Shaolin Soccer is a 2001 Hong Kong martial arts sports comedy film co-written and directed by Stephen Chow, who stars in the lead role. A former Shaolin monk reunites his five brothers, years after their masters death, to apply their superhuman martial arts skills to play soccer and bring Shaolin kung fu to the masses. Sing is a master of Shaolin Kung Fu, whose goal in life is to promote the spiritual and practical benefits of the art to modern society and he experiments with various methods, but none bear positive results. He meets Golden Foot Fung, a legendary Hong Kong soccer star in his day, Sing explains his desires to Fung who offers his services to coach Sing in soccer. Sing is compelled by the idea of promoting kung fu through soccer and Fung attempt to put together an unbeatable soccer team. Fung invites a vicious team to play against them and the thugs proceed to give the Shaolin team a brutal beating, when all seems lost, the Shaolin disciples reawaken and utilise their special powers, dismantling the other teams rough play easily.
The thugs give up, and ask to join Sings team, Sing meets Mui, a baker with severe acne who uses Tai chi to bake mantou, and even takes her to look at very expensive dresses at a high-end department store after hours. She soon forms an attachment to Sing and even gets a makeover in an attempt to impress Sing, this backfires and when Mui reveals her feelings to him, he tells her he only wants to be her friend. This revelation, coupled with the constant bullying from her overbearing boss, Team Shaolin enters the open cup competition in Hong Kong, where they chalk up successive and often ridiculous one-sided victories. They end up meeting Team Evil in the final, Team Shaolin, which had steamrolled their earlier opponents, are brought back to reality when Team Evils amazing capabilities prove more than a match for them. After Team Evil took out Team Shaolins goalkeepers, who has shaved her hair and gotten rid of her acne, reappears to keep goal for Team Shaolin. In their final attack, Team Evils striker leaps into the sky and kick the ball with enormous force towards Mui, she use her art to divert and stop it.
Mui and Sing combine their skills and rocket the ball down field. The ball plows through Team Evils goal post, thereby scoring the winning goal, Sing is thrown into the air in celebration as the trophy is presented to him and his team. A newspaper article shows Hung being stripped of his title of chairman and sent to jail for five years. With people all over the world practicing kung fu in their lives, Sings dream is finally fulfilled. Mighty Steel Leg Sing, a Shaolin Kung Fu monk and he is the teams striker and uses his extremely powerful kicks to make unstoppable soccer shots. Golden Leg Fung, a player from the 1980s, he became crippled after being beaten after a match, Iron Head, the eldest Shaolin brother, he specializes in headers during match, before joining Sing he worked in a club
Traditional Chinese characters
Traditional Chinese characters are Chinese characters in any character set that does not contain newly created characters or character substitutions performed after 1946. They are most commonly the characters in the character sets of Taiwan, of Hong Kong. Currently, a number of overseas Chinese online newspapers allow users to switch between both sets. In contrast, simplified Chinese characters are used in mainland China, the debate on traditional and simplified Chinese characters has been a long-running issue among Chinese communities. Although simplified characters are taught and endorsed by the government of Mainland China, Traditional characters are used informally in regions in China primarily in handwriting and used for inscriptions and religious text. They are often retained in logos or graphics to evoke yesteryear, the vast majority of media and communications in China is dominated by simplified characters. Taiwan has never adopted Simplified Chinese characters since it is ruled by the Republic of China, the use of simplified characters in official documents is even prohibited by the government in Taiwan.
Simplified characters are not well understood in general, although some stroke simplifications that have incorporated into Simplified Chinese are in common use in handwriting. For example, while the name of Taiwan is written as 臺灣, similarly, in Hong Kong and Macau, Traditional Chinese has been the legal written form since colonial times. In recent years, because of the influx of mainland Chinese tourists, even government websites use simplified Chinese, as they answer to the Beijing government. This has led to concerns by residents to protect their local heritage. In Southeast Asia, the Chinese Filipino community continues to be one of the most conservative regarding simplification, while major public universities are teaching simplified characters, many well-established Chinese schools still use traditional characters. Publications like the Chinese Commercial News, World News, and United Daily News still use traditional characters, on the other hand, the Philippine Chinese Daily uses simplified.
Aside from local newspapers, magazines from Hong Kong, such as the Yazhou Zhoukan, are found in some bookstores. In case of film or television subtitles on DVD, the Chinese dub that is used in Philippines is the same as the one used in Taiwan and this is because the DVDs belongs to DVD Region Code 3. Hence, most of the subtitles are in Traditional Characters, overseas Chinese in the United States have long used traditional characters. A major influx of Chinese immigrants to the United States occurred during the half of the 19th century. Therefore, the majority of Chinese language signage in the United States, including street signs, Traditional Chinese characters are called several different names within the Chinese-speaking world
The Skyliner is a limited-express airport train service between Tokyo and Narita Airport in Japan. It is operated by Keisei Electric Railway and runs on the Narita Sky Access route and this article covers the Morningliner and Eveningliner services. The Skyliner service operates between Keisei Ueno Station and Narita Airport Terminal 1 Station, with stops at Nippori Station, the one-way ride between Nippori and Narita Airport Terminal 2·3 takes about 36 minutes and costs ¥2,470. The main competitor for the Skyliner is JR Easts Narita Express, the Kaiungō Express service was operated by 1600 series trains from 1953 to 1967. Although the first trains were small, with two cars, they had reclining seats and televisions, making them luxurious trains for their time. The trains were lengthened to three cars in 1957, in 1967, the 1600 series trains were replaced by 3150 and 3200 series trains, fitted with semi-transverse seating in order to comply with subway specifications. In 1972, new AE series trains began operation as the Skyliner, while the Kaiungō became the train running during afternoons.
The Kaiungō service was taken over by AE series trains on December 30,1973, although the Skyliners name was chosen, it wasnt announced soon enough and thus the first trains were shipped with the inscription Express. In the final months preceding Narita Airports opening, there were a number of violent protests at the airport, one arson attack caused an AE series train in a yard to be put out of service on May 5,1978. Finally, on May 21,1978, upon the opening of New Tokyo International Airport, at the time, Narita Airport Station was located far from the passenger terminal, and passengers on the Skyliner had to get off and take a bus from the station to the airport. This inconvenience caused many passengers to use direct city-to-terminal limousine buses rather than the Skyliner, starting on September 1,1979, the Skyliner began stopping at Keisei Narita Station once a day during the afternoon. This commuter-oriented service was expanded to become the Evening Liner service on December 1,1984, Nippori was added as a stop on the new commuter services, and in 1988, all Skyliner services began making stops at Nippori Station.
On March 19,1991, the new Narita Airport Station opened directly underneath Terminal 1, both the Skyliner and its new competitor, JR Easts Narita Express, began service to the new station. On December 3,1992, services began to Airport Terminal 2, eight-car AE100 series trains were introduced in 1990. Following the introduction of the AE100s, the seven six-car AE series trains were rearranged to form five eight-car trains, in June 1993, the older AE series trains were withdrawn from service. From December 10,2006, most Skyliner services began stopping at Keisei Funabashi Station, from July 17,2010, the Skyliner services were transferred from the Keisei Main Line to the Narita Sky Access route, with the introduction of new AE series EMUs. New Cityliner services using the older AE100 series trains replaced the former Skyliner on the Keisei Main Line, some Sky Liner services were suspended following the Great East Japan earthquake of 11 March 2011 and subsequent energy restrictions implemented in the Tokyo area.
Full service was restored from 10 September 2011, following the lifting of energy restrictions
Simplified Chinese characters
Simplified Chinese characters are standardized Chinese characters prescribed in the Table of General Standard Chinese Characters for use in mainland China. Along with traditional Chinese characters, it is one of the two character sets of the contemporary Chinese written language. The government of the Peoples Republic of China in mainland China has promoted them for use in printing since the 1950s and 1960s in an attempt to increase literacy and they are officially used in the Peoples Republic of China and Singapore. Traditional Chinese characters are used in Hong Kong, Macau. Overseas Chinese communities generally tend to use traditional characters, Simplified Chinese characters may be referred to by their official name above or colloquially. Strictly, the latter refers to simplifications of character structure or body, character forms that have existed for thousands of years alongside regular, Simplified character forms were created by decreasing the number of strokes and simplifying the forms of a sizable proportion of traditional Chinese characters.
Some simplifications were based on popular cursive forms embodying graphic or phonetic simplifications of the traditional forms, some characters were simplified by applying regular rules, for example, by replacing all occurrences of a certain component with a simplified version of the component. Variant characters with the pronunciation and identical meaning were reduced to a single standardized character. Finally, many characters were left untouched by simplification, and are identical between the traditional and simplified Chinese orthographies. Some simplified characters are very dissimilar to and unpredictably different from traditional characters and this often leads opponents not well-versed in the method of simplification to conclude that the overall process of character simplification is arbitrary. In reality, the methods and rules of simplification are few, on the other hand, proponents of simplification often flaunt a few choice simplified characters as ingenious inventions, when in fact these have existed for hundreds of years as ancient variants.
However, the Chinese government never officially dropped its goal of further simplification in the future, in August 2009, the PRC began collecting public comments for a modified list of simplified characters. The new Table of General Standard Chinese Characters consisting of 8,105 characters was promulgated by the State Council of the Peoples Republic of China on June 5,2013, cursive written text almost always includes character simplification. Simplified forms used in print have always existed, they date back to as early as the Qin dynasty, One of the earliest proponents of character simplification was Lubi Kui, who proposed in 1909 that simplified characters should be used in education. In the years following the May Fourth Movement in 1919, many anti-imperialist Chinese intellectuals sought ways to modernise China, Traditional culture and values such as Confucianism were challenged. Soon, people in the Movement started to cite the traditional Chinese writing system as an obstacle in modernising China and it was suggested that the Chinese writing system should be either simplified or completely abolished.
Fu Sinian, a leader of the May Fourth Movement, called Chinese characters the writing of ox-demons, lu Xun, a renowned Chinese author in the 20th century, stated that, If Chinese characters are not destroyed, China will die. Recent commentators have claimed that Chinese characters were blamed for the problems in China during that time
The Eight Immortals are a group of legendary xian in Chinese mythology. Each immortals power can be transferred to a tool that can bestow life or destroy evil. Together, these eight tools are called the Covert Eight Immortals, most of them are said to have been born in the Tang or Song dynasty. They are revered by the Taoists and are an element in the secular Chinese culture. They are said to live on a group of five islands in the Bohai Sea, the Immortals are, He Xiangu Cao Guojiu Li Tieguai Lan Caihe Lü Dongbin Han Xiangzi Zhang Guolao Zhongli Quan In literature before the 1970s, they were sometimes translated as the Eight Genies. First described in the Yuan Dynasty, they were named after the Eight Immortal Scholars of the Han. While cults dedicated to various Taoist immortals date back to the Han dynasty, the art of the Jin tombs of the 12th and 13th centuries depicts a group of eight Taoist immortals in wall murals and sculptures. They officially became known as the Eight Immortals in the writings, the most famous art depiction of the Eight Immortals from this period is a mural of them in the Eternal Joy Temple at Ruicheng.
The 8 Immortals are considered to be signs of prosperity and longevity, so they are popular themes in ancient and they were frequent adornments on celadon vases. They were common in sculptures owned by the nobility and their most common appearance, was in paintings. Many silk paintings, wall murals, and wood block prints remain of the Eight Immortals and they were often depicted either together in one group, or alone to give more homage to that specific immortal. This shows that early on, the Eight Immortals quickly became eminent figures of the Taoist religion and had great importance and we can see this importance is only heightened in the Ming and Qing dynasties. During these dynasties, the Eight Immortals were very frequently associated with other prominent spiritual deities in artwork, there are numerous paintings with them and the Three Stars together. Also, other deities of importance, such as the Queen Mother of the West, are seen in the company of the Eight Immortals. The artwork of the Eight Immortals is not limited to paintings or other visual arts and they are quite prominent in written works too.
Authors and playwrights wrote numerous stories and plays on the Eight Immortals, one famous story that has been rewritten many times and turned into several plays is The Yellow-Millet Dream, which is the story of how Lǚ Dòngbīn met Zhongli Quan and began his path to immortality. The Immortals are the subject of artistic creations, such as paintings. There is another work, made during the Ming, by an anonymous writer and it is about the Immortals on their way to attend the Conference of the Magical Peach when they encounter an ocean
The King of Fighters 2000
The King of Fighters 2000 is a 2000 competitive fighting game produced by SNK for the Neo Geo arcade and home platforms. It is the installment in The King of Fighters series for the Neo Geo. The game was ported to the Sega Dreamcast and the Sony PlayStation 2 in 2002, the Neo-Geo and Sega Dreamcast versions of the game were included in The King of Fighters NESTS Hen, a compilation released for the Sony PlayStation 2 in Japan. The PlayStation 2 version was re-released on May 3,2016 for the PlayStation 4 through the PlayStation Network, the gameplay is based on The King of Fighters 99 and expands on the Striker Match format introduced in that game. Additionally, the player can now replenish Strike Bombs by either losing rounds or taunting the opponent, the player now has two choices after selecting the Striker member of the team. The player can choose to use the character or an alternate character officially known as Another Striker. These alternate Strikers are characters from previous KOF games and other SNK franchises, as well as versions of characters in the game such as Iori.
The console versions includes additional Maniac Strikers by completing a number of matches in the Party Mode. Unknown to Heidern, Ling has his own agenda, the Fatal Fury Team replaced Mai Shiranui with Blue Mary, while Yuri Sakazaki left the Art of Fighting Team, with King, taking her spot. Mai and Yuri returned to the Women Fighters Team, this time being joined by Kasumi Todoh and high school student Hinako Shijo, kyo Kusanagi and Iori Yagami once again returned as Team Edit characters. A third Team Edit only character appears in the form of Kula Diamond, a young girl genetically engineered by NESTS to be the Anti-K
Kowloon Walled City
Kowloon Walled City was a largely-ungoverned densely-populated settlement in Kowloon City in Hong Kong. Originally a Chinese military fort, the Walled City became an enclave after the New Territories were leased to Britain by China in 1898 and its population increased dramatically following the Japanese occupation of Hong Kong during World War II. By 1987, the Walled City contained 33,000 residents within its 2. 6-hectare borders, from the 1950s to the 1970s, it was controlled by local triads and had high rates of prostitution and drug abuse. In January 1987, the Hong Kong government announced plans to demolish the Walled City, after an arduous eviction process, demolition began in March 1993 and was completed in April 1994. Kowloon Walled City Park opened in December 1995 and occupies the area of the former Walled City, some historical artefacts from the Walled City, including its yamen building and remnants of its South Gate, have been preserved there. The history of the Walled City can be traced back to the Song Dynasty, little took place for hundreds of years afterward, although 30 guards were stationed there in 1668.
A small coastal fort was established around 1810, in 1842, during Qing Emperor Daoguangs reign, Hong Kong Island was ceded to Britain by the Treaty of Nanjing. As a result, the Qing authorities felt it necessary to improve the fort in order to rule the area, the improvements, including the formidable defensive wall, were completed in 1847. The Walled City was captured by rebels during the Taiping Rebellion in 1854 before being retaken a few weeks later, the present Walled Citys Dapeng Association House forms the remnants of what was previously Lai Enjues garrison. China was allowed to continue to keep officials there as long as they did not interfere with the defence of British Hong Kong, the following year, the Governor, Sir Henry Blake, suspected that the Viceroy of Canton was using troops to aid resistance to the new arrangements. On 16 May 1899, British forces attacked the Walled City, only to find the Viceroys soldiers gone, the Qing dynasty ended its rule in 1912, leaving the Walled City to the British.
Though the British claimed ownership of the Walled City, they did little with it over the few decades. The Protestant church established an old home in the old yamen as well as a school. Aside from such institutions, the Walled City became a curiosity for British colonials. In 1933, the Hong Kong authorities announced plans to demolish most of the decaying Walled Citys buildings, by 1940 only the yamen, the school and one house remained. During its World War II occupation of Hong Kong, Japan demolished the Citys wall, after Japans surrender in 1945, China announced its intent to reclaim its rights to the Walled City. Refugees from mainland China because of the Chinese Civil War post 1945 poured in to take advantage of British protection, after a failed attempt to drive them out in 1948, the British adopted a hands-off policy in most matters concerning the Walled City. In January 1950, a fire broke out that destroyed over 2,500 huts, the disaster highlighted the need for proper fire prevention in the largely wooden-built squatter areas, complicated by the lack of political ties with the colonial and Chinese governments
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (comics)
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was a twelve-volume comic series published by Comics One and HK Comics Limited, written by Andy Seto. The comic is based on a 5 book series known as the Crane-Iron Pentalogy, the original title comes from two of the characters names, Lo and Jen. Los name is Luo Tsiao Hu, Jens name is Yu Jiao Long. Crouching tiger and hidden dragon combined is a Chinese proverb that means talented or dangerous people hidden from view, li Mu Bai Yu Shu Lien Lo or Dark Cloud, Luo is his family name and Xiao Hu is his first name. Xiao means young, little or small and hu means tiger) Jen, Yu is her family name, lu Bi Pei, Jens husband Gao Lang Chiu. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon at the Comic Book DB
Hauts-de-Seine is a department of France. It is part of the Métropole du Grand Paris and of the Île-de-France region and it is small and densely populated and contains the modern office and shopping complex known as La Défense. Its creation reflected the implementation of a law passed in 1964, in the 1990s and early 2000s, the Hauts-de-Seine received national attention as the result of a corruption scandal concerning the misuse of public funds provided for the departments housing projects. Implicated were former minister and former President of the council of the Hauts-de-Seine, Charles Pasqua. Hauts-de-Seine is Frances second wealthiest département and one of Europes richest areas and its GDP per capita was €62,374 in 2003, according to INSEE official figures. Hauts-de-Seine is the base of Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the Republic from 2007 to 2012. He was previously the mayor of Neuilly-sur-Seine in the department, Charles Pasqua was based in Hauts-de-Seine. Website of the General council Prefecture website
Ice Fantasy is a 2016 Chinese epic fantasy television drama based on Guo Jingmings bestselling novel, City of Fantasy. It was directed by Ju Jue Liang, and stars Feng Shaofeng, Victoria Song, Ma Tianyu, the drama was produced by Shanghai Youhug Media and is broadcast on Hunan Satellite Television Diamond independent broadcast theater starting July 24,2016 for 62 episodes. A 16-episode modern sequel, titled Ice Fantasy Destiny, started airing on Tencent Video on March 8,2017. After the Fire Tribe was defeated with the Deicide Sword, Ka Suo reluctantly battles his brother for the throne, but he wants nothing more than the freedom to be with his lover Li Luo. Ying Kong Shi does everything in his power to take the throne away from Ka Suo, while Yan Da, the Fire Princess, is willing to give up everything for Shi. Then, Ka Suos loved ones all die off one by one under the conspiracies of Yuan Ji and Lian Ji, a war between the Ice and Fire Tribe commences again, with Li Tian Jin joining the Fire Tribe to get his revenge on Ka Suo.
Shao Bing as the Ice King Gong Beibi as the Ice Queen Cheng Peipei as Feng Tian Ice Tribes most powerful illusionist and she is Ka Suos grandmother and dotes on him. He created the chaos that ensue in the world, including the assassination of Prince Xin Jue. He is Ying Kong Shis biological father and the last descendant of the Ice Flame Tribe, Zhang Xinyi as Lotus Spirit Gong Zhengnan as Qing Ren Sun Zujun as Qing Long Deng Sha as Xing Zhou Jurat as Phoenix Hu Bing as Huo Yi The Fire King. A power-hungry and cruel man who aims to become the ruler of the three realms, shu Yaxin as Shuo Gang, Crown Prince Jiang Chao as Xin Jue, Second Prince Shen Hairong as Mermaid Saint Lan Shangs grandmother and Lian Jis adoptive mother. An opportunistic woman who is willing to sacrifice her childrens happiness to achieve peace, Wang Yidan as Chi Lian The former Queen of the Tribe. She left the many years ago in search for the Sighing Wall. After disagreeing with Die Che, she was sacrificed to her butterflies, chen Xinyu as Chao Ya The current Queen of the Tribe.
She is engaged to Liao Jian, but was a lover of Pian Feng. Wu Diao as Die Che The most powerful musician in the Spiritual Tribe and she serves Yuan Ji as the Holy Shrines southern protector, and is eventually defeated by Ka Suo. Fan Shiqi as Chi Mo Die Chis lover who is actually the Fire Tribes descendant, Zhang Yujian as Pian Feng A chivalrous and capable guard who serves Chao Ya and was once lovers. Later, his power was taken and presented to Yuan Ji by the Western Protector. Liu Dongqin as Liao Jian The King of the Tribe, and he is engaged to Chao Ya