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Monday, February 27, 2006

Memoirs of The Ring

As planned, we went back from Baguio last Saturday primarily to catch up with the regular Sunday airsoft wargames. However, tensions from the recent Political Comedy Show made us consider not to challenge the gullibility of military checkpoints around the Metro. A camo's still a camo and a gun's still a gun. We, being hailed on a checkpoint wearing camouflage and carrying guns (no matter how we'll explain it just pops out BB's), will still look like troop movements to the amusingly paranoiac henchmen of the midget overlord.

So in short, no gunbang yesterday! Rest for the wicked at last!

Instead, the Boyz of the Shakk decided to romp it up on Promenade to watch "Memoirs of Geisha". Truly, I need to bring scorecards whenever I step foot on that place. Andaming cuties! Pinagbabawal YATA ang pangit dun e. "YATA" for we made it inside the premise in the first place without a burly guy in bouncer's attire dragging us out. Wahehehe. But then again we're masters of stealth. =)

Grub time was at this Chinese resto somewhere along Shoppesville. Chicken mushroom & Hakaw (steamed prawn dimsum) are my chow-of-choice. However, right after much filling the stomach, I called it a day as my worried mum's texting me already that the base was barricaded and I might not be allowed to pass through. Our home's inside the base, FYI.

Certainly, it was barricaded. The overacting, action-deprived, bloodlusting men in bargain M16's were piled up on the gate with their oversized armored vans... or were they tanks?? I can't tell the difference! Hehe. Anyway, I just casually strutted my way in, talking to one of the Sarge and pulling strings to make it through. No sweat, I must say.

The Baguio adventure deserves its own post, for now off to the movie muna ko...


"Memoirs of a Geisha"
Spoiler Alert! Spoiler Alert! Spoiler Alert!


Don't get me wrong when I say I don't like the movie.

The film was outright awesome on most aspects but I just don't dig movies of that genre. Still, I have to hold two thumbs high for the great work involved behind it.

The cinematography certainly added to the melancholic feel of most of the scenes and to boot, it was backed up by John Williams's musical arrangements. It's John Williams, man... we're talking Starwars and God-knows-how-many-great-movies here! He ticked it off just exactly for the viewers to experience the sad and mellow continuity of the movie while preserving the oriental mood in it. I personally liked this bass drum beat on one of the scenes which reminded me of the heartbeat intro for my peborit Depeche Mode song, "Somebody".

The film's phasing is good, and it should be, because the plot is dependent on a lifestory. Little Chiyo's growth to the famed geisha, Sayuri was well developed to complement the storyline. I haven't read its book though so I don't know if the movie adapted every events from it up to the letter.

I must say the story is presented well. For me, it did a good job on showing the intricacies of a geisha's life... on how they learn their artistry and social cunning and use this to survive their own politics. I don't dig the romance between Sayuri and the Chairman though. I mean c'mon, Chiyo's barely even a teenager when she met him, and I think he mentioned he already has a kid during that time. Imagine the gap. Possible, yes, but something to frown upon nonetheless. Definitely, their affair's not the love story you wanted to giggle to.

Ano pa ba?

Hmm... Ziyi Zhang. She's so so cute. Damn those chinkies. Kaka-adik. I dig her portrayal. I just don't like how they made her up as a geisha. She's not even near to the geisha drawings I saw on Japanese trappings... y'know, those with bulbous hairstyle and overdone makeup. A good geisha transformation must make a lady not look like her "normal" self. One close draw was this scene when Sayuri danced on stage... hindi na siya mukhang Ziyi Zhang...

...mukha nang Sadako. Hee hee!

6 Comments:

Blogger garrboy said...

the bath scene where Mameha teaches Sayuri the little things a geisha does to excite a man...

MEEEYOW BAYBEH!!!

BE STILL MY BEATING HEART!

ANG GANDA NILA!!!

NAG IINIT KAYA SILA???

(zhang ziyi is pretty, duh, pero kay michelle yeoh pa rin ako. maganda pa rin kahit may idad na! MEOW!!!)

*caterwauling on the fence*

2/27/2006 8:55 PM  
Anonymous micah said...

ziyi zhang... mmmm... crush ko cya... hehehe... she's really a good actress.

2/28/2006 6:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hahaha! obi! I agree with you, natakot ako, nagmukha siyang sadako during the dance. Naisip ko tuloy, kung geisha ba dati si Sadako. Hahaha!

Pero, infairness the movie was a good reflection of the book, except for a few scenes. Hatsumomo left the okiya for a different reason.

At di na rin pinakita ang ending. The Chairman brought Sayuri to the US. Sayuri settled there hanngang tumanda siya, kaya diba boses matanda ang nagkwento kasi nirerecall niya ang life niya. Tapos si Chairman namatay na.

2/28/2006 9:51 AM  
Anonymous kars said...

oops ako yan sa taas!

2/28/2006 9:53 AM  
Blogger JoLoGs QuEeN said...

<--jaja's comment here-->
@ obi
yup inspiring ung story para rin clang mga artista na meron pang screen name from chiyo to sayuri.. meron scene dun na tumatak sa isip ko.. ung magsasalin sa ng saki ata un tapos biglang nyek!! walang laman sayang ganda na sana ng performance.. meron lang akong napansin parang kakaiba ung mga love scenes maxadong marahas... hahahahahaha=)

@kars
natawa naman ako na geisha pala itong c sadako before ano? baket d nasama ung story ng pag gegeisha nia sa ring 0. ibig sabihin meron cut ung movie? hehehehe.

2/28/2006 10:52 AM  
Blogger Obi Macapuno said...

garrkid: amen! mas may korte pa katawan ni miss yeoh! gets mo... michelle yeoh - miyeoh - meeooow! wehehehe. pero... pwede both na lang?? woooh Ziyi!!!

mika: very good indeed. sa Hidden Dragon galing nya din dun e.

cars: i see. sabi nga daw "kabit" lang daw siya sa huli. it was hinted on her last line when she said that she was never a "full wife" naman. it could have been better if si Pumpkin at si Chairman nagkatuluyan. Nyahehehe. Wala lang. panggulo.

dyologs: yun yung lesson na tinuro sa kanya ni Mameha para mag flirt dun sa guy kelangan reward him with a glimpse of your wrist. kaso sablay kwang kwang nga dahil ubos na pala yung tsaa. nyahehehehe.

2/28/2006 12:49 PM  

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Obi Macapuno: Memoirs of The Ring

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Monday, February 27, 2006

Memoirs of The Ring

As planned, we went back from Baguio last Saturday primarily to catch up with the regular Sunday airsoft wargames. However, tensions from the recent Political Comedy Show made us consider not to challenge the gullibility of military checkpoints around the Metro. A camo's still a camo and a gun's still a gun. We, being hailed on a checkpoint wearing camouflage and carrying guns (no matter how we'll explain it just pops out BB's), will still look like troop movements to the amusingly paranoiac henchmen of the midget overlord.

So in short, no gunbang yesterday! Rest for the wicked at last!

Instead, the Boyz of the Shakk decided to romp it up on Promenade to watch "Memoirs of Geisha". Truly, I need to bring scorecards whenever I step foot on that place. Andaming cuties! Pinagbabawal YATA ang pangit dun e. "YATA" for we made it inside the premise in the first place without a burly guy in bouncer's attire dragging us out. Wahehehe. But then again we're masters of stealth. =)

Grub time was at this Chinese resto somewhere along Shoppesville. Chicken mushroom & Hakaw (steamed prawn dimsum) are my chow-of-choice. However, right after much filling the stomach, I called it a day as my worried mum's texting me already that the base was barricaded and I might not be allowed to pass through. Our home's inside the base, FYI.

Certainly, it was barricaded. The overacting, action-deprived, bloodlusting men in bargain M16's were piled up on the gate with their oversized armored vans... or were they tanks?? I can't tell the difference! Hehe. Anyway, I just casually strutted my way in, talking to one of the Sarge and pulling strings to make it through. No sweat, I must say.

The Baguio adventure deserves its own post, for now off to the movie muna ko...


"Memoirs of a Geisha"
Spoiler Alert! Spoiler Alert! Spoiler Alert!


Don't get me wrong when I say I don't like the movie.

The film was outright awesome on most aspects but I just don't dig movies of that genre. Still, I have to hold two thumbs high for the great work involved behind it.

The cinematography certainly added to the melancholic feel of most of the scenes and to boot, it was backed up by John Williams's musical arrangements. It's John Williams, man... we're talking Starwars and God-knows-how-many-great-movies here! He ticked it off just exactly for the viewers to experience the sad and mellow continuity of the movie while preserving the oriental mood in it. I personally liked this bass drum beat on one of the scenes which reminded me of the heartbeat intro for my peborit Depeche Mode song, "Somebody".

The film's phasing is good, and it should be, because the plot is dependent on a lifestory. Little Chiyo's growth to the famed geisha, Sayuri was well developed to complement the storyline. I haven't read its book though so I don't know if the movie adapted every events from it up to the letter.

I must say the story is presented well. For me, it did a good job on showing the intricacies of a geisha's life... on how they learn their artistry and social cunning and use this to survive their own politics. I don't dig the romance between Sayuri and the Chairman though. I mean c'mon, Chiyo's barely even a teenager when she met him, and I think he mentioned he already has a kid during that time. Imagine the gap. Possible, yes, but something to frown upon nonetheless. Definitely, their affair's not the love story you wanted to giggle to.

Ano pa ba?

Hmm... Ziyi Zhang. She's so so cute. Damn those chinkies. Kaka-adik. I dig her portrayal. I just don't like how they made her up as a geisha. She's not even near to the geisha drawings I saw on Japanese trappings... y'know, those with bulbous hairstyle and overdone makeup. A good geisha transformation must make a lady not look like her "normal" self. One close draw was this scene when Sayuri danced on stage... hindi na siya mukhang Ziyi Zhang...

...mukha nang Sadako. Hee hee!

6 Comments:

Blogger garrboy said...

the bath scene where Mameha teaches Sayuri the little things a geisha does to excite a man...

MEEEYOW BAYBEH!!!

BE STILL MY BEATING HEART!

ANG GANDA NILA!!!

NAG IINIT KAYA SILA???

(zhang ziyi is pretty, duh, pero kay michelle yeoh pa rin ako. maganda pa rin kahit may idad na! MEOW!!!)

*caterwauling on the fence*

2/27/2006 8:55 PM  
Anonymous micah said...

ziyi zhang... mmmm... crush ko cya... hehehe... she's really a good actress.

2/28/2006 6:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hahaha! obi! I agree with you, natakot ako, nagmukha siyang sadako during the dance. Naisip ko tuloy, kung geisha ba dati si Sadako. Hahaha!

Pero, infairness the movie was a good reflection of the book, except for a few scenes. Hatsumomo left the okiya for a different reason.

At di na rin pinakita ang ending. The Chairman brought Sayuri to the US. Sayuri settled there hanngang tumanda siya, kaya diba boses matanda ang nagkwento kasi nirerecall niya ang life niya. Tapos si Chairman namatay na.

2/28/2006 9:51 AM  
Anonymous kars said...

oops ako yan sa taas!

2/28/2006 9:53 AM  
Blogger JoLoGs QuEeN said...

<--jaja's comment here-->
@ obi
yup inspiring ung story para rin clang mga artista na meron pang screen name from chiyo to sayuri.. meron scene dun na tumatak sa isip ko.. ung magsasalin sa ng saki ata un tapos biglang nyek!! walang laman sayang ganda na sana ng performance.. meron lang akong napansin parang kakaiba ung mga love scenes maxadong marahas... hahahahahaha=)

@kars
natawa naman ako na geisha pala itong c sadako before ano? baket d nasama ung story ng pag gegeisha nia sa ring 0. ibig sabihin meron cut ung movie? hehehehe.

2/28/2006 10:52 AM  
Blogger Obi Macapuno said...

garrkid: amen! mas may korte pa katawan ni miss yeoh! gets mo... michelle yeoh - miyeoh - meeooow! wehehehe. pero... pwede both na lang?? woooh Ziyi!!!

mika: very good indeed. sa Hidden Dragon galing nya din dun e.

cars: i see. sabi nga daw "kabit" lang daw siya sa huli. it was hinted on her last line when she said that she was never a "full wife" naman. it could have been better if si Pumpkin at si Chairman nagkatuluyan. Nyahehehe. Wala lang. panggulo.

dyologs: yun yung lesson na tinuro sa kanya ni Mameha para mag flirt dun sa guy kelangan reward him with a glimpse of your wrist. kaso sablay kwang kwang nga dahil ubos na pala yung tsaa. nyahehehehe.

2/28/2006 12:49 PM  

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