An upcoming 3D movie adaptation of Death Duel <三少爺的劍> recently began filming at Hengdian World Studios, featuring Derek Yee (爾冬陞) as director and Tsui Hark (徐克) as executive producer.
Literally translated as “The Third Master’s Sword,” Death Duel is based on one of the most popular works of wuxia novelist Gu Long (古龍). The story centers on Xie Xiaofeng, who is called the third master and is considered one of the top swordsmen in the world. However, he quickly becomes weary of the bloody occurrences in the martial arts world and mysteriously disappears.
Death Duel has been adapted many times, the most popular being the 1977 movie directed by Chor Yuen (楚原). In this version, Derek Yee actually starred as the titular third master, which gives him an edge in directing a new adaptation.
“Tsui Hark and I have wanted to film Death Duel as early as 1998,” Yee said, later comparing himself and Tsui Hark to ancient martial arts masters, who always waited for the right time to embark on a task. “We wanted to wait until no one knew how to make an innovative wuxia film, until viewers were fed up with buying tickets for wuxia films. It isn’t our style to blindly follow the crowd – it’s too dull to do something that isn’t challenging.”
Death Duel will star Lin Gengxin (林更新) as Xie Xiaofeng and Peter Ho (何潤東) as his rival, Yan Shisan. Also joining the cast are Mainland Chinese actresses Jiang Yiyan (江一燕) and Jiang Mengjie (蔣夢婕), though their roles have not yet been revealed. When asked about the cast, Yee shared that for many movies, it is easy for viewers to guess the story’s outcome based on the actors in the film. However, he hopes that this will not be the case for his and Tsui Hark’s version of Death Duel.
This article is written by Joanna for JayneStars.com.