It’s saying something that I put the poster for Chen Qiao En’s character from the upcoming Yu Zheng drama adaptation of the novel Xiao Ao Jiang Hu (Smiling Proud Wanderer) to top this post. After wrapping filming during the Summer, the official posters and first trailer is out for The Swordsman starring Wallace Huo as Linghu Chong, Yuan Shan Shan as Ren Ying Ying, Han Dong as Tian Buo Guang, Chen Xiao as Lin Ping Zi, Yang Rong as Yue Ling Shan, and a completely revisionist Chen Qiao En as Dong Fan Bu Bai. I’ve been waiting for the trailer since I love this novel so much, but sadly it’s as terrible as I expected coming from Yu Zheng’s hands. To be honest, it looks pretty but the trailer is really badly cut so that its a series of scenes with no context, and everything whizzes by so unless one is familiar with the story and characters, it becomes a garbled mess of confusion. Not to mention I spit up blood when I got to this scene: Linghu Chong holds Ren Ying Ying on their wedding night and she asks if he’s ever loved her, and he appears to answer “I will never forget Ms Dong Fang.” Seriously?! What the fuck, Yu Zheng? You are really going there, throwing in a love line between the wuxia world’s most awesome hero and the transsexual Lord Voldemort-esque baddie of this novel? Imma go lay down now. The only positive is that Chen Qiao En looks stunningly gorgeous in this drama while Wallace is angsting like his life depends on it. Check out the seriously fugly posters below and be prepared to take some Advil after watching the chipmunks-on-speed version of the trailer.
Trailer for The Swordsman: