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Jin Yong novel on stage sure to amuse Taiwan audiences

Jin Yong novel on stage sure to amuse Taiwan audiences

Fans of Louis Cha and of Chinese wuxia will be delighted to know that the Shanghai hit drama "The Deer and the Cauldron" which is adapted from one of Cha's most famous novels is set to entertain Taiwan audiences with 150 minutes of laughter and gasps from fight scenes.
Louis Cha aka Zha Liangyong, who is known by his penname Jin Yong or Kam-yung (Cantonese), is perhaps the most favorite Chinese novelist of modern times. In "The Deer and the Cauldron," his last epic, Cha has created an unconventional martial arts novel that is set against the backdrop of the bustling city of Yangzhou in 17th century Manchu-dominated China.
The novel's protagonist is the silver-tongued and foulmouthed anti-noble Trinket Wei, or Wei Xiaobao, who according to the author himself, embodies the pneuma of decadence in traditional Chinese culture. Wei, in many readers' eyes, is witty, resourceful, delightful yet sometimes despicable.
The Deer and the Cauldron has been made into a movie and TV series in Hong Kong, China, and Taiwan since it was published in 1972. Its adaptation by the Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center is the very first attempt to present Cha's novel on stage in large performance venues. Since its debut in Shanghai in 2008, the drama has been so well-received and has been performed for more than 100 times in more than 20 cities across China.
The drama will be shown at the Sun Yat-sen Memorial Hall in Taipei from July 8 to July 11, and at National Chung Hsing University in Taichung on July 14 and 15. It runs for 150 minutes without intervals.
Thirty-year-old He Nian, director of the drama, said during a telephone interview on May 27 that his version of Cha's novel keeps true to the original text, but that he blends in contemporary jokes and ironies that reflect the complex emotions of modern people. He also applies elements of musicals, creating a piece that is full of dazzling stage design, witty dialogues, and hilarious acting.
Unlike the TV and movie adaptations which use a lot of computer-enhanced special effects in the fight scenes, He said that instead of such effects, he has invented a form of acting to portray the fights.
In recent years, He Nian has become a popular stage director in China.


Updated : 2021-05-12 11:37 GMT+08:00