First Impression: What do you think of Zeng Shun Xi’s Heavenly Sword Dragon Slaying Saber 2019?

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  1. 18 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of Zeng Shun Xi’s Heavenly Sword Dragon Slaying Saber 2019?

    This is Juli’s comments from the cbox. xD Kap, you’re too slow for Juli! Faster!! hehe.

    I’m liking this version HSDS now…I think it’s really growing on me. I like that it’s a little slower.. I’m developing more of an emotional connection to the characters compared to previous versions that sort of speed through the setup. I’m usually not a fan of setup, but if they’re gonna spend several eps talking about previous generations, might as well do it well enough so that I care right. I also really like YinSuSu here. I still think this Zhang CuiShan comes off as a bit of a sleaze sometimes, tbh, but I REALLY like them as a couple.

    Also, I love that they’re showing more of the daily life of ZWJ growing up with Wudang. I always felt previous versions didn’t spend much time here, and I always wondered why he felt an emotional connection to a sect he barely knew. But now that they’re showing him actually growing up with WuDang, I love it!

    babyWuJi is super cute here, T.T He’s the single spoiled child of all of Wudang and all his uncles love him to death. It’s so incredibly heart-warming.

    OMG you know, for the first time after 2-3 separate versions of HSDS, I finally realize why ZWJ suddenly got better from his XuanMing Zhang thing when all his grand-master could do was slow down the effects. Wow I feel dumb, but mystery finally solved! I knew if had something to do with the ***SPOILER (JiuYangZhenJing he learned in the cave whatever)****SPOILER

    but also, like, I didn’t get what that had to do with his grand-master’s efforts way back when on Wudang, like…lol major long-term brain fart.

    T.T I wanna cry bb!Zhang WuJi is freaking adorable! When he yells down the dumb Shaolin monks and stands up for his dead grand-mastr (grand teacher?) he totally almost made me cry. This wudang grand-teacher is so loving. Prob my fav version because he’s kind and venerable, but honestly just genuinely such a great grandpapa to like, everyone. I love that the show lingers on the small conversations and talks between essentially grandfather and gradnson. You can really see how crucially this shaped ZWJ’s beliefs and thoughts.

    I like the mv played at the actual opening of each episode more, but look how magnificent this is too.

    T.T I…I think I’m suddenly in love with this version of HSDS. It has made me appreciate the original story so much more that the previous versions T.T

    • 18 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of Zeng Shun Xi’s Heavenly Sword Dragon Slaying Saber 2019?

      My favorite has always been the classic Tony Leung 1986 version and I still like the story despite issues in the later remakes. I’m so glad this seems to be a good adaptation. Now if only English subs are available…

  2. 18 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of Zeng Shun Xi’s Heavenly Sword Dragon Slaying Saber 2019?

    Omg..I’m loving this version too!!. And I agree that it’s great that they also show the interaction between Wuji and his grand teacher as well as Wuji and his uncles (including thr 3rd uncle, i don’t recall they show any sort of interaction between these two. This make Wuji effort to help “cure” his uncle when he grow up allthemore touching in my opinion)

    It is very sweet to see how the grand teacher and uncles really dote and care for little Wuji. Although these scenes were short. But they were short and sweet. Effective enough to leave good impression.

    Also love the cinematography and the color of the show (bright enough without being too garish) although not a big fan of the slow motion fight sequence. I prefer 2009 fight sequence than this version due to the slow motion.

  3. 18 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of Zeng Shun Xi’s Heavenly Sword Dragon Slaying Saber 2019?

    So, I’m loving it!

  4. 18 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of Zeng Shun Xi’s Heavenly Sword Dragon Slaying Saber 2019?

    I just need to pop back in here to say the version of Yang Xiao is now one of my fav wuxia characters T.T so good. Finally makes me understand why Ji XiaoFu fell for him so hard after so little time together. This! This is the love-at-first-sight kinda guy. So cocky, so devil-may-care, so suave. So arrogant but with all the skills to back it up. He’s definitely a charismatic guy that spunky but sweet Ji XiaoFu would fall for. Also Ji XiaoFu is good in this version! My pervious impressions of this character (from the 2003 + 2009 versions) have been that she’s meek…and that’s it. But here, she’s got a backbone! She’s gentle and kind, but also definitely has her own morals in life and she never crosses those lines she sets for herself even as she “breaks the rules” and loves Yang Xiao. They make a very good, very believable couple here.

    • 18 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of Zeng Shun Xi’s Heavenly Sword Dragon Slaying Saber 2019?

      I haven’t started watching this version yet, but I’ve always had a soft spot for the Yang Xiao/Ji Xiao Fu relationship. *** SPOILER*** One of my favorite moments in the story is when he meets his daughter and she tells him her name and the meaning behind it and he’s just floored. *** SPOILER*** In some versions they haven’t really done justice to this couple, so I’m glad this one is!

    • 18 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of Zeng Shun Xi’s Heavenly Sword Dragon Slaying Saber 2019?

      Totally agree!! Yang Xiao is so awesome in this version and swoon worthy. You can’t blame Ji Xiaofu for falling for him. He’s charming and romantic, but also intelligent, steadfast and capable. Definitely the complete package. And Ji Xiaofu was so sweet, yet strong. They are my favourite couple so far in this HSDS version.

      Overall I’m loving this new version. The cons for me so far are the overused slow motion action scenes and the miscast of Zhang Cuishan and Yin Susu. ZCS did not have the righteous look I expected, and almost looked a bit pervy when he met YSS. The actress who plays YSS didn’t have the fierceness and kick ass personality I think the role calls for. And she looks like she had plastic surgery to me at some angles.

      I love all the scenes with the Wudang uncles, tai sifu, ZZR and Buhui with kid Zhang Wuji. This is the first time I felt the emotional connection ZWJ had with ZZR, Buhui, all the uncles and the grandfather-like tai sifu. And can understand why he would have such a soft spot for ZZR as an adult.

      Joseph Zeng finally showed up as adult ZWJ midway through episode 12. He’s decent so far and looks promising as ZWJ. I forgot how big his eyes are! Looking forward to seeing ZZR next week and hopefully Zhao Min appears as well.

    • 18 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of Zeng Shun Xi’s Heavenly Sword Dragon Slaying Saber 2019?

      I’m also very happy with this Yang Xiao. Gawd he’s hot. He and Fan Yao aren’t called Xiao Yao Er Xian for no reason. I also like it that it’s not a rape in this version. That effectively makes Ji Xiaofu have agency in the relationship and Bu Hui’s name makes more sense because Xiaofu’s the one who decides her own actions.

    • 18 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of Zeng Shun Xi’s Heavenly Sword Dragon Slaying Saber 2019?

      Totally agree JXF and YX is one of those underrated JY’s canon couple despite the .. questionable consent in the book but she really didn’t regret it . Got to say tho I also loved Eddie Cheung’s version in TVBs adaptation who was also very suave. Sun Xing as YX was cool in his own right but too narcissistic and impulsive and wasn’t in line with the original character in the book.

      This actor as YX is great but my only problem is his too deep voice lol otherwise he’s fantastic <3 guess good girls really do fall for the bad boys lol

    • 18 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of Zeng Shun Xi’s Heavenly Sword Dragon Slaying Saber 2019?

      Chiming in to say that I’m also aboard the Yang Xiao wagon!
      Does anyone else also see the resemblance with Ouyang Ke in LOCH 2008? They both exude the air of confidence and elegance (not to mention that Lin Shen and Li Jie somehow look alike)

    • 18 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of Zeng Shun Xi’s Heavenly Sword Dragon Slaying Saber 2019?

      This is a general comment, not just in response to the original poster.
      I do not interpret the story as others in this comment thread do, so i wanted to ask.
      Did Ji Xiaofu really fall hard for Yang Xiao? I never thought so. But I cannot read Chinese, so cannot read the original, and I have not seen all of the adaptations, so do not know if any of them portrayed it that way.
      I could elaborate on what I mean by my differences in interpretation, but do not think that it is worth it.
      But the major problem with the Yang Xiao/Ji XiaoFu relationship is that he raped her.
      The consent was not questionable. There was no consent.

  5. 18 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of Zeng Shun Xi’s Heavenly Sword Dragon Slaying Saber 2019?

    Hey sis, I just noticed you made the post under my name. I’m a “girl” now. 😀

    Anyways, haven’t had much time to watch, but from what I’ve seen so far, best HSDS adaptation for me. From casting, directing, pacing, to the level of faithfulness. It’s early, but it’s a win.

    To be fair, I don’t have a fav from previous adaptations, so the bar wasn’t as high. Still, this is definitely my favorite so far. The slow-mo gets tiring real fast, but I’m not too bothered by it, given all the other things that are done so well here. Production value is very high.

    And yes, all the ladies in this are super pretty. Wuji’s mom is worth the ‘shipwrecked’.

    Prettiest mom of the year!

  6. 18 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of Zeng Shun Xi’s Heavenly Sword Dragon Slaying Saber 2019?

    I know some people don’t like HSDS because they think ZWJ is wishy washy. But I think this story is about a lot more than romantic love of the main lead. A large part of it is in the portrayal of brotherly love, for example the strong bond between the Wu Dang brothers and the steadfast loyalty of Ming sect members. So I love that this version is spending a lot more time fleshing out the older generation characters.

    • 18 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of Zeng Shun Xi’s Heavenly Sword Dragon Slaying Saber 2019?

      When I was younger, I liked this story because of the romance and the female lead character. I was hesitant about this new version because I wasn’t sure I liked the casting of the female lead (forgot the name.) But what you said has sparked my interest. If the story fleshes out the older characters and does a good job with the bromance, I might just give this show a start. Thanks for helping me view this show in a different perspective. 🙂

    • 18 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of Zeng Shun Xi’s Heavenly Sword Dragon Slaying Saber 2019?

      Agree! JY has always stated the main theme in the novel was brotherly love & familial love so ZWJ’s “romance” wasn’t the main focus in the book all along . HSDS does a great job at exploring all different kinds of love and that “love hurts” . Which makes me lament how talented Jin Yong was and sad that he’s not with us anymore 🙁

  7. 18 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of Zeng Shun Xi’s Heavenly Sword Dragon Slaying Saber 2019?

    Everyone’s positive comments have made me give this new adaptation a chance. The last time I saw the story was the 2003 version which I loved as a kid. Surprisingly like everyone has said this adaption is really good. I know the story but I’m hooked at how they’re presenting it. Now it’s also made me interested in the directors 2017 adaption of The Legend of Condor Heroes too.

  8. 18 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of Zeng Shun Xi’s Heavenly Sword Dragon Slaying Saber 2019?

    There’s a bit of a controversy right now with this drama. The book fans are complaining that Zhou Ziruo was given more screen time (her daily life in the Emei Sect was portrayed in the drama quite detailedly) whereas the real female lead Zhao Min’s entrance was delayed because of this. Some of them also pointed out that the lighting and whatnot wasn’t done properly for Zhao Min, implying that there was favouritism.

    I was a little perplexed at ZZR’s additional scenes, but I wasn’t thinking so much into it. As for lighting, I can sort of see what the fans mean from the screen captures, but perhaps it’s just a one-off thing? I’m a huge fan of ZM’s character, so I’m looking forward to her appearance. Hopefully these small controversies (and the countless slo-mo scenes) won’t affect the drama too much.

    • 18 thoughts on “First Impression: What do you think of Zeng Shun Xi’s Heavenly Sword Dragon Slaying Saber 2019?

      I think the controversial is baseless. Yes, they add a lot of scene for ZZR, but they’re still on pace with the novel. ZM appeared in Ch 23 and here she appears around the 23 ep mark. ZWJ uses his fake name in Ch 16, and here he does so on ep 16. As for her treatment, from the preview clips, I think her chemistry with Wuji is awesome. Also, the slow mo has been cut down the past 6 ep. The director acknowledge they received complaints and it seems they fixed it. So it’s all good.

      Next week is where the fun start. Looking forward to that.

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