12 June 2005

I Learned A New Language Today - Russian

Well, sort of... as I finally managed to catch Star Wars III - Revenge Of The Sith, earlier today. Over here in this ulu part of the world, things do arrive a step behind everybody else. Just like my daily reading South China Morning Post, where I only receive them in the afternnoon as I have people bringing them in from Hong Kong on a daily basis, come rain or shine... except when there is a new blackout imposed by the cheena gahmen.

I must say that this was a redemption of sorts after the earlier episodes flopped big time. Still, both Episodes 1 and 2 had to be done in order to get Episode 3 to finally bridge with 4, 5 and 6 and so I say sacrifices had to be made for the greater good. As far as my favourite episode is concerned, it is now a toss-up between Episode 3 - Revenge Of The Sith and Episode 5 - The Empire Strikes Back. I guess the common denominator of what gets on my A-list is that the bad guys win at the end of the day. I am sick and tired of always having the good guys win and as such whenever there is a film, rarely though, with the bad guys remaining, it will naturally make it to my good list.

Perhaps that explains why my all-time favourite movie is Se7en, starring Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Spacey and Gweneth Paltrow. It ranks as my No.1, not only because of the obvious fact that the movie ended with the bad guy winning, but also the fact that it was won in style and in such panache that I was totally floored. I was in awe and still is to this very day. Before you start thinking of me as a murderous psychopath, it is not about the killing that impressed me, rather it was the style and the way the murders were executed (no pun intended). There is artistry even in bad things. It was that finesse that I admire.

Well, I guess there will be those who know me a little bit better, who would be thinking "That is soooo typical of JayWalk, Paduwan of the Stylemeister". Call me a disciple of the Mastery, if you will, in pursuit of the virtuosity of the finest aesthetics. After all, I am a south-paw (read: right brained).

I don't mean that the rest of the shows where the good guys win are no good. It is just that there is just so many of them and they, most of the time, were simply just run-of-the-mill heroes (read: yawn) that none really stood out at all. Either that or perhaps it is just my affinity to the dark side hidden deep inside the abyss of my dark soul. I wonder.

So let me ask all a question here. How many of you actually understands what I am trying to express here? Tell me in the comments section, please.

Coming back to the Star Wars series. This is the end of the road for George Lucas as he had announced many years back that he is stopping at 6. I do hope he would change his mind or at the very least somebody else to continue his legacy to carry on and complete Episodes 7, 8, and 9 where:

  • Princess Leia becomes a jedi knight.
  • Luke Skywalker turns to the dark side. (Woot!)
  • Luke Skywalker marries his assassin (phew wheet!) sent by the Emperor, resurrected in the form of a clone.
  • The Emperor trying to take over the body form of Han Solo's youngest son, Anakin Solo who caused the death of his father's long time friend, Chewbacca.

Anyway, here are some of my screen captures, as I try my hand at reading Russian, or at least that's what I think it is....
Let's see. It reads "Long time ago, in a galaxy far far away...."

How am I doing so far? Correct or not ah?

This is easy. It reads "Star Wars". Easy peasy.

This one is tough. Must squint quite a bit to read the smaller text.

"Episode 3, Return Of The Sith" ... er... buay hiao liao...... Anyone can help? Anyone? sigh.....
- Voxeros

1. amithyst left...
Wednesday, 15 June 2005 12:46 am ::
wah biang! star wars in russian! you mean they translated it for every country? siao bo!
2. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 15 June 2005 12:53 am :: 
Fortunately, it was only the words that were translated into Russian.
Anakin & Co still speak English in the movie, fortunately.

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