I LOVE IT SO, SO, SO MUCH.
Like, I feel like you don't understand how much I love it. And because I just recently re-watched it, I'm definitely Feeling The Need to rave about it here; and since one of the things that makes it one of my favorite-ever-in-the-whole-world movies is the relationship between Tom and Sun Fu, I thought this Lovely Blog Party would be a good time to do it.
Honestly, I could probably write a whole new review of this movie (I've done one already, but THERE'S SUCH DEPTH TO PLUMB), but for now I'm going to focus on these two. And just so you know, this post will be long and it will be picture-heavy (in fact, it's sort of mainly pictures).
Here goes. :-P
To begin, a quick summary in case you're unfamiliar with the plot of this show: After the death of his mother, a cowboy joins forces with his semi-estranged uncle to take a herd of horses across several states to sell them. Along the way, they encounter a man transporting five Asian women who have been purchased with the intent to traffic them. "Through a series of circumstances," as one of the characters puts it, the nephew and his uncle fall into the guardianship of these women, navigating the difficulties of language barriers and wicked pursuers.
*scratches head* Hope that helped. Not sure if it did, honestly, but here's hoping. :-P
Seriously, I'm sitting here struggling to come up with anything sensible to write, because every part I'm thinking of makes me want to just muffle my face with my hands and squeal. Whiiiiich doesn't really help you. Or help me to convince you to watch the movie. *another sigh*
There's the scene in the gif above, when the whole party is resting for couple of days and Tom and Sun Fu take a walk around the lake, Sun Fu giggling and Tom cracking one of his unusual grins.
1) may I point out these two cuties sitting next to each other?
2) may I also point out that Sun Fu is the one who raises her glass first even though she
may not even understand what's going on and that Tom only raises his after she does?
Now, this is the part where I analyze what I have dubbed the "stagecoach scene". As I said, this is the second-to-last scene, so there are some bigger *SPOILERS* from here on out.
Everyone gone who wants to avoid spoilage? Good.
Now that the horse drive is complete, Tom and Print and Lung Hay are getting ready to send Nola, Sun Fu, Ghee Moon, and Ging Wa off. (An arrangement has been made for the ladies to find a safe place in San Francisco.) There's plenty of stuff going on relationally between everyone involved--especially Nola and Print--but I'm going to zero in on what's happening with Tom and Sun Fu.
As everyone exits the station and boards, Tom walks Sun Fu to her side of the stagecoach and the two face each other.
He takes off his hat, because he is nothing if not unknowingly a gentleman of the truest order; and she takes hers off as well, because she strives to be respectful in all things of this culture that she doesn't know. Then Tom says this:
"I thought I had this all worked out. I reckon I got something to say to you. I know you can't understand my words, but you can hear me. I want to know how to get in touch with you someday. I want to know that things turned out--that you had a good life."
|LOOK AT THE TEARS IN HER EYES these kids are going to do me in|
|if you aren't feeling things right now I honestly don't even know what to say to you|
(This recognition doesn't stop him, however, from letting out a little self-steadying breath; because after all the prospect of never seeing this woman again is not exactly a happy one for him.)
Very much, in other words, there.
And I feel things in my heart.