Heavenly Sword Dragon Slaying Sabre releases new posters, concept art

Zeng Shunxi as the embodiment of Tai-chi Zhang Wuji

Upcoming series  Heavenly Sword and Dragon Slaying Saber the ninth , the most morally grey and political of the Condor Trilogy, released an artsy set of new posters and some concept art in anticipation of its release sometimes soon. The series stars Zeng Shunxi, Chen Yuqi, and Zhu Xudan.

 

The story begins with the prophecy that whoever wields the Dragon Slaying Saber and Heavenly Sword will rule the world. Zhang Wuji (Zeng Sunxi)’s parents Zhang Cuishan (Li Dongxue) and Yin Susu commit suicide after refusing to reveal the location of the blade, which is currently in the possession of his godfather Xie Xun (Hei Zi).

Some years later, Zhang Wuji finds himself in an isolated valley, and masters a set of powerful inner energy skills. He becomes the leader of the unorthodox Ming Cult, and later supports the rebellions against the Mongol-led Yuan Dynasty. Aside from Mongol princess Zhao Min (Chen Yuqi), Zhang Wuji also becomes romantically entangled with the Emei Sect’s Zhou Zhiruo (Zhu Xudan), Persian cult leader / living sacrifice Xiaozhao and his cousin Yin Li / Zhu’er.

 

Chen Yuqi as Zhao Min

Zhu Xudan as pureness pushed to evil Zhou Zhiruo

The Wudang Temple. If you are interested to see what the place looks like now, here’s a video.

Emei (?) I don’t think this is actually on Emei Mountain but a concept art for a later scene when they’re in a Buddhist Temple given that they’re Daoist in the book (but Buddhist in real life).

Shaolin Temple .   Documentary footage here

The Ming Cult / Chinese Manichaeism at the highest peak of the Kunlun Mountains. I don’t think there’s actually any remnants of Manichaeism churches.

The temple where Zhao Min held leaders of top wuxia groups captive. It’s suppose to be the Miaoying Temple in Beijing.

 

Zhao Min’s Mongolian home

The Island of Ice and Fire where Zhang Wuji grew up.

 

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