Friday, April 25, 2008

Chinese Movie - The Forbidden Kingdom




Jackie Chan
Hop, the thrift store owner/Lu Yan, the Drunken Immortal
成龙
饰 鲁彦, 鲁彦在生活既随兴又嗜杯中物,颇像醉拳大师。鲁彦碰上杰森以后……


Jet Li
The Silent Monk/Sun Wukong, the Monkey King
李连杰
饰 默僧, 默僧一边修行,一边四处寻找金箍棒的下落,他在世间的意义……


Collin Chou
The Jade Warlord
邹兆龙
饰 玉疆战神, 天庭里的玉疆战神,以维护天庭秩序为己任,当初耍手段禁锢了美猴王……


Liu Yi Fei
Golden Sparrow, the Orphaned Warrior
刘亦菲
饰 金燕子, 金燕子是个孤女,她人生的唯一目标就是杀死玉疆战神,为父母报仇……


Liu Yi Fei
Ni-Chang, the White-Haired Assassin
Li Bingbing
饰 白发魔女, 白发魔女原型来自于梁羽生的小说,因为受到感情的伤害变成了满头白发……








The film opens during a battle between Sun Wukong, the Monkey King (Jet Li), and heavenly soldiers amongst the clouds. It is then revealed the sequence was a dream when a young teenager, Jason Tripitakas (Michael Angarano), awakens in his room plastered with vintage kung fu movie posters. After getting dressed, he makes his way to a thrift store in Boston's China town to buy some new Kung fu DVD's. There, he converses with Hop (a prosthetics-laden Jackie Chan), the shop's eldery owner, and, while thumbing through some DVD's, he is drawn to room full of antiques and notices a golden staff. Hop tells him that the staff is to be delivered to its rightful owner and then closes the door. On his way back home, Jason is attacked by a group of bullies who force him to take them to the store so they can steal some money from the old man. Feeling betrayed Hop tries to attack the thieves with the staff, but is shot. He tells Jason that he must deliver the staff to its rightful owner. Jason takes the staff and runs from the thieves. On top of a building, he is surrounded by the bullies and suddenly he is pulled off the roof by the staff and travels back through time.

When Jason wakes up he has been transported back to ancient China. There he is attacked by Jade Warriors who try to take the staff away from him. He is helped by the Drunken Immortal, Lu Yan (Jackie Chan). Later that night, seated in a restaurant, Lu tells Jason a story of how the Monkey King caused havoc at the banquet celebrating the Jade Emperor's forthcoming 500 year period of meditation and drank of the elixir of immortality. The Emperor took a liking to Monkey and decided to award him a heavenly title, much to the chagrin of the Jade Warlord (Collin Chou), a heavenly general. The Emperor then left the Jade Warlord in charge of heaven before retreating to his period of seclusion. The Jade Warlord later challenged the Monkey King to an un-armed duel, but turned him into stone when Monkey set aside his magic staff, the source of his powers. But before he was fully immobilized, the Monkey King cast his staff away. Lu ends the tale by stating a person known as the "Seeker" will be the person to find the staff and free the Monkey King. Lu and Jason then get into a fight with the Jade Warriors who track them to the restaurant and are saved by a mysterious woman, who turns out to be the Orphaned Warrior, Golden Sparrow (Liu Yi Fei). Jason then asks Lu to teach him Kung Fu.

The Jade Warlord is notified by his men that they have seen the magical staff. The Jade Warlord then sends his bounty hunter, the white-haired assassin Ni-Chang (Li Bingbing), to retrieve it for him. When Jason wakes up in the morning he is attacked by a person dressed in white clothes, who takes the staff away. Jason, Lu, and Golden Sparrow follow the trail of the mysterious man. They reach upon a temple where the man is. There, Lu confronts the Silent Monk (Jet Li), who was the mysterious man. There they both fight for the staff. The Silent Monk later learns that the staff is meant for the traveler. The four head towards the Five Elements Mountain in the quest of freeing the Monkey King and destroying the rule of the Jade Warlord.

On the way to the Mountain, Lu and the Silent Monk teach Jason Kung Fu. They are attacked by Ni-Chang and the Jade Warriors, but before anyone got hurt the four escape on their horses with the staff intact. Ni-Chang fires an arrow into the air in the direction of the travelers. Lu is hit with the arrow and falls from his horse. In order to heal from the deep wound he needs the elixir from the Jade Warlord. Jason wanting to help Lu, heads toward the palace with the staff to exchange it for the elixir. Once at the palace he learns that the elixir was promised to Ni-Chang if she brought back the staff, but since Jason brought it, he has to fight Ni-Chang to death, the winner getting the elixir. The Silent Monk notices that Jason has left with the staff and pursues Jason along with Golden Sparrow. Back at the palace, Jason and Ni-Chang fight, with Ni-Chang having a better advantage over Jason. Ni-Chang wins the fight, but before she can kill Jason, the Jade Warlord orders her to stop. The Jade Warlord orders Jason to be killed by his men, but before they kill him, the Silent Monk and Golden Sparrow arrive. The fight begins between The Silent Monk and the Jade Warlord, Golden Sparrow and Ni-Chang. Lu then arrives at the palace, being carried by village people. Jason takes the elixir and throws it to Lu Yan who drinks it and gets his strength and energy back. Lu then fights Ni-Chang on the balcony. The Silent Monk is mortally wounded during his battle with the Jade Warlord and throws the staff to Jason. Jason takes the staff and frees the Monkey King from his statue form. The Silent Monk dies from injuries and reverts into a golden hair, revealing him to be a magical human familiar created by the Monkey King prior to his imprisonment. The fight between the Monkey king and the Jade Warlord commences. Golden Sparrow tries to kill The Jade Warlord, but is killed instead. After a long battle, Jason is able to kill the Jade Warlord and Lu Yan kills Ni-Chang. He is then thanked by the Jade Emperor for his bravery and fulfilling the people's prophecy. He is then transported back to his world.

When Jason wakes up, he is attacked by the bullies, but this time he uses his Kung Fu skills and beats up the leader. He then goes to see if Hop is alright, and learns that Hop is actually Lu Yan. Hop is taken to the hospital, before Jason leaves the scene, he sees a girl who looks like Golden Sparrow. She thanks him for being brave and tells him she will see him later. She then goes into her store (Golden Sparrow). Jason, surprised but delighted to see her, leaves and goes home, where he practices his Kung Fu.









一个夏日,这个十七岁的男孩骑着脚踏车,到波士顿唐人街的一家当铺寻找具有收藏价值的中国功夫片,但他总是在穿过自己家附近的巷子时遇到麻烦,因为杰森经常被一群混混盯上,并且常受到他们的欺负。杰森精通电子游戏,对于功夫片也是如数家珍,他总是希望自己也能成为一名功夫高手,然而当铺的老板老霍却认为,杰森根本不是这块料,他根本不知道什么是功夫。

这天,杰森偶然在当铺里面发现了一根神秘的金箍棒,竟然因此穿越“无门之门”来到了古代的中国!他发现自己已经置身于一个惊世预言中:一个使者要将传说中的武器交还给它的主人,从而解救被困在石头中五百年的美猴王。

在古老而神秘的中国,杰森开始了充满艰险的旅途。他一路遇到许多来自武侠世界或古代传说中的人物:号称是八仙之一及醉拳大师的吟游诗人鲁彦(成龙饰),报仇心切的侠女金燕子(刘亦菲饰)与沉默寡言又神秘强悍的默僧(李连杰饰)等。一行四人共同前往五指山,传说中的美猴王就被邪恶的玉疆战神(邹兆龙饰)禁锢在那里。玉帝督军派出麾下第一杀手——恶名昭著的白发魔女(资料:电影《功夫之王》剧情简介)霓裳(李冰冰饰),霓裳率领一众杀手多番追杀杰森等人,令杰森在苦心领会中国功夫的同时还要面临内心的恐惧。到底杰森的这一趟旅程是因为太过着迷功夫所作的一场幻梦,还是他真真切切的穿越时空去实现古老的预言?

醉仙鲁彦说:“你来自的世界才是梦境,要解救美猴王,必须要先救赎你自己……”

2 comments:

Tom Scott said...

i like it

Melody said...

I have heard that the Greeks had a view of time as looking at what has happened...like looking down a stream as it passed you...rather than (as Westerners usually do) looking up the stream as what is coming towards you. Perhaps this is a way to understand 下 vs. 上 when used to denote time.