Martial arts novelist Jin Yong dies at the age of 94

On Tuesday Oct 30, 2018, it was reported that Jin Yong, whose real name is Louis Cha, has died after a long illness.

I just heard the devastating news and I am deeply saddened. Jin Yong was and will always be a legend. Despite his old age, he was to me the kind of person that would continue to live on for a very long time. He had earned his degree in Cambridge when he was already in his eighties so I’m shocked by his sudden passing. Every c-drama blogger can probably attest to Jin Yong’s impact not only in the world of wuxia but also in shaping a generation. I have fond memories watching Jin Yong dramas growing up and it is still a large part of my life even up to today. It truly feels like the end of an era, but at the same time it isn’t because I know his works will live on and influence many generations to come.

Thank you for sharing your wonderful imagination to the world. May you rest in peace.

In memory of Jin Yong, below are some of the many adaptations based on his novels. The best-selling author has sold over 300 million copies of his works worldwide.

1960-2014 Return of the Condor Heroes (9 remakes) 
1976-2017 Legend of the Condor Heroes (8 remakes) 
1976-2009 The Book and the Sword (7 remakes) 
1977-2014 The Deer and the Cauldron (7 remakes) 
1977-2007 Fox Volant of the Snowy Mountain (5 remakes) 
1978-2009 The Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber (7 remakes) 
1982-2013 Demi-Gods and Semi-Devils (5 remakes) 
1984-2013 The Smiling, Proud Wanderer (7 remakes)

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9 comments:

  1. Rest in peace. Thank you for all the wuxia characters that you've created, they were my childhood heroes and Xiao Long Nu will always be my first love.
    Thank you for all the fun. Thank you for the memories. Thank you for your legacy.
    Thank you.

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  2. So sad. It is no understatement that this man's stories have defined and shaped the industry over the decades and have become household names. His canonical stories are still being adapted every few years, and just about every well-known Chinese celebrity seems to have acted in an adaptation at some point in their lives, some even gaining popularity because of it. His stories will live on forever. RIP.

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  3. Rest in peace. Thank you for all of your contributions and works that are and will be legends. You shape a lot of people’s childhood

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  4. JIn Yong really paved the way for a lot of actors and actresses to stardom and his novels are epic given that they are all very original. His legacy will remain for many generations to come.

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  5. His works are definitely epic, with captivating story and characters. I was introduced to C dramas through his wuxia works. He has great imagination, knowledge, and writing skill. Honestly, I havent found other wuxias that I like better than his.

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  6. The best wuxia novelist ever imo. His books were a huge part of my childhood. RIP.

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  7. I am really sadden by it. He is such a Chinese treasure. I am glad he moved to HK instead of staying in China. His dad was excuted for being wrongly accused by communist government. Even he got into trouble at his school day. If he did not escape to HK, we would not have the chance to read his novels. As he would not be able to write them. He will like be sent to be re-educated by communist government. Now China honours him. Each of us have our own path and fate in life....

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  8. goodbye mr jin yong, thank you for all your masterpiece works

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  9. RIP! I agree with many here - childhood would not have been the same. His novels are great contribution to Chinese literature and defined the Wuxia genre.

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