Heavenly Sword and Dragon Slaying Sabre

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Heavenly Sword and Dragon Slaying Sabre
倚天屠龙记
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Also known asHeaven Sword and Dragon Sabre
Traditional倚天屠龍記
Simplified倚天屠龙记
MandarinYǐ Tiān Tú Lóng Jì
GenreWuxia
Based onThe Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber
by Louis Cha
Screenplay byGuan Zhanbo
Directed byJiang Jiajun
StarringZeng Shunxi
Chen Yuqi
Zhu Xudan
Opening themeDaojian Rumeng (刀劍如夢; A life of fighting is but a dream) performed by Wakin Chau
Ending themeHewei Yongheng (何为永恒; What Is Eternity) performed by Hu Xia
Country of originChina
Original language(s)Mandarin
No. of episodes50
Production
Executive producer(s)Luo Rujia
Production location(s)Hengdian, Yinchuan, Xinjiang
Running time45 minutes per episode
Production company(s)Beijing Cathay Media Ltd. (Mainland China)
Release
Original networkTencent
Original releaseFebruary 27, 2019 (2019-02-27)

Heavenly Sword and Dragon Slaying Sabre is a 2019 Chinese television series adapted from Louis Cha's novel of the same title, which is the third part of the Condor Trilogy. This remake is primarily based on the third edition of the novel. The series is the first adaptation to be released as a web series and was first broadcast on Tencent in China on February 27, 2019.[1][2]

Plot[edit]

In the late-Yuan dynasty, martial art sects and warriors throughout China fight for the Dragon Sabre, and it is somehow hidden unintentionally. Yu Daiyan retrieves it. Later, he is poisoned by Susu's brother, Yin Yewang. Susu arranges to transport the third brother back home to be treated, but an unknown mercenary cripples him.

Zhang Cuishan watches Tian Ying Sect give a demonstration of the dragon saber, only for it to be snatched by Xie Xun. After that, he brings Cuishan and Susu to a remote island, but their ship sinks. Cuishan & Susu arrive at Fire Ice Island. Xie Xun arrives at the same island the next day.

Susu gives birth to a son, and they name him Wuji in the memory of Xie Xun's son Xie Wuji. After ten years, Cuishan, Susu, and young Wuji leave the island without Xie Xun due to his choice to stay on the island & they return to the mainland. Upon reaching the mainland, they journey to Wudang. During the journey, Wuji is captured by one of the Xuan Ming Elders. Cuishan & Susu arrive at Wudang. Daiyan somehow recognizes Susu's voice. Cuishan takes responsibility for the many murders committed by Susu in the past & kills himself in front of multiple sects. Sanfeng & Susu rescue Wuji, then Susu kills herself. Wuji collapses because he is poisoned by the toxic chill of the Xuan Ming Divine Palm.

In a separate story arc, Miejue & her Emei disciples attack Yang Xiao. Yang Xiao kidnaps Xiaofu in front of everyone. Yang Xiao asks Xiaofu to take care of an orphan girl named Yan'er who had endured abuse for one month. After one month, Xiaofu wants to return to Emei & Yang Xiao tells her that Miejue will consider that she and he have something between them and must be killed. Xiaofu tells Yang Xiao that the Heavenly Reliant Sword means a lot to Miejue & she tricks Yang Xiao into promising never to see her again. Yang Xiao steals the Heavenly Reliant Sword from its Mongolian owner & secretly returns it to Emei. Xiaofu secretly left Emei and gives birth to a girl named Yang Buhui

Wuji leaves behind a note to Sanfeng that the god of mercy admires him and will cure him, then he runs away. Wuji lies by a tree & prepares to die but a girl named Zhou Zhiruo saves his life. Zhiruo's father looks for Yuchun. The next day, Zhiruo's father was ambushed and captured. He was brought to the market where Wuji and Zhiruo was selling oranges. The soldiers forced Zhirou's father to tell them the whereabouts of Chang Yuchun but he told them he doesn't know. Sanfeng arrives to save the day, but it was too late for Zhiruo's father and he dies. Yuchun brings Wuji to see Divine Physician Hu Qingniu. Qingniu does not want to treat Wuji's cold chill. By accident, he felt Wuji's pulse and changes his mind. Wuji studies Qingniu's books & he acquires some medical skills.

Miejue defeats Gold Flower Granny. Later, Miejue kills Xiaofu in grief for choosing Yang Xiao over Er Mei & this is witnessed by Wuji & Buhui. Wuji sends Buhui to her father Yang Xiao, then went on a journey back to Wudang. On the way home, Wuji rescues a monkey from dogs and he is injured by the dogs. The Zhu family trick him to reveal Xie Xun's location. Wuji jumps off a cliff to & Mr. Zhu saves him. Both of them are alive but they are trapped on a small ledge. Wuji crawls through a narrow tunnel & later removes the Nine Yang Divine manual from an old ape and he masters it. Nine Yang Divine Skill allows Wuji to cure his cold poison.

Mr. Zhu kicks Wuji off the ledge. Wuji lands in a house & accidentally broke both his legs. Zhu'er helps him. Zhu'er attacks Jiu Zhen with her spider poison. At that time, Emei disciples are guests at Jiu Zhen's home. Emei disciples capture Zhu'er and Wuji.

Zhu'er & Wuji escape, but the attempt is short-lived. Emei disciples bring Zhu'er & Wuji as prisoners on their way to Bright Peak to exterminate Ming Cult. Wuji has an opportunity to privately speak to Zhiruo when looking for a herb.

Wuji receives three very powerful punches from Miejue to save the lives & limbs of Ming Cult prisoners. Shuo Bude captures Wuji & brings him to the throne room. Wuji saves Ming Cult from extermination & reluctantly becomes the head of Ming Cult.

Wuji & Ming Cult folks set out to bring Xie Xun from the remote island. On the way, they come across the sixth brother with all joints broken. The Ming Cult people go to Shao Lin and it is very strange that nobody is there. Wuji rushes to Wu Dang to save Wu Dang from extermination. Wuji uses Taiji Fist & Taiji Swordplay on the Mongolian princess Zhao Min's people.

Zhao Min captures and keeps the six sects in Wan An Si. Ming Cult & a spy within Zhao Min's people save the six sects. Miejue refuses to accept Wuji's help & plunge to her death.

When Emei disciples discuss whether Zhiruo or Minjun must be the next head, Golden Flower Granny captures Zhiruo and brings her to Divine Snake Island. Zhao Min uses a trick to ensure that she & Wuji are on the same ship as Jinhua Popo. On Divine Snake Island, Wuji delays his reunion with Xie Xun. Persian Ming Cult attacks Jinhua Popo. It ends with Xiao Zhao & her mother leaving to Persia with Persian Ming Cult people.

One morning, Wuji wakes up very late & notices that Zhu'er is dead, and he realizes that Zhao Min & the dragon saber are missing. Wuji, Xie Xun, & Zhiruo return to the mainland.

Mo Shenggu sees Qingshu's attempts to rape Zhiruo and tries to kill him. It results in his own death.

At Youliang's urging, Qingshu tries to poison Sanfeng but he stops at the last minute. He is banished from Wu Dang.

Zhao Min lures Wuji away from his own wedding with Zhiruo.

All sects go to Shao Lin for an event. Zhiruo almost kills Wuji & emerges as the champion.

Zhao Min's father surrounds Shao Lin to exterminate all the sects. Zhiruo gives Book of Wumu to Wuji. Wuji wins a few battles, but the tide turns after Zhao Min's death by her father. While everyone's fate depends on Wuji, he ignores them & mourns at Zhao Min's tombstone. Many people die, including Qingshu, Minjun, Yin Tianzheng, Xie Xun, many different cult disciples, and many soldiers. Shao Lin's siege finally ends when the Ming Cult army from Hao Zhou arrives.

It is revealed that Zhao Min is not dead after all. Her brother convinces her father to spare her and sends her back to Mongolia. But she returns for Zhang Wuji as she tells him she can't live without him. Zhang Wuji and Zhao Min finally meet her father and her brother for a peace treaty. The meeting goes well until Zhao Min's father was assassinated by Zhu Yuanzheng. Zhao Min leaves Zhang Wuji when he chooses his country over her despite him saying that he still cares for her and vows to go to Mongolia and find her, no matter what.

The Ming Cult army has recovered most of China, and Yuan emperor Toghon Temür flees to Eurasian Steppe, where the Yuan remnants establish the Northern Yuan dynasty. Wuji, not wanting to be a sovereign for fear of being corrupted by power, chooses to remain in a righteous path, and charges his followers to carry on being China's protectors against tyranny, injustice, and other threats. (Off-screen, Zhu Yuanzhang, having earned a heroic reputation that rivals Wuji's from his battles against the Yuan forces, won supports from his subordinates and allies, and becomes the Ming dynasty's founder, the Hongwu Emperor).

In Mongolia, Wuji finally gets to be together with Zhao Min.

Cast[edit]

  • Zeng Shunxi as Zhang Wuji
    • Han Haolin as Zhang Wuji (child)
    • Lu Zhanxiang as Zhang Wuji (youth)
  • Chen Yuqi as Zhao Min
  • Zhu Xudan as Zhou Zhiruo
  • Kabby Hui as Xiao Zhao
  • Cao Xiyue as Yin Li / Zhu'er
  • Kathy Chow as Miejue Si Tai
  • Zhang Yonggang as Xie Xun
  • Zhang Chaoren as Song Qingshu
  • Ethan Li as Zhang Cuishan
  • Chen Xinyu as Yin Susu
  • Lin Shen as Yang Xiao
  • Wu Jingjing as Ji Xiaofu
  • Sun Anke as Yang Buhui
  • Wang Deshun as Zhang Sanfeng
  • Zong Fengyan as Fan Yao
  • Louis Fan as Cheng Kun
  • Xiao Rongsheng as Yin Tianzheng
  • Yu Bo as Yang Dingtian
  • Tao Luoyi as Ding Minjun
  • Zhao Yingzi as Yellow Robed Maiden

Production[edit]

The drama was filmed from January 20 to June 14, 2018.[3][4] Filming took place at Yandang Mountains.[5]

Kathy Chow, who played Zhou Zhiruo in the 1994 adaptation of The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber, plays Zhou Zhiruo's teacher, Miejue.[2] Guo Jun, who played Zhang Songxi in the 2009 adaptation, plays Song Yuanqiao in the series.

Reception[edit]

The drama was criticized for its slow-motion action scenes.[6][7]

Soundtracks[edit]

  • Daojian Rumeng (刀劍如夢; A life of fighting is but a dream) performed by Wakin Chau
  • Liangliang Xiangwang (倆倆相忘; Forgetting Each Other) performed by Winnie Hsin
  • Cǐshēng Wéini (此生惟你; This Life is only You) performed by Zhou Shen
  • Cizhi Xin (赤子心; Pure Heart) performed by Li Qi
  • Hewei Yongheng (何为永恒; What Is Eternity) performed by Hu Xia

References[edit]

  1. ^ "《倚天屠龙记》曾舜晞、陈钰琪、祝绪丹演绎年轻新武侠". Netease (in Chinese). May 14, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "新《倚天屠龙记》将定档 "周芷若"周海媚变灭绝师太". People.com (in Chinese). February 13, 2019.
  3. ^ "新版《倚天屠龙记》开机 导演蒋家骏致敬经典". Sina (in Chinese). January 20, 2018.
  4. ^ "新版《倚天屠龙记》杀青之际曝最新剧照". Xinhua (in Chinese). June 14, 2018.
  5. ^ "新版《倚天屠龙记》来乐清拍摄!人美景更美". Zjol (in Chinese). May 18, 2018.
  6. ^ "新版《倚天屠龙记》遭吐槽:2倍速才是正确的打开方式". Sohu (in Chinese). March 4, 2019.
  7. ^ "新《倚天屠龙记》首播 遭遇满屏一星,嫌慢镜头太多?". Southern Metropolis Daily (in Chinese). March 1, 2019.