Guardian: The Lonely and Great God

TV SeriesGuardian: The Lonely and Great God
CastGong Yoo, Kim Go-Eun
LanguageKorean (with English subtitles)

Kim Shin, a 939 (yes, nine hundred) years old warrior, is desperate to die.
But when pretty Ji Eun-Tak comes along, this is what he has to say:

A girl as small as a violet
A girl who flutters like a flower petal
pulls me with more force than that of the earth.
Just then, like Newton's apple
I rolled and fell on her helplessly
with a thump
with a thump, thump.
My heart continued to swing dizzily 
like a pendulum.
It was my first love.
Trailer of “Guardian: The Lonely and Great God”

I never binge-watched before, but after watching the Goblin and his oh-so-beautiful bride, my heart aches.
Please allow me a few days to heal.

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Quoted poem: Physics of Love by Kim In-Yook


Chopsticks (2019)

Movie TitleChopsticks
Directed bySachin Yardi
CastAbhay Deol, Mithila Palkar, Vijay Raaz

Chopsticks is a 2019 movie directed by Sachin Yardi. It is NOT a high-flying adventure, not even an emotional tale, or a multi-layered mystery. No, none of that.

It reminded me of the 1970s and 80s movies by Hrishikesh Mukherjee. His films were always light and breezy to watch, minus any fancy pretenses.

I like Abhay Deol and Vijay Raaz for their effortless, natural performances. The film starts with Nirma Sahastrabuddhe (played by Mithila Palkar) having a little “car trouble.” As the movie progresses, she learns many a lesson about life, one of them being how to use chopsticks.

The movie left me with a warm glow around my heart and a smile on my face.

I almost did not watch Chopsticks because none of the media reviews had anything good to say. Maybe they had some agenda to pursue.

A lesson for me – take the critic reviews with a pinch of salt, and loads of sugar.


Downton Abbey – TV show

Fancy entering an upmarket bakery and, as your eyes rest on the most beautiful cake, thinking, “Ah! But it can’t be as delicious as it looks,” and getting surprised that it does – delicious and bursting with flavors.

Well, that is how I found Downton Abbey, the British TV show. I suggest, take a nibble.

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Big Kahuna Burger goes well with a six-shooter

A scene from Quentin Tarantino’s movie, Pulp Fiction (1994).

What happens when two hitmen (Jules and Vincent) barge into the apartment of Brett?
Well, the Big Kahuna Burger, that’s what.
Hit the play button, guys – it’s undoubtedly tastier than an McD!

Pulp Fiction | Big Kahuna Burger

Hungry for more? March to Wikipedia/Big Kahuna Burger.


Art of Kung Fu

I have been watching the Netflix show Marco Polo. In Season 1, Episode 3 (Feast), Marco Polo’s teacher explains the deeper meaning of kung fu.

What do you mean by this word “Kung fu?” Does it mean “to fight” or as the Shaolin monks say, “to summon the spirit of the crane and the tiger?”
Kung fu means “supreme skill from hard work.”

A great poet has reached kung fu. The painter, the calligrapher – they can be said to have kung fu. Even the cook, and the one who sweeps steps, or a masterful servant – can have kung fu.
Practice, preparation, endless repetition. Until your mind is weary, and your bones ache. Until you are too tired to sweat, too wasted to breathe.
That is the way, the only way, that one acquires kung fu.