My tai nam yan (the strong, silent, man) aka my hubby recalled the actors of the past. Let me give you kids (anyone below 30 years old belong to this category LOL) a brief blast from the past.
In the olden days, most movies revolved around swordsmen and their quests for some treasures, honour and conquering lands etc. Their mission was to fight to death for things like their ancestors chastity belts (ok, just joking), land or to revenge for the honour of their parents, sifu or noble causes like these. Today, they fight for the CB only.
I almost choked on my fishball when dear hubby showed me the stance of Chen Sing. Chen Sing was one ugly villain who loves to claw and wrinkled up his face. A bit like Bruce Lee but much uglier. He will go ‘aiiiiiyeaaaahhhh, aiiiiiyeaaahhhh’ with his hands clawing in the air likedat.
This is the mellowed but probably constipated Chen Sing. Please go to the site where I steal this photo from, to see the young Chen Sing.
Then, there were other actors like Wang Yu and Ti Lung. I was about 7-8 years old I think when my brothers and sisters were crazy with Jimmy Wang Yu in the One arm swordsman. Tu pi tau wang in Mandarin.
He was the silent, strong and so pahwerful man.
Later on, somehow, story lines from Taiwan revolved into mushy love stories like those by Chin Han, Tern Kwong Yong, Chin Hsiang Ling. And tadaaaa…..that’s when the real men started to evolve into the lembik men. These era of Taiwan movies (in the 70s) had no storyline except poor boy fell for rich girl or rich boy fell for poor girl. Then, poor boy will cry in the heavy rain. Damn! If you think that is bad, now lagi chialat. They cry in the snow. Damn cool hor?
Now we have Gay Chou, Gay Yong Jun and Tak kasi Kanneh silo
Take for example this April Snow movie by Gay Yong Jun. Do you know that everytime I stepped into the Uncle Ho’s DVD shop, the cilaka male promoters sure shove the title to me? Hey, do I look like I fancy long hair, speckie, fair-fair, smooth complexion (smoother than mine, CB!) men? Just because most of the aunties all across Asia fancy this white tofu of a man, doesn’t mean I am one of them, ok? I am 5xmom. I am evil. I am mo…..jojojo. LOL.
So, what I wanted to say is – Somehow, along the years, men have evolved to become more feminine. Is it because the entreprising businessmen know that making men feminine means making big bucks? They will need facial care, skin care, whitening care, hair care, slimming care, clothes and matching accessories, jewelleries, nail care, etc etc. After that, they need a little bit of zen and all those craps. I believe it is.
And then, aren’t we silais (silai = pampered women who doesn’t have to work but blog all day) minds corrupted when all the movies that the big production houses churned out are nothing but triangular, rectangular and octagon love?
Haiyoh, I miss those real men who fights real war and win great honour. I want my man (in the fantasy only, ok?) to worry about protecting the family, not his fingernails, dammit! I want my man to uphold his family’s name, not the number of hairs on his head, CCB! I want my man to care only for his family’s well-being and not where to find the best facial, tiu!
So, are there any more real men around? Other than my atm of course. Like those lumberjacks who drank Guiness Stout kind? Who have rough hands, untidy hair, unshaven face, sweats from working hard, muscles from doing real work and the breadwinner of the family?
Real men, please stand up. And real women, please care to tell what are the real men traits?