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Filial Piety, My Foot!

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A Singaporean accountant in her 30s, reportedly refused to be associated with her mother even after her death and that's all because she did not want to foot the funeral bill which comes to about RM5,000 or rather in Sing dollars, just 2k plus.  The accountant  did not even show up after learning of her mother's death at a nursing home. When news like this appear in the media, especially in a predominantly Chinese country like Singapore, you probably could not help but exclaim, So much for the Confucian philosophy,  filial piety (孝). Filial piety, by the way, is a virtue of respect for one's parents and ancestors expounded in the Confucian classic Xiao Jing or Classic of Xiào. Modern people most probably must have lost touch with the ancient classic but some short films or TV commercials would probably jolt the memory....

Enjoy and shed some tears if you care...




A Movie from the 70s

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In the recent Batman outing, The Dark Knight Rises Michael Caine plays Bruce Wayne’s trusted valet, Alfred Pennyworth. I remember the English actor in the 1969 version of The Italian Job and the 1977 Richard Attenborough's war epic A Bridge Too Far .The latter tells the story of the failure of Operation Market Garden during Second World War and has been touted by the local media as a man's movie as it has an ensemble cast that includes Anthony Hopkins, Dirk Bogarde, Edward Fox, Elliot Gould, Gene Hackman, James Caan, Laurence Olivier, Mazmillian Schell, Hardy Krüger, Sean Connery, Robert Redford, Ryan O' Neal and of course Michael Caine who played the role Lieutenant-Colonel J.O.E. Vandeleur. In the 70s too, I remember there was a wuxia film produced by Shaw Brothers Studio in Hong Kong The 14 Amazons 十四女英豪 (inset) about the female Generals of the Yang Clan. Not surprisingly, the movie has a predominantly female cast which includes Lisa Lu, Ivy Ling Po, Betty Ting Pei, Ou-…