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November 2nd, 2006

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11:51 pm - Some 包青天/BaoQingTian philosophy
In 包青天/BaoQingTian (BQT), 展昭/ZhanZhao (fondly called ZhaoZhao by me) says a lot of stuff that tugs the hearstrings.  But this one part, gets me every single time I watch it.

( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbEuwSHrSXc )
I used to only be a mere civilian wandering 江湖/JiangHu
It is thanks to your appreciation
and his highness' (in reference to the Emperor) kindness
that I can give my service to the court (the Emperor's court).

All these years, I've followed by your side
what is duty, and what is personal, how can I not know?

I understand, the laws of the court must be followed
but accepting someone's kindness, it must be repaid

To forget what's personal for duty,  I'm cold-hearted
To fail in my duties for something personal, I should not do
In between the hard choice of what's personal and duty
I can only first let her go to repay my debt
then capture her to fulfill my duty

Governour, after I catch the criminal
then I will come back to accept my punishment
I shall excuse myself.

For those who don't know the show, 包青天/BaoQingTian refers to a very famous judge in Chinese history who was known for his uncorruptedness.  Story has it that the colour of his skin was black (hence why in Beijing Opera, characters portrayed as honest and truthful have their faces painted with black), and upon his forehead, lies a crescent moon (sounds like SailorMoon lol). 

ZhanZhao is the captain of his bodyguards (on top of helping be the errand boy lol) and is known for his own sense of justice and righteousness.  Before serving BQT, ZhanZhao was someone of 江湖.  (How to translate this one ~__~). 

Erm...江湖/JiangHu by literal translation means "rivers and lakes"but when used to refer to someone in historical China, it usually means someone who's skilled in kung fu, does not work for the government (generally meaning the Emperor), and fights for justice for the people against the frequently corrupt government officials (in today's terms, they'd probably be labelled terrorists -__-).  Those of 江湖/JiangHu follow a set of their own unwritten, loose rules, things like;
- if someone helps you, even a little bit, you must repay them for the rest of your life (ie. if they ever need help in the future, you will do your best to help)
- honour and righteousness play a large part for those of 江湖/JiangHu
- revenge is sought on those that have wronged them or their friends
- for friends, they are willing to sacrifice their life

And often they have nicknames which are derived from their style of fighting.  However, remember, these are very very VERY loose "rules" that they go by, and of course, some follow it more strictly than others.  江湖/JiangHu isn't really an organized organization or anything, it's just the way the common civilians grew to call the group of people in Chinese history that frequently fought on the side of people against unjust governments.

So, anyway, as I was explaining, ZhanZhao used to be a "member" of 江湖/JiangHu, but unlike most, he retreated out of the goings ons and entered into servitude for the Emperor (as the bodyguard captain for BQT).  This creates a lot of conflicts for him however, since a lot of his old friends and allies see him as a traitor for joining the government, and many many times he finds himself conflicted between the right thing to do in accordance with the law, or the right thing to do in accordance with the rules of 江湖/JiangHu.

What happened before this segment of the video was that a girl had saved ZhaoZhao's life, so even though she had killed a lot of people, ZhaoZhao, in accordance with his teachings from his time spent in the 江湖/JiangHu, let her go free to repay her.  However, that means he failed in his duty as a helper to the Judge BQT (知法犯法 - "knowing the law and breaking the law", double punishment for the poor boy D=).  Hence, he comes back to the Judge to acknowledge his failure in his duties, and repent (as is displayed in the dialogue translation below).  In the first few seconds, when he takes off his hat and puts it on the table, it's a sign of resignation from his job.

(Do you have any idea how long this translation took?! =__= 江湖 alone took an hour for me to come up with an explanation, and 请罪 took another half hour DX).  It seems so simple written out, but the look on ZhaoZhao face throughout this entire thing...makes me want to hug him so badly :3

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Date:November 3rd, 2006 05:09 am (UTC)
Oh yeah, jiang hu. I just call it the fighters' world. :D

Do you love wuxia?
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Date:November 3rd, 2006 05:11 am (UTC)
I don't mind it, as long as it's not too...um...how should I say it...not too unrealistic I guess. I think I may just have a soft spot for ZhaoZhao though ^^;;
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Date:November 3rd, 2006 06:37 am (UTC)
My favourite line is the one in Yu Mei Ren, when he said 世上可以没有展昭,但是不可以没有包大人。
But it's also my most hated line...
Date:November 13th, 2006 10:29 pm (UTC)
waaaaaaaaaaa! good job

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