The newest remake of The Return of the Condor Heroes 新神雕侠侣 has dropped posters of the cast led by Tong Mengshi (The Taoism Grandmaster), Mao Xiaohui (The Twin Flower Legend) and Wen Qi (Eagles and Youngster). I was onboard with the idea of a rookie cast staving off pressure from this being the 9th (or is it 10th?) version of the same story.
I’m also an early fan of relatively new actor Tong Mengshi and still can’t believe that the casting directors actually went with my pick for Yang Guo. At 15, Wen Qi is already a Golden Horse awarded actress thereby making her casting as Guo Xiang a promising one. This leaves lead actress Mao Xiaohui who plays one of the most contested characters as Xiaolongnü and with nothing to go off other than visuals, she seemed to fit the bill too.
|Left: Official Poster, Right: Poster Edit by Netizens|
I thought I’d be squealing with excitement over the first posters, but no, what happened! Whoever photoshopped this did Xiaolongnü very wrong. They say that first impressions last, and now I’m slightly worried that just like the posters, the final product will be inundated with excessive effects that do more harm than good. Update: Mao Xiaohui is currently trending no. 1 on weibo. No one is blaming the actress, but everyone is blaming whoever messed up her nose and fixing it for her.
I also just realized that the English title is Candor Heroes, a word I learned from reading the Divergent books. Candor Heroes = Honest Heroes?
Thomas Tong Mengshi as Yang Guo
Mao Xiaohui as Xiaolongnü
Vicky Wen Qi as Guo Xiang
Nikita Mao Linlin as Li Mochou
Zong Fengyan as Jinlun Fawang
Tu Bing as Guo Fu
Shao Bing as Guo Jing
Gong Beibi as Huang Rong
Tong Chun Chung as Yi Deng Da Shi
Alex Fong as Huang Yao Shi
Su Qing as Lin Chaoying
Wang Qing as Yelu Qi