Da Mo Shu Shi
The Great MagicianDVD - 2012
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Traditional marriage was arranged by parent. Many couples have grown old together!
- It's wrong. The man usually gets to choose... Instead of the woman. It's so unfair. No, no...Many women wait until their husband's death in order to resume their freedom.
-Yes! That's arranged marriage doesn't entail happiness, right? But "free love" also has its downside. Too much freedom. You may love the wrong person. Right! Just like you! You chose your fiancé. Was it the right choice? He still ran away. One thing is for certain. If one side is unwilling it won't end well. In fact... Even if both sides are willing, it may not end well!
Love can spring from sympathy, gratitude, companionship... but nothing can compare to the eternal power of a first love.
-What is love then?
Love is tricky. It can't be calculated like arithmetic nor quantified like physics. It's mystical. There is love borne out of fantasy but unrealistic ... some borne out of desire but unattainable.
We've 5,000 more soldiers to feed. Just food alone will cost a lot. Where do I find money to buy guns?
-General, make up your mind now. All the warlords are fighting. If we don't gather enough forces...We'll be overrun soon
I never cared about money. But now I can't do anything without it.
-Let's ask those merchants for more.
I've celebrated my lunar, solar birthdays and my wedding anniversaries with my wives. What can I use this time?
Yin, I've come to ask you. What is this thing... "free love"?
-You took all your women by force, forget it.
Don't believe the rumors. My first wife was arranged marriage. Wives 2 to 6 offered themselves to me!
-You'd to take them all?
It'd have been rude to say no.
... if only you would look at me the same way...I'd be satisfied for life.
I don't think "true love" exist in this world.
-Have you ever seen the wind? You've never seen it yet it exists.
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Excerpt: Derek Yee’s “The Great Magician” is the kind of colorful, polished amusement that could find an audience in urban markets around the globe.
It was really only a matter of time before good old-fashioned magic—rabbits, hats, abracadabra and all that—made an appearance in Asia, where the magical and mystical have been cinema standards for decades. To that end comes director Derek Yee’s The Great Magician, a step away from the director’s preferred urban action fare. Magician is the kind of colorful, polished amusement that could find an audience in urban markets around the globe. Respectable if not blockbuster box office is possible in Asia where recognizable stars and novel a subject could carry the day.
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