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)