那夜芙蓉女兒入我迷夢, 藉我這creativeholic之手還魂, 給了她自己ㄧ個截然不同的命運.
Kung Fu Lotus was inspired by a character of my favorite Chinese Classic, The Dream of Red Chamber(a.k.a The Story of the Stone) written in the mid 18th century, a semi-autobiography of a Qing aristocrat reflecting the exquisite lifestyle of the rise and fall of the prominent family.
The inspiring character was Qingwen, the most beautiful and very talented(she mended the peacock cloak for her master) handmaiden among all of the protagonist, Baoyu's many servants.
Qingwen was devoted to her master and demanded equally royal friendship in return… quite a woman ahead of her time in the Qing Dynasty.
Her short temper and the lack of understanding in politics brought the doom upon herself - sharing the same tragic fate of many other beautiful female characters in the story.
From serving in the wealthy family(and being treated like a lady herself) to dying in a humble hut of her relatives… Qingwen narrated the tale of beauty, courage, and innocence.
Qingwen came to my dream the other night asking to be reborn a free spirit after I watched Kung Fu Panda with my 4 year old son...
Here's Lotus, the alias of Qingwen after she escaped from the coffin(pretended death was the only way out). Lotus went to the legendary Wudan Mountain and stayed there for the rest of her life mastering Kung Fu - she specialized in the Crane Style. Although Lotus remained unmarried, many of her pupils became quite influential including the Jade Fox in the Crouching Tiger And Hidden Dragon.
' Everybody is Kung fu fighting,
Your mind becomes fast as lightning…
The journey's a lonely one,
So much more than we know
But, sometimes you've got to go
Go on and be your own hero/heroine.'