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 ) ~*~*~*~ 大人 Governour 属下本是江湖布衣 I used to only be a mere civilian wandering 江湖/JiangHu 蒙大人赏识 It is thanks to your appreciation 蒙圣上恩宠 and his highness' (in reference to the Emperor) kindness 得以进身仕途 that I can give my service to the court (the Emperor's court).
多年来，属下跟随大人左右 All these years, I've followed by your side 何者为公，何者为私，岂会不知? what is duty, and what is personal, how can I not know? 我懂，朝廷律法不可不遵 I understand, the laws of the court must be followed 受人点滴也不得不报 but accepting someone's kindness, it must be repaid
公而忘私，则展昭无情 To forget what's personal for duty, I'm cold-hearted 因私害公，则展昭不为 To fail in my duties for something personal, I should not do 在公私两难之际 In between the hard choice of what's personal and duty 展昭只有先放人以报恩 I can only first let her go to repay my debt 再抓人以奉公 then capture her to fulfill my duty
大人，待展昭将凶嫌擒获 Governour, after I catch the criminal 再向大人请罪 then I will come back to accept my punishment 展昭告退 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