Zhang Kai Tai and Jiang Zhen Yu lead new remake of Jin Yong’s Flying Fox of Snowy Mountain

Did Jin Yong perhaps sign a contract somewhere that all his new novel-to-drama adaptations must be headlined by new faces? The recent adaptations have all been really decent so far so I’m hoping the same rings true for this production. I have only ever watched the TVB version in 1999 with Sunny Chan and Charmaine Sheh. I both loved and hated it; heavy changes from the novel. Lol. I watched till the end because Sunny and Charmaine looked so damn good and sweet together. I was ready to spit blood if I they don’t get a happy ending. xD

Back then TVB background music for their wuxia series is top-notch. It creates the mood for me to remember the series fondly until this day.

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If you’re not familiar with the story: The story begins in the Changbai mountains in northeastern China during the reign of the Qianlong Emperor in the Qing dynasty. It follows the classical unity of time, taking place on a single day, which is the 15th day of the third month in the Chinese calendar, in the 45th year in the reign of the Qianlong Emperor (i.e., 19 April 1780 in the Gregorian calendar).

A group of martial artists unearth a treasure chest and begin fighting for it. The reason for them doing so is deliberately kept from the reader at this point of time. Midway during their tussle, they are overpowered and coerced by a highly skilled monk, Baoshu, to travel to a manor at the top of Jade Brush Peak (玉筆峰) to help the manor’s owner drive away an enemy, Hu Fei, who is nicknamed “Fox Volant of the Snowy Mountain”. They start telling stories concerning the origin of a precious saber in the chest and their mysterious foe (Hu Fei). In doing so, they gradually reveal each other’s personal secrets.

The saber’s story dates back over a century ago to the feuds of the four bodyguards under the warlord Li Zicheng, who led a rebellion that overthrew the Ming dynasty. The four guards’ family names were Hu, Miao, Tian and Fan. Owing to a massive misunderstanding, which lasted several generations, their descendants have been slaying each other in a vendetta that prevented any of them from uncovering the truth. The Hu family was opposed to those from the Miao, Tian and Fan families; the latter three were allies.

The people gathered at the manor are either descendants of the four bodyguards or are otherwise embroiled in the feud. Hu Fei’s father, Hu Yidao, met Miao Renfeng, a descendant of the Miao family. Both were masterful martial artists without peer. Miao Renfeng, Hu Yidao and his wife developed an uncommon friendship and grew to admire each other, but Hu and Miao must fight unwilling duels to avenge their parents’ deaths. Under the schemes of the villain Tian Guinong, Hu Yidao was unintentionally slain by Miao Renfeng when Tian secretly smeared his sword with poison. Hu Yidao’s infant son, Hu Fei, was rescued and raised by a waiter, Ping A’si, whose life Hu Yidao once saved. Hu Fei grew up and became a powerful martial artist nicknamed “Fox Volant of the Snowy Mountain”.

The various scheming martial artists are eventually punished by their greed. Hu Fei makes an appearance midway in the story.

The conflict reaches a climax when Miao Renfeng challenges Hu Fei to a duel thinking mistakenly that Hu has intentionally molested his daughter, Miao Ruolan. They fight for several rounds but neither emerges the victor. They are stranded on a cliff about to collapse under their weight when the novel ends. Hu Fei has an opportunity to attack Miao Renfeng and knock him off the cliff, but he hesitates because Miao might become his future father-in-law. However, if he does not attack, either they will fall to their deaths or Miao will kill him. The novel ends on a deliberate cliffhanger and leaves the conclusion to the reader’s imagination. [WIKI]

Zhang Kai Tai as the lead, Hu Fei.

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Jiang Zhen Yu as Miao Ruo Lan.

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Zhang Cheng Hang as Fan Yu Ting.

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Jiang Yuan as Tian Qing Wen.

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Previous Drama Versions:

1985 TVB.

1991 TTV.

1999 TVB.

2006 ATV.

  1. 7 thoughts on “Zhang Kai Tai and Jiang Zhen Yu lead new remake of Jin Yong’s Flying Fox of Snowy Mountain

    I’m pretty sure I’ve attempted to watch the 2006 and I think I wasn’t really into it so I never watched more than a few cuts/scenes/parts. I think I watched some of Gillian’s cuts and some of An YiXuan’s cuts in that version.

  2. 7 thoughts on “Zhang Kai Tai and Jiang Zhen Yu lead new remake of Jin Yong’s Flying Fox of Snowy Mountain

    I only watched the TVB version and till this day still remember Jacky Cheung’s powerful vocals for the theme song.

  3. 7 thoughts on “Zhang Kai Tai and Jiang Zhen Yu lead new remake of Jin Yong’s Flying Fox of Snowy Mountain

    I watched the ’99 TVB and 2006 versions. Both had heavy changes from the book. I think 2006 was more guilty in this with bigger changes than TVB.

    I was annoyed by all the females in 2006 even though I liked Athena and Ady. The characters were all so annoying I ended up skimming a lot of it. And Ady’s Miao Rulan was so different from the book, all they had in common was the name. Charmaine’s version was a lot closer up until towards the end.

    Maybe this one will try sticking to the novel.

  4. 7 thoughts on “Zhang Kai Tai and Jiang Zhen Yu lead new remake of Jin Yong’s Flying Fox of Snowy Mountain

    I remember watching the 1999 version when I was younger. The theme song definitely stood out to me. I haven’t watched any other version, though.

  5. 7 thoughts on “Zhang Kai Tai and Jiang Zhen Yu lead new remake of Jin Yong’s Flying Fox of Snowy Mountain

    there is no such character name Fan Yu Ting in the novel, so i think they modif the story , probably focus on new love story

  6. 7 thoughts on “Zhang Kai Tai and Jiang Zhen Yu lead new remake of Jin Yong’s Flying Fox of Snowy Mountain

    I think this book is one of JY’s less popular books, and understandably so. There’s also a prequel to the novel, though JY did say that the two Hu Feis are different. Imo, there’s really not much point to adapting the novel since the leads are rather one-dimensional and not that likeable.

    Out of all of JY’s characters, there are some really popular ones like Huang Rong, Zhao Min, Linghu Chong, Yang Guo, which is why these series are always getting screen adaptations. Chen Lingsu is also well-liked but she’s not in this book. In other words, this production will most likely flop since no one will pay attention.

  7. 7 thoughts on “Zhang Kai Tai and Jiang Zhen Yu lead new remake of Jin Yong’s Flying Fox of Snowy Mountain

    waiting for someone who want to produce Mandarin Duck Blades…

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