April 18th, 2003


userinfo senji
2003/04/18 23:59:00 - Shanghai Knights and other stuff.
As emperor said, the curry was good.

So was the film (in the fun sense). It would be nice if they hadn't used every American in London joke, but....

A few pernicity points, which I probably ought to put in a cut.

1) Charles Spencer Chaplin was only 2 years old when the last murder attributed to Jack The Ripper occurred, and the last generally accepted Ripper murder was the year before he was born. Arthur Conan Doyle fits in that time period though.

2) They picture a sailing vessel between two of the bridges that don't raise, and its mast is too high. emperor reckons that tall-masted-ships probably wouldn't ever go upriver of Tower Bridge at all.

3) A frigging machine gun? OK, it is plausible I guess that you could make something like in the appropriate era - after all the Navy had Nock's Volley Gun in 1779, and other similar weapons existed, but...
a) The gun in the film has a modern ammunition feeding mechanism, I don't think anything like that would be within the technology.
b) It was supposed to be the `first of its kind', but that's a productised example they have, not an engineer's prototype!

I'm sure there were others I've missed.
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userinfo angoel
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2003/04/19 01:59:28
3c) Despite being a prototype, there were two identical machine guns.
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userinfo senji
2003/04/19 08:23:38
I did wonder about that, but decided that the continuity wasn't so screwed that there couldn't actually only be one with some careful moving of it.
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userinfo angoel
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2003/04/19 12:14:50
It would have been possible in the time, yes. But then why leave it behind when hurrying off with Lin to assasinate the queen.

Oh, well. It doesn't have to make sense - the point of JC movies is the fight scenes, and there were some wonderful ones ;)
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userinfo naath
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2003/04/19 02:31:39
Wang and Lin's father was (apparently) resident in the Imperial City. He should have been a eunuch, and therfore not have kids.

I like that they figured out how Chinese names work though, even if Roy didn't.

I thought it was funny...
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userinfo senji
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2003/04/19 08:25:02
Wang and Lin's father was (apparently) resident in the Imperial City. He should have been a eunuch, and therfore not have kids.

Could he have become a eunuch after Wang and Lin had been born?

I thought it was funny...

Yeah. :)

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userinfo naath
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2003/04/21 09:17:01 - Re:
Well, becomming a eunuch is safer the younger you are apparently. Expecially the (unhygenic, bad, nasty) way that the Chinese did it.
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userinfo senji
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2003/04/21 09:21:34
I'm tempted to say that all ways are bad and nasty :-/.

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userinfo naath
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2003/04/21 09:39:55 - Re:
There are bad ways, and worse ways.
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