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Posted 10/25/08 , edited 10/26/08
In your opinion, which character understood the meaning of love?

Which "loves" are lust? infatuation? True Love?

btw, for non Chinese speakers. There's a mistranslation in what Wang Sheng said to Xiao Wei(fox demon) near the end.
He didn't say "I love you, but I'm married to Peirong."
He said, "I love you, but I already have Peirong," which could also mean that his heart already has someone inside and cannot accept another one.
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Posted 10/26/08
Pei Rong,

She was willing to do anything, so her love ones won't get hurt.
And she willing to turn into a demon and get kill, btw she looks hot as a demon.
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what is love?? 问世间情为何物?只叫人生死相许!!
Posted 10/26/08
Pei Rong and the guy who liked her (bad with names xD) reasons are pretty obvious. trust is a big part of love imo, even if it sounds crazy they'll give their own opinion with full truth and not suger coat it (like the guy with his opinion of thinking demons cant exist telling pei rong) blah blah... but he Still made sure if xia-w/e is a demon or not believe in pei rong's words by gathering information from the 'demon buster' (since there wasnt much people to turn to for help) and tried his best to reassure pei rong and her safety.
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Posted 10/26/08

weixin170 wrote:

what is love?? 问世间情为何物?只叫人生死相许!!


yay! My favorite quote about love ever!

I think Wang Sheng felt pity for the fox, not love (maybe brother-sister love?)
I have a feeling that all the lust dreams were produced by the sachet that the fox gave him...
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TO ME

It seems all of them. Everyone shows different love type... different meaning... Different ways of love but at the end either one will satify and the other not.. That's call love.... .
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Peirong obviously but pretty much all of them.

I think Peirong and Wang Sheng taught Xiao Wei the meaning of love at the end, thats why she saved everyone; not just Wang Sheng.

I think Wang Sheng did love Xiao Wei, as he couldn't help but be attracted to her. But he also loved Peirong, and he loved her first, and to him the meaning of love is absolute devotion and not causing the one he loves pain; therefore he would never betray her.
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idarklight wrote:


weixin170 wrote:

what is love?? 问世间情为何物?只叫人生死相许!!


yay! My favorite quote about love ever!

I think Wang Sheng felt pity for the fox, not love (maybe brother-sister love?)
I have a feeling that all the lust dreams were produced by the sachet that the fox gave him...


ya.. i agree..
Posted 10/27/08
pei rong and brother yong or something the guy who really like her... sigh it was so good... i just like these two character because they were really loyal and brave to show and really test their love... love them so much... sigh l
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I think everyone have got their own definition of what love is and I think the question is not who understood love the most but what kind of love appealed the most to you. I think what Wang Sheng said to peirong at the end was very touching for me, it may be because he was kind of undecided throughout the movie about his attitude towards xiaowei. I actually liked xiaowei's character alot. Sure she might have killed many and harmed many along the way but there's a certain romanticism in her love for wang sheng, knowing that he's human and willing to grow old and die with him. She might have felt like she was alive for the first time in a thousand years, knowing love, loving someone and sacrificing for someone. But at the end of the day there's no right or wrong, even the demons.
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ya i think every know what love is...just that they have it their on way of showing it...

btw i dont get the quote that weixin170 worte?


what is love?? 问世间情为何物?只叫人生死相许!! what dose that mean?
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I think all of them understood the meaning of love.
In the end they were all willing to sacrifice themselves.
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Posted 10/30/08 , edited 10/30/08

chue3100 wrote:

ya i think every know what love is...just that they have it their on way of showing it...

btw i dont get the quote that weixin170 worte?


what is love?? 问世间情为何物?只叫人生死相许!! what dose that mean?


问世间情为何物?只叫人生死相许. is probably the most famous Chinese quote about love.

The first sentence is: To ask, what is love in this world?

The second sentence is a little harder to translate.
只叫人 is to make people.
生死相许 means for two people to swear their lives to each other, to live together and die together.

So, in general. To ask, what is love in this world that makes people 生死相许?

A loose translation would be: To ask, what is love in this world that makes people give their lives for it?

Except it sounds super poetic in Chinese.

Anyways, it's a quote from a poem from the Yuan dynasty.

It was made famous by Jin Yong's novel (and its seven remakes), Return of the Condor Heroes, which contains one of the most famous love stories in China.
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what (or who) i really noticed was the actress who played xia wei, zhou xun. she not only plays the part of a demon incredibly well, but is able to develope her character through amazing interpretation.

her acting is most notable in part 3, where she is overwhelmed by the complexity of emotions she's experiencing. she barely speaks in the last part, but the actions and facial expressions she shows really speak to you in a way that nothing else could. it's incredibly suitable to the context, as there are no words that can possibly explain or define the emotions she's experiencing. the one part where she does speak, where she asks in a strangled voice (after the wrenching, anguished scream) why he does not die, shows her attempt at reasoning "love." and when he gives her his reply, how he loves her but he already has his wife, she creases her brow and twists her head a bit, showing how "love" can be interpreted in many ways, but seldom in a way that can satisfy the individual- how we measure love and how we act on it is all relative (and that we often do not clearly grasp the understanding ourselves).

i therefore feel that "painted skin" and the concept of "love" is portrayed best through xiao wei's character as she discovers what it means to care and love another.
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I luv all the characters. N they all hav someone who they love. Its jst some keep it in their hearts n in the end move on n some othrs jst sacrifice themselves for love. Its really sweet.
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