Week 11 – Activity – Do It Yourself

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This week’s art activity had us choose our own activity to so. For this week’s activity, I decided to rewatch a Chinese film called Shaolin. The first time I watched this film, i didn’t really know what was going on since it was in Chinese and there were no subtitles. This second time watching the film, I was able to watch it with subtitles so i understood what was going on. The film depicts a warlord/general who is extremely powerful in his province. Under the warlord/general is his captain. What happens in the film is that the Captain tries to overthrow the general with a coup d’etat. The general loses his daughter in the process and this causes his wife to leave him since she no longer has any reason to stay with him. The warlord then takes refuge in a Shaolin temple. The warlord who has lost everything in the world now has to live with Shaolin monks who he in a prior time tried to take their land. The monks don’t really want to shelter him but they have to forgive his sins because that is in their philosophy. The warlord’s former Captain later is seen trying to invade the Shaolin temple to try and take over the land as well as trying to kill the former warlord. In the end, the Shaolin monks are able to defeat the Captain and his troops but the Captain and the warlord are caught in a burning building with the captain trying to hold for his on a ledge. The warlord saves the captain and tells the captain that everything he has become is because of the warlord’s teachings. The warlord is the one to blame for the Captain’s anarchy and rage.

After watching this film for a second time, it has become on of my favorites. At first i thought it was another Chinese Kung-fu movie but it isn’t . This film has a very deep meaning, It teaches you about life and how your own actions can influence so many people around you. It also teaches you to forgive.

I really admire the way this film was made, it depicts the human spirit very well, every aspect of this film enhances the philosophy of the Shaolin Buddhists and their true teachings. You don’t have to be a Buddhist to learn from this film, this film basically preaches the fundamental teaching of most religions, forgiving others for their sins, no matter how terrible, and helping them find an understanding in their life, when that is found, they will be able to know how to change themselves.

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