After hiking in JunJian Yan and GiLiAn Shan, and having a lunch gathering in ZhiQin's newly open store, and strolling in ZhiShan Yan, I didn't feel like to go home rightaway so I went to QuangHua Market to check out if there are were released DVDs.
I went to my haunts and found many good movies were released on DVDs. Herzog's early movies were almost on DVDs, Kubrick's movies were rereleased on collection edition DVDs, and BBC's new minseires-Jane Erye-was available, and the most surprising thing was Deliverance was also available now. All I could think when I saw it was "Oh! My Goodness! I can't believe it, how come this movie was on collection edition DVD!"
"Ji Liu Si Yong Shi" is Deliverance's Chinese title which means "four warriors in the rapids," I didn't know this title and only knew its English title. I found out the Chinese title when I saw the DVD in DVD shop. This movie was released in the US in 1972. I don't know when it was released in Taiwan, but this title brings the sense of passionate patriotism to me. The Chinese title implied the sense--"counterattack the China to rescue our suffering counterparts." I think the title was given to in order to deal with government's strict censorship at the time when martial law was enforced. But acutally the story of Deliverance has nothing to do with warriors and patriotism.
I can't remember the reason that made me see Deliverance; it seems that Eric and I talked about movies of 7o's and Deliverance was one among the movies we discussed. I thought it could be an interesting one so I bought the DVD and watched it. After I watched it, I realised it wasn't an interesting movie at all, but a triller that made viewers in depression.
The plot is about four friends decided to go camping in remote mountains during their vacation and to raft along rapid river down back to town so they can stay far away from their familyand enjoy natural life in the wild. In the isolated moutains, two of them were assulted by local hunters. During the chaotic fighting and resisstence, one of the hunters was killed and the other one fled. To this point, the story of hunting down the hunter in escape in the vicious moutains and dangerous unfolds. Their friendship gradually changed and their humanity and moral strongly conflict with their instinct for survival.
The movie actually is a good one; it has great narrative that develops tensity and suspicion, but after I watched because I felt really down. I thought I would never watch it again. And I felt I was traumatized. Every time I think of this kind of story set in the backdrop of remote moutains, I always feel scared, and sometimes I feel terrified without reasons when I go hiking alone.
Robert once suggested I avoid going hiking alone in Wulai region. I could be in danger. Several scenes from Deliverance came into my mind immediately when he was giving the suggestions to me. This is not an interesting movie at all, but a movie that makes viewers horrified. I think it is the effect that the author and director want to bring out.
The most impressive scene is that in the protagonist's dream, one hand holding the murder weapon--a hunting gun--emerging out of the surface of deep blue water. The image is still clear in my mind even though I watched it several years ago and never saw it again.
I once wondered why the scene is so similar to one scence from Excalibur--Excalibur raising from a lake. I googled some information about those two movies and found out that the movies were both directed by John Boorman. Same idea was used in two different movies. Arthurian stories are my favorite stories. But Excalibur directed by John Boorman was very dark that ruined my interest, so I will never see any movies directed by him.
我曾經想著，為什麼這一幕和Excalibur（另一部我不知道中文片名的影片）裡神劍Excalibur從湖中伸起的影像那麼雷同。稍微古狗一下，原來這兩部電影是同一個導演（John Boorman）執導。同樣的手法，嗯～用了兩次。而且還把我最喜歡的亞瑟王傳奇故事講得非常黑暗，完全弄壞我的胃口，從此之後，我再也不看John Boorman的電影。
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