February 2, 2011

Freakalicious Long Time

Posted in Blog, Drama, E-Gaming, Entertainment, Movie, University at 11:58 pm by ryushin

Felt like eons since I last posted. Of course that is some serious exaggeration over there but it does seems that way. As far as the last semester of my Bachelor Degree goes, I say there are some good and bad. Taking 3 modules, 2 of which at this point is really easy for me, probably will be for the whole semester. We’ll take 1 step at a time and see. The bonus is that I’m taking it with one of my best-est buddy, one of few whom I can talk all sorts of nonsense and intelligent issues with. Makes all the horrible 8-am lessons a lil’ bit alleviated. Oh well, something nasty happened in my 3rd module. Maybe not nasty, but something which I definitely do not take pleasure in. Why does this kind of irritating shit happens to me almost every semester. On top of those 3 modules, I actually have my final year project, which is the real deal that’s taking the piss out of me. Terrible terrible stuffs over there that stumped us.

Anyway, I am not mugging too hard btw in case all of you who dunno are wondering why I MIA so long. The usual suspects are games, dramas, movies. Particularly a game is taking a hellavu lots of time outta me. Lemme go thru them quickly. Lets start with the watchables first. Given the long period since my absence, I must say that the list below is shorter than what I would expect, or some people would expect. Mostly it is populated with good shows because well, I have taste 😀 Looking at the list, oh manz, I must have really missed out quite a number of good shows down the road that I had to catch up on, and still plenty more to go.

Dramas
诱情转驳 (2010)
大丫鬟 (2010)

Movies
苏乞儿 (2010)
Zombieland (2009)
Ghost Rider (2007)
The Lookout (2007)
Million Dollar Baby (2004)
28 Days Later (2002)
City of God (2002)
A Beautiful Mind (2001)
The Patriot (2000)
阿虎 (2000)
Face Off (1997)
Heat (1995)

But alas a certain Dragon Age is putting me off from dramas and movies for time aplenty. Game of the Year 2009, of one of the, anyway. Totally hooked now, and still barely a third through the original game, with expansion to follow. I have already decided to use the easier difficulties to breeze thru the game for the plot now rather than use a mod to give the enemies an obscene amount of life. People who enjoy rpgs should definitely try it if you have not. Particularly to get the feel since Dragon Age 2 is coming out in a little over a month’s time! I’ll leave the Guild Wars ramblings to next time I guess, there will be a chance.

P.S. spent quite some money recently catching up with various groups of friends and having decent food. But I shudn’t go into detail bcos it doesn’t exactly captures interest, and I wanna post this before midnight. You know, this will be my final post before the new Lunar Year kicks in. My resolution is to…

August 1, 2010

That Time of the Year Again

Posted in Drama, Entertainment, Movie, University at 12:22 am by ryushin

If you are wondering, its the bidding period for NUS, my local uni, for the latest semester to be. For me, this shall be the 2nd last one of my undergrad life. Being the master bidder that I am (heh!), I still managed to secured just about the modules I want, with some (not many) points remaining to mount a final assault in the last semester. I know of many people in my faculty who has major major problems trying to get their mods, or any for that matter. It boils down to a couple of key decisions of the school management that have compounding (negative) effects on my cohort’s bidding ability. There should have been retroactive actions to help us tackle the situation, but no. All the faculty keeps doing is to provide insufficient vacancies and resort to appeals to put (most of us) through to the modules we need anyway. More work for both sets of people, BUMMER. Something needs to change man.

Not much happening for me over here, as I nowadays mostly hide at home to watch dramas and play games. I have not finished the latest drama I started since a couple of weeks ago. Soon, soon, the epic finale is coming soon. If they even bothered to show all the rightful battles, sequences, major plots, and all important figures accordingly, I reckon it should be at least twice the length now, maybe thrice. Hic I guess I’ll go into it some time next post, if I remember.

Oh yes my bro has got a job now. Hoorah. All teh allowance shalt belongz to moi 😀 Meanwhile, I did clear a couple of watchables recently, but I had yet to watch Inception… bahness.

Movie
枪王之王 (2010)

Dramas
谈情说案 (2010)
蒲松龄 (2010)

July 19, 2010

Reliving the Dreams

Posted in Drama, E-Gaming, Entertainment, Food, General at 11:29 pm by ryushin

Heya I’m back after more than 10 days. Actually this post title might be a bit misleading, but let’s get to that later. I’ve been spending my time recently between some games, 2 dramas and the usual net surfing. The World Cup has already long passed so I guess I don’t need to talk about it too much now. On account of Germany’s showing, I do hope they can scale even greater heights 4 years from now when the aspiring young players start to mature.

Right, what now. Actually I had spent quite some time on Football Manager 2010 due to the fervor brought on by the WC. I decided to pick up a puny team, Crewe, and managed to bring them to the Barclays Premier League in a couple of years. But it starts to get very irritating when all the big clubs start circling around my players like how eagles hunt for their preys. It just gets more difficult when suddenly all my best players are eager to leave for greener pastures. Boo, I shall put it away for now and stop the game. I dunno, perhaps the WC fever had died off. Argentina won Brazil 2014 in my simulation.

Went out last Saturday with my uni clique to celebrate Min Yao’s birthday, which he amazingly and alarmingly forgot about. Had some good Dim Sum at Crystal Jade. Thankfully didn’t order too much food. The girls ate super little and its up to me and Gary to save the day again. We spent a little just over $97 on the meal, for 7 person, which is a reasonable price, but again, the girls didn’t eat much. My very pathetic and lousy estimate says that we ordered over 20 笼/plates (its this long right?) of food. I like the chestnut cake lah, rocks much more than the carrot cake. But alot of ppl never eat before and didn’t try it. I do admit at first sight the colour doesn’t look too appealing. But oh well, it rocks.

Now finally, what is this post title about. Nope I don’t have any dreams to share over here. Rather is has to do with Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Erm I’m currently watching the latest adaptation, once again a China production, of this epic novel / Chinese classic. I kind of already know the entire outline of the plot, though not in as much detail as I wished. So knowing the epic feats that some epic characters will perform, its kind of the longing to embrace their heroic dreams again. Certainly I still learnt alot from this new drama, more detailed about the plot, and maybe some characters. This actually has pretty impressive war and duel scenes where people do not actually seem redundant. You know, alot of fighting scenes in subpar shows where multiple fighters engage in a battle, there are bound to be some wonderful jumping around in the background by some of the fighters while they wait for their turn to be pummeled. I always find that amusing. But so far, I don’t think I’ve seen any of this retarded act now. War is brutal, war is serious, the soldiers fight, for their lives, and honour. No stupid jumping around. And the 1-vs-many duels are always nice to see.

March 17, 2010

《书剑恩仇录》(2009)

Posted in Drama, Entertainment at 8:19 pm by ryushin

乔振宇 饰 陈家洛 / 福康安
郑少秋 饰 乾隆
刘德凯 饰 于万亭
周丽淇 饰 「翠羽黄衫」 霍青桐
颖儿 饰 「香香公主」 喀丝丽
梁家仁 饰 「天池怪侠」 袁士霄
黄一飞 饰 「秃鹫」 陈正德
元秋 饰 「雪雕」 关明梅
董志华 饰 「绵里针」 陆菲青
李冬霖 饰 「火手判官」 张召重
任伟 饰 和珅
杨一帆 饰 「金爪铁钩」 白振
游雅惠 饰 布倩佳
贺生伟 饰 「追魂夺命剑」 无尘道长
张平 饰 「千臂如来」 赵半山
刘乃艺 饰 「奔雷手」 文泰来
谭建昌 饰 「黑无常」 常赫志
钟亮 饰 「白无常」 常伯志
李源 饰 「武诸葛」 徐天宏
王岗 饰 周仲英
李呈媛 饰 周绮
徐小明 饰 「铁塔」 杨成协
吴元俊 饰 「九命锦豹子」 卫春华
卢誉文 饰 「石敢当」 章进
齐芳 饰 「鸳鸯刀」 骆冰
赵冬柏 饰 「鬼见愁」 石双英
张凯 饰 「铜头鳄鱼」 蒋四根
吴浩康 饰 「金笛秀才」 余鱼同
路晨 饰 李沅芷

Wootz, the cast list is already very long, but already excludes a number of semi-important people. This adaptation is based on Jinyong’s novel. Interestingly, it was Jinyong’s first novel, which happens to be the latest in terms of historical timeline. For those of us who subscribe to the martial arts deterioration theory, we do see that the martial arts in this era are not the flashy mega-powered feats of energy blasts etc, but on the other hand we do get to see some slick movements and techniques in the conventional sword bouts (or other weapons) kind of way.

One thought I had was how come this novel seems to be less appreciated/popular amongst Jinyong’s novels because the overall feel is great. It is a multi-sided conflict with factions, and hidden factions within factions, vying for their own agenda. With the sheer number of super smart people around, it provides for a nice story progress where people try to outwit others, and manipulate situations to their advantage, whether in the light or hidden in the shadows.

Plot wise, I guess I cannot reveal too much, since probably enough people who have no idea might wanna watch some adaptations of this story. (Please note that there are criticisms that this version differs the most from the novel amongst all the adaptations. Haha originally I had wanted to watch the Vincent Chiu version but I missed it again when my local tv station broadcast it.) But the underlying plot is the mission of the Red Flower Society, an organization of pugilists, in an attempt to overthrow the Manchurian government. The surface confrontation between the 2 factions, as well as the hidden confrontation beneath the secret of both, is further complicated by an alliance of 7 Islamic tribes. I dunno if it seems like little factions to you, but when you know the intricate weaving between all the characters, you will marvel at the grandiosity of it.

There are two other particular things of note here. Surprisingly, there are quite many happy endings for loving couples in this story, unlike many martial arts novels where 有情人终不能成眷属. But ultimately the final ultimate mission is a failure, for we know that the Qing dynasty continued in power until Yuan Shikai and Sun Yat Sen came into the picture. The second thing is the absence of an explicit indication of which person is the finest martial artist in the story. But from observations, I think that a particular person should be the strongest. I’ll leave that to your own discretion. In any case, it didn’t matter as well because fists don’t win you the holy grail in an elaborate plot, for we know Qian Long is the ultimate victor. But is Qian Long truly happy? I doubt so, at least not in the context of this story.

January 26, 2010

《ID精英》 (2009)

Posted in Drama, Entertainment at 1:30 am by ryushin

郭晉安 饰 方浚杰
鄧健泓 饰 歐順風
曹永廉 饰 鄭柏宇
姜大偉 饰 麥啟銘
黃德斌 饰 胡傑琛
蒙嘉慧 饰 葉安琪
唐詩詠 饰 葉安兒
黃智賢 饰 鍾志榮
梁靖琪 饰 鍾志欣
陳展鵬 饰 麥子軒
姚嘉妮 饰 張思敏
陳國邦 饰 梁智倫
蔡子健 饰 韓永年
朱慧敏 饰 程佩嘉

This is a very nice drama with lots of twists throughout the plot. Btw the ID in the title stands for Immigration Department, which you will know just after the opening theme song (if you pay attention to the screen). Otherwise, you should know early in episode 1 anyway. Hey I guess it is a refreshing change after all the types of police shows we have been exposed to.

Dealing with illegal immigrants is a core focus of the series, and much to my surprise, not a single personnel in the unit is equipped with a pistol. Can you imagine what might be smuggled in aside from illegal immigrants? Maybe drugs, and what about firearms? Whether or not it occur in the show is irrelevant, but amazingly for a unit which may sometimes be the first point of contact with dangerous criminals, they have no sort of firearm to defend themselves.

Next, there are really some complicated relationships in here, as well as non-standard family structures. Nonetheless, to no surprise, the entire story meshes well together. You can observe many logical emotions here, despair, hopelessness, pride, fear, agony, rage, and more. Along the way, there are pretty steep growth for some of the main characters, accompanies by the tear-jerking heart-wrenching moments neccessary.

After all the twists in the show, so you think you know who is good and who is bad? Maybe you really do, or maybe I’m trying to kid you? Btw don’t go around finding spoilers otherwise it will destroy the essence of this good show. Meanwhile, as you go along, you can also guess who will end up with who eventually given the not so simple webs of love-hate relationships.

Definitely watch this.

January 21, 2010

《八仙全传》 (2009)

Posted in Drama, Entertainment at 5:19 pm by ryushin

郭晋安 饰 韩湘子
贾   青 饰 艳   彩
康   华 饰 何晓云
何中华 饰 吕   岩
郭羡妮 饰 白牡丹
毛林颍 饰 蓝彩和
邵传勇 饰 张   果
王妍苏 饰 罗美卿
朱海飞 饰 曹景休
陈大伟 饰 花   龙
施   羽 饰 汉钟离
吴岱融 饰 铁拐李

Finished this series on my miotv. Pardon the relatively long cast list. I thought its unfair to just list the few more famous actors/actresses. In fact, I admit I dunno most of them, as this is a collaboration effort between Hong Kong and China (maybe more). But as I saw the pretty very high ratings on some chinese webbies, I decided to give this a try. After all, I only watched a crappy version of 八仙 before, which happens to be a local production of my domestic tv station.

Now I’ll be honest and tell you, the front part is awfully boring. At that point I did hesistated, and eventually the watching of this drama was split into 2 phases. Why? Because I contemplated ditching it. In between I caught many other shows. It was THAT boring. Little action, sometimes bordering on being retarded. I mean I don’t understand how those characters think. Plus slow dialogues and plots revolving around the same thing over and over again without much important progress.

After a couple of such horrendously cringe-worthy arcs, finally things start to turn around for the better. And it is all good speed from there. More actions, the pace is faster. The characters start to show that they use their brains, though there are still those wtf moments, and it becomes a much more serious and intelligent drama. However, the good thing is the comedy element that is scattered throughout the entire series. So it has been pretty good. But then again, the ending is really really lame… and I would say, rather illogical. It seemed like it could be wrapped up more nicely.

Oh yea, there are some pretty music to be heard in here. I’m not sure if its really nice or there is some psychological influence. For those of you who know, its 韩湘子 related, in his endeavor to compose the greatest piece to give the world. Well I guess in the end all 8 of the deities are enlightened, though the process is not pretty. There are sacrifices made, and plenty of things to be upset about.

If there is one thing you can see from this here, its about how difficult it is to be selfless and think about the greater good when the stakes concerned involve items of extreme value to you, pertinently relationships, be it love, family or otherwise. If I was to be in their shoes, would I be able to do the same thing? Perhaps not… perhaps not…

December 30, 2009

《学警出更》 (2007)

Posted in Drama, Entertainment at 9:16 pm by ryushin

吴卓羲 饰 钟立文
陈键锋 饰 李柏翘
陶大宇 饰 张景峰
郭羡妮 饰 袁慧妮
容祖儿 饰 张念恩
徐子珊 饰 文   静
关智斌 饰 袁家富

Hahaha I actually watched this after the sequel. Think of it from another perspective. I know which characters remain in the sequel and try to imagine what can possibly happen to the rest of the important cast. Though at the end of it all, it wasn’t accounted for! (most of them anyway)

Well, for one I think at times this one is more exciting. The sequel deals mainly with druglords, while there are more action in this part. Seems like the bond between liwen and boqiao really took its shape from here. While they are the mains, coz supposedly ever present in all 3 parts so far, they are totally overshadowed by tao da yu in his wonderful role as zhang jing feng. Just feels so right. I am really full of admiration for the character in show, someone who can give his all to all his buddies and subordinates, yet using ingenious ways to train up his men. He is prolly one of the inspiration figure for liwen and boqiao besides boqiao’s dad. I wonder why his name wasn’t mentioned at all in part 3. Boo

There doesn’t seem to be much fault about the way people react in the show to stuffs. Very human, very realistic. TVB is still the best in this aspect. Somehow it feels more natural to grow a liking for someone this way. Once again, tao da yu exudes so much charm that probably everyone (viewers) must be rooting for him in everything he does, and grudgingly clenching their fists when things don’t go his way. Hurhur…

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