When The Swordsman started airing on Hunan Satellite TV last month, criticism soon followed. The use of visual effects was excessive and the story line was weak and lacked originality, critics said.
Who wouldn’t find it ridiculous to see Dongfang Bubai — a woman in this version — fall for the protagonist Linghu Chong and try to steal him from Ren Yingying? With the plot so strangely twisted, the essence and spirit of the original story are lost.
So what is it that we look for in wuxia stories like The Smiling, Proud Wanderer? What’s in these stories that attracts the interest of tens of thousands of fans and makes them instant classics?