A couple nights ago, I was watching a
mediocre martial arts movie. There was a
line that struck me.
Now, I rarely watch TV – maybe once or
twice per month. Although I do enjoy a great
movie from time to time, generally speaking,
TV is a waste of time for me.
So, it just so happened that I was browsing
the net on my iPad while the movie Forbidden
Kingdom with Jackie Chan and Jet Li was
running in the background. I was quite bored
with it. I’m not into fantasy, really.
Anyway, the movie was about a teenager who is
a fan of martial arts films.
He awakens in a village in ancient China and
starts learning kung fu to fight the evil Jade
Warlord. After his master Lu Yan is badly injured,
he keeps on fighting with his companions to get
a magic potion so his master can survive.
They get the potion and he lives on.
After Golden Sparrow, the girl he falls in love
with, is wounded in a fight, they bring her to
the king, a healer or something similar. I’m not
sure about all the details.
But, this special scene caught my attention.
I expected the girl to be healed in a few seconds
by some trick, simply because the movie was very
predictable up until that point.
So, they ask the long-bearded old man with healing
powers if he can do anything for her. Save her life
He just says: “No, she chose her destiny herself.”
Kind of sad and surprising at the same time.
But, he was right. The young heroine chose to die in
battle by risking her life for a greater cause.
It was HER choice.
She chose her destiny herself.
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