Arsenal Military Academy Episode 04 Can’t you knock? Are you crazy? Why did you come back? None of your business. Like I care. Do you need my help? Nope. Suit yourself. Xie Liangchen, are you a girl? Excuse me? You’re short and skinny. You’re poor in stamina and a slow runner. You refused to take off your clothes in front of the doctor. Come to think of it, you even sleep with your clothes on. I’ve never seen you in the men’ s room. You are a man, but you are covering yourself from head to toe. Why? Are you crazy? Don’t know what you’re saying. You’d better not be a girl. A girl with your look is hopeless. Xiang! Hurry up, Xiang! Xiang. Xiang. Wake up, time to go home. Xiang. Xiang. Quickly. You’re late for school. Xiang, where’s your scarf? It’s snowing outside. It’s freezing. Xiang. Eat more. Xiang. Have you taken your medicine? Liangchen, you’re still up. What’s wrong? You can’t sleep too? I’m leaving tomorrow. Be a good girl and listen to mom and dad. You have to leave? Dad said Feng’an is in chaos. Your life will be at stake in the army. Our nation is falling. Nowhere is safe. Now, it’s Feng’an. Soon it’ll be Peking. We were born and bred. in here. Where else could we go? I don’t understand what you said. It’s OK if you don’t. You don’t need to know anyway. I’ll protect you. When you’re in the army and the war breaks out, soldiers will die. Aren’t you afraid? I am. But what I’m more afraid is that when our country or our nation is in grave danger, when our people are suffering, I can’t do anything. Compared with death, having no hope is more dreadful for a country or a nation. On the battlefield, at least I can step up to show our people that there are still fighters. Our country still has hope. As long as there’s hope, even if I die, millions of Chinese will continue fighting and keep the hope alive. Liangchen, I don’t want you to leave, but I know you must have your reasons. Don’t worry. I’ll be good. I’ll take care of mom and dad and wait for your return at home. Xiang, one day, you’ll understand. There are things that must be done. Though it may not be successful and it may be of no use, it has to be done. Drops of water outwear the stone. Every great success is achieved bit by bit. If only we don’t give up, one day, we’ll make it. Xiang. Xiang. Xiang. Xiang. Xiang. Xiang. Xiang. Xiang. Xiang. Xiang. Xiang. Lights on, the night is deep Breeze blows through windows and doors Ask from the bottom of the heart Is the love true So grateful in this life You’re here with me Wind brings back the memory In dream shall we meet Xiang, you’re a girl after all. Put other things aside, let’s talk about your roommate. You eat and sleep together every day. Eventually, he’ll find out the truth. If your brother was still alive, he wouldn’t want to see you like this. You don’t understand. You think I’m doing this only for myself? I must do something. I could no longer stay at home and do nothing. I couldn’t. I know. But you can’t force yourself to live like your brother. He had his reasons for everything he had done. Maybe, Arsenal Military Academy can teach me how to be a person like him. Shen Junshan. What are you doing here? I need some air. How’s your wound? It’s better now. That’s a nice sound. You want to have a try? No thanks. I can’t. When I was abroad, I learned it from my classmate. The tune is the same, but now the feeling has changed. Thank you. For what? For helping me in the gym. You should thank Gu Yanzhen. Him? What? You dislike him? Dislike is too subtle. I detest him. Same here! I don’t like him, either. Why? No reason. Seeing him living a carefree life, I’m jealous. You are jealous of him? No way. Living the way as he does isn’t something simple. Right. By the way, why did you come back? The situation here is bad. There’s chaos everywhere. Many friends have gone abroad with their families. That won’t solve the problem. There are things that must be done. A string can cut a log in half. Drops of water outwear the stone. One step at a time, and the destination is right ahead. There are things that must be done. A string can cut a log in half. Drops of water outwear the stone. Every great success is achieved bit by bit. Three rounds, 5 ring. One round, 6 ring. Zhu Yanlin. Three rounds, 8 ring. Two rounds, 9 ring. One miss. Xie Liangchen. Two rounds, 5 ring. One round, 6 ring. One round, 7 ring. Two misses. Li Wenzhong. Three rounds, 6 ring. It’s OK. Two rounds, 7 ring. You’re the best. One round, 8 ring. No miss. What do you think? Not bad at all. Gu Yanzhen. Two rounds, 6 ring. Four misses. Shen Junshan. Two rounds, 9 ring. Four rounds, 10 ring. No miss. Impressive! Excellent! Huang Song, how come your name hasn’t been called? I don’t know. I’m worried, too. Huang Song. Six for six. All 10 ring. Wonderful! I know I can do it, Liangchen. I know I can. Hey you, nice shot. Where did you learn it? It’s nothing. I was in the mountains with my troop for 6 months. There was no meat, so I shot rabbits. The range is so close. Even a blind man can hit the target. What’s to be happy about? Sergeant Guo. It’s easier said than done. Show us what you’ve got. You arrogant brats! Just watch and learn. Time for lunch. Go eat. You study at Xinhua Girls’ School, Miss Tan? A cousin of mine is at there, too. I’ve been there a few times. Pretty young girls are abundant, but I’ve never seen anyone as unique as you. Thanks. I’m flattered. May I call you Xiaojun? I think we can be on a first-name basis. Xiaojun, what are you doing here? Do you know someone at our Academy? My friend. Friend? Is it your boyfriend? No, no. We’re just friends. As far as I know, there are no girls here. Looks like you’re open-minded, Xiaojun. It’s surprising that you make friends with boys. Do I have the honor to be friends with you? I’m exhausted. What’s up? You’re sweating all over. Your sweat is on my clothes. Wipe your sweat. Such an upstart. Come here. Wipe for me. What are you doing? I…we’re… It’s not what you think. It’s OK. So you and Liangchen… You two are intimate. -I should leave you two alone. -No. No. Goodbye. Why did you come out just now? Why are you blaming me? What did I do? Why are you dressed like this? You look like a turkey. You look like a turkey. Seriously, why are you here? Your dad will be in town tomorrow to attend a conference and he’ll come to see you. You gave him my dad’s agency’s address, so he sent a telegram to my dad. My dad will come? Yeah. You’re screwed! Help me! How can I help you? How about I take tomorrow off? The weekend is coming anyway. OK. Sergeant Guo. Sergeant Guo. Sir… Only one hit the bull’s eye? One bullet hole doesn’t necessarily mean one hit. I don’t get it. You’re a newbie. What do you know? Back then, when Sergeant Guo was in service, you were not born. Dad. Xiang, you received my telegram? Xiaojun told me about it. I planned to go to your school, but here you are picking me up. What did you bring? Goodies? Did I raise a pig? Your mom made chestnut cakes. Mom is the best. Let me help you, dad. No need. It’s OK. Cases like this size, I can carry twenty of them now. Don’t brag. But you look a bit different. What difference? You become tanned and skinny. Your temperament’s changed. Guess the strong breeze here has toughened you up quite a lot. But I know you’re still a naughty kid in nature. Dad. Dad. Xiaojun’s parents invited us to stay at their place but I turned them down for convenience. I booked a hotel for you. It’s just nearby. Thanks. You did the right thing. You’re staying with them already. We can’t trouble them anymore. Your mom and I prepared some gifts. Bring them to Xiaojun’s parents later. I have a conference this afternoon and a banquet at night. I have to go back tomorrow so I can’t visit them myself. OK. Come. Xiang, why don’t you go with me to the banquet? Who’s the host? Do I have to go? Shunyuan COC is hosting it. A while ago, they donated cotton cloth to our school. Right now, the cloth in shortage. and the Japanese occupy the market in the north. Shunyuan COC selling the cotton cloth at a low price now is patriotic. They invited your mom and me to attend the inauguration ceremony of their cotton factory. Your mom doesn’t feel well, so you should fill in for her. Mom is ill again? The anniversary of your brother’s death is coming. While I go to the conference, you go back and get changed. I must wear something decent and elegant. I must look like a lady. Aren’t you a smarty-pants? Come. Let’s go. Come, sit here. Ms. Qu, Mr. Shen is going to pick up the mayor. He said if you arrived first, you could go rest in the side hall. It’s said that Mr. Shen is obsessed with this showgirl. This is the first time I’ve seen her. She looks OK. You have a sharp tongue. She’s a famous star in Shanghai. How come you call her a showgirl? She makes a living by seducing others. Calling her showgirl is polite enough. Who does she think she is? A star? Ridiculous! Lower your voice or she’ll hear you. So what if she hears me. I’m not afraid of her. I heard her family used to be prestigious in Shunyuan. They are friends with the Shens. However, her family declined so she came out to work. Not sure if it’s true. Miss Du, you of all people should know the answer. Your cousin Mr. Shen falls head over heels in love with Ms. Qu. You must know something we don’t. What do you mean? I don’t know anything. Let’s not stand here. Miss Du, this is your place, too. Lead us to the side hall to have a rest. Don’t be harsh on her. Didn’t you hear that Ms. Qu went to the side hall? This is Miss Du’s place. Other than the side hall, are there no other places where we can rest in this mansion? Am I right? Let’s go. Let’s go have a look. Are we afraid of her? Manting, Yanyun Newspaper is going to interview you tomorrow. The day after tomorrow, the company wants to discuss with you about the poster. Manting, it can’t be delayed. You’ve been back for a while and haven’t done any work… Manting, the interview tomorrow… I won’t go. And the poster… I won’t go. You have to go. Miss Du, is this Plum and Bamboo drawn by Zhu Shuzhen? You have a good eye. Zhu Shuzhen’s poems are my favorites, as well as her paintings. I love them. I heard this painting is stored in Mr. Shen’s mansion. Now that we’re here, I’d like to take some time to appreciate it. Speaking of Zhu Shuzhen’s poems, my favorite line is ¡°Rather age with fragrance on the branch, than dance with dead leaves in the wind¡±. Zhu Shuzhen’s marriage was a failure and her family refused to shelter her, but she had her own principles. Neither did she drift through life, nor did she chase after money and fame. That’s admirable. Zhu Shuzhen was from a prestigious family after all. Women from prominent families are different from those commoners who have no self-esteem and make a living on stage. Although her marriage failed, in terms of integrity, she wasn’t inferior to anyone. Ladies, please be quiet. Ms. Qu is resting. Our superstar Miss Qu is here. Did we wake you up? Hello, Ms. Qu. Long time no see. Shouldn’t you at least say hello? Where are your manners? Now that you know you are noisy. Why don’t you shut up? Enough jibber-jabber. Are you a flock of birds? Do I even know you? I am wondering that how come there are so many people whom I don’t even know pretend to be close to me every day? Miss Qu, you must’ve forgotten it. I do have a bad memory. I have important things to remember every day. I’m afraid there’s no extra space in my brain for some annoying faces. Ms. Qu, you’d better watch your language. Where do you think you are? This isn’t a club for showgirls. Show some respect. Aren’t you afraid others will laugh at you? I pay respect to people who deserve it. Stab me, spit on me or have a fight, just do it straightly, OK? Don’t beat around the bush. Stop being condescending. What did you mean? I mean you! Are you deaf or what? You… What? What is it? You can’t even speak properly. Aren’t you well educated and elegant ladies? Shouldn’t you have self-esteem? How come you degraded yourself by arguing with me in public? Look at you. The powder you’re wearing can’t cover your bulging veins on your neck. Go fix it. You…you shrew! Shrew? This is nowhere near it. You should’ve seen real ones. Go home now. Or I’ll let you see what a commoner who makes a living on stage really is. Ms. Qu, Mr. Shen is back. Please go downstairs. Mr. Huang, that crappy painting on the wall is ugly. Take it down and burn it. Yes. Look how furious they are. They’re chickens. Beating them is as easy as pie. You’re awesome. That painter’s work is good. Go ask her to write a song for me. Manting. What? Is her price high? She’s dead. When did she die? Hundreds of years ago. Hundreds of years? The Qin Dynasty? Manting. What’s wrong? The Qin Dynasty is way ahead of that. So the Han Dynasty? The Song Dynasty. Whatever. So hundreds of years, huh? That thing is an antique. Better keep it. Take it down and bring it back. If Shen Tingbai goes broke someday, we can sell it for money. You heard it, Tao? Enough. You two can leave. I’m fine. You don’t need to follow me. Go have fun. OK. No one is normal here. Sweetie, you look gorgeous. Of course. Dad, this family is so rich. Of course. Shen is a household name in Shunyuan. They’ve been around for decades. Their business is all over Feng’an. They have branches in Peking, too. Their family is beyond rich. The Shens? I’ll go say hi. Mr. Wu. Mr. Xie It’s been a long time. How are you? Mr. Xie, why didn’t you tell me you’d come to Shunyuan? I came on short notice. This is… This is my daughter Xie Xiang. This is Mr. Wu. Nice to meet you. Glad to meet you. Let’s go have a seat. OK. Please. Go have fun. How’s your school? Quite busy actually. I’m weak now. I get tired easily at work. Vice Minister Gu. Mr. Sato. Vice Minister Kuang. I’m sorry. Excuse me. Vice Minister Kuang. Nice to meet you. Junshan, all guests here are powerful figures in Shunyuan. You just came back. You should take this chance to mingle with them. Tingbai, you go mingle. Events like this aren’t really my thing. Nonsense. Sooner or later, you’ll have to do this. Business is all about building connections. If you don’t learn, who’ll take over our family business? You will, of course. I can just sit back and relax. Such a lazy bone. You have dreams and ambitions. I understand that. But during this chaotic period, I still think that joining the army isn’t a wise choice. developing industry is ultimate solution. Yet you seek far. It’s stupid. I won’t argue with you. Anyway, you must come with me. Making friends won’t do you any harm. Fine. You’re always right. Excuse me. Sorry for bothering you. Chairman of Japanese COC Mr. Kazuo Sato has arrived. OK. I see. Tingbai, that’s a bad news. Let’s see what he’s up to. Most of it is occupied by the Japanese. -That’s the current situation. -Yes. Hello. Hi. Long time no see. Please excuse me. Hello, Mr. Shen. Hello. Hello. Hi. Thanks for your help last time. Don’t mention it. Thanks. Thank you. Mr. Shen. Mr. Shen. Hello. You are… I’m Xie Zhipei. On behalf of our school, I come to express my gratitude. Thank you, Mr. Shen, for your donation to our school. You’re Mr. Xie from Peking? Yes. It’s nothing. It’s the least I could do. Thank you for your help. Sure. Consider it done. Gosh, Xie Xiang, you’re such an idiot! Xiaojun has already told you Shen Junshan’s brother is the chairman of Shunyuan COC. How could you forget that? I’m digging my own grave. I’m doomed! Totally screwed! This is my daughter Xie Xiang. She also studies at a girls’ school in Shunyuan. I brought her with me today. Your daughter is in Shunyuan, too? Yeah. Xiang, come and meet Mr. Shen. Xiang, Xiang, what are you doing? What’s wrong with your face? Someone bumped into me. I’m fine. It’s OK. Junshan. Come. You’re so careless. Bring Miss Xie upstairs to freshen up. There’s no need. I can go there myself. That’s Qu Manting. Really? That superstar, right? This must be Mr. Shen. Who is this beautiful lady? Why are you at my place? So pretty. I can’t believe my eyes. Shen Tingbai, what are you doing? Are you crazy? Listen, don’t invite me to the boring banquets anymore. I’m afraid I can’t. With you here, the whole room looks brighter. I enjoy your company. It’s not boring at all. What’s wrong with you? Who taught you those words? I’ve tried to win your heart for so long and haven’t succeeded. So I thought maybe I should change my strategy. You might like someone with a glib tongue. You seem to be in a good mood. If you’re willing to dance with me, I’ll be in a better mood. Ms. Qu, may I have the honor to invite you to dance with me later? Why don’t you invite me later? I don’t feel your sincerity at all. I was afraid that if I waited for too long, someone else would beat me to it. Lower your voice. I’ve looked around. All men’s eyes are fixated on you. I can’t afford to make a mistake. Keep your voice down! Others can hear you. You’re ridiculous. Why are you covering your face? Mr. Shen. Mr. Sato. Mr. Shen, congratulations on your new factory. Mr. Sato, you also think it’s worthy of celebration? Of course. Competition promotes progresses. I fancy challenges, especially those brought by ambitious young men like Mr. Shen. You’re a generous man, Mr. Sato. Looks like others might have wronged you. What did they say about me? They say you hold grudge against me so you try to kill me. Business is business. I’m a businessman not a killer. I’m glad to hear you say that. I used to think all Japanese have a habit of killing. But then again, business is like war. Also, other Japanese may not be as law-abiding as me. There’s an old saying in China, ¡°Where there is a problem there is a solution¡±. Whether it’s business or war, I will wait for you and those outlaws to fight it out. You’re a brave man. I appreciate you. Thanks for your appreciation, Mr. Sato. Ms. Qu’s beauty is unparalleled. You’re lucky to have such great company. I heard a few days ago, when Ms. Qu was in Club Paramo, she almost got abducted. We’re in troubled times now. Bandits are rampant. You should be more careful when going outside.