Editor: This post was originally published on May 15, 2015. I updated the post to include explanation of many scenes which I did not understand. The explanations for those scenes were contributed by Tonyee. Thank you very much!
Towards the end of Episode 12 Aunt Gui caught Mad Chopper wandering inside the Xinyi office. I think Mad Chopper knows that Aunt Gui is asleep inside the office, he is also aware when Aunt Gui woke up. I do not know yet his reasons for pretending not to be aware. Maybe he wants to make Aunt Gui underestimate his abilities?
In any case, after Aunt Gui assured herself that Mad Chopper seems to be looking (with his hands) for something inside the office, she got up and accused Mad Chopper of trying to steal something. She was about to bring Mad Chopper to Ding Bang when Lei-er arrived and convinced Aunt Gui that Mad Chopper just got lost on his way back from the latrine to the kitchen.
Lei-er asks Mad Chopper how he manages to cook when he is blind. Mad Chopper says cooking does not require eyes, it rather depends on the feeling with your hands, listening with your ears, smelling with your nose and tasting with your mouth. He proceeds to show Lei-er how he does all that. Lei-er is impressed by his skill. He did not really teach Lei-er how to cook, he just showed her his cooking skill.
When Mad Chopper finishes cooking the dish, Lei-er tastes it. The boy who arrived with Mad Chopper watches the 2 adults forlornly from the kitchen doorway.
Lei-er brings food to Wu Kui, but Wu Kui is not in the mood for anything. Wu Kui is looking up at the sky, wondering why it doesn’t rain. If it rains then there may be thunder, and then… Lei-er reminds him of the incident yesterday, saying that it is lucky that she was there. Wu Kui replies that he would have preferred that she wasn’t there at that time.
Lei-er senses that Wu Kui is worried about something, and asks if it’s about the tournament tomorrow. Wu Kui says he really doesn’t want to go to the tournament, and he can’t imagine how he will fare on the stage. Lei-er says that he has nothing to worry about since he is very intelligent, knows everything and can do everything. When she was still practicing how to do the basic stuff, he can already fly onto walls. Even if he does not have his strong martial arts skills, he is already so much better than those people who only know how to fight because of his mouth (speaking skills) and his brain. Something clicks in Wu Kui’s mind on hearing her speech, and he rewards Lei-er by feeding her.
The tournament finally begins.
The tournament is already underway when Moya and her father arrive. Ding Bang and Wu Kui welcome father and daughter. Moya says Xinyi has saved them many times, even clearing her name in the opium matter, so they need not be overly courteous. She is just curious about the tournament, thus she asked her father, the Prince, to bring her to tournament. The Xiaos invite father and daughter to the VIP seats. Chuzi calls out to Moya and her father but they both ignore him.
As Ding Bang and Wu Kui escort Moya and her father to their seat, Lei-er sees Dumb Wolf among the crowd. She tries to catch him but fails.
The tournament resumes once the newly-arrived visitors are seated. Ding Bang and Wu Kui watch the fighters from the sidelines. Wu Kui listens intently to his father’s words. Ding Bang tells Wu Kui that one of the fighters on stage at that moment is Zhao Zhanggui, the head of Tongsheng Escort Agency. Ding Bang tells Wu Kui not to look down on Tongsheng Escort just because it is of small size because Zhao is one of the best from Qingcheng School (a famous martial arts school). Ding Bang thinks that Zhao’s skills are about the same as Hu Da Cheng’s, and Ding Bang surmises that Wu Kui will be facing off with either Zhao or Da Cheng in the final round.
Da Cheng is called on to the platform for his turn to face-off with another fighter. Da Cheng defeats his opponent. Next, Wu Kui is called on to the platform to face-off with Da Cheng. As Wu Kui is about to go up the platform, Dumb Wolf returns to watch.
Before they could begin their face-off, Wu Kui said some polite words to Dacheng, then launch into his own intricate martial arts moves.
Moya tells her father: “See? Wu Kui’s martial arts skills are really good.” Ding Bang tells himself that Wu Kui’s moves can only deceive the layman, although Wu Kui’s moves look good, there’s no power in it at all. He wonders what Wu Kui is up to. Wu Kui ends his moves by showing people the flies he caught with his bare hand.
In flashback we are shown Wu Kui capturing flies with his bare hands in the kitchen prior to the tournament. Of course it is easier to capture the flies in the kitchen since there are raw meat hanging there which attracted the flies.
The audience are amazed, saying that the moves did not look strong, but no one thought that he could have caught flies with it, saying that Wu Kui deserves his reputation. Da Cheng is about to begin their face-off but Wu Kui stops him.
Wu Kui analyzes what Da Cheng’s moves will be and then predicts how he will respond to Da Cheng’s moves. So it becomes a verbal martial arts fight. Da Cheng cannot win over Wu Kui’s analysis and concedes defeat.
So the strategy Wu Kui developed after hearing Lei-er’s words earlier is to play to his strengths. Wu Kui is very intelligent, a good strategist and is a very good talker, so he used his brains and his speaking skills to win over his opponent.
Lei-er keeps cheering for Wu Kui which seems to piss off Dumb Wolf. Chuzi does not understand what happened at all. He thus said mockingly that Wu Kui has the best martial arts skills of all, and can win even without fighting. Those who can win by talking alone is really the best of the best fighters. He challenges the crowd, asking if there is anyone there who would not accept such a result.
One fighter comes up. He is Zhao Zhanggui from Tongsheng (the one Ding Bang talked about to Wu Kui earlier.) Zhao tells Wu Kui that Da Cheng admitted defeat without even a fight because Wu Kui is Da Cheng’s boss, thus the result was unfair. Wu Kui says that everyone has seen the competition, there’s nothing unfair about it, and asks Zhao to explain himself more clearly. Zhao declines to explain further, he just dares Wu Kui to an actual fight rather than just mere talk. The crowd is itching for a real fight too, and Wu Kui is forced to fight him.
They begin to fight. Wu Kui wonders to himself if his 3 moves can save him. He is determined not to lose in front of Moya, and puts in his all. Wu Kui manages to knock Zhao off his feet on his third move.
Zhao is able to stand up again, albeit a bit wobbly on his feet. Wu Kui is feeling doomed because he has already spent his energy on his third move. Zhao rushes at Wu Kui, but Wu Kui is able to evade him. Zhao falls from the platform, but Lei-er helps him to get back on the platform. Zhao gets up and faces Wu Kui again. Wu Kui prepares for the worst.
Ding Bang wonders to himself why Wu Kui is not retaliating.Wu Kui and Zhao are about to resume fighting again when Ding Bang intervenes.
Ding Bang tells Zhao that he better stop fighting or else he would suffer grave injury. Ding Bang tells Zhao he finally understands Wu Kui’s thinking, saying that Wu Kui does not wish to fight with Zhao further because Wu Kui doesn’t want to harm anyone.
Ding Bang says that as escorts the most important thing is not about competing to see who is the best, but about maintaining a harmonious relationship with people so that they can have safe trips. The tournament is just a practice among colleagues, not a fight to the death.
Wu Kui says that he knows that Zhao is from Qingcheng School, so his skills are more suitable for fighting in water, which is not how the tournament is set today. What Wu Kui means is that Zhao’s martial arts skills are not inferior, just that today’s setting is adverse to him. If they continue to fight, Zhao would definitely be harmed, which Wu Kui would feel sorry about, and it’s also against the spirit of the tournament since it is a friendship-building event.
Zhao is impressed by how considerate Wu Kui is, and concedes defeat. (Therefore, Wu Kui wins by talking again. 😀 )
The half-bald man praises Wu Kui, saying that he is not only skilled in martial arts, but can gain people’s hearts with his good virtue, which is more difficult.
At the feast afterwards, Ding Bang announces that he is retiring and will pass on his leadership to Wu Kui. Everyone applauds except for Chuzi.
Later, Moya waits for Wu Kui in the courtyard. However, Chuzi is the one who shows up. Chuzi tries to strike up a conversation with Moya. He asks if she is annoyed by the attitude of Xinyi’s people as well, and invites her out for food. He tries to take her hand but Moya is offended by his presumptuousness. Chuzi says Moya’s mum has already promised to marry her to him, to which Moya replies that her mum died 10 years ago. 😀
Wu Kui arrives and sees them. Wu Kui asks why Chuzi outside, and invites him back to the feast. Moya is happy to find an excuse to escape from Chuzi and holds Wu Kui’s hand.
Chuzi tells Wu Kui that he shouldn’t feel so full of himself just because he has good martial arts skills. Chuzi says he has guns which are more powerful than any martial arts. Chuzi’s words triggered something in Wu Kui’s mind.
Wu Kui tells himself that as long as he has guns he need not worry about his martial arts skills.
Moya says that guns are slow. With the time needed to load the bullet and light the gunpowder Wu Kui would already be able to finish off Chuzi. After Wu Kui and Moya left, Chuzi vows to kill Wu Kui someday for taking his woman and making him lose face.
Wu Kui and Moya go to Wu Kui’s quarters. While Moya is looking around with interest, Wu Kui’s mind is still preoccupied.
Moya asks Wu Kui if he is still thinking about what Chuzi said earlier. Wu Kui says of course not, not after she told off Chuzi about the disadvantages of guns. Wu Kui praises Moya, saying that although she’s not a fighter herself, she has good insights. However, Wu Kui goes on to say that guns are not as bad as she thinks, the guns he saw in Guangzhou…
Moya is annoyed, she asks Wu Kui if he took her to his quarters just to tell her how she was wrong about things. Wu kui apologizes immediately and repeatedly, making Moya smile. (Awww, Wu Kui is so cute.)
Moya teases him, saying how could the hero of the tournament become like this (acting childishly and begging for forgiveness). Wu Kui says only Moya can see this side of him.
Then Wu Kui shows off to Moya the treasures he accumulated during his time in Foshan, Guangzhou. He shows her some colored bowls. He also shows her the coffee beans and the coffee grinder, he offers to make her coffee but Moya declines.
Wu Kui notices Moya fanning herself with her handkerchief. He sits her down, then shows her his mechanical fan and operates it for her. Moya asks how come he has so many interesting things, and says it’s good to be with him, since she need not think about anything and there’s only happiness. The fan handle breaks, and Moya offers him her handkerchief. Wu Kui hesitates to use it.
Moya notices the gramophone. Wu Kui puts on a record. When the music begins to play, Moya becomes sad. Moya says the last time she listened to a gramophone was when she was in Beijing (when she was still a real princess.) In the blink of an eye, everything was gone. Wu Kui says: “Didn’t you just say that when you are with me, you don’t need to think of anything, and there is only happiness? I won’t allow you to think of those unhappy things.”
Wu Kui invites Moya to dance with him. Moya says she does not know how to dance western dances. Wu Kui teaches her.
Dumb Wolf returns to the lair. Feng Lang asks where Dumb Wolf has gone. He says that Dumb Wolf is just like his dad, disappearing without a word. If not for him noticing, they would not even be able to find his body. Feng Lang guesses that Dumb Wolf has gone to the tournament, and says that there’s no need to keep that a secret, unless he went there to find the girl (referring to Lei-er.) Dumb Wolf is embarrassed. Feng Lang asks Dumb Wolf about Wu Kui’s martial arts skills. Dumb Wolf says it’s unfathomable (meaning he still does not know whether Wu Kui is good or not).
At Xinyi, Wu Kui is making plans for the company in his quarters. Aunt Gui arrives bearing soup, saying that Wu Kui has gotten thinner after all those exhausting days practicing in private without having her soup. Wu Kui says that practicing was not too bad, the really bad thing was how he missed her soup. Aunt Gui teases him for having such a sweet mouth.
Aunt Gui asks Wu Kui what he’s doing. Wu Kui replies that time has changed and Xinyi must change too. He is writing a new proposal for the operation of Xinyi. Aunt Gui says he is now really looking the part of the leader of Xinyi, and says she will definitely support his plan (but only if she knows how much it will cost… 😀 )
Aunt Gui leaves Wu Kui’s room and sees Ding Bang in the courtyard. She tells him that Wu Kui is serious about his upcoming appointment as leader of Xinyi, and is spending the night making a proposal. She encourages him to go inside Wu Kui’s room to see it for himself. Ding Bang says that Wui Kui will never grow up if he keeps watching his back, and refuses to go inside Wu Kui’s room. But after Aunt Gui has left, his curiosity got the better of him and he eavesdrops outside Wu Kui’s room.
Wu Kui is writing a proposal for the use of guns at Xinyi. He says to himself that once they have guns, then his martial arts skill won’t be a problem anymore.
Chuzi asks Concubine to get him some guns, saying that’s the way they can overpower Xinyi. Concubine says she does not have the money. But she points to the people outside, saying aren’t those all moving money bags? (Basically, she is telling Chuzi to threaten people with his gun and get money from them.) Chuzi is too embarrassed to tell her that he has lost his gun (during the encounter with the Wolf bandits at Hero’s Cliff in an earlier episode.)
It is the beginning of another day. Lei-er arrives at Xinyi. While looking at the Xinyi flag Lei-er says loudly to herself that she will be a proper escort someday. Wu Kui surprises her by tapping her on the shoulder, teasing her that she cannot be an escort if she is so unaware of her surroundings.
Lei-er notes how bright Wu Kui is, saying he indeed deserves to be the winner of the tournament. Wu Kui says of course, and that he learnt something from the tournament – if he thinks earnestly for a solution, there is nothing in the world that cannot be solved.
Lei-er asks if it is like saying that if she really wants to be an escort, she will become one someday. Wu Kui concurs, saying that after the tournament yesterday, he realized that he was born to run an escort agency. He thought hard throughtout the night to come up with the perfect way to revolutionize Xinyi. Once the reform goes through, Xinyi will be completely different from how it is at present. Under his management, Xinyi will definitely become the top escort agency in the country. Lei-er tells him to discuss it with his father quickly then.
An escort arrives, and cheekily praises Wu Kui for his martial arts skills, saying that even people from outside Xinyi are saying how good he is. This unnerves Wu Kui, and he scolds the escort for arriving late and being unkempt. He orders him to go in and start practicing immediately. After the escort goes in, Lei-er says she has never seen Wu Kui talking like that to an escort. Wu Kui explains that since he’s going to become the leader of Xinyi, he has to impose discipline. Lei-er says in that case she better also go practice then, and goes in. After Lei-er has gone in, Wu Kui tells himself that he should properly reorganize Xinyi and make it into a famous escort agency.
Lei-er reaches the courtyard, and is dumbfounded to see Aunt Gui talking to Dumb Wolf.
Aunt Gui is telling Dumb Wolf about the rules in Xinyi, also about meals, pay, sick leave and so forth. Lei-er approaches and tells Aunt Gui that the guy cannot do it (implying that he cannot withstand Aunt Gui’s harsh conditions.)
Aunt Gui loudly tells Lei-er that Dumb Wolf is strong and obedient. Then in a whisper, she adds that most importantly this guy does not mind how much he is being paid, and it’s a bargain that they cannot miss. Lei-er keeps protesting but Aunt Gui says it’s settled. Aunt Gui tells Dumb Wolf to start work immediately. She asks his name, and Dumb Wolf says his name is Ah Liang (sounds similar to “Ya Lang” the Chinese for Dumb Wolf.) After Dumb Wolf has left, Aunt Gui tells Lei-er off, saying that she never treats her workmen badly.
Lei-er follows Dumb Wolf. Lei-er asks Dumb Wolf what he is doing at Xinyi. He replies that he came to Xinyi to work. She doesn’t believe him. Dumb Wolf says that he’s there to see her. Lei-er is surprised, saying that she does not believe him, and asks if he is planning something bad against Xinyi.
Dumb Wolf says no. Lei-er tells him to go back to his lair immediately. Dumb Wolf asks “then you are telling me to go back to being a bandit? You once told me to be a good person, and now you are stopping me from walking the righteous way?”
Lei-er does not know how to respond to that, and asks him again if he really has no bad intentions towards Xinyi. Dumb Wolf swears that he has none. Lei-er says she will believe him this time, and says it’s a good thing that he can go back to the right path. Dumb Wolf asks if she will keep his identity. Lei-er says that since Dumb Wolf really wants to be a good person, she will not tell anyone about his identity. But if he does anything bad, she will be the first person to catch him out.
Da Cheng calls her. Lei-er pretends to give instructions to Dumb Wolf. Da Cheng tells her off for being lazy since Wu Kui told him that Lei-er went practicing. Lei-er explains that she is just greeting the new worker. Da Cheng takes Lei-er away to practice.
Wu Kui presents his proposal to his father. Ding Bang says that however times may have changed, guns are not as practical as martial arts skills especially for the escorting business. Ding Bang explains that whenever escorts sense something wrong, they would have to act without any delay. They won’t have the time to put in bullets, light the gunpowder and so forth. He says that Wu Kui will understand what he is saying once he goes on a few more escorting missions, and will realize that guns are just not practical.
END OF EPISODE 13
Here are additional screen captures of our handsome Wu Kui.