Author: Icha (Bali – Indonesia) – January, 2001
Warning: Contains Spoilers
As I watched and finished the Adventure of the Swordgirl (Treasure Venture), I found myself inspired by many philosophies of the film. Here are just some pearls that I’ve found and I’d like to share with everyone.
Of course this is the most attractive one! I’ve read some good essays on the film, and all of them saluted the deep love growing between Shui Ruohan and Lu Jianpingz. I admire Ruohan’s willingness to stab himself in Jianping’s sword, rather than hurting the girl’s father, and eventually hurting the girl he loved the most. I love watching the couple’s eyes meet together, as they nursed the baby, played in the street, etc… Already mentioned many times. It was also true love that united Wuma (a Japanese samurai disguised as Jianping’s nanny) and Song Yinniang (Ruohan’s stepmother), bridging their differences.
Nicky Wu was so totally involved while playing Shui Ruohan, from being a cold professional killer to a thoughtful swordsman. He was willingn to let Jianping marry the Prince, as he understood he might not be able to live long enough to make Jianping happy. I also admire the Prince himself – Zhu Yulong for his ability to accompany Jianping to Shaolin Temple, though he understood that the girl didn’t want to marry him. I also admire his willingness to help the Lu family in the midst of wedding preparation of Ruohan and Jianping. But most of all, I admire his decision to let the girl go once again as Ruohan kidnapped Jianping in the middle of the imperial wedding. And I admire the Prince’s sincere love that enabled him to feel the compassion towards Ruohan and Jianping, and to treat them as if they’re his own brother and sister.
Friendship eventually grew between Ruohan and Yulong after being rivals for such a long time. Jianping didn’t care about the fact that Wuma was a Japanese. Race is not important, but love and friendship were.
Xuezi – Ruohan’s fellow apprentice eventually sacrificed herself to save Ruohan and Jianping from their enemy (Cao Youxiang – Ruohan’s adoptive father) though the price was Xuezi’s death.
Jianping forgave Wuma’s attack that brought death to her mother 18 years ago, as Jianping still considered Wuma as if he was her own mother. Ruohan chose to save his adoptive father – Cao Youxiang, though he knew that it was Cao who brought death to Ruohan’s family when he was only 7 years old. Though in the end Ruohan did kill Cao, he did that with no personal feeling, as letting Cao live will endanger the security of the state.
A very inspiring sentence of Ruohan that I remembered is about marriage. He said that marriage is not easy, but it’s worth it. A couple should be able to find passion in the monotonous life of marriage, and even regard each other’s weaknesses as something interesting and something to savor.
Life is worth living
Ruohan understood that he wouldn’t live long enough to marry and make Jianping happy. Yet he still tried to live his life with her, wandering around the country, living and working as commoners, raising a baby. All just for a day, even an hour for life. Jianping herself insisted on marrying Ruohan, even if just for a day. Even just a day of happiness is worth a try. They’re trying to live, and celebrating life in any condition.
Flexible as a bamboo, living as water
We should respect and honor our lives and others’ as well. Ruohan eventually learned how to live like bamboo, flexible yet so powerful. He learned to respect his enemy’s soul, to consider the soul’s value before he took a life. From a killing machine who swung his sword without a blink, he became a swordsman who respected others’ lives, and who was willing to die to save strangers. Jianping herself learned to live like water, flowing, giving happiness to others, without any worries. She grew up to be a mature girl without loosing her cheerful character and her ability to celebrate life.
So my final word is this: See The Swordgirl, and let’s celebrate our life!