Pardon the pun but at long last, it’s definitely a GO for the live adaptation of childhood favourite Hikaru no Go 棋魂. If you need another reason to stay in during these cooler autumn evenings (or if you’re on lockdown once again) and get a little nostalgic, this might just be the thing for you. Like its popular anime adaptation during the noughties, Hu Xianxu, Juck Zhang Chao and Hao Fushen‘s live action version is based off of the manga originally written and created by Yumi Hotta and Takeshi Obata.
Hikaru no Go Synopsis
A little bit grown up now, child actor Hu Xianxu may or may not be a familiar face to you. While not yet a household name, he has been around the industry for quite a while now, appearing in dramas like Old Boy, Nirvana in Fire 2 and Always With You amongst others. In Hikaru no Go however, he lands the leading role to play Hikaru’s character Shi Guang who we all know gets possessed by the spirit of master Go player Chu Ying played by Juck Zhang Chao. Under Chu Ying’s influence and guidance, he makes an enemy out of the school Go club’s resident genius Yu Liang played by Hao Fushen, after besting him in a few games.
Honing his Go skills under Chu Ying’s expert tutelage, Xiao Guang rapidly improves his game as he learns his master’s techniques. At the same time he also begins to fall under the spell of game. Xiao Guang eventually makes his way into the national championships and he faces off again with his biggest rival Yu Liang.
The series also stars Zhao Haohong, Han Mubo, Zhai Guanhua, Sun Can and Wu Qianying.
Hikaru no Go premieres on iQiyi next week on October 27.