Category: film

animation-appreciation-education: scenery 大鬧天…



大鬧天宮 / Dà nào tiān gōng
(Havoc in Heaven)

Wan Laiming

filed under: China, 1960s

letsflytoasiarenata: Someone once said, go to…


Someone once said, go too far from home and you will lose your roots. Kill too many people and you will forget yourself. If you die in battle, your life will sink into the ground like rain and vanish without a trace. If at that time, you fall in love with someone, hope will blossom again from the earth and embrace life with passion. Wentai, thank you.

Mulan: Rise of a Warrior (2009), dir. Jingle Ma

letsflytoasiarenata: I was under the spell of …


I was under the spell of the fox demon. At the time my heart was only for you, but my eyes were drawn by this skin.

Painted Skin: The Resurrection (2012), dir. Wu Ershan



Zhou Xun as Xiao Wei in Painted Skin (2008)

bethmartell: movies list (▼) “The Banquet / …


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“The Banquet / Legend of the Black Scorpion"  (2006 – Dir. Feng Xiaogang)



bethmartell: movies list (▼) “Hero” (2002 – D…


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“Hero” (2002 – Dir. Zhang Yimou)

Is Mulan getting bathed,dressed up and makeup …

Is Mulan getting bathed,dressed up and makeup applied on her face,meeting the Matchmaker,reciting the admonition and tasked to pour the tea accurate in ancient Chinese customs?


Hi! I looked into it, and I couldn’t find the specific method in which ancient Chinese women went to meet the matchmaker. However, based on what I’ve found, the matchmaker’s examination of Mulan as depicted in the film doesn’t seem to have existed.

The matchmaker’s job in ancient China was to connect potential brides with potential grooms. When a boy’s parents found a potential daughter-in-law, the parents contacted a matchmaker. If the girl and her parents accepted the proposal, the matchmaker would match their birth dates using Chinese fortune telling. If the results were good, the bridegroom’s family arranged for the matchmaker to present a bride price and a dowry to the bride’s family. The matchmaker also assuaged the conflict of interests and general embarrassments on the part of two families largely unknown to each other when discussing the possibility of marriage. (Source)

Therefore, it appears that matchmakers’ clients were primarily the boys’ families (rather than the girls’), and that they were focused on connecting couples in which one side had already shown an interest toward the other. Therefore, testing the girls (reciting admonitions, pouring tea) would be unnecessary.

changan-moon: The White Snake and Green Snake….


The White Snake and Green Snake. 呼葱觅蒜

bethmartell: movies list (▼) “House of Flyin…


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“House of Flying Daggers"  (2004 – Dir. Zhang Yimou)