I’ve developed a habit of writing Latin and Greek words on my hand, as well as drawing symbols. Today I’ve drawn the yin and yang on my hand, because I love what it symbolises; there is chaos in order, and order in chaos. Good in evil, evil in good. Joy in sorrow, sorrow in joy.
ethan juan in knight of shadows is such a dumb little bitch... like if you fall in love with a demon? and she’s about to disappear into the ether then just fucking die with her or something. Instead he’s gotta go though some elaborate bullshit where he accidentally releases every demon on earth, and at the end he evaporates with her um????? longwinded much. If you weren’t such a pussy this movie would’ve been a lot more entertaining. It’s supposed to be romantic? but it’s really not like this movie isn’t even that bad but the general arc with chaichen and xiaoqian was so uneventful and anticlimactic? It was just a bunch of bitches... I would’ve given this movie a solid 7/10 if it was a movie about jackie chan and his little pig demon, but they took the wrong direction with this
We may have been angry at her during s03 but after some consideration I believe that she never had bad intentions... I believe that she genuinely loved and cared about Sander... Otherwise she wouldn’t have immediately showed up when she got that late night call about Sander running naked on the street... She loved him but in a very selfish way...
However, she did slap and belittled him. We never saw her apologising for that... But I hope she did!
Anyway, Sander is now in a loving, caring, supporting relationship with someone who treats him like the gemstone he is... His soulmate... His boyfriend and best friend... The yang to his yin... His home... 🖤🤍 And that makes me so emo...
Maybe it’s just because of my east asian upbringing, but whenever I hit the topic of gender I think of Yin and Yang; Yin is dark, quiet and feminine, and Yang is bright, loud and masculine, both opposite sides of one coin. Following the same thread, masculinity is socially outgoing, full of adrenaline and spontaneous while femininity is solitary, wise, and thoughful.
Paradoxically, men are encouraged to stick to dreary, ‘modest’ colours while the high fashions aimed at women are a flood of flamboyant colour. Socially, men are ‘alpha males’ and ‘lone wolves’ and women are ‘chatty birds’ and ‘talk too much’. Since when did humans, as a species, shirk the responsibilities of vanity on the same half of the population already burdened with creation and bearing of the young? (ik wtf)
Funnily enough, this post was inspired by a headache over which shoes I’d like to wear. (chelsea boots or brogues, if you’re bored)
The one where Qing Ming is kind of like Robin Hood but is also the adopted father of numourous children and Bo Ya just wanted his job back... or something
So it’s been brought to my attention that The Yin Yang Master (2021) is based on the video game and The Yin-Yang Master: Dream of Eternity (2020) is based on the novel which makes sense now that I’ve watched the former and seen how different they are. I wasn’t aware of this before I watched it, though, and as a result, I couldn’t help comparing it a lot. Which was a mistake because despite sharing the characters Qing Ming and Bo Ya as well as their fictional universe, they are very very different movies with different strengths and weaknesses (apart from their shared beautiful visuals and soundtrack, ofc). During this rant/rave unfortunately I won’t be able to stop myself in the comparisons as that is how I experienced the movie but I will try my best to separate them as much as possible.
BUT, before I do anything else, a summary: we start with a glimpse in the past in which Qing Ming is caught betraying the Yin Yang Bureau (yeah, so apparently there’s an entire BUREAU which explains a lot) and after killing some guy called Ci Mu, and escapes using a Thor-worthy teleportation spell. Skip some years and we have Capital Guard Bo Ya who encounters the rogue Qing Ming when he hijacks the transportation of some tributes and generally annoys the heck out of Bo Ya. When Bo Ya is suspended as a result, he goes on a journey to find Qing Ming in the Monster Realm and arrest him. Along the way he meets a girl called Shen Le equally eager to find Qing Ming. As they find Qing Ming, the pair get caught in a conflict between Qing Ming and literally everyone else, eventually being swept up in a battle to save both the human and monster worlds from the clutches of the great evil wanting to take over the world. Feat: Qing Ming’s dark past and a boss lady called Bai Ni.
One of the things that really stood out in this movie (for me at least) was the rich and colourful world it explored. Seriously, it’s like something out of Star Warsor Guardians of the Galaxy except without the space, and magic instead of guns/lightsabres. There were so many interesting monsters and places to see. I loved Qing Ming’s home and the little world it contained with all his familiars. I also loved the monster city and the Spirited Away-esque bridge thing, that was really cool. It was just so entertaining to see the characters interact with this world even some of them were also discovering with us and it felt big and detailed and creative. This world-building is something I feel this movie did better than Dream of Eternity, if only for the fact that the world felt bigger, and we got a lot more information on things that weren’t necessarily needed for the plot but were still cool to see.
I also enjoyed the fresh characters this movie presented around Bo Ya and Qing Ming. It was kind of like watching an alternate universe but that was also an awesome experience in itself because I got to see Bo Ya and Qing Ming in a different way, in different situations and I got to fall in love with more characters. I thought Shen Le was cool and I loved the sibling-like squabbling she and Bo Ya shared as it filled the Bo Ya and Qing Ming partnership-shaped hole in my heart. Same goes for badass Bai Ni and her more mature old friends-turned-enemies relationship with Qing Ming. The character who became my new favourite was the Red Ghost, though, like seriously, that ability of his was freaking awesome and made him practically indestructible. He also, like, ditched his bully captors and saw Bo Ya as worthy of being his master so he obviously has good taste. In addition, despite what I’m gonna say about the movie’s villains later, I will say that the Snow Lady/Queen was interesting. Her airy voice-thing was slightly annoying, but her powers were cool and it was awesome to see her in a fight scene. She was all swish swish, bendy bendy, ‘join my master’. I definitely liked her better than he-who-shall-not-be-named-but-will-later-be-described (I hope others who have watched are able to guess who).
I gotta say, I really mourned the loss of Bo Ya and Qing Ming’s chance to properly work as a team and bond. I mean, they did reach a place where Qing Ming was amused by the angry child chasing him and Bo Ya grudgingly respected the mischievous Yin Yang Master, but I wanted more scenes where they worked together. I felt they barely had any moments where it was just them. Oh well. That’s just me comparing it to Dream of Eternity too much, I guess.
To be fair, in pushing away Dream of Eternity from my mind, I did really like the new take on both Qing Ming and Bo Ya’s characters. Qing Ming definitely had more of a rule-breaking outcast vibe, and I thought the actor did a fantastic job. Bo Ya was adorable but in a younger, less experienced way. To that end, the relationship between Qing Ming and Bo Ya was less as equals and more of an older/ younger friendship. Which, I guess, isn’t too strange considering in this one, Qing Ming was undoubtably the main character, with less of a chance for them to share the spotlight.
Ok, so, I don’t like to complain, and I don’t say this to warn people away from the movie BUT I can’t deny that (to me) the first half of the movie definitely felt better than the second half. I don’t know, maybe that’s just when the plot really starts to kick in and for me, the plot kind of felt like the let down of the movie. It just didn’t captivate me as much and with kind of terrible villains, it just wasn’t as good for me. I love movies with a good antagonist, particularly one that doesn’t look quite so… ridiculous. Maybe it was just me but the flowing red hair, reindeer horns and giant spider hand-thing didn’t really impress me as much as an immortal snake man who actually has an emotionally driven motivation. The bridge battle didn’t really feel as high stakes as they tried to make it, I don’t know, maybe that was just me. And the way Qing Ming took down the bad guys and the way it ended? Wasn’t really satisfying to me. I guess it leaves room for a second movie? I’m not really sure. (I’m trying really hard not to spoil anything if you can tell.)
No but don’t let that dissuade anyone. Seriously, it’s still a good movie in my eyes and I enjoyed it, especially as it definitely answered a lot of the questions Dream of Eternity left me with. Yes, the plot kind of sucked but the worldbuilding was fantastic and the different realms were interesting to explore. Maybe if you plan to watch both movies, watch this one before Dream of Eternity. That way you will be able to enjoy it without comparing the plot/characters so much AND you’ll be able to go into Dream of Eternity with some knowledge of the world already and maybe come out with less questions. But seriously, they’re good movies separately. So, give it a go, I guess. If you want, that is.
Completely irrelevant side note here (screenshot below) but did Qing Ming in that scene make anyone briefly think of Inuyasha or was I the only one who was reminded my that while watched? No? Just me? Ok. I haven't even watched the anime wth why did I think of this.
It's been a week since I've watched The Yin-Yang Master: Dream of Eternity but I'm still so obsessed with it. It's been years since I've loved a movie so much.
Anyway I was thinking it's such a pity that there are some things that the English subtitles simply can't convey regarding the name of the characters. It's actually quite meaningful.
Like He Shouyue 鹤守月 and Fangyue 芳月.
So 鹤守月 means Crane Guard Moon while 芳月 would be Virtuous Moon. He was basically named like that because his whole reason for being born is to protect Fangyue the moon 😭
I was wondering why 鹤 Crane. So here're the explanations I found.
In China, the crane is seen (among other things) as a symbol of noble character and longevity. It seems it also represents long-lasting love since the bird is monogamous and stays with one partner until death. So yeah quite romantic since He Shouyue is an embodiment of Zhongxing's feelings towards Fangyue. Forever love her and stay with her.
In Japan, the crane is again a symbol of longevity and good fortune. And since He Shouyue is a paper doll, he would be a paper crane. And traditionally, it was believed that if one folded 1000 origami cranes, one’s wish would come true.
I've also seen that there was an event in the game where you could purchase Paper Crane Wishes to carry your heartfelt message or confess your love xD
All in all He Shouyue carries Zhongxing's long-lasting love and wishes towards Fangyue.
After writing all this, I was actually thinking about a particular scene in the movie where subtitles are not exactly accurate and miss out on the depth of the scene.
He Shouyue looking at the moon (Fangyue the princess) and reminiscing a memory.
Back to her first real name and to be simply the moon :'(
Here he actually says "那我就还做鹤守月,一直守着你"
Which actually means that he will then still be He Shouyue, to be always by her side.
Since she wants to be the moon, then in the next life he won't be human like he wished but he'll remain He Shouyue the Crane to Guard the Moon!!
I found this incredibly sad and poetic.
Also not quite clear on the screenshots but I loved how his eyes were tinkling due to the lights. Somehow it made it seem like he was containing his tears.