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[Mainland Chinese Drama 2019] Heavenly Sword Dragon Slaying Saber 倚天屠龙记


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21 hours ago, epinklyn said:

That lil WuJi is really like adult WuJi right? So resemble, like his mini version of Joseph Ceng LOL, while the hmmm older lil WuJi is not that resemble with adult WuJi, but he is also good!

I havent watched this properly, just randomly watched some parts. Since the original story is basically the same, it's not hard to follow this one. Little Wujis are all cute. The mature ZWJ kinda looked too healthy for a supposed to be sickly ZWJ :D . Still, he looked great, though. 

 

I've only watched one fighting scene (Yang Xiao in epi 12), and I agree that they overdid it with the slow motions. Too bad, coz the fighting choreography looked great . They should reduce that in the future. 

 

 

The drama omits the part when ZWJ cures the concubine of Kunlun sect's leader. I wonder why, because it is supposed to show the evilness of some good sect and it will be revealed later in the battle in the Ming sec. Well, it's still okay, though ..since it wont effect too much to the storyline. 

 

 

 

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3 hours ago, rhaps said:

I havent watched this properly, just randomly watched some parts. Since the original story is basically the same, it's not hard to follow this one. Little Wujis are all cute. The mature ZWJ kinda looked too healthy for a supposed to be sickly ZWJ :D . Still, he looked great, though. 

 

I've only watched one fighting scene (Yang Xiao in epi 12), and I agree that they overdid it with the slow motions. Too bad, coz the fighting choreography looked great . They should reduce that in the future. 

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The drama omits the part when ZWJ cures the concubine of Kunlun sect's leader. I wonder why, because it is supposed to show the evilness of some good sect and it will be revealed later in the battle in the Ming sec. Well, it's still okay, though ..since it wont effect too much to the storyline. 

 

 

 

 

Ah yeah you are correct, i have something bug in my mind when adult WJ finally appeared in the forest, he look good, and now i realized how come he so fat and healthy.

 

About the fighting scenes with too many Slo-Mo, the director heard about this and gave postive respond on his weibo. Joseph Cheng also respond. Hopefully they will improve it, but doesnt it mean they have to edit the CGI?

 

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Oooh, ooh! I like the look of this one already... just having taken a peek at the first episode. 

I'm going to be a contrarian and say I don't mind the slo-mo ;) because at least I get to see some martial arts. I especially enjoyed the Frank Miller style angles.

 

If there is a weakness that I'm seeing at this early stage, it's the martial arts. It's fairly basic, run-of-the-mill stuff, not as spectacular or showy... although I did like the water wheel sequence. I imagine that's why there's all the slo-mo to make up for the lack of impact.

 

Loved the part when Dad meets Mum on the boat... The acting was good especially from the chappie who plays Zhang Cuishan... he was entranced right off the bat. ;) Well, he doesn't get out much too and they all practically live like monks.

 

I have a really good feeling about this one... 

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3 hours ago, epinklyn said:

 

Yeah, it looks like the excessive slow-mo has been the main issue of viewers, including the Mainlanders. It's too bad if that's really how PD Jeffrey Chiang responded to the criticism. It could've turned some people off. Is anyone in Weibo, and how do people react to that?

 

On the other hand, I sort of understand what he meant. I recently got back to episode 1 as someone just voluntarily subbed it, and uploaded it in 1080. I can see more details of the choreography and I think they're quite amazing, such as 

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the one with the water wheel and ZCS fight with the Shaolin monks.

 

It would've been heaps better if the slow-mos were limited to a few fighting scenes which he wanted to highlight, or just to give effect. I must admit that after being spoiled by Ever Night's fabulous fightings, I want other wuxia dramas to use similar approach, i.e. make them fast moving and more hand-to-hand (or sword-to-sword) combat please! 

 

Based on his track record with LoCH, I expect the slow-mo to be much toned down in the forthcoming episodes. Other than that, I'm liking what I've seen so far. 

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So far I have watched until episode 12 and still loving it!! I kinda get used to the slow motion actions so that doesn't bother me anymore, at least not as bad as when I first started watching haha. 

 

So far I am still very impressed with the details that this version included. The sceneries and the cinematography are quite impressive for a television series for me, especially the scenes when adult wuji first appeared.  I very much like The way the camera moved around the mountain and the music. I personally feel this is quite a high quality production, at least for me. 

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Regarding the details included,  one example was when Yangxiao fought the couple in episode 12 before Wuji and Buhui introduced themselves. In the previous versions,  if memory served me correctly, I didn't really see this couple (I forgot from which sect these characters were) whipped out their sword fighting abilities. These characters  were really just blend in the background before.  However, in here, at least the series show that they used their couple fighting techniques against yangxiao.  Just thought it is a nice addition to details. 

 

Also very like that Wuji really identified himself as Wudang disciples, and still remembered what his uncles and grand sifu taught him. In many of the versions, Wudang and Wuji didn't seem to have that much bond so it's nice to see a deeper bond and loyalty from Wuji to the sect and the people that had contributed to his safety and supported his development after the tragic deaths of his parents.

 

I Am not sure if I got this correctly,  but judging from the screenshots of the director's  weibo posted here,  seems like the actor and the director were onboard with improving the wuxia element (and I am quite surprised with the one included in the jaynestar articles since the tone seem different.  Is the statement included in the article the earlier one?

 

Going with the translated weibo post from thw director, it is great news that the director express his positive response to criticisms as the weibo posts screenshot indicated. 

 

I personally feel it is better that the slow motion is reduced tremendously (and I am crossing my fingers following the translated  weibo post from the director on 2 March (if I got the date correct) that was posted by epinklyn (thank you for the screenshots!! :star:), although I am also sceptical whether they have enough time to ensure qualities if they go back to the editing process at this stage.  Crossing my fingers for the best!! 

 

Also for me personally (personal opinion folks), martial arts elements in the wuxia series were important but there are also other important aspects to ensure a good tv series. This is the case For me of this HSDS,  wuxia elements were somewhat lacking (although for me still quite good honestly),  but there are other good points that tipped the scale for me, especially after I watched more episodes. Good thing that this doesn't take 30+ episodes or so to be more interesting for me,  but has grabbed my attention since as early as episode 1 :blush:. Now i am cautiously hopeful for my favorite character Zhao Min to appear.  Her character is quite hard to portray so very cautiously hopeful here.   

 

My personal opinion here all. No ill intention whatsoever. Looking forward for more episodes to come:love:

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This adaptation does a really good job of establishing and building the relationships in these early days. It doesn't miss any of the emotional beats in its storytelling. One of my favourite sequences so far in this series has got to be Wuji's early days in Wudang. It was such a moving montage watching the bonding and the affection that was showered on this newly orphaned kid. The love and the care. Ack! I'm going to start crying again.  The foundational material IMO does an excellent job showing why Wuji turns out to be the sort of man he is. I know he's often accused of being wishy washy and a soft touch but all the qualities that make him who he is are formed in those early years being a child of his father, his mother and his godfather, living on a secluded island... and of course when he witnesses first hand the schisms and horrors of the wulin world the moment he returns. To me at least it is always clear who Wuji really prefers from his travelling harem especially when considering his background/history. ;) 

 

Even in these early days it's clear that the delineation between the "righteous/orthodox" sects and the "demon" ones is a very fine one. The Tu Long sabre is the One Ring that brings out the worst in everyone and the search for it leaves destruction in its wake. The blindness of the so-called righteous sects to their own arrogance leads them to commit all kinds of acts in the name of "righteousness". The complexity in the martial arts community certainly doesn't lend itself to such easy designations.

 

It's one of the reasons why YTTLJ is a perpetual favourite.

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Who is the actor who plays Yang Xiao? Oh my... he's pretty hot stuff... more so with facial hair. :wub:  好帅. Good actor. It might be too early to pick a favourite but he's the front runner at the moment. Although Little Wuji was quite delightful in his own way.

 

Yup! Between hitting the books, I've managed to marathon 12 episodes in 2 days. Very naughty of me but this is turning out to be a really really good adaptation. :D It's not without its issues but the storytelling is spot on. 

 

A question occurred to me half way through my viewing: Why doesn't Wuji ever meet boys in his travels? Everywhere he goes, he runs into girls or families with girls. Heh.  

 

I should really be studying. ;)

 

Ah... I looked it up. The actor who plays Yang Xiao is Lin Shen and apparently he was nominated for an Emmy for another gig in the past.

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13 hours ago, zYue said:

Which days of the week and time does the show broadcast in China? Getting impatient for the new episodes!!!!!

They broadcast the show at 20:00 every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in China.

 

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After watching  ep 13-14, I think they tone down the slo-mo (either that is the case or I have gotten used to it by now haha :sweatingbullets:, but I'm leaning more toward the former than the later ).

 

Really am loving this version so far:wub:. Especially how the characters are more fleshed out, even the minor and "hated" characters. It makes me become more emotionally invested in the story and the fates of the characters.:rolleyes:

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