Assignment 1 for CHN11 finally came back. I reckon 85% is a bloody good mark.
I’ve organised the lovely librarian at Hawthorn to be my invigilator for the Chinese exam. Assignment 2 is now under way, along with other assessable items for my other study units. It’s starting to get a bit hectic!
So if you asked me right now, How’re things going?zěnmeyàng?
I’d have two words to reply with, Very busyhěn máng
How about 500 free lessons? If you know how to download torrents then you could have got Chinesepod.com lessons 1-500! (http://bt.chinesepod.com:81/bt/chinesepod.com1-500.torrent) No longer available though, perhaps check out the lesson sets that interest you.
A big budget blow-out for China’s film industry. Wu ji (2005) also goes under the title of The Promise and according to the Internet Movie DataBase, This is the most expensive film in Chinese history with a budget of 282,572,490 Yuan ($35 Million). I bought a DVD of it when I was in Kunming for about 10 or 15 Yuan ($2.44 in Aussie dollars), along with a decent version of the last Jet Li kung fu movie. Do I feel ripped off?
Despite the millions of chrysanthemum flowers, ten thousand soldiers and three prominent male cast (Chow Yun Fatt, Jay Chou and Liu Ye), one thing will capture your attention. Make that two.
Gong Li and her titillating assets have almost overshadowed everything else in the movie. While it may not be historically accurate for 10th Century Tang Dynasty palace females to dress so scantily, director Zhang Yimou obviously wants to make a stylistic statement right from the opening scene.
While the film obviously banks on Gong Li’s bosoms, they shouldn’t distract audience from her exceptional acting. It may be over-the-top at times, but she shows that nobody else can play this vengeful and solitary empress better than her. At this moment, she is the queen of the Chinese cinema.