The third drama in the Condor Heroes trilogy -Dragon Saber and Heavenly Sword recently finished filming. Jin Yong is the only old guy that I fangirl over, and I would gladly pick him over any guy. With plots of Dickens, language of Fitzgerald, Jin Yong is so awesome that he has his own area of study – Jinology. Read some of his novels translated here.
This will also be Zhang Jizhong’s seventh and last Jin Yong drama, after which he will tackle the ambitious Journey to the West remake.
From the pictures, I was probably the most surprised by He Zhuoyan’s Xiao Zhao, the virgin heir to the throne of Manichaeism. I was hoping that this Persian princess could be,well, more Persian-looking. But He Zhuoyan looked so beautiful that it’s hard to complain.
Liu Jing’s Zhou Zhiru was a disappointment at first. Despite what Zhang Jizhong says, her beauty is not in par with Crystal Liu. She looks prettier on screen, though. And her role probably requires more acting skills than anything else. Also a Central Academy grad, Liu Jing also plays Xiao Qiao (like Jing Boran) in the new Romance of the Three Kingdoms.
Zhang Wuji’s probably one of my least favorite male leads in Jin Yong’s novels, but he’s also one of the selfless ones. So selfless that he doesn’t really do anything in case it’ll hurt someone. Nevertheless, being Jin Yong, it can’t be bad. And Deng Chao has both the looks and acting to pull it off. Watch him with Sun Li in Happiness is like a flower here and the trailer for The Equation of Life and Death with Zhou Xun here.
Below is proof that what you do unto others will come back to you. Interestingly enough, “little Crystal Liu” Liu Shishi is playing Xiao Longnv(played by Crystal Liu in 2006)’s daughter/grandaughter, who makes a five-minute cameo in this drama.
Added by Cfensi…some more Ady An pics for no other reason other than the fact that she’s pretty and she pic spams her blog:
And because this one makes me smile: