The Heavenly Sword and Dragon Saber 2018

Yes, someone finally went through with this one although there were rumors of a certain someone doing it for years. I was glad it wasn’t going to be that person. Anyhow, I got curious, of course, so I looked it up after seeing some stills floating around on Weibo. It seemed a tad more promising. The director of this production is Jeffrey Chiang, the same director for the recent Legend of the Condor Heroes. This is supposedly 50 episodes, but not confirmed.

They just started filming recently after the blessing ceremony so only some of the stills were released. If you want to stalk them, go here.

Anyway, Joseph Zeng (曾舜晞) will be portraying the main lead, Zhang Wu Ji (張無忌).

Yukee Chen (陈钰琪) will be Zhao Min (趙敏).

Bambi Chu (祝绪丹) is Zhou Zhi Ruo (周芷若).

Kabby Hui (許雅婷) as Xiao Zhao (小昭).

Cao Xi Yue (曹曦月) is Yin Li (殷離) aka Zhu Er (蛛兒).

Sun An Ke (孙安可) will be Yang Bu Hui (楊不悔).

Zhang Wu Ji’s father, Zhang Cui San (張翠山), will be portrayed by Ethan Li (李东学).

Zhang Wu Ji’s mother, Yin Su Su (殷素素) will be portrayed by Maggie Chen (陈欣予).

He Zi (黑子), seemed recently in numerous new Jin Yong adaptations, will be portraying Xie Xun (謝遜) aka The Golden Haired Lion King (金毛獅王) aka Zhang Wu Ji’s godfather. His hair looks super orange here, lol.

Yang Ming Na (杨明娜) will be portraying Xiao Zhao’s mother, Dai Qi Si (黛綺絲) aka Purple Dress Dragon King (紫衫龍王) aka Golden Flower Granny (金花婆婆).

Lin Yu Shen (林雨申) will be portraying Yang Bu Hui’s father, Yang Xiao (楊逍), supposedly known to be one of the two most handsome gentlemen of the Ming Cult.

The other most handsome gentleman of the Ming Cult is Fan Yao (范遙), portrayed by Zong Feng Yan (宗峰岩). He had to disfigure himself to go undercover in the Mongolian forces so the picture above reflected that part of the plot.

Louis Fan (樊少皇) will be portraying Xie Xun’s master, Cheng Kun (成昆) aka Yuan Zhen (圓真). Omg, he looks too goofy these days to take on such a role. (Fun fact: Ken Chang was Zhang Cui San in the previous version of HSDS. The reason I mentioned that was because Ken and Louis had become good friends after working in Chu Liu Xiang together, and even went on to collaborate in several more projects together.)

Wang Bao Bao (王保保), Zhao Min’s brother, will be portrayed by Ewen Sun (孙亦凡).

The guy who was really obsessed with Zhu Zhi Ruo, Song Qing Shu (宋青書) aka Song Yuan Qiao (宋遠橋)’s son, will be portrayed by Zhao Chao Ren (张超人).

Guess what? Kathy Chow will be in here as Abbess Mie Jue (滅絕師太), Zhu Zhi Ruo’s master. What’s soooo special about it? She portrayed Zhou Zhi Ruo in Steve Ma’s version of HSDS ages ago.

And last but not least, the awesome Zhang San Feng (張三丰) portrayed by Wang De Shun (王德顺).

I’ll stop here until people update with new stills. But I’m willing to see what else. Hey, I’m curious.

*All images were collected around the net hence belonging to their rightful owners.

The Legend of the Condor Heroes 2016: Guo Jing and Huang Rong – Valentine’s Special

Yesterday was Valentine’s Day (duh, I know) so Huace shared a poster of the main couple together, which was fine with me.

What got even cuter was when William took to his Weibo account to share how he was going to invite Rong Er to watch the show together. It was an attempt to promote the show but also a cute message of the two. She responded in a totally random way but it was still funny.

The point? If I wasn’t sold on this couple before, I’m sold now. (In fact, they’re like my favorite Guo Jing and Huang Rong after Felix and Barbara.)

*All images were collected around the net hence belonging to their rightful owners.

The Legend of the Condor Heroes 2016: Guo Jing and Huang Rong – Part II

More cute pictures–more or less–of these two.

*All images were collected around the net hence belonging to their rightful owners.

The Legend of the Condor Heroes 2017: First Impressions

(image credit: as marked)

So, how was it? After watching just two episodes, I will say that it has potential. At first, I was nitpicking and was wondering why they were fighting soooo slow during the snow scene at the beginning. It was like in slow motion instead of real-time. Yet when it moved on to the later parts, they were fighting in real-time so I was reassured. Why am I picking on the fighting? Seriously, this is wuxia after all, so I think it’s justified to be worried. And indeed, some of the fighting scenes were quite exaggerated, but I think it made me believe some characters were actually worth their title or reputation within the jianghu realm, instead of some short fighting scenes and some lame compliments to convince that they were actually good in their martial arts techniques or whatever.

Anyway, I will say I like it so far. The pace is just right. However, I know that the drag usually happens with later episodes, considering how they just managed to work out the story of the older generation.

What else? Oh yeah, they used the music of TVB’s ’80s version. Usually, I will say it’s a bad idea (because I did laugh at some people for using music from old adaptations by replacing new singers to sing, etc). But in this case, I felt it was nicely used. They, of course, changed the mix and it has become like a softer version.

(Credit: HuaCe)

The Legend of the Condor Heroes 2017: Huang Yao Shi

So back today to do a special update only on Michael Miu’s Huang Yao Shi (黃藥師). There were many stills released before yet I didn’t really post them, considering how other places are updating too. But I don’t care. I think it’s time I give him more attention.

Their family of three. Huang Rong’s mom (aka Huang Yao Shi’s wife) is portrayed by Li Yi Xiao (李依晓).

Like father, like daughter? Both mischievous and devious in their own ways? LOL!

Three of the five invincible beings.

Goofy BTS, lol.

*All images were collected around the net hence belonging to their rightful owners.