Swordsman (2013)

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Xiao Ao Jiang Hu is a wuxia novel by Jin Yong. The story is about friendship and love, deception and betrayal, ambition and lust for power. In the middle of it all is, Ling Hu Chong, an orphan who is the senior student of Yue Buqun, leader of Huashan Sect, and the protagonist of the story. The story deals with his journey and development as a swordsman and his witness to the read morevarious intrigues which take place in the martial world of the story.

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Mar 9, 2013
  • Overall 8.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 9.0
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
Story: Ling Hu Chong (played by Wallace) is a carefree and honourable man. He was the eldest disciple of the Hua Mt Sect and a favourite amongst his juniors and teacher. However, Ling Hu Chong's teacher is an ambitous man with ulterior motives masquerading as a virtous person. As Ling Hu Chong ventures through wulin (the martial arts world), his easy and honest personality garnered him many friends from the 5 mountain read more sects and the Sun Moon Holy Cult. Eventually, his teacher turned Ling Hu Chong into a scapegoat for all of his evil deeds, including heaping blame of the murder of one of his student on Ling Hu Chong. Lin Hu Chong got kicked out of the Mt Hua Sect. That is when his true adventures begin. The love story in this 2013 version has a good ending, unlike the original story from the novel where all the women Ling Hu Chong loves dies and he is left alone as a wanderer. The most notable change in the storyline comes in the form of Dongfang Bu Bai (played by Joe Chen). In the original story, Dongfang Bu Bai is a man who became the powerful leader of the Sun Moon Holy Sect. He mastered the Kuai Fa Manual. However, in order to master this manual, which is very "Ying" (feminine) in nature, he must castrate himself. The more he learned from the manual, the more feminine he became. Eventually, he regarded himself as a woman and developed romantic feelings for Ling Hu Chong. It was this hint of homosexuality that did not sit well with audiences of the previous versions and readers of the novel. Therefore, in this 2013 version, Dongfang Bu Bai has a new story - one that begins with Dongfang Bu Bai being an actual woman, but in order to succeed in the wulin and not to be bullied ever again, she lives her life as a man. When she meet Ling Hu Chong, she developed feelings for him, but Ling Hu Chong is conflicted as Dongfang Bu Bai is a cold hearted killer. How could an honourable man loves a monster??? Watch and find out.

Acting/Cast: The chemistry between Wallace's Ling Hu Chong and Joe's Dongfang Bu Bai is siiizzzzzling! This is the only version so far when most ppl who had watched it wanted Ling Hu Chong to end up with Dongfang Bu Bai! It is because of this that I give the acting 9/10. It is 1 mark away from perfect because the chemistry between Ling Hu Chong and Ren Ying Ying is neutral at best and yet, it is Ying Ying that Ling Hu Chong ended up marrying at the end. Imagine the frustration of fans of Wallace-Joe! LOL (btw, I do not consider this a spoiler as it is widely known knowledge amongst fans of wuxia series and readers of Louis Cha's novels. There are many versions of this story made in the past. Me thinks the 1996 version is the closest to the novel).

Music: I love the opening OST, "Carefree". Am listening to it as I am writing this review. :)

Rewatch value: It is 42 episodes if you watch from the DVD version and 56 episodes from the tv version. I might re-watch this a few years later when I have the time. I am quite impartial to Swordsman aka The Smiling,Proud Wanderer. I still think that the best novel of Loius Cha comes in the form of Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils and the Condor Heroes Trilogy. I am waiting with abaited breath now for the 2013 version of Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils. Rumour has it that it is due to be released mid this year. Fingers crossed!

Overall: It was entertaining while it lasted. I love the scenes between Wallace and Joe... they are the best features of this drama. Joe Cheng makes the most beautiful and coldly powerful Dongfang Bu Bai ever! The other parts are passable. I give this an 8/10. Not bad but not the best wuxia around.
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Sep 24, 2014
  • Overall 7.5
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 6.0
Despite all the frustration that this drama has brought me due to the main character loving people like loving food today this kind, tomorrow that kind,i have one word DONG FANG BU BAI, if every character was as strong willed and dint need saving all the time like her umm.. him? her? okay her. dramas would be miles away, she had charisma,my god she was awesome, she is the only reason i read more kept on watching,well her and the cool kung fu, the actress who portrayed dong fang bu bai is really good seriously she had me hooked in the very first episode little did i know of the disappointment to come, the story was fine, just that the ending was too rushed but i highly recommend this drama , half of it at least.
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    Pinocchio 22 days ago

    Seriously this was so bad that I was actually kind of watching it for the second main couple although they didn't get a happy ending but like this show is like all over the place things gets weird out of nowhere

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    SamuraiSx May 31, 2017

    I must say again since this hunts me whenever I come across this title... I WILL NEVER FORGIVE THEM FOR SUCH ENDING!!!! WRONG ALL WRONG maybe scenarists did some drug.. the wrong ending wrong ship gosh I am feeling it ><

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    Mary28 Mar 22, 2017 - edited

    I can't stop laughing from all of the comments, staying clear of this drama.

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    Abdellbaz Dec 30, 2016
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    Iftikhar Ahmed Dec 1, 2016

    the author who wrote the story surely lacked some sense that the lead character proved in the drama with good significance. He has a disorder of switching lovers one after one super fast. spenidng even a day time to mourn for his dead lover is a waste of time so he immediately proposed another one. he is so brainless and stupid that he even didnt ask bubai why she killed so many people and without knowing stabbed her and then said he didn't mean it lol. he was unsure about who took him to the temple for treatment though he knew it was bubai accompanying him all the time. at the end when they meet for the last time he said where is the pill without thanking her for saving his life once again from ying's father and stabbed her again just unnecessarily when she replied that the poison has no cure. then again he said he didn't mean it. what the hell with the script writing! for me he is just a cheater and dishonest as a person who always ignored all the bad deeds of his master. acting had also been poor and the expressions he made looked simply fake. The main attraction is the character of dong fong bubai. the actress plaed that role is just amazing and her beauty surpassed everyone else by a mile, had all the emotions and expressions too to make this character an unique and unforgettable one.

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    SiennaNgo Jul 4, 2016

    The wrong ship set sail! I repeat. THE WRONG SHIP SET SAIL!!!

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    Sheba Bowie May 28, 2016 - edited

    This drama is absolutely infuriating. I watched 42 episodes, fully expecting Dong Gang bu bai and Lin to be together eventually and they randomly (SPOILER>>>) KILLED HER OFF! if you ask me, she was clearly one of the strongest characters in the entire drama. Wallace, all though he's brilliant to be able to flip between characters from the General to the Psycho doppelganger to Lin again, this was simply unacceptable! I myself am a writer and this was just plain sloppy. If they were attempting to cater to both male and female viewers they failed horribly! I had never once read the credits and I already knew a MAN wrote this damn story. He has like 5 girls who are in love with him for no apparent reason and he claims to love the little sister and then switches to Dong Fang which I liked and approved of, until she died and he just got the hell over it all fast! It was like DONGFANG BU BAI DIES.... CUT TO: LIN ALL HAPPY WITH NEW GIRL MOMENTS LATER. Seriously this is the most offensive thing to romance lovers everywhere. I love Huo Wallace but this drama is beyond upsetting! Song gang bu bai was amazing too! She was kicking butt the whole time! And they KILLED her off. As soon as they did I turned off the drama and left a bad review! Men act this way in real life and that's what took all of the fun and fantasy away from this story! Wallace was like a dirty cheater who didn't even spend a day crying for the girl he loved. In closing, I'll say this. This drama isn't for romance lovers unless you like watching guys go from girl to girl like it's nothing, the martial arts was amazing I will give it that but the romance, MEN such as Jin Yong or whatever the writers name is should just leave ithis art to the people who actually care about exclusive, romantic chemistry on scene!!!

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    SamuraiSx Apr 27, 2016 - edited

    I won't say that Dong Fang Bu Bai was my favorite, I didn't apporve her childlish and nonmerciful character sometimes, BUT GOSH I WON'T APPROVE nor FORGET THEM MAKING THIS PATHETIC ENDING FOR SURE!! LING HU CHONG x DONG FAG BU BAI was absolutely utmostly the natural way of things by such great chemistry and pasts and by their seeing things - she and he gave the best support to each other, simmilar pasts and she wanted to listen him. At the end I didn't like character of Ling Hu Chung for his stupidity to control 'his' girl and for not seeing her problem and love nor Bu Bai (for stubborny hiding herself).
    I wanted to give 10 at start BUT after watching last episode 1/10 ! and now after I calmed down.. I'll give 9/10. for beautiful music, cast (perfect cast XD for others too) and for sceneries ~ but one - i s for STUPID ENDING! and for not being to find loveable connection between Ling Hu Chong and Ying Ying which was promoted at last episodes till end.
    I think end spoiled the whole drama especially since chemistry and compitabillity between DFBB & LHC was absolute. also behaviour of lead character Linghu was weird at last part of series, while at start we saw countless suffering from him in wide range of episodes about his love Ling SHan (who didn't love him at the end), and his saying that he is rarity of man who can love wholeheartly one woman.. On other hand about BU BAI we see NOTHING. he overcome her after 1 episode was able to kill her without asking circumanities and understanding her and forgetting her in one moment switching fastly to Ying Ying whom he said that he isn't able to love her and maybe later will develop some feelings, but already in next episode we see him lovey dovey with her. T_T absolutely stupid. Did he ever love Dong Feng Bu Bai then? also at the end WTF with that silence and stupid face he even couldn't answer her he didn't ask her anything about past about why she did that..he was just like 'give me the pill'.. absolutelly heartless and pointless. Ying Ying was unnaturally brought to end up with him at the end. and this was just ruining the whole thing..
    gosh I AM SO SAD NOW after ending it and HEARTWRETCHED goshhh I want to beat someone up!! >_<

    I know I am not the only one feeling this way..

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      Sheba Bowie May 28, 2016

      I totally agree with you, this drama was heartbreaking and disappointing!

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    Zgod Apr 5, 2016 - edited

    This is too messy. The main character is the prince of "passing out". I understand illogical fights and dramas in a wuxia but there is a severve lack of emotions. Even the most important romance is lack of "love". You may want to skip this one since it will likely a disappointment at the end.

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      SamuraiSx Apr 27, 2016

      gosh so what's wrong with man passing out? O.o are you phobic maybe? XD or do you want to watch only woman passing out XD oh gosh such annoying kids..

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    JeffryHartaji Jan 2, 2016

    i like richie ren version state of divinity rather than this version. the story line kind of similar with a lot of changes. I do love chen qiao en and wallace in here but somehow i like the old version

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    yanchan Dec 3, 2015
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    yanchan Dec 3, 2015

    Wow.. i really love this drama.

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    Yuko Nov 29, 2015 - edited
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    alexk345 Aug 21, 2015

    I really love this drama. Best wuxia drama. I like both lead actor and lead actress. i do not like Chen Xiao guy. No reason.


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    Feb 6, 2013 to Mar 3, 2013
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    Hunan TV
  • Duration:

    45 min.


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    7.7 (scored by 332 users)
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