Louis Cha, whose popular martial arts novels were devoured by Chinese people across the world, pictured in 1994. Martial arts films often drew their characters and plots from the martial arts novels of writers such as Cha. Photo: SCMP.
How wuxia movies drew on martial arts novels by Louis Cha, Gu Long and Liang Yusheng
- Film directors such as Stephen Chow, Wong Kar-wai, and Tsui Hark mined plots and characters from novelists’ tales of romance, chivalry and combat
- While filmmakers also drew on actual events and historical characters, martial arts novelists were integral to the success of wuxia movies
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