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#1 Tibet Libre

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Posted 03 July 2006 - 01:52 PM

Hi,

I am a fan of horror movies, well at least those which cause horror by a good weird stories and not just by being disgusting. In the last years there has been a remarkable upsurge of horror movies in the cinema and it is no longer a hobby of strange, unrepresentable people to watch a horror movie once in a while, with zombie movies and vampire vs. werewolf films probably taking the lead.

Now I have to say, I would like to see some new characters on the screen and I wonder if there are any contributions which East Asian and Chinese folk tales in particular can make to the mainstream movie theatre?

Right now we have only the following classical characters:
the Haitian zombie,
the Rumanian vampire and Dracula,
the werewolf (origin?),
Frankenstein,
and the ubiquitous demons and ghosts.

what frightening characters could possibly be added from East Asia and enjoy success among the international audience? Describe them and their horror potential.

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Posted 03 July 2006 - 08:53 PM

There aren't many famous Asian monsters as of now, and it's very likely that it will stay this way for the near future. Heck, most East Asians probably know things such as Dracula and Frankenstein better than the cultural horrors of East Asia, probably due to the fact that East Asia's horror stories had a pretty late start as compared to that of most(if not all) of the West.

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Posted 03 July 2006 - 10:01 PM

Many of the 'traditional' chinese demons are not originated from religion at all. They originated largely from folklore and ghost stories, but have become part of the chinese beliefs and mythology system.

Here are some pictures of traditional chinese heavenly-beings/demons/hell-beings. Note that not all of them are 'evil'. Some are of governors of hell .

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Er Lang (二郎) - one of the heavenly beings with a third eye that can see very far

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Pan Guan 判官 - Judge in Hell

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Qi Lang 七郎

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Xing Tian 刑天 - Executioner of the Heaven

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Long Nu 龙女 - Dragon Lady

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Bi Xie 辟邪 - Evil Deflector

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Hu Xian 狐仙 - Fox Spirit
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Posted 03 July 2006 - 10:05 PM

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Ye Cha 夜叉

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Ma Mian 马面 - Horse Face, working in the hell

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Ni Tou 牛头 - Bull Head
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Posted 04 July 2006 - 01:21 AM

The monsters listed such as "ye cha", "ma mian", and "hu xian"... they aren't individuals right? Just like how "vampire" don't point to a specific individual, but "dracula" does.

It seems to me that the drawings have a modern twist to them.

btw, I never thought of people such as "er lang" or "pan guan" to be a monster/ghost like being. Aren't they usually attributed as celetial beings instead? Or am I just reading too much of the Monkey King?

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Posted 04 July 2006 - 08:52 AM

yup all modern works. (I enjoy the bronze/copper weapons & armor :))

I think most of them are individuals with own myths.

All the female ones seem to be generic (like vampires, zombies- one of a group)


Who is this Qi Lang?
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Posted 04 July 2006 - 09:13 AM

Who is this Qi Lang?


Qi Lang was one of the generals (the no. 7) in the General Yang family (楊家將). According to folklore, he was trying to save his brother when Pan Renmei 潘仁美 took a revenge on him by poisoning him in his drinks and later tied him onto a tree and shot him to death. Legend had it that after his death, he became the governor of all the innocent and wandering spirits between the hell and earth.
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Posted 04 July 2006 - 10:25 AM

There aren't many famous Asian monsters as of now, and it's very likely that it will stay this way for the near future. Heck, most East Asians probably know things such as Dracula and Frankenstein better than the cultural horrors of East Asia, probably due to the fact that East Asia's horror stories had a pretty late start as compared to that of most(if not all) of the West.


My girl-friend says there was one author in Qing who wrote stories about ghosts. Will have to ask her about his exact name.

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Posted 04 July 2006 - 11:38 AM

My girl-friend says there was one author in Qing who wrote stories about ghosts. Will have to ask her about his exact name.


I think you might be referring to Pu Songling 蒲松龄, who wrote the famous ghost story "Liao Zhai Zhi Yi 聊斋志异" during Qing dynasty. This novel is a well-known chinese literature about ghosts (esp. fox spirits) and their romance with humans.
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Posted 15 September 2006 - 09:49 PM

Qi Lang was one of the generals (the no. 7) in the General Yang family (楊家將). According to folklore, he was trying to save his brother when Pan Renmei 潘仁美 took a revenge on him by poisoning him in his drinks and later tied him onto a tree and shot him to death. Legend had it that after his death, he became the governor of all the innocent and wandering spirits between the hell and earth.

isn't he also the reincarnation of the thunder god?

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Posted 18 September 2006 - 07:36 PM

Do you guys remember Old master Q?

I thought the way he portrayed ghosts and vampires was the scariest



as for contributions

there's alot of good Thai ones I remember from being a kid

one was the poop-eating ghost that looks like a head with intestines hanging off.

no-face, etc.


I think most are known by their Japanese names better than Chinese
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Posted 18 September 2006 - 11:15 PM

Just read Journey to the West.
A load of monsters in that.
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Posted 18 September 2006 - 11:30 PM

Nothing to be frighten about if you have not done any KIU XIN SHI. This is what my mother always emphasis though when I go to the temple LIAN HE GONG(at tampines), the zhong kui and the 2 statues beside always scares me abit.
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Posted 11 November 2006 - 05:45 AM

Nothing to be frighten about if you have not done any KIU XIN SHI. This is what my mother always emphasis though when I go to the temple LIAN HE GONG(at tampines), the zhong kui and the 2 statues beside always scares me abit.



Yeapz yeapz...if we do nothing wrong we should have no fear of the supernatural. It is also said that we have an aura about ourselves that will be dimmer if we are down on our luck and we would be more prone to seeing supernatural beings??

hey you also live in tampines?

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Posted 14 November 2006 - 04:54 PM

If you're talking about horror creatures that horrify people most, historically speaking I have to go for the red haired devils...(or caucasoid foreigners).

Racist but historically true. I don't agree with it.
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