“I thought martial arts was my forte, but then I realized I wasn't the only person that could do this when I got into show-business. Compared to others, I wasn't really that good. So, I became a children's TV program host.” This came from the mouth of one of the famous comedy film directors named Stephen Chow.
One of the films I like is “The Mermaid” which is a romantic comedy film directed by Stephen Chow. It was released in the year 2016 and it also broke a few box office records such as the biggest opening day and biggest single day gross in China. The main characters of this film are played by actor Deng Chao as businessman Liu Xuan and actress Lin Yun as the mermaid. Apart from them, other actors and actresses appeared in this film such …show more content…
Like in all Stephen Chow’s movies, “The Mermaid” also portraits an important theme. In this film, it has an environmental protection theme as it teaches a life lesson about money and materialism and important values about the ecosystem. There are a few scenes which show real footage of the destruction of natural resources, water pollution and bloody scenes of animal slaughter. These scenes might be a bit disturbing for some of the audiences but it clearly shows the important meaning of this movie theme and shows what is happening in the realistic …show more content…
However, he did make an excellent choice when selecting actors and actresses in his films. In “The Mermaid”, Deng Chao played the male lead role of Liu Xuan, in which he did a good job of it. Deng Chao uses his comedic talents and great acting skills to give audiences a good laugh in the movie. He also has high popularity in China so it would be a good choice of having popular actors being the lead role to attract interest in audiences. As for the female lead role, Stephen Chow chose Lin Yun to be the mermaid as her personality of genuineness is suitable for the role of Shan the
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The original tale is written by Hans Christian Anderson. Disney’s version could be called a complete 180 from the original. There are some small parts that align, like her saving the prince and falling for him and visiting the sea witch who takes her tongue (voice) for her legs. The deal remains the same: the mermaid can only stay human if the prince falls in love with her and marries her. However, the penalty is far more severe, she will die if she fails. There is also an unfortunate penalty to have legs: every single step she takes on land will feel like she is walking on sharp glass. On the other hand in the Disney movie the prince ends up with another girl (in the story, they do get married and it’s not the sea witch). She is given one option left to return to the sea. If she kills the prince, she can keep her life and gets to be a mermaid again. I’d say that’s a win-win. Of course, it isn’t for her, she loves the prince so much that she can’t go through with it. The mermaid throws herself in the sea and turns into sea foam. At least she was faithful till the
The film, Crazy Stupid Love starts off right away with Emily telling Cal that she wants a divorce. Feeling rather depressed, Cal turns to the bar scene to find some comfort and someone to listen to his sorrowful life story. Jacob, an expert on how to talk to and pick up women, feels sorry for Cal and decides to help him rediscover his manhood. Through doing this, Cal gains all sorts of confidence that he never knew he had, but also realizes that he misses his wife as well. There are a couple other sub-plots within the main storyline of the movie, and all of them have one thing in common, love. Love is the undisputed underlying theme of the movie. If you weren’t able to tell by the title of the film,
He says that the history of mermaid start seven million years ago in Africa. Human ancestors left their shelter to find food, and there were curious about what’s in the ocean. Because of the instinct of human, the ancestors went to the ocean and adapt. Some of them drawn to the sea, but the rest adapted very well even their body change and adapt as
The Glass Castle is a memoir written by Jeannette Walls, giving the public a look at her rough upbringing and her nomadic childhood. The memoir, however is written in a way of which the author is not seeking sympathy from the reader. She also wrote in such a way as to not induce anger in the reader, as that is not what she was searching for. Jeannette wrote in order to inform and inspire, and to tell a tale as crazy as it is. Jeannette grew up, one of four siblings. Her parents had alternate methods of parenting and different ideas of how children should be raised. They taught them to have similar morals to them, and similar values. Although, as the children age, they begin to realize how wrong their parents are, and how
“ The year began with the hanging of one man and ended with the drowning of another,” (3) the man who was hanged was a man named Ronald Ryan. “ What did he do….We won’t worry about that now….Whatever he did, I ask you, is it right to take a man and hang him, coldly, at eight o’clock in the morning? ” (5)
The imagery used to describe how lovely the mermaid is portrays what the prince wanted as a wife. When the prince found her on the shore and took her in as one of his own people, he took care of and adored her, but he would not marry her because she could not
In the story, “The Little Mermaid” there are demonstrations that describe what a heroine is. A female character that is noted for special achievements represents the heroine in a story. Therefore, the youngest mermaid “Little Mermaid” represents the heroine throughout the story. The Little Mermaid is a mystical creature that longs only to seek the handsome prince she laid eyes on. “Once she became human, the witch said she could never become a mermaid again” (Anderesens 185). This is an example of how the Little Mermaid chose to do something incredible and dangerous just to accomplish something she only dreamt of. Not only is the Little Mermaid the heroine of the story, but she also exemplifies other archetypal characteristics. An
On the surface the films Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid have little in common.
In the film The Little Mermaid by John Musker and Ron Clements, a theme that continually portrays itself is how woman are seen in society. In this film, women are defined by their appearance instead of their inner-self or personality by men and women. It also displays that woman are not treated fair. This is expressed in the film through multiple song lyrics and scenes. Ariel, the little mermaid, experiences many occasions where woman in a society are seen differently than men. In the film, Ariel was given an option to live under the sea and live life under the rule of her father, or be on land with her Prince Eric. Although this is clearly not laid out, a man figure is always above Ariel and could convey an idea that
Growing up watching Disney movies you never notice how sexist they really are. I always watched The Little Mermaid, but watching it now is very different. When you are younger you just watch things because you like them, you do not necessarily understand them. As you get older you realize what you were really being taught. Walt Disney’s movie The Little Mermaid displays a lot of sexism and displays how society should see women and how women should act.
From the perspective of Chinese actress, Hollywood actress for Chinese characters is still set on the positioning kung fu actress, which can seen Western audience’s expectations of Chinese actress still stay in kung
When first reading “The Little Mermaid”, the reader is sure to notice the imagery painted by Anderson. He finds a way to make a place we see as dark and abysmal, the sea floor, seem bright, vibrant, and full of joy. One sentence Hans Christian Andersen writes, “The most wonderful trees and plants are growing down there, with stalks and leaves that bend so easily that they stir at the very slightest movement of the water, just as though they were alive” (216), perfectly exemplifies this imagery. It is also important to take note of how the imagery changes by location. In the part of the sea where the witch lives, the imagery evokes the feeling of gloom and loneliness that one would naturally expect from the sea floor. Above the surface of the ocean, in the human world, the author uses imagery that quite frankly blows the beauty of our world out of proportion. Andersen writes, “The whole sky had looked like gold, she said, and the clouds—well, she just couldn’t describe how beautiful they were as they sailed, all crimson and violet, over her head.” (218) This makes something we find trivial seem like something everyone must see before they die. While some may view this as odd, it is important to consider that the story centers around a mermaid who has never seen these things before.
Mermaids have multiple human bodily functions and multiple fish bodily functions to support their bodies and keep their have fish and have human bodies healthy and running. As Irene Ziegler has stated, “When a real mermaid is underwater, that third eyelid closes over her eyes like a window shade pulled from the side of the sash.” The mermaids third eyelid serves to let the mermaids keep their sight while living beneath water for most of their lives. Without their third eyelid, Mermaid's eyes could potentially dry out and they would be blinded for over 50% of their lives. These mystical creatures also have a tail covered in aquatic fish scales. These scales that surround the mermaids tail help protect it from predatory attacks and can also to show the origin of that specific mermaid. Inside the top human half of a mermaid is an aquatic respiratory system. Without these aquatic respiratory system mermaids wouldn't be able to breath underwater or stay underwater for long periods of time. Basically, the mermaid would be a human with a fish tale. Mermaids also have a heart, lungs, and all other anatomy that a human has, but their body can survive the intake of great amounts of water. Unlike humans, mermaids use their outrageous bodily abilities to thoroughly embrace life. The third eyelid that helps them see underwater and prevents eye dryness, fish scales that prevents injuries from predatory attacks, and an aquatic respiratory system to allow the animal to live and breathe underwater, all work together to allow the mermaid to create a life strictly under ground
For this project, I have chosen to pick one of our recent studies on the film “I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing” directed by Patricia Rozema. Not only did I go through several challenges and obstacles in picking my topic, there are definitely challenges I know I will encounter during the actual process on issues of notability when implementing such important information on a website used world-wide, as well as navigating my way through the sandbox. Due to the fact that many of my interest related to feminist theatre have already an extensive amount of information written on Wikipedia, I had to think of possible solutions and new topics which forced me to change my topic for the better. Many critics of this film admit that a discourse with feminism
The film’s casting is related to historical and fictional characters. For instance, some of real travelers in the RMS Titanic are portrayed in the film. This is helpful for the viewers to identify the historical element of the film. On the other side, the protagonist and the heroine are fictional characters. For instance, Jack and Rose, (the protagonist and his lady love) are fictional characters who inculcated the element of romance in the film. One can see that the director’s decision to caste Leonardo DiCaprio as Jack Dawson (say, the protagonist) is one of the elements behind the commercial success of the film. Besides, DiCaprio’s youthful exuberance suits his character in the film. On the other side, Kate Winslet’s character as Rose DeWitt Bukater is apt