Parents are precious creatures God created for us the beings of the Earth. But of course as much as we would like to please them as opposed to the contradictory self intuition, we however tried as hard as we can to honor them. Movies with this fragile subject usually hit me deep at my heart : My favorite movie all time is definitely "Mulan". I don’t give a damn of any sarcasm of cynical people outhere! I love what i like and that’s final. No question of being ashamed or shy to admit whatsoever.
"Mulan" was released by Disney’s Animation in summer June 1998. I remembered vividly that i was so excited when Disney released the trailer around February and was keen about it. The story about a supposed-to-be meek and demure young girl masqueraded as a man in order to save her ailing father was an ultimate sacrifice a child could do to her/his parents. Mulan tried so hard to fit in the hereditary traditional moulds but due to her rebellious and outspoken nature, she failed to be the meek Chinese "Porcelain Doll" she was supposed to be. When the Huns invaded China, the Emperor summoned every men to be enrolled in the army as "Even the single grain can tip the scale : one man is a difference between victory and defeat" (dialog yg saya ingat dari filem). In order to save face and retain the honor of her family and to save her old father from war, Mulan then did the unthinkable by masquerading herself as a man… I have to say i’m most touched to the end of movie where Mulan presented her father the crest and the sword of Shan Yu (the dead Huns leader); as a token symbolized the honor she brought to the family. But what Fa Zhou said was simply "The Greatest Gift And Honor Is To Having You For A Daughter". The scene never fail to bring tears to my eyes.
Besides that, teh scene where Fa Zhou tried to soothen Mulan’s heart sebab she felt she was a useless child who never will bring honor to her family also evoke strong feeling for me. The simple dialogue meant to indicate that Mulan needed to give herself time to realize she’s special is cleverly conveyed in : "The Flower That Blooms In Adversity Is the Most Rare and Beautiful Of All". It meant that her her uniqueness make her special and she has to believe that. Ahhh, I could relate that to a conversation i had with Mak in those hormone-raging teenager days when i felt ugly and unacttractive ( i know this may sound stupid but i’m not ashamed of confessing what I did. Mak would say thousands of kind words to alleviate my feeling and I am always touched whenever i think about it over and over again *sob*).
The other parents-themed movie i’m attached would be "Kabhie Khushi Kabhie Gham". It teaches us taht sometime parents do make mistake and needed to be guided by their young ones. The movie also voiced out the emotional upheavel yg selalunya anak-anak hadapi- "Although our parents are older and take care of us, do they have the right to melukakan hati anak-anak?" Such trivial message but never fail to make me sebak too.
I love my parents so much but sometimes i’m a rebellious. I’m never a very good child but i’m trying to be the very best for them as i know they have been sacrificing and pampering so much (more than any 22 years old I assume!). Still, I hope God SWT guide me and kekalkan my innerself and not to be led astray by anything…Insya Allah.