laughter. Okok I can’t really sing. Joy called us (+ Alan & Gary) the rappers.

Hope she had a great night out celebrating her erm… quarter of a century years young birthday.

April 16, 2008

Semester Coming to an End

Posted in University at 7:54 pm by ryushin

Woohoo, saw the end of projects for the current semester. And will be having my final tutorial tomorrow. Hahahaha, finally! The semester is coming to an end! But of course, I still need to brace myself for the exams and get it over and done with now.

So I’m going off to… play games and watch dramas now! HAHAHA, what were you expecting?? Actually I dunno what to post now, coz recently… at least for the past week, my life revolved around financial accounting. Bleahz…

April 10, 2008

Refreshing Project Day

Posted in University at 6:35 pm by ryushin

Updates on this site is getting more sparse, thanks in no small part to the intensity of projects we are going through right on. Well, at least most of my work are cleared and so full most effort can go into the final remaining project. My long breaks for Thursdays can be put to good use for that ^_^

All right, so anyway we had a little bit of “consultation” help, though I can’t say I understood everything that was put onto the table in front of us. After all, I still a new student to the course, trying to do well in the theoretical paper.

Putting that aside, Rachel’s daddy is super cool. He’s a great fella, amiable and shall I say, rocks! Plus his car plate license is super cool too, haha, I only knew it today. Oh yea, we took a lil’ excursion out of school, which is great. The school is like a burning cauldron (over exaggerating but you get my point)…

All right, I better stop wasting such time down here and get down with work. (I need more sleep though)

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