Although there are five television adaptations of Louis Cha’s (金庸) famous wuxia novel Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils <天龍八部>, a new version will soon be filmed again. Taiwanese actor Tony Yang (楊祐寧) will star as Qiao Feng, newcomer Bai Shu (白澍) as Duan Yu, Hong Kong actress Janice Man (文詠珊) as Wang Yuyan, and Mainland actress Su Qing (蘇青) as Azhu.
Netizens reacted strongly to the casting choices, especially Janice as the beautiful and elegant Wang Yuyan. They felt that Janice lacked the “celestial beauty” required to portray the character convincingly, citing her devilish beauty to be more suitable for the bold character, Azi, instead.
Comparing Janice to former actresses who played Wang Yuyan in Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils, netizens felt that Idy Chan (陳玉蓮), Carmen Lee (李若彤), and Crystal Liu (劉亦菲) were known for the gentle and elegant beauty and embodied the character well. Janice does not possess the same aura as her predecessors.
Shifting her career from modeling to acting, Janice is considered to be a promising talent in the Hong Kong film industry, impressing with her portrayal as a victim of sexual abuse in Nessun Dorma <兇手還未睡>. Last year, Janice splashed into the Mainland Chinese market with her role in Tribes and Empires-Storm of Prophecy <九州·海上牧雲記>. Despite fans’ initial caution, Janice’s casting in Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils will only raise her profile in the Mainland market further.
Above: Idy Chan, Carman Lee, and Crystal Liu successfully portrayed Wang Yuyan in previous adaptations.
Above: Tony Yang, Su Qing, and Bai Shu are the new cast for Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils.
This article is written by Su for JayneStars.com.