Thursday, 30 March 2017

LOCH 2017 Ep 45 Huang Yaoshi vs Quanzhen

My apologies for the sloppy update of the LOCH 2017 commentaries. I can assure you though, the series is worth watching. The scenes of Huang Yaoshi being deceived into believing that Huang Rong was dead, the scene of HYS vs Quanzhen for the first time, the death of Ouyang Ke, the massacre in Taohua Island, everything was amazing. There are imperfection, but not too much to take me away from enjoying the series.

And the latest icing in the cake is HYS vs Quanzhen after Quanzhen thought that HYS murdered the Five Freaks of Jiangnan. The fight was in Ep 45, go see it now just for the fight.

I hope to post more commentaries late next week, for I have three more deadlines next week. I might post something light for the weekend, but if not, I'll see you next week!

Update 19 April 2017

I'm still here, just being busy with real world problems... 

Min 3:28... did Michael deflect that sword himself?

Surely it was a prop sword, but it seems he deflected it himself with HYS's jade flute (the sword then hit a piece of wood). 

That reminds me of when Viggo Mortensen's Aragorn deflected a real sword from an Uruk Hai in Lord of the Rings... Not that the sword in LOCH 2017 was real... but still cool...

Saturday, 18 March 2017

My 1980 Jianghu (Gongwu) OST list

I told Hannah a while ago that I was listening to a compilation of 1980 Jianghu/Gongwu Original Soundtracks from iTunes. Hannah asked me for the list, but I haven’t got around to it until now.

Hope you find it useful. I'm sure Spotify etc can also provide you with this list. Let me know what else to add, I’m most interested in the TVB 1980s songs. I’ll also update this list as I find ‘new’ songs to add (I want to add the Foundation songs etc). The detailed songs (with Chinese characters to copy-paste) are after the break. All songs are in Cantonese.

The Godmother

Source: Rob Radboud

Apologies for the silence; I’ve been having some deadlines and writing blocks that made my submissions not progressing much. I will still publish my commentaries on LOCH 2017, though I’m already 3 weeks behind the schedule now. However, publishing those commentaries mean that I need to watch the series again, and I need to dedicate a special time for that, which I don’t have at the moment. Nonetheless, I miss MB… a lot. Hence, this article for this weekend.

Only recently I learned that Barbara had a godmother in Hong Kong. The kind godmother was no other than Mrs Lee Heung-kam, who portrayed Mrs Kam in ‘United We Stand’ 1984 and the Old Lady Kam (Kam tai-kwan) in ‘Chor Lau Heung’ 1984. Mrs Lee also portrayed Abbess Ruthless in ‘Heaven Sword and Dragon Sabre’ 1986, and as Tony Leung’s mother-in-law in ‘Yang’s Saga’ 1985.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

If I Loved You Less

Update 18 March 2017: I've edited the info about Michael/Barbara concert in Singapore. I don't think it was in 8 April 1985, for Barbara already cut her hair by 6 April 1985. Hence, some premises for this article have been revised accordingly. I have also added some newspaper clippings here and there.

I am somewhat reluctant in writing this, but I thought I’d give it a go. The reason for my reluctance is because bringing up the past can disturb the present. But… I just have to write this.

I am new to MB (since September 2015, that’s considered still new IMO), though I’ve been a fan of Michael and Barbara separately. When in late 2015 I realised their unfulfilled potentials as a couple, I was rather devastated. Then I tried to balance myself by thinking that Michael and Barbara would, just as Michael said, just share a friendship or, again as Michael put it, brotherhood, instead of unrequited love. I even wrote it as such when I wrote a post during Barbara’s commemoration last year. That Michael and Barbara might have had a thing, but they doused it off. And that’s that. But it was just a vague guess…

Upon receiving some old photos of MB from Hannah and Cynthia last December and January, I became more certain about one thing: something did happen between Michael and Barbara in 1983-1984, and it was quite big that it almost changed MB’s relationships with their official significant others at that time. Thus, this post is about how I came to that conclusion. With all due respect to Kent Tong and Jaime Chik, particularly Jaime who has been a very amazing wife to Michael… allow me to write up my speculations here.