The latest adaptation of political intrigue wuxia novel Laughing in the Wind is a groundbreaking cyberpunk wuxia film set in a future where the world is ran by several major corporations that maintain order in the society. Opposite them are the Sun & Moon Collective, a loosely connected group of increasingly violent activists seeking to overthrow the military-industrial complex.
The Lin family has long been rumored to hold the rights to a ground-breaking technology that has never been used. When the family is reportedly slaughtered by a group of bandits, the sole surviving member – Lin Pingzhi (Dilraba) – becomes a target as all sides, including herself, seek to find her heirloom technology.
But the technology was unused for a reason. Humans don’t realize their choices until a few seconds after the decision-making process. The program’s complex algorithms allows the user to make instant optimal decisions to achieve preset goals, but users won’t realize their decisions until it’s too late to stop them. The program’s use causes the user to slowly be consumed by the algorithms until they become AI’s solely driven by the preset goals. (more…)
Vic Zhou, Zhang Binbin and Liu Ruilin of Flame’s Daughter
team up separately pose for a modern wuxia photoshoot.
Harper’s Bazaar is really pounding the revamped wuxia concept recently, having done at least three other shoots in the past six months. After these and Liu Yifei’s shoot, I am even more ready than ever for a cyberpunk wuxia film (no, Jared Leto being creepy shifu in a world with fembots in cheongsam does not count).