Readers and writers alike mourn the death of bestselling novelist Jin Yong. However, it is not only his great works that will be remembered; his generosity, compassion, and kindness, will forever flourish in the hearts of those he helped. Chinese actor Hu Ge and Karen Tsai, CEO of Tangren, both recalled how Jin Yong’s simple act of kindness went a long way.
After Hu Ge’s accident in 2006, filming for Legend of the Condor Heroes was halted and although broadcast rights were already contracted to television networks, Tangren ran into liquidity problem due to companies stopping payment.
Karen Tsai was still determined to resume filming once Hu Ge had recovered in 2007. However, the company faced a big predicament getting things kicked off the ground. Tangren’s rights to Condor Heroes were about to expire and another company was looking to secure the rights. Although the expiration date does not apply once filming starts, the stakes were high having two productions and many felt it would be difficult for Tangren to even resume filming.
Karen Tsai contacted Galaxy e-Publishing House general manager, Peggy, to meet Jin Yong the very next day, and he ended up saving the entire production. Karen Tsai learned that an agreement has been made with the next company but additional documents have not been finalized. Without further thought, Jin Yong immediately asked Peggy to stop the process. He gave Karen Tsai a year extension instead of the 6 months that she asked for and they drew up a contract on the spot and signed it.
Karen Tsai was willing to agree to to any condition Jin Yong would make, but he simply waved it off with a simple, “No need, I won’t accept the money.”
Hu Ge also expressed his gratitude towards Jin Yong for allowing him to play one of the most unforgettable roles he ever had. He thanks Jin Yong for his support and encouragement, quoting that without him, Tangren and he will not be where they are today.