Hong Kong’s real and puppet governments seem to have exhausted their reserves of stupidity. While they’re recuperating before the next onslaught of Mainlandizing, we have more Mulan amusement.
Cruel-But-Accurate (probably) Attack on Mulan of the Day Award goes to New Yorker – which describes the epic as an ‘Americanized celebration of Chinese nationalism’.
Vivienne Chow in the SCMP doesn’t like it either, noting ‘bland characters who convey little emotion, [lead actress] Liu’s unbearable emotionless performance, and choppy editing and scriptwriting that make the film painful to watch’. And the flying-through-the-air stuff was terrible. That’s the good side. The worst bit is the movie’s treatment of qi. (I’m not sure if there can be a ‘correct’ treatment of the supernatural force known as qi, but no doubt you can do a really bad one if you try, and Disney seems to have pulled it off.)
The funniest part of all this is that Disney involved Mainland censors and other advisors in the project, so the bad takes on Chinese culture must partly be due to the CCP. Beijing’s state press (as Chow points out) was at one stage strongly supporting the film. After it started to attract so much bad global publicity – notably of course concerning genocide in Xinjiang – official media started to criticize it, along its own nationalist anti-foreigner lines. Everyone is learning from the experience.
Quick quiz: which Hong Kong political figure’s in-laws took legal action to try to stop her from marrying their brother? Put yourself in their shoes and take a guess – you’ll probably be right.
“Vivienne Chow in the SCMP doesn’t like it either, noting ‘bland characters who convey little emotion, [lead actress] Liu’s unbearable emotionless performance…”
Ah! It wasn’t just me! I had commented to friends (admittedly without seeing the film but inescapably forced to see too many photos from the film online) that the girl starring in the film’s facial “expression” looked EXACTLY the same in every single still coming out onto the interweb. Like someone cropped a photo of the face of an overly serious runway model and photoshopped it onto every single scene throughout the film!
Maybe not outright stupidity but yet another example of the dishonesty of the puppets. From the SCMP on the testing fiasco;
More than 6,000 Hong Kong medical professionals and students
Weren’t we assured that all the testers would be properly qualified, so do students come into the picture?
As for the numberless mainland contingent, it does not inspire confidence when one learns that they were refusing (or not allowed) to take meal or rest breaks or to go to the bog – wearing nappies for heaven’s sake. Indeed, we still haven’t been told how many of these incomers were involved and precisely what they were doing.
The next article in the HK Standard after the White Wedding will also make you want to cry too:
“I felt like there was a divine power helping me. I pushed on the scooter again and again, and I was suddenly brought to the surface by the stream,” Chan said.
Chan was later found behind the rock. He said the director of the film, Stanley Tong Kwai-lai, couldn’t help but cry. “
I started crying when I realised Jackie Chan wasn’t dead.
Maybe Jackie will find God now and renounce his worship of the CCP.
Ha!! Kidding…he knows who butters his bread.
I thank Hemlock for reading bits of the Stranded (who else reads it these days?) for me, but it led me to click into the sinister thoughts of comrade Nury who apparently pens the Central Station column. He quotes what he calls a “Hong Kong financier” Antonio Gaucamole (or whatever) – one of the vile blue-rinse gweilo activists – being gleeful about another horse’s arse, Avi Yemeni, getting roughed up by Melbourne cops over a lockdown protest.
Whatever one thinks of the new-right “Ozraeli”, he did make a shaken-looking Antonio scarper after the thuggish Swiss-Italian spat his curses at some schoolkids when Yemeni was video-blogging in town last year.
Vittachi is best ignored, but he shows the depths of his visceral spite in the Standard and among his gaggle of vile pro-CCP thugs who hang out with him on FB.
At the beginning of June, before the National Security Law had been seen, the Asia-Pacific chief executive of HSBC, Peter Wong, publicly signed a petition supporting its introduction.
Rightly, people have not withdrawn their business from the bank, because they understand that this was done under compulsion.
Perhaps we should be lenient to the two actresses.
people have not withdrawn their business from the bank
Also, because there’s not much alternative.
However, one does have to question why Wong is a CCPCC delegate.
The Elect of Eleven appointing herself prosecution, judge and jury again. In a video “explaining” cross-boundary crime rules she says of 11 of the detainees:
The other 11 have committed crimes under the Crimes Ordinance and they are very serious crimes of arson, possession of explosives, making of explosives and so on.
No Ms Elect, they have been ACCUSED of committing crimes; except in your addled brain, they have not yet been found guilty in a court of law.
Michael Tien voiced a very thorough and concise analysis of the latest MTR debacle on RTHK’s 1pm News yesterday. He said that Siemens, MTR and the government should all be held accountable. Around 3.30mins in on link:
Unfortunately I cannot find a print out but it is worth listening to for a number of barbs that include top management should be accountable because “they don’t know what they don’t know’! Spot on.