With Chinese martial arts literature
It’s considered an annual cultural highlight, and it’s now back for its 27th year. The 2016 Hong Kong Book Fair has opened at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The theme for this year’s event is “Wuxia” — or Chinese martial arts, a genre of Chinese fiction about the adventures of martial artists in ancient China.
The 2016 Hong Kong Book Fair has opened at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.
Wuxia novels are fantastical works that are usually set in the martial arts world of “jianghu”, a mythical bygone era of heroic wandering warriors, epic villains, and lavish battles.
While characters, historical settings, plots, and even physics vary from writer to writer, wuxia novels generally share a similar set of ideals about what makes the ideal Confucian gentleman: selfless, righteous, and contemptuous. wealth among other values considered ideal for the traditional Chinese man.
Chinese martial arts literature has a history of over 2000 years. The world of martial arts depicted in these novels embodies the essence of Chinese culture and is an important vehicle for sharing and promoting Chinese culture.
This year, the Hong Kong Book Fair opened on July 20 – a date that also marks 43 years since the death of world-renowned martial arts superstar Bruce Lee. Lee’s daughter Shannon spoke to CCTV NEWS earlier this year about her father’s legacy.
The modern Wuxia novel flourished in Hong Kong in the 20th century. In the 1950s, Hong Kong experienced an incredible revitalization of literature and film, a period known as the golden age of wuxia, or martial arts fantasy. Many writers quickly rose to prominence through their action-packed fantasies.
Perhaps the most notable author of this era would be Jin Yong, who had several of his books adapted into films and television series. His literature is known to be exceptionally rich in detail and complexity. And his novels are strongly linked to Chinese culture and philosophy.
Thanks to numerous film and television adaptations, the Wuxia genre is very popular in China. For literature lovers, Wuxia’s novels are a gateway to another world.
These works have even been adapted into computer games and comics, which are popular not only in China but also around the world.
Directed by Ang Lee, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon”, won worldwide acclaim, including 4 OSCARs.
Even in today’s China, Wuxia literature still has a very strong influence… It continues to inspire many blockbusters and kung fu films, which in turn develops public interest in the novels.
If you are interested in Chinese culture, you will certainly find plenty of it in Wuxia.