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Chow Yan Fat is Confucius

Wow. These trailers have that whole whole Ten Commandments, Charlton Heston, Moses vibe going for them. The makings of a truly great epic. Hardly surprising considering the man in the centre of the story. Looks Great!

For the uninitiated (from Wikipedia):

Confucius was a Chinese thinker and social philosopher (551 BCE – 479 BCE), whose teachings and philosophy have deeply influenced Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Vietnamese thought and life.

The formal name of Confucius was Kong Qiu (孔丘), and he was also called Zhongni (仲尼). He was born in 551 BCE in the Lu (鲁) State. (This state was in the south of modern-day Shandong Province) in the later days of the Spring and Autumn Period.

Confucius was from a warrior family. His father Shulianghe (叔梁紇) was a famous warrior who had military exploits in two battles and owns a fiefdom. Confucius lost his father when he was three years old. Confucius lived in poverty with his mother since childhood. With the support and encouragement of his mother, Confucius was very diligent in his studies. When Confucius was seventeen years old, his mother died of illness and overwork.

Three years later, Confucius married a young woman who was from the Qiguan family (亓官氏) of the Song state (宋). Though he had a mild tempered wife who loved him, he left his family to strive for his ideals. Confucius wanted to revive the perfect virtue of Huaxia and the classical properties of the Western Zhou Dynasty to build a grand harmonious and humanistic society.

His philosophy emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice and sincerity. These values gained prominence in China over other doctrines, such as Legalism (法家) or Taoism (道家) during the Han Dynasty (206 BCE – 220 CE). Confucius’ thoughts have been developed into a system of philosophy known as Confucianism (儒家).

Some famous Confucian Quotes:

A man who has committed a mistake and doesn’t correct it, is committing another mistake.

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.

Always and in everything let there be reverence.

If you know, to recognize that you know, If you don’t know, to realize that you don’t know: That is knowledge.

Never hesitate to ask a lesser person.

Never seek illicit wealth.

People with virtue must speak out; People who speak are not all virtuous.

What you do not wish upon yourself, extend not to others.

We take great pains to persuade other that we are happy than in endeavouring to think so ourselves.

Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.


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