9/9: “Forever” in Chinese

Today is 9/9.

Even though the luckiest number is 8, 9 is pretty lucky, too. In Chinese, the double nine is pronounced the same as the word to signify “forever”, both are “Jiu Jiu.”

The number nine is fairly lucky, because it sounds like the word for ‘a long time’, and is hence associated with longevity. Every year the 9th of September (9/9) is the day for the ‘Old People’s Festival’, just like Mother’s Day or Father’s Day, but specifically for old people. [more on Lucky Numbers]

In short, today was an important day.

It was an important day also because the special two-disc FORBDIDEN KINGDOM DVD came out today!

It includes:

  • The Kung Fu Dream Team- the historical airing of Jackie Chan and Jet Li
  • The Dangerous Beauty- The introduction of Bing Bing Li and Crystal Liu, the two main ladies of FORBIDDEN KINGDOM
  • Filming in ‘Chinawood’- Hollywood-like set in the China-based studio. This special set about 40 miles away from Beijing has physical sets in several different time periods. The production team was able to utilize this to capture the ancient Forbidden Kingdom look!
  • Did you see this in the theaters?!

    I can’t wait to play it at home on projector and watch it on my 100″ screen (ok, it’s a wall with some holes in it. But it’s still pretty cool).

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    3 Responses to “9/9: “Forever” in Chinese”

    • I saw forbidden kingdom on the big screen and enjoyed it much more than I expected. I’m utterly infatuated with crouching tiger, hidden dragon, house of flying daggers, hero, and others like these, so I thought this might be too campy. I was pleasantly surprised.

    • I must know, what is the unluckiest Chinese number? We saw forbidden kingdom and thought it was pretty good. Didn’t even realize til the end that the monkey king was jet li–i’m so lame :P

    • Never knew about the “9” being also a lucky number! Good to know… For Japan, “9” is actually a bad luck number because it is pronounced “ku”, which leads to “kurushii” (hardship)… but “4” seems to be universal for “death” in the asian languages…

      I completely forgot about the Forbidden Kingdom movie! Glad I saw this post today, or I probably would have forgotten about it 99…

      BTW… I always thought that “forever” is “yong yuen”?

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