Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Character Thursday: Zhuge Liang – The Sleeping Dragon

“Why?” you may ask, “Why him?”. He's one of the character I was obsessed with for a long time. The first time I knew this character existed was when I read a book about Chinese wisdom, containing Chinese legends. There he was described as a smart but cunning tactician, who outsmarted two people at the same time. (Honestly, I was between laughter and rage when I finished the story)

Then I saw him in the movie, Red Cliff, played by Takeshi Kaneshiro, who played it brilliantly. Then, needing more of him, I read it: San Guo Yan Yi or Romance of the Three Kingdoms, where he played the role of one of the most important characters.

If I were to describe him in one word, it would be genius. Being a state advisor and chief strategist at the age of 26, what other can I say about him. Earlier in his career, he was underestimated by his enemies, and later on, after his genius had become widely known, overestimated by the same party. He used everything around him, both friends and enemies, to his advantage, and did not hesitate from manipulating both side of the battlefield to gain victory.

In the movie he actually said:

“Knowing a little bit of many things gives life more colours.”

Takeshi Kaneshiro as Zhuge Liang
And that's so true about him. In the legend (I haven't read the official, more documantary and less legend version of San Guo Yan Yi), he was a great strategist, mathematician, engineer, expert in psychology, geography, weather forecast, and so many other things, except martial art. But hey, he didn't even have to use his physical strenght to deceive his enemies, did he?

He was credited for many things, from the flying lantern to the crossbow, the mechanical wooden ox to mantou (a kind of food). He was a very good battle planner, who would visit a potential pattle field years before any battle even fought and analysed the advantage and disadvantage of each side of the site. I am talking too much now.

So instead of spoiling the stories and writing them down here, I prefer to give a link where you can find the English translation to be downloaded or read online.


Character Thursday
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  1. Mantou? The mantou bread? Zhuge Liang was the inventor? Hmm..interesting..

    1. Yup, rumours say so. I forget where I read it. He made it to replace the human sacrifice that was common in certain area.

  2. I love Takeshi Kaneshiro, he always played well in a historical movie like this one =)

  3. Well, never had a chance to read the whole 'three kingdom stories' but this character is one of my favorite too, because he so unpredictable, and I also like Takeshi Kaneshiro haha ...

  4. Zhuge Liang is one of my favorite characters as well. I love this book and wish it was better known in the US. Thanks for writing about it.