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‘Paladin’ a tough drama to film

by November 24, 2016 General
Star appeal: Heartthrobs Han (left) and Cheng in a scene from ‘Chinese Paladin 5’.

Star appeal: Heartthrobs Han (left) and Cheng in a scene from ‘Chinese Paladin 5’.

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The 45-episode drama is adapted from a popular role-playing game of the same name.

Hailed as among the most epic Chinese wuxia dramas of 2016, the series stars heartthrobs Elvis Han from China and Joe Cheng from Taiwan.

Han plays Jiang Yunfan, the half-blood son of a demon lord, while Cheng takes on the role of Long You, the Second Demon Prince of the Netherworld Kingdom.

In a recent WeChat interview from China, Han revealed that filming the martial arts fantasy drama was tough as he suffered serious injuries on set doing wire stunts.

“The most serious one was when I had to spin and flip, then land on my back. Test shots went smoothly. But while shooting the actual frame, my hip bone crashed on my wrist with so much force that it felt like something broke.

“We continued shooting and I went to hospital only later,” the 24-year-old said, adding that he needed two months to recover.

Although the show is in Mandarin, Cheng feels that it will appeal to Malaysians of all races.

“I believe performances can overcome (language and cultural) barriers. It’s been too long since my last visit to Malaysia.

“But most of all, I wish to return and meet up with my Malaysian friends,” said Cheng, 34, a well-loved Taiwanese rom-com leading man, who was last in Malaysia in 2008.

He is presently filming a mainland drama, The Company Men, while Han is shooting a reality show titled We’re Seventeen. is the latest video-on-demand streaming service in Malaysia that provides access to the best Asian content.

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