Jin Yong (金庸) may have left our mortal realm, but his legacy will live on. Cathay Media’s remake of Jin Yong’s wuxia novel The Heaven Sword and Dragon Sabre <倚天屠龙记> will soon grace TV screens this year, and a three-minute trailer of the show has been revealed online.
The final installment to Jin Yong’s Condor Trilogy, The Heaven Sword and Dragon Sabre is set in the late Yuan Dynasty, nearly 100 years after Guo Jing’s adventures. This is the eighth official television remake of the novel, with the last adaptation being released in 2009, released in China by the Huayi Brothers. 2018’s version stars 21-year-old Joseph Zeng (曾舜晞) as Zhang Wuji, with 21-year-old Chen Yuqi (陈钰琪) as Zhao Min and 26-year-old Zhu Xudan (祝绪丹) as Zhou Zhiruo.
Although enthusiastic about the remake, fans were disappointed with the overall impression of the show once the trailer dropped. Fans said too many computer graphics lacks authenticity as a wuxia show. There were too many slow-mo action shots, making it more difficult to get invested in the show’s intense fight sequences. Many scenes were filmed with a green screen, making the overall feeling “too xianxia” (fantasy).
Nonetheless, fans did praise the show’s high production value and it aligns with the current photography trend. Fans were also pleasantly surprised with the casting, specifically the three leads. Kathy Chow (周海媚), who played Zhou Zhiruo in the 1994 remake of The Heaven Sword and Dragon Sabre, stars as Miejue.
Check out the trailer below!
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.