Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Jing has recently announced the main cast of his new Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber movie which will star Raymond Lam, Janice Man, Sabrina Qiu Yinong and more.
It will be the follow-up to the 1993 action flick Kung Fu Cult Master which still owes its viewers a proper ending to this day! As much as I loved the movie which was basically part of my childhood, it was a given that the cast of Jet Li, Sharla Cheung, Gigi Lai and Chingmy Yau who are mostly in their late forties to late fifties won’t be able to reprise their roles. I personally think it would be safer to go with a cast of unknowns, but it turns that my expectations have been subverted since all the rumors that were floating around turned out to be true. The new Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber will feature a cast of Hong Kong veteran stars!
I’m still shocked to see Raymond Lam as the new Zhang Wuji just because the actor feels so much older than the character, then I slowly come to the realization of having to digest the news that Louis Koo will indeed be playing Raymond Lam’s father as Zhang Cuishan. Meanwhile, Donnie Yen takes over Sammo Hung’s role as tai chi master Zhang Sanfeng.
At least Elvis Tsui is back. Even though it’s been 13 years, he can reprise his role as the Golden-Haired Lion any day. Chen Zihan who is no stranger to wuxia and even played Zhu Er in the 2002 drama adaptation of Heaven Sword and Dragon Saber will now be playing Zishan Longwang. See full cast below.
Raymond Lam as Zhang Wuji
Janice Man as Zhao Min
Sabrina Qiu Yinong as Zhou Zhiruo
Chen Zihan as Zishan Longwang
Wilfred Lau as Song Qingshu
Rebecca Zhu as Yin Susu
Louis Koo as Zhang Cuishan
Donnie Yen as Zhang Sanfeng
Elvis Tsui as Jin Mao Shi Wang
Alex Fong as Yang Xiao
Raymond Wong Ho-yin as Qing Yi Fu Wang
Felix Lok as Bai Mei Ying Wang
Derek Kok as Ku Tou Tuo
Jade Leung as Miejue Shitai
Tin Kai-man and Lam Chi-chung as Huashan Erlao
Yu Xing as Cheng Kun
Actress playing the role of Xiao Zhao still under wraps
It’s often exciting to find so many familiar names but oddly enough, I’m underwhelmed and a little confused. Some characters feel like a total miscast. Moreover, Wong Jing had said that the movie will continue the story of Zhang Wuji as he goes after Zhao Ming in Dadu but characters that are dead are also in the movie. So what’s it gonna be – sequel, remake or both?