Sun Wu Kong ~ 孙悟空

i want to buy three VCD box sets:

  • Journey to the West (Part I)
  • Journey to the West (Part II)
  • Ji Gong
  • i have been looking around for these VCD box sets for the longest of time. these titles are actually around in the market for the longest of time. However, i did not get any of them as i wanted the edition where the character Sun Wu Kong is acted by Chinese actor Liu Xiao Ling Tong and not the other hyped up but of not much substance actors. i watched many versions of the Journey to the West since i was young. from the big time productions to “superstars” cast, out of all these, i still feel that the version acted by Liu Xiao Ling Tong is stil the most classic and sincere.

    i first saw him acting the role of Sun Wu Kong when i was in primary school. i should not be any older than 10 years old. of course back then, i would not have understood the artistic value nor the hardships that had gone into this role. i just thought: hey! that’s a cute and powerful monkey! if only it was mine! later, mediacorp, as a cost savings measure, i supposed, had re-broadcasted old shows. i watched and reminicised. my brother, a few good years younger, did not appear to appreciate these shows. he was busier laughing at the old effects used and the antique music styles. what a waste!

    just a couple days ago, when i was walking around Jurong East, i spotted these VCD boxsets for sale. i wish i could buy them there and then. however i did not bring enough cash with me as i thot it was just a short trip. these few days, i feel a sense of loss. i was worried that the store might have shutdown due to economic reasons. after all it was a little HDB store, not the chain stores. such neighbouring stores are known to have closed down and cleared overnight. and when you visit the next day, it is already in the midst of renovating for the next business operations!


    hou yuan – liu xiao ling tong
    Originally uploaded by yl.

    feeling lost, i surfed the net for any information on the artiste Liu Xiao Ling Tong. then did i realised that he actually had an official website! and what’s more, he had authored a book about his life, growing-up years, training and of course, the preparations for the filming of Journey to the West and many accounts of the behind-scenes. of course i am getting a copy!emailed Yuan Jing bookstore for help. but now, still having that feeling of loss. i supposed i would dash to the store to get those boxsets! appreciating a work of classic art, reminicising about my childhood, why not??

    why do i insist on this edition? i remember a few years ago, the actor, Liu Xiao Ling Tong came to Singapore for a performance and on his way, attended a live charity concert show. the compere interviewed him and along the line of interview, requested that perhaps he could give a live performance, just there and then. he agreed. without makeup, without a change of costumes, with his cudgel and music, he started acting out his role. all i saw was Sun Wu Kong, standing in front of his home, the “Water Curtain Cave”, playing around with his “children”, showing off his powress to them. it was a very touching performance.

    我想要买三套连续剧光碟:

  • 西游记(一)
  • 西游记(二)
  • 济公
  • 这三套光碟,我找了好久。不是因为它难找,而是因为我要的版本是由六小龄童所演义的孙悟空,而不是由其他国/演员“胡演”一通的《西游记》。长这么大了,看过许多版本的《西游记》,从大制作的到“大明星”所演的,还是觉得由六小龄童所演的孙悟空最经典,最有诚意。

    第一次看到六小龄童演孙悟空是在我小学的时候吧。应该还不到10岁。当时候,当然不懂得什么艺术(其实现在还是不懂!)或“台上三分钟,台下十年工”的道理,就只觉得那猴子又可爱又厉害,如果是我养的,那该多好!后来,新传媒为了节省资金,就“翻旧帐”,把老牌戏给翻出来播放,也让我回味无穷。和我差了好几岁的弟弟,却忙着笑“这部戏是从那个年代走出来的,为什么那么老吐?配乐还是那种很久以前的年代!!”真是痛失珍宝!

    前两天在欲廊东一带逛街时,无意间看到了这三张光碟正在清货大减价。恨不得马上把它们买回家。但是可惜我当时带的现钱不够,所以我没买。这几天一直有那种患得患失的感觉。真害怕那家商店关门大吉,不做了。毕竟那是一家邻里小商店,不是什么连锁集团。邻里商店,今天在,明天可能它就一夜之间收拾好了,你去的时候会发现那里已经被新的老板取代,正在装修呢!


    hou yuan – liu xiao ling tong
    Originally uploaded by yl.

    在患得患失的驱使下,我上网找了六小龄童的资料。结果发现原来他还有官方网站呢!也发现他其实也著了一本书,写有关他的生活、成长、受训、当然无可获缺–《西游记》的准备、拍摄、收工与拍摄其间的许许多多事物。当然要买啦!发了张电邮给远景书局,请他们帮忙。现在仍在患得患失的状态。我想下班后,我会第一时间跑道那家商店去购买那几部光碟吧!回味一下经典的艺术表演,收藏一下自己的一份童年,又何尝不是一件好事呢?

    为什么我那么坚持一定要这个版本呢?记得好几年前,六小龄童到狮城来表演,顺道出席了一个现场直播的慈善晚会。主持人访问他,随即就要求他现场来一段即兴表演。他答应了。没有化装,没有换衣,拿起了棒子,配上了音乐,舞了起来。我眼前出现了站在水帘洞前的孙悟空,正在和孩儿们显示自己的本领。很感动的一次表演。

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    3. NK says:

      I know this is an old entry.. but I stumble into your blog by searching for Liu Xiao Ling Tong.

      I don’t have this series yet. But this is my first chinese and favorite chinese series. I love the Monkey King. I have watch a lot of other version but none compare to the 80’s version with Liu Xiao Ling Tong. By the end of this year, I have to have this series or I am going insane. hehehehe ^___^

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