Because “esteem energy” sounds better than “still gas” and “yet air.”
尚 = Shang = yet, still, to esteem
氣 = qi = air, gas, energy (as in vitality)
I thought about watching Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings (Destin Daniel Cretton, 2021) at the theatre but didn’t. I’m glad that I didn’t…not because I’d have thought I was wasting my money or time, but because I’m so glad I can watch it now on DVD with subtitles in English, French, or Spanish (I really wish there were traditional Chinese subs too, afterall, 既然這部電影裡國語講得不少 為何沒有 繁體中文字幕? Hmm? Je veux savoir.
I just have a few things to impart (in order order):
Un ~ Meng’er Zhang is my favorite part of this movie.
Deux ~ Ronny Chieng is in it for a very brief amount of time and he was a scene-stealer.
Trois ~ Ben Kingsley? Quoi?
Quatre ~ The fight choreography and the camerawork together is so stunning, satisfying, and exciting. Moreover, the cutting and editing allows for actually seeing the moves. I was tempted many times to fast-forward just to get to the next sequence of spectacle. Honestly, I got a bit bored by the time Michelle Yeoh appeared on screen. I did not, however, fast-forward.
Cinq ~ I don’t know about you, but I want a movie focused on the mythological creatures.
Sept ~ If you plan on getting it on DVD or Blu-ray, make sure you watch through the ending credits — all of the ending credits.
Huit ~ Overall, while I like Shang-Chi and am glad I watched it eventually, I don’t love it. I kinda like Black Panther a lot more (as far as Marvel properties and tent-pole blockbuster movies go). There are too many people credited (and uncredited) in stunt work to just list, so here you are with a screenshot:
Dix ~ 清明節 (Qingming Jie) is mentioned a few times in the film. What is Grave or Tomb-sweeping Day?
When I was in Chinese school, we had to memorize a poem about Qingming Jie.
Decades later, I can still recite it. Curious about how to pronounce the words in Mandarin? This guy enunciates very deliberately before he jumps into a song .
Pic creds: IMDB, Amazon