Chinese xianxia epic 'Jade Dynasty' goes to big screen

By Zhang Rui
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Actor Xiao Zhan, actresses Li Qin and Meng Meiqi pose with "fantasy weapons" on stage for photos at the premiere of the film "Jade Dynasty" in Beijing, Sept. 10, 2019. [Photo/ VCG]

Chinese martial arts fantasy film "Jade Dynasty" features a stellar cast and one of the best martial arts directors to recreate the magnificent fantasy world based on a hugely popular novel.

The film is adapted from the novel "Zhu Xian" by Xiao Ding and directed by famous Hong Kong director and action choreographer Ching Siu-tung, known for classic "A Chinese Ghost Story" and "The Swordsman," and regarded as a poetic martial arts film trailblazer. 

The film tells the story of Zhang Xiaofan, born in Grass Temple village, who witnesses a massacre in his village when he is 11 years old. Because of this miserable disaster, Qing Yun Faction decides to take him in. Zhang Xiaofan learns martial arts from three masters and became a master of the mythical realm, while at the same time, experiences a complicated relationship with two beautiful girls.

"More than a decade ago, a friend told me that the novel 'Zhu Xian' fits my style, so directing this film became a sort of like an experiment and a learning experience for me," Ching said at the premiere of the film in Beijing on Tuesday.

The original writer also showed up at the premiere, expressed his happiness to see his book became a big-screen motion picture. "I saw many of Ching's films when I was young, so it is my honor that he can direct the film, and I'm grateful that all the cast and crew injected new vitality into the project."

Xiao Ding began writing "Zhu Xian" in 2001. The novel was first published online and in Taiwan in 2003. In 2005, it was published on the Chinese mainland, topping bestseller lists all over China and attracting tens of millions of fans. The book series concluded in 2007 while it then became an even hotter franchise by developing into a popular online game that year and then a TV series titled "Noble Aspirations" in 2016.

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