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My plants are doing really well.


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Apr. 17th, 2006 03:31 pm (UTC)
icon hoo-rah!
You never could beat me, Egg Shen!
Apr. 17th, 2006 03:33 pm (UTC)
Peasant magic is the best magic. In all honesty, Egg didn't beat Lo Pan, Jack Burton did. Egg defintiely helped a lot though.
Apr. 17th, 2006 03:35 pm (UTC)
god, would you leave jack burton alone!
we are all in his debt. he has shown great courage!

egg guided them through the caves of the drowned trees; even lo pan admits that.

what's that?
the black blood of the earth.
you mean oil?
no, i mean the black blood of the earth!

i could go on and on.
Apr. 17th, 2006 03:55 pm (UTC)
Re: god, would you leave jack burton alone!
i love that movie.....i am so gonan buy that bitch
Apr. 17th, 2006 03:56 pm (UTC)
i got it mang
when i was in china, for like $1.25. i heart me some piracy!
Apr. 17th, 2006 04:22 pm (UTC)
Re: i got it mang
i cant wait till china actually makes stuff of their own( tech and movie wise, china already makes everything anyway)...so we can start stealing all there shit.
Apr. 17th, 2006 04:06 pm (UTC)
it is truly, the gift that keeps on giving
it is one of the hallowed greats in my world.
Apr. 17th, 2006 03:46 pm (UTC)
how strange
the gods of netflix dropped this little jem on me this weekend, for the woman's first viewing. we had a huge debate afterwords about why burton was on that mission to begin with. my supposition was that he was not a hero at all, he was just a guy with one good trick - catching stuff (i.e. the bottle in the beginning). i say egg knew that and brought him along because he knew he was going to be needed for that one skill in the end. if that's the case, egg rocks even harder than i thought. opinions? comments?
oh yeah, and what do you think happened with the imitation beastman at the end?
Apr. 17th, 2006 03:52 pm (UTC)
interesting theory
i think it actually represents the chinese manipulation of the western culture to repress other parts of the culture. see, for example, the boxer rebellion, where the boxers used anti-western sentiment to crush others.

i'm so full of shit.
Apr. 17th, 2006 03:55 pm (UTC)
Re: interesting theory
no, you have a point there - there's the whole 'china is here' speech, where burton finds out this is basically ancient chinese history screwing his day up, and the two girls that are key? one's white, and the other is at least partly (chinese girls don't have green eyes)...
Apr. 17th, 2006 03:59 pm (UTC)
some thing change, some stay the same
excellent point. we should write a paper on this topic.
Apr. 17th, 2006 04:05 pm (UTC)
Re: some thing change, some stay the same
rockin'! i'll take it a step further - when lo pan was cursed in 300bc (or wtf it was) china was almost entirely insular and ignorant of the outside world, yesno? so when lo pan was ordered to find a girl with green eyes, it was roughly equivalent to being told he'd be uncursed when pigs fly.
the other side is that the emperor who cursed him knew he'd be making lo pan somebody else's problem by making the solution to his curse something that could only be found on the other side of the world. not sure which way i lean there...
Apr. 17th, 2006 04:14 pm (UTC)
assuming that ancient chinese demons/gods were part of a realistic cosmology, and they had half the powers those legends say they did, they would have never let things go down the way they did when it came to western expansion. granted, it still looks like we will all be speaking chinese in two generations, but i think they would have done that at any one of the several turning points in history where china could have swallowed the west.

the movie is good precisely because of what we are bssing about here. it is poorly enough put together to be cult classic, with a sprinkling of classic enough to make it a wild ride.

jsut think, the original tale was set in the wild west (a la the Kung Fu series). samurai vs cowboy (which is what burton's char was supposed to be). Carpenter had it rewritten 2x, and rushed it to beat out "The Golden Child". makes me wonder how it would have done if he hadn't had to rush it,.
Apr. 17th, 2006 04:29 pm (UTC)
Re: problem
not like the golden child was that great a flick to beat :-p

so you're saying it can't be real because the chinese gods would have kicked some serious butt before now - what if it's all part of a master plan? who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of ancient chinese gods?
Apr. 17th, 2006 04:09 pm (UTC)
that theory, imo, largeley depends on how much of a future-seer egg is. the way it is played/scripted, jack just seems to be the right person at the wrong time (or the other way around). if you do support your theory though, it does fit in to a lot of the east vs. west stuff, which is very important to the undertones of the original story (this movie was based on a short story which was made into a western).

as to the fight - neither lo pan nor egg shen won when they faced off in the magic duel. their projected images broke each other's swords, and the spell ended. then distractions abounded.

burton was pretty good at bullshitting too. never underestimate that skill!

obviously, carpenter was leaving the wild man in for a sequel chance. i hope, at this point, that never happens, especially since good ol egg is dead =(
Apr. 17th, 2006 04:19 pm (UTC)
Re: hm
you know, i thought there was almost a kurasowa aspect to the 'stranger riding into town to save the day' aspect. makes sense that it was a western :-p

and trust me, out of all the unwashed masses out there, there are very few who appreciate the fine art of the bullshit as much as i. but how did jack display such a quality? fast talking his way past a few desk jockeys?
Apr. 17th, 2006 04:25 pm (UTC)
Re: hm
he bullshits through 80% of the movie.

thats his thing...with ladies...with villans ...with undead dudes....cross eyed asians.
Apr. 17th, 2006 04:29 pm (UTC)
Re: hm
yes, but not -well-
Apr. 17th, 2006 06:07 pm (UTC)
anyone who bullshits that much to the people he was bullshitting to, and manages to stay alive, bullshits well.
Apr. 17th, 2006 06:22 pm (UTC)
Re: um
i still say he stayed alive thru no fault of his own - i mean, two out of three lieutenants basically exploded themselves!
Apr. 17th, 2006 03:56 pm (UTC)
Re: ha
egg did beat him in that little schwartz fight they had in the beginning - lo pan ran away, and egg was sidetracked by the exploding lieutenant
Apr. 17th, 2006 03:44 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad to finally see that you've decided to use a photo of yourself as an icon, babe.
Apr. 17th, 2006 04:10 pm (UTC)
say that again
to my good eye!
Apr. 17th, 2006 05:27 pm (UTC)
Aren't plants supposed to be green? :D

And, that's the dude from Tremors in our icon, yesno? Ol' squinky eye from "The Golden Child"?

"He can ask for the knife again!"


Apr. 17th, 2006 06:06 pm (UTC)
i liked the sepia filter
it amde the picture look warmer. trust me, the plants are very happily green.

as to the icon, that is, indeed, Vic Wong, may he rest in peace.
Apr. 18th, 2006 01:59 am (UTC)
is that a bong?

no, it's bamboo. . .
what language do you speak to your plants in?

good golly, miss a couple days and livejournal goes all IFC on you
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