Popular Post markhavemann Posted January 11, 2019 at 08:23 AM Popular Post Report Share Posted January 11, 2019 at 08:23 AM 鬼吹灯之精绝古城 (2016) Candle in the Tomb Episodes: 21 Episode Length: ~35min Genre: Adventure Plot in one sentence: 鬼吹灯之精绝古城 tells the story of a gang of tomb raiders as they go on adventures and unearth the truth behind a mysterious curse. ---------------------------------- I plan to watch one episode everyday or every other day(starting today, the 11th of January). As I go through it I will post the transcripts (as many as I have), vocab and stats for each episode as well as a summary. I am not watching at a very high level of understanding so please feel free to correct anything that I have misunderstood or gotten wrong. If anybody else is interested in watching along with me, this thread can be a place for asking questions and sharing thoughts. Word Stats and Transcript: https://drive.google.com/open?id=18Zy37K_YRwoRm91EUdqZyIh1y9efPycc Youtube Playlsit: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLAKqfGP_ddcbsHkGCTK7TgQweUSxul1En Words Stats included so far: Episode 1-11 Transcripts available so far: Episode 1-11 ---------------------------------- Episode 1 - 842 Unique Words Video: Youtube | Tencent Video | Sinodex Characters Introduced Spoiler 胡八一 ( Hú bā yī ) - also called 胡爷、老胡 王凯旋 ( Wáng kǎi xuán ) - also called 王胖子、小胖 大金牙 ( Dà jīn yá ) Word Stats Spoiler Unique Words: 842 Total Words: 2827 HSK 1 1088 HSK 2 291 HSK 3 205 HSK 4 194 HSK 5 127 HSK 6 71 Non-HSK : 851 Episode Summary Spoiler 胡八一was a soldier but left the army after his friend was killed in front of him. He returns to Beijing to live with his friend 王凯旋 (aka. 胖子). He learns that 胖子 has recently been cheated by a local antique dealer (大金牙) so they go together to interrupt 大金牙’s business meeting and get back 胖子’s jade amulet that 大金牙 had given him far too little money for. They return home after giving 大金牙 back the money he had initially paid for the amulet. Unfortunately for them, 王凯旋 had previously told 大金牙 where they live, and he arrives the next morning with a group of thugs. 胡八一 offers 大金牙 the money that he has in his backpack (to try and placate 大金牙 and his thugs) but at the same time reveals a mysterious compass that 大金牙 takes an interest in. After seeing the compass, he agrees to take 胡八一’s money but insists that they have lunch with him. During the lunch we learn that 胡八一 has some mysterious tomb finding knowledge and 大金牙 tries to recruit him as a supplier. He says isn’t interested in robbing tombs and they return to 王凯旋’s house after 大金牙 says he will be happy to sell whatever they can get for them if they are interested. At home 王凯旋 suggests that they go back to the village where almost everyone has antiques lying around from the nearby tombs, that way they everyone can benefit and nobody has to do anything bad, since all those valuable antiques are just lying around anyway. 胡八一 agrees and they spend all their money buying gifts for their friends and relatives back in the village. The episode ends with 胡八一 王凯旋 and getting on the train back home. Episode 2 - 739 Unique Words Video: Youtube | Tencent Video | Sinodex Characters Introduced Spoiler 英子 ( Yīng zi ) Useful Words for This Episode Spoiler 要塞 yào sài stronghold •• fort •• fortification 盗墓 dào mù to rob a tomb 考古 kǎo gǔ archaeology 野人 yě rén savage people, wild people Word Stats Spoiler Unique Words: 739 Total Words: 2426 HSK 1 907 HSK 2 240 HSK 3 239 HSK 4 131 HSK 5 84 HSK 6 76 Non-HSK 749 Episode Summary Spoiler In this episode (which features a lot more animal on animal violence than I would have expected) 胡八一 and 王凯旋 (胖子) arrive in the village. After finding out that there is no electricity to power the TV they had bought as a gift they are hit with more bad news: an earthquake (地震) had revealed a tomb hidden in the nearby mountain, causing the government to send an archaeological team who also acquired all the antiques in the local homes (the same ones that 胡八一 and 王凯旋 were hoping to take back to Beijing to sell). The next morning, they decide to go looking for an old Japanese fortification in the area that 胡八一 has heard of. They head out and after a while are approached by a young girl name 英子. She has been sent by one of the elders in the village (whose relation to 胡八一 I’m not quite sure. Grandfather?). They are slightly unhappy about being led by a girl but follow her once she informs them that they were already going in the wrong direction. After being bossed around by 英子 for a while and some antics involving 王凯旋 and a wild boar, they discover the bones of a Japanese soldier (from the Second World War) and some grave robbers. This leads them to the discovery of a tomb, the roof of which has been booby trapped against grave robbers like themselves. Luckily 胡八一’s knowledge saves them from trying to get in and being engulf in flames. They are interrupted by a scream from 英子 who, as the episode ends, we find out has fallen into what is probably the tomb they were trying to get into, and twisted her ankle. Episode 3 - 563 Unique Words Video: Youtube | Tencent Video | Sinodex Useful Words for This Episode Spoiler 蜡烛là zhú candle •• CL:根[gen1],支[zhi1] 将军 jiāng jūn general •• high-ranking military officer 棺材guān cai coffin •• CL:具[ju4],口[kou3] 机关jī guān mechanism 闪开shǎn kāi to get out of the way Word Stats Spoiler Unique Words 563 Total Words 1851 HSK 1 731 HSK 2 205 HSK 3 172 HSK 4 93 HSK 5 61 HSK 6 41 Non-HSK 548 Episode Summary Spoiler 胡八一 and 王凯旋 descend into the tomb to help 英子 and together they explore the tomb. They find mostly junk but the coffin is missing. After looking around they find a mechanism(机关) that reveals the coffin(棺材) (and trips a booby trap which they avoid). Taking funerary objects from the coffin they rouse the corpse inside who then tries to kill them. After a protracted fight with the mummy they escape through hole in the wall and a set of heavy iron doors which they close behind them, sealing off the mummy. They discover that they have found their way into the old Japanese fort, find a generator and turn on the lights。 英子 sees flashes of what are probably ghosts but don’t see them again. The three look for the ammunition room where they find an impressive array of weapons and the episode ends with 王胖子 pulling a machine gun out of a crate. Episode 4 - 753 Unique Words Video: Youtube | Tencent Video | Sinodex Useful Words for This Episode Spoiler 小鬼 xiǎo guǐ zi Japanese 手榴弹 shǒu liú dàn hand grenade 物品 wù pǐn articles •• goods •• materials 水银 shuǐ yín mercury 吓唬 xià hu to scare •• to frighten 好使 hǎo shǐ to function well •• useful Word Stats Spoiler Unique Words 753 Total Words 2289 HSK 1 813 HSK 2 226 HSK 3 218 HSK 4 151 HSK 5 105 HSK 6 52 Non-HSK 727 Episode Summary Spoiler Inside the armoury, 胡八一, 英子 and 王胖子 arm themselves with machine guns and hand grenades and then proceed to look for a way out. 王胖子 sees a flash of the ghost of a child and later 胡八一 is pushed by a ghost of them (though the ghost isn’t visible this does prove that there are ghosts in the fort). They then get attacked by a swarm of (vampire?) bats which they fight off with bullets and hand grenades. They continue to look for a way out and find a room full of the remains of what the Japanese looted from the tomb. They are disappointed to find nothing of value but they do find the perfectly preserved corpses of children inside the largest coffin. 胡八一 explains that this was done by injecting mercury into them while they were still alive. 王胖子 is deeply affected by this (showing what a good guys he is despite all his clumsiness , reckless behaviour and apparent greed). They vow to bury the children and lay them to rest properly, strap the mercury filled corpses to their backs, and continue looking for a way out. Finding the main entrance has been collapsed the decide the only way out is back and passed the enormous mummy (Yao Ming in costume?) that was still bashing on the big iron doors. Getting back to the entrance to the tomb they found the bashing has stopped because the mummy has broken through. A chase and fight scene ensues. They finally get the exit cleared (previously blocked by the lid of a huge casket) with a grenade but 胡八一 had been distracting the mummy and just as 英子 and 王胖子 are escaping, he slips and falls into the clutches of the monster and the episode ends. Episode 5 - 1035 Unique Words Video: Youtube | Tencent Video | Sinodex Useful Words for This Episode Spoiler 小祖宗 xiǎo zǔ zōng brat •• little devil 买家 mǎi jiā buyer •• client 乡亲 xiāng qīn fellow countryman (from the same village) •• the folks back home 瓷器 cí qì chinaware •• porcelain 美刀 Měi dāo (slang) US dollar 山脉 shān mài mountain range Word Stats Spoiler Unique Words 1036 Total Words 3305 HSK 1 1132 HSK 2 377 HSK 3 284 HSK 4 244 HSK 5 100 HSK 6 99 Non-HSK 1069 Episode Summary Spoiler The episode begins with 王胖子 running to 胡八一’s assistance only to be overcome pretty quickly by the mummy. As things are looking hopeless, 胡八一 shoots at the booby-trapped roof which causes fire to rain down on them, killing the mummy and giving them time to escape but ruining the tomb at the same time. Burying the mercury children, they find jade amulets in their pockets that shouldn’t have been there (a thank you from the ghosts of the children in return for burying them). Luckily this means they didn’t leave empty handed and return to Beijing to see 大金牙. He gives them a cool 40k for the amulets (are they amulets?) and tells them of an archaeological dig in Xinjiang being planned and financed by an American born Chinese woman whose father went missing on a similar dig and whom she now hopes to find. They head over to an address at 大金牙’s recommendation where 胡八一 gets to show off his knowledge in quite the monologue. Everyone seems both pleased and surprised by his knowledge and he even seen to attract the attention of the trip’s organiser and benefactor who, until now, we have only seen glimpses of from the side or back. Episode 6 - 802 Unique Words Video: Youtube | Tencent Video | Sinodex Characters Introduced Spoiler 萨帝鹏 sà dì péng A glasses-wearing male archaeologist student with an interest in aliens. 楚健 chǔ jiàn Another male archaeology student who is also an expert in rock climbing. (He also likes 胡八一’s hair) 叶亦心 yèyìxīn (小叶) female archaeology student 郝爱国 hǎo ài guó Archaeologist and teacher of the three students. 陈久仁 chén jiǔ rén (陈教授) Seems to be the organiser of the expedition and an old friend of Shirley Yang’s father. 杨小姐 yáng xiǎo jiě Shirley Yang – The benefactor of the expedition and daughter of a rich Wall Street trader/archaeologist who has gone missing. Useful Words for This Episode Spoiler 古城 gǔ chéng ancient city 战友 zhàn yǒu comrade-in-arms •• battle companion 幸会 xìng huì nice to meet you 改道 gǎi dào to change route/course 班长 bān zhǎng squad leader (also: class monitor but not in this episode) 裂缝 liè fèng crack •• crevice Word Stats Spoiler Unique Words 802 Total Words 2462 HSK 1 984 HSK 2 262 HSK 3 200 HSK 4 166 HSK 5 89 HSK 6 76 Non-HSK 685 Episode Summary Spoiler After impressing everyone with his knowledge, 胡八一 and 王胖子 are asked the join the team (although 王胖子 is only invited because of a mysterious jade amulet that he shows to everyone). Some new characters are introduced and they leave for Xinjiang. Sherley and 陈教授 change their plans and decide they should go to Kunlun glacier in Xingjian first. 胡八一 refuses because he was stationed there while in the army and terrible things happened. He tells the story of a mysterious glowing blue insect that attacked his team and killed his comrades. 陈久仁 and Sherley overhear his story and it turns out they know about the insect too, through stories legends. This all persuades 胡八一 to go along with them, to help him get over his terrible memories. They arrive at the glacier and stop at a place where 胡八一 finds some items that belonged to his comrades that died there. They continue on and come to a ravine and the episode ends with everyone looking very interested in the place that they have arrived at. Episode 7 - 761 Unique Words Video: Youtube | Tencent Video | Sinodex Useful Words for This Episode Spoiler 考察队 kǎo chá duì investigation team •• scientific expedition 营地 yíng dì camp 撤离 chè lí to withdraw from •• to evacuate 西域 Xī yù Western Regions (Han Dynasty term for regions beyond Yumen Word Stats Spoiler Unique Words 761 Total Words 2393 HSK 1 840 HSK 2 259 HSK 3 228 HSK 4 209 HSK 5 122 HSK 6 83 Non-HSK 652 Episode Summary Spoiler The team descends into the cave/crevice and find some ancient writing that matches the ancient writing on 王胖子’s amulet. Sherley seems to be on her own mission which worries 胡八一 and 王胖子. Finally, they reach a large cavern with a burial pagoda(?) in it. The pagoda is covered in fire beetles and the area is littered with corpses (both ancient and modern) but Sherly insists on going in (by herself). 胡八一 and 王胖子 follow and while they are in the pagoda, a careless step and fall by one of the interns at the cave entrance almost rouses the beetles (but luckily doesn’t). While semi-secretly robbing the corpses around the pagoda, 王胖子 finds a leather satchel. Sherley sees this and demands he give it to her, which he refuses to do. She pulls a gun on him and the episode ends. Episode 8 - 575 Unique Words Video: Youtube | Tencent Video Video with text format subs and inline dictionary: Sinodex Useful Words for This Episode Spoiler 骆驼 luò tuo camel •• CL:峰[feng1] 使劲 shǐ jìn to exert all one's strength 向导 xiàng dǎo guide 科长 kē zhǎng section chief •• CL:個|个[ge4] 外星人 wài xīng rén space alien •• extraterrestrial Word Stats Spoiler Unique Words 575 Total Words 1876 HSK 1 627 HSK 2 267 HSK 3 185 HSK 4 146 HSK 5 82 HSK 6 44 Non-HSK 524 Episode Summary Spoiler The conflict is resolved and it turns out the book is Sherley’s father’s diary. Unfortunately, one of the interns left the flash on a camera which goes off when he takes a photo. The fire beetles are disturbed by this. The group runs back to cave entrance and quite a long series of events ensues, including Sherley mysteriously not being killed by the fire beetles when they catch up to her. The team leaves the caves and heads for the desert where they hope to find the ancient city talked about in the diary. They arrived at a town and decide they need a guide. They hear about a mysterious old man (安力满) who, according to the towns people, is the best desert guide around. Normally he is impossible to find but luckily (or unluckily) he is currently in police custody because he recently went into the desert as a guide with a group of foreigners and came back alone. Refusing to answer any questions about it, the police arrested him. The episode ends with the team walking into a room serving as 安力满’s cell. Episode 9 - 699 Unique Words Video: Youtube | Tencent Video Video with text format subs and inline dictionary: Sinodex Useful Words for This Episode Spoiler 老爷子 lǎo yé zi polite term for an elderly male 财宝 cái bǎo money and valuables 老天爷 lǎo tiān yé God •• Heavens 遗迹 yí jì trace •• remains Word Stats Spoiler Unique Words 699 Total Words 2669 HSK 1 1080 HSK 2 326 HSK 3 183 HSK 4 158 HSK 5 93 HSK 6 106 Non-HSK 723 Episode Summary Spoiler The group gets the eccentric 安力满 as their guide and they set off, despite many warnings that they shouldn’t go during “windy season”. After a while they get caught up in a sandstorm but 安力满 is really worried about the “black desert”, which it turns out is an even bigger sandstorm that they begin to run away from. Unfortunately, the camels get scared and refuse to go on. Luckily, they spot the remains of a city/town just in time and head there for shelter. Episode 10 - 918 Unique Words Video: Youtube | Tencent Video Video with text format subs and inline dictionary: Sinodex Useful Words for This Episode Spoiler 沙暴 shā bào sandstorm 沙子 shā zi sand 探险 tàn xiǎn to explore •• to go on an expedition 探险家 tàn xiǎn jiā explorer 遗迹 yí jì trace •• vestige •• historical remains 石像 shí xiàng stone statue Word Stats Spoiler Unique Words 918 Total Words 3165 HSK 1 1165 HSK 2 322 HSK 3 264 HSK 4 205 HSK 5 118 HSK 6 114 Non-HSK 977 Episode Summary Spoiler Trapped by the sandstorm, the team settles into their hideout for the night. They discover some human bones and in the process of burying them uncover a large head shaped stone statue. 安力满is afraid of it and warns them not to move it. During the night, Shirley and 胡八一 have a bit of a moment when she relieves him of the night watch. She tells him her about her father and her motivations for the expedition. On his way to bed he notices something moving in the eye of the stone statue, a huge ant crawls out and the episode ends. Episode 1-10 - Stats Spoiler Since episode 10 is a bit of a milestone, here are some stats for all ten episodes so far. I'm not sure how useful they are, but they are fun to look at... Total Words: 25 264 Unique Words: 3 536 Words occurring more than once: 1 698 Words occurring only once: 1 838 Words occurring 3 times or more: 1 190 Words occurring 5 times or more: 793 Words occurring 10 times or more: 382 Words occurring 20 times or more: 193 Words occurring 50 times or more: 84 Episode 11 - 740 Unique Words Video: Youtube | Tencent Video | Sinodex Useful Words for This Episode Spoiler 水源 shuǐ yuán water source •• water supply 蚂蚁 mǎ yǐ ant 啃 kěn to gnaw •• to nibble •• to bite 保佑 bǎo yòu to bless and protect •• blessing 宰 zǎi to slaughter livestock Word Stats Spoiler Unique Words 740 Total Words 2842 HSK 1 1059 HSK 2 343 HSK 3 268 HSK 4 179 HSK 5 110 HSK 6 103 Non-HSK 780 Episode Summary Spoiler The sand storm is over but the team disturb a huge colony of giant ants while digging up the stone head (despite 安力满’s warnings). They run away, and in the process Sherley saves 胡八一, while 安力满 bolts with his camels, abandoning the team, and only stopping when 王凯旋 fires some warning shots at him. They continue on to get clear of the giant ants, but soon discover that they lost most of their water in the escape. They turn back to find a water source, but on the way one of 安力满’s camels tells him that she recognises where they are. As it turns out this is a place where 安力满 nearly died in the past after a sandstorm, but was saved by a large white camel (which he believes is the spirits/gods of the desert) which led him to water. The team now head for the same water source that he had been led to in the past. ----------------------------- This is part of the Transcription Project. https://www.chinese-forums.com/forums/topic/57644-transcription-project/ ----------------------------- 8 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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