When you think of your favorite movie quote, do you picture a Marlon Brando wallowing in self-pity, claiming, “I could’ve been somebody”? Or maybe you envisage a suave Sean Connery, complete with sharp tuxedo, ordering his “Martini- shaken, not stirred”?
But what about the most famous lines from Chinese movies? Westerners love to speak in cultural references, but how many of us think of this witty cooking metaphor from Ang Lee’s “Eat Drink Man Woman” when we’re spouting our favorite quotes?
“I cannot live my life like how I cook. I cannot wait until all the ingredients are prepared and then cook.”
Rénshēng búnéng xiàng zuòcài, bǎ suǒyǒu de liào dōu zhǔnbèi hǎo le cái xiàguō.
Do these powerful words from Feng Xiaogang’s “After Shock” have any meaning for you?-
“Your family is always your family.”
Qīnrén, yǒngyuǎn shì qīnrén.
In a future issue, The World of Chinese will be diving headfirst into the world of Chinese films. And, yes, we want your contributions. We want to know the quotes that have brought tears to your eyes and smiles to your faces. We want to know what significance these quotes have for you.
Leave your comments below. Until then, “Here’s looking at you, kid”!