Realising they are on Earth and sometime in the past, and with no way to repair the TARDIS presently; The Doctor, Ian, Barbara and Susan decide to step outside of the ship to investigate the "heavenly" sound just outside. Outside they find themselves in a wooded glade; in a garden full of sound and beautiful exotic plants. Very shortly after exiting, Ian realises that they must be in the Hanging Garden of Babylon, one of the seven ancient wonders of the world.
The sound coming from the plants is actually produced by thin instrument strings tied around the stalks of the plants that produce sound when a breeze passes through. Shortly after, they hear the fanfare sound and the voices of beautiful women announcing that the king has arrived.
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They find themselves chasing after Susan who has run off to see where the women are going, to see the king. In another part of the gardens, in a secluded arbour, four men are found drinking wine together.
Seleucus, described as a giant of a man and a general of the Greek army; Glaucias, a stocky, elderly man and the camp physician; Iollas, a young man no more than twenty, a priest of the god Apollo; are being addressed by the fourth among them, Antipater, an old man of more than seventy, a politician and a trusted adviser to the king. In a speech to his audience Antipater makes known his distress for having been in a foreign land the last thirteen years and his longing to go back to his homeland.
Claiming that not one Greek wouldn't welcome the thought of going back to Thessaly. Argued by Seleucus that the army would never abandon the king, Antipater declares that the king will have to be separated from the army. Longing to live a life on his own terms, Antipater with the approval of Iollas and Glaucias, deploys a plan to kill the king of Babylon whom the army and people believe to be a god himself.
Seleucus, who believes this to be treason attempts to leave before being reprimanded by Antipater who reminds him of his plot not too long before in which Seleucus tried to place himself in the order of succession to the throne awaiting the kings death after the king had been badly wounded, Seleucus stays to hear him out. Antipater believes that, currently, there would be nothing to gain from the death of the king because one of his three generals would take the throne; Antipater suggests that they kill all three generals along with the king in order to better control the throne.
Raising the concern of the men he was speaking to, Anitpater quells their worry by delivering his plan.
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Four medallions, which signify succession to the throne, and a final fifth medallion, meant for Seleucus. Who, should the plan work, would be sole successor to the throne upon the death of the three generals and the king. Seleucus, already trying to leave again is drawn by the fifth medallion presented to him by Antipater, who promises him the medallion should he agree to help with his plan for murder. Seleucus, unsure, leaves on the promise that he would decide at a later time. With Seleucus gone, Antipater discloses to Iollas and Glaucias that the Greek general would be nothing more than a figure head so that they could go after the treasure and riches of the empire which they would get by blackmailing Seleucus.
With four deaths to plan for, Antipater adjourns the secret meeting, believing that between the four of them and their positions of influence, they should be able to devise something. Antipater decides that they will work their way up to the kings death starting with the death of the generals, and to better prepare the situation he orders Iollas, the prophet of Apollos to "prophecy" something terrible. That meant casting people who either live in China or are Chinese natives, or Chinese Americans, because I also wanted them to have natural accents.
For them to play Chinese is very different than somebody who actually just is. She has that accent because she moved to Australia when she was around the same age as my mother, I think, later in life. That was definitely important. I studied abroad there when I was in college, and it was always this negotiation of being not Chinese enough, not American enough. You have to go this way or that way. Being able to make the film now and having people resonate with it has allowed me to be exactly who I am from the place that I am. ThisAmerLife NaiNai pic.
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Just my mom and dad — and my Aunt Gugu. She was in town with her family, so she saw it. Has the conversation as to whether or not to tell her changed at all? No, only with A People often ask me why I included it, because it does influence how I see the lie. How much time did you manage to spend with her while filming in Changchun? She would come to visit set. After we finished shooting, I spent two days at her house, just, like, to eat and rest and hang out.
Flying to Park City today like I got so addicted to directing on this thing that I immediately got one when I returned to NY. This video was taken on the last day of our pickup shoot in lower east side. I was feeling very much in my element with the wheels and coffee. Then also, the wedding banquet hall was where my cousin really got married. The actual wedding took place in the same hotel, in the same banquet hall, but just in a different room.
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Lulu Wang Yes. Alissa Wilkinson So when you watch those scenes, then, you have a lot of extra layers of memory attached. Alissa Wilkinson Has your family seen the film? Alissa Wilkinson Is Nai Nai still alive? Lulu Wang She is. Alissa Wilkinson And is she going to see the movie?
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