This is not their time

Gudrun 2022-04-19 09:01:44

Rewatch "Kung Fu" five years later. In the past, I always focused on the lines. At that time, in junior high school, I often recited the entire script with my classmates (a bit exaggerated, but at least we are definitely familiar with Xingye's lines). This time, I actually found out that the brainwashed inversion music on Douyin was originally here. . .

This time I saw a layer that I hadn’t seen before: the masters are hidden in the city. According to the logic of the movie, the deeper the hiding, the higher the kung fu (there is no doubt that the coolie who jumped out first is the first to be killed. ), so the residents of Zhulong Walled City are likely to be top-notch experts, even more powerful than the chartered in-laws and even the Huoyun Evil God, because they have only been exposed when Xingye first entered the slum. Over the tip of the iceberg, and this tip is enough to illustrate the problem. The community they live in is called "Pig Dragon Walled City", and the combination of "pig" and "dragon" is probably a hint that the people here are all dragons and phoenixes, but they dress up as "pigs" in order to be clean. Life.

Then we may have questions: Why are the masters willing to live a hard life incognito? The explanation of the Caoqin group is as follows: "I just quit the arena because I am tired of fighting in the martial arts." The explanation of the chartered parents-in-law is this: "We just want to enjoy the little citizens in their old age, and peace is a blessing." In the past, I might have I would think that this was indeed the reason for their retirement, but after rewatching it today, I suddenly felt that there might be something unspeakable behind it.

First of all, the era of the movie is set in the old Shanghai. This is an era where the old and the new coexist. It can be described as a chaotic world, with countless battles, and it is also an era when Western guns entered China. Ordinary people can threaten many people with a gun in their hands. The speed of this kind of gain is too fast. Therefore, in the end, a gang composed of ordinary people with swords and guns occupied the rivers and lakes that once belonged to warriors. This shows that the progress of the times is unstoppable. After decades of hard work, it may be possible to kill a bullet in the end. After all, not everyone can grab a bullet like a fire cloud evil spirit, or, if a bullet can’t do it, how many times What about a hundred bullets? Since the gap can be filled with just a gun and a few bullets, why spend decades of hard work?

If a martial artist can be fearless of bullets and guns, then he must have reached a certain level, and there must be very few people who can achieve this level. Ordinary people gather to form gangs, relying on the number of people. It was revealed at the beginning of the movie that even though Feng Xiaogang's gang was so ruthless that even the police were afraid, they were still defeated by the crowd of the Axe Gang, which was outnumbered. Even top martial artists have limited personal strength.

The title explains such a passage: "This is an era of social turmoil and gangs run rampant. Among them, the Axe Gang is the most feared. Only some impoverished communities that are not even interested in gangs can enjoy temporary peace." Therefore, we can guess that it is not accidental that experts from all walks of life gather in the slums, and the so-called "tired of fighting in the rivers and lakes" is just to restore a little self-esteem. The truth is that they are all forced to stay away from the rivers and lakes. Simply put, this is not their time. They are just a group of old-fashioned people with kung fu but useless. Guns have taken their place, or, in other words, people with guns have replaced them. Kung fu seems to be a tasteless thing here.

From this point of view, it seems that you can understand what Xing Ye is thinking - maybe he is using this film to recall the kung fu film that brought Hong Kong films to the world, just as Mak Junlong used a "Zombie" many years later. "Aroused everyone's memories of the zombie movie of the year, exuding the last bit of residual heat in this era of declining kung fu movies.

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Kung Fu Hustle quotes

  • Barber: Why don't you train us to be top fighters... and we'll avenge them!

    Landlady: Becoming a top fighter takes time, unless you're a natural-born kung-fu genius, and they're 1 in a million.

    Barber: [Does martial arts routine] It's obvious I'm the one.

    Landlady: [immediately punches him in the face] Don't think so.

  • Sing: NO SOCCER!

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