The Legendary Swordsman

The Legendary Swordsman is a Singaporean television series adapted from Louis Cha's novel The Smiling, Proud Wanderer. It was first broadcast on TCS-8 (now MediaCorp Channel 8) in Singapore in 2000. It stars Steve Ma, Fann Wong, Ivy Lee, Chew Chor Meng, Jacelyn Tay, Florence Tan, Chen Tianwen, Priscelia Chan & Zheng Geping as the casts of the series.

The Legendary Swordsman
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Poster
Also known asThe Smiling, Proud Wanderer
State of Divinity
Chinese笑傲江湖
MandarinXiào Ào Jiāng Hú
GenreWuxia
Based onThe Smiling, Proud Wanderer
by Louis Cha
Screenplay byShuai Xuefang
Liu Guilan
He Qi'an
Directed byHuo Zhikai
Hu Huixiang
StarringSteve Ma
Fann Wong
Ivy Lee
Chew Chor Meng
Jacelyn Tay
Florence Tan
Chen Tianwen
Priscelia Chan
Zheng Geping
Theme music composerLin Yixin
Ke Guimin
Opening themeHaoqing Xiao Jianghu (豪情笑江湖) performed by Fann Wong
Ending themeDuijiu Dangge (对酒当歌) performed by Wu Jiaming and Ke Guimin
ComposerBenny Wong
Country of originSingapore
Original languageMandarin
No. of episodes40
Production
Executive producerLie Fengyun
ProducerMa Jiajun
Production locationsSingapore
Myanmar
EditorXu Jiayan
Running time45 minutes per episode
Production companyMediaCorp
Release
Original networkTCS-8
Original release18 May (2000-05-18) –
26 July 2000 (2000-07-26)

Differences between novel and dramaEdit

The plot deviates significantly from the original story. Notable differences include: Ren Yingying appearing much earlier in the series than her first appearance in the novel; Ren Woxing is killed by Yue Buqun instead of dying from a stroke; an additional subplot on a romance between Tian Boguang and Lan Fenghuang; Dongfang Bubai is given a greater role in the series as the ultimate villain as opposed to his role as a minor antagonist in the novel, in which he only appears in one chapter.

CastEdit

AwardsEdit

Accolades Award Nominee Result
Star Awards 2000 Show 2
红星大奖 2000 下半场
Best Actress
最佳女主角
Jacelyn Tay
郑秀珍
Nominated
Fann Wong
范文芳
Nominated
Best Supporting Actor
最佳男配角
Zheng Geping
郑各评
Nominated
Best Supporting Actress
最佳女配角
Hong Huifang
洪慧芳
Nominated
Florence Tan
陈秀丽
Nominated

ProductionEdit

Ann Kok was initially selected to play Yue Lingshan but she rejected the offer. Jacelyn Tay also turned down her role as Dongfang Bubai initially, but retook her role after a telling-off by Steve Ma in the Singaporean media.[1]

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