Flashback: Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils 2003 stills

This still looks exactly like the illustrations in Jin Yong books.

Often lauded as director Zhang Jizhong’s best Jin Yong drama, his adaptation of Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils has all of his fortes without any of his weaknesses. A perfect combination of solid hand-to-hand combat and artistic license in the action choreography, a stunning cast in equally stunning on-location scenery, a focus on the grandeur of the stories but finally with nuanced relationships and chemistry between the characters. Hu Jun is truly one of the few actors who pulls off the rugged-at-large-soft-in-the-heart Xiao Feng, while Jimmy Lin’s idol-drama-take on Duan Yu makes him much more likable than the original character. Liu Tao’s Ah-Zhu was the first TV character who made me cry, while Jiang Xin’s Mu Wuantong remains her most gorgeous role to date. Chen Hao and Shu Chang also gave amazing performances as two complex female antagonists.

The impeccably cast series stars Hu Jun, Jimmy Lin, Gao Hu, Liu Tao, Chen Hao, Jiang Xin, Shu Chang, Liu Yifei, Yang Rui, Xiu Qing, Tong Chun-Chung, Christy Chung, Diana Pang, etc.

Look at this beautiful lighting.
Shot on location in Yunnan, the series built a new filming studio that’s still being used by other dramas to this day.

1 thought on “Flashback: Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils 2003 stills

  1. I watched three versions in the order of 1982, 2013 and 2003. Couldn’t last more than a few episodes of 2013 version. Its characters and script felt wrong. Very vaguely remember 1982 main male cast fit well. The ladies looked older than their characters but their acting was good. Hu Jun was a much better Qiao Feng comparing to the 2013 version. 2003 main cast overall was better than 2013 main cast, but objectively speaking, both sets of young female cast were not all that good.

    Will try to check out the newest version, if it ever becomes available. I’m hoping because Jing Yong’s novels can be considered classics, maybe Chinese regulators will eventually someday allow the story to air intact. Not much hope though.

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