Reincarnated (TV series)

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Not to be confused with reincarnation.
This article is about the Hong Kong TV series. For other uses, see Reincarnated.
Genre Wuxia
Starring Norman Tsui
Ng Wai Kwok
Nora Miao
Candice Yu On On
Opening theme "天蠶變" (Reincarnated) by Michael Kwan
Composer(s) Michael Lai
Country of origin Hong Kong
Original language(s) Cantonese
No. of episodes 60
Original channel RTV
First shown in 1979
Followed by Dragon Strikes
Reincarnated II (1993 Sequel)
Traditional Chinese 天蠶變
Simplified Chinese 天蚕变

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)[1] 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.

Different follow-ups[edit]

The following television series tell different conclusions of the lead character Wen. In the 1979 60-episode RTV series Dragon Strike (天龍訣), another friend of Wen helps the Zhengde Emperor to fight his enemies. Then the emperor kills him. In the story, Wen is killed by one of his lovers.

In the 1984 Taiwanese (CTS) television series Reincarnated II (天蠶再變), a rebooted follow-up of the 1978 Hong Kong series, a friend of Wen fights a man with powerful marital arts and wants to be the emperor. Finally he wins.

In the 1993 30-episode ATV television series Reincarnated II (天蠶變之再與天比高), another rebooted follow-up of the 1978 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.

In the beginning of the 1980 60-episode RTV series Hegemony of the Lake (湖海爭霸錄), Wen is killed by the White Lotus.


The 1984 Shaw Brothers Studio film Return of the Bastard Swordsman (布衣神相) about Wen fight a Japanese ninja is rewritten from Reincarnated and Face to Fate (布衣神相) written by Woon Swee Oan.

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.[2]

The plot of the films and TV series had some changes with the books.[3][4]


Tin tsam bin (天蠶變) is a Cantopop album by Michael Kwan, released in 1979 by Philips Records (Hong Kong). It contains three theme songs of the series.

Side one
  1. "Reincarnated" (天蠶變 tin tsam bin), composed by Michael Lai Siu-Tin (黎小田), lyrics by Lo Kwok-Jim (盧國沾)
    Main theme song; awarded as one of top ten songs in the 1979 RTHK Top 10 Gold Songs Awards[5]
  2. "Wondering What You Know" (問君知否 maan kwan jee fau), composed by Li Tai-hsiang, lyrics by Lo Kwok-Jim
    Cantonese version of the 1979 Mandarin song "The Olive Tree" (橄欖樹) by Chyi Yu
  3. "Related Silence" (相對無言 seung deui mou yin), composed by Randy Sparks, lyrics by Lo Kwok-Jim
    Cantonese version of "Today" (1964) by The New Christy Minstrels
  4. "koo fong duk deui teen" (孤芳獨對天), composed by Yu Leun (于粦), lyrics by Lo Kwok-Jim
    Sub-theme song
  5. "Old Dreams" (舊事隨夢去 gau si tseui mung heui), composed by Kōichi Morita, lyrics by Cheng Kwok-Kong (鄭國江)
    Cantonese version of the 1977 song "sugi te shimae ba" (過ぎてしまえば) by Kōichi Morita and Top Gallants
    Sung previously in 1978 by Paula Tsui
  6. "No Irresolutions" (莫徬徨 mok pong wong), composed by Barry Mann, lyrics by Cheng Kwok-Kong
    Cantonese version of "Sometimes When We Touch" (1978) by Dan Hill
Side two
  1. "Moonlight Plateau" (月亮照高原 yuet leung jiu gou yuen), composed by Randy VanWarmer, lyrics by Lo Kwok-Jim
    Cantonese version of "Just When I Needed You Most" (1979) by Randy VanWarmer
  2. "In the Snow" (雪中情 suet jung ching), composed by Tai Zhaomei (邰肇玫), lyrics by Lo Kwok-Jim
    Cantonese version of the 1977 song "If" (如果) by Tai Zhaomei and Shi Biwu (施碧梧)
  3. "I Want to Go Faraway" (我要走天涯 ngo yiu tsau teen ngai), composed by Peter Yarrow, lyrics by Cheng Kwok-Kong
    Cantonese version of Peter Yarrow's 1972 song "Tall Pine Tree"
  4. "Changing Much Hatred" (換到千般恨 woon dou cheen boon haan), composed by Michael Lai, lyrics by Lo Kwok-Jim
    Sub-theme song, sung by Lau Ying-Hung (柳影虹)
  5. "An Ocean Spray" (一個浪花 yat gaw long faa), lyrics by Lo Kwok-Jim


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