Louis Cha's martial arts classic to become 'required reading' for Beijing pupils

Hong Kong novelist Louis Cha, known better by his pen name Jin Yong. Photo: SCMP

Cha's masterpiece, Legend of the Condor Heroes, is to be added to the Chaoyang district library’s list of selected readings along with Harry Potter and the Complete Works of William Shakespeare.

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Flying Swords of Dragon Gate

Starring: Jet Li Lianjie, Zhou Xun, Chen Kun, Mavis Fan Hsiao-shuan Director: Tsui Hark Category: IIB (Cantonese and Putonghua versions)

A spectacular wuxia epic that mixes wire work with cutting-edge 3-D technology, Flying Swords of Dragon Gate is mesmerising visually but deeply flawed.

22 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Wuxia warriors return to Dragon Gate Inn

Once upon a time in China, Jet Li and Tsui Hark collaborated on a series of films that became a cornerstone of wuxia - martial arts dramas. The result was Once Upon a Time in China, three movies based on the life of a kung fu master.

14 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

The human face of martial arts

With a title like Wuxia, you automatically know you're in for a martial arts action film. Director Peter Chan Ho-sun has put those familiar martial arts elements into the film.

But he has also added something else - the human side to the story, and at the same time provided his audience with a life lesson.

11 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Wu Xia

Starring: Donnie Yen Ji-dan, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Tang Wei, Jimmy Wang Yu, Wai Ying-hung Directed by: Peter Chan Ho-sun Category: IIB (Cantonese and Putonghhua versions)

28 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Writer banks on fighting spirit

Novelist and pop lyricist Jozev Lau, who edited a wuxia magazine in the early 1990s while studying translation at City University (CityU), has returned to his literary roots with his best-selling epic period series, Blood and Steel, which weaves knowledge of real martial arts into wuxia fiction.

15 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Chen Kun reveals he's a father

Mainland actor Chen Kun left the Hundred Flowers Awards last week with the best actor award, having surprised everyone with the revelation that he was a father.

23 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Yeoh, Woo team up after 20 years

It took actress Michelle Yeoh Choo Kheng two decades to team up on a movie project with the person who helped kick-start her Hollywood career - director John Woo Yu-sum.

2 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Fighting words

If there's a literary genre that is quintessentially Chinese it's the wuxia novel. Combining long-held ideas of chivalry, honour and loyalty with martial arts (wushu), the heroic tales of ancient warriors or swordsmen in classics such as Water Margin have entertained through the ages.

26 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Celebrated career as martial arts novelist helps introvert turn a page

As a weak, bookish and introverted teenager, Sichuan native Xiang Qigang could never have imagined the public attention he now attracts following the sale of tens of thousands of copies of his martial arts novels.

2 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

Weekend warrior

It's the lunch-hour rush in Central. A young woman clad in an immaculate dark trouser suit slips quietly past the office crowd surging out the glass doors of a skyscraper. Chen Yu-hwei may look like a typical investment banker but she leads a double life. She's also an emerging star in a genre that women writers rarely venture into: the martial arts, or wuxia, novel.

21 May 2007 - 12:00am


Your latest play, Dust and Dawn, took three years to realise. Tell us about it.

Hong Kong Repertory Theatre artistic director Fredric Mao Chun-fai:

14 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Seven Swords

Starring: Charlie Young Choi-nei, Lu Yi, Donnie Yen Chi-tan, Lau Kar-leung, Leon Lai Ming

Director: Tsui Hark

Category: IIB (Putonghua and Cantonese)

4 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Wish comes true for young cancer victim

A 14-YEAR-OLD girl suffering from cancer has travelled from the United States to be comforted by her favourite author - Hong Kong's most eminent man of letters, Louis Cha.

11 Jan 1995 - 12:00am