The romance of book and sword
The Romance Of Book And Sword
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Confused by their impertinent behaviour, Chien Lung has one of the men, Wu, captured and taken to a royal stronghold for questioning. Meanwhile Chan Julo, deputy chief of the society, amasses his forces in an attempt to free his master and finally overthrow the Ching dynasty. The loyal Han fighters come close to rescuing Wu, but are forced to retreat at the last minute, therefore leaving their leader once again in the hands of the enemy. While eavesdropping, Chan hears Wu reveal that the emperor is in fact a Han whose mother handed him to the imperial court when he was a baby. When Chan and Chien Lung meet again, both men realise that their previous goals are compromised by their new found knowledge and neither man is comfortable with their position. The purpose of comparing the two interpretations is not to judge who is the better director; Ann Hui and Chor Yuen tend to work in completely different fields though both are highly-rated film-makers.
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The Book and the Sword is a Chinese television series adapted from Louis Cha 's novel of the same title. Although the flow of events is generally similar to that in the novel, Yu Wanting's role is greatly emphasised, with him being the primary antagonist instead of the Qianlong Emperor.
Set in the Manchu -led Qing dynasty during the reign of the Qianlong Emperor r. The "book" in the title refers to a Quran that was stolen from the tribe while the "sword" refers to a sword given to the protagonist, Chen Jialuo, by his first romantic interest, Huoqingtong. This novel was Jin Yong's debut, and it quickly established him as one of the new masters of the wuxia genre. It is led by 15 heroes, with Chen Jialuo as their chief. At the beginning of the novel, the Qianlong Emperor sends his men to ambush and arrest Wen Tailai, the society's fourth leader, because he wants to silence Wen, who knows a secret about him.
The film was followed by Princess Fragrance , released later in the same month and also directed by Ann Hui. The films are among the earliest Hong Kong films to be completely shot in mainland China with a full mainland Chinese cast. The film covers the first half of the novel and ends with the truce between the Qianlong Emperor and the Red Flower Society at Liuhe Pagoda. The two major subplots in the novel are omitted: Li Yuanzhi and Zhou Qi do not appear in the film. The film was followed by Princess Fragrance, released later in the same month and also directed by Ann Hui.