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have had a week of running around with a hundred things to do at work. now they know i am leaving at the end of the month and they are worried! however, there a little twist to last entry's story, T1mken has told my company they that do not want to replace me with another consultant, they want to use some internal resource to take care of all my duties.... yikes!
anyway, in a few minutes i will be driving off to akron/canton's airport, then flying to denver and then to LAX, to drive down to newport beach where i will spend the night. Have a huge list of things and ppl to see in LA this weekend, i will be lucky if i can fo half of them, we know how complicated that city can be with the traffic and the actual distances...
to end, watched [size=4]initial D [/size]and what can i say... the movie is a bit better than the regular HK movie nowadays, the level of comedy it is pretty well maintained during the whole movie and the car actions scenes are good enough. it was funny to see all these chinese dudes playing japanese characters... now this is not the case of [size=4]memoirs of a geisha[/size]! this is a HK movie that is based on a japanese comic book where the HK producers chose a group of HK actors to do it. [size=4]memoirs of a geisha[/size] is a US movie based on book on japanese geisha and they used three chinese actress to play the three main roles! go figure...
now, i don't understand how that guy jay chou (zhou jielun) is so famous and supposed to be eye-candy??? the guy is very low average looking and can't i even talk! how can a person who is an actual singer talk like that without even opening the mouth to pronounce well? i dunno... must be the son of someone famous...
one more note, the driving techniques shown in the movie, like the "hand brake balancing" and the "toe and heel gear changing" exist, but are not performed in the moments or in the ways they are showned in the movie... not that u were going to try that... most of u drive automatic cars anyway.... booh! ;);)
woah, sunday morning and my weekend plan is still untouched:
[list][*]"complete my article on olympic wushu/berkeley cmat" - all i did is found the tape where i have the interviews of bryant fong and cui yahui and organize the pics i collected from several sources.[*]"see a friend from spain probably tomorrow night" - shame on me, i received two calls from him but did not reply, i didn't feel like going to the city last night, instead i stayed home watching DVD's. I will have to give him some lame excuse next week.[*]"organize my apartment" - ha, this is like a joke, i only have two big boxes left and 3/4 of shelf furniture to organize, still i don't do it...[*]oh, and the activity score ended skate 4 - wushu ZERO :([/list]so on the movies side, i watched two interesting independent movies, hard to rate though, one is [u]chinese chocolate[/u] made in canada mostly with chinese actors that is supposed to explore sexuality of chinese women living in the west, but to me what it really does is highlight the aweful situations that inmigrants have to go thru, in this case, women. I can relate perfectly to those stories becuase i have been friends with chinese inmigrants in all the countries i have lived, so i have seen stories and met people like the ones shown in the movie and even worse than that.
another of the DVD's i saw was an independent, more on the experimental side, korean movie called [u]301/302[/u]... domestic violence and psychological problems or effects shown under strong symbolism of food, story is told in dissorder with a lot of flashbacks.
last DVD, a hongkonese production called "men in their fortys (nan ren si shi)" but just found out in english is called "[u]july rhapsody[/u]" hehe... oh man, this movie tells the story of a guy at 40 being teased by a highschool 17 y.o. girl... no comments! the guy is married and has two kids, has also some wicked past stories with his wife and they are revealed to their older son... interesting movie, but can be a bit hard for those who are getting closer to 40 and like young girls ;).
the girl happens to be the very realistically cute karena lam, the same one who acted in that leslie cheung movie "inner senses", the man is a very convincing jackie cheung.
okay, let the sunday continue...
Jackie does a great dark world of Film Noir drama, and does it right!
I notice there are several kinds of Jackie Chan fans, among them there is huge group in the US that only know him for his work post the Rush Hour and Shanghai Noon series and perhaps have catched one or of his older HK movies. Other may only like his hardcore martial art classics or modern day actioners. But for a good number of them it seems hard to grasp the idea that Jackie can deliver a movie, great dark world of Film Noir drama as Shinjuku Incident.
The setting and story are solid and well done. The level of violence may be high but the total amount of violence is surprisingly little, with the majority of the film dealing with the characters' trials and tribulations. It is a serious film, well shot, well acted and the cast were well suited.
Overall, I found this film to have right amount of drama, suspense and action, also educational and sensitive. This is definitely one of Chan's highest marks out of his own perhaps pre-established "genre", and I hope to see more of the new, dramatic Chan in the future.