After the action-comedy animation, Ninja Turtles sequel, let’s switch our attention to fantasy-action Warcraft. This time, I enjoyed the movie, with the generous vouchers from Major Cineplex by Cellcard, the exclusive cinema for Pram Ang. As my nephew Rain happened to follow this cartoon on mobile before, I made some sense for me to see it with him. I needed to thank the G-rating, which I somehow suspected! As expected, I came out with a few interesting tips about leadership.
Leadership by love – This is probably the most popular style of leadership, exercised by Durotan. He is the leader of an orc clan who fights against the fel magic-corrupted orc Gul’Dan. His main reason fort this fight and quasi-possible alliance with the human army is to protect his kind from perishing of evil wills. His personal reason is his own family, especially his newborn son. If one needs respecting, then, love others as much as they do, just like Durotan!
Leadership by loyalty – Maybe I should call this “followership”. Yet, Anduin seems to be second-in-command, after the King of Azeroth Himself. He dares to do everything to protect Him, even if this latter is killed in the battle with the orcs. The King’s security seems to prevail over his own. This makes sense why all the human forces follow him in turn. Following is not that bad after all, if one knows “what”, not “who”, exactly they follow!
Leadership by power – If one doesn’t know how to love or follow, Gul’dan might be a perfect example of such leadership. He seems to defeat Durotan magically, but not physically or legitimately. Most orcs obey to him for his dark power and lethal threats. Believe it or not, such human command is also found in Cambodia, where fear has remained engrained in our head and even heart for the last three decades.
How the funny mood went on after Jazz 4G! The other day was marked with this new American blockbuster: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Out of the Shadows. Wait, it is not really American as this ninja turtles sequel was produced in association with Alibaba Pictures, China Film Group and HuaXia Film. The storyline has brought a whole new game about the team spirit. Below are three lessons you can learn from this action comedy.
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Personal Identities – Although team work proves to make the most out of every member, it is the differences of each ninja turtle that make their strengths. Of course, Leonardo is elected the leader for his great discipline and spirituality. Raphael is found rebellious, aggressive and sensitive to external experiences. Michelangelo adds the comic spice to the team. Donatello is known to be the master brain of the four mutants.
Leadership by Instinct – At one point of the plot, Leo decides not to turn into humans even if this is made possible by the mutagen. He may sound harsh and uncaring to his brothers. Yet, deep down, he does not want to become something else than his own kind. It almost takes a lethal battle with Raphael and Michelangelo until these latter accept who they have been. So no matter what you can become, your roots will remain unchanged.
Guiding Coach – You may have heard of this African proverb, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together”. I suppose you can go far and fast, with a wise coach, like Splinter. Across the movie and series, he provides wisdom and spiritual guidance, with as little involvement as possible. Needless to say, he knows how to protect himself with his oriental martial arts, whenever needed!
In my last post of Angry Birds movie, you may learn how useful anger sometimes turns! This review about Joking Jazz 4G may contradict this concept. Anyway, I was not the one to propose this comedy to my family. Yet, my big sister felt like watching it even before its premiere. Maybe the local distributor’s Facebook campaigns turned effective! So off, we went to enjoy it as a family. I found it mostly funny, yet educational, and will tell you three reasons why you should watch this movie, too!
Monkhood Redefined – Rarely have we seen a monk playing a major role in a movie. This subject itself appears quite controversial as monks are seen as noble human beings. So every description about their activities are subject to rigorous censorship. When most Thai movies only integrate monks as extra characters, Joking Jazz 4G embodies the main character himself. At modern times like now, most lay people may find it boring to listen to Buddhist teachings. Thus, the best way to redefine these is to make it as fun as possible and you’ve got the first reason to enjoy it! As you know, people learn something best when having fun with it.
Edutainment Piece – The second reason is, not only does it make you laugh out loud, but you can also get educated about religion and beliefs. Most of the time, when you get entertained by a certain scene, you’d be reminded of a certain teaching, as a result. I personally admire the screen writer for not making it sound plain from the scripture! The duality of fun and morale can be seen in virtually every scene. The best part for me is for lay people to distinguish between original precepts and casual superstition. These two sides of a coin has always misled believers unless they are quite informed of the real Dharma and humanism.
Accepted Profanity – Realism is another major reason I quite support this comedy. If you expect those monks to chant their prayers to you during the show, you may be leave the hall half-way! So profanity stems rather from lay people, who play around the religious principles. How would you twist the five Buddhist precept with sense of humor? How would you stop lay people from dressing improper before monks? What would you say when monks fight? All in all, I salute the distributor for bypassing the censorship about religious topics. I remember “Where Elephants Weep”, a contemporary Cambodian-American tragic opera, didn’t stand such luck when broadcast on TV several year ago! It was about a monk who sings for his lover, inspired by Khmer tragic legend “Tum Teav”. The show was immediately interrupted when our then-Cambodian patriarch caught that actor singing as a monk. As a rule, monks are not supposed to entertain others, nor take part in entertainment.