Differences Between Investiture of the Gods 2019 and Gods of Honour 2001

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Despite getting good ratings, the newest adaptation of The Investiture of the Gods 封神演义 has been widely-panned for changing up the familiar Chinese mythology that audiences have come to love. Compared to the TVB drama Gods of Honour in 2001 which is hailed as a classic until today, it had major differences in the characters and their motivations. 

Let's take a look at some of the changes. 

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Luo Jin plays the main character Yang Jian who will eventually become the Chinese god Erlang Shen. Da Ji is his main love interest as the two grew up together as brother and sister. In the 2001 TVB drama, Chin Ka-lok's Yang Jian is a supporting character. 

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Claudia Wang as Da Ji starts out a righteous woman out for vengeance. She is painted in a different light compared to the villain from 2001, played beautifully by Irene Wan.

investiture of the gods 2001 2019 Deng Lun
Deng Lun plays the nine-tailed fox demon that lures Da Ji to the dark side. In the 2001 version, the seductive foxtress is played by veteran actress Michelle Fung. Not only has the gender been switched to a male character, but in the process of helping Da Ji exact revenge, Deng Lun's fox demon falls in love with Da Ji. 

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Yang Jian's trusty sidekick Xiao Tian Quan is known as the Celestial Howling Dog. In the new version, she's a woman named Xiao E, played by He Dujuan, who harbors hidden feelings for Yang Jian. 

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Gods of Honour led by Benny Chan focuses on the story of the Chinese deity Nezha as the main character. It follows his journey from rebellious youth to a hero that deserved a seat in the investiture of the gods. Liang Zhenlun plays a much smaller role as Nezha in Investiture of the Gods. 

Below are a few other side by side comparisons of the characters from the 2019 and 2001 adaptations. What do you think? 

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3 comments:

  1. it makes me want to rewatch Gods of Honor!!

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  2. Gods of Honour was indeed phenomenal. Loved Benny Chan as Nezha.

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  3. I think they each have their good n bad points... The criticism must be why they disabled their YouTube comments... Pity cuz at least my comments was entertaining to some.

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