Slow motion scenes are no longer in the trend.
The new TV wuxia drama Heavenly Sword and Dragon Slaying Sabre <倚天屠龙记> is the newest adaptation of the Jin Yong (金庸) novel of the same name, the last of the Condor Trilogy. This new remake stars Joseph Zeng (曾舜晞) as Zhang Wuji, Yukee Chen (陈钰琪) as Zhao Min, and Zhu Xudan (祝绪丹) as Zhou Zhiruo.
The drama, which premiered on February 27, was highly anticipated, largely due to the critical successes of 2017’s adaptation of The Legend of Condor Heroes <射雕英雄传>, the prequel to Heavenly Sword.
But high anticipations lead to high expectations, and fans are disappointed to say that they are not impressed.
The new adaptation is “boring” and “hard to watch” according to many viewers, due to its overly stylistic slow mo scenes. Most fight scenes were presented in slow motion; in the first 10 minutes of the show alone, viewers counted over 30 different slow motion scenes.
Director Chiang Ka-chun (蒋家骏) expressed that the show was filmed using a high-speed camera capable of capturing images in a high speed, allowing detailed slow-motion action footage. He wanted to use that opportunity to present clearer, more sophisticated shots of fight sequences, and expressed, “I don’t understand why viewers thing it’s a bug. You spreading random hate just makes us look more professional.”
This article is written by Addy for JayneStars.com.