Modern China’s Most Famous Wuxia Novelist Louis Cha Passes Away at 94 Years Old

I know so many people who can date themselves by which drama version of a Louis Cha (Jin Yong) novel adaptation they consider the best, which is usually the first one they watched and couldn’t stop watching thereby becoming a fan for life. Someone born in the 70’s grew up with the TBV iconic 80’s versions, those born in the 80’s remember the TVB 90’s updates, then there were the rather odd Taiwanese drama attempts in the mid-90s, and the last two decades have been all about the Mainland Chinese adaptations. I’m an 80’s TVB classic girl though those versions were a bit earlier than my time but it was the first I watched starting with Legend of the Condor Heroes, onward to Return of the Condor Heroes, finishing with Heavenly Sword and Dragon Sabre, and then forever spoiled by the different but equally awesome epics of Smiling Proud Wanderer and The Duke of Mount Deer. It’s not just the stories alone, everyone always has their favorite castings for the iconic characters, usually way more opinionated about the female leads because Louis Cha wrote some highly memorable female leads. My personal faves – Barbara Yung as Huang Rong, tie of Idy Chan and Crystal Liu as Xiaolongnu, and Yang Mi in a small but career changing turn as Guo Xiang. Rest in peace good sir, thank you for giving the world such incredible stories to last forever. Continue reading

Return of the Condor Heroes Spawns Real Life Romance Between Leads Chen Xiao and Michelle Chen

This is certainly happy news for some people, who I’ll venture to guess are the sliver of drama fans who liked the latest widely panned adaptation of wuxia novel Return of the Condor Heroes. This drama version was called Romance … Continue reading

Yu Zheng Releases Teaser Trailer for Return of the Condor Heroes Amidst Other Plagiarism Allegations

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 … Continue reading

C-netizens are Abuzz with the Gorgeous Cameo Appearance of Dong Xuan in Return of the Condor Heroes

Somewhere in an alternate universe, drama producer Yu Zheng is still filming his massacre drama adaptation of the wuxia novel Return of the Condor Heroes. It’s been seven years since the last major remake starring now top C-movie stars Huang … Continue reading

The C-media Visits the Set of the Chen Xiao and Michelle Chen Return of the Condor Heroes 2014

I firmly believe in the adage “just because you can, doesn’t necessarily mean you should.” And sometimes jokes just write themselves because people do things they can but common sense should tell them not do. Filming is fully underway for … Continue reading

Yu Zheng has a Hit and Miss with Casting of Chen Xiao and Michelle Chen for Remake of Return of the Condor Heroes

I think the sole existence of screenwriter-producer Yu Zheng in the world of C-dramas and movies is really to act like a troll on history and fandom. He exploits anything and everything with equal aplomb, and with this new drama … Continue reading