|Sik Sik taking care of the injured Sai Man, Ep 11|
Below is the recap of the Foundation 1984 episodes 10-12. Click this to read this post at my new Jianghu blog. I’d like to thank the Kaypang Gallery for providing the Cantonese ver with excellent Indonesian subtitles for this series (the DVDs can be purchased here). You can also watch the Cantonese ver from Tudou. The spellings of the main characters are in Cantonese. Spellings of other characters in Mandarin pinyin. I sourced many spellings from the Wikipedia entry of Li Shimin and its associated links. I will add more screen shots later, so keep visiting this post if you like... Needless to say, the post contains spoilers, so you are forewarned...
|Kong Fung advised Sai Man to cherish Sik Sik, Ep 10|
|"Sai Man, you're thinner...", Ep 10|
|"You're thinner too...", Ep 10|
|Li Sai Man and Chun Sik Sik, reconciling...yet again... Ep 10|
|Sik Sik was happy that Kong Fung agreed to help Sai Man, Ep 10|
Sai Man was very happy to have his best friend's support (yeah, best friend my @$$...). He drank cups and cups of wine with KF as Sik Sik and Lok Wan came in to bring their dinner. It was funny to see Sai Man asked which dish Lok Wan made, for when Lok Wan told him which ones, he said he'd not eat those. Sai Man... You were actually a very pleasant person. Had you not been so ambitious, you'd live a peaceful life with Sik Sik and your sister, and with Kong Fung too...
|"I was afraid you'd misunderstood me," Ep 11|
|"It isn't over-confidence; it is the fact [that I love you]," Ep 11|
|The most genuine embrace between the couple, IMO, Ep 11|
|"Just let the servants do the groceries," Ep 11|
|Sai Man protecting Sik Sik, Ep 11|
|and he became badly injured... Ep 11|
|"How did you get injured like this?" Ep 11|
|Sik Sik explained that Sai Man was injured because of her|
|Then she gave him some medicine...|
|...and asked him to return to bed...|
|Since he said he was fine, she pouted...|
|And asked him again while caressing his face...|
|He relented, returned to bed. Chiu Yi was uncomfortable, Ep 11|
Later, Chiu Yi was forlorn in her garden. Royal Ass Tau realised his daughter truly loved Sai Man, but Sai Man’s heart was only for Sik Sik. He then summoned his 2nd nephew....
And...I can't believe this! I know it would happen, but it really pains me! Royal Uncle Tau told Li Sai Man to kill Sik Sik!! Sai Man's face blanched as he realised what he had to do to win Royal Uncle's support.
|Royal Ass Tau ordered Sai Man to kill Sik Sik, Ep 11|
|"You want me to kill her???"|
|Tau: "If you can't do that, I'll ask someone to help you"|
|"You can't do that! No way!!"|
|"Why do I have to decide this?"|
Sai Man then told Li Jing and his two generals about Uncle Tau's order. To his dismay, the three of them asked him to go ahead with the plan, for the sake of the people hinged on this matter. One of the generals actually wanted to commit suicide to convince the 2nd Prince. Yeah yeah yeah, you bastards! Didn't occur to you all that, had Sai Man told Sik Sik about this, she might actually leave him anyway to help him with his throne obsession, without him having to kill her?? Or she might eventually commit suicide just to help him with that??
|Sai Man prevented his general from committing suicide, Ep 11|
|"Why did you all have to force me? Why??"|
|Li Jing: "She might not suffer much if you kill her yourself..."|
Since she failed to make her father abort the nasty plan, Chiu Yi then took upon herself to warn Sik Sik, asking her to leave Sai Man and went to a place faraway that no one could find her. Sik Sik took it wrongly of course, thinking that Chiu Yi still couldn't accept the fact that Sai Man didn't love her (Chiu Yi, I mean).
|Sai Man: "I just wished to see you..."|
|Sik Sik: "I really can't live without you"|
|Sik Sik: "I really can't live without you"|
|Sai Man: "Me too...[I can't live without you either]"|
|Sai Man: "Perhaps Heaven knows how fond you are of rainbows"|
|Sai Man: "I will take you to a very beautiful place tomorrow"|
|Sik Sik: "That's great. I haven't seen rainbows for a long time"|
The next day the rain poured hard. Sai Man left his residence without an umbrella. He met Royal Ass’ man (the guy who saved him from the attack a few days ago, actually...) who told the 2nd Prince that he could kill Sik Sik for him if he couldn’t do that himself. Sai Man said he got it; he didn't need help.
|Li Sai Man was interrogated about his decision, Ep 11|
Li Sai Man then met Sik Sik who was worried that he was drenched wet. They went to a beautiful cliff where she could see the ocean and, when the rainbow emerged, would see the rainbow too.
|SS: "Why didn't you use an umbrella?"|
|"Do you like the place?" They arrived at the rainbow spot|
|And they sat on a rock facing the sea|
|SS: "Why are you keep staring at me?"|
|LSM: "Why, you don't want me to stare at you often?"|
Sai Man saw Tau’s man behind them, the man even made a gesture to finish Sik Sik instead. Sai Man told the guy to back off.
|"Sai Man, the rainbow is here..."|
|Lok Wan arrived at a harsh realisation about Yi Gor, Ep 11|
|Yi Gor slapping and hugging her, asking her to keep the secret|
|Poor Kong Fung couldn't believe Sik Sik was gone, Ep 11|
|LSM: "Sik Sik died defending me from a sword attack..."|
|LSM's stance towards Royal Uncle has changed, Ep 12|
|"Not sure if you can forgive me or not..."|
|"But I had to do that..."|
|"Sik Sik, you're the only one I love..."|
|"No one can ever replace you. No one can..."|
"I don’t know where I’ll go. I only know that I want to go to a place where no one has been to. Maybe tens of years from now, when you visit the poor and the peasants, if you see an old lady waving her hands at you, that lady might be me. May I have forgiven you by then.
|LW: "May by then I have forgiven you..."|
I actually didn't cry when Li Sai Man stabbed Sik Sik. I was angry, in denial, disappointed, sad, but I wasn't crying. Perhaps because I've seen that scene so many times in MVs. But I really choked on my tears to see Sai Man reading Lok Wan's letter, and how his shoulders slumped as he staggered in the wilderness and watched the sun went down over the horizon, not unlike the way he watched the rainbow after he stabbed and killed Sik Sik. Li Sai Man had become Emperor Taizong now, but he lost the only woman he ever loved and the only sister he ever had in the process.
|Li Sai Man's loss after Lok Wan's departure...|
|Kong Fung: "You need to promise me; be a wise king!"|
Li Sai Man, the lonely Emperor, rose and pledged that he'd fulfill his promise to Kong Fung. The end scene was as lonely and painful as the scene after Sai Man killed Sik Sik, and the scene after Lok Wan left. Li Sai Man got his throne, but he lost the woman he loved, his beloved sister and his beloved friend for that...
|Li Sai Man watched Kong Fung staggered away... Ep 12|
|"Kong Fung, I will not disappoint you!"|