The background of the poster looks just like the book covers of the Sanlian version!
The trailer for Heavenly Sword and Dragon Saber the ninth but I believe the first adaptation of the latest edition of the novel actually looks super solid. The scenery, costumes, and choreograph all look natural, as does Zeng Shunxi’s acting minus one scene. At least three of the four female leads look dead inside every single scene, though.
Zeng Shunxi as Zhang Wuji the 9th, at your service.
Heavenly Sword and Dragon Saber the 9th 倚天屠龙记has released its first set of stills. I’d always thought this is the perfect Jin Yong novel to adapt for melodramas with idol actors. Glad someone finally took the advice and went for it. The cast is at least pretty and young , and I already like this Zhou Zhiruo more than the last one.
The new version of Heavenly Sword Dragon Slaying Sabre 倚天屠龙记, and is helmed by Jeffrey Chiang, the director of last year’s well-received Legend of the Condor Heroes 2017 (my first reaction to the news was that Deng Chao’s version was only a couple of years ago, until I remembered it aired way back in 2009).
Zeng Shunxihas been cast as male lead Zhang Wuji, though he clearly lacks the skills to bring the character to life. I have higher hopes for Tang Yan’s new employee Chen Yuqi, who was serviceable in Princess Weiyoung.
There’s a been a lot of television trailers coming out. Go below the cut for the other trailers, and link to the first episode of a show that was pretty high on the recap list.
Heavenly Sword Dragon Sabre 2009
With this being the last in the Condor Trilogy that director Zhang Jizhong has yet to remake, anticipation has been high for this version of HSDS. Not really from me, because I’ve never really gotten into wuxia but after seeing the trailer and the gorgeous cinematography that’s definitely changed. It’s shot so prettily! And then finally I will be able to shake off that feeling of shame at being Chinese, and yet having no idea what the hell people are talking about when they discuss Jin Yong ‘s body of work. And I may be the only one who thinks this, but Deng Chao looks so hot in it.
Part 1 (Chinese tv trailers are long…too long for youtube)