Zeng Shun Xi and Chen Yu Qi confirm Heavenly Sword Dragon Slaying Saber 2018

Wow, I’m quite numbed by the revelation, totally not any of the leaked audition participants! They didn’t reveal the whole cast officially but the main heavy-weight characters are there! The new remake of Jin Yong’s third part in his Condor Series has a mouthful name of Heavenly Sword Dragon Slaying Saber 2018.

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Confirmed Posters:

Zeng Shun Xi as our hero, Zhang Wuji. You might remember him in series like Fighter of The Destiny and When We Were Young.

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Tang Yan’s little kiddo, Chen Yu Qi snatched up Zhao Min! She was in Princess Wei Young.

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Li Dong Xue has Zhang Wu Ji’s father, Zhang Cui Shan, fifth apprentice in Wu Dang sect at the time.

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Yang Ming Na as Golden Flower Granny.

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Holy Crap, Kathy Chow as Abbess Miejue!! In her younger years, she played Zhou Zhi Ruo in one of the older remakes. Time!

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Louis Fan as the ultimate schemer Cheng Kun! Awwww…

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Hei Zi as Wuji’s godfather, Golden Haired Lion King.

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Wang De Shun as Zhang San Feng, Wu Dang’s Sect Leader.

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Filming has begun today!

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The detailed-synopsis from Wiki for those new to the story: Set in the late Yuan dynasty, the story revolves around a pair of priceless and extremely powerful weapons, the Heaven Reliant Sword (倚天劍) and Dragon Slaying Saber (屠龍刀), which are coveted by many martial artists in the jianghu. Either or both of them are thought to allow their wielder to rule the wulin (martial artists’ community), according to a widely circulated mantra which goes, “Honoured by the wulin, the precious Saber slays the Dragon. It commands the world. Who dares to disobey? If the Heaven Reliant does not appear, who can challenge it?” (武林至尊,寶刀屠龍,號令天下,莫敢不從!倚天不出,誰與爭鋒?) The origins of this mantra are not known at the beginning of the novel.

The protagonist, Zhang Wuji, is of mixed heritage. His father, Zhang Cuishan, is an apprentice of Zhang Sanfeng, the highly revered leader of the Wudang Sect; his mother, Yin Susu, is the daughter of Yin Tianzheng, the chief of the “unorthodox” Heavenly Eagle Cult. He spent his childhood on a reclusive northern island, where he was born, with only his parents and his godfather, Xie Xun, to keep him company. When he is about 10 years old, he returns to the Chinese mainland with his parents. They soon find themselves the target of several martial artists, who try to force them to reveal the whereabouts of Xie Xun and the Dragon Slaying Saber. His parents refuse and commit suicide. At the same time, Zhang Wuji is wounded by the Xuanming Elders, but he survives after seeking medical treatment from Hu Qingniu, an eccentric physician.

After ending up in an isolated valley by chance, Zhang Wuji discovers the long-lost Nine Yang Manual, masters the inner energy skills described in the book, and becomes a formidable martial artist. Later on, he helps to resolve the conflict between the Ming Cult and the six major orthodox sects, which are bent on destroying the cult. He earns the respect of the cult’s members and becomes its leader after mastering the skill ‘Heaven and Earth Great Shift’. He reforms the cult and helps to improve its relations with other sects. He becomes a key figure in leading the rebel forces to overthrow the Mongol-led Yuan dynasty.

Throughout his adventures, Zhang Wuji finds himself entangled in a complex web of love relationships with four maidens. The first, Yin Li, is a horribly disfigured girl who is actually his maternal cousin. The second, Xiaozhao, is a Chinese-Persian servant girl who understands him very well. The third, Zhou Zhiruo, is a childhood friend whom he develops a strong bond with. The fourth, Zhao Min, is a Mongol princess and his former arch-rival. Yin Li is apparently killed in the middle of the novel while Xiaozhao returns to Persia after it is revealed that she is destined to lead the Persian Ming Cult.

Zhou Zhiruo soon falls in love with Zhang Wuji, but has to turn against him as she is bound by an oath she made in front of her teacher Miejue, who hates and distrusts Zhang Wuji and anyone related to the Ming Cult. Miejue devises a vicious scheme for Zhou Zhiruo to seize the two weapons by exploiting Zhang Wuji’s love for Zhou. Zhou Zhiruo also turns vicious after Zhang Wuji reneges his promise to marry her and swears vengeance on him. Zhao Min was initially Zhang Wuji’s rival as they were on opposing sides. However, Zhao Min gradually falls in love with Zhang Wuji after their various encounters, and she even turns against her clan to help him.

At the end of the novel, Zhang Wuji decides to retire from the jianghu after he mistakenly believes that the Ming Cult’s members are plotting to betray him. He decides that Zhao Min is his true love and they leave to lead a reclusive life far away from society. (The second edition of the novel has an ambiguous ending about Zhang Wuji’s relationship with Zhou Zhiruo.) Zhang Wuji gave up an opportunity to become a ruler because the Ming Cult eventually overthrew the Yuan dynasty. Ideally, Zhang would have become the new emperor, but instead, Zhu Yuanzhang takes the throne and establishes the Ming dynasty.

Directed by Jiang Jia Jun (Wong Fei Hong 2017) and written by Wei Xin, Heavenly Sword is planning to have 50 episodes.

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  1. 24 thoughts on “Zeng Shun Xi and Chen Yu Qi confirm Heavenly Sword Dragon Slaying Saber 2018

    I like the look of the cast . i’m happy it’s giving some less exposed actors a chance.
    Chen Yu Qi is pretty. Who did she play in Princess Weiyoung? I can’t recognise her out of costume.

    • 24 thoughts on “Zeng Shun Xi and Chen Yu Qi confirm Heavenly Sword Dragon Slaying Saber 2018

      She plays 9th Princess Tuoba Di, the love interest to Li Minde.

      • 24 thoughts on “Zeng Shun Xi and Chen Yu Qi confirm Heavenly Sword Dragon Slaying Saber 2018

        Sooyi: Thanks! I remember her now. I liked her as 9th Princess. Isn’t she Tang Yan’s protege?

  2. 24 thoughts on “Zeng Shun Xi and Chen Yu Qi confirm Heavenly Sword Dragon Slaying Saber 2018

    Perfect! I’m loving this cast. This is gonna be awesome!!

    And “holy crap” indeed, Kathy Chow!? She grew from Zhou Zhi Ruo into Abbess Miejue. This casting is genius. And Zeng Shun Xi, he’s like a younger Jimmy Lin to me, who played Little Fish, who was played by Tony Leung, who played Wuji, (If this link makes any sense) Zeng Shun Xi is perfect for Wuji! 😀

    Best of luck to this production. I’ll be looking forward to it.

    • 24 thoughts on “Zeng Shun Xi and Chen Yu Qi confirm Heavenly Sword Dragon Slaying Saber 2018

      Interestingly, ZSX is also up to play Xiao Yu Er in the latest Legendary Twins adaptation. Hu Yi Tian is Hua Wu Que.

      • 24 thoughts on “Zeng Shun Xi and Chen Yu Qi confirm Heavenly Sword Dragon Slaying Saber 2018

        still waiting on official confirmation for Hu yi tian’s participation….

      • 24 thoughts on “Zeng Shun Xi and Chen Yu Qi confirm Heavenly Sword Dragon Slaying Saber 2018

        And Jimmy Lin played the other twin..same as Tony Leung..who played both Wuji and the twin. Both characters have similiar characters. Flirty and surrounded by lots of women….

    • 24 thoughts on “Zeng Shun Xi and Chen Yu Qi confirm Heavenly Sword Dragon Slaying Saber 2018

      If she’s still around 5 years from now, Kathy Chow should also be cast in the next remake.

  3. 24 thoughts on “Zeng Shun Xi and Chen Yu Qi confirm Heavenly Sword Dragon Slaying Saber 2018

    I know people complain about the constant remakes, but I have a soft spot for this one because it’s my favorite!

    I haven’t seen Zeng Shun Xi in anything, he looks a little punky/mischevious and I’m not sure he can pull off the stupid/kind Wu Ji but I will reserve judgement. I’m happy with Chen Yu Qi as Zhao Min, she was adorable in Princess Wei Young, and she reminds me of Alyssa Chia in the 2002 version.

    I’m so excited… will it really air in 2018?

    • 24 thoughts on “Zeng Shun Xi and Chen Yu Qi confirm Heavenly Sword Dragon Slaying Saber 2018

      yeah my fav version was the 2003 (Alec Su and Alyssa).

      I like most of the Jin Yong stories except for Wei Xiao Bao but honestly Legend of the Condor Heroes will forever be my ultimate favorite, my bae, lol.

      Wuji was always too wishy washy for me, and I didn’t really like all the girls either. Zhao Min was always my fav, and depending on the version I sometimes hate and sometimes tolerate Zhou Zhiruo. I’m mostly ambivalent towards Xiao Zhao (I can’t fully like her cuz it just feel very icky that she approaches Wuji with unclear intentions, at least in the 2003 version) and I feel like she’s sometimes too servant-y to be a good romantic match — she seems more like a friend. I DO like Yin Li though, but then I’m pissed at Wuji cuz he made all those promises to her and never kept any of them. Like…uh…no.

      But overall, it’s Jin Yong, part of the Condor trilogy and man, they always have a way of making things likable…mostly Zhao Min’s awesome tho.

      • 24 thoughts on “Zeng Shun Xi and Chen Yu Qi confirm Heavenly Sword Dragon Slaying Saber 2018

        Sometimes I don’t like Zhao Min, just because she is very very pretty, nobody hates her although she is sooo evil and spoiled. Imagine an ugly girl being as mean and annoying as Zhao Min, we will slander her to death. I don’t like Zhiruo, but whether she is pretty or ugly, she is only a pitiful character that starts off nice but easily manipulated to do bad stuff, so it’s just those people who won’t harm you if you don’t harm her first. But Zhao Min is quite…jeez, without any reason she doesn’t mind harming you unless you are ZWJ or something ZWJ related. I would tolerate her only if she is pretty.
        The fun part about HDSD is about having all those beautiful faces, they are pretty fun to watch regardless of their silly flaws. Characters without flaws are quite boring.

    • 24 thoughts on “Zeng Shun Xi and Chen Yu Qi confirm Heavenly Sword Dragon Slaying Saber 2018

      same here! I feel like most people like LOTH & ROCH while HSDS often gets overlooked

  4. 24 thoughts on “Zeng Shun Xi and Chen Yu Qi confirm Heavenly Sword Dragon Slaying Saber 2018

    The heck is slaying lol Hope it’s not part of the title.

    Gigi Lai is my fav ZM.

    • 24 thoughts on “Zeng Shun Xi and Chen Yu Qi confirm Heavenly Sword Dragon Slaying Saber 2018

      Its the name they imprinted on the posters. Lol!

  5. 24 thoughts on “Zeng Shun Xi and Chen Yu Qi confirm Heavenly Sword Dragon Slaying Saber 2018

    I have a soft spot for all the boys from the former boyband fresh because they were super talented and underrecognized so I’m happy for Zeng Shun Xi. He is adorable. This is his first leading role correct?

    This doesn’t seem like the kind of drama that can propel a male actor to stardom though. Male lead too wishy washy so no one really likes him, and no one checks for Jin Yong stories anymore when they’ve been done a million times are there are tons of other novels being adapted nowadays

    • 24 thoughts on “Zeng Shun Xi and Chen Yu Qi confirm Heavenly Sword Dragon Slaying Saber 2018

      The drama just reached its peak, in Alec Su’s case he was able to elevate from this role although he was already famous, he was charismatic as both Cui Shan and Wu Ji. I felt that he was likeable enough to be very well deserved to be surrounded by so many beauties. It’s only a hard role if a person doesn’t really match it, and sometimes people match it but their acting comes off bland too.

      Like LOCH 17, it did not really propel any actor to stardom much because the casts were not all that great to start with. Although DGSD starred Wallace Chung, but it didn’t seem to be anything better than his past projects and he didn’t elevate from it. Kind of the same with Jimmy Lin, he just matched the smiley role really well without annoying anybody, but compared to Benny Chan, he minus the good sense of humor personality away.

      • 24 thoughts on “Zeng Shun Xi and Chen Yu Qi confirm Heavenly Sword Dragon Slaying Saber 2018

        I thought the LOCH 2017 cast was fantastic compared to previous years such as Hu Ge/Ariel. Hu Ge was wrong for that role.

        I don’t think it’s the cast to blame for that one

        • 24 thoughts on “Zeng Shun Xi and Chen Yu Qi confirm Heavenly Sword Dragon Slaying Saber 2018

          I think some of the problem was with Li Yitong, her face is identical to that of a combination with Zhao Liying and Yang Mi together so some fans feel very threatening by it that somebody new is going to replace their idols or something. Lots of plastic surgery question for her as well because of her unusual cartoonic eyes. Yang Xuwen was really new, playing main character the first time so he got most of the criticisms. Finally, when getting to watch the play, the character Rong’er was changed to a very nice and polite person instead of the spoiled bratty one. Some people argued that at least Huang Rong is no longer annoying but some people also argue that she played it very inacurrate.

          I don’t really have an opinion, but it made me wonder if an actress actually plays Zhao Min “nice” instead of cruel then what would the audience think?

    • 24 thoughts on “Zeng Shun Xi and Chen Yu Qi confirm Heavenly Sword Dragon Slaying Saber 2018

      It propelled Tony Leung and he is now Acting King…this is a beloved character and very likeable…hard to mess this character up, unless the actor is,very bad…well the Gigi lao version, that guy was too old to play wuji, but then Gigi was awesome in it

  6. 24 thoughts on “Zeng Shun Xi and Chen Yu Qi confirm Heavenly Sword Dragon Slaying Saber 2018

    Holy crap! Kathy Chow as the master? LOL But she didn’t look aged at all.
    Surprise the main villain is Louis Fan too. This cast do not look too bad, Chen Yu Qi looks very promising as a Zhao Min! Many people always complain about every remakes but seems like this one will really get less criticism because of good casting. Who is playing Zhi Ruo? She is the character with very high expectation to look beautiful. I wonder if they will be able to make every single ladies as pretty as what they did in the one with Alec Su and Alyssia Chia. Everybody was beautiful, even it’s just Bu Hui and her mother, and Zhu er is very pretty too. Xiao Zhao was very pretty as well. I did not like any cast in 2009, even Ady An was too old, especially for Deng Chao.

  7. 24 thoughts on “Zeng Shun Xi and Chen Yu Qi confirm Heavenly Sword Dragon Slaying Saber 2018

    I think my fav HSDS will always be the Jet Li and Sharla Cheung version back in 1994(!). Zhao Min can be cute but I feel some actresses go over the top to make her “cute” like Alyssia Chia. I love the wicked, haughty, and scheming side of her haha.

    TBH this looks like another idol drama so I don’t have much expectations eh I like Louis Fan and Kathy Chow though so I might check it out once it’s released.

  8. 24 thoughts on “Zeng Shun Xi and Chen Yu Qi confirm Heavenly Sword Dragon Slaying Saber 2018

    I may be the only one that are a bit disappointed at the the cast, mainly Zeng Shun Xi as Zhang Wuji. I think he is a great cast of Xiao Yu Er in the Legendary Twins but not as Zhang Wuji. I feel like he is still very raw in his acting (a bit overact sometime) and I just can’t see him as Wuji. Heavenly sword is one of my favorite JY’s novel and I guess I have a very high expectation of it. I think I will still give it a try and hopefully, the newbies can wow me. Iol

  9. 24 thoughts on “Zeng Shun Xi and Chen Yu Qi confirm Heavenly Sword Dragon Slaying Saber 2018

    My favorite HSDS version was the one with Tony Leung, followed closely by the one with Alec Su. Loved the main cast from both. The one with Alec Su had so much prettiness.

    ZM may be a spoiled brat but somehow I am amused by her brattiness and not bothered by her on-screen. My favorite scene in the Tony Leung version was when he tickled her foot when they were trapped. I found that to be so flirty, haha.

    Going to wait for reviews on this new one before devoting time to watching it. But, going to go back and watch the Tony Leung version now.

  10. 24 thoughts on “Zeng Shun Xi and Chen Yu Qi confirm Heavenly Sword Dragon Slaying Saber 2018

    Tony Leung’s TVB version is still the best for me. Alec Su’s version was also watchable..if not a bit draggy to me..but the pretty cast was very good to look at. If I was’nt a Alec Su fam from his,days of little tiger, I don’t think I would have been able to finish it .Have not watched any other remakes of it…Don’t inrend to watch this version either…

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