After the unexpected ratings success of last year’s The Magic Blade <天涯明月刀>, production company Huace Media aims to recapitalize on the wuxia craze with their drama adaptation of Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils <天龍八部>. Starring Wallace Chung (鍾漢良), Demi-Gods and Semi Devils will air on Hunan Satellite TV in December and on Zhejiang Satellite TV in January.
Since Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils is based on one of writer Jin Yong’s (金庸) most critically acclaimed novels, much care was taken to ensure that the drama was as faithful to the original work as possible. Director Samson Lai (賴水清), who has helmed four Jin Yong television adaptations to date, including two versions of Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber <倚天屠龍記>, assured viewers that his team would respect the original work, though there would be some changes for the sake of younger audiences, such as the integration of magical, more fantastical elements.
According to Zhao Yifang (趙依芳), Huace Media’s general manager, every generation has a different way of looking at Jin Yong’s wuxia tales. “The ‘new world of wuxia’ is meant to create works based on the creative thinking and aesthetic tastes of those born after 1990,” she said. “Huace’s version of Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils is intended to develop a new classic for this new age.”
At the drama’s forefront is Wallace Chung, who stars as Qiao Feng, the head of the Beggar Sect. For this role, Wallace was forced to become tanner and grow out a beard, but his dedication has won over netizens who initially thought he was too good-looking for the part.
Although he feels he and his character are completely different, both in terms of looks and personality, Wallace welcomed the challenge and even stated that his version of Qiao Feng is closer to the character in the original novel. However, he acknowledged that everyone will view Qiao Feng differently, so his goal is to express his interpretation to the best of his abilities.
“Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils” Extended Trailer
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This article is written by Joanna for JayneStars.com.