Thursday, October 28, 2010

Heavenly Sword and Dragon Sabre

I am a fan of Jin Yong's (Louis Cha) work. Of all of them, my favourite has always been Heavenly Sword and Dragon Sabre, or its real name, Yi Tin Tou Loong Gei.

Jet Li acted in one of the best movie adaptations, called Kung Fu Cult Master.

Ma Wing Shing did a comic bearing the same title.

The story centers around Zhang Wuji, 'grandson' of Zhang Sanfeng (the guy who did Tai-Chi and was founder of the Wutang Clan) and godson of Xie Xun (Golden-Haired Lion). He is the son of Zhang Chuisan, Sanfeng's disciple and Yin Susu, who is the daughter of a prominent member of the Ming Cult.

Find out the story from Wikipedia, will ya? Or read the comics.

I like the concept of the Nine Yang Manual curing Wuji and giving him a perfect basis to master Heaven and Earth Great Shift as well as any martial arts he wants to master.

In the Jet Li movie, the Nine Yang Manual allowed Wuji to fly and shoot kame hame has from the sky.

The weapons have a secret. Both have manuals in them. One is the Nine Yin Manual and 18 Dragon-Killing Palm, created by Guo Jing, which later became a standard stance for the Beggars Sect. The other held the Book of Wumu, something like Sun Tzu's Art of War.

At some point in my life, I want to write something that is similar to the complex tapestry of Jin Yong's work. I managed to do outlines of this when I was 19 years old. Now, I want to do it for real.

I don't know why I wrote this.