I don’t recall any producer/screenwriter who gets as much hate as Yu Zheng does in China, and frankly it’s all well-deserved. He hasn’t churned out a single watchable drama yet his dramas keep bringing in the ratings. Last week C-ent was abuzz with the biggest news concerning Yu Zheng’s currently airing Gong 3, a drama that even when I watched the trailer immediately made me think Yu Zheng copied famous Taiwanese writer and drama producer Qiong Yao‘s Plum Blossom Brand. Normally all the writers whose work Yu Zheng has copied over the years have just called him out for being a douchebag, but this time Qiong Yao actually penned a letter to SARFT outlining the blatant idea plagiarism and asking for Gong 3 to be taken of the air. She then promptly had conniptions and is currently recuperating in Taipei and her distress had led to actresses that got famous doing a Qiong Yao drama such as Zhao Wei and Ruby Lin to speak out on her behalf. Yu Zheng responded that he didn’t copy anything. Sigh. Due to the popularity of Gong 3, Yu Zheng just dropped the first teaser trailer for his upcoming remake of Return of the Condor Heroes to strike while the iron is hot. I’ve given up on this remake having any semblance to the source novel or even watchable when half the characters are miscast and/or being rewritten in personality and motivation. The release of the teaser immediately garnered the expected levels of netizen scorn for chubby-cheeked Michelle Chen playing lithe lissome cold beauty Xiaolongnu while everyone is heaping excitement over C-actress Dong Xuan‘s gorgeous cameo turn as Ancient Tomb Sect founder Lin Chao Ying. I’m in for Chen Xiao as Yang Guo even of he’s styled as a hobo and has to act opposite Michelle. The teaser is watchable and at least I’m not tempted to spork my eyes out afterwards.
Official teaser for Return of the Condor Heroes: