Lu Xiaofeng and Hua Manlou <陸小鳳與花滿樓> will make its footprint as the world’s first wuxia television drama. With the rising popularity of 3D, Tsui Hark (徐克) was one of the first film directors to merge 3D and wuxia in 2011’s Flying Swords of Dragon Gate <龍門飛甲>. Now home viewers are in for a visual feast in Lu Xiaofeng and Hua Manlou, which will star Raymond Lam (林峰) as the main character.
Lu Xiaofeng and Hua Manlou will be based on The Legend of Lu Xiaofeng <陸小鳳傳奇之大金鵬王>, a novel by renowned wuxia writer Gu Long (古龍). The storyline follows Lu Xiaofeng (Raymond Lam), who is investigating a strange sickness contracted by the emperor, as he discovers the Golden Bird Dynasty, an old and forgotten country. During his investigation, he meets Princess Shangguan Danfeng (Lan Xi 斓曦), who shows him to the right path, and the two fall in love. However, Xiaofeng’s female friend, Ah Xin (Zhang Meng 張檬), who has accompanied him throughout his investigation, is unwilling to let go of him even though she is fully aware that Xiaofeng’s heart belongs to Danfeng.
Lead actress Lan Xi, who rose to fame after playing Shen Meizhuang in Legend of Zhen Huan <后宮甄嬛傳>, shared that the details of the love triangle were still a secret. She praised Raymond for being a professional actor and said she was delighted to work with him. In Lu Xiaofeng and Hua Manlou, she will be reunited with mainland Chinese actor Zhang Xiaolong (張曉龍), who played her love interest in Legend of Zhen Huan. Here, Xiaolong will play Hua Manlou, Lu Xiaofeng’s good friend who lost his sight when he was young. Although Lan Xi and Xiaolong’s characters are not in a romantic relationship this time, they are involved in many fighting scenes together, since Lan Xi will also be playing Shangguan Dantu, Princess Danfeng’s twin brother, who seeks to murder Hua Manlou.
Lu Xiaofeng and Hua Manlou has a production budget of over 100 million RMB. The production company selected the world’s most advanced 3D equipment for the filming crew, hoping to attract viewers with a more solid, lively, and realistic wuxia world, as well as bring about daring innovations for domestic wuxia projects.
This article is written by Joanna for JayneStars.com.