It’s been a while since Hong Kong has last stepped into the classic wuxia world created by Jin Yong (金庸), and after nearly 20 years of staying away from the lore, it looks like Hong Kong is ready to tackle the world of wuxia again.
According to official news reports, various Hong Kong directors have already announced their intentions on remaking several Jin Yong classics, including The Return of the Condor Heroes <神鵰俠侶>, The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber <倚天屠龍記>, and The Duke of Mount Deer <鹿鼎記>.
Tsui Hark (徐克), who will be directing The Return of the Condor Heroes, plans to release the film in four parts. Wong Jing (王晶) will be collaborating with TVB to produce a film version of The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber into film, and sources say he has already cast TVB actress Rebecca Zhu (朱晨麗) to star as Zhou Zhiruo. Pang Ho-cheung (彭浩翔), on the other hand, has expressed his interest in adapting The Duke of Mount Deer.
As for getting cast in a role previously portrayed by actresses Angie Chiu (趙雅芝), Kathy Chow (周海媚), and Gao Yuanyuan (高圓圓), Rebecca said she feels the immense pressure. “They’re all very beautiful women, and they all gave very memorable performances. However, I am honored for the opportunity, and I will do my best.”
Zhou Zhiruo is a powerful pugilist, and that would require Rebecca to be physically fit for the role. Sharing that her previous two dramas also required her to do stunts, Rebecca added, “This is going to be my first action role in costume.”
As for the reports that TVB have given their artists the green light to pursue the film industry, Rebecca said she looks forward to the future. “I know there’s going to be a lot of wuxia films being made in the future, so I am really excited.”
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.