• 2005-12-13

    我给Mark的回信

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    Dear Mark:

      I’m so glad you are invited to attend that grand “Bi Wu Da Hui”(“Martial arts contest”) in the very heartland of Chinese Martial arts.Are you geared up?Just joking.

      Anyway,as you know,Hengshan is one of the Chinese  “Wu Yue”(Five Sacred mountains) and steeped in ancient history.Martial arts  is a significant and indispensable part of its culture.Its Wu Shu heritage travels through long time of history and builds up to whole new levels.I believe practicing martial arts skills is still quite popular around there.Unfortunately,such a glaring gemstone of Chinese Wu Shu civilization was barely known inside China,much less around the world.What with the Chinese ethical trait of being modest and self-content,or with the apparent lack of regional publicity initiative,or even the more unsettling one---the scarcity of the belief that Chinese martial arts is worthy of the appreciation and treasuring of the whole world.In this regard,I believe you’ve made a pretty impressive/compelling case for the very contrary of such scarcity in your draft speech for the forum.

      Yes,Chinese Wu Shu is a treasure,a bonanza,a mother lode.And it belongs to the whole world,the “Chinese” prefix notwithstanding.And it deserves the attention of world-class fervor,talent and creativity.

       Well,I guess we finally are trying to do the right thing—take the initiative,a long-overdue one,to bring Chinese Wu Shu to the world,to bring it to the largest possible arena to shine and to overwhelm.Just like Muhammad did;Challenged to move a mountain, he gazed toward it but it did not budge, so he spoke the now-famous words demonstrating his wisdom, humor, and humility: 'If the mountain will not come to Muhammad, then Muhammad will go to the mountain.'Right,if The world hasn’t yet come to appreciate the merits of Wu shu to its due full,we’re going to bring them right home to the world.

      Motion picture is sure a very good idea to do part of the job,and do it well.A good martial arts movie is much better as a piece of blaring “cultural background” section,given its visuality and emotional touches.American people knew Chinese Gongfu not through some brochures dispensed at some window of Chinese consulates,but rather,through the great movies in which Bruce Lee,Jet Lee,Jackie Chan or Ang lee,to name just a few,played the elements and essence of Chinese Martial Arts to the sensibility of western audience.

      As I mentioned earilier,Chinese martial arts is a mother lode.We,directors of the east and west,should try to make some kind of action-flick “alloy” out of it.That means,for western moviegoers,we’re going to make those action movies which is rich in Chinese Martial arts quintessence while being real and NOT-SO-OUT-OF-PLACE in those countries.Inscrutability may be a very good selling-point,but for the world to whole-heartedly embrace Chinese Martial arts,Wu Shu or any demonstrative form of it,should be localised.Movie artists like you,my friend,are the very force to meet Chinese partners and merge your skills.In a sense,you are not making movies,you are making history.

      As for your speech,it’s pretty witty and crisp,with tons of good-natured levity.I’ve taken it as part of your writing hallmark.Unlike being “dragged” to some movie crazies’ screening,I don’t have the least bit of qualm of expressing “true” opinions for your speech.Don’t get me wrong.Those loooooong preceding paragraphes as to Wu shu movie “alloy” stuff are by no means trying one of your time-honored dodging skillset—“Confuse Them With Chaos”.And I do appreciate the part about the shallow Hollywood stampede (scramble;frenzied rush) being wrong about Sci-fi and action movie hits.Touche! “ mythical epic about the condition of the human heart”,truly amazing insight.Where do you find it?Seriously,No “Dazzle Them With Footwork”.A joke for a HAHA.

      As far as I know,the forum is scheduled to be held from 25th-27th of September,and Jackie Chan is also invited.Say Hi to him for me if you can.And beat him will ya?Don’t get flustered just yet,I mean BEAT his Jackie Chan English,not KONGFU,so take it easy.

     

    Well,how does that phrase goes?yes,Enough is enough.(Make it too much).Too much for your brain to process,too much for mine to churn out.

    Talk to you soon.

     

     

     

                                                             You take care,friend!

     

                                                                                                                                                     

    Not-so-neatly,while always sincerely,

     

     

          

                                                                                                          Dane

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