Describe a movie/film that made you laugh.
You should say:
What it is
When and where you watched it
Who you watched it with
And explain why it made you laugh
A film that made me laugh is actually quite an old film now. I watched it in my dorm at university with my classmates in my first year. It really sticks in my mind because it was the first time I’d seen it and there was a really fun and communal atmosphere in the dorm. The film is called “Crazy Stone” – it’s a sort of gangster movie directed by Ning Hao, and set in Henan. I think it came out in 2006. Anyway, we all loved the film. It’s even more amusing because the gangsters, or thieves, who steal the precious stone have a really strong Henan accent, which is both endearing and amusing. Also, something which is common in Chinese humour in films, they slip into various Cantonese idioms and expressions, which makes it even more funny. Anyway, there are actually about two groups of thieves, if I remember correctly, who are basically competing to steal and keep this incredibly expensive, priceless, jade stone. I couldn’t stop laughing throughout the whole film, because they keep failing in their attempts all the time, in amusing and entertaining ways. In some regards, the comedy is a bit slap-stick, and this appeals to my sense of humour a lot. Like I said, the atmosphere in our dorm was really good at the time too, and the whole dorm was full of students, all pulling their chairs in and sitting on the beds around the TV screen, as we drank some beers, ate some snacks and watched the film. We watched it twice, in fact, two nights in a row, and talked about it a lot afterwards, quoting some of the great lines in the film and repeating them throughout the week after. It was a great memory and a brilliant film. I’d certainly recommended it to anyone, and for those who have seen it before, I’d strongly recommend they watch it again. I think a lot of the latest Chinese films are not that good to be honest, either they’re heroic war films or copies of Hollywood-style movies. I do think that the Chinese films about five or ten years ago, and even before, are a lot better and have a stronger and more amusing Chinese flavor to them.
1. Do people enjoy watching comedies?
I think everyone enjoys watching comedies, yes. Pretty much everyone. There are lots of different types of comedies though, to cater for varying tastes, so it depends. But in general I think most people like comedies because they love to laugh. Everyone enjoys laughter and humour and it makes light of the more serious things in life and gives us all relief from the pressures of society and the stresses and strains of everyday life. Comedy is a kind of medicine, some people say, in fact, and we all need to have humour in our lives. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who doesn’t like comedies, actually. I have also heard that laughter is actually good for our health, physiologically it helps to improve our general well-being both physically and mentally, so I think more comedies should be promoted on TV and in the cinema.
2. Do people of all ages like watching cartoon?
I think so yes. There are, in fact, cartoons for people of all ages, and I’d say that it’s quite common in Asia, especially China, Korea and Japan, for adults to watch cartoons, or animations, as well as children. Of course, there are different styles and types of animations aimed at adult audiences than those aimed at children, but still, I’d say that a lot of people in my social groups and in my society enjoy watching cartoons. Japanese cartoons have always been quite popular actually, and perhaps the Japanese have become the most famous for a huge variety of cartoons and cartoon characters – animations that also cover a wide range of genres, from the quite horrific and brutal adult films, to the sweet, endearing and entertaining films of people like Miyazaki. I think they capture aspects of life in a unique and also magical way, and there’s often a very nice message in them too, that is both inspiring and educational for children and adults alike.
3. Why do some people like to make others laugh?
I think some people are very good at humour and jokes and making other people laugh. Others are not so good at it or interested in it. Some people pride themselves on a sense of humour and see it almost as part of the “art of conversation” – others perhaps are insecure and like to make people laugh to lighten the mood, or keep things light and entertaining because they don’t want to take life so seriously, or engage in serious or heavy topics of conversation. Some people simply have a very positive outlook on life and are able to see the humour in a lot of things, and they enjoy sharing this humour with their colleagues, workmates or family and friends. There are many reasons why people enjoy making others laugh, but generally I think it’s because it increases positivity and that’s always a good thing for everyone!
4. Should teachers in school teach students in a humorous way?
Yes, I believe so. Some of my best teachers were those that have a great way with words and a brilliant sense of humour. You see, if a teacher is humourous, then children and students are more likely to pay attention and get drawn into the subjects, because humour makes things more entertaining, and when things are more entertaining they are obviously easier to get into. I think one of the signs of a good teacher is having a sense of humour and knowing how to make a subject interesting and engaging to a wide variety of students. Humour also helps to break down social barriers and win people’s attention and confidence. Humour should be a part of teaching more than it is now, in my opinion.