TVB series "When Heaven Burns" just finished airing last week. I have no intention of doing a review on the series because to be honest, I didn't really "watch" the series, since I only caught various episodes here and there when my family was watching the series (I did tune into the 2 hour finale though and watched that in its entirety). In case you're wondering....no, I didn't decide to skip this series because of the cannibalism theme or the cast or whatnot -- in fact, from the little I've seen of WHB, I could tell that the series was well thought out in terms of script and the filming method as well as acting from artists were all above standard. Unfortunately though, the biggest problem with this series is that it was agonizingly SLOW and draggy (this is the reason why I chose to skip the series)...it's one thing if only the first few episodes were slow but with this series, almost every single episode dragged out, to the point that it became a bit too tedious to sit through and watch. Yes, the series did start to pick up pace about two-thirds of the way in, but unfortunately, it was too late -- I had already given up on the series less than halfway through because I didn't have that kind of time to waste (plus I don't tolerate slow / draggy series very well).
That being said, I did tune in to watch the 2 hour finale episodes (primarily out of curiosity) and I'll be the first to admit that the finale (unlike the rest of the series) was definitely worth the time to watch. I especially enjoyed the 2 musical segments in the finale: 1) the rock concert segment that featured the reunion of Hak Jai (Moses), Gu Lo (Bowie), and Ronnie (Kenny) singing "Youthful Ignorance" (which just so happens to be the sub-theme song of the series itself) -- I felt that segment was particularly moving and well done; 2) the "What If" video at the end of the series (again featuring the sub-theme song) was also nicely put together (plus I felt it was an appropriate ending to an otherwise intense series).
Talking about the sub-theme song..... 年少無知 (’Youthful Ignorance’) has become very popular in recent weeks (and deservingly so in my opinion, as the melody of the song is quite catchy and the lyrics are meaningful). The feedback I’ve heard regarding the song is that many people who haven't even watched the series are able to relate to the song’s lyrics and apply them to their own lives in some way – now THAT’s what I call an influential song!
A few people have asked about an English translation to the sub-theme song's lyrics -- originally, I was surprised that there wasn't already an English translation of the lyrics circulating out there somewhere, given the popularity of the song, however after studying the lyrics further, I understand why.....the lyrics are a bit tough to translate into English without losing some of its meaning.
Anyway, for those who are interested, I went ahead and translated the lyrics of the song into English -- however, I have to put a disclaimer that this is purely my interpretation of the lyrics and may not necessarily be a 100% correct translation. Also, I tried to keep to the flow of the song as much as possible while still maintaining the essence of the lyrics, however keep in mind that the song itself is not meant to be sung in English – so the translation is basically for reference only.
For those who understand Chinese, I highly recommend listening to the original version of the song (which is why I also included the link to the song's MV below).
Lastly, if anyone has feedback regarding the translation, you’re welcome to comment! :-)
Link to MV (as posted on Youtube): 'Youthful Ignorance'
[Translated by: llwy12]
TV Series “When Heaven Burns” sub-theme song
Performed by: Bowie Lam, Moses Chan, Kenny Wong
Composed by: Paul Wong
Lyrics by: Lam Yeurk Ning
Musical arrangement: Paul Wong, Lau Chi Yuen
Producer: Paul Wong
(B = Bowie, M = Moses, K = Kenny, T= Together)
B: How good is youthfulness, how good is stubbornness
Unwilling to be content with feudalism, superstitious that on the streets truth will be attained
The flag lifted high, condemned by the masses
Unhesitatingly sacrifice everything to appeal, the thought process of those in power is too conventional
Unfortunately, life is a pile of setbacks, unfortunately, life requires compromise
M: How good is youthfulness, how good is poverty
A dollar in savings is enough to be happy, a cheaply-priced guitar to vent out my irritabilities
Riches are obtained, youthfulness cannot be maintained
Contribution need not be concerned with payback, the secular world inevitably has its differences
只可惜生活是一聲發洩 只可惜生命是一聲抱歉 怕追討
Unfortunately life is the sound of venting, unfortunately life is the sound of apology, afraid to be chased down
T: If, fate could be chosen, each step we’d take at the end of the crossroads would be more natural and unrestrained
If, we could be honest with life, the values we believed in the past would not need to accept the ruin of an era
K: How good is youthfulness, how good is friendship
A dispute would not require a defendant, competition in a game would not be remembered
Increasing age, unable to mend
The song of youth will eventually get old, passage of time so terrifying
T: If, fate could be chosen, each step we take at the end of the crossroads would not need to be perplexing
If, we could be honest with life, we’d discover today that the values we believed in the past have not aged
If, fate could be practiced, we would not have to accept a life of cruelly choosing every step
Standing behind the previous way of thinking, would I be subject to the blind lashing of today’s world?