"The sharp knife of a short life

I've had just enough time..."

- "If I Die Young" The Band Perry

I see Beauty in many things. And like the ghosts that only speak to you if you notice them, they tell me wondrous tales. With my camera and my thoughts, I captured these as faithfully as I can to share with you. And by doing so, they gave me the reasons. And though the thousand reasons may not all be sweet and some indeed bitter; they are still reasons to live. Come to think about it, that is Life, isn't it?

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

The Crossroad: A Fight In The Dark – Part II

I've had just enough time...   to avoid a fight in the dark

Someone's got my head!

During the Northern Song Dynasty, General Jiao Zan was exiled to Shamen, a desert island for killing the son-in-law of a corrupt official. Yang Yanzhao of the famous Yang family that defended the borders of China against the Liao Dynasty, ordered Warrior Ren to secretly follow and protect the general as he feared the disgraced general is targeted for assassination on the journey. Warrior Ren is a “Wu Sheng” (male character with martial skills that protects a “Painted Face” main character).

Is that my knee?

When General Jiao rested in an inn during the journey, the innkeeper who played the role of a “Wu Chou” (martial clown) sympathized with his plight and pledged to protect him. However, when Warrior Ren turned up, the innkeeper mistook him for the assassin. That night, the innkeeper and Warrior Ren put a fierce fight in complete darkness each mistaking the other to be the assassin.

Now where is that sneaky fellow?

There is no singing, dialogues or recitation for this portion of the play but it is easily understood and highly appreciated by the audience as it is comical and full of martial actions allowing the two characters to exhibit their martial artistry. The “Wu Chou” (martial clown) role is to me the more demanding role as in addition to the al the demands of performance, he has to make the audience laugh. The whole play is a re-acting of a fight in the dark though the stage is lighted. The only props are a chair and a table which is creatively used in the fight sequence. This is a good representation of a combat performance and the role of a “Wu Sheng” (warrior) and “Wu Chou” (martial clown).


  1. Somehow, this action comedy reminded me of Mad Magazine’s White Spy versus Black Spy which I loved as a kid. My mind sometimes went strange places like tying an opera with cartoon characters. But it is the way it works, strangely and I guess I would have it no other way. So I enjoy literature and manga. Shakespeare and World War Z (the book not the movie). Lincoln and Despicable Me! Ha ha.

    You made me smile with your comment:-) it kinda looks comical the way he pushes him down,
    Excellent capture my friend!

    ineedathis 20 hours ago
    Flickr has problems with fav photos I keep clicking on your photo and still does not show after I scan over it, nothing personal:-)

    Great expressions!! Superb photography under fused lighting...

    love the expressions!!!!

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    1000 Reasons
    It is not surprising that this is one of the crowd's favorite. Everyone can understand it and everyone loves the action and the comedy. The clown character is really awesome in this play and he has by far the more difficult role. And his facial expression is priceless!

    hope to see something similar here :D

    Looks like a wonderful and fun act ;)

    oola *
    I love that you explain this kind of drama so we can understand... not just the story line but "behind the scenes"... I makes it all the more interesting and enjoyable

    Love to seem them In Canada from your write up and photos Thou


  3. Geo_grafics
    Diggin the exposure ,,Amazing how you do this in such interesting lighting ;)

    Beautifully captured expression... :-)

    The face expression of both of them is very clear showing that winner be the king and loser be the outcast. I always try very hard to avoid putting myself in this situation.

    henrhyde (gill)
    Great presentation of this image


  4. 娜 娜☂Nana_Slowly catching up
    I like them vivid expressions and performances!! (:

    october blue
    Enjoyed seeing all the photos you posted in the series ! The plot line of the Opera is very interesting ...I would enjoy seeing this in person some day. The images gives us a keen appreciation of the high skills of the actors ....fine work !


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