Reincarnated (TV series)
Ng Wai Kwok
Candice Yu On On
|Opening theme||"天蠶變" (Reincarnated) by Michael Kwan|
|Country of origin||Hong Kong|
|No. of episodes||60|
|First shown in||1979|
|Followed by||Dragon Strikes
Reincarnated II (1993 Sequel)
Reincarnated is a 60 episode 1979 wuxia television series and was produced and aired by Rediffusion Television in Hong Kong and also a series of books, TV and films written by Wong Ying (黃鷹) who co-wrote some of Gu Long stories, such as the Six Spine-Chilling Stories Series and other people.
The story is the hero's journey of the protagonist Wan Fei Tsoen (雲飛揚), zh:Yün Fēi Chǎng) from a lowly servant at the Wudan martial arts school to becoming the predominant martial artist in the martial world.
Although by day Wan appears to be devoid of martial ability, a simple bumpkin the butt of practical jokes and contempt of the schools pupils, he is in fact the most able martial artist of all the youngsters at the school. Every night since childhood Wan has secretly practised martial arts in the woods taught to him by a masked teacher whose identity is a secret even to him.
Wan is the actually illegitimate son of Tsing Tsung (青松), the head of the Wudang school, however as a Taoist sect sworn to chastity, Tsing dared not acknowledge Wan as his son, nor out of fear of discovery accept him as an official pupil of the school. However out of paternal responsibility it is Tsing who secretly teaches Wan not only the basic patterns and forms taught to ordinary students of the school but also those patterns and forms reserved for senior initiates in the school. These advanced patterns allow a practitioner to channel and nurture his qi and is reserved for those who may potentially become head of the school. This advanced art's uniqueness is that the highest level would let the practitioner spin a cocoon around his body. While in this cocoon, his body will be completely changed and become infused with qi. At the time that the practitioner breaks out of his cocoon, not only will his martial arts prowess be greatly enhanced, he'll become a new man. With a new face and thus be reincarnated.
The TV series was written by Wong and other screenwriters.
The book was written after the TV series became popular.
It is produced again in 1983 Shaw Brothers Studio film Bastard Swordsman (天蠶變) and the 30 episodes 2001 TV series New Reincarnated (新天蚕变/金蚕丝雨). There are some difference in the ending in the Mainland China and Taiwan versions of the TV series.
Reincarnated II (天蠶再變)
A friend of Wen fights a man with powerful marital arts and wants to be the emperor. Finally he wins.
It is produced in 1984 CTS TV series Reincarnated II (天蠶再變).
Reincarnated ending 雲飛揚外傳 (又名天蠶變大結局)
Another friend of Wen helps the Zhengde Emperor to fight his enemies. After that the emperor killed him. In the story Wen is killed by one of his lovers.
It is produced in 60 episodes 1979 RTV TV series Dragon Strike (天龍訣).
The story is rebooted in a 30 episodes 1993 ATV TV series Reincarnated II(天蠶變之再與天比高). In this series, Wen is in fact still alive but regained his previous looks (his face changed when he got "reincarnated"). Wen teaches the reincarnated arts to a successor and dies standing after a battle.
Wong wrote an unrelated story of "Reincarnated" in the Hong Kong magazine Knightly (武侠世界) about the origin of the martial arts and a fighting about it.