Fung Wan

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This article is about the comic series. For other uses, see Fung Wan (disambiguation).
Fung Wan
Cloud (left) and Wind
風雲
(Wind and Cloud)
Genre
Author Ma Wing-shing
Publisher Jonesky (Hong Kong)
English publisher ComicsOne (United States)
Original run 1989 – present
Volumes 18

Fung Wan (simplified Chinese: 风云; traditional Chinese: 風雲; pinyin: Fēng Yún; Jyutping: Fung1 Wan4; literally: "Wind and Cloud") is a Hong Kong wuxia manhua series. It is the first manhua released by Ma Wing-shing in 1989 with the help of his assistant Siu Kit under his own company, Jonesky Publishing. Before the fourth story arc, the manhua was originally titled Fung Wan, until the two protagonists - Wind and Cloud - became secondary characters and the manhua was renamed Tin Ha (Chinese: 天下; pinyin: Tiān Xià; Jyutping: Tin1 Haa5; literally: "Under Heaven").[1] The story has been adapted into other media a number of times, and its most notable adaptations include: the Hong Kong films The Storm Riders (1998) and The Storm Warriors (2009); the video game Fung Wan Online; the Taiwanese television series Wind and Cloud (2002) and Wind and Cloud II (2004).

Plot[edit]

The story is set in China during the Ming dynasty, and revolves around two protagonists - Nip Fung (Wind) and Bou Ging-wan (Cloud) - who learn martial arts in their early years and grow up to become legendary fighters in the jianghu (martial artists' community). As the story progresses, more characters are introduced in new story arcs.

The first story arc is about the origins of Wind and Cloud. When they were still boys, they were accepted into the martial arts clan Tin-ha-wui (Under Heaven Society) by its chief, Hung-ba (Lord Conqueror), who tutors them in martial arts for a secret motive - Conqueror was once told by a Buddhist prophet that he would rise to power in the jianghu with the help of "Wind and Cloud". When Conqueror reaches the pinnacle of his achievements, the second half of the prophecy is revealed - that Conqueror's rise is attributed to Wind and Cloud, but they are also destined to bring about his downfall. Conqueror schemes to turn Wind and Cloud against each other. The rest of the story arc tells of the adventures of Wind and Cloud after they escape from Under Heaven Society - they gradually improve their skills, acquire powerful weapons, and befriend other prominent jianghu figures, as well as meeting their respective romantic interests. Wind and Cloud eventually return to confront Hung-ba and defeat him, fulfilling the prophecy.

Juet-mou-san (Lord Godless), a formidable Japanese warrior, brings his family and followers to China to cause trouble and becomes a menace to the Chinese jianghu. Concurrently, another Japanese warlord called Tin-wong (Heavenly Emperor) sets foot on China and attempts to steal the Dragon Bones, the spiritual foundation of the Chinese empire. Wind and Cloud embark on different adventures to find ways to counter the invasion - Wind masters a powerful skill to overcome Godless but enters a demonic trance in the process and loses his sanity; Cloud joins forces with others to defeat Tin-wong. Godless is eventually betrayed and killed by his son.

Characters[edit]

Publication[edit]

The English version of the manhua was published by the now-defunct ComicsOne.

Spin-offs[edit]

There is a spin-off of Fung Wan called Shenwuji, which involves the descendants of Wind and Cloud. It is also written by Ma Wing-shing and has met with mixed reviews.[citation needed]

Adaptations[edit]

Film[edit]

  • The Storm Warriors is a 2009 sequel to The Storm Riders. Ekin Cheng and Aaron Kwok reprise their roles as Wind and Cloud respectively.

Television[edit]

  • Wind and Cloud 2 is a 2004 sequel to Wind and Cloud. Peter Ho and Vincent Zhao reprise their roles as Cloud and Wind respectively.

Video games[edit]

  • Fung Wan Online is a MMORPG based on the series.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Wong, Wendy Siuyi. [2002] (2001) Hong Kong Comics: A History of Manhua. Princeton Architectural Press. New York. ISBN 1-56898-269-0

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