Friday, February 25, 2011
Laughing in the wind 2001
# Li Ya Peng as Linghu Chong
# Xu Qing as Ren Ying Ying (Holy Maiden)
# Wei Zi as Yue Buqun (Headmaster of Huashan's Qi faction)
# Miao Yi Yi as Yue Ling Shan
The plot's initial development revolves around a coveted martial arts manual known as the Bixie Swordplay Manual. The manual has been passed down as a family heirloom in the Lin family of the Fuzhou Fuwei Escort Agency, but the escort agency is massacred by Yu Canghai, head of Qingcheng Sect, to obtain the secret manual himself. Lin Pingzhi, the only son, survives and is rescued by Yue Buqun, the leader of the Mount Hua Sect, part of the Five Mountain Sword Sects Alliance that binds the Taoist Five Great Mountains. Yue and his kindly wife accept Lin as their new disciple before the rest of his pupils and trains him in swordplay.
The protagonist of the novel is Yue's eldest disciple Linghu Chong, an orphaned, happy-go-lucky but honorable swordsman who loves liquor. He befriends notorious lecherous bandit Tian Boguang and rescues pretty nun Yilin of the (North) Mount Heng Sect from being raped by Tian. Meanwhile, Liu Zhengfeng of the (South) Mount Heng Sect announces his plans to retire from the jianghu and invites fellow pugilists to witness the ceremony. However, the event culminates into a bloodbath when the orthodox sects accuse Liu of unfaithfulness to their code. Liu and his friend, Qu Yang of the unorthodox Sun Moon Holy Cult, commit suicide after being cornered by the pugilists. They pass on the score of their music piece Xiao'ao Jianghu to Linghu before their deaths.
Watch this show to know more of the story.
Review: This show is based on Jin Yong's novel. Although i have not seen anyother version of Xiao Ao Jianghu, still i feel this is definetly the best adaptation. Li Yapeng as Linghu and Xu Qing as Yingying are just mind blowing, both really look great on the screen. The story is pretty good and you will get addicted to the show once you start it. This is definetly in my top 5 all time favorite wuxia shows.
This show is actually the very first mainland production of Jin Yong novel. The show has really great kungfu fights and sword fights which i have never seen in anyother wuxia from Hongkong TVB production. No wonder Jin Yong doesn't want TVB to make adaptation of his novels, TVB is way behind mainland china when it comes to action and locations. I really recommend this show all you wuxia lovers..