i went to watch the forbidden kingdom last night and would recommend it. it’s based loosely on journey to the west, a chinese classic of the monkey king which i would classify as fantasy. the flim stars jet li and jacky chan, with some awesome fight choreography between the two men.

the filming definitely isn’t as breathtaking as crouching tiger or hero, per se, but it still offered glimpses of gorgeous chinese scenery from the terraced rice fields to towering bamboo forests. there are some cheesy romantic elements thrown in, alas. i’m all for romantic elements, but i felt it wasn’t handled as well as it could have been. but those moments were few in the movie and i found the rest entirely entertaining.

the best part of the movie is i’ve placed a face to my heroine. all this time, i haven’t had a clear idea of what my heroine looks like. i know, they say you should know everything about your characters but i could never picture her face. i don’t watch many asian movies, so my choices were limited to zhang zi yi or lucy liu, as far as american media goes.

i also didn’t want the typical anime round-eyed cute girl look that’s offered in so many canto / j / k pop music videos and fashion magazines. but this actress who played golden sparrow in forbidden kingdom brings to mind my heroine. i especially like her straight dark brows and the exquisite shape of her eyes.

thanks for visiting my new blog home! i’ve remained anon online for nearly a decade! but it’s time to come out of the name closet. i’m hoping to launch my website in time for the scbwi conference in august. so thought i’d start blogging under my name now as well. please update your links! xoxo