Swordsman (TV series)

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Swordsman
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Chinese笑傲江湖
MandarinXiào Ào Jiāng Hú
GenreWuxia
Based onThe Smiling, Proud Wanderer
by Louis Cha
Screenplay byYu Zheng
Directed byHu Yijuan
Huang Junwen
Creative director(s)Li Xianchang
Presented byPu Shulin
Ren Quan
Yu Zheng
Wan Ke
Zheng Gang
StarringWallace Huo
Joe Chen
Yuan Shanshan
Chen Xiao
Yang Rong
Theme music composerTan Xuan
Dong Zhen
Opening themeFreedom by Wallace Huo
Ending themeLove Me by Pu Ti and Yuan Shanshan
Composer(s)Liu Sha
Country of originChina
Original language(s)Mandarin
No. of episodes42 (Uncut)
Production
Executive producer(s)Lin Guohua
Kong Lingquan
Yang Yuming
Ren Xiaoli
Yu Wanqin
Guo Yan
Shen Wei
Yang Le
Producer(s)Yu Zheng
Production location(s)China
CinematographyLi Hongzhou
Ye Yunyuan
Chen Guowen
Dong Yong
Ma Lianyin
Editor(s)Zheng Weiming
Running time45 minutes per episode
Production company(s)
  • Cathay Media
  • Ren Quan Workshop
  • Perfect World (Beijing) Pictures
  • Hunan Satellite TV
  • Yu Zheng Workshop
  • Dongyang Xingrui Yingshi Culture Media
Release
Original networkHunan Satellite TV
Original release6 February (2013-02-06) – 4 March 2013 (2013-03-04)

Swordsman is a 2013 Chinese television series adapted from Louis Cha's novel The Smiling, Proud Wanderer. The series is written and produced by Yu Zheng, and stars Wallace Huo, Joe Chen, Yuan Shanshan, Chen Xiao and Yang Rong. Shooting started on 24 March 2015 in Xiandu, Jinyun County, Lishui, Zhejiang.[1] It was first aired in China on Hunan Television from 6 February to 4 March 2013. The plot deviates significantly from the novel, with Dongfang Bubai depicted as a woman (instead of a castrated man) and having a romantic affair with Linghu Chong.

Cast[edit]

  • Wallace Huo as Linghu Chong / Yang Lianting
  • Joe Chen as Dongfang Bubai
  • Yuan Shanshan as Ren Yingying / Xuexin
    • Jiang Yiyi as young Ren Yingying
  • Chen Xiao as Lin Pingzhi / Duyuan (Lin Yuantu)
  • Yang Rong as Yue Lingshan
  • Howie Huang as Yue Buqun
    • Wu Junyu as young Yue Buqun
  • Yang Mingna as Ning Zhongze
  • Heizi as Ren Woxing
  • Deng Sha as Yilin
  • Bryan Leung as Feng Qingyang
  • Zhang Zhuowen as Lu Dayou
  • Cheng Cheng as Lao Denuo
  • Bao Wenjing as Yiyu
  • Han Dong as Tian Boguang
  • Sun Binhao as Xiang Wentian
  • Lü Jiarong as Lan Fenghuang
  • Xie Ning as Laotouzi
  • Shen Baoping as Zu Qianqiu
  • Zhang Tianyang as Ji Wushi
  • Ye Qishan as Sima Da
  • Marco Li as Yu Canghai
  • Zhang Hengping as Fangzheng
  • He Jiayi as Dingyi
  • Hu Dong as Zuo Lengshan
  • Li Ruichao as Yu Renhao
  • Wang Renjun as Ping Yizhi
  • Zhang Tianqi as Jia Renda
  • Guo Dongdong as Gu Tong
  • Wang Shuang as Bai Ying
  • Zhang Jixuan as Heixiong
  • Guan Xin as Baixiong
  • Bai Hailong as Fangsheng
  • Wei Ziqian as Shangguan Yun
  • Wang Zheng as Lu Bai
  • Shao Min as Dingjing
  • Zhang Chunzhong as Mu Gaofeng
  • He Xin as Luo Renjie
  • Zhang Haoxiang as Mo Da
  • Chang Sheng as Tianmen
  • Zhou Shaodong as Wang Yuanba
  • Zhao Junlong as Wang Bofen
  • Guo Wei as Ding Mian
  • Mo Meilin as Tong Baixiong
  • Wang Kai as Feng Buping
  • Liao Xi as Cheng Buyou
  • Zhu Rongrong as Mi Weiyi
  • Cao Nan as Fei Bin
  • Gu Dechao as Adviser Yi
  • Yin Jian as Ding Jian
  • Zhang Keyan as Jia Bu
  • Xiaoshuai as Liu Jin
  • Tong Tong as Mute Granny
  • Wang Zelin as Heibao
  • Chai Ge as Zheng
  • Zhang Lei as Shi
  • Yang Yaotian as Yuqingzi
  • Guo Qiang as Yujizi
  • Wei Qianxiang as Sun Jiantong
  • Miao Luoyi as Princess Consort
  • Zhang Xueying as Lao Busi
  • Liu Shuo as Qinghai Yixiao
  • Pan Haichen as Hongye
  • Gong Sile as Yue Su
  • Shi Tianshuo as Cai Zifeng
  • Zhuo Fan as Yilin's father
  • Li Li as Yilin's mother
  • Ju Lai as Lodge Master Qi
  • Feng Jujing as Lodge Master Yi
  • Kang Jie as Swordsman
  • Wang Gang as Yue Buqun's master
  • Yin Baoying as Beauty
Special appearances
  • Dicky Cheung as Lüzhuweng
  • Zhang Qian as Huahua
  • Qian Yongchen as Yu Renyan
  • Hai Lu as Yuniang
  • Huang Haibing as Dugu Qiubai
  • Zhou Muyin as Liu Zhengfeng's wife
  • Ren Quan as Danqingsheng
  • Bao Bei'er as Tubiweng
  • Wang Jianxin as Huang Zhonggong
  • Zhao Liang as Heibaizi
  • Kou Zhenhai as Lin Zhennan
  • Bai Shan as Lin Zhennan's wife
  • Huo Zhengyan as Liu Zhengfeng
  • Zong Fengyan as Qu Yang

Renaming of "Shaolin Monastery" to "Lingjiu Monastery"[edit]

In the series, Shaolin Monastery (or Shaolin Sect) is renamed to "Lingjiu Monastery" (靈鷲寺; literally "Divine Eagle Monastery"). The change is believed to be because the producers wanted to avoid trademark infringement, since Shaolin Monastery has officially registered "Shaolin" as a trademark and has been involved in lawsuits with commercial companies over the use of "Shaolin" as a brand name or trademark.[2][3]

Soundtrack[edit]

No.TitleMusicLength
1."Freedom (逍遥)" (Opening theme song)Wallace Huo4:25
2."Love Me (爱我)" (Ending theme song)Yuan Shanshan (female ver), Pu Ti (male ver)3:47
3."Awakened (觉悟)"Yuan Shanshan4:34
4."Wind Up (了结)"Dong Zhen5:12

Reception[edit]

Prior to its original broadcast, Swordsman received popular attention for its teen idol cast in comparison with older adaptations of The Smiling, Proud Wanderer, and for major amendments made to the original story.[4] Particular attention was shed on Joe Chen's casting as Dongfang Bubai, a minor antagonist in the novel whose role was substantially rewritten in this series to portray him/her as one of two female protagonists alongside Yuan Shanshan's character, Ren Yingying.

During and following its broadcast, the series received mixed and largely polarised reviews. The series was both praised and criticised for its unfaithfulness to the novel, although producer Yu Zheng asserted that it is one of the 'most faithful' adaptations of The Smiling, Proud Wanderer. Nevertheless, the series maintained high ratings throughout its run. The new characterisation of Dongfang Bubai sparked controversy, even though Joe Chen's performance as a complex character was praised, and Dongfang Bubai became a feminist pop icon. Chen Xiao's portrayal of Lin Pingzhi was also critically acclaimed, but Yuan Shanshan's Ren Yingying was critically dismissed as a miscast of the original character in the novel. Attention was directed towards the prominence of romantic plotlines and subplots in the series which were similarly met with mixed reviews. However, new romantic pairings among the cast as follows were well received by younger audiences: Wallace Huo's Linghu Chong and Joe Chen's Dongfang Bubai; Han Dong's Tian Boguang and Deng Sha's Yilin; Chen Xiao's Lin Pingzhi and Yang Rong's Yue Lingshan; Lü Jiarong's Lan Fenghuang and Han Dong's Tian Boguang.[5]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2013 5th China TV Drama Awards Most Popular Actress (Hong Kong/Taiwan) Joe Chen Won

International broadcast[edit]

Country Network(s)/Station(s) Series premiere Title
 Thailand Channel 7 July 28, 2016 กระบี่เย้ยยุทธจักร (krabī̀ yêy yuthṭh cạkr ; literally: "Sword of Smiling Proud Martial Artists' Community"[6])

References[edit]

  1. ^ (in Chinese) 于正版《笑傲江湖》今开机 演员阵容大曝光
  2. ^ "少林寺缘何改名灵鹫寺 [Why Shaolin Monastery was renamed Lingjiu Monastery]". play.163.com (in Chinese). Retrieved 26 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Shaolin temple fights to protect trademark". The Economic Times. 1 August 2007. Retrieved 26 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Starring Wallace Huo, Yu Zheng's "Swordsman" Accused Of Being An Idol Drama". JayneStars.com. Retrieved 2016-01-18.
  5. ^ "Wallace Huo Talks "Swordsman" Love Interests". JayneStars.com. Retrieved 2016-01-18.
  6. ^ ""ภาพยนตร์จีนชุด เรื่อง "กระบี่เย้ยยุทธจักร" (SWORDSMAN)"". Channel 7 (in Thai). August 10, 2016.

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