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Guzheng-Like Instrument in Movie "Kung Fu Hustle"

 
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bveracka
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 30, 2010 8:59 pm    Post subject: Guzheng-Like Instrument in Movie "Kung Fu Hustle" Reply with quote

I'm sure a few of the people here have seen Steven Chow's Kung Fu Hustle. In that movie there is a scene where two street performers play a guzheng-like instrument. Upon closer look it seems like a very large Zhong Ni style Guqin (it has the harmonic markers as well) with just seven strings and moveable bridges. To me it looks like a mix of the qin and the zheng! If you haven't seen it, check it out, the instrument part starts at 1 minute, 30 seconds:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5SCihtqwxY&feature=related

As an aspiring and self-made luthier I am intrigued by this spin on the guzheng. Is there anyone here with some knowledge of variations upon the zheng or qin? Having a large seven-stringed zheng would be interesting to say the least. You could tune it like the qin and play it like a zheng, kind of a blend of the two.

I don't know if this instrument was just a handy prop and not a real instrument, but it seems unlikely in a modern Kung-Fu Film. So my question to the people of the forum is, does this instrument exist or is it just fantasy?
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chineseharp
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 21, 2010 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't seen an instrument like this... It does looks like a hybride of guqin and guzheng to me...
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yukina
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 21, 2010 3:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This could be a close shot.

It's an old guzheng I just bought. It's made by Taiwan's Chunghua in 1960s-70s.

Everyone walked in and said it looks like a guqin.

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i.guzheng
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 21, 2010 8:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's looks more shape like a dan tranh, except your soundboard is ebony finished.
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seana
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 21, 2010 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yukina wrote:
This could be a close shot.

It's an old guzheng I just bought. It's made by Taiwan's Chunghua in 1960s-70s.

Everyone walked in and said it looks like a guqin.



Is possible that you post a clip for hearing how it sounds? Just curious.
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davidmdahl
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 21, 2010 11:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

yukina wrote:
This could be a close shot.

It's an old guzheng I just bought. It's made by Taiwan's Chunghua in 1960s-70s.

Everyone walked in and said it looks like a guqin.



I agree that the photo looks like a dan tranh, and nothing like a guqin.

I think that the instrument on the sound track for Kung Fu Hustle is a guzheng, and the instrument on screen is a prop.

Best wishes,

David
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yukina
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 9:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did a little test recording on this old guzheng. It actually sounds pretty nice. Way above my expectation. I've never expected something 40-50 yrs old sounds so nice.

I like how I can bend the string far like the dan tranh.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PGgDb_aSdk
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seana
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 22, 2010 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

yukina wrote:
I did a little test recording on this old guzheng. It actually sounds pretty nice. Way above my expectation. I've never expected something 40-50 yrs old sounds so nice.

I like how I can bend the string far like the dan tranh.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PGgDb_aSdk


Thank you. It's interesting. The sounds are so clear and the previous owner was keeping it protective.
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citera
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2015 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is definitely a dan trahn, its sound also. Or is this a dan trahn like guzheng?
Just for the curiosity, I show a video with a dan trahn:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZLR2Z8Xwrs
This is a vietnamese melody. It has a part (2:5-2:20) which is also exist in the Hunarian folklore, the difference is just the last three note.
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