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April 21st, 2009


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06:28 pm - 我的团长我的团/My Chief and My Regiment
I never watched those Chinese war movies when I was a kid, I left China too early for me to understand them and after growing up my mom didn't bother showing them to me because a) they weren't available here and b) I wouldn't have understood them anyways since, up until last year, I knew very little about China's contemporary history. 

Today, I watched one.  It's called 我的团长我的团/My Chief and My Regiment.  The actors are the same set from 士兵突击/Soldiers Sortie (who came up with these craptastic translations?? O__o).  I watched 士兵突击/Soldiers Sortie last year and bawled my eyes out several times, the actors were all cast so perfectly in their roles, the script was unbelievable and I certainly appreciated a chance to see into the what life for a People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldier can potentially be like.

While 士兵突击/Soldiers Sortie is based on the PLA of today, 我的团长我的团/My Chief and My Regiment rewinds history to 1942, during the war against the Japanese invasion.  I kind of cringed when I first heard, I'm not enthusiastic about war movies.  They hit too close to reality for me, documentaries are one thing as they usually just narrate the facts and casualties are reduced to numbers, but movies make it a point to tug on your heart strings.  Given the casting and my appreciation for the great job they did in 士兵突击/Soldiers Sortie I'll finish watching 我的团长我的团/My Chief and My Regiment, but I get the feeling I'd better pull my tissue box out.

一群纯爷们儿, 呵呵。

For those of your who can understand Mandarin and are interested (it's only available in Mandarin, sorry, no English subtitles);

士兵突击/Soldiers Sortie on youtube playlist;
eps 1-28 COMPLETE
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=21D306E267A21F57



我的团长我的团/My Chief and My Regiment on youtube playlist;
part 1, eps 1-25:
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=4AAD0EB6F2E278E5
part 2, eps 26-48 COMPLETE:
http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=A65F728C76604FFD

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From:sweet_gable
Date:April 21st, 2009 09:52 pm (UTC)
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士兵突击 <-- I've only seen a few random flashes while my parents were watching it. A family friend of ours is in that!
though it was a tiny role and he got killed quickly .w.
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From:koneko_desu
Date:April 22nd, 2009 12:46 pm (UTC)
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Really? Wow, that's awesome! Well, not that he got killed but that he was in it ^^;;
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From:abomvubuso
Date:April 22nd, 2009 04:48 am (UTC)
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I'm curious. Did your mom teach you Chinese while you were a kid? How/when did you learn it?
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From:koneko_desu
Date:April 22nd, 2009 12:50 pm (UTC)
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Yes, my mom taught me. Forced me actually. She brought over textbooks from China for me to learn initially, then found out I lacked the cultural background to understand some of the stuff in the textbooks after the first few years and switched to letting me watching historical dramas like Romance of the Three Kingdoms (which she sat and watched with me at first to explain what was going on and what the people were saying all meant as a lot of it was old Chinese speech pattners). Thanks to that I can understand and speak Chinese at maybe a high school level so long as it doesn't dig too much into professional terms. Ie. if I start talking politics using words like Internationl Monetary Fund, ODA, SAPs, UNHDI, etc. I start shoving in English words because I don't know them in Chinese.

My writing by hand is like, grade 2 level, typing on computer is maybe middle-school level and reading (simplified characters) is maybe...oh...grade 5?
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From:abomvubuso
Date:April 22nd, 2009 12:57 pm (UTC)
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So she didnt talk with you in Chinese from day 1?
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From:koneko_desu
Date:April 22nd, 2009 01:10 pm (UTC)
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Huh? My mom always spoke to me in Chinese. She gave a bit of slack when I first arrived in the States because she wanted me to focus on learning English and was afraid English and the Chinese pinyin system would confuse me, then after my English was better she started in on the Chinese. We always spoke Chinese at home though, minus the random "DINNER'S READY!" or something in English.
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From:abomvubuso
Date:April 22nd, 2009 04:46 pm (UTC)
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I'm particularly curious about this because of what i mentioned in my last baby update...
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From:koneko_desu
Date:April 22nd, 2009 05:27 pm (UTC)
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You mean about kids learning languages? Yeah, it's a tough call. I know kids who left China around my age and know minimal Chinese these days because their parents didn't for them to learn it. I know I absolutely hated me mom for forcing me to learn at first until I discovered I can watch those cool Chinese dramas and then more recently until I found I can communicate with other Chinese people from that country without a large language barrier and so could enjoy a lot of the cultural things easier. I kind of wish I had a chance to go to school in China before I left, maybe leave at grade 5 or so? But then would my English be as good as it is now I don't know.
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From:abomvubuso
Date:April 22nd, 2009 05:46 pm (UTC)
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It would. No worry about that. I started learning English when i was 11.
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From:blackbrownsocks
Date:April 22nd, 2009 07:14 am (UTC)
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lol my parents were totally hooked on that show and finished in 3 sessions... =P
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From:koneko_desu
Date:April 22nd, 2009 12:52 pm (UTC)
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It was so good! I watched it one episode after another too, totally hooked me in. This second one's taking awhile longer though, the background I'm not too familiar with (they're fighting in Myanmar against the Japanese with the backing of the English and the Americans) and it's actually set during a war so there's all these gun fights and explosions going off which I'm no so fond of ;A;

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